The following is a note taken from a talk given by Ivan, one of the Medjugorje visionaries on March 26, 2012 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. (Courtesy of Toni Ewen)
Ivan described the apparition. He said:
Words are not enough to describe it. I begin to feel Mary's presence while we are all praying the Rosary. I first see a light, the light of heaven and then I don't see anything else and I don't feel time or space. Mary came joyful and happy. She said, praise be to Jesus. My dear children, today in this time of grace I call you in a special way to pray more. Pray in adoration before the cross, in your families, pray before the cross. Pray that the Holy Spirit pours out on you and your families. Pray for those distant from my Son. Then she prayed over the priests that were here and prayed over all of us with her hands extended and over the sick that were here. She blessed us all and the holy articles we had. Ivan said he recommended all of the sick and all of us and all our petitions to Mary. He said that he and Mary talked and that remains private. Then she prayed for vocations and departed in a light and with the sign of the cross and said go in peace.
Part of his talk towards the end included this:
Mary has told him that if he had to choose between seeing her or going to Mass, choose Mass. In Mass we receive the body and blood of her Son. Nothing more powerful than the Mass.
He talked about forgiveness. We must know how to forgive ourselves and others. If we don't forgive, we cannot be healed physically, emotionally or spiritually. Pray, Pray, Pray, with the heart.
The world is in a spiritual recession! We must learn to LIVE peace and LIVE prayer. We need spiritual healing.
We have to have deeply spiritual families. Each family must become a chapel, pray with family. God must be first. Mary wants to lead us and bring us a cure for our pain and bind our wounds. Today's world is going through crisis, faith in God is distant. This world has no peace to give us and it will disappoint us. Put God first, families will have love and peace. Mary comes as a mother of hope. The world lacks hope. If we don't have peace in our hearts, no peace in the world.