From a Friend of Medjugorje
Wayne Weible, author of Medjugorje: The Message, and the newspaper, Miracle at Medjugorje, of which we distributed millions of copies, died peacefully early this morning. Last night, Friday, April 20, 2018 A.D., we sent out an urgent prayer request across the world, and we are hearing from many people who during the night prayed for his passage. In the beginning years, we worked closely with Wayne. Wayne’s book led many people to Medjugorje and to Caritas’ mission, as one person wrote to us:
“…It was through Wayne’s book that I made my way to Medjugorje through Caritas…”
I was thinking of Wayne last night and remembered a story of he and I. I went to Medjugorje for the first time in July 1986 when I was 33 years of age. It re-coursed and re-structured my life. Wayne and I met for the first time the following September in 1986. Sometime in 1987 we were together in Medjugorje having dinner in a peasant’s house, located in the old part of the village. We began talking with the Croatian family, whose home we were in, about one of their sons who needed conversion in this Communist country. Wayne and I both lit up with the desire to help. We formed a strategy for both of us to work on this son. Wayne excitedly said, “We’re going to get him.” Both of us worked toward this goal. Later, the young man went into the Communist army which essentially made him a Communist, even if one did not want to be considered such. After serving his term and being discharged, both Wayne and I crossed paths with this individual. He was warming up to the Church. One day the wayward son told me he wanted to give me something. It was his coveted Communist military button which gave one acceptance if you wanted to be favored. He gave it to me as a rejection of atheist Communism. It was a big step for him and an acknowledgement of our helping him. He was proud to make his gradual turning point. I took the button into St. James Church and prayed for him while I consecrated him to Our Lady. I placed the button, with the Communist hammer and sickle image displayed on it, in a crack behind a wooden cabinet in St. James’ where it would be hidden for years, as a reminder to Our Lady of this young man’s conversion, asking Her to watch over him. I later told Wayne about this, which gave us both a “joyful” cognition of the power of teaming up and the fruit that comes from it.
Wayne, I know you can now see the glory of evangelizing Our Lady’s words and plans. Keep working on it. We’re going to miss you.
We can say with confidence, Wayne is now seeing the fruit of his labors, and the glory of all he helped to accomplish. We continue to ask for prayers for his wife Judith and all of his family during this time. See also, the funeral arrangement information here.
P.S. I got the news on Friday morning. I called and heard Wayne’s voice. Click the Player below to understand.