This is my personal experience of, and witness to Medjugorje. I would like you to share this post to draw more attention to the best place on earth, so that others may have the opportunity to fall in love with Medugorje, Mother Mary, and ultimately Her beloved Son Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
My friend made his confession this morning for the first time in years. He looks like a kid in a candy store! A huge new beginning for him.
We met an incredible young priest from new York today – Fr. V. He gave the best homily I have ever heard. He encouraged us all to pray for the healing of our entire family tree, living and dead. He spoke of the pain many mothers feel and related that to parts of Mother Mary’s life. He spoke with the fire of the holy spirit. I also noticed that when he blessed my children at Holy Communion time, he kept his index finger and thumb clasped. He sung the mass, and during consecration he kept the Host and the Chalice elevated for much longer than normal – giving people a chance to linger in prayer, awe and wonder at the moment of transubstantiation. Thank God for this man! Thank God he understands and extrudes the reverence and holiness of the holy Eucharist, holy Mass and his own holy vocation. Thank God he understands the gentleness and tenderness required at the moment of consecration. By his own example, the entire congregation is educated and brought deeper into relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Dear God, Thank you for Fr. V. Please give us more holy priests like this man.
That evening we went into town for dinner and afterwards wend for a stroll around the church piazza. We kneeled down in front of the large statue if Our Lady and my boy prayed in his own very beautifully. We kissed the feet of Jesus on the small cross on the railings (the children seem to get a lot out of kissing statues and Crosses! Perhaps the simplest expressions of love are the most powerful?) We lit a candle and saw a few highly dedicated priests (including Fr V, I noticed!) Still sitting in the night air hearing confessions. I have always thought this is the best time to do confession. It is quiet and cool and the darkness almost comforts, by giving its soft blanket of privacy that you don’t get during sunlight hours. And here in Medjugorje people still want this incredible healing sacrament at 10pm, 11pm, and even later. Do we see ever this sort of desire back at home in our parishes? Hopefully we will one day soon.
Confession is the first step on our road of conversion. Without confession we can not be totally healed. Without confession we can not unburden ourselves of all the sin-junk we are carrying round with us. People often talk about having ‘baggage’, but with confession there is no need to carry this baggage any more. It frees you up to receive all the good things or ‘grace’ that God wants to give you. Think of it like clearing out an old cupboard: you gotta make the space, if you wanna receive the grace!
Healing takes time, and may be painful to begin with, but there is no need for us to do it on our own. Jesus had given us the priests to light our way, guide our steps, and even hold our hand if we need them to. They stand there in the place of Jesus and when they say the words of absolution it is Jesus who is absolving us. Thank God for holy priests, and thank God for confession!