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The Essence of Christmas Print E-mail

By Christine Cregan

What a joy to celebrate Advent and Christmas in Medugorje!  As Christmas approaches the village bustles with the excitement of the birth of the Baby Jesus. Yet before the joy of the Feast, there was work being done.  Not the work of shopping until they drop, but prayer work, the work of the soul.  As a friend and parishioner in Medugorje recently commented, “I could say that Christmas is a peaceful time for the parishioners…as a parishioner I think it is good that we have some quiet time…it is hard to fulfill our spiritual needs when the crowds are here.”  It was quiet indeed, during the week before Christmas week the English speaking Mass was celebrated in Adoration Chapel with only eight people in attendance.

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 December 2012 )
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Reflections by Fr. Peter Arabia, S.J. Print E-mail

(June 14, 1958 – March 4, 2008)

Fr. Peter Arabia, R.I.P. Little did I know that when I made my first pilgrimage to Medjugorje in 1985 that I would find myself drawn to return again and again.  This past June I made another pilgrimage to spend two weeks in prayer and reflection.  I had the joy of being present for the 26th anniversary of the apparitions and attending the priest's retreat.  However, this is the first time that I am writing a reflection on my experience in Medjugorje.  A good friend of mine, Mate, suggested that it was time for me to start writing about my experiences.   Actually his exact words were, "Yo, Father don't you think its time to start writing about all that has happened to you!" (By the way, unlike me who only speaks English and a bit of Spanish, my friend was able to ask me the same question in 5 different languages! )    I was touched by his invitation and sat down to write this reflection.


Last Updated ( Friday, 07 December 2012 )



Immaculate Conception, Mary, my Mother.

Live in me. Act in me. Speak in and through me.

Think your thoughts in my mind. Love, through my heart.

Give me your dispositions and feelings.

Teach, lead and guide me to Jesus.

Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior.

Possess my soul. Take over my entire personality and life.

Replace it with yourself.

Incline me to constant adoration and thanksgiving.

Pray in me and through me.

Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.
-  Pope John Paul II


I, (name), a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in your hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
In the presence of all the heavenly court, I choose you this day for my Mother and Queen. I deliver and consecrate to you, as your slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present, and future; leaving to you the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to your good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and eternity. Amen.
-  St. Louis Marie de Montfort