We’re regularly bombarded with building suspense for all manner of political, showbiz or sporting announcements but what about 2022 the year of the Big Medjugorje Reveal?
All eyes are on Father Petar Ljubicic who has been bestowed the honour by one of the six visionaries Mirjana to announce the News (it might not be all good though) to the world.
Marian (followers of Mary) pilgrims got all excitable last year…
When Fr Petar, who runs a church in Vitina, not far from the Bosnia & Herzegovina town, gave an interview to Radio Maria.
An old confidante of Mirjana, he told the station: ‘When this will happen we have not yet known.
‘But we have the present that with each passing day, we are getting closer and closer to that moment.’
Franciscan friar Fr Peter won’t though just blurt it out (where’s the drama in that?).
And yes we see too that he has given himself some wriggle room.
Because closer and closer in Bosnia & Herzegovina can be pushed out further and further.
The Big Reveal
What will happen for the Big Reveal is something that all the top agents might want to take on board for their particular big news.
Of course the priest warmed us all up with a retelling of the story which is helpful if you don’t know it.
He recalled: ‘When the apparitions began I was in the parish of Tihaljina, located just 33 km from Medjugorje.
‘When I heard about the apparitions of Our Lady, I immediately believed that they were true.
‘I was sure the young visionaries from Bosnia and Herzegovina would never joke about such things.’
Mother of God
The holy man, by now in full flow, went on to share what he had been told…
About how The Mother of God looked which was well for being over 2,,000 years old.
He said: ‘She is an incredibly beautiful woman, about 20 years old, one metre and 65 centimetres tall, fair complexion and pink cheeks.
‘She exudes unspeakable goodness, sweetness and joy. Her eyes are beautiful, deep blue, she has black eyebrows and hair.
‘She wears a blue-grey dress that covers her whole body.
“And she is lost in a white cloud that hides her feet and on which she floats.
‘She wears a white veil that covers her head, shoulders and back and comes down to her hips.
‘She wears no jewels, but has a crown with twelve golden stars on her head.
‘It is impossible to invent this description.’
I’ve got a secret
And, of course, you don’t have to be a journo or broadcaster to know what the next question was…
To which Fr Petar unsurprisingly talked around like any of the best politicians: ‘It can be said that they concern particular events that will happen at a certain time and place.
‘When this will happen we have not yet known.
‘But we have the present that with each passing day, we are getting closer and closer to that moment .
‘The message of every secret will contain this teaching: the life that God has given us, the time we live are gifts from God for us.’
And here’s a secret (on travel blogs they are for sharing surely) I gleaned from a relative of one of the Little Shepherds from Fatima.
This is what it will look like
And so how will the Big Reveal look?
Fr Petar excitedly goes on: ‘Mirjana will deliver me ten days before something similar to a letter-sized parchment that Our Lady gave her.
‘To remember when every secret would happen.
‘All the secrets are written on it.
‘But I will only be able to read and reveal the first secret (drumroll please).
‘In that moment, I will be able to see only that secret and not the others.
‘This will happen for each secret.
‘Later I will have to fast and prepare for seven consecutive days.
‘And then, three days before, I will be able to reveal exactly what and where it will happen.
‘At what precise hour and minute and how long what is contained in that given secret will last.’
‘Mirjana said that the first two secrets are linked to Medjugorje and will be warnings and recommendations.
‘The third secret will be the visible sign on the apparition hill at Podbrdo and will be a great joy and consolation for all.’
Messenger from above
Franciscans are the ones with the big beards… though I don’t know where Father Petar’s is (I’m sure there’s an explanation).
One Franciscan related to me on my pilgrimage there that he burnt his with a candle on one occasion) is a messenger par excellence for Our Lady.
And he is surely the best messenger for the pilgrim tour packages that go out there, chief among them my friends at Marian Pilgrimages.
And a word here too about the real spirit of giving as enounced by Mary’s Meals, on the ground in Medjugorje and around the world.
He leaves us religious tourists with a holy call to arms.
‘We are witnesses of how every year a multitude of pilgrims come here to Medjugorje.
“To pray to the Queen of Peace and their number will surely increase when the secrets are revealed.’
It’s all a matter of faith but would you want to miss 2022 the year of the Big Medjugorje Reveal?