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Download the following materials FREE before Friday, August 5, to help you prepare for celebrating Our Lady’s birthday. The materials can also be ordered on Mej Mart or through contacting Caritas of Birmingham directly at 205-672-2000.


• FREE Booklet: August 5th—What Are You Doing for Her Birthday?—This is the story of how Our Lady revealed Her birthday in Medjugorje and continues to unfold a mystery that has been kept secret for 2,000 years.


• FREE Prayer Brochure: The Marian Mysteries of the Rosary--A special rosary that originated at Caritas for the 2021st celebration of the Vigil of Our Lady's Birth, August 4, 2005. Pray this tonight, August 4, 2011, in anticipation of Our Lady's birthday tomorrow.


• FREE Audio: Remember When It Rained—Listen tongiht to the amazing story of what many called a miracle that happened on Our Lady’s birthday, August 5, 2005, in the Field at Caritas. Remember When It Rained will be aired on Radio WAVE on Medjugorje.com at 7 PM tonight. Gather your family together, turn the lights down, light a few candles and relive this beautiful experience of Our Lady's birthday apparition in the Field. If you can't listen tonight, find a time tommorrow to download or restream the story.
 



Our Lady’s birthday is coming up this Friday, August 5, 2011. Though the Church celebrates Mary’s birthday on September 8, Our Lady revealed in Medjugorje that August 5 is Her true birthday. When Caritas’ founder invited Marija to come to Caritas for Our Lady’s birthday in 2005, he wrote several writings to help us understand the great significance and importance of God’s actions in wanting Our Lady’s birthday known in this time. If we are true followers of Medjugorje, then everything Our Lady says is important. It is not enough to simply know or believe that Our Lady’s birthday is August 5th. August 5th must become for all Our Lady’s children a special day in our lives in which we honor and celebrate Our Lady’s birth. A Friend of Medjugorje wholeheartedly believes that August 5th will become a great feast in the Church one day and that we will celebrate it the way we celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day—that the two birthdays will parallel each other. The following writing from A Friend of Medjugorje in the August, 2005 issue of Words of the Harvesters, a Caritas of Birmingham publication, relays why he believes this so strongly. We also make available several other materials that will help you to understand the importance of August 5th and how to celebrate it with more thought and reverence. These materials can all be downloaded FREE, or ordered through Mej Mart or by contacting Caritas of Birmingham directly.
 

The following was first published in Words of the Harvesters in anticipation of Our Lady’s apparitions at Caritas, August 1-5, 2005.


August 2005 - Vol. #120

Beloved,

Why is it ordained that we, in our age, are given the exact day of Our Lady’s birth and Her exact age? After all, the Church and tradition designate dates to recognize special holy days, though many times they are not the actual dates upon which the event took place. For instance, the day Easter is celebrated is not the actual date the Resurrection took place, nor do we know for sure if Jesus was born exactly on December 25th. Yet, Our Lady in Medjugorje gives the specific date of Her birth and Her age. August 5, 2005, will be Our Lady’s 2021st birthday. There must be great significance that Heaven desires we know this date in order that it become important in the life of the Universal Church and in the hearts of its members. Why is God now, in this disturbed age without love, revealing through the Medjugorje apparitions this date? Our Lady said:

January 25, 1997

“Dear children! I invite you to reflect about your future. You are creating a new world without God, only with your own strength and that is why you are unsatisfied and without joy in the heart. This time is my time…”

After 24 years of daily apparitions, Christ has only appeared to the Medjugorje visionaries as an Infant on Christmas with Our Lady. Only a couple of times have they seen Jesus. Some say that we, at Caritas, put too much emphasis on Mary. Some have judged Medjugorje as false because it’s too much that Our Lady appears everyday. Others say it’s just too much Mary and not enough Jesus. Yet, Our Lady said, “…This time is my time...” For if we believe in the daily apparitions, we in turn must reconcile what Our Lady says:

January 25, 1993

“… discern the signs of the time...”

What are the signs of the time? That we are in a loveless time with a bleak future, where man’s heart has grown cold and hard. This cold and hard influence developed and spread even with nearly 1/3 of the earth’s population being Christian! Yet in the early Christian age, with almost no numbers or anywhere close to the ratio of a common belief of 1/3 influencing a diverse divided 2/3, the early Christians, with their sparse numbers, grew and eventually influenced the whole world. Now, in the present, the large numbers of Christians who do not fully live Christianity have lost influence on society. We are threatened on every level. The salt has grown flat; non-convicting. It is God Himself Who sent the Word; Who became Flesh; Who witnessed as the Man-God; Who now, even as Christians themselves reflect so little the Christ, sends the Bearer of Love as our last hope to save mankind from man himself. Our Lady comes to teach us of the true Christ, the real Jesus, the God Who became Man and yet still prayed because He knew He needed to pray to save. Our Lady said on July 30, 1987:

“…Prayer is the only way to save the human race…”

Our Lady is leading us to more fully live an authentic Christian life of prayer, penance, and holiness. So, in answer to why is God revealing Our Lady’s actual birth date and year of birth: This last age has matured; evil has perfected in the world. What had been forecasted of the Woman in Revelation is in the present. It is the time of the Virgin Mary--Her time. It is Jesus Who wants this. It is He who consented to Our Lady coming everyday for 24 years. It is He, the Christ, Who has given Her this time and Who elevates Her to stand squarely beside Him on a throne of peace, not below Him but side by side, Heart to Heart, the Sacred, the Immaculate, reigning out love to change the heart of man. She is to be exalted in this age to a higher level, not because man decides so or even the Church, but because God has ordained it so. Mary’s influence in this age is as never before on earth or in Heaven. She has been given the keys of this time. In Her hands is the world and its population. The Virgin, a mere Creature, powerless, yet endowed by God that She alone like no other creature stands before the Trinity, united to the Three Persons in such a way that all graces for the world are being invested in Her to save it. God wants Our Lady’s birthday known to the world. Christ wants the birth of His Mother celebrated and the Holy Spirit inspires us and incites us to honor Her on August 5, 2005, on Her 2021st birthday, no less than Christmas itself!

Recognize, O Christian, that the time you are living in is a particular time. A time when we will get to know God more; a time in which Our Lady is empowered with God’s power to lead us to a new era.

January 25, 1993

“…I am with you, and I guide you into a new time which God gives you as grace, so that you may get to know Him more…”

That is the reason we are to know these dates. We are to understand that Heaven bows before its Queen. All honor is for Her. In just a few days we will be hosting the first openly announced public celebration of Our Lady’s birth on the freshly revealed dates of August 5th, and with the extraordinary grace of having Our Lady Herself with us. Those who recognize and discern the signs of the times know they must come to be at Caritas for the first celebration of August 4th, the Eve of Mary’s Nativity and for August 5th, Mary’s “Christmas” Day.

How we look with fascination at the early Christians. Will the wonder be any different 100 years from now upon us of how we were so privileged to live Mary’s “Christmas” Eve, August 4th and the Nativity of Mary’s birth, August 5th, 2005, while Our Lady will be with us in Her apparitions! If you grasp the opportunity, almost nothing can stop you from coming. It’s not too late to decide.
 


In the Peace, Love and Joy of Christ and His Mother,
 

A Friend of Medjugorje


Download the following materials FREE before Friday, August 5, to help you prepare for celebrating Our Lady’s birthday. The materials can also be ordered on Mej Mart or through contacting Caritas of Birmingham directly at 205-672-2000.


• FREE Booklet: August 5th—What Are You Doing for Her Birthday?—This is the story of how Our Lady revealed Her birthday in Medjugorje and continues to unfold a mystery that has been kept secret for 2,000 years.


• FREE Prayer Brochure:The Marian Mysteries of the Rosary--A special rosary that originated at Caritas for the 2021st celebration of the Vigil of Our Lady's Birth, August 4, 2005. Pray this tonight, August 4, 2011, in anticipation of Our Lady's birthday tomorrow.


• FREE Audio: Remember When It Rained—Listen tonight to the amazing story of what many called a miracle that happened on Our Lady’s birthday, August 5, 2005, in the Field at Caritas. Remember When It Rained will be aired on Radio WAVE on Medjugorje.com at 7 PM tonight. Gather your family together, turn the lights down, light a few candles and relive this beautiful experience of Our Lady's birthday apparition in the Field. If you can't listen tonight, find a time tommorrow to download or restream the story.


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