Vicka’s cheerful facial expression may be a harbinger of how life on earth will be in the new era prophecied by the Virgin Mary.
One day the 10 secrets will belong to the past. By that time the world will be very much different, to the better. The secrets mark the end of an era and the dawn of a new.
This new era will be an era of peace, and so it will be much more widely understood why the Virgin Mary called herself the Queen of Peace when she first appeared in Medjugorje.In this new era mankind will live in a new-found harmony with God. Jesus will live and reign in all hearts.
But in its present sinful state humanity is not ready for this. And so the ultimate purpose of the entire sequence of secrets is cleansing, purifying and humbling mankind, bringing mankind back to its senses, and restoring the true proportions to the relationship between God and man.
I have an optimistic view of the future. If we all begin to live these (the Virgin Mary’s) messages, a new world will be born”, visionary Marija Pavlovic said in 1988. (2)
And so the secrets also signify the end to Satan’s current iron grip on mankind, visionary Mirjana Dragicevic was told in the second year of the apparitions:
“This century is under the power of the devil, but when the secrets confided to you come to pass, his power will be destroyed.
(1982; exact date unknown)
Only one of the Virgin Mary’s prophecies from Fatima still remains to be fulfilled: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” (Fatima, July 13th 1917) (3) Little more than 74 years later, in Medjugorje, the Virgin Mary revealed that the time of her triumph is near: “I invite you to renunciation for nine days so that with your help everything I wanted to realize through the secrets I began in Fatima may be fulfilled.” (August 25th 1991)
Fr. Jozo Zovko prophecied the more specific contents of the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. At times referred to as “the seventh visionary” it is beyond doubt that Fr. Jozo, parish priest in Medjugorje by the time of the first apparitions, has his own mystical experiences. On April 23rd 1992 he told the French nun Sr. Emmanuel Maillard:
“Here ends a great war which in Europe began with the arrival of Communism. Here, the prophecy of Fatima, with respect to the conversion of the world and of the debacle of the atheistic communist regime is justified, is carried out.”
“And here where Communism and evil were perhaps the most deeply rooted, here where the Virgin Mary appeared for ten years, here is taking place what is going to be unique, grandiose: the victory, the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the downfall of human errors, the change of the human heart, the creation of a new mentality, the beginning of a better world.
Mirjana: Don’t be afraid to have childrenWhile her knowledge of some of the secrets gives Mirjana a heavy Cross to carry, she also carries the joy of knowing details about the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart
Because the visionaries know about the secrets and the future, many people were excited to see if they would marry and have children. There was some relief when Ivanka, the first to see the Virgin Mary, became the first to have a child, too.
Today all the visionaries have children, a total of 17. And Mirjana has said that people are mistaken if they choose not to have children. This she said during a conversation with Sr. Emmanuel Maillard, the French nun who has lived in Medjugorje since 1989:
Sr. Emmanuel: “Yesterday you passed on very strong assertions from Our Lady. For instance: “Do not be afraid to have children. You should rather fear not to have any! The more children you have, the better!”.
Mirjana: “Yes, she did say that, and she knows why she said it. I know, too….but I can’t tell you more”.
Sr. Emmanuel: “Oh…you know, too…!”
Mirjana (nodding, smiling, with the assurance of a strong profession of faith):
“When the secrets are revealed, people will understand why it was so important for them to have many children. We are all waiting for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary”. (5)
Jesus will reign in all hearts
The historical mission of the Virgin Mary is bringing Jesus into the world. From Jesus she receives all things and all her strength, and with this strength and the love that they share, she leads everyone who permits her to Jesus. To everything she does Jesus is the measure as well as the means.
Therefore the Virgin Mary’s heart cannot be said to have triumphed until every human heart is resting in the love and peace of Jesus. This is is why her expressed goal of the apparitions in Medjugorje is no less than the conversion of the world. And why she has specifically linked her coming triumph to the presence of Jesus in all human hearts:
The triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart will bring on an era of peace. It will not come about through politicians, but from mankind having come to peace with God. The uniquely peaceful atmosphere of Medjugorje is an open window into the era to come. This peace, experienced by millions of pilgrims, is meant to be “picked up”, internalized and “exported” back home through the personal conversion, witnessing and prayer of those who come to Medjugorje:
“Dear children! Today I am happy to see you in such great numbers, that you have responded and have come to live my messages. I invite you, little children, to be my joyful carriers of peace in this troubled world. Pray for peace so that as soon as possible a time of peace, which my heart waits impatiently for, may reign.” (June 25th 1995)
“Dear children! This is a time of great graces, but also a time of great trials for all those who desire to follow the way of peace. Because of that, little children, again I call you to pray, pray, pray, not with words but with the heart. Live my messages and be converted. Be conscious of this gift that God has permitted me to be with you, especially today when in my arms I have little Jesus – the King of Peace. I desire to give you peace, and that you carry it in your hearts and give it to others until God’s peace begins to rule the world. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (December 25th 2002y”