Thirty-three years ago on this day, Our Lady began to guide a Friend of Medjugorje in co-founding the Caritas Community.
On December 13, 1988, the apparition took place in the Bedroom. After the apparition, Marija turned to a Friend of Medjugorje and said that Our Lady desired him to start a community.
Father Robert Faricy, a Jesuit who wrote several books on Medjugorje, was present during the apparitions on December 13 and 14, 1988. He was amazed and said:
“I visited Marija in Birmingham and prayed with her and the others when Our Lady came to her in the bedroom. Not even in Medjugorje did I feel so strongly Mary’s presence as I did during Her apparition to Marija in Birmingham.”
The apparitions of November 1988 – January 1989 were profound. Nowhere outside of Medjugorje had Our Lady done the things which She did in a Friend of Medjugorje’s home.
In the years that followed, Our Lady gave a Friend of Medjugorje the discernment necessary to form the Community in “a way.”
“A Way” was how Our Lady showed him how to live according to the messages. A Friend of Medjugorje felt that what Our Lady was showing him was not just a breaking from the society of today, but the forming of a new society for the future. He has understood from the messages that this “way” is how future people will live. All those who would join the Community by living here in Alabama, or as Extended Community would join in living what Our Lady showed him – a unique way of placing the Medjugorje messages into life.
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