Praised Be Jesus and Mary!
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Dear Marija, dear Ivan, thank you first of all that you came. Thank you that you came again! [applause] Thank you for your service across so many years. For your work, for your service of being messengers of the Gospa [Our Lady]. You bring us children of this world, children of humanity, her love and her presence, and may God pay you back a hundred-fold for what you’re doing tirelessly.
Before we go into Adoration, I wish to tell you three things that are very deep in my heart. [I’ll speak] very shortly.
First, if I think back to the beginning of the prayer community here in Vienna, the beginning of the 80’s, in the very beginning at the Dominican Church, (I am Dominican), I remember how we were surprised that every Thursday the church was full. We were not used to that. And that people were praying for hours. There was Confession, there was Rosary. But you see, this is nearly 30 years ago, and the astonishing thing is, I can see tonight, you have never stopped praying! That is not usual. And that shows what Our Lady always says at the end of her messages, “Thank you for having responded to my call.” I can only repeat, thank you for having heard her until today, and thank you for continuing to listen to her.
The second is of our beloved icon Maria of Posch. Maria Posch is in eastern Hungary, and I was there for the Jubilee of that pilgrimage place. The original is here, the copy in Maria Posch. It’s an icon through which the Mother of God has shown her closeness through the miracle of tears. In 1697 there was the big miracle of tears because the icon cried for many days. Why did she cry? She cried about the suffering of the people. But I believe mainly because she suffers with us, she is compassionate, because she is really the mother of all of us her tears have guided many, many people back to faith, deeper into faith; and if you look everyday there are thousands of candles burning in front of her picture here in the Dom, St. Stephen’s [Cathedral]. I want to indicate something to you which is a speciality of this icon, because this icon is the indicator of the path. It is Mary indicating Jesus with her hand. She shows us the way. She shows us Jesus who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” She shows us Jesus. “Do what he tells you to do!” That’s what she tells at Cana, “Do what he tells you to do.”
But this icon has something very special. Normally in the icons of the Church of the East, the baby, the child Jesus, blesses with both his hands. And Mary indicates Jesus and Jesus blesses. Here, and this is very rare, here there is something else. He indicates his mother as she indicates him. He indicates her and on this icon Jesus does what he does later on the cross. He says, “Behold your mother!” Here is your mother. See your mother. I believe that this is something very special that we rarely see on icons: the love of Jesus for his mother, he shows her to us.
And the third is something funny, something amusing. I have heard so many witnesses about Medjugorje in these nearly 30 years. One thing I have to tell you because it’s kind of funny and I believe that I’m allowed to do that.
I took a train after my visit to Medjugorje. And I felt that this was a little wink from Our Lady. I sat on the train and wanted to be pious and pray the breviary. A very voluminous lady sat down next to me. She was really, really fat. And I had to really push myself to the side because she left very little space. And I was slightly annoyed, I must admit. I was not virtuous. And then she began to talk to me. I didn’t like it at all. She asked me, “Father, where are you a parish priest?” I sort of reacted in an annoyed way. She was a Roma lady from Burgland and I acted a bit annoyed, and I said, “I want to read.” And she asked again, “Hey, Father, where are you a parish priest?” And again annoyed I answered, “I am the bishop of Vienna.” And she answered, “Oh, yes, I¹m sorry. I didn’t want to disturb you.” And that made me become a bit more friendly. And then out of the sky she began to say, “My husband was in Medjugorje.” I didn’t say anything about Medjugorje, she said it. “My husband was in Medjugorje. And he climbed up a hill where there is a big cross at the top. And he climbed back down. And since he came back he is so kind and friendly like he was never before in his life with me!” [applause]
And she said she wants to go to Medjugorje also now. Perhaps she will also be so friendly.
The Lord is in our midst truly! Truly, truly like in the times in Galilee, in Jerusalem, so real, the Risen Lord!
We want to greet him now. And in great gratitude, in great trust, we want to adore him.
[His Eminence then presided, leading the congregation in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.]
Watch the Sept 23, 2010 evening of prayer in Vienna, Austria with Ivan and Marija from Medjugojre at marytv.tv Ivan and Marija receive an apparition of the Queen of Peace in Cardinal Schoenborn’s Cathedral. The evening consisted of prayer, Mass, the apparition, and testimonies from Ivan, Marija, and others.
What follows is an excerpt of the interview of Fr. Petar by A Friend of Medjugorje. Fr. Petar is the priest chosen by the Medjugorje visionary Mirjana to reveal the secrets publicly to the world when that time would come.
A Friend of Medjugorje: Fr. Petar, what is your connection to the Medjugorje apparitions? Fr. Petar: From the very beginning, I am following what is happening in Medjugorje. For me, they are a great gift from Heaven now-a-days or in our tough times. I know thousands, if not millions, of people who found God there and who have converted. And then about some examples of conversions I have written in some of my books. I do agree with those that say that Medjugorje is truly a miraculous spot. The atmosphere of prayer is so potent there. The grace is really operative, and of worth there and big – and it’s manifested in healings and also in conversions.
A Friend of Medjugorje: Fr. Petar, your future is connected to Medjugorje (a connected role in the future). Can you explain a little bit about that?
Fr. Petar: Maybe you are talking about one of the visionaries that has chosen me to reveal the secrets. Is that what you are asking?
A Friend of Medjugorje: Correct – yes!
Fr. Petar: That is Mirjana – she is a visionary. We don’t know when that will take place. She received from Our Lady ten secrets. She has also received a parchment that is not from this world, but something Our Lady gave her and on it are the ten secrets. They are written right there. When the time comes for the secrets to be released, rather the first secret, ten days before, she will give me this parchment and then I will then be able to read the first secret and then, along with her, I will fast for seven days and pray. Then I would be able to reveal it to the world what will take place: where, how, and how long. That is before every secret. The first two secrets are warnings; especially they are for the people of Medjugorje because Our Lady first appeared there. When that takes place, the first two secrets, then it will be clear to everyone that Our Lady was truly there. The third secret will be an undestroyed (indestructible) sign that will take place on the Mountain of Apparitions, in the place where Our Lady first appeared. That sign will be a great joy for all those who have believed that She is there all along. And it will be a last call to those who have not converted, and did not hear Her messages. But it is not wise to wait for that sign. This is a moment of conversion. This is a time for prayer. This is the time for our spiritual cleansing. This is the time to decide to live for God, for Jesus Christ. Therefore, we call this time, a time of grace. That is what I can say about the secrets. Therefore we need to take advantage of this time in order to be ready to meet Our Lady with Her secrets. That is my duty to tell people, that they should not be surprised over anything.
A Friend of Medjugorje: You mentioned the last call to the people – what do you mean by that? What does that mean? The sign would be the last call to convert and what does that mean?
Fr. Petar: You should not really take that to the words that I used, but that it actually simply means that it is the last chance to turn to God and to be changed, to be converted. For some it can be the last call of the message that I will convey to the world. Therefore, I am referring to the Medjugorje apparitions here. Twenty-seven years and four months and several days that Our Lady’s appearing. This is the time of grace and the time of continual conversion, the call to conversion. When we say that it may be too late for somebody, because if God is giving you grace today that you would be converted, but you don’t take advantage of it, you are postponing it. But then the question becomes, when again will you have that grace? And in that sense I say that it would be the last call.
A Friend of Medjugorje: Fr. Petar, have you thought about how you will release the first secret? How will that happen?
Fr. Petar: I will first tell my closest and intimate friends. They would be ready and pray. And, of course, through the internet, television, and radio now-a-days and satellite. I believe that that would be the easiest duty. For me, it is most important that people would be ready. This is the desire of Our Lady and of Her Divine Son. For two thousand years we hear the echo of His words, “I am returning soon,” but do not ask when that is going to be, what you should ask yourself is, “Am I ready?” And that is what is important. When He will come, will He find us worthy and ready? We will be called blessed then. If we are not ready right now, we have little time to do it. But we should not permit that we would be caught by surprise. And then on that given moment, we would not know what to do. Just as in the Gospel, the five unwise virgins, who were waiting for the bridegroom and were not ready, for they had no oil in their torches. Therefore, this means you are waiting for the Lord, but you haven’t got any good deeds. You have been waiting for Him, but you have nothing to wait for Him for. Therefore, we must be ready. If we are ready, then there is no problem for us. We have already found the closeness of God and His presence. And for that reason, I personally believe that Our Lady has remained with us for all of this time, for all of us to be awake, so that all of us would believe and then be converted. And that would be grace for us.
A Friend of Medjugorje: What is the purpose of Our Lady letting us know there are secrets years before the contents are released?
Fr. Petar: First of all, Our Lady speaks of the secrets very little. But we do ask Her or ask others or ask ourselves when will that take place? The secrets will be revealed when the time comes for that. And what is important is that She is appearing and giving us these messages. Naturally, here are the messages for the entire mankind that is for the salvation of mankind. Therefore, I always put an accent on this time of grace which is given to us for conversion and for accepting these messages which will help us to convert. I have no desire to scare anyone with these messages. The only one that could be frightened by it is the one that does not believe and has not converted. And in that sense you can accept the meaning of the secrets. She said that She has come in order to help you in these difficult times. Therefore, I want you to know that She said that in My Son you have the solution to all human problems. Therefore, She is calling us to conversion and strong faith, to pray from the heart and penance, to reconcile ourselves with God and with one another, to read the Word of God, to understand that the Holy Mass is the best prayer. It is a sacrament of all sacraments. Therefore that is the path for the healing of mankind and the salvation for all of us. We can, therefore, say that these messages are the messages of love. Our Lady is not warning anybody, but as a mother she is calling us. She is just repeating what Her Divine Son told Her. I think that we should be thankful to Her, and then to take advantage of this time – that we would take the advantage for us and for our own salvation, and the salvation of all those around us.
A Friend of Medjugorje: Fr. Petar, do you have any thoughts of what it will be like after the first secrets or have you thought about that? What are your thoughts?
Fr. Petar: Up to now I have never had any doubts about the apparitions. I believe that they are happening, even though I have had some good reasons to doubt at times, but I never did. I do believe to the extent that the visionary tells me that what the messages are – are true messages. I was present many times and especially when they had a conversation with Our Lady. There were priests who were asking Mirjana. They said to her, “Mirjana, when it comes to the secrets, there is really nothing there that is of substance.” Somehow, Our Lady just took Her time. And if there will be no secrets or if they will not be revealed, and if I were to say there is nothing of substance to that, then I would say that I was a liar and did not even see Our Lady. I am only bringing or conveying the messages that Our Lady has given me and I have nothing left but to believe that. Whoever wants it, may believe. Who does not want it, doesn’t have to believe.
A Friend of Medjugorje: Have you ever seen the parchment or held the parchment?
Fr. Petar: Some people I know, they did tell me that they have seen it. Personally I never did. Some of her cousins saw it…(because I noticed they were watching something). And Our Lady then said to Mirjana do not show this to anyone yet, until the time of the revelation comes. Mirjana, during the war, was in Sarajevo. When she returned, she forgot the parchment and left it in Sarajevo. A year or two ago a soldier brought it to her with all her belongings that she left behind during the war. She asked him, how did you know this parchment belongs to me. He said, “I had a feeling in my soul that I should bring this to you.” I don’t know what is here, but this is what happens with this parchment. Again, something I would say is miraculous.
A Friend of Medjugorje: Wow, so this man did not know Mirjana?
Fr. Petar: No, he just brought it to her house and that is it. But he didn’t know her in Sarajevo and he didn’t know that she was living in Sarajevo at the time.
A Friend of Medjugorje: What do you feel about the secrets as far as your responsibility? Do you feel that weight on yourself?
Fr. Petar: No, I am not really having any weight on me as far as that goes. I know that there is a whole army of people that are praying for me. I just can’t wait until that will take place. And my point is because of that, many people as possible will be converted. I am always ready on any sacrifice that the Lord would send my way.
A Friend of Medjugorje: How soon do you feel that will be in your heart? Do you have any feelings in your heart when you think that first secret will come?
Fr. Petar: I do have a sense and a feeling that this may come very, very soon, but I really don’t want to speculate or tell dates about it. You can look at the world today and you will see how urgent it is for us to convert and turn to God. The world was never, I would say, sicker and more sinful than it is now-a-days. There were probably never more unoccupied people without a job and poor people as there are now-a-days. We have more and more people who are getting poorer and poorer on a daily basis. And I believe that God is speaking to us through this and He needs to do something for us. He is already doing it. But I also wait for His greater involvement. We must help Jesus. All of us must help Him, that the world will get serious, and that the world would accept the salvation that is being offered through Him. If every heart would open up and would accept Jesus, decide to live for Jesus, that would be the salvation for this world. Then the crisis would do what it is suppose to do for the purpose for which it was sent upon the world. Then this crisis that would end, is calling us to find an exit, that we would find Jesus and that we would live with Him. Our Lady wants all of us to be eternally happy. And all of the people should know that in order that it would be easier for them to decide to live for God.
A Friend of Medjugorje: Well, is there anything you would like to leave us with, Fr. Petar? Anything else on your heart that you feel you need to say to us?
Fr. Petar: I thank you for accepting this conversation. I don’t think this was an accident. We, as Catholics, never experience accidents. We know that the Eternal God is leading this history. He leads every one of us who permits Him to do so. I would like to greet all those who would be listening to this message and through the intercession of Mary, I ask God to bless them. May every moment of their lives be a moment of salvation for them. May they pray in this mode: Oh God, you know what I need. Give me what I need. May I fulfill your will. Give me strength for this moment, for this second and bless this second. Save me now. Save all the people. May you be glorified forever Lord. Thank you! God bless you! Jesus loves you!
A Friend of Medjugorje: Thank you Father for that blessing.