在朝聖期間，加拿大主辦中心Pat的提醒，我留意到名牌後面聖母媽媽的信息：Decide for God, little children, and you will find in God the Peace your hearts seek. 原來，聖母媽媽一早已知道我內心的不安，藉著朝拜聖體她提醒我，多陪伴耶穌，在主內尋找平安！所以回港後，我每天都頌唸玫瑰經和33天祈禱奉獻，我亦會多參加朝拜聖體。雖然我還是在祈禱中祈求我尚未領洗的兒子早日領洗，祈求主賜他健康，但是，我心境總算比以前平安多了！
Peace in Lord be with you
June A 2018
I had a wonderful time and filled with blessings from Medjugorje. Thank you Jesus & Mother Mary for this invitation. No doubt that I’ll bring my husband back to Medjugorje next time.
As you said my mind still remember the many graces & blessings we had in Medjugorje. I’m really treasure every moments there.
Talking about the nametag, of course I noticed that all our group members with a different message from our Blessed Mother. Mine is “Little children, may hope in a better tomorrow be always in your heart.” Our Lady Queen of Medjugorje Message 01/25/2015.
We are all so blessed and will try our very best to share the joy, peace, love, prayerful heart, and many blessings with our friends & family.
In fact I have shared my fruitful pilgrimage to my family & friends already upon arrival to Hong Kong. And also I remember the five stones from Medjugorje need to be followed and proceeded in my daily life.
Praise be our Lord! & God bless to everyone!
Ada Chi Yin Luk
June A 2018
Holy Mass in St. James Church (outdoor)
直至要交費之前也有一點點憂慮，幸好得到好朋友 Danny 及太太的鼓勵，亦想考驗一下自己才確認成行，旅程中自己感受是每天都在親近天主，親近聖母媽媽，沒有如此的親近，感恩的是之前的憂慮一掃而空，只感到滿懷的恩寵，在十多天的旅程當中給我的印象是宗教氣氛十分濃厚，當地居民對信仰渴求很熱烈，每日的多台彌撒都坐無虛席，在街上很容易看到手持念珠邊行邊頌念玫瑰經的民眾，在我們攀登聖母山及十字架山的艱辛路上，大家都悉力以付，特別是年長者為要登頂所付出毅力都令人倍添感動，在旅程接近尾聲的一天，一位團友對我說因她沒有看見會旋轉的太陽，聞不到玫瑰花香也沒有感受到其他異像而有㸃失望，最初我也有同感，但之後回想自己也不是為此而來，主要是為自己的靈修，在信仰生活上增添對天主及聖母媽媽的虔敬。
After Medjugorje pilgrimage I have more trust in God 。
Alan Sak Lun Chan陳錫麟
June A 2018
Having been a legionary during secondary school, I had always had a special connection with the Virgin Mary. We prayed the rosary in every meeting and were told to pray it as much as we could etc. but it was nowhere close to what I have experienced in Medjugorje.
A few days before heading to Medjugorje, I was excited to see what I was going to get out from this place but I did not have a great deal of expectations. My knowledge about this place was minimal, where I did not even know much about the visionaries or that apparitions are still ongoing. I thought it was just another place where the Virgin Mary has once appeared. However, since the first day of my arrival, everything has gone so smoothly and I thought it must have been my calling to come here.
As soon as I arrived, the group leader handed me a name tag with a message from our Lady, she said “Dear children, through love you will achieve everything, even what you think is impossible.” Immediately after that, I felt like our Lady had already answered my prayer. At that moment, I was buzzing with anticipation of what our Lady wanted me to do for her and to humbly take from this place.
For the first few days of pilgrimage, the evening programs were not the most ideal thing I have ever imagined. To be honest, I think I have fallen asleep in most of the rosary sessions. However, my thoughts and feelings towards prayers and rosary were completely overturned on the night where our Lady’s apparition took place in the Apparition Hill. I felt like praying with heart is the most essential thing to do, praying rosary is just like communicating with our Lady whilst holding the rosary is just like holding our Lady’s hand. Having prayed with heart, we could truly be our Lady’s extended hand to help those who has not known God and God’s love. Even solely thinking of how joyful and happy our Lady would be when we pray our rosary, everything is just worth it. At that moment, in my mind, the one mission in my life is to live like our Lady so that I could go to heaven. (I even secretly wished that I could die right after the minute I did my confession!)
The eleven days were life changing, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. God is giving all of us everything we are and everything we have, it might be difficult for us to realise what he has done for us as there is too much going on in our lives and we have always ignored the simplest thing that gives us true joy. Medjugorje, I think, it’s a place where you find peace, joy, purity and love. With zero distraction, it’s a place where you could completely connect with God, where you could feel the presence of God through the help of our Lady. After the pilgrimage, I feel that I have a deeper connection with our Lady. I would never have thought that our heavenly mother loves us so much before I went there, she once said “If you knew how much I love you, you’d cry for joy.”
There is one thing that is vital for any of us, we do not necessarily have to tell people what God’s love is or spread the messages of our Lady by words as it is hard for people who has never experienced to understand. Instead, we apostles, should walk and live the way like Jesus did, so people could see and understand God’s love through each and every one of us. The Queen of Peace once said, “An impure heart cannot do correct and just things; it is not an example of the beauty of God’s love to those who surround it and to those who have not come to know that love.” “My children, do not forget that you are not in this world only for yourselves, and that I am not calling you here only for your sake.”
My first ever experience in Medjugorje was magnificent, it is like experiencing Heaven on Earth. I am so blessed to have this invitation from our Lady, and I thank God for that.
June A 2018
Pilgrimage to Medugorje – June 16 – 27, 2018 Group A
June 16. I would like to share some personal feelings.
I had never joined any pilgrimage before now, so I had no expectations. On the first travel day, we had to transit at Istanbul, Turkey. It was very congested at the airport. On arrival at Sarajevo, we boarded a coach. I was told the journey to Medjugorje would take 3 hours. The coach was going up and down the mountains. I instinctively thought we were going through a fairy land. Because of the rain earlier, it was misty between the mountains. Then we were lucky, because it became sunny. We also had a nice lunch break, consisting of fresh grilled fish and roasted lamb. I felt so peaceful in the coach. Fr Leung led the Rosary during the journey to Medugorje.
June 17. Three of us shared a room. We were lucky the room had an air conditioner. I was told some rooms were steaming hot, and people were unable to sleep.
On the first evening there was heavy rain. We had to rush into St James Church, all of us soaking wet. We didn’t know what was going on. Our group members were scattered around. Then we realized it was Rosary time, and then Mass. We forgot about the dampness and being soaked through, and enjoyed the program. We felt so blessed that evening!
June 18. We had a Chinese Mass in a small Chapel, and then attended a talk by Father Leon. Unfortunately I dozed off during most of the session. Good thing we can watch the talk on youtube!
June 19. 6am – going up Apparition Hill was another experience for me. We climbed up the hill, stopping at various spots to pray the Rosary. We didn’t go to the very top of the hill, but stopped at the white statue of Mother Mary. We all had our different spots to offer our intentions! That evening we had confessions. Since Fr Leung’s queue was too long, in order to make it to Adoration at 10 pm, I had my confession with an Irish priest. He was very precise. I felt clean after he forgave my sins in the name of God!
June 20. Fr Leung was the main celebrant at the English mass at St James Church. In order to sit in the front row, a few of us had to stand very close to the front pews. That day we started our commitment to fast every Wednesday. However, it didn’t last. My weekly Friday Prayer group also committed to this fasting habit!
In the afternoon we had a sharing session back at the Panorama hotel. It was very touching, and I was moved to tears. Each of us basically introduced ourselves and talked about why we wanted to join this pilgrimage.
June 21. We went to Cross Mountain early in the morning. It wasn’t easy, and I’m glad I did the whole trip without too much problem!
June 22. Went to a church in Tihalijna. It has an amazingly beautiful statue of Mother Mary. We presented flowers to Our Lady, and Father Leung offered a Chinese Mass. We had another sharing at Panorama that afternoon. Again, it was touching to know why some people went on this pilgrimage so many times!
June 23. Mostar visit. Mostar is an old town outside Medugorje. We became tourists. We went shopping and had a lovely meal.
June 24. Sister Emmanuel’s talk was a bit repetitive, and I dozed off! Mass at Mother’s Village. It was good to know how the orphanage was being supported!
June25. Chinese Mass. Met another Chinese group, with Linda Siu/Ming sir (RIS ex-chairman) and their children. It’s their 2nd visit. They said it was phenomenal to see so many people this time!
June 26. Met Roland at Panorama. I shared his CDs with my Prayer Group after I returned to Hong Kong. I was lucky to see him at St. Joseph Church the following week.
June 27. Last day of the pilgrimage. Met group B that afternoon. 邵衛青執事 shared his experience in Medugorje. It was very touching. Coincidentally, I met this couple in Lourdes, France on July 7!
Overall, every day we prayed the Rosary, attended Mass and Adoration. It really showed me the power of group prayer. That is why prayer groups have to meet at least weekly in order to pray for one another!
The church fountain is where we refilled our water, what we call holy water. I brought some back for sick friends.
The outdoor altar is where we go for our daily 6pm Rosary, Mass, and Healing prayers for the sick. That’s where we put our little chairs and mats.
**every evening at 6:40 pm, the bell rings. It means Mother Mary is present. It’s very quiet and peaceful. Every time, I looked up at the sky. It was so blue that it seemed like a picture rather than a real sky. I also noticed that the bright stars were moving very fast during Adoration (between 10-11pm)!
I would like to express my gratitude to
1. Fr Leung. He is really God sent. He is a pleasant, humorous, and helpful person.
2. Our group leader Irene Paul. Undoubtedly very helpful and generous on all counts. A wonderful volunteer.
3. Kevin and Glenda. They have been supporting the HK group so much. It is appreciated.
4. Our tour guide Marijan Drmic. She looks very much like Mother Mary leading us on this pilgrimage. Thanks for her patience.
5. Our group C leader Virginia. I feel that now I know her better.
6. Pat, for always updating us with news from Medugorje and strengthening our faith 🙏🙏🙏
June A 2018