Severe storms hit the Birmingham area the evening of July 9th, and for at least two hours there was no power on Caritas grounds. The rain poured down several times this evening, but this did not stop pilgrims from coming to the Field to receive Our Lady’s blessing. There were more people that had traveled long distances to be here tonight. The rain did not dampen their spirits. In fact, all through the Rosary leading up to the apparition, a beautiful show of lightning, like Fourth of July fireworks, continually lit up the night sky, from one end to the other.
Each member of the community, as well as some pilgrims, found a little time today to write Our Lady a letter telling Her all our dreams and desires, our sufferings and sorrows, our problems and difficulties. They were laid on the Bed for the apparition. Several pilgrims were randomly selected from the Field to be present in the apparition. When Our Lady appeared She prayed over and blessed all those present and also blessed everyone in the Field.
Our Lady said the apparition would be the same time tomorrow, 10:00 p.m., but not the same place. Marija will be leaving for a week on retreat, so this was the last apparition until she returns to Caritas.