by Marco Corvaglia
The "apparitions" to Mirjana are characterized by the fact that sometimes, during these, you can see a tear running down the cheeks of the seer.
On 8 August, 2001, Mirjana was interviewed by Father Livio Fanzaga, director of Radio Maria:
MIRJANA: I am very moved, I get very moved when I see Our Lady; when I see the love she has for all of us; when I see everything that she does for us, I can not remain...
That’s how I’m built and tears come to me. What can I do?
I always say to myself that I am stupid, I say so many things, I try not to cry because people get scared, I have to be quiet, but it’s something stronger than me.
FATHER LIVIO: For us these tears are a sign of the authenticity of the apparition.
[Mirjana di Medjugorje, La Madonna prepara per il mondo un futuro di pace. Intervista di padre Livio ai microfoni di Radio Maria, Shalom, Camerata Picena 2002, pp. 38-39]
Some preliminary considerations. Mirjana ceased to have daily "apparitions" on 25 December 1982. Then Our Lady told her:
I will appear to you on the day of your birthday and when you will experience difficulties in life.
[René Laurentin, Message et pédagogie de Marie a Medjugorje. Corpus chronologique des messages. Urgence du retour à Dieu, O.E.I.L., Paris 1988, p. 183. English edition: Messages and Teachings of Mary at Medjugorje. Chronological Corpus of the Messages. The Urgency to Return to God, Riehle Foundation, 1988]
In August 1987, however, the Gospa (Medjugorje Madonna) changed her mind and Mirjana began having other apparitions (interior locutions at first), on the 2nd of every month [cf. R. Laurentin, Dernières nouvelles de Medjugorje, No 7, O.E.I.L., 1988, p. 46]. This is still the current situation.
It is worth noting that the other seers of the group, with the exception of the smiling Vicka, have always shown themselves more cold during the apparitions. Father Bubalo ever since 1983 stated:
When I study you during at one of the encounters, as I did recently, I see some faces without any perceptible change. Without any special glow or excitement.
[Janko Bubalo, A Thousand Encounters With the Blessed Virgin Mary. The seer Vicka Speaks of Her Experiences, Friends of Medjugorje, Chicago 1987, p. 207]
That said, it is well known that it is possible to secrete tears on command through the use of appropriate techniques (several demonstrative videos are available at the bottom of this page). As to Mirjana, when having her small lachrymation, she assumes behaviors that are consistent with the hypothesis that she is using some of those techniques.
In his book Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears, Tom Lutz wrote:
One acting student told me she could cry whenever she wanted to simply by feeling it in her body, with no sad thoughts whatsoever. I asked her to demonstrate for me and she bent her head forward and began to breathe heavily. Within seconds, she was heaving with sobs and tears were running down her face, with no provocation save the increased respiration. Another actor who used a similar method told me he had begun his career remembering his dead dog in order to stimulate tears, but that now he, too, worked to remember the physical sensation of crying.
[Tom Lutz, Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears, W. W. Norton & Co Inc, New York and London 1999, p. 97]
As clearly explained in the following video from the YouTube channel, The Actors Academy, the simplest techniques consist in fixing a point, avoiding blinking and, when necessary, exhaling without inhaling for a while.
Now, let us focus our attention on some acts that Mirjana repeats on every occasion.
Approximately 10 or 20 seconds before the beginning of the monthly apparition, the seer, who is praying with her face tense, keeping her eyes low, begins to breathe deeply. It is easy to understand, by this sign, that the apparition is about to start.
Mirjana then raises her head and in fact the apparition begins.
Mirjana obviously stares at the presumed apparition.
She blinks her eyes infrequently, and from time to time she inhales very deeply (as would be natural for someone who, before that moment, had been holding their breath for some time).
Sometimes, a tear lines her cheek.
Here are four different videos in which some girls show their ability to cry on command:
Published on 3 November 2009. Modified on 21 February 2019