Marija: Above all the world needs prayer
Many people are so distant from God that their souls are dead. What is lacking is prayer, visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti said after passing on the Virgin Mary’s recent message. She laments the separation of pilgrims from pansion owners with whom they prayed in Medjugorje’s early days.
Though needs are many, more than any other thing the world of today is in grave need of prayer, visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti told Radio Maria on August 25.
“Above all, what I see that is lacking in today’s world is prayer which gives birth to joy and love, and joy for life and its transmission” Marija said.
“Today, unfortunately, we are so distant from God. Our soul is dead, and we have no feelings for God. We have closed the door, the gate, everything. We don’t have the feeling or desire. Many times the soul is dead, and when it is, it has no sensitivity towards prayer.”
“On the contrary, the ones who have a feeling towards prayer feel as if it is their own breath, as a need. Thank Heaven that Medjugorje has put this need in many people. Thank Heaven that, for so many years, there are so many prayer groups that persist, that still pray, that still adore Jesus and honor Mary” the visionary further said.
But even in Medjugorje conditions were better in the early days of the apparitions than now, Marija recounted:
“Do you remember the early years when the pilgrims had to sleep in houses? The parishioners would offer a simple farm-home style breakfast but first there would be a prayer” she told Radio Maria director Fr. Livio Fanzaga.
“Now there are pansions and hotels with separate quarters for the owners, and the attitude is different, but in the early years the response was family prayer; and a family that prays, loves. A family that prays is united” Marija said.
“During the first months Our Lady would invite us to choose holiness. She named learning to pray, the choice of holiness, and our conversion. In the beginning it was personal, and she would ask us to change our lives.”
“She wanted prayer groups of youth, married couples and elderly, and our parish adhered strongly, thank God. Our Lady requested and the parish responded, and this was a big grace” the seer remembered.
“Above all, now that August is coming to a close and we begin a new rhythm as the schools will open again, we will say: Starting today we will begin praying together, and as Our Lady says, do a reading from Sacred Scriptures kept in a visible place, and begin a new life” Marija ended her monthly message commentary.
“This is my wish for you with all my heart – because then the Lord will give us a hundredfold.”
Antonio Miraldi transcribed and translated from Italian