August 1, 2005, Monday
Marija, with her oldest son, Michele, is amongst the pilgrims in the Field after the apparition of Our Lady on this day, August 1, 2005
Since Our Lady’s July 25, 2005, message given in the Bedroom, the community had been praying a 9-hour novena each day for Our Lady’s intentions for Her birthday. With this being the first day of the five days of prayer with Our Lady, the community invited all the pilgrims to join them in praying these novenas each day, which involved praying three Hail Mary’s on the top of each hour beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. Our Lady’s apparition was in the evening in the Field in the presence of several thousand people.
Marija’s Description: “The moment Our Lady come, I recommend all our intentions, all what we have in our hearts. Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us all. And I ask also for blessing for letters that we have here, intentions, and objects for blessing and Our Lady smiling while She blessed and She said, “Go in peace.”
Marija said that Our Lady, when asked about the apparition tomorrow, August 2, said: “Same time. Same place.”
This is the moment of Our Lady’s apparition on August 1, 2005. Marija’s husband, Paolo, kneels directly beside Marija—but what he sees while looking up is not what Marija sees. All of us who do not see Our Lady in apparitions use pictures, statues and images of Our Lady to try to imagine Her as Marija sees Her. We all have our favorite, the one that makes us feel closer to Our Lady’s heart, Her presence more felt. But Marija has often commented how she has never seen a statue or picture of Our Lady that does justice to Our Lady’s beauty. Every painting, even the classics, is disappointing next to the beautiful face of Our Lady filled with a love not of this world. All the visionaries say Our Lady’s beauty cannot be described. Our best effort to imagine Our Lady’s beauty would not come even close to what is reality of what the visionaries see.