Caritas Mission House
The Caritas Mission House is a little oasis inside the large oasis of Medjugorje. It fulfills a need in Medjugorje for pilgrims who have questions about Medjugorje and or who desire to understand the events of Medjugorje with greater spiritual depth. People of the whole world come through our doors; every nation, every tongue, seeking Our Lady’s message there. The Mission House spreads living words of Our Lady through printed material, CDs, spiritual direction from the Caritas community members, and a host of other things that encourage pilgrims to become apostles for Our Lady, to bring the message back home with them once they leave the Village of Peace.
On the 25th of every month, and now also the 2nd of every month, when Our Lady gives a message to the world, there are crowds of people, from every nation, waiting for Her words to be printed in their language. We do not go to bed that night until everyone who comes to us has Our Lady’s words in their hands. Our BVM Caritas pilgrims help the mission on this busy night, and throughout the rest of their pilgrimage, by handing out Our Lady’s message to those throughout the village.
“How privileged we are to have Our Lady as a spiritual director in our age. Who in two thousand years of history has had such an honor? It places you in the position to receive the same privileges the apostles had two thousand years ago, walking with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen from Nazareth. Everything else pales to insignificance once we understand this. Run toward Our Lady’s wishes. We are being given a profound gift directly from God. Once this ‘event’ is history, it will be viewed by those in the future as profoundly mystical, a wonder in the same category as Noah and the Flood, Moses with the Pharoah, and Jesus and His Apostles. For it is Our Lady’s time, a time predicted four hundred years ago by St. Louis de Montfort, to raise apostles up for the latter days…” (From “Treasure Chest” by a Friend of Medjugorje)
Many pilgrims who have wandered into the Mission House commented that they felt a deep peace when they entered through our doors. We tell them it’s the peace from Our Lady that She gave on the occasions when Marija has brought Our Lady in the apparitions to the Mission House, so that we might have Our Lady’s blessing upon our mission work in leading hearts closer to Her heart and the Heart of Her Son.
There have been many hearts that were laid bare in the Mission House. Sensing that this was a safe place to share some of their hurt and pain, where they could receive solid direction that would lead to healing, where they could come back again and again with their questions and there would always be time for them—this has led many to a deeper conversion and a stronger response to Our Lady’s call to live holiness. Once in an apparition in the Mission House when only the Caritas community was present with Marija, Our Lady told the community, “I want you to be Jesus’ joy.” The Message Place, Our Lady’s place, because it’s where you find joy and peace.