Going on 32 years ago, God started something spectacular in a tiny village in a communist country. Six young Croatian children claimed to be seeing the Virgin Mary every day, talking with her, touching her, and exhibiting unusual physical behavior.
Soon everyone in the surrounding villages was following the children to be near during their visits.
Enter the communist authorities who tried to discourage the events.
For a while, the growth of crowds was inhibited, both to avoid persecution, and because there were no accommodations in the village for pilgrims.
When the government found that there was financial gain to be had from the pilgrims, the barriers were removed, and the villagers (and foreign investors also) looked into providing amenities for the visitors. Restaurants, souvenir shops, public toilets and rental apartments appeared.
Then the Balkan war slowed everything down, and some investors lost bundles.
When peace returned and communism collapsed, things picked up again. St. James expanded its facilities and the crowds kept growing.
From the beginning, the secular media has not shown any interest in these events. They could see nothing in these religious events that would attract the interest (and therefore, the money) of their “enslaved” audiences.
Let’s look at the state of progress today. I’m always astounded when I ask Catholics if they’ve heard about Medjugorje and get a blank look – the same response from “devout” Croatian Catholics, living or visiting the US.
Mary has said emphatically “Do not wait for the Sign. For many, it will be too late (to convert)”.
As of today (3/12/13), only a very small percentage of the Earth’s population has even heard about these apparitions.
Three of the visionaries still have not received their 10th secret. When they do, then Mirjana will start (how soon?) revealing the secrets in the manner she has described.
With all the distractions bombarding us every day, from every direction, the word-of-mouth method of spreading the story is very slow, and the expense of travelling there is prohibitive for most people.
Enter the internet – inexpensive communication available to almost anyone with hardly any international boundaries/barriers.
Young people who trust each other across geographic borders are bringing down oppressive rulers.
How to get them interested in a religious phenomenon? How do we reach the NOW generation?
Let’s stop for a minute and look back over this whole event in time.
There’s no doubt in most people’s minds who have been touched by Medjugorje, that this is a project of God’s. He certainly could have allowed-caused some more spectacular miracles if He was in a hurry. But too much too soon would have caused serious problems with the premature hordes of pilgrims descending on the unprepared village and church.
It appears that He would allow a little pulse of interest, and then put a damper on for a while, then another pulse.
But now there is not much more construction that can be done in the village and surroundings without destroying the little remaining charm.
What’s His next move?
I think MARYTV.TV has the answer. Live streaming the apparitions with the accompanying supernatural graces. Inexpensive (relatively speaking – compared to mainstream TV), and a lot less expensive then traveling there.
OK. But what will attract them?
“You can receive a blessing from Mary if you are watching an apparition live over the internet.”
“Really, Ho Hum…I’ve got to check out my Facebook.”
“You can have your religious articles receive Mary’s motherly blessing over the internet.”
“I already had them blessed by a priest.”
”You can present your petitions during a streamed apparition.”
“More Ho Hums.”
What method did Jesus use?
He performed miracles.
Has He run out of them?
What if a “non-Ho Hum” Catholic decides to ask for healing for himself or a loved one, (assuming the requisite faith and attitude) during a live streaming apparition…….and gets it?!!!
And has the medical records establishing the healing as (miraculous) unexplainable medically.
What if we were to say that such healings could reasonably be expected to occur, and people were asked to report them, with medical records, to the Parish of St. James (which already has over 600 accredited healings so far)?
I think we have the beginnings of Medjugorje going “Viral”!
Mary is not limited by time or space and can “easily” get her message out to the whole world in a couple of years, release the 10 secrets, and retire from her demanding daily apparitions.