Mary has appeared in many countries. This photo was taken in Egypt during one of her appearances there in the 1960s.
This is information about the apparitions of Mary, the mother of Jesus, that began in June 1981 at Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. There were six young people who first saw Mary. She has appeared several times to each of them but particularly to Mirjana who has had visitations in both her native country and in Sterrett, Alabama, USA. Our Lady has been appearing every single day to one or more of the visionaries for 28 years. This is well over 12,820 apparitions. Our Lady said on April 4, 1985, “I wish to keep on giving you messages as it has never been in history from the beginning of the world.” Our Lady said on May 2, 1982, “I have come to call the world to conversion for the last time. Afterwards I will not appear any more on this earth.”
This is information which Mirjana gave to Father Tomislav Vlasic on November 5, 1983 about the secrets of Fatima and the chastisement to come:
There will be three warnings in the form of events on earth before a visible sign is given to mankind. After the admonitions, a visible sign will appear on the site of the apparitions in Medjugorje for all the people to see. The sign will be given as a testimony to the apparitions and in order to call people back to faith.
After the first admonition, the others will follow in a rather short time. Thus, people will have some time for conversion. That interval will be a period of grace and conversion. After the visible sign appears, those who are still alive will have little time for conversion. For that reason, the Blessed Virgin invites us to urgent conversion and reconciliation.
The ninth and tenth secrets are serious. They concern chastisement for the sins of the world. Punishment is inevitable, for we cannot expect the whole world to be converted. The punishment can be diminished by prayer and penance, but it cannot be eliminated. Mirjana says that one of the evils that threatened the world, the one contained in the seventh secret, has been averted thanks to prayer and fasting. According to Mirjana, the events predicted by the Blessed Virgin are near. By virtue of this experience, Mirjana proclaims to the world: “Convert as quickly as possible. Open your hearts to God.” That is why the Blessed Virgin continues to encourage prayer and fasting: “You have forgotten that through prayer and fasting you can avert wars and suspend the laws of nature.”
The invitation to prayer and penance is meant to avert evil and war, but most of all to save souls.
The following is Our Lady of Medjugorje’s October 2, 2012 monthly message through Mirjana:
“Dear children; I am calling you and am coming among you because I need you. I need apostles with a pure heart. I am praying, and you should also pray, that the Holy Spirit may enable and lead you, that He may illuminate you and fill you with love and humility. Pray that He may fill you with grace and mercy. Only then will you understand me, my children. Only then will you understand my pain because of those who have not come to know the love of God. Then you will be able to help me. You will be my light-bearers of God’s love. You will illuminate the way for those who have been given eyes but do not want to see. I desire for all of my children to see my Son. I desire for all of my children to experience His Kingdom. Again I call you and implore you to pray for those whom my Son has called. Thank you.”
The most important message is always: “Dear children! Today I invite you to conversion. This is the most important message that I have given you here…”
For additional information you can go to the Caritas website: http://www.medjugorje.com/index.html