March 31, 2000, on the front cover of the Boston Globe (the major newspaper for the State of Massachusetts) the following article appeared about Medjugorje visionary Ivan Dragicevic.
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Source: Boston Globe
In the simplicity that is the hallmark of all the visionaries, Marija sums up the results found in the testing by saying, “Sometimes we laugh together, at the end of ends, we have it written in black and white that we are normal and so many people live without such a proof. So it ends in a joke…”
Five doctors from the University of Montpellier in France studied the visionaries in ecstasy on several occasions in 1984. The team was headed by Professor Henri Joyeux, a hospital surgeon in the Cancer Institute of Montpellier, and the director of a laboratory which researches nutrition, as well as being involved in experimental cancerology. Following is an interview Prof. Joyeux gave in the summer of 1985 for the publication, “Paris Match”, in which he discusses how he became involved with this study of the visionaries, and the findings and conclusions made from the testing.
What, exactly, are the doctors and scientists observing when the visionaries enter into an ecstatic state at the moment of an apparition? In 1984, at the time that most of the testing was taking place with the visionaries, Fr. René Laurentin described, in detail, the various stages of the apparition. Generally, the outward appearance of the visionaries have remained the same over the years, with the visionaries who still receive the apparitions every day, which would include Vicka, Ivan and Marija. The apparitions of the visionaries who only see Our Lady periodically over the year, Mirjana, Ivanka & Jakov, are much more intensified, the apparitions normally last significantly longer, and the face and body language is much more compelling to see. However, now that the visionaries are grown, married and have families of their own, they rarely are together for the apparitions, if ever.
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…”