The Apparitions of Our Lady of Medjugorje
In the history of Marian apparitions, many countries
have recorded miraculous events that have involved both individuals
and crowds of witnesses. It’s on record, then, for believers and
non-believers, that these events have actually occurred.
Until recent times these Marian apparitions belonged to the
distant past. The apparitions at the famous shrine of Lourdes, for
example, took place over 100 years ago. Events that happened in the
past are questionable to many people and it’s understandable for
them to lack belief in all that supposedly happened. Apparitions in
the present day, then, would give them the opportunity to evaluate
and may help them believe.
In June 1981, in a small village in Bosnia called
Medjugorje, the Blessed Virgin Mary was reported to have been
appearing to six visionaries. Amazingly, these appearances have
continued since then to the present day on a daily basis. The
millions of people who have visited the village and witnessed these
events over the best part of three decades can attest to the many
wonderful things that are occurring there.
Anything to do with the Blessed Virgin Mary is usually
associated with the Catholic community. In the more than thirty million
people who have visited Medjugorje since 1981, however, there has
been a mixture of Catholic, Protestant, Muslim and other
denominations. The Blessed Virgin Mary's visits there have been an inspiration to
believers in all religions.
It’s interesting to note that when the Marian apparitions
began in 1981 the visionaries were mere children. These children
knew little of the Blessed Virgin’s reported manifestations in other
places in the world. In the early years of the apparitions, then,
there was ample opportunity to trap the children into owning up that
everything was just make-believe. Some thirty years later, however,
they still stick to the same story and you cannot find evidence to
We can further report that the visionaries have undergone
various scientific tests during apparitions and have up till now
satisfied the scientific community that all appears genuine.
Scientists cannot, of course, establish that the visionaries are
receiving Heavenly visits, but tests indicate that something
unusual, to say the least, is happening.
Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, says Her mission is one
of peace and love. She brings us messages from Heaven with the aim
of re-educating us and getting us to re-center our lives on God.
When you consider that Her role has always been one of leading
people to Her Son, it’s important that we understand the urgency of
Her call to conversion. We would do well to heed Her call.
Our Lady continues to give messages to the six visionaries
involved. As well as issuing public messages, She is to give the
visionaries a total of ten “secrets” each. Three of the visionaries
have already received ten secrets, the others have received nine.
Nobody knows when the others will receive their final secret.
Prayer is central
to Our Lady’s plan for us. At the start of the apparitions, in
keeping with an old Croatian tradition, She asked us to pray daily
the Creed, the Seven Our Fathers, Hail Mary’s, Glory Be’s. Later,
She recommended, individually or as a group, the entire fifteen
mysteries of the Rosary.
Our Lady has
expressed Her love for us, saying that it is through love that She
is here for us. She advises that Satan is so powerful that we are
asked to dedicate our prayers so that those under his influence may
be saved. If we pray, She says, Satan cannot harm us because as
God’s children the Almighty is watching over us. With the Rosary,
She says, Satan will know that you belong to Me.
It is Our Lady’s
wish that we fast twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays. Through
fasting (the best fast being on bread and water) and prayer, She
says, we can prevent even wars. Charitable works cannot replace
fasting, She says. Everyone except the sick should fast.
Virgin encourages daily reading of the Bible,and says the Bible
should be in a visible place so that we will always be encouraged to
read it and pray.
Confession and the Holy Eucharist: She asks for monthly confession
and recommends Sunday Mass, and daily Mass when possible.
Once the apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorje cease, there
will be three warnings given to the world. Ten days before each of
the warnings, one of the visionaries will advise a chosen priest and
they will pray and fast together for seven days. Three days before a
warning occurs the world will be notified as to what, where and when
the warning will take place. At the end of the three warnings, a
permanent visible sign will be left on the mountain where Our Lady
first appeared in Medjugorje. This indestructible sign is for those
that don’t believe in the apparitions and it will help them believe
in God’s existence.
The Blessed Virgin Mary advises us that those left alive
after the three warnings will have little time available for
conversion. She encourages us, then, to listen to Her call for
For those seeking God or wanting evidence of His existence,
visit Medjugorje where the Marian apparitions are occurring daily or access the Monthly Medjugorje Message online on a regular basis.