16th day of Lent

They will look on the one whom they have pierced.

Dear children! Today, in a special way, I invite you to take the cross in the hands and to meditate on the wounds of Jesus. Ask of Jesus to heal your wounds, which you, dear children, during your life sustained because of your sins or the sins of your parents. Only in this way, dear children, you will understand that the world is in need of healing of faith in God the Creator. By Jesus’ passion and death on the cross, you will understand that only through prayer you, too, can become true apostles of faith; when, in simplicity and prayer, you live faith which is a gift. Thank you for having responded to my call. March 25, 1997

• We all know that Mary had the courage to stand near the Cross of her Son. She carried the cross and the suffering of Jesus with love and with faith, and in so doing she experienced her own death. Certainly at the moment that Jesus prayed for His enemies, her heart was also praying along with Him. As He forgave, so did her heart forgive. She knows how important the cross is for us, and therefore she called us in several messages to pray before the cross. She told us that many graces come from the cross, that we should mediate upon Jesus’ suffering and to pray that we can carry our crosses as He carried his with love and patience. Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM

Lent in Action… GIVE FREELY

Little children, I do not wish to force you. Rather freely give God your time, like children of God.
July 25, 1989

Each of us should give what he has decided in his own mind, not grudgingly or because he is made to, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9 : 7


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