My Medjugorje trip, Day 1 – Peaceful culture shock.

This is my personal experience of, and witness to Medjugorje. I would like you to share this post to draw more attention to the best place on earth, so that others may have the opportunity to fall in love with Medugorje, Mother Mary, and ultimately Her beloved Son Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Day 1…

Travelling on my own with 2 small kids to Medjugorje seemed rather daunting. Ok I was terrified! Thank God my mum offered to come and lend a hand! The journey from London Gatwick was surprisingly smooth. The 2 1/2 hour flight went quickly and the 2 1/2 hour coach trip with the kids was fine (with the help of my portable DVD player). So far so good.

We are staying with Jacov Colo, the youngest of the 6 visionaries. He was there to welcome our group. He seems like a nice chap! very down to earth with a good sense of humour – an old softy really! He was 9 years old at the start of the apparitions in 1981. He lost his mother at 11 and his father at 13. He was then raised by his uncle. He had his last daily apparition on september 12th 1998. Since then he sees Our Lady once a year on Christmas day.

Jacov in the early years.

Jacov today.

Our room is basic but comfortable, and the food is great! Everyone here is very friendly and genuinely kind and helpful. They want to make our time here happy one.

This evening mum had the kids and it was cool enough for me to climb mount Podbrdo. I was on my own, but surrounded by many other small groups of pilgrims quietly praying the rosary, listening to the story of Medjugorje, or just silently making their way up the mountain. It is so peaceful here. My goodness it is so peaceful here. I am finding this peace to be a little difficult to get used to. It has been 8 years since my last trip, and the adjustment from the secular environment of the UK is proving to be a bit of a culture shock. It just goes to show how different life is when you are surrounded by people who believe in God, and when you are surrounded by people who don’t.

The ‘guard’ I put up in my normal daily life isn’t needed here. Here there is no fight.  I am free to be overtly catholic and there is no one trying to oppose or oppress me. Instead every where I look there are people praying quietly. Young, old, black, white, fat thin, first timers and returnees.

Some gently coming to terms with rediscovering their faith, others walking around with big smiles and eyes like saucers because it has suddenly dawned on them that God does exist! Others have come for a specific intention, to pray for a loved one – living or dead.

Some are over coming addictions, some are discerning the priesthood, some are praying to heal their marriages. Others like me, are trying to teach their children that there is something more. Something the culture in the UK doesn’t offer. Something they can take with them back home and remember when they are faced with difficult decisions later in their lives.

I am so happy to be back here! I pray this trip is a success, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

13 thoughts on “My Medjugorje trip, Day 1 – Peaceful culture shock.

  1. Please leave a daily blog, Claire as I can’t go this year and will enjoy journeying with you. Have a blessed and holy week. (Joe Patterson)

  2. Your post transported me straight back to Medjugorje. I could hear the voices, smell the surroundings, hear the soft sounds of praying and feel the love that surrounds everything and everyone. I pray that I will be be able to return one day. I look forward to reading about your journey of faith with your children each day. God Bless you all and I know you’ll love every minute of this special time.

  3. Thank you for your obedience for sharing with us.It bring tears to my eyes cause today one year ago I start my journey to Medjugorje.My eleven days was my happiest days of my life, I just cant believe that I was trully there, I had to remind myself over and over again that I am not dreaming.I love adoration,mass,confession,the peace the food yourgurt icecream and fresh orange juice! I pray that Ma2 Mary will invite me to go once again.Yes I came home a change person. Ben

  4. Great to read Clare. Grace abounds and it is so wonderful in Medj. Even now 23 years since my first trip, with all the buildings the essence of the message is still felt by thousands over and over. Praise God

  5. I want to travel to Medjgorje and want to know the best way to get there from the U.S. – fly to Italy and take a ferry across or to Albania and take a train? Please advise.

    • Hi Kathleen, the best thing to do is to travel in an organised group. Do you know of any where you live? That way youwill get the most out of it because there is so much to see and you don’t want to miss anything. Also, travelling with other pilgrims is a big part of the medj experience. I would really recommend it. The iipg group run by Ana Shawl is a really good group. They also have a great online prayer group. Look up iipg prayer group on google and face book. Hope that helps!

      • Hi I had three pilgrimages to Medj I live in Australia.. The first one we went via California to see relations and then to England and met up with a Pilgrimage there. I went with three groups over the years and the last trip I went with my husband and myself which I thoroughly enjoyed.. As I knew medg well. You can fly to Rome and catch a plane to Dubrovnik which is worth seeing and you can also book with a family over the internet in medj and they will pick you up from Dubrov. or another city. check it out with Medj office and websites as well.

    • take swimming gear – medj has a great pool. and take games and ipad ect. we stayed indoors during the really hot part of the day. other than that they really enjoy it all, especially climbing the mountains and going for ice cream after mass!

  6. I am so glad I came across this page. I am looking at taking my children next year, they will be 4 and 10. I also live in the UK and I can relate with your experience very well. I also just liked your page on Facebook. Please do share any tips. Thanks in advance.