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‘No words beautiful enough’ (Ivan Dragicevic)

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By Chloe Gotsis
Thu Feb 19, 2009, 06:20 AM EST

BILLERICA, MASS. - The first sign she is coming is a bright white light. She has bright blue eyes and long black hair covered by a white veil and often wears a gray dress and light blue cloak.
Although historians have long studied Mary – whom Christians believe was the mother of Christ – there is no evidence of her appearance.
But one man from Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina claims to not only know what she looks like, but says he has seen her every day for the past 27 years.
On Feb. 6, at approximately 6:40 p.m., Ivan Dragicevic said she appeared to him as he said the Rosary – a series of prayers that utilize a string of beads -- before an audience of 400 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.
“I felt her closeness,” said Dragicevic, who was one of six Croatian youths who reported that Mary appeared to them beginning June 24, 1981 in Medjugorje, a city that at the time was located inYugoslavia. “I feel no time and space [when she is around]. There are no words beautiful enough that can describe her beauty.”
But Dragicevic, who still lives in Medjugorje and keeps a residence in the Boston area, said Mary – also referred to as the Madonna -- does not bring messages of fear, the end of the world or the second coming of Christ – an event many Christians believe will happen at the end of the world.
Instead, he said Mary sends a message of hope and desire to help.
“She is trying to wake us from our spiritual coma,” said Dragicevic adding that Mary sends words of peace and forgiveness.
The reported visions have drawn more than 30 million pilgrims to Medjugorje and have sparked interest and skepticism both within and outside the Catholic Church.
His fame has led Dragicevic to travel all over internationally to speak about his visions.
Dragicevic’s speech, delivered through a translator, drew thunderous applause.
“I can talk to her just as I can talk to you now,” he said.
Some in attendance, such as Pat Williams of New Hampshire, were certain they were in the presence of Mary.
“How do you explain being in her presence?” said Williams. “You can just feel her aura. It was inspiring.”
Others, such as Jackie Twinem of Londonderry, N.H., weren’t as confident. “I didn’t feel her as much as I thought I would,” said Twinem.
Michael Chalsen, of the St. Andrews’ Vocational Committee, who organized the evening with Dragicevic after meeting him in Medjugorje, said Dragicevic’s message is always one of hope and conversion through prayer.
Chalsen said his eyes welled up during the apparition.
“It’s hard not to feel anything,” said Chalsen.
While many Catholics in particular and Christians in general have strong faith in the Medjugorje sightings others are less than sure about such reports.
Vatican officials are working on a new procedure to investigate apparitions from false claims of sightings of Christ, Mary and other important figures in the Catholic faith, weeping and bleeding statues and other controversial reports of visions and other occurrences.
The current Vatican policies, last updated in 1978, allow a diocesan bishop to either on his own or at the request of a believer to investigate an alleged apparition before submitting a report to the Vatican.
According to published reports from the Catholic News Service, Pope Benedict XVI could not confirm the reports of Medjugorje apparitions.
But Vatican officials said Catholics are free to make pilgrimages to Medjugorje. Nearly 30 years later, priests, bishops and cardinals all over the world are still struggling to prove the Medjugorje apparitions.

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The Madonna -- does not bring messages of fear, the end of the world or the second coming of Christ – an event many Christians believe will happen at the end of the world.
Instead, Ivan said Mary sends a message of hope and desire to help.
“She is trying to wake us from our spiritual coma,” Dragicevic adding that Mary sends words of peace and forgiveness.


Praising you Holy Mother Mary
Thanking you my Heavenly Mother
Loving you very much Our Lady.



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"No Fear, No End of the World, No Second Coming...."


I agree, Sweet Roonie. Her message is one of VICTORY - the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart, and the crushing of the head of the Serpent in the Sanctuary of God !!!



PEACE OF OUR CHRIST

Steven


Thank you for this post, Roonie. I will be attending Ivan's Apparition this Saturday, Feb 28th. If anyone has a petition they want to have placed before Our Lady, they can pm it to me and I will place it in the basket that is placed between Ivan and Our Lady. If you type 'To Our Lady' in the subject area, I will not read the petition.

Steven

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