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August 8, 2018 A.D.

The Community of Caritas was present at Marija’s apparition on August 5, 2018. Prayer began at around 5:15 p.m. Medjugorje time, in preparation for Marija’s apparition of Our Lady on August 5, Our Lady’s Birthday. The Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries were prayed. Then Marija came out and all present prayed the Salve Regina. Marija then spoke in Croatian, Italian and English, saying that it was the time for Our Lady’s apparition and that she would present all our intentions during the apparition. All of the petitions of those who sent them on Medjugorje.com were printed out and brought to Marija’s apparition to be presented by the Caritas Community during this apparition on August 5. Marija asked everyone to kneel down. Marija then began praying the 7 Our Fathers, Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s. Our Lady appeared in the middle of these prayers and the apparition lasted over 3 minutes long. Marija’s description of the apparition follows:

“At the moment of the apparition, I recommended all of you, all your intentions, and all that is in your heart. I especially presented to Our Lady all the young people present here in these days. I asked Her to accompany them as they go home and to help them continue in their conversion. Our Lady then smiled and began to pray. She prayed for a long time. Then Our Lady blessed all of us and left in the Sign of the Cross.”



Our Lady has a deep love in Her heart for the youth. Our Lady gave very sound advice to the young people on June 13, 1983, when She said:



“…the devil tempts all those who have made a resolution to consecrate themselves to God, most particularly, those people. He will suggest to them that they are praying too much, they are fasting too much, that they must be like other young people and go in search of pleasures. Have them not listen to him, nor obey him. It is to the voice of the Blessed Virgin that they should pay attention. When they will be strengthened in their faith, the devil will no longer be able to seduce them…”



Our Lady has been given a new efficacy in this time, unlike any time before this. There is power in Her words. Through Her apparitions in Medjugorje, faith is increasing. It is the voice of the Blessed Virgin which we should pay attention. One can deny God, deny Our Lady in everyday life, in the culture, but that would put one on the losing side. The world, the words of satan are losing. Our Lady’s words will win. This is the advice for young people everywhere. This is the advice for families, for individuals, for clergy, for everyone. Make the choice. Do not deny Her. Listen to Her. She is the voice we are to pay attention to.

Beckoning You to Listen to Her,
A Friend of Medjugorje




Mary's Eve, August 4, 2018 in the Field of Apparitions

The stars shine brightly above a re-creation of the house of Joachim and Anne, the parents of Our Lady, in the Field of Apparitions at Caritas on the night of Mary’s Eve, August 4, 2018. This house is the very first re-creation of the nativity of the Virgin Mary, ever built, which a Friend of Medjugorje had built for the first public celebration of Our Lady’s birthday, in August 2005. The petitions of those who sent them on Medjugorje.com were placed in the Bedroom of Apparitions on this day, August 4.



In seeing the stars above, we are reminded of what a Friend of Medjugorje said in an encounter with thousands of pilgrims at Caritas in 1999:



“…But your witness is so critical, and what we are to be is as the stars in the night who say nothing but say everything by their brilliance. Silent. It’s your witness, it’s your witness, it’s your witness…”1



Which Our Lady confirmed by Her words of September 24, 2014:



“…I call you to also be like the stars, which by their light give light and beauty to others…”



Our Lady, Who has been silent in Her words through the ages, is witnessing to us in this, Her time, giving us light and beauty, as She told us on January 2, 2017:



“…I am making myself known to you by these comings, by these words; I desire to witness to you my love and motherly care…”



In an age which promotes its own “stars” we honor the True Star of this time, the Holy Virgin Mary, on Whom God has placed the spotlight, and through Whom God is speaking to the world today. As a Friend of Medjugorje stated above, it is Her voice which we should pay attention in this time, She is the Star to follow and imitate.

Medjugorje.com
Caritas of Birmingham
Operated by the Community of Caritas





What follows is something which was put together for a Caritas Community school opening in the year 2000. Intertwined with the music are the words of Our Lady and a Friend of Medjugorje. It shows more clearly, the importance of this, “Her Time” of Our Lady, Who we should follow, and our role.

This is Her Time, This is Your Time



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Our Lady: “Dear children, I have chosen this parish in a special way and I wish to lead it…” March 1, 1984




It was a test we could all hope to pass
But none of us would want to take




Our Lady: “…I have chosen you in a special way, just the way you are…” May 24, 1984




Faced with the choice to deny God and live
For her there was one choice to make
This was her time
This was her dance
She lived every moment
Left nothing to chance
She swam in the sea
Drank of the deep
Embraced the mystery of all she could be
This was her time




Our Lady: “…I have chosen you. I have confided in you everything that is essential. I have also shown you many terrible things. You must now bear it all with courage. You must remain courageous…” December 25, 1992




Though you are mourning and grieving your loss
Death died a long time ago
Swallowed in life so that life carries on
Still it's so hard to let go
This was her time
This was her dance
She lived every moment
Left nothing to chance
She swam in the sea
Drank of the deep
Embraced the mystery of all she could be
What if tomorrow
And what if today
Faced with the question
Oh what would you say




Our Lady: “…Pray that satan retreats from the parish and from every individual who comes into the parish…” July 11, 1985


“…I will pray to my Son Jesus to give you the grace to experience the victory of Jesus in the temptations of satan…” July 12, 1984


“…DO NOT SURRENDER!” July 4, 1988


“…Let prayer be your weapon…” March 14, 1988


“…Prayer will obtain victory. Do not surrender…” July 4, 1988




This is your time
This is your dance
Live every moment
Leave nothing to chance
Swim in the sea
Drink of the deep
Call on the mercy
Hear yourself praying




Our Lady: “…I am calling you to the light which you should carry to all the people who are in darkness. Dear children, give them the light…” March 14, 1985




Friend of Medjugorje: “…But your witness is so critical, and what we are to be is as the stars in this night who say nothing but say everything by their brilliance. Silent. It’s your witness, it’s your witness, it’s your witness…”1




This is your time
This is your dance
Live every moment
Leave nothing to chance




Our Lady: “…Little children, I led and leading you through this time of grace that you may become conscious of your Christian vocation. Holy martyrs died witnessing: I am a Christian…” November 25, 1997




Swim in the sea
Drink of the deep
Embrace the mystery of all you can be
This is your time




Our Lady: “Dear children… I want you to comprehend that God has chosen each one of you in order to use you in a great plan for the salvation of mankind…” January 25, 1987




Friend of Medjugorje: “…I’m convinced that we will never understand how important our role is in the plan of salvation that during this new time, this special time, a particular time, that we are never going to know what we are doing nor the impact of it, until we are in Heaven and we can really see it…”2




Our Lady: “…I love you and in a special way I have chosen this parish, one more dear to me than the others, in which I have gladly remained with the Almighty sent me…” March 21, 1985


“…get as many hearts as you can close to my heart and lead them to God, to a way of salvation…” May 31, 1995




Our Lady: “Dear children! I desire to share my joy with you. In my Immaculate Heart I feel that there are many of those who have drawn closer to me and are, in a special way, carrying the victory of my Immaculate Heart in their hearts by praying and converting. I desire to thank you and to inspire you to work even more for God and His kingdom with love and the power of the Holy Spirit. I am with you and I bless you with my Motherly blessing…” August 25, 2000




Friend of Medjugorje: “…It’s a hundred years from now, two hundred years from now, three hundred years from now, when people will be in awe about, ‘what was it like to be there’…”3




Our Lady: “Dear children! Today I desire you to open yourselves to God the Creator so that He changes you. Little children, you are dear to me. I love you all and I call you to be closer to me and that your love towards my Immaculate Heart be more fervent. I wish to renew you and lead you with my Heart, to the Heart of Jesus… Through you I wish to renew the world. Comprehend little children that you are today the salt of the earth and the light of the world…” October 25, 1996


“…Thank you will all my heart…” December 11, 1999



And



“Do not forget that I am your mother and that I love you.” December 8, 1999



1. Everything You Never Heard About Medjugorje, a Friend of Medjugorje, December 10, 1999

2. Meat and Potatoes, a Friend of Medjugorje, December 10, 1996

3. Everything You Never Heard About Medjugorje, a Friend of Medjugorje, December 10, 1999

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