Day 9 of the worldwide bread and water fast, joy increases…
October 15, 2015 A.D.
“In our time zone, I am about to close day 9! I am ending the fast, but am not eager to come back to the norm. I am happy to be part of this movement. I would have not done this without the knowledge that some people in some parts of the world are so committed to this spiritual journey.…”
Ron, Manila, Philippines
Many others throughout the world have told us that they feel supernaturally united with those who are joining in this 9-day fast. United in sacrifice, with one mind, one heart, one Mother, one God.
“Dear Community. It is day 8 of the fast. In our Prayer Group there is a 11 year old boy fasting as well. His name is Diego. He also did it last year, but his mother did not want me to give his name on the list of the members I sent for a day to be assigned, as she thought he would not complete the nine days, not even one! (he loves eating) Again this year, his mother was very reluctant to give him permission but he insisted so much that his mom finally said yes. When asked why, he smiles and simply says “I want to help Our Lady”. I wanted you to know about him. A boy who firmly believes in the great power of fasting. That’s something extremely rare around here.”
H.N., Puebla, Mexico
So many have wanted to help Our Lady through this fast. If any word has been told to us over and over again by those joining in this fast it has been the word: joy. Our Lady of Medjugorje said on September 25, 1996:
Joy is found in God, not in the things of this world. The 9-day fast helps to purify the mind, heart and body of those things which weigh it down, and keep it on the earth. The suffering of the fast, beginning on day 1, becomes by day 9, joy.
“On Day 1 of our fast, it felt like we were going up a mountain to meet our Blessed Mother with our fasting sacrifice; now as we enter into Day 9, it feels like we’re joyfully running down it into Her waiting arms – praise be to God! Thank you!!!”
D.Y, Hawaii, USA
We remain united on this last day of the 9-day fast, filled with joy in our hearts, and confident that God is listening.
“It’s so easy to feel like you’re all alone in times like these, but reading [a Friend of Medjugorje’s] reflections and insights and especially the feedback of others around the world makes me realize how connected we really are! …Thank you for all you do to keep us connected as Our Lady’s apostles. You can’t know how much it feeds us especially during this time of fasting! Please continue to encourage all of us throughout the world who are struggling to remain faithful in this fast. It is such a joy to know deep, deep inside my soul that God truly heard and accepted our fast and prayers last year  and in his intimate, daddy’s care for us chose to reveal that to us.”
Cherelle, Louisiana, USA
Cherelle was writing to us of a remarkable story that happened from last year’s fast of 2014, to this year’s fast of 2015, and how God had woven all the pieces together. Others have told the same thing, that last year’s 9-day fast of 2014, somehow was united in a special way to this year’s 9 day fast of 2015. Beginning now, God is weaving a beautiful story for you for next year’s 9-day fast, and we look forward to doing this again, united with all of you, Our Lady and Jesus. Wait for next year, 2016, the year of blessing and mercy, and join in this again. We will let you know when we will be doing this worldwide 9-day fast again for ourselves, our families, our nation and world. Many have said that they are waiting in anticipation for next year’s 9-day fast. Pray and wait…
January 2, 2000
Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje
United in Joy with Our Lady and in anticipation of next year’s fast,
On behalf of Caritas of Birmingham
The Community of Caritas