About the Author
Fr Slavko Barbarić, OFM, was born near Medjugorje in 1946. He was ordained a priest in 1971. He studied philosophy and pastoral theology in Sarajevo and Schwaz (Austria) and obtained his master’s degree in 1973 in Graz, Austria. He gained his doctorate in religious education in 1982 in Freiburg, Germany.
Fr Slavko began working with the pilgrims in Medjugorje in January 1982. He conducted numerous retreats and tirelessly spoke about the events of Medjugorje all over the world. He wrote many articles for various publications and is the author of many books on the spirituality of Medjugorje. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Fr Slavko died on November 24, 2000, at 3.30 PM, on Mount Križevac (Cross Mountain) in Medjugorje, after having prayed the Stations of the Cross with the parishioners.
About This Book
Although it may sound unusual, it is true: our time is a time of prayer. The people of our time, who are always in a hurry, do stop to pray after all. They do so because they feel an instinctive need to talk to God, to tell Him what they are unable to tell someone else, not even their dearest friends, because they know that God is the closest and most intimate friend a person can have. Therefore, dear reader, if you want to be close to and more intimate with our greatest friend, Jesus Christ, then stop and reflect on this book. It will teach you in a simple way to pray and to love God and your neighbour.
We have read many books about prayer. This book is a prayer. This book does not deal with how we should pray, but prays, as every Christian should pray – from heart to heart, from soul to soul, from the painful cry of a wretched man to the merciful response of the God-man.
The Author Speaks
In this book you will read that Our Lady invites you to pray before the Cross and before the Blessed Sacrament. She also invites you to confess well, to prepare yourself well for Holy Mass and to give thanks after it. You will find messages urging you to consecrate yourself to God through the hands of the Virgin Mary. To consecrate oneself to God means to decide every day for love, forgiveness and mercy, to decide against evil and sin, against Satan and all his deeds, as well as against all collaboration with him.
Every prayer could be finished in haste; we can “say” all our prayers, but without having met Jesus and Mary. If we do this, there is a danger of wasting our time and never coming to like prayer. Therefore, it is important to take time for prayer.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Prayer of Consecration to Our Lady
The Marian Rosary
The Rosary of Peace
The Jesus Rosary
Prayer before Confession
Prayer on Fast Days
Adoration of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
Veneration of the Holy Cross
The Way of the Cross
Prayer before Mass
Thanksgiving after Holy Mass
Prayers for Healing
Author: Fr Slavko Barbarić
Original language: Croatian
Translation / Review: Lidija Paris / Fr Leon Pereira O.P.
Edited in 2017
Size: 195 x 120