November 12, 2019 A.D.
For the past few weeks, we have been reflecting on the grace of having had Our Lady with us here, while Medjugorje visionary, Marija, was visiting with two of her sons for the wedding of a Friend of Medjugorje and his wife’s only daughter. Those who heard the October 28, 2019, Radio WAVE broadcast, Picking Fruit from the Joy Tree, had a chance to hear firsthand from a Friend of Medjugorje and Marija about our experience with Our Lady, as well as hear about the October 25th message, which was given here at Caritas.
To all of our Field Angel supporters and those who sent petitions through Medjugorje.com, we presented your petitions and intentions before Our Lady every day while Marija was here. Below is just a short recap of the spiritual history bestowed on these grounds during these days of grace while Our Lady was here.
The following are just a few of the highlights from this visit.
When Marija arrived on October 19, 2019, she told a Friend of Medjugorje that Our Lady had waited to appear. The normal apparition time of 6:40 PM Medjugorje time would have been 11:40 AM Alabama time. Instead, the apparition took place in the Bedroom of Apparitions at 11:10 PM, Alabama time, 12 hours later than the normal time.
As he always wants Our Lady to do here what She desires, a Friend of Medjugorje asked Marija to ask Our Lady when She would appear the next day. Our Lady told Marija:
The following day, at our daily morning Rosary in the Field of Apparitions, Our Lady appeared to Marija at about 11:40 AM. Marija again asked Our Lady about the next day’s apparition and Our Lady said:
For several months previous to this visit of Marija, a Friend of Medjugorje had the Caritas Community meditating on the Prayer for the Abode of God. This is a prayer, which for 30 years has been prayed in this Valley and was a collection of short ardent prayers which a Friend of Medjugorje had been praying, previous to Our Lady ever coming to this Valley. This prayer consecrates the entire Valley, man, plants, animals, people, and even the mountains to God, for Our Lady to have “untold powers to accomplish Her plans,” here. The Prayer for the Abode of God, is prayed every day by the Caritas Community during the daily Rosary in the Field, as well as many across the world who pray in the union with the Caritas Community. On the third day, October 21, 2019, a Friend of Medjugorje told Marija that he wanted the Community to pray this while Our Lady was appearing, giving Her this prayer in a special way. Marija told a Friend of Medjugorje she (Marija), was not sure that Our Lady would wait for us to recite it. But a Friend of Medjugorje said the we would still offer this prayer out loud, before Our Lady, while She was appearing. When Our Lady appeared around 11:40 AM, a Friend of Medjugorje began the prayer out loud and the Community followed in union. We ask you to place yourself before Our Lady, and live this moment with the Community as you read these words below. Keep in mind that in this prayer, we are not asking anything from Our Lady, but rather, we are asking from God, on Our Lady’s behalf:
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY GOD, I present myself to you with all my good deeds, my charity, my accomplishments as nothing. I have done nothing, nor will I ever do anything for You. Even if I labor to eternity for You, I still could not stand before You and say I merit anything.
I, now before You in prayer, naked, weak, and wretched, am ashamed, for I ask of You a great intention and have nothing to give You in return. Yet boldly and strongly do I say, “grant what I ask because I ask in the Passion of Your Son.” His suffering, I argue, merit me anything I ask of You. With His blood and Its merits, can you deny me anything? I ask of You not only to grant the intentions of Our Lady, but to go beyond and to grant one hundred-fold Her intentions pertaining to the Valley. I ask You to establish Her Heavenly Queenship here as no other place on earth. I desire Her as the Foundress of what is to be and I beg You to give Her untold powers to accomplish Her plans. I consecrate every living plant, animal, person and the mountains themselves to You so that Our Lady, Jesus, and You might dwell here. Amen.
—Friend of Medjugorje, September 1, 1989
Our Lady stayed for about four minutes while the Prayer for the Abode of God was being prayed. After the prayer ended, Our Lady left. Marija said following the apparition:
“Our Lady blessed us. She heard us. She watched us. She prayed and during the moment of apparition Our Lady watched us. Probably She heard your prayer. And after She prayed over us and blessed us.”
When a Friend of Medjugorje asked Marija more about the apparition, Marija said that when Our Lady “watched” us, She looked around at everyone while we were praying out loud. About the next day, Marija said that Our Lady said:
We were a bit surprised that Our Lady continued to say She would appear in the Field. Marija herself was a little surprised as well. Each day, we watched as people randomly showed up in the Field, having no knowledge that Our Lady was with us, only the be told that in moments, they would be before Our Lady. To see the surprise, shock and overwhelming feelings shown on people’s faces was a great joy.
The following day, a Friend of Medjugorje told Marija that he wanted the Community to pray the Consecration Prayers to Jesus and Mary, verbally out loud, before Our Lady’s presence. The words of the Consecration to the Heart of Jesus and the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, were given to Medjugorje inner locutionist, Jelena. This was sparked in a Friend of Medjugorje’s heart, in response to a message that the Community picked randomly from Words from Heaven on Sunday night, while the Community prayed in a Friend of Medjugorje’s writing office. This weekly message picked every Sunday night, is one which a Friend of Medjugorje takes very seriously, as Our Lady’s guidance to him. Following is the message picked:
October 28, 1988
When Our Lady appeared at 11:40 AM, a Friend of Medjugorje again led the Caritas Community in the Consecration prayers. Our Lady remained with us while we prayed out loud. When we were finished praying, Our Lady left, and Marija prayed the Magnificat. Afterwards, Marija said:
“Surprise! Our Lady heard our prayers.”
“Our Lady heard our prayers from the beginning. She was praying over us. Which prayer did you do?”
A Friend of Medjugorje explained to Marija that we first prayed the Consecration to the Heart of Jesus.
Marija said, “She was like (Marija made a motion with her hands folded) praying with us.”
A Friend of Medjugorje said, “She was praying with us?”
Marija said, “Yes! And after, She prayed over us, I think, like at the end [of your prayers]. And after, She gave a blessing and She go.”
Marija indicated after, that while the Community prayed the Consecration to the Heart of Jesus, Our Lady prayed with us, and then when we prayed the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady prayed over us. It was a beautiful moment of grace to give back to Our Lady, the prayers which She gave to us. The freshness of having prayed this prayer before Our Lady, it was striking to know that just a few weeks previous, the Consecration prayers to Jesus and Mary, given by Our Lady through Jelena, was part of the nine day fasting novena which was joined by many across the world.
Each day, Our Lady continued to tell Marija about the following day’s apparition, “Same time, same place.”
We were blessed to receive another 25th of the Month Message of Our Lady, while Marija was here. This was the eight monthly message given while Marija was visiting the Home of a Friend of Medjugorje and his wife. However, this was the first 25th message given in the Field. We prayed the Rosary in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition and message. The day was rainy, and the rain let up slightly just before the moment of the apparition. Our Lady appeared at 11:40 AM, and as Our Lady left, the rain came back. Marija immediately wrote down the message, then gave us a rough translation, fresh from having heard it from Our Lady. Afterwards, the message was sent to Medjugorje to be translated, and then sent back to us, to send across the whole world. Following is the message Our Lady gave through Marija on October 25, 2019, in the Field of Apparitions:
Knowing that Our Lady was physically present with us, Her words, “I am with you and bless you,” were especially present to our hearts. As a Friend of Medjugorje explained in the October 28, 2019, Radio WAVE broadcast, being near to the Tree in the Field, and hearing the words “fruit,” was also another sign of Our Lady’s presence.
As we stated previously, Marija was here with two of her sons for the wedding of a Friend of Medjugorje and his wife’s only daughter, Bridget. A small gesture took place at the wedding, which brings the apparitions and Our Lady’s messages into a greater focus. One of the highlights of any wedding, is when the father of the bride walks her down the aisle. Nothing which a Friend of Medjugorje does, is just following the culture, nor is it to simply do something without meaning. For years, ever since Bridget was born, he has prayed over her every night, like he has done with all his children. They receive two blessings from him on their forehead. One blessing is for them, the second blessing is for their future spouse, wherever that spouse might be, and whether that spouse be Jesus or another person. A Friend of Medjugorje takes this blessing very seriously. In fact, so does Bridget. When Bridget was first dating Blake, who would become her future spouse, she told Blake, do not dare ask to marry her, unless he has her dad’s blessing. A Friend of Medjugorje believes very strongly in this blessing, that it has power and meaning before God. When a Friend of Medjugorje spoke at the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, he explained to those gathered, mostly non-Catholic, about these two blessings. A Friend of Medjugorje said:
“I have complete confidence in this blessing. I am confident in Bridget’s choice of who to marry. I have prayed for this from her birth. I encourage all of you to begin to do this. Start tonight. You will not regret this for the future of your children.”
When the day finally arrived to walk Bridget down the aisle, a Friend of Medjugorje had spent the previous night in prayer. He knew that he did not want to simply give her away to Blake with just a handshake. After spending years of raising her, instilling in her what God had shown him, this moment was a passing of his authority as father, to her husband, as her new head and spiritual leader which God recognizes. When he reached the front of the Church, he raised Bridget’s veil and then in view of the entire congregation, he did what he had done for 22 years. He placed his hand on her forehead and gave Bridget her final two blessings. Then turning to Blake to give him Bridget’s hand, a Friend of Medjugorje placed his hand on Blake’s forehead and gave him his two blessings. When a Friend of Medjugorje was asked about why he did this, he explained on the October 28, 2019, Radio WAVE broadcast, that he did not do what he did to be seen by anyone, but he said:
“I did this [gave the final two blessings] for purely spiritual reasons.”
Those who saw this at the wedding remarked that it was one of the most moving parts of the entire ceremony. This is the inside story. This is the family, the father, daughter – purely personal part of this event. But, knowing that Our Lady does nothing without reason, another part of this story became apparent. What a Friend of Medjugorje did was affirm God’s order in family. By giving his two blessings, he affirmed his authority as father, passing on authority to the husband, to become a new father, and to his daughter, to become a new mother. Two blessings, one for future father, one for future mother. When we began to reflect on this, we realized something remarkable in Our Lady’s October 25, 2019, message, given the day before the wedding. Our Lady speaks of two blessings:
Two blessings, one from God the Father, Who takes care of everything, just as an earthly father should. The other blessing from Our Lady, the Mother Who is always present with Her children, just as an earthly mother should be. Our Lady, knowing that the next day a Friend of Medjugorje would make this gesture, not as simply a gesture, but as a spiritual statement of God’s order in the family, affirms the roles of Father/father and Mother/mother.
In the 31 years since Our Lady first came to a Friend of Medjugorje and his wife’s Home, nothing Our Lady has done here, has been without meaning. Everything She has done, is done with a definite purpose, including the times and places of Her apparitions. In the history of the apparitions here at Caritas, most of the apparitions take place in the Bedroom, in the home of a Friend of Medjugorje and his wife. Even when there has been thousands of people present, the Bedroom has been Our Lady’s preferred place to appear, as if Our Lady was pointing to the family. Marija herself was very surprised by Our Lady choosing to appear in the Field each day. Up until the day Marija left, Our Lady continued to appear in the Field, including an early morning apparition the last day Marija was here, appearing at 8:11 AM . Marija’s words to a Friend of Medjugorje were that, since the Field represents the nation and the world, maybe Our Lady is telling us that the world needs more prayers. We know that Our Lady had many reasons for choosing to appear in the Field each day, some which we will know more in the future. But one event took place which had great meaning to us.
On October 24, a Friend of Medjugorje and the Community were praying in the Field, in preparation for Our Lady. When, out of the clear blue sky, we saw a bird soaring around. When the bird turned, it looked as if the sun was reflecting off of the bird’s head. Suddenly, it became apparent that we were not looking at just any bird, but a Bald Eagle! We were in shock, as Bald Eagles have only been seen in this Valley, maybe once or twice in the entire history of our daily Rosary. And here it was, with Our Lady about to appear in the Field, a place which represents the nation, and this Bald Eagle appears, which is the symbol of the United States. Marija was excited and said on the Radio WAVE broadcast:
“He [the eagle] came just during Rosary, and brought big joy, because it was like God heard your prayers, with the presence of this bird, in representing America.”
Marija said afterwards that she was excited to see how excited the Community was in seeing this eagle. The eagle appeared in the sky on October 24. On October 25, we began the fifth of the Seven Novenas, which have been prayed each year for 27 years. Since a Friend of Medjugorje wrote this novena, millions of these prayers have been offered. Each month has a different intention. By a Heavenly Coincidence, this month’s novena intention, which began on October 25, was for the Nation.
Here we have a sign from Heaven, in the place designated by Our Lady as a place representing the nation, a confirmation that God is hearing our prayers. The nation is saved through the family. With this private visit of Marija, this purely family event, we have seen that Our Lady has been walking with a Friend of Medjugorje and his family, preparing ground for future events which will help to heal the nation. We are confident that Our Lady will give many more revelations about Her visit here. But the words which ring true to us about these past days with Our Lady here at our home, is Our Lady’s words given a few days after Marija left:
November 2, 2019
We heard Marija tell us that Our Lady listened to us as we prayed the Prayer for the Abode of God and the Consecration Prayers to Jesus and Mary. We saw how Our Lady spoke prophetic words about what a Friend of Medjugorje did in giving his two blessings, reaffirming the blessings with Her words about the two blessings of Father and Mother, and showing that Heaven saw his actions. We saw the eagle flying during the Rosary time, and Marija’s acknowledgement that God was showing that He heard our prayers for our nation, the day before we began a novena for the Nation. Even Our Lady’s apparitions themselves carry more meaning than we can understand, and only those intimate to our life may know. Who are we to have Heaven listening to us, watching our steps, moving in a way in which we do not deserve? We know that many in the world are looking from the outside, in at the picture of our life. We live here in the picture. We wish to share our life with you, that the blessings which Our Lady has brought to a Friend of Medjugorje and his family, and to our Community, may reach your homes, wherever you might be.
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