By: Marion Webber
Medjujgorje; A place like no other. A place where every nationality can come together to pray together, eat together, live together, love together. Where an entire village is together for one purpose……
It started on June 24, 1981. It was a normal day in a little town called Herzegovina, in the former Yugoslavia. The name Medjugorje is Slavik and means “area between two mountains.”
The true story takes place in the Bijakovici section of Medjugorje. On the afternoon of June 24, 1981 two girls, Ivanka Ivankovic, age 15 and Mirjana Dragicevic, age 16, were returning home from a walk. Looking toward the hill called Podro, Ivanka saw a bright silhouette of a woman. She said to Mirjana, “It is the Gospa!” (Our Lady).
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On June 25, the two girls returned to the hill with four others. Their names are Vicka Ivandovic, age 16, Ivan Dragivevic, age 16, Marija Pavlovic, age 16, and Jakov Colo, age 10. A figure in white was calling them to come up the hill. The children were somehow transported in some mysterious way to a beautiful Lady who calls herself, the Queen of Peace. The hill is full of thorns and brambles and to get up the hill quickly is impossible. A track star who was there that day said he could not even begin to climb the hill at that speed. Everyone was amazed at how fast they got to the top of the hill. Through these 6 visionaries Our Lady gives messages for the whole world. To this date, The Queen of Peace has left thousands of messages. At first, the messages were almost daily. Now, for the past several years, they come on the 25th of each month. Also on the second of the month Mirjana receives a message for unbelievers, or as Our Lady says “for those who do not yet know the love of God.”
This area was under communist rule back in 1981. The children were arrested and taken in custody for saying that they were seeing these “apparitions.” The “visionaries” were tested during apparitions and had no reaction to being touched. They were subjected to many scientific tests even during the apparitions and the findings are well documented. When they are with Our Lady they feel they are outside time and space.
Our Lady has been giving secrets to the visionaries. Each visionary will receive ten secrets. Once all the six visionaries know all ten of the secrets they will begin to happen in the world. At this time three of the visionaries know ten of the secrets and three of them know nine of the secrets. The secrets pertain to the visionaries themselves, to the Church, to all of humanity and to everyone in the whole world and to Medjugorje. The ninth and tenth secrets are grave matters. They are a chastisement for the sins of the world. The chastisement can be mitigated by prayers and penance. It cannot be suppressed.
A part of the third secret is that there will be a permanent sign on the top of the mountain where Our Lady appeared. It will be indestructible, permanent and beautiful. It will be something never before seen on earth. When asked, Ivan said he would be alive when it happens. Ivan is 52 years old now. Before this sign there will be three warnings to the world. The warnings will be warnings on the earth. Mirjana will witness them. Three days before one of these warnings, she will advize a priest of her choice. Mirjana’s testimony will be a confirmation of the apparitions and an incentive for the conversion of the world. After these warnings, the visible sign will be given for all humanity at the place of the apparitions in Medjugorje. After the first warning, the others will follow within a rather short period of time. Mirjana’s apparitions take place at the blue cross at the base of Mt. Padro.
Thousands of visitors go to Medjugorje everyday. Some pilgrims reported seeing the sun spin and being able to look at it without pain or eye damage. Others say that their rosaries turned gold colored. Still others say that remarkable physical or spiritual/moral healings had taken place.
Medjugorje is like no other place. What is called apparition hill is not really a hill but a mountain. It is solid rock. Everyday people climb to the spot where Our Lady first appeared. Day and night, many barefoot, young and old alike. There is another mountain called Mt. “Krizevac” which means “Mount of the Cross.” It is the highest mountain in Medjugorje, much higher and much harder to climb. On top of the mountain a huge cross was erected in 1934. It was built in remembrance of the 1900 years since the death of Jesus. During construction of the 16 ton cross, the parishioners carried up all the materials, cement, sand, water, tools, etc., in memory of Christ’s way of the cross. A relic of the true cross was given from Pope Pius X of Rome and built into this cross. The relic came from the larger part of the true cross that remains in the church of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem, in Rome. On the cross is written, “To Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the human race, as a sign of their faith, love, and hope,” in remembrance of the 1900 years since the death of Jesus.”
Since this cross was erected, the village which was hit with hail and ruined their crops that the people depended on, never again was ruined with hail. Even today when a storm approaches, the bells of the church ring to remind people of this event.
There are endless stories of this miraculous place. To me, to sit with thousands of people at the International Mass in the evening is a miracle in itself. Everyone hears the Holy Mass in their own language on their little radios. We all pray the same prayers, know the same signs, when to kneel, stand…from every corner of the world. How is it that we can do this in this little village, unlike anywhere in the world, and when we go home it’s so different? Who can understand this place? To sit up on a mountain after climbing what seems impossible and look down over the village is a feeling that you can only experience if you are there. I have seen wheel chair bound people being carried up in a special chair with four long arms, four strong men carrying it. Carrying yourself is almost impossible, but here, where faith is so strong, nothing is impossible.
When you start up the mountain, you choose a rock to take with you. It symbolizes the things you want to let go of in your life. When you reach the top, you leave it there! You leave that part of your life behind. You surrender it there at the foot of the cross. There is a great sense of peace with this little act of faith and trust.
At 6:40 p.m. in the village the church bells ring. It is time for Our Lady’s apparition. No matter where you are in the town, everyone kneels for a brief time to welcome The Queen of Peace to their village. I had an opportunity to be with Marija at several of her apparitions. One time I was kneeling directly in front of her. At that moment all prayer ceases and she looks up and talks to Our Lady. Her lips move, she has expressions as if talking to me in front of her, but you cannot hear anything, she is talking to Our Lady. It really is an experience to see this occur right in front of your eyes.
I have stayed with Marjana in her home. She waited on us just the same as the rest of the family. She washed down the stairs and did work like anyone else. You would never know who she was if you didn’t know her personally. I was on the mountain with her several times when she had her second of the month apparitions. I was also present at Vicka’s house. She prayed over all the people there many times. Her health is really bad right now from people pulling on her and her back is in terrible shape. Ivan also visited our little church in Memphis, MI. He had his apparaition in our church. We had a beautiful night. We sang the song of Medjugorje, and Ivan spoke of how it reminded him of being back in Medjugorje because of the beautiful music, and the prayerful people.
Our Lady’s Second of the month Message given to Mirjana June 2, 2017
“Dear Children, as in the other places where I have come to you, also here I am calling you to prayer. Pray for those who do not know my Son, for those who have not come to know the love of God, against sin, for the consecrated – for those whom my Son called to have love and the spirit of strength for you, for the Church. Pray to my Son, and the love which you experience from His nearness will give you the strength to make you ready for the works of love which you will do in His name. My children, be ready. This time is a turning point. That is why I am calling you anew to faith and hope. I am showing you the way by which you need to go, and those are the words of the Gospel. Apostles of my love, the world is in such need of your arms raised toward Heaven, towards my Son, towards the Heavenly Father. Much humility and purity of heart are needed. Have trust in my Son and know that you can always be better. My motherly heart desires for you, apostles of my love, to be little lights of the world, to illuminate there where darkness wants to begin to reign, to show the true way by your prayer and love, to save souls. I am with you. Thank you.”
Life is simple in Medjugorje, or it used to be. At the beginning of the apparitions, there were cows, chickens, and sheep grazing on the lands. You could hear the roosters crowing early in the morning. There was no television, bicycles, or hardly a tractor. When the second place that I stayed was being built the cement was lifted up in wheel barrows to the upper floors. Yet the places to stay are beautiful. Since so many pilgrims come, more opportunity has come also to the village. Now there are bikes for the kids and television and all the amenities you have at home. Even air conditioning! But life is still simple. Many of the locals have gift stores, and the little land left between motels is still planted with potatoes, tomatoes and there are many grape vineyards. It is still quaint and quiet if you get away from the hustle of the main street where all the commercial activities take place.
Lately the pope has sent an envoy to Medjugorje which included Archbishop Henryk Hoser. He came away filled with joy over what happens in Medjugorje. He said, “You can say to the whole world that there is a light with Medjugorje and you can find the light again. We need these spots of light in a world that is going down to darkness. So, friends, be carriers of the joyful news!” This June 25, 2017 the Apparitions will be going on for 36 years. Daily Our Lady has been appearing on this earth, and yet still so many do not know. Look it up! Go there. Don’t miss out on this special time we live in. It will not go on forever!
So it is up to you to believe or not. No one has to believe. It’s your free will. I have been there thirteen times. Obviously I believe. Words really can’t explain this place. What is your opinion? Have you been there? I would love to hear from you!
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