For an in-depth feature on Medjugorje and why it has impacted so many throughout the world, click on THE STORY OF MEDJUGORJE: 18 YEARS OF GRACE
Note, Our Lady didn't say peace comes from peace treaties or cease-fires, no it comes from and through God. What God began at the Cova in Fatima He is finishing at the Podrbo and on Mt. Krizevac in Medjugorje. Our Lady said to the seers at Fatima, "In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph." We are closer to that time. All the Blessed Mother has imparted is being fulfilled and she has said that when her apparitions cease in her special Oasis of Peace her mission will have been completed. She will not appear anywhere else in the world. She affirmed this in her May 2, 1982 message when she said,
Though this editor doubted the apparitions at first, once we visited this Oasis of Peace I was converted like never before. This ministry of MIR-A-CALL Center and the communications apostolate of the DAILY CATHOLIC exist because we took seriously her request of August 16, 1984:
But, as we have documented in these pages for years, there are those who are out to destroy Medjugorje and their argument holds no water - only half-truths and opinions with no proof of a hoax. Who else operates this way? We all know it is the master of lies - the prince of darkness who despises Our Lady, her Oasis of Peace and those who adhere to what God is asking of us. The Yugoslav Episcopal Commission has been reviewing this political-religious "hot potato" issue for well over a decade because of the resentment to the Franciscans that stems back centuries as we've also documented in the DAILY CATHOLIC over the years. The fued between the diocesan priests and the people who so passionately and, at times, radically back the Franciscans is a main reason why Rome has yet to fully approve Medjugorje. It is because peace has not fully come. Our Lady has laid out the blueprint for us, but yet so many want further proof. The Blessed Virgin has been warning us and still we are so slow to respond. They forget her words of her June 24th message in 1983 when she said,
Probably another unsurmountable fact are the fruits of Medjugorje. We can personally attest to this. We also refer to Christ's words in Matthew 7: 17-20, "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them." Therein lies the authenticity of Medjugorje: the test of time which have produced good fruits. Therefore, Our Lady's Oasis of Peace cannot bear bad fruit. Therefore after eighteen years the tree grows strong. The reason it has is because it is from God and no amount of opposition from the evil one can defeat it. That is the deduction of why Our Lady chose this remote mountain village and why she has been imparting Heaven's will from this Oasis of Peace in a desert of war and hatred. Try as he might, the devil is having a devil of a time destroying Medjugorje because Medjugorje is a syllogism that makes sense!
Imagine! Our Heavenly Mother has been coming every day for the last 18 years to call us, her children, to greater prayer and to conversion. On occasion I meet someone who discounts Our Lady’s appearances there. They cannot believe that Heaven would send her every day for so long a time.
My answer to that is: “Why not???” Who of us can fathom God or His Works? Who of us can fathom God’s love? Who can fathom a love that is so profound that it would seek relentlessly the saving of those who are on the verge of being lost? What mother, that is a good mother, could stand by doing nothing when she sees a child (or children) in great danger?
St. Monica prayed constantly and every day for 20 years for the conversion of her son, St. Augustine. Who could justifiably find fault with God for sending Our Lady every day even for 100 years, if that is what it would take?
Those who say God would not send Our Lady for so long a time, in my opinion, are guilty of great pride. Their judgment confines God, as if they could put Him in a box. God doesn’t behave according to what humans think, but how He would think, He Who is the All-Knowing and All-Good God, Infinitely perfect, Who cannot act contrary to His Love.
If we were to compare the size of a pencil point to the size of the universe, we would say there could hardly be a comparison. Yet the human mind is like a “pencil point” compared to God’s Intelligence. The human mind is hardly comparable to the Intelligence of God and anyone who thinks they know how God SHOULD behave should be reminded that God’s Intelligence and love is infinitely greater than their own.
In Scripture God tells us that His Ways are not our ways, nor are His Thoughts, our thoughts. We can take that literally.
Most people (including priests) are hardly educated in the area of Mystical Theology, a true branch of Theology. Yet so many make judgments as though they were experts in the field.
How many of us (untrained personages) would presume to tell a brain surgeon how to perform an operation? In like manner, should all of us be careful to presume to condemn Medjugorje based on limited knowledge and training.
“You shall know a tree by its fruits,” Jesus said. Unless people take an HONEST look at the fruits of Medjugorje and see the thousands of conversions (not possible for satan who would thereby be working against himself), the hundreds of prayer groups and Eucharistic adorations ... all because of their experiences in Medjugorje, could they be in a position to judge wisely.
Thank you, dear Blessed Mother, for coming for so long to us in that humble village. Please don’t give up on us. It is now evening time. It is getting late. And we need you more than ever.
And God bless you, dear reader.