Many years ago, a Friend of Medjugorje recorded one of his first and most profound lessons that he learned when he began his walk with Our Lady of Medjugorje in the mid-1980’s. The following is taken from his short book, written in 2006, How the Early Church Learned…
“In looking at the Holy Scriptures, I began to see so many parallels between the events that took place 2,000 years ago when Jesus walked the earth and Medjugorje today. The Holy Scriptures, indeed, help us to understand the profoundness of Medjugorje. One of the lessons we learned involves St. Paul, and it helped me to make the best decision concerning our formation at Caritas.
St. Paul, after being knocked off his horse and converted to Jesus, did not go out immediately to the people to begin preaching, rather he went into prayer and formation for eight or possibly twelve years. Evidently, he did this because he realized that a spiritual formation was necessary before he would adequately be able to spread Christ’s messages of love, peace, and reconciliation. St. Paul had to learn and experience the ways of Christ on a personal level before he could teach others this new way of living.
When it came time for St. Paul to speak, he did so with authority, strength, and conviction because he was living what he preached. He had more than just words to offer the people. He gave, with his life, proof that Jesus truly is the Way because St. Paul’s life witnessed to the authenticity of Jesus’ own words and example.
Our Lady’s messages show us that She allowed necessary formation and before telling the visionaries, the parish, and others to take action. The January 25, 1987, message is a good example:
“Dear children, behold, also today I want to call you to start living a new life as of today…”
Our Lady, who for six years had guided them, then called them to “start” living a “new life”—six years after the apparitions started. What had they been doing for six years? Through Our Lady, they were receiving spiritual formation, slowly learning to live the messages.”
by a Friend of Medjugorje, 2006
It is good to look back on your personal conversion story—your “St. Paul moment,” that led you to a much more serious commitment in living your faith. For millions like a Friend of Medjugorje, Medjugorje was the touchstone of their conversion, a call from Our Lady to deepen their love for God, especially through what He is offering man through Our Lady’s apparitions.
What You Are in Love With…Will Affect Everything is one such conversion story by a bishop visiting Medjugorje that a Friend of Medjugorje recorded years ago. The intimate encounters with Our Lady upon souls in Medjugorje open the heart to grace, and many who would normally be reticent, find themselves sharing intimate events of their own walk with Jesus and Our Lady. It is the willingness to be real and vulnerable that breaks open other hearts to grace. One conversion begets another conversion. A Friend of Medjugorje once said, “Conversion is the air one breathes in Medjugorje.” Read What You are in Love With…Will Affect Everything, and you will understand.
A Free Download of a Friend of Medjugorje’s writing is available here: How the Early Church Learned…