I can not even begin to count the number of times that the relationship between Emmitsburg and Medjugorje have presented themselves to me over the years. One thing is for sure, that is when it happens it is always sudden, unexpected and unpredictable. Today began with it and ended with it.
I stopped at St. Joseph’s on my way to work this morning and just as I arrived I could not help but notice that the CD display was 13. I said a few prayers and left. While I was driving to work the radio announcer said “Today is Monday July 25th”. At the instant he said that I suddenly remembered that on the 25th of each month we get a new message from Our Lady of Medjugorje. The radio announcer’s very next words were “Thirty Three...”
I was again amazed how a seemingly insignificant event would suddenly make me remember something such as Medjugorje and then be hit with a out of nowhere 33 in a very unusual manner. Anyway it made me think of Medjugorje many times throughout the day.
I drove straight to work and did not go to mass at All Saint’s because there will be mass tonight after the Miraculous Medal Novena at St. Joseph’s. While I was at work I had a few extra minutes and I took out my copy of the latest edition of the Emmitsburg Dispatch and read the message of March 23, 2000 which has been republished in the paper. I was leading the rosary that night when Our Lady gave the message. I finished reading it and very clearly remembered that night. I felt the peace run through me and looked at my watch and the time was 10:13.
Later in the morning while working I had a sudden thought about the importance of the family rosary and other prayer. It was so strong and sudden I glanced at my watch and the time was now 11:13. I continued my work until I got to a good breaking point and then got up to leave for lunch and pray the rosary at All Saint’s. As I got up to leave I noticed the time was 12:33. I prayed both the rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and as I finished and was leaving I met a car with the license plate of 33.
I returned to work and was fairly busy. Later in the day S.C.C. called me to say that she and C.R.C. would not be at the Miraculous Medal Novena tonight because they needed to go to Hanover. I was a little disappointed that they would not be there but as we hung up I noticed the time on my watch was 3:13.
Later I got off work and got almost to my car and realized that I left by keys on my desk and had to walk back to get them. As I left the second time I noticed the time was now 5:13.
While driving home I was suddenly bombarded with thoughts about the current issue of the Emmitsburg Dispatch re-printing the March 23 message. I was hit with numerous 13’s and 33’s that just seemed to come from nowhere. I arrived at St. Joseph’s for the Miraculous Medal Novena and mass and when I arrived the time was 7:13. When it was over as I was pulling out I met a car with the license plate of 333 and the time was 8:13.
I drove home and checked my email and there was today’s message from Our Lady of Medjugorje and S.C.C. asked me to print it for her. I printed it and handed it to her and suddenly felt the peace just as I handed it to her. I glanced at my watch and the time was 9:33:33.
Message of July 25, 2005"Dear children! Also today, I call you to fill your day with short and ardent prayers. When you pray, your heart is open and God loves you with a special love and gives you special graces. Therefore, make good use of this time of grace and devote it to God more than ever up to now. Do novenas of fasting and renunciation so that Satan be far from you and grace be around you. I am near you and intercede before God for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call."
August 7, 2005