Two months before the apparitions began, Vicka, while getting firewood, along with her brother and sisters, found two old Rosaries in the trailer they were using to haul the wood. Vicka said they were strange, in that they were, “such that we haven’t ever seen before.” (1) To describe them she said, “A rather large cross is on one of them, and all fourteen stations of the cross are carved into the cross. And on the cross of the other Rosary a relic was built in. Or so they say.” (2)
After hearing the word, “Medjugorje,” many people’s first question is, “What in the world is Medjugorje?”
Medjugorje is a favored place chosen by God in which the Holy Virgin Mary has appeared daily for nearly 30 years. Medjugorje is a place in which the Virgin Mary, fondly known as Our Lady, has said:
“…in a special way I have chosen this parish, one more dear to me than the others, in which I have gladly remained when the Almighty sent me…”
March 21, 1985
Archdeacon Bartholomew Cavanah was pastor of the parish of Knock, Ireland when Our Lady appeared to a group of people. He had a great devotion to the souls in purgatory. This devotion and his devotion to Mary, Mother of God were inseparable. She is the mother of her children, above all her suffering children. She is the Refuge of Sinners here on earth and she is also the helper of the souls in Purgatory. A few months before the apparition the Archdeacon began to say one hundred masses for the poor souls whom Our Lady wished most to release. It was on the day that the Hundredth mass was said that Our Lady came to visit Knock on August 21, 1879, as a wonderful gift, showing the gratitude of released souls.
Once a remote village in the west of Ireland, today not a single day goes by without a visit from pilgrims to the Shrine of Knock.
Some people believe that Medjugorje apparitions are the "Last apparitions of the Virgin Mary on Earth".
There are some people internet pages and printed material with such claims. One of documents where this claim appear is a letter of Tomislav Vlasic's letter to Pope John Paul II. In this letter, on December 2, 1983, Vlasic wrote: All of the youngsters basically agree that:
... These apparitions are the last apparitions of the Blessed Virgin on earth. That is why they are lasting so long and occurring so frequently."
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…”