We've been blessed to have the alleged apparitions of Our Lady of Medjugorje for over 30 years now, and during that time she has given thousands of messages for us, instructing us on how to live as faithful followers of Christ.
Most of us are familiar with the main themes: prayer, fasting, and conversion. But Mary has also given us guidance on many other topics. There are, in fact, many themes she's brought up on several occasions. But unless you've cataloged all of the messages yourself, it would be very difficult to sift through all of the messages and determine what Our Lady advises on certain topics.
We now have a resource to help, thanks to author Vince Murray.
Dear Children, a work Murray first published in 2007 and which he updates annually, takes all of Mary's messages through the Medjugorje visionaries and organizes them by subject, from "Christmas" to "Confession" to her messages about "Television" and everything in between (there are over 100 chapters). The idea is to make it easy on us to digest all of what Mary is telling us, and also as a quick reference.
For instance, I was interested in learning what Mary has said about Satan. I've read messages about this topic here and there, but I wanted to dig deeper, to understand how he works and what exactly Mary thinks about him. Vince made it so easy, as I flipped to a page in the book and all messages Mary had mentioned Satan in were grouped together, in one chapter. And there were several pages worth of messages on Satan alone, helping me to understand this is a topic Mary definitely wants us to be educated on thoroughly!
This book is, essentially a search engine about the messages, but without the typing. And when I browsed Google for "Mary's messages about Satan" nothing came up, so this is really the only way right now to get search results - by topic - on Our Lady of Medjugorje's messages.
Upon browsing through this book I immediately thought about my recent trip to Medjugorje (my first one), when the tour group my wife and I were in would discuss Mary's thoughts on different subjects. Even though most of us had been learning about Medjugorje for years, there were times when each of us didn't realize Mary had said this about a certain topic or that about another. This book will now make for a handy reference. I just hope Vince someday takes these topics and publishes them to a Web site, so they're easier for everyone to research. I think this would help him more-easily keep up to date on the latest messages, too, instead of having to republish the whole book each year.
I can't imagine how much work went into this, but in chatting with Vince I know it was a labor of love. He truly cares. And what I love about his foreword is he reminds us of the reality of these messages: if we believe what the Medjugorje "visionaries" have told us, these messages will come to an end at some point in their lives, and at that point the time remaining will be so short that many will not be able to convert. The time to adjust our lives and live what Our Lady is telling us is now, not later.
Vince has authorized me to sell this book on his behalf. Most of the proceeds will go toward helping him continue to update and print future editions, so in purchasing this you are a missionary of the messages yourself!
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