What happened on July 25, 2005?
Today was a special day, the day Our Lady would be giving Medjugorje visionary Marija the message of the 25th. The apparition was in the morning, in the Bedroom. All the children were in the Field. Adjacent to the Bedroom is a private room, and it was here that Marija would go to immediately after the apparition to write the message given to her by Our Lady.
The community prayed the Rosary for Our Lady’s intentions regarding the message about to be received. The apparition lasted three minutes and when Marija left the room, the community continued to pray, ending with the Magnificat. Several minutes passed in silence as we waited for Marija to come out.
Marija finally came out and did her best to translate the message for us in her broken English. The message asked for novenas of sacrifice—though Marija said Our Lady means not only 9 days of sacrifice, but one could also offer a three day sacrifice, or a five day sacrifice. Our founder had been talking to the community about starting a novena before Our Lady’s birthday—and felt this message was an indication to begin one this very day.
Also, during the apparition, Marija asked Our Lady to come early tomorrow because her husband Paolo would be arriving in the evening and she would like to go to be there to welcome him. Our Lady agreed to this and set the apparition for 8:00 a.m.
We received a better translation of the message later that evening.
July 25, 2005
The inspiration that came to our founder in answering Our Lady’s call in Her message of July 25, 2005 was to offer everyday a 9-hour novena for Our Lady’s intentions for Her birthday this year. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. every morning and ending at 5:00 every evening, we prayed three Hail Mary’s at the top of every hour on our knees and prayed a short prayer for Our Lady’s birthday intentions. We did this everyday through August 5th, inviting all the pilgrims who came for the five days of prayer to join us in these novenas when they arrived at Caritas. It was a great surprise to all of us when, on August 5th, during Her birthday apparition, Our Lady thanked everyone for all the novenas prayed in these days. What an incredible gift from Our Lady to have our small efforts acknowledged. It increased the desire to pray novenas more often in the community.
Everything Marija needs to write out Our Lady’s words after the apparition of July 25, 2005, is lovingly arranged on the counter top of a room next to the Bedroom where Our Lady appears.
Marija during ecstasy in the July 25, 2005 apparition in which she received the monthly message to the world.
A rare look behind the scenes after Our Lady has just given Marija the message on the 25th. Immediately, Marija begins writing the message out having perfect recall of Our Lady’s words long enough to get the words down on paper. When Marija first began receiving these messages from Our Lady, she broke down in tears one day after writing a message out. A Friend of Medjugorje wrote about her experience in his writing, “Understanding Our Lady’s Messages.” This experience of Marija helped him to grasp the importance of Our Lady’s every word.
Excerpt from Understanding Our Lady’s Messages by A Friend of Medjugorje
“So what happens when Our Lady gives a message? When Marija first was told to write down a message from Our Lady, She did so; but afterwards she was depressed when turning it over to a priest. When she did, she started to cry, not just a few tears, but really in depth as if someone had died. When asked what was wrong, Marija explained: “I have betrayed Our Lady. What I wrote on paper and what Our Lady said were not the same!”
“We must understand every word of Our Lady is of value. Marija has explained that when Our Lady gives a message, it is given to her audibly as well as to her heart. You might say it is infused into her. It is given with immense love, overpowering gentleness, and completeness in its truth. Our Lady is present three dimensionally in a glorified body, speaking to Marija and, on special occasions, even kissing her. Each word has meaning to the fullest. Once Marija writes it on paper, it betrays all the love, gentleness, power, and meaning in which it was given by Our Lady. What you read in a book when you read Our Lady’s messages, after your initial conversion or curiosity, betrays the beauty in which the messages were given. When Marija is given the messages, they are in the highest degree from Heaven; but when they are written down, they are reduced to ink on paper. At this point, many lose interest, become tired, and no longer want to listen to or live Our Lady’s messages. Why? Because we are not conscious of the importance of the messages God sends us. We are not able to comprehend the great depth of graces available through these messages. If we did, we would pray without stopping. Only through the Holy Spirit are we able to begin to understand. Our Lady said on November 8, 1984:
But if one does as Our Lady says and prays to understand the greatness of the messages, prays to comprehend them, then rather than just paper and ink, the messages become filled with love, filled with profound meaning, and a great source of grace to live by. From the great heights from which Marija received them, to the depths of paper and ink, then lifted back up through prayer, we are able to taste the sweetness of Our Lady’s love for us and understand Her messages. They, like concrete foundations, are solid enough to build our lives on for this time.”