Dear children! Today I invite you to offer your crosses and suffering for my intentions. Little children, I am your mother and I wish to help you by seeking for you the grace from God. Little children, offer your sufferings as a gift to God so they become a most beautiful flower of joy. That is why, little children, pray that you may understand that suffering can become joy and the cross the way of joy. Thank you for having for responded to my call. September 25, 1996
• It is not the first time that Mary speaks of the Cross, and here I would like to remember one message in particular. Mary told us once to pray that we can, as her Son Jesus Christ did, carry our crosses with patience and with love. That message seemed to be very important to me because she really touched deeply upon our relationship with God. If we have a cross or a suffering, then we, quite naturally, pray that God remove it from us. But, Mary does not say that we should pray so that He removes it from us, but rather that we may carry the cross like Her Son, Jesus. When we take this word really seriously and do this sincerely, only then will we come to understand what this really means.
As Jesus Himself, Mary makes us no illusions. Jesus did not remove the cross and sufferings as the Jews had hoped He would, but rather Jesus showed us how the cross ought to be carried. Mary reminds us of this when she asks us to pray so that we become able to carry the cross and not necessarily so that it be removed. Mary is mother of the Saviour who suffered. She herself suffered and therefore she is not afraid to speak to us about the cross, and to encourage us to accept it. (Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM)
Lent in Action… GIVE LIGHT, GIVE WITNESS
I wish all of you to be the light for everyone and that you give witness in the light. June 5, 1986
When Jesus spoke to the people again, he said: “I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark; he will have the light of life.” John 8 : 12