The Best of "The Spirit of Medjugorje" Volume II
By June Klins
“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Who in the world ever made that one up? Have you ever been hurt by something someone said about you? If not, what planet are you from?
Not too long ago someone I care about hurt me deeply by saying some unkind things about me. After I heard this I could hardly look this person in the face again. It was eating me alive because it was impossible to avoid this person. I confided in my friend Pat about this, and she gave me some good advice.
Who discerns apparitions and private revelations?
From the 1978 document(unofficial english translation) from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on discernment of apparitions.
January 2003 - Dr. Frantisek Mracek, a doctor in natural sciences from Prague, sent to us an interesting scientific study about a disputed Vicka’s ecstasy from January 14, 1985.
We wish to put it at the disposition of all the friends of Medjugorje. (Text and English translation by www.verite.cz)
In a great number of states a British television film „The Miraculous Apparitions“ made by journalist A.C. Clarke was shown. In this film its author tries to explain mysterious phenomena occuring during Marian apparitions as if it happened in natural way. Unfortunately these explanations are from point of view of physics, optics and medicine pretty untrustworthy. Let us think about case of Vicka´s ecstasy in Medjugorje.
by A Friend of Medjugorje
In Medjugorje, on June 24, 1981, six young people entered into an experience that has continued nearly three decades later. With their experience, they have drawn men from every continent on the earth to Medjugorje; people from every race, religion, every walk of life, the rich and the poor, the simple and the intelligent, believers and atheists, those known by the world and those unknown. Is the experience of the so-called visionaries real? Can reasonable people accept their testimony? Are the visionaries seeing what they say they are seeing? Can an average person discern for themselves if their experience is authentic?
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…”