The scientific studies information you will be reading in this section began being compiled and written five years ago, back in 2004, and has been greatly expanded over the years. The six main menu buttons and 10 sub-buttons could easily be made into a book, with A Friend of Medjugorje giving a fresh presentation to what can often be dry reading of scientific data and statistics. Much of this information is no longer available or in print, but it is a very important part of the history of Medjugorje and the apparitions that needs to be preserved. It is good reading and will help to strengthen your faith, as well as give you a strong resource in challenging those who have made a superficial judgment against Medjugorje. Because one thing has been definitely proven by scientific studies: The phenomenon of Medjugorje, the ecstasies and the signs are unexplainable from the point of view of science, as to what is being seen.
Testing the Spirits
Is the experience of the Medjugorje visionaries real? Can reasonable people accept their testimony? Are the visionaries seeing what they say they are seeing? Can an average person discern for themselves if their experience is authentic? With the reality that Medjugorje has spread throughout the world and has led to millions of conversions, the tables have turned and the greater burden lies upon those who wish to disprove the apparitions, rather than upon those who believe, to prove that they are real.
A very intriguing apparition sets the back drop to what will follow in the testing of the visionaries through the coming years—when science takes a close look at these six individuals to examine their experience. Many come with the expectation that their tests will disprove the testimony of the visionaries. Most interesting is how Our Lady, Herself, responds to the testing of Her chosen visionaries. And from Her response, we are given greater insight into God’s thoughts concerning the “debate” between science and faith.
What, exactly, are the doctors and scientists observing when the visionaries enter into an ecstatic state at the moment of an apparition? And what can be seen by a believer that a scientist may miss when viewing the apparitions?
In the simplicity that is the hallmark of all the visionaries, Marija sums up the results found in the testing by saying, “Sometimes we laugh together, at the end of ends, we have it written in black and white that we are normal and so many people live without such a proof. So it ends in a joke…”
Never in the history of the Church has any group of individuals been so studied and scrutinized by so many different kinds of experts and people from around the world, with the variety and complexity of the technological equipment that science offers today, for so long a period of time, as these six Medjugorje visionaries: Mirjana, Ivanka, Vicka, Marija, Ivan and Jakov.
Following are a few short summaries from those in the field of psychiatry who have looked at the scientific data collected over the years on the Medjugorje visionaries and have reported on them. Though it goes over the same information found on other areas of the site, every professional brings out different points that impressed them concerning the reactions of the visionaries to the testing that makes the reading interesting.