Yet there is no better will, more lovingly planned for our full happiness, than the will of the Father, he emphasized.
“We often fear this will because we are afraid that God might impose something on us out of sheer will and not for our good; we are afraid that accepting his will means giving up our freedom,” he said. “We must, instead, seek intensely, ask God the Father to make his will known to us and ask that it be done in us.”
“And the deepest reason for desiring it is pointed out to us by Jesus himself: Doing the Father’s will makes us his children, brothers, sisters, mothers, and makes us grow in love toward him and toward others.”
The alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje occurred to six children beginning on June 24, 1981.
According to the alleged visionaries, the apparitions conveyed a message of peace for the world, a call to conversion, prayer, and fasting, as well as certain secrets surrounding events to be fulfilled in the future.
These apparitions are said to have continued almost daily since their first occurrence, with three of the original six children — now adults — continuing to receive apparitions every afternoon because not all of the “secrets” intended for them have been revealed.
Since their beginning, the alleged apparitions have been a source of controversy and conversion, with many flocking to the city for pilgrimage and prayer, while many others claim the visions are not credible.
In January 2014, a Vatican commission ended a nearly four-year-long investigation into the doctrinal and disciplinary aspects of the Medjugorje apparitions.
Pope Francis granted Catholics permission to organize pilgrimages to Medjugorje in 2019, though the Church has not yet given a verdict on the authenticity of the apparitions. The pope has sent annual messages to the Medjugorje Youth Festival since 2020.