My heart is filled with a little trepidation. I have chosen to share my conviction knowing full well we have grown leary of date-setting. Recently maryrose came back from Medjugorge with an impression that the apparitions are winding down. Also recently, I responded to a question from Darrell as to why 2011 might be a turning point in prophetic affairs. I stated that the convergence of secular events and increased disasters gave a sense of next year's importance. I can think immediately of six pointers: 1) the Middle East powder keg appears close to exploding. 2)The Gulf Spill tragedy is fresh in our minds. 3) A new economic downturn is gaining speed. 4) Political unrest is on the rise in the USA. 5) North Korea threatens to push the button. 6) Secular humanism marches unimpeded and seeks open persecution on the Church. What prompted this thread are Padraig's icons and garabandal's latest re-visit of a Mark Mallett reflection. In particular was a reported appearance of the Little Flower to a priest in which she warned of imminent persecution. And so I seek direction from Our Mother through whom Jesus so richly blessed my family 23 years ago in Medjudgorje. Did you know that the apparitions began on 6/24/81 on the feastday of Saint John the Baptist. Nothing our God ordains is by accident. Mary never spoke a word that day but I believe she left us a clue as to when events would begin to unfold. Let us now look at the end of the Book of Malachi: 4:5 "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse." And when was a fulfilment of this last prophecy of the Old Testament? When Jesus was coming down from the Mount of Transfiguration, he had an exchange with the three apostles who were with him as recorded in Matthew 17: 10 And the disciples asked him, "Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?" 11 He replied, "Elijah does come, and he is to restore all things; 12 but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of man will suffer at their hands." 13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist. John the Baptist was a precursor, preparing the Jews for their coming Messiah. Fulfilling the Malachi prophecy, he instructed those who came to him on how to conduct themselves. When Jesus appeared, John pointed him out and stepped out of the limelight. Mary also comes as a precursor, preparing us for the Reign of the Sacred Heart. In Medjugorge she has schooled us on how we should conduct ourselves and grow in holiness. I believe she is also fulfilling the Malachi prophecy for our day. Early in the apparitions Our Lady made a startling annoncement: I have come to call the world to conversion for the last time. Afterwards, I will not appear any more on this earth. (5/2/82) Our Lady has a job to finish. The secrets will soon begin to unfold and the Era of Peace is on the far horizon. The question is when do the secrets begin to unfold? I believe a clue lies in the date of 6/24/81. When did John the Baptist's ministry end? Somewhere around the time he was 30-yrs-old. How do we know that. Well, Jesus was six months younger than John, and Jesus began his public ministry about the age of 30. June 24, 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the apparitions in Medjugorje. Like maryrose, my sense is that the apparitions are winding down. It is a conviction that grows ever stronger and I believe that 2011 is a pivotal year. Let us rejoice in Our Mother's loving care and her visitations. Let us prepare by living her messages. Come Lord Jesus! Maranatha! Safe in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!