August 10, 2012 A.D.
Today’s apparition of August 10, 2012 took place on top of Apparition Mountain during Ivan’s prayer group. After having many days of very intense heat in Medjugorje, today was just slightly cooler. This evening, as pilgrims began gathering on the Mountain, and as the sun faded from view, giving way to the darkness of night, pilgrims were greeted by the stars which overlooked them on the mountain, as they awaited the Queen of Peace, and a welcomed cool breeze set in. The Rosary was prayed by the prayer group, and Our Lady appeared just before 10:00 PM. When She appeared, a demoniac howled in the distance, but the howling faded away to peace, and silence covered the mountain in the presence of Our Lady. The apparition lasted 5 minutes. After the apparition Ivan said:
“Tonight I would like to share with you what is the most important from tonight’s meeting with Our Lady. Tonight Our Lady came very joyful and happy and at the beginning, She greeted us with Her Motherly greeting, ‘Praised be Jesus, my dear children.’
Then Our Lady said:
Our Lady then for a while prayed especially over you. In a special way She prayed over the sick present here. She then blessed all of us with Her Motherly Blessing and blessed all religious articles brought for blessing. I recommended also all of you, your needs, your intentions, your families and especially the sick and everything you carry in your hearts. Our Lady knows our hearts best and what we want to say to Her. Our Lady then continued to pray over all of us. She left in that prayer, in an illuminated Sign of the Cross with a greeting, ‘Go in peace, my dear children.’
A beautiful sunset in Medjugorje is a reminder of the great beauty of Our Lady, a beauty unmatched by any part of creation and even all of creation combined. In a special booklet titled, “The Marian Mysteries of the Rosary,” A Friend of Medjugorje writes, “There has never been a more beautiful soul created by God. And God gave Mary to us, knowing that if we only take the time to contemplate Her beauty and goodness, our souls cannot help but be elevated towards holiness, light and joy…”
Everyone seeks beauty, but today most people seek the wrong kind of beauty and for the wrong reasons. On March 25, 1985, the interior locutionist, Jelena, asked Our Lady why She is so beautiful. Our Lady responded:
This little boy has not lived a single day without the daily presence of Our Lady on the earth. One day his parents will look down from Heaven and rejoice in their decision to bring him to this apparition. The grace of just one apparition of Our Lady is enough to set a heart on the path to Heaven. How many of today’s parents will look back with great regret years from now knowing they could have gotten their children in front of Our Lady in the time of grace, but didn’t?
With Our Lady’s mountain apparitions, Ivan has very often described Our Lady as leaving in an “illuminated Sign of the Cross” or in the “light of the Cross.” Who is this light? Her Son, Jesus. Just as without the sun we would have no life on earth, so too without the Son, Jesus, we will have no life in eternity and no happiness here on earth.
Though this picture here is of a sunset, Our Lady is calling us to also look at what is rising. On September 25, 1998 She said:
The flashlights of pilgrims light up the trail as they descend from Apparition Mountain after Our Lady’s apparition to Ivan tonight, August 10, 2012. These little lights, little suns, remind us of who we are called to be – little lights, little examples of Jesus, the Son. No amount of darkness can dispel light, but even just a tiny little light can disperse a great amount of darkness. As darkness grows in the world today, we are called by Our Lady to be light, that our small individual lights become unified under Her mantle to disperse the growing darkness.