In June 1981, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to six teenagers from the village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Every day the Gospa (the Croatian word for Our Lady) would appear to the children giving them messages for themselves, for the parish, and for the world – messages of peace and the need for conversion. Its been 38 years and Our Lady continues to give messages through the six visionaries (three of them continue to see Our Lady every day, the others once each month or year).

Sr. Emmanuel entered the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes in 1976 and has been living in Medjugorje since 1989. She has written numerous books and travels the world promoting the messages, miracles and happenings at Medjugorje. She visited India in November 2019.

Many youngsters today are searching for the purpose of their lives. How can they go about figuring out what God wants them to do?

There is one answer. You have a Creator who has a dream for your life. The plan of the Creator for your life is unique in the world. So, the best way to know God’s plan for your life is to grow closer to Jesus in prayer. Our Lady said very clearly, “Dear children, in prayer you will know the will of God”. The Lord will speak to your heart. Maybe He will give you some ideas through someone – for example when you see a very holy priest, you may think maybe priesthood is for you. It might be a sign from God but He will give the call to you in your heart. Mother Mary asks us to pray more and deeper, and from the heart. Once she asked a prayer group consisting of young people to pray only the ‘Our Father’ for one month, and to think when they prayed if there was any part of the prayer that made them uneasy. All found at least one thing they couldn’t pray from the heart. Our Lady asked them to take that phrase and work on it with help from the Holy Spirit, till they could pray the ‘Our Father’ with all their heart.

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Anu Pinheiro has been part of Jesus Youth since her college days.She lives in Cochin with her husband, Shelton and daughters - Andrea & Isabel.