Dear children, With motherly love I am coming to help you to have more love and that means more faith. I am coming to help you to live with love the words of my Son, so that the world would be different. Therefore, apostles of my love, I am gathering you around myself. Look at me with the heart, speak to me as to a mother about your pains, sufferings and your joys. Ask me to pray to my Son for you. My Son is merciful and just. My motherly heart would desire for you also to be like that. My motherly heart would desire that you, apostles of my love, speak of my Son and of me to all those around you with your life; so that the world would be different; that simplicity and purity would return; that faith and hope would return. Therefore, my children, pray, pray, pray with the heart, pray with love, pray with good works. Pray that everyone would come to know my Son, so that the world would change, that the world would be saved. With love live the words of my Son. Do not judge, instead love one another so that my heart could triumph. Thank you. (March 2, 2017)
I want to share the conversion account of a pilgrim in Medjugorje named Joe Campo. He gave his testimony along with Fr. Glen Sudano in Fruit Show 171. I was watching their testimonies on the channel today, and was mesmerized. But Joe Campo has a beautiful conversion testimony that happened through Our Lady of Medjugorje. Listen to his words:
When Joe was in Medjugorje for the first time, he experienced something special:
I fell asleep in the afternoon and I missed the apparition that was at about 6:45 pm at that time. And it was in the choir loft. I had missed that. And I woke up and I said, "Just like me to miss the apparition! I come all the way here and I miss the apparition." And I wasn't too happy with myself. But some time later I went into the kitchen and I looked out the window and I could see that there were people - actually there were lights - going up the mountain. There were thousands of lights going up. So I asked the people in the kitchen what is going on?
They said, "Well there is a special apparition tonight. You didn't hear about it?" And I said, "No, I was sleeping!" So I immediately got up and got my flash light and I followed the crowd right through the vineyards, and I made it to the base of the mountain rather quickly. Then I started to climb.
It was already pretty late at that time. It was probably 9:30 or quarter to 10. And I started to climb the mountain and I literally flew up the mountain. Now I was climbing over rocks. People were singing in all these different languages. It was very inspiring. But I literally flew up the mountain. And when I got to the top of the mountain I asked someone in English, "Where are the visionaries?" I knew I was at the top, and there were thousands of people all over the place. And they said, "You're standing with them." And I looked and I realized that I was standing with the visionaries! So I took a seat close by, I just backed up a little bit. I found it very inspiring. You can hear singing in all the different languages. And you can hear people praying the Rosary in all different languages. And again, I was very inspired by all of this.
And at 11:00 o'clock at night we heard everybody go, "Shhhh Shhh!" She's arriving. And the visionaries were already down. And I am telling you that at 11:00 at night with all those people, at the moment she appeared there was complete silence. Complete silence. There was no more singing. There were no more crickets. There was no more anything. Just silence.
And I watched the visionaries, and all of a sudden something overwhelming happened to me. Some thoughts came into my head, and I was experiencing conversion. And I didn't know what a conversion experience was, quite frankly. And I just put my head down and I started to cry. And I was probably crying for about 20 minutes.
Some of the reasons I was crying I knew, but others I didn't. But at the same time I felt a tremendous amount of peace. A tremendous amount of joy. And I think I felt love for the first time...real love...real love.
Before I came to Medjugorje I was very much into the world. I had my own company. Money was very important to me. Material things were very important to me. I was always a true believer in God, but I didn't go to church!! I was always a true believer in God, but I didn't follow the Ten Commandments. I believed in God, that is all there was to it. I always knew there was a God and I knew I wasn't Him. But did I follow Him, no.
But one of the things I learned during my conversion experience when Our Lady appeared, was that everything I learned about the Catholic Church was true! It was the truth! And I had been searching for the truth my whole life. And it was answered right there. I was completely changed at that moment.
And although I was crying at that moment, so people were saying, "Are you OK?", I was saying "I've never been better!!" This is great. These two emotions going on at the same time. And I also felt a tremendous amount of sorrow for my sins, and I really knew what they were for the first time. I wasn't happy with myself, and I knew I had to change. And I also knew I was being given the opportunity to change. And even in all of my sinfulness I also knew that God forgave me. And I also knew that I didn't deserve it.
All this information was overwhelming. And I also knew that this wasn't just about me. I knew that I had to change but I also knew that this was big. This wasn't just about me, or New York, or Medjugorje. This was big! This was about the planet, the entire world. And I really felt humbled that Our Lady would come to me.
(Rosie asked him; You could feel that individual attention and love from Our Lady, but also know it was worldwide.)
Yes, at the same time. I had heard people ask, do you have a personal relationship with Christ. I thought that was ridiculous. But I did have that relationship now. It wasn't out of fear. He loved me. He loved me in my sinfulness, and I was given the chance, the opportunity to become a better person. And I wanted to take that opportunity.
I believe that Joe is right, that what he experienced was indeed for him personally, but that it is also part of a plan to change the world that Our Lady is enacting in Medjugorje. I think he is right. This is big. Very, very big. Our Lady is with us to change the world!!
We are in the middle of Lent, and Lent is all about conversion. Thank you, Joe, for sharing your conversion experience. May we all encounter Our Lady this Lent and be changed!!
PS. Today, a very helpful article/interview was published by Aleteia. Archbishop Henryl Hoser spoke to them about his assignment as special envoy to Medjugorje by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Here is the link to his beautiful interview:
PPS. We are approaching the Annunciation of the Lord! Somehow I think it is very important this year. As a preparation, maybe we could pray the words of the Annunciation from Luke's Gospel ( Luke 1: 26-38) every day until the 25th. Just an idea!!
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world." Saint John Paul II Be connected! www.marytv.tv
Our Lady's Monthly Message From Medjugorje to Marija
Dear children! Also today I am calling all of you to prayer. You cannot live without prayer, because prayer is a chain which brings you closer to God. Therefore, little children, in humility of heart return to God and to His commandments so that with all of your heart you are able to say: as it is in Heaven so may it be on earth. You, little children, are free to, in freedom, decide for God or against Him. See where Satan wants to pull you into sin and slavery. Therefore, little children, return to my heart so that I can lead you to my Son Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Our Lady's 2nd of the month, Monthly Message To Mirjana
Dear children, I have called you and am calling you anew to come to know my Son, to come to know the truth. I am with you and am praying for you to succeed. My children, you must pray much in order to have all the more love and patience; to know how to endure sacrifice and to be poor in spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, my Son is always with you. His Church is born in every heart that comes to know Him. Pray that you can come to know my Son; pray that your soul may be one with Him. That is the prayer and the love which draws others and makes you my apostles. I am looking at you with love, with a motherly love. I know you; I know your pain and sorrows, because I also suffered in silence. My faith gave me love and hope. I repeat, the Resurrection of my Son and my Assumption into Heaven is hope and love for you. Therefore, my children, pray to come to know the truth; to have firm faith which will lead your heart and which will transform your pain and sufferings into love and hope. Thank you.
Pray for Priests
ADOPT A PRIEST IN PRAYER
Could you find in your heart to adopt a priest and pray for him daily?
In a letter Benedict XVI expressed his satisfaction for the campaign for Eucharistic adoration and spiritual "maternity" for the sanctification of the world's priests. The campaign calls especially for "women consecrated" to spiritually adopt priests to help them, through their self-offering, prayer, and penance. It is hoped that through this initiative there will rise up to God from every corner of the earth an incessant prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, praise, supplication and reparation, so as to give rise to a sufficient number of holy vocations to the priesthood.
Prayer for Priests
Lord Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and living perpetually among us through Your Priests, grant that the words of Your Priests may be only Your words, that their gestures be only Your gestures, and that their lives be a true reflection of Your life. Grant that they may be men who speak to God on behalf of His people, and speak to His people of God. Grant that they be courageous in service, serving the Church as she asks to be served. Grant that they may be men who witness to eternity in our time, traveling on the paths of history in Your steps, and doing good for all. Grant that they may be faithful to their commitments, zealous in their vocation and mission, clear mirrors of their own identity, and living the joy of the gift they have received. We pray that Your Holy Mother, Mary, present throughout Your life, may be ever present in the life of Your Priests. Amen.
*Fr. John Randall, age 82 entered into eternal life on June 15, 2011, but the Body of Christ Prayer Meeting will continue every Thursday evening as before. May he rest in the peace of Christ.
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FATHER JOHN RANDALL IS THE AUTHOR OF:
In God's Providence - The Birth of a Catholic Charismatic Parish
The Book of Revelation: What Does It Really Say?
Wisdom Instructs Her Children: The Power of the Spirit and the Word
Mary, Barrier or Bridge?
Pope John Paul Scriptural Rosary (20 decades)
Spiritual Warfare, The Twenty-First Decade
*Fr. Randall's last published book,- No Spirit, No Church,- is available at all Catholic Book Stores in Rhode Island or
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*Father John J. Randall's New Rosary Prayer Book has been reprinted with a hard cover with his picture on the cover.
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Fr. Joe Whalen, M.S.
Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry - Click on photo...
Fr. Joseph Whalen is the founder of Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry. He retired in 2014 at the age of 91. He has spent his entire priesthood witnessing to Christ's healing presence. Please keep him in your prayers.
August 8th 2016 Fr. Joe Whalen has gone to his eternal rest. His legacy and love for this Ministry that he founded will continue. We now have a powerful intercessor in heaven!