Russia TLIG Magazine

T R U E L I F E I N G O D 10 Historic and Unique, that’s how we can describe the 11th pilgrimage of True Life in God in Russia, Sep- tember 2-10, 2017. It was a pilgrimage like no other, “the highlight of all other pilgrimages” as one of our bishops expressed. The theme was: “How to Bridge our Divisions.” The Lord has moved all of us with power, with a big step forward breaking down barriers and opening the way to new experiences according to His Divine purpose. For a few, in the beginning, our pilgrimage appeared as though the Lord was putting them to the test, testing whether their heart was open and whether their dialogues of so many years on love, peace, brotherhood and reconciliation, were sincere or not when faced now with the reality in this pilgrim- age, giving them a unique opportunity to prove them- selves. It was clear that God’s intention in this pil- grimage was not only for Christian Unity but it was beyond that, it was a Call for everyone from all sorts of creeds and backgrounds to come together, to share and find ways and remedies of how to bridge our divi- sions. It was to remind us that our Father in Heaven loves us all in the same way. Our Lady who appears in Medjugorje said at the question asked of her about non-Christians the following: “Tell everyone, that it is you who are divided on earth. The Muslims and the Orthodox, for the same reason as Catholics, are equal be- fore my Son and me. You are all my children. Certainly all religions are not equal, but all men are equal before God, as St. Paul says. It does not suffice to belong to the Catholic Church to be saved, but is necessary to respect the commandments of God in following ones [ sic ] conscience. True Life in God 11th Ecumenical and Interfaith Pilgrimage Russia 2017 Report Honouring Russian Orthodoxy How to Bridge our Divisions “you are all My People, no matter what creed or race, remember I am LOVE and I have created you all;” (TLIG Messages, May 1, 1989) “Russia will be the symbol of God’s Glory of God’s Mercy and Love her hymns and chants that are so sweet in Our ears, with her graceful movements, will rise up to heaven like incense;” (TLIG Messages , February 1, 1988) Those who are not Catholics are no less creatures made in the image of God, and destined to rejoin someday the House of the Father. Salvation is available to everyone, without exception .” (The Medjugorje Web, Appari- tions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje, 1984, #2602) And last, but not least, has not the Lord prophesied to Vassula: “I welcomed you, and swore an oath: ‘through this flow- er I will gather you together from different nations and different creeds and reveal to all of you My Fatherly Love and Mercy; . . .’ ” (TLIG Messages, February 12, 2000) This is a prophecy that has been accomplished like many others. D ay 1 – S aturday , S eptember 2, 2017 The pilgrims from 63 different countries and 16 dif- ferent denominations started to arrive in Moscow on that day. Those who had not seen one another for a long time or who only knew each other from email or social media had the opportunity to meet, chat, and get ready for the program the next day. Some of our guests were not able to attend our pilgrimage because they did not get their visas, or had to undergo last minute health issues, but they nevertheless sent us their speeches. In the evening, the Moscow TLIG prayer group met