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"Mirjana carries a heavy burden, a heavy torment of knowing the secrets. Our Lady even called her 'my servant' as she has a particular role to play in what is going to unfold in the world. It is a great responsibility to know the future, and often causes greater pain when personal tragedy happens. For example, when she had a miscarriage, she was very upset and when she shared her distress, she expressed that it would be better understood in the future why she had wanted more children." - Friend of Medjugorje

“Every time I see an unbeliever, I know what awaits him. It is often more than I can bear.” - Mirjana

 

Medjugorje Visionary Mirjana

 

Mirjana was 16-years-old at the time the apparitions began (March 18, 1965). Her home was in Sarajevo, where she lived with her parents, but she would spend her summers in Medjugorje, visiting her grandparents who were from there. It was she, along with Ivanka Ivankovic, on June 24, 1981, who first saw Our Lady.

 

Because the communist authorities believed the visionaries were a threat to the state, the children were treated harshly, often taken from their homes, interrogated for hours, threatened that they would be killed, their families threatened, etc.  In September 1981, Mirjana was forcibly taken out of Medjugorje by the Secret Police, escorted back to her home in Sarajevo and was told that she could not return to Medjugorje under threat of arrest. She was not allowed to return to her school, and it was only through a family friend that she was accepted into a school for deliquents and troubled youth, the only school that would take her. Her teachers were told to not allow Mirjana to pass her classes, despite the fact that she was a very good and hardworking student. Though these were very difficult years for Mirjana and her family, Mirjana came to understand that through these experiences Our Lady was preparing her for her own special mission that would be revealed to Mirjana in the future.  

 

On December 24, 1982, Our Lady announced to Mirjana that the following day would be her last apparition, though she would see Our Lady on her birthday each year, on March 18th, until her death. Mirjana was devastated to receive not only this news, but it was in this apparition that she was given the 10th and last secret. Our Lady encouraged her to be courageous and assured her that whenever she was in a crisis, Our Lady would come to her.

 

December 25, 1982 “Now you will have to turn to God in the faith like any other person. I will appear to you on the day of your birthday and when you will experience difficulties in life. Mirjana, I have chosen you; I have confided in you everything that is essential. I have also shown you many terrible things. You must now bear it all with courage. Think of Me and think of the tears I must shed for that. You must remain courageous. You have quickly grasped the messages. You must also understand now that I have to go away. Be courageous.”

 

Mirjana went into a deep depression, but in time, gradually learned to accept and live her life without the consolation of seeing Our Lady everyday. It was to Mirjana that Our Lady first entrusted all 10 secrets, some of which involve chastisements for the world. She was told to choose a priest to whom, when the time came, she would confide the secrets. It is up to the priest to make the secrets public. In this apparition Our Lady handed Mirjana a parchment-like material upon which all the secrets were written with all the dates and times of each event. Mirjana was amazed when after the apparition, she was still holding this scroll. Only Mirjana is able to read what is written there. A priest friend once questioned Mirjana as to why Our Lady would afford her the grace to appear to her when she was in trouble or in a crisis, when all other people must go through difficulties without such a grace. Mirjana replied,

 

“Father, I am not speaking of the ordinary problems of my life. My difficult moments stem from the secrets concerning the future of the world, which Our Lady revealed to me. At times, I can hardly cope with it when I seriously think of it. In those moments, Our Lady appears and gives me strength and courage to go on with my life.”

 

Shortly after the ending of her daily apparitions, Mirjana began to experience Our Lady in her prayers in a very different way. She began hearing and seeing Our Lady interiorly. Through these interior locutions, Our Lady would have Mirjana pray with Her for non-believers. It is to Mirjana that Our Lady entrusted all non-believers in her prayer as well as the responsibility to reveal, at the chosen time, the ten secrets. Our Lady taught a prayer to Mirjana (as well as to Vicka), to be prayed for non-believers. Our Lady defined a non-believer as someone who has yet to know or experience the love of God. Mirjana and Vicka are the only two visionaries who were given knowledge of this secret prayer. When Our Lady gives permission for these prayers to be released, we, as believers will also have the grace to learn and pray them. Mirjana said that this prayer is something like the Rosary, meaning that there are beads that one holds in their hand and follow with their fingers. It is a gift from Heaven that will release a great outpouring of mercy upon non-believers around the world. Mirjana already prays this prayer with Our Lady in their visits together. For Your Copy of Mirjana, A Mystery Revealed visit Mejmart.

 

On August 2, 1987, the interior locutions turned into apparitions, on the second of every month. These apparitions were private and not known until Mirjana announced that Our Lady wanted them to be made public. February 2, 1997 was Mirjana’s first public apparition and since that day, every month on the 2nd, several thousand pilgrims gather with Mirjana to be with Our Lady and to pray for non-believers. When a Friend of Medjugorje became aware that Our Lady was giving a message on the second of the month, but that the messages were difficult to find and not being distributed, and that most pilgrims left Medjugorje without even knowing what Our Lady had said, he set up the infrastructure for having the messages officially translated and made them available in the Caritas Mission House in Medjugorje and eventually on Medjugorje.com.

 

Anyone who is in Medjugorje on the second of the month can be present with Our Lady in the apparitions. For several years Mirjana's apparitions took place in the Cenacolo community. But eventually Our Lady guided the events to bring the apparitions back to the place of their origin, Apparition Mountain, at the Blue Cross where they have remained now for many years. To see Mirjana’s face during the apparitions is to bring to reality the times in which we live, the seriousness of these apparitions and the tremendous burden that rests upon this one woman’s shoulders. In fact, it truly is the weight of a sinful and unbelieving world.

 

Mirjana is married, with two daughters. She married Marco Soldo, nephew of Fr. Slavko Barbaric, on September 16, 1989, whom she had known since her childhood.


Medjugorje Visionary Ivanka
Medjugorje Visionary Vicka
Medjugorje Visionary Marija
Medjugorje Visionary Ivan
Medjugorje Visionary Jakov

 

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