Since June, 1981 the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing to 6 persons from the village of Medjugorje. She appeared to Ivanka Ivankovic, Mirjana Dragicevic, Vicka Ivankovic, Ivan Dragivevic, Maria Pavlovic and Jakov Colo. So in 1985, I took a pilgrimage to Medjugorje.
None of us wanted to leave Yugoslavia. It was beautiful, simple and rustic. Fifty-three of us traveled together in this pilgrimage. The mantle of Mary continually covered us. By the time we arrived to our hotel in Neum, Yugoslavia, 26 hours had passed. It was an ordeal, especially for the older ones. We arrived a broken people yet we always knew God and Mary was with us.
In Medjugorje we met people of various countries. Each one searching, and expecting miracles. Many left their hurts and pains at the foot of the cross.
As the days passed people began to greet one another upon passing. There was greater peace.
The smaller mountain, the mountain where Our Blessed Mother first appeared, takes about one and half hours to climb. Some pilgrims even climbed without shoes. I really don’t know how they could have succeeded in climbing such a rocky mountain, but they did.
You could see the sick and old also going up the mountain with some help from other pilgrims. While climbing up the mountain one finds numerous crosses that have been placed by various countries and families.
It seemed to me that it was not an easy climb up the mountain the first time. But, subsequent climbs seemed much easier. This mountain was the place where people left their prayers, rosaries, buried written petitions or a toy of a cripple child. Leaving these items behind was a way to say to:
“God” I am here, hear my cries, hear my pains and struggles. Hear, Oh God, and answer me.”
It also symbolized their leaving it at the foot of the Cross for God to answer.
Many saw signs and wonders. I praise God that I was one of those who was to believe by faith. Faith is stronger. Since later on we can rationalized what our eyes have seen.
People saw the sun and Cross do things and this was God’s gift to them. I noticed the beauty of God’s creation in a new way, and my taste buds became sharper. I became more aware.
Beauty was all around us. Here, the sun looked bigger, fuller, and brighter. The sky was in splendor array. The mountains majestic yet rustic.
It was a wonderful experience to see people from all over the world, coming from different walks of life coming together in prayer.
It was beautiful to see how people coming from different countries and unable to verbally communicate with each other found ways to communicate. Everyone having one purpose to bring praise to God, Jesus and Mary.
God worked miracle. God continues to work miracles in people lives.
God strengthen His people to continue on their journey.
God inflamed hearts with love.
In Medjugorje there are several visionaries that are being taught by Our Blessed Virgin Mary. Some of the visionaries in Medjugorje have visions frequently while others only once a year.
Recently, I was privileged to see a video of one of the Medjugorje visionaries named Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo taken on August 2, 2009. Look for yourself.
See Medjugorje Visionary Mirjana
See her reactions and demeanor.
Let me know what you think. I do not want to influence you.