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CALL OF THE QUEEN OF PEACE by Fr Slavko

According to the witness of the visionaries, Our Lady calls all of us to peace, fasting, prayer and conversion and to a firm faith.
From the beginning of the apparitions until August 14, 1984, fasting was practised one day a week. On the vigil of the feast of the Assumption in 1984, Ivan the visionary came to the parish office and said that Our Lady appeared to him when he started to get ready for Church. He said that, at this time, Our Lady called everyone to pray all three Mysteries of the Rosary and to fast two days a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays. This call has remained unchanged.
Many were surprised and startled to be called to fast at all, let alone for two days a week. To many, this seemed excessive, unrealistic and impossible. However, even a cursory glance at the history of fasting shows that Jews already fasted two days, on Mondays and Thursdays. The Pharisee in his prayer in the temple thanks God for his prayer, fasting and for giving tithes twice a week. He leaves unjustified because he judged a sinner who prayed in the corner of the temple. (Lk 18,9-13) Jesus did not discard the value of fasting nor did He forbid fasting twice a week. He only forbade judging others.
Mary is the Queen of the Prophets, and all Prophets called for conversion, fasting and prayer as conditions for peace. She does not have any better or different means than those by which the Prophets called to peace, namely, conversion, prayer, fasting and firm faith.
In calling us to fast on two days a week, Mary remains in the tradition of Her Israelite nation and reminds us of
the multi-century tradition of the Eastern and the Western Church.1

While the Second Vatican Council calls everyone to return to 'the source', we must admit that we have not discovered fasting but, instead, the opposite has happened. In the past decades, fasting has been i educed to the least possible measure - to two days a year: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
The apparitions in Medjugorje have not presented anything new nor have they revealed anything unknown. Instead, they help us accept what God asked for through the prophets - what Mary did and Jesus Himself has done.
In several of Her messages, Mary has spoken about fasting.
1 Reckinger, Fancois, Gott begegnan in der Zeit: unser Kirchenjahr, Verlag bonifactius Drickerei, Paderborn, 1986., p.73

August 14, 1984

This apparition was unexpected. Ivan was praying at home and then started to get ready to go to Church for the evening services. By surprise Our Lady appeared to him and told him to relate this message to the people:
"I would like the people to pray along with me these doys. And to pray as much as possible! And to fast strictly on Wednesdays and Fridays, and every day to pray at least one Rosary: the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries. "

Our Lady asked that we accept this message with a firm will. She especially requested this of the parishioners and the faithful of the surrounding area.

September 20, 1984

"Dear children!
Today I call on you to begin fasting with the heart. There are many people who are fasting, but only, but only
who  are  fasting,   but only because everyone else is fasting. It has become a custom, which no one wants to stop. I ask the parish to fast out of gratitude because God has allowed me to stay this long in this parish. Dear children, fast and pray with the heart. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Mary calls us to pray with the heart and to fast with the heart. This means to pray and fast with love; and love for God and others is the sole and true motivation for prayer and fasting. In a Biblical sense, no other motivation is sufficient.

September 26, 1985

"Dear children!
I thank you for all the prayers. Thank you for all the sacrifices. I wish to tell you, dear children, to renew the messages, which I am giving you. Especially live the fast, because by fasting you will achieve and cause me the joy of the whole plan, which God is planning here in Medjugorje, being fulfilled. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Prayer and fasting are a way to joy but also a condition for the realization of what God has planned here in Medjugorje. Without prayer and fasting, God's plans cannot be realized. Our cooperation is very important. So many times Our Lady has repeated that She needs us in the realization of the plans God has entrusted to Her.

September 4, 1986

"Dear children!
Today again I am calling you to prayer and fasting. You know, dear children, that with your help I am able to accomplish everything and force Satan not to be seducing to evil and to remove himself from this place. Dear children, Satan is lurking for each individual. Especially in everyday affairs he wants to spread confusion among each one of you. Therefore, dear children, my call to you is that your day would be only prayer and complete surrender to God. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Fasting and prayer are the best means in the battle against Satan. Only by prayer and fasting can Satan be forced to withdraw from his evil plans and be distanced from the faithful in general and from this place. Jesus said to the disciples that there are kinds of evil spirits which cannot be cast out except by prayer and fasting. (Mk 9, 29)

December 4, 1986

"Dear children!
Today I call you to prepare your hearts for these days when the Lord particularly desires to purify you from all the sins of your past. You, dear children, are not able by yourselves, therefore I am here to help you. You pray, dear children! Only that way shall you be able to recognize all the evil that is in you and surrender it to the Lord so the Lord may completely purify your hearts. Therefore, dear children, pray without ceasing and prepare your hearts in penance and fasting. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Fasting and prayer are a means through which we open ourselves to God, Who can cleanse us of all the sins of our past. Alone we cannot help ourselves and without prayer and fasting, we cannot recognize the evil that wants to destroy us. Preparation of hearts for cooperation with God takes place in prayer and fasting.

July 25, 1991

"Dear children!
Today I Invite you to pray for peace.  At this time peace. Is being threatened in a special way, and I am seeking from you to renew fasting and prayer in your families. Dear children, I desire you to grasp the seriousness of the situation and that much of  what  will happen depends on your prayers and you are praying a little bit. Dear children, I am with you and I am inviting you to begin to pray and fast seriously as in the first days of my coming. Thank you for having responded to my call. "

Prayer and fasting are a means of protecting the endangered peace. Mary not only calls individuals but also families to pray and to fast so that evil may be stopped. This call is serious because what will happen in the world depends on how much we pray and fast. We recall how the prophet Jonah called the Ninevites to prayer and fasting so that the city would not be destroyed. Everyone fasted and prayed and the city was spared.

August 25, 1991

"Dear children!
Today also I invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be realized. Satan is strong and wants to sweep away plans of peace and joy and make you think that my Son is not strong in his decisions. Therefore, I call all of you, dear children to pray and fast still more firmly. I invite you to renunciation for 9 days so that with your help everything I desired to be realized through the secrets I began in Fatima may be fulfilled. I call you, dear children, to grasp the importance of my coming and the seriousness of the situation. I want to save all souls and present them to God. Therefore, let us pray that everything I have begun be fully realized. Thank you for having responded to my call."

When Satan threatens God's plans, then the Queen of Prophets, as all prophets would, calls to more ardent fasting and prayer. This is so that Satan can be confounded in his plans of destruction and ruin in God's plans, which were especially revealed in the Fatima messages. It is actually a matter of salvation and of realization of everything God has entrusted to Mar

March 25, 1992

"Dear children!
Today as never before I invite you to live my messages and to put them into practice in your life. I have come to you to help you and, therefore, I invite you to change your life because you have taken a path of misery, a path of ruin. When I told you: convert, pray, fast, be reconciled, you took these messages superficially. You started to live them and then you stopped, because it was difficult for you. No, dear children, when something is good, you have to persevere in the good and not think: God does not see me, He is not listening, He is not helping. And so you have gone away from God and from me because of your miserable interest. I wanted to create of you an oasis of peace, love and goodness. God wanted you, with your love and with His help, to do miracles and, thus, give an example. Therefore, here is what I say to you: Satan is playing with you and with your souls and I cannot help you because you are far away from my heart. Therefore, pray, live my messages and then you will see the miracles of God's love in your everyday life. Thank you for having responded to my call. "

We have taken the messages of fasting and prayer superficially and without seriousness. That is why Mary is saying that Satan is playing with our souls. He is the enemy who can be conquered only by fasting and prayer. Mary is sad that we turned away from Her messages and that we do not live them. She desires to create ' an oasis of peace' of us but what will happen depends on us.

April 25, 1992

"Dear children!
Today also I Invite you to prayer. Only by prayer and fasting can war be stopped. Therefore, my dear little children, pray and by your life give witness that you are mine and that you belong to me, because Satan wishes in these turbulent days to seduce as many souls as possible. Therefore, I invite you to decide for God and He will protect you and show you what you should do and which path to take. I invite all those who have said "yes" to me to renew their consecration to my Son Jesus and to His Heart and to me so we can take you more intensely as instruments of peace in this unpeaceful world. Medjugorje is a sign to all of you and a call to pray and live the days of grace that God is giving you. Therefore, dear children, accept the call to prayer with seriousness. I am with you and your suffering is also mine. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Even wars can be stopped by prayer and fasting. This is one of the first messages Our Lady gave. Fasting and prayer can stop even natural disasters. Peace also depends on prayer and fasting. We need to understand this with seriousness. Mary is with us and suffers with us.

November 25, 1996

"Dear children!
Today, again, I invite you to pray, so that through prayer, fasting and small sacrifices you may prepare yourselves for the coming of Jesus. May this time, little children, be a time of grace for you. Use every moment and do good, for only in this way will you feel the birth of Jesus in your hearts. If with your life you give an example and become a sign of God's love, joy will prevail in the hearts of men. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Our Lady gave us this message just at the beginning of the Christmas season. Prayer and fasting are a means by which we can prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus. Only by prayer and fasting can our hearts be cleansed and completely opened to His coming. Prayer and fasting free man from incorrect relationships with himself, with God, with others and especially with material things.

March 25, 1998

"Dear children!
Also today I call you to fasting and renunciation. Little children, renounce that which hinders you from being closer to Jesus. In a special way I call you: Pray, because only through prayer will you be able to overcome your will and discover the will of God even in the smallest things. By your daily life, little children, you will become an example and witness that you live for Jesus or against Him and His will. Little children, I desire that you become apostles of love. By loving, little children, it will be recognized that you are mine. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Prayer and fasting help us to turn away from everything that hinders us from coming closer to Jesus. We must conquer our own will and open ourselves to the will of God. In this way, we become witnesses for Jesus and apostles of His Love; we become recognizable signs of God's presence in the world. By prayer and fasting, we must achieve inner freedom from everything that separates us from Jesus.

October 25, 1998

"Dear children!
Today I call you to come closer to my Immaculate Heart. I call you to renew in your families the fervor of the first days when I called you to fasting, prayer and conversion. Little children, you accepted my messages with open hearts, although you did not know what prayer was. Today, I call you to open yourselves completely to me so that I may transform you and lead you to the heart of my son Jesus, so that He can fill you with His
love. Only in this way, little children, will you find true peace - the peace that only God gives you. Thank you for responding to my call."
At the beginning of the apparitions many people fasted and prayed. Over time, forgetfulness and fatigue set in. Mary calls us to again return to the initial fervour and to accept prayer and fasting so that our hearts may be completely open and that our transformation can continue. We are called to become similar to the Heart of Jesus and to Mary's Heart. Prayer and fasting are conditions for opening ourselves to the peace God gives.

Taken from the book Fast with the Heart by Fr Slavko.


 
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