Diary of the beginning
These are the reports of the six witnesses, who have not only been tested and examined, but have sworn under oath the veracity of their experiences with Mary, known affectionately as "Gospa."
On 13 October 1917 the children surrounded by a crowd of 70.000 persons under a torrential rain, Lucy asked again of the Lady:"What do you want from me?" she answered: "I am the Lady of the Rosary, I desire here a chapel in my honor to be built, that people continue to recite the Rosary every day. Will the war finish. The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes." Then Lucy asked: "may I ask you for cures and conversions, will you grant them?". "Some yes, others no. It is necessary that they ask pardon for their sins, that they don't offend God our Lord,and that he is already too much offended." "Do you Want anything else from me?" Lucy asked. "I do not want anything more."
Sunday May 4, 2008.
Roman Catholic Monsignor Jean-Michael di Falco Leandri announced he recognizes the "supernatural origin" of the Virgin Mary apparitions to 17-year-old Behoite Recurel. The apparitions occurred from 1664 to 1718.
Benoite Rencurel was born on September 16, 1647 in a small Alps town called Saint-Etienne d'Avançon. The family lived a moderate life making a living from working with their hands. Upon death of the father Guilaume Rencurel, difficult time fell on the wife and three daughters. With no school in the small village the only instruction was that of Sunday Mass so Benoite never learned to read of write. Benoite was know for praying for long periods of time and one day in May of 1664 while attending sheep in a grotto she saw an apparition of a beautiful woman on a rock with a child, while saying the rosary. The apparition would continue daily for four month when the apparition did not return. It is said this absence was a time of purification.
The Face of the Virgin Mary
A priest from the Vatican was on pilgrimage to Medjugorje. At the time the apparitions were taken place in a small room inside of the church. This priest was allowed into the room during the apparitions. During the time the Medjugorje visionaries knelt (indicating Our Lady was now present,) the priest snapped a picture.
Our Lady appears to six visionaries, which can see her and talk with her during regular apparitions. During some of these apparitions, Our Lady gives messages. One of most frequented topics of these messages are appeals for prayers and love.
On June 24, 1981 at around 6pm six little children went outside of Medjugorje on a little hill named Podbrdo, or locally known as Crnica.
Those children were Ivanka Ivanković, Mirjana Dragičević, Vicka Ivanković, Ivan
Dragičević, Ivan Ivanković and Milka Pavlović. While there, they saw a beautiful, young woman holding a baby in her arms. She never said anything that day, but tried to show them with her hands to come closer to her. The children got very scared and ran away, although they all thought they saw Virgin Mary.
Supernatural signs are a method God has used throughout history to know Him and to bring His children to conversion. It is a way God speaks to us or to incite our hearts to believe and come to Him. Yet, Jesus once said:
“An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.”
Yet still, Our Lady says:
March 25, 1990
“…God wants to save you and sends you messages through men, nature, and so many things which can only help you to understand that you must change the direction of your life…”