The Church, when deciding upon the validity of reported apparitions and miracles, waits until they have ceased before making a final decision. They like to gather all of the facts first.
Much in the same way, I generally like to read an entire book before deciding whether or not it's one I want to recommend, but in this case I'm changing things up a bit.
The book I'm currently reading, The Visions of the Children, by Janice T. Connell, is one of the most interesting books on the Medjugorje apparitions I have come across. I'm currently only a couple of chapters in but the book is like a magnet to my intellect and I felt the need to share some of it with all.
It features a wonderful introduction to the miracles and visions that have occurred in Medjugorje over the past 26 years. But I think the book's most valuable treasure is the question-and-answer format with each of the visionaries.
Check out some of these excerpts. The first one is from an interview with Mirjana Dragicevic Soldo, one of the visionaries to whom ten secrets about the fate of the world have been revealed. The questions are posed by the author of the book, Janice T. Connell.
"Q. Mirjana, you certainly seem to have great responsibilities. You are the one who has been chosen to announce the day and date of the unfolding of the ten secrets that the Blessed Mother has given for the whole world. Do you carry the responsibility for the unfolding of the final days of the planet?
A. I will anounce each secret to Father Petar. He will make whatever public announcement is to come..."
This excerpt is from an interview with Marija Pavlovic Lunetti:
"Q. How serious are the effects of sin?
A. Sin wounds us gravely. It separates us from God, who is our source of love and goodness and abundance and joy.
Q. How does this happen?
A. Sin darkens our capacity to choose wisely.
Q. Do many people live in darkness today?
A. The Blessed Mother says a cloud of darkness has enveloped the whole planet.
Q. What can be done?
A. Heed the messages of Medjugorje: prayer, fasting, reconciliation, peace, and conversion are a call from the Mother of God to all people on earth to restore God's kingdom of light and love and peace and joy to all people on earth."
This excerpt is from an interview with Ivan Dragicevic:
"Q. How does Satan get involved in marriages?
A. Many ways. One of his favorite ploys is to divide a husband and wife, then go after the children one by one.
Q. That sounds like the age-old divide-and-conquer theory of war, Ivan.
A. Satan is very smart. He has a large intellect. He knows all of our weaknesses."
These are just some of the pages and pages of interviews with the visionaries. It's at the same time fascinating and educational. The words from the mouths of the visionaries to the pages of this book are about as blunt as it gets. If you want to know how to live, if you want to understand the times in which we live, if you want to protect yourself from Satan's power and live in the good graces of God, I highly recommend this book.
It can be purchased new or used from Amazon: