Sunday, July 20, was the last public apparition of Marija’s visit to the United States for the July 1-5, 2008 consecrations. The apparitions, over the past several days have been longer, lasting more than four minutes, which gave the opportunity for everyone present to speak the intentions of their hearts, and then have time to contemplate the wonder of Our Lady’s presence in their midst. By Sunday evening, the flowers filling the Bedroom were in full bloom and continued to move the hearts of everyone who entered the room. There were several thousand petitions sent through mej.com over the past four days. Many were from other parts of the world including England, Ireland, India, Australia, Nigeria, Malaysia, Germany, Canada, and Singapore to name a few. Many hours were spent each day printing out every petition so that they could be included in the apparition each evening. Not only these petitions, but all the petitions from July 1-5 or sent in the mail were remembered in the apparitions. So with the large number of candles and roses that represented individual hearts that were present, as well as the giant stacks of petitions present each day, there was much love that filled the Bedroom to greet Our Lady these past evenings. So much love for this one Woman who has done so much to lead us back to the salvation God has offered man through His and Her Son, Jesus. It was a privilege for the Caritas Community to have had the opportunity to bring these hearts before Our Lady in these last days of Her visit with us. We will continue to keep all of these intentions in our prayers on these holy sites Our Lady has blessed here, in the Bedroom and the Field.
Marija’s description of the apparition on July 20, 2008, which lasted over 4 minutes:
“In the moment of the apparition when Our Lady came, I recommended all your intentions and Our Lady prayed over us and blessed us. She prayed over us a long time with Her hands extended. She also blessed the people in the Field.”
Over the past several days, the community took the opportunity to have many religious objects blessed from our own homes and work places. This statue is found in our school, Our Lady of Victory’s School House. She was placed just outside the Bedroom the evening of July 20, and received Our Lady’s blessing that night in the apparition. Here she holds the words from one of the monthly messages given by Our Lady of Medjugorje:
We all, laughingly, wanted to know if Our Lady had said, “Same time, same place” in the apparition this evening, all of us hoping She would, but knowing that Marija would be leaving in the morning, that it was not likely. Marija smiled, said “no,” Our Lady did not, but then remained silent. It was a great joy when the community was told by our founder before everyone left for their own homes that Our Lady had chosen the time for tomorrow’s apparition, Monday, July 21, and that it would be in the morning before Marija’s departure. It would be a private apparition for the community in the Bedroom and the time Our Lady chose was 9:00 a.m. The next day, we began to gather in the home before the 8:00 a.m. prayer time and upon entering the house, everyone began writing petitions to Our Lady, primarily to express our gratitude and love to Her for so many graces that were given to so many people over the course of these past 24 days. One by one the petitions were placed on the Bed as the community members entered the Bedroom for our last Rosary before Our Lady’s last apparition. Finally, our founder and his wife entered and the Rosary began. It was a solemn Rosary, one filled with memories and reflections of all that had transpired over the past month, the smiles of Our Lady, the words She spoke, the joy of being with Marija and Her family. It was also a Rosary of tears, tears of gratitude, of sadness in saying goodbye, of love for our Mother. Following is Marija’s description of the apparition of July 21, 2008, which also lasted over four minutes:
“In the moment of the apparition, when Our Lady came, She immediately began to pray and She prayed a long time over us with Her hands extended. She prayed the whole time [of the apparition] and in the end, I just have time to recommend all your petitions and She gave blessing and left.”
Marija explained this with joy and said, “Our Lady does this, but not often.” Her words before the Father in this last apparition cannot be more than what is best, so we were left with this joy and contentment. For the community, it was a sign to continue to move forward, “avanti”, that it wasn’t an ending, but another step forward as we continue to work for the fulfillment of Our Lady’s plans for ourselves, our families, our nation, and the world’s return to God.