A Medjugorje Gathering: December 8 at Caritas, for the Re-dedication of the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages, the motherhouse of operations of spreading the messages of Our Lady, Queen of Peace of Medjugorje.
The 18th Annual Medjugorje gathering of the Five Days of Prayer begins at Caritas of Birmingham, for the Reconciling of Ourselves, our Families and our Nation Back to God. December 8th—the Re-consecration of the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages.
The alarm rings at 4 o’clock a.m. They leave their hotels and the city lights and drive down near empty streets to come to an emptier field. It is dark. It is cold, with temperatures uncharacteristically dipping into the 20’s for this time of the year. They have come to pray and their hearts lift when they see other headlights slowing down, small beams of light from flashlights making their way to the same location. And then they see the candlelight and the glow it provides around the statue of the Virgin Mary. She is the reason they come. Her voice called out from the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” She is the John the Baptist of our time, but a thousand times a thousand the more. She is also our companion on this journey in which She makes sweet every road that is bitter. Our Lady of Medjugorje said:
July 25, 1987
On the edge of the Field of Apparitions, as the adults kneel to pray on the site where Our Lady has appeared to Medjugorje visionary, Marija, the many children that are here for the five days of prayer flock to huge round bales of hay that have recently been harvested by the Caritas Community. While the adults kneel shivering in the cold, children fling off layers of clothing as they romp, climb, jump and laugh with each other in a playground made by nature. Some may ask, shouldn’t they be praying too? When a similar question was asked of Medjugorje visionary, Mirjana, she replied it is enough for little children to see their parents daily praying together to instill in them, as they grow, the importance of prayer. This has also been the Community’s experience. As children grow and mature they gradually leave behind the “play” to join in the “pray.”
Caritas Community members prepare for the re-consecration of the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages.
A promise was made many years ago to the people who helped build The Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages. As this working machine for Our Lady’s Medjugorje messages was first dedicated on December 8, 1993, on the Feast of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception, every December 8th the Community and pilgrims gather to re-consecrate the building to the hearts of Jesus and Mary while remembering in prayer all those who contributed to bringing it about.
The Community’s young men lead the procession through all parts of the building as it is blessed with holy water and holy salt. All the while litanies are sung, one after another. It was once asked of our founder when he first committed to seeing the Tabernacle built, “What if the chastisements happen tomorrow? All this effort and expense will have been for nothing.” The founder replied, that if The Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages saves only one soul from eternal damnation, it would have been worth everything. That was 17 years ago. It cannot be calculated how much good Our Lady has been able to accomplish in multitudes of souls around the world through Her Medjugorje messages being spread through the printing presses, shipping department, the prayer gatherings held here for Our Lady’s apparitions, etc…all of which the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages houses.
The Caritas Community’s young men lead the procession through Our Lady’s print shop. The statue is atop Caritas’ Heidelberg press, a remarkable machine that has literally printed hundreds of millions of sheets of paper with Our Lady’s Medjugorje messages. From the book of messages, Words from Heaven, to the monthly publications of Words of the Harvesters and the Caritas Newsletter, to millions of the booklets by A Friend of Medjugorje, pictures, posters, evangelizing materials—the press is always in motion. Though the physical year of 2010 is slowly coming to an end, with advent, the Church year is just beginning and on December 8th, when each year we re-consecrate the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages, we are already looking towards another year of spreading Our Lady’s messages to new hearts around the world.