On the feast day of the Triumph of the Cross, September 14, there was Mass on top of Mt. Krizevac with more than 100,000 pilgrims in attendance. Seeing the numbers of people climbing Mt. Krizevac convinced one priest of Our Lady’s presence. Scripture states:
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32)
Fr. Phillip Pavich O.F.M., who had lived in the Holy Lands for several years, saw this Scripture, which is part of the liturgy on September 14, become a living reality in Medjugorje, much greater even than in Jerusalem. He understood then that Our Lady was leading the world back to the Cross of Christ through Medjugorje.