This weekend was crazy busy for me -I guess probably no more than for most people. I was happy that Jesus still helped me to be able to find a hour to stop by the Medjugorje Conference at Notre Dame Saturday afternoon (and thank you to Brian Miller and Bobby for the ticket!) Last year when I was helping out a couple from our parish to care for their preemie twin grandchildren, I spotted and picked up one of their books about Immaculee Ilibagiza
who survived the Rwandan holocaust by hiding in a bathroom with 8 other women for 91 days. I read her book Left to Tell
between the babies' late-night feedings and monitering their heart and breathing machines. This book ended up to be very providencial for my life. Immaculee's story was truly inspiring. (Here is Immaculee with some of 'her orphans' -who she supports with part of the proceeds of her books):
I learned of the secret of her survival in a new way as I heard her speak Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame. This 'secret' was our heavenly Mother -who appeared in Rwanda just years earlier than the holocaust. It was Mother Mary (through her apparitions in Kibeho) who prepared and then carried Immaculee through the murder of her family, many torturous months of hiding and then her eventual long journey physically to safety and spiritually to forgiveness of those who slaughtered her people.Our Lady of Kibeho
is the only Vatican-approved apparition on the continent of Africa. I remember hearing about it when I was a child. In Kibeho, Mary warned the country of an impending internal war -ending with the slaughter of many innocent people. Yet, She at the same time told the visionaries that such a slaughter could be prevented if people prayed the rosary for the intention of peace. People did not listen to her -and so we all know what happened in Rwanda shortly following these apparitions.
Looking around the world today there are rumblings of war -not only a war against innocents within our country through the holocaust of abortion, but also instability in the Middle East, Korea, China, Russia, etc.... Mary has also many times told us (through her appirations in Medjugorje, as well as in other places -including Kibeho) that such wars CAN be stopped by prayer and fasting. One such proof of this is how Communism was destoryed in Eastern Europe (especially Poland) basically in a peaceful manner simply through prayer.
I wanted to write you all today to remind you to make a commitment to praying the daily rosary -especially for peace in the world (peace through the end of abortion, in addition to peace within families and peace through the end of brewing wars). Prayer changes things. God promises this and history confirms it. I know all of you readers are faithful Catholics, who love the rosary. But may we all re-commit to praying the rosary and making sacrifices specifically for the intention of peace. Mary our Mother does not ask this without having a grave reason to do so. Her messages should not instill fear in us, but instead a great hope -that as we look out at the brewing storms of darkness, she has a candle with a steady light that she offers to us to guide our way and protect us -and this light is peace which will come to us (our hearts, our families, our country and our world) through prayer and sacrifice. Let us learn from the lesson of Rwanda -and let us turn our heart more powerfully to a commitment of prayer for peace.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Queen of Families, Queen of America and Queen of Kibeho -pray for us!
(Our Lady of Kibeho -and a young girl during an apparition in Rwanda)
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