A Way of Life
The community children are the ones who gather the eggs each day, wash them and deliver them to each household. Our way of life takes us back to a simpler time.
Caritas of Birmingham was founded in late 1986. Before this, the founder of Caritas had owned a successful landscape and excavation company. He and his wife had built this business from the ground up. It was his desire that he would leave it for his children to run when he retired. He had been living a life of prayer, striving to be a Godly husband and father. One day while fueling his truck before heading to a jobsite, he heard God ask him in his heart:
The founder replied in his heart,
There were no fireworks, no thunder from Heaven. But, this simple exchange in his heart, between his soul and God, a moment that was here one second and gone the next, began many steps towards a profound change of his life. After the founder became involved with Medjugorje in 1986, and after starting Caritas of Birmingham, the changes that he was making in his life were the beginning steps towards what would one day become the Caritas Community’s way of life, grounded in the messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje.
After being deeply affected by the messages, the Founder of the Caritas Community had went down the path of radically changing his life and through this, transforming his family. The Founder has stated that,
A group of people brought together through Our Lady to live a life based on Her words and commissioned to get hearts closer to Her heart. When Our Lady appeared to Marija on December 13, 1988 in the home of a Friend of Medjugorje and his wife, She conveyed to Marija Her desire to start a community at the site of their home. Just as in the early days of Christianity, this body of people is transforming society through one individual affecting the family, the family affecting the village, and the village affecting the world…
Marija, immediately after that apparition, spoke to the founder who alone was with her and said,
Marija and he knew this message was a milestone and directive to no longer be passive, but rather proactive in spreading the messages. He had been very active in spreading the messages, but in a passive way and had directed the community in the same way. This message was the impulse for him to guide the community, through Our Lady, to become much more proactive in its role to “get” hearts close to “Hers” according to the way She had instructed the founder. This way of life requires a great deal of sacrifice, but the fruit that comes is a closeness to Heaven that is incomparable. Thousands across the world have come and continue to come to see ‘how it works’ and we know that Our Lady has led “the way.” It is becoming clearer that this way of life, which She has revealed to a Friend of Medjugorje through the messages, is becoming the way of the future, when the entire world will be transformed through Her messages. We are not concerned whether people believe this will happen, but know that history will prove it to be so.
Many parents say to their children, “Do as I say, not as I do.” They let the television be their babysitter; their friends determine their values; the corrupt educational system mold their minds. A Friend of Medjugorje grew up in a neighborhood where the fathers gathered every evening to discuss the events of the day. The children weren’t shooed away, but were encouraged to listen and learn from their fathers’ life experiences. These were the days following World War II when there were monumental changes taking place in every part of man’s life—from society, to the culture, to the church. These daily conversations became imprinted in a Friend of Medjugorje and he learned not only many of the philosophies that he still holds today, but the importance of keeping youth near to adults and leading by witness. “Do as I say, and do as I do.”
Through a Friend of Medjugorje’s “Yes” to change his life, the community reaps the beauty of…
A month-old colt and one of the youth in community lay down in the Field to rest in front of Our Lady’s statue before the community’s daily rosary time.
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