After the attempt on his life in May 1981, Pope John Paul II publicly renewed the act of consecration to Mary. And Mary did not wait long to respond. Just a few days afterwards on June 24, 1981, She began to appear in Medjugorje …Marco Vignati,
The Queen of Peace “Medjugorje is the continuation and fulfillment of Fatima.”
Connecting Fatima to Medjugorje
Many people know that Saint John Paul the II was favorable towards Medjugorje. Some have called him the “Protector” of the holy site. But what is less well known is that the Queen of Peace came to Medjugorje just one month after the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II’s life. She came after special prayers from the Holy See.
Here is the fascinating story of Saint John Paull II’s hospital stay in Rome as he recovered from the attempt on his life on May 13, 1981 the anniversary date of Fatima.
Pope John Paul II had “Totus tuus”, as his unconditional motto to Our Lady, But with the assassination attempt on May 13, 1981 the Totus tuus took on a totally new dimension. John Paul II experienced his physical weakness here in a hospital. I remember well how he confided to a friend, “Look, I can barely even move. The church needs a healthy pope though.” Still, after a short pause he said, “But not my will be done, rather yours Lord!” Through the assassination attempt, John Paul II came to a deeper understanding of the value of sacrifice and the message of Fatima.
He asked me to bring him all the literature about Fatima. I had many texts in Polish. He read everything with great attentiveness, and it became clear that he was the pope of whom Our Lady had spoken in Fatima and that HE had to fulfill Mary’s assignment. When he left the hospital, he explained to me, “I have now understood that the only way to save the world from self-destruction and militant atheism is the conversion of Russia according to the messages of Fatima.”
After his stay in the hospital, I gave the Holy Father a Fatima statue which German pilgrims brought as a gift from Fatima. He crowned it and kissed it with the words TOTUS TUUS. I then said to him, “The conversion of Russia will be carried out under your pontificate.” The Holy Father remained silent for a time and prayed silently standing before the statue. He then asked me, “How am I supposed to do that?” I said to him, “You have been chosen by God’s providence to consecrate Russia in union with all bishops to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. World peace depends upon this because the conversion of Russia is the victory over Satan.” A short time later the Holy Father had the state brought to Poland and had a chapel built there on the border. To this day, Our Lady looks from there in direction Russia.
In the 20th century, the Lord gives us from the heart of Poland (“which continually beats with the heart of the Mother”, John Paul II) the apostolate of Divine Mercy for our times, through Saint Faustina Kowalska: “Today I send you all of humanity… I desire healing it and holding it close to my merciful Heart.”
St. John Paul II, whose priestly vocation matured in the summer of 1941, at the same time when, just a short distance away, St. Maximilian Kolbe was offering up his life in the concentration camp at Auschwitz.
In one of his first pilgrimages, Pope John Paul II confessed his great desire to “involve the whole Church in a great Marian prayer”, and he entrusted this task to Mary, adopting as his motto Totus Tuus. After the attempt on his life in May 1981, he publicly renewed the act of consecration to Mary. And Mary did not wait long to respond. Just a few days afterwards on June 24, 1981, She began to appear in Medjugorje; her “programme” there being “to be with you to lead you on the way of holiness”.
All these facts which we have only mentioned here are links in a chain, stages in a single journey that express the gift of divine mercy which puts a limit on evil.
And to do this, God has called on Mary and the saints, His faithful servants who follow Christ and are thus able to make His merciful face fully present once again in all the circumstances of our history.