A Friend of Medjugorje’s Works
Our Lady of Medjugorje June 2, 2016
“You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works.”
In an article published by Forbes.com entitled, “What Is The Definition of An Entrepreneur?” Jim Blasingame states that an entrepreneur must have ownership, courage, curiosity, vision, risk, and redemption. He ends the article claiming, “The 21st century needs ‘all kinds’ of entrepreneurs.”
Those who have come in contact with all that a Friend of Medjugorje has accomplished for Our Lady understand clearly that God has invested a great plan in the hands of one of the greatest spiritual entrepreneurs of the 21st century. This spiritual entrepreneur, a Friend of Medjugorje, has run Caritas of Birmingham, from its beginnings, as an organization seeking to gain the greatest spiritual profit for Heaven, namely, countless conversions born through the plan of Our Lady of Medjugorje. He takes his calling seriously knowing the risk is not in failing financially, as is the concern of business entrepreneurs, but in failing to help the Mother of God institute Her plans for the
world through Medjugorje. A Friend of Medjugorje has laid everything on the line for Our Lady, and has put all the many aspects and outreaches of Caritas of Birmingham and the Community of Caritas at The Mother’s disposal. His works speak louder than his words. What he accomplishes will never be enough for him. He relates to Our Lady when She said in 1984-1985:
Those surrounding him daily see him always “pressed.” If another project is not continuously “on the table” then things are not normal. Those who persecute a Friend of Medjugorje definitely cannot persecute him for “not doing enough.” Looking at all of the “works” he has initiated through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and guided to success, one can see that he has a great faith in the apparitions of Our Lady of Medjugorje. He has always been willing to put his reputation on the line in order to fulfill what he feels God is showing him. His faith in and love for Our Lady give him his strength.
“So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead…For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.”
James 2:17, 26
The works of a Friend of Medjugorje presented below are by no means an exhaustive compilation. Our archives are so large and so full that it was impossible to cover every work initiated by a Friend of Medjugorje in the amount of time we had to prepare this section for Mej v3.0, the new Medjugorje.com, released in August 2017. We have made our best effort to include below as many of his major works as possible. We will continue to add to this compilation as time permits us to accurately present more of his works from the past and as all that a Friend of Medjugorje is undertaking now and will undertake in the future is manifested.
“Pray and by your life witness...”
October 6, 1986
“Pray and by your life witness. Not with words but rather through prayer will you attain what your desire is. Therefore, pray more and live in humility.”
For a more detailed account of the founder of Caritas' question to Our Lady and response He received read The Petition.”
BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages
“...Dear children, I want you to comprehend that God has chosen each one of you in order to use you in a great plan for the salvation of mankind...”
There was no returning back to the life “before” Medjugorje. Caritas' founder had already begun to take pilgrims with him on his return to this little village just four months after his first pilgrimage there. He then founded BVM (Blessed Virgin Mary) Pilgrimages, feeling a very strong responsibility and desire to bring people to the experience of the apparitions. The first official pilgrimage for BVM Pilgrimages for Caritas was in November 1986. Since its founding, BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages has brought pilgrims to Medjugorje consecutively year after year, not even stopping during the war in Bosnia. Pilgrims consistently state that BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages leads the #1 pilgrimage in the world and the only way to go to Medjugorje. Visit the BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages site for more information on pilgrimages to Medjugorje.
ABC 20/20 Accompanies BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimage
At the time, in the 1980s, the usual viewing audience for 20/20 was approximately 22,000,000 people. With the amount of publicity that this segment received, it was expected that this story would be viewed by many more people. The founder of Caritas placed an ad for the 20/20 “Special Report” in one of the Caritas Newletters and encouraged others to pick up this ad and put it in their local newspapers, Catholic papers, Church bulletins, etc., to encourage people to watch the 20/20 Medjugorje story. Caritas had to add six more phone lines to the three existing phone lines to accept the hundreds of calls from people wanting to place the ad in their local papers. The story ended up drawing one of the largest viewing audiences 20/20 had seen to that point.
Marija’s First Visit to the Founder's Home
November 20, 1988
“May your life be prayer. May your work be offered as a prayer and may everything that you do bring you toward me. Let everything that you do and everybody that you meet be an encounter with God.”
It was a year after Our Lady left before the understanding was gained as to how prophetic and powerful this message was, and it is still unfolding. God has aided the founder and the Mission of Caritas greatly in bringing many souls toward Our Lady and helping everything to be used for Our Lady’s purposes.
“Medjugorje: The Lasting Sign”
“You’re a journalist, not a babe in the woods. You couldn’t be, doing your job, you can’t be naive. What is your reaction to their claims? Do you believe that they actually see something?” Wallace answered: “Well to tell you the truth, yes, I do believe they actually see something. I have made it a point, since my return (from Medjugorje) to find as much information as I can about the scientific tests that have been done there. Because, as a journalist, I believe that information will help people be convinced, one way or the other. And fortunately it probably will help. Although, I guess having faith is the most important thing. I believe they are seeing something. I believe that there’s no way these children could be lying. That they are seeing something, that they are not crazy, and it’s beyond our capabilities to know, absolutely, if we’re not going to take their word for it, that they’re seeing the Virgin Mary, but they are seeing something. And that ‘Something’ is giving them a message that sounds very much like the messages a Virgin Mary would be giving. So, taking their word for it, I would say yes, I believe in it.”
It was said by many that “Medjugorje: The Lasting Sign,” was the most important documentary on Medjugorje.
Our Lady Asks for a Community to be Established
Father Robert Faricy, a Jesuit priest who wrote several books on Medjugorje, was present during the apparitions on December 13 and 14, 1988. He was amazed and said:
“I visited Marija in Birmingham and prayed with her and the others when Our Lady came to her in the Bedroom. Not even in Medjugorje did I feel so strongly Mary’s presence as I did during Her apparition to Marija in Birmingham.”
Billboard Program Launched
Words From Heaven 1st Edition
Looking at the event, as much from the perspective of one living 100 years from now as one in the present, it has always been a concern of a Friend of Medjugorje* that nothing be lost from these apparitions, neither words, nor gestures of Our Lady. Human nature tends to grow dulled to events that happen daily, but the result of this dullness will be much regretted in the future, after the apparitions have ended. It is the responsibility of the “witnesses” of the events to do all they can to record the events, however insignificant they may appear at the time. It is the testimony of the witnesses of Our Lady that the Church will eventually go to, to understand the apparitions of Medjugorje. Words from Heaven holds great importance not only for our present spiritual growth, but for the spiritual growth of generations upon generations that will come after us.
*The title a Friend of Medjugorje" did not exist prior to the publishing of the First edition of Words From Heaven. For more information about how this title came about, read "Founder to Friend." To order your copy of Words from Heaven today on Mejmart
“Between Heaven and Earth” Produced on Cassettes
The philosophy of giving away materials for free was always very strong in a Friend of Medjugorje, but it took a strong faith that God would provide the necessary funds to do this and to combat those opposed to this way of thinking. A Friend of Medjugorje, despite those who constantly battled him in this way of thinking, has held fast, and literally millions of people have heard, directly or indirectly, of the apparitions in Medjugorje related to his strong faith in God’s providence.“Between Heaven and Earth” is now produced on CD in English and Spanish and continues to be spread throughout the world. To order or download your copy of “Between Heaven and Earth”
OIM – Operation Introducing Medjugorje
Dear Caritas of Birmingham, February 24, 1991
Many thanks for your packet, sent 1/17/91 to “Any Service Member.” Several of these have been directed to me and after noting the excellent contents of the mailing, I assure you that all reaching the United States Carrier USS-America will be distributed to our sailors and officers.
The war rages here - it began in its land portion at 0300 this morning. Having been recently with the Marine Corps from August to early October, 1990, in the Gulf, I can well guess the great trial that our troops are now enduring. Your prayer and fasting has no doubt been heard and is answered by God on High, and our military deeply appreciates the sacrifices and devotion to bring this blessing. May God richly bless your work and the message of hope that Caritas carries.
Sincerely, Lt. G.G.W. Office of Chaplain
PRM: Project Refugee Medjugorje
The Poem of the Man-God Controversy
“One must read them.”
When other followers of Medjugorje found out that a Friend of Medjugorje wrote the cardinal, they were upset and feared he would endanger the status of Medjugorje with his question. He simply saw them as non-believers, because his faith in the apparitions was so strong that if Our Lady said it, God allowed it. And if He (God) allowed it, all would work out for His Glory. Visit here to read the full story
Field Angel Program Established
In September of 1991, a Friend of Medjugorje with the first Caritas Community members, did a nine-day novena, walking on their knees from his home to the Tree in the Field of Apparitions, circling the Tree nine times also on their knees, praying Rosary after Rosary in petition to Our Lady to inspire a direction in this matter. The result of that novena was Caritas of Birmingham’s Field Angel program.
The concept came to a Friend of Medjugorje in morning prayer during the days of the novena, of having people pledge a certain amount each month, creating a budget from which we could plan future projects, as well as for the reprinting and reproduction of Caritas' materials, but he was at a loss as to how to structure and name the concept. He climbed the mountain behind Caritas one morning, to clear his mind and to pray again to Our Lady for guidance. In figuring how much we needed each month to carry on the operations of the mission, keep the materials in print, and be able to implement new ideas in spreading the message, he figured we needed at least 5,000 people to commit to a monthly donation. A prayer he had prayed almost daily before Marija, the Medjugorje visionary, came to Alabama and had the apparitions here, suddenly came to him on this mountain climb. The prayer was a petition in which he begged God to send 5,000 angels to the valley, assigning 1,000 angels each for specific tasks, such as 1,000 angels for protection, 1,000 angels to help bring about the conversion of the people who would come here, 1,000 angels to help acquire the land, etc. As he remembered that prayer, the understanding of “Field Angels” came into his heart.
The community knew that this was from Our Lady at the time, but understand it even more so now to see what the Field Angel Program has become...literally a physical extension of the Caritas community, hands and instruments of Our Lady that reach around the world bringing the message of Our Lady, first by their lives lived as witnesses, then through the materials produced here in the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages. When the Field Angel program was born, a community of believers was born who live the spirit of Medjugorje in their own individual homes, towns and cities, but who are united under the mantle of Our Lady through the mission of Caritas. Field Angels are prayed for everyday by the Community of Caritas and are considered as family for all they do for Our Lady through the mission.
OLPG – Our Lady’s Prayer Groups
We were hearing from many people who did not know anyone in their area who knew of Medjugorje. Our Lady gave a Friend of Medjugorje an inspiration to respond to their need, and Our Lady’s Prayer Groups, or O.L.P.G., was born. A computer program was created that, using the mailing list as the base, helped match people together in their area so they could form or join an already existing prayer group. We put together a packet of information for those who wanted to start their own group based on the dictations of Our Lady’s prayer group in Medjugorje. Our Lady’s Prayer Groups, registered with Caritas of Birmingham, began receiving regular mailings from us to keep them informed of the events and messages of Medjugorje. Whenever Our Lady expressed specific needs for prayer, or whenever there were prayer projects we sponsored, we had an immense group of people ready to respond with prayers and sacrifices. As many people have told us through the years, just knowing they are a part of so many other people praying for the same intention gives them the feeling that their prayers can really make a difference in helping Our Lady and Her plans in changing the world. A Friend of Medjugorje has future plans to revamp and restructure OLPG to make the program stronger for the future.
The Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages
“Children of America, Save Medjugorje!”
On this anniversary of June 25, 1992, of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje, Vicka made a special presentation to Our Lady of the first completed coloring books from “Children of America, Save Medjugorje.” Four children from Caritas had colored their pages, offering up their prayers and sacrifices to Our Lady for peace. Their coloring books were carried to Medjugorje for the June 25th anniversary by the Caritas crew who accompanied the most recent Project Refugee Medjugorje (P.R.M.) flight to Medjugorje and the surrounding areas. Two refugees from a nearby village also had drawings to present to Our Lady. The following was conveyed:
“On the 25th during the course of the apparition, Vicka gave Her the first drawings from the children as a gift for the Anniversary. The Virgin showed Her great joy and blessed the coloring books as well as the children who did them. Vicka is waiting impatiently for the others.”
The Seven Novenas Begin
These powerful and moving novenas spread rapidly, and have led to the accumulation of prayers numbered into the millions, said for the conversion and healing of ourselves, our families and our nation. It is a momentum of prayer that grows every year, with over 1,000,000 copies in circulation. To Order a copy of the Novena on Mej-mart, Click Here!
December 8-12 Annual Five Days of Prayer Begin
“The Lamb” Television Commercial
Marija’s Second Visit to a Friend of Medjugorje’s Home
I See Far
On December 9, 1981, Our Lady said:
“...It would be a good thing to give up television, because after seeing some programs, you are distracted and unable to pray...”
A Friend of Medjugorje, through much prayer, suffering and tears, was lead down this “TV-free” path. This discernment brought about tremendous persecutions and hardships, from family, friends and Catholic media outlets. What no one understood was the sacrifice behind the change he was making. Realizing that everyone’s conversion and spiritual walk is different, he does not in any way look down upon those who use and watch the medium of TV, but he knows the fruit of this path, firstly, in his family, and then in the community, and now the thousands who have followed in his footsteps.
I See Far, a book by a Friend of Medjugorje regarding the topic of television, is one of a kind and one of the many fruits of the changes Our Lady desired him to make first in his life and his family’s life, and then to be a “witness” to others. To order or download your copy of I see Far
“...Get as many hearts as you can close to My Heart...”
Our Lady said to literally “get souls” close to Her heart and bring them to God. She wants of him and the community to be Her extended hands, Her tools which She desires to use just as any craftsman uses his tools. Our Lady said:
“Little children, I desire that through your lives you are witnesses, that you are my extended hands, my instruments. Get as many hearts as you can close to my heart and lead them to God, to a way of salvation.”
Marija was very surprised by this. She knew immediately by Our Lady’s intimacy in saying “Little Children” that it was also for the community at Caritas and its mission. Marija was questioned by the one who was present at this apparition about “to a way”. Marija said specifically Our Lady meant “to ‘a’ way of salvation”. This was important to him because of the spirituality at Caritas and what it is he believes Our Lady has shown by way of this path of salvation, namely of turning away from certain ways and things the world offers. By Our Lady’s words, he understood clearly Her desire to lead others along this way, and that She was strongly endorsing and blessing this path. After She spoke this message, Our Lady gave a blessing before returning to Heaven. He understood that he and the community were not to frown on or look with indifference on other paths of salvation, but to be strong in gathering hearts and showing them what Our Lady has taught them at Caritas and how She has guided their mission and the community. The advice and encouragement Our Lady gave to a Friend of Medjugorje on October 6, 1986 extended through this May 31, 1995 message, to the Community of Caritas who is following in this “witness,” this “way of salvation.”
How to Change Your Husband
This timeless book by a Friend of Medjugorje, How to Change Your Husband, regarding God’s order in the family, has helped saved tens of thousands of marriages already, and in the future, will continue to help save and strengthen millions of marriages through the centuries.
Now available in Croatian as well, pilgrims to Medjugorje and locals swarm to the Caritas Mission House to get this book.Priests have used this book as pre-marital counseling, stating that if the principles within are understood before marriage, the divorce rate will be drastically reduced. To order or download your copy of How to Change your Husband
Mission House Opens in Medjugorje
One of the items given away at the Mission House is beautiful keepsake message card for pilgrims from all over the world in their native language, containing Our Lady’s monthly message to the world given to Marija, the second of the month messages given to Mirjana, and prayer group messages given to Ivan. These cards are printed the day or night the messages come in. Many times, community members are in the Mission House into the late hours of the night printing and handing out these cards as soon as they receive Our Lady’s words. The Mission House has become known for these cards, and pilgrims from all over the village find themselves searching for the Mission House and community members to be able to take Our Lady’s words home with them... to their families, friends, loved ones and prayer groups. In one night, over 12,000 cards were given out in 10 different languages. Many thousands of these cards are handed out free each Mission House season. For more on the Mission House
Since this happened, Our Lady led a Friend of Medjugorje and the community back to Philadelphia on several occasions. In the fall of 1995, almost the entire Community of Caritas gathered outside of Independence Hall to pray the Rosary. It was 11:00 p.m., and very few people were out and about. Everyone present was struck deeply by the powerful sense that Our Lady was with them as the Rosary was being prayed. It would become an unforgettable moment for each one of them.
Two months later, a smaller group from the Caritas Community again found themselves at Independence Hall praying a beautiful Rosary that a Friend of Medjugorje put together with a meditation he had written for the Fourth of July. This Rosary was added to a special meditation Rosary that is prayed in the Field every Fourth of July. As only Our Lady can do, She wove the two together to create a powerful prayer for the consecration of our entire nation to Her Immaculate Heart, the “Patriotic Rosary.”
Over the years, this powerful prayer for Divine protection and mercy for our nation and its rebirth has captured the hearts and attention of millions when first heard and prayed. It has been prayed from within cloistered convents to inside the Pentagon; from dangerous military fields around the globe to the quietness of the Bedroom and the Field at Caritas.
With millions in circulation, and a constant pile of mail requests, those who have prayed the “Patriotic Rosary” feel that this prayer is what has sustained in the United States of America through its darkest times. Caritas of Birmingham once received a donation from the Pentagon. The address on the check shocked the woman processing the mail, and they called the Pentagon in gratitude before sending a hand-written thank you note in the mail. This was during George W. Bush’s administration and the Community of Caritas learned that a group of men in the Pentagon were praying the “Patriotic Rosary” before their daily Mass that also took place inside the Pentagon. The chaplain, who sent the donation, invited a Friend of Medjugorje and the community to visit Washington, D.C. Two community members who were able to visit were stunned when they saw the chaplain’s office in the Pentagon stocked with a Friend of Medjugorje’s materials. It was a comfort to know that Our Lady of Medjugorje’s messages, through a Friend of Medjugorje’s writings, were used in the chaplain’s office in the United States Pentagon. To order or download your copy of “Patriotic Rosary”
Response to Mirjana’s 2nd of the Month Apparitions
In 1997, Mirjana announced that her second of the month apparitions would now be open to anyone who wanted to attend. A Friend of Medjugorje responded by encouraging people, on this one day of the month, to join together in prayer for Our Lady’s intentions for non-believers. He also wrote a prayer to pray each 2nd of the month called the “Prayer for Non-Believers” when he learned that Our Lady taught Mirjana a new prayer that will be released at some point during Her apparitions. The reaction of Our Lady’s children from all over the world was immediate. Churches were being opened for an hour of prayer in the early hours of the morning; other groups were meeting in their homes or nearby shrines. We heard from people from almost every continent who wanted to participate.
A Friend of Medjugorje continues to be on his knees waiting on Our Lady’s words in the middle of the night. Community of Caritas members in Medjugorje now sleep at the Blue Cross the evening before the 2nd of the month, and some of a Friend of Medjugorje’s most profound writings have come from meditations on these 2nd of the month messages.
The “Prayer for Non-Believers” can be ordered on Mejmart on Medjugorje.com or by calling Caritas of Birmingham at 205-672-2000.
Meeting with Pope John Paul II
Apparition and Message in the Mission House
Alabama Log Cabin in Medjugorje Built and Blessed
Marija Returns to Caritas for December 8 -12
By 1999, the Community of Caritas had been blessed with celebrating four major Marian Feast Days with Our Lady: August 5th - Our Lady’s birthday, August 15th - the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven, December 8th - the Immaculate Conception, and December 12th - Our Lady of Guadalupe. For more information on Events at Caritas of Birmingham.
Promoting the Pope’s Entrustment
Caritas of Birmingham’s Field Angels, members of Gideon’s Army and Our Lady’s Prayer Groups (O.L.P.G.) joined together in prayer with the Community of Caritas, the Holy Father and the world on October 8, 2000. The poster a Friend of Medjugorje designed was able to be presented to Pope John Paul II, asking his blessing upon it. The poster spurred a tremendous amount of prayer and conversion, that a Friend of Medjugorje and the community believes was possible because of the Pope’s blessing.
Present for the Pope’s Entrustment
Full Print Shop Established at Caritas
“Sinless Day” Offered for Our Lady’s Birthday
Response to the September 11th Terrorists Attacks
9-Day Fast on Bread and Water Worldwide
Marija Returns to Caritas for December 8-14
During this visit, Marija had an almost three-hour session in the auditorium of Caritas’ mission building, the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages, where she let pilgrims ask her any questions they wanted to, and she answered in English without a translator. This was a first in her visits to Caritas! Her comfort in being so open and sharing with the pilgrims in this way shows how with each visit to Caritas, she feels more and more at home. In another talk in December, she and a Friend of Medjugorje spoke together and told stories of the apparitions from the early days to today. They were like brother and sister reminiscing. In a radio interview, Marija was asked why she had returned. She said she loves coming to Alabama, it is a second home to her, and she would love to come again with her family. For more information on Events at Caritas of Birmingham.
50,000 Containers of Salt Blessed by Our Lady
“At the moment of the apparition, when Our Lady appeared, I recommended each and every one of you, and all the intentions you’ve carried in your heart. In a special way I recommended all the sick. And Our Lady, when She came, She put Her arms out, extended them over the crowd, and prayed for a long time over all of us. I then asked Our Lady to bless all the objects that we brought with us to be blessed. Our Lady again extended Her ‘hand’ and made the sign of the cross above us all and above our objects. She then said, ‘Go in peace,’ and in this way She left.”
Marija didn’t say everything that had happened during the apparition. Unknown even to anyone in the community, a friend of Medjugorje had spoken to Marija before the apparition and explained to her the secret project and asked her to ask Our Lady if She would accept granting to it a necessary Special Blessing directly and physically from Her. The materials of the project were across from the Field, on the first floor of the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages. After the apparition, Marija, smiling, leaned over to a Friend of Medjugorje and said that Our Lady had accepted, and, separate from the normal blessing, gave a second blessing specifically for this spiritual project.
The gift Our Lady gave the community was Holy Blessed Salt. Caritas had purchased two tractor-trailer loads of salt—2,016 cases, each case containing 24 canisters—totaling nearly 50,000 canisters of salt. So you can see why the community was out on a spiritual limb. If Our Lady did not grant a special grace with Her Blessing, what would the community do with enough salt that would last them a thousand years? They didn’t expect Our Lady to rescue them just because they made such a move, for that would be the sin of presumption. Heaven is not moved by grandiose human endeavors, power, or wealth, but rather, humility and prayer based in love. So, while they were very excited about how Our Lady granted the blessing, they also felt relief, and that was a joy in itself. The salt was also blessed by a priest, so it also has Christ’s Blessing. The Blessed Salt is a Sacramental one can use to bless their land, home, office, car, anywhere...and even one’s tongue!
Materials Translated for the Croatian People
The following is just one of the many stories and testimonies of the Croatian people that come into the Mission House in Medjugorje and are thrilled to see materials about Our Lady's messages in their own language.
“Another young Croatian man came in. He lives in Croatia, but this is the first time he has been to Medjugorje. The only reason he came was because a friend told him to come to our Mission House in Medjugorje, that he could get some free materials here. I showed him everything and he couldn’t believe it. He kept saying, ‘I can’t believe this. How is this possible? I can’t believe there is a place like this.’ He said, ‘In this world, everything is about money and what can I get out of this or that.’ He said, ‘How is it possible that there is a place here, surrounded by so many shops asking for money, a little place that is giving away materials from the heart?’ He just couldn’t believe that a place like this existed. He ended up coming every day, and he brought someone new with him each time he came in. And each time he came in, he immediately asked for a bag and began to fill it up with other materials. He was amazed because he must have gotten $100.00 worth of retail material each day free!” (From a letter from a Caritas Community member in Medjugorje dated August 6, 2016.)
Community and Lunetti Family Retreat with Our Lady
“Because it is your vacation, I will come whenever you pray.”
Everyone was stunned by this message. Being given the ability to have the apparition at their choosing made for a beautiful week in which each apparition was prepared for in a special way so that their hearts were fully prepared to receive Our Lady each time.
Another highlight was the apparition of August 15, 2003, the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven. At this apparition a Friend of Medjugorje suggested that they again write out their petitions and with Marija’s approval, present them to Our Lady during the apparition. Our Lady continued to stay until the last petition was placed at Her feet. When Marija came out of ecstasy, she let out a happy sigh, then after pausing slightly, she said:
“Our Lady came with angels...thousands of angels.”
Marija went on to describe what she had seen. She initially said hundreds of angels, but later, with her husband translating, she qualified that it was countless, thousands of angels. The angels were all baby angels. They were wearing something like roman tunics all in pastel colors. They were all behind Our Lady, not far in distance. When Marija was asked what the angels were looking at, Marija replied, “At us.” This surprised the community because Marija said the angels, when appearing with Our Lady, always stare only at Our Lady. The following week they returned to Caritas.
Apparition in a Friend of Medjugorje’s Writing Office
The following is a description of what took place that day in the apparition in his writing office:
August 19, 2003
A Friend of Medjugorje arranged to have several more tractor-trailer rigs of salt delivered to the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages, with the hope that Our Lady would bless the salt as She had done in the apparitions at Caritas of Birmingham in December of 2001, with the first loads of salt. This would be the first apparition in the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages, and though the salt was on the first floor, where the print shop is located, the Community of Caritas desired to have the apparition in the writing office of a Friend of Medjugorje, where all the writings concerning Our Lady’s messages take place. The Community met at 6:00 p.m. to begin the Rosary, with Marija, Medjugorje visionary, and her husband, Paolo, joining them. Marija said:
“Our Lady blessed us, and She prayed over us.”
Marija asked Our Lady to bless the salt during the apparition. Marija said:
“Our Lady bless also, I ask for all salt, on first floor...She bless, She make sign of cross...I recommend all of our intentions and what we have in our hearts, and I ask to bless all salt together. She make little prayer over us, and after She bless.”
Project WAVE Begins (Worldwide AVE) with Miracles
While praying apparition Rosary everyday on the beach, God provided many “miracles” of nature for those present for Project WAVE, from friendly seagulls visiting those present everyday to dolphins “saying goodbye” with a graceful flip and “wave” on one of the last days of the original Project WAVE. The miracle of catching this incredible phenomenon of the two dolphins at once was taken as a beautiful sign from God the Creator that this project was part of His plan.
Marija Returns to Caritas May 1-5, 2004
“Tomorrow morning, here, and the day after in the afternoon in the Field by the Tree.” (April 30, 2004)
The message above is a very significant one for the community in that Our Lady has never, in all the years of apparitions as Caritas, specifically said the words “Field” and “Tree.” In this same message She also makes reference to the Bedroom. In doing so, She Herself recognizes these two separate but connected apparition sites. In this message, it is She who set the schedule, setting one apparition in the morning and another in the evening. It shows that She has a purpose in appearing both in the Bedroom and in the Field, and that She has preferences. During these five days, Our Lady chose to have Her apparitions in the Bedroom four out of the five days of the retreat. Our Lady would always bless all those gathered in the Field, even during the days that She appeared in the Bedroom.
In the only apparition in the Field during these days, Our Lady gave us a familiar message with an added blessing:
“My dear children, do not forget that I am your Mother, and that I love you, and that I bless you. (May 2, 2004)
With only the community present, just before Marija returned home to Italy, Our Lady came one last time giving us advice to a question presented to Her by a Friend of Medjugorje. It was asked of Our Lady to give words of encouragement in the face of attacks that come because of the great fruit of conversion that had just taken place here over the years. Our Lady said:
“I give you my love. You give it to others.” (May 6, 2004)
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First Public Celebration of Our Lady’s Nativity with Marija
Miraculously, on August 5th, with a clear sky overhead, a violent storm suddenly broke out, hail rained down, and the crowd, along with Maria and her husband, Paolo, was drenched. At the exact moment Marija’s voice disappeared in ecstasy, a lightning bolt touched down just behind the Nativity. Joy flooded those gathered. No one cared about the rain; all were full of glee knowing they were reliving the circumstances of Mary’s actual birth. Many related the miracle to a “Fatima-type” experience.
Marian Mysteries of the Rosary
Community of Caritas Relief Effort after Hurricane Katrina
The crew of Caritas community members was the first to arrive in the Bay St. Louis region with heavy equipment. Nothing they had seen before, including the destruction in Bosnia caused by the war, prepared them for what they saw upon arriving to the area. It was worse than a war zone. They could barely take in the amount of devastation before them.
When they arrived, the greatest need was to get the streets cleared so that search and rescue teams could get through and water lines could be repaired so that people would be aided in their survival and cleanup. Before water and power could be turned back on, the utility trucks and equipment needed clear passage through the streets of the town. With the work performed by Caritas equipment and community members, the search and rescue teams and utility trucks were able to begin immediately.
Even days after they arrived, there was still no heavy equipment being brought into this area. Once equipment started coming in, it often wasn’t able to handle the mud and would sink and get stuck. Because community youth grew up with equipment that handles these conditions and with the community's experience, they were often called upon to help many different rescue groups who were in the area to help. This included the National Guard, the Air Force, the Coast Guard and the Army, not to mention the city of Bay St. Louis, itself, who called upon the community every day for a variety of needs.
There were many signs and miraculous stories they heard from people they had personally met who survived Hurricane Katrina. The high drama of what these people lived through in what has been named the worst natural disaster that ever hit our nation is almost unbelievable. The community members are grateful to Our Lady for giving them the means to bring help to one of the worst areas that had been largely overlooked in the first days following the disaster. This area was “ground zero” as it was in the worst place to be when the eye of the storm passed over, the left side of the eye of Katrina. The community members witnessed Our Lady’s messages and Her ways to many people and have used their work as an encouragement to others to live holy lives.
First Chartered Plane from the USA to Mostar
This pilgrimage was titled the “Birth to Assumption” pilgrimage, because many were at Our Lady’s birthday celebration at Caritas of Birmingham on August 5 and then traveled on this chartered flight with a Friend of Medjugorje, Medjugorje visionary, Marija, and her family, and the Caritas Community to Medjugorje for the Assumption on August 15th. The exact dates of the pilgrimage, with 200 “pilgrims,” were August 8-18, 2005.
The Mostar Airport had not been used by civilians since the war in the early 1990s. During this war, Mostar was a major target and was constantly bombarded. There was massive destruction throughout the city, including many historical sites. With the landing of the Caritas charter flight, it was an indication to the world that this historic city had come back from the rubble.
The successful landing of the Caritas charter flight was reported in the local area newspapers for three consecutive days. But the story was also carried around the world by international news sources. The community was pretty amazed when hearing supporters in Chicago, California and New York tell them they had heard on network news channels about the Caritas flight to Mostar. It gave international exposure to Medjugorje of which a Friend of Medjugorje and the community were certain Our Lady was responsible for making happen.
Caritas Comes Online as Mej.com
Look What Happened While You Were Sleeping
Look What Happened While You Were Sleeping will give you the knowledge and examples throughout past and current history to confidently stand strong against all that threatens our way of life, as Christians.
Many took and are taking it as their primary mission to spread this book and promote it in various ways. Many have said this book is the tool to get people to understand what must be done to change the situation of society. Some wrote to Caritas and are writing their local newspapers. Others have paid and are paying for ads; still others are meeting with Protestant pastors, talking to them and presenting them a book. Many are keeping on hand a number of copies. One person said they give away one book a day. Many stories of conversion are coming to Caritas. Surprisingly, people are coming back into the Church after reading the book. One nun had a whole editorial published! To order or download your copy of Look What Happened While You Were Sleeping
Radio WAVE Broadcast Launched
Many have relayed that it’s hard to stay enthusiastic about Medjugorje. Others complain that they know few people who know about Medjugorje and are all alone. We live in a world which is structured in such a way, that Our Lady of Medjugorje’s voice cannot compete. Many, therefore, are not able to connect with others of the same sentiments who want continued conversion. The Radio WAVE broadcast unites Our Lady’s apostles spread throughout the world and is forming a body of listeners with one mind, one heart.
“Retooling the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages” Launched
Therefore, we criss-crossed the country, researched product information, attended trade shows, studied equipment, visited other facilities, talked to many salesmen, consulted and analyzed all the avenues related to printing, production, communications and distribution. We have an accurate analysis of the mission’s needs and its direction. We raised the funds for 52 pieces of equipment that our prayerful study had shown we must purchase to revamp the operations of Caritas’ prepress department, various printing operations, and the shipping and mailing departments. We must retool The Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages immediately. This was a cross for us because it took a lot of effort to raise funds for purchasing the equipment, as well as to complete the installation and training necessary to retool our Mother House from top to bottom. Though a necessary burden, it is a very exciting moment of being in Our Lady’s service. It took both our supporters and our efforts to give Our Lady something that does not exist in the Medjugorje World, anywhere.
Though the fundraising for the Retooling began in 2008, much of the major construction undertaken as part of the Retooling expansion was completed in 2011. Some of the finishing details on the expansion are still being finalized. In its current state, as of August 2017, the Tabernacle includes a state-of-the-art print shop, shipping department, auditorium, kitchen, as well as a first floor pallet inventory addition, bringing its total square footage to approximately 65,000 square feet. When the square footage of all the support buildings that surround the functions of the Tabernacle are added, it brings the total to approximately 140,000 square feet of space.
Marija Returns for the Consecration of the USA
Each of the five days had a specific focus, July 1st being a day of repentance and seeking forgiveness; July 2nd was the day for our individual consecrations; July 3rd, the day of consecration of our families; July 4th, the consecration of our nation and July 5th, a day of thanksgiving for Our Lady’s presence among us and Her acceptance of these Consecrations. For more information on Events at Caritas of Birmingham.
“Apparitions of Mary” Billboard Program Launched
The picture of Our Lady on this billboard came from a painting in which Medjugorje visionary, Ivan, worked with an artist to try to capture Our Lady’s appearance as the visionaries see Her. Ivan said that though it did not come close to what Our Lady looks like in an apparition, it is the closest painting that exists which looks like Our Lady as he sees Her. Amazingly when it was developed it was more beautiful than the actual painting, with colors and beauty more than what we can see in the painting. We felt Our Lady’s hand upon this beautiful photograph and see it as a special grace; a little supernatural intervention from Our Lady.
Many were able to be in Our Lady’s presence as we consecrated our nation back to God through His Mother because they learned of the event through these billboards.
Radio WAVE “Mejanomics” Broadcast Launched
These radio programs by a Friend of Medjugorje are changing the way people live. They are dumping their worries or anxieties for a solid direction and positioning themselves for a more peaceful future. Financial concerns today affect the rich as well as the poor; everyone is concerned. Mejanomics, “templates” Our Lady’s messages over these issues guiding you through the wisdom of the messages, so that you can wisely make the best decisions for your future.
Mej.com Changes to “Medjugorje.com”
Medjugorje.com originally came online as Mej.com, unannounced on June 25, 2006. A Friend of Medjugorje’s decades of mission work dedicated to Medjugorje and Our Lady makes Medjugorje.com a multimillion dollar site, making available millions of dollars of production, including materials and books, much of which are and will be downloads free and instantly accessible to anyone in the world. A Friend of Medjugorje’s plan for Medjugorje.com is that it will be the most comprehensive, extensive, in-depth look at Medjugorje to help fulfill Our Lady’s desire for the conversion of the world.
Marija Returns for the 2nd Consecration of the USA
July 3 was a very special apparition in which Our Lady stayed a long, long time—nearly 8 minutes. When Marija had offered Our Lady all the prayers and sacrifices for the United States, Our Lady gave the following message:
“Thank you. I need your prayers. I need, dear children, everyone in this world to be my extended hands.”
It was the night of July 4th, which would stand out as the more important apparition for our nation. On this night the re-consecration of the nation again was a powerful moment. Our Lady had accepted the consecration and everything now rested in Her hands. For more information on Events at Caritas od Birmingham Events
“This is My Time” Billboard Program Launched
“...This time is my time...”
With millions of daily eye contact (D.E.C.) of the “This is My Time” billboard, we heard from many people of how they have been moved by Our Lady. A Friend of Medjugorje always says that, “Just one conversion makes the whole campaign worthwhile.” Through God’s grace, the picture of Our Lady is reaching out to multitudes of people around the country who are living peaceless lives, lives often in shambles. They are struck by the loving expression that greets them as they drive by and are drawn towards the peace the Woman in the picture seems to be offering. Others took the billboard as a sign from God personally to them, such as the following testimony expressed, that also came through a phone call to our mission:
Last Friday, a young woman called from her cell phone, as she was getting ready to go to a business appointment. She had just passed a billboard somewhere in New Jersey. She also became emotional as she related that she had been hurt and now was very mad at God and Our Lady. That morning in great anger she yelled out to God that if He loved her, He would send her a message that He existed and that Our Lady was real. Two hours later she passed the billboard with the picture of Our Lady and she knew from the bottom of her heart that this was for her from the Father in Heaven.
Once a Friend of Medjugorje announced the campaign, Caritas received almost 1,000 responses which was overwhelming, to say the least.
Caritas’ billboard program is very extensive. The program did not end with just putting up a billboard. Rather, the project was extensively supported by Caritas of Birmingham. With over 23 outside phone lines, 50 extensions and Caritas’ website, the many thousands who contact Caritas can easily be introduced to Our Lady’s plans. The support program nurtured the souls who saw the billboards, who then received free printed material about the apparitions, Our Lady’s plans, and Her cure for society. This information is available for those who investigate the Caritas website, mej.com; a three-letter name that’s easy to remember when passing by at 70 mph. Mej.com is a re-direct for the official Medjugorje.com website.
The “This is My Time” campaign also included two more ways to promote Our Lady: signs that hung on houses and barns and bumper stickers for cars.
It Ain’t Gonna Happen: A Return to Truth
This book, It Ain’t Gonna Happen: A Return to Truth, will answer these questions and issues that affect all of our lives: Can the current world economic system co-exist with Our Lady of Medjugorje’s apparitions? The answer to this question is not only surprising, but scary.
For those who don’t think Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje speaks to issues of the day like the economy, money, jobs, housing...
For those who don’t think Our Lady is appearing to fundamentally change the world and the system by which it operates...
For those who place their security in worldly systems of retirement, pensions, and 401K’s, and think Our Lady does not have something to say to you...
For those who think life will continue as normal, and that the tumbling stock markets will recover, that bailouts will work, and that everything will return as previous, guess what?
What would you do to not become a slave? Should you act now? Is it okay to wait? Will the system recover from its present state? The answers can be found in this book. The results can only be found in your reaction... To order or download your copy of It Ain’t Gonna Happen: A Return to Truth
Miraculous Medal Medjugorje Round
2nd “Apparitions of Mary” Billboard Program Launched
Hundreds of billboards sponsored in 2009 were the cause of many coming to Our Lady’s apparitions and converting. This same conversion was a Friend of Medjugorje’s desire for the March 19-23 event. It’s one of the easiest ways to reach many souls and work for the Great Evangelization.
Marija Returns to Caritas March 19 - 23
Unique to these apparitions were the physical phenomenon that took place the first two days of Our Lady’s visit. On March 19, it was widely reported that a “super full moon” would be rising in the night. The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993. This “bigger” and “brighter” moon happens every 18 years or so. We were amazed to realize that the year 1993 was the first year that we consecrated the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages in a formal consecration to Our Lady. This “bigger” and “brighter” moon appearing in both the years of the dedication of Our Lady’s Tabernacle, and not at all in-between these years, was a beautiful sign to us of Our Lady’s blessing. Because the moon has no light of its own, but only reflects the light of the sun, it is the perfect symbol of Our Lady who is the perfect reflection of the Light of Her Son, Jesus. To impress this parallel even stronger in our hearts, on March 20, Our Lady was expected to appear to Marija in the Field at 6:40 p.m. About 20 minutes to 6:00 many of the pilgrims broke into applause and exclamations as they pointed to the sun. The sun had begun to “dance,” strongly pulsating and sending out bright rays. Many burst into tears, while others stared in awe at the sight. It was an amazing display of God’s grace just before Our Lady’s apparition.
Marija Returns for the 3rd Consecration of the USA
“Form and make prayer groups through which we will pray for your healing and the healing of this nation to draw closer to God and to me.”
Her message was unexpected, as was Her simple answer to the problems that faced us as a nation.
On Marija’s last morning before leaving to return to Medjugorje, July 6, 2012, in the Bedroom of Apparitions with only the Community present, a Friend of Medjugorje asked Marija to ask Our Lady if She had any words to give to us. Our Lady responded by saying, “I am with you.” The community will always look back upon the apparitions of July 1-5, 2012, as a turning point in Our Lady’s plans to save our nation. For more information on Events at Caritas os Birmingham.
They Fired the First Shot 2012
They Fired the First Shot 2012, will be for those who read it, the answer. Today everyone is reaching, grasping for a solution and answer for the crisis that this nation is in.
Where are we going? What is happening? Where will we end up? After reading this book you will have the answers to all three questions.
It is absolutely a guarantee that if you delay for a day, a week, or wait for a convenient time to read this book you will regret the time you lost. Begin immediately. Plow through this book. Fight for the minutes you can devote to reading it. You may think this is overstating its urgency. You won’t think this after reading it. To order your copy of They Fired the first Shot 2012
“How To” New Communities Conventions Begin
There have been three successful “How To” New Communities Conventions hosted by a Friend of Medjugorje at Caritas of Birmingham with hundreds in attendance at each conference.
Construction Begins for the Cross on Penitentiary Mountain
“Penitentiary” means a place for imprisonment, a prison for people convicted of serious crimes. What happened upon the Cross released man from the prison of being alienated from God, opening the gates of Heaven granting freedom from exile. Eight hundred feet away from the Cross on Penitentiary Mountain is a place appearing on maps over 150 years ago named “devil’s Gap.” The Cross rising out of Penitentiary Mountain is overshadowing “devil’s Gap” and is part of the ordained heavenly script written for our times. There is a trail of evidence that these mountains were in God’s ordained plans when He made them, not the least of which are the names given by settlers from long ago who were inspired without knowing so in what they called these places. The Cross is built to the exact dimensions of the Cross on Cross Mountain in Medjugorje. A fire has burned in a Friend of Medjugorje’s heart to build this Cross since 1988 when Our Lady first came here. She came in response to a question he asked Her through Medjugorje visionary, Marija, on October 6, 1986, in Medjugorje: “...we humbly ask that the same conversion taking place in Medjugorje be allowed to take place...in Alabama and that it ‘divinely’ spread throughout the whole region.”
There is a whole beautiful script of stories Our Lady has written over the years about this Cross on Penitentiary Mountain and the long road of difficulties, sacrifices and penitential works offered by a Friend of Medjugorje and by this “village” of Caritas that had to be gone through to build it.
The excavation of Penitentiary Mountain took an enormous amount of labor in preparation to start the Cross. Machines could not get to the site without a lot of manual labor to open up a passage. The building of the Cross was the focus of all of our days over several months in which the heart and soul of our whole being was involved. It brought great joy to finally see the footers poured and the construction gradually taking the shape of the Cross. Many miracles took place surrounding the Cross—both physical miracles that protected us in particularly dangerous moments of the construction, as well as spiritual miracles that Our Lady gave to us as signs of Her presence. For more on the Cross read “For the Soul of America”.
3rd “Apparitions of Mary” Billboard Program Launched
Marija Returns for the 4th Consecration of the USA
Our Lady, as was Her pattern during the July events in 2008, 2009 and 2012, chose to appear in the Bedroom of Apparitions on July 1 and 2. During the July 2 apparition, She stated that She would appear the next day, July 3, during the night time prayer Vigil in the Field. This Vigil was in preparation for the Solemn Consecration of our nation the following day on July 4. In each year of 2008, 2009, and 2012, Our Lady set the time of Her apparition during the night time Vigil either at 10:00 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.
Because Our Lady had done this on all three previous occasions of the Five Days of Prayer in July, it was assumed by many that it would be the same for this July 3, 2013, apparition. But it did not happen that way. After the evening apparition in the Bedroom on July 2, 2013, after Our Lady prayed over everyone and blessed them, Marija surprised everyone when she said tomorrow’s apparition on July 3 would be, “at the same time, at the same place,” meaning in the Bedroom at 6:40 p.m. Everyone was expecting to hear that Our Lady would be appearing in the Field during the Prayer Vigil as She had done the other three years.
This puzzled a Friend of Medjugorje and a great many pilgrims were disappointed, but as it turned out Our Lady was just setting the scene for a greater surprise and joy. The evening of July 3, 2013, during the apparition in the Bedroom, a Friend of Medjugorje spoke to Marija with the idea of asking Our Lady in the 6:40 p.m. apparition to appear again during the Vigil that night. If She agreed, it would mean two apparitions in one day—a gift from Our Lady that She has done several times here in the Bedroom and the Field over the past 25 years. Outside of Medjugorje, we have never heard of any other place Our Lady has appeared twice in one day other than at Caritas.
When Marija asked this of Our Lady on behalf of a Friend of Medjugorje, Our Lady said “yes” and set the time of the apparition for 10:30 p.m. When a Friend of Medjugorje made the surprise announcement in the Field just after the 6:40 p.m. apparition, there were shouts of surprise and tears of joy as the reality slowly sunk in to the great grace being given of being with Our Lady in two apparitions on this day of July 3, 2013!
Our Lady gave two smiles during the July 4, 2013, apparition. After several thousand people had climbed to the Cross and experienced healing, renewal, and the love of God fill their hearts. These were unprecedented events in this fourth time of Caritas’ hosting Our Lady’s apparitions during the July 1–5 Days of Prayer. Our Lady broke from the pattern She had followed the previous July prayer events of 2008, 2009, and 2012. What made this year different from the rest was the Cross.For more information on Events at Caritas of Birmingham.
Our Lady Appears at the Cross on Penitentiary Mountain
The evening of Sunday, June 30, the Caritas Community along with Marija and her family, climbed Penitentiary Mountain, for the first time together, praying the Stations along the path leading up to the Cross. During the apparition, while the community members were kneeling facing the Cross, Our Lady appeared facing the valley. She made the Sign of the Cross in blessing the Cross. Her apparition lasted almost five minutes in which She prayed over and blessed also the community and all those who were gathered in the Field below. Marija said Our Lady appeared for a long time and that Our Lady prayed in Her Mother Tongue (Aramaic). The length of the apparition told those present that something was going on besides the normal apparition. This gift of the apparition at the Cross from Our Lady was unexpected and the grace received from it affected every pilgrim who attended the July 2013 apparitions.
Cross on Penitentiary Mountain Completed
The completion of the Cross actually happened, after many delays and miracles, during the July 1-5, 2013, prayer gathering at Caritas for our nation with Medjugorje visionary, Marija. Many pilgrims began arriving for the Five Days of Prayer with Our Lady on Friday, June 28. It was the hope of a Friend of Medjugorje and the Community that the Cross would be finished before the event began. Pilgrims who walked out to the Field of Apparitions could look up at the mountain behind the Field and see a Cross on top, but it was still surrounded by scaffolding and forms.
It took several months to get to the point of where the Cross would be raised. The morning after Medjugorje visionary, Marija, and her family arrived, on June 29, a Friend of Medjugorje led them up the mountain to reveal the Cross to them for the first time. They did not know about it beforehand and it came as a big surprise. Marija told our founder that it is the Cross that is what unites the village of Medjugorje. It is the Cross that brings unity. Marija said, “This is beautiful, this is very good,” for our nation.
Pressed for time to have the Cross ready to receive pilgrims from across the country and other nations, the community asked for 50 volunteers to help with cleaning up the debris left from the construction of the Cross. Having to first climb the mountain and then begin hauling boards and planks in the hot July afternoon didn’t take away their joy or smiles. Up close to the Cross, they were in awe, and were happy to have a little part in seeing to its completion.
At the base in the front of the Cross it reads: FROM EVERY EVIL—DELIVER US—O’ JESUS. On the back of the Cross is inscribed 33-2013 A.D., which refers to the year of the Crucifixion of Our Lord to the year that construction on the Cross on Penitentiary began. For many who have been to Medjugorje, seeing the Cross of Medjugorje solidly positioned on this mountain top, right before their eyes, was beyond what their hearts could hold. And for those who had never had the ability to go to Medjugorje it was the same when they knelt before this Cross seeing what they never expected to see, experiencing what they never expected to experience. A Friend of Medjugorje stated that he believed there would be miracles associated with this Cross, and indeed, the community had already seen miracles surrounding the construction and completion of it.
Tractor Trailer Rig Consecrated to Our Lady
Marija Returns for the Exaltation of the Cross
During the September 13th apparition Our Lady told Marija that She would appear the next day at the Cross at 3:00 p.m. This being the hour of Christ’s Death, commemorated in the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, stunned and shocked all present.
The Stations of the Cross were prayed going up the mountain on September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. At the top of the mountain, the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary were prayed at the foot of the Cross which led to the moment of the apparition. Our Lady came, prayed over everyone and blessed us all, as well as the Cross. A dear friend of the Community had sent a precious gift to commemorate this special gathering with Our Lady—a relic of the True Cross of Christ. She donated it to Caritas for the purpose of having it one day embedded into the giant cement Cross that was first blessed by Our Lady on June 30, 2013. After the apparition, a Friend of Medjugorje invited each person to come forward to venerate the relic. The action of Our Lady to bless the Cross, at the 3:00 hour, the hour of Divine Mercy, while it was being threatened, filled us with great hope in God’s providence to save it. For more on this event read“A Secret”.
Natural Law Brochure
God is clear. God is defined. God is decisive about marriage. A Friend of Medjugorje supports and encourages this truth through this brochure and reasserts for all the authority to defy laws or new referendums redefining marriage by any authority who tries to enforce it through this brochure. All people and faiths, especially Christians, are obligated to defy any verdict against Natural Law.
This brochure continues to ship out in large quantities and the verbiage contained within is now heard in different media outlets.
It was not important for a Friend of Medjugorje to receive credit. It is important to him that this information be spread quickly—for the salvation of souls and for the nations. To order your copy of “Natural Law Brochure”
Immediate Action Packets in Support of Alabama Chief Justice
“This is the line in the sand. Whoever blinks will lose. The United States Supreme Court did not anticipate what Alabama’s Supreme Court is doing regarding marriage. They realize Alabama’s action may initiate a rebellion against them and they do not want that because they (the U.S. Supreme Court) know their position is wrong, is immoral, is against Natural Law, is against the nation’s law, is against Divine Law and is a very weak argument to stand up to the State of Alabama and it’s State Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court’s hope would have been just to be able to mandate the abominable agenda anticipating that no State Supreme Court would dare stand up against them. This is why Alabama’s Supreme Court has to block them (U.S. Supreme Court) which they have the superior legal right to do because Alabama’s ruling is by state’s right and Divine Right. The U.S. Supreme Court’s worst nightmare is for a state to do what Alabama’s Supreme Court is doing because this could actually topple decades of rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court. If they choose to go against Alabama’s ruling, things likely will spin out of control for them. If the U.S. Supreme Court senses rebellion from the other states joining Alabama, God can place in the U.S. Supreme Court Justices a lack of confidence to go through with the decision and instead, make a decision to leave it up to the states to decide the marriage issue, as Alabama has already done. The politicized U.S. Supreme Court would then be off the hook. The U.S. Supreme Court knows it cannot rule over a State in such a manner, but certainly they want to and will, if there is no resistance. Pressure needs to be put on the U.S. Supreme Court before June, 2015. A genuine up-swelling resistance against them will put a fear in the U.S. Supreme Court. Right now we must act.”
So, in response to man’s laws trying to take over God’s Laws about marriage, a Friend of Medjugorje created the "Immediate Action Packs" in Support of Alabama Chief Justice, Roy Moore, who was the main one standing up to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Action Packets contained 11 pre-addressed envelopes to send to Alabama’s governor, attorney general and all of the Alabama Supreme Court Justices; a 20-page newsletter from Caritas of Birmingham regarding this matter; and a Radio WAVE Mejanomics CD regarding this matter.
The offices of the Alabama Governor, Attorney General, and Supreme Court Justices were inundated with letters. The letters filled their office floors and gave them the fortitude needed to stand against the United States Supreme Court. Some of the justices found out that a Friend of Medjugorje was responsible for the letters and called to thank him personally.
Patriotic Rosary at Independence Hall
“...What I realized praying years ago behind Independence Hall, the Rosary, was that something happened inside Independence Hall. I never knew it from the history books...The Holy Spirit has been in this building...Very few people see this. They see it as history. It’s a holy place. It’s consecrated ground. Everything this nation stands for comes from God...”
“...Our nation begins at home, because your world is at your supper table. If you can’t cure that, you never will cure the nation...”
This prayer at Independence Hall was not a symbolic gesture. Rather a causation of the heart to result in an effect of the heart of Our Lady interceding and bestowing graces upon our country and its Christian way of life. We said we will gather, rain or shine, to invoke Scripture’s promise:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 This prayer gathering at Independence Hall for our nation was preceded by a nine-day bread and water fast by a Friend of Medjugorje, the Community of Caritas, and anyone who wanted to join in from October 6 - 14, 2016.
Another factor that was unknown to us when choosing the October 15th date is that 15,000 public square Rosary rallies were being held around the nation on this same date by Fatima devotees who were coming together to pray. This unplanned collaboration of prayer is a sign of hope that Our Lady is raising up an army of prayer warriors in this hour of great need for our nation’s future. There were tens of thousands praying the Rosary the same day a Friend of Medjugorje and the community was at “Ground Zero” of our nation’s birth, offering the “Patriotic Rosary.”
A Friend of Medjugorje asked people in the remaining days before the 2016 Presidential Election, what they were doing to call down God’s mercy and graces upon our land? In gathering at Independence Hall, we prayed with Our Lady for the dreams of our Fathers, for our sweet land of Liberty, for the return of our nation back to God.
Many believe the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections, was a direct outcome of these and the thousands of prayers that were said for our nation in those days. More on the “Patriotic Rosary” at Independence Hall read “Prayer Opens the Door” and “If We are Right with God.”
Marija Returns for Thanksgiving Day
There were many special graces and gestures from Our Lady during these days, special days, of Thanksgiving. We have received overwhelming signs throughout the years that, geographically, the sites at Caritas of Birmingham are significant in the plans of Medjugorje. These days of prayer helped to once again demonstrate that there is much that Our Lady has invested here. For more information on Events at Caritas of Birmingham
“Winds of Change” Billboard Program Launched
When air becomes stagnant, it becomes unhealthy, suffocating, toxic. The toxic winds of hatred, wars of unbelief, strife in families, unrest in nations have reached a critical point where the air has become deadly.
The God who first breathed life into man has blown a new wind, by sending the Mother whose love will clear the air, and resuscitate that which is on the point of suffocation. This “Wind of Change” is blowing into every corner of the world. At this turning point of your life you have met face to face with this Wind, and now face a choice from this appointment with destiny to be resuscitated or suffocated.
Are you choking? Are you drowning? Has your life become stale?
The Woman you see, this “Wind of Change” is the Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus. No thoughtful person today can reflect without seeing the deep troubles we are in as individuals and as a Nation. The Bible shows repeatedly that throughout history, God has always sent a prophet to save His people, at the moment when all appears to be lost and there is no exit. An exit has come to us from the same God who created the world, and who has numbered every hair on your head, has heard your every cry, counted every tear, that those tears are wiped away by the Mother, Mary. In our time, His “prophet” is the Mother of Jesus. For more on the “Wind of Change” Billbord
Bumper Sticker Program Launched
April 2, 2017
“Dear children, apostles of my love, it is up to you to spread the love of my Son to all those who have not come to know it; you, the little lights of the world, whom I am teaching with motherly love to shine clearly with full brilliance. Prayer will help you, because prayer saves you, prayer saves the world. Therefore, my children, pray with words, feelings, merciful love and sacrifice. My Son has shown you the way - He who became incarnate and made of me the first chalice, with His exalted sacrifice He has shown you how you need to love. Therefore, my children, do not be afraid to speak the truth. Do not be afraid to change yourself and the world by spreading love, by doing everything for my Son to be known and loved by loving others in Him. As a mother I am always with you. I am imploring of my Son to help you for love to reign in your life - love that lives, love that draws, love which gives life. I am teaching you such love - pure love. It is up to you, my apostles, to recognize it, live it and spread it. Pray with feeling for your shepherds so that they can witness my Son with love. Thank you.”
A simple but poignant statement of Our Lady that a Friend of Medjugorje made into a bumper sticker.
This bumper sticker program has been a success in that much of peoples’ time is spent driving or in car. We have heard from many who, upon seeing this bumper sticker, have been drawn to Our Lady and Her plans for our time.
Medjugorje.com Empowers and Equips Our Lady's Apostles
“Dear children, your Mother loves you all. I’m happy to see you here, dear children. I give you love; give this love to others. Be peace workers. Help the others to change their lives. I give you might, dear children; with this might, you can bear everything. May this might make you strong in everything. You need it; that is why I give you might.”
A Friend of Medjugorje immediately took this message as the “theme” for building mej.com. He had the team in Florida produce a big banner and hang it up in the large room they were working in for inspiration and to set the direction of thinking when developing the site.
The elite fighting force, the United States Navy SEALs, often work in very small teams, sometimes teams of four, sometimes even in sniper teams of just two men. However, these highly trained Navy SEALs often have at their disposal the full “might” of the United States military – they can call in devastating air strikes from bombers, fighter jets, and helicopters above, they can call in quick reaction forces of much larger forces of ground troops, they can call in support from the Navy’s ships. They have real “MIGHT” behind them.
A Friend of Medjugorje conceptualized mej.com in the same way. You may be a single individual out there, or a very small group of like-minded people, but with Medjugorje.com at your fingertips, you, Our Lady’s Special Forces, Our Lady’s Navy SEALs, you have “MIGHT” behind you. You have an enormous arsenal of powerful material about Our Lady of Medjugorje, Her messages, how to live them, how to interpret and understand all the happenings in the world, how to understand the “signs of the times.” Medjugorje.com gives you the might to act as Our Lady’s apostles. Medjugorje.com is your “cannons.”
During the time when mej.com was first being formed in 2006, Our Lady had spoken very little about “apostles,” but the idea of apostleship was maturing in a Friend of Medjugorje’s understanding of Our Lady’s call. Now, however, in 2017, Our Lady’s call to apostleship, that She is raising an army of “Her” apostles, is very blatantly clear. A Friend of Medjugorje has been highlighting this repeatedly in his radio broadcasts and writings, stating Our Lady is literally, literally, raising up apostles.
With the new Medjugorje.com, you now more than ever before have at your fingertips powerful reading materials, audio materials, the whole Medjugorje.com site itself to which you can direct people, a host of “ammunition” at your disposal to help you fulfill your role as one of Our Lady’s apostles. Medjugorje.com equips and empowers as no other resource in the Medjugorje world.