July 2, 2017 – “I am imploring you to pray for the whole world. My heart is suffering. Sins are multiplying, they are too numerous. But with the help of those of you who are humble, modest, filled with love, hidden and holy, my heart will triumph.”
Our Lady expresses to us here her deep pain, and also her desire for our prayer of intercession for the world. She sees the choices being made, the sins committed, the sufferings, offenses, and sorrows being multiplied. Her heart is breaking and aching at the sight of this humanity, her children, who are lost, and living disconnected from God.
Some may wonder why there have been extraordinary cases of statues of the Blessed Mother crying, even weeping tears of blood. It’s not hard to see why. The world has lost all sense of holiness, morality, and righteousness. It lost sight of its Creator, and because of this many souls are in great danger. Man has decided for himself that it knows right from wrong better than God does, and the very first example of that was the Fall at the Garden of Eden.
Plus, like a true mother, her suffering coincides with her Son Jesus’ suffering. If she is deeply offended by what is going on in our world, can you imagine Jesus Who is God?
Yet all is not lost, or without hope. The Mother is courageous. She does not relent. She immediately turns from that sorrow, and looks to the hope of her plan; her plan which is God’s plan. She looks to the help of chosen souls who are humble, modest, filled with love, hidden and holy; the souls who have given to her and Jesus their yes. Through them, she will win against evil in the Name of God! Her Immaculate Heart will triumph!
December 25, 1992 – “…Today is a day of peace, but in the whole world there is a great lack of peace. That is why I call you all to build a new world of peace with me through prayer. This I cannot do without you, and this is why I call all of you with my motherly love and God will do the rest. So, open yourselves to God’s plan and to His designs to be able to cooperate with Him for peace and for everything that is good. Do not forget that your life does not belong to you, but is a gift with which you must bring joy to others and lead them to eternal life..”
June 25, 2007 – “…Little children, do not forget that you are all important in this great plan, which God leads through Medjugorje. God desires to convert the entire world and to call it to salvation and to the way towards Himself, who is the beginning and the end of every being. In a special way, little children, from the depth of my heart, I call you all to open yourselves to this great grace that God gives you through my presence here…”
May 25, 1993 – “Dear children! Today I invite you to open yourselves to God by means of prayer so the Holy Spirit may begin to work miracles in you and through you. I am with you and I intercede before God for each one of you because, dear children, each one of you is important in my plan of salvation. I invite you to be carriers of good and peace. God can give you peace only if you convert and pray. Therefore, my dear little children, pray, pray, pray and do that which the Holy Spirit inspires you…”
June 25, 2004 – “Dear children! Also today, joy is in my heart. I desire to thank you for making my plan realizable. Each of you is important, therefore, little children, pray and rejoice with me for every heart that has converted and become an instrument of peace in the world. Prayer groups are powerful, and through them I can see, little children, that the Holy Spirit is at work in the world. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
April 2, 2011 – “…With motherly love I desire to open the heart of each of you and to teach you personal unity with the Father. To accept this, you must comprehend that you are important to God and that He is calling you individually. You must comprehend that your prayer is a conversation of a child with the Father; that love is the way by which you must set out – love for God and for your neighbour. That is, my children, the love that has no boundaries, that is the love that emanates from truth and goes to the end. Follow me, my children, so that also others, in recognizing the truth and love in you, may follow you…”
Each one of us are called individually, and each one plays a significant role in God’s great plan. Our Lady tells us so herself. Scripture tells us so as well [1 Corinthians 12:4-29]. We each have our missions, gifts and circumstances that make us unique. Reminds me of that old saying in theatre, “There are no small roles, only small actors.” But our objective is the same, and our gazes must be fixed heavenward.
This is why Our Lady has been appearing for so long. This is why she has been calling us to pray and convert, for our sake and the sake of the world. This is why she has been echoing the words of the Gospel, teaching us to be humble and modest, to love, forgive and strive for holiness; to love her Son Jesus Who is Lord and Savior; to stay close to the Sacraments, to fast and avoid evil.
She is building an army. An army of courageous prayer warriors, of disciples of Christ, of apostles of her love; of defenders of truth and faith, and of humble children of Mother Church and the True Magisterium. We are her and Jesus’ army!
Here is a passage from St. Faustina’s diary where Jesus spoke about chosen souls:
The Lord has given me to know how much He desires the perfection of chosen souls.
Chosen souls are, in My hand, lights which I cast into the darkness of the world and with which I illumine it. As stars illumine the night, so chosen souls illumine the earth. And the more perfect a soul is, the stronger and the more far-reaching is the light shed by it. It can be hidden and unknown, even to those closest to it, and yet its holiness is reflected in souls even to the most distant extremities of the world. (1601)
Hidden yet shining like stars in the night sky.
In our human thinking we ponder, “How can we illuminate the world if nobody knows our efforts?”
The reality is it doesn’t matter because the end result will be the same. God will be the One working through us, and penetrating souls with His light and saving them. Not with our own light.
We shouldn’t be concerned about whether anyone is noticing our good efforts or not. God sees it, and that’s what really matters. If our only concern is hogging the spotlight then we’re not really doing our job as Jesus and Mary called us to do, and we’d be acting no better than the Pharisees Jesus warned us about in the Gospel.
We’re called to be hidden and holy, filled with love, and modest; just like Jesus and Mary lived. Through us the Hearts of Jesus and Mary will triumph in the world!