December 16, 2011 A.D.
At the moment of the apparition, when Our Lady appeared, I recommended each and every one of you, and all the intentions you have carried in your heart. In a special way I recommended all the sick. And Our Lady, when She came, She put Her arms out, extended them over the crowd, and prayed for a long time over all of us. And then Marija asked Our Lady to bless all the objects that we brought with us to be blessed. And Our Lady again extended Her hand and made the Sign of the Cross above us all and above our objects. And then She said, ‘Go in peace.’ And then She left. And in this way She left.
During the apparition, Marija asked Our Lady to bless the 50,000 containers of salt in the print shop of the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages. This was a special project Caritas’ founder had worked on for several months. Marija relayed that during the apparition, Our Lady extended, for a second time, a blessing especially for this. When Marija was asked before the group if Our Lady blessed the salt, she said emphatically, “There can be no question.”
The days were filled with rain during the Seven Days of Prayer for the Reconciliation of Ourselves, our Families and our Nation Back to God. Bright colored umbrellas and ponchos filled the inner circle of the Field from pilgrims who were determined to let nothing deter them from participating in the prayers and sacrifices these days were affording them. In fact, because the rain kept up through most of the retreat, many people believed that the rainy weather was orchestrated by God that we could offer the inconvenience as a sacrifice for greater graces to be bestowed upon our nation during these special days with Our Lady.
Marija made her first appearance in the Field with the pilgrims on December 11, 2001. The apparition was in the Field at 5:40 p.m. The place and time was chosen by Our Lady.
On January 1, 2001, the first day of the New Year, during Marija’s regular apparition at 5:40 p.m., Our Lady made a special request of Marija. She asked her to go up to Apparition Hill that night for an apparition at 10:30 p.m. It had been a long time, even years, since Our Lady had asked Marija to go up one of the mountains. Even more special, Our Lady asked this of Marija on the very first day of the new millennium in the New Year 2001. This signified a certain importance. A call to the mountain on the first day of the new millennium, the second apparition in the same day, to give an important message, a message Our Lady signified She wanted heard by setting it up out of the context of the normal apparition time, asking Marija to come to a second apparition. Our Lady appeared to Marija at 10:30 p.m. Marija said that Our Lady came with five angels. During this special apparition Our Lady gave the following very important message:
“My dear children, now that when satan is unchained, I desire you to be consecrated to My Heart and the Heart of My Son Jesus. I bless you with my Motherly blessing.”
After September 11, 2001, it was apparent that these words of Our Lady had been prophetic. Always wanting to respond to Our Lady’s messages in a concrete way, Caritas’ founder conceptualized a project that would help to combat satan’s plans, by giving protection against his attacks. Our Lady had said in Medjugorje that everyone should carry blessed objects with them and that we should restore the use of Holy Water.
December 26, 1982
“…Carry blessed objects with you. Put them in your house, and restore the use of holy water.”
The use of Holy Salt had also gone by the wayside by most Catholics. Our founder had the idea of acquiring a large shipment of salt canisters to have them blessed by Our Lady. He designed a salt label that explained the use of Holy Salt in the Church as well as the importance of Medjugorje and the plans of God in the world today. It was an evangelization tool as much as a sacramental to provide protection against satanic influence and attacks. Though months of work and large expense had gone into this project, there was no guarantee that Our Lady would bless the salt. It was a great joy and relief, therefore, to learn from Marija that Our Lady, without doubt, had given a second blessing the evening of December 11, specifically to bless the salt. After the apparition, everyone present in the Field walked up to the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages and into the print shop where the salt was located. Marija stood by our good friend, Fr. Cunningham, as he blessed the salt with his priestly blessing.