October 16, 2013 A.D.
The world speaks of finding peace one way, Our Lady of Medjugorje, the Queen of Peace has shown us that many times we find peace in other ways, more sublime...
Following is an excerpt from a Caritas Newsletter written to our Field Angels in November, 1995. It shows how many times we find peace in the most unlikely places and ways:
It is interesting to note that Our Lady said these words the third day of the apparitions. Marija, walking down the hill, mysteriously was physically pushed to the side and shown by Our Lady a cross, pointing to it saying, “Peace, peace, peace.” Is it not strange that the violence of the cross, blood, torn flesh, a terrible atrocity is shown by Our Lady to represent peace?
“This important lesson teaches many things. When we struggle and are in the midst of turmoil, it is then that we turn to prayer the most, seeking peace. And so, it is these struggles that will give way to peace, just as Jesus’ cross brought us peace. Strange that, peace can be experienced the greatest in the heart even when fire surrounds us. One man, who was praying on Apparition Mountain three years ago, relays:
“I was looking over the village of Medjugorje toward late afternoon when out of the corner of my eye, I saw a streak moving silently above the ground. It was low enough that I, sitting on Apparition Mountain, was higher in altitude. By the time I focused and realized what it was, it was to my right, stunning, silent, eerily peaceful. It came from the direction of the cross and was now turning, disappearing behind Apparition Mountain. As I focused, the sound hit me. It was a Serbian fighter jet thundering through. Within a few moments, behind Apparition Mountain, bombs went off. I sat there, unafraid, on the spot of Our Lady’s podium, where so frequently She’s called the world to peace. I experienced peace to such a degree it was as though I was immersed in it. The contrast of both spectrums was to such a degree that I would never trade the experience for anything.”
“Many times we experience the greatest peace in the midst of trials, suffering, persecution, etc. The contrast is so vast that it is easily distinguishable. Struggles and conflicts are sometimes the greatest contributors to peace because they put us on our knees, and through these strong prayers from the heart, we receive the grace of peace in our hearts which eventually leads to peace in our surroundings.”