Visionary, Marija, returned to Caritas of Birmingham to be with a Friend of Medjugorje, his family and the Caritas Community for a semi-private visit September 11-17, 2014. It was for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, September 14, that Marija wanted to return. The September 13th apparition was the vigil of the feast day and took place in the living room of a Friend of Medjugorje’s Home in the evening. During the apparition, Marija asked Our Lady if it was possible to have a special apparition at the Cross on Penitentiary Mountain behind Caritas the following day on the Triumph of the Cross Feast. Marija said:
â€œI tried to ask Our Lady if it is possible to have this special blessing. Also because we have here the property of the land and we have this Cross who the founder decided to place as a sign of Christ over this land, [for the Soul of America, and this Valley as well] over this community, for all people who pass and who watch and welcome [this] sign of Jesus’ presence in a special way. And so I asked Our Lady also with our prayer, our sacrifice, our life would be really a testimony of peace, of salvation, not only for us, but also salvation for many people who is yet to come; from generation unto generation. And this is sign like many Churches. I live in Italy and Churches are many times built in difficult times, and it is so beautiful. So, the best thing is possible for us to give this Cross, built in a difficult time (to God), like these Churches, this sanctuary of Our Lady of this beautiful sign of our faith, for all people who pass Cross, who see and who believe.â€
Marija said that in response to her question for Our Lady’s blessing upon the land and the Cross:
â€œOur Lady smiled and said, â€˜3 o’clock.’ She said She will come tomorrowâ€¦And every time when She leaves I would like to say, â€˜I’ll come with you…’â€
No one had anticipated that Our Lady would choose the 3:00 hour, the hour of Christ’s Death and the Hour of Divine Mercy. Everyone was overjoyed at this surprise from Our Lady.