As We Live, So Too We Die

My dearest friend shared the following story with me as I was writing my book, Rekindle Eucharistic Amazement. We placed the story in the book to help people know the consequences of yielding to demonic influences.

A hospice patient whom we will call “Robert” was a high ranking member of a demonic cultic order. His order’s cloak hung neatly in his closet and we were instructed that he was to be buried in that cloak.  Robert was unconscious lying in his bed when I arrived for my shift. He appeared comfortable except he was experiencing some difficulty breathing. Suddenly, I began to sense the tangible presence of demonic spirits in the room. The hair on the back of my neck stood up and a cloud of oppression overcame me. I have been in the ministry of intercession and spiritual warfare for many years. This was the most intense presence of evil that I had ever experienced. The battle for Robert’s soul had begun.

Employing classic Saint Ignatius (of Loyola) principles I quickly discerned what was happening.  As a lay companion of the Intercessors of the Lamb for nearly twenty years, I prayed a binding prayer in the almighty Name of Jesus Christ to render the activity of the evil spirits impotent. I called on the Eternal Father, Mother Mary, St. Michael and the Saints to come to the rescue of this poor soul. I prayed at his bedside, the rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. After completing the prayers, I noted that he was in a state of restlessness, appearing to be interiorly tortured. His facial grimacing was accompanied by moans, not of physical pain, but of spiritual terror. I called for backup intercession from our Intercessors of the Lamb prayer group. Robert’s vital signs indicated that he would die soon.  I had an overwhelming sorrow for his soul because I sensed he was not turning to the Lord Jesus.  Personally, I felt delivered from spirits of fear, anxiety and oppression after the prayers, but Robert still appeared to be agitated. I picked up the Bible and began to read the scriptures, claiming the word of God for this man.  As his hospice nurse this seemed the most important task at hand.

As other nurses and facility staff entered the room, they approached the patient with compassion, but quickly they would step back from the bed, troubled at what they observed in his tormented face. They asked me if I was alright in the room alone because they sensed again the presence of evil. The room felt icy cold and void of love. The spiritual battle continued for two more nights. I stayed in contact with my priest spiritual director and prayer partners to discern how to pray for this soul. On the third night the unthinkable entered my mind that perhaps this soul could be lost forever because his will was fixed against Jesus Christ.

In Robert’s final hour his face turned grey-white and terrible demonic markings appeared upon his forehead that looked like red and black burns in the shape of flames of fire to be seen clearly. It was as if the demon marked him as his property to mock Jesus Christ’s seal of the cross at Christian baptism.  The devil always aims to mock the Most Holy Trinity. Robert died in physical and spiritual agony. As other hospice nurses came to look upon the patient, they gasped in horror at the markings on his forehead. We covered Roberts’ body and face completely to prevent his family from seeing him in such a shocking condition.  We spared his wife of the visual impression of devil’s final assault, still hoping the final victory was the Lord’s.  We will never know.

In prayer, I begged the Lord for some understanding about why prayers of intercession did not seem to help this patient. The Lord helped me to understand that I was sent to intercede for this soul.  Jesus offered Robert divine mercy!  In prayer the Lord reminded me that he created Robert for eternal beatitude and willed him to be in Paradise but He does not violate human free will.  Truly we are free to choose or reject God.  We make that choice each day of our lives, and as we live, so too we die. Thank God Robert’s story is unique in my experience of as a hospice nurse.

How we live each day of our lives culminates in an intense moment of truth at the time of death.

The Church encourages us to prepare ourselves for the hour of our death. In the litany of the saints, for instance, she has us pray: “From a sudden and unforeseen death, deliver us, O Lord,” to ask the Mother of God to intercede for us “at the hour of our death” in the Hail Mary; and to entrust ourselves to St. Joseph, the patron of a happy death (CCC 1014).

Every action of your, every thought, should be those of one who expects to die before the day is out.  Death would have no great terrors for you if you had a quiet conscience…Then why not keep clear of sin instead of running away from death?  If you aren’t fit to face death today, it’s very unlikely you will be tomorrow.…(The Imitation of Christ, 1,23,1; CCC 1-14).

When my good father in law was brutally bludgeoned in the head by a thief he underwent brain surgery in an effort to save his life. The surgery was not successful. He was wheeled out of the operating room and placed on life support systems until the family could gather for our farewell. When he was disconnected from the life support machines, I watched as my father in law breathed his last. I marveled as he peacefully ceased to breathe, and a slight smile appeared on his bruised face surrounded by gentle light not of this world.  I contrasted this quiet moment to the violent hours that preceded his death that day.  A blanket of peace descended upon the room and I felt privileged to witness dad’s final breath.  I was mindful of the breath of God; how the Lord sustains life, and absent His breath, we cease to live on earth. Our father lived a good life, and despite the violence that led to his death, he died peacefully surrounded by the loving prayers and faith of his large Irish-German family.

I recall the special graces associated with the passing of an aunt. She was married but her husband preceded her into eternal life. She did not have children because she was always the caregiver of extended family.  She was in the process of dying a natural death in the warmth of the family home. It was not necessary that she be hooked up to machines; no intravenous drips of morphine or any other painkiller was needed.  We sat around her bed and conversed with her as she went in and out of consciousness.  Suddenly she said, “The room is filled with them. There is hardly enough room for all of them. Don’t you see them?  Angels are all over this room.”  I believed her because she was credible and the existence of angels is part of Catholic doctrine.  She continued, “Oh, John (her deceased husband) is here.  He is extending his hand to me. There are other family members too.  I see them.”  Then, speaking first person to her deceased husband she said, “Oh John, I want to go, but I will miss all these people. I am not quite ready please.”  This no nonsense woman of faith was utterly believable. It seemed the natural order of things for a good woman who served others selflessly all of her life.  We told her that we would miss her but we would be together again; it would be alright if she went to meet the Lord and her husband.  The next day, with her face illumined, she looked up as if acknowledging the presence of someone we could not see and then she closed her eyes and peacefully breathed her last.

As we live, so too, we die.

Kathleen Beckman

By

Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S., serves as Co-founder and President of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests (www.foundationforpriests.org). She is an author, radio host and retreat director who frequently speaks to priests, seminarians, religious and laity in the United States and abroad. Often featured on EWTN TV and radio, Kathleen hosts the weekly program Living Eucharist, which airs internationally on Radio Maria. She serves as spiritual director, advisory board member and faculty for the Pope Leo XIII Institute, and the Magnificat advisory team. Her new book, Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization, is available from Sophia Institute Press.

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  • eucharisted

    I would caution Catholics from joining the Intercessors of the Lamb, not only because of the practice of binding prayer but also because its founder had a certain “affiliation” with Medjugorje. More on Medjugorje here: http://www.cbismo.com/index.php?menuID=98

  • evener

    @eucharisted:

    Help me on this one. What does ” binding prayer ” entail.
    And as far as Medjugorje with it’s messages, I’ve so far had no problem with any of them!

  • Marie

    How very harmful,inappropriate and misleading it is to tell Catholics not join the Intercessors of the Lamb, when clearly writer “eucharisted” does not know or understand the apostolates and teachings of this community.
    Re: The binding of spirits-this is Scriptural and by way of our Baptism, we each carry the authority, in the name of Jesus, to bind spirits.
    St. Paul warns and tells us in Ephesians 6:10 of these spirits. Read it over and over until you are conviced.
    I would also hold off on any condemnation of Medjugorje until the Vatican completes their own investigation.
    Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother, pray for us.

  • brotherrolf

    THE TRUTH ABOUT MEDJUGORJE
    Msgr. Pavao Žanić, Bishop of Mostar

    1. The truth regarding the events in Medjugorje is being sought out by a Commission
    of the Bishop’s Conference of Yugoslavia (BKJ). Their work though, is
    progressing slowly. Therefore with this statement I wish to help the Commission in coming to a
    decision as soon as possible.

    Propaganda in favor of Medjugorje is being rushed in order to place
    the Church and the world before a “fait accompli”. This has been the intention of the defenders of
    Medjugorje from the beginning. It must be admitted that they have succeeded, because the other
    side is either working too slowly or remaining silent.

    For these reasons and due to the motivation
    that I have been given from many from all over the world who realize that the truth has been
    trampled upon, I have decided to make another statement according to my duty and my
    conscience, and help the Commission. With this statement I wish to awaken the consciences of
    those who defend Medjugorje. Their path is simple, wide and downhill all the way, while mine is
    difficult, thorny and uphill.

    The Church and Our Lady have no need of falsehoods. Jesus says: “The
    truth will make you free” (Jn 8,32). “I am the way and the truth and the life” (Jn 14,6) “For this I
    was born, and for this I have come into the world to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of
    the truth, hears my voice” (Jn 18,37).

    For a short description of the falsehoods about Medjugorje
    we would need 200 pages, but for now all I will give is this short summary without a scientific
    approach. I am somewhat uneasy because of the fact that in some statements my name is in the
    forefront, yet from the beginning of the “apparitions” I have been in the center of the events due to
    my episcopal position and duties. I am sorry as well for having to mention some “unpleasant
    things”, but without them the arguments lose their strength. However, the most unpleasant things
    will be left out.

    2. A characteristic attitude: Marina B., a tourist guide for Atlas travel, brought a priest
    from Panama to my office in August 1989. His name: Presbitero Rodriguez Teofilo, pastor of
    Nuestra Senora de Lourdes.With him came Carmen Cecilia Capriles – a journalist, Gerente General
    of the IATA agency, and Averrida Alberto Navarro, Apartado 1344 Zona 7, Panama.

    Marina
    presented herself as a tour-guide, translator for English and a convert of Medjugorje. The priest
    asked me for the reasons why I do not believe in the “apparitions”. I told him that I have at least 20
    reasons not to believe, of which only one is necessary for those who are sober and well instructed in
    the faith to come to the conclusion that the apparitions are not of the supernatural.

    He asked me to
    please tell him at least one reason. I told him about the case of the ex-Franciscan priest Ivica Vego.
    Due to his disobedience, by an order of the Holy father the Pope, he was thrown out of his
    Franciscan religious order OFM by his General, dispensed from his vows and suspended “a divinis”.

    He did not obey this order and he continued to celebrate Mass, distribute the sacraments and pass
    the time with his mistress. It is unpleasant to write about this, yet it is necessary in order to see who
    Our Lady is speaking of. According to the diary of Vicka and the statements of the “seers”, Our
    Lady mentioned 13 times that he is innocent and that the bishop is wrong.

    When his mistress, sister
    Leopolda, a nun, became pregnant, both of them left Medjugorje and the religious life and began to
    live together near Medjugorje where their child was born. Now they have two children. His
    prayerbook is still sold in Medjugorje and beyond in hundreds of thousands of copies.

    I asked Marina to translate this in English. Marina cannot be blamed for having fallen into a
    community which is concealing the truth. She spontaneously responded according to the practice in
    Medjugorje: “Do we have to tell them these ugly things?” I responded by saving that if you had not
    held back and covered these “ugly events” these people from Panama would have found out earlier
    and they would not have had to travel to Medjugorje for nothing. It is an injustice and a sin to hide
    this truth, even though it be unpleasant, it must be said.

    3. The Marian theologian Rene Laurentin behaves in the same manner. He came to visit
    me around Christmas 1983, and I offered him dinner. He asked me why I do not believe in the
    apparitions. I told him that according to the diary of Vicka and the words of the other “seers” this
    ‘Lady’ has been speaking against the bishop. Laurentin quickly responded: “Don’t publish that,
    because there are many pilgrims and converts there.”

    I was scandalized by this statement of this
    well known Mariologist! Unfortunately this has remained Laurentin’s position: to hide the truth, and
    defend falsehoods. He has written around ten books on the topic of Medjugorje and in almost all of
    them, the truth and bishop Žanić are under fire. He knows well what people like to hear. Therefore,
    it was relatively easy for him to find those who would believe him. “A veritate quidam auditum
    avertent, ad fabulas autem convertentur” – They will turn away from listening to the truth and
    wander into myths (2 Tim 4:4).

    The “seers” and defenders of Medjugorje led by Laurentin, from
    the very outset have seen that the modern believer in a communist country very quickly believes in
    everything “miraculous”, in apparent miraculous healings and apparent messages from “Our Lady”.

    4. The main players on which Medjugorje rests are retired archbishop F. Franić, R.
    Laurentin, Lj. Rupčić OFM, Amorth, Rastrelli S.J., and some franciscans and charismatics from all
    over the world. Many books have been quickly published, as well as articles, brochures, films and
    souvenirs. On the move are tourist agencies, pilgrimages, prayer books written by two Franciscans
    Order Vego and Prusina who were thrown out of the OFM, published in many languages in
    600,000 copies, fanatical prayer groups that are inspired by the apparent messages of Our Lady and
    the great motivator of all – money.

    No one even mentions that which throws doubt on the
    “apparitions”. The bishop has been warning everyone, but the ‘machinery’ has been breaking
    forward. There have been mentioned 50 miraculous healings, then 150, 200, 300 and so on.
    Laurentin chose 56 dossiers and sent them to the “Bureau medical de Lourdes”. Dr. Mangiapan
    responded in their Bulletin Avril/84, that these dossiers have no practical value, and they cannot be
    used or considered as serious proofs of the apparitions in Medjugorje. Much has been written about
    the healing of Diane Basile. I sent the dossier to Dr. Mangiapan who studied the case and then took
    the position: “opinion plus que reservee”. It is a case of sclerosis multiplex. More will be written
    about this later in a book.

    5. The credibility of the “seers” – Mirjana Dragičević. One month after the beginning of
    the “apparitions” I went to Medjugorje to question the “seers”. I asked each of them to take an oath
    on the cross and demanded that they must speak the truth. (This conversation and oath was
    recorded on tape). The first one was Mirjana: “We went to look for our sheep when at once…”
    (The associate pastor in the parish interrupted and told me that they actually went out to smoke,
    which they hid from their parents). “Wait a minute Mirjana, you’re under oath. Did you go out to
    look for your sheep?” She put her hand over her mouth, “forgive me, we went out to smoke.”

    She
    than showed me the watch on which the “miracle” occurred because the hands of the watch had
    gone haywire. I took the watch to a watch expert who said that the watch had certainly fallen and
    become disordered. After bringing the watch back to her I told her not to mention that a miracle
    occurred. Yet, on cassettes taped later on, she went on to speak of how a miracle occurred with the
    watch and that initially they had gone out to search for their sheep.
    Later on, she spoke that Our Lady said that all faiths are equal. How much can we believe
    Mirjana?

    6. Vicka Ivanković is the main “seer” from the beginning and through her the creator of
    Medjugorje, Rev. Tomislav Vlaši ć OFM, has launched the main portion of falsehoods regarding
    Medjugorje. He presented himself to the Pope in a letter May 13, 1984 as follows: “I am Rev.
    Tomislav Vlašić, the one according to Divine Providence who guides the seers of Medjugorje.” It
    would have been better for him that he withdrew himself into the ‘desert’ and that he remained
    silent, because his past speaks enough about him. Vicka spoke and wrote much, and in so doing she
    fell into many contradictions. Prof. Nikola Bulat, a member of the first Commission, questioned her
    and wrote a 60 page study on her. He numbered all the illogicalities and falsehoods of her diary.

    3Here I will only mention the bloody handkerchief.Word spread around that there was a certain taxi
    driver who came across a man who was bloody all over. This man gave this taxi driver a bloodied
    handkerchief and he told him to: “throw this in the river”. The driver went on and then he came
    across a woman in black. She stopped him and asked him to give her a handkerchief. He gave her
    his own, but she said: “not that one but the bloody handkerchief.” He gave her the handkerchief she
    wanted and she then said: “If you had thrown it into the river the end of the world would have
    occurred now.” Vicka Ivanković wrote in her diary that they asked Our Lady if this event was true
    and she said that it was, and along with this, “that man covered, with blood was my son Jesus, and I
    (Our Lady) was that woman in black.”

    What kind of theology is this? From this it appears that Jesus wants to destroy the world if
    a handkerchief is thrown into a river and its Our Lady who saves the world!

    7. On the 14th of January 1982, Vicka, Marija and little Jakov came to visit me. Vicka
    began to speak quite nervously because she was speaking falsehoods. She said: “Our Lady sent us
    to you to tell you that you are too harsh with the Franciscans…” In what way? “We don’t know!”
    Two Franciscan chaplains in Mostar, Ivica Vego and Ivan Prusina, which the bishop sought to
    remove from Mostar because of disorder and disobedience towards the faithful of the newly
    established cathedral-parish in Mostar, defended themselves before their superiors by saying that
    they would not leave Mostar because Our Lady through Vicka, told them not to leave. This was
    mentioned to me by a member of the Franciscan Provincial council. I asked Vicka at our meeting:
    “Did Our Lady mention anything about the Mostar chaplains, Vego and Prusina?” “She did not, we
    don’t know them” responded all three. Our conversation lasted 30 minutes and I taped all of it. I
    repeated the question of the chaplains of Mostar several times and they always responded: “We
    don’t know them.” Later on, I found from Vicka’s diary that they knew the chaplains very well. It
    was clear to me that they were lying, yet I did not want to mention this to them in order to maintain
    their confidence during our conversations.

    8. On the 4th of April 1982, Vicka and Jakov came to visit me “sent by Our Lady”. The
    chaplains of Mostar, Vego and Prusina were thrown out of the Franciscan Order OFM in January of
    that year by the superiors of their Order. Many followers of Medjugorje and “Our Lady” defended
    the expelled chaplains. During our conversation Vicka very excitedly began: “The last time we
    were with you we didn’t tell you everything and for this reason Our Lady scolded us. We spoke of
    many things and therefore we forgot…” “What did you forget?” “Our Lady told us to tell you that
    those chaplains Vego and Prusina are priests and therefore they can celebrate Mass just as other
    priests.” “Wait a minute. Did Our Lady tell you this before our last meeting?” “Yes, that’s why she
    sent us to you. Last time I spoke of many other things and I forgot to mention this.”

    During that
    previous meeting I asked her directly several times if Our Lady mentioned anything about the two
    chaplains. It was clear to me that Vicka was lying and this was proof enough for me not to trust her
    statements. Marija and Jakov also participated in this lie.

    9. Towards the end of January 1983, Rev. Grafenauer, a Jesuit priest, came to me with
    the intention of searching out the phenomenon of Medjugorje. He listened to 20 cassettes and after
    having listened to them he said that he would not go to Medjugorje because he concluded that Our
    Lady is not there. Upon my insistence he went to Medjugorje and after a few days he came back as
    a “convert” of Rev. Vlašić. He brought some documents, threw them on the table and said: “Here’s
    what Our Lady wishes to tell you!” I understood this as a plot to overthrow the bishop with the
    help of Our Lady. The documents he brought were a compilation of Vicka’s diary, the parish
    chronicle and hand written documents. For this reason it is difficult to establish where they were
    first written. Vicka and those who defend Medjugorje hid this from the bishop for more than a year.

    Here are a few quotes:
    Dec 19, 1981. “Our Lady said that the bishop is to blame for the disorder in Hercegovina.

    She also said that Rev. Ivica Vego is not to blame, yet that the bishop has all authority. Our Lady
    said the he (Vego) remain in Mostar and not leave.
    January 3, 1982. All the “seers” together asked Our Lady about Rev. Ivica Vego. Our Lady
    answered: “Ivica is innocent. If they throw him out of the Franciscan Order, may he remain
    courageous… Ivica is innocent.” Our Lady repeated this three times.
    January 11, 1982. We asked again about the two chaplains of Mostar and Our Lady
    repeated twice that which she mentioned earlier regarding them. Note: January 14, 1982 Vicka was
    at the Chancery office with the bishop and at that meeting she mentioned that she did not know
    Vego.)

    January 20, 1982. The children asked what Rev. Ivica Vego and Rev. Ivan Prusina were to
    do now that they were thrown out of the Order. Our Lady answered: “They are innocent. The
    bishop was harsh in his decision. They can stay.”

    April 15, 1982. Vicka asked Our Lady a question. “Could you generally tell me everything
    about Ivica Vego and Ivan Prusina?” Our Lady smiled at the first and then she said: “They are innocent.”
    She repeated twice that: “The bishop has made a mistake… let them remain in Mostar… they
    can say Mass sometimes but may they be careful to stay away from attention until things calm
    down. They have no faults…”

    April 16, 1982. Yesterday while we were with Our Lady we asked her if we could pray an
    Our Father for them (Vego and Prusina). She answered immediately: “Yes you can”, and she
    prayed with them. When we finished the prayer she smiled and said to me: “Those two are
    constantly on your mind.” I answered: “You’re right”.

    April 26, 1982. Our Lady: “The bishop has
    no real love of God in his heart. Regarding the bishop, may Ivica and Ivan remain clam. What the
    bishop is doing is contrary to the will of God, yet he can do as he pleases, but one day justice as
    you have never seen shall be revealed.”

    10. Vicka never denied that Our Lady said these things or that she wrote these things
    down in her diary. The assurance and authenticity of this can be best confirmed by a cassette taped
    by Rev. Grafenauer during his talks with Vicka and Marija. He left taped copies of the cassette in
    the parish of Medjugorje, with the bishop and he left one with the Bishop’s Conference in Zagreb.
    The cassette should be heard!
    A conversation with Vicka: “The bishop has the duty to judge whether or not this is Our
    Lady…” said Rev. Grafenauer.
    Vicka: He can judge as he wants, but I know its Our Lady.
    Graf: The Church says that those who are confident in themselves, that this itself is a sign
    that Our Lady is not in question here.
    Vicka: Let those who are doubtful remain doubtful, I’m not.
    Graf: This is not a good sign… you once told the bishop that he should listen more to Our Lady
    than to the Pope.
    Vicka: Yes I did.
    Graf: This means that the bishop should listen to you more than to the Pope.
    Vicka: No, not me.
    Graf: But the bishop doesn’t know what the phenomenon is and perhaps it is not Our Lady.
    Vicka: Yes it is Our Lady.
    Graf: You told the bishop that he is to blame and that those two (Vego and Prusina) are innocent
    and that they can perform their priestly duties.
    Vicka: Yes I did.
    Graf: Can they hear confessions? Did Our Lady mention this?
    Vicka: Yes.
    Graf: If Our Lady said this and the Pope says that they cannot…

    Vicka: The Pope can say what he wants, I’m telling it as it is!
    Graf: See, this is how one can come to the conclusion that this is not Our Lady… when the Pope
    says no, they cannot celebrate Mass, and they cannot hear confessions, and then on the other hand,
    Our Lady says they can do both, this cannot be!
    Vicka: I know what is right (What Our Lady said).
    Graf: This cannot be true. I would put my hand into fire to testify that this is not Our Lady
    speaking. When a person has a greater gift there also exists a greater danger that the devil could be
    at work upon this person.

    What a degrading humiliation of Our Lady! From these statements she is destroying obedience in
    the Church, obedience to the bishop, to the heads of the OFM Order, and to the Holy father. She is
    defending Vego!

    11. The apparition in Cerno. Cerno is a village not far away from Medjugorje. The eight
    day after the beginning of the apparitions in Medjugorje there was and “apparition” near Cerno.
    The “seers” told Rev. Jozo Zovko, the pastor of Medjugorje at the time, of this happening the
    evening of the event. They mentioned that Our Lady said four or five times that she would appear
    three more days, that is, on July 1, 2 and 3rd. This was taped on cassette and publicized by Rev.
    Ivo Sivrić OFM. The cassette was reproduced. A few years later Rev. Janko Bubalo published a
    book titled: A thousand meetings with Our Lady. This is a book of conversations with Vicka.
    Vicka does not mention this event, therefore Rev. Bubalo asked whether or not Our Lady said
    “only three more days”. Vicka responded that she does not remember!

    It is evident that Vicka is speaking falsehoods and that Our Lady cannot say that which
    Vicka is saying. Vicka is fabricating these statements. Should this remain unknown to the rest of
    the world? Evil (such as speaking falsehoods about Our Lady) must not be done in order to obtain
    a good (such as pilgrimages, prayers, etc.)

    12. “Seer” Marija Pavlović. Here is a written account of the taped conversation between
    Rev. Grafenauer and Marija:
    Graf: Did Our Lady say that the bishop is to blame?
    Marija: Yes.
    Graf: Did she say that Vego and Prusina were not to blame?
    Marija: Yes.
    Graf: When Our Lady says that the bishop is to blame this immediately appears suspicious and we
    could conclude that this is not Our Lady speaking. The seers are apparently spreading work around
    that the bishop is to blame.
    Marija: Our Lady told us this.

    Graf: This is causing revolt in Hercegovina and these are not good fruits. People will be angry with
    the bishop and will defame his reputation. How can Our Lady do such things? The Church knows
    well that Our Lady is good and that she would never do such things.

    Marija: Our Lady told us this.
    Archbishop F. Franić, Laurentin and many others know all this, yet they remain silent. What
    kind of theology can accept these statements by Our Lady through the declarations of the “seers”
    that their Teacher, Pastor and Liturgist – the bishop, who has legally received his duty from Christ
    through the Church, has no love of God in his heart, that he is declared a sinner throughout the
    world, that he should convert and that prayers will be said in Medjugorje for this intention? There
    were even statements made that Jesus himself would pray for the bishop so that the bishop would
    believe and then take better action in favor of the events in Medjugorje. To say that the bishop is to
    wait for Our Lady’s judgement is an absurdity. It is an offense against Our Lady the Mother of the
    Church. God knows that I am not without sin, and that Our Lady could criticize me, yet God alone
    is the judge. I have never been reprimanded or warned by the Holy See for my episcopal service.

    13. The creator of Medjugorje, Rev. Tomislav Vlašić, amongst other things has
    published and distributed in many languages a seventeen page booklet titled: A calling in the Marina
    year, Milano, March 25, 1988. This regards the founding of a prayer group for young men and
    women (from Medjugorje) who would live together,(Parma, Italy – something which has been
    unheard of in the history of the Church!) They would be the ones who would save the world. Our
    Lady apparently gave Rev. Vlašić and Agnes Heupel (a German woman supposedly healed in
    Medjugorje) the inspiration to establish and to lead this community together in a manner similar to
    saints Francis and Clare, as described by Vlaši ć. In order for this action to succeed, Rev. Vlašić
    asked Marija to add “her witnessing” on three pages. She is a member of this community and on
    April 21, 1988 she wrote: “Sento il bisogno…” –

    I feel the need… As can be concluded, Our Lady
    has given a set program to this community of the “Queen of Peace” and she leads this community
    through Rev. Vlašić and Agnes who give messages to the community. “I have been in the
    community for a month and a half. I have apparitions and Our Lady leads me in the mystery of
    suffering which is the foundation of this community. I must write down everything and publish this
    once Our Lady tells me to. I have understood God’s plan which he began through Mary in the
    parish of Medjugorje.” This quote is taken from pages 15 and 16 of Rev. T. Vlaši ć’s text.

    The
    defenders of Medjugorje quickly understood that this community of young men and women living,
    sleeping, working and praying together in the same house would eventually destroy themselves and
    Medjugorje. Therefore, they sent their Provincial, Rev. Jozo Vasilj to Parma. He went together
    with the bishop of Parma, Msgr. B. Cochi and Rev. T. Vlaši ć to the Congregation in Rome. They
    were told there that the Church cannot allow such a community to exist and then Rev. T. Vlaši ć
    was ordered to dissolve the community and to return to Hercegovina. Vlašić did not obey
    immediately, yet he returned later. This is what was explained to me by Rev. Jozo Vasilj regarding
    the community.

    14. The same Marija Pavlović made another public declaration on the 11th of July 1988.
    On a single sheet of paper, distributed in the same manner as the earlier statement, she mentioned:
    “I feel a moral obligation to declare before God, Our Lady (the Madonna), and the Church… from
    the text of A calling… it appears as if I gave Our Lady’s answer to the question put forward by Rev.
    T. Vlašić, etc. I now declare that I never sought from Our Lady (the Madonna) a confirmation of
    the work of Rev. Vlašić and Agnes Heupel… my first declaration.. does not correspond to the
    truth. Rev. Vlašić suggested to me a few times (N.B.) that I as one of the “seers” should write a
    declaration which the world expects… Everything I said does not correspond to the truth. This I
    declare before the Blessed Sacrament.” Marija Pavlović.

    15. Marija does not deny that she gave her first statement. Rev. T. Vlašić sought
    statements from her many times and this obviously turns out to be manipulating with one of the
    “seers”. So we can conclude that Marija has consciously spoken falsehoods on the first or second
    occasion. She has lied and this she attributes to Our Lady. It is evident that she (Marija) is a toy in
    Rev. Vlašić’s hands. This was clear to me even earlier yet up till now, I didn’t have material proof to
    back this up. Rev. T. Vlašić has manipulated with all the “seers” in the same fashion. Under this
    type of manipulation Marija saw how Our Lady cried when someone mentioned the bishop at a
    prayer meeting: “From Our Lady’s eye flowed forth a great tear. The tear ran down her face and
    disappeared into a cloud under her feet. Our Lady began to cry and she ascended to heaven crying”
    (Aug 22, 1984). An obvious fabrication by Rev. T. Vlašći intended to frighten the bishop.

    Why don’t the defenders of Medjugorje mention these two statements of Marija? Must
    these “ugly” things be hidden from the world because there are many “conversions” in Medjugorje?
    (Laurentin). Laurentin writes in his book Dernieres Nouvelles 3, on page 27, that a certain
    monsignor asked Marija to pray for a message from Our Lady for his priests. Marija answered:
    “Our Lady said that they should read Laurentin’s book and spread it around”!
    7
    It is a terrible sin to attribute one’s own lies to Our Lady. When the world learns of this,
    who will believe them anymore? They have been discredited. No one can destroy this material
    evidence. It will be reproduced and spread by word of mouth. I know well that there are many who
    disregard such material. They accept the events of Medjugorje irrationally, with great emotion and
    with personal interests. They are blind, but these documents will remain a part of the history of the
    Church and of Mariology.

    16. The “seer” Ivan Dragičević. Regarding the “great sign”, Vicka mentions this 13 times
    in the diaries, 14 times it is mentioned in the Parish chronicle, 52 times on the cassettes, and
    innumerous times in talks with the bishop. In the spring of 1982, I asked the “seers” to write
    everything they knew about the sign without making the “secret” public. They way I suggested they
    do it was to write down information on paper in duplicate. Then this would be sealed in an
    envelope and a copy would remain with them, and one with the bishop. When the “sign” occurs,
    then we would open the envelopes and see whether or not the “sign” was predicted.

    Rev. Tomislav
    Vlašić, pastor of Medjugorje at the time, told the “seers” to say that Our Lady said not to write
    anything down for nobody, and so they didn’t. Ivan Dragičević was in the Franciscan minor
    seminary at Visoko, Bosna at that time and he wasn’t informed of this on time. Two members of
    the first Commission, Dr. M. Zovkić and Dr. Z. Puljić (now bishop of Dubrovnik), went to visit
    Ivan in Visoko. They gave him a sheet of paper which was somewhat greenish in colour with
    questions typed out on it. Ivan wrote down the content of the “sign”, dated the document and
    signed it in their presence without a word or any sign of fear.

    A few years later, Laurentin wrote
    that Ivan told him personally that he wrote absolutely nothing down on that sheet of paper and that
    he tricked the two members of the Commission. On March 7, 1985, three members of the
    Commission went to ask Ivan if what Laurentin writes is true. Ivan said it was true and that they
    could freely go ahead and open the envelope in the Chancery office because in it they will only find
    a white sheet of paper. They came back to Mostar where the Commission was having a meeting
    and before all the members, they opened the envelope. In the envelope on a greenish sheet of paper
    they found written the content of the sign: Our Lady said that she would leave a sign. The content
    of this sign I reveal to your trust. The sign is that there will be a great shrine in Medjugorje in
    honor of my apparitions, a shrine to my image. When will this occur? The sign will occur in June.
    Dated: May 9, 1982. Seer: Ivan Dragičević.

    After having heard this lie, the members of the first Commission wanted to end all further
    work, yet they stayed on. Within a few days of this event Rev. Slavko Barbaric OFM, took the
    “seers” somewhere and instructed them all, including Ivan, to write a declaration that Ivan did not
    disclose the sign!

    Ivan sent messages from Our Lady to the bishop. On April 24, 1984 Our Lady said the
    following regarding the bishop: “My son Jesus is praying for him so the he (the bishop) would
    believe and therefore take better action in favor of Medjugorje.” She added: “How would he react
    if my son were to appear on earth? Would he then believe?”
    Regarding the Commission, Our Lady says only the following: “Pray, pray, pray! Think
    over and live the messages I have given and you will see why I have come.”
    Ivan Dragičević, Medjugorje

    17. “Tell the bishop that I seek a quick conversion from him towards the happenings in
    Medjugorje before its too late. May he accept these events with plenty of love, understanding and
    great responsibility. I want him to avoid creating conflicts between priests and to stop publicizing
    their negative behaviors. The Holy Father has given all bishops the duty to fulfill certain tasks in
    their respective dioceses. Among these, bishops are to solve problems and arguments. The bishop is
    the spiritual father of all the parishes in Hercegovina. For this reason I seek his conversion towards
    these events.

    I am sending my second-last warning. If what I seek does not come about, my judgement and the judgement of my Son await the bishop.

    This means that he has not found theway to my Son Jesus.” Our Lady told me to give you this message.
    With greetings.
    Bijakovići June 21, 1983.
    Rev. Tomislav Vlaši ć brought this document to me, which he more than likely wrote himself in a
    moment of exaltation.

    18. Ivan kept his own diary of the apparitions for a couple of years. This has not been
    revealed as Vicka’s has not, nor the writings of the others. These are original fonts of the events, yet
    they are full of naive statements, clear falsehoods and absurdities. They are good proof of the fact
    that the “seers” do not see Our Lady or receive messages from her.

    These messages were written
    by someone else and they were given to Ivan for him to sign as his own. When Rev. Grafenauer
    brought excerpts from Vicka’s diary to me, I later on asked Vicka to bring her diary to me. She
    wrote to me on May 7, 1983: “I have found out that excerpts from my diary are being
    distributed…” This was a very important point which the Commission accepted as good argument
    that the diary was written by Vicka herself or that she considered it her own. Later on, Rev. T.
    Vlašić, also came to this conclusion, and therefore in 1984, he declared before the Commission and
    myself, that Vicka did not write that letter to me but rather, that a Franciscan did (probably Vlašći
    himself) and that he gave it to her to sign! There are many similar examples of manipulation, but
    none have such clear cut evidence as this.

    19. Secrets and secrecy. From the beginning of the “apparitions”, the “seers”, (obviously
    having been instructed in order to escape being controlled) have said that “Our Lady” speaks
    differently to each of them. When the “secrets” were fabricated, each was to have his/her own (60
    in total) and no one was to reveal them to anyone. Mirjana and Ivanka received a letter from Our
    Lady which nobody was to read. In the beginning there were no moments of ecstasy nor avoiding
    the community. They spoke publicly and were spoken to. They only avoided the Commission.
    After having admitted that they were consulted, they asked “Our Lady” if they could write down
    the content of the “great sign” on paper and seal it in an envelope. “Our Lady” responded: NO!
    Ivan though, wrote down the sign and later on he said (which has been taped as well) that “Our
    Lady” did not scold him for doing this. The secrets were to be given to a priest (a Franciscan). Why
    were they not given to the Commission, the bishop, or to the Pope?

    In the first months they often
    said that the “great sign” would come: very soon, quickly, and so on… When the first year ended,
    they changed their tone. Vicka wrote “Our Lady’s life” for a year and a half, and this is a great
    secret which shall be published “when Our Lady permits.” The Commission asked for this diary
    about Our Lady, yet “Our Lady” did not comply with their demand. Can the Commission just see
    the diary without taking it or opening it? No it cannot!

    This turns out to be a plot to make fools out
    of all those who are naive enough to wait for this sign until the end of the world. I have already
    declared earlier and now I repeat the same declaration that if Our Lady leaves a sign which the
    “seers” are speaking of, I’ll make a pilgrimage from Mostar to Medjugorje (30 km) on my knees
    and beg the Franciscans and the “seers” for forgiveness.

    20. Slander against the bishop. “The bishop also believed in the beginning”. This is not
    true! While the communists were persecuting the Franciscans, the “seers” and pilgrims, I defended
    all of them and therefore I did not change my mind “because of threats by the Republic commission
    or because the diocesan priests sought this from me.” This is simply fabricated slander by many.
    While I was publicly defending the imprisoned Franciscans, Rev. Jozo Zovko said during the
    investigations that the bishop is a ‘wolf’ and a ‘hypocrite’. These are the exact words written down in
    his sentence. Zovko’s lawyer, Vuković, asked through a colleague what I had done to Zovko to
    deserve such heavy accusations. Rev. T. Vlaši ć often put “Our Lady’s” words into the mouths of
    the “seers”, such as “Our Lady’s” affirmation that Satan (in this case the bishop) is out to destroy her plan. He wrote this more clearly in a letter to friends in the Vatican.

    I complained about this
    accusation that he has called the bishop Satan, in front of Vlašić and his Provincial. He did not deny
    my objection but rather, he justified his words by saying that he wrote this while under the influence
    of extreme emotion. A person can say something while under emotion, but this cannot be written
    down and translated into foreign languages.

    21. By their fruits. The most common argument of the defenders of Medjugorje is that the
    fruits of the events in Medjugorje prove that Our Lady is appearing there. Those who know a bit
    more than the pilgrims who come to Medjugorje say: the fruits of the staunchest defenders of
    Medjugorje show that they themselves do not believe in the apparitions. If all the “ugly things”
    could be made public then surely the answer would be clearly negative to everyone. Yet, Laurentin,
    Rupčić, Vlašić, Barbarić and others meticulously hide the truth.

    If the defenders of Medjugorje
    come across someone who is sceptical of the apparitions, they quickly isolate this person, accuse
    him of something or declare him mad (J.L. Martin). The majority of the pious public has naively
    fallen victim of the great propaganda, the talk of the apparitions and of healings. These people
    themselves have become the greatest propaganda for the events. They do not even stop to think
    that the truth has been hidden by deliberate falsehoods. They do not know that not one miraculous
    healing has occurred that could have been verified by competent experts and institutions such as the
    “Bureau medical de Lourdes”. No one knows of any healed from Hercegovina. Everyone knows
    that little Daniel, old Jozo Vasilj, Venka Bračjić and others cited in the first books about
    Medjugorje were not healed.

    22. Promises of healings are characteristic of the events. When they don’t occur as
    promised, then they are denied because they were never taped or written down on paper. There
    have been many promises that have ended tragically. What interests us is whether or not “Our
    Lady” is giving these promises, or whether or not they are thought up by the “seers”. The tragic end
    of Marko Blažević as described by the retired archbishop of Belgrade, Msgr. Turk, says much
    regarding “promises” of healing.

    The archbishop writes May 22, 1984, that he was received as a
    patient of the Cardiology clinic at the Beograd hospital. The archbishop received the bed that was
    previously occupied by Marko Blažević of Buna, near Mostar, who was to go in for an operation.
    Mr. Blažević told the archbishop and many other patients, doctors and hospital staff that Our Lady
    had promised, through the “seers”, that the operation would succeed. A nun who assisted in the
    operating room, wrote to me later that Blažević’s wife and his daughter spoke to her with a
    fanatical type of faith in “Our Lady’s promise”. A certain doctor was also convinced in this promise.
    The patient did not wake up after the operation. During the operation, a group of patients prayed
    fervently outside the doors of the operating room. Many spoke of this incident which left many
    very disappointed and ashamed before people of other faiths and atheists. Rev. T. Vlašći, in his
    typical fashion of hiding the truth, succeeding in convincing the daughter of the late Mr. Blaževći,
    to go to the bishop to tell him that Our Lady only told them to pray, not that she promised them
    that the operation would succeed!!! I told her not to make a liar out of her late father or liars of the
    others to whom he spoke to.

    23. The Franciscan and diocesan clergy. The relations between the Franciscan and
    diocesan clergy regarding pastoral duties in the parishes of Hercegovina were established by a
    Decision of the Holy See in 1899 by the suggestions of the franciscans themselves and then bishop
    Paškal Buconjić OFM. According to this Decision the parishes were to be divided equally into two
    groups of 50% of the faithful between the clergy. Since there were no diocesan clergy at the time,
    the parishes that rightfully belonged to them were in 1923 left to the Franciscans “ad nutum S.
    Sedis”. Bishop Čule, the first diocesan bishop of Mostar, in 1948 was sentenced to 11 years and 6
    months in jail. He served eight and a half years of this sentence before being released.

    After his jail
    term the number of diocesan clergy began to rise. In 1968, the Holy See ordered the Franciscans to
    hand over five parishes to the diocesan clergy. They barely gave two parishes. In 1975 after many
    years of talks and consultations a Decree of the Holy See was issued regarding the division of
    parishes in Hercegovina. The Franciscans publicly and collectively denounced this Decree even
    though they administer over 80% of the faithful in the diocese of Mostar. In 1976, due to
    disobedience, the hierarchy of the Franciscan Province along with then Provincial Šićli, lost their
    authority and since then, the Province has been without its independence, and the General of the
    Order rules directly over the Province “ad instar”.

    Another penalty was that in 1979, the Franciscans
    from Hercegovina were not allowed to participate in the election of the General. The first point
    mentioned by the new General of the Order to his brothers in Hercegovina was: ‘the development
    or creation of obedience to, and cooperation with the bishop in Hercegovina’. Disobedience
    prevails today as before, and “Our Lady” from the beginning has been defending disobedient
    Franciscans

    Vicka writes in her diary of the apparitions, that Our Lady said that the bishop is to
    blame for all the disorder in Hercegovina. (See no. 9). This is repeated many times. The Franciscans
    themselves are divided. The Franciscan opposition that defends Medjugorje succeeded in toppling
    their own “ad instar” superiors that developed good relations with the bishop, and they installed a
    group that defends Medjugorje. The new Provincial “ad instar”, Rev. Jozo Vasilj, did not succeed
    in creating peace and order amongst his brothers so he escaped to the missions in Zaire and won’t
    come back! (Fruits?!) He has been replaced by the Vice Provincial and the General has called for
    obedience from all or else the Province shall be abolished. “It is time that everyone take their own
    personal responsibility before judicial sanctions are made or the Province is abolished. (Acta Ordinis
    F.M. fasc. I/89). The Province will not receive its own hierarchy until the Decree is completed.
    Three visitors of the OFM Order who came to the Province in 1988, said that there is not one
    Franciscan in the Province who is in favor of completing the Decree. This opinion is exaggerated yet
    still important.

    24. This is only a portion of the “good fruits” of the events. The pilgrims, though, only
    know that the bishop “hates the Franciscans”. There are a good number of Franciscans in the
    Province who cooperate well with the bishop and these Franciscans do not believe in the apparitions
    either. Some of them have never set foot in Medjugorje.

    A number of good Franciscans have begged me to write something so that together, we
    could start a battle against the lies of Medjugorje because they believe that “God will punish us
    Franciscans severely because we have spread lies and falsehoods throughout the world and made
    money on them”.

    Of the one hundred diocesan priests in the dioceses of Hercegovina, not one believes in the
    apparitions. Of the 42 bishops of Yugoslavia (ordinaries, auxiliaries and retired), only one has been
    outspoken in declaring his belief and has defended the events.

    Of the 15 members of the first
    Commission, which was formed by the bishop of Mostar with the help of their bishops and
    provincials from Yugoslavia, 11 of the members said that there is nothing supernatural in the events
    of Medjugorje, 2 (Franciscans) claimed that the apparitions are authentic, 1 member said that there
    was something “in nucleo” (in the beginning) and 1 abstained. That which the Commission worked
    on for three years, the Holy See (contrary to what has been spread by the defenders of Medjugorje)
    never asked for, or saw, or gave a judgement of. Neither did the Holy See abandon the bishop.

    25. From the beginning of the events I warned the Franciscans that they must wait for the
    judgment of the Church, so that together we can search for the truth. The leaders of the events
    though, had as their aim to bring the masses as soon as possible to Medjugorje, obtain a lot of
    money for propaganda and use Our Lady for their battle against the bishop. They fabricated
    miracles regarding the sun. Many pilgrims damaged their eyes from staring into the sun. They cited
    50, 150, 200 and 300 healings and they spoke of all sorts of things seeing that the faithful believed
    everything they said, especially when archbishop F. Franćiand Laurentin were there to back them
    up.

    The faithful in Medjugorje look upon the events as they are instructed, as is the case in all other
    places of apparitions be they true or false. The marveling and excitement here has been regarded at
    times as leading to great blindness and fanaticism.

    26. The Italians know well the “story” of Gigliole Ebe Giorgini, the foundress of the
    false order of “Pia Opera di Gesu Misericordioso”. Separated and remarried civilly, she spent time
    doing quackery. She gathered young women for their order and she received and earned great
    amounts of money. She had two priests in her service and many houses. She led a double life and
    had false stigmata which she made herself. Her “sisters” followed her fanatically and they called her
    Mamma Ebe. She had male vocations as well, but some who left her later on, declared that she led
    an immoral life. She had many jewels and gold, two yachts, 32 furs, etc. Many in the Church
    objected to her way of life, while others fanatically defended her, citing good fruits. She even
    received praise from two bishops. Twice during the night police raided her room in the mother
    house and they found her in bed with one of her seminarians. A scandal broke out and she was
    sentenced twice to many years in prison along with a Franciscan who was her confessor. The press
    wrote for years about this scandal. An illicit film was made as well, yet her followers fanatically and
    blindly defended her even when the order fell apart. According to them, she was a saint who
    attracted many vocations and this was argument enough for many that from the “fruits” she was
    obviously inspired by God! Religious blindness is extremely hard to cure. Fanaticism brought the
    beginning of the heresies in the Church, today its the foundation of sects.

    The Protestant pastor Rev. Jim Jones developed a great charitable organization in southern
    Chicago and he gathered great sums of money and many fanatical followers of his sect. In order to
    be freer in their work, about 1000 of them, went to Guyana, South America where they established
    “Jonestown” as their new home. They established a dictatorship and fanatical obedience to their
    “Messiah”. Much was written about terrible things that went on, about the immorality of Jones and
    how some tried to escape the community but were caught and killed. Then they were without
    money. Rumors spread that the American army would intervene, so Jones ordered them to retreat
    to the jungle. Seeing no way out, he called on everyone to give up their lives in order to travel to
    eternity. Over 900 of them came with cups to a huge pot in order to drink poison and the fell dead.
    What gave them the strength to commit suicide? Fanaticism! Yet when the Christian faithful hear of
    apparitions and miracles they easily accept these events as facts without being at all critical of the
    events. They are then caught up in their blindness and fanaticism. Whatever is spoken is believed
    automatically, such as, that ordinary rosaries in Medjugorje turn to gold! And people actually
    believe this!

    27. This blindness towards the events in Medjugorje has also caught some priests and
    bishops. Many priests from Italy, (such as Amorth, Rostral and others), easily could have heard that
    the bishop, the Commission, the bishops of Yugoslavia, a portion of the Franciscans and all the
    Diocesan priests do not believe in the events. Yet, they avoided the truth, even though I received
    everyone who inquired about the events and gave them my time. I’m particularly surprised by the
    lack of collegiality by some bishops. Nobody has to accept my judgment, but everyone is obligated
    by conscience to study well the events of Medjugorje before taking a portion, especially if that
    person has a position of authority in the Church, as bishops do.

    “What have they done to you Our Lady!” For nine years they have been dragging you
    along as a tourist attraction. They have been speaking with you whenever it pleased them, as if you
    were a bank teller. They have fabricated messages, and they say that you come and appear there,
    but beyond their own arguments they have nothing to prove that what they say is true. The whole
    world is in expectation of a “great sign” and the naive still wait and believe. Unfortunately this false
    sensation will bring great disgrace and scandal upon the Church. Those who lead the events are not
    converting even though the threat of the abolition of the Province by the General hangs over them.

    This is only a small compilation of that which I would like to write about. Hopefully, I will
    have the opportunity to expand further, with precise documentation and publish a book on these
    events.

    28. There are many prayers and pious activates in Medjugorje. Some say that there
    have been conversions as well. I have received indeed many truly touching letters, and I feel sorry
    for those who will sooner or later be disappointed. But there has also been fanaticism, superstition
    and misinformation in the events of Medjugorje. I have also received many rude accusations in the
    mail which I cannot mention, all in the name of the “Queen of Peace”. That which is positive in
    these events cannot justify the falsehoods and lies that have been spread in order to win the world
    over for God. Jesus said: “I have come into the world to witness to the truth.” The Church would
    easily be able to attract the masses if it dropped the sixth commandment, if divorce were allowed, if
    it let everyone believe and do what they wanted.

    But, Jesus went on the cross for the truth, and the
    martyrs gave up their lives for the truth. St. Paul writes to his faithful: “If anyone is preaching to
    you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.”(Gal 1,9). Today, many
    prayer groups all over the world pray from Rev. Ivica Vego’s prayer book and meditate over the
    supposed messages of Our Lady as if these things were more important than the Bible and the
    teaching Magisterium of the Church. I do believe despite these events, that Our Lady shall beg the
    necessary graces for the Church in order for it to live Christ’s truth.

    I know that there will probably be many sincerely pious souls that will misunderstand me
    and consider me an enemy of Our Lady. I have been to Lourdes many times and to other shrines
    that have been tied in with apparitions that the Church has recognized. What I am doing is
    defending the truth, defending the Church, and I pray to God that I be able to give up my life for
    this.

    29. Those who have written about Medjugorje have sold their books well and have
    made great profits. Unfortunately, those who have written critically, haven’t fared as well because
    they have come across an organized boycott. For the other side of the story, people should read:
    Literature:

    Dr. IVO SIVRIĆ, OFM (a Franciscan born in Medjugorje now living in St. Louis, USA), La face
    cachée de Medjugorje, tome I, 1988, p. 400 (French edition), Editions Psilog, C.P. 300, Saint-
    Francois-du-Lac, Quebec, Canada J0C 1M0. Tel. (514) 568-3036.
    IDEM, The Hidden Side of Medjugorje, volume I, 1989. Ed. Psilog, Saint-Francois-Du Lac,

    Quebec (English version)
    E. MICHAEL JONES, Medjugorje: The Untold Story, Fidelity Press, 206 Marquette Ave. South
    Bend, IN 46617, USA. 1988, pp. 133.
    Idem, Medjugorje: The Untold Story II, Fidelity Press, South Bend 1989, pp. 144.
    P.A. GRAMAGLIA, L’Equivoco di Medjugorje. Apparizioni mariane o fenomeni di medianita?
    Claudiana, Torino 1987, pp. 172.
    Mostar, 1990.
    Responsible: Msgr. Pavao Žanić, Bishop of Mostar

  • evener

    Thanks Marie.
    By this article you would think it was no small thing for St. Dismas to repent.
    I read St. Alphonsus de Liguori’s comment that St. Augustine spent 12 years trying to rid himself of bad habits AFTER his conversion. —How very important it is to keep up our daily struggle with ourselves.

  • evener

    Seeing that this site has been hi-jacked, I too will comment on Medjugorje, and the issue of obedience.
    I’ve read the monthly messages of OL for years and find no problem with them. period.
    As for problems with the local bishop, I’ve got problems with a cardinal in Scotland who decries american’s thirst for “vengeance” as regards a mass murderer. His “let the guilty go unpunished”
    attitude sheds great light on why our priesthood wasn’t cleansed of molesters.

  • evener

    @brotherrolf

    Through the years I’ve talked with parishners who went to Medjugorje on pilgrimage, and they all came back radiant with joy, like children under the tree on Christmas morning.
    If you could produce even 2 or 3 people whose pilgrimage was a “bad trip”, I might give some credence to your post.
    Until the magisterium of the church says differently, I’ll believe what my own eyes have seen.

  • laurar

    By far the most disturbing part of “Robert’s” final days is that nobody thought to call a priest to his bedside! May we each receive God’s abundant, merciful love. May we continue on our pilgrimage to our Heavenly Home, walking behind our Divine Majesty with fortitude as His unprofitable, humble servants.
    God bless.
    Laura

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