A pilgrim asked Father Svetozar (a Franciscan priest in Medjugorje): “What would you say to a man who prays each day and wishes to pray with his family, but his family refuses to pray with him?” Father asked him, “Are you this man?” “Yes,” the man answered. Father responded, “You are on the way to holiness!”
The Gospa gave this message several times on the mountain: “Today more than ever before, Satan wants to destroy your families. This is why, dear children, pray with your family and pray for the family!”
This message is vital! Many pilgrims start living it upon their return from Medjugorje. Some encounter difficulties, and sometimes lose peace when members of their family refuse to pray with them. Above all, may they not lose peace! The peace of our heart should not depend on the attitude of others (we would be likely never to have it!). It depends on God, who alone gives true peace, in prayer. As for God, He is always ready to welcome us and to bless us. Our testimony of unshakable peace in the middle of the waves will bear its fruit.
I learned a very valuable lesson here, through the visionaries: The Gospa only requires of us to live Her messages, to do our part (pray each day in our home), and she will do her part! As long as we have done our part, we ought to remain in peace, the rest does not belong to us, Jesus and Mary will take care of the rest themselves. This burden would be too heavy for us. Our total confidence in them is essential; it will hasten the impact of grace on the family.
Vacations are favorable to prayer encounters and to the miracles of conversion which prayer obtains, the Blessed Mother will help us to benefit from this time of grace!
Dearest Gospa, please grant us the wisdom of love!
May we find favorable moments to attract divine blessing upon our families!
Sr. Emmanuel +
Posted by Ed Sousa, Sr. at 12:47 PM