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December 18, 2015 A.D.


Our Lady of Medjugorje said recently on December 2, 2015:


“…you, my children, you need me, you are seeking me, you are coming to me, and you are bringing joy to my motherly heart…”

What does it mean to bring joy to Our Lady's heart? Our Lady Herself said in February/March 1985:

“…I came again to thank you. You have not yet understood what that means, to give joy to my heart. It is a very great thing…”

On June 25, 2009, Medjugorje visionary Ivan said:

“…it is difficult to describe, especially today, the great, truly great joy in Her eyes and on Her face. It is difficult to express all this in words…”

When Medjugorje visionary Marija was staying in the home of the founder of Caritas in 1988, she underwent surgery to donate her kidney to her brother Andrija. Marija asked Our Lady on December 15, 1988 about the operation and Our Lady simply responded, "I will be with you." During the operation, Marija said that Our Lady appeared over her and smiled for what seemed like two hours.

What would your life be like to live under the smile of Our Lady?

The Smile of Our Lady - The Stain Glass Window at Caritas

The smile of Our Lady on the stained-glass window at Caritas of Birmingham

Everyday, the Community of Caritas lives under this beautiful smile of Our Lady in the Tabernacle of Our Lady's Messages. While Our Lady was here in 1988, Marija said that Our Lady appeared very happy every day. After the 1988-1989 apparitions, it was several years before Our Lady returned to the founder of Caritas' home in 1994. In an apparition on February 1, 1991 Marija said:

When Our Lady appeared She was very joyful and immediately smiled. She said:

"I am happy to be here."

In the Community of Caritas, we live everyday in the contemplation of Our Lady's joy and Her smiles. A Friend of Medjugorje says that it is a grace we do not deserve, but a grace we give to others through the witness of a life lived in the messages. This Christmas, begin to change your life, fashion them after the Biblical message of Our Lady, and you will see the fruit of joy enter your life.

June 18, 1999:

“Dear children! I am happy, and I want you to be happy…”

In the Joy of Our Lady,
Caritas of Birmingham
Operated by the Community of Caritas