Marija: Baby Jesus spoke with authority

(Source: Medjugorje Today)

Hearing the Infant Jesus give Christmas message instead of Mary was a great surprise to visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti. Afterwards she cried a lot, but also felt a great gratitude. “He spoke with great authority” and “I am trying to understand what I saw” Marija tells in radio interview.

“Jesus addressed me as the King of Peace. It was a child but these words were spoken with authority. With a voice that remained strong within me” Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti tells of her surprising Christmas Day encounter with the Infant Jesus

“Jesus addressed me as the King of Peace. It was a child but these words were spoken with authority. With a voice that remained strong within me” Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti tells of her surprising Christmas Day encounter with the Infant Jesus

Authority exuded from the Child Jesus when Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti heard the Child give her a message on December 25, instead of His Mother. His voice remained strong within Marija when she composed herself in tears after the apparition was over.

The experience was completely unexpected for Marija who says she has seen the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus in her arms every Christmas Day for 31 years, but never heard Jesus speak before. When she talked to Radio Maria soon after the apparition, she still struggled to understand what she had seen.

“Today is really a special day because Our Lady gave no message. I describe it like this” Marija opened the radio interview.

Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti in October. Photo: Daniel Miot,

“The Madonna came with the Child Jesus in her arms. She gave no message. But the Child Jesus began to speak and said, “I am your peace, live My Commandments.” The Madonna and Baby Jesus blessed us together with the Sign of the Cross.”

“Jesus addressed me as the King of Peace. He was a child but these words were spoken with authority. With a voice that remained strong within me. I heard the voice of Jesus as a child. It was not the voice of a child of a few hours. I do not know how to say this. A Jesus who is small, newborn, who addresses us” Marija said.

Marija’s conversation partner, Radio Maria director Fr. Livio Fanzaga

Marija’s conversation partner, Radio Maria director Fr. Livio Fanzaga

“I was very strongly affected, Father Livio. I cried a lot. I did so another two or three times before, but this time greatly moved me. I am trying to understand what I saw.”

“We were all surprised. He caused a strong emotion. After the apparition I started to cry, I am usually happy. Also this time I am still happier. It is an extraordinary thing. It moves me that Jesus has blessed us and spoken words for the first time. Because it is the first time Jesus spoke to me” Marija told Radio Maria.

maria2-“I would not expect anything like this. I could expect Our Lady would tell me she would not appear to me anymore or something else, I do not know. For 31 years Our Lady has appeared every year on Christmas Day with Jesus in her arms. But this was the first time Jesus spoke.”

“By the time it seemed to me that the apparition was something usual, ordinary, but something extraordinary also happened today. In my heart I feel a great gratitude” the visionary said.

The experience had Marija recount the first Christmas when she was having apparitions. In 1981, the Infant Jesus made a gesture, but spoke no words to the seers:

“The only other time that something extraordinary happened (like this) was when the Child Jesus blinked. And now the second time when He spoke” Marija said.

Gabriel Paulino transcribed and translated from Italian

Cardinal Schönborn’s homily in Vigil Mass at Medjugorje


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Friday, 01 January 2010

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This is a transcript of Cardinal Schönborn’s homily given during the Vigil Mass at Medjugorje celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

Cardinal Schönborn

Cardinal Schönborn

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Dear brothers and sisters here in the church and on the squares in front of the church, and in the yellow hall… We are all conscious of the fact that it is a big privilege to not have to celebrate the New Year with champagne. (laughter) Maybe later. (laughter and applause)

But now we are allowed to celebrate the beginning of the New Year with Mary and Joseph and with the child that is lying in the manger and with the shepherds.

These days, we have all come to Medjugorje to be especially close to the Mother of the Lord. To be more exact, we have to say that we have come here because we know that the Mother of the Lord wants to be close to us.

With her, we want to begin the New Year. And the first thing that moves me when I think about the manger and the shepherds is that there were no angels present. Here there is an angel at the nativity set (points), but in the gospel there are no angels there. They were on the hills with the shepherds. An entire host of angels. But Mary and Joseph only heard about it. The shepherds told them. They also didn’t see the Gospa. But there are people here who told about it. And we trust that the Mother of God really is close to us.

Belief comes from hearing. And it impresses me that first, in the gospel of today, there is talk about hearing. We have to listen to the good news first. We have two ears, two eyes, and only one mouth. That means we have to listen much, watch much, and then talk also. And what are we supposed to say? We are supposed to report what we have seen and heard. The world needs a new evangelization and that is only possible through people for whom it is impossible to keep silent about what they have seen and heard.

We all have received the faith. And through baptism we all have received the task to pass on the faith. The shepherds related what they were told. And from there it went on. The gospel, the good news was told and those who told it were believable. Those who heard also saw that the word and life harmonise; that what the witnesses saw is also true in their life.

How can we be witnesses of the good news? First, by looking to Mary. Mary kept all that happened in her heart and pondered it.

Brothers and sisters, what we need most in this time is prayer. I’m saying this with a sadness of some sorts. I know that I’m not praying enough. I know that prayer is life. Without the living relationship with God our life becomes dry end empty.

What does the Mother of God tell us all the time? Pray. Make yourself time for prayer. Is that a good resolution for the New Year? For us priests and deacons? For us all? Time for prayer – it gives so much strength and so much joy; so much clarity. Let us ask Mary, that she helps us to pray more. When we pray our word is also filled with life. And then our testimony is credible.

I want to tell you something about what the apostle Paul told us. The Year of Paul is already over, we are now in the Year of Priests. But the word of the apostle Paul was so strong because it was filled with life. In the reading of today he talks about God sending his Son so that we can become sons. The daughters are not excluded here. Daughters and sons are meant together. But Paul says we are called to become sons – not slaves. Like Jesus is Son of God we are supposed to be allowed to call God, Father. In the beginning of this year the apostle Paul tells us: You are sons and not slaves.

I believe Medjugorje is a place where a lot of people confess. Confession is deliverance from the slavery of sin. Nothing makes us less free than sin. God wants us as sons: Freedom of the children of God. And for that he gifted us with the sacrament of reconciliation. We are to have a new relationship with God, to be allowed to call him Abba. Jesus invited us to that in a way that we trust him, that we trust God. There is so much fear of God in us .

“Jesus, I trust in you.” (in Croatian) I can also speak Polish (laughter). Jesu Ufam Tobie. Jesus, I trust in you. Pope John Paul II left us this message: Trust in the mercy of God. Trust in the mercy of Jesus.

Trust can be heroic sometimes, if life becomes difficult. If a marriage becomes a burden, if an illness oppresses us, if we don’t know what becomes of our work – then to say Jesu Ufam Tobie – that can be heroic. Trust – that really is an act of faith. And again we look to Mary. Who has made and gave this act of trust, of faith, more than Mary? Jesu Ufam Tobie. That is to be our programme in the coming year.

It is almost midnight and the fireworks are cracking outside. But we are not cracking, we are praying. We are not cracking, but we are singing!

And a last word: The shepherds returned and praised God, praised him for what they heard and seen. We, too, will return home. In order that we can become witnesses of the gospel, we have to praise God first. The shepherds praised God for what they have seen and heard. I hope that we can all drive home, travel home after these days here, and praise God for what we have seen and heard. Then people will also believe us when we tell. Then our word will be credible.

Now it is almost midnight. It is exactly the right moment to profess our faith. With this faith we are going into the New Year. God bless this year.

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Omelia del Cardinal Schönborn alla veglia di Capodanno, Medjugorje 31 dicembre 2009

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Cari fratelli e sorelle, qui in chiesa o nei luoghi davanti alla chiesa o nel salone giallo, siamo tutti consapevoli che è un grande privilegio non dover festeggiare il nuovo anno con lo Champagne – forse più tardi – [applausi e risa] ma con Maria, Giuseppe, il Bambino nella greppia, con gli angeli.

Tutti noi siamo venuti a Medjugorje per essere in questo giorno in special modo vicini alla Madre del Signore. O più esattamente dobbiamo dire che siamo venuti qui perché sappiamo che la Madre del Signore vuol essere vicina a noi.

Con lei vogliamo iniziare il nuovo anno, e la prima cosa che mi commuove, se penso al presepio e ai pastori, è che non c’era nessun angelo. Qui [indica il presepio alla base dell’altare] ci sono due angeli sopra la grotta, ma nel vangelo non ci sono; erano nel campo dei pastori, una grande schiera di angeli, ma Maria e Giuseppe ne hanno solo sentito parlare, i pastori glielo hanno raccontato!

Neanche voi avete visto la Gospa, ma qui ci sono delle persone che ce lo hanno raccontato. E noi confidiamo che la Madonna ci è veramente vicina. La fede viene dall’ascolto e mi impressiona per prima cosa che nel vangelo di oggi si parla di ascolto. Prima di tutto dobbiamo ascoltare il lieto annuncio. Abbiamo due orecchie, due occhi e una bocca: questo significa che dobbiamo ascoltare molto, guardare molto e poi parlare. E cosa dobbiamo dire? Dobbiamo raccontare ciò che abbiamo visto e udito. Il mondo necessita di una nuova evangelizzazione, questa avviene solo se è impossibile che tacciano coloro che hanno visto e udito. Tutti noi abbiamo ricevuto la fede e nel battesimo abbiamo ricevuto il compito di comunicarla ad altri. I pastori hanno raccontato ciò che era stato loro detto e da questo tutto è continuato. Il vangelo, la buona novella, è stata raccontata, e quelli che l’hanno riferita erano credibili. Quelli che hanno udito, hanno anche visto che le parole erano in accordo con la vita, che ciò che i testimoni dicevano trovava corrispondenza anche nella loro vita.

Come possiamo diventare testimoni del vangelo? Prima di tutto in quanto guardiamo a Maria. Maria conservava e meditava nel suo cuore tutto quello che era accaduto. Fratelli e sorelle, ciò di cui urgentemente abbiamo bisogno nel nostro tempo è la preghiera. Lo dico con un po’ di tristezza, so che prego troppo poco. So che la preghiera è la vita. Senza un vivo rapporto con Dio la nostra vita diventa arida e vuota. Perché la Madonna ci dice continuamente di pregare? Prendetevi il tempo per la preghiera. Un buon proposito per il nuovo anno, per noi sacerdoti, diaconi e per tutti. Tempo per la preghiera. C’è così tanta forza, così tanta gioia, troppo chiaro. Preghiamo Maria che ci aiuti a pregare di più. Se preghiamo le nostre parole sono piene di vita e poi la nostra testimonianza è credibile.

Vorrei spendere due parole su ciò che l’apostolo Paolo ci ha detto. L’anno paolino è già finito e ora siamo nell’anno sacerdotale, ma le parole dell’apostolo Paolo erano così forti perché erano piene di vita. Nella lettura di oggi ci dice che Dio ha mandato suo Figlio per farci diventare figli. Le figlie non sono escluse, si intende, figli e figlie insieme, ma Paolo dice che siamo chiamati a diventare figli, e non schiavi. Così come Gesù è figlio di Dio, così possiamo anche noi chiamarlo Padre. All’inizio di quest’anno l’apostolo Paolo ci dice: voi siete figli e non schiavi.

Io penso che Medjugorje è un posto dove si confessa molto e la confessione è la liberazione dalla schiavitù del peccato. Dio ci vuole avere come figli. Libertà dei figli di Dio, e per questo ci ha donato il sacramento della confessione. Dobbiamo avere un nuovo atteggiamento verso Dio, poterlo chiamare Abbà. Gesù ci ha chiamato ad avere fiducia in lui, ad avere fiducia in Dio. C’è troppa paura di Dio in noi, Jezu ufam tobie, Gesù confido in te – so anche il polacco – [alcune risate, quelli che capiscono la battuta], Jezu ufam tobie, Gesù confido in te [applausi]. Il Papa Giovanni Paolo II ci ha lasciato questo messaggio: abbiate fiducia nella misericordia di Dio, abbiate fiducia nella misericordia di Gesù. A volte, avere fiducia può essere eroico, quando la vita si fa difficile, quando un matrimonio diventa un peso, quando una malattia ci opprime, quando non sappiamo come andrà col nostro lavoro. Allora, dire Jezu ufam tobie, può essere eroico. Avere fiducia è veramente un atto di fede, e ancora guardiamo a Maria: chi ha donato un atto di fiducia, di fede, più grande di Maria? Jezu ufam tobie: questo sia il nostro programma per l’anno che viene.

E’ quasi mezzanotte e si sentono i botti, ma noi non tiriamo petardi, noi cantiamo [applauso]. E un’ultima parola: i pastori tornarono glorificando e lodando Dio per quello che avevano visto e udito. Anche noi torneremo a casa e per poter essere testimoni della buona novella, dobbiamo prima di tutto glorificare Dio. I pastori glorificarono e lodarono Dio per quello che avevano visto e udito, spero che anche tutti noi torneremo a casa, faremo il viaggio di ritorno, dopo questi giorni passati qui, e glorificheremo Dio per ciò che abbiamo visto e udito. Allora crederanno anche a noi quando racconteremo, la nostra parola sarà degna di fede. Adesso è quasi mezzanotte ed è il momento giusto per proclamare il nostro Credo. Con questa fede entriamo nel nuovo anno. Dio benedica il nuovo anno. [lungo applauso]

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Silvester in Medjugorje – Erwartung des Neuen Jahres im Gebet

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Liebe Brüder und Schwestern hier in der Kirche oder in den Plätzen vor der Kirche und in dem gelben Saal, wir sind uns alle bewusst, dass es ein grosses Privileg ist, das neue Jahr nicht mit Champagner feiern zu müssen, vielleicht später (die Leute lachen und klatschen), jetzt aber dürfen wir mit Maria und Josef und dem Kind, das in der Krippe liegt und den Hirten, den Anfang des neues Jahres feiern. Wir sind alle nach Medjugorje gekommen um in diesen Tagen ganz besonders der Mutter des Herrn nahe zu sein. Genauer müssen wir sagen, wir sind hierher gekommen weil wir wissen, dass die Mutter des Herrn uns nahe sein will. Mit ihr wollen wir das neue Jahr beginnen, und das erste was mich bewegt wenn ich an die Krippe und die Hirten denke, dass keine Engel da waren. Hier ist zweien Engel auf der Krippe aber im Evangelium waren keine Engel da; die waren auf dem Feld der Hirten, eine ganze Schar von Engeln, aber Maria und Josef haben nur davon gehört, die Hirten haben es ihnen erzählt. Sie haben auch nicht die Gospa gesehen, aber es gibt hier Menschen, die davon erzählt haben. Und wir vertrauen, dass die Muttergottes wirklich uns nahe ist. Der Glaube kommt vom Hören, und mich beeindruckt zuerst, dass im Evangelium heute die Rede vom Hören ist. Wir müssen zuerst die frohe Botschaft hören; wir haben zwei Ohren, zwei Augen und nur einen Mund. Das heisst, wir müssen viel hören, viel schauen und dann auch reden. Und was sollen wir reden? Wir sollen erzählen von dem, was wir gesehen und gehört haben. Die Welt braucht eine neue Evangelisierung und das geht nur dadurch, dass Menschen unmöglich schweigen können über das, was sie gesehen und gehört haben. Wir alle haben den Glauben empfangen und wir alle haben durch die Taufe den Auftrag bekommen den Glauben weiter zu geben. Die Hirten haben erzählt, was ihnen gesagt worden ist. Und von da aus ist es weiter gegangen. Das Evangelium, die frohe Botschaft ist erzählt worden und die, die es erzählt haben waren glaubwürdig.

Die, die gehört haben, haben auch gesehen, dass das Wort und das Leben zusammenpassen, dass das, was die Zeugen sagen, auch in ihrem Leben stimmt.

Wie können wir Zeugen der Frohbotschaft werden? Zuerst einmal indem wir auf Maria schauen. Maria bewahrte alles, was geschehen war in ihrem Herzen und dachte darüber nach. Brüder und Schwestern, was wir am dringstens brauchen in unserer Zeit ist das Gebet. Ich sage es mit einer gewissen Trauer, ich weiss, dass ich zu wenig bete. Ich weiss, dass das Gebet das Leben ist. Ohne die lebendige Beziehung zu Gott wird unser Leben trocken und leer.

Was sagt uns die Muttergottes ständig betet? Nehmt euch Zeit für das Gebet. Ist das eine… ein guter Vorsatz für das neue Jahr, für uns Priester, Diakone, für uns alle? Zeit für das Gebet. Es gibt so viel Kraft und so viel Freude, zuviel Klarheit. Beten wir Maria, dass sie uns hilft, mehr zu beten. Wenn wir beten dann ist unser Wort erfüllt mit Leben und dann ist unser Zeugnis glaubwürdig.

Ich möchte euch ein Wort sagen über das, was der Apostel Paulus uns gesagt hat; das Paulusjahr ist schon zu Ende, wir sind jetzt im Priester-jahr, aber das Wort des Apostels Paulus war deshalb so kräftig, weil es mit Leben erfüllt war.

In der heutigen Lesung spricht er davon, dass Gott seinen Sohn gesandt hat, damit wir Söhne werden. Da sind die Töchter nicht ausgeschlossen, Töchter und Söhne sind zusammen gemeint, aber Paulus sagt wir sind berufen, Söhne zu werden, nicht Sklaven.

So wie Jesus Sohn Gottes ist, sollen wir Gott unsern Vater nennen dürfen. Am Anfang dieses Jahres sagt uns der Apostel Paulus ihr seid Söhne und nicht Sklaven.

Ich glaube, Medjugorje ist ein Ort wo viele gebeichtet wird; die Beichte ist die Befreiung von der Sklaverei der Sünde. Nichts macht uns unfreier als die Sünde. Gott will uns zu Söhnen haben. Freiheit der Kinder Gottes und dazu hat er uns das Buβsakrament geschenkt.

Wir sollen ein neues Verhältnis zu Gott haben, ihn Abba nennen dürfen. Jesus hat uns so dazu eingeladen, dass wir ihm vertrauen, dass wir Gott vertrauen. Es gibt so viel Angst vor Gott in uns, Jezu ufam tobie, ich kann auch Polnisch (einige lachen), Jezu ufam tobie, Jesus ich vertraue dir (Beifall).

Papst Johannes Paul der Zweite hat diese Botschaft hinterlassen: vertrauen auf die Barmherzigkeit Gottes, vertrauen auf die Barmherzigkeit Jesu. Vertrauen kann manchmal heroisch sein, wenn das Leben schwierig wird, wenn eine Ehe zu Last wird, wenn eine Krankheit uns bedrückt, wenn wir nicht wissen, wie es mit der Arbeit weiter geht.

Dann zu sagen Jezu ufam tobie, das kann heroisch sein. Vertrauen, das ist wirklich ein Akt des Glaubens, und wieder schauen wir auf Maria: wer hat mehr diesen Akt des Vertrauens, des Glaubens, geschenkt, gemacht, als Maria?

Jezu ufam tobie: das soll unser Programm im kommenden Jahr sein.

Es ist fast Mitternacht und kracht es, aber wir krachen nicht sondern wir beten, wir krachen nicht sondern wir singen (Beifall); und ein letztes Wort: die Hirten kehrten zurück, rühmten Gott, priesen ihn für das, was sie gehört und gesehen hatten.

Auch wir werden nach Hause zurückkehren; damit wir Zeugen des Evangeliums sein können, müssen wir zuerst Gott preisen. Die Hirten haben Gott gepriesen für das, was sie gesehen und gehört haben; ich hoffe, wir alle können nach Hause fahren, nach Hause reisen, nach diesen Tagen hier und Gott preisen für das, was wir gesehen und gehört haben. Dann wird man uns auch glauben wenn wir erzählen, dann wird unser Wort glaubwürdig sein. Jetzt ist es fast Mitternacht, es ist genau der richtige Moment um unseren Glauben zu bekennen. In diesem Glauben gehen wir in das neue Jahr. Gott segne dieses Jahr.

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Molitveni doček Nove godine u Međugorju

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U Međugorju je za Novu godinu boravilo preko deset tisuća hodočasnika, uglavnom mladih, iz cijeloga svijeta. Nakon svete Mise zahvalnice koju je u 18  sati predvodio fra Svetozar Kraljević, zajednica Cenacolo je pred crkvom sv. Jakova uprizorila likovima, evanđeoskim tekstovima, pjesmom i glazbom Betlehemske žive jaslice. Klanjanje Isusu u Presvetom oltarskom sakramentu, od 22 do 23 sata, predvodio je dr. fra Miljenko Šteko, a sv. Misu koja je započela u 23,15, na latinskome jeziku, predvodio je nadbiskup bečki, kardinal dr. Christoph Schönborn, u suslavlju dr. fra Ivana Sesara, provincijala Hercegovačke franjevačke provincije i drugih 120 svećenika. Čitav Molitveni program pratio je svojim pjevanjem i sviranjem Međunarodni zbor i orkestar.

Molitveni program se odvijao u međugorskoj župnoj crkvi, a slika i ton upriličeni su u Velikoj dvorani, u šatoru, te na Vanjskom oltaru iza crkve. Program je istodobno prevođen na mnoge svjetske jezike. Radiopostaja “Mir” Međugorje sve je prenosila na svojim valovima, a njihov program preuzele su brojne druge radijske i mrežne postaje i portali u svijetu.

Kako je već javljano, nadbiskup bečki, kardinal dr. Christoph Schönborn u Međugorje je stigao u privatni posjet, u ponedjeljak 28. prosinca, te ostao do 2. siječnja 2010. Za vrijeme svoga posjeta Međugorju dao je nekoliko izjava novinarima. U razgovoru s Maxom Domejom, za medije iz Austrije, na pitanje što ga je potaklo na dolazak u Međugorje, između ostaloga je kazao: “Međugorje poznajem već mnogo godina, ne osobno jer još nikada nisam bio ovdje, ali u našoj biskupiji i mnogo šire od nje doživljavam plodove Međugorja. Uvijek sam govorio jedno te isto, ono što Isus kaže u Evanđelju: stablo se po plodovima prepoznaje. Kada kod nas vidim plodove Međugorja, mogu reći da je stablo sigurno dobro.”

Govoreći, nadalje, o Međugorju u Crkvi, kardinal je dodao: “Vrhovna instanca u Crkvi je Sveta Stolica, Sveti Otac i njegova Kongregacija za nauk vjere, koja je zapravo najviša instanca u svim pitanjima vjere i morala. Vrhovna uprava Crkve dala nam je jasne upute, ne od strane samoga Pape, nego od strane Kongregacije za nauk vjere koja je jasno potvrdila ono što su svojevremeno rekli jugoslavenski biskupi, i što nesumnjivo vrijedi kao norma za Međugorje. To sam uvijek ponavljao, ti su tekstovi poznati, postoje tri elementa koji i dan danas vrijede, pa u okviru tih uputa vidim i svoj posjet Međugorju. U tom smislu moj dolazak nije nešto neobično. Sveta Stolica kaže, sukladno s izjavom jugoslavenskih biskupa iz 1991.:

Prvo: Non constat de supernaturalitatae. To je izraz koji se rijetko koristi a znači da nadnaravnost događaja nije utvrđena, ali to je klasična formulacija crkvenog naučiteljstva. Ne kaže se da je nadnaravnost isključena, ali nije – ili još nije – konačno potvrđena, i to iz sasvim jednostavnog razloga koji ja potpuno podržavam. Ja sam član Kongregacije za nauk vjere, i podrazumijeva se da to podržavam kada bi došlo do razgovora o tome, naime: dokle god fenomeni traju sigurno ne će doći do konačnog suda Crkve, jer tako nešto još nikada nije bilo učinjeno. U Lurdu i Fatimi događaji su bili okončani, i tek onda je Crkva o tome donijela svoj sud. Konačni sud. Do toga će i u ovom slučaju prije ili kasnije doći, ali i tu ostavljamo Majci Božjoj slobodne ruke.

Drugo: ne smiju se organizirati nikakva službena hodočašća, dakle ja ne mogu upriličiti biskupijsko hodočašće u Međugorje. To je u logičnoj vezi s onim što je rečeno u prvoj točki. Dakle još nema službenoga priznanja, ali je tom formulacijom sasvim jasno rečeno da nadnaravnost nije isključena. Crkva je jasno rekla: nije isključeno. Nije utvrđeno, ali nije ni isključeno.

Ono treće što crkveni nauk jasno kaže, isto tako sukladno jugoslavenskim biskupima, da hodočasnike ovdje treba duhovno pratiti. To znači da doista treba postojati pastoral hodočasnika, i oko toga se mnogi trude, među ostalima i Gebetsaktion Wien koji se brine za hodočasnike, koji ih prati, koji ih slijedi i poslije hodočašća, itd. Mislim da na taj način Međugorje može dobro nastaviti ići svojim putem s povjerenjem da će Crkva, Majka i Učiteljica, ovdje doista dobro pratiti put kojim se ide. Savjetovao bih strpljenje. Majka Božja s nama ima toliko strpljenja da već skoro 29 godina ovdje na vrlo neposredan način pokazuje svoju blizinu i brigu za župu Međugorje i tolike hodočasnike. Mirno možemo imati strpljenja! 29 godina je dugo razdoblje, ali pred Bogom i nije tako dugo!”


Cardinal Tonini on Medjugorje

Friday, 20 March 2009

Cardinal Ersilio Tonini Cardinal Ersilio Tonini: Medjugorje? A blessed place, a source of spirituality that transforms the mind.

Cardinal Ersilio Tonini What do you think about the Medjugorje phenomenon?

“I think that it is a blessed place and a grace of God; who goes to Medjugorje returns transformed, changed, he reflects himself in that source of grace that is Christ. Christ is at the same time the tap and the source. If in Medjugorje, as it is obvious by now, many conversions happen, it surely means that there is the hand of God. I believe that we should look at Medjugorje with serenity and trust, appreciating all the good and holy things that happen in that place.”

What is happening to those who go to Medjugorje?

“They simply discover the source of faith and they are quenched by Christ through Mary, therefore they go with confidence to Medjugorje.”

A Bishop Emeritus has spoken of Medjugorje as of a satanic deceit.

“I cannot believe this. In any case, if he has really said this, I think that it is an exaggerated phrase, absolutely outside the topic. Only unbelievers do not believe in Our Lady and in Medjugorje. For the rest, nobody is forcing us to believe, but let us at least respect it.”

Bruno Volpe, Sunday 08 March,