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QUEEN OF PEACE
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Mary TV Daily Reflection 3/15/2016
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
March 15, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
Lady has spoken about God's plan in Medjugorje. Of course this plan is
hidden, as are the secrets. But she knows what it is! And she is with us
so that we can be part of that plan. Fr. Slavko wrote very well about
that plan in a reflection on the message of August 25, 1991 which was
during the terrible war in the Balkans. I want to share a bit of what he
wrote, as it is truly beautiful, and very helpful for us in these days:
August 25, 1991
"Dear Children! Today also I
invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be
realized. Satan is strong and wants to sweep away my plans of peace and
joy and make you think that my Son is not strong in His decisions.
Therefore, I call all of you, dear children, to pray and fast still more
firmly. I invite you to self-renunciation for nine days so that, with
your help, everything that I desire to realize through the secrets I
began in Fatima, may be fulfilled. I call you, dear children, to now
grasp the importance of my coming and the seriousness of the situation. I
want to save all souls and present them to God. Therefore, let us pray
that everything I have begun be fully realized. Thank you for having
responded to my call."
"I invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be realized."
situation is really serious yet Mary, it seems, sees differently and
with entirely different eyes. What is this plan of which she speaks? She
did not come to tell us that war is coming, but rather to tell us that
peace is always possible and therefore the plan can only be that all
people live in peace and that all souls can be saved. This is because we
know that God's will for us is only our peace. So in this situation
that grows consistently more and more difficult and complicated, she
sees something else developing.
Mary speaks from her own experiences. On Good Friday
where almost all people other than the Apostles saw only the
catastrophe and the end, where many people had lost all hope, she
withstood the suffering. She stood loyally by the Cross and in that very
moment she was not destroyed as mother, but rather again confirmed as
When Jesus said:"This is your mother. This is your son."
Mary was officially given the right for all of us, to accept all of us
as her children. One can say that all of us were adopted by her under
the Cross. We are really her children and she is really also our mother.
She therefore can and wishes to continue to lead us and does not fear
suffering, but knows that suffering is a situation in which new life
should be born.
Life is not given to us
to destroy us, but rather so that God's power and Mary's intercession
can be shown to us in our difficulties and weaknesses. But to transform
suffering into the triumph, one must truly pray and Mary tells us to
pray "as never before"!
believe that we should take this seriously and give much time to prayer
and this is also with others. Simply said, these are difficult times
and for this reason alone we must spend far more time with God. Only in
this way will we vanquish our doubts, our fears and our distrust. Only
in this way can something new be born in our hearts during our
suffering. These words or this call can be compared to an epidemic. When
an illness, a virus or another contagious condition is in the air, one
has to be so much more careful and undertake so much more to protect the
These times are contagious times. Fear,
distrust, anger and hate can all very easily attach themselves to our
souls and then start producing similar fruits. If we truly start to pray
now "as never before", then we ourselves will be saved
and at the same time we will be able to help others to themselves
assist Mary with her plan. She herself, of course, did not wish for this
situation in our country or in the whole world and has after all come
to us as the Queen of Peace to tell us that peace is really possible.
BUT because humanity
with its behavior has led the world into its present state, she again
intervenes and says: Have no fear, come with me, pray and the plan will
come into reality. Certainly every one of us who hears this so hopeful
message will with all their hearts say: "I am here. I hear you and I
will work with you.' This alone is then already the beginning of the
triumph of one's own inner life. May it truly turn out to be this way
for all of us! This message is however, not only for those who are being
threatened by war but in reality for all people, because the plan that
has been entrusted to Mary is the plan for all people, for all of
humanity and, one can say, for the entire universe. (Fr. Slavko
Barbaric, OFM. "Mother! Lead us to Peace!" Reflections of Mary's
Messages in Medjugorje from July 1990 until December 1994, p. 89-90)
Slavko had a way of presenting the paradoxes of life as opportunities
for growth. Jesus's death on the Cross was the great paradox, which led
to unlimited life for all who would accept Him. The war in Bosnia was
terribly difficult, but the people of Medjugorje survived and grew
stronger in their faith through prayer. And we now, if we choose to
accept Our Lady's guidance, will face these difficult times and emerge
with the new life of faith intact and strengthened. Our Lady truly is
leading us to peace. Peace is her Son.