Friday, June 22, 2012

7 Things You Didn't Know About Medjugorje

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"Gospa" painted as she is described
On June 24, 1981, six children (now adults) experienced an apparition of the “Gospa” (Blessed Mother) in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia. To this day, thousands of miracles of healing, conversion and eyewitnesses of a dancing sun are reported at the site. If you are cautious about private revelation without Church approval, I understand. So were many people about Fatima and Lourdes prior to their approval. But I believe in them because I don’t think Our Lady would stop speaking, helping or appearing to her children in 1917, especially when we are living in perilous times of Church crisis in a culture of death.

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Blessed John Paul II reportedly said that if he weren’t Pope, he would have been hearing confessions in Medjugorje, so he asked one of the visionaries to take his red shoes to the Madonna in his place. He was also quoted as speaking favorably of Medjugorje to various Archbishops, Bishops and priests, often encouraging them to “Go to Medjugorje.” 
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I’d follow the former pope’s red shoes if I could. But since I can’t, I’ve attended live apparitions with travelling visionaries. Soon after my first miscarriage, I prayed to Our Lady for a baby. Marija Lunetti, visionary, shared that if pilgrims ask her to pray for a pregnancy, she instructs those people to go buy a crib because that is one prayer Our Lady is glad to answer. I gave birth to a baby girl exactly 9 months later on Easter Sunday. And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg of the graces she’s given me.
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I follow Medjugorje’s messages to pray the rosary and convert because if I’m ambitious enough to want to become like Our Lady, then what better way than to listen to her? If I ignore her motherly advice, then I’d be just like this: 

That’s a Cotswald sheep’s yarn, given to me by a friend who visited Amish country, after she heard that I’d been wanting to learn how to knit for the last two decades. Now, the yarn sits there, mocking me, “You caaan’t kni-it…you caaan’t kni-it!” because I haven’t taken any steps to get a how-to-video, sit down with my knitting friends or even purchase the needles. And I don’t want my Marian spiritual life to be stagnant like my knitting plans. (Post-it to self: knit a scarf by winter.)
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Our Lady asks us to fast on bread and water two days a week: Wednesdays and Fridays. I almost passed out on my first day of fast (I was breastfeeding) until I learned to do it gradually. First, I gave up a meal for bread and pretty soon it was two meals to three. I am working up to a Wednesday fast but I confess my flesh is weak.
If my breads look like this, fasting wouldn't be a challenge. 
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I love conversion stories but this one the most: Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC shared his riveting conversion journey from juvenile delinquent to Catholic to priest because of a book about the apparitions in Mejugorje. Read it in his book or listen to his story on lighthousemedia CDs.

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For a thorough interview with the visionaries on their experiences and Our Lady’s messages and visions over the thirty years of apparitions, read Jan T. Connel’s “Interview with the Visionaries.” The writer is a lawyer and Marian Catholic.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!


Athanasius contra mundum said...

Not to nitpick, but Medjugore was in Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Hercegovina) not Czechoslovakia.

Elizabeth said...

Nice quick takes, thanks for the info! :)

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you.

God bless.

mary333 said...

What's fascinating to me is the similarities we share when it came to praying for a baby. I suffered through an ectopic pregnancy, my tubes were blocked, and I sent a letter with a friend to Medjugorje asking for Our Lady's intercession since I could not go myself. The following summer I was at Mass with my mom and the 1st reading from the Old Testament was "A year from this day you will be holding a child." I felt heat go all through my body and when we walked out of Mass my mom and I looked at each other and said that I was going to have a baby the following summer. My daughter was born exactly one year later. I have no doubt that this came about through Our Lady's intercession. I had done a Novena to her also, asking for a baby.

Anabelle Hazard said...

Thanks for the correction Athanasius. Good thing I'm not doing world geography in my curriculum this year.

Mary333, thank you for sharing. I am praying for another one. What novena did you use?

mary333 said...

Hi Anabelle,
I did the Miraculous Medal Novena. It was nice to see a positive post on Medjugorje. My mom went there when I was a teenager and came back so changed - it was remarkable. Actually, everyone that I know who has been there came back changed!


Annette said...

I'm not sure how I feel about Medjugorje. Snce the Church hasn't recognized it and the local Bishop isn't to keen on what's happening I've kept my distance. We had a seer come to our parish years ago and when I mentioned I wasn't going I was called a "skeptic," like that was a bad thing! I friend did bring me back a rosary made of pressed rose petals and I have to admit that when I opened it and smelled the strong rose scent I got actual goosebumps. It's nice to hear someone else's opinion.