Six children in a tiny, obscure, Croatian village gave new meaning and new light to what it means to be a true pilgrim on life’s journey. Their journey began on June 24, 1981 when the Virgin Mary appeared to them. Her messages continue to stir millions of people of every race, nation and religion. The Virgin Mary has appeared before on earth, but never so often or to so many people over such a long period of time as at Medjugorje, as she said: I wish to continue giving you messages like never before in history since the beginning of time.
Three of the Medjugorje visionaries, Mirjana, Ivanka, and Jakov, have received all ten secrets and no longer see Our Lady on a daily basis. Mirjana received the tenth secret on December 25, 1982, and Our Lady promised to appear to her on March 18th for the rest of her life. Ivanka received the tenth secret on May 6, 1985 and her last daily apparition was the following day, May 7, 1985. Our Lady told her that She would appear to her on the anniversary of the apparitions, June 25th, for the rest of her life. Jakov received the tenth secret on September 12, 1998. Our Lady promised Jakov that he would have annual apparitions every December 25th, Christmas Day. The following is a description of the last daily apparition of Mirjana, Ivanka and Jakov, when they received the tenth secret from Our Lady.
Throughout the years of the apparitions, the Medjugorje visionaries were asked questions about the Ten Secrets. Many times their answers to the question was, “A secret is a secret.” They share only a little about the secrets. However, we do have the following insights about the secrets.
On June 24, 1981, at about 6pm six children - Ivanka Ivanković, Mirjana Dragičević,Vicka Ivanković,Ivan Dragičević,Ivan Ivanković and Milka Pavlović, were on a little hill named Crnica. While there, they saw a beautiful, young woman holding a baby in her arms. She never said anything that day, but tried to show them with her hands to come closer to her. The children got very scared and ran away, although they all thought they saw Virgin Mary.
|The very next day, children agreed to go back to Crnica. They wanted to see that beautiful woman again, and their wish came true. The woman was standing there, but this time she didn’t have a baby in her arms. She looked very happy, and was so beautiful, they knew she was divine. And again, the woman pointed her gracious hands towards them and showed to come closer. This time, the children were brave and stood next to Virgin Mary and started praying “Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be”. Virgin Mary prayed with them, except for when they prayed “Hail Mary”.
After praying, the children started to ask Mary a lot of questions. Mirjana asked Our Lady for some sign to show people that they weren’t lying or being crazy.
Our Lady appears to six visionaries, which can see her and talk with her during regular apparitions. During some of these apparitions, Our Lady gives messages. One of most frequented topics of these messages are appeals for prayers and love.
On June 24, 1981 at around 6pm six little children went outside of Medjugorje on a little hill named Podbrdo, or locally known as Crnica.
Those children were Ivanka Ivanković, Mirjana Dragičević, Vicka Ivanković, Ivan
Dragičević, Ivan Ivanković and Milka Pavlović. While there, they saw a beautiful, young woman holding a baby in her arms. She never said anything that day, but tried to show them with her hands to come closer to her. The children got very scared and ran away, although they all thought they saw Virgin Mary.
Supernatural signs are a method God has used throughout history to know Him and to bring His children to conversion. It is a way God speaks to us or to incite our hearts to believe and come to Him. Yet, Jesus once said:
“An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.”
Yet still, Our Lady says:
March 25, 1990
“…God wants to save you and sends you messages through men, nature, and so many things which can only help you to understand that you must change the direction of your life…”