This book is the first of the four volumes of sermons and discourses given by Fr. Slavko Barbaric and Fr. Tomislav Vlasic during 1984 - 1987 in Medjugorje, and contains talks given from Easter until December 1984.
All chapters of this book are now included
It is also important to accept the messages with an opening of heart. During the whole of this period Our Lady has always repeated: "Pray and fast. Be converted"
This is enough: but it has to be put into practice. So I tell you that the messages can only be accepted in an authentic way if people open their hearts and start out on the path of the messages. Without prayer as a means of searching for God we cannot discover the value of these messages
Last time a group asked me some questions about the type of prayer. I must tell you that at the root of prayer lies a searching for God. There can be many different forms of prayer but we must place God at the centre, seek Him and try to understand His plan at this moment in history and to put it into practice
There are different methods of prayer, different levels : there is a prayer that is cried aloud whenwe are in difficulty, prayer of meditation, communicated prayer. There are many different forms, but the essential is to unite ourselves to the Divine Word, to root it in our hearts so as to put it into practice. I could recite a thousand prayers during the day without desiring God. This is very dangerous; I must discover God in my prayers because God desires my heart in a concrete way. If I open the Gospel and the Gospel tells me "do not be worried" then I must go towards these words in order to assimilate them. If I pray all day in a worried way, without changing, while God repeats : "Do not worry, I am with you", it means I am praying in the wrong way
Union with God comes through the Gospel, because the Words of the Gospel are quite clear and concrete
(Fr. Tomislav Vlasic - 19th June 1984, to a group of priests)
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