"Dear children! I am calling you to be generous in renunciation, fasting and prayer for all those who are in temptation, and are your brothers and sisters. In a special way I am imploring you to pray for priests and for all the consecrated, that they may love Jesus still more fervently; that the Holy Spirit may fill their hearts with joy; that they may witness Heaven and Heavenly mysteries. Many souls are in sin, because there are not those who sacrifice themselves and pray for their conversion. I am with you and am praying that your hearts may be filled with joy. Thank you for having responded to my call. "
"Dear children, I am speaking to you as a mother - with simple words, but words filled with much love and concern for my children who, through my Son, are entrusted to me. And my Son, who is of the eternal now, He is speaking to you with words of life and is sowing love in open hearts. Therefore, I am imploring you, apostles of my love, have open hearts always ready for mercy and forgiveness. According to my Son, always forgive your neighbors, because in that way peace will be in you. My children, care for your soul, because it alone is what truly belongs to you. You are forgetting the importance of family. A family does not need to be a place of suffering and pain, but a place of understanding and tenderness. Families who strive to live according to my Son live in mutual love. While He was still little, my Son would say to me that all people are His brothers. Therefore, remember, apostles of my love, that all people whom you meet are family to you - brothers according to my Son.My children, do not waste time thinking about the future, worrying. May your only concern be how to live well every moment according to my Son. And there it is - peace for you! My children, do not ever forget to pray for your shepherds. Pray that they can accept all people as their children; that, according to my Son, they may be spiritual fathers to them. Thank you! "
Featured article from October's Spirit of Medjugorje
Finding Our Rainbow
By Nicole Dice
Each of us carries a cross throughout our life. Sometimes
our cross is heavy, but at other times the load is light. In
November 2015, the load of my cross was overwhelming, and
I found myself searching for God's help in lightening it. My
newborn son, Daniel John, passed away shortly after birth
due to a chromosomal mutation known
as thanatophoric dysplasia. My husband
and I knew the outcome throughout our
pregnancy, but nothing could ever prepare
us for burying our newborn baby.
For the months following my son's death, I leaned on my faith and sought support from friends and family. But my soul was searching for peace that I could not find. Several of my friends had taken pilgrimages to Medjugorje, and I considered going there to find whatever it was I needed for peace. I prayed about it and asked the Blessed Mother to show me if She wanted me to go on my own pilgrimage there.
In January 2016, the Blessed Mother sent me my sign calling me to Her in Medjugorje. There was no denying Her call to me, so I listened to Her and began the process of joining a pilgrimage that summer. At this point, I still did not know what it was that I was seeking, but I trusted in my faith and Our Lady. She knew the pain of watching Her Son die and She knew what would heal me.
When I left for my pilgrimage in June 2016, my heart was open and my goal was to be present in every moment of the journey. I wanted the Blessed Mother to help heal the pain from losing my son and be in a place where I could think about my path from here. The first few days other people were seeing amazing signs and I wondered if the Blessed Mother would speak to me in a special way. The peace felt in Medjugorje was filling my soul and I was content just being in such a spiritual place.
The one thing my soul was yearning for was to be on Apparition Hill. On the third day of the pilgrimage, a small group of us walked up Apparition Hill to pray before sunset. My heart felt so full as we walked and prayed, that I was not expecting all the beautiful messages the Blessed Mother was about to give me.
As we drew near to the wooden cross on Apparition Hill, the members of my group approached it to pray and look at it. I felt compelled to stay on the path because something was keeping me from walking over. I looked at the cross wondering if I should also go over, and there it was, my first sign. To the left of the cross was a small piece of a rainbow. Seeing that rainbow was the Blessed Mother telling me that the storm is passing. It was my sign that I will begin to find some peace in this storm.
A little further up the path we saw the sun spinning in the sky. It was so beautiful between the trees, and I felt in that moment the peace God wishes for us to have in our souls. As we continued walking, I prayed for myself, my husband, and my family. I prayed that we would know the plan God has for Daniel's life and make a positive impact for others through his life. I also prayed for God to bless us with another child so we would not have empty arms the rest of our lives
Moon with the rainbow over it
Later that night, at Eucharistic Adoration, I thanked
Jesus for His love and His mother's presence around us.
I prayed that the Lord and the Blessed Mother would
bless my womb and give the opportunity to have a
healthy baby. When leaving Adoration, I noticed many
people snapping photos of the sky and one of our group
members who knew my story stopped me, telling me
to look up. In the sky was the moon with a beautiful
rainbow above it. My heart was so full because I knew
my prayer of having another child would be answered.
The rainbow showed me that I would
have my "rainbow baby" (a term for a
baby after the loss of a child)..
Baby William Emmanuel
I have spoken to many people about my pilgrimage and use my experiences there to bring hope to others. The most amazing outcome of my pilgrimage happened almost a year later when my husband and I welcomed our "rainbow baby". Just under a year after my pilgrimage, we were blessed with another son who we named William Emmanuel. We want our son to know what a blessing he is to us and that God is always with him. The peace we see in his eyes shows us that he knows God and he knows his big brother is watching over him. We will always hold Daniel in our hearts, often asking him to intercede for us. We praise God and thank the Blessed Mother for interceding for us and bringing our rainbow. Our work of love in memory of Daniel will continue with William and show him the love the Blessed Mother has for us.
Editor's note: Nicole lives in Uniontown, PA. Nicole was on my 2016 pilgrimage to Medjugorje. When I asked her to write her story for the October issue, she mentioned that October is Infant Loss Awareness Month! What Nicole did not realize is that at the wooden cross where she saw her first rainbow, Our Lady appeared to Marija in tears, "near a cross with rainbow colors" on June 26, 1981 and said, "Peace, peace, peace! Be reconciled! Only peace. Make your peace with God and among yourselves. For that, it is necessary to believe, to pray, to fast, and to go to Confession."
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