The State of Virginity

The State of Virginity
I should like you to be free of all worries. The unmarried man is busy with the Lord's affairs, concerned with pleasing the Lord; but the married man is busy with this world's demands and occupied with pleasing his wife. This means he is divided. The virgin - indeed, any unmarried woman - is concerned with things of the Lord, in pursuit of holiness in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has the cares of this world to absorb her and concerned with pleasing her husband. I am going into this with you for your own good. I have no desire to place restrictions on you, but I do want to promote what is good, what will help you to devote yourselves entirely to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Sunday, January 10, 2010

TESTIMONY OF FATHER UMBERTO LONCAR

On August 2 and 3, 1981 (Sunday and Monday), many pilgrims in Medjugorje saw that the sun had grown dim and was orbited by bright rings that cast reddish rays upon the church at Medjugorje. Later, bright circles of various colors rotated around the sun. This was seen by pilgrims during Our Lady's appearance to the children, from about 6:20 to 6:40 p.m., and of course produced unusual talk and speculation as word of these occurrences spread far and near.

On Sunday, I had noticed nothing at all of this, and did not believe that any of it happened. However, I must admit, I had not observed the sun or the sky by even the most casual glance.

Monday, because of the reports about the Sunday happenings, I made it a point to observe the sun and the sky - and saw the same phenomena repeated. The sky in the other direction - that is, north of the church - was traversed by an arc of dark globes, moving from east to west. I tried to dismiss all this as unusual but natural phenomena, produced by weather and/or temperature abnormalities. Or perhaps my looking into the sun had caused these unreal images. In short, none of this, I told myself, was miraculous.

The next day, however (Tuesday, Aug. 4), I had what I must call a "special vision." Purposely, I had stayed home, and did not go to Medjugorje. When I left the house, at 6:oo p.m., I spread a hand before my face and, through slits betwen my fingers, glanced at the sun, whose light was fading. A light breeze had arisen and the early evening was very pleasant. After I glanced at the sun, I looked away, in the direction of Medjugorje, because I did not want my vision to be affected by direct observation of the sun. I did not see any "dark globes," but exactly at 6:20 I saw a huge red and violet cloud over Cerno. The cloud was massive and was moving in my direction at unusual - tremendous - speed, then hovered over the hill of Krizevac for one or two minutes, moved eastward, and seemed to sink to the earth. Because of the hills and trees between me and the cloud, I couldn't see what happened; so I ran to the upper floor of the rectory to have a better view. After the cloud disappeared from sight, I descended to the terrace between the rectory and the church. Precisely at 6:40, the red and violet figure of a magnificent lady arose from the hill of Crnica. The red and violet faded in intensity as she ascended in the sky; then she disappeared. The last thing I saw was a brilliant white scarf that dangled from her feet and swung in the air.

The vision of the lady ascending into the sky lasted about 30 seconds. This experience, I have no doubt, was supernatural. Therefore, it is a proof that the events in Medjugorje originate with God. I have given this much thought, and the following points (among many others) seem especially obvious and pertinent.

1. The skies on that early Tuesday evening were clear and absolutely cloudless - although I did not look toward the sun, so that my vision would not be affected. However, I have never seen a cloud, before or since, like the cloud that suddenly appeared over Cerno.

2. The figure that appeared in the sky was of a beautiful woman, which I saw sharply and clearly - unmistakably - and whom I must say was Our Lady.

3. The scarf or veil that dangled beneath her feet was whiter than the whitest snow.

4. The figure was that of a high-born woman.

5. Reason disallows mere coincidence and sensory vagaries. At the exact same time I saw what I have described above, Our Lady appeared to the children in a garden in Bijakovici.

I must conclude that I witnessed a miraculous sign: our heavenly Mother, whom the children see and talk with. (Excerpted from the book entitled "The Apparitions of Our Lady at Medjugorje" by Father Svetozar Kraljevic, pages 197-199.)

Who is Fr. Umberto Loncar? Fr. Loncar is a highly valued and well-thought-of Franciscan priest in the Province of Herzegovina. He was born in Posusje on June 6, 1922, where he attended primary school. He joined the Franciscans in 1940 and completed his theological studies in Zagreb, where he was ordained a priest on June 6, 1949 (his twenty-seventh birthday). Thereupon he spent a year in military service, after which he was assigned to Mostar and then to Konjic as associate pastor. He remained in Konjic till 1952, when he became pastor in Crnac. He was pastor in Cerin from 1959 to 1964, pastor in Humac from 1964 to 1970, and pastor in Posuski Gradac from 1970 to 1978, when he was sent to Gradnice. In 1988 he came to Cerin where he is now. At Humac, he was also guardian of the monastery from 1967 until he was assigned to Posuski Gradac. The testimony above is therefore the testimony of a well-respected priest.

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