The Medjugorje secrets are given to the visionaries only. They can not be transmitted to anyone. All the visionaries know the date when the secrets will be revealed. There are 10 secrets. They were revealed gradually by Our Lady since the fist apparitions began in 1981. As of October 2008, Medjugorje visionaries Ivanka, Mirjana, and Jakov have received all 10 secrets. The remaining visionaries Vicka, Marija and Ivan have received 9 secrets each.
These secrets deal with impending disaster and how to mitigate them. We know that one of the secrets relate to a great sign that Our Lady say’s will be left at the place of the first visitation site known as “Apparition Hill.” This sign will be visible and permanent. Even non-believers will not be able to deny it. However, we do not know what this sign will be, or when it will occur. Mirjana says that the sign will command attention. She adds: “Most of the secrets are depressing, but they must not instill fear in us. Our Lord make me understand that. Marry is with us. If we accept her as Our Mother, God as our Father and Jesus as our Brother, this family will not fail us.”
“Convert quickly,” said Our Lady (Gospa), and do not wait for the sign which has been announced. For the nonbelievers, it will be too late to be converted.” In Her messages The Holy Virgin puts particular emphasis on daily prayer (Mass as often as possible), prayer, penance, fasting, conversion (Sacrament of Reconciliation) Bible reading and Holy Eucharist. These are the ways to prepare for the coming events which the faithful call the “Warning Signs and Chastisements.”
The secret will be revealed to the world. Visionary Mirjana has chosen Father Petar Ljubicic to divulge the secrets. Father Petar will pray and fast on bread and water for 10 days. On the seventh day, Friar Petar will publicly reveal the secret three days before the event comes about.
Mirjana tells us The Virgin Mary handed her a parchment which no one but herself is able to read on which the ten secrets are written. It is also said one can not describe the type of material used the secrets are written. Mirjana has confirmed to Medjugorje USA that the parchment has never been tested for either a unknown language which no one can read or for the composition of the parchment paper itself. Mirjana says she can leave the parchment anywhere as it would not matter as no one would understand it.
At the right moment Mirjana will hand the parchment to the Father Petar. He will receive the grace to read only the first secret through his prayer, fasting and grace from Our Lady; he will be able to read the others at a later date.
Father will be able to choose the appropriate way to divulge the secrets. In revealing the secrets three days prior to each event people will realize that the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje are in fact authentic.
In a letter sent to Pope John Paul II, Mirjana says: “Before the visible sign is shown to humanity, three warnings will be given to the world. These warnings will refer to events which will take place on earth. Mirjana will be witness to these events. Three days before one of the admonitions, she will inform a priest freely chosen of the forthcoming event. The testimony of Mirjana will be a confirmation of the apparitions and will be an incentive to the world conversion.”
After the admonitions, the visible sign will be given for humanity on the sight of the Hill of Apparitions. The sign will be given as evidence of the apparitions and as a call to faith and great conversion.
The 9th and 10th secrets are very serious. They are a punishment for the sins of the world. The punishment is unavoidable, as we cannot expect the conversion of the whole world. Prayers and penance can alleviate the punishment; however, the latter can not be avoided. According to Mirjana, the 7th secret which was announcing a threat for the world is mitigated because of prayer and fasting. For this reason, the Blessed Virgin continues to urge us to this day to pray and fast.
Though after some 27 years of apparition the first warning sign is long in coming after the first admonition, the others will follow in a relatively short period of time. Thus, humanity will have time to become converted. This time is the period of grace and conversion. “After the visible sign, the survivors will hardly have any time left for conversion.”
Asked if the last secret could be avoided, Mirjana said: “People must prepare themselves spiritually and be ready for anything; they must not panic and should reconcile themselves inwardly. They should be ready for everything, even to die tomorrow”. With deep faith and firm belief in reconciliation with God, people must not be afraid, for God is with them. That means total conversion and complete commitment to God. To the question “Why is it taking so long to divulge the secrets”? Mirjana replied that this is a “merciful delay on the part of God.
Compiled by Michael K. Jones