Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Advocate

And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Acts 2: 1-2

The days were absolutely gorgeous while we were in Medjugorje, nothing but blue sky and sunshine. Each day my daughter and I would walk from the home where we were staying to the downtown village where St. James Parish is located. We would walk alongside of vineyards, huge vegetable gardens and watch the children climbing fruit trees. The village women gathered on the paths to sell rosary beads, linen tablecloths and local honey.  Occasionally we would encounter the neighborhood peacock that proudly guarded his own yard. It was a walk we looked forward to each day.

But this particular morning we gathered into small vans with the other pilgrims in our tour group. We were going to visit a group of Franciscan nuns that had relocated their convent to the Medjugorje area after their original convent had been bombed by the communists.

Sister Janja (pronounced YAN ya), one of the original people to help the visionaries while they were still children, spoke with us about the broken crucifix that hung on the chapel wall. This crucifix, which the nuns had brought with them, had hung in their previous chapel. Sister told us that though the communists had broken this cross, she and her Franciscan community took it here with them to symbolize that we all have broken Christ in our lives.

After Sister Janja spoke, Fr. Patrick Crowley, SS.CC., our spiritual director while in Medjugorje, held mass for us in the nuns chapel. As he was praying for an increase or outpouring of the Holy Spirit among us , a strong wind shook the chapel walls and stained glass windows. The doors blew open and slammed shut with unbelievable force and the crowd inside began to praise God loudly, some of them sang praises in tongues. It was truly amazing.

Father, a very humble man, smiled and stated that the Lord had let us witness a small version of Pentecost. Ask and you shall receive!

The good Lord always wants to share His gifts with His children. And just as Christ gave us the Advocate which is the Holy Spirit, we, too, are called to be advocates for Christ Jesus in the world today. May we continue to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. Ps 104

June 02, 2011 Message to Mirjana  from Our Lady Queen of Peace, Medjugorje "Dear children! As I call you to prayer for those who have not come to know the love of God, if you were to look into your hearts you would comprehend that I am speaking about many of you. With an open heart, sincerely ask yourselves if you want the living God or do you want to eliminate Him and live as you want. Look around you, my children, and see where the world is going, the world that thinks of doing everything without the Father, and which wanders in the darkness of temptation. I am offering to you the light of the Truth and the Holy Spirit. According to God's plan I am with you to help you to have my Son, His Cross and Resurrection, triumph in your hearts. As a mother, I desire and pray for your unity with my Son and His works. I am with you; you decide. Thank you."

…the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:17


Unknown said...

The image of the broken crucifix is a powerful one, and one not easy to look at. Just as what the sisters have taken it to symbolize is not easy for us to admit, but so very true~ we have broken Christ in our lives, but the hope is in that He does make all things new.
Thanks for sharing this and God bless.

Ed Sousa, Sr. said...

Daily Grace, Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. Happy Pentecost to you and your family.
Come Holy Spirit and fill our hearts with your love.

Michael said...

What a powerful story!
Thank you for sharing that. I shuddered when I read that we have all broken Christ in our lives.
God Bless you.

Colleen said...

Amen! I love this. Thanks for sharing this story.

Patricia said...

Lisa, thank you for sharing this. Like the others, I found it so painful to look at the broken corpus of Our Lord. But much worse was realizing that what you wrote is so true..about how we have all broken Jesus in our lives. Definitely something to meditate on.

That's amazing about the little Pentecost experience. What a beautiful gift from God! Bet you will never forget that!

Blessings, Lisa. Have a great weekend!

Daily Grace said...

Karinann and Patrica,

The image of the broken crucifix is powerful indeed! I wince just thinking how many times I have caused such pain to our Lord.

Thank you both for sharing your thoughts on this post and for your kind words.

Your thoughtfulness ministers to my soul.

God bless you

Daily Grace said...

Thank you Ed, Michael and Colleen. God bless!