The 40th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions in Medjugorje, Where Are We Headed?

The 40th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions in Medjugorje, Where Are We Headed?

On Saturday, April 17, 2021, the founder of Caritas of Birmingham and the Community of Caritas, known as a Friend of Medjugorje, suffered a heart attack. He underwent open heart surgery on Tuesday, April 20. The story of how Our Lady helped him, his family and our community through those days of uncertainty was published where you can read it here. Our founder is in the process of recovering from the surgery and is still in need of your prayers. He is, however, back at work, though not in full capacity mode as yet. On Thursday, May 7, 2021, he called the community together for a mini retreat to share with us what he had been seeing in Our Lady’s messages for the past several months. The insights were so powerful that his talk was immediately transcribed. A Friend of Medjugorje tells us 3 things to prepare for the 40th anniversary. His powerful insights are what follows below. – Caritas of Birmingham


The 40th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions in Medjugorje, Where Are We Headed?

by a Friend of Medjugorje


I’ve been watching Our Lady’s messages for the last six months and I want to go back these six months and read some things to you of what Our Lady has said. She has been ramping up the tone and seriousness of Her messages. Our Lady does not reveal things, nor does God reveal things, except through those who are really seeking, fasting, praying and who are really watching. Our Lady told us to listen to Her. Yet, we still have the major body of Medjugorje followers only interested in reading Her messages, but not changing their lives. But as we advance towards June 24 and 25, 2021, to celebrate Our Lady’s 40th Anniversary of Her apparitions in Medjugorje, Our Lady has been saying something important to us. If we start back last year, six months ago, it would bring us to December 2020. Our Lady said on December 25, 2020:


“…do not permit for your faith and hope in a better future to be extinguished…”

People normally just gloss over these words. They hear Our Lady say, “We are going to have a future. It is not going to be extinguished.” No. That is not what She is saying. What She is saying is that we are all going to be tested. We are coming into a period of serious testing.


“…do not permit for your faith and hope in a better future to be extinguished…”


Why is She saying this? Because there are things that are going to come, things that we are going to be faced with that will challenge our faith and hope. Whatever we are going to experience, whatever the world is going to experience, there will be billions who will lose their faith and their hope. In what? In a better future.


To me, what Our Lady is saying is that there is something that is going to be so bad, so dark, so depressing, that people will lose their faith, they will lose their hope that things are going to change. And whatever it is, we are headed to it right now because Our Lady has not missed one single month, in the last six months, in warning us that something is coming. Her warnings are, as I said, ramping up for where we are headed. Again, read Her words of December 25, 2020:


“…do not permit for your faith and hope in a better future to be extinguished…”


Why? Because:


“…you are chosen to be witnesses of hope in every situation…”


What is She talking about? What situations? She said it will look like hope for a better future, our future, is going to be extinguished. And just at that point you, we, will have to be the witnesses of hope in these devastating situations. You, we, will have to be the ones to deliver hope through your, our, witness. Then She says this:


“…that is why I am here…”


The next month, which is the first month of the New Year, on January 25, 2021, knowing that this month begins the trail that will lead to the 40th anniversary of Her apparitions, Our Lady says:


“…This is a time of awakening and giving birth…Be joyful bearers of peace and love that it may be good for you on earth…”


Is that a warning? Is She giving a hint of something that She can’t fully tell us, but is enough for those who are attuned to Her messages? I’m telling you—get ready, be ready, because its coming. It’s not going to be easy.


“…Be joyful bearers of peace and love that it may be good for you on earth…”


Meaning, it’s not going to be good for a lot of people, even for those who are following Our Lady, if they haven’t been serious, if they haven’t been seeking, haven’t been thinking, praying, and fasting. From December 2020, to January 2021, we go to the next month, February 2021. We won’t skip any months, all the way up to our current time. Our Lady said this in February:


February 25, 2021

“…be witnesses of hope…I repeat to you, little children, that with prayer and fasting also wars can be suppressed…”


You don’t need to suppress a war if there is no war. This is not a 15-year-old message. This is a message She gave only five months ago. She is telling us through fasting and praying, wars can be suppressed. Some may suggest She is just repeating what She said many years ago. But as the message continues, we see She is addressing this time specifically:


“…live this time of grace in faith…”


Faith is the key, the key, to survive and live through whatever Our Lady is warning us about.


“…live this time of grace in faith and with faith; and my Immaculate Heart does not leave any of you in peacelessness if you have recourse to me…”


What are the Protestants going to do and those of other faiths? What are the people who know Our Lady, but who have rejected Her going to do? What of those people who have gone away from Her messages because it was just another fad for them and they went on to something else?


“…my Immaculate Heart does not leave any of you in peacelessness if you have recourse to me. I intercede for you before the Most High, and I pray for peace…”


And here it is again…

“…and for hope for the future…”


If the events She is speaking of are not going to be difficult and challenging to course through, She wouldn’t be praying for hope for the future. The next month we go into is March. Our Lady says:


March 25, 2021

“…today, I am with you to tell you: Little children, who prays does not fear the future and does not lose hope…”


I have said this hundreds of times over the years that if Our Lady is talking of the future and saying not to lose hope, it means that there is going to be a lot of lack of hope in the hearts of people. And then She adds to this:


“…the devil wants peacelessness and war, he wants to fill your heart with fear of the future—but the future is God’s…”


You can see now this pattern. Our Lady is very serious. She is moving month by month by month to the eve of Her 40th Anniversary, June 24th. April follows March. Our Lady says in a message given through Medjugorje visionary, Ivan:


April 16, 2021

“…this is the time of responsibility, accept and live my messages responsibly…allow God to speak to your heart…”


She is saying it depends on you whether you will allow God to speak to your heart so that He will be able to show you, teach you, lead you and be able to use you.


“…allow God to speak to your heart. satan wants to reign and destroy your life…be persevering, courageous, patient and strong…”


Moving on to Our Lady’s April 25, 2021, She says:

“…Today, I am calling you to witness your faith in the colors of spring…”


This is a puzzle. What does that mean? It has to do with something of the agrarian life, of what we are supposed to be doing in this time, our preparations.


“…May this be a faith of hope and courage. May your faith, little children, not waiver in any situation…”


There’s the negative part, “do not waiver in any situation.” Why does She say this again? Because there are situations coming down the road to us that none of us are going to be happy with. She is warning us, through Her messages, that whatever the situations are, they are going to be a reality.


“…May your faith, little children, not waiver in any situation, not even in this time of trial…”


There are going to be trials.


We have had trials for 40 years ourselves, with all the things we have gone through. We are in a trial now. How does Our Lady want us to proceed through this time of trials? She says:


“…Go courageously…”


We are headed to something that is going to require courage. On May 6, 2021, Ivan gave a testimony before his apparition in which he spoke of the time we are living in. He said:


“Do not forget that you are living in a time of grace. Do not close yourselves. Use this time to seek the gift of peace in your lives…”


People are not doing this. They have a false sense of security, thinking everything is going to just continue like it is. Everything is going to be okay. But Ivan is saying, of what he knows through Our Lady and he knows a lot of details, that it is in this time we are supposed to be working and preparing ourselves. This is what will bring peace. Do this now, as Ivan says:


“…so that you [will] become witnesses for others.”


Why? Because people are going to be desperate. We must always have our act together [speaking first to the Caritas Community], otherwise how can we witness to others? We are the most prepared group of people, as a body, in regard to the alignment of the messages in putting ourselves in a position to be the witnesses of the whole world. But even we are not ready.


“…Use this time to seek the gift of peace in your lives so that you become witnesses for others. Our Lady calls us so that our lives become a decision for peace.”


The decision is for peace. How do you have peace? You have peace if you are living according to what God has shown you to live. We know it is the Corona Vision, it’s a way of life in living Our Lady’s messages. Ivan goes on to say, on May 6, 2021:


“We live in a time of grace in which God is giving us great graces. Our Lady calls us to witness, each of us become a witness. This peace will give the strength to bear witness to the whole world through our martyrs.”


What does that mean? Why does he speak of martyrs? He’s not talking about 2,000 years ago. He offers no explanation. He ends his testimony saying what Our Lady did in his apparition of May 4, 2021:


“For a long time, Our Lady prayed for peace in the world and for families.”


Ivan said, “Don’t close yourselves.” Take time in prayer and really enter into these messages of Our Lady and seek from God what actions to take in this time—both spiritually and physically. Do not become paralyzed with fear. Christian writer, C.S. Lewis, lived in England during World War II, and faced with his countrymen the possibility of complete annihilation of everything held dear due to the aggressiveness of Nazi Germany to conquer and destroy their nation. Yet, he refused to succumb to defeat, hopelessness, fear or despair. We, who have lived with the knowledge of the atomic bomb and the devastation it can cause for the past 76 years, forget the horror of reading of it for the first time in newspaper headlines and radio broadcasts when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were torn to shreds by the bomb. The threats waging against the entire world today, far surpass the devastation of atomic bombs, but listen to the good advice C.S. Lewis spoke to his own people consumed with fear of impending doom.


“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. ‘How are we to live in an atomic age?’ I am tempted to reply: Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer; an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis; an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.


“In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.


“This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children…—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”

[“On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays, C.S. Lewis.]


Our Lady very clearly says that She wants to use each and every one of us to bring hope and faith to people in the very time when things fall apart. “…Go courageously…,” She says.


Therefore, number one, do everything you can to be ready for whatever the future may hold.


Number two, place everything else in the hands of God and Our Lady.


And number three, continue to live your life with the confidence that you are a child of Our Lady.


Live in peace, in joy, in faith, in repentance and forgiveness and bring the “Light” of Our Lady’s love to everyone you meet and to every place you are sent. Our Lady said, “…my Immaculate Heart does not leave any of you in peacelessness if you have recourse to me…”


In the Peace of Our Lady that
Surpasses All Understanding,

Friend of Medjugorje

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