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My story - starting w/ awesome pic from Medjugorje of Gospa
Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:45 pm
I have been a believer of the Apparitions since about 1982 when my brother bought a couple of books on the Medjugorje happenings. This photo was given to me & my family by my Aunt who went to Medjugorje around the mid '80's. A friend took this picture of scenery around the village and look what the Blessed Mother graced us with! I've had this picture in my bedroom, below a statue of Mother Mary since then. Sometimes you forget about the miracle of this picture. I'm glad to share it with everyone. Especially, if it helps one person believe in the messages of our Dear Lady.
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:35 am
If you actually have the orginal photo, was it you who circulated it on the Internet?
It's just that I have seen this photo before.
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:54 pm
I am e-mailing my Aunt to get correct information. I have a (4x6) copy of what must be an original or near original photo. (I'm e-mailing the photo to you in a later pm). I'm fairly computer savy but this is the first time I have posted a picture on the web, so it was not me. I just now got my avatar of it to work.
So I'm glad its posted by someone else. I'll get to some of my story shortly....
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:16 pm
Hello Thomas thank you for posting the pictue yes! I have
seen this pictute before too infact the year before last 2006
It was being sold as postcard in Medjugorje but having said
this I did not see it this year in September 2007
Love and prayers Patricia
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:45 pm
Thanks so much Patricia. Wow! I didn't realize it got to postcard status in Medjugorje. Well, if we need to create more, I'll be happy to assist
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:24 pm
As a follow up everyone....my Aunt went to Medjugorje in 1990. She was given the photo by someone in her group who said their friend took it. My Aunt thinks it was probably passed down for the third or fourth time, if not more. She is a Sister of Notre Dame and as she says "I would place all my wonder on the messages the Blessed Mother gave and let her do the rest....She always ask for the same thing, pray the rosary, fast if you are able and pray for peace".
Re: My story - starting w/ awesome pic from Medjugorje of Go
Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:28 pm
Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:01 pm
Thanks Danica-Christine. I guess I should start my story….I am a cradle Catholic, who attended Catholic schools throughout my university education. I am blessed to be from a family who has one uncle who is a diocesan Priest, an aunt who is a Notre Dame Sister, another uncle who was a permanent Deacon and a cousin who is a Priest and monk at a monastery in Kentucky. I have always been a believer, but like most had luke-warm faith periods and seemed to be good at blowing off my frequent sinfulness.
One turning point in my faith awareness was when my brother invited me to attend a Cursillo weekend. Cursillo is a movement, originated in Spain, centering on increased Holiness though a tripod approach of Holiness, formation (study) and evangelization. They are gender segregated retreats that truly are Spirit based and faith sharing/affirming experiences. One of the highlights of the retreat is the “fourth day”. This is where you live the experience and put into practice what you have learned. The idea entails that you group with fellow Cursillista friends once a week to share your weeks life experiences regarding living the 3 elements of the tripod and sharing/supporting each other in their faith journey. I highly recommend a weekend retreat to anyone! I know we have fellow Cursillistas on the forum.
Another great grace I received was as my wife and I adopted our youngest son a year and a half ago. We traveled to California to meet him when he was three days old. God truly blessed us with a healthy, beautiful boy. He has been a constant joy ever since.
We were there for six days, waiting to get the go ahead from our lawyer to head back home. Our son had been declared healthy by the pediatrician and able to take a day trip, so we headed on the seventh day to the Mission at San Juan Capistrano. It was beautiful! The history, the ruins of the original chapel and the gardens on the grounds were awesome. The three of us went into the southwestern style Church, where in the 1990’s, Pope John Paul II declared the white stucco church, a Basilica. We were admiring the artwork inside and came upon a painting of Blessed Kateri Tekawitha. I remember saying a short prayer to her and taking a picture with our camera. Later that day while still exploring the Mission, we got the call that we could head home to our 6 ½ year old son and the rest of our family eagerly anticipating our arrival home with our new son.
That next week at work, my wife calls me asking if I know whose feast day it was when we got the call to come home. Blessed Kateri (July 14th)! On a whim that night, I pulled out my son’s little paper-back series of Saint books and looked up Kateri Tekawitha. I knew I had read her little bio in the past. When I started reading, my eyes started to well up. She was adopted by her two aunts and an uncle at the age of 3 or 4 after her family died of small pox. Kateri was left with near blindness and had facial scarring as a result of her near fatal brush with the disease. She was always a very holy child and had great devotion to our Lord in the Eucharist. She was routinely scorned and made fun of by her Mohawk tribe for her Christian beliefs. She was soon sent up to Canada by her uncle, who feared for her life, to a Christian community of Native Americans. Kateri was finally baptised at the age of twenty (she had desired this since she was a young girl but met with opposition even from her Missionary priest advisor for the longest time). It was the final sentence that floored me….Kateri died at the age of twenty four. Our son’s birth mother was twenty four at the time of his adoption! Needless to say, we got the feeling that our son was truly meant for us. I have a special devotion to Blessed Kateri and am a member of the Blessed Kateri Tekawitha League. I will highly recommend that our son take Kateri as his confirmation name. God truly blessed us for allowing her to intercede in our prayers. Please spread devotion for her cause for canonization.
I have always believed in the Medjugorie apparitions and long to go there someday. I look forward to Jesus and Our Lady’s victory to come and feel blessed to live in these special times. Thank you and God Bless this lovely forum family and all your intentions. I’m privileged to be a part of it. And thanks for reading.
Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:53 am
My family has a copy of that picture since the 1980's, I believe it was taken by an Irish person who was a relative of my neighbours but I will see if I can find out for certain. Amazing story by the way, may God bless you and your family.
Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:10 am
Thank you for sharing your wonderful story, Thomas. I know very little about Cursillistas. In fact, what you wrote about them is about all I know. It has been a couple of months now that I have been attending Mass at a church a couple of towns over from where I moved to about 2 years ago. The pastor is a very humble man truly dedicated to his vocation as a priest. When he says the Mass, it is always as if he were saying Mass for the very first time. He is probably about 70 years old but he is totally intuned to the Sacred Nature of the Mass. It seemed odd to me that the guys who open the doors for the parishoners, always ask me, "How was your week?" And when I'm leaving, "Have a good week." I thought to myself, what happened to "Have a good day." So maybe they are Cursillistas. Thanks for your post Thomas.