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Pilgrims in Medjugorje

Monday, July 2 - The first wave of pilgrims departing after hearing Our Lady’s words spoken over the loud speakers. For the next several hours the road in front of the place of the apparition was filled with pilgrims, buses and taxis trying to navigate through the congested traffic to go to the church or back to their homes and hotels.

By 6:00 a.m., this morning, July 2, 2007, the room that Our Lady would visit visionary Mirjana Soldo in, during her monthly apparition, was already three-quarters of the way filled, with new busloads of pilgrims arriving every minute. For the next three hours, those who were standing outside the building watched tens of thousands arrive, which eventually spilt out of the building to the point of completely surrounding it. People of every race and walk of life, people in wheelchairs, and those who were carried in on stretchers, the young and the old, priests and nuns, parents with their children…the procession went on and on, and all who were present came for one reason only—to be in the presence of Our Lady. It was a beautiful gathering. After the apparition, when we first heard Our Lady’s words given this morning over the loud speakers, it was startling to many. Her words immediately brought people to quiet meditation. You could see on the faces of the people that Our Lady’s words had struck them deeply. The following is the message given to Mirjana from Our Lady:

“Dear children! In the great love of God, I come to you today to lead you on the way of humility and meekness. The first station on that way, my children, is confession. Reject your arrogance and kneel down before my Son. Comprehend, my children, that you have nothing and you can do nothing. The only thing that is yours and what you possess is sin. Be cleansed and accept meekness and humility. My Son could have won with strength, but He chose meekness, humility and love. Follow my Son and give me your hand so that, together, we may climb the mountain and win. Thank you!”

Again Our Lady spoke about the importance of priests and their blessing.

The apparition took place around 9:00 am, and lasted several minutes.

With Love,

Community of Caritas,
in Medjugorje

Croud in Medjugorje

Pilgrims surround Mirjana (center-right) as she wades through the large crowds to return to her home. Visionary Ivan has said that it takes him 2-3 hours every night to make the transition from seeing Our Lady and having to return to his everyday, “normal” life. Mirjana has also expressed at times how difficult it is for her to not be able to go with Our Lady at the end of every apparition. While pilgrims try to take a picture of her, touch her, or gaze at her to try and capture at least something of what Mirjana experiences in the apparition, Mirjana endures this scrutiny, while suffering the deep pain caused by the separation of Our Lady once the apparition ends.

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