“It is easier to preach than to live the Virgin Mary’s messages – but what works is the latter, as Christians are called to lead by example”, says visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti who points to the Pope for inspiration.
Witnessing the Christian faith only works when it is being lived, not merely talked about, Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti said on May 25, on the air on Radio Maria. She had just received the Virgin Mary’s new message which reads:
“Dear children! Today I call you to be strong and resolute in faith and prayer, until your prayers are so strong so as to open the Heart of my beloved Son Jesus. Pray little children, pray without ceasing until your heart opens to God’s love. I am with you and I intercede for all of you and I pray for your conversion. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Giving witness by their life and example: Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic with the interviewer, Radio Maria director Fr. Livio Fanzaga
“We Christians speak with the witnessing of our lives. So many times we profess the faith but then, in practice, we are not being consistent. From the beginning, the Madonna said: “Live my messages and put them into practice” Marija commented.
“So many times we speak of fasting, but do not fast. No! With our lives we must lead by example. Even though it is difficult, and so it is easier to preach. There is no word as effective as life, as we have seen with so many priests, with many people who have gone to Heaven before us.”
Marija mentioned “a generation of priests” in Medjugorje as examples, then pointed to Rome for a recent and even more well-known one:
“Pope Francis is responding with his life one hundred percent. With his life and with little and simple messages he is giving a very strong example of simplicity, humility, devotion, and love. That is what we should be doing all of us” Marija said before drawing up two clear alternatives:
Marija during her public apparition on January 27 in Pavia, Italy
“Of course we know it is not easy to be holy because, to go to Heaven, we must take the narrow path, not the broad one, but today the world offers us the highway of perdition” the visionary said.
Marija further told that, even after almost 32 years of apparitions, the Medjugorje visionaries can also still ask themselves why God acts in certain ways and permits certain things:
“When faced with certain crosses, so much suffering, hunger, poverty and many other things in the world, we (the visionaries) also wonder: why does God allow these things? That is why Our Lady calls us to be strong in faith, attached to God, because if we have God, we have everything, as Saint Augustine said.”
Marija: “Our Lady calls us to be strong in faith, attached to God, because if we have God, we have everything.”
“Faced with these questions, Our Lady tells us to pray and to offer up our suffering, so that our suffering has meaning” Marija said.
“I always say that our prayer has no limits, no boundaries, no walls. Sometimes we can only pray, then the Lord gives, the Lord sees our good will, sees our request, our desire, our suffering, our pain. When we are more concerned, we should pray. Our Lady asks us to pray hard and relentlessly. And to those who struggle in faith, who loses it and walk away, she is asking us to give them an example with our lives.”
By: Jakob Marschner Source:medjugorjetoday.tv