Happy Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel! I loved reading about the history of the scapular. Have you ever read this priest's testimony? It is Father Umberto Loncar, a Franciscan priest who was gave this account about August 4, 1981. Initially the people of Medjugorje were telling him of unusual solar phenomena on the days of August 2-3 1981. He starts, "I had noticed nothing at all of this, and did not believe that any of it happened. However, I must admit, I had not observed the sun or the sky by even the most casual glance. Monday (August 3, 1981) because of the reports about the Sunday happenings, I made it a point to observe the sun and the sky-and saw the same phenomena repeated. The sky in the other direction- that is, north of the church- was transversed by an arc of dark globes, moving from east to west. I tried to dismiss all this as unusual but natural phenomena, produced by weather and/or temperature abnormalities. Or perhaps my looking into the sun had caused these unreal images. In short, none of this, I told myself, was miraculous.
The next day, however, (Tuesday, August 4, 1981), I had what I must call a "special vision." Purposely, I had stayed home, and did not go to Medjugorje. When I left the house, at 6:00 PM, I spread a hand before my face and, through slits between my fingers, glanced at the sun, whose light was fading. A light breeze had arisen and the early evening was very pleasant. After I glanced at the sun, I looked away, in the direction of Medjugorje, because I did not want my vision to be affected by direct observation of the sun. I did not see any dark globes, but exactly at 6:20 I saw a huge red and violet cloud over Cerno. The cloud was massive and was moving in my direction at unusual -tremendous-speed, then hovered over the hill of Krizevac for one or two minutes, moved eastward, and seemed to sink to the earth. Because of the hills and trees between me and the cloud, I couldn't see what happened; so I ran to the upper floor of the rectory to have a better view. After the cloud disappeared from sight, I descended to the terrace between the rectory and the church. Precisely at 6:40, the red and violet figure of a magnificent lady arose from the hill of Crnica. The red and violet faded in intensity as she ascended in the sky; then she disappeared.. The last thing I saw was a brilliant white scarf that dangled from her feet and swung in the air. The vision of the lady ascending into the sky lasted about 30 seconds. This experience, I have no doubt, was supernatural. Therefore, it is proof that the events in Medjugorje originate with God. I have given this much thought, and the following points seem especially obvious and pertinent. 1. The skies on that early Tuesday evening were clear and absolutely cloudless although I did not look toward the sun, so that my vision would not be affected. However, I have never seen a cloud, before or since, like the cloud that suddenly appeared over Cerno. 2. The figure that appeared in the sky was of a beautiful woman, which I saw sharply and clearly -unmistakably - and whom I must say was Our Lady. 3. The scarf or veil that dangled beneath her feet was whiter than the whitest snow. 4. The figure was that of a high-born woman. 5. Reason disallows mere coincidence and sensory vagaries. At the exact same time I saw what I have described above, the Madonna appeared to the children in a garden in Bijakovici. I must conclude that I witnessed a miraculous sign: our heavenly Mother, whom the children see and talk with." (Taken from The Apparitions of Our Lady at Medjugorje by Svetozar Kraljevic pgs. 164-165)