2017 FALL-WINTER & L.O.M.

 


Please know that our dear friend, Janet Leff, has died.  The date was Dec. 21, 2017 at 5:50 am.  Janet’s home was in Bedford, Ohio.
We miss Janet.  Janet took the two of us under her wing, touring us around Medjugorje and its outskirts.  Whether it was families in need of food or firewood or medical cards or transportation or unpaid utility bills;  Janet taught us to follow her and Father Svet’s lead in looking on these as “opportunities” which God has provided.  Janet’s interactions and love for Croatian Catholics, Bosnian Muslims, Serbians, Evangelical Protestants and Romani Gypsies was truly inspiring.  We lived in Medjugorje for 10 years;  Janet was there before us and we are glad and grateful that she was.  Janet’s passion constantly revealed itself in her mission of helping the under privileged, the alcoholics, the drug abusers, the unwanted.  

   

 FERTILIZER:  Dijana has a cow who produces not only milk but fertilizer.  There is a market for this but the fertilizer must be mixed and stored for a bit else it be too strong and “burn” the young crop in the field.

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  The fertilizer is bagged;  we have found recipients who need it but cannot afford it.  Dijena & family also have an older goat (5 year old); the goat must go but where; whom would want an old goat?

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    Dragica now has her own little lambs and/or goats.

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 Ivan and Marina are fine with what they have.

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December; Christmas is coming; Maja is visiting Holy Family Center as part of her University education in “Special Needs”.

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  Maja comes through with an opening Christmas song.

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 And an opening squeeze from one of the fellows.

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  The goal is to light up the room and the residents.

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   It seems to be working1

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 We spot Sister Krunoslava, one of our favorite people.

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 We get in touch with Teresa (and send a bit of groceries).

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Saboheden & Sabrina What a big (and nice) surprise?  Saboheden has found a wife!  Sabo is one of the Romani Gypsies near Stolac; energetic, enterprising, certainly one of our favorite people.

Weddings are usually pre arranged.

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 Our Lady of Kibeho is a book authored by Immaculee about the appearances of Our Lady in a small village in Rwanda in central Africa.  The apparitions began in November of 1981 to 3 young children; ending in 1989.  Approved by the local Bishop and recognized by the Vatican.  The Virgin appeared to them with the name  “Mother of the Word”.  The name given to the Marian sanctuary at Kibeho is “Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows”. We were particularly excited when we read (page 36) that at the very first apparition, Our Lady told Alphonsine to join the Legion of Mary.  Wow!  Glad that we are already members.  Our Blessed Mother showed one of the visionaries a black Rosary which she called “the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows” and asked that it be prayed.Our Lady asked that all her “children”; not just the Catholics pray a daily Rosary.

 

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Inspiring but what could we do?  We are in a small group of Legion of Mary here in North Port, FL.  We chat with Marina and Ivan and they decide to start an “auxiliary” in the Medjugorje area!  Here is Marina getting the prayers together!

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  All the new members should have a statue of Our Blessed Mother, Queen of Peace……

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…and Rosaries; everyone would love a new Rosary….

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   …blessings of the articles; they will be taken over to Vicka’s; explanations will be given.  Vicka (one of the Medjugorje visionaries) is anxious to be involved and to cooperate.

We need to send word to ask Vicka as to whether Our Blessed Mother has ever mentioned the “Legion of Mary”.

 

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..this “selling job” will be (we hoped) so very easy….Jelka likes the plan…

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   …Dragica likes the idea…

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 …all is looking good….

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   … the group and interest is growing….

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 ….we just do not want to talk about it; we need to do something….

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   ,,,Sr. Krunoslava is told of the plans and she welcomes it….

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LOM Auxiliary …it got done.  here is a snap of the first get together.

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    The group met at the statue of Our Blessed Mother in front of St. James Church and then all went to the Statue of the Risen Christ out back.

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The group gathers around the foot of the Risen Christ.

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    They sit and pray the Rosary.

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  Then all gather at a local restaurant to break bread together.

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    Wonderful to spot Teresa in the group (Ivan has provided transport).

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  Guessing that the young ‘uns are gathering at an adjacent table.

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    Not everyone was able to come so each of the mothers took home a pizza.

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  Good that Dijena and Zeljana are part of the group.

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   Dragica came with one of her daughters.

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  Jelka and daughter, Ana, have their pizza in hand,  We hear that Jelka was so bubbly and out-going at the table conversation.

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  …and meanwhile, back in Florida, Julie and Marty have finished the creation of our local Legion of Mary banner!
 Our group gathers around our new banner!
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We were pleased to run across this tapestry and ordered it from Italy; it costs around $50.00 and it is just so beautiful.
ww.holyart.com/religious-items/tapestries/our-lady-of-medjugorje-tapestry-measuring 11.8 inch x 17.71 inch.
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