Behind the Scenes

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Though we shouldn’t have been amazed, as we have so often seen Our Lady’s hand help us to meet deadlines over the years, we still could not help but be amazed that the day the book-binding equipment arrived, we were ready to receive it. Five 53-foot tractor trailers arrived containing the entire book-binding machine, ready to be assembled by a crew of seven to ten men from Muller-Martini. Above, a forklift is unloading one of the five trucks, with one piece already uncrated. Below, a long line of crates holding the 24 gatherers that were each sponsored by supporters of the retooling wait to be opened. Books about Our Lady of Medjugorje’s messages will travel back and forth through the machine in order to be bound. Though the book-binder spreads out 100-feet at its longest point, if we were to spread out the entire book-binding equipment, it would be longer than the length of a football field.


Thousands of details must be apprised in preparing for the placement and installation of the new equipment. Channels to hook up the electrical lines to the book-binder had to be cut through the cement floor before the equipment arrived, which the pictures here provide the “before” and the “after” of this process. To study the intricacies of these complex pieces of equipment is to be impressed at the wisdom God has given man to put to use His laws of physics. Using creation to bring souls back to the Creator is not only meaningful but also the best use of tools necessary in transmitting Our Lady of Medjugorje’s messages to the world. We have a joy seeing the book-binder being put together step-by-step, realizing the magnitude of materials for Our Lady this equipment is capable of producing. These workers from Muller-Martini will be with us for nearly two months, not only to assemble the new machine, but also to train a crew from the community who will be running the book-binder. In Our Lady’s first apparitions here, November 1988 through January 1989, some of Her messages had a feel of prophecy in them.

November 23, 1988

“I invite you to pray and give your life completely to God. I will give you strength and I will help you in all of your needs. You can ask for everything that you need to help you. I will intercede for you in front of God.”

November 26, 1988

“I ask you once again to pray. Especially pray for my intentions. If you pray for my intentions, I will be glorified through you. All your prayers are going to help you through my hands.”

Our Lady foresaw what was to be. We now see it materially.



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