In her talk to us, Mirjana began by recounting the early days of the apparitions. She did this primarily for those who had never been to Medjugorje before. Any comments in parenthesis are mine. The first part of the overview is presented here. Mirjana's words were translated by Miki Musa and therefore are not always grammatically correct but you will get the idea.
I would like to invite you to start this meeting with one Hail Mary. My dear friends, I will tell you what I personally consider the most important things which means when the apparitions started, the most important messages and then you will have a chance to ask whatever you may be interested in. Feel free to ask anything because there is no such things as stupid questions. Anything that can help you, feel free to ask, thats the reason why we have gathered here.
Now we'll start from the begining. I'm sorry for those who are not here for the first time but you will have to listen to this again. Just remember and think how it is to me after 27 years !! (laughter)
At that time I was spending every summer with my grandparents here in Bijakoviki because both my parents were born in Bijakoviki, but we lived in Sarajevo. At that summer 1981, I also came to Medjugorje. So June 24th, the St John Baptist feastday Ivanka and me wanted to be alone. We came outside of the village and we were walking along the foot of what we call Apparition hill today. Once we felt tired, we sat down at the foot of the hill in a way that Ivanka was looking towards the hill and I was looking in the opposite direction. And at one moment, just like that, she said to me that " I think Our Lady is on the hill". I didn't even look because for me that was impossible because we grew up under communism of the ex-Yugoslavia. Our practical faith was within our families. Every day we would pray the rosary as a family and we were allowed to go to Holy Mass on sunday only. But our parents never talked to us about faith out of fear, because as children we could go to school and talk about that and our parents could lose their job or lose their home.
So when Ivanks told me that she thinks Our Lady is on the hill, in a little rude wayI responded to her. "yeah, like Our Lady has nothing else to do that she would come to two of us". I intended to go back to the village but as I was nearing the first house, I felt a call within myself to go back. That was such an intense call. So I came back and found Ivanka on the same spot and she said to me "look now please". And I was able to see young woman in long grey dress that was holdiing baby in her arms. Everything was very strange because nobody was climbing the hill. We didn't even have a path that we have today on the hill that was made by the feet of the pilgrims. Especially it was hard to believe there was such a young woman in a grey dress holding baby in her arms. Everything was very strange. And then within myself I was able to feel all possible emotions at that moment: fear, beauty, misunderstanding, if I was alive or dead. What prevailed in me was to run away. And I escaped. When I came home, I said to my grandmother that I think that I saw Our Lady and she said you better take the rosary, go to your room and pray to dear God and let Our Lady be where she is .. in heaven. And thats what I did. I spent the whole night in prayer because it was only in prayer that I was able to have peace.
The next day was like every other day before. I was helping to my uncles and I didn't have chance to meet other visionaries. But around the same time as when I saw Our Lady the day before, I felt a call within myself and I said to my uncles that I simply have to go to the foot of the hill. So they came along with me because they wanted to see what was going on. When we reached the foot of the hill, I could see that half the village was there because with every visionary there was someone from the family who was coming to see what was going on.
We were able to see Our Lady on the same spot but this second day she didn't have baby in her arms. That day, June 25th was the first day when we approached Our Lady. She presented herself to us. She said "Dear children be not afraid, I am the Queen of Peace". And this is how our daily apparitions started. Very shortly we were unable to have apparitions on the hill because as I already mentioned, that was the time under ex- Yugoslavia communism. So soon after the apparitions started the police came with the dogs and they occupied the hill. And whoever would try and climb the hill would simply end up in prison.
However, those first days Our Lady presented a lot of miracles. For example, you could see the word 'MIR' which means peace in Croatian written in the middle of the sky and everybody from the village was able to see that. And the cross on cross hill would simply dissapear and then Our Lady dressed in white would appear and everybody was able to see that as well. And then in those first days, a few miraculous healings. So that the villagers really helped believe to us and then they were helping us. We are having apparition every day in a different spot so that no one could know a day ahead where we would be.
Such a daily apparitions I had until Christmas 1982. That was the day when Our Lady revealed to me me the 10th secret and Our Lady said to me that I wasn't to have her daily apparition any more but that it would be only once a year every 18th March as long as I live. But at the same time Our Lady said that I was going to have some extraordinary apparitions as well. And those apparitions started on August 2nd 1987, still have been lasting and I do not know untill when will I have them. Because Our Lady said that every 18th March as long as I live but these every 2nd on the month, she didn't say until when. On that Christmas 1982 Our Lady said to me that I was supposed to chose a priest to whom I will reveal the secrets and I chose a priest whose name is Fr Petar Ljubicic. I am supposed to tell him 10 days in advance what will happen and where. 7 days we are supposed to spend in fasting and prayer and 3 days ahead of time he is supposed to reveal to the world. He doesn't have a right to chose to say or not to say, he accepted this mission and he has to fulfill that according to God's will.
But Our Lady always says do not talk about the secrets but rather pray because that person who accepts me as a mother and God as a father, that person has no fear of anything. Our Lady says only those people who have not yet come to know the love of God, those people have fear. Because we as human beings always talk about the future. What, when or where will happen? But I always repeat the same thing , who among us here can say for sure that we will be alive tomorrow ? So that what Our Lady has been teaching to us is that at this very moment we should be ready to come before God and not to talk about the future.
Whats going to happen in the future is God's will and our task is to be ready for that. These apparitions on every 2nd of the month that you also had a chance to participate in with me are also like a prayer for unbelievers, but Our Lady never uses that term 'unbelievers'. She always says 'those who have not come to know the love of God yet'. And Our Lady asks our help. When Our Lady says our help she doesn't just mean only us 6 visionaries, but help of all those people who accept her as Mother. Because Our Lady says that we are capable to change unbelievers but only with our own prayer and our own example. She is asking for us to put in our daily prayers a first place for prayers for unbelievers. Because when you pray for them you also pray for yourselves and your own future. Beside our prayer, Our Lady is asking our example. She doesn't ask from us to preach. She would like for us to talk with our own life so that unbelievers can see God and God's love within ourselves.
And I would like to ask you to accept this in a most serious way because if you were able just once to see the tears on the face of Our Lady because of unbelievers, I am so certain that you would pray from the bottom of your hearts, because Our Lady says this time is time of decisions. She says that we who call ourselves God's children, we have great responsibility. When Our Lady asks from us to pray for unbelievers, she decides that we do it in her way and that would be first to feel love for them, to feel them as our own brothers and sisters who were not lucky enough as we were to come to know the love of God.
And only once we feel like that we will be able to pray for them. We should never judge or criticise then. We should simply love them, pray for them and offer them our own example.
So that we may take Our Lady as she has been doing with us here as an example, I will give you an example how you can really show and present Our Lady and God's love.
As we say here we are always having personages coming here from Vatican, high personages you know (grin), high, high (laugh). A cardinal who came to Medjugorje, he said "did you know why I came to Medjugorje?". He said close to Vatican there is a church and on every last saturday of the month I see a few hundred Italians in the church for 2 to 3 hours, together praying. And I simply couldn't understand what does keep them in the church for so long. So one day, I also went there and asked them what are they doing? And they said, "we are the fruits of Medjugorje, here we have the programme of Medjugorje". He said when I saw that it interested me to come and see what is going on in Medjugorje. So they encouraged him to come to Medjugorje with their own example and not with preaching and not with words. And I would like to recommend the same to all of you. When you come back home, not to talk about Medjugorje to the people because you will be boring to them because they don't understand you. First of all, show to them with your own life that you were in Medjugorje and then start talking about Medjugorje.
In these apparitions, Our Lady gave to every one of us visionaries a mission to pray for. My mission is to pray for unbelievers, Vicka and Jakov pray for the sick, Ivan for the priests and the youth, Marija for souls in purgatory and Ivanka for families. But the most important message that Our Lady has been constantly repeating is the Holy Mass, but not only on sunday. Our Lady said to us at the very begining of the apparitions, when we were still children, if you find yourself to chose between attending the Holy Mass or seeing me in the apparition, you must chose to attend the Holy Mass because during the Holy Mass my son is with you.
In all these years, Our Lady never said 'pray and I will give you' but she always says 'pray so that I can pray to my son. So Jesus is always in the first place. Many of the pilgrims who come to Medjugorje believe that we visionaries are privileged, that God will accept our prayers in a better way than your prayers but that is completely wrong way of thinking. When it comes to Our Lady as a mother, she doesn't have a privileged children. We are all just her children that she has been choosing for different missions. She chose 6 of us in order to give the messages but she chose everyone of you.
Thats what she said in one of her messages on January 2nd and I personally believe that is addressing you pilgrims. She said " Dear children, I invited you, open your heart, allow me to enter in order to make you be able to become my apostles", which means we all have the same importance for Our Heavenly Mother.
If you think in a different way and you think that visionaries are privileged, let me give you an example. If you are mother and you have 3 or 4 children, which child do you prefer or like the most? Theres no such thing for a mother. A mother loves every one of her children with the same amount of love. She approaches them in a different way because not every child is the same but love is the same. The same example is with our Heavenly Mother. She loves us all equally and then we can all address her in the same way. She says "open your heart and I will be with you" and it just depends on us whether we really want Our Mother to be with us. Because I always say, it is not important to see Our Lady with your eyes, but it is important to see her with your heart. Many people had a chance to see her with their eyes and they did not understand. It is important that our heart is open and you can see her with your heart. And now its up to you whether you desire that or not.
When we look at Our Lady's messages, when we talk about the privileged ones then we can talk about priests. Because Our Lady never said what they should do but only and always what we should do for them. She said they don't need you to to judge and criticise them, but they need you to pray for them and love them. My children, if you lose respect for priests, then you will lose respect for the church and in the end, Dear God as well. Once again I repeat, God will judge the priests they way they were as priests . Recently, almost every 2nd of the month, Our Lady has been emphasising the importance of praying for priests. For example when she is blessing us and the things that are for blessing, she always says, I am giving you my motherly blessing but the greatest blessing you can receive on earth is a blessing coming from your priest. That is my son himself blessing you. And she says do not forget to pray for your shepherds.Their priestly hands are blessed by my son. Even in this latest message she invited us to pray for our priests. What I can say and you can make the same conclusion when you look at Our Lady's messages, between good and evil, between what is supposed to happen because you have to know what our Lady said, what she started in Fatima she will accomplish in Medjugorje. She said 'My Immaculate Heart will triumph'. So from this moment that we are living now until her triumph, there is a bridge and that bridge are the priests. And Our Lady decided we pray for them so that this bridge may be form, so that we can all cross that bridge to be able to reach, to come to Our Lady's triumph.
Our Lady asks for us to bring back the prayer of the rosary in our families. Our Lady says that there is nothing in the world that can unite a family like when you pray together. Our Lady says that parents have great responsibility before their children. Because parents are those who are supposed to put the seeds of faith in their children and that can only be done if they pray together and attend the Holy Mass together because children have to see that for their parents, God is in the first place and then everything else. Children are smart and we cannot talk to them about prayer if they don't see us praying. We can't talk to them about the importance of the Holy Mass if they don't see that for us, Holy Mass is in the first place.
Let me give you a cute example from my own family. My older daughter Maria, you saw her yesterday, she was serving here, when she was only two and half years old, I never spoke to her about the apparitions because I thought she's too young to understand that. And one day she was playing in the room with her friend. I was watching over them from time to time and then I heard that other girl saying to my daughter " you know my mum drives a car". My daughter Maria remained quiet for a moment and then said "Big deal, my mum talks to Our Lady " (laughter). Without even saying a word she understood what was happening in our family. Thats why it is important for children to see that their parents live for God with God in the first place.
Then Our Lady is asking for us to fast on bread and water on wednesdays and fridays. She does not ask fasting from those who are really sick. Our Lady said those people who are sick will realise through their prayer what they can do instead of fasting on bread and water.
But I would like to recommend to you, if you never prayed entire rosary every day, if you never fasted twice a week so far, take us an example of the way Our Lady started with us here in Medjugorje. The first thing she asked from us when she appeared here in Medjugorje was to pray on our knees, Creed, seven 'Our Fathers', 'Hail Marys' and 'Glory be' prayers. Sometime after she was asking us to add one part of the rosary and then to fast on every friday. Then sometime after she added second part of the rosary and sometime after to add third part of rosary, and then to fast on wednesdays. We just hope she will stop at this ! (laughter). But that could be as an example. Step by step. But it is important that you try to do it with heart but how much and how, let God be the one to judge. It is important that we have love and do it with love. Because in this world, that we live in, people judge and criticise too much. There is so little of love. And in one of her latest messages, Our Lady said "My name is love and I have come to teach you what you had forgotten and that is to love". So we should allow our hearts to lead us and bring us closer to God. Do not force yourself. Open your heart and pray as much as you can. And at the end you will reach what Our Lady has been asking from us.
Our Lady has been asking from us Holy Confession at least once a month. She says that there is no man on earth who doesn't have a need of a monthly confession. She is asking Bible in our family. I believe that everyone of us has a Bible in our home but Our Lady desires that we open that Bible every day to read a few sentences, doesn't matter how much but that the Bible is really present and not to have it as a little item in our homes standing in a certain corner, that we may say we have it but never touch it. This would be what I consider personally as the most important.
Q: I've looked at some of the videos of your monthly apparitions and sometimes you look as if you are straining to hear Our Lady. Is it that she speaks very quietly or that she is saying something difficult and you really have to listen?
A: To be honest, I never watch any of the videos from apparitions because it's a little painful for me because I know that was the moment when I was able to see her and now I don't. So I never watch these videos but this question that you ask; I always knew from the beginning that I can hear her with my ears and see her with my eyes. But we had so many commissions that were investigating the apparitions in Medjugorje and they were not so modernised in the beginning. They would pinch us with the needles in our arms during the apparition. Only after the apparition we were able to see some blood on our shirts. But the latest one that I was investigated by were of Insbruck from Austria who are from an Institute for the supernatural happenings. You see we are supernatural (laughter). They put these devices all over me, my ears, my eyes, my brain, my pressure, everything. They hypnotised me, under hypnosis they brought me back to an apparition and as I was under hypnosis, they put me on a lie detector, as CSI New York ! (laughter). That was SO much fun !! It all took about 2 days. To make a long story short, their conclusion was that before my eyes, I have something supernatural and beautiful, that I can hear with my ears and see with my eyes. But they cannot say whether I see Our Lady, Jesus or Angels. It is something beautiful and supernatural because the way my body was reacting, a normal body would not be able to react like that and still be alive. Why do I do this ? (gestures to lean forwards), I don't know. Sometimes I think I don't hear too well.
Q: Does the Blessed Mother talk to you? Can you ask her questions? Does she respond, do you converse back and forth?
A: Our conversation is always led by her. I feel within myself what I may or may not ask her. She doesn't have to be the one to tell me that's not a question to ask me. I just feel it within myself. I usually ask for really serious cases, like the sick people in the families and I get the answer. But at the same time, those people who were present at the apparition who asked with their own heart, with an open heart, they also get the answer, but not through me, because we are all the same before Our Lady. I'll give you 2 examples.
A girl during the apparition was kneeling next to me and she was really crying so painfully during the prayer, and she cried even after the apparition. I didn't know who she was or why was she crying. After the apparition, as always, I write the message and then I left. And after about a month, they told me that girl had cancer with metastases all over her body but after she went back from Medjugorje for the analysis, everything was gone. So it was her, herself who was asking Our Lady. I didn't even know what was going on with her.
At the same time, a young priest knocked on the door of my home after an apparition. He said " I came to see what was happening. What did you talk to me after the apparition ? You were telling me something but I did not understand it because I'm Italian." I was looking at him very strange way . I don't speak with anybody after the apparition. I just write the message because I have such an intensive pain within myself , I'm just yearning for my own room for silence of prayer.
I said "It wasn't me" He looked at me for a few seconds and then he turned and started leaving, departing in tears. I said "Father, what has happened, may I help you?". He said "No, I understand everything now. The one who was talking to me was our Heavenly Mother and she said to me.. Convert my son".
Q: We are all on a spiritual journey but you have had your spiritual journey guided by Our Lady. Along the way, was there anything that sticks out to you, that she corrected or any mistakes that you made or things that she said, 'no don't do this this way, do it that way'?
A: I have to correct you immediately (laughter). Our Lady is my spiritual guide and she is your spiritual guide as well in the same way. She doesn't tell me not even a word more than I share with you. I also have to pray in order to understand the message. And same as you do, I have a need for a priest. I need a priest as well, to help me understand and lead me. There are no privileged ones for Our Lady.
Q: When I'm talking to people who don't believe in Medjugorje, I'll sometimes mention the secrets to them and tell them that there will be 10 things that will happen that are going to be announced ahead of time. So that when they start to hear that, listen and when the first one happens, maybe they'll start to believe. I keep telling them that 10 will be announced. Will 10 be announced and what are you allowed to tell us about the secrets?
A: Everything I was allowed to say about the secrets, I've already said. But Our Lady doesn't want us to be fearful, to be afraid, because the true faith does not come from fear. The true faith comes from the heart. But I never said to anybody whether the secrets are good or bad. If Our Lady says her heart will triumph, then what should we be afraid of?
Q: First of all can I speak on behalf of everybody. We want to thank you for having us here. I was next to you (during the apparition), my son was killed in Afghanistan and I just want to say that I came here looking for peace, and I found it. Thank you. (At this point, this lady, and everyone in the room became very emotional, including Mirjana and Miki).
A: Mirjana replied in English "Don't talk to me like that, in this way (meaning: don't say those things to me) at which there was weak laughter in the room and then Mirjana continued (while wiping tears from her eyes), I thank you all because you are such a wonderful pilgrims and ever since you came here, I've been praying for you so that God may help you to understand why you have come here and to help you find peace. And I am asking from you to pray for us to be able to do everything that Our Lady desires from us, in the correct way.
Q: When Mary goes back up, can you see heaven ?
A: No I can't. I hope I will see heaven one day (laughter). How old are you? (the boy responds that he is 12). See, when the apparitions started, Jakov was only nine and a half and as we were taken by the police every single day, one particular morning, only Jakov and Vicka succeeded to hide. Jakov was about 10. So when Our Lady appeared, she came only to 2 of them. And she said "Now I will take you with me". They thought that were dying because they go with Our Lady (laughter) and Jakov said, "Our Lady, take Vicka, she has 7 brothers and sisters and I am the only one in my family" (laugher). Our Lady just smiled back and said "No, I just desire to show you that heaven, purgatory and hell do exist". So only 2 of them were able to see that. Jakov is 36 years old and he's not any braver at all! (laughter) We find ourselves on a sinking ground, but nothing ever happened, not even these old houses, not even a stone was moved, so its not dangerous at all but no one can explain that to Jakov (laughter). On one occaision, when we had a little earthquake, he started running out of the house and his wife Annalisa said "Jakov, what about our children?" He said " As long as I live, there will be children" (laughter). (Then Mirjana whispers under her breath… his wife, his children !!!)
And the latest group of Americans that were staying here, as they were walking along his yard, they said "Jakov, what's the name of your puppy?" He said Puppy's name is Mirjana and they believed him !! They came to my home and said, " Mirjana, did you name your puppy Jakov ?" I said no, I love my puppy too much !!(laughter)
Q: You stress the importance of the rosary in the family. I would like to know if you can give us an example of how you pray the rosary with your own children.
A: Mostly in the evening, when everything calms down a little bit we always say one rosary together. Somehow its so beautiful, with love. Normal ! (laughter). I don't know what other word to use because since they were born they were praying with us. Of course, as infants they did not pray but they were present. And so as they grew up that was something so normal for them. For example, the older daughter, Maria, she always accepted that with the heart. And there's another example. You know as a parish we climb the apparition hill on every Sunday. Our late Fr Slavko who passed away on the cross hill, was leading the rosary. Me, Marko and Maria who was only 3 years old, we climbed the hill. And Fr Slavko is my husband's uncle. Just out of joke you know, he gave the microphone to Maria and said "will you pray?". Only 3 years old, Maria she said " do you want me to lead the prayer in Croatian or Italian?"(laughter). He said "it's the same you know, doesn't matter, just pray " (laughter) because she surprised him.
And it was a little harder with the younger one, Veronica. She was always trying to find some excuses. I think that sounds familiar to you with your kids. " I have to go to the toilet, I'm hungry, I'm thirsty. You just go on and pray, I'll be back". And always with a smile we would say to her, "no problem, you go on, we will wait for you" (laughter). But when she was about 6 or 7, she was the one who would ask from us to pray. So, thanks be to God, we succeeded so far to make it that way up to now. (Mirjana then repeats in English, "up to now". (laughter) What I can do now, I can place them in Our Lady's hands and I can pray for them.
Q: During the apparition, does the Blessed Mother appear to you happy or sad?
A: It depends. Its not always the same. It depends on the message that she gives us or depends on what she is talking about. If it is something sad that she's talking about then she is sad. If she talks about Jesus, or God's love then she always has a smile on her face. Same like we people, depends. I always say to Italians, but she's not like you. (Mirjana waves her arms about) (laughter). But now a miracle happened. I have to say that. I'm still like shocked, I can't believe it. Italians are a nation that has a temperament you know, and they seem glad to physically to show you their emotions. They have to simply hug you, kiss you. During the mass in the church they were cutting my hair as well. I will never pass by Italians without being hugged, kissed or having bruises after you know (points to her arms). Saturday morning at 9am, I was talking to about 4,000 Italians and after the talk, I just walked to the car in such a normal way ! They just said to me "Thank you". And same during and after the mass yesterday. Just "thank you". I was shocked (holds hands up laughing). I still don't understand ! For me that is really a great miracle ! Maybe you can understand that but I repeat saying this to everybody.
Q: How does Our Lady appear? Does she look young or old?
A: Personally, I would give her age between 20-25 and she didn't age at all in these years (laughter). She's always the same.
Q: Did Our Lady mention specifically the scandal in the priesthood?
A: No, just to pray, to fast and to love our priests and that God will judge every individual priest the way he was as a priest and we should not take in our hands what belongs to God.
Q: When are you all going to meet again, when and where?
A: Before the apparitions, visionaries were not friends, some of us didn't even know each other. Our Lady is the one who put us together. Even today, everyone of us has our own friends. We meet only when we have to discuss about the missions that we have. But for me, I'm friends only with Jakov, who lives across the road. We meet for about 10 minutes each day and I'm getting a little tired of him ! (laughter).
I don't know if you know Ivan but when he comes to visit me, he talks to me as with a pilgrim. He's preaching to me ! Then I allow him about 10 minutes and I say "Ivan, I am a visionary as well" ! He is a little serious ! We meet only if we have something to talk about our missions. Another beautiful occasion happened with Fr Slavko. For about a year he was trying to gather all six visionaries with him to meet. He didn't make it. He came one day to my home very angry. I said "what happened?". He said " How can you ask me something like that ? Because if I were Our Lady I would never ever chose 6 of you. Only she could do that. And for me the sign that she really is here is the fact that she chose 6 of you" and I said "thank you Fr Slavko" !
Q: Your message that you get on the 2nd of the month, that's for the world ? (Mirjana nods), The individual messages that are still being given daily, are those also for the world or one person ?
A: I think that the daily things that Our Lady is speaking with those having daily apparitions is like preparation for those visionaries for what is going to happen, because some of them didn't receive the 10th secret yet.
There was a journalist from New York, he made an interview with me and he was a very interesting person so we were joking and he said to me " how come that you received all those 10 secrets so fast, so soon, and the others did not ? And I was joking and I said to him "Our Lady is immediately realising who is smart enough to understand soon and who needs time " And we were laughing to this but that's exactly how he wrote it ! (laughter). Then Ivan in America read that and he didn't speak with me for several days but he survived (laughter). But that's what Our Lady desires from us, to joke as well because what kind of example will you give to those who did not come to know the love of God yet, if you are always , angry, sad. And the ones who did not come to know the love of God yet will say, you are not any different from me. And we are those who are supposed to give a smile and love because Our Lady is asking from us to be recognised for that.
Q: Are all the secrets the same? The same to each of you?
A: We never talk about the secrets with each other because secrets are secrets and we women are capable to keep the secrets (laughter and applause). A friend of me and my husband says to my husband " My wife is keeping something in secret to me ". Marko looked at him and says " what would you do if you were me, (laughter) she already has 10 and who know how many more "! (laughter),
Q: During one of the visions I understand that you asked if you should all become nuns/priests ?
A: As a children we asked her, what does she desire from our lives? And this is what she said; "If you feel within your heart that you are called to become priests or nuns, I desire it to be visible that I was with you. But if you desire to have your families, then I desire that you do your best to make your family to be an example to other families. That's all she ever said about our personal life.
Q: Does she always war the same outfit ? The same colours ? ( laughter)
A: You are such a good example to the unbelievers (laughter). Is your origin Italian ? That's typical Italian question. They ask you what fabric its made of. Our Lady always has grey dress and white veil except on Christmas and Easter when her dress gets a kind of golden colour. When I say grey and golden, these are most alike to our grey and golden colours. They are not our grey and golden colour.
Questioner responds: Now I still don't know what kind of outfit to buy ! (laughter). Mirjana replies: but I helped you a little bit, right ? (laughter).
Q: From what time to what time do you fast?
A: This is typical American question (laughter). As if I am allowed to make Wednesday and Friday, sure !. We all know how long Wednesday lasts, same like Friday.
Q: I've heard that the Bishop here is not completely supportive of what goes on here. Do you have any comments about that for us?
A: Our Bishop first of all is our Bishop. We pray for him and we respect him because that is the way our Heavenly Mother has been teaching us. He never talked with us visionaries and that's simply why I cannot comment or make any comments about him. What I can say is that we have a letter from Vatican that whatever our Bishop says about Medjugorje is going to be accepted in Vatican as his own personal opinion, but not opinion as a Bishop because Medjugorje surpasses this Diocese I would say and it's been brought into hands of Vatican, because it's a world phenomenon. So now we are in hands of Vatican.
I personally had a such a great honour to be able to speak with late Pope John Paul II. That was so beautiful. I was in St Peter's Basilica in Rome with all other pilgrims. Pope as he was walking by, he was blessing everybody. He blessed me and just walked away. And then this Italian priest I was with said "Holy Father, this is Mirjana from Medjugorje". He came back, blessed me again and he left. And I said to this priest " Father, you see he just thinks that I need a double blessing " (laughter). However, in the afternoon we received an invitation tomorrow morning to come to Castelgondolfo, close to Rome in order to talk to Holy Father. I don't have to tell you that I couldn't sleep all night (smiles) Tomorrow when I reached the place, he saw that I was so excited. We were alone and then he started talking to me in Polish. He thought I would understand because both are Slavic languages. He wanted to make me feel comfortable but I didn't understand a word because its not even close to our language. However, I was crying and I couldn't catch a breath to say a word. So when I finally succeeded to say a word, I said " Holy Father, can we try in Italian ?". (laughter). Then we talked and among other things he said to me, "If I were not Pope, I would be in Medjugorje a long time ago. I know everything, I have been following everything. Ask pilgrims to pray for my intentions. And take good care of Medjugorje because Medjugorje is the hope for the entire world...
1. EXTRAORDINARY MANIFESTATIONS IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES
2. THE CONCEPT OF APPARITION AND VISION IN THEOLOGY
3. MYSTICAL AND PROPHETIC VISIONS
4. NATURAL, PARAPSYCHOLOGICAL AND SUPERNATURAL MANIFESTATIONS
5. CRITERIA REGARDING THE CHURCH
6. THEOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
Dr. Fr. Ivan Dugandzic
In 1973, there was a stormy discussion among theologians about the significance of Jesus' resurrection and the meaning of speech in the apparitions of the Risen One as the New Testament speaks of them. R. Pesch, a liberal Catholic biblical scholar, provoked that discussion with his assertion that talk about the resurrection is merely "the expression of the believers' recognition of Jesus' eschatological significance, his mission and authority, his legitimation in view of his death." Talk about apparitions would merely be the "legitimation" of the disciples, that is, their determination to proclaim that "significance of Jesus." His Protestant, very moderate colleague, M. Hengel, in his response particularly regrets that in present times visions are made equivalent to hallucinations and continues, "Since the rich mystical tradition of the Church has dried up, at least in our regions, theologians are then no longer in authority for these manifestations, but rather psychiatrists or drug experts. A vision is considered a pathological manifestation" (ThQ 3/1973, p. 255). It was as though it were a prophetic word for what will be shown also in the case of the apparitions in Medjugorje eight years later.
Nowhere in the world has Our Lady ever spoken for such a long time and through so many messages to the people of this earth. This fact alone is so unique that it makes us wonder. The Messages have nothing spectacular nor sensational in them, as we journalists expect and as we are used to in news broadcasting. Many Messages are repetitions, deepening of the same content, offering help to make even the smallest step in faith; they are repeated invitations finally to do and to live what Our Lady already invited us to live. She motivates us again and again to turn to her to learn how to believe, to find Jesus, to find ourselves. All this is not particularly interesting for the demands of a journalist. No wonder, because the Messages are not passing news which seem a sensation today and become "cold coffee" tomorrow, according to the proverb: "There is nothing as old as yesterday's newspaper." The Messages are not like that. They are supports and helps to grow continually and in simplicity.
The Best of "The Spirit of Medjugorje" Volume II
Fr. Wiley died on June 29, 2008. Rest in peace, Fr. Wiley.
Sweet Fruit of Medjugorje
By Rev. James A. Wiley
How does one put into words the immeasurable love, mercy, forgiveness of our Heavenly Father toward His prodigal children? We can never probe the depths in this life. My purpose in writing this article is to show how His love, mercy, and forgiveness led me back to the Church and to the priesthood.
In June of 1974, I turned my back on God, the Church, and the priesthood. The decision to walk away from everything I had once valued did not come overnight. It was several years in the making, and I vowed never to return to the Church or the priesthood.
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…”