October 13, 2010 Dear Family of Mary!Dear children; Today I call you to a humble, my children, humble devotion. Your hearts need to be just. May your crosses be your means in the battle against the sins of the present time. May your weapon be patience and boundless love - a love that knows to wait and which will make you capable of recognizing God's signs - that your life, by humble love, may show the truth to all those who seek it in the darkness of lies. My children, my apostles, help me to open the paths to my Son. Once again I call you to pray for your shepherds. Alongside them, I will triumph. Thank you. Our Lady asks us through Mirjana to pray for our shepherds. Our priests are our connection with God. They provide the Sacraments for us. Think what it would be like if there was no Holy Mass and no Eucharist, no Confession, no Anointing of the Sick, no Baptism, no Marriage, no Confirmation. How empty our lives would be, devoid of the supernatural help we need to walk the road to heaven. Our priests provide all of this grace for us out of their own poverty, for they give up everything to be ordained. They are like Jesus for us, giving their lives for us. I read this beautiful testimony on the website, Medjugorje Message, today. I am reprinting it here, with the link, so you can see it on the website as well. I think it is exactly what Our Lady wants to have happen when she says, "Pray for your shepherds." "A priest from England visiting Medjugorje told the congregation at the English-speaking Mass to believe in prayer. 'Pray, pray, pray... because God hears our prayers.'"He told how his conversion came about thanks to the prayers of his parishioners. When they got tired of him because he never said the Rosary and clearly hadn't any devotion to Our Lady, they started praying for him. 'Seventy of them loaded me onto a plane for Medjugorje, as I screamed and kicked' said the priest jovially, 'while another 200 of them continued to pray from home. Well, the parishioners got what they had hoped for because on that first trip of mine to this blessed land, I converted. May your prayer be sincere, detached, hopeful and trustful, and always open to God's will' he concluded, 'but do pray with perseverance and great trust.'"
http://crownofstars.blogspot.com/ Praise God for those parishioners!! Praise God for their beloved priest! Praise God for Our Lady, who comes to Medjugorje to bless us all!!!!In Jesus and Mary!
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