St. Hilary – Bishop, Doctor of the Church
Dear Family of Mary!
“Dear children! My call for you is prayer. May prayer be a joy for you and a wreath which binds you to God. Little children, trials will come, and you will not be strong, and sin will reign but, if you are mine, you will win, because your refuge will be the Heart of my Son Jesus. Therefore, little children, return to prayer until prayer becomes life for you in the day and the night. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (July 25, 2019)
This call to prayer from Our Lady says it all. Prayer is the gift we are being given in order to withstand the trials ahead and help spread the peace and mercy that are offered to us through Our Lady of Medjugorje.
I remember something Marija Pavlovic Lunetti said on October 24, 2017, in a talk she gave in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, right after Our Lady’s apparition to her. She said that she believed that now the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was beginning. That was in 2017. Here we are two years later, and we see that Triumph growing. Indeed, it is growing, even as the world seems to be growing farther away from God each day.
And that Triumph is happening in each one of us who pray, who respond to Our Lady’s call, her summons to prayer.
I would like to share with you a homily that Fr. Maximilian Dalve gave on November 18, 2017, just three weeks after Marija’s surprising statement. It is a beautiful description of prayer and how to make prayer our life, as it says in the July 25, 2019 message above.
Homily for November 18, 2017, Medjugorje English Mass with Fr. Maximilian.
Mary, here in Medjugorje, clothes these words from the Gospel in motherly terms. She says also on several occasions words like “Fill every moment even with the smallest prayer.” Someone might ask how we can do that? I must work, I must eat, I must sleep, I can’t always sit in church and pray.
This initial effort, because we have to detach ourselves from the things of this world we love, from ourselves, and from all the other things we love, to truly love God, which makes our prayer an experience of love and of joy. So, Mary combines the effort and the spirit of prayer and she says, “Pray until prayer becomes joy for you.”
Let us make prayer our life. This is our call!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!