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June 1, 2015 A.D.

Our Lady continually reveals Her plans to those who pray to understand them. In doing so, one can be a part of those plans.

Ivan's Prayer Group in Medjugorje, May 29, 2015

Gathered around the statue of Our Lady in Medjugorje the night of May 29, 2015, pilgrims awaited Our Lady’s words to them through Medjugorje visionary Ivan. These are Her words from this past Friday:

“Dear children; also today I desire to call you to pray for my shepherds in the Church. Pray, dear children, that they may accept me, that they may accept my messages, and that they live my messages – that they be carriers of my messages in this tired world. Dear children, may they, strengthened by the Holy Spirit, fortified by faith, be carriers of the New Testament and evangelization in the family. Pray, dear children, for my shepherds, and be persevering in prayer. Thank you, also today, for having responded to my call.”

In only the second message out of thousands spoken over the past 33 years, Our Lady used the word “evangelization.” The first time She said it was on August 5, 2011:

“…also today, in this my great joy, when I see you in such a large number, I desire to call you, and to call all the youth, to participate in the evangelization today of the world; to participate in the evangelization of families…”

To evangelize is to first go through conversion, change your life and then with your witness evangelize, the essence of which is to win converts. In both the message of May 29, 2015 and August 5, 2011, after you experience conversion and change the direction of your life, Our Lady reveals, in particular, where the mission field is today—“the evangelization of families,” “evangelization in the family.”

Though She said on August 5, 2011, for the first time the word “evangelization,” the fact that in the above message She begins with saying “also today…I desire to call you…to participate in the evangelization today of the world” reveals that She has communicated, through different words, the call to “evangelize” and to implement Her plans and messages. She is very clear in the May 29, 2015, prayer group message what that entails: “…accept my messages…live my messages…be carriers of my messages in this tired world…”

What Our Lady said to the shepherds in this message this past Friday, She has said to Her children long ago. The Founder of the Community of Caritas, with the Community, is celebrating a very special anniversary May 31, 2015. It was on this date, 20 years ago, that Our Lady gave a mandate to him for the whole Community. In a private apparition in which Marija and our Founder were the only two present, Our Lady gave a message to him, a message not prompted by a question from him, a message in which Marija immediately after receiving it turned to him with joy and excitement in her expression and voice, and said, “Our Lady gave you, your family and the Community a message today.” The message was a call to the evangelization of the world:

May 31, 1995

"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."

Our Founder, as a man, heard and answered the call to conversion. This was followed by Our Lady directly asking him to start a community during one of Marija’s apparitions in his home in 1988. He heard Our Lady’s request, through Medjugorje visionary Marija and in obedience to the call, did as She requested. The Caritas Community members, as individuals living in different locations throughout the United States, “accepted Our Lady’s messages.” We heard the call to “live Our Lady’s messages” within our families and homes, committing our lives to Our Lady through the Community of Caritas. Our Founder was shown, through the inspiration of Our Lady’s messages, how to apply and live the messages in the daily lives of our families and community. This led to “a way of life,” through the messages. Once this was established, Our Lady gave instructions that from this day forward, May 31, 1995, we were to “be carriers of my messages,” “get as many hearts as you can to my heart and lead them to God, to a way of salvation.”

Is this not the story of the Gospels of Jesus Christ, the New Testament? Individual men and women hearing the call of Christ and accepting His message. They followed Jesus to learn “His way”. They came to live together in community to learn how to live this “way” together, in the family. They then were sent out to evangelize, to spread and preach the Good News, to win converts to His way after they had been “…strengthened by the Holy Spirit, fortified by faith…” at Pentecost. God’s plan is perfect for all time. What He did at the beginning will work every time there is need of renewal in the Church. Our Founder is a voice of Our Lady for moral reform. You are called to follow that witness. How? Our Lady is following the pattern of the Gospels. It is not complicated; it is there for everyone to study and to see in the lives and “witnesses” of those who have been following Our Lady from the beginning.
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