Information and History of Medjugorje: 5 Stones, p. Jozo, performances, with videos (2023)

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On June 24, 1981, Our Lady of Medjugorje began appearing to six children of a small, unknown church in Bosnia and Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia) in a small town called Medjugorje.

Information and History of Medjugorje: 5 Stones, p. Jozo, performances, with videos (1)Oceanbirths withto this day. June 25, 2020 marks the 39th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Medjugorje. day 25aEvery day of the month Our Lady of Medjugorje brings a special message to the world through the visionary Marija, and on the second day of every month Our Lady of Medjugorje brings a message to the unbelievers through the visionary Mirjana.Click here to view your messages.

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Medjugorje - A Mission for Peace

In June 1981, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to six children in Medjugorje, a small mountain town in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She was identified as the Queen of Peace and came on a peace mission with a message for the world. “I came to tell the world that God exists. He is the fullness of life, and to enjoy that fullness and peace one must return to God.

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Since then Our Lady has appeared and given messages to the world through these six visionaries Marija, Vicka, Ivan, Mirjana, Jakov and Ivanka. She told them that God sent her into our world and that these years she is spending with us are a time of grace given by God. She came to lead us to her Son, Jesus, and invites us to turn our lives back to God and urgently pray for peace with all our hearts. “Peace, peace, peace and only peace. There must be peace between man and God and between all peoples!” She takes us for a walk with her and guides us step by step, message by message.

Through her messages, Our Lady wants to show us the true face of Christianity and the way to peace. She says we must realize that Satan is real and that he is using us for his own ends and purposes. Its main goal is destruction. Destruction of love, peace, faith, family and life. Just as God gave David 5 stones to defeat Goliath, Our Lady also gives us 5 stones or weapons that we can use to defeat Satan. They are:
• Daily prayer (from the Rosary)
• Fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays
• Holy Mass (Eucharist)
• Daily Bible reading
• Monthly confession

Here are some thoughts on these five weapons:

Verdict– He asks us to pray the Rosary: ​​“Pray, pray, pray. Prayer is the basis of peace."

Prayer is the first stone: you must start praying now in order to transform yourself and also to rise up with others. Priests, parents and all must pray. Prayer is a gift and a main weapon of the Church. The church is not an idea or a political party; It's a family that prays, a family that loves. For this reason, Our Lady insists that prayer is necessary to change the world. pray the rosary -Click here to see how to pray the rosary

Fast— "Let the people observe a strict fast on Wednesdays and Fridays, except for the sick" and "The best fast is on bread and water."

Fasting is the second stone: it can be fasting from cigarettes, television, bad thoughts, negative projects, and food. Fasting shows your individual ability to love and affirms that you are important to everyone. Fasting is medicine and sacrifice. Selfishness is defeated by fasting. Those who know how to fast are able to listen to others, be available to others and know how to love the whole world. Those who fast see themselves and others in truth and know how to purify themselves.

Eucharist (Holy Mass)– “Holy Mass is the climax of prayer”.

The Eucharist is the third stone: The Incarnation takes place in the Mass, the transmutation of bread and wine. This too is a sign of our transformation: from death we are awakened to life. The Mass transforms the Christian, it transforms the Church, because with the Mass Jesus offers himself completely to the Church. The Mass is the origin of the Church, of the mystical body. The Sacrifice of the Mass makes the Church a holy family. In the Mass one is born again when one lays down one's life as a sacrifice on the altar in the manner of Jesus. We are the drop of water poured into the wine; the Church is united to the blood of Jesus. Therefore, you must not limit yourself to hearing Holy Mass, but to living it. Without the Mass the Church does not exist; without them the church is an orphan.

A Bible– Read the Holy Scriptures daily: “You have forgotten the Holy Scriptures”.

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The Bible is the fourth stone: it is not one book among many, it is the banner of the Christian. Bereft of the Bible, the Christian is no longer the same. The Bible is born of the heart of the Lord; it is His Word. Therefore, it must initially remain in the family. It must be placed in a place of honor, and that place must be sacred to us. It must be the source of our prayer. The Bible illuminates the Christian's path today amidst doubts and conflicting ideologies.

confession– Confession once a month: “Many blessings are received at confession”.

Confession is the fifth stone. Our Lady asks us to attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation monthly. The purpose of confession is not to report one's actions; it is not a psychoanalytic session. It is a sacrament and a source of peace within oneself in the encounter with the Lord. In confession we gain the peace of the Lord so that we can pass it on to others. In confession we open ourselves to the Lord and ask him to transform and renew our hearts. Confession is both a sacrament and a mystery.

Together these five stones that Our Lady gave us through Her Medjugorje Messages are the weapons in the battle between good and evil and the medicine that allows us to heal and find true inner peace.

In addition to Her public messages, Our Lady will share with each of the six seers a total of ten "secrets" of events that will occur on Earth in the near future. Some of the secrets belong to everyone, while others concern the seers themselves or the local population. Only one of the mysteries has been revealed by the seers so far. In the third mystery, Our Lady promised to leave a visible, indestructible and supernatural sign on the mountain where she first appeared. Our Lady said:“This sign is given to atheists. You believers already have signs and have become the signs of the atheists. You faithful ones must not wait for the sign to convert; change soon. This is a time of grace for you. One can never thank God enough for His grace. The moment is to deepen your faith and conversion. By the time the signal gets through, it will be too late for many."

When each of the six seers has received the ten “mysteries”, Our Lady will no longer appear to them daily. Our Lady continues to appear and give daily messages to three of the original six seers, Marija, Vicka and Ivan, who received nine mysteries. Mirjana, Jakov and Ivanka received the ten mysteries and Our Lady appears to them once a year for the rest of their lives. For Ivanka, who received her tenth mystery on May 7, 1985, the Virgin appears to her every year on June 25, the anniversary of the apparitions. For Jakov, who received his tenth secret on September 12, 1998, it's Christmas every year. And for Mirjana, who received her tenth secret at Christmas 1982, it is her birthday, every year on March 18th. Our Lady also appeared to Mirjana on the 2nd of each month, from August 2, 1987 to March 2, 2020, to pray for all unbelievers. Mirjana tells us that it is very important that we all pray for the unbelievers of this world, who are described as those who have not yet experienced God's love. No one knows when Our Lady will reveal the tenth secret to Marija, Ivan and Vicka.

Once Our Lady ceases to appear, three warnings are given to the world. These warnings will come in the form of events on Earth. They will take place during Mirjana's lifetime and Mirjana will be a witness. Ten days before each of the announcements, he will notify the priest he has chosen for this task (Father Petar Ljubicic), who will then pray and fast with Mirjana for seven days. So, three days before each announcement, Fr. Petar will share with the world what, where and when the announcement will take place. Father Petar has no choice but to uncover all the warnings. After the first warning, the other two will follow in a relatively short time. This interval will be a time of great grace and conversion. After the permanent, visible, supernatural and indestructible sign appears on the mountain where Our Lady first appeared in Medjugorje, there is little time left for conversion. That is why Our Lady invites us to urgent conversion and reconciliation. The enduring mark will result in many healings and conversions before the mysteries become a reality. According to Mirjana, the events prophesied by the Holy Virgin are imminent. Because of this experience, Mirjana proclaims to the world: “Hurry up, convert; Open your heart to God”.

The ninth and tenth secrets are serious. They refer to the punishment for the sins of the world. Punishment is inevitable because we cannot wait for everyone to convert. Punishment can be mitigated, but not reversed, through prayer and penance. Mirjana says that one of the evils that threatened the world and is contained in the seventh secret was avoided thanks to prayer and fasting. For this reason, the Blessed Virgin continues to encourage prayer and fasting:"You have forgotten that with prayer and fasting you can avoid wars and override the laws of nature."

More than 50 million people of all faiths from around the world have visited Medjugorje and left spiritually strengthened and renewed. Many bring tales of miracles in the form of healing (mind, body, and spirit), supernatural visual signs, and profound conversions of faith.

Sobre Pe. Jozo Zovko, OFM.

Father Jozo Zovko was the beloved pastor of St. James' Church at the time Our Lady began appearing in Medjugorje. He was initially skeptical and didn't believe the children when they told him they had seen the Virgin Mary, thinking it might be a trap or a strategy to discredit the Catholic Church on the part of the communist authorities. But after a few days, news of the apparitions began to spread, and on July 2nd, when he was alone in the church, Fr. Jozo began to pray intensely for guidance. While he was deep in prayer, he suddenly heard a voice saying, “Go out and protect the children. So I will tell you what to do.” Father Jozo immediately got up to leave and when he opened the church door the children ran towards him shouting: 'The police are chasing us. He took the children to the vicarage and locked them in an unoccupied room. The police soon came and asked, "Have you seen the children?" and he replied, "Yes." They thought he meant he saw them running in front of them and kept running towards Bijakovici to try to catch them. After the police left, he went to talk to the children. He asked them to stay in the rectory so as not to get caught, and soon Our Lady approached them in the room.

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That night, Fr. Jozo spoke in his sermon of Moses “leading the children of Israel out of Egypt and through the Red Sea” and how God gave them signs on their 40-year journey to show them His love and nearness . And he said of Our Lady that She "was the first believer who completely obeyed God and His call...Mary is here today as the first Christian, with me, Her Priest, and with you as faithful Christians..."; And he concluded the sermon with an invitation: “I ask you to start fasting, fast tomorrow, fast the day after tomorrow, and eat only bread and water, so that God will reveal himself to us and tell us what we must do . 🇧🇷 There is no heaven so closed that prayer, fasting and penance cannot enter...".

A few days later, Fr. Jozo was visited by the police and a member of the Communist League and ordered to close the church and stop evening mass and events on Apparition Hill. Father Jozo refused to close the church and was arrested on August 17 and charged with conspiring to overthrow the communist constitution. Sentenced to three and a half years of hard labor together with two Franciscan colleagues, he was released early and transferred to a parish near Medjugorje.

Does the Virgin Mary still appear in Medjugorje?

Medjugorje today: 40 years between us!

In the years since Our Lady appeared and gave messages to the world, Medjugorje has endured the doubts and criticism of many unbelievers. The Vatican and the Catholic Church have also set up various commissions to examine apparitions and media in order to confirm or disprove their authenticity. Finally, in 2017, Cardinal Ruini's commission completed an investigation into the authenticity of the alleged apparitions and installed a permanent visitor to the Vatican in Medjugorje. The commission also recommended that Pope Francis approve the first seven apparitions, which took place in Medjugorje in June and July 1981. In 2018 Archbishop Henryk Hoser became official papal envoy to Medjugorje and confirmed the facts of the pilgrimage to Medjugorje that “devotion to Medjugorje is permitted. It is not forbidden and does not have to be done secretly. Today, dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages. It's no longer a problem."

Many believe that 2020 will be the last year of trial and suffering before 2021, which will mark 40 years since the beginning of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje. The number 40 occurs 146 times in the Bible and symbolizes a time of testing, testing, and testing. Our Lady Queen of Peace began appearing in Medjugorje on a mission of peace to bring us back to God and arm us with the necessary weapons to fight Satan along the way. She has guided us through 40 years of repentance and sacrifice so that we may truly return clean to God and be able to enjoy the fullness and peace of life.

A pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Our Lady has called us to turn to God, to convert our lives so that we may experience the fullness of His peace. For many, this conversion begins and deepens with a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. During your stay you will experience the beauty and tranquility of this simple city and have the opportunity to share your faith with pilgrims from all over the world. These are some of the planned activities for the week:

Daily Mass: Every morning at 10:00 a.m. (Sunday, noon) the group meets in the Church of São Tiago for Mass followed by the blessing of the religious articles.

Climbing Apparition Hill: pray the Rosary as you climb the hill to the site where the visionaries are said to have first met Our Lady.

Climb Mount Krizevac (Mountain of the Cross): In 1933, villagers built a 30-foot high cross on top of a mountain to commemorate the passion and death of Jesus on the cross. Climb to the top, stopping 14 times along the way to rest and pray the Stations of the Cross.

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Apparitions of Medjugorje

Join the villagers and other pilgrims to pray the Rosary at 5:00 PM in the Church of São Tiago. (18:00 daylight saving time) and stay for the alleged apparition of Our Lady to the visionaries at 17:40. 4 p.m., daylight saving time). Remain for the Croatian blessing of the sick mass that follows.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Our Lady has always called us to be close to Her Son. Join other pilgrims for adoration at the external altar of the Church of São Tiago on Tuesdays and Saturdays and for veneration of the cross inside the church on Fridays. A service is also held in the chapel every evening.

Meetings with the media: Depending on availability, the guide will arrange meetings with the media.

Visit the Cenacolo Community: Cenacolo is a community founded by the Sisters of Charity for young people who are lost in life and on the road to recovery. We will hear your inspirational words about your journey back to Jesus Christ.

Prayer before the Statue of the Risen Christ - Pray before the bronze statue in the grounds of St. James' Church and witness drops of water miraculously fall from Christ's right knee.

Spiritual trips to Medjugorje are now bookable. Click here for dates, prices and details.

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