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October 6, 2020 A.D.

Marija and Jakov in Medjugorje, October 6, 1986

(Friend of Medjugorje photo, October 6, 1986) - This picture was taken in Medjugorje on October 6, 1986. In the apparition that picture was being taken, Our Lady was giving a specific personal message to a Friend of Medjugorje, through Marija. Read more below.

The 9-day bread and water began yesterday. Hundreds of people from all over the world have joined in, covering in prayer, the entire year of 2021, and starting over the year. Some days have more than one person covering those days in prayer. One person wrote to us:

“I started the 9-day bread and water fast today, but wasn’t sure if I could do bread and water only. Now that I’ve started and read the FAQ’s and prayed, I know I can do it not just today, but all 9 days, though not easily. Sacrifice, prayer and love is so important, especially right now… Thanks be to God for His love and mercy and Mary’s apparition (and also His hand working through my mother who let me know about this fast). Thank you for all you do!!”


It can be done. When we do events such as this, we look back to the witness of a Friend of Medjugorje, who, on this very day, 34 years ago, was told by Our Lady, through Marija to witness with his life. Our Lady’s words of October 6, 1986:

“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.”

We are doing this 9-day fast, in humbling ourselves, to attain something: the saving of our Nation. The action of doing this 9-day fast not only humbles us, but we remember that Our Lady recently said:

September 25, 2020

“…do not forget, little children, that prayer and fasting work miracles in you and around you.”

We need to attain a miracle. Others who are joining in this fast have also written in:

“Dear Caritas, I would love to be a part of this 9 day fast. I have never been a part of this in the past, but I love Blessed Mother so much that I want to try to do this for Her, for She has given me so many Blessings.”


“I am the lady who loves Our Lady so much. I would love to be part of the annual 9-Day Bread and water fast.”


“This is my first time participating. I pray I can fast and pray for the entire 9 days. I’ve been praying because it was too hard to even try doing one day of bread and water fasting before wanting to do this 9 day fasting! God is good because He has total control for my first day!! Amen”


When a Friend of Medjugorje was first called by Our Lady to Her work, it was many times difficult. There were many losses, many trials, many hurdles to jump over. Yet, he stayed the course, following Our Lady when it was easy, and when it was not easy. For those of you, joining in this 9-day fast, stay the course when it is easy and when it is not easy. There is too much at stake, and too much of a need for a miracle in our Nation and in the world.

Just a few weeks after Our Lady gave a Friend of Medjugorje the October 6, 1986, message shared above, he was asked by a reporter about his view of Medjugorje. Amazingly, a Friend of Medjugorje was quoted as saying, in the same common-sense approach we hear today:

“If it’s a hoax (Medjugorje), then it’s big news that all these people are being fooled. If it’s not [a hoax], then it’s the biggest news in 2,000 years.”1

Our Lady had already seeded in him the “witness” of Her apparitions. It was either not real, or it was real. And if Medjugorje is real, it’s a big deal, and is something the whole world needs to know about. He stayed the course.

Don’t miss out on this 9-day fast which started yesterday. You can get the prayers for the fasting novena here. To sign up, even if a day or so late, you can make up the days by fasting a day or two later. To join, contact Caritas in the U.S. at 205-672-2000. When dialing from outside the United States, dial, 001-205-672-2000. You can also visit here and request to have your name added to the list.
Caritas of Birmingham
Operated by the Community of Caritas

1. Birmingham News, October 24, 1986, Greg Garrison

More For Your Spiritual Nourishment…

Much has been written and shared about the October 6, 1986, message of Our Lady to a Friend of Medjugorje. Here below are a few of them, for your spiritual help:

The petition from a Friend of Medjugorje to Our Lady, which resulted in Her words to him…

Special written on the 25th anniversary of the October 6, 1986 message…

A Friend of Medjugorje shares about “witness” and how it means “martyr”…

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