I’ve always known about Medjugorje, and I’ve always been open to it because my mother has been here a few times over the years. 

She actually came on pilgrimage with my three sisters a couple weeks ago. They all had a really good time, and then when they got back my mom was like, “Adrian, this is your time. You’ve got to go.”

I’m getting married next year, and then I probably won’t have time to do it, and I don’t know how travel is going to be next year. 

My fiancée had a lot of work and she couldn’t take time off. Her parents met here in the early ‘90s. It would have been nice to bring her, but I thought it would be good to do this alone, to find myself.

Once you get here, you don’t feel like you’re alone. 

I really didn’t know what to expect at all. I just feel like there’s a peace here that you can’t really describe. It feels like everyone’s taking a step back from their lives, from wherever they come from. It’s really nice.

The first time I climbed Apparition Hill, I went up there at night. There was no one else up there. As soon as I got up there, it started raining. I just sat in front of the statue of the Blessed Mother. I also had a notebook to write things down. I was like, “What do I write?”

I was sitting up there and I kept writing stuff down that was just coming to me. I thought about stuff I’ve never thought about before. 

The biggest way for me to change how I think about other people or treat them or think about myself is to really learn how to see Christ in other people. I never thought about that before. 

That would solve all of my problems if I could really treat people as if they were Christ. I never thought about it that simply before. It seems funny I had to come this far to have that simple thought.