The following is a letter from one of the pilgrims who went on a pilgrimage with BVM/Caritas last year to Medjugorje. Medjugorje is a place of profound graces and a powerful conversion experience for all those who respond to Our Lady’s invitation to come to this special village where the Mother of God continues Her Heavenly visitations daily since June 24, 1981. It is an experience that you will never regret and continue to reap the spiritual gifts received for the rest of your life. We ask that you prayerfully consider going on pilgrimage to Medjugorje this year, during this special time of grace God has granted through Our Lady Queen of Peace.
Dear Caritas, September 2009
The words “Thank you” seem so inadequate as far as conveying how very grateful I am to the Caritas of Birmingham team for planning constructing and executing such an awesome pilgrimage experience! From the very beginning, your BVM representative was communicative and knowledgeable as I was planning to go to Medjugorje, but so very unsure of which outfit to go with. She convinced me that Caritas was the way to go. And now that the pilgrimage is behind me, I know without a doubt that Caritas was the right choice!
Our Caritas leader throughout the pilgrimage, was wonderful – full of amazing information about Medjugorje and the visionaries. She also was a strong spiritual leader, guiding us each day in prayer and in prayerful activity. She has a love for Mary and Jesus that was contagious! I feel blessed by the fact that she was our leader! She kept the movement of our activities at a perfect pace, considering the heat and the terrain of the surrounding mountains.
During the seven days we spent in Medjugorje, we were blessed by being present at four apparitions! And one apparition was a Marija’s Chapel of Two Hearts. The Caritas group was invited to attend which was so unexpected and such an incredible blessing for our little group.
The English Mass each day at 10:00 a.m. was the highlight of each day. Mass became so deeply meaningful to me. We were blessed with amazing homilies and spiritual energy like nothing I have ever felt before!
I went on this pilgrimage seeking peace and transcendence. I was blessed with both. I developed new knowledge regarding my role as dad and husband within my family. I now realize how important my role is in establishing the Catholic faith in my children. I also now know the value of family prayer and am making changes to how I pray and how we pray as a family.
I also came to value prayer more each day, to use it to retain peace and to use it to continue evolving in my quest to become closer and closer to Jesus.
In closing, I will forever be grateful to Caritas for facilitating this amazing pilgrimage and for guiding us spiritually to a greater peace. Our Caritas guides, as well as the entire Caritas Community, will remain in my prayers in gratitude for what they did for me. I hope to take my family to Medjugorje very soon and Caritas will be the family I will choose to go with. God bless you all.