Some of the Caritas Community girls today, August 5, 2009, all dressed up for the occasion for Our Lady’s birthday celebration.
As the young Caritas girls headed to the chicken coop to collect the community’s “daily bread” of eggs, the community members gathered to pray the Rosary before Our Lady’s statue which was graced with the beautiful picture of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, surrounded by hundreds of roses that formed a flowery pedestal at Our Lady’s feet. This scene of Mary’s birth and the roses always bring to mind the very special celebration of Our Lady’s birthday that took place in the Field the evening of August 4, 2005, when for the first time ever a celebration of Mary’s “Christmas” Eve was experienced by thousands of pilgrims, followed then by the spectacular storm on Our Lady’s birthday, August 5th, in which nature re-created the exact circumstances when Mary first entered the world at Her birth 2,021 years earlier.
Some of the Caritas Community girls today, August 5, 2009, all dressed up for the occasion for Our Lady’s birthday celebration. Here in this picture, the girls are returning from gathering the chicken eggs and bringing them to the Field to place them in the front of Our Lady as they do every day for the rosary. In Medjugorje Our Lady came and stepped into the lives of the villagers. At Caritas, it is seen that Our Lady comes into the everyday life and becomes a part of the Community, intertwined, Heaven and earth, a seamless life. Our Lady’s birthday, celebrated as if it were the birthday of a Community member, only it is our Queen and Mother.
At 3:00 a.m. the morning of August 5th, several of the young men in the Caritas Community, who had spent the night outside under the stars, arose to begin roasting a pig. For what occasion? For the celebration of Our Lady’s birthday. It is a big feast day in the Caritas Community, and among one of the main callings of the Community is to promote and spread knowledge of Our Lady’s August 5th birthday worldwide. On August 4th, the day before Our Lady’s feast, the community men worked all day in St. Joseph’s shop to weld together the spit you see in this picture to hold the pig. It is a joy to create from one’s own hands, in collaboration of what God gives in His creation, useful tools and other necessities of life. The handmade spit added to the festivities of the day as Our Lady’s little village allowed practically everything else to stop in order to pause to give thanks to God and to celebrate Her birth.
The angels of Our Lady, three of the Caritas Community children blowing out the candles for Our Lady’s birthday cake, today, August 5, 2009.