Let’s Do Something Beautiful for God
By June Klins
One Sunday in January, one of our subscribers gave me an envelope that sounded like it had some loose change in it, which seemed odd to me. When I opened the envelope I found a check made out to “The Spirit of Medjugorje” and another one made out to “The Spirit of Adoration.” Also in the envelope was a note card with a quote from Mother Teresa that said, “Let’s do something beautiful for God,” along with $333.33 in cash. The note said, “June, it was laid on my heart to give you this exact amount of money ($333.33)…I trust it will be revealed to you why and how it is to be used.”
Awesome as He is, God knows that I like a good mystery and that, as a retired math teacher, am very attuned to numbers. So, I took the envelope with me to the Adoration chapel for several days and prayed about it. It was not long before it came to me that the $333.33 was to be used to have Masses said for Our Lady’s intentions. This idea was inspired from a homily given by a priest at my parish the first week of January. Father said that his Marian order allows him to have one “free” Mass per month, and he always offers the Mass for Our Lady’s intentions. He then suggested that it would be a good New Year’s resolution for each of us to have a Mass said this year for Our Lady’s intentions. As I reflected on his words, and the fact that the number 3 can denote the Trinity – Whom we meet in a very special way during Mass – it seemed like a good plan. Our Lady has asked for us to pray for Her intentions many times, and there is no higher form of prayer than the Mass. I left the chapel feeling excited about it. When I signed out, the clock read 11:11. Duplicate numbers jump out at me, and I wondered if this was a confirmation. On the way home, the temperature sign at a business near my home read 33 degrees. It seemed to be another confirmation.
I continued to pray. Within a week, I received a check for $222 to help Fr. Fredrick in Uganda. I wondered if this odd amount could be another confirmation.
Two days later, I went to visit my friend and took my bag of saints with me so she could pick her saint for the year (as described in the January issue). In the bag are over a hundred little slips of paper with the names of saints on them. When my friend asked me to mix up all the saints’ names, I felt something odd in the bag. I pulled out a little card which said, “Psalm 33:22” on it. I could not believe it! I had no idea where that came from or how it got in my bag of saints. I related to my friend about the $333.33, the $222 and the idea about the Masses, and she agreed this was another confirmation.
The following day, I planned to request the Masses, and then it came to me that if I added the $222 to it, which was going to Fr. Fredrick anyway, that would make $555.33, which would allow for 111 Masses. I was really getting excited because 111 has been a significant number to me since January 11 (1/11), 1998. That was when my healing (of a strange condition that left me in chronic pain) began through Our Lady of Medjugorje. As I suspected, Fr. Fredrick was honored to be able to celebrate the 111 Masses for Our Lady’s intentions.
Soon it came to me during Adoration to expand upon this idea and invite everyone to have Masses said for Our Lady’s intentions. There is no better gift that we could give to Our Lady. Perhaps we could present them to Her as a spiritual bouquet for the 33rd anniversary of the apparitions on June 25, 2014. Why the 33rd anniversary? Besides the fact that the number 33 kept surfacing, the number 33 is often associated with Jesus because this is the number of years He spent on earth. Our Lady gave the Medjugorje locutionist, Jelena, the “Jesus Rosary” which is made up of 33 Our Father’s. I can only imagine that if Our Lady had a favorite number it would be 33! It seems that the number 33 was significant to the village of Medjugorje also, since they constructed the Cross on Mt. Krizevac in 1933, to commemorate the 1900th anniversary of Jesus’ death on the Cross. And according to Draga Vidovic, author of Salvation of Mankind, there was a tradition in Medjugorje of offering 33 Holy Masses for the deceased immediately after funerals.
On September 25, 1991, Our Lady said, “… dear children, help my Immaculate Heart to triumph in the sinful world. I beseech all of you to offer prayers and sacrifices for my intentions so I can present them to God for what is most necessary. Forget your desires, dear children, and pray for what God desires, and not for what you desire. Thank you for having responded to my call."
A friend of mine suggested that it would be nice to present Our Lady with a thousand Masses for the 33rd anniversary. I was aiming higher – if every person who ever went to Medjugorje and every person who follows Our Lady’s messages would have just one Mass said for Our Lady’s intentions, think of how many that would be! That would certainly help Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart to triumph as She said in the message above.
Can you help to spread this idea? The Masses can be said wherever you want. Some local parishes are begging for Mass intentions. Or you can have the Masses said by a missionary priest. The stipend for Masses said by missionary priests is usually only $5. That helps them, Our Lady, and also ourselves, as we act in charity. It is a win-win-win situation.
My thought is to keep a tally of the number of Masses offered for Our Lady’s intentions on our website (www.spiritofmedjugorje.org/Masses.htm) and update it monthly as an encouragement and a reminder to continue to have the Masses said. Of course, it is not necessary to do this because Our Lady will know, but if you want, you can contact me when you have a Mass offered for Our Lady’s intentions. The initial goal was for the 33rd anniversary, but why stop there? We could continue this indefinitely….
Let’s do something beautiful for God!
Editor’s note: To report Masses, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814-898-2143 or mail to P.O. Box 6614, Erie, PA 16512.
"Dear children! With great joy in my heart I thank you for all the prayers that, in these days, you offered for my intentions. Know, little children, that you will not regret it, neither you nor your children. God will reward you with great graces and you will merit eternal life…” (message of the 25th anniversary, June 25, 2006).
Let's Continue to Do Something Beautiful for God
By June Klins
In our March 2013 issue, I wrote an article called "Let's
Do Something Beautiful for God" in which I explained
how I was led to promote having Masses said for
Our Lady's intentions. The response has been phenomenal
and I thank all those who have participated. I am sure
Our Lady is smiling on you. Some people have even
arranged to have a Mass said every month for Our Lady's
intentions! The original goal was to have 1,000 Masses said
by the 33rd anniversary on June 25, 2014. As of this writing,
there have been 7,665 Masses
The idea to have Masses said for Our Lady's intentions originated – or so I thought – with a priest in my area. This priest is not a follower of Our Lady of Medjugorje, so he was surprised and delighted when I told him that Our Lady has asked us to pray for Her intentions. He said that for years he has been offering his "free" Mass each month for Our Lady's intentions. He had never heard of anyone else doing it, but just felt it was something he wanted to do for Her. Little did he know that a saint in the nineteenth century wrote about this very idea.
A few months ago, one of our subscribers sent us a copy of a page from Volume 7 of St. Peter Julian Eymard's writings, entitled Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. St. Peter Julian wrote: "M. Olier, the holy founder of St. Sulpice... had three Masses celebrated every day, the intention of each Mass being placed in the Blessed Virgin's hands, that She might, in offering it to Her Son for the Church, obtain infinite treasures of grace."
St. Peter Julian continued: "There was also a pious Jesuit missionary in Quebec who proposed to Blessed [now Saint] John Eudes, founder of the Congregation bearing his name, a plan for an association of priests, whom he called Our Lady's Chaplains, and who were to unite in offering the Holy Sacrifice for the intentions of the august Queen of Heaven, so that, as he put it, the Son of God would ascend to His Father, in the Host, through the very pure hands of the one whom He had used to come down to us in becoming man."
Mass at St. James in Medjugorje
Soon after I read what St. Peter Julian had written, I
read an article in Medjugorje Magazine about a priest who –
before he died – had a Mass said for Our Lady's intentions!
Around the same time, someone told me about a priest who
offers a Mass every Saturday for Our Lady's intentions. I
was intrigued, since I had not heard or thought of this until
January of 2013. So I did a search on the Internet using the
word "Mass" and "intentions of the
Blessed Virgin Mary." It came up
with a number of church bulletins
from Massachusetts, California,
Ohio, New York, New Jersey, and
Pennsylvania where Masses had
been scheduled for the intentions
of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I had
also searched on "Mass" and
"intentions of the Blessed Mother."
But when I searched on "Mass"
and "Our Lady's intentions," I was
overwhelmed, as it came up with
One of the websites was a Medjugorje forum from the United Kingdom. A person wrote in 2011, "A friend who lives in Beijing is already organizing for this [scheduling Masses for Our Lady's intentions on June 25] to be done in parishes across China! We could have a worldwide anniversary offering for the 25th June."
A post in another forum said, "I was so moved by 2nd of September  message, I had a novena of Holy Masses offered for Our Lady's Intentions." I looked back to re-read the September 2, 2012 message. In this message Our Lady says, "I am calling you because I need you."
Our Lady needs us! If every person who reads this would have a Mass said for Our Lady's intentions, we easily could surpass 10,000 Masses. Imagine the graces! If you cannot afford the stipend, you can go together with your friends or prayer group. Some missions still accept $5 stipends. Will you please respond to Our Lady's call and have a Mass said for Her intentions?
A Great Task for Our Lady
By Michael Cummings
Our Lady has called us to a great task! It will take many
committed volunteers for the years to come. My hope
in writing you is that you hear Her cry through mine
and respond with all your heart to stand by Her side by
standing by mine. The mission is to contact all the parishes
in the nation and ask them to offer (for free) one Mass per
month in 2018 for Our Blessed Mother's intentions.
On September 25, 1991, Our Lady said, "...dear children, help my Immaculate Heart to triumph in the sinful world. I beseech all of you to offer prayers and sacrifices for my intentions so I can present them to God for what is most necessary. Forget your desires, dear children, and pray for what God desires, and not for what you desire. Thank you for having responded to my call."
St. Peter Julian wrote: "M. Olier, the holy founder of St. Sulpice... had three Masses celebrated every day, the intention of each Mass being placed in the Blessed Virgin's hands, that She might, in offering it to Her Son for the Church, obtain infinite treasures of grace."
It takes only simple reason, when infused with our faith, to see the immense power and potential of giving the ultimate prayer of the Holy Mass to our Mother Mary, to use at Her disposal. No spiritual act is greater than this! Jesus and Mary will take care of everything and what better way to put it all in Their hands?
"Dear children! With great joy in my heart I thank you for all the prayers that, in these days, you offered for my intentions. Know, little children, that you will not regret it, neither you nor your children. God will reward you with great graces and you will merit eternal life..." (message of the 25th anniversary, June 25, 2006)
I have spoken with my spiritual director, Fr.Ron Nelson (chief pastor at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Eugene, OR) on this topic. He endorses my efforts in this endeavor and said, "I believe this is a wonderful idea and hope many parishes contribute Masses for Our Blessed Mother's intentions!"
We have already achieved good results from the few states we have contacted, but cannot do this alone. Many hands make light work! Please "share each other's burdens" and join the team by sending me an email at: email@example.com.
Editor's end note: Michael asks that you pray for him and this mission. It is quite an undertaking with 22,000 parishes in the U.S.A.
Dying to Pray for Your Intentions
By June Klins
Last month I heard the following inspirational story in a homily at Mass. There was a man named Joe (not his real name) on death row. Another man on death row hated Joe with a passion. One day Joe noticed another prisoner was wearing a miraculous medal, and Joe commented on it. The prisoner ripped it off and threw it down. Joe picked it up and began to wear it himself. He subsequently had a conversion, and decided that he would offer up his impending death for the salvation of the prisoner who hated him. When it came time for the prisoner who hated Joe to be executed, the authorities asked him if he wanted to see a priest. He shouted some expletives and spit on the guards. Soon he began shrieking – for he had a vision, and in the vision he saw Joe (who had already died) with Our Lady standing next to him! Joe told the man that he had offered his death for him. The prisoner had a change of heart and his soul was saved.
The moral of this story is that sometimes when people are suffering, dying, or even “dying on the inside,” they may feel that they have no purpose in life but, in reality, quite the opposite is true. When a person is suffering, he/she can be a powerhouse of prayer that can cause miracles to happen.
Recently I have noticed that many holy people who were very active in working for Our Lady and Her Son have been “grounded” at this time because of physical ailments or other problems. Some of them have questioned why God has done this to them. God has His reasons, but my best guess is that because the world is in such bad shape, God feels they can better serve Him by their prayers and the offering up of their suffering. Jesus told St. Faustina, “You will save more souls through prayer and suffering than will a missionary through his teachings and sermons alone” (Diary, #1787).
In her book, Salvation of Mankind, Draga Vidovic wrote about Vicka’s suffering that she has endured over the years for the salvation of mankind. She said that as a child, Jakov was very attached to Vicka and it was painful for him to see her suffer. Our Lady appeared to Jakov unexpectedly to console him. She told him that suffering was needed because so many people in this world, especially in big cities, live as if there is no God, sin a lot, and do not worry about the salvation of their souls.
When a lady who is suffering terrible physical pain called me recently, I asked her to pray for someone who needed a miracle because I knew that her prayers could be powerful. She replied, “But what about my needs?” My answer to her was that I thought God would be so pleased that she was unselfishly praying for someone else whom she did not even know, that He would bless her many times over. God will never be outdone in generosity.
Years ago when I was going through a tough time, I read the book of Job. When I got to the last chapter, one little word jumped right off the page at me. In Job 42:10, it says, “The Lord restored the property of Job AFTER[my emphasis] he had prayed for his friends; the Lord even gave to Job twice as much as he had before.” Wow! As I said, God will not be outdone in generosity.
How God makes our prayers more powerful when we suffer is a mystery. Just as Jesus turned water into wine at Cana, He can turn suffering into graces. I always considered it a kind of “spiritual recycling.” One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. I am hoping we can enlarge “Heaven’s composting plant.”
With this in mind, let’s consider how Our Lady has asked repeatedly for us to pray for Her intentions. On September 25, 1991, Our Lady said, “… dear children, help my Immaculate Heart to triumph in the sinful world. I beseech all of you to offer prayers and sacrifices for my intentions so I can present them to God for what is most necessary. Forget your desires, dear children, and pray for what God desires, and not for what you desire. Thank you for having responded to my call." Lest anyone think Our Lady is being selfish by wanting us to pray only for Her intentions, She said on October 25, 1988, “I do not want anything for myself, rather all for the salvation of your soul.”
My suggestion is to establish a group of people who are suffering, dying, or “dying on the inside” who are willing to suffer and pray for Our Lady’s intentions. Perhaps we could call them “Our Lady’s Suffering Prayer Warriors.” There would be no strings attached – just a heartfelt desire to help Our Lady in this way.
Many times it is hard to even pray at all when one is suffering. A priest named Fr. Ed suggested that you ask Our Lady to hold you like She did Jesus when He was taken down from the cross, and ask Her to kiss your wounds like She did for Jesus. Father suggested that if you cannot pray a whole Rosary, at least pray a decade of the Rosary, and if you can’t even do that, then just wrap your rosary around your hand and offer up your suffering from your heart. If you are unable to get to Mass, Father suggested praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which he described as a one-line summary of the Mass.
Father said that every problem has a gift attached to it. Maybe that gift is for someone else. St. Faustina said, “Some day we will know the value of suffering, but then we will no longer be able to suffer. The present moment is ours” (Diary, #963).
If you are willing to become one of “Our Lady’s Suffering Prayer Warriors,” contact me and I will put your name (first name, full name or just initials) on our website. This is so people can pray for you to have the strength to persevere.
One priest I know proclaims that Our Lady will say to you, “I owe you one!” Maybe so, but I know for sure She will say, “Thank you for having responded to my call.”