Medjugorje has become the international melting pot of the world, unifying our faith. Radio Maria U.S. pilgrimage was a part of this movement in June, with pilgrims from all parts of the United States experiencing the grace of the Cross of Mt. Krizevac in Herzegovina.
From the 1980’s the drive around the narrow hair-raising mountain passes and the beautiful seacoast dotted with red-tiled Churches and homes has been replaced by a recently built modern highway. Along with the former hamlet of Medjugorje, the rocks and vineyards of former Yugoslavia are now covered with shops and very large hotels called pansions. The outside confessionals of chairs in the Church yard of St. James, called by St. John Paul II the “confessional of the world,” is now covered with about 30 confessionals and long lines of penitents waiting for their confession to be heard in every language imaginable. Rosaries, statues, sacramentals of incredible size, and artistic rendition fill the shops for viewing by pilgrims.
The recent news that “Pope Francis has given the green light to Catholics to organize pilgrimages to Medjugorje” (Catholic News Agency), was another step to honor the Queen of Peace, promoting her messages of conversion of hearts. Papal spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said in a May 12 statement that this was made as an acknowlgment of the “abundant fruits of grace” that have come from Medjugorje. It is also part of the “particular pastoral attention of Pope Francis to the place.”
Fr. Livio Gonzaga, co-founder of World Family of Radio Maria, is good friends with seer Jakov Colo who gave his permission to print his picture and write about his talk. Slavica Marincic, tour guide and interpreter for Jakov , the youngest of the seers, told us about the messages that the Queen of Peace has been giving for the past 37 years.
“Dear children, give me your heart and I will do the rest,” has been a frequent quote of Our Lady that Jakov repeated. “Six years ago was a very hard time in my life. God gave me the cross for a long time. I prayed a lot and spoke to Fr. Marinko. Three days later, Fr. took me to a very old abandoned house and said I want you to turn this into a place for poor people. I have a family and responsibilities, but God gave me new grace in helping brothers and sisters in need. People began to call me, and my wife and mom helped them. I visited homes, and lonely people, and began Mary’s Hands which takes care of 500 families. Volunteers began to come and clean homes, take the sick to hospitals and provide food and help for those in need. Youth today sit at table, four or five looking at gadget. We must help them. Pray for Mary’s Hands.’