August 22, 2017 A.D.
Queenship of Our lady
12:00 p.m. Alabama Time
“Medjugorje is of great importance because of the messages of Our Lady, because She is still here and because Her presence can be expected daily. Lourdes, Fatima and other places of apparitions are beautiful and it is wonderful to be there, but it is a different feeling when the Gospa is present and not a thing of the past. One cannot compare this with anything, one cannot describe in words the meaning of Medjugorje. For those, who come to Medjugorje, Medjugorje is holy ground.” 1
-Medjugorje Visionary, Vicka
BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages Site
BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages Site
“To be in the village of Medjugorje while Our Lady appears is a great opportunity, one so great that whatever one needs to do to go, they should. It will be sad for so great an opportunity to pass without having that grace. If you think, ‘I can reject this call’ because it originates with us, here at Caritas, do not be deceived! It is Our Lady’s call. The graces being afforded to us at present are enormous…Our Lady said:
December 25, 1989
Friend of Medjugorje
BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages is the longest-running pilgrimage from North and South America, and very likely in the whole world. In fact, a Friend of Medjugorje was a pilgrim on the first chartered flight to Medjugorje from North America. That was 1986. That first charter flight was put together by the Fatima Blue Army and actually used the Blue Army airplane. At that time, it was very difficult to travel to Communist controlled Medjugorje, and large pilgrim groups were simply not going to Yugoslavia. When he returned home, many people assailed a Friend of Medjugorje with requests that he take them to Medjugorje. He then created BVM Pilgrimages (Blessed Virgin Mary) and played a primary role in establishing the infrastructure for traveling to Medjugorje from the North American Continent. A professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama, Michael Murphy, stated:
“As one of the first Medjugorje promoting groups formed in the United States, Caritas helped link Medjugorje and the United States…Caritas was instrumental in providing the infrastructure for pilgrimages to Medjugorje from the U.S.”
In those beginning years, a Friend of Medjugorje captured the essence and simplicity of the early days of Medjugorje. He has never swayed from these foundational aspects of a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in more than 30 years of taking pilgrims there, never fallen to the pressure to include other “sites” as part of the pilgrimage that distract from the organic Medjugorje he experienced and had imprinted in his heart. That is why pilgrims consistently state that BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages leads the #1 pilgrimage in the world and is the only way to go to Medjugorje. As BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages continues to grow in reputation, pilgrims from countries outside of the United States are actually signing up for our pilgrimage.
And now, in order to continue leading the way, a Friend of Medjugorje has guided the unveiling of several major improvements to the BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages website. It is very hard to fix something that is not broken. Many people have told us that the BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages site is already very user friendly and easy to use. So we have worked very hard through these improvements to make using the BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages site even easier for all those who visit it.
Because Mej.com has been offline for two months, you may not have visited the BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages website in a while. Below is a screenshot of the old home page. We place it here so that you will more fully appreciate the changes made in the new Mej v3.0. You’ll see the beauty of the new changes when you finish this read and enter the new BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages website today.
The new BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages home page is restructured to make navigation faster, simpler and more seamless. After combing through every page, new pictures and updated information have been added. As with the main Medjugorje.com site, the pilgrimage site also now features a responsive design so it will be easier to read on phones, tablets, or other mobile devices. As always, a live BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimage expert is just a phone call away to assist you in any way or answer any of your questions.
As of August 2017, Our Lady’s Medjugorje apparitions are now ongoing for 36 years and counting. A Friend of Medjugorje has believed for many years that Our Lady will be with us daily for 40 years – the time to help mankind through the desert into the Promised Land. The year 2021 will be the 40th year of the apparitions in Medjugorje – that’s just four years from now (August 2017). The signs of the times are all around us. Medjugorje visionary, Mirjana, recently stated in her new book, My Heart Will Triumph:
“Our Lady told me many things that I cannot yet reveal. For now, I can only hint at what our future holds, but I do see indications that the events are already in motion. Things are slowly starting to develop. As Our Lady says, look at the signs of the times, and pray.” 3
A Friend of Medjugorje stated:
“If you have been waiting for years to go to Medjugorje, do not wait too long. You may not have the opportunity later.”
Our Lady said on August 25, 1997:
Why? Because you could have put them in your life when it was easy to do so. You would, therefore, be producing good fruit in your life as well as living a more pleasant life. Instead, you will have lost precious years and produced bad fruit and an unpleasant life that the message could have helped you to avoid.
If you have wanted to go, but do not have the financial means or other obstacles stand in your way, challenge Our Lady through prayer, novenas, and fasting to find a way for you to go. Once you decide to go to Medjugorje, you know who to call to take you there – BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages, foundationed by a Friend of Medjugorje.
A woman named Katherine from California went on the July 2017 Pilgrimage to Medjugorje. This is what she had to say of her full experience with BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages:
“When I wanted to return to Medjugorje for a second visit, I Googled tours to Medjugorje and BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages popped up on my screen. After reading the information on the website, I decided to call to seek additional information and to sign up for the next pilgrimage. I spoke with a BVM Caritas representative, who was extremely helpful and took care of all of the arrangements for me. I liked the fact that the price of the trip included everything: hotel, airfare, taxes, meals, etc. This made the planning process so much easier for me. When I began receiving FREE booklets in the mail along with my itinerary, I was so impressed that your organization actually cared about my desire to grow spiritually in my faith! I felt as though you had already included me in your community; especially when the BVM Caritas representatives would say: ‘God bless you;’ before hanging up from our phone calls. They also informed me that they would be praying for my personal intentions, which made me feel very grateful and, again, part of your community.
“As the BVM Caritas representative had suggested, I began reading the booklets and the Words From Heaven book—the messages given to us by Our Lady, Queen of Peace. While I had read the messages on and off for many years, it wasn’t until our BVM Caritas guide, who stressed the importance of reading the messages daily, that I began faithfully reading and meditating on those messages. What I enjoyed most from the actual pilgrimage was the encouragement given to all pilgrims by the BVM Caritas guide and the spiritual talks given to us by our BVM Caritas guide about the importance of following our Blessed Mother’s plan (prayer, fasting, reading the Bible, praying the Rosary, daily Mass). Those talks really encouraged me to ‘live’ Our Lady’s messages.
“However, the very special gifts that were given to all BVM Caritas pilgrims were attendance at the three Marian apparitions with Mirjana on August 2nd, Marija, and Ivan on Our Lady’s birthday, August 5th. It was such a great honor to be present during these apparitions and I appreciated these apparitions and I appreciated these very special opportunities so much!
“I also appreciated receiving the ‘Special Blessing’ from Our Lady through the BVM Caritas guide and other pilgrims. These were awesome moments that I will treasure for all of eternity.
“Visiting the Caritas Community Center (Mission House) was also a highlight of my pilgrimage. I was very impressed by the generosity of the community to freely distribute all reading materials to anyone visiting the Mission House. Thank you so much for your generosity!
“Our accommodations at the Hotel Palace were first class, along with the delicious meals! In fact, I mentioned to a few people that the chef could write a cookbook that would include many of her outstanding recipes. I would definitely purchase a few to give as gifts! My nieces, who are usually picky eaters, loved the meals and wanted their mother to duplicate those meals when they returned home.
“Thank you for making this pilgrimage to be physically present to Our Lady, Queen of Peace so memorable! Thank you for the backpacks, the free books, the travel arrangements, and above all, for your prayers! I appreciate everything that your beautiful community did to make my pilgrimage and that of my family’s pilgrimage, so memorable! This was a trip of a lifetime and we are already talking about returning to Medjugorje again with you!
“I can’t close without commenting about all of the books and other written materials produced by ‘a Friend of Medjugorje.’ I am extremely impressed by his prolific writings and extraordinary dedication to Our Lady’s mission. He is truly our Blessed Mother’s apostle! Thank you for having responded to Her call, because literally millions of people are benefitting from it!
“In closing I would like to thank the entire Caritas Community for your relentless dedication to our Blessed Mother’s mission. Thank you for having responded to Her call, because it has made a positive impact on my life, and a positive impact on the lives of my husband, my sister, and her two daughters.
“I will keep you in my prayers!”
Thank you to everyone who has prayed, sacrificed, and given gifts to help make this part of the launch of Mej v3.0 possible. The many souls in the future searching for the best possible spiritual pilgrimage to Medjugorje will find in the improved BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages site a great resource and tool for making the decision to answer Our Lady’s call.
Given the magnitude of all the improvements and additions to the new Medjugorje.com, we have tested everything in as many possible environments as we can. However, we know that sometimes certain things may temporarily not work for some users. Surely, the F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet we wrote about in the first day’s launch, Cleared for Takeoff, had many test flights before becoming proficient in the air. We want you to let us know if you find anything that is not working correctly. We continue to have a team of 15 Caritas Community members and the developers actively working and available to help fix any bugs. Thank you.
In Gratitude to Our Lady and to You,
On Behalf of a Friend of Medjugorje
Caritas of Birmingham
Operated by the Community of Caritas
Click on the button below to visit the new BVM Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimages site.
Visit or revisit the previous days’ launches below:
1. “We Must Go to a Higher Truth”, a Friend of Medjugorje, 2015.
2. “I Don’t Have to Go to Medjugorje: Reasons Why One Must Go to Medjugorje”, a Friend of Medjugorje, Saint James Publishing, 1996.
3. My Heart Will Triumph, Mirjana Soldo, Catholic Shop Publishing, 2016.