Today we are surrounded with various means of communication. If we merely want it, we are able to be in contact with someone who is at the end of the earth. Of itself, what does that change in our life? Little or nothing! It is not important to be able merely to hear someone, but also to want it, that is, to be capable of it.
The capacity to hear someone, to receive him into one's soul, is, sad to say, not really one of our virtues in everyday life. There are many reasons for that, but one of the most important is our everyday busyness. Only then in that moment when we are physically prevented from hurrying, do we recognize that it also is really not all the important. It is much more important to feel that someone loves you, that he desires to be with you in the most difficult moments. Someone's behavior like that toward us, I dare say, was not born in him just exactly when things became difficult for me. Those moments when we were ready to hear and understand another, are the moments when we aroused love in the other toward us. No one, namely, likes a selfish man. On the contrary, everyone will approach a person of good will. Our Lady with her own speech is encouraging us to that.
On June 24, 1996 a "Peace March", the fifth in a row, will be held. It will start at 6:45 am in front of the Franciscan monastery in Humac with a prayer and a blessing of the pilgrims. Departure for Medjugorje is at 7 am. Upon arriving in Medjugorje the pilgrims will assemble in front of the church for a short community prayer.
The "Peace march" is an idea that was generated in the hearts of Medjugorje pilgrims and friends of Medjugorje in the most intense days of the war in 1992. That prayer march of 13 kilometers is the answer to non-peace, violence, and hatred and an impulse toward authentic peace and reconciliation.
International Soldiers' Pilgrimage
The Soldiers' Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Queen of Peace is already becoming traditional. It originated two years ago with the desire of Croatian soldiers from Herceg-Bosna, in spite of terrible events of war, to come to their Mother and thank her for her love and care. The custom arose that this day be the first Saturday in the month of June.
With the suspension of the dangers of war the possibility was created for soldiers of other nations also to be present in the shrine on that day. The conclusion was reached that it be international. Therefore, we desire to re-establish ties with those who wish to come. We request them to notify us as soon as possible, regardless of their intention to come this year or only in coming years.
With the signing of the cease fire for these territories of ours, the increased number of pilgrims coming to Medjugorje has been perceptibly felt. A confirmation of that is also the increased number of Holy Communions distributed in the first months of this year. In April alone 72,000 Holy Communions were distributed.
And there are still also those who are continuously expressing interest about the possibility of coming to Medjugorje. So we hereby announce that pilgrimage to Medjugorje has become completely safe. The safest way to Medjugorje is through the Republic of Croatia, that is, by air or ferry boat to Split or by the Adriatic coastal road through Split to Medjugorje.
CENTERS OF PEACE
The association SERVANTS OF THE QUEEN ("SERVOS DA RAINHA"), Brasilia, Brazil was founded December 8, 1990. The spiritual director is Fr. Pedro Antonio Bach, and the president of the Association is Reinaldo Pinheiro. The Association is occupied exclusively with spreading the messages which Our Lady is giving in Medjugorje. The "Servants of the Queen" spread the message of the Queen of Peace in various ways and means: a booklet with the messages (more than 1,000,000 copies printed), a bulletin (200,000 copies printed monthly), books and other publications, video and audio cassettes, conferences, prayer meetings and pilgrimages to Medjugorje.
Published by : INFORMATIVNI CENTAR MIR - Svetiste Kraljice mira
(Information Center MIR - Shrine of the Queen of Peace),
88266 Medjugorje, BiH, fax number: +387-88-642-339.
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Last Modified 05/22/96