And then it came into view.....Medjugorje. The chartered bus with thirty-five enthusiast pilgrims moved slowly down the narrow dirt road. Multiple private stone homes bordered one another on the side streets. Contrary to what I expected, the village was silent and peaceful. I thought the area would be noisy with crowds of pilgrims.
From the right side of the bus, Cross Mountain, often called Krizevac, (which means Mount of the Cross) faced me. This wasn't any ordinary mountain. The huge, sixteen ton concrete cross on its ridge was the famous landmark where so many miracles were said to have happened.
Cross Mountain tower is 520 meter-high above Medjugorje. On March 15, 1934 local parishioners constructed the cross 8.56m (nearly 30 feet) high. On the cross is written: To Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the Human Race, as a sign of their faith, love and hope, in remembrance of the 1900 years since the death of Jesus.
The location was supposed to be the highlight of my pilgrimage, along with a clim to the top before my trips was over. The peak seemed so far off, yet, the plateau stood out so magnificently.
It was May 1998, and I tried to grasp the reality of being here. Months ago, I never would have imagined that my own miracles at home would bring me to this tiny, remoter village in Bosnia. I didn't suspect that my life would be changed forever after my own experience witnessing the visionaries having apparitions with Our Blessed Mother, Mary, Queen of Peace.
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