“Accept the mission…”

“Accept the mission…”

Mirjana, who receives the 25th message from Our LadyOur Lady’s September 2, 2012 message through Mirjana, pictures from the apparition, and writings by A Friend of Medjugorje


September 2, 2012 A.D.

Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje’s September 2, 2012
Apparition and Message Given to Mirjana on the Day for Nonbelievers

Our Lady appeared to Mirjana this morning, September 2, 2012, around 8:38 AM. Preceding Our Lady’s apparition several Rosaries were prayed, beginning around 5 AM. Throughout the night, as wild fires burned on Apparition Mountain and Cross Mountain, ash rained down upon those gathered on the Mountain, and the smell of smoke was prevalent in the air. Mirjana arrived a little before 8:30 and took her place at the foot of the Blue Cross. When Our Lady came, Mirjana’s head was seen to quickly turn upwards, with a look of joy upon her face. Our Lady stayed for 8 minutes. Following is Our Lady’s message of September 2, 2012:


“Dear children, as my eyes are looking at you, my soul is seeking those souls with whom it desires to be one – the souls who have understood the importance of prayer for those of my children who have not come to know the love of the Heavenly Father. I am calling you because I need you. Accept the mission and do not be afraid, I will strengthen you. I will fill you with my graces. With my love I will protect you from the evil spirit. I will be with you. With my presence I will console you in difficult moments. Thank you for your open hearts. Pray for priests. Pray that the unity between my Son and them may be all the stronger, that they may be one. Thank you.”

Our Lady blessed all of us present here and all of the religious articles that we had for the blessing. Mirjana added that Our Lady spoke about certain things that she still cannot share with us.

Pictures from the September 2, 2012 Apparition of Our Lady to Mirjana on Apparition Mountain

Fires on the Mountain

As pilgrims walked to Apparition Mountain last night, to spend the night at the Blue Cross awaiting Our Lady for Mirjana’s 2nd of the month apparition, this is the scene that greeted them as they made their way through the Fields. As wild fires continued to spread on Cross Mountain, flames ignited also on Apparition Mountain and began to spread. Though the Medjugorje villagers would explain these fires as a normal occurrence in the heat of a hot summer, it is still an unsettling sight in Our Lady’s holy village to pilgrims who have come from around the world. The fires of Medjugorje can speak to us of what Our Lady has come to do through Her apparitions:

“And in this, Her time, God sent Her to the Earth, Her mouth touched by God.

July 25, 1985

“…listen to my messages…live everything that God tells me to convey to you…”

Of Her, the Woman of Revelation, it can be said as it is written in Jeremiah 1:9-10:


“Then the Lord extended His hand and touched my mouth saying:
‘See I place my words in your mouth.
This day I set you over nations and over kingdoms.
To root up and to tear down,
To destroy and to demolish,
To build and to plant.’


“Our Lady comes to the world as its Queen. Not to govern through earthly power of an office, but to govern spiritually through the heart. This will require a different arrangement of the world as we know it now to be, an abyss of sin. Our Lady’s triumph of a spiritual reign of the heart cannot happen without the destruction of the gains satan has made throughout the world. Jeremiah says, “to root up and to tear down, to destroy and to demolish.”

A Friend of Medjugorje
From his writing: “You Can Be Touched By God”

Priests at the September 2, 2012 apparition

Many priests were already gathered in the early morning hours at the Blue Cross, leading the pilgrims in the Rosary. Referring to priests, Our Lady recently called them, “my beloved.” Our Lady needs Her priests to follow Her way in Medjugorje, because without them, the Church membership will not be able to “be real with themselves” in confronting the sin in their own lives and in the lives of the Church:

“The Church membership, to change the culture must be real with themselves, and this must begin with us, Our Lady’s children. We must acknowledge that society has failed because we have failed. The first step to changing this is complete admission and confession. We, the salt of the earth, the preservers of culture have gone flat. Salt that goes flat no longer preserves meat or prevents it from rotting, and the culture is rotten. Our Lady is here every day because we could not step through the purifying fire without Her. It is difficult to say yes now because on our own it is much easier to look the other way than confront sin in ourselves and in the Church. But for you who do, great will be your consolation even if you continue to be purified when the time of grace is over. But the good news, the hope is if we act now, choose now for Our Lady to purify us, we have Her coming everyday to help us and to guide us and to love us.”

A Friend of Medjugorje
From his writing: “You Can Be Touched By God”

Mirjana in ecstasy September 2, 2012

Mirjana greets Our Lady when She arrives at the Blue Cross in today’s apparition of September 2, 2012.

“Our Lady revealed on November 8, 1984, that those who are not aware of the gift of Her appearance, as well as we who are, are not deserving of such a grace. Yet in God’s mercy we are granted gifts which are so great Our Lady says that if we comprehended them we would pray without ceasing.

November 8, 1984

“…If you only knew how great are the graces God is granting you, you would be praying without ceasing…”

A Friend of Medjugorje
From his writing: “Mirjana, A Mystery Revealed”

Mirjana seeing Our Lady

Mirjana receives Our Lady’s words in the September 2, 2012 apparition. Our Lady confirms to us, Her children—all those who are listening to Her—that we have a mission. All of us have the responsibility to answer Our Lady’s call, to first of all change our lives, and to lead others to Her through our witness.

“If you do not take steps to be in union with God now and desire to grow, you will continue to grow amidst the present culture. The present culture is under judgement by God. It is why the Blessed Mother is coming. The present culture will wilt away. It is dying and will die. If you refuse to step away from it, you’ll be swept away with it. Rather, you must die to the culture by changing your direction and be part of the new culture that is resurrecting from Our Lady’s words. One can only see this through reflecting, “thinking,” about the future.”

A Friend of Medjugorje
From his writing: “Make Your Home “Think”-Friendly”

Child seeing Our Lady

A curious child bends to see “better” the face of Mirjana in ecstasy, as his mother bends her heart to see “better” all that Our Lady is, all that She is offering, all that She is asking. No one really noticed it, but throughout the apparition, this little boy was looking in the direction of Our Lady and winking his eyes. 

Mirjana September 2, 2012

Few eyes in the whole history of man have had the grace of seeing what Mirjana is beholding at this moment.

“Fatima had thirteen apparitions. The Church has put it as by far the most phenomenal event of the twentieth century. Medjugorje is not yet understood, and if the Church holds this assessment of thirteen apparitions with this much significance, what will it view Medjugorje once the time of grace is grasped? Medjugorje is the event, a time given to Our Lady that has been in waiting for 2,000 years…”

A Friend of Medjugorje
From his writing, “Twenty Years of Apparitions”

Message of Our Lady being read to the crowd September 2, 2012

The message is read aloud after Mirjana’s dictation. Simple words always filled with great mystery.

Corwds leaving the apparition September 2, 2012


The large crowds that attended Our Lady’s September 2, 2012 apparition make their way through the fields back to the center of the village. How many present today, understood the great grace of being in Our Lady’s presence? Maybe no one. Who can fully understand what it means, on this side of the veil, to be with Our Lady to receive Her prayers and Her blessings in this special time of grace?

It’s Here!! They Fired the First Shot 2012…


They Fired the First Shot 2012

“The book will provoke thought. It will make your mentality change. It will give you a process of thinking that will lead you to act. You will finish this book knowing you need to act now.”

A Friend of Medjugorje

Upon finishing his latest book, They Fired the First Shot 2012, A Friend of Medjugorje spoke about the book,

“You don’t have to know all the details, but if Our Lady says to do something, you simply do that. If She says to be ready, then be ready. Be ready for what? Be ready in all things physical, in all things temporal, in all things eternal. In all things seen and unseen. So, in other words, on all fronts. You do that and that puts you in a better position right off the bat. Our Lady said, “I am protecting you before the Heavenly Father by my own prayers.” From what? Why do we need protection? It’s obvious why we need protection.”

A Friend of Medjugorje

We have put together a sampling of the behind the scenes of bringing They Fired the First Shot 2012 to completion once A Friend of Medjugorje released it to go to print. Excerpts from an interview he gave about the book are interspersed among the pictures, as well as comments made from those who previewed the book.


Live with love...

This large picture window located in Caritas of Birmingham’s print shop looks out into the wooded area surrounding the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages. A Friend of Medjugorje chose this message because it expresses the essence of Our Lady’s print shop which was built to transmit Her messages to the entire world. We see the fulfillment of these words of Our Lady everyday in the mission, as we literally, through the print shop and shipping departments at Caritas, as well as through Medjugorje.com, transmit Our Lady’s messages to the whole world. And now, what Our Lady revealed through They Fired the First Shot 2012, was finally being able to be released to the world as well.

Pallets of books

Caritas’ Heidelberg press worked around the clock for the first printing of They Fired the First Shot 2012. The printed pages then lined up behind the folding machine, where small stacks were hand loaded. From the folder, the different sections of the book were loaded on to pallets, waiting for the next step of the process—the book binder.

“It was suggested to me that I would not regret it if I came down to Caritas and read it in the light of Our Lady’s presence. I came down and it was the most incredible book I have ever read. A community member had said to me before the book came out, “My life will be changed forever.” I didn’t realize what he meant then. I do now. My life will be changed forever. It was the most exciting book I’ve ever read. The most important book you must read.”

Caritas Supporter Who Previewed They Fired the First Shot 2012

Caritas book binder
“All hands on deck!” Because of the length of They Fired the First Shot 2012, the book had to be made in “blocks.” This line of stacks is collating only 1/3 of the book, as you see coming out on the conveyor belt to the left. The long line of pages to the right will be replaced with new pages two more times, to create three “blocks” that when put together, will form the whole book.

“Everything has fundamentally changed for me after reading They Fired the First Shot. I’m so excited for this book to be distributed. Don’t let anything stop you. Don’t let anything delay you. Every man of good will, will love this book and it will spread like wildfire.”

Caritas Supporter Who Previewed They Fired the First Shot 2012

Binding books at Caritas  

The first third of the book comes out in neat stacks, to be later combined with the middle and back sections.

“Our Lady has led us on a path for a long, long time, from one writing to the next, accumulated into a thought process, and this has been brought together, combined in completion, in They Fired the First Shot 2012. It’s not a problem identifying book. It’s laying it out, giving a mosaic of a better understanding of all Our Lady has been teaching, and why, since She began appearing in Medjugorje.”

A Friend of Medjugorje

Binding books at Caritas  

The first books are about to make the final turn into the three-knife trimmer, where three of its sides will be trimmed to book size.

“When you finish the book, you can feel like you can take certain steps now. And you don’t have to have money to do that. You don’t have to go borrow money to do that. What the Holy Spirit gives through this writing is something concrete.”

A Friend of Medjugorje

Binding books at Caritas

The completed They Fired the First Shot 2012 books are stacked on pallets, with one more stop at the shrink wrapping machine, before heading up to the shipping department.

“We are trained and conditioned to look to the voting booth for the answer—and it’s not there. God’s got the answer. And I’m not speaking in the context of prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting results in something solid –a solid direction. That direction is physical, it is temporal, it is to be done in this life, and it’s in the book.”

A Friend of Medjugorje

Packing books at Caritas
With thousands of orders to fill by those who pre-ordered the book, the conveyor belt is filled and then re-filled over and over again.

“The beauty with God’s plan is that when you get an inkling of it, you see it was right there in front of your nose all the time. But like the Promised Land, you will have to fight to get it. Thanks to A Friend of Medjugorje for taking the blinders off.”

Caritas Supporter Who Previewed They Fired the First Shot

Packing books at Caritas  

Each order that goes out from the Caritas shipping department receives a hand-written note to say “thanks” for supporting Our Lady’s mission, and to say “you are in our prayers.”

“This book is absolutely unequaled; it’s on a new level. Glory be to God for this writing.”

Caritas Supporter Who Previewed They Fired the First Shot

Packing books at Caritas
Now, on a different conveyor, the packages line up for postage.

“Get the book as soon as possible—get it. I’m telling you, before the election, you get this book. And I’m not saying this in the context that you should read this book so to elect the right president. I’m saying, you need to be in the know for what can unfold between now and then or just afterwards. It maybe that quick. It may be that soon.”

A Friend of Medjugorje

Packing books at CaritasEven the very youngest members of the community can find a way to help spread Our Lady’s messages. One-year-old Jacob is helping load Our Lady’s truck which will bring more than 500 packages to the post office in the first round of filling orders of They Fired the First Shot 2012.

“I was praying for fresh conversion in my life. This book did it!!”

Caritas Supporter Who Previewed They Fired the First Shot 2012

Caritas 'Mej

Our Lady’s truck leaves from the shipping ramp of the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages laden with hundreds of They Fired the First Shot books heading “from sea to shining sea”—literally every state in the country. While these books were heading out the door, down in our print shop, another 21,000 books began to be printed—the whole process starting over again.


“So, where do we go from here? You don’t have to be told that. After you read the book, you’ll know where to go. You’ll know what you will need to do.”

A Friend of Medjugorje




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14 thoughts on ““Accept the mission…””

  1. Sept 8th, Our Heavenly Mother’s Birthday, after Mass and Rosary I received her words in the book “They fired the first shot” with JOY and Thanksgiving. Praise Be God to Love us so much to give us liberty to accept and pass on his will through this book! JOY JOY to the world, AVE MARIA!

  2. Sept 8th, Our Heavenly Mother’s Birthday, after Mass and Rosary I received her words in the book “They fired the first shot” with JOY and Thanksgiving. Praise Be God to Love us so much to give us liberty to accept and pass on his will through this book! JOY JOY to the world, AVE MARIA!

  3. Dear Mother, my soul also desires to be one with your soul, and I pray for those of your children who do not know the love of our Heavenly Father. I accept the mission, I know you strengthen me. Thank you for filling us with your graces, and for protecting us with your love. …That our priests and all of us may be one with Your Son and with Your Soul.

  4. I love hearing about Our lady. I started to change my life and praying more because Medjugorje messages. I asked Our Lady to help me and in July I sent my first petition online for Caritas because I can not travel to Medjugorje now. So, my life started to change, I know SHE is helping me because I started to get the answers for things that I asked Her. I also started fasting in bread and water, it’s a gift from God to us, it’s the cure for our hearts and sins. In the begin It is not easy, but Our Lady help those who ask for HER help. I want to live the messages, I want to take my daughter to visit Medjugorje. That God continue helping us…Amém

  5. Charmaine.Swardling

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful yet thought evoking messages. we do not have any excuse but to be ready. please advise how I can obtain the BOOK -THEY FIRED THE FIRST SHOT. I live South Africa and would really appreciate purchasing the book. God bless all of you and a speical blessing for our Lady of medjugorje. I thoroughly enjoy reading and longing to make a trip to Medjugorje. Please send a petition on my behalf to our Lady to pray for my family that we be bound together with love serve the Lord all the days of our lives. That we may be true inspiration to all people we come into contact with. I pray for a special blessing as my husband and I may grow old together with peace joy love and spiritually. today we enter into our 35th wedding anniversary as yesterday marked our 34th year and feel blessed to have chosen that date so many years ago and now share in these wodneful messages our Lady chooses to appear each month GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU

  6. Praise be Jesus and Mary, as the prayer reads “Mother come back tomorrow and again and again.” We need Our Gentle Mother now more then ever. May all unbelievers come back to God now thru our prayers with the Queen of Peace. God send thy rains to douse the fires in Medjugorje we pray. Thank you Our Lord and Blessed Mother all our holy saints and angels. Amen

  7. Your mission and this article are a gift from God! I have been feeling God leading me in a new direction since he took my daughter home to heaven in July of 2011. I have offered the pain as a sacrifice to Him and have consecrated myself as a victim soul. I find this time a very exciting time and feel blessed and honored that God has chosen me to help His mother lead us to victory. God Bless all of you!! Nancy

  8. Our Lady’s message comes as a comfort to me as my 20 year old son who said the rosary daily with me, has just passed away. I know Our Lady holds him in her arms as he died with the brown scapular around his neck.

  9. I have come to set to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing.” Luke 12:49 My heart is afire.

  10. Today’s apparition adds to our hope on hope. Yes indeed Mother, we know where we have to focus much more, now in our prayer. For those who’ve not yet come to know or reject the Love of the Heavenly Father. Thank You for leading us on by the hand dear Mother Mary. Cant wait to read the book- wish it comes to book stores in India very soon.

  11. Thanks and may God Bless You All! dear friends for sending me this message of Our Lady. Mother, we have to study every word of you, and try to do what you want us to do.This is a great confidence for us. The strength you giving us is incredible. Mother, Our Holy father, and the Cardinals, Bishops and all the Priests and Nuns are in my daily prayers. Praise the Lord Almighty!

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