"Dear children! I am with you in the name of the greatest Love, in the name of dear God, who has come close to you through my Son and has shown you real love. I desire to lead you on the way of God. I desire to teach you real love so that others may see it in you, that you may see it in others, that you may be a brother to them and that others may see a merciful brother in you. My children, do not be afraid to open your hearts to me. With motherly love, I will show you what I expect of each of you, what I expect of my apostles. Set out with me. Thank you."
Let's continue with Mirjana's testimony, given at her home in Medjugorje in June, just before the 30th anniversary. She continued:
"In the beginning, we were receiving apparitions on the hill. As I told you, that was the time of communism, and immediately, practically overnight, the police with their dogs, came to the village. And the hill was surrounded. Whoever climbed the hill would end up in prison. But those first days, Our Lady presented a lot of miracles. For instance, the cross on the top of Cross Mountain would disappear and Our Lady, dressed in white, would appear. The villagers were able to see it. You could see the word, MIR, which means peace, written in the sky. The villagers were able to see that as well. And there were two miraculous physical healings. And the villagers, seeing all that and knowing us, believed us and helped us. That is how every night we would have the apparition at a different spot.
"I had daily apparitions until Christmas of 1982. That is when I received the 10th secret. Our Lady invited me to choose a priest to which I would reveal the secrets when it was time. I am supposed to tell him 10 days in advance what will happen and where, seven days we are supposed to spend in prayer and fasting, and three days ahead of time he is supposed to tell everyone. He doesn't have the right to choose whether to tell or not to tell. If he accepts this mission he is supposed to fulfill it according to God's will. But Our Lady always says, 'Do not talk about the secrets, you had better pray. But when one feels me as mother, and God as Father, that person has no fear of anything.' Our Lady says, 'Only those who have not felt the love of God yet, those people have fear.' Our Lady says, 'What I started in Fatima, I will finish in Medjugorje. My heart will triumph.'
"So when that apparition on Christmas of 1982 happened, Our Lady told me I was not to have her daily apparitions anymore. She said that I would have her apparition once a year, on March 18, for as long as I live. But Our Lady said I would have extraordinary apparitions as well. And those apparitions started on August 2, 1987. The 2nd of the month apparitions are still happening and I do not know how long I will have them. Those apparitions are also prayer for unbelievers. But Our Lady never uses the term, 'unbelievers'. Instead she always says, 'Those who have not come to know the love of God yet.'
"Our Lady is asking for our help. When Our Lady says, 'our help' she doesn't just mean the 6 visionaries, she needs the help of all those who feel her as Mother. Our Lady says that we are capable of changing unbelievers, but only with our prayers and our own example. Our Lady asks us to put in our daily prayers, in the first place, prayers for unbelievers. Our Lady emphasizes that most of the bad things that happen in our world, like wars, crimes, abortions, divorces, drugs, come from unbelievers. So that is why she says that when you pray for them, you pray for yourselves and for your future.
"Besides our prayer, Our Lady asks for our own example. Our Lady doesn't ask us to preach. She would like us to talk with our own life. So that unbelievers can see God and God's love within us. The Madonna asks us to kindly accept this in a most serious way. If only once you could see the tears on Our Lady's face for unbelievers, you would say these prayers from the bottom of your heart. Our Lady says, 'This time is a time of decision.' She says that we who call ourselves God's children have a great responsibility.
"When Our Lady asks us to pray for unbelievers, she desires that we do it in her way. The way I understood this is to first feel love for them. To see them as our brothers and sisters who were not lucky enough to come to know the love of God. And only when we feel that kind of love will we be able to pray for them. We should never judge or criticize or force them. We should simply love them, pray for them, and give them our example. That is the best way to help them. The best way would be if our life would be an example of God's love.
"Let me give you an example of what not to do. You know that our church in Medjugorje is always packed. One evening I intended to sit down on a bench because I saw a little space there. And around me were Italian pilgrims. When I sat down they all started shouting at me at the same time. 'Stand up, that's our bench, we were the first to come!' I stood up and kept quiet. Later on a woman from that group arrived and she recognized me. And after that they wanted to offer me the whole bench. But why am I saying this to you? Imagine if I were an unbeliever invited by Our Lady to come to Medjugorje. And for the very first time I entered into a church. And inside of that church are those who claim to know the love of God. And they welcomed me in such a way. Would I ever enter into church again? And whose responsibility would that be? That is why Our Lady says that we who call ourselves God's children have great responsibility." (Mirjana Soldo, in a talk at her home in Medjugorje in June, 2011)
Mirjana speaks eloquently about her mission to pray for those who do not yet know the love of Jesus. She has learned how to feel love for them through her time with Our Lady and her own prayer. Our Lady would like us to join Mirjana in this mission, because when we pray for those who do not yet know the love of Jesus, we pray for our future as well.
In Jesus and Mary!
©Mary TV 2011