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For Immediate Release
December 17, 2019 A.D.



Your Support for the Community is Vital this Year

What’s Below:


From a Friend of Medjugorje

Our Annual Plea

Special Note from the Community

Pictures of the Community

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Dear Friends of Our Lady and the Community,


Our Lady said on July 12, 1982, right at the beginning of the apparitions, when She was asked a question regarding a third world war:



“The third world war will not take place.”



What does it mean, then, when on November 25, 2019, Our Lady says:



“… The world is at war because hearts are full of hatred and jealousy…”?



The context Our Lady was speaking of in 1982 was a war like World War I and II. A war such as this, Our Lady said, will not take place. The war Our Lady is speaking about in Her November 25, 2019 message is something different. This war that the world is witnessing today is not between nations, but between those who hate and those who love—throughout the entire world. In December 1990, just as war began to develop in the region of Medjugorje, Our Lady said:



“…The absence of peace was in the hearts, now the absence of peace has come into the world…”

We are in an epic battle to conquer evil through the power of love, a love that Our Lady has been sent to earth for almost 40 years to teach us.



The Community of Caritas was birthed through a request from Our Lady when She appeared to Medjugorje visionary, Marija, in the Bedroom of Apparitions and asked for it on December 13, 1988. We know of no other community in Medjugorje’s history that was birthed through the direct request of Our Lady in an apparition through a visionary. As the mission was already established prior to December 1988, and christened with the name, “Caritas,” this also became the name of the community. A month and a half later, Marija was still having apparitions in the home. On January 23, 1989, a private request was asked of Our Lady in which She responded:



“First, I will teach you about sacrifice and then more sacrifices will be required.”



When Marija was questioned about what Our Lady meant by this message, Marija responded, “You will have to suffer.” For months, prayers and sacrifices were offered to understand this message. What does Our Lady want to teach about sacrifice? What sacrifices are pleasing to God? What is the greatest sacrifice one can make? The answer was found in Our Lady’s messages. On March 27, 1986, Our Lady said:



“…I wish to thank you for all the sacrifices and I invite you to the greatest sacrifice, the sacrifice of love…”



The greatest sacrifice? Love? What did it mean in regards to the question asked the month before about Our Lady wanting to “teach” what sacrifice means? What did it mean for the new community that was about to be birthed through Our Lady’s request, the Community of Caritas? To add greater mystery to the question, “Caritas” is the Latin word meaning “love” and “charity.” What was Our Lady revealing? Names are important to God. “Naming” was the first request God made of Adam after He created him as the first man. Names are, themselves, a revelation. Theologian, Alexander Schmemann, writes:



“In the Bible a name…reveals the very essence of a thing, or rather its essence as God’s gift…To name a thing is to manifest the meaning and value God gave it, to know it as coming from God and to know its place and function within the cosmos created by God. To name a thing, in other words, is to bless God for it and in it.”1

If this is true, then to have “love” as our name reveals the very essence of who we were made to be as a community, especially in light of Our Lady asking for the community’s birth.



“First, ‘I will teach you’ about sacrifice and then more sacrifices will be required.”



At a time when France was about to be completely destroyed, God sent the Archangel Michael to teach a young maiden, Joan of Arc, the art of war, and through her, God saved France. Now it is Our Lady who has been sent by God because the entire world is in peril. The investment Our Lady has made in “teaching” Her way of love here at Caritas is unprecedented within the Medjugorje world. What Our Lady has done here, at Caritas, is not replicated anywhere else, nor can it be as Our Lady said:


October 25, 2015

“…in the eyes of God you are unrepeatable and irreplaceable, because you are God’s joy in this world…”



This is not because we are better or holier than anyone. We are sinners, living a perfect life, imperfectly. It is only because of the investment of time Our Lady has made here through over 200 apparitions on our site2 , many personal messages given, and walking with the community in so many different events and experiences as we have put Her messages into “a way of life.” We are in the sunset of Our Lady’s apparitions. Her time among us will soon pass. What we have learned and experienced will become the future lessons of love for a world that will be suddenly awakened to Love, just as the time of grace, the time of Our Lady’s visitations, will end. It will feel like an ending, but will only be the beginning.



Our Annual Plea

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As the last two years, our Community Plea remains the same. The goal is again, $200,000.00. As years go by and even with inflation, we’ve been able to maintain the same goal. Walking on a path, of an efficient discipline and doing everything with our own equipment, out of debt, each dollar donation turns into many dollars in value for what we produce, build, and for the general operations at Caritas. We, therefore, are in deep gratitude for your prayers and gifts across the decades. You have strengthened the Community and helped it to be less and less a burden on the mission of Caritas. How?



On the Caritas side of the mission, open any of our books or material we give away for free. If people buy in bulk to spread Our Lady’s messages, you will see pricing, basically, for only the cost of the paper—25 cents for a 50 page, high quality bound, long paper life, short book to pass into future generations. Why is it important for the books to have a long life? We know the world is going to change. Medjugorje visionary, Ivan, has said we will see physical changes on the earth. Books were very expensive only just a few decades ago. Most all books now are cheaply printed on acid paper and are bound poorly. They are not made to last into the future. It is part of the read- and-throw away mentality. We, through prayer, know that we must produce books of Our Lady’s messages with built-in longevity. We are blind to what will change, because we cannot know the future, but we are not blind to Our Lady’s words.


April 25, 1983

“…Be converted without delay. You do not know the plans of God; you will not be able to know them. You will not know what God will send, nor what He will do. I ask you only to be converted. That is what I wish. Be converted! Be ready for everything, but be converted…”



One of the calls from Our Lady in spreading Her messages is that we take it to mean spreading them also “into the future.” We are thinking about generations not yet born. Many will not be able to have books. During this time of grace, we have produced and continue to produce millions of books and materials of Our Lady’s messages and way of life. It has always been a high priority of the mission of Caritas to transmit into future ages Our Lady’s plans, messages and Her actions in order to preserve them all. We have vaulted many things that would have been lost and never known had we not preserved them for the Church now and for the future. All this is accomplished by more than just being efficient. It is also our infrastructure.



Your Support is Vital
Donate Here!

Please let us know your donation is for the Community

Or Call in the U.S. at 205-672-2000.
From outside the U.S. dial 001-205-672-2000
After hours dial to extension 315.

How do you sell a one thousand page book for $5.00? By having the book ordered in bulk. For instance, the book, They Fired the First Shot 2012, was ordered by the case by multitudes of people. There were even individuals who ordered whole pallets that were delivered to their door. Many gave them to family, friends, parishioners and co-workers. How can we do what China cannot do? Because all our equipment is paid for.



As already mentioned, we do not take on any debt.



On the Community’s side, we provide labor, practically free, for Caritas of Birmingham. We, as St. Paul said:



“For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.” 2 Thess. 3:7-9

We have structured our community not to be a burden on the mission of Caritas of Birmingham. We want every penny possible to go toward the evangelization of the world. Why? Because Our Lady asked us to do so. This has allowed us to give away, literally, millions of dollars of books, audio broadcasts and a vast assortment of Medjugorje evangelization materials at retail value, through 33 years. We not only spread Our Lady’s messages through this means, but also most importantly, we culturalize Her way into a way of life. Books are books, but when our life is written down, it is a work of nonfiction, real life; not fake, not fiction. What Our Lady has done with Caritas, is that She has instituted special plans that She has not done with any other Medjugorje operation, community or center in the world. What Our Lady has created out of Caritas, its community, its organization, its very life, is a prototype for future communities to tailor themselves upon. These future Medjugorje communities will fill the earth. In the book of Genesis, it is written of what is in our midst:



“The Lord said to Abram: ‘Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you.’” Genesis 12: 1-3

Please, in this Holy Season, give a generous gift to the most important mission in the world. Can that be stated? Yes, because the mission comes directly from Heaven! It is Our Lady who told us repeatedly that Her presence is for the salvation of the whole world—and most astounding – the plan being implemented comes with the foretold 3 Secrets – the third an undeniable supernatural sign from Heaven. That makes the case for the most important mission for the world that propagates, by far, the most Medjugorje information and material in the world.



November 25, 1990

“…I am with you and day after day I offer your sacrifices and prayers to God for the salvation of the world…”



Please help us reach the $200,000 goal quickly as we will be announcing major long range plans going into 2020 after we reach this goal. During this Season of Christmas, you will also be remembered in the prayers of the Community in front of our Nativity. We pray that you will have a deep encounter with the Christ Child this Christmas.

With Love from Bethlehem to Birmingham,

A Friend of Medjugorje



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Special Note from the Community of Caritas in Regards to Our Founder’s Writing Above



Our founder, a Friend of Medjugorje, always writes “we” when describing past events or when explaining his own experiences with Our Lady and how his discernment progressed over the years in developing the mission and the Community of Caritas. He did this even when there was no community or no other person besides himself involved in the event. He did and does this even today because of the first message Our Lady gave to him personally, on October 6, 1986, when She asked him to live in humility. Our Lady was responding to a question our founder asked Her, through Medjugorje visionary, Marija, in an apparition in which he was requesting if the same conversion happening in Medjugorje be allowed to take place in his own home place, in Birmingham, Alabama. Our Lady answered him, saying:



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.”



Our founder took the above words so seriously that in writing about history and events involving only himself, where he was the only witness, he still refused to use the word “I”, so as to divert attention away from himself. It is also why he has never used his own name, but rather uses a pen name for his writings, known as a Friend of Medjugorje.



Footnotes:


1. Schmemann, Alexander, For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1973

2. The 200th apparition took place recently when Medjugorje visionary, Marija, came to Caritas for a private visit to attend the wedding of the daughter of our founder. Marija was here from October 19-28, 2019. The 200th apparition took place on October 24, 2019, the eve of the 25th message for the world. There was a Fifty-Four Day Rosary Novena prayed by the whole community for Our Lady to give words in regard to a thirty-one year period in which a Friend of Medjugorje was in an exchange back and forth with Our Lady, through Marija. Our Lady did grant what the novena asked for. Our Lady shone more light on the exchange concealed within the October 25th message. For more information see the Medjugorje Headline, The Heavenly Father Always Listens to His Children.



Your Support is Vital
Donate Now!

Please let us know your donation is for the Community

Or Call in the U.S. at 205-672-2000.
From outside the U.S. dial 001-205-672-2000
After hours dial to extension 315.



Pictures



Caritas Community Child and Dog

If our small children had to go to confession, it would be for mischief. “You go right. I’ll go left. We’ll run ‘em into the electric fence. He…he…he…he…he.”



Caritas Community Child and Chickens

Living in a sterilized society, many sicknesses result. Children building immunities, walking into a chicken trailer barefoot. Yes, cleanliness is next to Godliness and our children learn this, but at the same time, they do not fear doing what they need to do whether in work or in play.



Caritas Community Working

Chain Gang? Heavy work at the end of the day brings a light heart. Consolation is derived from “sweat of your brow” that begets accomplishment.



Caritas Community Working

Our children are raised around work. It is play to them.



Caritas Community Working

Big Bad John 38½ inches tall, sands sheet rock mud. All these pictures are not ‘posed for.’ The children will stay at it for hours when they help out. It is natural for them because it is a learned attitude by adults who love this work for Our Lady and emitting a positive attitude towards the most difficult work that passes into the children.



Caritas Community Kids Cooking

By the time they were three years old, Big John and all the boys were using sharp knives. They have already had cuts and even stitches through pocket knives that spoke to them and taught them, “I’ll cut you if you mishandle me.” (Of course, as adults, we show them how to use pockets knives, but we know they will get cut two or three times that teaches a remembered lesson).



Caritas Community Kids Cooking

Eyes of the soul. Our Lady says:


December 2, 2019

“…A gaze is sufficient for the unspoken words…”


Can you not see in our children’s eyes peace, contentment and joy. Here, without a smile, Our Lady’s message is proven in the eyes you stare in.



Caritas Community Kids playing in Mud

Dig a hole. Put plastic in it. Put some dirt back in the hole, add water. All without dollars. Suddenly you have a whole Six Flags fun through the afternoon, while watchful older children and adults are working. Kids need to be raised around work.



Caritas Community Kids playing in concrete

Troweling cement not for fun, but to really trowel, builds confidence and a feeling of accomplishment. But it’s still fun for Luke (age 7), Isabella (age 6), and little Tony (age 5).



Caritas Community Kids playing in concrete

Parks are to be at your place of life. The community never has to go to parks. They would quickly become bored if they did.



Caritas Community Kids playing with deer

Eli, our deer, interacts with the community children without fear because he thinks he is one of the kids.



Caritas Community Kids working

Not one of the adults is screaming to the children, “Get off that ladder. It’s dangerous.” Why? Because the children already have learned it can be dangerous through years of “risk play.”



Caritas Community working with logs

Tens of thousands of board feet of wood fell from a micro blast storm which blew over and uprooted one hundred plus trees; many of these trees were valuable wood. We immediately turned around a bad thing into a good thing. Our Lady said:


May 25, 1991

“…change all the negative in you, so that it all turns into the positive…”


That is how Caritas is structured. We turn what could be evil to something holy through love. The Bible says:


Romans 8:28

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God”



Caritas Community working with logs



Caritas Community working with logs

These kids will grow up with a memory history of being Paul Bunyan. Also dangerous work requires always having your scapular on as can be seen on two of our girls.



Caritas Community and huge stump

Part of the community poses in front of a huge oak tree, from a storm at Caritas that blew down and/or damaged one hundred plus trees. When this tree blew over, it pulled up its stump, 24 feet high and 36 feet wide! You can see in the background where other tree tops were snapped off like toothpicks.



Caritas Community picking tomatoes

‘M’ators are “martyred” for our Sunday pasta. Bless their little red hearts. Yum for us!! It is a tradition for the community to eat Pasta every Sunday. It creates a community culture of unity and memories. We greet each other, saying, “Happy Sunday Pasta Day.”



Caritas Community kids stacking lumber

The mission of Caritas just saved eighteen more dollars with another free board for future construction.



Your Support is Vital
Donate Now!

Please let us know your donation is for the Community

Or Call in the U.S. at 205-672-2000.
From outside the U.S. dial 001-205-672-2000
After hours dial to extension 315.

You can also mail a check to: Community of Caritas · 100 Our Lady Queen of Peace Drive · Sterrett, Alabama 35147 USA


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