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Betrayal, Injustice and Persecution: By That You Are Closer to God

Another month has passed and the area surrounding the Blue Cross in Medjugorje was again completely inundated with many thousands of pilgrims who came to be with Our Lady for Mirjana’s second of the month apparition. It is a challenge to keep a clear path for Mirjana to walk up to the Blue Cross as pilgrims begin arriving during the night. By 5:00 a.m. the area is already filled, despite the remaining four hour wait ahead of them.

 

As for the not so early risers, many who come later in the morning will scan the area and find ways to squeeze through the crowds to take possession of even the smallest space that will give them a better vantage point in seeing the Medjugorje visionary Mirjana. These pilgrims often block the view of those who had come much earlier. Amazingly, hands are many times extended to help them through, and people scoot together to try and make a little more space to accommodate the new arrival. Knowing that when out in the “real” world, the smallest provocation can turn into nasty words, shoves, even an all out fight, it is quite a testimony to see the generous spirit among these thousands of pilgrims here in Medjugorje. It’s as if everyone accepts that because they are here to be with Our Lady it is only right that room be made.
 

When Mirjana finally appears, there is absolutely no space left in the center area. The villagers and pilgrims are mostly sitting, standing or kneeling in very uncomfortable positions throughout the duration of Our Lady’s apparition. They consider this a small price to pay, however, in being so near to Mirjana, many of them having the grace to watch her face in ecstasy. Of course, with so many thousands gathered together in a small place, there is confusion, agitation, and annoyances that happen during the long wait, but all of that is forgotten the moment of Our Lady’s appearance. The crowd suddenly becomes silent and still, as their hearts are lifted up in prayer before the One who has drawn them there—before Our Lady, the Queen of Heaven. After She leaves, they prepare their hearts to receive Her words.
 

In the apparition today, Our Lady arrived about ten minutes before 9:00 a.m. Mirjana was seen crying throughout the apparition and afterwards. The beautiful emotion on her face, while being enraptured by Our Lady, disappeared after Our Lady left, and it is as though the life in her disappeared as well, at least for a time, until she has the opportunity to recover from the separation of Our Lady yet again. She appeared drained and sad after the apparition, but still made the effort to give a few smiles to those around her. Following is the message Our Lady of Medjugorje gave to Mirjana today, September 2, 2009:
 

“Dear children! Today, with a motherly heart, I call you to learn to forgive, completely and unconditionally. You suffer injustice, betrayals and persecutions, but by that you are closer to and dearer to God. My children, pray for the gift of love. Only love forgives all, as my Son forgives—follow Him. I am among you and am praying that when you come before your Father you can say: ‘Here I am Father, I followed your Son, I had love and forgave with the heart, because I believed in your judgment and trusted in you.’ Thank you.”


A beautiful message at first read. However, some questions make the message clearer. Is this a message for the present only? Or more so, a message for the future? What awaits us? What is coming? Will it be difficult persecution like the early Christians? Do you think you will escape severe injustices, betrayal, and persecution? How is that the case when Jesus, God’s own Son, did not? Do you think you will escape some of the pain Our Lady Herself suffered? Why, when Our Lady was the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Mother of God? Yet, God did not shield Her from injustices, betrayal, and persecution. Why not? Why have those who have followed Our Lady for years, even decades, gone through many injustices, betrayals, and persecutions? And in some cases extremely severe!
 

Character is built by adversity. Spiritual character is built by fire, forming one into the likeness of Jesus’ ways, therefore becoming closer and dearer to God. Why is that?
 

It is Our Lady in Medjugorje who said:
 

February 15, 1988

“Be the reflection of Jesus...”
 

Do we have a spiritual butterfly mentality that when you become a Christian in the fullness God offers that we go from flower to flower, eating only the sweetness of nectar? No, it is quite the opposite. It is Our Lady, the highest creature in the Heavens, exalted above all, even the archangels, who said:
 

November 25, 1997

“...Holy martyrs died witnessing: I am a Christian…”
 

To be an atheist, to be agnostic, is to be nothing. To be a Christian means to be something. To be the former is to wake up and not have a meaning for each day. To be the latter is to wake up and have a purpose for each day.
 

When one learns to forgive completely and unconditionally, one grows in the measure of spiritual character in good to the degree of how severe one suffers injustice, betrayal, and persecution from the bad. It is a given if you want to go to Heaven, if you want to be dearer to God, if you want to work as Our Lady’s missionary, you will suffer.
 

The mission of Caritas of Birmingham is what it is today because of suffering. The pen writing this article can write with authority what is written because of suffering. Suffering refines, and you will be better for it. Yet none can comprehend how great the fruit these trials will produce while they are occurring in your midst. Yet again, having gone through it, you are glad for what it formed you into. Providing the three things, which are injustice, betrayal, and persecution, will transform you to be love. By way of forgiving in completeness and unconditionally, you change into a new being, one dearer to God and one who will radiate out holiness, convicting and converting even the non-believers.
 

For the one who will not forgive completely and unconditionally, suffering affects one in an opposite way, not only spiritually, but psychologically as well. Instead of growing one’s strength in spiritual character, one grows in mental anguish, depression, anger, and weakness. Many mental illnesses can be rooted back to not forgiving unconditionally, and often brooding and anger. Forgiving is doing good for yourself. By not doing so, you suffer self-inflicted harm. But what of those who inflict suffering and harm to you?
 

In Scripture Christ teaches us to take joy when you have been given suffering, because you have been given a measure of "Mine". To be unrighteous and suffer injustice is to inherit its harshness as a punishment. To be righteous and suffer injustice is to inherit dearness to God as a reward.
 

We have many stories where people assailed us with hatred, meanness, or jealousy, etc., and we stood our ground in love, and many of these people are now our friends, are now some of our biggest advocates. One of our favorite messages from Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje was given in the Bedroom:
 

November 30, 1988

"I wish that all your life be love, only love. Everything that you do, do it with love. In every little thing, see Jesus and His example. You also do as Jesus did. He died out of love for you. You also offer all you do with love to God, even the smallest little things of everyday life."
 

Once one of our Caritas community members was being persecuted and was all alone in Europe. The following was actually a letter written to her:
 

To Love, By A Friend of Medjugorje ©SJP Lic. COB


Our Lady of Medjugorje has spoken to us here at Caritas several times about love. Once from the Bedroom of Apparitions here at Caritas, Our Lady said,
 

December 3, 1988

“I give you my love, so you give it to others."
 

Another time in the Bedroom of Apparitions when we were under very severe persecution, Marija asked Our Lady for words that would help the Caritas community to endure any attack that would come, especially in light of all the conversions that had just taken place through the apparitions during a five day prayer gathering. Our Lady said, in regard to the question, how She wanted us to respond to the persecution:
 

May 6, 2004

"I give you my love. You give it to others."
 

We must realize in today’s September 2nd, 2009 message, Our Lady of Medjugorje is saying clearly we are headed into a new time in which we will see and experience what the early Church saw and experienced. The rebirth of Christianity cannot come any other way than how it was birthed in the beginning. Through a trial by fire we are headed for serious days. Maria Valtorta says that Jesus said to her, “Then it will be the time of upright people who plough the earth to prepare it for the Word, the Word ruling only one time over the earth before the disappearing of the world.” * We now have the words from Heaven coming from Our Lady of Medjugorje to us.

 

Tune in tonight at 7:00 pm central standard time for a special segment preceding the Radio Wave broadcast. Radio Wave’s broadcast tonight will be discussing Our Lady’s message and the darkness now descending down upon the whole earth. To find your local broadcast time see the live Radio WAVE player here

Friend of Medjugojre


*Maria Valtorta, an Italian mystic from the 1940s authored the writing The Poem of the Man-God, on the life of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. The work became pop-ular when the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje was asked if these books could be read by the faithful. Our Lady responded by strongly encouraging the reading of these books

 

Crowd gathering at the apparition of September 2, 2009

Pilgrims gather early this morning at the Blue Cross on Apparition Mountain, September 2, 2009, for Our Lady’s apparition to Mirjana. The time this picture was taken was 4:45 a.m. and these pilgrims had already been gathered for some time. It must make Our Lady smile seeing the fervency of some hearts who denied themselves sleep and breakfast to come so early in the morning and sit for hours on uncomfortable terrain so to be as close as possible to Her when She arrives.

Mirjana in ecstacy on September 2, 2009

The open hands and smile of Mirjana told the gathered crowds who could see her that Our Lady had just arrived this morning, September 2, 2009.

Mirjana crying during the apparition of September 2, 2009

Mirjana is here receiving the September 2, 2009 message from Our Lady.

Mirjana reflecting after the apparition of September 2, 2009

Mirjana becomes reflective just after Our Lady leaves in today’s apparition of September 2, 2009. Peace and serenity are on her face, but also resignment that though she would rather go with Our Lady and be with Her in Heaven, she will remain to fulfill her calling as an apostle of Our Lady.

Pilgrims leaving after the apparition of September 2, 2009

September 2, 2009 - Month after month the pilgrims continue to come from all over the world to be with Our Lady. The second of the month apparitions show the magnitude of the influence Our Lady is having in the world today. Twenty-eight years of apparitions and the apparitions continue to be heavily attended.

Angelo Hedwan
Daraya - Zgharta - Lebanon, Australia
im from lebanon but i didnt find my country in the list wish to be there ... HOLLY MARY MOTHER OF GOD PRAY FOR ME
Donna
Metairie, USA
With everything happening in the world today it does leave a question as to what Our Lady is preparing us for. The U.S. has not been persecuted for THE faith (YET). Mary asks us to fast, pray the rosary, attend mass and confession frequently. As the Muslims are finishing up Romadon, where they fast till sunset daily -I thought if only we as Catholics would really respond to Mary's messages-how different things could be. I pray for more time and for the grace for us all to LIVE THE MESSAGE
Dolores Braciszewski
Marlton,n.j., USA
I have so much faith in Our Lady, and today I am asking her aid for my son who is going to have brain surgury soon for an hemangioma in the brainstem. It is a very risky operation, and so I ask for her intercession for a successful outcome and to give him a healing, and a safe recovery .
Dushy Jayasuriya
Colombo, Sri Lanka
I feel so blessed having viewed this site quite by chance. I had withdrawn myself in devotion to the Blessed Lady and now I feel she is showing me that I should come back to her and continue my faith in Lord Jesus. Thank you darling mother for your protection and love for me.
Gloria O. Studer
League City, Texas - USA
Our Lady knows that we are suffering that is why she is allowing us to receive these messages. Now, our job is to Evangelize to all, so we can spread the love & word of God. Since, I ret'd back from Cartias this July my family & I have been under attack everyday (job loss, finances...) because of the Love I have for "God, Mary, Jesus, Joseph, Michael the Archangel & all the Saints, especially Benedict", but they can never take my freedom for my country & my God. God will prevail in the end!LOL
MERLYN RODRIGUES
Colombo, Sri Lanka
wow! it is so touching to hear what Our Mother is saying, giving us the message,I hope and pray that I will be able to visit that place.
Santa Grace Adoch
Kampala, Uganda
Thanks be to Mother Mary for consoling me,am under going a lot of sufferings,injustice,betrayals and persecutions.Im happy to know that iam closer and dearer to God.Catitus community thanks for putting the letter written to one of Caritus community member who was being persecuted in the article you have sent to us.I have got an answer to my problem through this article. Pray for me and our family that we also recieve the grace of God and his blessings. God bless you all Santa Grace Adoch.
NABWAMI CHRISTINE
Mityana, Uganda
My God i always thought it hard to love wholeheartedly, forgive and forget completely! But since Mother Mary has recommended us so i think i should practise and learn how to perfectly love, forgive and forget with the heart but with this manly attitude we have to fight harder and pray regularly to recieve God's graces to help us through. Really i must admit that am to undergo a very difficult moment inorder to adapt. so please friends of medjugorje pray for me. thanks to the Caritas Community
Alice
Chicago, Illinois - USA
I feel the Holy Mother was speaking directly to me. I have been trying to completely forgive, forget and love after a heartbreaking betrayal. I have been unable to do so despite knowing I have to! Her message "to me" is just as she described... Motherly, gently, clearly directing me to the right path. Thank you Mother. Thank you Medjugorje.
Cira Paulson
Lake Worth, Florida - USA
I love this site, it's my first time here, I'll visit it every week and if possible daily to read about our Blessed Mother and her apparitions. I have been in Medjugorje 4 times and I loved every single trip, wish I could go back, but my husband needs me almost hourly, and we have no one else but ourselves, so I have to be here for him. Please pray for him and for strength for me, he's 83 yrs. old and I'm 77. God Bless this site and everyone reading it.Thank you.
Carmen Ramos
Ashburn, Virginia - USA
Thanks to the visionaries and Caritas who share and spead our Lady's messgas. Since I was a child in 1981 when our Lady 1st appeared I have been able to walk my life journey towards Heaven with our Lady's presence on earth at every growing stage of my life. Her messages always strike a cord in my heart guiding me through every type of life challenges and joy. May every generation use this timeof grace to get to heaven. God Bless the visionaries & Caritas
Anthony Paulo
Hanover, Pennsylvania - USA
This message speaks volumes. Our Lady is talking to me and my wife firsthand. Since coming home from Medjugorje last June, the hounds of hell have been unleashed on my family. Parents pitting other parents against my wife and children. Persecuting my children for not having friends because they're home schooled. My wife accused of being "Perfect" when all the while they copy everything she does. They smile in our face and the second we turn around we hear them whispering rotten things about us.
Regina Potestades
Manila, Philippines
Even though am not in Medjugorje, I feel blessed with your write ups regarding the apparitions of Our Lady. Am totally converted. I feel the love of God, peace in my heart and learn to forgive. Thanks a million to God bringing His Mother to us to be Our Mother. Am experiencing betrayals, injustice and persecutions but still I knew these are just trials and trials that still I thank God for He made me strong and give me more faith. Thank you Mother Mary for your guidance.
Rosemary Burkhardt
Canyon Lake, Texas - USA
Such a profound and powerful message. And looking at Marijana's face, one can see the great sadness and pain she has already endured for us. It is with great prayer, our Lady will give us great strength and wisdom, through our beloved Holy Spirit, her spouse. May our days be constant reflection of our Lord's Light.
Kathy Lee
Sorrento, Fl, USA
Thank you all for sharing your struggles. We are united, brothers and sisters in prayer and love. You are never alone. We have our Holy Mother as our guide. We have eachother.
Maurice
Blanzay, France
Hi last year I went on a parish pilgrimage to Lourdes, and was struck by the patience shown by the great crowds that were there. I see the same is true for Medjugorje and to me it speaks volumes of its authencity.
Marlene
Le Mars, USA
We are so fortunate too receive these messages from Our Lady in these times...we need her so much...and now I know that she is with us always...it is such a good feeling....to know that her Son cannot refuse His mother anything....so we need to ask for everything.....M.S.
Richard jenkins
Louisville, Kentucky - USA
I struggle everyday trying to forgive my mother, and father, reading todays message will surely help me. I only ask Gods will be done," through Mary", for christ our lord.
Kory trebbin
Campbell, California - USA
I have known about the impending darkness Our Lady speaks of. Its already here in our area. The forces of darkness are at work. The Goth lifestyle, black dress and black fingernail polish show me we are being affected by Satan. Our minds are being deceived, ever so slowly but effectively. People are HOSTILE toward each other and have no patience, no church attendance and no God. Believers are already being persecuted and our legal system bends to legalization of perversity. Pray-Pray-Pray!!
Peter patrick glancy CAMPBELL
Greenock, United Kingdom
we are living through a dark time on this EARTH? OURLADY TELLS US, ...HOW TRUE ARE HER WORDS OF WISDOM? BUT KNOWING SHE LOVES US ALL .....GIVES US THE HOPE AND FAITH TO ENDURE?....PRAISE THE LORD
Angela
Sydney, Australia
Mary is reminding us We have become a planet of fools; instead of love, forgiveness, reaching out to one another ... this world has abandoned God, instead preferring greed, hatred, loot and war. God is the only way back to sanity.
Sabrina Covic
Paris, France
I have known you guys for all these years and I thank God with all my heart because of the extraordinary work you do and have done. I always wait with impatience to get your so important e-mails and wish that they would exist in all the languages... Please help me offer a site in french of this quality, we need it!
Gabrielle Mire
Lafayette, Louisiana - USA
The words of Our Mother today definitely stuck...just recently i went through a bunch of health issues and was tired of hurting, at the same time I decided i wanted to be with God again. I found my roots and started praying my rosary everyday, wearing a scapular, and people stare but I pray that as a young adult i am able to convert and make aware all those who chose to deny the truth and reach out to those who need me the most. God Bless. Thanks to Our Lady I am seeing more clearer than in past
Della
Rio Rancho, New Mexico - USA
To Love as Jesus Loves...it is a difficult thing to "forgive" but not impossible. To "forgive undconditionally" not easy, but not impossible. Only through our Lady's messages have I been able to get up each morning and seek refuge in her love and in the Love of Jesus through His passion. "Forgiveness" truly a Grace given to us by God. Pray, fast, penance and faith-faith in God's promise.
Maria
Milltown, New Jersey - USA
I'm very greatful for all the wonderful work you do to bring these words for us from heaven, so encouraging, i beautiful. No doubt Blessed Mother is preparing us and the world for something very important. We should do everything in our power to spread these messages to all who wants to listen.
Meg
Girard, Ohio - USA
I believe we are in dire times and need to turn our hearts and our minds toward Jesus through His Blessed Mother. There are too many "signs" that are evident of how close we are to the final days and very few people are willing to accept it. I pray daily for the conversion of all people and to be ready for what is to come.
Pablo
Via Del Mar, Chile
Very beautiful message! Medjugorje is a hope for all!
Cindy
Buffalo, USA
Thank you for sharing our Lady's apparitions with us in the U.S. I lost my 21 year-old son on 3/8/09 to esophageal cancer - he was only 21 years old. For a little time, I get some Peace hearing about the Apparitions, and knowing the best is yet to come, for those of us who believe. God's Blessings, Cindy
Regina Raighn
Wilmington, Delaware - USA
Thank you for the messages from Our Lady. They are very inspiring. A few years ago I heard that the " Poem of the Man God" was the best book about Jesus and Mary. I read all of the volumes and during Lent I read the Fifth Volume over and over. I really appreciate receiving Our Lady's messages and thank you with all my heart.
Cindy
North Carolina, North Carolina - USA
Thank you so much for bringing us Our Lady's words even if they are difficult to hear and accept. No one knows what lies ahead for us except Our Lady and She has been with us for 28 years trying to prepare us. We all need to listen for She is our Mother and loves us more than we can imagine. I love You Our Lady and thank you, please continue to guide us on the path to Heaven and help us to get through the difficult times ahead.
Marion
Middletown, New Jersey - USA
Sept. 2nd, 2009 Wow, I felt like that message was written for me as no one can begin to understand/believe all the horrors I've been thru past 18 years, especially the last 14 yrs. and again these past 21 months. It would take an hour to write on it. It gives me a sense of peace now to know it's not me or something bad I've dne and being punished for without stop. Both harsh phsyical, personal, family, financial and neighbors losses and false testimonies/gossip. So much has been taken f
Kathy McCabe
Brookville, Pennsylvania - USA
I just want to send a positive comment your way..YOUR pictures and commentating about the apparitions is the N EXT best thing to being there for all of us here in the states!!!!! I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being present and sharing these pictures and comments for us!!
Seamus
Gorey Wexford, Ireland
Thank you for the update on the Sept 2nd Apparition and indeed all of the apparitions- much appreciated for those of us who cannot be there. God Bless your work in helping to spread Our Lady's Messages and in helping us to keep in touch with Our Lady Queen of Peace. God is good all the time.
Marie
Texas, USA
I have been reading the Words from Heaven but was looking for a confirmation that I was using them correctly. The message today is a big confirmation that our Lady is talking to me. I had a bad situation on Friday and I was treated unjustly and betrayed felt so upset I became ill. I kept praying and finally went to confession and finally received peace back in my heart. This message confirmed what I have to do next time. Thank you Mother for guiding me.
Marta a. lentino
Houston, USA
I have been following our Lady's messages since 1981 and attended the apparitions in 1990, was fortunate to be with Vika in her home and have no doubt in my heart she is preparing us for what is to come to the world, we must remain close to her, be spiritually strong and mend our ways
Joanne
Arlington, Va, Virginia - USA
Our Lady wants us to be love in the world that is so cold and without love. Love will win souls! I make an effort to smile at everyone I come across each day - I call it "smile ministry". That really helps bring peace. Thanks for the great article. I look forward to your broadcast tonight! Thank you my mother Mary! I love you Our Lady!
Karen
Troy, USA
I cried and cried as I read this today......I am currently going through a situation where I am feeling betrayed and persecuted. I have had several trials throughout many years, and I am ready to scream enough!!! After reading this, and with God's help, I will work towards loving and truly forgiving those who have betrayed me.
Gisele Maheu
Poulsbo, Wa. Usa, USA
I am so grateful for being able to receive this Medjugorge newsletter, I thank you and thank Our Lady to permit me to read her messages I want to be Her apostle forever, I ask for strenght, wisdom, love I give her all my life but seems to be incapable to accomplish anything. I love You my Queen and my all
AS
Clyde, Texas - USA
What a beautiful and helpful message!!! I love how are lady gives us a little help and guidance just enough not to overwhelm us but something to strive for. Something that opens our eyes as to what we need to do to become more holy. "A Friend of Medjugorje" just helps us a little more by explaining to us how to apply this message to our lives! And what we receive when we do, this helps me so much not only as one person, but as a mother, wife, sister, aunt and daughter! Praying for you all!
Moira Cross
Twickenham, United Kingdom
The local Bishop has recently disallowed the Medj. Franciscans from commenting on Our Lady's Messages.but he cannot prevent these wonderful Messages from reaching the people who come in their 1000's and tell others the Messages Gospa longs all to hear. Your comments are so good it's as if we were actually there.Greater crowds can gather at The Blue Cross than Cenacalo.It is all part of Gods Plan as is the local Bishop who opposes the Messages but who needs our prayers.Jesus was also denied.
Annmarie Wright
Portland, Oregon - USA
I am completely stunned, and know in my heart that I must set to work on my personal conversion,however difficult,because Our Lord died for MY sins.
Cmr
Longs, Sc, USA
Our Lady's message is overwhelming to read especially after experiencing injustice, betrayal and persecution while on vacation recently. I wish I had handled it better at the time, especially after reading the message. However, accepting and apology and now trying to unconditionally forgive it is a main objective. Thank you for the beautiful writing and for reminding us what it is "To Love".
Katie
Natchitoches, La, USA
I have been struggling with alot of resent, anger and unforgiveness toward specific family members. I've prayed daily, that God will help me with this...to help me overcome these feelings & love as Jesus loves us. Prior to reading today's message, I prayed & thanked our Lord for sending us his loving Mother & how grateful I am for all her love and guidance... As soon as I read the message, it brought tears to my eyes, for I felt as though she was speaking directly to me! Thank you so much!
Paul r.
Patt. La, USA
Wow! Powerful words from Our Lady, and a wonderful direction from A Friend of Medjugorje. It's so true, what is Our Lady getting us ready for in the future?