December 23, 2013 A.D.
A special message was given in the home of the founder of Caritas and his wife on December 24, 1988. The apparition to Medjugorje visionary Marija took place near midnight the evening of December 24, and extended past midnight into Christmas day. Surprisingly, Our Lady actually gave the 25th message during this special apparition. It is the only 25th message to be given in this way:
Our founder after this apparition went outside and traced the Sign of the Cross on many of the trees below his house and driveway, in direct response to Our Lady’s words to bless all creation. Since then, Caritas has become known as a place of peace, where Jesus’ nativity is glorified. But, how does this peace come? It comes by separating from the world’s ways, from being a constant voice to turn away from sin, rationalization, and all those things that are the world’s peace, but not God’s peace. Many times this voice was not popular, but Our Lady said, “peace which does not come from you but from God.” Standing firm on Our Lady’s words, loyal to Her cause, our founder and his wife have kept alive this special connection to Jesus’ nativity. Founded in prayer, Our Lady through them, was able to create a ‘place of Christmas.’ This Christmas, each of you will be remembered in a special way before the nativity, and in the home where Our Lady said these words above, so that you have the strength to change your life, to have the peace that does not come from you, but from God.
In the Love of the Nativity of Jesus,
Caritas of Birmingham
Operated by the Community of Caritas
The home… a sacred place where holiness is born. This home pictured above, has been the birthplace of so many movements towards holiness, vocations to the religious life, and to marriages. This is the home of the founder of Caritas and his wife, where Our Lady of Medjugorje appeared to Marija, and gave the above message and special apparition. Some of these trees lining the driveway were among those that our founder traced the Sign of the Cross, blessing that beautiful Christmas Day in 1988.
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