maryannlucy wrote:but not because of apparitions or visionaries.Then why should I choose this place to make my pilgrimage?
If that's all it is - a worthy place of general holiness - why would I choose to visit Medjugorje as opposed to going to another more fully accepted Marian apparition place? Certainly, the basilica at Fatima is a more glorious tribute to Our Lady. Lourdes, and its beautiful basilica, has its miraculous healing waters witnessed by its endless lines of orphaned crutches and wheel chairs. And Guadalupe has the actual work of Our Lady's hand in the image that She left on the tilma. Medjugorje, by contrast, is more difficult and costly to reach than the others, and is possessed of only a rather ordinary too-small church.
Why would someone who 'doesn't know' choose to go there if not of the apparitions and messages?
Medjugorje is certainly a wonderful place, full of the loving presence of the Mother of God - of that, my own experiences there leave no doubt. Yes, for those of us who have experienced first-hand the miraculous events that are taking place there still to this very day, we need no sales pitch. But if Holy Mother Church is looking to open wide the doors of Medjugorje to encourage the faithful masses to partake in the unparalleled spiritual treasure of that place, then the advertising campaign they are coming up with will fail to sufficiently motivate many. The Church now says 'Go!', but in fact, with the visionaries still very active, it will be a point of confusion.
As Frank Morgan said in the Wizard of Oz, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"