“Ave Maria” di Andrea Bocelli
A place like Medjugorje (a Bosnia Erzegovina small town) can’t leave you indifferent, any religion you belong to; obviously, as in every part of the world, you don’t have to go neither with too many expectations or with prejudices and common places, you have to be “free” and with courage and humility. Without entering into details ( with the risk of classifying it between the pilgrimage’s places and so excluding many interested people). The people’s attitude here is different. You Let your guard down, you cancel the defenses, you eliminate the masks, and you seem what you are and this contributes to authentic meetings both with oneself and with the others, and with the “divine”, the “supernatural” and in particular with the “Gospa” (the Virgin in Croatian). The walks( at particular day time) on Podbro and on Kricevac and the mass with homily, in particular the one in Croatian.
The walks ( at particular day time) on Podbro and on Kricevac and the mass with homily, in particular the one in Croatian. Also the night adoration outside the church. The soothsayer’s testimony are obviously incredible (all helpful, smiling, humble and welcoming), but also of all the people spiritually involved in this saint place. For those who want to live as the locals without being only a pilgrim, there are good restaurants (Gardens and Gallia) and also an interesting excursion nearby.
Another interesting excursion is at the Francescan Monastery Siroki Brijeg where there used to be a very charismatic priest (Father Iozo). Unlike all the other places in the world there is not a best period to go; when you feel “the call” you have to go. In December is very cold but it is very suggestive, in summer is very hot but there is the event of the year (the “younger’s festival). Spring and Autumn, maybe are the best seasons, both for climate and crowd.
Near Medjugorje (28km, 30 minutes driving) there is Mostar, very beautiful, surrounded by mountains and crossed by a wonderful river; there is a fantastic historical centre, with a beautiful bridge destroyed during the war and then rebuilt.
There is also the international airport that make it easy to organize the journey from Italy (without being part of an organized pilgrimage). We recommend, if you have time, to visit Mostar and the beautiful Croatian coast(Dubrovnik, Spalato, Hvar e Korcula).
- Hotel: Cesarica
- Hotel: da Luka
- Restaurant: Gardens Club & Restaurant (very good meat)
- Restaurant: Galija (fish, in particular the dates))
- Restaurant: Most a Liubuski (fish)