Commentary on Our Lady's August 25 Message
Dear children! Also today I call you to pray, pray, pray. Only in prayer will you be near to me and my Son and you will see how short this life is. In your heart a desire for Heaven will be born. Joy will begin to rule in your heart and prayer will begin to flow like a river. In your words there will only be thanksgiving to God for having created you and the desire for holiness will become a reality for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
The Virgin Mary has not given up, neither her love nor the words of
her messages constantly conveyed to us have not changed. What she did
for her Son is the same thing she is doing for his brothers and
sisters, for everybody that has become her child. Her mantle is now
so large that anybody searching a place under it can find it.
Mary wants us to become aware of the brevity of this life here and
the eternity for which we have been created. There is only one
excellent way in which we may uncover eternity in time, and that is
prayer. Through prayer we speak directly to God knowing that the past
and the future meet in Him united in an eternal NOW. Opening up to God
is opening up towards eternity.
"Only in prayer" – Mary speaks to us. Not in a prayer uttered
shallowly in a listless manner, a prayer in which nothing happens,
but in a sincere, devoted prayer from the bottom of one's heart. Do
we really open up while praying? There is a way of praying which does
not free us completely from our prison. It just makes it a little bit
easier. As long as we limit our prayer by praying for something, we
cannot rise to eternity. In order to achieve progress in prayer, we
must pray for more important things. "So do not worry, saying, ? What
shall we eat? ? or ? What shall we drink? ? or ? What shall we wear? ?
for the pagans seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father
knows that you need them all." (Mat 6: 31- 32).
If a prayer does not change us, then we must change our prayer and
the way we pray. Only in prayer do we get close to Mary and Jesus,
and only in prayer do we become aware of the things we shall never be
able to do so anywhere else.
Most people feel tense and under stress. Sometimes we are not even
aware of the strain we are under. Just like the people who are not
aware of their own absent-mindedness. Only when they start praying do
they become aware of their wandering thoughts. Such tension and
anxiety are a result of the lack of openness and faith in God. Just
as blood wants to flow freely through our veins, just as the air
wants to be introduced into our lungs and bring oxygen to our whole
body, so Godly life, which is in the depths of our souls, wants to
permeate the whole of our body and animate our energy. Tension makes
the acceptance of God's love more difficult for us.
Prayer is not a simple exercise, it is life. Those who want to
dedicate themselves to prayer must decide firmly to often raise their
spirit during the day, and, above all, to turn their hearts towards
God. If we fail to do so and if we let our thoughts and feelings
wander, our experience will tell us that prayer is impossible. Prayer
is about our heart and life. It is a fruit of love, and we are unable
to limit love to a certain period of time.
Mary wants us to experience the joy nobody and nothing may bring to
us. She wants us to become holy. Being holy simply means to become
what we were cut out for. Not being holy is against nature. Being
holy means to be a unique, healthy and normal person created in
Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic