"I have come to tell the world that God is truth; He exists."
This faith did cost a lot for the people of Medjugorje. We also had martyrs in our village, people giving their lives for God. Not very far from Medjugorje, about 40 kilometers, there were also 14 Franciscan priests who were martyred after World War II, killed and burned up because of their faith. And this was going on through different decades. Simply, the faith was not allowed. Through school the communists were trying to convince us that God didn't exist and that God was only for the weak, but I remember as a child, still before the apparitions, how important the faith was for us. How sacred prayer was. We were praying every morning. Really the faith was the most beautiful gift that we cherished in our families. And what is also incredible about Medjugorje, there were many vocations even before the apparitions. Almost every family had either a priest or a nun, and these consecrated people were really great instruments in preserving the faith in the people.
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II