I am not sure when I first heard about Medjugorje. I think I knew about it generally from being Catholic. But, the first time I really learned about Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje was while I was studying abroad in Austria in the fall of 2017.

A fellow student in the study abroad program planned a pilgrimage for whomever was interested in going. I signed up immediately. It was a great pilgrimage for me. I experienced a deepening of faith in Jesus Christ and a greater peace.

There seemed to be a stillness of time in Medjugorje which allowed for deeper prayer.  I also grew in love for my friends with whom I was able to share such a pilgrimage.

I think Our Lady is asking us to follow her Son, Jesus.

I think she wants us to grow in love for her Son and for our neighbor. For anyone learning about Medjugorje, I would say look up the five stones of Medjugorje (prayer, fasting, read the Bible daily, Confession, Eucharist) and start with those.  Try to incorporate them into your life with peace as they bear the fruit of joy and love.

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