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The Final Harvest: Medjugorje at the End of the Century
Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 1999
Reviewed by Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
Since June 24, 1981, the Virgin Mary has been appearing daily to a handful of young people from Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Wayne Weible is a Protestant journalist who became convinced of the authenticity of these apparitions and has made it his life's work to promote Mary's message. In "The Final Harvest," published in 1999, he discusses the messages up to that point in history.
Mary's message has been very consistent. She encourages all to turn to God and to be on God's side in the battle against Satan. Time is growing short. The five things Mary asks of each of us in order to help our own salvation, the salvation of others, and to bring peace to the world are: daily prayer (especially of the rosary), fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, daily reading of the Bible, monthly confession, and holy communion.
Much of Weible's mission has been to tell people that Mary's message is not only for Catholics. Rather, Mary considers all people to be her children, and has stated that "members of all faiths are equal before God.," and "that salvation is available to everyone without exception. Only those who refuse God deliberately are condemned. . . It is God alone, in His infinite justice, who determines the degree of responsibility and pronounces judgment." As Weible states, the message of Medjugorje is "a pure message of love, a unifying love - a unifying, forgiving love, a reaffirmation of prophecies of the Old Testament as well as of the gospel message of Christ."
The message of Medjugorje is so important and this book puts forth the history of the visions, the visionaries, and what may come in the future in an easily readable format. As I stated previously, this book was published several years ago. For up-to-date messages, please visit www.medjugorje.org.
Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is editor of Spiritual Woman and author of "Letters to Mary from a Young Mother" (iUniverse, 2004). She has a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Theology from Elms College.