Freddy Foster (June B 2018)

You can feel momma Mary ‘s mantle surrounding you once you set foot in Medjugorje. The peace and joy you feel cannot be put in words.Participating in the evening programs of rosaries , mass and adorations is so meaningful and joyous and everyone is so engrossed you can feel the harmony and the blessings we are all getting from Our Lord through Mother Mary.Father Peter Leung daily mass and sermons are a great inspiration to us.Marijana thoughtful arrangement and Lidija and Mario treatment of the pilgrims as friends rather then guests is a great help too.I hope to continue this feeling by bringing Mother Mary’s blessings to as many as possible through prayers and sharing my experience with others.

Freddy Foster
June B 2018

Fiona Li (June B 2018)

在默主哥耶的十一天, 沒有思鄉的感覺; 反而覺得時間過得太快, 逗留的日子太短 。 每天早起晚歸,每天出席兩台彌撒, 領兩次聖體 , 在St. James廣場坐至少三小時, 但
一點也不覺得辛苦,一點也不覺得悶, 沒有刻板的感覺; 反而不想錯過任何一個活動, 希望擔凳仔坐頭位。 在默主哥耶 , 學懂怎樣祈禱,開始感受到前所未有的平安及天主的臨在 ———這是這次朝聖的最大得益之一。

在當地看到有一些字句寫著聖母說: 「If you knew how much I love you, you would cry with joy.」 ——- 我把它翻譯為「倘若你知道我有多愛你, 你會喜極而泣 。」。 這句話觸動了我的心靈…… 聖母太過謙卑。

以往犯了十誡, 以為辦了告解便可以, 誰知自己有多傷透了耶穌及聖母的心…..

以往睇完風水 , 安放所謂的「法寶」; 知錯後, 拆下「法寶」,辦過告解,以為了事。 現在才知天主一直容忍自己收藏「法寶」, 沒有把其棄掉棄絕….

以往親友長輩送贈一些迷信的東西, 口說不信,但仍把其收藏, 現在才知天主一直容忍自己自欺欺人,沒有把其棄掉棄絕….

實在太多類似不同的例子…… 現在懂得堅決的棄絕。 感謝天主、聖母給我有悔改皈依的機會。

Fiona Li
June B 2018

Bernadette Tak Chun Leung 梁德珍 (June B 2018)

2015年是我第一次參加MCC舉辦的默主哥耶朝聖,也是我人生的第一次朝聖,感覺新奇,過程中是懵懵懂懂的,但我還是認真地投入去,特別喜歡黃昏的節目,唸玫瑰經,參與彌撒,朝拜聖體,需然我不明白他們的語言,但我感受到那溫柔婉約的氣氛,是我從來都沒有經歷過的,那種平安和互愛使我感到很幸福。
回港後,我重新尋找自己想要的是什麼,我開始返聖堂參與彌撒,學習祈禱,參加再慕道班,認識了一些新朋友。
2018年的黙主哥耶朝聖是延續著2015年的,希望能繼續努力學習,盼望著的日子終於來到,懷著感恩的心來到聖母媽媽的跟前,有說不出的喜悅。
今次準備多了一點,還有梁神父的翻譯,Marijana的細心安排,如分享,每位分享者分享他們的故事,使我更明白自己需要聖母媽媽的護佑,以她為榜樣。我很喜歡33天奉獻後的每天禱文裏的美德串經,每天都是在學習中。
感謝天主!讚美天主!

Bernadette Tak Chun Leung梁德珍
June 2018B

Jane Lee (June B 2018)

Alleluia!
Such a blessed fruitful trip.
I did not see Mother Mary physical in Medjugorje.
I did not experience what you said about “Dancing Sun.
I did not see any miracle at all.
Simply saying, I need not bring along my brain with me in this trip. Once I was loaded at Sarajevo airport. It seemed that my mind was out of the time frame. My mind seem to be blank and all empty. I only followed what the tour guide and co-ordinators told me to do by following all the events. Let God’s will be done on me.
It is a strong booster for a lukewarm Catholic, like me.
If you are going to visit Medjugorje, please do not expect any sign; the greatest sign from God is HE has given HIS BELOVED SON to us, whom is dying on the Cross, redeeming us. Thus, if we do not believe on this, there is no point to search other sign coming up in our life.
If God let you see a sign, you can see HIS sign anywhere, no need to fly that far.
“If you knew how much I love you, you would cry to joy”. I always ponder this in my heart. Why is she saying this?
I once asked myself too, she really loves us? Show me? Show me how?
From this sentence, Mother Mary is assuming that we (human) did not know how much she has been loving us.
True, we do not know, we do not realize, we do not care the goodness she has done for us, we take it for granted, we take it as it should be that way naturally.
We focus on sadness, worries, burdens, broken hearts, hatred, anger, jealousy and money more, the time we spend on counting those is more than counting on the blessings we receive. It shows our greediness.
Thank and pray.
If we keep thanking and praying, it means we keep Jesus in our hearts, we cannot go far wrong.
Go to Medjugorje and get your own booster.
I simply treated this trip as a retreat and have a chance to soak myself into the mercy of God.
At last, I need to thank Pat, Kelvin, Glenda, Irene, Marijana (the tour guide), and Fr. Peter. Without them, my dream would never come true.

Jane Lee
(June B 2018)

The Homily of Archbishop Henryk Hoser given on July 22, 2018

Archbishop_Henryk_Hoser_20180722On July 22, 2018, Monsignor Henryk Hoser began his official role as Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje by celebrating Holy Mass at St. James’ Church at 7 pm.

Transcript of the Homily of Archbishop Hoser, given in Medjugorje, July 22, 2018

Your Excellency, Monsignor Apostolic Nuncio in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Your Excellency, Bishop of Alexandria de la Pallia, Reverend Father Provincial, dear Priests, dear Persons of Consecrated Life, dear Faithful of the Parish of Medjugorje, dear Pilgrims, Brothers and Sisters!

The Lord speaks: “Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture.” The Holy Father, the Universal Shepherd of the Church, takes the words of the prophet as his own. He sends us there where people exist and live, there where the faithful gather together seeking the light of salvation.

Today the Lord provides us with an incomparable example, and the role model of missionaries. When He disembarked and saw the vast crowd, His heart was moved with compassion for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began to teach them many things.

The Holy Father sends apostles and missionaries all over the world, in accordance with Christ’s command: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and behold I am with you until the end of the age.”

Gathered together at this Sunday Holy Mass, let us be sensitive to the words of St. Paul, the Apostle of Nations. He said: “But now, in Christ Jesus, you who once were far-off have become near by the Blood of Christ. He came and preached peace to you who were far-off, and peace to you who are near.”

Pilgrims come to Medjugorje from far away regions, from approximately 80 countries of the world. The distance, the remoteness, represents the space measured by the kilometers we have passed. In order to pass these kilometers, we need to have a firm and decisive motivation as well as the means of transportation that are important to accomplish many journeys.

But the word distance means something else as well. The word distance represents the existential situation of the many who have distanced themselves from God, from Christ, from the Church and from the Light which gives meaning to life, which directs it, and gives it a dignified goal, and is the life worthy of living.

Now we can understand why the Holy Father has sent the Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje. The pastoral care requires ensuring a stable and continuous accompaniment of the Parish Community of Medjugorje and of the Faithful who come here on pilgrimage.

This mission equally concerns not only those who are far-off, but also those who are near. The latter has a double meaning. They are near because they have lived in this place and territory for generations. They are near because they are the Parishioners of Medjugorje. They are near also because for 37 years they have witnessed so many events in this region.

In another meaning, near are all those who live an ardent and warm faith, and who desire to live in an intimate and grateful contact with the Risen and Merciful Lord.

Let us now ask the fundamental question: “Why do so many people come to Medjugorje every year?”

The clear answer is this: They come to meet someone. To meet God. To meet Christ. To meet His Mother. And then to discover the path that leads to the joy of living in the house of the Father and the Mother. And ultimately to discover the Marian Way as the safest one. This is the path of the Marian Devotion that has been taking place here for years. That is the Sacred Worship in which the culmination of Wisdom and the Summit of Faith come together, and which is therefore the primary task of God’s people.

Indeed this is a Christ-centered worship, because it takes its origin and effectiveness from Christ, finds its complete expression in Christ, and leads through Christ and the Spirit to the Father – as the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, said.

The Second Vatican Council strongly emphasizes that the various forms of devotion towards the Mother of God that the Church has approved, within the limits of wholesome and orthodox doctrine, have developed in harmonious subordination to the worship of Christ and have gravitated towards this worship as to their natural and necessary point of reference.

Besides this, it is useful to return to them, in order to remove doubts and especially to help the development of that devotion of the Blessed Virgin which in the Church is motivated by the Word of God, and practiced in the Spirit of Christ, as Paul the VI said in his “Marialis Cultus.”

This is what the devotion of the people in Medjugorje looks like. In the center is the Holy Mass, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and all of this followed by other forms of devotion, the Rosary, and the Way of the Cross – which has turned what in the beginning used to be a trail of sharp stones, and made it into a smooth path.

Pilgrims take time off and dedicate their time to be able to sojourn in Medjugorje. In this regard, Pope John Paul II said, “Just as time can be marked by [ ] by special moments of grace, space too may by analogy bear the [ ] or particular saving actions of God. Moreover, this is an intuition present in all religions which not only have sacred times but also sacred spaces where they encounter where the Divine may be also experienced more intensely than it would be normally in the vastness of the cosmos.

Medjugorje gives us both the time and the space of God’s grace, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church, whom here we honor as the Queen of Peace. This title is well known from the Litany of Loreto.

It is true, the world is in great need of peace, peace in one’s own heart, peace in the family, peace in society and international peace. Peace is desired by everybody, especially by the people of this country who suffered so much in the recent Balkan War.

To promote peace means to build a civilization based on love, on communion, on fraternity, on justice, and therefore on peace and freedom. May the Gospa, the Mother of the Prince of Peace who was proclaimed by the prophets, be our Protectress, our Queen and our Mother. Amen