July 6, 2008
Though the Five Days of Prayer with Our Lady, July 1-5, 2008 ended, Marjia stayed for another two weeks on a private visit with the founder of Caritas and the community before returning to Medjugorje for the Youth Festival the first of August. Though the large crowds had left the day the retreat ended, there was still a small crowd gathered in the Field at the time of Our Lady’s apparition which was in the Bedroom, at 11:40 a.m.
Our Lady continued to bless those gathered in the Field during the apparition to Marija in the Bedroom.
July 6, 2009
Our Lady had said on July 5, 2009, to the Medjugorje visionary Marija, that She would appear on July 6 whenever we prayed. At 8:15 a.m., the Caritas community gathered in the Bedroom for the Rosary. Just before the Rosary, the community wrote out petitions to Our Lady and placed them on the Bed. Our Lady appeared to Marija at approximately 9:00 a.m. The apparition lasted for 3 minutes. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition of July 6, 2009:
“In the moment of the apparition when Our Lady came, I recommended all of us and our intentions, and all the people who are in the Field. I make many recommendations. Our Lady began to pray. She prayed over us and She blessed us all. And after, She stayed in silence, and I recommended in a special way (Marija named several community members including a community child, a community member who is in the hospital, and one of the community mothers who is in her ninth month of pregnancy). And Our Lady smiled and She gave Her blessing and said “Go in peace.”
When it comes time for Marija to leave Caritas and return to her home in Italy or to Medjugorje, it is always bittersweet for the community when the last apparition comes and to say goodbye to Our Lady. Each member of the community takes the time to write down their petitions to Our Lady and to express their heart to Her.
Some gather on the outside porch, while others find whatever space they can inside the house to write their petitions—and though they are all in their own separate and private thoughts, there is the experience of a beautiful unity within the community as all their thoughts are on loving Our Lady and desiring to see Her intentions fulfilled in their lives.
With all the work of getting prepared for Our Lady’s coming, with additional projects the community may be working on, and then all the responsibilities that come with hosting an event that thousands of people attend, sometimes this going-away letter to Our Lady is the only opportunity for the community to settle their hearts and enter into the silence of their hearts without distractions before She leaves.
Seeing everyone with pens and paper, the very youngest of the community also want to make their own contribution. While parents or grandparents help them to think of what to say to Our Lady, they happily scribble and draw pictures on their paper imitating what they see the adults and the youth doing. It is a beautiful way for children to learn how to make their petitions known to God and Our Lady.
One by one, as community members enter the Bedroom, they place their folded petitions on the Bed where Our Lady will appear and receive them.
During this apparition of July 6, 2009, Marija presented to Our Lady three of our community members—a young girl who was having a birthday, a young mother who was expecting to give birth any day (her baby girl was born the day after Marija left), and one of our single consecrated men who was in the last stages of his life, preparing to be born into heaven. Our Lady smiled upon receiving their names. She gave Her blessing and then said, “Go in peace.”