December 9, 2011 A.D.
What Happened on December 9, 1999
The apparition of December 9, 1999 led to a very endearing tradition between Our Lady, the community and the pilgrims who joined us for these days in December in 1999. The Rosary began at 4:30 p.m. out in the Field on December 9, 1999. There were close to eight thousand people present. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:
"I would like to describe how Our Lady arrived tonight. She arrived tonight on a cloud like She usually does in Her gray dress, covered with a white veil. Her head was crowned with twelve stars. Tonight Our Lady was happy. She looked at each of us present, and I recommended each and every one of you and all of your intentions. In a very special way, I recommended all of the sick. Then Our Lady extended Her arms and began to pray over us. I asked Our Lady to bless all of us, to bless all of the things we ask to be blessed, and to bless our petitions. Our Lady blessed all of the things and then She said, ‘Go in peace.’ At the end, I asked Her, ‘What time are you coming tomorrow?’ and Our Lady said, ‘At the same time as tonight and in the same place.’ Then She smiled and left. That is everything."
Marija’s last comment brought a surprised exclamation from the crowd. Did Our Lady actually say, “Same time, same place?” This is a common expression in the States, perhaps in other countries as well. There was something so endearing to hear that Our Lady used a “turn of phrase” in our language. She, Who is the Queen of Peace, is truly the Mother who comes from the people, as She once said.
August 29, 1982
In May of 2004, when Our Lady mentioned that She would appear by the tree in the field in speaking to Marija in the Bedroom, our founder asked Marija if Our Lady specifically said the word “tree” and “field.” When she responded “yes,” he showed amazement that Our Lady would use these words in reference to these sacred and dear places of our home. Marija smiled and responded, “Our Lady knows our language.” Though Our Lady is the Queen of Heaven and the Mother of God, Her manner and language assures us that there is no barrier, no class distinction, no reason that we cannot approach Her—that She is one of us, our dear Mother, a Mother who knows our language, a Mother who knows our heart.