September 11, 2018 A.D.
A Friend of Medjugorje had been offering prayers for our Nation for many years, which after starting Caritas, resulted into the annual Five Days of Prayer for the Reconciling of Ourselves, Our Families and Nation Back to God, which takes place every December 8-12 at Caritas. In the summer of 2001, a Friend of Medjugorje spoke to Medjugorje visionary Marija about coming to Caritas for the 9th annual Five Days of Prayer. Marija told a Friend of Medjugorje that she would pray about it.
Then, Tuesday, September 11, 2001, took place. We stood in shock, with all the school kids gathered around one of the trucks listening to the radio, hearing what was taking place, while our Community members manning the phones were hearing first-hand eyewitness accounts calling in. Four planes were hijacked, with two planes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City, one plane crashing into the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and another plane where the hijackers were overtaken by passengers crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 lives were lost on that day. With all of the wars and unrest since then, it is safe to say that since September 11, 2001, the world has never been the same. But, there is also another way in which the world has never been the same.
Just a few days following the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, a Friend of Medjugorje again spoke to Medjugorje visionary Marija about coming to Caritas. Marija said to a Friend of Medjugorje on the phone, “I come. Your country needs this.”
Needless to say, the healing power of having our Mother with us during those five days in December 2001, were beyond what anyone could expect. As a Friend of Medjugorje has said often since then, that, God allowed the events of September 11, 2001, to take place. Though September 11, 2001, was painful, the result was a humbling of our hearts, repentance, and an increase of prayer, which brings a blessing. This was the reason a Friend of Medjugorje started the December 8-12, Five Days of Prayer: to humble ourselves and repent before God. These Five Days of Prayer along with many other prayers movements, helped bring about the conditions for that to take place. The blessing was that fact that we were graced with Our Lady’s presence here at Caritas for a Consecration of Our Nation, on July 3, 2008, and then again July 2009, July 2012 and July 2013. The fruit of those Consecrations are the blessings we are now seeing today.
The world has never been the same, but just as there is increasing shadows of darkness, Our Lady’s light is increasing, as a Friend of Medjugorje just wrote about in, What God is Increasing Daily… Thank God for Our Lady’s presence in the world. Through the darkness, She has stood by us, caring for us and making us stronger. The world has never been the same, because Our Lady is more present. Marija’s words to a Friend of Medjugorje, “Your country needs this,” – “this,” is Our Lady. She is what our Country needs. This day, as a day of rememberance, should also be a day of thanksgiving that God had a path of healing for our Nation, and it has been through Our Lady.
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