(c)Josip Zubac 2013
Apparition Hill, the very spot of the kiln
January 9, 2013
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! Today I call you to prepare your hearts for these days when the Lord particularly desires to purify you from all the sins of your past. You, dear children, are not able by yourselves, therefore I am here to help you. You pray, dear children! Only that way shall you be able to recognize all the evil that is in you and surrender it to the Lord so the Lord may completely purify your hearts. Therefore, dear children, pray without ceasing and prepare your hearts in penance and fasting. Thank you for having responded to my call." (December 4, 1986)
I want to present the transcription of "Tea with Rosie" for January 7, 2013, because I believe that what Rosie shared with us is extraordinary! She reveals to us Our Lord and Our Lady's exquisite attention to detail in her appearances in Medjugorje. Rosie shares with us about the original site of Our Lady's apparitions, on Mount Podbrdo, Apparition Hill, and about the exact spot where she first descended to greet the visionaries:
I am here on the mountain of apparitions. This is the place where Our Lady beckoned the visionaries to come up this mountain.... It's full of rocks. It's full of thorn bushes. The visionaries came up here very, very quickly. The eye witnesses said they felt as though they were flying up. They were drawn over here to where the statue is now, today.
But at that time, where the statue is, there was a hole dug in the earth. And the hole was one meter deep and three meters in diameter. The reason why we know this is because at that time the villagers used to take all this lime stone - and there's plenty of it in this region - and on top of that hole that was dug they would make with the limestone an igloo shape, a kiln really, and then they would cut the thorn bushes from all around and put them inside the kiln and burn the thorn bushes.... The thorn bushes have a high calorie so they would burn very well [hot] and they would burn the fire for three days and three nights.
The rock would become so burnt it would turn into what they call quicklime. The villagers used this quicklime stone because they didn't have running water at this time over here, they just had big tanks of rain water. So to purify the water they would take this burnt limestone, put it into the water, it would dissolve, and the water would become purified and healthy to drink. They also took the rock, dissolved it in water, and they would disinfect the walls of their houses and whitewash with lime. And the third use of that lime would be to spray onto their vinograds, their vineyards, and that would kill the bacteria growing in their vineyards. So it was a great, great help to the villagers at that time to have these kilns of limestone.
And it was here above the hole Our Lady chose to appear. And because it was three days and three nights that that fire had to burn a group of families would do the job together, and then they would share the limestone between them.
So when Our Lady appeared on the first day she appeared above the hole. The hole remained. The stones had been taken away but hole remained. And she appeared above that hole and it marked the sight for the visionaries of where to come. And also that's why in the early days they stood in a half semicircle, because Our Lady was above that hole.
And now today as you can see there is a lovely big white statue of Our Lady and that's above the dip in the land that I told you about... They filled it all with rocks, cemented the top, and this statue is placed here. It was placed in 2001 and donated by a Korean family. They were a Buddhist family. They had come here to pray for the cure of their child. And their child was in fact cured. And the Korean family donated this statue in 2001 for the 20th anniversary of Our Lady's appearances here in Medjugorje. Right here, up on this mountain, which is covered just with rocksand thorn bushes, because Our Lady said this is the place that God chose for the sign to appear. And Our Lady said that the sign would be indestructible, visible and permanent. And once the sign arrives here Our Lady's appearances will be without question.
So if you're the type of person who likes a quiet place and a cold wind (LAUGHING) this is the time to come to Medjugorje... The North wind blows, they call it the borra over here. And it knocks the temperatures down to minus... But normally during the day it's very pleasant. And it's quiet. And it's a lovely time to come to Medjugorje, really. So I must go back down the mountain now and have a nice hot chocolate, and God willing, I'll see you next week.... So good-by and God bless from Rosie.... Bye Bye! (Rosie Zubac, "Tea with Rosie" January 7, 2013 - www.marytv.tv )
Thank you, Rosie, for that bit of information about the site of the first apparitions on Apparition Hill! I find this piece of information fascinating! Here is why...God sent Our Lady to appear directly above the spot where a quicklime kiln had existed. This kiln had produced a life-saving purifier for the villagers. They needed to purify the water they stored. Water is essential for life. And only pure water can be used for drinking. So the quicklime from that kiln kept them healthy and hydrated. The quicklime also disinfected their homes. Molds can grow on stucco and stone, making a house dangerous to live in. The quicklime killed the molds! Another lifesaving purpose for the kiln. And the third use of the quicklime was in the fields, where it was spread to disinfect the ground, keeping the vines healthy as well. No vines, no wine!
Well, you can see that God chose to send Our Lady to the spot on the hill where purification was provided for the villagers, necessary life-saving purification. Does it not follow that Our Lady was sent by God with an even more necessary purifying agent! She came with the redemptive love of Jesus, the forgiving love of the Father, and her own motherly love, to purify from their sins the village and all those who are drawn there, so that their lives would be saved for all eternity! She came to purify and cleanse her children, so they could approach their heavenly Father.
And even more interesting, that very spot is where the permanent sign will appear! On the very sight where quicklime was produced by a hot fire, the permanent sign will appear, bringing the fire of God's love, the sign of the veracity of the apparitions in Medjugorje, proof to the world.
God knows what He is doing. He chose that spot for Our Lady to appear, and for the permanent sign. That spot where the kiln that produced a purifying agent for the simple life of the villagers, will be the spot where a worldwide purifying agent will be produced, changing the hearts of millions, and drawing them to salvation through Jesus Christ.
And one more thing. Rosie told us that three families would have to join together to manage the three days of intense work, cutting the thorn bushes, and stoking the fire to produce the quicklime. Now we see the village gathered around the church, working together in prayer to keep the fires of love glowing red hot in Medjugorje, so that all who come there can be purified. Fr. Slavko once told me that the prayer around the church was like a furnace. It is a purifying furnace of love that burns away all that is not good, and gives new life.
Thank you to Rosie, Franjo and Josip Zubac for providing this wonderful information for us!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2013
PS. You can view "Tea with Rosie" at www.marytv.tv ! At present it is on our home page. It will later be stored in our archives.