September 25, 2013 A.D.
On Monday evening, at approximately 9:00 p.m., September 23, 2013, a small group of Italians were praying in the childhood home of Medjugorje visionary, Vicka. The home is located at the foot of Apparition Mountain, just a few feet from the path that pilgrims take to go up the mountain to the site of Our Lady’s first apparitions. Ending their prayer, the Italians went to leave, turning off the light but were surprised to see a light still glowing in the room. Turning towards the light, they saw it was coming from the statue of Our Lady they had just prayed in front of, a 40-year-old statue owned by Vicka’s family. Immediately upon seeing the light, they became very excited and called to neighbors nearby, who came to see what was causing such commotion. Vicka’s sister also came to see. Having no explanation for the illumination of the statue, word quickly spread about the strange light to many of the villagers of Medjugorje. Immediately people began arriving at Vicka’s house to see the statue for themselves.
Three members of the Caritas Community learned of the event from their taxi cab driver as they drove from Split to Medjugorje the following day, September 24. Their driver, Vlado, told them about the phenomenon. He said that two of his sons had gone there and seen the statue themselves along with hundreds of others that night, and were amazed to see the illuminated statue themselves. As Vlado was speaking, a report from Radio Mir, Medjugorje’s radio station, began reporting the story as well. Arriving that evening in Medjugorje, the host family of the Caritas members also began relaying to them the story. They also had been informed shortly after the statue became illuminated and were among the first of the villagers to arrive at Vicka’s family home. The Caritas members were told that when pictures were taken of the illuminated statue, the lighted statue could be seen on the photos, but when videos were taken, nothing could be seen on the videos. Apparently, the statue’s glow diminished much later that first night.
The night of September 24, Tuesday, the statue again became illuminated around 8:00 p.m., and a line of villagers again began to form along the road leading to Vicka’s home. Though having been traveling for the past 24 hours, from the United States to Medjugorje, the Caritas members decided to walk to the home and see if it was possible to view the statue themselves. It was 8:30 p.m. when they arrived at the house and a long line of mostly Croatian villagers filed down the road. They were told that the wait would be at least an hour, and with each passing minute more people joined the line. What impressed them the most was that it was the villagers of Medjugorje themselves who were present to see this miracle—the young and the old, men and women, little children, whole families walking up hand in hand, and young people from teenagers to early 20’s and 30’s. The word about the statue was just slowly getting around to the pilgrims visiting Medjugorje, but the villagers had been spreading the news among themselves from those who had been the first to witness the phenomenon themselves.
As there were hundreds who had come that first night to see the statue, the second night there were several thousand which made it impossible to spend any length of time in the room where the illuminated statue was located. Most everyone had just a minute or two within the room. People were escorted into the room that was lit up by the overhead light, but once the room was filled to capacity, the door was closed and the overhead light turned out. The room was then completely dark except for the illuminated statue, and completely silent. Some people knelt, while others stood, but everyone gazed at the beautifully lit up statue. The light primarily lit up the mantle and head covering of Our Lady, while Her face and hands did not light up but could be seen in the shadows of the lighted portion. There was the presence of a deep peace within the room, but having only a moment to be present before it was time to leave for the next group’s arrival did not give much opportunity than being able to say a quick prayer. And so what was most impressive of that experience of the Caritas community members was the reverence shown to this event of the villagers themselves. That so many of them came to see the statue, bringing all their family, and their excitement and awe in sharing the event with others was touching.
Speaking the next day with Paolo Lunetti, husband of Medjugorje visionary Marija, the Caritas members shared with him how it had touched them to see so many of the villagers of Medjugorje coming to see the statue. He said that this, in fact, was important because as Medjugorje was chosen by God as the village of Our Lady’s apparitions, that the villagers have a heightened sense of God’s presence. There have been many reported supernatural happenings throughout the years in Medjugorje, outside of the apparitions themselves, but not all of them are taken seriously by the villagers. When an event happens that draws the villagers to it collectively, it gives credence to the event as being supernatural. Before the end of the night, there were many pilgrims joining the line, mixing in with the villagers. The house was finally closed at around 3:00 A.M. No one knows why the strange light has appeared or how long it will last. One villager told us that Medjugorje visionary, Vicka, after praying before the statue herself, said that it was a good sign from Our Lady.
The villages of Medjugorje themselves having for years taking care of pilgrims need a good awakening to strengthen their spirit as to why the pilgrims come. Much has been lost in Medjugorje, and such a happening is a welcome help to strengthen and heighten the faith of those who live there. We are not purporting any statement about the statue, rather this is more about the effect it is having on the villagers.
Praying for the Holy Village,