My dear mom, who recently passed on to the Lord just short of her 94th birthday, wrote a two-page letter to Pope John Paul II in July of 1996 to express her feelings about Medjugorje and to request that he make a visit himself. She was convinced that if he did, he could not but believe in the authenticity of the apparitions.
She wrote that her son (me), daughter and she went to Medjugorje in October of the year before and that everyone said we were foolish to go to Medjugorje with a war going on. She said that when she went to get her passport she was asked if she knew there was a war in Bosnia and that her response was that the Blessed Mother would protect us.
She wrote that she could not describe the feeling of peace and holiness – the feeling of being in Heaven. He had to be there to experience it all for himself. [Our minds, hearts, and souls were enveloped in peace and open to all of the miracles that we perceived without surprise or astonishment.]
Mom told His Holiness about her rosary having turned gold on the same day that she witnessed what people refer to as the “miracle of the sun” (months before our planned pilgrimage to Medjugorje).
She also informed him that she had climbed two mountains in Medjugorje. She noted that Mt. Krizevac is rocky and steep, yet she (being 74 years old) and her daughter, being barely able to walk prior to the climb due to an injury earlier that day, made it to the top assisted by Our Lady. [The climb up Mt. Krizevac was made at night by flashlight.]
Mom wrote: “Your Holiness, I pray that Our Lady will call you as she has called me and my children. She needs you to be convinced and tell all our people that she is there.”