Though it is difficult to see it from this distance, the whole center area where Our Lady appears on Apparition Mountain is completely filled with people waiting for Her coming the night of June 25, 2010. Twenty-nine years earlier, on this very day, six children ran up this mountain and came to stop before the most beautiful Creature they had ever beheld, a Woman whom they all have said grows more beautiful every single day they see Her. These are the six who forever sealed their fate as the visionaries of Medjugorje: Mirjana, Ivanka, Ivan, Vicka, Marija, and Jakov. Click on Photo to Enlarge.
Our Lady appeared to Ivan on top of Apparition Mountain at 11:00 p.m. on June 25, 2010. Following the apparition, Ivan said:
Also tonight, as at every meeting together with Our Lady, I will describe tonight’s meeting to you – which was truly exceptional and so joyful. Truly, tonight, after these 29 years of the apparitions, Our Lady came so joyful and happy – more than ever. Our Lady came in a gold dress and at the beginning she greeted us all with great joy with the words: “Praised be Jesus, my dear children.” After that Our Lady said:
*“Dear children, also today the Mother calls you with joy: Dear children, be my carriers, carriers of my messages. Spread my messages in this tired world. Dear children, I desire for you to be my sign, my living sign. Therefore also tonight, I call you to accept the message which I gave you today. Live it. Know, dear children that the Mother always prays with you and prays for you to Her Son. Thank you dear children that also today you have accepted my messages and for living my messages.”
Then Our Lady prayed for a longer time, with Her hands extended, over all of us here. She blessed all of us with Her Motherly blessing and blessed all that you brought for blessing. Afterwards, I recommended all of you especially, all your needs, your intentions, your families and in a special way, the sick. Our Lady continued to pray over all of us here. I prayed an Our Father and a Glory Be with Her and Our Lady left in prayer. She left in joy, in an illuminated sign of the cross with a greeting: “Go in peace my dear children.”
For the second week in a row, Our Lady gave a beautiful, lengthy message on the mountain during Ivan’s prayer group. This is not completely unexpected for the anniversary, although there have been anniversaries in which She has appeared and given no special message during Ivan’s mountain apparitions, or She simply refers back to the message She gave to Marija as a call to live that particular message. A Friend of Medjugorje was speaking with visionary Marija early this morning and she asked him about Ivan’s message last night. He told her, as reported yesterday, that Ivan said that he has never seen Our Lady as joyful and happy as She appeared to him last night. Marija responded immediately back, “Also for me! Our Lady was joyful and happy than She ever was before.” He asked Marija why was Our Lady showing more joy and happiness than ever in 29 years? Marija responded by saying, “She is happy with us.” Corresponding to the testimony of these two visionaries of Our Lady’s unusual happiness are also the words She gave to both of them on the anniversary of Her apparitions yesterday in which She spoke of joy. After 29 years of apparitions, Our Lady is still able to surprise us, changing Her patterns which brings freshness and excitement as in the beginning days. A Friend of Medjugorje made a comment about what is behind Our Lady’s joy.
“The question must be asked, why is Our Lady so happy? Did something happen in Her plan, a new step, an advancement of Her battle line? There is purpose behind every action of Our Lady, along with Her words. Through Her joy She desires to communicate to us that something has happened that has caused Her this joy. I believe we will be seeing something in the near future that will reveal why Our Lady was filled with such great joy on Her anniversary yesterday. Or, maybe we will not know in this life, but for sure where there is an effect, that effect has a cause. Something caused the effect of joy in Our Lady more so than any of the other previous 29 years. This resulting joy, though it won’t be reported by any of the secular, or even the religious news sources of our day, is the major Headline news story of June 25, 2010: that Our Lady was happier and more joyful than at any other time the visionaries ever saw Her in 29 years of apparitions. This is an incredible statement and one we must pray to comprehend, and to watch for the “signs of the times” that might reveal the meaning behind Our Lady’s happiness. ”
In Ivan’s message, the literal translation of the Croatian word for “carriers” is “carry me.” So in the message when Our Lady said, “…Dear children, be my carriers, carriers of my messages…” in the Croatian She is literally saying, “carry Me, carry Me.” With the release of A Friend of Medjugorje’s new book, It Ain’t Gonna Happen there was great excitement among the Caritas Community in reading this message of Ivan’s, and in particular that Our Lady used the words “carry Me.” The book reveals many things, but in particular it speaks of spreading the message and a particular devotion that connects so strongly to Our Lady’s words above, “carry Me”. When you read the book, you’ll understand. It Ain’t Gonna Happen is available immediately by downloading it, and will be available in printed book form in a couple of weeks. Use Ivan’s message as a bookmark as you read the book, referring back to this message often, and you will understand more and more why it was a cause of joy for the community members who have been working non-stop with A Friend of Medjugorje on this book for the past four months to have it released by June 24th. Spread the book to friends, family and Medjugorje devotees.