Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic – the always smiling visionary, was born on September 9th, 1964, in Bijakovici, in the parish of Medjugorje. She still has daily apparitions. Our Lady entrusted nine secrets to her. Vicka talks about her experiences in the book “Thousand Encounters with the Blessed Virgin Mary in Medjugorje (1985)”. The book met world wide success and received an award.
Vicka is married and lives in Krehin Gradac near Medjugorje. The prayer intention that Our Lady confided her: for the sick.
Ivan Dragicevic was born on May 25th, 1965 in Bijakovici, in the parish of Medjugorje. Our Lady has been appearing to him every day since June 24th 1981. He still has daily apparitions. Our Lady entrusted nine secrets to him. Ivan is married and he has three children. With his family, he lives in the USA and in Medjugorje. Now he speaks to many groups around the world, spreading the messages of Our Lady.
The prayer intention that Our Lady confided him: for young people and for priests.
Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo was born on March 18th, 1965, in Sarajevo. She had daily apparitions until December 25th, 1982. On that day, entrusting to her the tenth secret, Our Lady told her that for the rest of her life she would have one yearly apparition, on March 18th. Since August 2nd, 1987, on each second day of the month, she hears interiorly Our Lady’s voice and prays with her for unbelievers.
Mirjana is married, she has two children, and she lives with her family in Medjugorje. The prayer intention that Our Lady confided her: for unbelievers, those who have not come to know the love of God.
Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez was born on June 21st, 1966, in Bijakovici, in the parish of Medjugorje. She was the first one who saw Our Lady. She had daily apparitions until May 7th, 1985. On that day, confiding to her the tenth secret, Our Lady told her that for the rest of her life, she would have one yearly apparition on June 25th, the anniversary of the apparitions.
Ivanka is married, she has three children, and she lives with her family in Medjugorje. The prayer intention that Our Lady confided her: for families.
Jakov Colo was born on March 6th, 1971, in Sarajevo. He had daily apparitions from June 25th, 1981 to September 12th, 1998. On that day, entrusting to him the tenth secret, Our Lady told him that for the rest of his life he would have one yearly apparition, on Christmas Day. Jakov is married, he has three children, and he lives with his family in Medjugorje. The prayer intention that Our Lady confided him: for the sick.
Pray for the unbelievers and I would like to ask you to accept this in a most serious way because if you were able just once to see the tears on the face of Our Lady because of unbelievers, I am so certain that you would pray from the bottom of your hearts, because “Our Lady says this time is time of decisions.” She says that we who call ourselves God’s children, we have great responsibility. When Our Lady asks from us to pray for unbelievers, she decides that we do it in her way and that would be first to feel love for them, to feel them as our own brothers and sisters who were not lucky enough as we were to come to know the love of God.
And only once we feel like that we will be able to pray for them. We should never judge or criticize then. We should simply love them, pray for them and offer them our own example.So that we may take Our Lady as she has been doing with us here as an example, I will give you an example how you can really show and present Our Lady and God’s love.
As we say here we are always having personages coming here from Vatican, high personages you know (grin), high, high (laugh). A cardinal who came to Medjugorje, he said “did you know why I came to Medjugorje?”. He said close to Vatican there is a church and on every last Saturday of the month and I see a few hundred Italians in the church for 2 to 3 hours, together praying. And I simply couldn’t understand what does keep them in the church for so long. So one day, I also went there and asked them what are they doing? And they said, “we are the fruits of Medjugorje, here we have the programme of Medjugorje”.
He said when I saw that it interested me to come and see what is going on in Medjugorje. So they encouraged him to come to Medjugorje with their own example and not with preaching and not with words. And I would like to recommend the same to all of you. When you come back home, not to talk about Medjugorje to the people because you will be boring to them because they don’t understand you. First of all, show to them with your own life that you were in Medjugorje and then start talking about Medjugorje.
In these apparitions, Our Lady gave to every one of us visionaries a mission to pray for. My mission is to pray for unbelievers, Vicka and Jakov pray for the sick, Ivan for the priests and the youth, Marija for souls in purgatory and Ivanka for families. But the most important message that Our Lady has been constantly repeating is the Holy Mass, but not only on sunday. Our Lady said to us at the very begining of the apparitions, when we were still children, if you find yourself to chose between attending the Holy Mass or seeing me in the apparition, you must chose to attend the Holy Mass because during the Holy Mass my son is with you.
In all these years, Our Lady never said ‘pray and I will give you’ but she always says ‘pray so that I can pray to my son. So Jesus is always in the first place. Many of the pilgrims who come to Medjugorje believe that we visionaries are privileged, that God will accept our prayers in a better way than your prayers but that is completely wrong way of thinking. When it comes to Our Lady as a mother, she doesn’t have a privileged children. We are all just her children that she has been choosing for different missions. She chose 6 of us in order to give the messages but she chose everyone of you.
Thats what she said in one of her messages on January 2nd and I personally believe that is addressing you pilgrims. She said ” Dear children, I invited you, open your heart, allow me to enter in order to make you be able to become my apostles”, which means we all have the same importance for Our Heavenly Mother.
If you think in a different way and you think that visionaries are privileged, let me give you an example. If you are mother and you have 3 or 4 children, which child do you prefer or like the most? Theres no such thing for a mother. A mother loves every one of her children with the same amount of love. She approaches them in a different way because not every child is the same but love is the same. The same example is with our Heavenly Mother. She loves us all equally and then we can all address her in the same way. She says “open your heart and I will be with you” and it just depends on us whether we really want Our Mother to be with us. Because I always say, it is not important to see Our Lady with your eyes, but it is important to see her with your heart. Many people had a chance to see her with their eyes and they did not understand. It is important that our heart is open and you can see her with your heart. And now its up to you whether you desire that or not.
When we look at Our Lady’s messages, when we talk about the privileged ones then we can talk about priests. Because Our Lady never said what they should do but only and always what we should do for them. She said they don’t need you to to judge and criticise them, but they need you to pray for them and love them. My children, if you lose respect for priests, then you will lose respect for the church and in the end, Dear God as well. Once again I repeat, God will judge the priests the way they were as priests.
Recently, almost every 2nd of the month, Our Lady has been emphasising the importance of praying for priests. For example when she is blessing us and the things that are for blessing, she always says, I am giving you my motherly blessing but the greatest blessing you can receive on earth is a blessing coming from your priest. That is my son himself blessing you. And she says do not forget to pray for your shepherds.Their priestly hands are blessed by my son. Even in this latest message she invited us to pray for our priests.
What I can say and you can make the same conclusion when you look at Our Lady’s messages, between good and evil, between what is supposed to happen because you have to know what our Lady said, what she started in Fatima she will accomplish in Medjugorje. She said ‘My Immaculate Heart will triumph’. So from this moment that we are living now until her triumph, there is a bridge and that bridge are the priests. And Our Lady decided we pray for them so that this bridge may be form, so that we can all cross that bridge to be able to reach, to come to Our Lady’s triumph.
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