What Happened on January 24, 25, 26, 1989
January 24, 1989
Today Marija was late for the apparition and couldn’t get to the home at the appointed time. Our Lady came to her but gave no special message; however, Our Lady did say that She extended Her blessing and received all the intentions of the several thousand people who were present near the tree.
January 25, 1989 (Given to Marija while she was in America)
With these being the last days of the apparitions of the 2 ½ months spanning from November 18, 1988 to January 26, 1989 that Marija was in Alabama, thousands of people were by this time coming from all across the nation to experience and be blessed in the apparitions. Pilgrims mostly gathered in the Field, which was adjacent to the house where Marija was staying. After each apparition, someone from the house would go to the Field and announce what Our Lady had said and did in the apparition.
January 25 was, of course, the monthly message to the world. It was actually the 3rd monthly message received in the home of Caritas’ founder during Marija’s stay. Each of these monthly messages had special significance for the founder in light of Our Lady’s request that he establish a community here, foundationed upon Her messages. This last monthly message, given just days after Our Lady made known this special request, put into greater context what She was calling for: “…I am calling you to the way of holiness. Pray that you may comprehend the beauty and the greatness of this way, where God reveals Himself to you in a special way…”
January 26, 1989, 10:40 a.m.
This day ended Our Lady’s apparitions for the period of November 1988 through January 1989. The apparition was very intense and emotional. Bearing the responsibility of having the privilege of hosting Our Lady’s apparitions for this time, the family had given everything of themselves to Marija, to the hundreds of guests that had come to their house, and to the tens of thousands of pilgrims who journeyed here to encounter Our Lady in this time. They could hardly recite the Rosary, knowing that Our Lady was leaving. Our Lady told them:
Our Lady ended the apparitions with the same message She began them with. November 20, 1988 - Her first words, "May your life be prayer..." It was clear, through the three months of Her presence that Our Lady desired something to unfold here that She, Herself, was initiating.
Marija said that Our Lady was always very happy in all the apparitions that took place in the home. Marija flew to Italy and convalesced for another two months before returning to Medjugorje.