|Sunday, 12-Oct-2008 03:24
An Oasis of Peace - Fr Luigi Ferrari & Marcel Stoessel
When I have spare moments, I will google Medjugorje to see what others are blogging about this sacred place. Tonight, in three blogs, I came across these words penned by a Father Luigi Ferrari.
His words sum up my own experience there with eloquence and exquisite precision:
HEARTS CHANGE AT MEDJUGORJE
• There are some places and some people in life that ‘mark’ you forever. Once you have come in contact with them, they revive in you everything that seemed buried within your heart forever. Then you recapture a life full of joy, serenity, and purpose.
You understand the reason you are living, where you have come from, and where you are going. You take your life back into your hands with vigour. You rediscover a design of love in your life that trials and difficulties have buried. Then you feel like a new person, and even others are aware that something has changed your life.
• The place that has ‘marked’ me and millions of other people is called Medjugorje. It is different from other places because there is a ‘Presence’ there that you do not see but whose effects and benefits you gather. It is a Presence that speaks to our hearts and manifests itself in a personal manner for each one of us. This presence is Mary the Mother of God.
In Medjugorje we discover that this mother, the Queen of Peace, wants to enter our lives. That is the reason she says to us: “Dear Children, accept me in your lives, because I desire to bestow my love upon you.”
~ Fr Luigi Ferrari
I also came across the following account by a person who, like my husband and I, went to Medjugorje as non-Catholics. Marcel Stoessel, a Swiss journalist and observer for the United Nations, is Protestant; he writes:
I am living to its fullest
This one wild and mysterious life.
And I am
All I can be
To others and to me.
He was in Medjugorje in 1999 while war was waging all about that little village. He too experienced the peace that is there and refers to Medjugorje as "an oasis of peace." Indeed, that it was then, and still is now.
>> http://www.stoessel.ch/bosnia/medjugorje.htm(Medjugorje: An Oasis of Peace by Marcel Stoessel)
I also like Marcel's traveling tips; they contain lots of common-sense and much wisdom: http://www.stoessel.ch/travel.htm(http://www.stoessel.ch/travel.htm)