Thirty-four years ago, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of Peace and the Queen of Heaven, through one man’s invitation, came down upon this empty Field and declared to all the earth:
November 24, 1988
This man, the founder of Caritas of Birmingham, had asked Our Lady to appear in this field on Her arrival to he and his wife’s home because he felt the field was important in God’s plans. When Our Lady did not respond, he resolved not to ask again. But then Our Lady, on November 23, 1988, by Her own initiative, said in Her apparition that She would appear the next day in the field near a large pine tree and all were invited. Our founder, who was right next to Marija in the apparition, was speechless. He along with his wife and everyone present were taken by surprise.
When Our Lady said the above words in the Field on November 24th, She was very happy. Realizing the day was Thanksgiving Day, it began to dawn in the heart of our founder that Our Lady had always planned to appear in the Field, but She wanted it to be a surprise and to point to the meaning behind Thanksgiving. He came to understand through time that Our Lady was claiming this spot—the House, the Field, the Tree, for Her Queenship. Her words spoken that November day was Her Flag declaring Her intention to fight for this land, this nation—one nation under God—The United States of America, presently under siege from satanic forces. She came to call together an army of “pray-ers,” those who would dedicate their lives to praying for Her intentions to be realized for ourselves, our families and our nation to return to God.
Five years passed from those first apparitions in the Bedroom and the one apparition in the Field. It was five years filled with persecutions against our founder and his family through lies, rumors and slander aimed at destroying him and to take down Our Lady’s mission. Our Lady returned to their home through the apparitions through Marija. On the first day, February 1, 1994, when Our Lady appeared in the Bedroom, She immediately smiled and said:
He and his wife were deeply moved and consoled by Her smile and Her joy. The five years of persecution had been worth the gift of Her presence and Her words. On February 3, Our Lady planned Her apparition to be in the Field. Our Lady had only appeared once in the Field in 1988. This apparition would be Her second apparition in the Field. Our Lady appeared in an apparition for 10 minutes, a very long apparition. Medjugorje visionary, Marija, said Our Lady held Her arms outstretched the entire time praying over the whole Valley. Another act of “claiming” the Land, the Valley, for Her Queenship.
On July 3, 2008, Our Lady appeared in the Field of Apparitions for the special occasion of tens of thousands across the United States joining together to recite the Solemn Act of Consecration of Our Nation to Our Lady. It was a special prayer written by our founder while in Medjugorje for the anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions, June 24, 2008, asking Our Lady’s intervention to save the United States. Marija said Our Lady was in the presence of three angels, and that Our Lady accepted the Solemn Act of Consecration. A year later, Marija returned, and again, the Act of Consecration was renewed in the Field on July 3rd and July 4th. In the years 2009, 2012, and 2013, again the Consecration was repeated. On July 3, 2012, Our Lady gave and incredible message for our Nation. Our Lady gave a gift to us, a remedy for what would heal our nation. She said:
The following year, in June, 2013, the Cross was built behind the House and Field of Apparitions, on Penitentiary Mountain, dedicated to Our Lady in Her presence, for The Soul of America. After the apparition, Marija stated that just as Our Lady accepted the Consecration of this Nation, so also did She accept the Cross for the purpose for which it had been built. On September 13, the eve of September 14, 2014, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, Our Lady appeared in the home of our Founder and his wife. Our Lady surprised all gathered. Marija said that Our Lady would appear the next day (Sept. 14). Marija then said, “Our Lady make a beautiful smile and added, “At 3:00.” There was an audible shock that went through the room as everyone recognized the significance of Our Lady announcing that She would appear at 3:00 PM, the time that memorializes the death of Her Son on the Cross. The Cross on Penitentiary Mountain was again accepted and the Consecration of the Cross for our nation was again renewed by the Queen of this nation.
We remind you of this history because through it, one can trace the pathway by which Our Lady is leading this nation towards reconciliation with God, the Father. It is a story being written by Heaven, the outcome of which we do not yet know, but we believe it will be a beautiful new beginning for our nation, a nation humbled, united and under God once again.
from a Friend of Medjugorje, his Family,
and the Community of Caritas