In an article dated January, 2010 and entitled, “”, Peric discusses the history of statements made by the alleged visionaries concerning the sign to be left in Medjugorje. The commission requested the children write down the contents of the great sign allegedly predicted by the Madonna.
All five declined to do so, saying Our Lady forbade it.
She is one of ten children and hopes to one day top that number when she has a family.
Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life.
Within a few years, Peric writes, Ivan denied having written the contents of the sign.
In March, 1985, the Diocese’s envelope was produced, opened, and its contents demonstrated Ivan was not telling the truth as the text was in Ivan’s hand detailing what the alleged sign would be. Bubalo discusses the above story with Vicka in the original Croatian version of . Some people say that only Ivan responded in some way, and I have never asked him. And I’m not going to ask him, but I think he didn’t give them an answer. It’s dealing with a text that well explains the Croatian word “spetljao” (= (It.) imbrogliato, “connived”, “mixed up”, “confused”, “misled”), used by Vicka in the story about her colleague Ivan! Amorth’s support and even endorsement of the Medjugorje phenomenon is a well-established fact to English-speakers.
Peric gives the full text in question as follows: J[anko]: Once, the members of the episcopal commission asked you, and you specifically, to describe the Sign in writing, how it will happen and when it will appear, so that then the writing could be enclosed and sealed in front of you, and be preserved until the Sign appears. In the same interview, Amorth revealed he had kept Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, abreast of developments on Medjugorje shortly after Amorth’s pilgrimage there in October, 1981. Rene Laurentin who also claims to have spoken with the Pope (John Paul II) on Medjugorje.
The answer came back clearly: suffer and pray alongside the one who knew and loved Jesus the most: his Blessed Mother. Mary made the journey alongside Jesus during his earthly life.
Yet, she had an intimate relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, so she must have turned everything over to them.
Lent is a time to become more faithful disciples of our Lord. She stayed with him during every moment of His life.
By putting ourselves into Mary’s hands, she can help form us as a disciple. From the moment the Angel Gabriel came to announce that she was to be the mother of Jesus, Mary said, “Let it be done to me according to thy word.” Lent is about learning to surrender our desires and trust in God.
Meditating on the times in Mary’s life when she had to blindly trust shows me the way to trust.