“Dear My children, even today I’m inviting you to find the King of Peace again. He’s there. He waits for you to feed yourselves in the “piece of bread” every day; there, you can meet Him and talk to Him. Yes, He hides Himself in a “piece of bread” offered for each of you. My children, it’s time to be witnesses of the true Light, because only if you fall in love with His Word, you won’t be hungry any more. But the hunger, whose My Son speaks, is the hunger of Love for Him. You, My Apostles, who live these grace times, still don’t succeed in getting dressed with new creatures. How many of you don’t live a constant prayer of fasting and sacrifice? Every day He sends Me to console each one of you, who don’t succeed in feeling His presence any more. To feel His love, it’s necessary an abandonment prayer, where grace can abound in you and you can recognize Him and love Him with all your heart. You can’t call yourselves My Apostles, if you don’t live His Word! To rise to new life again, My children, it’s necessary to take His Cross every day, leaving sin, because it doesn’t give you the grace to start over. Cheer up, My children! I’m next to you to donate you and to make you live His peace and not to make you feel alone. I look at each of you, with your sufferings, your weaknesses and your falls. I’m inviting you, My children, to decide to get up again! Today you don’t understand why My Son sends Me among you, it’s difficult for you to understand it, just as I did when I was the “little girl from Nazareth” I didn’t understand. Live, My children, for the things of Heaven and not for the things of the earth. Pray, pray, pray, My Apostles! I need you, I need to make Myself known as the Mother of Tenderness, so that grace rivers can descend onto this place, through the children that God chose. Don’t be afraid to testify, donate to others what has been given to you! Thank you, My children, that you make yourselves the gift of God’s Word. I’m blessing you all!
(Note of the visionary: Before Our Lady left, I recommended Her all those who asked for prayers)
A) – An encouraging, consoling Message; in consonance with Easter Time.
B) – The Word theme stands out.
C) – It is a Message oriented towards the Mission. It sounds like a “mission letter”: “My Apostles!”
Introduction: “the King of Peace”. Interesting title. In Medjugorje, Mary is called “Queen of Peace”.
1) “He’s there. He waits for you to feed yourselves in the “piece of bread” every day; there you can meet Him and talk to Him. Yes, He hides in a “piece of bread” offered for each of you.”
This passage makes me, I (Father M.F.), feel a little uneasy.
“He’s there”: I do not know if the Marian Apparition was before the Blessed Sacrament.
“In the “piece of bread” ….. He hides in a “piece of bread”
According to the Thomist doctrine of transubstantiation adopted by the Council of Trent, we cannot say that Jesus “hides in “a piece of bread”” because after the Consecration the bread is no longer there. Only the appearances of bread remain.
3) “You, My Apostles, who live these grace times, still don’t succeeded in getting dressed with new creatures.”
” (to) get dressed“: This expression dear to St. Paul (1 Co 15/53; 2 Co 5/2; Gal 3/27; Ef 4/24) means:
A) – The dress of Baptism (especially on Easter Vigil)
B) – The change from an old man to a new man
C) -The transformation of the body to the general resurrection. These words are truly in harmony with many texts of the Liturgy of Easter Time!
“How many of you don’t live a constant prayer of fasting and sacrifice?”
The famous “constant prayer” is a goal of ancient monastic spirituality, especially of the esicast tradition. We find similar themes in the Medjugorje Messages. No serious life of prayer without the support of a general ascetic life. Do the members of “Mary’s Pilgrims” make so many sacrifices? Do this fasting (=diet on bread and water) many times from Heaven on Wednesdays and Fridays?
4)“Every day He sends Me to console each of you who don’t succeed in feeling His presence”.
Many people complain about the absence of God. Wouldn’t it rather be their absence from God? We must also stress that half of spiritual life is not about “to feel” but about “to adhere”.
5) “To feel His love, it’s necessary an abandonment prayer, where grace can abound in you……”
The true self-giving is the condition of the encounter with God. Once again, our movement is not only “devotional”!
7)“Cheer up, My children! I’m next to you to donate you and to make you live His peace and not to make you feel alone. I look at each of you, with your sufferings, your weaknesses and your falls. I’m inviting you, My children, to decide to get up again.”
In the Prayer Group of Polverigi (An) or elsewhere how much it would be necessary that the animator insist on this certainty of Mary’s strong, sweet, permanent, maternal accompaniment.
9)“Live, My children, for the things of Heaven and not for the things of the earth.”
Second reading of the Easter Mass: “Look for the things of Heaven … think of the things in Heaven, not those of the earth” (Col 3 / 1s). A century ago, it was necessary to think a lot about the sanctification of earthly things. But we went too far in this direction. Modern spirituality, especially in Medjugorje, insists on eschatological realities.
10)“I need you; I need to make Myself known as “Mother of Tenderness”…”
Surprising expression that often returns in Medjugorje again. Mary often says that She cannot do alone; She needs our cooperation. Note well the title “Mother of Tenderness” specific to the spirituality of the “Mary’s Pilgrims“!
“….So that grace rivers can descend onto this place, through the children that God chose.”
Would this place of Passatempo (An) have a particular vocation wanted by Heaven?
“Donate to others what has been donated to you …
My children, who make yourselves the gift of God’s Word. ”
Here we see the Paschal, dynamic, missionary aspect of this Message! (By Father M.F.)