August 29, 2019
The Passion of St. John the Baptist
Dear Family of Mary!
“…Little children, God will bless your effort a hundredfold; you will be witnesses among peoples, souls of unbelievers will feel the grace of conversion and Heaven will be grateful for your efforts and sacrifices…” (08/25/19)
…souls of unbelievers will feel the grace of conversion…
Our Lady’s presence in Medjugorje is a catalyst for conversion, a force for conversion stronger than any other place in the world. Her presence helps people to “feel the grace of conversion”!! It is an overwhelming feeling that floods us with joy, love, hope, forgiveness, repentance, faith, and the desire to convert. It is amazing that she is telling us that when we pray, work and witness with love, we will also become catalysts of conversion! The entire world needs conversion, but they don’t feel the need. They don’t feel the joy of conversion! This may be part of God’s plan to save us from our own self-destruction. Conversion of the peoples!!
I am immediately reminded of a beautiful testimony that we have in the Fruit of Medjugorje series on Marytv.tv. A beautiful Italian man shares how he was drawn to Medjugorje, seemingly out of the blue, and there experienced Our Lady in such a way that it changed him completely. He was already a believer but had no relationship with Mary. He had a conversion to Mary, who now leads him to God. Here is what happened, in his own words:
“Fruit of Medjugorje” Episode 73, for June 24, 2013. (It is not available at the moment on our website, but we hope to post it again.)
My name is Augusto. I come from Italy. I will try to share my simple experience that changed my life. “Try” because of my English. And second, because certain things you cannot translate…certain things that happen inside you cannot translate into words, at least I can’t.
So, the story starts a few years ago, five years ago…one night, as my wife said, we were looking at a program about Medjugorje. I didn’t know anything about it. Actually, at that time I didn’t have a deep connection with Mary. With Jesus and God, yes, but with Mary it was not so strong. So, seeing this [program on Medjugorje on the TV] I felt immediately, “I have to go. We have to go.” It was stronger than me.
So, we came on an airplane, with a pilgrimage. And the first day was a rainy day, but I decided to go on Podbrdo. And when the rain became stronger everybody left. So, I was there alone. The only two there were Mary and me! And with this rain, I felt like clean…clean…from all my doubts, all my sins. I felt blessed. And from that point on, I could not do anything else. I was just saying “yes.” I had not merit. It was just grace. (His wife said he was crying and crying and crying on Podbrdo.)
Now I have to come. [Just like] every day I have to go to Mass. Some things have changed totally in my life. I am more open to others. And Mary is the Mother now. She guides me. Normally I used to pray and relate deeply with the Boss. Not so much with Mary. And this has changed totally. Now I am praying every day to her, and I know that she is my Mother. And it is a very incredible feeling, this.
It is difficult to express, but it is stronger than me. Also, now, we come to Medjugorje, though not with a pilgrimage group, for five days. But I have to come. It is simply like this. And the whole time is a blessing. And the amazing thing is that every time that I have a stronger connection with her it is when I am on Podbrdo and it is raining! Even today it is like a kind of blessing.
So, I feel that Mary called me because otherwise I would not be here, for sure. And I will always be devoted to her, because she brings me to God. I have understood that this is the channel. Before, I didn’t know this. Or at least I didn’t experience it.
So, to the people who may be listening to this funny English I would just recommend that you pray and recommend that you give it a chance. Give a chance to Mary to take all of you into her arms and bring you to God, because this is the way to do this. Thank you.
Our Lady called Augusto to come to Medjugorje. The call came through a TV program! But it was straight from Our Lady. And he tells us that this call was stronger than he was!! He was drawn to her inextricably. (Augusto’s wife had the same call!) And when Augusto arrived in Medjugorje, he immediately went to Apparition Hill (Podbrdo). It was there that he experienced Our Lady, alone in the rain. It was there that he understood that he was her child, her beloved child, and that she would present him to Jesus. And all that Augusto could say was “yes.” It was all grace!!
I love Augusto’s parting advice: “Give a chance to Mary to take all of you into her arms and bring you to God, because this is the way to do this.” St. Louis de Montfort could not have said it better. Our Lady longs to take us in her arms and bring us to God! We only need to say yes, when she calls!
Augusto was overwhelmed with the feeling of conversion – conversion to Our Lady!! And this was God’s plan for him, so that he would have Mary as his Mother and the one to lead him to God. I think this is what Our Lady may mean when she tells us “unbelievers will feel the grace of conversion”. It is the grace of a turning to God (many times through Mary) that is so sweet, so necessary that you cannot resist. It is the call of love.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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