Hidden Miracles of Medjugorje

Sometimes miracles happen right in front of us and still go unnoticed.

The Stella Mar Films team put together this special report from Medjugorje to highlight one aspect of Mirjana's apparitions that is sometimes overlooked—but is perhaps a miracle hidden in plain sight.

The two-part report includes a short video of the March 18th apparition edited by Cimela Kidonakis and a firsthand written account by Sean Bloomfield.


 Video edited by Cimela Kidonakis/Stella Mar Films



A firsthand account by Sean Bloomfield/Stella Mar Films

Medjugorje Photo

On this 18th of March, I had the honor of assisting Mirjana up the hill and kneeling beside her during the apparition—although I jokingly thanked her for helping me get up the hill.

For anyone skeptical about the apparitions, I wish they could have the chance to see and feel what I did. Their doubts would be wiped away in an instant. They would have no choice but to admit that they had witnessed a miracle—and although you can see it happen in our video, this miracle is often hidden in plain sight.

That’s why I’m compelled to share my experience with you now...


Mirjana prefers to experience the apparitions at the Blue Cross, located at the base of Apparition Hill, but that has more to do with everyone else than with herself.

She suffers from a knee and back condition which causes her severe pain when she climbs up the steep slope to reach the Blue Cross. Despite the pain, however, she is always determined to experience the apparition among the thousands of people who gather on the hill—unless the weather is too severe.

"How can I be with Blessed Mary alone at home when I look out and see all the pilgrims who come to Medjugorje seeking her?" she says.

Everyone in Medjugorje expected the March 18th apparition to happen in Mirjana’s home. The local weather forecast had been calling for heavy rain, which would have made the slippery rocks too dangerous to climb.

Surprisingly, however, the weather was sunny and unseasonably warm in the hours leading up to 2 PM, the approximate time at which Mirjana expected Our Lady to appear to her.

At around 1:30 PM, Mirjana left her home and made her way through the crowd of pilgrims, eventually coming to the base of Apparition Hill. She had asked me to come with her—and of course I didn’t hesitate.

Cimela Kidonakis in Medjugorje

My co-filmmaker, Cimela Kidonakis, was already at the Blue Cross with her camera, ready to film the apparition, along with our group of pilgrims who had traveled with us from the USA. Our guide, Miki Musa, was also there with his notebook ready to translate the message, and the amazing people from Foto Dani—the local video and photo team that documents all that happens in Medjugorje—were busy capturing the moment.

I walked by Mirjana’s side so she could lean on me whenever it got difficult. Like always, people were shouting her name, but on this particular day they were also wishing her a happy birthday in many different languages. “Buon compleanno!” “Sretan rodendan!” “Feliz cumpleanos!”

The pain intensified in her knees and back as she ascended the steep, rocky path, getting worse with each step, and yet she still paused to smile at the eager pilgrims as she went. I’m always amazed at Mirjana’s love for the pilgrims. She stopped to greet some of them on her way, especially the sick and disabled.

MedjugorjeAs we reached flatter ground and began making our way through the crowd, an Italian man bent down and kissed her hand.

“Please, no!” she said with a smile, pulling her hand away. She immediately put her hands on each side of the man’s face, pulled him closer, and kissed his cheek. He seemed shocked, but I believe he understood the message that Mirjana wanted to convey—that if anyone deserved a sign of gratitude, it was him and all the other pilgrims who had traveled so far to be there.

By the time we reached the Blue Cross, Mirjana was trembling in pain and her knees were so weak that she could hardly kneel. With the side of my arm touching hers, I could feel her shaking uncontrollably because of the pain and weakness in her knees. I worried that she might collapse at any moment.

But then, suddenly, Mirjana drew a deep breath; she immediately stopped shaking and her entire body straightened. The apparition had begun, and Mirjana was clearly in another world, totally free of all earthly pain. 


I, too, could sense that a beautiful presence had descended among us—but one only needed to look at Mirjana’s sudden transition and the tears of joy now streaming down her face to see that she was experiencing something miraculous.

For the next several minutes, Mirjana did not tremble once. But as soon as Our Lady departed, Mirjana's pain suddenly returned and her body immediately slumped backward. Afraid she was falling, I quickly tried to brace her, but she stayed upright and slowly lowered herself to the ground.

Mirjana says that she although feels no pain when she is seeing Our Lady, it all comes rushing back in the moment the apparition ends—and it’s even worse than before because by then she has been kneeling for so long.

Mirjana SoldoWhen doctors, friends, and family members have suggested that she not kneel during the apparition, however, Mirjana just laughs it off.

“How can I not kneel in front of Blessed Mary?” she says. “It’s not possible.”

Mirjana sat for a moment and tried to regain her composure, and eventually she was helped to a nearby stone bench where she dictated Our Lady’s message to Miki (see below). It was a beautiful and complex message, offering a glimpse into the Blessed Mother’s life on earth.

Her life here was “simple,” she said, adding that she “loved life” and “rejoiced in small things” despite the suffering she experienced. It was her strong faith and “boundless trust in God’s love” which helped her overcome the pains of her earthly life.

This part of the message could also describe Mirjana. She aims to transmit God’s love despite her pain and sufferings, and it’s her faith that sustains her. One can see it in her selfless choice to be out among the people for the apparitions, and in the many other ways she lives as an example of a woman who knows God’s love.

Sean Bloomfield in MedjugorjeOur Lady’s messages have an interesting way of being personal to each reader while speaking to all of humanity at the same time. The same would hold true for Mirjana, who would not have been able to climb and kneel if not for her “strength of faith.” But, in her message, Our Lady reminds Mirjana—and all of us—that “every pain has its end.”

As Mirjana tried to make her way home through the crowd of pilgrims—handing out blessed rosaries to the sick and pausing to smile or hug some of the pilgrims—a person reached out and grabbed her hand with such force that it caused her knees to buckle. The person clenched Mirjana’s hand harder and twisted it back before the local men who volunteer to protect her finally freed her hand. Mirjana has to wear a splint on her thumb for the time being.

“My children, your battle is difficult,” Our Lady said in her message that day, adding that it would get even more difficult.

Medjugorje MiraclesStill, despite the unfortunate incident, Mirjana says that Our Lady wants us to focus on hope, not despair, and she calls us her “apostles of love.”

It’s because of God’s love, says Mirjana, that Our Lady has been appearing here in Medjugorje—a small village in a remote part of the same planet upon which she walked some two thousand years ago. She comes, in part, to encourage us, which is evident in the final words of her March 18th message.

“With immeasurable motherly love,” said Our Lady, “I am caressing your souls.”



After the apparition, Mirjana reported that Our Lady gave the following message for the world:

Dear children, 
My earthly life was simple. I loved and I rejoiced in small things. I loved life – the gift from God – even though pain and sufferings pierced my heart.
My children, I had the strength of faith and boundless trust in God's love. All those who have the strength of faith are stronger. Faith makes you live according to what is good and then the light of God's love always comes at the desired moment. That is the strength which sustains in pain and suffering.
My children, pray for the strength of faith, trust in the Heavenly Father, and do not be afraid. Know that not a single creature who belongs to God will be lost but will live forever. Every pain has its end and then life in freedom begins there where all of my children come – where everything is returned.
My children, your battle is difficult. It will be even more difficult, but you follow my example.  Pray for the strength of faith; trust in the love of the Heavenly Father.
I am with you. I am manifesting myself to you. I am encouraging you. With immeasurable motherly love I am caressing your souls. Thank you.



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  • Jane Culmer
    I have been waiting to go to Apparition Hill since 1995. I am making the trip this year and I cannot wait! So amazing !

  • Rich De Francesco

    Thank you for making this video and others like it. I was in Medjugorje back in 2001 and it changed my life. I hope that through your apostolate others may experience a piece of Medjugorje themselves.

  • Bruce Cyr

    In the early 1960s, Mary, Mother of Jesus appears to four young (11 and 12 years) girls at a place called Garabandal, in northern Spain and announces a Warning is coming. She relates one other secret that will take place. She relates a third secret as well but it is conditional and does not have to happen at that time. The Warning will be: “Like a punishment, for the just and the wicked alike. For the just, to bring them closer to God and for the wicked, to announce to them, that time is running out…”4
    In 1981, Mary, Mother of Jesus, visits six young teenagers (1 preteen) at Medjugorje, Bosnia Herzgovina, and announces a Warning is coming but now claims 10 secrets, events are going to unfold without a doubt. The first event: "It is a Warning. It has to be seen… this has to shake us up, so the world will start thinking… but to prove there is a God… the first Warning will be self-explanatory.
    Since 1987, Mary, Mother of Jesus appears to Pedro Regis in Anguera, Brazil and explains a Warning is coming with more details. “The Calvary of humanity will begin on a Friday, but the victory of God will come afterwards…” “The day is coming when mankind will have a great chance to repent. God will show a great sign and mankind will have no explanation.”6 The Worldwide Warning will come upon all mankind starting on a Friday.
    Many prophecies are recorded in the book and web site called, "After The Warning To 2038”. It is an accumulation of prophecies from Venerable, Blessed, and Canonized saints confirming the Warning and the 10 major "Storm” events that God intends to unfold on this planet to take us out of this chaos and bring us to the peaceful triumph of her Immaculate Heart.

  • Gino D'Amico

    My family lives in Australia, I have tears of joy rolling down my face and I feel the significance of our Blessed Mother talking tu us through Mirjana in these hard times on earth. Our Lady gives hope to all of us , my Family members and our five grandchildren . I pray and wish to be an apostle Our Lady and hope that she appears to me to give hope to the people of Australia . I am suffering from back pain and know the suffering Mirjana is going through and I bet it’s all worth it when she sees our Lady. You people of Bosnia and Croatia are so lucky to have our Lady visit you. Mirjana you are blessed I love you and
    be strong.
    Gino D’Amico

  • Helen White

    Dear Mirjana, you have helped me understand Medjugorje through you beautifully written book ‘My Heart will Triumph’. Your love for the Mother of God is so profound and your emotions when reading are so inspiring to me when explaining them. Peace, Love and Joy be with you and your family.

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