Finally, another review for you! I was hoping to do one per week, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to be happening.
Ah, well. That’s ok, because today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite potential apocalypses: Medjugorje!
(Medjugorje is a great word. It’s pronounce MEH-juh-gor-ee.)
Now, I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that, unlike me, most of my readers didn’t spend their teenage years obsessively reading up on these prophecies. So some context is in order.
The story goes that in 1981, the Virgin Mary appeared to six kids on a hillside in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She offered to tell them each ten “secrets” about future events. The secrets are written on a parchment that only the six visionaries can read. When the time is right, the words on the parchment will be revealed to a local priest, Father Petar Ljubicic, and he’ll announce each event to the world three days before it happens (which doesn’t give us much time to prepare, but I guess that’s the point). Until then, we don’t know what these events are–they’re secrets, silly–but four of them are apparently pretty scary, and they’re set to happen within our lifetime.
Meanwhile, the Virgin appears to the same kids, who are now grown, on the 25th of each month, and she gives them messages which I’ll post here. I actually really like the messages–they’re mostly some variation of “I love you, and please be nice to each other” followed by vague foreshadowing.
The cool part comes next: Some day, all six visionaries will have received all ten secrets. Then the Virgin will stop appearing forever and won’t return to earth again until after the Second Coming. It’s all very deliciously apocalyptic!