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

Friday, September 24, 2010

A MESSAGE OF PEACE FROM MEDJUGORJE

There was fear and uncertainty. In 1980 the great dictator died. What was going to happen to this artificial formulation he held under foot until the end? What was going to happen with divided Europe? Who could have foreseen that the incredible democratic changes, which began in 1989 with the fall of the Berlin wall, were going to happen? The good Mother is always vigilant over the destiny of Her children. A group of young people claimed how She came to them on June 24, 1981 in Medjugorje and continued to speak to them, almost every day, bringing the message of the Gospel, calling to peace, prayer, penance and conversion. At a time when peace in the world and in human hearts was jeopardized, according to the witness of the visionaries, Our Lady of Medjugorje introduced Herself as the "Queen of Peace". All goodness is actually contained in peace and God's people obtain it from Christ, its inexhaustible source. Peace is a fruit of justice and a deed of love. Our Lady in Medjugorje attracts people from all over the world who yearn for peace. Many confess, reconcile with God, with the community and with themselves; they return to prayer, embrace fasting and other forms of penance.

With Her messages Our Lady in Medjugorje directs God's people to the core of the Revelation contained in the Gospel. She calls to conversion, fasting and prayer. The faithful achieve true conversion and genuine peace through faith which is often exposed to temptation.

Peace can also be reached through fasting and helps the faithful to gain self-control. Peace can also be achieved through prayer by which faith is brought to life and without which great upheavals occur in the world.

Our Lady does not bring a new revelation to the world, or some new truths of faith that were as of yet unknown. In Medjugorje, as in Lourdes and in Fatima, in the center of the apparitions is the message of the gospel. The Mother of Jesus reminds Christians of the eternals truths, invites them to intensify their faith and to revive hope and strengthen love. Private revelations do not comprise the essential core of faith, nor do they intend to expand the "official revelation". Our Lady's apparitions contemporize Christ's message in a specific time and place. Our Lady continues to to be in the service of the gospel and of human salvation. The Mother's message is an encouragement and a call to give the Gospel its true meaning in the life of the faithful. Togetherness with God is a source of peace and togetherness with others. Our's Lady's apparitions are in the service of the work of salvation. They are a particular sign of Mary's presence in the Church and Her concern for the community of the faithful. Apparitions have always been connected with the needs of the Church and have always served in Its renewal in faithfulness to Christ and His Gospel - Father Petar Lubina OFM, Split.

This article is taken from the beautiful book entitled "Medjugorje" (Information center "MIR" Medjugorje).

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