The name Krasno was mentioned for the first time in 1275. The church of St. Mary was built earlier in Krasno, so there is a data that it existed in 1219. Krasno is known for its holy place dedicated to the Mother of God.
“A long pious story says that shepherds took the herd of their sheep in the Krasno forest. One day they saw a miraculous flower on the stamp, and there was a picture of the Mother of God in the flower. The shepherds tore off the flower and brought it to the Krasnarsko polje (Field of Krasno) where was a chapel from ancient times. But that flower suddenly disappeared, and the shepherds found it again on the same stamp in the forest where they first saw it. This miracle repeated several times: they took a flower, and it returned on the stamp again. And when local people saw that, they built a chapel in the forest for the honor of the Mother of God; and over the tree where the flower has appeared, they raised the altar.”
“Milan Pavelić writes and talks about the cases that he heard by the elders who said that blind people who came to Krasno got sight, deaf got hearing and the voiceless got speech.
They also said that in the valley beneath the chapel there were a lot of crutches thrown away by the lame people who came there with crutches and went home without them, completely healthy. And in his time there were many signs in the altar hollow, as a thank-you to Our Lady of Mercy. Seven cases were recorded, and he heard them from people who have been healed.”
There are transmitted thousands of these and similar stories among the people that talk about how Our Lady of Krasno helped in storms on the sea and accidents on land, in dangerous diseases, in dry years, and in all other troubles. There are, of course, many events among them, when the miraculous help of the Blessed Virgin stands out even more clearly.
In undisturbed silence and untouched nature, this place is perfect for prayer and reflection. God has scattered so much wealth on Velebit. Sometimes it seems like the almighty hand of God, in creative enthusiasm, overwhelmed all its riches and beauty all over this place: all kinds of colors, all the abundance of plant and animal species, all the ineffability of the landscape. In Velebit, everything is close, everything is connected with friendly threads: pine and wolf, stone and bear, dew and air, sea and mountain, sky and earth, all is one, all is harmony.
That is why Velebit has always attracted, and particularly today, it envelops and attracts contemporary people, prisoners of city space, noise and machines, solitude and all kinds of alienation. In Velebit, in its springs, in the silence of the shrine of the Mother of God from Krasno, it seems like we return to childhood like we are finding everything lost and what we are missing.
From here we return to being empowered physically and mentally, reconciled with ourselves, with all beings and with God, with the all primordial things. To meet with the primeval beauties of Velebit means to encounter the source of every beauty, it means at least for a moment to find the peace of our unhappy wanderer heart.
So dear man, go to Velebit and find a place of your soul and the peace of your heart, and meet your God.