32 years ago, Mary started appearing every day, to six young Croatian children in a little town in Yugoslavia. Soon there were crowds following them, until the communists tried to shut it down.
After a while, the government figured out that they could make some money from all the visitors and the flow of pilgrims increased.
Miracles were reported.
In the beginning, there were no accommodations for the visitors – bathrooms, rooms for rent, restaurants, etc. Soon investors saw possibilities and building started.
Then the Balkan war began and investment stalled until peace returned. Even then the position of the local bishop and his successor kept a damper on it for some segments of the faithful – those who wouldn’t touch it until the Vatican approved it.
At present, almost every square foot of space is covered with multi-storied condominiums, restaurants, gift shops and the large external altar and seating area. Parking is almost impossible. Most pilgrims come in giant tour busses and they continually cause jams on the one narrow road that surrounds the four villages. Almost all the small personal gardens and vineyards have been “sacrificed” to provide for the flood of pilgrims.
Mary still is holding out the tantalizing bait of ten secrets and the warning “Do not wait for the secrets! For many it will be too late to convert.”
But Mary, dear, only a tiny fraction of the Earth’s population has even heard about your timely visits. Since you love every one of these humans, and since there isn’t enough room in Medjugorje for larger crowds and most people can’t afford to travel there, what’s going to happen next?
You’re certainly not going to get any help from the secular (God hating) media.
One of your disciples has come up with an idea. Denis Nolan, in South Bend, Indiana has started, on a small scale, live streaming over the internet, some of the visionaries having their meetings with you.
One of your fans, Cardinal Christophe Schonborn ,who was considered as a possible replacement for Pope emeritus Benedict, has twice invited the visionaries to his St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna to have their visits with Mary sent out all over the world , via the internet, by MARYTV.TV (Denis’ website).
And now, the Church has stated that if you are “present” during an event, either by radio, TV, or the internet, you can receive the same benefits (graces, blessings, etc.) as if you were physically present!!! (You can also save an awful lot of travel time and $$$’s)
Well, if you were to travel to Medjugorje, and were physically present during an apparition, you would be encouraged to write down all your prayer intentions, put them in a basket along with everyone else’s, and be in prayer during and after Mary’s visit.
Mary is a very fast reader, so everyone’s petitions are carefully acknowledged, and presented to her Son. Then she prays over everyone, especially the sick and the religious. After discussing the secrets with the visionary, she dictates a message, blesses everyone present, all the religious articles and goes back to Heaven.
Sometimes there is a miraculous healing! Couldn’t it happen via the Internet?!!
Now our Heavenly Father, in His paternal wisdom, doesn’t want people of little faith to just be looking for miraculous healings. Ideally, a healing may occur after a person has accepted their cross as a gift given to help them grow in faith and to learn something. However, when Jesus needed to get His ministry and that of His apostles started, He would relax the requirements for a while. “People even came crowding in from the towns surrounding Jerusalem, bringing with them their sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and all of them were cured.” (Acts: 5-16)
I think Mary is under some time pressure. After all, it’s been 32 years, “little” Jacov is 42 years old, Vicka is back in the hospital for her back. The stress of dealing with the secrets and Mary’s pain ( due to all those who do not know the love of God) increasingly shows in Mirjana’s face.
Just think of some of the possibilities. Young people in every country are constantly searching the Internet. for something meaningful for their lives. A few internet miracles and some of the Protestants would stop complaining about us worshiping Mary. If a few dissatisfied homosexuals suddenly found themselves attracted to the opposite gender, a lot of that “redefining marriage” rhetoric would quiet down. Abandoned crutches speak loudly. Vocations to the religious life would soar.
These are just a few suggestions, Blessed Mother. I think you need a break.