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Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje’s Prayer Group Apparition
through Ivan on January 1, 2011


Our Lady appeared to Ivan on top of Apparition Mountain at a little after 10:00 p.m. on January 1, 2011. The apparition lasted about 10 minutes. There were thousands of pilgrims present for this apparition. The following is Ivan’s description of the apparition:

Tonight, as after every day after every encounter with Our Lady, I want to describe also to you what was the most important from this meeting tonight.

Tonight Our Lady came to us very joyful and happy and greeted all of us at the beginning with Her usual Motherly greeting: “Praised be Jesus, my dear children”.

Afterwards Our Lady said:

“Dear children also today the Mother calls you with joy – pray, pray, pray. Pray, dear children, and help me realize my plans which I desire to realize with the world and with this parish. Dear children, in a special way today I call you to pray for vocations in the Church, for a firm faith of my priests. Know, dear children, that I always pray with you when it is the most difficult for you, therefore, persevere in prayer. Pray together with me. Also today I want to say thank you to you for having responded, for having accepted my messages and for living my messages.”

Afterwards Our Lady prayed for a longer time over all of us here with Her arms extended. She blessed us all with Her Motherly blessing and blessed everything you brought to be blessed. After that, She prayed especially over you the sick who are present here. I recommended all of you, all your needs, your intentions, your families and in a special way, as always, I recommended the sick. Afterwards a conversation followed, I spoke to Our Lady and She spoke to me. After that conversation, Our Lady continued to pray over all of us and in that prayer She left in an illuminated Sign of the Cross with the greeting:
“Go in peace, my dear children”.


My Plans for the World and this Parish

By A Friend of Medjugorje

In tonight’s apparition during Medjugorje visionary Ivan’s prayer group, Our Lady gave a full message. Our Lady again speaks of plan‘s’, with an ‘s’. Our Lady said on July 24, 1989:

“...there are today many plan's' that I cannot fulfill without you…”

Yet, tonight’s message emphasizes the parish of Medjugorje.


January 1, 2011

“…help me to realize my plans which I desire to realize with the world and with this parish…”


Our Lady’s plans are for the whole world, but Our Lady does not negate the parish of Medjugorje. Who makes up the parish? It is the people. Through these simple people Our Lady wants to:


October 25, 1996

“…renew the world…”


This is the first time the Church is being renewed through the laity. Medjugorje is a lay-led movement. Most of the visionaries had planned to become religious. They did not. Yet, it is Our Lady who says, “Pray for vocations”. The condition of the seminaries and religious orders when Our Lady began appearing was such that there was a great need for purification. Truth be known, much of what we have seen in recent years, much of what still must come is the purification that has come through Our Lady’s presence, especially the purification of seminaries. Seminaries will also take on a new form in the future. In seminaries today there is an inordinate focus on the intellectual and not the purity of holiness. Simple holiness, like that of St. John Vianney, is in contradiction of intellectual knowledge of holiness.


Our Lady led the Medjugorje visionaries to simple holiness and to the vocation of Holy Matrimony, instead of to religious vocations. Why? Because marriage made holy, in unity, creates the family of God and will give birth to bountiful abundant vocations in the future. Our Lady said:


May 1, 1986

“…I wish that the fruits of the family be seen one day…”


The intellectualism that has prevailed in the Church has derailed many a vocation, as well as weakened the faith of the Church. Instead of leading the culture through simple, but profound holiness, we have followed the culture in accepting that college degrees, doctorates, and the like qualifies one more so than holiness. Intellectually, there certainly would be an objection against that statement and the judgment that this is not correct. But this writing is not about arguing a point, it is about reality. Reality proves the point. We have killed holiness with intellectualism through idolizing the “god of being educated.” In reality, St. John Vianney could never pass through the seminary today, and yet he was named as the model and mentor for priests in the Year of the Priest – which is a contradiction of the path we have been on for decades in what seminaries have taught. Jesus taught simply. His teaching of Scripture and life was understood by all. Actually, those who were “educated” were at a disadvantage in understanding Jesus’ teachings. The simple, humble people understood Him best. Our Lady’s messages today have often been rejected by those who say they say nothing even, in the past, calling Our Lady of Medjugorje a chatterbox. Yet, Our Lady says these messages are to save the world. This contradicts this mentality that the intellectual methods will save the world vs. Our Lady’s basic simple messages to save the world.


Once in Medjugorje, a young man said he wanted to become a priest. His fire and enthusiasm and desire for holiness were impressive. Eleven years of going through the educational system, and still in the seminary, his vocation was squelched with watered down intellectualism. The fire of the heart, put out, had moved into the dullness of the mind. The holiness he once radiated with his heart, moved into the mind radiating, instead, intellectualism about Scripture, Church teaching, social justice and complex formulas and scenarios difficult to understand and of little interest to the everyday life of believers.


Our Lady has come to raise up a springtime for the Church. It will come through the laity – laity who will raise up vocations in their families, who will raise up a new culture, not based in intellectualism, but simplicity of heart, formed in basic common sense – the profound education to have, based in the light of Jesus Christ. Our Lady said, referring to Jesus:

December 2, 2007

“…the light of common sense…”


Being educated is very important. The educational systems we have at present, including all the way up to the universities, are not important. They are harmful and a leading cause of the problems of the world today. Our Lady’s school is the school all schools must be based in. All other schools will lose their importance, including ivy league colleges. In the past, the Roman Coliseum with all its grandeur came to disuse as holiness took root and conquered the culture. The Coliseum was abandoned and Christians pulled its marble stones apart and built St. Peter’s Basilica, and other beautiful churches, from them. We will see the day when the stones of the higher learning institutions of our day are taken apart and from them beautiful churches will arise from the rubble, raised up by and for the souls whose intelligence is the light of common sense and holiness.


A last question remains. If universities fall into disuse, how will we get doctors, scientists, etc.? The answer is simple. It will come through holiness and apprenticeship. Everything, every profession can be taught through apprenticeship, just as Joseph, the carpenter, taught Jesus carpentry.


In the Love of Our Lady,
A Friend of Medjugorje


Apparition Mountain sillouhette

The silhouette of Jesus on the Cross overlooking the lights of Medjugorje the night of the first day of the year, January 1, 2011. Medjugorje visionary, Ivan, has been in Medjugorje this week and went to Apparition Mountain for Our Lady’s first apparition on the mountain this year. New Year’s day is the Feast of the Mother of God. Mary, the Woman who appears to Ivan, who is also the Mother of God, was present not only at His birth, but also at the foot of the Cross, at His death. Both events were necessary for the salvation of man. Our Lady’s presence on this mountain, in a glorified body, also brings to mind that She was a witness to His resurrection, as well. The birth, death and resurrection of Jesus is the hope of men for all time, and for us, in our time. The Mother has come to renew within us this hope.


Man praying

“Open your hearts to me. Give your sufferings to me. The Mother will help.”

Beautiful words to receive after you have lived those words. This man climbed Apparition Mountain for Ivan’s apparition, January 1, 2011, and opened his heart with fervent prayer. The following morning, January 2, Our Lady speaks the above words to Mirjana. Once the Caritas Community had the opportunity to write out petitions to Our Lady before the apparition. They spent several hours to complete their petitions. During the apparition, Medjugorje visionary Marija said that they could individually present Our Lady their petitions during the apparition. They came up, one by one, and dropped them at Our Lady’s feet in front of Marija. Our Lady did not end the apparition until after everyone had the opportunity to present their petitions. On that day, Our Lady gave a message to the community. She said:

“I wish to give you graces. Ask for them.”

What great joy was given to them for these words that they had just lived, having spent at least two hours writing everything in their hearts to ask Our Lady. It opened their hearts more fully, and the desire increased in them to go with confidence to Our Lady for every need in their hearts. You can do the same by clicking here to send your petitions to be placed in Our Lady's presence.


Girl praying

What were you doing the night of New Year’s Day? Many went to bed early to recover from the “celebration” of the night before, having no thought of God, no need for prayer. This girl was among thousands who climbed a dark mountain the night of January 1, 2011, in Medjugorje, huddled in the cold for hours, and knelt on hard rocky ground to finally receive in her heart the Mother’s love, a love that has been giving itself to the world for the past almost 30 years, of which most of the world is still oblivious. Late night on top of a mountain, dark, cold, rocks beneath knees—but peace. Not a bad way to start the New Year.

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