Community of Caritas

The Community of Caritas is the labor force that is behind and that operates the mission of Caritas of Birmingham…

 

Who is the Community of Caritas?

The Community of Caritas is a body of people, consisting of both families and single consecrated men and women, who have dedicated their lives to first living, and then spreading, the messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje. The community is the labor force that is behind and that operates the mission of Caritas of Birmingham, which was founded by a Friend of Medjugorje. Caritas of Birmingham has numerous arms by which the messages of Our Lady are propagated, including Medjugorje.com, BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages, and Radio WAVE, among many others.

 

The idea of people living together in a community is often a new concept to Americans, but it is more familiar to Europeans, where religious communities have existed for hundreds and hundreds of years. The Community of Caritas operates in many ways similar to formalized religious communities, such as having structured prayer times each day, living and working very closely together, and having the same spiritual and physical aims and ways of living. A Friend of Medjugorje acts as more of a Superior General in the community. He has never considered himself to be the sole founder, but instead, would only describe himself as co-founder, because it was Our Lady Who called for the community and had placed this idea of “community” in his heart a couple of years prior to Our Lady asking for it. The first three larger buttons below are arranged to provide you with an organized approach to understanding first the foundation and formation of the Community of Caritas, the importance of community in Our Lady of Medjugorje’s plans, and how to learn more about community. Below the first three larger buttons are 12 smaller buttons. The 12 smaller buttons below provide more detailed information about specific aspects of the way of life Our Lady revealed to a Friend of Medjugorje, which he turned into life in his family, which then became the way of life of the Community of Caritas. 

 
The following was written by a Friend of Medjugorje for one of the openings for the first day of school at Our Lady of Victory’s Little Schoolhouse.
 

Man’s Longing

Its definition would take volumes to explain.
The peace or hell experienced through it
Ranges the distance between the two.

Around it, every joy or every sorrow of life plays out.

We cannot surpass its perfection, only strive to imitate it,
For the model will never be matched.

As a single cell makes up the body, 

The fabric of life is contained within it.

History has shown that this cell has risen up nations,
Or caused their downfall.

Oh, how a sea of humanity lies awake at night longing for
it.
So easily obtained, yet few today never do.

For they lack the wisdom required for its purchase.

A payment of which all would willingly pay,
Yet are unwilling to
work for the wages required to acquire it.

Where can I find it.
Who has its secrets.
Secrets quietly revealed long ago of those who defined it.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
“Holy Family”

The essence of life which contains the joy of Heaven when
imitated
Or the horror of hell when not.
 
These three were its perfection,
The model… the cell… imaging it forever.

Thereby defining it in only one word…

Community.

 

For Our Lady of Victory’s Little Schoolhouse

by a Friend of Medjugorje

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