Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thoughts on Medjugorje After my Pilgrimage -Goodness, Truth, and Beauty


(Here is an email that DAN O'CONNOR sent out to a group of his Catholic friends regarding a pilgrimage to Medjugorje that he went on from July 28th to August 6th, 2010)

I go by Dan. I am a 23 year old mechanical engineering graduate of RPI. I live and breath to serve the True King, Jesus Christ, and in that regard I am unabashedly devoted, without reservation or qualification, to the Catholic Church. I love my family and friends, my country, and when I am given the strength to, my enemies. Despite the opposition of my beliefs to the Godless philosophy of modern days; I do love all the people I meet, and greatly enjoy my life on this world.
My Website: www.DanielSvenOConnor.com
Hello Good People,

Many of you are aware I recently returned from a trip to Medjugorje. I know that among good, orthodox, devout Catholics there are varying opinions on this place, so I want to let you in on my own thinking. Whatever you decide, let us not allow any division to occur from this; we have too much in common with each other; things that we share with so few in today’s world!

First I must touch on why I went there; it was not my plan. I vaguely intended on getting there eventually, but only at least after Rome, the Holy Land, and Ireland. God made this trip happen. First I was inspired by one of the most orthodox, holy, zealous, on fire priests I have ever met to look more into it a few Sundays ago. The next day I simply typed in “Medjugorje Pilgrimage” into Google, not expecting anything. Lo and behold the first result directed me to a pilgirmage leaving in a few days that perfectly filled the amount of time I had left until my new job started. Still certain nothing would happen (since these things are organized months in advance) I filled out an inquiry form online which surprisingly got me a response within minutes. He assumed I was looking to book next year’s pilgrimage, and when I informed him otherwise he told me that though this was the last possible minute, I would get there if Jesus and Mary wanted me there. Soon after he responded saying that it was a miracle, but there was one spot left on all the flights and one room left in the house. My time there corresponded with the “Youth Festival,” by far the most crowded time of the year at Medjugorje (I heard my tour guide there speaking about how impossible it was that there was a spot for me). Astonished I started looking for my passport; unable to find it anywhere for hours I finally prayed “God, if you want me on this trip, enlighten my mind as to the location of my passport. If you do not want me to go, do not let me find it in time.” It was in the very next spot I looked. You can see that for me to forego this trip would have been an abandonment of God’s will. CLICK ON LINK TO READ ENTIRE TESTIMONY ---& TO VIEW WONDERFUL VIDEO HE TOOK http://danieloconnor.wordpress.com/thoughts-on-medjugorje-after-my-pilgrimage/

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