Tonight, as pilgrims began to go up to the Blue Cross in preparation for Ivan’s prayer group apparition of Our Lady, there remained a spirit of silent prayer until around 8:00 p.m. The Rosary was then begun and was prayed in mostly Croatian and Italian. At 8:30 p.m., the pilgrims began to sing. Ivan began the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary at 9:30 p.m. Our Lady appeared to Ivan at 10:00 p.m. The apparition lasted several minutes. There were several thousand pilgrims present tonight for the apparition. The following is Ivan’s description of the apparition:
Tonight Our Lady came very happy. She greeted us with Her Motherly greeting, “Praised be Jesus, my little children.” Our Lady prayed along time for all of us for our intentions. She blessed all of us with Her Motherly Blessing. She blessed all the religious articles brought for blessing. Our Lady prayed a long time with Her hands extended. Our Lady prayed especially for all the sick present. Then Ivan recommended all of us, our intentions, our families, and especially the sick to Our Lady. After that, Our Lady continued to pray for all of us with Her hands extended. After that She left saying, “Go in peace, my dear children.”
Walking back from the Blue Cross, the trail back to the Caritas Mission House was illuminated with a few stars in the sky. The silhouette of the mountain was clearly visible. The night was a comfortable temperature, while people from various parts of the world headed back to the places they were staying. There was much animation and talk by some, while others were subdued or reflective about Our Lady’s apparition. One pilgrim was overheard, after being asked what did she think, “Well it was interesting.” These stages of conversion, from indifference to being profoundly converted, millions have walked before. By the end of a pilgrimage, all are usually touched in some way. Sometimes it happens when they get home. One thing is certain, you cannot be prayed over by Our Lady for a long time, twice with Her hands extended without an effect of grace. Whether one is open to it is up to them. These prayer group apparitions are always a joy and wonder. By the time we walked back down to the Caritas Mission House, the full moon was beginning to peak just over Apparition Mountain and one’s thoughts immediately recognizes that God laid out these mountains, the valley, the whole geography as a stage to host the second greatest event in Christendom – the coming of the Woman of Revelations. The first was the coming of the Messiah. Convert while you have the grace and the time.
With Love from Medjugorje,