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Kravice Falls, near Medjugorje, Bosnia-Hercegovina

Kravice Waterfalls, Bosnia-Hercegovina, where...
the serenity and splendor of nature's beauty meet.
T at the top of the road that lead down to the waterfalls.
Clean fresh air, open spaces, crystal clear waters...ahh!
An open-air restaurant at the base of the falls.
A forceful freshet spilling cold water from the mountainside.
A rock bridge over a tumbling mountain stream.
A languid river that reminded us of the River Jordan.
Look closely and you will see blue dragonflies among the reeds.
The perfect place for lovers of falling water!
The cascading falls were enchanting and calming.
D&T, two happy pilgrims, who found their oasis of peace.
St. Augustine and a demitasse of expresso at water's edge.
A successful fisherman (also our waiter) and his dad.
T, cooled off after a dip in the pool beneath the falls.
A sister taking in the resplendent scenery.
Young lovers...
Perfect, ice-cold, thirst-quenching refreshment from Germany.
A typical Bosnian sandwich: bologna and cheese.
Nuns in habits enjoying nature's peace...and ice cream.
A quartet of ducks paddling upriver.
Ducks dunking for breadcrumbs.
Dear Family,

Mother Mary exhorts us at least ten times in her messages to go into nature, including these passages:

"Find peace in nature and you will discover God the Creator Whom you will be able to give thanks to for all creatures; then you will find joy in your heart." ~ Mother Mary, July 25, 2001

"Go into nature and look how nature is awakening and it will be a help to you to open your hearts to the love of God, the Creator." ~ Mother Mary, April 25, 1993

Before we left for Medjugorje, I learned about the existence of beautiful waterfalls nearby, on the other side of Mt. Krisevac (Cross Mountain). I put this at the top of my TO DO list.

I am a country girl at heart, and exposure to crowds for extended periods wear me out. The day came to take up Mary's invitation to find peace in nature. When I mentioned the falls and our desire to visit them to Ana, she quickly arranged for a taxi to take us to them and back.

Our first sight of the falls took our breaths away. They are stunning!

We were the first ones at the falls, except for a kind couple and their teen son who run the rustic restaurant at the foot of the falls. With gentle smiles and acknowledging nods and over demitasses of expresso, they quickly became our friends. Almost immediately, the restorative effect of the negative ions produced by the falling water took effect. We felt uplifted, body and soul.

With the river that runs from the falls as the backdrop, the personable young man entertained us with his fishing. With just a simple pole and line in hand, he pulled up fish after fish, each with a triumphant smile that went from ear to ear. Within a half hour, he had a tubful of fish, plenty for dinner that night and the next.

The summer's midday heat is searing in The Balkans. But no matter, as the water was invitingly cool. My husband plunged into the deep depths of the aqua pool beneath the falls, while I more gingerly waded the shallows of the pool, fed by freshets off to the side. The coolness of that mountain water was bracing and revivifying.

In the afternoon, under the shade of the covered patio, we basked in the mist of the waterfalls and read to our hearts' content. I read St. Augustine's CONFESSIONS, while my husband delved into Father Slavko's PRAY WITH THE HEART. Between pages, we peacefully and completely lost ourselves to contemplative reverie, as we dreamily gazed at the bounty of natural and verdant beauty that surrounded us.

Between chapters, we watched nuns dressed in their habits strolling along the banks, ice cream cones in hand. We enjoyed women walking with parasols and families picnicking on the riverbank, just like "the olden days." We took in eyefuls of sunbathing bodies of all shapes and colors. We stole glances at young lovers a-courting. We were delighted by the antics of ducks at the shoreline.

It was a day well spent in Bosnia-Hercegovina in this natural oasis. And just as Mary promised, we found our hearts opening and we drew closer to God. We felt at peace, grateful and joyful, all at the same time. She delivers...

Perhaps, by vicariously enjoying our day in pictures, you will be inspired to seek out these falls -- and Mary and Jesus in nature -- on your next trip or your first trip there.

>>For more information on Kravice Falls and for the Eyes of Mary, go to this journal entry:
Miraculous Medjugorje in Bosnia-Hercegovina, 2004 - The Eyes of Mary

>> For more recent Medjugorje 2006 entries, go to: Peace Pilgrim's Medjugorje Blog

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