I first came to Medjugorje in 2004. I had a life death, heaven or hell experience. I’d had an addiction to drugs at the time and was being gradually dragged away from that by the Lord because of this experience I had – it was the catalyst for me. Basically in that experience it was “if I were going to die right now, where was I going to go?” That was the question that the Lord posed to me. But I pretty much knew the outcome of that one very quickly without having to say it. I was like “please Lord I don’t want to go there, but I know I absolutely deserve to go there.” But he just kind of placed in my mind “say the act of contrition.” So I said the act of contrition and that was the start, but it took me about a year to get off drugs first before I came to Medjugorje.

There was a guy I used to work with in a job, because I was a functioning addict, I had a job but I still did the drugs. He used to talk about Medjugorje a lot and the peace that he had. So I would say it was maybe 3-4 weeks before I came to Medjugorje. I gave up the drugs and come out here. I was blessed that I didn’t have to go to a drying-out clinic or anything like that. When I came here, I experienced the most amazing peace that I’d never experienced in 24 years of my life at that stage. If my mother was here today she’d say that my son left Ireland and somebody else came back – someone who was actually smiling for the first time. So she could see the change, there was no doubt. I’ve just kept coming back ever sine, this is my 11th time here.

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