Experiences of pilgrims in Medjugorje

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This period in which our Church celebrates the mystery of resurrection that lasts for fifty days was filled with many pilgrims in Medjugorje and press members from radio station “Mir” Medjugorje were able to find quite few interesting life experiences. Kim Yong Hwan, priest form Korea, said that he heard about Medjugorje in 2001 for the first time and in that year he was celebrating 25 years of his priesthood. At the same time, that was the year of great crisis for him, since he felt sort of spiritual emptiness in his vocation as a priest.

He received invitation from Seoul Maria Centre to come to Medjugorje as a spiritual director to one of the groups, and he accepted and came to Medjugorje. There, he met one completely new reality. He was looking at the people who, nearly every one of them, had rosary beads in their hands. He was amazed with devotion of all of those who very at the church during Holy Mass and evening services. “I prayed to Our Lady that I may also receive that inner strength and I received it. Thanks to Medjugorje, I was given the true, genuine experience of priesthood. That is my greatest joy. I was able to understand the most important fact and that is that my priesthood is a holy, precious thing”, said Fr. Kim Yong Hwan.

Maria Kuehnel, 76 years old German pilgrim has been connected with Medjugorje for 25 years and already in her first encounter with Medjugorje and phenomenon of Medjugorje she was able to experience that the message for the whole world is taking place here. “I know that many people have returned to their faith thanks to Medjugorje. There are many who received vocations after their visit or right here, in Medjugorje. I know that Medjugorje is really important to so many people”, said Mrs. Maria amongst other things. Inspired with so many problems and troubles that recent war had brought to Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, she spent most of her time helping to displaced and refugees. She also started charity organisation that had built homes for refugees from Bosnia in village Tasovcici, close to Capljina town.

Journalists also met Danijela Sisgoreo-Morsan, Croatian poet, musician and composer of famous spiritual songs. Danijela converted in 1993 and from that time she started writing and composing spiritual songs. She spoke to us about herself, her work and experience of Medjugorje and amongst other things she said: “It is always experience to come here, for this is the place of prayer, place where the whole world comes to pray. When people come here on pilgrimage, they always come with desire to pray, to receive conversion, that God fulfils and changes them. You can really experience open hearts here, that all of us at the end have only one desire – Pure heart grant me o Lord!”


For God to live in your hearts, you must love.