Medjugorje Red Book
Pray with Your Heart
Other languages: English, Italiano
Date: November 7, 2006
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 third of the four volumes of sermons and discourses given by Fr. Slavko Barbaric and Fr. Tomislav Vlasic during 1984 - 1987 in Medjugorje, and contains discourses given from July to December 1985.
Not all chapters of this book are yet included
"If we put ourselves at God’s disposal, it is God who leads us"
I greet you, I do not have much time, I cannot stay long.
I have been talking to you far too much these days, have I not ? When words fill up too much space in one’s heart, then they leave no room for spiritual creativity; that is why I say to you, I have spoken far too much !
I only want you to go forward, to carry on, since every word of God, every word of Our Lady increases the graces. Do not worry as to how to form a group, do not worry as to how to pray, but above all, start praying, conversing with God, with Jesus.
For example, people usually say that the Rosary is no meditative prayer, that it is no contemplative prayer. It is too rational, one cannot manage to pray it with one’s heart; but in these days I have been in contact with some people who are concerned with deep meditation, where there is silence; indeed, they had a problem with words as they needed total silence, without prayers, to pray with silence. During the two or three days of their stay in Medjugorje they have meditated a lot and felt a real need to pray the Rosary. They needed to say a thousand Hail Mary’s, to invoke ‘Hail Mary’ all the time.I
n that prayer there was no impediment to entering into depth; on the contrary, they were opening themselves more and more, as they prayed. So you see that it does not depend on the form of prayer but on our hearts, on their opening. At the bottom of prayer there is always a desire to reach out for God, to find God, to live what God wants. So therefore, if we put ourselves at God’s disposal, it is God who is leading us along different paths.
Let us not worry on the spiritual level either, this principle is valid for the material level as for the spiritual one. If we remain worried people at a spiritual level we are prevented from going ahead.
Recently I met a mystical person who has supernatural visions and who told me that what makes Jesus sad is indeed our carrying fear within ourselves. he is just, but He is also merciful. He would rather die again than lose one soul.
You see how we must dismiss any worry. There should be inside our hearts a continuous chant to God’s mercy, we ought to have God’s mercy actually singing inside us. And there shall we also find humility and everything, when God’s mercy flourishes inside us.
So, I wish you to become more and more a praise of God’s mercy, a real joy. This way, you will be able to bring the messages to the entire world.
(Fr. Tomislav Vlasic 18th October 1985)