The Medjugorje apparitions show Heaven's live involvement in our world today.  Many times Our Lady's messages make reference to a major event that happened in the world, while at the same time, touching individual hearts.


Our Lady Appears to Ivan at the Blue Cross
September 18, 2006 and prays for Pope Benedict


Anger and violence against Pope Benedict and the Church, from various Muslim groups, resulted from a speech he gave where he referenced a quote by a Byzantine Emperor about the Muslim teaching, “to spread by the sword the faith.”

This sparked widespread hatred and burning of the Pope Benedicts effigy and burning, shootings against at least 7 Christian churches. The Pope later clarifies his intent was to bring serious dialogue with the faiths and to show that violence was not compatible with God’s nature. The Holy Father’s words were ones of reaching out and not through violence, but through love. Our Lady has told us let our only instrument be love.


July 31, 1986

“ Dear children, hatred gives birth to dissensions and does not regard anyone or anything. I call you always to bring harmony and peace. Especially, dear children, in the place where you live, act with love. Let your only instrument always be love. By love turn everything into good which satan desires to destroy and possess. Only that way will you be completely mine and I shall be able to help you…”


His intent in showing that the sword cannot be a teaching of which to spread faith is understood in light of a message Our Lady gave several years ago on March 25, 1999 .

On March 25, 1999 , Our Lady said:

“… I call you to pray for conversion of sinners, for those who pierce my heart and the heart of my Son Jesus with the sword of hatred…”


An appeal through love is Our Lady’s way to conquer all men and all faiths to live as brothers.

A Friend of Medjugorje


The Prayer Group Apparition of September 18, 2006

Our Lady appeared to Ivan at the Blue Cross at 10:00 p.m. on September 18, 2006 . Ivan gave the following description of the apparition:


Our Lady came very, very happy and joyful. At the beginning She greeted us all with Her usual Motherly greeting,Praised be Jesus, my dear children.Then Our Lady prayed a longer time over all of us here with Her hands extended. Our Lady then prayed for the sick present here. She blessed us all with Her Motherly blessing and blessed all the religious objects brought for blessing. After, Our Lady prayed especially today for the Holy Father, the bishops and priests. She prayed for firm faith for priests and for firm faith in the Church. Then we prayed an Our Father and a Glory Be with Our Lady and Our Lady continued to pray over us and left us in an illuminated sign of the cross, with the greeting,Go in peace my dear children.

With Love,

The Community of Caritas

Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up… and said to them, “…have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” Acts 5:34-39