What Happened on January 19, 1989
January 18, 1989, 5:40 p.m.
January 19, 1989, 5:45 p.m.
Caritas’ founder, also known as A Friend of Medjugorje, has always taken Our Lady at Her word. One can readily see the impact of the above messages of Our Lady, given on January 18 and 19, 1989 in his home, in the prayers and writings of A Friend of Medjugorje. Throughout the 25 years of his writings, “praying for Our Lady’s intentions” and “demand, asking boldly for the graces” are prevalent in his approach to Our Lady in seeking to help spread Her messages and plans around the world.
Praying for Our Lady’s intentions has become part of the spiritual fabric of the community, woven into every prayer, into every event, and into everyday life. When Our Lady revealed to Medjugorje visionary Marija that She desired for a community to begin here at Caritas, it was the greatest comfort to the founder, who was filled with questions of how this was to happen, to pray for Our Lady’s intentions. She knew how it was to happen. He was simply to pray in union with Her intentions, and God’s will would manifest. Simple—but not easy. It was a walk in faith. But through this walk, this has become a part of “the way” of the community. Praying for Our Lady’s intentions brings peace.
Our Lady’s message of January 19, 1989 was more than an invitation, but rather a great encouragement to strike out boldly in spreading Medjugorje by whatever means imaginable. One has only to observe Caritas’ history to judge how much these words impacted the heart of its founder. Less than a month from the time Marija first arrived in Alabama, the date being November 18, 1988, Our Lady gave the following message in Medjugorje:
October 31, 1988
Our Lady was looking for those who wanted to collaborate with Her in what She called “great plans.” When Our Lady arrived in Alabama, She immediately began giving messages every day, saying that She was here to help us, and setting forth a foundation for a strong spiritual life based in Her messages. The invitation was given by Our Lady in the home of the founder. It was accepted by him and the great fruit Caritas’ mission has produced over the past quarter of a century, through the grace of God, testifies to the collaboration between the two, with the Caritas community coming in union with Our Lady’s plans through the living out of Her messages in their daily lives.