Mary’s Hands are celebrating their 1st Anniversary, although, the concept for a charity to help the poor and needy was conceived in the heart of Medjugorje visionary, Jakov Čolo, three years ago .
Jakov approached Fra. Marinko Šakota, the parish Priest in Medjugorje, who listened to the idea and he told Jakov to wait a few days and to pray. Jakov was accustomed to witnessing and giving his testimony, but he sensed the time had come to do something to be ‘active in his spirit’.
Fra. Marinko, after a few days, offered the old parish office to Jakov as an office for the poor and needy. At first, Jakov was afraid, but then he realised that this could be his calling. He found it difficult in the beginning to go to someone’s home and ask them what their needs were, but then he came to the realisation in his heart, that through his actions, he was able to be a true Christian.
In July 2016 the office was registered as a Humanitarian Organisation and Jakov asked Fra. Marinko by which name should the charity be called and he immediately said “MARY’S HANDS”. (‘Marijine Ruke’ in Croatian)
Our Lady gave two messages that truly sum up what the charism of this organisation is.
25th February 1997,
“Dear children! Today I invite you in a special way to open yourselves to God the Creator and to become active. I invite you, little children, to see at this time who needs your spiritual or material help. By your example, little children, you will be the extended hands of God, which humanity is seeking. Only in this way will you understand, that you are called to witness and to become joyful carriers of God’s word and of His love. Thank you for having responded to my call. ”
25th September 2004
“Dear children! Also today, I call you to be love where there is hatred and food where there is hunger. Open your hearts, little children, and let your hands be extended and generous so that, through you, every creature may thank God the Creator. Pray, little children, and open your heart to God’s love, but you cannot if you do not pray. Therefore, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call. ”
The Organisation is made up of about 90 young local volunteers from Medjugorje and the adjoining areas, who give of their time and love to help those most in need and thus they become the extended hands of Mary. The more they work the more they recognise that they want to be Mary’s extended hands, to help to build houses, feed people, bath someone who is very sick and to recognise Jesus in everyone.
Jakov says that they meet every Monday and before the meeting they pray. He prays,
‘ Lord give us love, give us joy’ because only in that way are they able to help other people.
The Cenacolo Community are always willing to help out whenever it is needed and Jakov said he is so grateful to the Lord for their assistance and to all the volunteers of Mary’s Hands, he is so thankful because without them the organisation would not be.