Since coming to Medjugorje I have been up early most mornings, usually about 6 and have gone for a run and done some exercises in the room before going to early morning mass in Croatian at 7.30 a.m.

Being on pilgrimage can turn one’s routine upside down and if there is one thing that all the years of moving has taught me, it’s the importance of knowing myself and having a balance in life no matter where I am.

Rayne and Séamus were delighted too to discover the local gym and to do some sports there before the English mass at 10 a.m.

Jesus and Mary have been teaching us for years now the link between holiness and wholeness and the importance of looking after the body too when it comes to the spiritual life.

I’m obviously not the first to be made aware of this because one of the things they are asked to do in Cenacelo is to dance because we can pray and praise God through that too!

Last night we had an hour of eucharistic adoration from 8pm to 9pm in the outside area and at about 8.40 I felt this real sense of dancing coming over me and the thought crossed my mind what it would be like if everyone was to sing and dance for eucharistic Jesus just like at Hillsong.

One thing is for sure and that’s that Jesus desires us to be extremely joyful and not to be afraid to let it show and I must say that I’ve always really admired Séamus for this because he just doesn’t care what people think and is so confident and comfortable in singing and dancing for God.

Most of the rest of us tend to tone it down or suppress it in case people think that we are weird and so become sort of imprisoned by the ‘norm’ which in turn doesn’t make our christianity all that attractive to young people or indeed to unbelievers.

Personally I’m still on this journey of breaking free from the shackles of rigidity and seriousness which somehow people almost expect of people like me who have things like visions and other mystical charisms.

It really never ceases to amaze me the difference between experiencing Jesus and Mary and learning about them in books because they are just so full of love and light and energy and yet here we are, me included at times, walking around so serious as if there was nothing to be joyful or hopeful about!

And so as this pilgrimage draws close to an end I think that this is the main lesson that I have learnt this time, to be joyful regardless of what others think or say because we are living to lease Jesus and what’s not to be joyful about that!!

Wishing all a very joyful day full of heavenly blessings and healings!

Michael