"Dear children, with a motherly love and a motherly patience I am looking at your ceaseless wandering and how lost you are. That is why I am with you. I desire to help you to first find and come to know yourself, so that, then, you would be able to recognize and to admit everything that does not permit you to get to know the love of the Heavenly Father, honestly and wholeheartedly. My children, the Father comes to be known through the cross. Therefore, do not reject the cross. Strive to comprehend and accept it with my help. When you will be able to accept the cross you will also understand the love of the Heavenly Father; you will walk with my Son and with me; you will differ from those who have not come to know the love of the Heavenly Father, those who listen to Him but do not understand Him, those who do not walk with Him - who have not come to know Him. I desire for you to come to know the truth of my Son and to be my apostles; that, as children of God, you may rise above the human way of thinking and always, and in everything, seek God's way of thinking, anew. My children, pray and fast that you may be able to recognize all of this which I am seeking of you. Pray for your shepherds and long to come to know the love of your Heavenly Father, in union with them. Thank you."
"Dear children; anew, in a motherly way, I am calling you to love, to continually pray for the gift of love, to love the Heavenly Father above everything. When you love Him you will love yourself and your neighbor. This cannot be separated. The Heavenly Father is in each person. He loves each person and calls each person by name. Therefore, my children, through prayer hearken to the will of the Heavenly Father. Converse with Him. Have a personal relationship with the Father, which will deepen even more your relationship as a community of my children - my apostles. As a mother I desire that through the love for the Heavenly Father, you may be raised above earthly vanities, and may help others to gradually come to know, and come closer to the Heavenly Father. My children, pray, pray, pray for the gift of love because 'love' is my Son. Pray for your shepherds that they may always have love for you as my Son had, and showed by giving His life for your salvation. Thank you."
"Dear children, with a motherly love I am imploring you to give me the gift of your hearts, so I can present them to my Son and free you – free you from all the evil enslaving and distancing you all the more from the only Good – my Son – from everything which is leading you on the wrong way and is taking peace away from you. I desire to lead you to the freedom of the promise of my Son, because I desire for God's will to be fulfilled completely here; and that through reconciliation with the Heavenly Father, through fasting and prayer, apostles of God's love may be born – apostles who will freely, and with love, spread the love of God to all my children – apostles who will spread the love of the trust in the Heavenly Father and who will keep opening the gates of Heaven. Dear children, extend the joy of love and support to your shepherds, just as my Son has asked them to extend it to you. Thank you."
(Audio Reflection on this message and 6/25 later today)
"Dear children, in this restless time, anew I am calling you to set out after my Son - to follow Him. I know of the pain, suffering and difficulties, but in my Son you will find rest; in Him you will find peace and salvation. My children, do not forget that my Son redeemed you by His Cross and enabled you, anew, to be children of God; to be able to, anew, call the Heavenly Father, "Father". To be worthy of the Father, love and forgive, because your Father is love and forgiveness. Pray and fast, because that is the way to your purification, it is the way of coming to know and becoming cognizant of the Heavenly Father. When you become cognizant of the Father, you will comprehend that He is all you need. I, as a mother, desire my children to be in a community of one single people where the Word of God is listened to and carried out.* Therefore, my children, set out after my Son. Be one with Him. Be God's children. Love your shepherds as my Son loved them when He called them to serve you. Thank you."
According to Mirjana, when Our Lady said "I, as a mother, desire my children to be in a community of one single people where the Word of God is listened to and carried out," she was speaking resolutely and with emphasis.
"Dear children! Anew, in a motherly way, I am calling you not to be of a hard heart. Do not shut your eyes to the warnings which the Heavenly Father sends to you out of love. Do you love Him above all else? Do you repent for having often forgotten that the Heavenly Father, out of His great love, sent his Son to redeem us by the Cross? Do you repent for not yet having accepted the message?
My children, do not resist the love of my Son. Do not resist hope and peace. Along with your prayer and fasting, by His cross, my Son will cast away the darkness that wants to surround you and come to rule over you. He will give you the strength for a new life. Living it according to my Son, you will be a blessing and a hope to all those sinners who wander in the darkness of sin. My children, keep vigil. I, as a mother, am keeping vigil with you. I am especially
praying and watching over those whom my Son called to be light-bearers and carriers of hope for you - for your shepherds. Thank you."
"Dear children; Love is bringing me to you - the love which I desire to teach you also - real love; the love which my Son showed you when He died on the Cross out of love for you; the love which is always ready to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. How great is your love? My motherly heart is sorrowful as it searches for love in your hearts. You are not ready to submit your will to God's will out of love. You cannot help me to have those who have not come to know God's love to come to know it, because you do not have real love. Consecrate your hearts to me and I will lead you. I will teach you to forgive, to love your enemies and to live according to my Son. Do not be afraid for yourselves. In
afflictions my Son does not forget those who love. I will be beside you. I will implore the Heavenly Father for the light of eternal truth and love to illuminate you. Pray for your shepherds so that through your fasting and prayer they can lead you in love. Thank you."
(Audio Reflection will be posted later)
"Dear children! With motherly love I implore you to give me your hands, permit me to lead you. I, as a mother, desire to save you from restlessness, despair and eternal exile. My Son, by His death on the Cross, showed how much He loves you; He sacrificed Himself for your sake and the sake of your sins. Do not keep rejecting His sacrifice and do not keep renewing His sufferings with your sins. Do not keep shutting the doors of Heaven to yourselves. My children, do not waste time. Nothing is more important than unity in my Son. I will help you because the Heavenly Father is sending me so that, together, we can show the way of grace and salvation to all those who do not know Him. Do not be hardhearted. Have confidence in me and adore my Son. My children, you cannot be without the shepherds. May they be in your prayers every day. Thank you."
"Dear children; I am with you for so much time and already for so long I have been pointing you to God’s presence and His infinite love, which I desire for all of you to come to know. And you, my children? You continue to be deaf and blind as you look at the world around you and do not want to see where it is going without my Son. You are renouncing Him - and He is the source of all graces. You listen to me while I am speaking to you, but your hearts are closed and you are not hearing me. You are not praying to the Holy Spirit to illuminate you. My children, pride has come to rule. I am pointing out humility to you. My children, remember that only a humble soul shines with purity and beauty because it has come to know the love of God. Only a humble soul becomes heaven, because my Son is in it. Thank you. Again I implore you to pray for those whom my Son has chosen - those are your shepherds."
Also today my motherly heart calls you to prayer, to your personal relationship with God the Father, to the joy of prayer in Him. God the Father is not far away from you and He is not unknown to you. He revealed Himself to you through my Son and gave you Life that is my Son. Therefore, my children, do not give in temptations that want to separate you from God the Father. Pray! Do not attempt to have families and societies without Him. Pray! Pray that your hearts may be flooded with the goodness which comes only from my Son, Who is sincere goodness. Only hearts filled with goodness can comprehend and accept God the Father. I will continue to lead you. In a special way I implore you not to judge your shepherds. My children, are you forgetting that God the Father called them? Pray! Thank you."
After the apparition, Mirjana said:
"I have never said anything before, but are you aware, brothers and sisters, that the Mother of God was with us? Each of us should ask himself: 'Are you worthy of this?'. I am saying this because it is difficult for me to see her (Our Lady) in pain, because each of us is seeking a miracle, but does not want to work a miracle in himself."
By Jakob Marschneron Sep 23, 2011
Seeing the Virgin Mary’s deep sadness because of humanity’s lack of response to her presence and graces made Medjugorje seer Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo think she would not survive an apparition in 2007. Afterwards Mirjana was ill for three days, constantly seeing the Virgin’s face before her eyes and strongly feeling her pain, she reveals in a new book.
Mirjana: "It hurts to see her cry, but it is even more agonizing to see the indescribable pain and sadness in her face, when her face winces with pain, when the pain is so strong that I do not need to see her tears to understand in how much pain she is."
Medjugorje visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo has had an apparition during which she thought she would die. While surviving her experience, Mirjana was ill for three days after the apparition, she tells in local author Kresimir Sego’s new book, “A Conversation with the Visionaries”.
Sego introduces the topic by recalling an apparition during the Winter 2007-08:
- Last Winter after an apparition, you said that Our Lady was sad, as sad as she had never been during any of her apparitions. What saddened her the most?
“She is most sad when she sees we are not going down the right path. She loves us like a mother and everyone is special and important to her. She takes care of each and everyone og us individually. She is most sad when she sees her children choose the path om doom rather than salvation”, Mirjana replies.
“It hurts to see her cry, but it is even more agonizing to see the indescribable pain and sadness in her face, when her face winces with pain, when the pain is so strong that I do not need to see her tears to understand in how much pain she is.”
The Virgin Mary’s pain springs from humanity’s general lack of response to all that she gives and all that she offers, Mirjana further reveals:
Mirjana: “Somehow the faith arose within me that we could wipe away her tears and lessen her pain. When I say we, I mean all of us, not only the visionaries and the priests. When Our Lady says “dear children”, then she speaks to all mankind. All people are her dear children”
“I can depict the pain she feels by looking at her face, and all because of us. She gives us so much and does so much for us and, yet, we don’t to make even the smallest step forward – not for her but for ourselves; this is terrible”.
Mirjana next describes what is likely to be her apparition on December 2nd 2007. Introduced by Sego only to have taken place in the Winter, from how Mirjana has described her apparitions the one on December 2nd is the only one from the period to have deep sorrow as the overall theme.
“During the apparition that you have mentioned, I felt as if I was going to die, I thought that I would not be able to survive. I was ill for three days after that apparition. Then God gave me the strength not to see her face constantly before my eyes and not to feel her pain so strongly”", Mirjana tells Kresimir Sego.
“Somehow the faith arose within me that we could wipe away her tears and lessen her pain. When I say we, I mean all of us, not only the visionaries and the priests. When Our Lady says “dear children”, then she speaks to all mankind. All people are her dear children”.
According to Mirjana’s descriptions, the Virgin Mary was “very sad” throughout the apparition on December 2nd 2007. “Her eyes were filled with tears throughout the whole time”, Mirjana revealed about the apparition.
“I asked Our Lady painfully not to leave us and not to give up on us. Our Lady painfully smiled to my request and left. This time she did not finish her message with the words “Thank you”, Mirjana further said.
Cenacolo Community in Medjugorje where Mirjana's apparitions were taking place in the Winter 2007-08
The Virgin Mary’s sadness on December 2nd 2007 was accompanied by the following message:
“Dear children! Today, while I am looking at your hearts, my heart is filled with pain and shudder. My children, stop for a moment and look in to your hearts. Is my Son – your God truly in the first place? Are His commandments truly the measure of your life? I am warning you again. Without faith there is no God’s nearness. God’s word which is the light of salvation and the light of common sense. ”