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Old 17th August 2012, 02:27 PM
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Default Medjugorje

Tomorrow, Saturday, I am off on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for the first time.
I will be there for a week, and I will remember you all in my prayers while I am there.
Hopefully it will be a grace-filled trip.

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Old 17th August 2012, 03:13 PM
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May you find grace and peace there, Shane.

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Old 17th August 2012, 04:42 PM
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Have a blessed pilgrimage, Shane. Thank you for remembering us while you are there.


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Old 17th August 2012, 09:38 PM
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Default I ask Our Lady to bring you all closer to her Son


God's blessings be upon you all this coming week.
I ask God to bless Our Lady of Knock especially today on her Feast Day.
May Our Lady bring you all closer to her Son this week
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Old 2nd November 2012, 07:27 AM
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I just read where Vicka's family grows tobacco for a living. This struct me as odd since tobacco is a substance that causes health risks, even when used moderately. Unlike other things that people can abuse (eg. alcohol & food). For instance a glass of red wine a day not only has not been proven to not be a health risk to the average person, but can have health benefits, where as one cigarette a day can only hurt the body and the body is a temple.

I read this info at

When I clicked on the visionaries link, below each visionary was a link promoting gambling and a casino. The links dont seem to work but it was strange.

Also they promote Cardinal Schönborn very much.

This is the "authentic" medjugorje website and I must say Im getting turned off a bit.

I wonder if all these little things will start to play into people losing faith in the apparition. I for one am starting to question it for many other reasons.

eg, in this video after Vickas apparition, she stands behind the altar, in a church, speaking on a mic, then there is applause for her. When this happens here in a church I cringe because the Blessed Sacrament is there, and the church is a sacred place and not a convention hall. To some, these things might seem petty, but i dont think they are.

Is anyone else feeling the same way?

any thoughts?

Shane, how was you experience there? I looked for some posts from you telling us about your trip but the search brought up nothing.

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Old 2nd November 2012, 03:05 PM
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Sorry, I forgot to reply. I'll post on my trip shortly.
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Old 21st March 2013, 11:53 AM
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Default Finally...

I’ve been meaning to do this for quite some time, and I’ve finally got around to it now. Last August, I had the chance to go on pilgrimage to Medjugorje, and I might share a few thoughts about that pilgrimage here.

No sooner had I arrived did I realise one important point; August is the month of the Italians. Swarms of them, everywhere. And they know how to use their elbows in a crowd. The Italians clearly have a strong love for Medjugorje and our group was told that they have traditionally come each August.

Medjugorje is a beautiful little village, set between two hills (hence the name): Apparition hill, where the apparitions began in 1981, and Cross Mountain, which is a place of pilgrimage from the village. The path up to the summit is quite rough, but it was inspiring to see a number of people, including the priest who was leading our group, make the ascent barefooted. All week we were blessed with good weather; in fact, there was a heatwave at that time in the region, and it was beginning to have a detrimental effect on the crops, we were informed.

English Mass in the village was at 10am each morning, and there you could find English speaking pilgrims from all over the world. There were a number of American and English pilgrims, while the Irish seemed to be most numerous. Apparently, after 9/11, the number of American pilgrims to Medjugorje fell sharply, and hasn’t been the same ever since.

A beautiful place to pray in Medjugorje is at the foot of Apparition hill, at a place called Blue Cross. There are a few blue crosses here, to mark early apparition points during the early days. It was moving to see so many pilgrims praying together, some in tears and visibly upset as they prayed before the statue of Our Lady beside one of the crosses.

There is also a powerful recourse to the Sacrament of Penance in Medjugorje. Each evening, after the 7.30pm Croatian Mass (for the locals), Confessors line the outside wall of the church, seated in the open, with a little sign indicating the language they speak. Queues for Confession were substantial each evening I was there, and I took note of the large number of young people who attend Medjugorje, since a great many seemed to be drawn to the Sacrament of Confession.

Also on one of the evenings, there was a holy hour in the open pavilion behind the church. It was a very beautiful experience to hear the singing of the Taize refrains as well as the prayers of adoration in each of the different languages, before the Blessed Sacrament. Hundreds of people were in attendance, and they had no problem kneeling or sitting on the concreted ground for the duration of the hour. What’s also noticeable at an event like this is the large number of priests who go to Medjugorje, as many of them have received their vocation from there, so they would say.

With such a place of prayer, the devil has a presence in Medjugorje, and this became evident in the way that some members of our group encountered persons who clearly were possessed. I have had similar experiences in Garabandal when I was there, so I guess that wherever Our Lady is present in a special way, the adversary is sure to be nearby.

So, I would certainly recommend going to Medjugorje on pilgrimage, although it is not for the faint hearted, since there is much to take in, if you go with a guided group as I did. We heard a number of moving stories about miraculous healings and other events that have taken place. Various locations in Medjugorje have supernatural connotations, and so it would be a help to be quite familiar with its background before going on pilgrimage.

I might as well mention that I prayed for you all while I was there!

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Old 21st March 2013, 01:54 PM
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Shane, first of all, thank you for praying for all of us during your pilgrim age. Second, what did you mean when you said it is not for the faint hearted? Last, I agree with you about the devil being in holy places like Garabandal. When I was there with my family way back when Serafin was still alive, my wife and I encountered the devil twice. Thanks again.
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Old 21st March 2013, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by garabandalg View Post
Second, what did you mean when you said it is not for the faint hearted?

I think that for a pilgrim unaccustomed to the story of Medjugorje, there is a lot to take in by going on a guided pilgrimage. (We had three local guides who were fantastic in their retelling of the apparition years, and they grew up with the visionaries.)

Medjugorje is different from other pilgrimages simply because of the sheer volume of supernatural happenings there since the apparitions began over thirty years ago. With places like Fatima, Lourdes, Garabandal, Knock, you get a definitive account from beginning to end, covering a relatively short period of time, but in comparison, supernatural events have occurred in Medjugorje to a far greater extent, and over a continuous period of time. I met many people there, some of whom were in my group, and some who weren't, who had directly witnessed a supernatural event connected with Medjugorje, be it a healing from illness, seeing a visible sign or feeling the love and presence of God in a tangible way, etc. Because there is so much to take in, I think it's no wonder many people (and Catholics) get put off with the abundance of these kind of stories; of graces given, miraculous visions and signs, and healings of body and soul. In other words, it's an apparition that is still taking place today, and this can be difficult to accept or appreciate if one is not prepared with prayerful openness before going there.

Thus I came to the pilgrimage with a prayerful mind, believing in the apparitions. And based on my experiences there, this belief for me has been affirmed all the more, thank God.
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Old 22nd March 2013, 10:21 AM
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Default Medujgorje is the real thing

I made the pilgrimage in 2001 and it changed my life forever. Since then, I have met many people who have been to medjugorje. I have yet to meet anyone who has been there and has not experienced a profound change in their life. I believe that nobody visits Medjugorje by accident. If you have been were called by the Blessed Mother to be there....and there is a reason for your involvement.

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