The First Secret of Medjugorje

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The First Secret of Medjugorje

Possible Years: 2017, 2022, 2023
Date in the Liturgical Calendar: Good Friday

The Warning of Garabandal is the same as the first secret of Medjugorje; this event is also called The Day of Repentance.

What is the First Secret?

The First Secret of Medjugorje is exactly the same as the Warning of Garabandal, in other words, it is the Day of Repentance, when God touches each and every human soul on earth. Generally, this experience takes the form of an illumination of the conscience, revealing to each person their own sinfulness. For holy persons, and for those who have thoroughly repented from their past sins, it will take the form of true sorrow in the sufferings of Christ, and true sorrow for the sinfulness of the world. For those souls who have not yet reached the age of reason, i.e. young children, infants, and prenatals, it will take the form of grace to assist in avoiding future sins (but they will not be sinless).

Good Friday was chosen by God as the Day of Repentance so that the world would realize, while repenting in sorrow for its sins, that Jesus Christ forgives those sins through His salvific death on the Cross. Good Friday was also chosen so that the holy faithful would have true sorrow, not only because of their own sins, but because of the suffering that Jesus Christ had to endure for the sake of everyone’s sins. And this day was chosen so that the world would realize that all religions are not equal and that the Christian Faith is above all other religions, and that Catholicism is the truest form of Christianity.

See the chapter on the Warning of Garabandal for more details about the event of the first secret in general. See below for an explanation of certain points that have long been known about the first secret.

Ten Days Before…

Mirjana said: “Ten days before the first secret and the second secret, I will notify Father Petar Ljubicic. He will pray and fast for seven days, and then he will announce these to the world.” Since the first secret occurs on Good Friday, ten days before is a Tuesday; on that day, Mirjana will tell Fr. Peter the first and second secret. Then for seven days, he will fast and pray. Then on the next Tuesday, three days before the first secret, he will reveal both the first and second secrets.

Breaking the Back of Satan

It has long been known, having been revealed by some of the visionaries, that the first secret of Medjugorje would ‘break the back of Satan.’ Now some persons have incorrectly worded this as ‘break the power of Satan.’ The reason that the Warning is correctly said only to break the back of Satan, but not to break his power entirely, is that the Warning reduces his power significantly, but does not take away his power in the world completely. If the Warning (i.e. the first secret) had been said to break the neck of Satan, that would mean the loss of nearly all his power, since those who have their necks broken become nearly powerless. But instead the figure of speech is that the first secret will ‘break the back of Satan.’ Thus, Satan will lose a substantial amount of power over sinners, but not all power over all sinners.

Why does he suddenly lose so much power over sinners that it can be truly said his back is broken? Because so many sinners repent so thoroughly from their many sins, thereby moving much closer to God. Even many great sinners will repent greatly. And holy persons will become holier. So Satan loses most of his influence over them, although he and the other fallen angels can still attempt to tempt sinners and they still retain much influence over those who refuse to repent from grave sin.

Why is it not correct to say that Satan loses all power over sinners at this time? Because a significant number of persons around the world reject this gift of repentance from sin, thereby moving further away from God and thereby becoming more susceptible to the temptation and influence of Satan and other fallen angels. In fact, the complete rejection of the gift of repentance on the day of the Warning is an actual mortal sin, causing the loss of the state of grace in the soul.

For more information on this subject, see my booklet:
The Warning, Consolation, and Miracle

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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