February 2, 2016 – “Dear children, I have called you and am calling you anew to come to know my Son, to come to know the truth. I am with you and am praying for you to succeed. My children, you must pray much in order to have all the more love and patience; to know how to endure sacrifice and to be poor in spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, my Son is always with you. His Church is born in every heart that comes to know Him. Pray that you can come to know my Son; pray that your soul may be one with Him. That is the prayer and the love which draws others and makes you my apostles. I am looking at you with love, with a motherly love. I know you; I know your pain and sorrows, because I also suffered in silence. My faith gave me love and hope. I repeat, the Resurrection of my Son and my Assumption into Heaven is hope and love for you. Therefore, my children, pray to come to know the truth; to have firm faith which will lead your heart and which will transform your pain and sufferings into love and hope. Thank you.”
Our Lady is exactly right. Both the Resurrection of our Blessed Lord, and her Assumption is most definitely a sign of hope and love for all of us. It’s a glimpse of God’s great plan for His people, our destiny! It’s a testament to the truth that life indeed has meaning and never ends. We are called to live with the Father who loves us, and Our Lady is showing us the way.
In his book The World’s First Love, Mary, Mother of God, Archbishop Sheen wrote something quite prophetic concerning the Assumption in relation to God’s plan I felt compelled to share with you today. It’s that good!
Keep in mind something when reading his words; Sheen wrote this book in 1952, two years after the Dogma of the Assumption was declared by Pope Pius XII. Sheen passed away in 1979, and Our Lady began appearing in Medjugorje in 1981.
Here’s what Sheen wrote:
Within three decades the definition of the Assumption will cure the pessimism and despair of the modern world. Freud, who did so much to develop this pessimism, took as his motto; “If I cannot move the Gods on high, I shall set all hell in an uproar.” That uproar which he created will now be stilled by a Lady as powerful as an “army drawn up in battle array.” The age of the “body beautiful” will now become the age of the Assumption.
In Mary there is a triple transition. In the annunciation we pass from the holiness of the Old Testament to the holiness of Christ. At Pentecost we pass from the holiness of the historical Christ to the holiness of the Mystical Christ or His Body, which is the Church. Mary here received the Spirit for a second time. The first overshadowing was to give birth to the Head of the Church: this second overshadowing is to give birth to His Body as she is in the midst of the Apostles abiding in prayer. The third transition is the Assumption, as she becomes the first human person to realize the historical destiny of the faithful as members of Christ’s Mystical Body, beyond time, beyond death, and beyond judgment.
Mary is always in the vanguard of humanity. She is compared to Wisdom, presiding at creation; she is announced as the woman who will conquer Satan, as the Virgin who will conceive. She becomes the first person since the Fall to have a unique and unrepeatable kind of union with God; she mothers the infant Christ in Bethlehem; she mothers the Mystical Christ at Jerusalem; and now, by her Assumption, she goes ahead like her Son to prepare a place for us. She participates in the glory of her son, reigns with Him, presides at His Side over the destinies of the Church in time, and intercedes for us, to Him, as He, in His turn, intercedes to the Heavenly Father.
Adam came before Eve chronologically. The new Adam, Christ, comes after the new Eve, Mary, chronologically, although existentially He preceded her as the Creator a creature. By stressing for the moment only the time element, Mary always seems to be the advent of what is in store for man. She anticipates Christ for nine months, as she bears Heaven within her; she anticipates His Passion at Cana and His Church at Pentecost. Now, in the last great doctrine of the Assumption, she anticipates Heavenly glory, and the definition comes at a time when men think of it least.
One wonders if this could not be the last of the great truths of Mary to be defined by the Church. Anything else might seem to be an anticlimax after she is declared to be in Heaven, body and soul. But actually there is one other truth left to be defined, and that is that she is the Mediatrix, under her Son, of all graces. As St. Paul speaks of the Ascension of Our Lord as the prelude to His intercession for us, so we fittingly, should speak of the Assumption of Our Lady as a prelude to her intercession for us. First, the place, Heaven; then the function, intercession. The nature of her role is not to call her Son’s attention to some need, in an emergency unnoticed by Him, nor is it to “win” a difficult consent. Rather it is to unite herself to His compassionate Mercy and give a human voice to His Infinite Love. The main ministry of Mary is to incline men’s’ hearts to obedience to the will of her Divine Son. Her last recorded words at Cana are still her words in the Assumption; “Whatsoever He shall say to you, that do ye.”
(Fulton J. Sheen, The World’s First Love, Mary, Mother of God’. McGraw-Hill, New York. 1952)
There is no doubt Our Lady’s presence among us is bearing many good fruits, and indeed curing pessimism and despair in millions of her children around the world. In Medjugorje alone there have been so many testimonies of healing and profound conversions of so many people young and old, and of all kinds of nationalities! We are truly seeing right before our very eyes God’s plan at work through the loving intercession of the Blessed Mother!
June 25, 2007 – “Dear children! Also today, with great joy in my heart, I call you to conversion. Little children, do not forget that you are all important in this great plan, which God leads through Medjugorje. God desires to convert the entire world and to call it to salvation and to the way towards Himself, who is the beginning and the end of every being. In a special way, little children, from the depth of my heart, I call you all to open yourselves to this great grace that God gives you through my presence here. I desire to thank each of you for the sacrifices and prayers. I am with you and I bless you all. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
She is calling us to the Light and Love of Jesus Christ, she is teaching us how to bring about the Kingdom of Heaven in us, and she is encouraging us to fight back against the machinations of the enemy of the soul and all evil. She is reversing all the despair and curses in the world brought about by atheism and the occult, one person at a time. We’re truly the most blessed of children to have been gifted the presence of this loving Mother among us in these times of ours. God is so good to us!
Here’s one example of Our Lady touching the hearts of her children. Any Clapton fans out there?! Well, guess what? Eric Clapton, a living legend and one of the greatest Blues guitarists out there, wrote a song for the Blessed Mother!
According to Medjugorje Miracles, Eric Clapton wrote this song and sincere prayer to Our Lady. At a benefit concert for Bosnia in 1996, Clapton performed the song alongside the great Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti. You can check out that performance here.
In his memoir, Clapton: The Autobiography, he explains the details on the beginnings of his prayer life— a 1987 rock-bottom moment at a rehab treatment center.
“I was in complete despair,” Clapton wrote. “In the privacy of my room, I begged for help. I had no notion who I thought I was talking to, I just knew that I had come to the end of my tether . . . and, getting down on my knees, I surrendered. Within a few days I realized that . . . I had found a place to turn to, a place I’d always known was there but never really wanted, or needed, to believe in. From that day until this, I have never failed to pray in the morning, on my knees, asking for help, and at night, to express gratitude for my life and, most of all, for my sobriety. I choose to kneel because I feel I need to humble myself when I pray, and with my ego, this is the most I can do. If you are asking why I do all this, I will tell you . . . because it works, as simple as that.”
Here’s a video of Clapton’s performance of “Holy Mother” at London’s Hyde Park in 1996. It’s such a beautiful song, it brought tears to my eyes when I first heard it.
Happy Assumption day, everyone, and God bless!