Sweet Mother Mary: Međugorje

Međugorje is terrifying. It’s this town located in southern part of Bosnia Herzegovina and is the second most visited pilgrimage site in the world for Catholics. It’s all based on the fact that a group of kids had a vision of the Mary, Queen of Peace over two decades ago.
The end result of all this is that it is freakin’ flooded with the most tacky Jesus and Mary knick knacks that you have ever seen. Just endless shops of them. I have never seen religion cashed in, on to such a degree and it is ugly.
But the weird thing is that people are just going to a spot where the Church hasn’t even confirmed a miracle having ever happened. Some bloody their knees to make the walk by crawling. Others pray the whole way. I suppose that it’s something different for everyone, but it is really just a spot and a group of locals that are cashing in on this.
Oh, but why was I there, since I am only technically Catholic? Simple. It’s a massive wine growing region and I needed to taste the vino :) The cool part is that even though the people living there are extremely Catholic, they are still easy to talk to and not these zealots that you find in the US. They are secure in their beliefs and don’t feel a need to change you. Sure, they may think you’re going to go to hell for not being a Christian, but that’s your business and I appreciate that!
Sweet Mother Mary: Međugorje