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Review of the Medjugorje Apparitions (1981- 2011*)

*The Apparitions are currently ongoing ** The picture above refers to Our Lady of Fatima

Table of Contents
Overview ....................................................................................................................................3 Videos of Miracles & Apparitions ............................................................................................6 Claims of medical cures ............................................................................................................7 Scientific Studies .......................................................................................................................9 Summary of the Scientific Studies .......................................................................................... 17 To all the die-hard skeptics ................................................................................................. 18 To all those who believe that the apparitions are demonic .................................................... 18 Summary of the Medjugorian Apparitions ............................................................................ 19 External Links & Sources for this Article .............................................................................. 20

Overview
Since 1981, in a small village in Bosnia-Herzegovina named Medjugorje, the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing and giving messages to the world. She tells us that God has sent Her to our world, and these years she is spending with us are a time of Grace granted by God. In Her own words She tells us, "I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is the fullness of life, and to enjoy this fullness and peace, you must return to God". Our Lady's mission is one of peace and love. She has come to earth to reeducate us and to help us convert and recenter our lives back to God. Our Lady's role has always been one of guiding people to Her Son, Jesus. What an amazing opportunity we have before us! Our Lady's call to conversion is urgent, and we should respond with all our hearts. Our Lady continues to give messages to six people from the village of Medjugorje: Ivan, Jakov, Marija, Mirjana, Vicka, and Ivanka. These six people (referred to as "visionaries") have received apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary since June 24, 1981. In addition to Her public messages, Our Lady is to give each of the six visionaries a total of ten "secrets" or happenings that will occur on earth in the near future. Some of the secrets pertain to the whole world while others concern the visionaries themselves or the local village. Only one of the secrets has so far been revealed by the visionaries. In the third secret Our Lady has promised to leave a supernatural, indestructible, and visible sign on the mountain where she first appeared. Our Lady said: "This sign will be given for the atheists. You faithful already have signs and you have become the sign for the atheists. You faithful must not wait for the sign before you convert; convert soon. This time is a time of grace for you. You can never thank God enough for His grace. The time is for deepening your faith, and for your conversion. When the sign comes, it will be too late for many." When each of the six visionaries has received all ten "secrets", Our Lady will stop appearing to them on a daily basis. Currently, Marija, Vicka, and Ivan have received nine secrets, and Our Lady still appears to them every day, wherever they are, at 5:40pm during daylight savings time, and 6:40pm the rest of the year. Mirjana, Jakov, and Ivanka have received all ten secrets, and Our Lady appears to them once per year, and will do so for the rest of their lives. For Ivanka who received her 10th secret on May 7, 1985 it is on the anniversary of the apparitions, June 25 each year. For Jakov who received his 10th secret on September 12, 1998, it is on Christmas day each year. And for Mirjana who received her 10th secret on Christmas 1982, it is on her birthday, March 18 each year. Our Lady has also been appearing to Mirjana on the 2nd of each month since August 2, 1987 for the purpose of praying for all unbelievers. Mirjana tells us that it is very important that all of us pray for the unbelievers in the world, who are described as those who have not yet experienced God's love. Sometimes these appearances on the 2nd of each month are apparitions, and sometimes locutions. No one knows when Our Lady will give the tenth secret to Marija, Ivan, and Vicka. Once Our Lady has stopped appearing there will be three warnings given to the world. These warnings will be in the form of events on earth. They will occur within Mirjana's lifetime, and Mirjana will be a witness to them. Ten days before each of the warnings, she will advise the priest she chose for this task (Father Petar Ljubicic), who will then pray and fast with Mirjana for

seven days. Then, three days before each warning is to take place, Fr. Petar will announce to the world what, where, and when the warning will take place. Fr. Petar has no choice, and must reveal each warning. After the first warning, the other two will follow in a rather short period of time. That interval will be a period of grace and conversion. After the permanent, visible, supernatural, and indestructible sign appears on the mountain where Our Lady first appeared in Medjugorje there will be little time for conversion. For that reason, the Blessed Virgin invites us to urgent conversion and reconciliation. The permanent sign will lead to many healings and conversions before the secrets become reality. According to Mirjana, the events predicted by the Blessed Virgin are near. By virtue of this experience, Mirjana proclaims to the world: 'Hurry, be converted; open your hearts to God.' The ninth and tenth secrets are serious. They concern chastisement for the sins of the world. Punishment is inevitable, for we cannot expect the whole world to be converted. The punishment can be diminished by prayer and penance, but it cannot be eliminated. Mirjana says that one of the evils that threatened the world, the one contained in the seventh secret, has been averted, thanks to prayer and fasting. That is why the Blessed Virgin continues to encourage prayer and fasting: "You have forgotten that with prayer and fasting you can ward off wars, suspend natural laws." In addition to this basic message, Mirjana related an apparition she had in 1982, which sheds some light on certain aspects of Church history. She spoke of an apparition in which satan appeared to her, and asked Mirjana to renounce Our Lady and to follow him. By doing so she could be happy in love and in life. He added that following Our Lady would only lead to suffering. Mirjana rejected him, and immediately Our Lady appeared and Satan disappeared. Then Our Lady gave Mirjana the following message in substance: "Excuse me for this, but you must realize that Satan exists. One day he appeared before the throne of God and asked permission to submit the Church to a period of trial. God gave him permission to try the Church for one century. This century is under the power of the devil; but when the secrets confided to you come to pass, his power will be destroyed. Even now he is beginning to lose his power and has become aggressive. He is destroying marriages, creating divisions among priests and is responsible for obsessions and murder. You must protect yourselves against these things through fasting and prayer, especially community prayer. Carry blessed objects with you. Put them in your house, and restore the use of holy water." Since the apparitions began in 1981, approximately 40 million people of all faiths, from all over the world, have visited Medjugorje and have left spiritually strengthened and renewed. Many bring back stories of miracles in the form of healings (of mind, body and spirit), supernatural visual signs, and deep conversions back to God. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones, to investigate with an open mind and heart the messages which are given to us by Our Lady of Medjugorje. I invite you to read these messages and decide for yourself how they will affect your life and that of your family. Our Lady's messages are meant to be assembled like a mosaic. To understand the full meaning and depth of these messages, we need to study all of the messages She has given us over these

almost 30 years. "By means of the messages, I wish to make a very beautiful mosaic in your hearts." (November 25, 1989). Our Lady has asked that we continually read, study, and meditate on the messages which she has given us. She said: "Little children, read every day the messages I gave you and transform them into life. I love you and this is why I call you to the way of salvation with God." (December 25, 1989). The technique of teaching which Our Lady uses, reeducates us to be Christians. She accomplishes this by walking with us, and guiding us step by step, message by message. Today, many people think it is not important to be a Christian. Others want to live a superficial form of Christianity which is easier or more convenient than living a true Christian life. Our Lady wants to show us through Her messages the real face of Christianity. This is a long process because we as a society have strayed far from the truth and God and are slow to learn. This is true both in the Church and outside the Church. We have to accept being totally reeducated, little by little, by the Mother of God. The problem with mankind is not so much that people have bad intentions; there are plenty of good hearted people. The problem is that we sometimes don't see the truth; we are in darkness, and many of us are just blind. We do not realize that we have put ourselves into the hands of satan because we do not know how to tell the difference between right and wrong. Many of us become an image of satan without even knowing it. I don't think that anyone could argue, regardless of religious orientation, that today's world is in a state of crisis. All one has to do is read the newspaper or watch television to be see how eroded the morals of our world have become. It is shocking to see and hear the examples of inhumanity, cruelty, violence, abuse, drugs, war, crime, etc., etc. Much of the world has strayed far from a life centered around God and family. The answers which we need to redirect our life can be found by reading and living Our Lady's messages and the Scriptures. "You are ready to commit sin, and to put yourselves in the hands of satan without reflecting." (May 25, 1987) "Do not allow satan to gain control of your hearts, so you would be an image of satan and not of me." (January 30, 1986) "Children, darkness reigns over the whole world. People are attracted by many things and they forget about the more important." "Light won't reign in the world until people accept Jesus, until they live His words, which is the Word of the Gospel." "Dear children, this is the reason for my presence among you for such a long time: to lead you on the path of Jesus. I want to save you and, through you, to save the whole world. Many people now live without faith; some don't even want to hear about Jesus, but they still want peace and satisfaction! Children, here is the reason why I need your prayer: prayer is the only way to save the human race." (July 30, 1987) We must realize that Satan is real. He uses us for his own end and purposes. His main purpose is destruction. Destruction of love, peace, faith, family, and life. Just as God gave David 5 stones

with which to defeat Goliath, Our Lady is also giving us 5 Stones or Weapons we can use to defeat satan. They are:

Daily Prayer (Of the Rosary) Fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays (only bread & water) Daily Reading of the Bible Monthly Confession Holy Communion

We must realize that Our Lady's plan is for the entire planet, that this war is a war of love against destruction, and that Our Lady's goal in this struggle is the reign of love, and the return of souls to God. Our Lady tells us that our personal role is "Great". We cannot do enough to live the messages. We must be willing to abandon ourselves completely. When put in proper perspective, our homes, our money, and our businesses are not nearly as important as gaining eternal life in Heaven after this life. Matthew 16:25-27 "Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would a man show if he were to gain the whole world and destroy himself in the process? What can a man offer in exchange for his very self?"

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Claims of medical cures


Relevant to determining the supernatural character of an apparition site would be any miraculous cures that take place. In July 1987, Newsweek magazine declared that "already 290 miracle healings [in Meugorje] are under study by Catholic physicians." The first cure to occur at Meugorje is said to have taken place on the fifth day of the apparitions, June 28, 1981. A three-year-old boy named Daniel Setka was supposed to have been brought to the place of the apparition and commended to the Madonna. As the story goes, his condition was extremely serious: he was unable to walk, speak or even hold his head up. Electroencephalogram scans revealed that the child experienced "paroxysms" at the rate of three to five per second, and the conclusion was a combination of spastic hemiparesis and epilepsy. On the evening of June 28th, he was carried up the hill toward the site of the apparition by his parents. One of the visionaries, when presenting the boy to Mary, called out, "Please make a miracle so that everyone will believe us." The visionaries reported that for approximately a minute Mary stared with great mercy at him, then said, "Let [his parents] firmly believe that he will be healed", and then concluded with, "Go in God's peace." Following the apparition, the first sign of a healing took place: at dinner the boy slapped the table and declared, "Give me a drink." The following day, still unable to walk, he was taken again to the place of the apparition, and about halfway up the hill he began to walk under his own power. As he gained more strength ascending the hill, he began speaking words and then climbed atop a rock and called out, "Mama, look, I'm walking!" His full healing would be declared complete that same day. Another reported cure was a case compiled by the University of Milan's Specialist Clinical Institute. The case involved an Italian woman named Diana Basile, a mother of three who had developed advanced multiple sclerosis, an incurable disease. By 1983 she was completely incontinent, shaking uncontrollably, completely blind in her right eye, unable to raise her right arm and capable of walking only with a shuffle when aided by others. She traveled to Meugorje at the invitation of a nurse at the clinic and managed to enter the room where the apparition was to take place. At the time of the apparition she suddenly became completely unaware of her surroundings. Instead, she viewed past episodes of her life, many of them previously forgotten. As the apparition ended, she stood and exited the room with the visionaries, walking normally. By the following morning she was cured of incontinence and blindness in her right eye; by the time she returned home, every sign of her illness had disappeared. At least two people who have claimed healings in Meugorje were medical doctors. One, a general practitioner from the Philippines, had contracted breast cancer that had recently metastasized. While in Meugorje she prayed the Stations of the Cross on Mt. Krizevac, and at the 12th and 13th stations received a "spiritual healing." The spiritual healing was accompanied by a physical cure, because when she arrived back in the Philippines, all signs of her cancer had disappeared. The other doctor was an Italian pediatrician with a life-threatening ulcerated colon and abscessed fistula. The family prayed in Meugorje for a cure in the fall of 1984, while he prayed in Italy for the first time in years, he said. He promised Mary that if he were healed he would travel to Meugorje himself. That night the fistula closed and he was cured.

Perhaps the most celebrated cure came to Vicka, one of the six visionaries, who mailed a letter to the bishop's commission investigating the apparitions (as well as a letter to her confessor and the priests of Meugorje) indicating the exact date she would be cured of an inoperable brain tumor. Devotees claim that she had "swelling of the joints resulting in high fevers and coma" and that a brain tumor was subsequently diagnosed. Seven months later, on September 25, 1988, she asked the letters to be opened by the recipients in the presence of two witnesses. The letter stated that her brain tumornot a punishment from God but a gift to aid in the conversion of souls would be miraculously healed on that date, September 25. Her tumor is reported to have vanished on that date. Other teams of doctors from Italy, Poland, Austria, England and the United States would study the children. Dr. Luigi Frigero, the doctor who supervised a team of doctors from Milan's Mangiagalli Clinic, concluded that the results "cannot be explained naturally, and thus can be only preternatural or supernatural."

Scientific Studies
Study by Dr. Henri Joyeux Dr. Henri Joyeux, a cancer researcher, headed a team of scientists from the University of Montpellier 1 (a French university). He made video and audio recordings of more than 35 reputed apparitions and conducted a battery of tests searching for either a hoax or fraud. Among the many tests performed by the team were brain, vision, hearing, voice and cardiac function tests, using electro-encephalographs, electro-oculographs and other scientific devices. Dr. Franois Rouquerol, an ear, nose and throat specialist who accompanied the Montpellier team, saw no reaction to 90 decibels of engine noise directed into the ears of the visionaries during the apparition, an indication of a "disconnection of the auditory pathways during the ecstasy. Dr. Bernard Hoarau, a heart specialist , conducted experiments that eliminated the possibility of epilepsy. The tests of a neurologist, Dr. Jean Cadhilac's, claimed to be able to "eliminate formally all clinical signs comparable to those observed during individual or collective hallucination, hysteria, neurosis or pathological ecstasy, In the spring of 1985, Dr Joyeux concluded: "The ecstasies are not pathological, nor is there any element of deceit. No scientific discipline seems able to describe these phenomena." The Electro-Encephalogram was administered to Ivan on June 10, to Marija on October 6, and Ivanka, October 7 all in the year 1984, in Medjugorje. The purpose of this test is to trace the rhythms of brain activity with eight diagrams that are attached to eight electrodes that are attached to eight different points on the skull. Wakefulness is illustrated by alpha waves on the diagrams, and the state of sleep or of dream by beta waves. The test lasted about 30 minutes for each of the visionaries, including before, during and after the apparition. Not at any time did Ivan demonstrate the state of sleep or dream. He remained in the alpha rhythm throughout the entire test. When the tests were given in October to Ivanka and Marija, beta waves were apparent before the apparition began, especially with Marija, but from the beginning of the apparition, the alpha state was observed, progressively increasing throughout the time the visionaries were ecstasy. Although this was only one test, it was an important one because it eliminated false hypotheses which would have led them down many dead-end roads. The results from the electroencephalogram eliminated the possibility of the visionaries being epileptic, hallucinating, or were asleep or dreaming. With all three visionaries, there were no signs of cerebral abnormalities nor any pathological symptoms. Bottom Line

- The Visionaries are not epileptic, hallucinating or in a dream-hypnotic state during the apparitions. - During the apparition experience, they are not affected by very loud noise in their ears.

Study of Vision by Dr. Phillippott Using an Electro-Oculogram When tests administered earlier in the year in Medjugorje showed that the eye movement of the visionaries stopped during apparition, the doctors wanted to do testing on the synchronizations of the visionaries eye movements at the moment and during the apparition. Ivan and Marija participated in this test. An electro-oculogram records eye movements. They discovered the following: At the beginning of the ecstasy eye movements stopped almost simultaneously. During the ecstasy only muscular movement associated with speech was in evidence; the eyes remained immobile At the end of the ecstasy eye movement reappeared again with almost perfect simultaneity. Thus, the phenomenon of simultaneity is associated both with the ending of the eye movement and with its restarting. Bottom Line -

At the beginning of the ecstasy, the visionaries eye movements stopped almost simultaneously. During the apparitions, their eyes remained immobile. At the end of the apparitions, eye movements reappeared again with almost perfect simultaneity.

Study of Ivankas Voice and Larynx Function by Dr. F. Rouquerol Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, December 28, 1984 Picture of the Larynx (Below) In an attempt to find out why and how the visionaries voices became inaudible from the moment ecstasy began, Dr. Rouquerol investigated Ivankas voice and larynx. He found that: During the recitation of the Rosary before the apparitions began, the needle indicating that the larynx muscles were working moved up and down the scale. When ecstasy began and the voice became inaudible, the needle stopped and the larynx no longer moved. The lips continued to move, as the visionary spoke to the apparition; but no sound was registered on the equipment. When the voice returned to normal on the third word of the Our Father, the needle moved again; and ceased when the voice disappeared again.

As soon as the apparition had gone and the visionary began to spea k normally, the movements of the larynx returned. What they concluded was that at the time the visionaries voices disappeared in the apparition, this was connected to the fact that there was no movement taking place of the larynx. Though the lip movement remained normal, the act of breathing out, which normally would cause the vocal cords to vibrate, did not produce this normal result. Hence, no sound came from the visionaries. This was surprising to them to discover, because they hear themselves and each other just as normally whether they are in or out of ecstasy. Bottom Line

- Once the apparitions begin, during the first 2 words of Our Father, the larynx muscles of the visionaries stopped working. Though the lip movement remained normal, the act of breathing out, which normally would cause the vocal cords to vibrate, did not produce this normal result. Hence, no sound came from the visionaries.
Study by Dr. Maria Frederica Magatti Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, February 3-4, 1984 and March 22, 1984 Test or Procedure: Dr. Maria Frederica Magatti performed a clinical analysis of an apparition that she observed on February 3-4, 1984 in Medjugorje. She studied the visionaries response to various stimulation, such as calling, touching and pinching. A cine-projector of approximately 1000 watts was shined into their eyes to see if the size of the pupils changed. Conclusions: According to Dr. Magatti, We are dealing with ecstasy because during the events (the young people) lose contact with the surrounding world; they remained insensitive to stimulation: calling, touching, pinching no response, not even an indication of pain in the case of pinching. A cine-projector of approximately 1000 watts was played on their eyes without causing any modification in the diameter of the pupils. Their eyelids continued to blink according to their natural rhythm. Blinking occurred spontaneously if their faces were touched. Dr. Magatti also studied the body movements of the young Medjugorje visionaries. Ivans arm was raised during ecstasy. She observed that there was no resistance, and that his arm returned to its original position when it was released, by what looked like a voluntary movement. While kneeling, Jakov was lifted off the ground and his legs straightened out giving an appearance that they were hanging without muscular control. When lowered back down, he immediately returned to a kneeling position, apparently by a voluntary movement. There are two divisions of the autonomic nervous system. The sympathetic system responds to

stress, when it speeds the heart rate, increases blood pressure, and generally prepares the body for action. The parasympathetic system is more important when the body is at rest, since it slows the heart rate, decreases blood pressure, and stimulates the digestive system. With the visionaries, the heartbeat remained the same and there was no indication of perspiration or tears. The only motor activity observed was voluntary, in particular the movement of the lips during conversation with the apparition. The testing demonstrated that the visionaries were not cataleptic, which is a symptom of certain nervous disorders or condition and includes rigid body and limbs, limbs staying in the same position when moved, loss of muscle control and slowing down of bodily functions. During the apparition there was no noticeable change in the vegetative nervous system. This is the part of the nervous system that controls those functions not controlled voluntarily, including the heart rate, activity of the intestines, and the production of sweat. From the results of her testing, Dr. Magatti testified that, we can deduce the absolute neurological normality of the visionaries in spite of the suspension of their consciousness of relationship with the exterior world. Bottom Line

- During the apparitions, a very bright light was shined into the visionaries eyes. It had no effect on the diameter of their pupils or on the blinking rate of their eyes. - During the apparitions, the visionaries remained insensitive to stimulation: calling, touching, pinchingno response, not even an indication of pain in the case of pinching.
Study by Dr. Lucia Capello Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, February 5-6, 1984 and March 23, 1984 Dr. Lucia Capello was present at the apparitions on February 5-6 and March 23, 1984, in Medjugorje in which she observed Ivan, Jakov and Marija three times, and Vicka and Ivanka once. Conclusions: Dr. Capello made many of the same observtions as Dr. Magatti. In particular she noted in her report what she observed as the three synchronizations, or rather three simultaneous key movements during ecstasy: 1. The visionaries drop to their knees at the same time, their voices become inaudible while their lips continue to articulate. 2. The voices of the visionaries become audible at the same time, on the third word of the Our Father, the apparition having recited the first two. There is no evidence that would lead to the

conclusion that the visionaries orchestrated the timing nor can there be an explanation that it happened through natural causes. 3. The eyes and heads are raised at the end of the apparition in a near perfect simultaneous action; the word ode meaning She is going away, which is uttered by one or a number of visionaries, cannot be taken as a signal; sometimes it is not pronounced at all; other times it is pronounced simultaneously by a number of the children. Of the three synchronizations, the first one, according to Fr. Laurentin, could possibly be attributed to natural causes, although this is not to say that it is, but the second and third ones have no natural explanation. What is observed, then, indicates that there is something being seen only by the visionaries that the observers cannot see while attending the Medjugorje apparitions. Bottom Line

- When praying during apparitions, the visionaries droped to their knees and their voices became inaudible at the same time. - On the third word of Our Father, the visionaries voices bec ame audible at the same time. - The eyes and heads were raised at the end of the apparition in a near perfect simultaneous action.
The apparition of June 10, 1984. Professor Joyeaux arrived in the Medjugorje the day before, only to discover that the visionaries were refusing to be tested. Despite Fr. Laurentin & Professor Joyeauxs persuasive arguments to convince them to cooperate, they were adamant due to Our Lady saying on another occasion that the tests were not necessary. Jakov settled the debate by suggesting they ask Our Lady in the apparition. To everyones surprise, Our Lady gave them permission.

On October 7, 1984, after initially resisting the testing, Ivanka is hooked up to an electro-encephalogram in order to study her brain waves before, during and after the apparition. Along with this test, they studied whether putting an object in front of her eyes would hamper her vision in the apparition. She continued to see Our Lady despite the obstacle.

Marija patiently suffers through the multiple attachments that will test her brain waves during the apparition. During ecstasy, Marija never left the alpha stage, which is the condition found in a contemplative and calm prayer. If one could have told 20-year-old Marija that 20 years from this moment she would be asked to submit to this same test during her ongoing apparitions of the Virgin Mary, she no doubt would have looked with stunned disbelief, not because of being tested again, but because of Our Lady continuing to appear to her in the apparitions all those years.

Dr. Joyeux and his team from Montpellier Hospital in France made the long journey to Medjugorje, with the latest technology, in order to test not only the Medjugorje visionaries, but to look at the ecstatic state as never before. It was an exciting opportunity, but one in which there was a sense of urgency as there was no guarantee that the apparitions would continue from day to day. Here the doctors set up their instruments in the rectory of St. James Church where the visionaries would come for the apparition. As with many of the tests, the scientists used different mechanisms to simulate conditions to test the reaction of various senses of the visionaries, such as hearing, sight, and touch. With the eye test, a bright light was flashed in their eyes during ecstasy, but they did not blink or wince or show any other reaction. Also, using an electrooculogram, all the eyes of the visionaries moved in perfect timing with each other at the beginning and end of ecstasy.

Ivan arrives for the apparition on the 24th anniversary of Our Ladys appearances. Seeing the apparatus he was asked to put on, on a hot day, dressed in suit and tie, on this day of all days of the year, it is no wonder he was a little irritated. However, yet again, Prof. Joyeaux was persuasive in that these tests were specifically requested by the Vatican. One can only imagine what Our Lady thought when She saw Ivan on this day, 24 years from the beginning of the apparitions, after so much testing through the years, only to come up with the very same conclusion: the visionaries are normal in every respect and science cannot explain their experience. Professor Joyeaux, though only a scientist, sends a strong recommendation to the Church, Medjugorje must be taken seriously.

Summary of the Scientific Studies


- The Visionaries are not epileptic, hallucinating or in a dream-hypnotic state during the apparitions. - During the apparition experience, they are not affected by very loud noise in their ears.
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At the beginning of the ecstasy, the visionaries eye movements stopped almost simultaneously. During the apparitions, their eyes remained immobile. At the end of the apparitions, eye movements reappeared again with almost perfect simultaneity.

- Once the apparitions began, during the first 2 words of Our Father, the larynx muscles of the visionaries stopped working. Though the lip movement remained normal, the act of breathing out, which normally would cause the vocal cords to vibrate, did not produce this normal result. Hence, no sound came from the visionaries. - During the apparitions, a very bright light was shined into the visionaries eyes. It had no effect on the diameter of their pupils or on the blinking rate of their eyes. - During the apparitions, the visionaries remained insensitive to stimulation: calling, touching, pinchingno response, not even an indication of pain in the case of pinching. - When praying during apparitions, the visionaries dropped to their knees and their voices became inaudible at the same time. - On the third word of Our Father, the visionarys voices became audible at the same time. - The eyes and heads were raised at the end of the apparition in a near perfect simultaneous action.

To all the die-hard skeptics


To all the die-hard skeptics out there, what more do you want? What further proof do you need? Do you honestly want to wait till the tribulation starts before you even begin the process of conversion? In the third secret Our Lady promised to leave a supernatural, indestructible, and visible sign on the mountain where she first appeared. 5 of the 6 visionaries confirmed they would be alive when this happened. Our Lady said: "This sign will be given for the atheists. You faithful already have signs and you have become the sign for the atheists. You faithful must not wait for the sign before you convert; convert soon. This time is a time of grace for you. You can never thank God enough for His grace. The time is for deepening your faith, and for your conversion. When the sign comes, it will be too late for many." On top of all the other proofs, if the visionaries were truly liars and cheats, it would be very foolish of them to make such an outrageous claim. In the words of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle : Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. Matthew 11:17 "We played the pipes for you and you wouldn't dance; we sang sad songs and you wouldn't cry."

To all those who believe that the apparitions are demonic


Read the Chapter below.

Summary of the Medjugorian Apparitions


Our Ladys main message is a call for conversion first of ourselves and then of others. Furthermore, she mentions 5 important ways we can make a difference and help defeat satan: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Prayer Fasting (Wednesdays & Fridays on bread & water) Holy Communion Monthly Confession Daily Reading of the Bible

Now, even if you are someone who believes (if it were possible) that the apparitions are demonic in origin at the very least you must agree on the significance of the 5 messages above. I could say Judge a tree by its fruits, however not everyone would be convinced. I will say this instead: Regardless of your point of view, if you agree that the apparitions are supernatural in nature, then I suggest you convince as many people as possible to follow the spirit of Our Ladys messages i.e. Bible, Confession, Communion, Fasting, Prayer (B-C-C-F-P).

External Links & Sources for this Article


For more information, I suggest you review the links below: Official sites http://www.medjugorje.org
(FAQ ) http://www.medjugorje.org/faq.htm#no20

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