June 22, 2012 A.D.
Joy and excitement were in the air tonight as thousands of pilgrims climbed Apparition Mountain to be with Our Lady during Ivan’s prayer group meeting. Surveying the crowd from near Our Lady’s statue, there were pilgrims as far as one could see on every side. Singing and the praying of the Rosary led up to the apparition that took place around 10:00 P.M. Medjugorje is just days away from celebrating the 31st Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions. Once pilgrims got down from the mountain after the apparition, they could see the arrival of more buses of pilgrims coming into the village to share in these days of celebration and remembrance. Our Lady stayed for a long time this evening, approximately 10 minutes. It was a beautiful night, under a sky full of stars, made more beautiful by Our Lady’s presence.
June 22, 2012, Apparition On Appariton Mountain with Medjugorje Visionary Ivan
After the apparition of Our Lady on Apparition Mountain at about 10:00 p.m., June 22, 2012, Ivan said:
“Today, as always, after every meeting with Our Lady, I desire to describe to you what is the most important. Also today Our Lady came very joyful and happy and at the beginning, She greeted us all with Her Motherly greeting, ‘Praised be Jesus, my dear children.’ Then, for a longer time, with her arms extended, she prayed here over all of us. She prayed in her Aramaic language. Then She blessed us all with Her motherly blessing and blessed everything you brought for a blessing. In a special way, tonight, Our Lady prayed over the sick present here. Then Our Lady said:
Then I recommended all of you, all your needs, your intentions, your families and especially all the sick. Then a conversation between us followed, Our Lady spoke to me and I to Her. This remains only between us. After that conversation Our Lady left in prayer, in an illuminated Sign of the Cross with a greeting, ‘Go in peace, my children.’”
Profound is inadequate to explain the message of Our Lady today. A Friend of Medjugorje has told us many times, and written throughout the years, that Our Lady is here to teach us. Not as the world thinks of education in terms of college degrees, but rather real wisdom to attain the final and highest degree, eternal life, Heaven.
Our Lady uses the word decide six times in today’s message: “Decide for Jesus… Decide and Set Out… Decide for Him… Decide… Decide for Peace… Decide for Prayer…” A Friend of Medjugorje has written and spoken throughout the years, that Our Lady calls us to make a decision. Are we concerned with all of the ‘what ifs’ of making a decision to change our life? A Friend of Medjugorje tells us that the hardest part, is making the decision. After that, God gives the grace. Love, for example is a decision. Often you will not ‘feel’ love towards the person you are supposed to show it to, whether it be your spouse, kids, or your enemy. However, with the decision made to love, whether or not you feel like it or not, God supplies the grace.
Many times throughout the years, a Friend of Medjugorje would pray in his prayers to Our Lady, that all he had was his decision to follow Her. Whatever happened, whatever the consequences of that decision was not his concern, that even when there was nothing else left to give, he still had his decision for Our Lady; so strong was his ‘yes’ to follow Her. So, step out into the future, make a decision to follow Our Lady and change your life, both spiritually and physically. In what way does today’s message speak to you? You yourself know what Our Lady is asking of you.
– Medjugorje.com / Caritas of Birmingham
Years of A Friend of Medjugorje witnessing his decision to follow Our Lady has resulted through God’s grace, in being ‘educated’ in Her Way of Life. So, we offer a few free resources below to help you in your decision:
As the sun begins to set, the Rosary begins. Another day ends in Medjugorje, this village of which its importance cannot be measured.
“Medjugorje is a direct, supernatural intervention into the history of the world, to motivate man to radically and abruptly change the direction of his life, to reconcile with God and live in harmony with His Will.” – A Friend of Medjugorje
The top of Apparition Mountain is full of pilgrims from around the world. The tongues of many languages drift over the mountain, representing so many different nations and cultures. Yet, everyone present is searching for something, recognizing that they have needs that have not found fulfillment in this world. They long to find the answers of their questioning hearts in Our Lady. And She longs to lead them to the answer, who is Her Son.
A young girl kneels at the foot of Our Lady’s statue, oblivious to those around her, in prayer. Our Lady said tonight that She has come this long time “to lead you, to teach you, to educate you” and we, just as this young woman is doing, are to sit at Our Lady’s feet to learn from Her as our teacher, our Mother and our friend.
“Medjugorje teaches us that in the cycle of sin, suffering, salvation, it is important to find unity with God. When a soul finds this, he has a bright future, even if society falls apart. This is clear in the messages of Medjugorje. Our Lady of Medjugorje is our hope…” – A Friend of Medjugorje
Pilgrims descend the last steps off of Apparition Mountain after tonight’s apparition to Ivan. It is always amazing to meet pilgrims who tell us that they had wanted to come to Medjugorje for years, some waiting for 20 years, 25 years—and finally they were given the opportunity and they find themselves in Medjugorje. Our Lady waited also for them, Her apparitions continuing even after this long time. It is a gift without measure.