Franciscans from the province of St. Casimir in Lithuania came in Medjugorje for six-day spiritual retreat that is conducted by Fr. Miljenko Steko. Their Provincial Fr. Astijus Kungys is with them and this is his first visit to Medjugorje. In their interview at Radio Station Mir Medjugorje they said how they came to pray and to seek for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary that she may intercede and guide them during the elections in their Province that will take place next January. “Christianity began with the Blessed Virgin Mary when she said her Fiat, through the Holy Spirit and through Mary’s Yes, Jesus was born. That is why we wanted to come to our Mother, to learn from her how to be humble and opened to God’s spirit, how to say our own Fiat every single day. May it be to me according to Thy will! Another reason why we wanted to come here is because Franciscans work in this parish and we wanted to meet their experience. What we encountered here is so simple – traditional prayers: Adoration, Way of the Cross, Rosary, Litanies. It is wonderful to be simple!” said Fr. Astijus Kungys.
They could see how many people are looking for miracles in Medjugorje, and when they do not see any miracles, they come to the church where Franciscans pray Rosary and celebrate Holy Mass with the community. When they start praying with the community, the miracle takes place in them. The miracle begins with the prayer – Provincial from Lithuania emphasised. “What is important is to be in union with God, without prayer, one cannot feel God in his life. In Medjugorje church I saw genuine community – God and people are united, united through the prayer. Medjugorje is a holy place for me because it is a place of prayer. My heart is filled with grace because I discovered that true life received Living Water through simple things.”
Their spiritual exercise finished on Sunday, November 11, 2012 and these Franciscans will return to Lithuania by bus, completely strengthened in their spirits.