“…Everything around you is passing and everything is falling apart…”
Our Lady of Medjugorje September 2, 2011
August 29, 2014 A.D.
Tonight Our Lady appeared to Ivan during his prayer group meeting on top of Apparition Mountain. Pilgrims started to arrive near the statue around 6:00 p.m. and a continuous stream of pilgrims ascended the mountain right up to the time of the apparition. It was a beautiful night with the sky full of stars. Rosaries were continuously prayed until the singing began at around 8:30 p.m. Ivan then announced that we would be praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition. Our Lady appeared to Ivan around 10:00 p.m. and the apparition lasted over 8 minutes. The following is Ivan’s description of the apparition:
Pictures from the August 29, 2014 Apparition in Medjugorje
December 31, 1981
Ivan asks Our Lady if it is really She appearing at the foot of the cross.
Tonight, in response to Our Lady’s request, we should place ourselves before a cross or crucifix and plead with Jesus to forgive the world its sins. It is only through the forgiveness of our sins that we can achieve peace. This is what the world has forgotten, and because there is no true recognition and repentance of sin, there is no peace.
A Friend of Medjugorje speaks often of the need to recognize our own sinfulness and to regularly repent of our sins through Confession. He says:
Why is it that Christians always seem to be on the losing side of every conflict in today’s culture? We do not have the power of God with us because we do not stand before Him with pure, humble and repentive hearts. We must change the direction of our lives and follow the wisdom of Our Lady who said. “You will not have happiness on this earth, neither will you come to Heaven if you are not with pure and humble hearts, and do not fulfill the law of God…” February 2, 1990
The beauty of the sunset over Medjugorje tonight helps to open the heart to prayer. The youngest Medjugorje visionary, Jakov Colo, explained how Our Lady taught them how to do this, in beautiful simplicity:
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