July 29, 2005, Friday
The apparition, again, was in the Bedroom at 6:40 p.m. The Community sang hymns to Our Lady before beginning the Rosary. Our Lady appeared just under 3 minutes.
Marija’s description of the apparition of July 29, 2005: “Our Lady pray over us. I recommend all our intentions. Our Lady blessed us.”
Again, for the next day’s apparition, Our Lady said, “Same time, same place.”
With being in the final week of preparation before the August 1-5, 2005 days of prayer with Our Lady began, different friends of the Caritas mission began arriving, increasing in number as each day passed. Many of these friends had the unexpected grace of being invited into the Bedroom for that day’s apparition.
Marija’s boys get a taste of the “cowboy” life during their stay with the community.
Just as in the olden days, large farm animals must be branded to show who they belong to if they ever get loose from their pen or pasture. The cow is put in a stock hold to keep her confined and steady when the brand is applied.
Years ago when the community was first entering into an agrarian life, the community prayed for inspiration for the symbol to use for the brand. Our founder wanted it to be something to represent Our Lady, to consecrate each animal to Her. The inspiration that came was the “12 stars” of Our Lady’s crown. It was a perfect symbol to represent Our Lady’s Queenship over the gifts God has given us, and also a reminder to us when we see the brand that we are only the stewards of these gifts—it is Our Lady who is owner.
Riding to the Rosary—After a morning of branding our cattle, the community “boys” ride across the wide expanse of Our Lady’s Field. It is a beautiful scene, and of course, as soon as the little children see the horses coming, they are up and running themselves, with arms outstretched, to be pulled up for a ride. After the Rosary, the boys take a ride full blast through the Field much to the delight of the every one watching. It beats watching TV, as you can choose to either live life or just watch it.