Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Foretaste of Heaven
Jakov and Vicka during an apparition in 1984. The Virgin asked
Vicka to stay in Medjugorje and take care of Jakov who was
an orphan at age 12
From Sr. Emmanuel's Diary from Echo.
When Jakov lost his mother. Our Lady consoled him by telling him on that same day that she was with Her. Since Our Lady had said that only a small number of souls go directly to heaven (most go through purgatory), I asked Jakov what great merits his mother had acquired to permit her to go to heaven so quickly. He replied, "Nothing special. She obeyed God's commandments, the Gospel teachings, and Our Lady's messages."
I also asked Vicka, since she is Jakov's cousin. She replied basically the same thing. "Nothing special. My aunt was a normal woman; there were no miracles, nothing extraordinary, but she put her heart into everything she did. This is what Our Lady is asking for. Each person has a different task in life; what counts is doing it with your heart."
On death, Vicka has said: "It is like going from one room to another, or from one side of the room to the other." We know that both she and Jakov saw heaven, hell, and purgatory. Vicka said, "I cannot describe the happiness of the elect. There are no words to describe it."
In 1986, Our Lady said to Jelena, "If you abandon yourselves to me, you will not even notice the passing from this life to the other. You will begin living heaven here on the earth."