October 18, 2018 A.D.
What does it mean to begin the reign of Our Lady? The scripture states:
Many of you who have joined with us for this 9-day bread and water fast, have told us how happy you are to join in this fast. And, when some of you wrote to us in the beginning that you were having a hard time, we told you to stay the course, and you will find your joy increase each day. The reign of Our Lady begins in the heart and then manifests physically. What many of you have helped to start in the world, is something which one will always be able to look back on and say, “I joined, I fasted to help bring about Our Lady’s reign,” an honor not given to many, but to those who fought the battle against themselves for Her Kingdom to be established.
What a joy for those who joined with us for this great intention, and what a spiritual heritage, “spiritual wealth” as Our Lady recently said, for a future investment in the Kingdom of Our Lady. Indeed, many in the future will long for the days of Our Lady’s time upon the earth but will see it. You, now, are seeing it in your midst, formed by Her, and a new time manifesting into a physical reality, just as the age of Christendom was formed and then manifested into physical reality.
“Dear friends, I thank you all at Caritas for all what you all are doing for us. This is my second 9 day fast on bread and water after three years. I didn’t sign up as I was afraid I would not be able to do it, but today it’s my 4th day and I’m so happy that I started it…”
“Just to let you know that I started my first 9-day fast on Oct 10, and so far, so good. A bit challenging, as you know, not to gripe and complain about fasting and offer it up in a spirit of love. It’s funny how this slight to moderate feeling of being hungry does make me think about God more throughout the day and night. I offer this fast up for the upcoming elections and for loved ones who need conversion, who need God and His joy in their lives. Thanks for all you do! May God bless us with His special grace of joy during this fast!”
“…Anything for Mary, and I hope She will find this acceptable…”
“…It is now the 8th day of the fast and although my body is a little weary my soul is strong. It’s comforting to read the thoughts of others, confirming there are many fasting the 9 days. Thank you for the work you do and sharing the words of our Mother. Much love, Liz.”
We have stated many times, those who join to the cause of Our Lady, in Her Medjugorje apparitions, are taking part in something bigger than their own wants, bigger than themselves. Our Lady said on January 25, 1987:
“I too continue this fast along with Caritas and all who enter this fast. Fighting through prayer for the conversion of sinners in our own families and those of the whole world. I pray, I wait, and continue to offer up all that I am in order to remain faithful to our God. It isn’t always easy but necessary for the salvation of souls. Thank you, Caritas, for your continued leadership and encouragement. Thank you for proclaiming Our Lady’s messages…”
And another feedback sent halfway through the fast:
“Yesterday, we were 4 days into the 9-day bread & water fast. I randomly selected the following message and had to wonder if it might not be for everyone.
January 2, 1985
This apparition of Our Lady, surrounded by angels, took place at 11:30 p.m. on Cross Mountain.
“I am very happy to have been able to come here for three years, thanks to the prayers of believers. Continue to pray thusly. A part of my plan has been realized. God blesses in a special way all those who are here. You can return happily to your homes. You do not immediately understand the reasons. Offer your prayers of thanksgiving for next week.”
Clearly, Our Lady was speaking to everyone during this fast, and what She reveals brings great joy to all hearts.
“Dearest Community, this fast is an enormous blessing for our family. It is our ninth year to join you in this most holy endeavor…our first novena of novena fasts! It is not possible to express the great privilege it is for us to offer this fast to Our Lady. Love and prayers to y’all!”
Though we sacrifice for Our Lady, to help Her in Her mission through Medjugorje, we cannot be out-thanked when we realize what God grants to Her because of Her children who respond. Our Lady of Medjugorje said on September 26, 1985:
We will see soon, or rather, we have already seen the beginning of the Kingdom of Our Lady being established in the world. Live this next week in thanksgiving to God.
United in Prayer and Fasting for Her Kingdom,
Caritas of Birmingham
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