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Friend of Medjugorje’s History with Our Lady


Besides the visionaries’ own homes, the homes of their family members and the various apparition sites in Medjugorje, it is doubtful that any one of them has had as many apparitions in one place as Marija (Pavlovic) Lunetti has had in the Bedroom of Apparitions at a Friend of Medjugorje’s home and in the Field of Apparitions adjacent to his home. From the beginning, it was clear to all present that Our Lady was not just “appearing to Marija because She appears to Marija wherever she goes.” From Her first apparitions in a Friend of Medjugorje’s home, She began giving messages when She had already stopped giving them daily in Medjugorje. Our Lady began a story with a Friend of Medjugorje, his wife and family in 1986 and it is still being written. She has appeared with Baby Jesus, three angels, five angels and countless angels when present with the Community. Our Lady has picked the time and the place for the apparitions.


The hundreds of entries below do not include the intimate moments with Our Lady where private questions were asked and answers were given. The timeline cannot possibly contain all the tears, suffering, persecutions, joys, smiles, laughter and happiness that a Friend of Medjugorje, his wife, family and the Community of Caritas have shared with Our Lady through Her apparitions to Marija. What it does show is the undeniable solid path the founder of Caritas and his wife, Annette, and the Community of Caritas have walked with Our Lady. To prayerfully read every entry below and still have doubt about Our Lady’s plan through a Friend of Medjugorje and the Mission and Community of Caritas, would be to doubt that stars in the night sky exist. From the very beginning of his experiences with Our Lady in Her apparitions, a Friend of Medjugorje promised Our Lady that in every apparition he was able to attend, he would bring thousands of souls with him. He meant by this that he would be the eyes and heart for all those who could not be in the apparition. He would not be silent. He would always convey what She allowed him to see. This is what led him to begin writing of his experiences with Our Lady. Perhaps this is one of the reasons Our Lady comes so often to Caritas, because of a Friend of Medjugorje’s desire is to bring hearts to Our Lady so that they can experience Her love as he has for so many years. Our Lady said to Jelena, the interior locutionist, on April 20, 1985:


“You must be humble in what you are proud of, and you should be proud of what you are humble in.”

The timeline below is presented with a humble pride in what Our Lady has done through a Friend of Medjugorje and the Community of Caritas.

October 6, 1986

Question Answered

Our Lady gave the founder of Caritas of Birmingham a direct answer to his question.

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Question Answered

October 6, 1986

Question Answered

“Pray and by your life witness. Not with words but rather through prayer will you attain what your desire is. Therefore, pray more and live in humility.”



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November 18, 1988

Marija Arrives in Birmingham, Alabama

Our Lady had different plans of where She wanted Her apparitions to be.

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Marija Arrives in Birmingham, Alabama

November 18, 1988

Marija Arrives in Birmingham, Alabama
Marija arrived from Medjugorje along with her brother, Andrija, for a kidney transplant.

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November 19, 1988

Our Lady Came and was Very Happy

Our Lady began a pattern not to have a pattern for Her daily apparitions.

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Our Lady Came and was Very Happy

November 19, 1988

Our Lady Came and was Very Happy

Our Lady came and was very happy. She blessed everyone. Marija recommended everyone present to Our Lady and Our Lady prayed The Lord’s Prayer and one Glory Be. Our Lady said She would appear at 10:30 p.m., Sunday night.



The apparition took place in the Bedroom of the couple with whom Marija was living. The location of the apparitions surprised the couple. Day by day, through the weeks and into the months, it became clear why Our Lady wanted these apparitions in the Bedroom.

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November 20, 1988

“May your life be prayer...”

Marija said Our Lady is doing something different here.

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“May your life be prayer...”

November 20, 1988

“May your life be prayer...”

Our Lady came and was very happy. She blessed everyone individually in the room. Marija recommended all present to Our Lady and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady’s message:




“May your life be prayer. May your work be offered as a prayer and may everything that you do bring you toward Me. Let everything that you do and everybody that you meet be an encounter with God.”


She made the Sign of the Cross over everyone and left saying, “Go in peace.” 

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November 21, 1988

“Live the messages that I give.”

Our Lady appeared with three angels and was very happy.

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“Live the messages that I give.”

November 21, 1988

“Live the messages that I give.”

Our Lady appeared with three angels and was very happy. She looked around at everybody, even the people outside. A Catholic school, St. Rose Academy, closed today so that children could come to the apparition and many were present. Our Lady prayed in Hebrew over the whole crowd. She gave all a SPECIAL BLESSING. Our Lady said:




“Live the messages that I give.”



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November 22, 1988

“Live in humility all the messages...”

Our Lady was very happy throughout the apparition.

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“Live in humility all the messages...”

November 22, 1988

“Live in humility all the messages...”

Our Lady came and was very happy. She looked around the crowd of about 400 people, inside and outside the home where Marija was staying. Our Lady blessed everyone. Marija recommended everyone present to Our Lady and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady’s message:




“Live in humility all the messages that I give. I want you to be carriers of peace.”


Our Lady gave a blessing of peace and left. 

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November 23, 1988

“… I will Intercede for you in front of God.”

The messages given each day continued to amaze our founder.

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“… I will Intercede for you in front of God.”

November 23, 1988

“… I will Intercede for you in front of God.”

Our Lady said She would appear the next morning in a field near a large pine tree and Our Lady extended an invitation for all to come. 

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November 24, 1988

“…I am here to help you…”

Our Lady came and was very happy.

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“…I am here to help you…”

November 24, 1988

“…I am here to help you…”
The apparition took place near a large tree in a field near the home where Marija was staying. Our Lady came and was very happy. She looked at all who had gathered there. She blessed everyone. Marija recommended every person present to Our Lady and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady’s message:


“I invite you to live my messages. I am here to help you! I will intercede for you to God for all your intentions.”


Several hundred people were present. When She left, Our Lady said:

“Go in peace.”


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November 25, 1988

First Monthy Message Given in Birmingham, Alabama

The next three monthly messages were given to Marija while she was in Birmingham.

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First Monthy Message Given in Birmingham, Alabama

November 25, 1988

First Monthy Message Given in Birmingham, Alabama

The next three monthly messages for the world were given to Marija while she was in Birmingham, Alabama. The November 25, 1988, message:



“Dear children, I call you to prayer for you to have an encounter with God in prayer. God gives Himself to you, but He wants you to answer in your own freedom to His invitation. That is why, little children, during the day find yourselves a special time when you can pray in peace and humility and have this meeting with God, the Creator. I am with you and I intercede for you in front of God. Watch in vigil so that every encounter in prayer be the joy of your contact with God. Thank you for having responded to My call.”



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November 26, 1988

“…All your prayers are going to help you...”

When Our Lady came She again was very happy and joyful.

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“…All your prayers are going to help you...”

November 26, 1988

“…All your prayers are going to help you...”

Our Lady came and was very happy. With Her hands extended, She prayed over everyone and blessed them. Marija recommended all those present, especially the sick, to Our Lady, and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady’s message:



“I ask you once again to pray. Especially pray for my intentions. If you pray for my intentions, I will be glorified through you. All your prayers are going to help you through my hands.”



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November 27,1988

“…I want to protect you under my mantle…”

The simple phrase of pray, pray, pray has deep meaning.

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“…I want to protect you under my mantle…”

November 27,1988

“…I want to protect you under my mantle…”

Our Lady came and was very happy. She blessed the people and all their religious objects with the Sign of the Cross. Marija recommended everyone present, especially the sick, to Our Lady, and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady’s message:



“I want you to be in prayer. I want to protect you under My mantle. Pray. Pray. Pray.”



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November 28, 1988

Our Lady Didn’t Speak, But was Very Happy

These nighttime apparitions are among some of the most beautiful apparitions.

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Our Lady Didn’t Speak, But was Very Happy

November 28, 1988

Our Lady Didn’t Speak, But was Very Happy

Our Lady came and was very happy. She prayed over everybody. Marija recommended every person present to Our Lady, and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady blessed everyone and went to Heaven. Our Lady gave no words, but Her presence and being very happy were Her message.



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November 29, 1988

“Bless even those who don’t believe…”

This was rare and was interpreted as Our Lady’s desire to spread this gift.

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“Bless even those who don’t believe…”

November 29, 1988

“Bless even those who don’t believe…”

Our Lady came and was very happy. She blessed and prayed over everyone. Marija recommended all those present, especially the sick, to Our Lady. Our Lady prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady extended Her arms above all who gathered there and for a certain time prayed in that manner. Tonight Our Lady gave the SPECIAL BLESSING. Our Lady’s message:



“Bless (with the Special Blessing) even those who don’t believe. You can give them this Blessing from the heart to help them in their conversion. Bless everyone you meet. I give you a special grace. I desire you to give this grace to others.”



Our Lady left saying,“Go in peace.”The November 29th SPECIAL BLESSING was given on a day which was not a feast day or a special occasion. Our Lady spoke specifically about what She desired with this SPECIAL BLESSING. This was rare, and it was interpreted as Our Lady’s desire to spread this important gift. Those gathered in the Field were surprised and elated because no one expected this gift.



Marija has said:



1. This is a blessing which has the power to convert and to help people.



2. It may be used on believers and non-believers to help them convert or to help them progress in their conversion process.



3. Once Our Lady gives it to you, it lasts your whole life.



4. You do not have to be in the presence of the one you are blessing.



5. You can only give it individually from you to the individual, whereas a priest can bless a crowd. Our Lady’s blessing is from one person to the next.



6. If you receive this blessing from Our Lady and in turn bless another with it, that person has it to the same degree you first received it from Our Lady. This second person may then give it to a third, and the third to a fourth, etc. All will receive this gift to bless others just as if Our Lady gave it directly. This blessing will last your entire lifetime.



7. You must be at the site of the apparition to receive it directly from Our Lady.



8. To bless someone, a spontaneous prayer is fine. You can say, “I extend to you the blessing of Our Lady.” If you choose to say more, it is acceptable. When giving this Special Blessing to a non-believer, a family member, friend, or non-acquaintance, you may do so silently, in his presence or from a distance. You may extend this blessing every day, even several times a day, to help this person to convert.



N.B. The blessing from a priest is Christ’s blessing. This Special Blessing is Our Lady’s blessing. You should not think of yourself as a priest, blessing as a priest does. Use this blessing in a humble way and extend it to even those you pass individually on the street. The Blessed Mother has given us a great gift, and She desires us to use it.



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November 30, 1988

“I wish that all your life be love…”

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“I wish that all your life be love…”

November 30, 1988

“I wish that all your life be love…”

Our Lady came and was very happy. She blessed and prayed over everyone. Marija recommended all those present to Our Lady, and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady extended Her arms and prayed in Hebrew over everyone. Her message:



“I wish that all your life be love, only love. Everything that you do, do it with love. In every little thing, see Jesus and His example. You also do as Jesus did. He died out of love for you. You also offer all you do with love to God, even the smallest little things of everyday life.”



Then Our Lady made the Sign of the Cross and left saying, “Go in peace.” All gathered in the Bedroom were awed over hearing this message, and it has become for some their favorite message of all the messages over the course of Our Lady of Medjugorje’s apparitions.



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December 1, 1988

Today Our Lady wanted Her presence to be Her message.

There were many prayers said for this man…

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Today Our Lady wanted Her presence to be Her message.

December 1, 1988

Today Our Lady wanted Her presence to be Her message.

Our Lady came and was very happy. With Her hands extended, She prayed over everyone and blessed them. All present, especially the sick, were recommended to Our Lady by Marija, and Our Lady prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady also blessed the religious objects which were brought to the site. She made the Sign of the Cross and as She returned to Heaven, Our Lady said, “Go in peace.” No words. Today Our Lady wanted Her presence to be the message.



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December 2, 1988

“…abandon yourself totally to God.”

Our Lady smiled and prayed “one by one” over everyone present in the room.

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“…abandon yourself totally to God.”

December 2, 1988

“…abandon yourself totally to God.”

Our Lady came and was very happy. She prayed over everyone. She smiled and prayed one by one over each person present in the room. Marija recommended all those present to Our Lady. She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. The message:



“I invite you to pray and to abandon yourself totally to God.”



Our Lady then made the Sign of the Cross and went away saying, “Go in peace.”



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December 3, 1988

“…I give you my love, so you give it to others.”

Marija’s voice was beautiful, gentle, full of love and intensity…

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“…I give you my love, so you give it to others.”

December 3, 1988

“…I give you my love, so you give it to others.”

Our Lady came and was very happy. Marija recommended all those present to Our Lady. Marija asked Our Lady if She would pray over each individual as She had done yesterday. Very pleased, Our Lady smiled. She looked at everyone and began to pray over each one individually with Her hands over them. Our Lady prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. The message:



“Dear children, I give you my love, so you give it to others.”



Marija asked if Our Lady would appear tomorrow in the morning. Our Lady smiled and said: “Yes, at 10:40 as in Medjugorje.” (The time, 10:40 a.m. Central Time, corresponds to the same moment of the apparition in Medjugorje.) Then Our Lady made the Sign of the Cross saying, “Go in peace,” and She left. Marija’s voice was beautiful, gentle, full of love and intensity when she talked about the apparition just after Our Lady left. All felt Our Lady’s presence and sensed that She was happy in a special way. Those gathered really felt Our Lady gave them Her love. One witness said he felt as though love permeated even the walls of the Bedroom.



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December 4, 1988

“…live the profoundness of the messages…”

This message was striking to our founder…

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“…live the profoundness of the messages…”

December 4, 1988

“…live the profoundness of the messages…”

Our Lady came, and She was very happy. Marija recommended all those present to Our Lady, especially the sick. Our Lady prayed over everyone, and She blessed them all. She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. The message:



“I invite you to live the profoundness of the messages that I give.”



Our Lady also blessed the objects, and from the Bedroom blessed those gathered at the Tree. She made the Sign of the Cross while leaving saying, “Go in peace.”



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December 5, 1988

Our Lady Came and She was Very Happy

Marija left to inform her family about the operation.

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Our Lady Came and She was Very Happy

December 5, 1988

Our Lady Came and She was Very Happy

Our Lady came, and She was very happy. Marija recommended all the people present to Her. Our Lady extended Her hands and prayed over everyone and said The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. She left saying, “Go in peace.” No special message.



Marija left to go back to Medjugorje for one week to inform her family and priest about the operation. She returned to the host’s home near Sterrett, Alabama, on December 12, 1988.



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December 13, 1988

Our Lady Wants to Start a Community Here

…Not even in Medjugorje did I feel so strongly Mary’s presence…

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Our Lady Wants to Start a Community Here

December 13, 1988

Our Lady Wants to Start a Community Here

When Our Lady appeared, She conveyed to Marija Her desire to start a Community at the site. Marija turned to the host in whose house she was living and said to him immediately after the apparition,



Our Lady wants to start a Community here.



The husband and wife were deeply struck by these words. Fr. Robert Faricy, a Jesuit who wrote several books on Medjugorje, was present during the apparitions on December 13 and 14, 1988. He was amazed and said:



I visited Marija in Birmingham and prayed with her and the others when Our Lady came to her in the Bedroom. Not even in Medjugorje did I feel so strongly Mary’s presence as I did during Her apparition to Marija in Birmingham.



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December 14, 1988

“I would like you to pray for my intentions.”

One of many times Our Lady asked our founder to pray for Her intentions.

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“I would like you to pray for my intentions.”

December 14, 1988

“I would like you to pray for my intentions.”

“I would like you to pray for My intentions.”



She left saying, “Go in peace.”



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December 15, 1988

God Has a Plan for Everyone

Our Lady had come to implement a special plan.

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God Has a Plan for Everyone

December 15, 1988

God Has a Plan for Everyone

“Dear children, I love you and I wish you to pray for my intentions with the love you have for me, so that every plan of God about each one of you may be fulfilled.”



This message only intensified in the hearts of those who were present that Our Lady had come to implement a special plan. Referring to Marija’s operation, Our Lady said:



“I will be with you tomorrow.”



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December 16, 1988

Marija Undergoes Surgery

This is one of the longest apparitions in the Medjugorje phenomenon.

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Marija Undergoes Surgery

December 16, 1988

Marija Undergoes Surgery

Today Marija underwent surgery after test results showed that she could donate her kidney to her brother, Andrija. During the operation, with Rosary in her hand and while under anesthesia, Our Lady appeared over Marija while she lay on the operating table. Marija later said Our Lady stayed with her and smiled for what seemed to her about two hours. For the next month, except for Christmas Eve, Our Lady did not speak to Marija. She appeared to her each day at Mass during Communion. Suddenly, on January 15, 1989, Our Lady told Marija that the next day She would again give messages. There was great joy in everyone’s hearts.



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December 24, 1988

Our Lady Appears on Christmas Eve

Unexpectedly, Our Lady began to give Her message to the world on Christmas Eve…

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Our Lady Appears on Christmas Eve

December 24, 1988

Our Lady Appears on Christmas Eve

The apparition on December 24, 1988, was near midnight and Our Lady gave Her Special Blessing along with the December 25th monthly message to the world extending into Christmas Day.

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December 25, 1988

Our Lady’s Apparition on Christmas Day

Our Lady appeared with Baby Jesus in Her arms…

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Our Lady’s Apparition on Christmas Day

December 25, 1988

Our Lady’s Apparition on Christmas Day

This monthly message was actually given on December 24, 1988, near midnight, and extended into Christmas Day. The message:



“Dear children, I call you to peace. Live it in your heart and all around you so that all will know peace—peace which does not come from you but from God. Little children, today is a great day! Rejoice with Me! Glorify the Nativity of Jesus through the peace that I give. It is for this peace that I have come as your Mother, Queen of Peace. Today I give you My Special Blessing. Bring it to all creation, so that all creation will know peace. Thank you for having responded to My call.”

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January 15, 1989

Our Lady Appears to Marija during Communion

Messages from the Bedroom would resume the next day.

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Our Lady Appears to Marija during Communion

January 15, 1989

Our Lady Appears to Marija during Communion
Our Lady appeared to Marija during Communion while Marija was in the loft attending Mass, which was being celebrated downstairs in the home where she was staying. Our Lady said to Marija:

“Tomorrow, again, I will appear in the Bedroom and give messages.”



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January 16, 1989

“…witness by your lives.”

…she had fallen asleep. She had a dream while she was sleeping…

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“…witness by your lives.”

January 16, 1989

“…witness by your lives.”

Today Our Lady began to give messages to Marija again. During this apparition Our Lady, with a wonderful smile on Her face, blessed a newborn baby making a Sign of the Cross in his direction. In the middle of thousands of people coming to the apparitions, the host’s wife where Marija was living gave birth. The sacrifice and trials of daily hosting hundreds of strangers who came into the house was through the last three months of her pregnancy. The period of stopping of the messages was seen as Our Lady’s sensitivity to help settle the demands in the house. The mother gave birth to their fourth child two weeks late on the Feast of the Holy Family, December 30, 1988. The message:



“I call every one of you to live the messages I give and to witness by your lives.”



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January 17, 1989

Daily Message in the Bedroom

Our Lady offers to help us.

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Daily Message in the Bedroom

January 17, 1989

Daily Message in the Bedroom

“Pray for My intentions. With this prayer, I would like to help each one of you.”



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January 18, 1989

Daily Message in the Bedroom

Our Lady continued to ask us to pray for Her intentions.

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Daily Message in the Bedroom

January 18, 1989

Daily Message in the Bedroom

“Pray for My intentions.”



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January 19, 1989

“…I will intercede in front of God for you.…”

Our Lady says to ask boldly for graces...

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“…I will intercede in front of God for you.…”

January 19, 1989

“…I will intercede in front of God for you.…”

“I ask you to pray and demand, asking boldly for the graces from Me. I will intercede in front of God for you.”



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January 20, 1989

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Our Lady’s joy in this apparition was encouraging.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

January 20, 1989

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

No public message; however, Our Lady did give a special private message for someone in the room.



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January 21, 1989

Daily Message in the Bedroom

…Our Lady stresses the importance of finding a time for personal prayer…

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Daily Message in the Bedroom

January 21, 1989

Daily Message in the Bedroom

“I am calling you to prayer; only through prayer can you come close to God. I am calling you to pray every day and to dedicate a special time in your day only for prayer.”



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January 22, 1989

“…Pray, Dear Children, I am with You.…”

She needs our help for Her intentions to be realized.

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“…Pray, Dear Children, I am with You.…”

January 22, 1989

“…Pray, Dear Children, I am with You.…”

“I wish you to pray for My intentions. Only in this way can you come closer to God. I will guide you to Him. Pray, dear children, I am with you.”



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January 23, 1989

Daily Message in the Bedroom

Again, Our Lady gave a private message…

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Daily Message in the Bedroom

January 23, 1989

Daily Message in the Bedroom

“I would like you to pray for My intentions.”



Again, Our Lady gave a private message for the same individual She gave a message to on January 20th.



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January 24, 1989

“This is why Our Lady did not wait...”

Our Lady blessed the several thousand people who were present near the Tree.

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“This is why Our Lady did not wait...”

January 24, 1989

“This is why Our Lady did not wait...”

Today Marija was late for the apparition and couldn’t get to the home at the appointed time. A local television station had made many requests to set up in the Bedroom. Today they were allowed. As soon as Marija came in the house and saw the television camera, she said,



“This is why Our Lady did not wait until I got home for the apparition.”



Our Lady came to her just before arriving at the house, but gave no special message; however, Our Lady did say that She extended Her blessing and received all the intentions of the several thousand people who were present near the Tree.



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January 25, 1989

Monthly Message to the World

“…Pray that you may be open to everything that God does through you …”

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Monthly Message to the World

January 25, 1989

Monthly Message to the World

“Dear children, today I am calling you to the way of holiness. Pray that you may comprehend the beauty and the greatness of this way, where God reveals Himself to you in a special way. Pray that you may be open to everything that God does through you so that in your life you may be enabled to give thanks to God and to rejoice over everything that He does through each individual. I give you my blessing. Thank you for your response to my call.”



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January 26, 1989

Final Apparition Before Marija Left

This apparition was very intense and emotional.

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Final Apparition Before Marija Left

January 26, 1989

Final Apparition Before Marija Left

After nearly three months away from her home in Medjugorje, the day arrived for Marija to leave Alabama. This day ended Our Lady’s apparitions for the period of November 1988 through January 1989. The apparition with Marija and Caritas’ founder, wife and family was very intense and emotional. They had given everything of themselves to serve Our Lady, Marija, and thousands who had descended upon their home. During this last rosary, they could hardly recite it knowing that Our Lady was leaving. Our Lady told them:



“Dear children, I desire that your lives become prayer.”



Our Lady ended the apparition with the same message She began with them. November 20, 1988 — Her first words, “May your life be prayer…”



It was clear, through the three months of Her presence, that Our Lady desired something to unfold that She was initiating.



Marija said that Our Lady was always very happy. Marija flew to Italy and convalesced for another two months before returning to Medjugorje.



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February 1, 1994

Marija Returns for a Private Visit

Our Lady was very joyful and happy to return to Alabama.

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Marija Returns for a Private Visit

February 1, 1994

Marija Returns for a Private Visit

It was five years before Marija, now with her husband Paolo, came back to the Birmingham area for a private visit with the original host family for a few days in the beginning of February, 1994. There were three apparitions during their visit. The first two were in the Bedroom where She appeared most of the time when Marija was here from November, 1988 to January, 1989. The third apparition took place in the Field. On February 1, 1994, Our Lady appeared at 10:45 a.m. Marija, Paolo, and the host family were the only ones present during this apparition. When Our Lady appeared She was very joyful and immediately smiled. She said:



“I am happy to be here.”



Those words were of great consolation to the host family. They had undergone serious persecution for the last five years, and Our Lady giving those six words, was a message that made everything worth the trials they suffered for Her plans.



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February 2, 1994

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

In this apparition, the Caritas Community was gathered for the first time in Her presence.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

February 2, 1994

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Our Lady appeared to Marija at 10:45 a.m. in the Bedroom. She gave no special message. The whole Community was present.



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February 3, 1994

The Last Apparition During Marija’s Visit

Our Lady did something here in the Field and Valley…

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The Last Apparition During Marija’s Visit

February 3, 1994

The Last Apparition During Marija’s Visit

Marija came out to the Field to pray the Rosary in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition. She knelt in the same spot where Our Lady appeared to her five years before, on November 24, 1988. This was the second apparition out in the Field. Our Lady appeared to Marija at 10:45 a.m. Marija said that Our Lady prayed over everyone and blessed them in a special way. Marija then said Our Lady extended Her arms outward and prayed for a long time. She then extended a second blessing while looking out from over the people. Marija was asked what this second blessing meant. She said that she did not know. She was asked if this is something Our Lady does, and Marija answered, “Two blessings in one apparition? No! — Rarely!” Those present felt peace fill the whole valley. Our Lady gave the following message:



“Do not forget that I am your Mother and that I love you. Go in Peace.”



The apparition lasted 10 minutes and it was felt Our Lady did something there in the Field and valley, though not completely understood and somewhat of a mystery. It would manifest later in Our Lady using the Bedroom and Field as Her special places for tens of thousands of conversions. It is presently believed Our Lady has placed some kind of seal over the valley and the mission.



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February 5, 1994

Joshua is Marija’s Only Intention Today.

Joshua…is just one of the many miracles we have experienced.

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Joshua is Marija’s Only Intention Today.

February 5, 1994

Joshua is Marija’s Only Intention Today.

Marija recommends Joshua to Our Lady during her apparition . She tells our founder that Joshua is her only intention during the apparition today. After apparition time on February 5, 1994 Joshua’s condition begins to be stabilized.



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May 31, 1995

“…I desire that through your lives you are witnesses…”

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“…I desire that through your lives you are witnesses…”

May 31, 1995

“…I desire that through your lives you are witnesses…”

On the Feast of the Visitation, the founder of the Community and Mission of Caritas of Birmingham was with Marija in Italy at her home. There were only the two of them present for the apparition on this day. The apparition lasted longer than normal. At the end of the apparition, Marija immediately left to go into the kitchen but said to him to remain in prayer and to recite the “Magnificat”. It was a privilege to pray the “Magnificat” in closing the apparition on the feast day in which Our Lady Herself recited it before Elizabeth. He knew something happened during the apparition because of its length and realized when Marija sat down immediately with pen and paper that Our Lady had given a specific message. Though for years he had been around the apparitions and many times received messages, never had he experienced Our Lady giving an individual a message without being prompted by a question first, and then, too, of the many who asked, rarely an answer was given. Marija then relayed that the message was for he, his family, and the community. This message he understood, by a special grace during the apparition, was a clear mandate; that Our Lady had brought this mission and community to a special point by trials and the purifying fire of tribulations in order to now be used by Her in a special way.



Our Lady said to literally get souls close to Her heart and bring them to God. She wants of him and the community to be Her extended hands, Her tools which She desires to use just as any craftsman uses his tools. Our Lady said:



“Little children, I desire that through your lives you are witnesses, that you are My extended hands, My instruments. Get as many hearts as you can close to My Heart and lead them to God, to a way of salvation.”



Marija was very surprised by this. She knew immediately by Our Lady’s intimacy in saying Little Children that it was also for the community at Caritas and its mission. Marija was questioned by the one who was present at this apparition about to a way. Marija said specifically Our Lady meant to a way of salvation. This was important to him because of the spirituality at Caritas and what it is he believes Our Lady has shown by way of this path of salvation, namely of turning away from certain ways and things the world offers. By Our Lady’s words, he understood clearly Her desire to lead others along this way, and that She was strongly endorsing and blessing this path. After She spoke this message, Our Lady gave a blessing before returning to Heaven. He understood that he and the community were not to frown on or look with indifference on other paths of salvation, but to be strong in gathering hearts and showing them what Our Lady has taught them at Caritas and how She has guided their mission and the community. It had been eight and one-half years since Our Lady had given the very first message to this same individual on October 6, 1986. The advice and encouragement She gave to him then, is now extended through this most recent message, to the community of Caritas who is following in this witness, this way of salvation.



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October 31, 1997

“I want you to be Jesus’ joy.”

Apparition in Caritas Mission House in Medjugorje.

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“I want you to be Jesus’ joy.”

October 31, 1997

 “I want you to be Jesus’ joy.”

Our Lady appeared to Marija in the Community of Caritas’ Mission House in Medjugorje. The only ones present were five members from the community and one of Marija’s close friends. It was the longest apparition Our Lady had given in over a month that Marija had been in Medjugorje. The Rosary prayed in preparation of the apparition was filled with such a peace that those present felt as though they could physically hold the peace in their hands. Surprisingly Our Lady gave a message for the Community of Caritas. Our Lady gave the following message to the community through Marija:



“I want you to be Jesus’ joy.”



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May 17, 1998

Marija Comes with Her Family for a Private Visit

Marija said she had not had two apparitions in one day in many years.

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May 17, 1998

Marija Comes with Her Family for a Private Visit

The founder and his family gathered with Marija’s family in the Bedroom at 11:00 a.m. for the apparition. The founder had asked Marija to ask Our Lady to return this evening in the Field when the Community would be coming together for a prayer group meeting. Our Lady nodded “yes.” Marija said she had not had two apparitions in one day in many years. It was also a great joy for her. It was a beautiful spring evening. The community laid out blankets around Our Lady’s statue as music played and laughing children ran barefoot through the grassy field. They ran to greet Marija and Paolo and their children as they joined the community in the Field that evening for the apparition. Everyone was excited knowing Our Lady would soon be present. That evening in the Field, the Rosary was prayed and when Our Lady appeared in the apparition, She prayed over everyone and blessed them and then said:



“Do not forget that I am your Mother and that I love you. Go in peace.”



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May 18, 1998

Our Lady Appeared in the Field on May 18th and 19th

The Patriotic Rosary was prayed; Marija experienced this for the first time.

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Our Lady Appeared in the Field on May 18th and 19th

May 18, 1998

Our Lady Appeared in the Field on May 18th and 19th

On May 18 and 19, Our Lady appeared in the Field at approximately 11:40 a.m. Our Lady prayed over everyone and blessed them. On May 19, the community prayed the Patriotic Rosary. It was the first time Marija had heard this prayed.

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May 20, 1998

Marija is Kicked by a Horse

Our Lady appeared to Marija in the moving vehicle.

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Marija is Kicked by a Horse

May 20, 1998

Marija is Kicked by a Horse

Marija, Paolo, the founder and his wife had been on a horseback ride in the mountains above Caritas. They were making their way through the Field towards the statue of Our Lady where the community members waited to begin praying the Rosary for the apparition. Suddenly the horse Marija was riding was kicked by another horse beside her. Marija received the full force of the kick to her leg. It was a serious injury, and she had to be taken to the emergency room at the hospital, accompanied by her husband and the founder and his wife. As they were driving to the hospital, at 11:40 a.m., Our Lady appeared to Marija in the moving vehicle. Our founder watched Marija’s face in the rearview mirror and saw that at the moment of apparition, Marija’s face that had been contracted in pain, immediately relaxed and there was no sign that she was feeling any pain during Our Lady’s visit. But as soon as Our Lady left, Marija noticeably winced as the sensation of pain returned. The apparition was short. Our Lady prayed over and blessed not only them, but also all the community in the Field.

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May 21, 1998

Miraculously not Broken

The founder asked Marija to ask Our Lady a question.

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Miraculously not Broken

May 21, 1998

Miraculously not Broken

Miraculously, Marija’s leg was not broken, but the injury was still serious, and for the next few days she had to stay off it, which brought the apparitions back to the house. The apparition on this day was in the living room of the house in which only the family was present. Marija sat in a chair with her leg elevated, facing a beautiful picture of Our Lady hanging on the fireplace. It was here that Our Lady appeared. The founder asked Marija to ask Our Lady a question. It was a question that he had asked when Our Lady was present in 1988. At that time, ten years ago, Our Lady responded by saying on January 20, 1989:



“I will inform later.”



The founder had not questioned Our Lady concerning this since he first asked Her about it, but felt during this visit, to present the question again. When Our Lady appeared, the apparition was only a few minutes long. Our Lady came, prayed over everyone and blessed them. Our Lady indicated in regard to the question that:



“The time has not yet come.”

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May 22, 1998

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

A special apparition for Community wives and mothers.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

May 22, 1998

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

All the wives and mothers of the community were invited to attend the apparition today. They gathered in the living room where the apparition would again take place. Marija sat in the same chair, everyone faced the fireplace where the picture of Our Lady hung, and prayed the Rosary. At around 11:45 a.m., Our Lady appeared. Marija said that She hesitated for a moment before She prayed over everyone and blessed them.

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May 23, 1998

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The founder asked Marija to ask Our Lady to pray over everyone individually in the apparition.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

May 23, 1998

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Our Lady returned to the Bedroom today. All the husbands and fathers of the community, as well as the heads of the Single Consecrated men’s and women’s houses were present. The founder asked Marija to ask Our Lady to pray over everyone individually in the apparition. When Our Lady appeared, She granted the request and placed Her hands over each person individually in prayer. Our Lady gave a message. She said:



“Do not forget that I am your Mother and that I love you.”

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May 24, 1998

The Last Apparition During Marija’s Visit

A gesture Our Lady rarely makes…

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The Last Apparition During Marija’s Visit

May 24, 1998

The Last Apparition During Marija’s Visit

This would be the last apparition of Marija’s visit and the only public one. There were 300-400 people present. The apparition took place in the Field. When Our Lady appeared, though She gave no message, Marija said She lovingly looked at each face present in the Field that day. Marija said that Our Lady makes this gesture only rarely, and the look of love on Our Lady’s face as She does this always touches Marija deeply.

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December 8, 1999

Beginning the annual Five Days of Prayer

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Beginning the annual Five Days of Prayer

December 8, 1999

Beginning the annual Five Days of Prayer

December 8, 1999—Feast of the Immaculate Conception—Two Apparitions the Same Day, 11:45 a.m. and 5:40 p.m.


Close to five thousand people were present during this apparition which took place in the Field. At the moment of the apparition, Marija separated herself from the crowd and knelt in front of Our Lady’s statue. Our Lady appeared to Marija at 10:45 a.m. The following are Marija’s own words in describing the apparition:


“When Our Lady appeared, She came all dressed in gold. I recommended each of you and every intention of your hearts. Our Lady extended Her hands over all of us and prayed over us for a long time. I asked Our Lady to bless each and every one of us and to bless all the religious objects that you brought. Our Lady then smiled at all of us and prayed a moment and then She raised Her arm and blessed us with the Sign of the Cross. I then asked Our Lady if She had something that She wanted to tell us. Our Lady then looked at me and smiled and said:


Do not forget that I am your Mother and that I love you.


“Our Lady then raised Her hand again (a second time) and blessed us and then left.”


During the apparition, Marija had asked Our Lady what time She would appear the following day. Marija told the Community later that Our Lady changed the time of the apparition from the morning to 5:40 p.m. in the evening. This was a sign for them that Our Lady was “running the events there,” that She had come with special plans of Her own and had Her own schedule She wished them to follow. Unknown to the Community, Marija had also asked if Our Lady would appear again that evening for a private apparition for the Community. Our Lady said, “yes, in the home, at a twenty ?til six.” Our Lady appeared to Marija at 5:40 p.m. Our Lady stayed with them for several minutes, a longer apparition than normal. Marija said that Our Lady looked at each of the Community members individually, smiled, blessed them all and then told them the words She had spoken earlier in the day:


Do not forget that I am your Mother and I love you.



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December 9, 1999

Public apparition in the Field

Marija’s comment brought a surprised exclamation from the crowd.

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Public apparition in the Field

December 9, 1999

Public apparition in the Field
December 9, 1999, 5:40 p.m.
The Rosary began at 4:30 p.m. out in the Field. There were close to eight thousand people present. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:
“I would like to describe how Our Lady arrived tonight. She arrived tonight on a cloud like She usually does in Her gray dress, covered with a white veil. Her head was crowned with twelve stars. Tonight Our Lady was happy. She looked at each of us present, and I recommended each and every one of you and all of your intentions. In a very special way, I recommended all of the sick. Then Our Lady extended Her arms and began to pray over us. I asked Our Lady to bless all of us, to bless all of the things we ask to be blessed, and to bless our petitions. Our Lady blessed all of the things, and then She said, ‘Go in peace.’ At the end, I asked Her, ‘What time are you coming tomorrow?’ And Our Lady said, ‘At the same time as tonight and in the same place.’ Then She smiled and left. That is everything.”

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December 10, 1999

Evening apparition in the Field

She prayed over everyone for a very long time.

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Evening apparition in the Field

December 10, 1999

Evening apparition in the Field

Our Lady appeared to Marija around 5:40 p.m. tonight out in the Field. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition.


“When Our Lady appeared, I recommended everyone and their intentions to Our Lady. She responded by extending Her arms and prayed over us for a very long time. Then Our Lady looked at each of us present. I then asked Our Lady if She had anything to tell us. Smiling, Our Lady said:


Do not forget that I love you.


“Then Our Lady blessed us with the Sign of the Cross and left. Our Lady said that tomorrow’s apparition would be at:


The same time, same place.”



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December 11, 1999

Christmas in the Field Apparition

The five days of prayer was a special Christmas celebration…

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Christmas in the Field Apparition

December 11, 1999

Christmas in the Field Apparition

The fourth day of the Five Days of Prayer was a special Christmas celebration. Our Lady had told Marija She would be appearing in the middle of this special celebration. Every pilgrim was asked to bring a flower to present before the crib of Jesus to show their love and commitment to Him. Twelve thousand people came that night carrying their flowers and their hearts in their hands to Our Lady. The following is Marija’s explanation of Our Lady’s apparition that night in the Field:



“At the moment when Our Lady arrived tonight, She looked at each and everyone of us. She remained in silence and I understood that I was being permitted to be able to recommend all of us. As I began to recommend everyone and all the intentions that we have in our hearts, Our Lady remained in silence. Then I began to recommend all of the sick that are here. And Our Lady remained in silence and watched all of us still! I kept looking at Our Lady and I smiled and said, ‘Well, I recommend all the little ones and the big ones.’ And Our Lady gave me a big smile in return. Then Our Lady began to pray over us. After She prayed over us, I felt in my heart that maybe Our Lady wanted to say something to us. And so I said, ‘Well, do you have something to tell us?’ And Our Lady said:”



“Thank you with all my heart.”



“But the thing that I wanted to leave as a surprise for the end was that Our Lady wasn’t alone. She came with three angels. Our Lady gave us a surprise even though it wasn’t Christmas. She celebrated with us by bringing angels.



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December 10, 2001

Marija Arrives for the Annual Five Days of Prayer

Marija relayed to our founder a surprise…

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Marija Arrives for the Annual Five Days of Prayer

December 10, 2001

Marija Arrives for the Annual Five Days of Prayer

Marija arrived on Monday evening, December 10th. She had already had her regular apparition on the plane flying over from Italy, but she surprised the founder by saying Our Lady would appear a second time that evening for an apparition in the Bedroom. His family and the Community were delighted and overjoyed knowing Our Lady would appear a second time in the same day. They gathered in the Bedroom and began to pray. Suddenly, at 8:00 p.m., Our Lady appeared to Marija. She came happy and joyful. Marija recommended each one present and all their intentions to Our Lady. Our Lady began to pray over all, continuing to do so for a long time. Marija said that Our Lady lovingly looked at each and every face in the room. She blessed them and then ascended back up into Heaven. Our Lady told Marija that She would appear the next day at 5:40 p.m.



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December 11, 2001

Our Lady Blesses 120,000 Containers of Salt

This was a special project Caritas’ founder had worked on for several months.

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Our Lady Blesses 120,000 Containers of Salt

December 11, 2001

Our Lady Blesses 120,000 Containers of Salt

The following is Marija’s description of what took place during the apparition on December 11, 2001, at 5:40 p.m.:



“At the moment of the apparition, when Our Lady appeared, I recommended each and every one of you, and all the intentions you have carried in your heart. In a special way I recommended all the sick. And Our Lady, when She came, She put Her arms out, extended them over the crowd, and prayed for a long time over all of us. And then Marija asked Our Lady to bless all the objects that we brought with us to be blessed. And Our Lady again extended Her hand and made the Sign of the Cross above us all and above our objects. And then She said, “Go in peace.”

“And in this way She left.”



During the apparition, Marija asked Our Lady to bless 50,000 containers of salt in the print shop of the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages. This was a special project the Founder had worked on for several months. Marija relayed that during the apparition, Our Lady extended, for a second time, a blessing especially for this. When Marija was asked before the group if Our Lady blessed the salt, she said emphatically,“There can be no question.”



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December 12, 2001

Apparition in the Field of Apparitions

Our Lady looked at each and every one of us …

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Apparition in the Field of Apparitions

December 12, 2001

Apparition in the Field of Apparitions

The following is Marija’s description of the apparition of December 12, 2001, in the Field:



“When Our Lady came tonight, I recommended all those present here and all of our intentions that we have in our hearts. And Our Lady began to pray over us, but She didn’t pray a long time. Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I don’t know why Our Lady only stayed for a short time, maybe She had to get back to the feast in Mexico or maybe because it is raining. Anyway, Our Lady blessed us tonight. And She looked at each and every one of us and was happy. And She said:



“Go in peace. We will see each other tomorrow, at the same time, at the same place.”



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December 13, 2001

Apparition During Christmas in the Field

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Apparition During Christmas in the Field

December 13, 2001

Apparition During Christmas in the Field

The following is Marija’s explanation of what took place during her apparition on December 13, 2001, during the Christmas in the Field celebration:



“At the moment of apparition, when Our Lady appeared, I recommended each and every one of us and all of our intentions. And Our Lady extended Her hands over us, and She prayed over us for a long time. Then I asked Our Lady to bless us and all the objects that we brought with us. Our Lady blessed us and blessed the objects. And then Our Lady remained a little time with us, and I asked Her if She had something to say to us. And after I asked Her this question, Our Lady smiled and She said:



“Do not forget that I am your Mother, and I love you.”



“Then Our Lady made the Sign of the Cross and left.”



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December 14, 2001

“She left with a smile…”

Marija takes seriously her responsibility to be a witness for Our Lady.

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“She left with a smile…”

December 14, 2001

“She left with a smile…”

The following is Marija’s description of the apparition of December 14, 2001 in the Field:“When Our Lady appeared today, I prayed for each of you and asked Our Lady to bless us and to hear our intentions. In a special way, I prayed for all the sick. Our Lady extended Her hands over the crowds, and She prayed a long time over us. Then I asked Our Lady if She had something to tell us. Our Lady smiled and said:



“Live my messages.”



“And then She blessed us, and She left saying,“Go in peace.” And She left with a smile on Her lips.”



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December 15, 2001

Our Lady Appears Early for the Community

Our Lady was very happy and joyful during this apparition.

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Our Lady Appears Early for the Community

December 15, 2001

Our Lady Appears Early for the Community

Marija left on this day to go back to Italy to her family. The founder of Caritas asked Our Lady through Marija during her apparition on December 14th, if She would appear early on Saturday so that the Community could be present for one more apparition and receive Her blessing once more. Our Lady said, “Yes.” The Community began to gather in the Bedroom at 6:30 a.m. Our Lady appeared to Marija at precisely 8:00 a.m. The following is Marija’s description of this apparition on Saturday, December 15, 2001:



“When Our Lady came, I recommended each of us and all our intentions in our hearts. Our Lady prayed over us for a long time. I presented a private question to Our Lady. Immediately upon asking the question, Our Lady smiled and gave a private answer. Our Lady looked at each of us and then blessed us. She ascended back to Heaven, saying,“Go in peace.” Our Lady was very happy and joyful during this apparition.”



The private question from the founder was related to something that Our Lady had spoken to him about fourteen years before through Marija. Through the years he had asked Our Lady on several occasions, never receiving an affirmative message. He, along with the Community, was very happy that in this apparition Our Lady, through a message, gave light of an affirmation to him.



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August 8, 2003

Marija and Her Family Return for a Personal Visit

…Our Lady appeared twice in one day.

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Marija and Her Family Return for a Personal Visit

August 8, 2003

Marija and Her Family Return for a Personal Visit

The first apparition of Marija’s visit took place in the Bedroom at 11:44 a.m. Our founder, who was present with his family and Marija’s family, asked Marija to ask Our Lady two questions. The first, if She would come again this evening in the Field, so that the Community could be present (who were all gathered in the Field during this apparition) and secondly, if She would appear in the evenings, as She does in Medjugorje, rather than in the mornings.



After the apparition, Marija said that on both occasions when Our Lady was asked these questions, She smiled and agreed, by giving a nod “yes,” both times. She agreed to return again this evening in the Field, and She agreed to have Her apparitions in the evenings. Marija said Our Lady was happy throughout the apparition.



In the evening, Our Lady appeared in the Field, at 6:40 p.m., in the presence of all the Caritas Community. Marija said:“Our Lady came. She pray over us and She blessed us.”



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August 9, 2003

“…I will come whenever You Pray.”

We could have never guessed Our Lady’s response to such a question.

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“…I will come whenever You Pray.”

August 9, 2003

“…I will come whenever You Pray.”

Early this morning the Community with Paolo and Marija’s family, left for Florida. Realizing that they would not make the beach house in time for the apparition, they pulled off on the side of the road, climbed over a rock barrier, knelt down in the sand as they took in their first site of the ocean, and began to pray the Rosary. Just before Marija went into ecstasy, the founder leaned over to ask Marija to ask Our Lady exactly what time the apparition would be each day. When Marija asked Our Lady this question, Our Lady smiled and gave the following message:



“Because it is your vacation, I will come whenever you pray.”



Everyone was stunned by this message. Being given the ability to have the apparition at their choosing made for a beautiful week in which each apparition was prepared for in a special way so that their hearts were fully prepared to receive Our Lady each time.



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August 10, 2003

Florida Apparition Site Prepared

…there was a special excitement of being with Our Lady…

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Florida Apparition Site Prepared

August 10, 2003

Florida Apparition Site Prepared

The Community worked the next day setting up an altar for Our Lady. They had brought a large statue of Our Lady with them and set it upon a table that overlooked the ocean. The apparition on this day took place at 3:35 p.m. Our Lady prayed over everyone and blessed them. Our Lady continued to appear each day in the house at the time the Community prepared for the apparition in prayer.



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August 11, 2003

The Rosary was Peaceful...

Our Lady prayed over everyone for a long time.

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The Rosary was Peaceful...

August 11, 2003

The Rosary was Peaceful...

The apparition did not take place until after dinner. Even though it was late, the Rosary was peaceful, and the prayer was felt deeply. The apparition was longer than normal. Marija said afterwards that Our Lady had prayed a long time over everyone, praying the whole time, until She ended the apparition with Her blessing.



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August 12, 2003

Another Late Night Apparition

Our Lady’s presence in the room was strongly felt.

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Another Late Night Apparition

August 12, 2003

Another Late Night Apparition

This was another late night apparition. The Rosary began around 9:35 p.m. It was, again, peaceful and prayer was deep. There has been a strong feeling of the presence of Our Lady each evening. In the apparition tonight, Our Lady prayed over everyone and blessed them.



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August 13, 2003

Our Lady Speaks to the Community

Everyone present wrote petitions and presented them to Our Lady.

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Our Lady Speaks to the Community

August 13, 2003

Our Lady Speaks to the Community

As the altar was being prepared today, the founder suggested everyone write out petitions to Our Lady. He then asked Marija if they could present their petitions to Our Lady during the apparition. Marija agreed. When Marija went into ecstasy that evening, one by one, each person carried their petition up to Our Lady and dropped it into a small sailboat canister. It took several minutes for all of them to do so. All during this time, Marija gazed silently at Our Lady. When Marija came out of ecstasy she told us what had happened:“The moment of apparition, I recommend all of us and our intentions and Our Lady pray over us and I recommend our special letters and Our Lady smiled and She said:



“I wish to give you graces. Ask for them.”



Having just spent nearly an hour writing down all their petitions, they were in awe of Our Lady’s word.



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August 14, 2003

Daily Apparition in Florida

…it was a little bit of heaven, a resting place, a haven…

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Daily Apparition in Florida

August 14, 2003

Daily Apparition in Florida

The apparition took place later in the afternoon. The Community gathered around 4:00 p.m. to pray the Rosary. When Our Lady came, Marija particularly recommended a couple on their wedding anniversary to Our Lady. Marija said Our Lady prayed over everyone and blessed them.



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August 15, 2003

The Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption

Today was another big joy and surprise for us.

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The Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption

August 15, 2003

The Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption

Today was the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption into Heaven. It was also the last day of the Community’s stay in Florida. Tomorrow they would return to Caritas. Still very moved by Our Lady’s message two days ago, the founder suggested that they again write out their petitions and with Marija’s approval, present them to Our Lady during the apparition. Our Lady continued to stay until the last petition was placed at Her feet. When Marija came out of ecstasy, she let out a happy sigh, then after pausing slightly, she said:



“Our Lady came with angels…thousands of angels.”



Marija went on to describe what she had seen. She initially said hundreds of angels, but later with her husband translating, she qualified that it was countless, thousands of angels. The angels were all baby angels. They were wearing something like roman tunics all in pastel colors. They were all behind Our Lady, not far in distance. When Marija was asked what the angels were looking at, Marija replied, “At us.” This surprised the Community because Marija said the angels, when appearing with Our Lady, always stare only at Our Lady. The apparition was shorter today, two and a half minutes, but Marija said that always on feast days the apparitions are shorter. Marija thinks it’s because Our Lady must get back to Heaven for the celebration. The Community ended their “vacation” with much to ponder and be thankful for. When they returned home, on August 16, Our Lady immediately returned to Her normal apparition time. The apparitions returned to the Bedroom. Our Lady continued to appear each day, praying over all those gathered and giving them Her blessing.



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August 16, 2003

Apparition in Holy Spirit Church

Our Lady appeared to Marija during Holy Communion.

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Apparition in Holy Spirit Church

August 16, 2003

Apparition in Holy Spirit Church

The morning of August 16, 2003 had us packing to return home. With all the packing and cleaning that had to be done, our founder decided to wait until we returned home for the apparition today. We wanted to find a Saturday night Mass in one of the towns we would be passing through on the way home. With so many people coming home together, the drive was slow. We were in Montgomery, Alabama, around 5:00 P.M. and started looking for a Catholic Church. We came across Holy Spirit Catholic Church in time to attend the Mass there. The celebrant was a young priest, who began his homily by saying, Praised be Jesus and Mary, which is a common greeting in the Croatian culture and is heard often when one is in Medjugorje. We wondered if this was a Medjugorje priest. It was a beautiful Mass and the priest gave an excellent teaching on the Eucharist.



After Mass, our founder began to question him about Medjugorje, and yes, he had gone there, over ten years ago. He recognized our founder and told him that he had gone with Caritas to Medjugorje when he was in High School and that he (our founder) and one of our community members had led the group. The priest was amazed to meet him here at his church, but much more so, was literally shocked when he was told that Marija had just attended his Mass. He jumped at the chance to meet Her. We all gathered at the van, surrounding Paolo and Marija, our founder, his wife and the priest to hear the story. It was really quite a coincidence.



As the meeting was after Mass, we were surprised again when we learned that Our Lady had suddenly decided to appear to Marija after Holy Communion had been distributed, so this priest had an apparition in his church during Communion. Despite our disappointment in not having the awareness that Our Lady was appearing, we were very moved in our hearts to know She had come at the time when Her Son was present in our hearts in Holy Communion. We do not doubt that Our Lady had come for this priest, but for us, this apparition was also an acknowledgement to us that Our Lady was saying vacation was over. There was a little bit of sadness in our hearts of understanding these beautiful days were coming to an end, even though we still had Our Lady with us in the apparitions for several more days. We imagined that the apostles felt this same way sometimes with Jesus. There were times when they left together to go to secluded places, away from the crowds to be refreshed and strengthened in prayer with Jesus. When those moments ended, there was always a little regret in their hearts, wishing that they could stay with Jesus like this forever. But, of course, Jesus had to fulfill His destiny as did all of the apostles. But these occasions were memories that sweetened their lives, just as our time at Dune Haven with Our Lady had sweetened ours.



It was also beautiful to see of all the possible churches we could have attended on our ride home, that Our Lady would lead us to a church where a priest lived who not only believed in Medjugorje, but received his calling on a Caritas pilgrimage that our founder had led 10 years ago. It seemed very probable that Our Lady wanted to bless this priest of Her Heart and led us to his church. We know for certain that he was very touched by this surprise encounter with our founder, Marija and Our Lady.



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August 17, 2003

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Our Lady’s way of life brings with it the joys of simple discoveries.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

August 17, 2003

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The apparitions returned to the Bedroom on this day. We had brought the flowers from the apparitions in Dune Haven. Many of them were still very beautiful and blooming. Of the flowers that were wilting, we took the petals apart and made a beautiful display on the bed with them. Bridget, five-year-old daughter of our founder, had her idea of how to arrange the bed, and what she wanted blessed in tonight’s apparition. She dressed a few of her dolls in their finest apparel and laid them against the pillows on the bed, with the flower pedals forming a pool around their feet. She invited the other little girls of the community to bring their dolls as well.

There were several in the community who came to the bedroom early to pray. One by one the room began to fill, until all were present and the Rosary began at 6:00 P.M. Because yesterday’s apparition took place in the church, unexpectedly, our founder presumed the apparition should be planned for 6:40 PM. this night. Our Lady came at 6:40 PM. She prayed over everyone present and blessed everyone.



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August 18, 2003

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Today’s apparition was longer than usual.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

August 18, 2003

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Today’s apparition was longer than usual. The Community gathered at 6:00 p.m. in the Bedroom. Our Lady appeared around the normal time of 6:40 p.m. Marija said of the apparition:



“Our Lady pray over us, and She blessed us. She pray long time over us.”



Marija was then asked if the apparition was long for her today because it was long for those gathered. She said:



“All the time She pray over us.”



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August 19, 2003

Apparition in a Friend of Medjugorje’s Writing Office

This was the first apparition ever in The Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages.

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Apparition in a Friend of Medjugorje’s Writing Office

August 19, 2003

Apparition in a Friend of Medjugorje’s Writing Office

The founder of Caritas arranged to have several tractor- trailer rigs of salt delivered to the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages, with the hope that Our Lady would bless the salt as She had done in the apparitions at Caritas in December of 2001, with the first loads of salt. This would be the first apparition in the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages, and though the salt was on the first floor, where the print shop is located, the Community desired to have the apparition in the writing office of their founder, where all the writings concerning Our Lady’s messages take place. The Community met at 6:00 p.m. to begin the Rosary, with Marija and Paolo joining them. Marija said:



“Our Lady blessed us, and She prayed over us.”



Marija asked Our Lady to bless the salt during the apparition. Marija said:



“Our Lady bless also, I ask for all salt, on first floor…She bless, She make sign of cross…I recommend all of our intentions and what we have in our hearts, and I ask to bless all salt together. She make little prayer over us, and after She bless.”



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August 20, 2003

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Our Lady still had a few surprises before ending Her time at Caritas.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

August 20, 2003

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

A special gathering had been planned for the following day in which friends and benefactors of Caritas mission were invited for Marija’s last apparition at Caritas, which took place on Thursday, August 21, 2003. Marija and Paolo would be going out of town for a few days while their children would be staying at Caritas. On Monday, we would all meet and they would all return back to Italy. We would drive the boys to meet Marija and Paolo before taking them all to the airport to wish them a final goodbye.Though this was the last apparition with all the community in the Bedroom for this visit of 2003, Our Lady still had a few surprises before ending Her time at Caritas with the community in the following days.



On Wednesday, August 20, there were people already arriving for the event of tomorrow night. The apparition was in the Bedroom the evening of August 20. This was the last private apparition with the community at Caritas, though our founder and his family would be with Marija on Monday, August 25th, before Marija and her family would leave to go home. After the apparition ended, Marija said:



“Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us all. And I recommend all of our intentions.”



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August 21, 2003

The Only Public Apparition During Marija’s Visit

This was a special apparition.

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The Only Public Apparition During Marija’s Visit

August 21, 2003

The Only Public Apparition During Marija’s Visit

This was the only public apparition during Marija’s visit. It was a very hot, humid evening, with record -breaking heat. The air was still, the heat suffocating. As the third Rosary began, a large storm cloud covered the sun. At the same time, a strong, cool wind began to blow, and continued all through the Rosary up to apparition time refreshing everyone. Marija described what happened in the apparition:



“The moment of apparition, I recommend all of our intentions, all that we have in our hearts. And Our Lady pray over us. And I ask also that She bless all objects that we have here. And Our Lady after praying, She blessed all objects with the Sign of the Cross, and I recommend in a special way all these people who are here and in a special way all sick people and Our Lady one other time, She open Her hands and She begin to pray, and She pray five minute, I don’t know (a long time). And after She give blessing like Sign of the Cross, and She said:"Go in peace," and She leave. Today Our Lady is tranquil, and She watch all of us.“



When Our Lady watches all of us, She actually scans the crowd, looking at each face. Marija says it is a very endearing grace as it shows that each face is dear to Her.



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August 25, 2003

The Monthly Message to the World

For those in the room who were involved in using the quilt on the altar…

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The Monthly Message to the World

August 25, 2003

The Monthly Message to the World

Paolo, Marija and their children would be returning to Italy today. The apparition took place in Atlanta, from where they would be leaving. Today, also, Our Lady would give the monthly message to the world before their flight home. The founder and his family were present for the apparition.



The apparition took place in a hotel room by the airport. Our founder and his wife tried to make an altar in the room to welcome Our Lady with whatever they could find. Our founder’s wife grabbed a quilt from their car that was hand-made by her grandmother that was bright and very colorful. Even though she felt it was too much color, it was the best they could find to cover the altar. Besides, when asked about the quilt, our founder said Our Lady likes color, and the quilt is hand-made with love.



The Community back home was made aware of when the apparition would be. They went to the Field early to pray in preparation for Our Lady’s words. The apparition lasted 4 1/2 minutes. The message Our Lady gave this day will always be a reminder to the Community of the special “vacation” they spent with Our Lady. When Marija knelt down, she said, “Let‘s ask for a beautiful message today.” The message:



“Dear children! Also today I call you to give thanks to God in your heart for all the graces which He gives you, also through the signs and colors that are in nature. God wants to draw you closer to Himself and moves you to give Him glory and thanks. Therefore, little children, I call you anew to pray, pray, pray and do not forget that I am with you. I intercede before God for each of you until your joy in Him is complete. Thank you for having responded to my call.”



For those in the room who were involved in using the quilt on the altar, it made them think that Our Lady had heard their conversation about the color of the quilt. But also, there were so many beautiful memories from the past two and a half weeks, being with Our Lady in nature.



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April 30, 2004

Marija Arrives for Five Days of Prayer

This was significant to the community and surprising…

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Marija Arrives for Five Days of Prayer

April 30, 2004

Marija Arrives for Five Days of Prayer

Marija had arrived, with her youngest son, Giovanni, for five days with Our Lady held at Caritas in which thousands of pilgrims were expected, May 1-5, 2004. This evening, the Community gathered in the Bedroom to greet and welcome Our Lady in the apparition. Marija said:



”Today when Our Lady came She prayed over all of us and blessed us all. I asked Her about tomorrow and Our Lady answered:“



“Tomorrow morning, here, and the day after in the afternoon in the Field by the Tree.”



“She blessed us all and left.”



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May 1, 2004

Apparition in the Bedroom for the Community

Many were touched by Our Lady’s grace and moved deep within their hearts.

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Apparition in the Bedroom for the Community

May 1, 2004

Apparition in the Bedroom for the Community

Our Lady had said that today’s apparition would be in the Bedroom this morning, so as the pilgrims gathered in the Field, many of the Community members were gathered in the Bedroom. Our Lady appeared around 11:40 a.m. Marija told them that Our Lady prayed over everyone and blessed them. She said that she recommended everyone’s intentions and all that they have in their hearts. She also asked Our Lady to bless all the pilgrims in the Field. Our Lady responded to that request by blessing them with the Sign of the Cross.



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May 2, 2004

“...Do not Forget that I am Your Mother...”

“And then She went back to Heaven…unfortunately”

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“...Do not Forget that I am Your Mother...”

May 2, 2004

“...Do not Forget that I am Your Mother...”

The apparition was in the evening in the Field just as Our Lady requested. The apparition took place around 6:40 p.m. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“Everybody sit down. I wanted to greet each and every one of you that are here tonight and have come to be with us. Tonight, when Our Lady came, She was very happy and probably because She saw all of you here. And when you prayed, Our Lady listened to you. I recommended each one of you and everything that you held in your heart. Our Lady prayed over us and She gave us Her blessing. In a special way I asked Our Lady to pray for those who are sick here. And Our Lady gave us a second blessing. And then I asked Our Lady to bless everything that you brought with you, your rosaries, your medals and anything else that you wanted blessed, and Our Lady, again, blessed everything. And then at the end, Our Lady spoke, and She said:”



“My dear children, do not forget that I am your Mother, and that I love you, and that I bless you.”



“And then She went back to Heaven…unfortunately. It would be a real joy for us to always remain with Our Lady.“



“For tomorrow, Our Lady said the apparition would be in the Bedroom in the morning.”



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May 3, 2004

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Today, Marija revealed a very exciting insight in regard to a former message of Our Lady.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

May 3, 2004

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Today there were several priests present for the apparition in the Bedroom, along with a few pilgrims and the Community. Marija’s description follows:



“Our Lady blessed us and prayed over us. And I recommend all our intentions and Our Lady blessed one other time. I ask Our Lady to bless us and all those in the Field. She pray over us a long time.”



Marija said that Our Lady, once again, requested the apparition to be in the Bedroom tomorrow, “Same time. Same place.”

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May 4, 2004

Our Lady’s Choice

It is clear by Her actions of choosing the Bedroom and the Field…

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Our Lady’s Choice

May 4, 2004

Our Lady’s Choice

In yesterday’s apparition, Our Lady said the apparition would be in the Bedroom again, in the morning. Today there were other pilgrims along with several priests with the Community who were present for the apparition. Marija’s description of the apparition:



“The moment of the apparition Our Lady came. I recommend all our intention. And Our Lady pray over us and She bless us all. She bless also all objects for blessing. Also Our Lady pray and bless also people who is in Field. She blessed two times. One for religious objects, one for people present. Our Lady said:



“Same time. Same place.”



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May 5, 2004

The Patriotic Rosary was Prayed in Preparation for Our Lady

Marija said that Our Lady came with a deep peace.

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The Patriotic Rosary was Prayed in Preparation for Our Lady

May 5, 2004

The Patriotic Rosary was Prayed in Preparation for Our Lady

Most of the Community was in the Field praying the Patriotic Rosary with the pilgrims. Concerning the apparition, Marija said:“Our Lady blessed us all. She prayed over us. She blessed all those in the Field. I ask in special way bless also those in Field and all the objects. Two blessings,(objects and people)



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May 6, 2004

An Early Apparition in the Bedroom

The founder of Caritas and his wife were deeply moved by what Our Lady had said…

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An Early Apparition in the Bedroom

May 6, 2004

An Early Apparition in the Bedroom

Marija had asked Our Lady to come early this morning, as she had to immediately leave for the airport after the apparition. Our Lady agreed. The Community gathered at 7:00 a.m. to begin praying the Rosary to prepare for the apparition at 8:00 a.m. The founder had a special request to make of Our Lady. As the Community and mission, and himself especially, were experiencing heavy persecution, he asked Marija to ask Our Lady for words that would help them to endure any attack that would come, especially in light of all the conversions that had just taken place through the apparitions these last five days. Marija’s description of the apparition:



“Our Lady came and I recommended all of us, and She prayed over all of us who were present. She blessed all religious articles with a Sign of the Cross and in the end She gave a message“ (in regards to the question asked):



“I give you my love. You give it to others.”



“And She left with a smile on Her face.”



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July 21, 2005

Our Lady Gives Her Special Blessing

Our Lady gave the Community a very special grace upon Her return to their home.

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Our Lady Gives Her Special Blessing

July 21, 2005

Our Lady Gives Her Special Blessing

Our Lady gave the Community a very special grace upon Her return to their home. When Marija and her boys arrived, the Community had just enough time to say hello, when it was time to prepare for the apparition. Our Lady came at about 6:40 p.m. Marija said:



“I said to Our Lady, welcome here. Our Lady is smiling and She pray over us and give to us Her Special Blessing. She pray before, and after She give Special Blessing. She smiling.”



Our Lady smiling and the gift of Her Special Blessing caused all those gathered to be happy and in smiles too.



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July 22, 2005

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Our Lady continued to bless and pray over everyone gathered.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

July 22, 2005

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

This evening the apparition was in the Bedroom. Our Lady continued to bless and pray over everyone gathered.

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July 23, 2005

An Interrupted Apparition?

Marija was oblivious to all of this…it was an amazing scene to watch.

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An Interrupted Apparition?

July 23, 2005

An Interrupted Apparition?

The apparition was in the Bedroom at 6:40 p.m. The whole community was present. The founder of Caritas, again, in a long prayer before the Rosary began asked Our Lady for great conversions to take place during the Five Days of Prayer. He then encouraged the community, once again, that during the apparition we each, in the silence of our hearts, ask Our Lady to take possession of us, that we may belong completely to Her.

In the apparition, Our Lady blessed us and prayed over us.



In the apparition today, Marija’s three-year-old son, Giovanni was fussing a little. When the 8-year-old daughter of our founder tried to take him out of the room since it was exactly at apparition time, he grabbed hold of Marija’s arm trying to stay. Marija was oblivious to all this, even though her body was being pulled in two different directions at the time. It was an amazing scene to watch, with Marija in ecstasy. After the apparition ended, our founder explained to Marija what had been happening while she was seeing Our Lady. She smiled shaking her head at her young son as she listened to the story.



Marija said that Our Lady prayed over all of us and She blessed us all.



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July 24, 2005

6:40 pm Bedroom Apparition

Our Lady’s apparitions took on a similar daily routine normal to Marija’s everyday life.

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6:40 pm Bedroom Apparition

July 24, 2005

6:40 pm Bedroom Apparition

These days, Our Lady’s apparitions took on a similar daily routine normal to Medjugorje visionary Marija’s everyday life. Our Lady came at a regularly set time that She chose, and always blessed and prayed over everyone present. The apparition of July 24, 2005 took place in the Bedroom, in the evening at 6:40 p.m. Marija said that Our Lady prayed over everyone and she blessed us.



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July 25, 2005

Monthly Message to the World

“...Fill your day with short and ardent prayers...”

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Monthly Message to the World

July 25, 2005

Monthly Message to the World

Today Our Lady gave Her monthly message to the world, a big joy for the Community to receive that grace here, in the Bedroom. Also the message was a consolation as they had just finished a nine day bread and water fasting novena and Our Lady says in Her message,“…Do novenas of fasting and renunciation…”



“Dear children! Also today, I call you to fill your day with short and ardent prayers. When you pray, your heart is open and God loves you with a special love and gives you special graces. Therefore, make good use of this time of grace and devote it to God more than ever up to now. Do novenas of fasting and renunciation so that satan be far from you and grace be around you. I am near you and intercede before God for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”



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July 26, 2005

She Continues to Choose The Bedroom

As always, it is a joy here to see Our Lady choose the time and place for each apparition.

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She Continues to Choose The Bedroom

July 26, 2005

She Continues to Choose The Bedroom

The apparitions continued to be in the Bedroom, and Our Lady prayed over and blessed everyone each day.



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July 27, 2005

Family Reunion

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Family Reunion

July 27, 2005

Family Reunion

The apparition was in the Bedroom, and Our Lady prayed over and blessed everyone.



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July 28, 2005

Hymns Sung in Preparation

Another special grace was given in the apparition today.

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Hymns Sung in Preparation

July 28, 2005

Hymns Sung in Preparation

The apparition was in the Bedroom, and Our Lady prayed over and blessed everyone.



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July 29, 2005

Friends Joined in The Bedroom

Marija’s boys get a taste of “cowboy” life during their stay with the community...

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Friends Joined in The Bedroom

July 29, 2005

Friends Joined in The Bedroom

The apparition was in the Bedroom, and Our Lady prayed over and blessed everyone.



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July 30, 2005

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

…these apparitions were building an anticipation for the coming days with Our Lady.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

July 30, 2005

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The apparition was in the Bedroom, and Our Lady prayed over and blessed everyone.



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July 31, 2005

The Final Private Apparition for the Community

Immediately the community knew something unusual was going on in this apparition.

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The Final Private Apparition for the Community

July 31, 2005

The Final Private Apparition for the Community

The apparition this evening was in the living room of the founder’s home. This would be the last private apparition before the apparitions would be opened up to the public for Five Days of Prayer in preparation for Our Lady’s birthday, August 5th.



After praying the Rosary, Marija went into ecstasy, as normal, but half way through everyone in the room knew something special was taking place. Marija, still in ecstasy, began to pray out loud, the Our Father and Glory Be. We knew she was praying with Our Lady in the apparition. The apparition lasted almost six minutes—a very long time for an apparition. By the time the apparition ended, everyone was excited to hear what had taken place. Marija, herself was excited, and began to describe the apparition:



“One special gift today when Our Lady come. She pray over all, one by one. I don’t know how long apparition was today? Very Long! Our Lady said to pray Our Father and Glory Be for Her intentions. I ask also for all those in Field. Our Lady said apparition, will be in the Field tomorrow, same time.”



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August 1, 2005

The First Day in Preparation for Our Lady’s Birthday

The apparition was in the Field in the presence of several thousand people.

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The First Day in Preparation for Our Lady’s Birthday

August 1, 2005

The First Day in Preparation for Our Lady’s Birthday

Today was the first day of the Five Days of Prayer with Our Lady. Pilgrims joined the Community in praying three Hail Mary’s on the top of each hour, offering a nine-hour novena each day for Our Lady’s intentions for Her birthday. The apparition was in the evening in the presence of thousands in the Field. Marija described what took place in the apparition:



“The moment Our Lady came, 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 of letters (petitions) that we have here, intentions, and objects for blessing and Our Lady smiling while She blessed and She said,“Go in peace.”



When Marija asked about the apparition tomorrow, August 2nd, Our Lady said:“Same time. Same place.”



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August 2, 2005

Evening Apparition in the Field

…It is always a lovely scene watching families come altogether to be with Our Lady…

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Evening Apparition in the Field

August 2, 2005

Evening Apparition in the Field

The apparition was in the Field, in the evening. Our Lady appeared at 6:45 p.m. Marija said:



“In the moment of the apparition, when Our Lady came, I recommended all of you, all your intentions. And Our Lady prayed over us, and She blessed us all.”



When Marija asked about the apparition for tomorrow, August 3rd, Our Lady said:



“Same time. Same place.”



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August 3, 2005

Same Time, Same Place

The experience goes so much farther than just the individuals who are called to be present for Our Lady’s apparitions.

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Same Time, Same Place

August 3, 2005

Same Time, Same Place

Just as on the previous two days, the nine-hour novena continued to be prayed by the Community and pilgrims for Our Lady’s intentions for Her birthday. The apparition was in the Field, in the evening. Our Lady appeared at 6:41 p.m. Marija said:



“At the moment when Our Lady came, like always, I recommend to Our Lady all our intentions, all what we have in our hearts. Our Lady extended Her hands and prayed over us. I then asked Her to bless all objects with Her blessing. And Our Lady blessed. And I asked Our Lady for tomorrow, and Our Lady said: “Same time, Same place.”



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August 4, 2005

Mary’s Eve

A very special event was planned for the evening.

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Mary’s Eve

August 4, 2005

Mary’s Eve

This night was the eve of Our Lady’s birthday. Our Lady appeared at 6:46 p.m. The apparition was in the Field. Marija said:



“In the moment of apparition, when Our Lady came, I recommend to Our Lady all our intentions. Our Lady prayed over us for a long time. After, I asked Our Lady to bless us and to bless all objects that we have with us. And Our Lady, with the Sign of the Cross, blessed all of us and our objects. And I asked about (tomorrow’s) apparition, and Our Lady said,“Same time, same place.”

And Our Lady always says,“Go in peace.”



After the apparition, the pilgrims were asked to leave the Field. A very special event was planned for the evening. A special house had been built to represent the house of St. Joachim and St. Anne, Mary’s parents, and brought to the Field. Two thousand twenty-one candles, one for every year of Our Lady existence were lit inside. On a back wall of the house was an enlarged antique picture depicting Mary’s birth, lit up with the candles. That night, pilgrims knelt before the image of Our Lady as a tiny baby, enraptured by the re-creation of that moment of Her creation.



A special Rosary had been written for this night, called the Mysteries of Mary. The 3rd Mystery of Mary spoke of a tremendous storm that suddenly descended just moments before She was born.



Though it was August, it felt like Christmas. Those present sensed they were partaking in something mystical. Indeed, it was the first widespread public celebration of the Eve of Mary ever held on August 4, in the history of the world. Our Lady, for the past four days was strangely silent, only saying ”Same time. Same place.“



But after the birthday apparition the next day, August 5, 2005, it became plainly evident that Our Lady was creating a craving, an anticipation in their hearts for Her words or action, that on Her birthday She would more than satisfy them.



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August 5, 2005

Our Lady’s Birthday

...all those who were present was of wonder, awe and yes, joy…

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Our Lady’s Birthday

August 5, 2005

Our Lady’s Birthday

The on-the-hour novena had continued through the day for Our Lady’s birthday. Birthday cake and milk from the Community of Caritas’ dairy cows were in abundance for the Birthday party the Community gave Our Lady joined by thousands of pilgrims in the Field in the morning. But the party they gave Our Lady was nothing compared to the party She gave later that afternoon in the Field for Her apparition. Great anticipation was felt as pilgrims entered the Field that evening. The sky was partly cloudy, but also blue patches were scattered and the sun was shining. There was no rain and many left their umbrellas behind as there wasn’t a forecast for bad weather. All those in the Field gathered around Our Lady’s Nativity to begin praying the Rosary.



Rapidly, after beginning the Rosary with clear skies, the weather began changing. The wind picked up, gray clouds began to roll in, and thunder could be heard in the far distance. As each decade was prayed, the thunder became louder, lightning began appearing and rain could be heard and seen in the distance, but heading toward the crowd in the Field. The nearer to apparition time, the more severe the weather became. As Marija and her husband made their way up to Our Lady’s little house for the apparition, the storm suddenly broke out in full fury. Thunder so loud it shook the ground, lightning cracking down all around, torrential rain and wind pouring down so hard that umbrellas were useless, and then, amazingly, hail began pounding down on people in the open Field, where a lone pine tree reached up in the sky, where lightning bolts were everywhere.



Yet the reaction of all those who were present was of wonder, awe and yes, joy…because there was a realization that God was allowing a recreation of Our Lady’s birth in the storm that we were experiencing, just as we heard the night before in the 3rd Marian Mystery, when Our Lady was born. As the word hail was said, beginning the ‘Hail Holy Queen’, hail began falling upon the people! No one left the Field. Many were laughing out loud with pure joy, even while being pelted with hail. The prayers had to be shouted to be heard above the storm, and then just at the exact moment Marija went into ecstasy, a lightning bolt struck, coming out of the sky exactly down to the point where Our Lady appeared, just over the little house, so loud and so bright, yet without causing any harm. Our Lady appeared at 6:48 p.m. The apparition lasted nearly four minutes. Marija’s description of the apparition follows:



“When Our Lady came I recommended all of us and all our intentions. Our Lady prayed over us for a long time, and She blessed us with Her Special Motherly blessing. Our Lady came with a gold dress, and there were three angels around Her. Then She said:



“Dear children! Do not forget that I am your Mother and I love you.”



Marija relayed Our Lady then said:



“I thank you for your novenas.”



Then Our Lady gave the final blessing and said: “Go in peace.”



The joy of the storm, hail, lightning and then for Our Lady to thank the group for the 9-hour daily novenas for Her birthday was such tangible evidence that Our Lady was attentive in watching everything we did. This left the crowd in awe. Marija said that she thinks the sacrifice of being here, under the rain was just the icing on the cake. The 15-minute ride back to the hotels ended up taking 2-3 hours. Traffic lights and power lines were down from the rapidly moving storm that came from nowhere. Without power, people stayed outside their hotels late into the night, talking of this wonder. Many people relayed it as a Fatima miracle experience. The storm came directly out of the east, which no one in the valley had ever seen happen before, as storms always come out of the west and south. A neighbor three miles down the road said that he saw the biggest bolt of lightning he’d ever seen in his life over the Caritas area, though he’s not a believer in the Field. Eerily, the sun was setting in the west, causing it to cast its rays under the storm clouds; a phenomenon also never witnessed, as the storm came from the east.



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August 6, 2005

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

“She come, She pray over us…”

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

August 6, 2005

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The apparition was in the Bedroom this evening. Marija said it was a short apparition today,“She come, She pray over us, and She go. Tomorrow:“Same time, same place.”

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August 7, 2005

A Surprise for the Apparition

This would be the first marriage inside the community.

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A Surprise for the Apparition

August 7, 2005

A Surprise for the Apparition

A surprise awaited all the Community who gathered in the Bedroom for the apparition this evening. One of the young couples of the Community became engaged. A big deep joy filled the room as the Rosary began. Marija asked Our Lady to bless the couple, which Our Lady did by making the Sign of the Cross. Marija said,



“I recommend all our intentions. Our Lady begin to pray over everyone. I make special recommendation of these two. Our Lady make sign of cross. She was tranquil today. Apparition tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.”



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August 8, 2005

An Early Apparition in the Bedroom

…beautiful experiences with thousands being blessed and experiencing conversion.

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An Early Apparition in the Bedroom

August 8, 2005

An Early Apparition in the Bedroom

Caritas had chartered a plane to fly to Medjugorje with 200 pilgrims leaving today. The pilgrimage was titled “Birth to Assumption Pilgrimage” and invited people to come to Caritas to celebrate Our Lady’s birthday, and then to pilgrimage to Medjugorje to celebrate Our Lady’s Assumption. For this reason, Our Lady appeared early this morning. The Community gathered at 7:00 a.m. to begin the Rosary. Marija said:



“Our Lady blessed us and prayed over us. And I asked Our Lady to bless those in the Field. Our Lady make sign of cross (in response to Marija’s request).”



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November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving Day

This was something that wasn’t planned and happened at the last minute.

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Thanksgiving Day

November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving Day

Marija returned to Caritas for a very short visit in November 2005. This was something that wasn’t planned and happened at the last minute. Thanksgiving Day is a feast day celebrated in the Community, not only because of what that day is for our Nation, but because it marks the very first time Our Lady appeared and blessed the people in the Field. It was Our Lady who chose November 24, 1988, Thanksgiving Day, to be Her first apparition in the Field. In this year of 2005, Thanksgiving Day fell on the exact date of this apparition, 17 years ago.



The Community had much to reflect upon in this Rosary, and much to be thankful for, especially this day when Our Lady was with them to celebrate. The apparition took place at the normal time of 10:40 a.m. Marija said:



“Our Lady prayed over us, and She blessed us.”



Our Lady was strong in the wind today.



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November 25, 2005

The Monthly Message to the World

Another big grace awaited the Community during Marija’s Visit.

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The Monthly Message to the World

November 25, 2005

The Monthly Message to the World

Another big grace awaited the Community during Marija’s short visit. They were in the presence of Our Lady when She gave the November monthly message to the world through Marija. The apparition took place in the Bedroom. The apparition lasted 4 minutes, 28 seconds. These were the words Our Lady gave on this day:



“Dear children! Also today I call you to pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes life for you. Little children, at this time, in a special way, I pray before God to give you the gift of faith. Only in faith will you discover the joy of the gift of life that God has given you. Your heart will be joyful thinking of eternity. I am with you and love you with a tender love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

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June 29, 2008

Marija Returns to Caritas for Three Weeks

Marija told the Community that Our Lady did something special.

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Marija Returns to Caritas for Three Weeks

June 29, 2008

Marija Returns to Caritas for Three Weeks

Our Lady appeared to Marija in the Bedroom at 11:40 a.m. The Community of Caritas was present. After the apparition, Marija told the Community that Our Lady did something special. She started on one side of the room and slowly looked at every face present before Her, scanning the entire room of faces, finishing at the other side of the Bedroom. As if She was marking each face in the Community, Marija said Our Lady moved Her head to peer around those who were blocked by other Community members as if to show or emphasize how each one is important to Her. In response to Marija’s question about the apparition the next day, Monday June 30th, Our Lady responded that the apparition would be “Same time, same place.”

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June 30, 2008

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

At this request, Our Lady turned towards the Field and extended Her hand…

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

June 30, 2008

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The apparition today was in the Bedroom at 11:40 a.m. There were already many pilgrims who had arrived for the July 1-5 events and were praying in the Field during the time of the apparition. Marija asked Our Lady to bless them. At this request, Our Lady turned towards the Field and extended Her hand in a blessing. Marija asked Our Lady about the apparition tomorrow, and Our Lady responded again, “Same time, same place.”

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July 1, 2008

The Five Days of Prayer for Our Nation

This day was a day of repentance and seeking forgiveness.

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The Five Days of Prayer for Our Nation

July 1, 2008

The Five Days of Prayer for Our Nation

Today was the day of Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness. More than 35 pilgrims were randomly chosen to attend today’s apparition in the Bedroom, while the Community joined all the other pilgrims in the Field. Marija asked everyone to kneel down and pray in preparation for the apparition. She said to pray for all those who are not here, for those who are in the Field, as well as those we recommend in our prayers and in our hearts. In a special way, she prayed for all sick people. The following is Marija’s description of today’s apparition:



“In moment of apparition, when Our Lady came, I recommended to Our Lady our intentions. Our Lady prayed over us, and She blessed us all. I recommended also all religious objects to be blessed. Also, people who are in the Field. And Our Lady blessed also all the people there.”



Marija asked Our Lady where and when the apparition would be the following day on July 2nd. Our Lady responded, “Same time, same place.”



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July 2, 2008

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The day of individual consecrations.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

July 2, 2008

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Today was the day of Individual Consecrations. Today’s apparition was in the Bedroom at 11:40 a.m. It was on this day that all those present made an individual consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.



In the midst of about 50 people, kneeling tightly in the Bedroom, Our Lady appeared to Marija over the Bed. The apparition lasted almost three minutes. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In the moment of the apparition, when Our Lady came, I recommended, like always, all of your intentions. Our Lady prayed over all of us, and She blessed us all. I recommended all the sick people, and in a special way I asked also to bless all religious objects, and all the people who are there in the Field. Our Lady then prayed over everyone for a short time, and She made the Sign of the Cross in a blessing. And I asked Our Lady for tomorrow. I said tomorrow is a special day, the Vigil for the 4th, and Our Lady smiling, said that the apparition would be at 10:00 at night in the Field.”



Immediately upon hearing this, several in the room wanted Marija to repeat what she had just said. Everyone was shocked at Our Lady’s choice for a vigil apparition in anticipation of honoring God, with thanksgiving, for the birth of our Nation on the 4th of July. Marija continued:



“She said, not here, but in the Field, tomorrow night, 10:00 p.m. Our Lady said (the apparition is) for everybody. These days Our Lady appears always here (in the Bedroom), saying “Same time, same place”. And I think all other people are a little bit jealous of us So thank God. So not two times will there be an apparition, but only tomorrow night, in the Field for everybody. You go out now and tell everyone this beautiful news. And God bless you all.”



Marija said, not two times to clarify for us so that we would not misunderstand and think there would be two apparitions in the same day. On several occasions in the past at Caritas, Our Lady gave a great grace and had two apparitions in the same day; one in the Bedroom and one in the Field. Therefore, Marija was making sure we understood there would only be one apparition the next day.



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July 3, 2008

Vigil Apparition in the Field

The day of consecration for our families.

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Vigil Apparition in the Field

July 3, 2008

Vigil Apparition in the Field

Today was the day for Consecration of Our Families. Prayer for tonight’s vigil began around 8:00 p.m. When Our Lady appeared, Marija’s face was intense during the long apparition that lasted more than eight minutes. Afterwards, Marija surprised the thousands gathered in the Field by saying for the July 4th apparition, Our Lady again said She would appear in the Field at 10:00 p.m. Knowing that this was something out of the ordinary, and feeling that Our Lady was giving everyone another day to spend in prayer for our Nation’s conversion, joy swept through the crowd. Marija then asked the pilgrims,



“Would you rather sleep or would you rather pray” and then she said, “I think we must pray very much in these next 24 hours for your nation.” Would you rather sleep or would you rather pray”

Marija stayed in the Field until well after midnight with everyone who wanted to stay, praying the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be over and over again, with songs sung intermittently.



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July 4, 2008

The Fourth of July

July 4 was…the day for the consecration of our nation...

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The Fourth of July

July 4, 2008

The Fourth of July

Today was the day for the Consecration of Our Nation.Prayer in preparation for the apparition began around 8:00 p.m. Just moments before Our Lady’s apparition, everyone together prayed the Solemn Consecration of Our Nation to Our Lady. Marija then began to pray the seven Our Father’s, Hail Mary’s, and Glory Be’s and suddenly Our Lady appeared. Marija’s face was serious throughout the apparition that lasted for five minutes. At the end of the apparition, Marija said that Our Lady had come with three angels tonight. She prayed over everyone present, blessed them and blessed all their religious articles. Marija recommended all those present and in a special way all the sick. Our Lady gave the following message:



“Thank you for all your prayers, be my extended hands in this peaceless world.”



Our Lady said, “Tomorrow’s apparition will be in the Bedroom at 11:40 a.m.” And Our Lady finished, saying, “Go in peace.”



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July 5, 2008

A Private Apparition for the Community

The last day of the five days of prayer with Our Lady…

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A Private Apparition for the Community

July 5, 2008

A Private Apparition for the Community

Today was the last day five days of prayer with Our Lady, it was a day of Thanksgiving.The apparition was in the Bedroom today with just the Community of Caritas present. There were several thousand pilgrims gathered in the Field, praying the Rosary in unison with the Community present in the Bedroom. Before the apparition began, the founder asked Marija to ask Our Lady if it would be possible for Her to give Her Motherly Special Blessing to all those gathered in the Field. Our Lady appeared in the Bedroom of the Apparitions at 11:48 a.m. The apparition lasted three minutes. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“Our Lady blessed us all. Our Lady prayed over us, and She blessed us. She also blessed all those gathered in the Field. She also blessed all of our religious articles. I recommended all of our intentions, especially I recommended all the sick people. And afterwards I said, ‘Terry asked me about the Special Blessing.’ Our Lady smiled and said:



“Today I give you my Motherly blessing, take it to your homes, to your families.”



Everyone was thrilled, in awe and moved that Our Lady gave Her Special Blessing.



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July 6, 2008

Our Lady Continued to Bless all Gathered in the Field.

Marjia stayed for another two weeks on a private visit…

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Our Lady Continued to Bless all Gathered in the Field.

July 6, 2008

Our Lady Continued to Bless all Gathered in the Field.

Though the Five Days of Prayer with Our Lady, July 1-5, 2008 ended, Marija stayed for another two weeks on a private visit with the founder of Caritas and the community before returning to Medjugorje for the Youth Festival the first of August. Though the large crowds had left the day the retreat ended, there was still a small crowd gathered in the Field at the time of Our Lady’s apparition which was in the Bedroom, at 11:40 a.m. Our Lady continued to bless those gathered in the Field during the apparition to Marija in the Bedroom.



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July 7, 2008

It was a Special Apparition for the Community...

…Our Lady looked at the couple and smiled and then blessed everyone...

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It was a Special Apparition for the Community...

July 7, 2008

It was a Special Apparition for the Community...

The apparition took place in the Bedroom. It was a special apparition for the Community as beforehand, it was announced that one of the young couples in the Community had just become engaged to be married, just moments before the Rosary. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“When Our Lady appeared, I recommended everyone to Our Lady and their intentions. In a special way, I recommended this young couple. Before giving Her blessing, Our Lady looked at the couple and smiled and then blessed everyone in the Bedroom. Our Lady also blessed all the pilgrims in the Field.”



When Marija asked Our Lady where and when the apparition would be the following day, Our Lady said it would be in the Bedroom at 10:00 p.m. Everyone was surprised at Her actions of appearing July 8th, also at 10:00 p.m.



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July 8, 2008

Everyone Knelt and Faced the House...

The late night apparitions surprised us all...

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Everyone Knelt and Faced the House...

July 8, 2008

Everyone Knelt and Faced the House...

It was a beautiful, star-filled night for the crowd who had gathered for Our Lady’s apparition. Light from the half-moon flooded the Field, giving enough light to see the surrounding pilgrims that circled Our Lady’s statue. When the Rosary began at 9:00 p.m., everyone knelt and faced the house where Our Lady would appear. Just before 10:00 p.m., Our Lady appeared to Marija in the Bedroom. Our Lady prayed over everyone and blessed them. Our Lady also blessed everyone in the Field. When Marija asked about tomorrow’s apparition, Our Lady said,“Same time, same place”, in the Bedroom at 10:00 p.m. The late night apparition surprised us all and this caused us to reflect on the 1988 apparitions here in which Our Lady appeared many times at night.



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July 9, 2008

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

…new pilgrims arrived, answering the call …

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

July 9, 2008

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The following is Marija’s description of the apparition that took place in the Bedroom at 10:00 p.m.:



“When Our Lady appeared, She prayed over and blessed all of us and also everyone in the Field.”



Our Lady told Marija that the apparition would be the “same time tomorrow, at 10:00 p.m.” but did not say a location. Marija would be leaving for a week of family retreat with the founder’s family, so this was the last apparition until she returns to Caritas. To find out about how many continued to answer the call of Our Lady...Read full story here…

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July 18, 2008

The Apparitions Continued in the Bedroom.

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The Apparitions Continued in the Bedroom.

July 18, 2008

The Apparitions Continued in the Bedroom.

Upon Marija’s return, the apparitions continued in the Bedroom. The Rosary began at 9:00 p.m., and the apparition took place at 10:00 p.m. Following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“Tonight when Our Lady came, I recommended all our intentions, in a special way those present here (in the Bedroom) and Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us all. I asked also blessing for those in the Field and Our Lady blessed also those in the Field, and Our Lady blessed them and all objects brought for blessing.”



Marija said that Our Lady told her the apparition would be at the “Same time, same place,” tomorrow night.



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July 19, 2008

The Bedroom is Filled with Roses

It was a breathtaking sight and one in which we hoped would bring joy to Our Lady.

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The Bedroom is Filled with Roses

July 19, 2008

The Bedroom is Filled with Roses

Tonight, the Bedroom was filled with roses, numbering 4,000, all of which represented those souls from across the nation who wanted to be represented during Our Lady’s apparitions. Marija took some of the roses and formed them into a heart on the Bed with the Community girls helping. When it was finished, the whole room was breathtaking. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In the moment of the apparition, when Our Lady came, I recommended to Our Lady all of our intentions, and in a special way I asked Our Lady to bless all people who is present here and in the Field. And I also offered Our Lady the soul of little Sebastian (a little boy who had died early this morning) and asked help for his mother and father. I asked Our Lady to give Sebastian peace and to carry him in Her heart. She immediately begin to pray. I ask also to Our Lady to bless all candles and all the roses present from all people across the United States. And Our Lady, She stood with Her hands extended and prayed over all of us. She pray over also all these people (who gave the candles and roses). And after She give blessing. She go. And tomorrow: “Same time, same place.”



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July 20, 2008

Last Public Apparition

It is Our Lady’s joy that they often feel in their hearts during their daily Rosary in the Field.

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Last Public Apparition

July 20, 2008

Last Public Apparition

This was the last public apparition of Marija’s visit to the United States that began with the July 1-5, 2008 consecrations. People who knew Marija stayed continued to come to be present in the Field for the apparitions. The apparition was at 10:00 p.m. in the Bedroom. It lasted over 4 minutes. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In the moment of the apparition when Our Lady came, I recommended all your intentions, and Our Lady prayed over us and blessed us. She prayed over us a long time with Her hands extended. She also blessed the people in the Field.”



Marija said that Our Lady had chosen the time for tomorrow’s apparition, Monday, July 21, and that it would be in the morning before Marija’s departure.



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July 21, 2008

Private Apparition for the Community

Marija explained this with joy and said, “Our Lady does this, but not often.”

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Private Apparition for the Community

July 21, 2008

Private Apparition for the Community

Today’s apparition was a private apparition for the Community in the Bedroom. The Rosary began at 8:00 a.m. Our Lady appeared to Marija around 9:00 a.m., and the apparition lasted over four minutes. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In the moment of the apparition, when Our Lady came, She immediately began to pray, and She prayed a long time over us with Her hands extended. She prayed the whole time (of the apparition) and in the end, I just have time to recommend all your petitions, and She gave blessing and left.”



Marija explained this with joy and said, “Our Lady does this, but not often.” Our Lady’s words before the Father in this last apparition cannot be more than what is best, so we were left with this joy and contentment.



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February 11, 2009

Marija Surprises the Community

We were shocked. While eyes were closed meditatively…

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Marija Surprises the Community

February 11, 2009

Marija Surprises the Community

The Community gathered in the Bedroom at 5:00 p.m. The founder, having to be out of town that day, came late for the Rosary, but he stopped the prayer and asked everyone to close their eyes and think about the joys the Community was experiencing these days until their hearts were filled with thanksgiving for all the gifts God had been giving to them. He then told them to open their eyes. Gasps and cries of surprise and joy were heard throughout the room. They were shocked. While their eyes had been closed, the visionary Marija had slipped in at the foot of the Bed. It was almost like having an apparition themselves. Not only Marija, but her husband Paolo and their six year old son, Giovanni had also appeared. Several in the Community said it was shock and awe.



The Community learned that Marija and Paolo had come to attend the wedding, but it was kept a secret in order to add to the joy of the week. As if that surprise wasn’t enough, Our Lady had not appeared to Marija at her normal apparition time, but had waited so that the Community could be present in the apparition. Everyone was stunned with joy. The Community prayed the Rosary novena for the wedding couple and then Our Lady appeared about 5:55 p.m. The following is a description given by one of the Community members of the apparition:



“At the moment of the apparition, Marija recommended to Our Lady the Community and Our Lady immediately smiled. After the apparition, Marija, with joy but struggling for words, said I think Our Lady was surprised too. Our founder, wondering why Marija said that, asked, Did Our Lady look surprised And Marija tried to find better words to describe and relay Our Lady’s expression, because it wasn’t exactly surprise, but that Our Lady was reacting to our surprise in some way. It was an emotional expression we had never heard used to describe Our Lady before. Our founder then asked, Was it like She was amused? And while Marija happily nodded yes, she said it was like joy but different. After discussing Our Lady’s reaction, it was more like an emotion of joy, sharing of the surprise and amusement. Marija said Our Lady then blessed us.”



The founder, knowing tomorrow would be a difficult day to get everyone together because of the wedding preparations, asked Marija to have Our Lady choose the time for tomorrow’s apparition. Our Lady would know what would be best when all the Community could attend Her apparition. Marija asked, and Our Lady astounded them all when She said:



“I will come when you pray.”



 

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February 12, 2009

The Night Before the Wedding

…we could not contain our joy and amazement of Our Lady being with us…

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The Night Before the Wedding

February 12, 2009

The Night Before the Wedding

Tonight the apparition was around 10:00 p.m. The wedding couple knelt beside the Bed where they had become engaged, also in the presence of Our Lady, seven months earlier. The apparition lasted approximately five minutes. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“At the moment Our Lady come, I recommend all our intentions. In a special way, I pray for this young couple getting married and for little Victoria, the little baby that was born on the 11th. After, I recommend every one of us and Our Lady beginning to smile and She pray for everyone. She watch us all. She looked at each of us. She watch us, and after She pray all together and She give blessing. And in beginning when Our Lady just come, She stay...and She...like She have time, so I recommend many people in a special way.”



Marija asked Our Lady about the apparition for tomorrow and Our Lady said:“I will come whenever you pray.”



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February 13, 2009

The Wedding Day

Our community marraiges came through inspiration to our founder from Our Lady.

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The Wedding Day

February 13, 2009

The Wedding Day

Today was the wedding of the young couple in the Community. Our Lady’s apparition would be after Holy Communion when the couple would consecrate their marriage to Our Lady at the foot of Her statue in the church. While they knelt at the foot of Our Lady’s statue, the Ave Maria was sung. Marija then came up and knelt between the couple. They were also joined by four priests and a deacon who had concelebrated the wedding Mass. The apparition lasted two minutes and 40 seconds. The following is Marija’s description:



“In the moment of apparition when Our Lady come, Our Lady pray over bride and after Our Lady pray over groom and after She bless them together. After She bless all us and all that we have in our hearts, and Our Lady smiling. She make Sign of the Cross over everyone. Our Lady then said:”



“Tomorrow’s apparition will be in the Bedroom at 10:40 a.m.”



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February 14, 2009

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

… Our Lady has established the Bedroom for the rebirth of the family.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

February 14, 2009

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The apparition today was in the Bedroom. The Community with many friends of the mission were present. The apparition lasted two minutes. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In moment of apparition, when Our Lady come, I have just time to recommend all us. Our Lady stay little bit. I said, today is St. Valentine’s Day, and I ask Our Lady in special way for all us, who is married and who is not married to have with Our Lady’s blessing, a good companion, is possible to say. And Our Lady smiling. After I recommend, we have little Victoria, she is first time for apparition and so I recommend also Victoria to Our Lady. Our Lady smiling, beginning to pray. She pray all time and after I say also people who is in Field. When Our Lady pray I also I recommend and ask blessing for all people in Field and Our Lady continue to pray. And after She bless us, and She go. In reality, Our Lady gave three blessings. Our Lady smiled whole time, and She watched us. Our Lady said concerning the apparition tomorrow: ‘Same time. Same place.’”



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February 15, 2009

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The living room was filled with very attentive faces.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

February 15, 2009

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The apparition was in the Bedroom at 10:40 a.m. It lasted one minute and 20 seconds. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In moment of apparition when Our Lady come, I recommend all our intentions, and Our Lady pray over us and She blessed us. Our Lady said tomorrow’s apparition would be:”



“Same time. Same place.”



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February 16, 2009

Marija Recommends all Children Present

…Our Lady immediately smiled.

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Marija Recommends all Children Present

February 16, 2009

Marija Recommends all Children Present

The apparition took place in the Bedroom today. In addition to the Community and all the Community children, there were several families present for the apparition today with many children. Marija presented all the children to Our Lady in the apparition today and Our Lady immediately smiled. The apparition lasted 4 minutes and 17 seconds. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In moment of apparition, when Our Lady come, I recommend to Our Lady all of us, in special way all kids. And Our Lady beginning to smile. She pray for long time over us and after She give blessing and She said, “Go in peace.” And She leave. Our Lady said for tomorrow’s apparition:“Same time. Same place.”



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February 17, 2009

Our Lady Waits

It was a sacrifice to be gone from his home with Our Lady here still appearing.

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Our Lady Waits

February 17, 2009

Our Lady Waits

Our founder and Marija’s husband, Paolo, were out of town early yesterday morning before apparition time. It was a sacrifice to be gone from his home with Our Lady here still appearing. They were scheduled to be back Tuesday morning, but it would be impossible to make it back for the apparition. Their flight was scheduled to arrive in Birmingham at 10:15 a.m. It is normally a 55 minute drive from the airport to Caritas but can be much longer if traffic is bad, and late morning the roads are usually filled with cars. Our founder had told his wife, in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way, to pray for a long apparition, because it would have to be a really long apparition if he had even a slight chance of making it, especially since Our Lady said in yesterday’s apparition, “Same time. Same place.” Though we knew Our Lady could do anything, it was thought to be wishful thinking of any chance of getting back for Our Lady’s apparition today.



Rosary began in the Bedroom at 10:00 a.m. with mostly Community members and some pilgrims present. As the time approached 10:40 a.m., Marija got up from kneeling just outside the doorway, entered into the Bedroom, and knelt at the foot of the Bed. The Rosary continued, with different people praying each decade. We were surprised. It had almost reached ten minutes past apparition time (10:50 a.m.) when we began to notice that Marija gave no sign that apparition time was approaching. At this point, some in the room began to wonder if Our Lady meant to wait until our founder arrived. Two full Rosaries were prayed, and Our Lady had not appeared! A third Rosary was started while we waited for Marija to go into ecstasy. Some of us began to take notice, began to wonder, questioning ourselves. The daughter of our founder decided to try and call Paolo to see where her dad was. When she reached him, our founder was shocked to find out that Our Lady had not yet appeared. It was 10:55 a.m. He was approximately 15 minutes from home. The third Rosary, remarkably, continued up until the fourth Glorious mystery, when Marija began to pray the Hail Holy Queen. Suddenly Marija interiorly felt Our Lady was coming and that it was time for the apparition. Some of the Community were praying silently that Our Lady would wait, but as Marija began praying the 7-7-7, they knew that after one or two sets Our Lady would come as it was way past the normal time of the apparition, and after all, She had said the day before, “Same time. Same place.” Still they hoped for many sets to be prayed. Their hearts grew hopeful again when still after 3, 4, and 5 more sets, Our Lady hadn’t come. But then suddenly, Marija’s voice disappeared. Our Lady was present. One to two minutes went by and then in the silence of the apparition, everyone heard the kitchen screen door open and slam shut and unbelievably, our founder came running in. He was motioned to come forward. He stopped outside of the Bedroom to kneel down, but was motioned to go into the Bedroom where an empty spot waited for him beside Marija. Our Lady was still appearing and continued to appear for the second half of the apparition. Our Lady waited for 30 minutes after Her normal apparition time, which allowed our founder to be present. He, as the rest of the Community, were all very moved. The apparition lasted 4 minutes. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In the moment of the apparition, I recommended all of us. In a special way I recommend this couple today on their wedding anniversary and I said and all families of the Community. And Our Lady beginning to smile. And I then recommended all families of all present and Our Lady beginning to pray, and She pray long time. I recommend all people who is in Field, and I pray. Our Lady give blessing and She go.”



When Marija asked Our Lady about tomorrow’s apparition, Our Lady said, “I will come whenever you pray.”



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February 18, 2009

Marija’s Last Day at Caritas

There is one more story before ending the report on Our Lady’s visit.

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Marija’s Last Day at Caritas

February 18, 2009

Marija’s Last Day at Caritas

Today was the last apparition, as Paolo and Marija would be leaving. Rosary was scheduled for 10:00 a.m. The Community began arriving around 9:30 a.m. and began writing petitions to Our Lady. Our founder told Marija that if, today, Our Lady gives time to ask a question in the apparition, he would like her to ask Our Lady to give some sweet words to end Her visit with the Community. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In moment of apparition, when Our Lady come, I recommend like always all us in special way, everyone present today. I ask Our Lady if She has some words to say to us. And Our Lady beginning to smile, said:



“I give my love to you, you give it to others.”



“And after She beginning to pray over us and after She make blessing and She go.”



The surprise visit ended as quickly as it had begun, but with so many joys in-between, and a beautiful message in which Our Lady gave to us Her love. What we will remember just as much, however, is that in all but one day of Her visit, Our Lady smiled in every apparition. It was reminiscent of Her apparitions in 1988?1989 in the home of our founder, before the community had started. Every day Marija said “Our Lady came and was very happy.”



Our Lady’s smiles during this February 2009 surprise visit to the community were so very touching.



 

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June 29, 2009

Marija Returns to Caritas

Marija arrived at Caritas at 9:40pm… Our Lady had waited…

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Marija Returns to Caritas

June 29, 2009

Marija Returns to Caritas

Marija Lunetti arrived at Caritas at 9:40 p.m., directly from Medjugorje, after celebrating Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje’s 28th anniversary. After a brief greeting from the Community, Marija and the Community entered the Bedroom to begin a Rosary. Marija had not yet had her apparition of Our Lady that day. Our Lady appeared in the middle of the Rosary and appeared for several minutes. Marija said that when Our Lady came, She prayed over everyone and blessed them. Whenever Our Lady comes each time to Caritas, each time She says what time and place the apparition will be for the following day. Our Lady told Marija that She would appear the following day in the Bedroom, in the evening, at 6:40 p.m.



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June 30, 2009

Our Lady Smiled

"…I think most beautiful gift is Our Lady’s presence."

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Our Lady Smiled

June 30, 2009

Our Lady Smiled

The Rosary began in the Bedroom at 6:00 p.m. The Community of Caritas, along with fifteen to twenty pilgrims who were randomly picked from out in the Field, were present in the Bedroom for the apparition. After the Rosary was prayed, Marija began praying the 7 Our Father’s, 7 Hail Mary’s, and 7 Glory Be’s in Croatian. Our Lady appeared in the middle of these prayers. The apparition lasted 3 minutes and 15 seconds. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In the moment of the apparition when Our Lady come, I recommend all us, all people who is in Field, and I recommend in special way...(Marija stated different people whom she recommended to Our Lady in prayer). And after I said I recommend all people who is coming. And I see Our Lady stay more, so I beginning to recommend more people, some people that I said I specially pray these days. And Our Lady after little time, when I’m beginning to pray for other people, She begin to pray, like cut(Marija begins to laugh)like I no stop, She no stop. And after She smile, She pray over us and She blessed us all. And She blessed all people in the Field and objects for blessing. And then She said:



“Tomorrow, same time, same place.”



Marija said, “She no give some special message. But I think most beautiful gift is Our Lady’s presence.”



 

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July 1, 2009

A special engagement

Our Lady prays in Aramaic

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A special engagement

July 1, 2009

A special engagement

The apparition took place in the Bedroom of the Apparitions at 6:40 p.m. Several thousand pilgrims were out in the Field, where the Rosary was begun at 6:00 p.m. Both the Caritas Community, along with the extended Community members, were present in the apparition in the Bedroom. Before the apparition, two members of the community became engaged to be married. Marija was very involved in the preparations with a couple of other community members, including a surprise party that happened immediately after the apparition. The following is Marija’s description of Our Lady’s apparition:



“In the moment when Our Lady come, I recommended all our intentions and Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us. I ask special blessing for this Rosary and for these people who make us work today (everyone laughs). I ask Our Lady to pray over all those in Field. Our Lady pray over us and also She pray over us in Aramaic. I don’t know for what reason She pray over us in Aramaic.”



A Friend of Medjugorje: How long did She pray in Aramaic?



Marija:



“Long. And after Our Lady blessed us. I ask for special blessing over this Rosary and for this Scripture, to become sign for this new family. Our Lady was tranquil. Our Lady said of the apparition tomorrow:



“Same time, same place.”



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July 2, 2009

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The day of individual consecrations…

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

July 2, 2009

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The apparition took place in the Bedroom of the Apparitions at 6:40 p.m. There were several thousands pilgrims in the Field, praying in union with those in the Bedroom, in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“Today, Our Lady no give message. I always say the most beautiful message is Our Lady’s presence. I recommended all of us, not only there (in the Bedroom) but also there (in the Field) who is here at Caritas, and all people who are in our hearts. And in a special way I prayed for all sick people. And Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us all. And I think tonight Our Lady had good excuse and said apparition (will) no more in Bedroom, but (will be) outside. I think all this people who come and want to be near to Our Lady. Our Lady not have other choice, so Our Lady go outside. Apparition tomorrow night is at 10:30 p.m. So we are…we need to prepare, pray for the Vigil.”



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July 3, 2009

Vigil Apparition in the Field

The day for consecration of our families.

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Vigil Apparition in the Field

July 3, 2009

Vigil Apparition in the Field

The apparition tonight was in the Field of Apparitions at 10:30 p.m. It was a long apparition tonight lasting 7 minutes and 38 seconds. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In the moment of the apparition when Our Lady come, I recommended each and every one of us. I offered Our Lady also all of our prayers for this nation. And Our Lady extended Her hands over everyone of us. She watched us all and She prayed one Our Father and then She blessed us all. Our Lady stayed with us a long, long time. When I offered our prayers for this nation, for conversion, to come back to God, Our Lady answered and said:



“Thank you. I need your prayers. I need, dear children, everyone in this world to be my extended hands.”



“And Our Lady began one other time to pray. And before Our Lady blessed us with a final blessing, I asked Our Lady for tomorrow and Our Lady said:



“Same time, same place.”



“And Our Lady blessed us all. Our Lady was happy. She’s happy tonight.”



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July 4, 2009

Apparition in the Field on the Fourth of July

July 4… the day for the consecration of our nation.

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Apparition in the Field on the Fourth of July

July 4, 2009

Apparition in the Field on the Fourth of July

The apparition tonight in the Field was a very solemn event. It began at 10:24 p.m. and lasted 3 minutes. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In the moment of the apparition when Our Lady come, I recommended all you present in the Field. Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us all. She prayed a long time over us. She did not give any special message, but I think the message from yesterday is enough for us. The apparition tomorrow is not for everybody, but just for the Community. Thank God for Our Lady’s presence. Thank you in the name of Our Lady, when Our Lady says, dear children, thank you for your response, for you also. So in the name of Our Lady, I thank everyone of you for all your prayers, all your sacrifices, for all your intentions you give to Our Lady during these days. God bless you all.”



Marija said that during this apparition Our Lady wasn’t smiling as much as She has been this week. Though Marija could see that Our Lady was happy in the apparition and there was a feeling of joy coming from Our Lady, at the very end of the apparition, Our Lady became very serious.



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July 5, 2009

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The last day of the Five Days of Prayer with Our Lady…

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

July 5, 2009

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The apparition was in the Bedroom of the Apparitions. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us. She blessed also people who are in the Field. And tomorrow I asked Our Lady for the time of the apparition. She said She will come when we pray.”



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July 6, 2009

Our Lady Smiled and Gave Her Blessing.

The last apparition during Marija’s visit

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Our Lady Smiled and Gave Her Blessing.

July 6, 2009

Our Lady Smiled and Gave Her Blessing.

Today Marija would be traveling back home. The Caritas Community gathered in the Bedroom for the Rosary at 8:15 a.m. Just before the Rosary, the community wrote out petitions to Our Lady and placed them on the Bed. Our Lady appeared to Marija at approximately 9:00 a.m. The apparition lasted for 3 minutes. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“In the moment of the apparition when Our Lady came, I recommended all of us and our intentions, and all the people who are in the Field. I make many recommendations. Our Lady began to pray. She prayed over us and She blessed us all. And after, She stayed in silence, and I recommended in a special way



(Marija named several community members including a community child, a community member who is in the hospital, and one of the community mothers who is in her ninth month of pregnancy).



And Our Lady smiled and She gave Her blessing and said:



“Go in peace.”



Marija said that Our Lady left with a smile on Her face. This ended these Five Days of Prayer in which thousands of pilgrims experienced conversion of their hearts.



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March 18, 2011

Marija Arrives at Caritas

Whenever Our Lady “looks” at everyone, Her eyes fall on each face, one at a time.

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Marija Arrives at Caritas

March 18, 2011

Marija Arrives at Caritas

Medjugorje visionary, Marija Lunetti, arrived today at Caritas in the evening of March 18th. Normally, when Marija is traveling, Our Lady appears at the same time of Her apparitions in Medjugorje, around 6:40 p.m. However, today, the Caritas Com- munity was given a beautiful grace in that Our Lady waited to appear to Marija until after she arrived, about 7 hours past the normal apparition time. The whole community, after gathering and greeting Marija upon her arrival, entered the Bedroom for the Rosary. Our Lady came in the middle of the Rosary, blessed everyone and looked at everyone in the Bedroom. Marija has explained in the past that whenever Our Lady “looks” at everyone, Her eyes fall on each face, one at a time. It is something very endearing to Marija and Our Lady does not normally do this at every apparition. Marija said, Our Lady came as She normally does, tranquil—in peace. Marija was told by Our Lady that She would appear in the Bedroom at 6:40 p.m. tomorrow.



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March 19, 2011

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Our Lady relayed that She would appear in the “Field”

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

March 19, 2011

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

For the apparition today, Our Lady appeared in the Bedroom while the ever increasing numbers of pilgrims gathered in the Field. Marija then came to the Field to greet the pilgrims and explain what happened in the apparition. She said Our Lady had come and blessed everyone, prayed over everyone and blessed all their religious objects. Marija then said Our Lady had come with a surprise tonight. In answer to the question put to Her by Caritas’ founder through Marija, “What time and where will the apparition be tomorrow, Sunday, March 20,” Our Lady said She would come at the same time, 6:40 p.m., and that She would appear in the Field. After the apparition, the founder questioned Marija about how Our Lady relayed that She would appear in the Field. Marija said that Our Lady used the word “Field” in relaying Her wishes for tomorrow’s apparition. When he expressed his amazement at that, Marija answered him by saying “Our Lady knows the language we speak.”

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March 20, 2011

Apparition in the Field

“Today, I really wanted to go to Heaven with Her”

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Apparition in the Field

March 20, 2011

Apparition in the Field
Our Lady appeared to Marija in the Field of Apparitions at 6:40 p.m. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:

“At the moment when Our Lady appeared, She appeared as She always does—beautiful. Our Lady remained in silence, and then She said,

“Praised be Jesus”

“I responded, Praised be Jesus and Mary forever. Our Lady remained in silence and I was able to recommend each and everyone of us, with everything that we have in our hearts, with all the people that we love and that we want to recommend to Our Lady. Our Lady looked at all of us and She listened. Then Our Lady began to pray and She extended Her hands over all of us. I asked Our Lady to bless each and every one of us and all the objects that we brought with us for blessings. Then Our Lady prayed again over us and She blessed us. She made the sign of the Cross and She said,

“Go in peace.”


“And at that moment Our Lady left. Today, I really wanted to go to Heaven with Her.
Our Lady said that tomorrow night’s apparition will be at the same time, but in the Bedroom.”

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March 21, 2011

All felt Our Lady’s presence...

Our Lady cures a dying man.

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All felt Our Lady’s presence...

March 21, 2011

All felt Our Lady’s presence...

Tonight’s apparition was in the Bedroom of Apparitions. Our Lady came at 6:40 p.m. and the apparition lasted more than four minutes. Six or seven priests were present in the apparition tonight. After the Rosary was prayed, the Consecration for the Family was recited, both in the Field and in the Bedroom, just before Our Lady came in the apparition. Our Lady was strongly felt in the apparition by many who were present in the room. A dramatic healing took place with a man who was dying. Our Lady cured him. Our Lady interiorly spoke to him and She said that he was no longer to be concerned about himself but now to be concerned for others. Following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“During the apparition when Our Lady came, I recommended to Our Lady all of us, all our intentions and Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us all. The presence of Our Lady is the most beautiful message. So also tonight Our Lady came and I don’t know how long She stayed, but She prayed over us and She blessed us.”



Immediately upon relaying the above to all those in the house, Marija walked to the Field to speak to all the pilgrims, also to tell them about the apparition. Following is what she said:



“We just finished praying with Our Lady and I came to say that Our Lady blessed also all you. And I prayed and asked blessing for all you who are here praying. And for all your objects a blessing. So Our Lady prayed for us a long time and after She blessed us. She have one surprise for us. Tomorrow Our Lady comes here!”



(Thousands gathered in the Field today while Our Lady appeared in the Bedroom. Everybody was thrilled.)



“Probably She missed you.”



Marija said that Our Lady desired to appear in the Field tomorrow, at the same time, 6:40 p.m.

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March 22, 2011

Our Lady Prays over Everyone in Silence

“Our Lady began by looking at us…”

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Our Lady Prays over Everyone in Silence

March 22, 2011

Our Lady Prays over Everyone in Silence

The Rosary began at 6:00 p.m., and Marija began praying the 7 Our Father’s, 7 Hail Mary’s and 7 Glory Be’s just at 6:40 p.m., in which Our Lady appeared to her shortly afterwards. The apparition lasted about 2 1/2 minutes. Following is Marija’s description of the apparition of March 22, 2011 in the Field:



“When Our Lady came tonight, I began by recommending everybody present and Our Lady remained in silence. I recommended each one of us and everything that we have in our hearts. Our Lady began by looking at us, and then She extended Her hands and She prayed over us. And then She made the Sign of the Cross as She usually does. She was very serene.”



Marija continued by saying,“The most beautiful message is Her presence here. Our Lady looked at each and every one of us and that’s the biggest gift. She came by Herself tonight. She came as She usually does, with Her grey dress, long white veil and with a crown of stars around Her head. She always standing on a cloud, I never see Her feet.”



Marija said Our Lady chose for tomorrow’s apparition to appear back in the Bedroom of Apparitions.



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March 23, 2011

Marija Encouraged Everyone to be a Light.

It was quiet in the Field, reverent with anticipation of Our Lady’s coming.

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Marija Encouraged Everyone to be a Light.

March 23, 2011

Marija Encouraged Everyone to be a Light.

The apparition that ended the Five Days of Prayer was in the Bedroom of Apparitions. All the pilgrims attending the event gathered in the Field for the last time, to pray the Rosary in preparation for Our Lady coming. It was quiet in the Field, reverent with anticipation of Our Lady’s coming, knowing this would be the last opportunity to be with Her. This day was dedicated to Thanksgiving, and everyone was encouraged to lift their hearts to Our Lady with deep gratitude for all the graces and blessings bestowed upon them in the apparitions. After the apparition, Marija returned to the Field once more to relay what had happened in the apparition. She said,



“At the moment when Our Lady come, I recommend all us, all our intentions and Our Lady pray over us and She blessed us all.”



She spoke about ten minutes to seriously encourage everyone, once they returned to their homes, to be light, to be salt. It is Our Lady’s call and it is so needed in our world today.

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March 24, 2011

Private Apparition for the Community

Our Lady had special graces to dispense during these five days.

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Private Apparition for the Community

March 24, 2011

Private Apparition for the Community

In the apparition of March 23, Our Lady told Marija that the fol lowing day the apparition would be at 12:00 noon in the Bedroom for the Community only. For the Community, this was a beautiful gesture of Our Lady because they had wanted and hoped to present a school play for Marija that had been presented to the school kids at the beginning of the school year. The plan was to do it first thing in the morning, unless Our Lady chose an early time for the apparition. But once She chose 12:00 noon, they not only were able to do the school play, but have plenty of time to gather at the house to unhurriedly write out their petitions and prepare in peace, without rushing, for Her apparition. It was a beautiful Rosary offered in thanksgiving for so many conversions that had taken place in these days while all their petitions lay on the Bed at Our Lady’s feet.



After the apparition Marija sat down with the Community and they all shared stories from the past five days, their first opportunity to be all together. It was sweet having Marija in the middle listening and sharing these beautiful stories. She was packed and ready to go, but not in such a hurry that she couldn’t stop and give a lesson in the kitchen on how to make crepes, though the community told her they would have to wait until Easter to have the “sweet filling” crepes drizzled with chocolate and whipped cream because they had given up sweets for Lent. Finally, it came time to say goodbye.



A special phenomenon took place the first night of Our Lady’s apparitions, on March 19, 2011. A full Moon of rare size and beauty rose in the east at sunset. It is called a “super moon” by scientists—the biggest seen in the night sky in almost 20 years. The moon is often described as the perfect symbol for Our Lady because the moon lights up the darkness of the night, not by any light of its own, but by reflecting the light of the sun, just as Our Lady reflects the light and love of Her Son, Jesus Christ, to a world sinking in sin and darkness. This event taking place the first night of Our Lady’s visit signified to many people present that Our Lady had special graces to dispense during these five days of March 19-23, 2011. The next day, on March 20, 2011, in the evening before Our Lady’s apparition in the Field, Our Lady gave the gift of the miracle of the sun in which the sun “danced” in the sky with intensity and motion. Pilgrims across the Field fell on their knees, pointing up at the sun, with tears streaming down their faces, and with great shouts of joy and awe. People have witnessed the sun dancing before here at Caritas, but not since the 1988 apparitions had they seen the activity so strongly as on March 20, 2011.



These two events spoke to the hearts of the pilgrims and opened up to them a deeper experience of Our Lady’s presence which led to deeper conversion in their lives, especially as the week went on with the apparitions, the talks by Marija and a Friend of Medjugorje, the visiting of the Bedroom of Apparitions, etc. The apparitions themselves were powerful and grace-filled. So many people who had never heard of Our Lady’s apparitions had come attracted to the events through a March 19-23 announcement billboard, or through seeing a flyer in the back of their church, or through a friend’s invitation. This encounter with Our Lady led many to reconcile with the Church after being away for many years. Many also were moved in their spirit to make changes in their lives and families after witnessing the way of life, the way of the messages, as lived by the Community of Caritas.

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June 29, 2012

Marija Arrives for the Five Days of Prayer

Our Lady delayed Her apparition until 8:30 p.m. and appeared in the Bedroom.

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Marija Arrives for the Five Days of Prayer

June 29, 2012

Marija Arrives for the Five Days of Prayer

Marija, arrived at Caritas today for the Five Days of Prayer, July 1-5, 2012. Our Lady appeared to Marija in the Bedroom of Apparitions in the founder of Caritas’ home. Our Lady had delayed Her earlier apparition to Marija at 6:40 p.m. Medjugorje time, and appeared around 8:30 p.m. Alabama time. Only the Community of Caritas was present for the apparition. Our Lady told Marija that tomorrow, June 30, She would appear at 6:40 p.m. in the Bedroom.

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June 30, 2012

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Tonight, 70,000 petitions from Medjugorje.com were laid on the bed in the Bedroom of Apparitions.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

June 30, 2012

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Tonight, the Community of Caritas, with some close friends, gathered in the Bedroom of Apparitions. Our Lady appeared to Marija a few minutes before 6:40 p.m. and the apparition lasted around 3 minutes. Afterwards Marija said:



“During the moment of the apparition when Our Lady came, I recommended all of us, all our intentions; and Our Lady prayed over us, and She blessed us all.”



Marija said that Our Lady blessed also those gathered in the Field of Apparitions who were praying in union with the Caritas Community in the Bedroom. Our Lady told Marija that tomorrow’s apparition, July 1, would be at the,



“Same time, same place.”



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July 1, 2012

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

The heat provided an opportunity for all to offer a sacrifice…

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

July 1, 2012

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Last night, June 30, 2012, Our Lady told Marija that She would appear in the Bedroom tonight at 6:40 p.m. The Rosary was begun in the Bedroom around 6:00 p.m., while those gathered in the Field prayed as well. The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary were prayed, and part of the Sorrowful Mysteries. Shortly before 6:40 p.m., Marija made her way to the foot of the bed in the Bedroom of Apparitions. Marija told those gathered that she would pray for those pilgrims gathered in the Bedroom and the Field, as well as all those who were in our hearts, the sick who were unable to be present, our families. Marija then began to pray the seven Our Father’s, Seven Hail Mary’s and Seven Glory Be’s. Our Lady appeared at 6:41 p.m. and the apparition lasted 3 and a half minutes. Following is Marija’s description of the apparition of July 1, 2012 in the Bedroom of Apparitions at Caritas:



“During the moment of the apparition I recommended all of us, all of our intentions. Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us all; also those who are in the Field.”



Also, all religious articles were blessed. Marija said regarding tomorrow’s apparition, that it would be at the: “same time, same place.”



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July 2, 2012

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Marija, spoke to pilgrims today, and spoke about how Important it is to love.

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Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

July 2, 2012

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Yesterday, Our Lady told Marija, that today, the apparition would take place in the Bedroom of Apparitions, at 6:40 p.m. Pilgrims had gathered in the Field and began praying the Rosary at 6 p.m., in union with those gathered in the Bedroom. The Rosary was peaceful, with singing between the decades. Slightly before 6:40 p.m., the pilgrims paused to offer the Consecration prayers to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, as dictated to Jelena, Medjugorje inner locutionist, along with the St. Louis de Montfort Consecration to Our Lady. Afterwards, Marija began praying the seven Our Father’s, seven Hail Mary’s, and seven Glory Be’s. Our Lady appeared around 6:43 p.m. and the apparition lasted a little over 3 and a half minutes. Following is Marija’s description of the apparition in the Bedroom, on July 2, 2012:



“In the moment of the apparition when Our Lady came, I recommended all of us, and all our intentions. Our Lady prayed over us, and She blessed us all. I asked also a blessing for all those who were in the Field, and Our Lady sent a blessing also for those there. I asked for tomorrow and where and She said,



“Apparition is in the Field, 10 o’clock in the evening.”



“So, apparition is for everybody, thank God.”



Our Lady also blessed the religious articles which were brought for blessing. Four priests were present for the apparition tonight, with one, newly ordained just over a month, and another celebrating 50 years of priesthood, with the other two in between.



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July 3, 2012

Fourth of July Vigil Apparition

Our Lady gives the way to heal our nation.

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Fourth of July Vigil Apparition

July 3, 2012

Fourth of July Vigil Apparition

The apparition of Our Lady to Marija took place in the Field at Caritas, near 10 p.m. The apparition lasted 6 minutes. Our Lady gave a very important message, a message that was simple, but amazed us who were present, in that Our Lady actually gave and told us a formula with a solution for the healing of the United States. The following is a description of the apparition.



Our Lady appeared to Marija a little bit before 10:00 p.m. The apparition lasted 6 minutes. Marija said that Our Lady prayed over us for a long time and She blessed us and all of our religious articles. Our Lady then gave the following message:



“Form and make prayer groups through which we will pray for your healing and the healing of this nation to draw closer to God and to Me.”



Marija said that Our Lady then prayed over us for our healing and the healing of this country.



Our Lady also told Marija that the apparition for the next day, July 4, 2012 would also be in the Field at 10 p.m.



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July 4, 2012

Our Lady Appeared During the Consecration of Our Nation…

In these days of darkness in our nation, the light shining is the Holy Virgin Mary…

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Our Lady Appeared During the Consecration of Our Nation…

July 4, 2012

Our Lady Appeared During the Consecration of Our Nation…

Our Lady appeared to Medjugorje visionary Marija tonight, July 4, 2012, around 10 p.m., during the Consecration of the Nation which took place in the Field of Apparitions at Caritas. The apparition lasted 5 minutes. Afterwards Marija said:



“During the moment of the apparition when Our Lady came, Our Lady watched all of us. In the beginning I recommended all of us, all our intentions, all we have in our hearts, all sick people. Our Lady smiled and She extended Her hands and began to pray over us. She prayed for a long time, all the time that She stayed with us. And afterwards, She blessed us with the Sign of the Cross, and She said,



“Go in peace.”



Marija said that Our Lady’s apparition the next day would take place in the morning, July 5, at 10:40 a.m. in the Bedroom of Apparitions. This is different from the usual apparition time, which would normally be 11:40 a.m. Central Time. Our Lady chose to move the time for the July 5 apparition upwards one hour to appear at 10:40 a.m.



When Marija says that “Our Lady watched all of us,”



Marija has explained that when this happens, Our Lady looks about the crowd like a Mother who is making sure all Her children are there. The visionaries have said that this gesture of Our Lady is very endearing.



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July 5, 2012

Our Lady Extended Her Hands and Prayed the Whole Time

Marija was particularly joyful after this apparition.

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Our Lady Extended Her Hands and Prayed the Whole Time

July 5, 2012

Our Lady Extended Her Hands and Prayed the Whole Time

Our Lady told Marija last night, July 4, that today, July 5, 2012, She would appear at 10:40 a.m. in the Bedroom of Apparitions. This time was not usual, as Our Lady’s normal apparition time in Medjugorje, 6:40 p.m., would correspond to 11:40 a.m. and not 10:40 a.m. Marija was asked several times to clarify that in fact the apparition was 10:40 and not 11:40. Marija relayed that the apparition would in fact be 10:40 a.m. Pilgrims began gathering in the Field of Apparitions around 9:00 a.m., and the Rosary began around 10:00, while Caritas Community and Extended Community members gathered in the Bedroom. Our Lady appeared shortly before 10:40 a.m., and the apparition lasted 3 minutes. Following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“Our Lady came and She began to pray. She gave us no time for anything. She prayed all the time.



The founder asked,“The whole time? We must need it.” Marija responded,



“I don’t know, I think I have all these recommendations but Our Lady gave no time. So She came, extended Her hands and prayed the whole time. And after She gave a blessing and She left. She said,



“Go in peace.”



Marija was particularly joyful after this apparition. Marija said, Our Lady also blessed those in the Field.



With these beautiful Five Days of Prayer, Our Lady has gathered our prayers, fasting, novenas, and sacrifices to use them where they are most necessary to heal us, our families, and our nation. Having entrusted all to Her care, we can confidently place all our hopes in Her, that She will take care of us. For whatever we may face as a nation, Our Lady has shown these days, that She will not abandon us, but rather, extend Her arms over us, protecting us from every evil. While we as a nation rightly deserve God’s divine judgement, it is She, our Hope, that we may be protected by Her prayers.



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July 6, 2012

Marija Asked if Our Lady Had Something to Say...

“I am with you.”

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Marija Asked if Our Lady Had Something to Say...

July 6, 2012

Marija Asked if Our Lady Had Something to Say...

The Community of Caritas gathered early at the founder’s house to write out their personal intentions and to quietly prepare for the last apparition with Our Lady before Marija would leave to fly back to Medjugorje. The Community gathered in the Bedroom of Apparitions, placing their petitions on the bed, and began the Rosary at around 8:15 a.m. Our Lady appeared to Marija around 8:45 a.m. and the apparition lasted almost 5 minutes. Caritas’ founder asked Marija to ask Our Lady if She had any words for the Community before leaving. After the apparition Marija described what took place during the apparition:



“I asked Our Lady if She had something to say to us and She said:



“I am with you.”



“I asked for a blessing for all of us and all the people who are in the Field, and She prayed over us and She blessed us. And I presented all our intentions and all that we have in our hearts, and Our Lady gave a blessing and She left.”



After the apparition, Marija spoke to the Community for awhile and then said her good-byes to each one before she began her journey back to Medjugorje, bringing with her the beautiful memories of the past Five Days of Prayer which were filled with many graces and blessings.



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June 28, 2013

Our Lady waited until after they arrived at Caritas…

…Our Lady graciously agreed.

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Our Lady waited until after they arrived at Caritas…

June 28, 2013

Our Lady waited until after they arrived at Caritas…

Medjugorje visionary Marija, her husband Paolo and their four children arrived at Caritas on Friday, June 28, 2013, accompanied by A Friend of Medjugorje, his wife, daughter and several community members who were in Medjugorje for the 32nd Anniversary of the apparitions. On Thursday, June 27, Marija asked Our Lady, on behalf of A Friend of Medjugorje, if She would delay the next day’s apparition so that the community could be present and Our Lady graciously agreed. The group from Medjugorje arrived at around 9:00 p.m. at our founder’s home and after everyone had the opportunity to greet Marija and her family, they entered the Bedroom of Apparitions around 9:30 p.m. to pray the Rosary in anticipation of Our Lady’s apparition. Our Lady came after the Rosary was completed. She stayed for several minutes, prayed over everyone and blessed everyone. She then said that the apparition the next day, Saturday, June 29, would be in the same place, the Bedroom of Apparitions, but the time would be 6:40 p.m.

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June 29, 2013

An Unexpected Surprise

The reaction was just as she expected with the room filling with gasps…

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An Unexpected Surprise

June 29, 2013

An Unexpected Surprise

As pilgrims continued to arrive on Saturday, they were invited to go to the Field of Apparitions at 6:00 p.m. to pray in union with the Community in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition. Our Lady came at 6:40 p.m. Just before the apparition, the founder of Caritas felt a strong impulse to ask Our Lady, through Marija, if She would bless a Cross that had been erected on the mountain behind Caritas. Marija described to the Community what took place in the apparition:



“Our Lady pray over us and She blessed us. And I recommend all us, all our intentions, all what we have in our hearts. And I ask Our Lady for tomorrow, and She said apparition is same time, but not same place.”



Immediately, the founder of Caritas questioned, where? Marija said a little playfully because she knew the surprise would be not only great, but a shock.



“Cross Hill”



The reaction was just as she expected with the room filling with gasps and several more questions. She went on to explain,



“Cross Hill. I ask because (founder) ask me for blessing (to ask Our Lady if She would bless the Cross). So tomorrow night we have this time (6:40 p.m.) on Cross Hill. I said Cross Hill. What is (name)? Cross Mountain or Cross Hill?”



The mountain had received no name because the founder wanted to see what the Holy Spirit would guide people to say. The members of the Community felt deep emotion, excitement, happiness and joy to learn of Our Lady’s decision to bless the Cross at the actual site of its construction. Marija was asked again,



“So, you just asked for a blessing on the Cross, and Our Lady said She would appear there?”



Marija said,“Yes.”

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June 30, 2013

First Apparition at the Cross

The Community each carried roses up the mountain to place at the foot of the Cross to represent our hearts…

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First Apparition at the Cross

June 30, 2013

First Apparition at the Cross

Sunday evening, June 30, the Caritas Community with Marija’s family climbed the mountain leading to the Cross, praying for the first time the Stations of the Cross on this mountain. The stations were still incomplete, in that the plaques with the name of each station had not yet been attached to each cross. As the Community climbed, praying the stations, two community members hammered the plaques into place. The Community each carried roses up the mountain, to place at the foot of the Cross to represent our hearts. We also carried roses for each member of the community who had gone before us and were already living their eternal life in Heaven.



During the apparition, with all of the Community kneeling facing the Cross all along its sides, Our Lady appeared facing out towards the valley. It was approximately 6:40 p.m. when Our Lady appeared and the apparition lasted a little over five minutes—the length of which was a consolation for us as Our Lady, in Her tenderness, stayed so long in prayer at the Cross. There was such peace and silence on the mountain that evening and the prayer was deeply felt by all as was the presence of Our Lady.



The community gathered around Marija after the apparition to learn what Our Lady had done and said. Marija said,



“During the moment of the apparition, I recommended to Our Lady all of us, all the people who are in the Field (people were gathering for the next Five Days of Prayer)and I asked Our Lady to bless the Cross. Our Lady prayed over us a long time and She blessed us all.”



The question was asked by our founder, when Our Lady was asked to bless the Cross, what did She do? Marija said,“She made the Sign of the Cross,”



Then Marija imitated Our Lady giving the blessing with her hand. All felt during the apparition Our Lady’s blessing, anointing and acceptance of this Cross in a special way because each of the community gave it to Her “with our heart through trials, sacrifices and difficulties suffered for Her to heal us and heal this ‘Our nation.’”



All felt Our Lady’s acceptance during the apparition. Everyone was deeply moved. Marija said Our Lady told her that the apparition tomorrow would be in the Bedroom at 6:40 p.m.

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July 1, 2013

Apparition in the Bedroom

Our Lady watched everyone present in the apparition...

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Apparition in the Bedroom

July 1, 2013

Apparition in the Bedroom

Pilgrims began gathering in the Field for the apparition of Our Lady to visionary Marija throughout the afternoon leading up to the Rosary that began at 6:00 p.m. Our Lady had stated the day before that the apparition would be in the Bedroom and a short time before the prayer began, several members of the Caritas community were sent out among the crowd in the Field to choose at random various pilgrims to come to the Bedroom. Our Lady always blesses everyone in the Field every apparition, and hears their prayers, but it is a special grace to be able to be in close proximity to Marija when she is in ecstasy during the visitation of Our Lady—to see her voice fade away while her lips continue to move and watch as her upturned eyes stare into the eyes of Our Lady. Following is Marija’s description of the July 1, 2013 apparition in the Bedroom:



“Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us all. And She said:



“Same time, same place.”



“In regards to tomorrow’s apparition on July 2.”



A Friend of Medjugorje:And She blessed everyone out in the Field?”



Marija:“Yes, I recommend all.”

A Friend of Medjugorje:“Were Her eyes opened or closed?”



Marija:“Open. She watch us.”



What Marija means when Our Lady “watches” those present in the apparition, is that She moves Her eyes from face to face, taking in each person before Her. Marija says this is a beautiful gesture of Our Lady, who is a real Mother who dearly loves each of Her children. She desires us to know that She knows and sees us all as individual people, not just a conglomeration of faces in a crowd.



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July 2, 2013

Individual Consecration Day

Everyone was in awe about Our Lady’s decision for the vigil apparition…

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Individual Consecration Day

July 2, 2013

Individual Consecration Day

Tonight the apparition at Caritas, Alabama took place in the Bedroom of Apparitions. The Rosary began before 6 o’clock and beautiful songs were sung in between decades in preparation for Our Lady’s arrival on the day of individual consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady appeared around 6:43 p.m. and the apparition lasted a little over three and a half minutes. Marija said that during the moment of apparition she recommend all of those present and all their intentions. Then Our Lady prayed over them and blessed them, and also blessed all those praying out in the Field. When Marija asked Our Lady about the apparition for tomorrow July 3, 2013 Our Lady said:


“Same time, same place.”



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July 3, 2013

Two Apparitions in One Day

Everyone was moved hearing about this incredible grace.

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Two Apparitions in One Day

July 3, 2013

Two Apparitions in One Day

During tonight’s apparition which took place in the Bedroom of Apparitions at around 6:40 p.m., Our Lady told Marija July 3, 2013, 10:30 p.m. that She would again appear in the Field at 10:30 p.m. for a second apparition today. Everyone was moved hearing about this incredible grace.



In the apparition of 6:40 p.m., Our Lady said from the Bedroom, that She would appear again, but this time in the Field at 10:30 p.m. for a second apparition of the day. A special Rosary was prayed for the healing of the nation, along with the Solemn Act of Consecration. After the Rosary and Consecration, Marija began the 7, 7, 7, and Our Lady appeared just after 10:30 p.m. The apparition lasted about 4 minutes. Following is Marija’s words following this second apparition of July 3, 2013 which took place in the Field:



“During the moment of the apparition when Our Lady came, She came and I began to recommend all of us, all our intentions. She watched us, and after She extended Her hands and began to pray over us. And She prayed a long time over us, and She blessed us. I asked Our Lady about tomorrow, and She said,



“Here, at a quarter till seven.”



“So we have an apparition here near to Our Lady, in the Field, 6:45. God Bless you.”



It is always a special joy for the founder and Community and the thousands gathered to see where and what time Our Lady chooses to appear the next day.



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July 4, 2013

The Fourth of July

Everyone was moved at Our Lady’s smile tonight, not just one, but twice.

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The Fourth of July

July 4, 2013

The Fourth of July

During the apparition of July 3, which took place at 10:30 in the Field of Apparitions, Our Lady said that the apparition of the 4th would take place in the Field at 6:45 p.m. Thousands gathered for the Re-consecration of the United States into the hands of Our Lady, for the feast of the birth of the United States. The Rosary was prayed followed by the Solemn Act of Consecration. Afterward, Marija began the 7 Our Father’s, 7 Hail Mary’s, and 7 Glory Be’s in preparation for Our Lady. Our Lady appeared around 6:48 p.m. and the apparition lasted about 5 minutes. After Marija said:



“In the moment of the apparition, I started to recommend all of us and all of our intentions. I started to recommend this nation and all the people here present tonight. I said to Our Lady, I wanted to put all the prayer intentions of the people here tonight under Her mantle. Our Lady started smiling, stretched Her hands, and started praying over us. And She prayed for a long time. Then She finished with the Sign of the Cross, giving Her blessing. I asked Our Lady to bless not only us, but also all the religious articles and objects that you brought here tonight as a sign of our belonging to Her. And I asked Her to bring all our hearts to Her Immaculate Heart, and through this, to the Holy Heart of Jesus. Our Lady smiled again, gave Her blessing to the objects, and said,

“Go in peace.

“She didn’t give us a message but Her smile, and this is a joy for all of us. May God bless you all.”



Marija added that Our Lady came happy tonight. Everyone was moved at Our Lady’s smile tonight, not just one, but twice in the apparition. All felt that Our Lady heard the Solemn Act of Consecration in a very special way. Marija said afterwards that Our Lady told her the apparition of July 5, 2013 will take place in the Bedroom of Apparitions at 6:40 p.m.



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July 5, 2013

Last Public Apparition During Marija’s Visit

Everyone was greatly moved during these five days of prayer…

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Last Public Apparition During Marija’s Visit

July 5, 2013

Last Public Apparition During Marija’s Visit

The apparition of July 5, 2013, which would be the last public apparition of Marija’s visit, took place in the Bedroom in the evening. After the Rosary, Marija began the seven Our Father’s, Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s. Our Lady appeared around 6:42 p.m.. and the apparition lasted about three minutes. Marija said:



“During the moment of the apparition, I recommended to Our Lady all of us and all of our intentions. And Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us all.”



Marija also said that Our Lady blessed those in the Field, as well as all our religious articles. Our Lady told Marija about tomorrow’s apparition,



“I will come whenever you pray.”



This would be a private apparition for the community to have the opportunity to thank Our Lady and say goodbye.



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July 6, 2013

A Private Apparition for the Community

This message was unexpected and a great joy for our founder and the Caritas Community.

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A Private Apparition for the Community

July 6, 2013

A Private Apparition for the Community

The Community began to gather at the home around 7:30 a.m. The founder had every Community member write out their petitions to Our Lady and place them on the bed for the last apparition of the July 1-5 events. The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary were prayed beginning at 8:00 a.m. Only the Community of Caritas was present with Marija’s family, while others who heard of the apparition taking place, gathered in the Field. Marija began the 7, 7, 7, and Our Lady appeared just before 8:30 a.m. The apparition lasted 3 and a half minutes. The founder (a Friend of Medjugorje) had asked Marija to ask Our Lady if She had some sweet words to give him and the Community. Following is Marija’s words from the July 6, 2013 apparition:



“During the moment of the apparition I presented to Our Lady all our intentions and letters that we wrote. I said to Our Lady, I give to you all sufferings, all joys of this Community and I ask you to give a message for us. And Our Lady began to smile and She said,



“I give you my love, you give it to others.”



“She blessed us, prayed over us, and She left.”



This message of Our Lady was unexpected and the cause of great joy for our founder, even though he had asked, and the Caritas Community as well. The smile of Our Lady was deeply touching to them and will be remembered and pondered for months and years to come with wonder of Our Lady and Her great love.



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September 11, 2014

9/11 With Our Lady

She would delay the apparition so that the Community could be present...

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9/11 With Our Lady

September 11, 2014

9/11 With Our Lady

Medjugorje visionary, Marija, arrived at Caritas on Thursday, September 11, 2014. On Wednesday, September 10, Marija asked Our Lady, on behalf of A Friend of Medjugorje, if She would delay the next day’s apparition so that the Community could be present and Our Lady agreed. When Marija arrived, the Community gathered to welcome her. They then gathered in the Bedroom of Apparitions to pray the Rosary and prepare to be with Our Lady. Present on the Bed for this September 11, “9/11”, apparition was a piece of thick glass recovered from the fallen Word Trade Center that was given to our founder for the Community as a gift during a field trip visit of our school-aged children in May of 2002. When Our Lady came, Marija said that Our Lady stayed some time praying over us and Marija said She “watched” us, which is always an endearing thing as Our Lady scans and looks at each face in the room. The following is Marija description of the apparition:



“Our Lady prayed over us and blessed us. I recommended all of us and all of our intentions. Tomorrow night, Our Lady said,



“I will come when you pray.”



The founder asked Marija:“Did She say where She would appear tomorrow?”



Marija responded:“She didn’t say. We pray. I think here in the Home. I don’t know, we pray.”

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September 12, 2014

“...this house became a chapel...”

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“...this house became a chapel...”

September 12, 2014

“...this house became a chapel...”

The apparition took place in the living room of the founder’s home to accommodate the small number of people gathered together with the Community for this private visit with Our Lady. The Rosary began at 6:00 p.m. and Our Lady appeared after the Rosary was completed. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“During the moment of apparition, when Our Lady came, I recommended all of us, all of our intentions, and Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us all. And before, I remember the first time when we (the founder and his family in 1988) were here [in the living room] and people came with many flowers. I always used to say, we need (to pray) here [in the living room] because many times people come also here [to pray overflowing from the Bedroom into the living room], because the reality is that this house becomes, when I gave my kidney to my brother - this house  became a chapel - as Our Lady appeared in the living room, the sleeping room (Bedroom) and other rooms...”

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September 13, 2014

Apparition in the Living Room

Our founder was silently stunned and taken aback.

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Apparition in the Living Room

September 13, 2014

Apparition in the Living Room

Tonight’s apparition took place in the living room again. The Luminous Mysteries were started around 7:00 p.m. Our Lady appeared to Marija at the end of the Rosary. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:“During the moment of apparition when Our Lady came, I recommended all of us, all of our intentions, all what we have in our hearts. Our Lady prayed over us for a long time and She blessed us all. I asked also about tomorrow, If it is possible to have some special apparition over at Cross Mountain.”



“Our Lady smiled and said, 3 o’clock.”



Our founder asked Marija:“So She smiled?”



Marija responded: “[At the moment] When I asked. And after I don’t know. I tried to ask Our Lady if is possible to have this special blessing.(Marija was referring to Our Lady’s presence by the Cross as the ‘special blessing.’) Also because we have here the property of the land and we have this Cross who (our founder) decided to place as a sign of Christ over this land, for the Soul of America, and this Valley as well over this Community, for all people who pass and who watch and welcome like sign of Jesus’ presence in special way. And so I asked Our Lady also with our prayer, our sacrifice, our life would be really a testimony of peace, of salvation, not only for us, but also salvation for many people who is yet to come; from generation unto generation. And this sign like many churches. I live in Italy and churches are many times built in difficult times, and it is so beautiful. So the best thing possible for us to give this Cross, built in a difficult time (to God), like these churches, this sanctuary of Our Lady of this beautiful sign of our faith, for all people who pass (cross), who see and who believe.”



Our founder then asked Marija:“So you asked for a blessing for the land and the Cross?”



Marija:“I asked Our Lady’s presence for blessing, yes.”



Our founder: “What did She do?”



Marija:“Our Lady said “Yes,” She will come tomorrow. And after Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us like always, like when priest does. She extended Her hands and prayed over us, and after She blessed us with Sign of Cross. And She left. And every time when She leaves I would like to say, “I’ll come with You...”

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September 14, 2014

The Triumph of the Cross

“Through this Cross, Our Lady and God blessed us…”

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The Triumph of the Cross

September 14, 2014

The Triumph of the Cross

The Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. The Community and guests gathered in the Field of Apparitions at 1:30 p.m. to begin to the climb up the mountain. The Stations of the Cross were prayed on the way up to the Cross. Once they reached the top, the Rosary was begun. At the end of the Rosary, Our Lady appeared to Marija at 3:00 p.m. on the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“During the moment of apparition when Our Lady came, I recommended to Our Lady all of us, all of our intentions, all that we have in our hearts. Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed...Our Lady blessed us. And I think it is beautiful also to be here. Through this Cross, Our Lady and God blessed us with all our good deeds, all our sacrifices, all our life...”



After describing what happened in the apparition, and conscious of the hour, Marija extended this invitation to all gathered:



“And it being also 3 o’clock, 3 and 15, it is possibility also we pray the Chaplet (Chaplet of Divine Mercy). The Chaplet would be beautiful here.”



A week before Marija arrived at Caritas, a dear friend of the Community gave as a gift a relic of the True Cross with papers from the Vatican. This relic was present during the apparition today. After Marija heard the story about receiving this gift, she suggested that each person present come up and venerate the relic. So for the next several hours, all those present stood in line for their turn to venerate and bless themselves with the relic of the True Cross at the foot of the Cross on Cross Mountain at Caritas.

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September 15, 2014

Apparition in the Living Room

Our Lady said tomorrow She would like to be with the Community…

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Apparition in the Living Room

September 15, 2014

Apparition in the Living Room

The apparition took place once again in the living room of the founder’s home. The Community and pilgrims began to arrive at 6:00 p.m., with the Luminous Mysteries begun at 7:00 p.m. At the end of the Rosary, Our Lady appeared to Marija and the following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“During the moment of apparition, Our Lady prayed over us the whole time. And She blessed us and then She left. She watched us and She prayed over us. She watched all of us. No message...But Our Lady’s presence is (message). But Our Lady said tomorrow She would like to be with the Community, 9 o’clock in morning.”



A Friend of Medjugorje, very surprised asked:“Is that right?”



Marija said:“Yes.”



A Friend of Medjugorje:“Did She say where?”



Marija:“Here” “Tomorrow with the Community. She (Our Lady) said, “Community.”



Marija later told A Friend of Medjugorje that the apparition the following day was to be in the Bedroom.

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September 16, 2014

Our Lady Gives a Message to the Community

Marija got up and motioned the founder to get paper…Our Lady gave a message.

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Our Lady Gives a Message to the Community

September 16, 2014

Our Lady Gives a Message to the Community

The Community arrived at the house at 7:30 a.m. and spent some time writing out their own petitions to Our Lady before the Rosary began. The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary were begun in the Bedroom at 8:30 a.m. Our Lady came unexpectedly early, during the fifth Sorrowful Mystery. Immediately after the apparition, Marija got up and motioned the founder to get paper, indicating that Our Lady gave a message. The Community continued in prayer, praying the Magnificat and then beginning the Seven Our Father’s, Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s while waiting on Marija’s description of what took place in the apparition. Marija then came back into the room and gave the following description of the apparition:



“When Our Lady came, She immediately said:



“Today, I desire to thank you for all of your prayers and sacrifices, which you are offering for My intentions. I bless you all with My Motherly blessing.”



“Our Lady blessed us all with Her Motherly Blessing and She prayed over us for a long time. She watched all of us (each face). Tomorrow Our Lady said:



“I will come, when you pray.”



Marija added that Our Lady prayed a long time over all of us and looked at each of us. Marija said, “Our Lady was joyful” in this apparition and that Our Lady gave Her Motherly Special Blessing only to those in the Bedroom, while those praying in the Field received Her regular blessing.

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September 17, 2014

Marija’s Last Apparition Before Returning to Italy

Marija asked the Community to kneel around the Bed and offer prayers of thanksgiving.

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Marija’s Last Apparition Before Returning to Italy

September 17, 2014

Marija’s Last Apparition Before Returning to Italy

Marija said that Our Lady told her that for today’s apparition, whenever we pray, She will come. Marija was leaving to go back to Italy this morning, so the Community gathered at 7:00 a.m. to write petitions to Our Lady and then began the Rosary. At the end of the Rosary Our Lady came. Marija’s description of the apparition follows:



“Our Lady prayed over us and blessed us one final time.”



After the apparition, Marija asked the Community to kneel once more around the Bed and offer prayers of thanksgiving to Our Lady for Her prayers, words and presence with us these days.

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November 23, 2016

Marija Spends Thanksgiving at Caritas

When Our Lady appeared, She surprised us all…

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Marija Spends Thanksgiving at Caritas

November 23, 2016

Marija Spends Thanksgiving at Caritas

It was an unexpected grace that Marija returned to Our Lady’s valley at Caritas November 23 - 28, 2016, for the United State’s feast day of Thanksgiving. The very first apparition of Our Lady in the Field of Apparitions was on Thanksgiving Day 1988. This was not an arbitrary or insignificant act on Our Lady’s part, because through much reflection the founder recognized that Our Lady wished to lead hearts back to what the United States was founded upon—Christian principles and religious liberty. The Field became a place of pilgrimage to pray for the United States’ return to God and for the dreams of our forefathers to be fulfilled. When Marija returned this year, these dates were significant because 28 years earlier, Thanksgiving Day fell on Thursday, November 24, 1988, and this year’s dates lined up perfectly with that first apparition anniversary in the Field, Thanksgiving Day November 24, 2016. Only one other time had this happened in the history of the apparition site, which was in November 2005—and Our Lady was present for that special anniversary as well. Just three days earlier, on November 20, 2016, the Great Jubilee Year of Mercy ended with the closing of the Holy Doors and 2016 was also a presidential election year in the United States of America in which a great outpouring of prayer had been lifted up to Heaven throughout the nation for the next president chosen to lead it. For these reasons, many felt Heaven was moved through the prayers being offered for the United States and that God sent Our Lady to receive these prayers and petitions. It was a great grace to be able to thank Our Lady for Her intercessory prayers in this particular time of grace and crossroads the nation was facing.



A few weeks before Marija’s visit, the news spread from one person to the next by word of mouth. Marija arrived late the night of November 23rd and as She has done so often in the past, Our Lady graciously waited for Her apparition so the Community could be present for it, which didn’t take place until 11:40 PM in the Bedroom of Apparitions. When Our Lady appeared, She surprised us all when She said that for the next day’s special apparition, on Thanksgiving Day:She would come whenever we prayed.



This is not normally Our Lady’s routine, so it is a great joy when Our Lady says:

“When you pray, I will come.”

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November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Day

…Our Lady had planned a surprise in this apparition…

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Thanksgiving Day

November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Day

Caritas’ founder chose to not have the apparition until the evening so that everyone traveling would have the opportunity to be present for the apparition. It was a beautiful evening. There were people arriving all afternoon and evening. Those who flew or drove in for the apparitions joined in the prayer and singing in the Field which began around 5 PM. This led into the prayer of the Rosary in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition, which again would happen, as Our Lady said the day before, whenever we gathered together in prayer. The mysteries were prayed in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Croatian. Our Lady suddenly appeared to Marija in the Field just after 7 PM and the apparition lasted five and a half minutes. Following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“During the moment of apparition when Our Lady came, I recommended all of us, all our intentions, all what we have in our heart. I thanked Our Lady for Her presence here for 28 years in the Field and Bedroom. Our Lady extended Her hands and prayed over us. She prayed a long time. Our Lady extended Her hands over us and She blessed us. But before She blessed us, She prayed over us a long time. And this is everything.”



Marija said that tonight Our Lady was happy and that when Our Lady prayed over us, She prayed with Her eyes opened, scanning the crowd. Marija said that tomorrow’s apparition for the 25th message would take place in the morning in the Bedroom of Apparitions.

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November 25, 2016

The Monthly Message to the World

Everyone was touched to hear Our Lady say, on the day after Thanksgiving…

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The Monthly Message to the World

November 25, 2016

The Monthly Message to the World

Today was the day of Our Lady’s monthly 25th message for the world. Everything was made ready for Marija to communicate the message to Medjugorje once she had written it down. After Marija receiving Our Lady’s words, the founder, his wife and several of their adult children joined Marija in the adjoining room, while the rest of the Community remained in the Bedroom in prayer for Marija. When Marija came back into the Bedroom, she read a rough translation of the message, and began to express some of her own thoughts that moved her in what Our Lady had said. Everyone was touched to hear Our Lady say, on the day after Thanksgiving, that Our Lady had spoken about giving“thanksgiving” to “the Most High”—the very purpose of which our founder wanted and was so happy to have Our Lady here for these days of “Thanksgiving.”



“Dear children! Also today, I am calling you to return to prayer. In this time of grace, God has permitted me to lead you towards holiness and a simple life that in little things you discover God the Creator; that you fall in love with Him; and that your life be a thanksgiving to the Most High for everything He is giving you. Little children, in love, may your life be a gift for others and God will bless you; but you, witness without interest - out of love for God. I am with you and intercede before my Son for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”



When Marija asked about tomorrow’s apparition, Our Lady said again, She would come whenever we pray.

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November 26, 2016

Apparition in the Field

…Our Lady had something else in mind…

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Apparition in the Field

November 26, 2016

Apparition in the Field

Most all were present by 5 PM., singing and praying. The Rosary in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition in the Field of Apparitions began at 6:20 PM. But Our Lady had something else in mind. Our Lady unexpectedly and suddenly appeared at approximately 6:44 PM. while Marija was praying the fifth decade. This was very unusual in that Our Lady had said that She would come when we prayed, which in similar circumstances in the past when Our Lady gave this special grace to the founder and the Community, Our Lady always gave us time to finish the Rosary before appearing. But, Our Lady had planned a surprise in this apparition to the delight of everyone present. The apparition lasted a little over three minutes. Following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“During the moment of the apparition when Our Lady came, She came and She watched us. She immediately began to pray over us. She did not give me the possibility to recommend [anyone]. After, I think that Our Lady was going to give me time to say something [because] for one moment She was [standing there] in silence. I tried to say something… and Our Lady make like, I am [Our Lady] not finished.”



Marija, laughing, could hardly speak. Imitating Our Lady, Marija held up her index finger, a gesture that made Marija stop speaking. Then Marija continued, saying:



“And Our Lady continued to pray. She began to pray in Aramaic. And after, She smiled and She looked at me as if to say, “now”, this is your turn.’And I began to recommend all of us, all our intentions, all sick people who are here with us, who is in our heart, in our family, whom it is not possible to come here and be with us, but they are in our prayers, in our hearts here tonight. And Our Lady began to pray one more time and She blessed us, and She said,“Go in peace.” Our Lady made the Sign of the Cross and She left.”

The founder asked if Our Lady had really put up Her index finger to silence Marija. Marija answered,


“Yes. You know, I think I am supposed to recommend all these people, all who are here with their intentions, a like, “I am not finished.”



Marija said that Our Lady was very joyful during the apparition. Our Lady was smiling when She made Marija be silent. When he asked Marija why she thought Our Lady made that gesture, Marija replied,



“She is so happy to be with us, I think. Our Lady was joyful in a special way tonight.”



Marija said later,“Our Lady likes to tease.”Another note from the founder reflecting on this apparition was that everyone in the crowd was in peace, praying and singing reverently in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition. There was a serenity that blanketed the Field with a longing that was felt for Our Lady’s presence. Our Lady’s smile was a sign given in response to the love we gave Her. The love being given to Her was given back to us in Her smile.



For the next day’s apparition, Our Lady said that She would appear in the Bedroom of Apparitions and that it was to be a private apparition, only for the Community at the regular apparition time, 5:40 p.m.

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November 27, 2016

A Private Apparition for the Community

There were two blessings given in the apparition.

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A Private Apparition for the Community

November 27, 2016

A Private Apparition for the Community

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. The apparition took place in the Bedroom in the evening. Our Lady had asked that this apparition only be for the Community. Joseph, the third son of the founder, who was born during the first apparitions of Our Lady in the home in 1988, was present with his new wife. They were married a few months earlier and this was the first time they were with Our Lady since their wedding, asking Our Lady’s blessing upon their marriage. The founder’s wife had arranged the bed with their Crucifix from their wedding along with the wedding rings of all the married couples of the Community. Also, because this was the feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, several Medjugorje Miraculous Medal Silver Rounds were presented to Our Lady for Her blessing. Our Lady appeared around 5:43 PM. Following is Marija’s description of the apparition:



“During moment of apparition, Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us all. I recommend all us. I say today is Feast of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal so I ask a special blessing on all objects that we have here, all intentions. She watch us while She bless us.”



There were two blessings given in the apparition. One as Our Lady prayed over the Community and one over the religious articles placed on the Bed. The blessing of Our Lady was also extended to all those who were in the Field. For tomorrow’s apparition, Our Lady said that the apparition was only for the Community in the Bedroom and that She would come whenever we pray.

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November 28, 2016

The Community Presents Petitions to Our Lady

…said their thanks for the gift of bringing Our Lady in this season of Thanksgiving.

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The Community Presents Petitions to Our Lady

November 28, 2016

The Community Presents Petitions to Our Lady

The Community gathered at the home of the founder early in the morning to write their personal intentions to Our Lady. They began praying the Rosary in the Bedroom around 8:00 AM after placing all their intentions on the Bed. Our Lady appeared around 8:41 AM. while Marija was finishing the fifth decade. Marija described the apparition as follows:



“In the moment of Our Lady’s apparition Our Lady pray over us all time. And after I ask blessing and She bless us. Nothing else. She pray all time.”


After the apparition, everyone said their goodbyes to Marija and said their thanks for the gift of bringing Our Lady in this season of Thanksgiving.

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