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T R U E L I F E I N G O D 42 Vassula’s First Speech Now we are trying to find the key to bridge our divisions among different faiths. My question is, how are we to find that bridge that will transform us to the point that we can bring peace in the world,when in our own Christian circles, we are still debating, disputing and keeping our Churches divided? Indeed, what we are all in search of is beyond our human capacity. ‘How to bridge our divisions and bring peace to the world?’ And what is that sort of Bridge? Unless God intervenes, I can’t see that on our own we are able to reach permanent solutions and resolve our divisions andput an end to them. But,I like when Jesus says:‘Do your best and I shall do the rest.’ That’s a tone of hope here. And so, what I do believe is that itwill be onlyby theMightyHandofGod that can unite us; we need amiracle! And I believe inmiracles and that God is able to bring us all together. But that does not mean that we must just sit there and take it easy and relax and wait for amiracle to drop from Heaven. The Lord wants us to work with sincerity, sacrifice and love. God’s Calling is an urgent call, calling us all to rediscover Him; He is calling us to rediscover Him by dying to self and ego, and not through administrative reforms, no! We have to allowGod to reveal Himself in our hearts in an intimate way. Here,among us,we have a rather biggish group ofChristians from different Churches, and of which I belong to one of them. In the last few years during our pilgrimages, we, who came from 23 different Church denominations actually put into practice the so longed unity in diversity that has been a perpetual dialogue between Churches for many years and still is. Inspiredby theSpirit ofGod,suddenly somethinghappened, we did not see our differences anymore and we became one, sharing around one Altar the Holy Eucharist. These were sublimemoments of brotherly love and of sharing,glorifying God. We had a foretaste of what unity will be like, and the words of unity we were expressing in our dialogues for so many years took shape and form and became alive and were not anymore read only on a printed page but became visible and tangible. So everything is possible with God, if we obtain His favour and if we ask Him! Faith and trust in God is crucial. True faith makes us see through the Light of God that everyone around us is indeed a brother or a sister to us, loved by the Almighty God. So let our faith in God augment and make us confident and bold enough to approachGod askingHim with determination for His help,and for amiracle. Butthen,GodinexchangeforHisfavorwillaskfirstofallfrom us,tohearourcryofrepentance.Toacknowledgethatwehave been unethical and lacking respect in our behavior towards eachother,disrespectful of others’beliefs andtraditions,failing to be transparent, failing to admit our failures; failing to have spoken up about dictatorial leadership which are causes of extreme violence, and sufferings in our world;He will demand from us to die to our ego, once and for all, to our pride and prejudices; He will ask for sacrificial love, and to turn our lives into an unceasing prayer, but above all,He will ask us to live the greatest 2Commandments of the Law,and that is ‘to truly love the Lord our Godwith all our heart,with all our soul andwith all our mind. ’ And ‘to love our neighbor as our self.’ Then,whenGod will see our sincere heart,HisMajesty will cover us withHis graces andHe will anoint us and show us the way.And,He will do themiracle. In Sura XXII (22) called the Pilgrimage in section 10 verse 77 and 78 it iswritten“Adore your Lord and do good.” “Be awitness formankind! So establish regular prayer, give regular charity and hold fast to Allah.” In short, what God our Lord wants from us is to become the Living Image of His Deity, that has no trace of darkness for He is the Alpha and the Omega, and that we should realize that alone we can do nothing, but with God on our side, the impossible will become possible. And so I’ll end up by saying, that it’s God or nothing! So let prayer be our Sword against Satan who delights in our division and our destruction. And God will give us the necessaryLight to illumineourmindandsoul toshowus that theBridge ofUnity is there,but in our darknesswe are failing to see it! It is a Bridge made out of Heavenly Sapphires that represent all theVirtues. The moment we will truly repent of our innumerable sins, God will forgive us and in His Forgiveness He will restore our sight to be worthy to see that Bridge that brings peace to the world and into the reality of God. Glory be to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask,or imagine! How to bridge our divisions and bring peace to the world