Vibrant Pools of My Infinite Love

Looking back at my day before going to bed was thinking: 

”Ugh, God, I wish I worked for you more today.”

“You did and you are working for Me all the day, by praying. Your prayers are beautiful works of love before My Eyes that I can use according to the All-Benevolent Will of My Father. And the more trust you surrender them to Me with, the more facility I have in distributing them to their intended destinations- always directed toward your good and the good of all souls.

“Prayer from the heart is truly the weapon, not only in these precarious times in which you live, but in every moment of your own life. When temptations draw near, draw your sword of fervent prayer, especially the prayer devoted to My Mother- the Most Holy Rosary- and we will be there in an instant to act against whatever the challenging force you feel creeping near you may be. Be it any trace of sudden tiredness, anxiety, curiosity, prideful, unkind, or impure thoughts, or simply a lessening of love in your heart, prayer is the remedy, for I am the Divine Healer. Constantly plunge, bathe, immerse yourself in My Vibrant pools of infinite Love then, little one, for to grow in love is what you are here on earth for, and what is growing in your love but simply experiencing Mine, more and more deeply? You’ve heard it been said that prayer is oxygen for the soul. So breathe, My child, breathe in My Love!

“Truly, I tell you, Heaven and earth will pass away, but your prayers stand firm forever, for your words of intimate love are My Words when you let My Spirit pray through you. Yet often, it is the wordless prayer that most please Me, your Jesus. The payer of simply relishing in My Presence and absorbing My Love into the depths of your soul. For what is prayer but a continual communion with Me? 

“When we are like this- heart to Heart- I begin to fuel you, feed you, and fuse ever closer with you. Let oneness be your goal then! Oneness with the Divine! Just think of it! Then I will live in you and it will no longer be you but Christ living in your world. Yes, yearn for Me with everything you are, long to stay with me, to just be with Me and in Me for as long as possible. There is an untold, ecstatic intimacy that awaits you in eternity with Me, and in My Goodness and Unimaginable Love for you, I desire it to begin now. So quiet your heart and silence your soul, My Beloved, for your God, your Lover, your All comes to you in this very moment. This feeling of blazing love and burning peace can only come from Me. It emits a joy that radiates endlessly outward, inspiring all to join the Dance of all things Divine, inviting all into experience the glorious wonder of Heaven. Be sure to guard it vigilantly from the attacks of the evil one who comes to still, kill, and destroy, by feeding its flames with perpetual prayer, surges of the heart and spiritual communions made with your whole being! Did I not command you to love Me, your God, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength? Settle down now, into My Paternal embrace, so we can pick up where we left off in this moment-to-moment love story that we will write together for all eternity. I love you so, My beloved son. Be still and know that I Am Love.”


For more intimate Love Letters from Jesus, click on any of the following, and feel the 🔥Fire🔥 of His Burning ❤️Love❤️ for you:

http://www.sofc.org/BLUEBKII/bb2_vii.htm


Photo credits to Brian Chucri, a fellow member of my Parish’s LifeTeen youth group and amazing photographer! 🙂

“Love Never Ends” (1 Corinthians 13:8)

Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope you all have had a beautiful, blessed Christmas filled with many moments of joy with family and friends! I know for me, it was wonderful to be united with the fam! Here’s a picture of us at Midnight Mass of my home Parish in Florida!

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Also, THIS is my Church’s amazing, hilarious, massive (with emphasis on the “Mass”😄) LifeTeen youth group…#SaintIggies #GodSquad #BlessUp?

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As we reflect on the memories of the year behind and prepare for the resolutions of the year ahead, let us not forget about the beautiful gift of this very present moment!

Indeed, every precious present moment holds unique graces and unrepeatable opportunities to more deeply, fervently, and wholeheartedly love. And how exactly can one increase his or her capacity to love? The answer is surprisingly simple: prayer. The more your heart humbly surrenders itself to intimate prayer, the closer it grows to Divine Love, the larger it grows in Holy Love, and the stronger it grows in all the virtues. Thus, in addition to the many physical and intellectual resolutions you might be planning, don’t neglect nourishing your spiritual life as much as possible through prayer, or “oxygen for the soul” as Saint Padre Pio defined it!

The prayer I find most calming yet energizing is the Rosary. And not just repeating decades of 10 “Hail Mary’s” and a “Glory Be” over and over, but really putting my heart into it, plunging into my inner self where God’s Vibrant Presence dwells and Christ’s Endless Love burns, a place that craves greater union to Him, especially in His painful, piercing Passion, by which I am saturated with His very Divine Life!

In these times of so much lack of love in hearts, there is so, so much need for heartfelt prayer. I am reminded of the quote by philosopher Peter Kreeft: “I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers make, and all the people those prayers were destined to affect…we would be so paralyzed with awe that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.” Indeed, I imagine the angels scavenging the earth daily to collect and count even my smallest, weakest, faintest prayers, which are then purified, perfected, and presented before the Throne of God through the unblemished hands and Immaculate Heart of Our Mother Mary, before finally being sent out to their final destinations: human hearts desperately -albeit often unconsciously- hurting and hungering for true love, which is salvation.

In this way, every prayer surrendered up from a loving heart can transcend time and space to reach just the person who needed it most there and then! And the more love in our hearts when we pray, the more powerfully our prayers pierce the very Heart of Our Loving and Merciful Father, such that He cannot help but look upon us, His little children, with tenderhearted compassion and shower the whole world with fresh graces and blessings!

Don’t allow yourself to be saddened, worried, or discouraged, for no matter where you are along your spiritual journey, what you’ve done in the past, or how others perceive you, rest assured that you have a special place reserved for you for all of eternity by the Creator and Bridegroom of your soul, safely nestled so close to His Divine Heart of Infinite Power, Majesty, and Love. He is truly so madly in love with and utterly enamored by you that even your slightest effort toward contemplation, conversation, and communion with Him fills Him with love, joy, and peace and thus affects the whole cosmos.

As the new year ahead is dawning, remember that every breath, every heartbeat, every present moment is another chance to show and grow your love for God and others, and thus attain salvation for your own soul and your brother and sister souls, many of whom you may never meet until eternity. On the stage of heaven and earth, you have a whole multitude of faithful friends- the saints- praying for you and cheering you on, including the Queen of the Universe, your most beautiful Blessed Mother Mary, whose intercessory power is unmatched by any. In all Her gentleness, goodness, and grace, She will help you to transform every thought, word, and deed into an immortal victory of Love, through constant surrender of your heart to God’s Divine Will- which is Love and Mercy itself. Imagine the great soldier of love, warrior of prayer, and hero of holiness you can be in this life and in the next, by handing over everything, especially the distractions of physical appearance, social reputation, emotional bitterness, intellectual pride, sensual pleasure, and material gain, to the only one who loved the Most Holy Trinity perfectly and sinlessly, as the Mother, Daughter, and Spouse of God! “Ad Jesum Per Mariam”

Only along Heaven’s Shores will see the unlimited value and eternal ripple effects of every prayer, every sacrifice, every act of kindness made with a heart full of love… but by then there will be no “time” left for increasing our capacity to hold all the heavenly happiness God desires to infuse our hearts with, the sublime glory of which no eye has seen, ear heard, nor heart imagined… Delay not one moment longer, then, and begin by praying the powerful “weapon of choice”- the Most Holy Rosary. If you don’t have time to pray all 5 decades, pray just one, or even just a few Hail Mary’s. And if you don’t know yet how to pray the “Hail Mary”, simply yet sincerely say, “I love You, God, I love You God, I love You God…” over and over to until you feel the fires of His Love burn brighter and brighter from deep within. You can be sure that God never tires of hearing His name lovingly pronounced by one of His beloved souls, for He once told Saint Teresa of Avila, “I would recreate the whole universe just to hear you say you love Me.” Indeed, just one single act of love- “Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!”– so satisfies His unquenchable thirst for our love that it can convert a soul and repair 1,000 blasphemies*! Every last “I love You” is another step closer to the defeat of evil and the Triumph of Love!

Through perpetual prayer, our lives are destined to become an ongoing love affair with Jesus! Enkindling this intimate union with Him is truly, the greatest possible gift we can give to the world and way to make use of the present moment. The more we spent time praying from deep within, the more peace, joy, and love we will radiate outward to all and the more present moments we will successfully sanctify and thus eternalize, until even the most monotonous of tasks becomes a wonder of love! For in the words of the little St. Therese of Lisieux so beautifully put it, “Love makes time eternal by giving divine value to everything.” And as Our Lord Himself declared on November 5th, 2006 in a special Message to all peoples and nations:

“The only thing you lose forever in the present moment is that which is not loving. The only thing which you save in the Eternal Now is all that you think, say and do in Holy Love. Holy and Divine Love are eternal.”

May the Eternal Now, God of all Love and Mercy, and His and our Mother, Mary, bless, protect, guide and inspire you in every precious moment of 2019, and forevermore!

 

Yours in the loving-kindness of Notre Dame, Our Mother,

Greg O. Perenich, aka “Little Gregory”

PS- The above writing drew significant inspiration from the Messages of Holy and Divine Love. To learn more, and read these Messages from angels, saints, the Blessed Mother, Jesus Christ, and now God the Father for yourself, visit https://liveandliveon.wordpress.com/the-messages-of-holy-and-divine-love-qa/

 


Verse:

“Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited; it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage; it does not take offense or store up grievances.

Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the Truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. Love never comes to an end.”

-1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NJB

Prayer:

https://www.marian.org/mary/rosary/howto.php

Quote:

”O life so dull and monotonous, how many treasures you contain! When I look at everything with the eyes of faith, no two hours are alike, and the dullness and monotony disappear. The grace which is given me in this hour will not be repeated in the next. It may be given me again, but it will not be the same grace. Time goes on, never to return again. Whatever is enclosed in it will never change; it seals with a seal for eternity.”

-Saint Faustina, in her Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, (#62)

Photo:

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Song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3y8JG26PoE

Additionally, inspiration was drawn from these intimate Love Letters from Our Lord, which have deepened my spirituality and prayer life greatly, and allowed me to believe more concretely in the ever-present, on-fire Love of Jesus! I could not recommend them more: http://www.sofc.org/BLUEBKII/bb2_vii.htm


The featured photo on this blog post is a painting by the amazingly joyful, kindhearted, talented Katie Sisk, entitled “Queen of Peace.” Her website featuring more incredible artwork is available here: https://kateasisk.wixsite.com/breathoflife/gallery


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Messages of Holy and Divine Love (Q&A)

What is Holy Love?

“Holy Love is:

  • “The Two Great Commandments of Love – to love God above allelse and to love neighbor as self.”
  • “The fulfillment and the embodiment of the Ten Commandments.”
  • “The measure by which all souls will be judged.”
  • “The barometer of personal holiness.”
  • “The Gateway to the New Jerusalem.”
  • “The Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
  • “The First Chamber of the United Hearts.”
  • “The Purifying Flame of Love of Mary’s Heart that all souls mustpass through.”
  • “The Refuge of Sinners and the Ark of these last days.”
  • “The source of unity and peace amongst all people and all nations.”
  • “Holy Love is God’s Divine Will.”
    “Realize that only evil would be opposed to Holy Love.”

From the words of Our Lord Jesus to visionary Maureen Sweeney Kyle of Holy Love Ministries on November 8, 2010…


What is Holy Love Ministries?

As taken from their Overview page on the holylove.org website:  “Holy Love Ministries is an ecumenical lay apostolate committed to living and propagating the Holy Love, Divine Love and United Hearts messages. These messages which support the two great commandments–love God above all else and love your neighbor as yourself–are given by means of private revelation to Heaven’s messenger. HLM Servants of Holy Love gather to pray the rosary for world peace, for an end to abortion, and that hearts open to Heaven’s messages.” The following video of around 5 minutes also gives a good summary of the Shrine and property in Elyria, OH:

What are the Messages of Holy and Divine Love?
A basic summary of the main messages from Jesus, Mary, and multiple saints can be found here http://holylove.org/files/med_1516130909.pdf
As a continuation of the Fatima messages, they emphasize personal holiness through the Chambers of the United Hearts, namely the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, as depicted in the United Hearts Image depicted below:
Here are a few example messages:
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Don’t private revelations need a “Nihil Obstat” or “Imprimatur” from the local Bishop?

Cannon Law currently says that new revelations, apparitions, miracles, etc do not need Church approval to be read circulated, as long as they do not go against faith and morals. So no imprimatur needed (see Discernment of Visionaries and Apparitions Today by Albert J. Hebert, SM).  Canon Law also states that Catholics have the prerogative to believe in private revelation and if they turn out to be false, they will still receive the graces as if it were real!


Do any of the Holy Love Ministries Messages contradict faith and morals?

No. Multiple priests, bishops, and even the former Archbishop of Nigeria have expressed letters of endorsement for the Messages as not being against, and actually very in line with faith and morals of the Catholic Faith (See http://www.holylove.org/endorsements.php). In other words, had these apparitions occurred in another part of the world, they may well of had ecclesial approval for years, even decades now. In fact, the messages themselves often express the importance in remaining faithful to the Church’s Magisterium and Tradition, especially amidst these trying times of so much rejection, ignorance and compromise of Church Teaching.


So, what about that letter from the former Bishop of the Cleveland Diocese?

As Wayne Weible, the late Catholic journalist widely known for his books on the Medjugorje apparitions, stated in his 2015 book, Intimate messages from Heaven:

“To put it bluntly: Holy Love Ministries has never been condemned by the Catholic Church. It also has never been condemned by the Cleveland Diocese. However, in November 2009, the bishop of the Cleveland Diocese issued a formal “admonition” for Catholics advising them to stay away from Holy Love. The fact is, it is an invalid action since the Diocese has no jurisdiction over an ecumenical entity. Further, the decree of admonishment was reportedly issued based on an investigation conducted by the Diocese by a person or persons unidentified. When Don and Maureen asked the Diocese for a copy of the investigation and who conducted in they were told the information was “confidential.” In order to be objective in Writing the story of Holy Love, I contacted the Diocese via email in November 2015, informing them that I was writing a book on the Ministry and wanted to give the Diocese an opportunity to explain the business of the admonition, the claim of an investigation of Holy Love and a list of other related questions. I was told at that time that a response would be forthcoming to my questions. Two weeks later, after several emails inquiring when I might receive answers to my questions, I received a short note with consider an attachment of the same decree that had been issued in November.”


Is the Bishop’s “Admonition” the same thing as a formal “Condemnation”?

No. Recall the 8 demands or prohibitions that Bishop Zanic wrote of Medjugorje, who formally believed in the apparitions until pressure to demote him from Bishop to Parish Priest came from the Communists. This list stated that the visionaries were to make no further public appearances, have no apparitions in the church, and that practices and devotions related to Medjugorje were to stop (he even demanded the visionaries give him knowledge of the secrets!)… Unless the Church officially releases a formal condemnation of the private apparition or revelation after thorough investigation, there is no reason to abandon belief of their legitimacy and devotion to their spirituality.

As it stands, Holy Love Ministries has every right to operate locally under the following 2 Cannons:

Canon 215 – The Christian faithful are at liberty freely to found and direct associations for purposes of charity or piety or for the promotion of the Christian vocation in the world and to hold meetings for the common pursuit of these purposes.

Canon 216 gives us the right to promote or sustain apostolic action “…all the Christian faithful have the right to promote or sustain apostolic action even by their own undertakings, according to their own state and condition.”


Shouldn’t we wait for a Bishop’s or Vatican’s “approval” before reading the messages?

To wait until an apparition is approved would be to miss out on many graces for healing and conversion. Medjugorje’s own Father Leon, OP, has often spoken about this effect:

“Lourdes took 4 years to be approved, Fatima took 13 years to be approved. When they were approved, the Bishops said that one of the reasons that they were approved was the continual numbers of people coming there while it was still not approved. So that’s one of the signs the Church looks for. So to say you can’t go to somewhere unapproved is not true.”


What is the current stance of the Diocese of Cleveland, under the newly appointed Bishop?

As far as I’ve been told the Diosece of Cleveland, when asked by pilgrims about Holy Love, has had a “see for yourself” mentality…which may indicate a shift in the right direction for approval!


What does Scripture/Tradition say?

Acts 5:38-39: “So now I tell you, have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself.  But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.”

“It is better to believe than not to believe, for, if you believe, and it is proven true, you will be happy that you have believed, because Our Holy Mother asked it.  If you believe, and it should be proven false, you will receive all blessings as if it had been true, because you believed it to be true.”  — His Holiness, Urban VIII (Pope, 1623-44)

“This too must be listed among the rights of a human being, to honor God according to the sincere dictates of his own conscience, and therefore the right to practice his religion privately and publicly.”  — His Holiness, John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, April 11, 1963.

“Private revelation is a help to this faith, and shows its credibility precisely by leading me back to the definitive public Revelation.” — Pope Benedict XVI


Where can I learn more?

For the Truthful account of Holy Love Ministries:

http://www.holylove.org/pdf/truthful_history.pdf

For “Heaven’s Defense” of Holy Love (from the words of Jesus, Mary, and the Saints)

http://holylove.org/files/med_1516130909.pdf

To subscribe to receive new, daily messages from apparitions:

Follow https://maryrefugeofholylove.com by inputing your email address or send an email to subscribe@holylove.org with the word “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject.


What if I’m still unsure?

Explore. Discern. Pray. Open your heart and see for yourself. If you’re still on the fence, consider read through more of the messages at holylove.org or making a pilgrimage to see for yourself this place of unprecedented grace.  True discernment is to watch the fruits, such as the conversions, healings, prayer, and mystical phenomena, which have been heavily reported on the Marathana Spring and Shrine site by pilgrims from around the world!


Finally, may you receive the Complete Blessing of the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary along your journey of Discernment of the Truth.

Mary, Protectress of the Faith, come to our aid!

Mary, Refuge of Holy Love, pray for us!


 

 

A Woman Clothed With the Sun…

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Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
September 12th, 2018
She comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, and terrible as an army set in battle array. Clothed in celestial light, surrounded by heavenly hosts, crowned with cosmic stars, and throned among countless roses, she stands.
Her beauty is endlessly captivating, inspiring childlike hearts to awe, wonder, and instant conversion through the penetrating rays of Divine Grace reflected off her Immaculate Hands and the burning flames of Divine Love spread through her Immaculate Heart.
Awaken, O sleeper, and marvel at this most beautiful and blessed, glorious and graceful, loving and beloved Woman in all of Paradise! Indeed, she is worth gazing at for all of eternity, and yet after just one look into her loving, merciful eyes and sweet, serene smile, the soul has had its fill forever.
She is the the personification of goodness, the definition of holiness, the perfection of virtue, the height, breadth, and depth of the human person fully alive, as Daughter, Spouse, and Mother the Most Holy Trinity. For within Her Most Pure womb, She intimately holds and houses God’s very Self, Son, and Spirit, radiating His supreme Love, sublime Joy, and supernatural Peace infinitely outward.
She is Queen of the whole Universe, of all Angels and Apostles, all Saints and sinners, all of Heaven and Earth alike.
Her name is Mary.
But you can simply call her Mom.
Prayer:
Oh blessed Mother,
Mother of Salvation for the whole world,
pray that my love for Jesus can be re-kindled.
Help me to feel the Flame of His Love,
so that it fills my soul.
Help me to love Jesus more.
Pray that my faith, love and devotion for Him,
become stronger.
Allay any doubts, which torment me,
and help me to see clearly the Divine Light of the Truth,
which radiates from your beloved Son,
the Savior of all humanity.
Amen
(From Crusade Prayer #47: Re-kindle your love for Jesus)
Verse:
“A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”
-Revelation 12:1
Quote:
“There is not such powerful help in any name, nor is there any other name given to men, after that of Jesus, from which so much salvation is poured forth upon men as from the name of Mary.”
“…the devout invocation of this sweet and holy name leads to the acquisition of superabundant graces in this life, and a very high degree of glory in the next.”
-Richard of St. Laurence
From “The Holy Name of Mary, the Power of her Name”
By Alphonsus Ligouri:
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Video:
(just listen to the first 5 minutes, trust me!)
PS- Today’s Image of Our Lady comes from https://mensajerosdivinos.org
under the title Mary, Mother of the Divine Conception of the Trinity.

3 Things I Learned as a Medjugorje Pilgrim

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This photo collage was put together by Stella Mar Films, the makers of the Medjugorje Documentary Apparition Hill…who we met and ate with for the week!

“Dear children, I am calling you to accept my words which I am speaking to you as a mother, with a simplicity of heart, so that you may set out on the way of complete light and purity, of the singular love of my Son, man and God.

“A joy—a light indescribable in human words—will penetrate your soul and the peace and love of my Son will take hold of you. I desire this for all of my children. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, you who know how to love and forgive, you who do not judge, you whom I encourage, you be an example to all those who are not going on the way of light and love or who have diverted from it. By your life show them the truth. Show them love because love overcomes all difficulties, and all of my children thirst for love.

“Your unity in love is a gift to my Son and me. But, my children, remember that to love also means to desire the good for your neighbor and to desire conversion of your neighbor’s soul.

“As I am looking at you gathered around me, my heart is sad, because I see so little brotherly love, merciful love.

“My children, the Eucharist—my Son alive among you—His words will help you comprehend, because His word is life, His word makes the soul breathe, His word brings about cognition of love.

“Dear children, anew, I am imploring you as a mother who desires the good for her children: love your shepherds, pray for them. Thank you.”

These beautiful words came from the Blessed Virgin Mary’s message to the visionary Mirjana Soldo during her apparition on the June 2nd, 2018. And on this bright, sunshiny morning, for the first time in our lives, my dad and I were there to experience the event with our very own eyes…

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This is the Blue Cross where Our Blessed Mother appears during the 2nd and 25th of every month, at the base of Apparition Hill.

If you don’t know anything about Medjugorje (or even how to pronounce it!), it is a small village in former Yugoslavia, modern Bosnia Herzegovina, where the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to 6 young people atop Apparition Hill on June 24th, 1981 and continues to appear today. Her simple yet profound messages of conversion to God, love, prayer, fasting, and peace have changed the lives of millions worldwide…

After nearly 40 years, the visionaries have undergone extensive scientific and psychological testing, and all are healthy and sane. There are 10 secrets to be revealed concerning the future of the world, and a lasting visible sign in Medjugorje is one of them. Yet most important is not to worry about tomorrow but to live every day, every present moment with Holy Love in our hearts for God and neighbor, as “apostles of love” of Our Mother Mary and Her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Me reverencing the Christ Resurrected Statue in Medjogorje that miraculously and constantly “weeps” drops of water from the side of its right knee…

Traveling through Stella Mar Pilgrimages allowed us the unique privilege to stay in the residence of the visionary Mirjana Soldo! Our mornings usually began with a light home-cooked breakfast (the food there was so simple, fresh, and delicious!) and then a short, scenic walk to the Saint James Church where English mass began at 10 am. After mass, we were free to stay, pray, shop, and explore until a large, late lunch (and late I usually was!) was served to us by Mirjana, her friends and family around 2pm. Then, we had some more free time until the afternoon sessions, which started around 5pm with the recitation of the mysteries of the rosary and confession by the main Church. The international masses held outdoors behind the Church, which were packed with thousands of people from multiple countries and many priests at the altar concelebrating (there are no need for lay Eucharistic Ministers in Medjugorje as the many priests distribute Communion down the packed yet reverent lines of people). After mass, there would be the recitation of 7 Our Father’s, Hail Mary’s, and Glory Be’s- the formula Our Lady first advised the children start with before working up to a daily rosary. We were lucky enough to experience the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi on Thursday, May 31st, which included a procession of the Blessed Sacrament- Jesus in the Eucharist- through the streets. We also attended a jam-packed nighttime Adoration with thousands of other Pilgrims gathered to adore Our Lord on the Altar with deep prayer and beautiful song.

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Though it was a little hot in the summer afternoons, the beautiful, brisk walk from Mirjana’s house to the Church really made the Medjugorje experience that much more memorable.

Along the way, we met many amazing, interesting, and hilarious friends that kept the journey joyful. Some of these were Cathy, a woman who has been caring for daughter with a traumatic brain injury for the last 7 years, Donna, a Texan who could have easily passed for a stand-up comedian, John, a college student and active member of his charismatic campus ministry, Teresa, the Vice President of Walsh University who hiked Cross Mountain entirely barefoot, Melinda a convert from Lutheranism who advised us to simply invite our neighbors to mass, James, a South Bend local who was finally returning to the miraculous place after over 20 years, and Stacey, a funny, friendly women who called me the future Pope!

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My dad and I (aka “The Gregs”) as we finally finish the Cross Mountain Stations of the Cross hike! And what a view it was!

Reflecting back on my time at this special place, here are three beautiful truths I learned that I would love to share:

1. The greatest of all miracles is the Mass…

Many people travel around the world to see great signs and wonders like the sun spinning, the visionaries in ecstasy, and rosaries turning gold…but do they realize that the greatest miracle of all happens every single day in the Catholic Church down the block from their home? To illustrate this, our tour guide, Miki, asked us, “Do you want to see miracles?” “Yes!” We excitedly replied. Then, Miki simply pointed us toward the confessionals, saying “Here’s where the real miracles happen,” encouraging us to start our pilgrimage off with a clean slate and cleansed soul from a good, thorough confession…

Indeed, as Catholics we believe that Jesus forgives our sins in all their entirely through the absolution of the priest, His representative on earth. And this “soul cleansing” is what allows us to be in a state of grace in order to receive greatest of all miracles: the Eucharist, where Christ is fully alive and present from the moment of the priest’s consecration, yet hidden for love for us in a tiny piece of bread. Yes it’s true: every day, in tabernacles and on altars all around the world, Jesus Christ, the God of the Universe is really and truly present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, gently yet eagerly awaiting our presence to commune with us, strengthen us, in a word, embrace us with His Love.

Knowing this, it’s no wonder that Our Mother Mary is calling us back to monthly confession and more frequent reception of the Eucharist as two of her “Five Stones“. Her words to us, “If you knew how much I loved you would cry for joy,” echo those  Saint John Vianney spoke over century before: “If we knew what the Mass really was, we would die from joy.”

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“Nothing is by chance: neither pain, nor joy, nor suffering, nor love.” Our Lady told us on the September 2nd apparition of 2016. And so, is it really a coincidence that this unusually large Parish was named after Saint James, the Patron Saint of Pilgrims, back in 1969 when Medjugorje was just a small, rural village with only around 80 or so families…

2. Evil is very real, but not nearly as strong as Love.

Saint Padre Pio once said that, “The field of battle between God and Satan is the human soul. It is in the soul that the battle rages every moment of life.” At Medjugorje, I definitely experienced the reality of this battle…

One morning, after hiking up Apparition Hill, I was praying on my hands and knees before the Mary statue (pictured below). Suddenly, a woman being held back by two others, one on each side, grabbed for the fence right next to me and looking up at the Mary statue, uttered loud, angry and-dare I say-evil sounding words.

At first I felt startled and afraid, but I quickly remembered the words my Aunt Julie had told me before my trip concerning spiritual warfare in Medjugorje, that my two best options were to either stay and pray fervently and fearlessly, or else leave quickly and quietly. Apparently, fear attracts evil. So then, I reasoned, love must repel it! For, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear…” (1 John 4:18)

Thus, I kept kneeling and praying decade after decade of my little finger Rosary of the Unborn, trying my best to feel love in my heart for this poor woman, a soul loved into existence from the depths of God’s unfathomable Love and Mercy, destined to return to Him as His child forever… After a few minutes, her cries calmed down until she essentially collapsed in the women’s arms, and I was able to begin my track down Apparition Hill in prayer and peace.

Later on, I found out from other Pilgrims who witnessed the event (my dad included) that there were many people behind us praying for her, and one of them was a priest! The whole experience was a serious reminder of the reality of evil, demons, and the devil, who constantly tries to distract our every free moment from loving prayer to God. It really made the spiritual warfare that Protestants often discuss feel that much more intense, and yet I felt all the more confident in the power of prayer, the power of Love. For as Our Lady said in one of her messages, “Do not be afraid of Satan. That isn’t worth the trouble, because with a humble prayer and an ardent love, one can disarm him.”

Perhaps this is why Miki, our tour guide, told us while praying the Stations of the Cross up Cross Mountain to take out our “weapons”- our rosaries. “When you pray the rosary, the devil is fainting with fear….” He smiled, “Let’s keep him constantly fainting.”

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Me praying at the foot of the Mary Statue on Apparition Hill just before the above incident occurred. This site is said to be where the “permanent, indestructible, and beautiful” sign will be given to all of humanity to convert quickly back to God.

3. A heart full of God’s Love has the power to change the world…

While the week held many memorable experiences, one of my personal favorites was hearing Mirjana speak to us Pilgrims. Despite the multitude of crowds that swarm her on the day of her big monthly apparition, here, in the privacy of her own home, it’s clear to see that she is so humble and down-to-earth as she graciously shared her story (probably for the hundred thousandth time) with us. She told us of her upbringing in Saravejo and how she would visit her family in the rural hills of Medjugorje during the summers, where she and Ivanka first saw a gloriously beautiful Lady on what is now Apparition Hill in utter fear and disbelief. She told us how the then Communist government began cracking down on the Franciscans of Saint James parish and the 6 young visionaries (Mirjana was kicked out of school and even spent time aggressively interrogated by Communist Officials). She even briefly spoke about the 10 secrets that Our Lady entrusted to her. For anyone who hasn’t heard her full story, I would absolutely encourage you to read her beautifully written book, “My Heart Will Triumph” which is up there in my favorite books of all time!

During the Q&A segment of her talk, her charming sense of humor was made apparent, and she joked with us about her husband’s reaction to the Italian pilgrims (they’re known for being very pious yet a bit pushy!). “We have to joke of course…” she told us, “Because if you want to be an example of God’s love, of God’s joy….well have a joy. Smile. No more of those angry, suppressed, or serious faces. Let it be seen on us that we are trying to live God’s love.”

At one point, however, she was asked, “What does it mean to have an open heart?” To that Mirjana responded, “An open heart is a heart ready to forgive, a heart ready to sacrifice itself for others, a heart full of love.”

Each of the 6 visionaries were given a mission of a certain group of people to pray for, and Mirjana’s is for unbelievers. Yet Our Mother Mary respectfully describes them, her children and our brothers and sisters, as “those who have yet to experience God’s love.”

This Truth, that only a heart full of love makes the soul beautiful, that a only heart full of love can illuminate others, that only a heart full of God’s Love can endure and even embrace every Cross, big and small, like Christ did…this is what the Good News, indeed life itself, is really all about. As Mirjana writes in her book:

“Few people realize that kind words and gentle embraces can change the world. How we treat others spreads exponentially. It affects the future more than anything else. ‘God is love,’ Jesus taught, ‘and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.’”

“Let her [the Blessed Virgin Mary] lead you to love. Eventually, others will see in you what they’re looking for, even if they didn’t know they were looking for it, and your peace will spread to the people around you.”

Indeed, let us all pray to have hearts constantly filled of God’s Peace…God’s Joy…and most of all God’s Immeasurable Love. For as Mirjana told us Pilgrims:

“Every morning I wake up early, around 5am and I pray. And I pray to God for only one thing: for the gift of love. Because when you have love, the you have everything.”

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“Mirjana, have you met Greg yet?” “Oh yes. My daughter said he is always smiling.”

Quote (from Our Lady’s Message on August 2nd, 2017):

“Do not be afraid. Do not be uncertain, I am with you. Do not permit yourselves to be discouraged because much prayer and sacrifice are necessary for those who do not pray, do not love and do not know my Son. You help, by seeing your brothers in them. Apostles of my love, harken to my voice within you, feel my motherly love. Therefore pray, pray by doing, pray by giving, pray with love, pray in work and thoughts, in the name of my Son. All the more love that you give, so much more of it you will also receive. Love which emanates from love illuminates the world.”

Video of the June 2nd, 2018 Apparition (in which I make a cameo at 0:48!):

Verse:

“And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.”

-1 Corinthians 13:2 (NABRE)

 

(Belated) Father’s Day Video :)

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“Letters from the Lord”
June 28th, 2018
Dear Friends,
Well hello! I hope this email finds you all well! I wanted to apologize since it’s been so long since my last Love Letter… Life, as usual, has been pretty crazy, with graduation from Notre Dame last month, followed by an amazing pilgrimage to Medjugorje and Rome! I hope to be able to share about that experience, but for now, I am excited to show you this newest video I made in honor of Father’s Day last week! It’s entitled “Forever Yours” and is written from the perspective of Our Father in Heaven, the Father of all life, of all ages, indeed, of the whole the universe. He loves all He has created, from the tiniest blade of grass to the tallest mountaintop…but most of all He loves His children: each and every one of us. In good times and in bad, He holds us all in the very Palm of His Hand!*
Please enjoy, and feel free to share with friends and family!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-349_ODMsI&t=2s

Thank you so much for all the encouraging love and support of these Letters! Please keep me in your much-needed prayers! (And let me know how my family and I can pray for you, too!) May God bless you in His Merciful Love and may Mary keep you always under the protection of her Motherly Mantle…
Yours in Notre Dame, Our Mother,
Greg O. Perenich
aka “Little Gregory”
Verse:
“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.”
-1 John 4:16
Quote(s):
“We resemble God most when we forgive our neighbors. God is Love, Goodness, and Mercy…”
-Saint Faustina in her Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul (1148)
*Note:
The final few sentences in this letter come from a recent private revelation from God the Father on June 6th, 2018 that can be found here:

Let Kindess Be In My Face, In My Eyes, In My Smile

United Hearts.jpgDearest Jesus,


There are some people in this world whose eyes are filled with so much compassion and sensitivity, whose face is filled with so much kindness and affection, whose voice is filled with so much sweetness and gentleness that all those graced by their presence can’t help but leave with a heart full of joy. O Lord! How rare are souls such as these, yet how much happiness they must spread and hope they must restore! Like lovely little flowers, the fresh fragrance of their virtues and the bright beauty of their bliss attract many others, and draw them toward the Source and Summit of all their Life, Light, and Love which is You Yourself. Thus, Sweetest Jesus, I sincerely ask you to enliven me with Your divine Life, enlighten me with Your divine Light, and enamor me with Your divine Love, that I may become one of these glowing souls already here on earth, who will someday in Paradise shine like stars in the sky for all to see, for of all eternity.


Dearest Mary,


You are the Mystical Rose, the Cause of our Joy, the Mother of My Lord and My own Mother. Your full-hearted “yes” to God resounds throughout all ages, and truly, every generation has called you blessed. Because your Immaculate Heart is so closely united with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your Son, kindly turn to Him like at the Wedding Feast of Cana and confidently ask Him to change the water of my life into the wine of His, the poverty of my spirit into the richness of His, the weeds of my soul into the wheat of His, the lukewarmness of my heart into the burning of His. Help me to open wide the doors of my heart to He Who stands knocking at every moment, eagerly waiting to enter in with His Father, His Spirit, His very Self, and indeed His entire Kingdom, to make a home in me! Yes, let me be like you, Holy Mother: a living tabernacle, spiritual vessel, arc of the covenant, house of gold, and and teach me to radiate the Presence of God within me everywhere I go and to everyone I meet, through kindness in my face, kindness in my eyes, kindness my smile, kindness in my gestures, kindness in my words, and even kindness in my thoughts. Thank you, O Beautiful and Glorious Virgin, for I know that the King of Heaven would never refuse a request from His Beloved Queen and that the Father of all could never say no to His Most Tender and Loving Mother…


In Your United Hearts,


🔥👑
❤️💙


Your Sinner, Servant, Soldier, Son…
Little Gregory
Your Beloved One


Prayer:
“Jesus, Mary, I love You! Save souls!”


(Note: Amazingly, Our Lord told Sister Consolata that this “Act of Love” can save a soul and repair a thousand blasphemies every time it is prayed! To read more, see: http://www.consolatabetronemonasterosacrocuore.it/…/preghie…)


Verse:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”


-Galatians 5:22


Quote:
“Kind thoughts radiate light and gladness among men. They gladden you first and then those around you. People never fail to notice the presence of such thoughts. Maybe they read your thoughts upon your face, see them in your eyes, or hear them in the tone of your voice. They are able to feel and to recognize the kindness that gladdens their hearts.”


-Father Lawrence G Lovasik in The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time


Video (Spoken Word Poetry!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzXy_97tyDI&index=7&list=PLzLDB_UNi2jBx3ucfOou2HWgEONoJZFeh

 


PS- Today’s Image of Our Lord and Our Lady is the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the inseparably “United Hearts.”

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Forever Yours

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Forever Yours

A Love Letter Written From the Perspective of God the Father
By Little Gregory

Dearest Child,

I am Love Itself; Do not be afraid.
For from the depths of this Everlasting Love,
You were fearfully and wonderfully made.
And in it, your heart will find rest, ease, shade…
For I am your Loving Father,
And to and though you I desire to aid!

I am Mercy Itself; Don’t be afraid to touch.

For from the depths of this Endless Mercy,
I love You so very much.
And in it, your heart I will closely guard and gently clutch…
For I am your Merciful Father,
And to and through and your hands I desire to touch!

I am Goodness Itself; Don’t be afraid to speak.
For from the depths of this Infinite Goodness,
I am humble, I am meek.
And in it, your heart will gain strength when weak…
For I am your Good Father,
And to and through your voice I desire to speak!

I am Truth Itself; Don’t be afraid to hear.
For from the depths of this Eternal Truth,
I AM, and I am here.
And in it, your heart shall be freed from its every last fear…
For I am your True Father,
And to and through your ears I desire to hear!

I am Happiness Itself; Don’t be afraid to sing!
For from the depths of this Sublime Happiness,
I am Creator, Caretaker, and King.
And in it, endless peace and joy, your heart shall be able to bring…
For I am your Happy Father,
And to and through your mouth I desire to sing!

I am Beauty Itself; Don’t be afraid to behold.
For from the depths of this Uncreated Beauty,
I am ever new yet always old.
And in it, your heart will shine with the brightest shade of gold…
For I am your Beautiful Father,
And to and through your eyes I desire to behold!

I am Life Itself; Don’t be afraid to live!
For from the depths of this Divine Life,
I constantly and lavishly give.
And in it, all your heart will finally be able forgive…
For I am your Living Father,
And to and through your life I desire to live!

I AM in Everything, and Everything is in Me
And yet, there’s is something priceless that I’m simply missing;
There’s one thing I still desire.
And that, my dear child, is your heart…
that to it, I may reign, rest, reside and retire
and through it, I may set the world on fire!

If you give me this, I promise:
Everything I am
Everything I have
Everything that is
And still more…
Will be
fully
freely
forever yours.

Forever yours to and through My Paternal Heart,

God, Your Heavenly Father

Verse: “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.”
-1 John 4:16


Quote: “My daughter, do you think you have written enough about My mercy? What you have written is but a drop compared to the ocean. I am Love and Mercy Itself. There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted – it increases. The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it.”
-Jesus, to Saint Faustina in her Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul (1273)


Video: https://videopress.com/v/YtWELfQk


PS- Today’s Image is of our Merciful Lord was how Jesus revealed Himself to Saint Faustina as portrayed in the Divine Mercy Image.


For today, April 8th is officially Divine Mercy Sunday!


Try to go to mass and confession within the next 8 days! For in Jesus’ words (Diary, 699):


“I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”


For more information of the Feast of Mercy, check out:
https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/feast.htm

In You We Trust

Love and Mercy Itself
Dearest Jesus,

In Your inexhaustible mercy,
murderers become martyrs,
and the lukewarm learn to pray;
Even souls as dark as night can be made as bright as day!

Through Your immeasurable compassion,
criminals become Christians,
and the empty find themselves full;
Even souls as red as blood can be made as white as wool!

By Your incomprehensible goodness,
war-mongers become peace-makers,
and the downcast begin to glow;
Even souls as dirty as mud can be made as pure as snow!

From Your ineffable tenderness,
foes become friends,
and the lost are returned Home;
Even souls as bitter as herbs can be made as sweet as honeycomb!

Because of Your infinite love,
sinners become saints,
and the blind regain their sight;
Even souls falling into hell’s deepest abyss can be raised to Heaven’s highest height!

Indeed, nothing is impossible for He Who made sun, sky, and sea…
And Who earnestly desires the perfection souls like you and me!

All it takes on our part…
Is an open, loving, humble heart!

For the more in His merciful love we trust…
The greater is His generosity toward us!

And the more in His loving mercy we believe…
The more amazing grace our souls will thus receive!

Alleluia! What a wondrous joy! What a great relief!
Lord Jesus Christ, I believe! Please, help my unbelief!
Amen.

In Your All-Powerful Divine Mercy,

Your Sinner, Servant, Soldier, Son…
Little Gregory
Your Beloved One

Verse:
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
-Hebrews 4:16

Quote(s):
“Most dear to Me is the souls that strongly believes in My goodness and has complete trust in Me. I head My confidence upon it and give it all it asks.”
“The greatest sinners would achieve great sanctity, if only they
would trust in My mercy.”
-Saint Faustina in her Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul (205, 1784)

Song:

PS- Today’s Image is of our Merciful Lord was how Jesus revealed Himself to Saint Faustina as portrayed in the Divine Mercy Image.
Speaking of which, don’t forget!

This Sunday, April 8th is Divine Mercy Sunday!

Try to go to mass and confession! For in Jesus’ words (Diary, 699):

“I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”

For more information of the Feast of Mercy, check out:

He is Risen!

A  L  L  E  L  U  I  A

H  E    I  S    R  I  S  E  N

A  L  L  E  L  U  I  A

H  E    I  S    A  L  I  V  E

Dearest Jesus,

Enrich us in Your inexhaustible compassion. Shower us in Your immeasurable grace. Immerse us in Your boundless mercy, that we may enter Paradise and see You face to Face.

Envelop us in Your ineffable kindness. Illuminate us in Your resplendent light. Fill us with Your childlike laughter, that in Your Life, Death, and Resurrection, we may eternally delight.

Embrace us in Your tender forgiveness. Write us into Your epic story. Emblazon us in Your fiery fervor until with burn with Your everlasting glory.

Empower us in Your infinite goodness. Enliven us with Your sublime joy! And all the beauty, integrity, and purity of our immortal souls, never let us destroy.

Enshroud us in Your Holy Spirit. Overshadow us with Your perfect peace. And like the Celestial Choirs of Angels, never let our awe and wonder cease.

Enwrap us in Your divine intimacy. Cure us from our poisonous pride. Cleanse us in the Precious Blood and Water that gushed forth for us from Your side.

We praise You as our first beginning. We bless You as our final end. For no longer do we call you Creator and King but now also Father and Friend!

We commend to You our future. We confide in You our past. And we thank You for Your Presence in this present moment, which we hope and pray shall perpetually last.

We adore You deep within us. We worship You up above. And though as yet we only see You through the eyes of faith, we believe in Your unfailing, unfathomable, unconditional Love.
Amen.

In the Love of the Risen Christ,

Your Sinner, Servant, Soldier, Son…
Little Gregory
Your Beloved One

Verse:
Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to them, “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him.”
-Mark 16:2-6

Quote:
Today, during the [Mass of the] Resurrection, I saw the Lord Jesus in the midst of a great light. He approached me and said, “Peace be to you, My children,” and He lifted up His hand and gave His blessing. The wounds in His hands, feet and side were indelible and shining. When he looked at me with such kindness and love, my whole soul drowned itself in Him. And He said to me, You have taken a great part in My Passion; therefore I now give you a great share in My joy and glory. The whole time of the Resurrection [Mass] seemed like only a minute to me. A wondrous recollection filled my soul and lasted throughout the whole festal season.
The kindness of Jesus is so great that I cannot express it.”
-Saint Faustina in her Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul (205)

Song:

PS- Today’s Image was taken in an open crevice of a stone wall atop Assisi, Italy during a 2015 Rome Pilgrimage I embarked upon via Holy Cross’s Office of Vocations.