“Jakob Colo’s presence is what convinced me Medjugorje is REAL! As a mom of 2 sons,there is a NO way you could force a little boy to kneel for a long time like that & love to pray so much lol He was so precious.” Little angel.
From Medjugorje.com Jakov, the youngest visionary, was only 10 years old when the apparitions began. His birthday is March 16, 1971. When he was eight years old, his father abandoned the family, of which he was the only child. He was left an orphan at the age of 12 when his mother died. After her death, he moved into the home of his uncle.
It is Jakov who steals the heart when looking at old pictures of the visionaries in ecstasy from the first years of the apparitions. For many, it is he who convinced them the apparitions were real, as any normal 10-year-old boy would consider it impossible to have to endure three hours of prayer, on their knees, every single night, year after year, without any break in the routine. If the apparitions had been a trick or a lie conceived by the so-called visionaries, young Jakov would have broke long ago—and yet, it is said of him that he was the most faithful in attendance to the evening prayer services than any other visionary.
To Vicka, who was with Jakov more than the other visionaries, she believed there was something special about Jakov in his relationship with Our Lady, though it was a mystery even to her. When asked by her confessor why Our Lady chose little Jakov, Vicka said: “I can’t say that I know that. But none of you really know the little guy! I always remember how the Virgin at the very start said: ‘The rest of you go, and let little Jakov remain with me.’ That is an unusual boy.” 2