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For more than eighteen years, the Virgin Mary has allegedly been appearing daily in the remote mountain village of Medjugorje in Southern Bosnia. Her messages, ...
For more than eighteen years, the Virgin Mary has allegedly been appearing daily in the remote mountain village of Medjugorje in Southern Bosnia. Her messages, responsible for the conversion and strengthened faith of untold millions, are focused on one objective: to bring the world back to God through his Son, Jesus Christ.
Wayne Weible details how these messages of reconciliation and forgiveness have borne fruit in this troubled Balkan country and throughout the entire world - and provides an intriguing sense of what is still to come.
The young Franciscan priest from Bosnia-Hercegovina stared blankly out the window as the plane approached the airport. It was the first week of May 1981, and the weather was nearly perfect. Normally, this would be a time of joy and anticipation as he prepared to attend an important international leader's conference of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Rome, Italy. At the moment, he only hoped the conference would rekindle the Holy Spirit flame within him that had strongly marked his brief priesthood.
The apathy of the people in his parish and surrounding parishes had brought Father Tomislav Vlasic to this discouraging point. He had come to his assignment at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Capljina, filled with a fervor expressed well through a strong gift of preaching and a magnetic personality. As a result, the young priest had been invited to nearby villages to preach the message of the Gospels. But instead of spiritual conversion, he was met with indifference. Many young people did not attend Mass; work on Sundays was the norm. Families praying the rosary together seemed to be a thing of the past.
Tomislav came to the conference with one thought in mind: to seek help through the wisdom of two well-known members of the Charismatic Movement, Sister Briege McKenna and Father Emiliano Tardif. Both would be speakers at the conference. He wanted them to pray over him in hopes of discerning the answer to restoring his spiritual buoyancy and overcoming the resistance of the people at home.
Father Tomislav's prayers were answered, but in a way that far exceeded his expectations. Sister Briege McKenna, an Irish nun living in the United States, had a powerful healing ministry and a strong gift of prophecy. As she prayed over Father Tomislav, she began describing a vivid prophetic vision, telling him that she "saw him in a twin-towered church sitting in a chair and surrounded by a great crowd." There were streams of water flowing from beneath the chair out onto the people, she related, "streams of powerful healing water...."
Tomislav was deeply touched by the vision, but also confused. The only church he knew with twin towers was twelve miles away in the parish of Medjugorje. But he was happy, having received far more than he had anticipated through the encounter with Sister Briege. Surely, this was a sign that the people were finally going to respond to his ministry. What occurred next raised his spirits well above mere happiness, even though the young priest was not quite certain what it meant.
Also gifted with the charisma of a healing ministry, Father Emiliano Tardif, a French-Canadian presently stationed in Colombia, South America, came to Tomislav the following day. He also had prayed over him. Taking him aside and embracing him, he said, "My dear young friend, I have a wonderful message for you from Jesus. He says, `Don't worry, I am sending you my mother!'"
And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars....
|Prologue The Most Important Event of Our Time||xi|
|1 The Message||3|
|2 Preparing the Way||6|
|3 Seeds of a Miracle||9|
|4 Good Soil||18|
|5 The Planting||26|
|6 Signs of Confirmation||35|
|7 Storm Warning||42|
|8 Nurturing Grace||49|
|10 Fertile Soil||65|
|11 The Plan||72|
|12 Growing Period||76|
|13 The Heart of Medjugorje||84|
|14 More Change||87|
|15 A Time of Mercy||94|
|16 The Call||103|
|17 Sons and Daughters||115|
|18 Live My Messages||124|
|21 Answering the Call||142|
|23 Dark Fruits of the Battle||160|
|25 What Then Is My Suffering?||175|
|26 Oasis of Peace||180|
|28 From Darkness to Light||198|
|29 With Prayer||205|
|30 The Good Fruits||214|
|31 Final Harvest||223|
|Epilogue The Final Mercy||232|
|Index Monthly Messages from 1987 to the Present||239|
Posted August 18, 2003
I never really new the story of Medjugorje, Wayne Weible's words explained it all so well. I couldn't put the book down. I have learned so much spiritual information from his book he has shared with us all. -AngelinaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2001
The book is a must for those wanting to learn about the message of Medjugorje and the wakeup call our Lady is providing the world. Easy reading and hard to put down. Absolutely a must.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.