Does Our Lady yet appear in Medjugorje?
That beautiful November morning there were more than 100,000 people present in Medjugorje. They were pilgrims from all around the world gathered around Apparition hill. It was a morning that I will never forget. People praising and thanking God in their own languages. Some were praying the rosary and some singing ‘Zdravo Maria’ – a beautiful Croatian hymn to Our Lady. Dalibor, our host in Medjugorje mentioned that crowds camped on the mountain from the night before while some arrived in the early hours of the morning, just to get closer to the Blue Cross, where Our Lady would appear.
We were at the bottom of the Apparition Mountain, where we were able to get a glimpse of the Blue Cross. We started praying the Rosary as a family. The prayerful atmosphere and reverence was amazing.
It did not take us long to realise that we were meant to ‘be there’ by God’s utmost mercy and love. It was not by luck, but God wanted us to be there in Medjugorje when Our Lady conveyed the message to one of our fellow human beings. This was something special; an experience of heaven on earth! I knew that Mary, our mother would not come alone. Most mystics and visionaries in the past often saw Mary accompanied by angels. Also wherever she is present, we know that Jesus is present as Mary and Jesus are united in heart. It does not stop there, because we know that wherever Jesus is present, God the Father and the Holy Spirit are present, as they are united in the Holy Trinity. Wherever the Holy Trinity is present, the whole heavenly court, the Angels and Saints are present.
As the crowds kept singing and praying I looked up into the sky. Wondered, “Will there be a difference in the sky over Apparition Hill?” The sky looked normal and yet I felt that it cannot be normal. I knew deep in my heart that God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit were present there together with Mary and the Angels and Saints. I felt that there was so much love flowing from them, as they watched us pay homage. I cannot explain the feeling; realising that we were present in a place where the whole heavenly court was present, waiting to listen to Our Heavenly Mother’s message.
When the time came, all the singing and praising suddenly stopped. There was dead silence among thousands of people. Our Lady was speaking to Mirjana of Medjugorje.
As a mother I implore you to persevere as my apostles. I am praying to my Son to give you Divine wisdom and strength. I am praying that you may discern everything around you according to God’s truth and to strongly resist everything that wants to distance you from my Son. I am praying that you may witness the love of the Heavenly Father according to my Son.
My children, great grace has been given to you to be witnesses of God’s love. Do not take the given responsibility lightly. Do not sadden my motherly heart. As a mother I desire to rely on my children, on my apostles. Through fasting and prayer you are opening the way for me to pray to my Son for Him to be beside you and for His name to be holy through you. Pray for the shepherds because none of this would be possible without them.
This message was not just for the pilgrims present at Medjugorje at the time, but for all of you. We were present there, so we can take the message to you. Some might say there is nothing special about the message. Yet for me, Our Lady’s message had a deep meaning, a calling and required a strong commitment from us. The fact that she calls us her ‘apostles’ puts me in a position of great humility. What did I do to deserve to be her apostle? She calls all of us to persevere as her Apostles. I felt that we are assigned on a special mission. Our heavenly mother said that she was ‘praying for us’, so we receive ‘Divine Wisdom’. She confirmed that great ‘Grace’ has been given to us to be ‘Witnesses of God’s Love’. We in fact felt this grace and blessings flow during the apparition. Now it is our responsibility to share this love with others.
Each time we receive Jesus in Holy Communion we experience God’s love and from then we become witnesses of God’s love for others. I felt this was indeed a responsibility that I cannot take lightly or disappoint my heavenly mother. Our heavenly mother relies on us as ‘her children’ and as her ‘apostles’ to take this responsibility seriously. Even though our human frailties may try to bring us down, we know now that we can rely totally on our Heavenly Mother’s prayers and assistance.
Our Lord’s mother loves you in a special way and she wants you to know that her Son loves you too. Her plan is to bring all people to her Son.