Mark from Colorado

My wife thought I should experience this trip.

I have been two years sober from alcohol. I was very spiritual early on in my sobriety and kind of lost it in the last year. 

I was involved in a very challenging lawsuit. I sued a former business partner. It was very stressful for both of us. I think during that time period I moved away from my faith, so she thought it would be a good time to take time away and focus on it. 

The week before we came, I don’t know if it was God or the devil or what; I lost effectively all of our money. I’m a trader. I never would have put that much at risk, but I don’t understand what happened. 

I think in hindsight it was a process of humility and putting me in a place where I would be vulnerable and receptive to the Lord’s presence. 

Before, I was starting to think that I was God. 

When we got here, it was a rough couple days before, and I was very shaken up.

At the two apparitions I was present for, I had these semi-transformational experiences where my heart was exploding with happiness and goodness, and I’ve had that feeling throughout here, since that time.

It’s been great for our relationship. It’s been great for my personal feeling of peace and to refocus on what’s important instead of the false idols of money and prestige.

I had a similar, although not as powerful experience, when I got sober and felt this strong connection like through my stomach kind of, heart and stomach. I can feel this connection, a pathway, so I knew it was there and it was findable. I didn’t really get the Mary and the saints stuff though. This is letting me buy into that and become a believer in more full on Catholicism. 

I had never done the Stations of the Cross. I never even pay attention during the Rosary when they talk about the different mysteries. Now, [local guide] Miki added a lot to deepen my understanding and point out a lot of practical ways that we’re able to extract stuff that applies to us. 

We’ve been hearing things that speak to us, like Our Lady to Marija when She spoke about the past is past. Move forward. 

[ iMedj note: “Dear children! Also today I am with you to tell you: Little children, [he] who prays does not fear the future and does not lose hope. You are chosen to carry joy and peace, because you are mine. I have come here with the name ‘Queen of Peace’ because the devil wants peacelessness and war, he wants to fill your heart with fear of the future – but the future is God’s. That is why, be humble and pray, and surrender everything into the hands of the Most High Who created you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” – Our Lady’s message to visionary Marija on March 25th, 2021 ]