July 8, 2008
With Our Lady making a move to have an evening apparition, Caritas’ founder gave instructions to announce the time of the apparition on Medjugorje.com, encouraging people to continue to come for the apparitions, even though the Five Days of Prayer for our nation had ended. He invited anyone who wanted to come, even if they were in other states, to be here for the apparitions. Many people new to the apparitions of Our Lady had been following the events with Marija at Caritas on Medjugorje.com. With this invitation, suddenly they realized that they too could have the grace of being in Our Lady’s presence. Quite a few people made spontaneous decisions to drop everything and come. The community delighted in the stories of these pilgrims who answered the call of grace and were amazed to find themselves with the Queen of Heaven in a matter of a few hours after reading the announcement on Mej.com. So many were moved to tears as they told us their stories.
On July 8, 2008, Our Lady appeared as promised at 10:00 P.M. Some people were still in town from being here for the Five Days of Prayer. One couple, from South Dakota, would have already been back in their home state, but had experienced some car trouble. They were told by the mechanic that it would take a few days for the part for their van to be available. In the mean time, they learned that Our Lady was still appearing and were thrilled to be able to attend the apparitions. They felt the trouble with their van was a big blessing, something that God had allowed to give them this opportunity to be with Our Lady.
It was a beautiful, star-filled night for the crowd who had gathered for Our Lady’s apparition. Light from the half-moon flooded the Field, giving enough light to see the surrounding pilgrims that circled Our Lady’s statue. When the Rosary began at 9:00 p.m., everyone knelt and faced the house where Our Lady would appear.
Just before 10:00 p.m., Marija went into ecstasy. She spoke the words “Praised be Jesus” to Our Lady, and spoke three or four times to Our Lady in the apparition. Marija said Our Lady prayed over everyone and blessed them. For tomorrow’s apparition, July 9, 2008, Our Lady said it would be “Same time, same place,” in the Bedroom at 10:00 p.m.
Two sisters from Louisiana, after their mother read on Medjugorje.com that Our Lady would be appearing, immediately got in their car and drove nine hours to get here. They arrived just after 10:00 P.M. and were extremely disappointed to learn that they had just missed the apparition. That disappointment turned to joy when they were told that Our Lady would be appearing the following evening. They were young girls who knew very little about Our Lady and the apparitions. They decided to stay and spend the next day in prayer, reading and learning about Medjugorje. When Our Lady appeared, they were much more aware of the great grace it was for them to be here with Her.