Celebrating Our Lady’s Birthday at Caritas, August 5, 2011
The Caritas Community gathered in the Field of Apparitions the evening of August 4, 2011, for Mary’s Eve, to pray the Marian Mysteries of the Rosary in anticipation of Our Lady’s birthday the following day. August 4, 2005, was the first time these mysteries of the Rosary, written by A Friend of Medjugorje, were first prayed. The experience of the great storm that took place on Our Lady’s birthday on August 5, 2005 in the Field is forever linked in our hearts with Our Lady’s birthday itself. When we think about Our Lady’s birthday we “remember when it rained.”
Friday, August 4, the community had gathered to begin praying the Rosary at 8:00 PM. Our founder stood to speak to the community for a few minutes before beginning the Rosary. He wanted us to be mindful of the fact that what we were doing in gathering on the eve of Our Lady’s birth, praying this special Rosary, lighting the candles around Our Lady’s statue, and all the preparations made to celebrate Our Lady’s birthday the next day may seem insignificant in the large scheme of things. But, he said, that when Jesus walked the earth and did things with His apostles, they couldn’t have imagined how each event would be remembered later, recorded, passed on through the generations and one day celebrated with big feasts in remembrance of that “insignificant” place of gathering, what was said, and what was done. As our founder has often said before, August 4 and 5 will become great feast days in the Church—the big three—Christmas, Easter, and Mary’s Birthday. August 4th and 5th will be days of joy and celebration, just as the great feasts of Christmas and Easter. Why? Because God wants it.
While he was speaking, a bright light suddenly struck out in the Field about 60 yards behind us. Our founder stopped talking, and asked everyone what was that light. Not everyone had seen it because it was behind them. A few, who were sitting at an angle while listening, thought it was a flash from a camera—but there had been no camera from the direction of the light. About 45 seconds later, we all then heard the low rumble of thunder and looked to the sky. The strange light in the spot of the Field did not give any hint it was lightening but the thunder told us it was. Amazingly, a dark rolling cloud was rapidly moving in our direction and within it repeated lightening could be seen, with an occasional bolt striking the ground. Where had it come from? The sky had been clear just three or four minutes before. No one was expecting rain. Suddenly, caught without umbrellas, we realized that we would all very shortly be getting drenched. Clouds filled with rain, headed in our direction. It was like watching a speeded-up film. The temperature began dropping. Immediately, our founder recognized that this was very similar to the experience of Our Lady’s birthday in 2005 with how the storm suddenly came up upon all those in the Field that day. Our founder said that we will stay in the Field, regardless of what comes, and if the skies open up and the rain comes down, we will know it is a blessing from Heaven, a gift of a reminder of not only August 5, 2005, but the storm that heralded Our Lady’s birthday 2, 027 years ago.
Lightening and strong winds became more and more intense. There was no doubt in any of our minds that we would be soaked to the bone. The speed of the storm was amazing. We experienced everything of the storm except the downpour. Only a few drops fell. By the time the Rosary was finished there was no trace of the storm! Soft adoration music was played while many stayed out in the Field on blankets in silence and prayer. Peace settled over us like a warm blanket itself. Some would say this was just coincidence. It has no special meaning or significance. But for us who felt the joy of Our Lady in the Field on Her birthday in 2005, in the pouring down rain while it was thundering, lightening, and hailing—we know this little storm was given as a shared memory, a gift on Our Lady’s birthday—perhaps just to thank us for making Her birthday a special event in our lives and inciting others to celebrate it as well, even though most of the world thinks of it as an insignificant event…
• With no storm clouds in sight
• the strange spot of light in the Field
• the lightening
• the strong wind literally moving the clouds like you would see on a high speed film
• yet no rain
A significant touch of Our Lady…
…Wish you could have been there.
Love the Community of Caritas
8:10 PM—Mary’s Eve, August 4, 2011
When we first looked back we thought the blue was the second mountain behind the first, with pouring rain coming down upon it. But within seconds we realized it was a cloud moving so fast, one could not believe their eyes.
Two minutes later. We began to get excited as the storm cloud emerged in only a couple of minutes from the above picture. While no lightening was caught on camera, the cloud was giving its share of splendor amidst the lightening.
Two minutes later—8:14 PM
All of us were pretty thrilled at this point and had already started the Rosary. The wind, lightening, and rapid temperature drop made the Rosary all the sweeter.
It has become a community tradition to bring balloons out to the Field at Rosary time on Our Lady’s birthday.
Our Lady once gave an answer to a question our founder presented to Her through Medjugorje visionary, Vicka.
August 26, 1996
Our Lady said that She is happy (pleased) with every sacrifice which we are doing for Her. Also that it is very dear to Her. Our Lady said:
What we do for Our Lady on Her birthday is very simple; from the flowers and balloons, to the special Marian Rosary, to gathering around Her statue at the end of our prayer to sing Happy Birthday—just as we would do with any other member of our family. All very simple, but we know to Our Lady, these little acts of love are “precious” to Her because they are done with the heart.
Marija once told the story of her prayer group presenting Our Lady with a cake during an apparition. Our Lady smiled and lifted off a small yellow flower from the cake and carried it with Her up to Heaven. Every year we celebrate Our Lady’s birthday with a special birthday cake. We’re still waiting for Her to take one of our flowers to Heaven.
Our little girls are always willing to help blow out Our Lady’s candles.
It’s a joy to watch our little children grow to love Our Lady and see Her as not only their Mother…
…but also their friend.