Saturday, September 11, 2010(Medjugorje)– “I am completely aware of the responsibility that I carry, and with that responsibility, I live my daily life,” says Ivan, one of the six visionaries of Medjugorje. Ivan spoke to pilgrims in Medjugorje today, who were gathered from the United States, Germany, England, Ireland, France, and Italy. His testimony was translated from his Croatian tongue into all of the above languages. The sky was overcast and threatening rain, but several thousand pilgrims came anyway to hear Ivan speak. Ivan said, “Our Lady chose me to be an instrument of Her and God’s plans. For me and my family, it is a great gift and responsibility. I am completely aware of the responsibility that I carry, and with that responsibility, I live my daily life.”
With humble beginnings as simple village children, it is said that the lives of the six visionaries was changed forever the day Our Lady began to appear to them in 1981. Yet, none of the Medjugorje visionaries would trade it for anything in the world.
“Do not look at me as a perfect man or as a saint, because that is not who I am. I’m trying to be better, to be holier, that is my desire. This desire is impressed deeply into my heart,” said Ivan.
The Medjugorje visionaries often impress upon visiting pilgrims that seeing Our Lady does not exclude them from having to respond to Her messages. Ivan said:
“I did not convert overnight because of the fact that I see Our Lady. I know my conversion is a process which will continue for the rest of my life. I have to decide for it, I have to persevere, and change every single day. Everyday I must renounce evil and sin, so that I can be open to peace, to be open to the grace to accept Christ’s Word and live it in my life.”
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Thank you, “Caritas & A Friend of Medjugorje” for all you do for “Our Lady!” I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go to Medjugorje and Alabama and be a part of this great moment in time! I desire greatly to go again with my husband! Your books have helped me so much! I have read “How to Change Your Husband” at least 4 times! Every time God reveals something new to me. I have many faults! Only through reading this book was I able to see how “I” needed to change! If the Church would acknowledge and promote this book, many marriages would be saved! Even today, after 37 years of marriage, I continue to pray for a strong strength of faith! I must pray daily & Fast! satan is real, but “Our Lady” is real also and she is here to help us, but we must have ears to hear and eyes to see! May God continue to bless you all! You are all in my prayers daily!