July 26, 2005, Tuesday
Medjugorje visionary Marija had asked Our Lady the day before if She would come in the morning, rather than the afternoon, as Paolo, Marija’s husband would be arriving from an overseas flight. Marija wanted to be there at the airport to greet him. Our Lady did so. The apparition was in the morning, in the Bedroom. All the community was present. We gathered at 7:00 a.m. to pray the Rosary for the apparition at 8:00 a.m.
Marija’s description of the apparition of July 26, 2005: “Our Lady prayed over us and blessed us all. I recommended all our intentions. I asked Her for apparition tomorrow and She said tomorrow night.”
As always, it is a joy here to see Our Lady choose the time and place for each apparition. Having appeared this morning at 8:00 a.m., She immediately returned to the daily routine of evening apparitions that She set from the beginning of Her arrival more than a week ago.
Freshly mowed grass, cut earlier this morning, July 26, 2005, lay in straight rows ready for the hay baler to come through to form square hay bales. The Field is being cut and trimmed to receive the thousands of pilgrims who will be attending the days of prayer with Our Lady starting on August 1st, while also providing sustenance for the community’s cows and horses, through the hay that the community produces. When Our Lady first inspired the founder to meet every day in this Field to pray the Rosary after Her first apparitions here in 1988-1989, no one had any hint that She would be leading the community towards an agrarian life. The community has been faithful for over 25 years to this daily Rosary in the Field, no matter the weather or temperature. Never has there been a day the Rosary was not prayed here since 1989, corresponding to the time of Our Lady’s apparitions on the earth. Through these years of faithfulness to this daily prayer, our spiritual food, Our Lady revealed that this same Field would feed our animals, which in turn would feed the community. The result of this was the strengthening of the mission because the community, through its labor, was providing for its own needs rather than pulling resources from the mission for its survival.