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The Visionaries

Ivan Dragicevic

was born on May 25, 1965. He still has daily apparitions. On October 23, 1994, Ivan married Laureen Murphy and they have three children. He lives with his family in the USA for part of the year and in Medjugorje for the other part. Our Lady has entrusted Ivan with nine of the ten secrets. In July of 1982 she began leading a prayer group through Ivan that gathers to pray twice a week. Our Lady has asked him to pray for young people and for priests.

Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti

was born on April 1, 1965. She still has daily apparitions. Through her, Our Lady gives her message to the parish and the world. From March 1 1984 through January 8, 1987, the message was given every Thursday, and since January 1987, on every 25th of the month. Our Lady entrusted nine secrets to her. Marija is married and she has four children. With her family, she lives in Italy and in Medjugorje. Our Lady has asked her to pray for the souls in purgatory and for religious nuns.

Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic

was born on September 9, 1964. She still has daily apparitions. Our Lady has entrusted nine secrets to her. In the late 1980's Our Lady dictated her life story to Vicka which she has kept since in two notebooks. This work will be published, at Our Lady's direction, 'when the time is right.' On January 26, 2002 Vicka married Mario Mijatovic. They have two children and live in Krehin Gradac near Medjugorje. Our Lady has asked her to pray for the sick.

Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez

was born on July 21, 1966. She was the first one who saw Our Lady. She had daily apparitions until May 7, 1985. On that day, confiding to her the tenth secret, Our Lady told her that for the rest of her life, she would have one yearly apparition on June 25, the anniversary of the apparitions. Ivanka is married, she has three children, and she lives with her family near Medjugorje. Our Lady has asked her to pray for families.

Jakov Colo

was born on March 6, 1971. He had daily apparitions from June 25, 1981 through September 12, 1998. On that day, entrusting to him the tenth secret, Our Lady told him that for the rest of his life he would have one yearly apparition, on Christmas Day. Jakov is married, he has three children, and he lives with his family in Medjugorje. Our Lady has asked him to pray for the sick.

Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo

was born on March 18, 1965. She received daily apparitions until December 25, 1982. On that day, entrusting to her the tenth secret, Our Lady promised her that for the rest of her life she would have one yearly apparition, on her birthday. Since August 2, 1987, on each second day of the month, Mirjana hears interiorly Our Lady's voice and prays with her for unbelievers. Occasionally she also sees her. Mirjana has been chosen to reveal the secrets and will tell a Franciscan priest, Fr. Petar Ljubicic, ten days before each one occurs. After prayer and fasting, he will tell the secret to the world three days before it happens. Mirjana married Marko Soldo on September 16, 1989 and has two children. She lives with her family in Bijakovici, Medjugorje. Our Lady has given her the special ministry to pray for unbelievers, those who have not come to know the love of God.

Ivan, Vicka, Marija photos, source: © Darlene Duprey
Ivanka, Jakov, Mirjana photos, source: © Informativni centar “Mir” Medjugorje www.medjugorje.hr.

A MIRACLE FOR ALL THE WORLD THE STORY OF MEDJUGORJE

On June 24, 1981, a miraculous event occurred in the small town of Medjugorje, in former Yugoslavia.

A Lady appeared to two children, Ivanka and Mirjana. The next day the Lady appeared to six children. She was a stranger, but far lovelier and wondrous than anyone had ever seen. A woman with an aura of bright light accompanying Her, and with a crown of twelve stars around Her head. She has blue eyes, dark hair, and was dressed in gray with a white veil. The children reported that She has a spirit of love as no one else, more beautiful than any other woman ever, with gentleness and favor and grace. They could see her very clearly. She was indescribably beautiful, with a soft and gentle voice like beautiful music. She was standing on a cloud. The children said it was a joy to look at Her and their hearts filled with love. She appears as Mother and as Friend, sometimes very sad, sometimes very happy, but always with the greatest of love for Her children… all the children of Earth.

On the following day they approached Her and asked who She was, and their incredible story began with this reply, “I am the Blessed Virgin Mary… I have come to convert and reconcile the world. People must reconcile themselves with God and with each other.” And from this answer the children knew that She really was Our Blessed Mother, and that these apparitions were not just for themselves but for all mankind.

As the children’s families were still somewhat afraid and in doubt, they had Vicka sprinkle Holy Water on the apparition. As she did this, Vicka said, “If you really are Our Lady, then stay with us. If not, leave us!” Our Lady smiled sweetly to Vicka.

That apparition led to daily apparitions. Today, the Blessed Mother, the Mother of Jesus, continues to appear to these visionaries bringing messages for all the world to hear.

During the apparitions, the visionaries are in a trance-like state. They can see the Blessed Mother. They hear Her. They talk with Her. They can even touch Her. No one else in the room sees anything unusual except for the behavior of the young people themselves. The visionaries appear to be talking, but their voices cannot be heard. Their mouths and facial expressions change but no one can hear them. When the apparition is over, the visionaries all raise their eyes and heads at the same time and then one will say, “She’s gone!” They immediately return to their normal state, although they are very, very happy and in deep thought.

She is Our Lady – the Queen of Peace. After forty three years of appearing daily and bringing messages, she continues to appear but states that with the conclusion of these apparitions at Medjugorje, she will no longer appear anywhere on earth.

She continues to bring messages from God, messages of family love, world peace, conversion, love of our neighbors, and gentleness. She invites us to reconciliation, repentance, prayer, sanctity of life, the sacraments, and fasting as the means to achieve Heaven. As well, She brings secrets for this world to hear if we choose to continue on a destructive path. These messages are repeated during each apparition. In essence, they are a call back to faith, a call for a return to God.

She wants everyone in the whole world, all Her children, to be saved. Peace through conversion, prayer and faith. She wants families to pray together… especially to pray for the success of the plan of Her Son for this world.

She has said that prayer can stop wars, can alter the course of nature itself. She said that one great world catastrophe has already been averted because of the prayer and faithfulness of so many.

This sounds to be an incredible story. After all, why haven’t we heard of this if it was indeed real or if it wasn’t a practical joke?

The truth is, however, that these events are real. These apparitions were written about in “Life Magazine”, “Reader’s Digest”, “Time”, “Newsweek”, “Wall Street Journal”, “National Geographic”, and in numerous papers throughout the world. A video narrated by Martin Sheen tells the story, and scores of books, video and audio tapes are available.

At last estimate, over thirty million people have pilgrimaged to Medjugorje to visit with the visionaries, pray, and hear Our Mother’s messages. Many thousands have seen “signs” such as the dance of the sun as was seen at Her other apparitions at Fatima and Lourdes; or have experienced the turning of their rosaries to a gold color; or have seen the appearances of crosses and images at Medjugorje. Many have had healings and miraculous physical cures…. documented cures from multiple sclerosis, drug abuse, chronic pain, etc. Most importantly, however, are the spiritual miracles. Almost all who have gone to visit Medjugorje have had a profound transformation in their faith. They arrive with troubles and burdens and questions of doubt, and they leave en-heartened, with purpose and love, a deepening of faith, and a closer relationship with God.

Finally, the events of Medjugorje are best known within the scientific community. Numerous scientists documented results of physical tests with sophisticated medical instruments while the children were in the state of ecstasy. These tests were of a sensory nature. Such tests were unavailable for past apparitions, such as Fatima or Lourdes, but have provided indisputable scientific evidence of a phenomenon at Medjugorje defying human explanation. They prove well beyond any doubt, that the children are neither lying, nor experiencing any pathological or psychotic condition. They are, in fact, experiencing phenomena that defy scientific explanation… it cannot be explained by medical science.

Unfortunately, because of the current political climate in America together with the fact that the Church will not pronounce on the supernaturality of these apparitions until they have ceased, these apparitions and the subsequent miracles are minimized or ignored by both the media as well as greater society. The thousands of international prayer groups that have sprung up, have done so from a grass-roots, almost underground movement. But perhaps that is the way it should be if this world is to be saved; perhaps it is destined for the faithful to meet the challenge and burden of a world which is becoming increasingly evil.

In fact, America is now reported as having the greatest incidence of violence of any industrialized nation. This is seen as an increasing trend, with no end in sight. The 20th century has seen a level of violence and bloodshed unequaled in all history. Because the world is sinking into a great pool of depravity and sin, the Blessed Mother – the Queen of Peace has come to guide us home.

The people of America thirst for peace, they yearn for spiritual guidance… but they still don’t understand. They don’t know how or who to turn to for achieving peace. Our Lady’s Messages, are simple, they present a call to return to God. We all need to hear these messages with our hearts… and we need to hear the immediacy in that call.

For the first time in contemporary society, there is proof of the existence of God. There is physical evidence; an encounter of the most holy kind. This evidence, as presented in the apparitions of the Blessed Mother, has deepened the faith of many millions of believers, and has converted as many non-believers to the existence of God and the principles of Christianity. How many times do you hear, “Of course I would believe… if only I had proof that God exists?” Well, Medjugorje is that proof, and every day many thousands more find the Spirit of Love, and establish or deepen their relationship with God.

The visionaries (Ivanka Ivankovic, age 15; Mirjana Dragicevic, age 16; Vicka Ivankovic, age 17; Ivan Dragicevic, age 16; Maria Pavlovic, age 16; and Jakov Colo, age 10 at the time the apparitions first began) suffered political persecution at the hands of the communists, personal humiliation and embarrassment from the unbelievers, and were ostracized for their involvement. But they persisted, because they knew that the apparitions were not just for themselves but were for all mankind. The fruits of their faith are only now becoming obvious. In the United States alone, there are now over 200 Marian Peace Centers devoted to our Blessed Mother, in large part due to the messages at Medjugorje. There are thousands of prayer groups for youth and adults that have started across the world in honor of Our Lady of Medjugorje. And literally millions of people have experienced physical or spiritual healings and found closer contact with God as a result.

Mary comes back today in Medjugorje as a kind and loving Mother, pleading with Her children… with ALL Her children… to simply do what Jesus says. If we listen and respond to Her gentle requests, then the Lord through the Holy Spirit will bestow grace and mercy and love and works of peace in our individual hearts, in our families, in our communities, and throughout the entire world. Medjugorje has profoundly affected the hearts and souls of millions. Isn’t it time for the rest of us to reflect on these messages?