“I came that they might have life, and have it to the full.” – Jn. 10:10.
John Paul II, we love you! …
and to this day I can’t say if we shouted out our love for him for 10 minutes or even longer.
There was hardships
it seemed like we walked for miles
in a vast sea of humanity
to find our spot — partitioned into groups of one hundreds (I believe)
we slept outdoors with no shelter
in the cold
with little or no food
and the places to relieve yourself were few and far between…
Yet, what I remember most is: joy!
And each person being on fire with love …
we experienced a time of being ONE
ONE BODY in Christ
to endure this tremendous time of trial in which we live and about which he prophesied.
an unshakeable faith in the Church and the Sacraments
filled with courage and hope
“Christ will conquer through [Mary], because He wants the Church’s victories now and in the future to be
linked to her.”
He was also convinced that it Mary was truly appearing in Medjugorje.
And not only that,
but that she was coming in answer to his prayers.
One of the visionaries, Mirjana Dragicevic Soldo, reports:
“A priest told me
that from the very beginning the Pope was very fond of
Medjugorje because two months before the apparitions in Medjugorje started, the
Pope was praying to Our Lady to come again on earth. He said, ‘I cannot do it
all alone because Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Poland etc, are all Communist, I
cannot do it on my own. I need you.’ And later he heard that in Yugoslavia, a
Communist country, in a little village, Our Lady appeared. Then he said ‘That
is a response to my prayers.’ ”
|Our first night in Medjugorje May 31, 2017|
Mirjana also had the blessing of meeting with Pope John Paul II, sharing the following details in a talk she gave to pilgrims:
“I personally had a such a great
honor to be able to speak with late Pope John Paul II. That was so beautiful. I
was in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome with all other pilgrims. [The] Pope as he was
walking by, he was blessing everybody. He blessed me and just walked away. And
then this Italian priest I was with said ‘Holy Father, this is Mirjana from
Medjugorje.’ He came back, blessed me again and he left. And I said to this
priest, ‘Father, you see he just thinks that I need a double blessing’
[laughter]. However, in the afternoon we received an invitation: tomorrow
morning to come to Castel Gondolfo, close to Rome in order to talk to Holy
Father. I don’t have to tell you that I couldn’t sleep all night. Tomorrow when
I reached the place, he saw that I was so excited. We were alone and then he
started talking to me in Polish. He thought I would understand because both are
Slavic languages. He wanted to make me feel comfortable but I didn’t understand
a word because it’s not even close to our language. However, I was crying and I
couldn’t catch a breath to say a word. So when I finally succeeded to say a
word, I said ‘Holy Father, can we try in Italian?’ [laughter]. Then we talked
and among other things he said to me, ‘If I were not Pope, I would be in
Medjugorje a long time ago. I know everything, I have been following
everything. Ask pilgrims to pray for my intentions. And take good care of
Medjugorje because Medjugorje is the hope for the entire world…’ ”
‘It was the Pope’s
desire for a long time to come to Medjugorje. So I said to him, ‘If you do not
go, I will take your shoes.’ And that is how I brought his shoes, so they may
be present during the apparition.’ ” And that is how Saint John Paul II’s
desire to come to Medjugorje was satisfied.”
|My daughter posing with Pope John Paul II’s shoes in Mirjana’s house|
May these remembrances of St. John Paul II and these stories of his love and faith in Medjugorje inspire and renew us in faith, hope and joy. May they help us live unafraid and rooted deeply in Christ and His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church – confident, no matter the trials, that in the end, Mary’s Immaculate Heart will Triumph.
To hasten this triumph, may we constantly pray that all Jesus and Mary’s plans be realized and fulfilled.
Pope St. John Paul II, pray for us! Pray especially for our Holy Father and for our Church and our nation. May God’s will ever be done in us. We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
For more information about John Paul’s love for Medjugorje see my first article (that I wrote 4 years ago today on St. John Paul II’s feast day): Saint John Paul II and Medjugorje
See also other articles I’ve written on Medjugorje:
Do the Papal Envoy’s Words Mean Vatican Approval for Medjugorje is Near?
Medjugorje… Over 33 Years of Reported Apparitions – Should We Believe?
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