In the very early morning hours of October 2, 2008, rain was heard on the windows of the rooms of pilgrims staying in Medjugorje. For those who had planned to arise early and walk through the fields to Mirjana’s October 2 apparition, they wondered if it would be a rainy walk. It was dark at 5:00 a.m. and there was a light drizzle, but this did not deter the pilgrims who desired to beat most of the crowds who would descend upon the apparition site several hours later. The rain stopped, not to return, soon after they began making their way through the fields by flashlight. But even with leaving so early, by the time they arrived, crowds of people were already moving into the building where Our Lady would appear 3 ½ hours later, filling it up to near capacity. And so began another day that has been designated by Our Lady as a day of prayer for nonbelievers, those who have not yet experienced the love of God.
Time passed for the pilgrims as they watched an increasing amount of pilgrims arrive minute by minute, and the darkness of the night finally give way to early morning light. Pilgrims came from every direction, some walking through the front gate, others climbing over rock walls to then look for the best place to be for the apparition. All of the best spots had long been claimed by those who made the sacrifice of denying themselves the extra sleep and skipping breakfast for the sake of being near Mirjana when Our Lady appeared to her this day.
But whether one arrived early or late, when Our Lady came, everyone received Her blessing and Her words to carry with them, back to their homes and families, their churches and communities. Everyone present, thousands of pilgrims, were gathered and focused on the one spot Mirjana was knelt in front of…gathered around Our Lady. It was a joy to see so many pilgrims present filled with love for Our Lady, and to then hear Our Lady say that it was She who had gathered us around Her.
The following is Our Lady’s October 2, 2008 message:
Our Lady blessed all those present and all religious articles. Once again She called us to pray for priests, especially at this time.
The purpose of these second of the month apparitions is for non-believers. Yet, again, the first addressed is us, Her children. What should this say to us? What should it say to our priests, when yet again Our Lady repeats from this platform of the “second of the month for non-believers” to pray for them?
We are indicted first on this special day. Do you doubt this? The lack of faith is a lack of belief. Faith extinguishes non-belief. We and our priests are the first addressed in regard to what is lacking in us. In the beginning days of the apparitions, Our Lady’s main and first call was faith. Our Lady said She was coming to the earth because:
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The indicting word Our Lady used today is to “believe”. It is incredible that Our Lady speaks of Her Heart as an item of devotion which transports grace and advice. Our Lady refers to Her heart as “It”. It can speak. It can transform to faith. It can help your heart to “believe”. Believe what? To believe in faith everything She is calling us to. In a world darkened and growing more so, one can become afraid of the future. Our Lady’s call is our security and protection. Without Her, there is good reason to be afraid and fearful of the future. As many parents who give comfort and security to their children by staying by their beds when the lights are turned out, Our Lady Herself, our Mother, does the same. So for little children who grow insecure because of the darkness, She says, “I am with you.” Everything a child needs, everything we need to know is in these words. We can have peace in our hearts. We can grow in faith, eradicating all unbelief in us. We can believe in the middle of the darkness. We can have “strength” because we have what billions of people do not have. That is, the Queen of Peace is with you. “I am with you.” She, the “I” is with us to change the direction of the world, through changing the direction of your life. She has implored you to “change the direction of your life” now! To “listen to me” now! To “believe” now. Now, now, now in the time of grace. Why so urgent? It is because of the future, and the future especially is when your neighbor will need your faith, your belief, your heart to say to their heart – “take comfort, have faith, believe. You see my heart is in peace. You can have the same. I will give it to you, my neighbor, so that you, in the midst of trials, can have joy and happiness in a world in absorption of self.” Our Lady said in the Field July 4, 2008:
This is your present and future calling.
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