Medjugorje Grey Book
Open Your Hearts to MARY Queen of Peace
Other languages: English, Italiano
Date: November 7, 2006 , Last update March 1, 2008
Author: Dr. Fra Slavko Barbarić, OFM , Fra Tomislav Vlašić, OFM
Category: Early Medjugorje Reflections Books , Books , Priests of Medjugorje
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This book is the first of the four volumes of sermons and discourses given by Fr. Slavko Barbaric and Fr. Tomislav Vlasic during 1984 - 1987 in Medjugorje, and contains talks given from Easter until December 1984.
All chapters of this book are now included
If Our Lady's face does not shine on your face, then it is useless to speak about her
Our Lady is appearing and giving us messages. Her messages are intended to give us another face, another expression. She has appeared so that the Church itself 'appears', so that it may be transformed.
If you want to carry the messages to others, please go with a new heart and a new face; if Our Lady's face does not shine on your faces, then it is useless to speak about her. The Church will accept the apparitions at Medjugorje, or in any other place, only when she sees on the faces of those who accept the messages a new face the face of the Virgin and of God. This is the dynamics to actuate, this is the way to proceed: to really live these messages in such a way that they shine on your faces.
I remember something that happened when I was working in the nearby parish: parents were complaining because their children were naughty, disobedient, restless and so on. I asked about ten couples to come to see me one afternoon and asked them if they wanted their children to change. They replied that of course they wanted them to, so I told them to listen to me and for at least a week to obey me. They were willing to do so and I showed them a very simple way of meditating the Gospel and told them to do this for at least twenty minutes every morning and evening for a week and them we would meet again. After one week we exchanged experiences and everyone said their children had changed for the better. No one had said anything to their children but each parent meditated on the Gospel and his heart changed. The faces of the parents changed and the children changed spontaneously.
Our Lady asks us to accept the messages. The acceptance of the messages is really this new life which makes the face of God and of Our Lady shine on our faces. We can become authentic messengers only if we truly live these messages and become a Church in which the Face of God is manifest.
When Our Lady begins the fight against Satan she will not do it alone but with her children and we are her children, so we must enter the fight. Our Lady is giving us the messages and telling us what we must do. Truly we must set out on this pilgrimage to fight, to bring the Church to an inner renewal.
I want to tell you priests, particularly, not to be afraid of preaching the messages. You will soon see the churches full and the young people following you but, in the name of God and Our Lady, start telling people to begin to pray ! As a brother, rather than just as a preacher on the apparitions of Medjugorje, I am telling you that Christians are indifferent, and we priests have allowed this indifference. We have permitted Christians to be able to live without prayer, without Holy Communion, without Mass. We have allowed it ! We must start with those who come to church, with those who are willing and when these move towards Christian activity then others will follow. It is very important that we priests are capable of bringing one person, at least one person, towards a deep spirituality. If we are capable, in a short time, of bringing one person ourselves or another by our sermons and actions, we will be capable of bringing everyone to a depth in spirituality. My wish is that all of us united here, will remain in contact by prayer so we may all progress bringing a new light to our work, so we may truly guide people towards salvation.
Do not search for new truths from Our Lady and her messages, this is wrong: they can only be found at the level of new dynamics. As I have said, Our Lady wants to reawaken us so that we will be able to see, to hear and to feel within our hearts.
On my part, I will accompany you with daily prayers and will follow you, hoping to be united with you in prayer. It is my desire that you will now be able to feel a particular grace during this Mass. Amen.
(Fr. Tomislav Vlasic 18th October 1984)