We all deeply mourn the loss of Fr. Slavko Barbaric. He has been a great inspiration to millions of pilgrims. Rest in peace Father, you will surely be missed! You are in our prayers always.
Information sources, St. James Parish Medjugorje, Spirit Daily, journalist Jakob Marschner, and Medjugorje USA.
Every Friday Father Slavko faithfully lead pilgrims to the top of Cross Mountain, to celebrate The Way of the Cross. On Friday, November 24, 2000, it seemed to be no different, as some 70 pilgrims joined in for this weekly event. However this day would be different, effecting the emotions of millions of pilgrims around the world and leaving Medjugorje in a state of shock.
Don Gabriele Amorth is an exorcist in the diocese of Rome and the president of honour of the Association of Exorcists that he founded in 1990, and of which he was president until the year 2000. During his stay at Medjugorje in July 2002, he gave an interview to Fr. Dario Dodig.
Fr. Dario Dodig: Don Gabriele, you are exorcist in the diocese of Rome?
Don Gabriele Amorth: I am an exorcist in Rome and president of honour of the Association of Exorcists, which I founded. In the year 2000, we celebrated its 10th anniversary. I was 75 years old and I asked someone else to take over this duty. When Bishops are 75, they are retired, so I did the same!
Don Gabriele, would you be so kind as to tell us what is exorcism?
Exorcism is a public prayer of the Church done with the authority of the Church, because it is done by a priest named by the Bishop; it is a prayer for liberation from the demon, from the evil influence of the demon or of the evil provoked by the demon.
1. INTRODUCTION: NEW FORMS OF EVANGELICAL LIFE AS A GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND A "SIGN OF THE TIMES"
2. AN ATTEMPT TO POSITION THE SPIRITUAL MOVEMENTS
3. SPIRITUAL RENEWALS AS AN EXPRESSION OF "ECCLESIA SEMPER REFORMANDA"
4. COMMON LEADING ELEMENTS OF NEW SPIRITUAL MOVEMENTS
4.1 SPIRITUALITY AND EXPERIENCES IN FAITH
4.2 EVANGELISATION AND CATECHESIS
4.3 FELLOWSHIP AND FRATERNITY
4.4 TASKS IN THE WORLD AND MISSION
4.5 NEW RELATIONS OF LAITY AND OFFICE HOLDERS
4.6 A NEW FORM OF ECCLESIASTICISM
5. POSSIBLE DANGERS AND DIFFICULTIES IN THE NEW SPIRITUAL MOVEMENTS
5.1 SPIRITUAL ONE-SIDEDNESS
5.2 CLAIM OF EXCLUSIVITY OF SPECIFIC TENDENCIES
5.3 FLIGHT INTO THE INTIMACY OF A SMALL GROUP
5.4 A MIXTURE OF HUMAN DESIRES FOR REFORMATION AND THE IMPULSES OF THE SPIRIT
6. ENCOURAGEMENT AND COORDINATION OF THE LAY APOSTOLATE THROUGH THE PAPAL COUNCIL FOR THE LAITY
7. FINAL COMMENT: SPIRITUAL RENEWAL AS A LASTING MISSION OF ALL CHRISTIANS
MARY IS THE QUEEN OF THE PROPHETS
IN BIBLICAL REVELATION, FASTING IS CONNECTED WITH THE CALL TO PRAYER AND CONVERSION
FASTING AND PEACE PEACE IS A FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT.
FASTING AND PRAYER
In the message of May 25, 2001, Our Lady says:
" … pray and fast that God may give you peace … "
Praying and fasting for peace was the substance of the whole life of Fr. Slavko Barbaric, from the very day he entered in the service of the messages of Our Lady. In his last book: “Fast with the heart”, Fr. Slavko wrote especially on fasting and praying for peace. Let us read some passages from this book:
All the Prophets called for conversion, fasting and prayer as conditions for peace. She does not have any better or different means than those by which the Prophets called to peace, namely: conversion, prayer, fasting and firm faith.
In calling us to fast on two days a week, Mary remains in the tradition of her Israelite nation and reminds us of the multy-century tradition of the Eastern and the Western Church.
Our Lady appears to six visionaries, which can see her and talk with her during regular apparitions. During some of these apparitions, Our Lady gives messages. One of most frequented topics of these messages are appeals for prayers and love.
On June 24, 1981 at around 6pm six little children went outside of Medjugorje on a little hill named Podbrdo, or locally known as Crnica.
Those children were Ivanka Ivanković, Mirjana Dragičević, Vicka Ivanković, Ivan
Dragičević, Ivan Ivanković and Milka Pavlović. While there, they saw a beautiful, young woman holding a baby in her arms. She never said anything that day, but tried to show them with her hands to come closer to her. The children got very scared and ran away, although they all thought they saw Virgin Mary.
Supernatural signs are a method God has used throughout history to know Him and to bring His children to conversion. It is a way God speaks to us or to incite our hearts to believe and come to Him. Yet, Jesus once said:
“An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.”
Yet still, Our Lady says:
March 25, 1990
“…God wants to save you and sends you messages through men, nature, and so many things which can only help you to understand that you must change the direction of your life…”