Video: Words of encouragement from Medjugorje priest

“When everything is good, we forget about God.” -Fr. Marinko, Medjugorje

On March 19, 2020, the parish priest of Medjugorje, Fr. Marinko Sakota, broadcast this powerful message about the pandemic. Watch the video and read his words below.

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

Dear friends of Medjugorje, dear brothers and sisters throughout the world, all of you who are connected with Medjugorje through spirituality that our Heavenly Mother Mary, the Queen of Peace brings us here, I greet you all from the depth of my heart and wish to say a few words to you.

Today, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, we receive a message for all of us in this situation, and it is the message from life of St. Joseph and life of Mary. So, we wonder, what is the situation of Joseph? He is in a very difficult situation! He is to take Mary as his wife and she is now pregnant. He knows the child is not his and it is a very difficult situation, he does not know what to do! Joseph struggles, yet he is righteous for he does not remain with his own plans, thoughts and desires. He does not think that the only right thing is what he thinks, but he is opened. He is opened to God’s plans, God’s perspective. When the angel says to him: “Joseph, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife!”, he believes to the angel and he takes Mary to be his wife.

These words are so important today, dear friends, words important for us all and those words are: “Do not be afraid!” Angel says those words to Mary too: “Mary, do not be afraid! The Lord is with you!”

Those are the words angel says to Joseph: “Do not be afraid!”

And the Lord says the same words to us too! Do not be afraid!

Of course, there is fear, fear is also justified, we need to be careful, to take care and to be disciplined. We need to maintain the hygiene and this is also right and very important. However, we cannot do that in anxiety and in fear, but in faith! We need to have faith that the Lord is with us and we are His and all shall be well! This situation is a great opportunity for us, we can take it as something tragic, and in a way it is something hard, of course it is hard, but this is opportunity for us to get closer to Jesus. This is opportunity to return to God, to return to prayer, family, to those true values.

When everything is good, we forget about God. When all is good, we only seek for pleasure, entertainment, things that are good in material way and we forget what is needed, the only thing we need, what Jesus says to Martha, the only important thing! Now, this is that moment!

In this time we ask ourselves and we seek only for that one thing. Only that is important to us, to survive. We Christians do not observe in that sense, that this is the one thing, but we want to live with Christ. Now and in eternity! Now to live with Christ!

This is opportunity dear friends to pray the Rosary, to grasp the Rosary in our hands. Our Lady teaches us that the strength is in the Rosary, let us grasp the Rosary! Read the Word of God, fast, climb Apparition Hill, Cross Mountain, or in our own places to find way how to pray individually or in families, on our knees. Open your hands and open your heart to the Lord. Pray to Him that He may strengthen your faith, to strengthen your trust in Him, to increase your love and fortify your hope!  Pray to Him that the love of God may reign in your heart, that He may open your heart to get to know His love, the love of the Merciful Father who loves you unconditionally, to open to that sun and the warmth of His love.

This is opportunity, dear friends, to discover the Eucharist. There are those places and countries where the Eucharist is no longer celebrated for the public, for justified reasons to prevent people from moving around, to spend more time at home and to be able to be protected, so this disease and this epidemic is prevented in that way. Yet, for us this is opportunity to discover the Eucharist, to discover the value of the sacrament of the confession. For we have forgot about that or we got used to it, and now when we do not have it, may we all hunger for the Eucharist, love it ever so more, long for confessions and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

So, dear friends, this is the time of grace. It is a difficult time, but time of grace. Let us make use of this time! Let us believe to the Lord and His words – Do not be afraid! When this time is over, we would then have one great experience, the experience of having believed in a difficult time! This is what would carry us in our life and we would realise that it was possible, it was possible, yes it was possible! This is what Gospa has been teaching us! She does not remove obstacles from us, she does not say to us – I will take away all problems you have. No! She says – I wish to teach you how to be strong within, how to have strong faith, hope, love, so you would be able to endure in the hard moments, be patient, await in hope and faith.

Dear friends, this is what we wish for you from the depth of our hearts. This is opportunity for us to start living the messages of our Mother that she had been inviting us for so many years. Let us make use of this time, let us start!

20 thoughts on “Video: Words of encouragement from Medjugorje priest”

  1. AMEN. People have forgotten their place in this world, and forgot who gave his life to save ours, our Loving, Gracious, Jesus Christ. And yes our Mother Mary has been trying to get the attention of the people for many, many years, to find true Love and Salvation in her Loving Son Jesus Christ. Everyone needs to get on their knees and pray to our Loving Messiah and Savior, and not just through this bad time, but everyday, for the rest of your Lives. And change the lost world to a Loving, caring place to where Jesus would be proud to call us his Children. And also, pray to our Loving Mother Mary, the Immaculate Conception, for being here for all of us and praying for us. Maybe it’s not to late to turn this around. God, Bless us all, and be with us all. AMEN

    • Praise Be To Jesus and Mary!
      Thank you to all the priests of Medjugorje and those that have led pilgrimages. We know now we have to trust and turn to Our Lord and Our Lady now more than ever. Praying for miracles of conversions in abundance. Open our eyes and our ears Lord so we can grow more in love with You. We beg our Lady to give us the grace to see our sins and to have the grace to repent. “Be not afraid” is difficult in unknown times but may we all have the courage to stand tall with our rosaries in our hands and be Our Ladies prayer warriors in this battle. Jesus and Mary, We entrust our souls to You. Amen

    • This pandemic is a wake up call to stop being cruel to animals, we need to share this planet with animals. It has started from China, a country that soares no living beings. I hope we get cured and this phase will nake ys wiser and kinder. Gid, please save us and enlighten mankind

      • It is NOT a wake up call to be kinder to animals it is a wake up call for all humans to be kinder to humans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You do NOT get to heaven by being kinder to animals (I do love animals too but lets be real!!) you get to heaven by loving one another as Christ has loved us. Please get your priorities in order!!!

        • True Therese
          . But yes we do have to be kinder to all living creatures and our planet as St Francis taught us.. Another reason why this pandemic has come about.

  2. Praise Jesus!
    In the middle of this storm we can still hear words of hope!
    Ongoing “Fear” is the born of lies through social media.
    May our Lady and St Joseph help us to discern the divine voice of their Son and live it.

  3. Let’us pray to: Blessed Virgin Mary Saint Joseph and their Son Jesus, are “The Sacred Family”, They’ll are our heavenly Sacred Family
    We shouldn’t be afraid, let us also pray to: “God The Father God The Son And God The Holly Spirit” then, by praying so, whom shall we fear? Faith is a gift!

  4. Thank you Mother Mary for teaching us how to be strong during hard times and always follow your son having faith in our hope for salvation. I pray for endurance thru this panedemic to end soon. Amen

  5. Our lady told mirjana, that She would no longer appear to her on the 2nd of each month. Our Lady has been appearing to mirjana for several years. HER MESSAGE WAS FOR UNBELIEVERS. Perhaps She decided Her messages were in vain after all this time! Our Lady has given ten secrets to the six visionaries. One of those messages was a chastisement. Is it possible this corona virus is a chastisement???

  6. Thank you for these words of encouragement. I was getting discouraged and upset that we are being deprived of Holy Mass and the Eucharist, but your words about St. Joseph being righteous and doing what was in God’s plans. I’m reminded that this is all under God’s plan and protection. Thank you Holy Spirit, Guardian Angel, Mother Mary for guiding me to this site.
    Barbara, AZ

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