November 24, 2011 A.D.
What Happened on November 24, 1988
It may not seem possible, but the morning of November 24, our founder and his family awoke not knowing it was Thanksgiving Day. As news spread about one of the Medjugorje visionaries staying in their home, they were completely taken up with answering their phone, receiving visitors, as well as taking care of their guests and household. But even beyond all of that, their thoughts were on Our Lady, completely enthralled in what was unfolding each day in Her apparitions. And with Her announcement the day before that She would appear in the field, there was an added excitement because She wasn’t following Her normal routine that developed over the years in Medjugorje. She wasn’t, as some people believed, just following the visionaries, not attaching importance to any place She went. Here She was running the show, and no one could anticipate from one day to the next even what time of the day She would be appearing. So, on November 24, 1988, the apparition took place near a large tree in the field near the home where Marija was staying. On this day, Our Lady came and was very happy once again. She looked at all who had gathered there. Marija has explained when this happens, Our Lady will slowly pass Her eyes over the whole crowd, taking in each face. Each face is noticed and recognized by Our Lady. Our Lady then blessed everyone. Marija recommended every person present to Our Lady and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady gave a beautiful message:
Several hundred people were present. When She left, Our Lady said: "Go in peace."
After this apparition in the Field, our founder continued to ask Marija to ask Our Lady to return to the Field. In the 2 ½ months of Marija’s visit, Our Lady never answered that request. Because of that, when looking back on that one apparition in the Field, the fact that it took place on Thanksgiving Day slowly took on more and more importance. Our Lady does not always communicate with words. Sometimes She speaks more profoundly with just Her actions. Is it possible to believe that when Our Lady chose to appear on November 24th that She was not knowledgeable or did not care that it was Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving Day is the day set apart from all others for the single purpose of acknowledging God’s favor and blessings upon the United States and its people. And from Our Lady’s action of appearing out in the Field on this day, our founder began to understand that Our Lady was calling this nation, from this spot, to remember our Christian roots and to return to what we were founded upon—not just Plymouth Rock, but Rock of Her Son, Jesus Christ. She was calling the United States back to its beginning. And She promised to be here to help us achieve this.
This understanding did not come overnight. There were other actions of Our Lady that confirmed it and other revelations that have come through the years. In 2007, A Friend of Medjugorje wrote about one such revelation that continues to unfold concerning the Bedroom and the Field that was originally entitled, Out of Small Beginnings available by clicking to visit here.
What Happened on November 24, 2005
It has not been often, over the past 23 years, that Thanksgiving Day has landed on November 24, the actually date of the first apparition in the Field. This happened in the year 2005 and we were given the great blessing of having Marija here with us for November 24 and 25. This was something that wasn't planned and happened at the last minute. But it was a day of great joy for us to have Our Lady in the field to share this special anniversary with Her.