VATICAN OPENS THE DOOR TO MEDJUGORJE!
BY WAYNE WEIBLE
The Day has come – at last.
Preparation for its coming has been in the making for 35 years, 10 months and a few weeks. This is the length of time that the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing daily in Medjugorje to six chosen visionaries. Even greater, it is also the length of time that the apparitions have steadily given forth the sweetest of spiritual fruits through the pilgrims who have come to the village.
Here’s a small sample of the spiritual fruits of Medjugorje: Millions of lapsed Catholics have returned to the Church; tens of thousands have been to confession for the first time in years; and, the vast majority return to their homes with new-found faith that changes lives. One more astounding fruit is that more than 7,000 vocations have come out of the more than 50 million pilgrims who have come there.
The “Day” referred to here is the day the Vatican decided to send a representative to Medjugorje to “see to the pastoral needs of the pilgrims.” The representative chosen by Pope Francis is Archbishop Henryk Hoser, from Poland, who arrived in Medjugorje on April 2. Three days later, April 5, he held an international news conference that was filled with glowing words and comments from him concerning the ongoing apparitions. It is the statements made by Archbishop Hoser that has now opened the door to Medjugorje to the entire world.
Here are just a few of the amazing comments and statement made by Archbishop Hoser during the press conference and in a homily given at St. James Church:
“It is important to grow Medjugorje. People discover something extraordinary at Medjugorje There is an atmosphere of peace and reconciliation; an atmosphere of peace of the heart – an inner-peace of the heart. At Medjugorje there is a huge space for spirituality. People rediscover something sacred, something holy. There is something divine when we honor Our Lady.”
“Our Lady is always showing us back to Christ. When we look closely at Medjugorje we see at the center is the Holy Eucharist. We see Adoration where the real presence of Jesus Christ is found. People at Medjugorje discover the Holy Rosary. People at Medjugorje pray the ‘Way of the Cross’ and experience the passion of Jesus Christ. Of course, the Holy confession and reconciliation with God is also at the center.”
“I have lived the genocide in Rwanda. Syria has been destroyed. Syria has the oldest Christian presence in the world. Chemical weapons are now used. There are so many political conflicts, this is the reality of today’s world. So now to evoke the Queen of Peace, the Mother of God in prayer for peace is important. The specific role of Medjugorje is utterly important!”
One certain fact coming from these statements by the archbishop is that he personally believes that the apparitions are authentic. He is saying positive things about Medjugorje that I have been saying for years! Also, I can only ascertain that such straightforward positive comments indicate that Pope Francis knows he has sent an envoy to the site who personally believes in them; and, he stated publically that Pope Francis “is very interested in Medjugorje.”
Thus, as stated earlier, the door to Medjugorje is now open. It is wide open, and I am calling on all Americans who may have delayed going to or believing in Medjugorje to open your hearts to the words of Archbishop Hoser. Imagine the grace of going to a place of active appearances of the Blessed Virgin, as opposed to a site where she has appeared in the past. Think in positive terms of inner problems, conditions or diseases that have a chance of being healed - or accepted in faith.
I close with this statement from Archbishop Hoser, which is my favorite: “You can say to the whole world that here is a light with Medjugorje and you can find the light again. We need these spots of light in the world that is going down to darkness. So, friends, be carriers of this joyful news.”
The peace, grace and love of Jesus be with each of us!