|Friday, 10-Oct-2008 03:11
Medjugorje & Fr John McLaughlin, Vocations Director To the World
The peace of Medjugorje is ineffable and beyond any peace the world can offer. It remains with me. I close my eyes, think of Medjugorje and the peace returns. Such a lasting peace!
I thought I was going to Medjugorje to pray for the healing of two people, http://www.geocities.com/olelo.geo/twm/cd.html(C and D), who worked alongside me doing God's work. For almost ten years, we were co-workers who first became friends, then like family. I prayed for their well-being -- physical, mental and spiritual -- first on Mary's Hill (Apparition Hill), then at Cross Mountain. God had further plans, as ultimately, it was the peace of prayer for them that propelled me into the faith.
Tonight, I read an article on Father John McLaughlin, military chaplain, who became the first vocations director for the Archdiocese for the US Military Services. He accompanied someone he cared about on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Ultimately, it was the peace from prayer in Medjugorje that propelled him into the priesthood.
From the article on Fr. John McLaughlin in the NC Register by Tim Drake http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/16149/(http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/16149/):
What led to your own vocation?
I was in real estate and owned my own properties and coached high school wrestling for about 10 years. One night in 1986, a car accident killed two of my wrestlers on the last day of the season. My captain was left a quadriplegic, and another young man was left in a coma. Both of them came from very religious families. John Turner came out of his coma and is doing well. I baptized two of his children.
I accompanied the other young man, Tim Donovan, on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in 1988. Tim was in a wheelchair. I thought I was taking him on the pilgrimage, but in the end, it was he who was taking me. That experience brought me back to my faith.
What was it about the pilgrimage that moved you?
There’s a great peace you get there. A lot of people look for that peace. I was working, doing what I was supposed to do, trying to make more money. That didn’t give me the same peace that I got from the prayer that was going on over there. That propelled me toward the priesthood.