July 6, 2013 A.D.
The last day of the Five Days of Prayer with Our Lady at Caritas for the re-consecration of Ourselves, our Families and Our Nation Back to God was a Day of Thanksgiving for all the graces received. Medjugorje visionary and A Friend of Medjugorje shared a question and answer session in the morning, and the rest of the day pilgrims were free to climb the mountains of prayer, visit the Bedroom of Apparitions, pray in the Field and other locations in and around The Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages, etc. The apparition of July 5, 2013, which would be the last public apparition of Marija’s visit, took place in the Bedroom in the evening. After the Rosary, Marija began the seven Our Father’s, Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s. Our Lady appeared around 6:42 P.M. and the apparition lasted about three minutes. Marija said:
“During the moment of the apparition, I recommended to Our Lady all of us and all of our intentions. And Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us all.”
Marija also said that Our Lady blessed those in the Field as well as all our religious articles. Our Lady told Marija about tomorrow’s apparition, “I will come whenever you pray.” This would be a private apparition for the community to have the opportunity to thank Our Lady and say good-bye.
After the apparition, A Friend of Medjugorje went to the Field to relay what happened in the apparition and to say his thanks and good-byes to all the pilgrims. Whether it had been the first visit or one of many, the experience was unanimous among the pilgrims. They were all greatly moved during these five days of prayer, and led into deeper conversion. It was difficult to say good-bye. There were many tears flowing while sharing testimonies of graces received.
It turns out that the culmination of the July 1-5 events would take place the morning of July 6 before Marija and her family left. As mentioned during the apparition of July 5, 2013 Our Lady told Marija that She would appear in the Bedroom whenever the Community gathered to pray. The Community began to gather at the home around 7:30 A.M. The founder had every Community member write out their petitions to Our Lady and place them on the bed for the last apparition of the July 1-5 events. The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary were prayed beginning at 8:00 A.M. Only the Community of Caritas was present with Marija's family, while others who heard of the apparition taking place, gathered in the Field. Marija began the 7, 7, 7, and Our Lady appeared just before 8:30 A.M. The apparition lasted 3 and a half minutes. Following is Marija’s words from the July 6, 2013 apparition:
“During the moment of the apparition I presented to Our Lady all our intentions and letters that we wrote. I said to Our Lady, I give to you all sufferings, all joys of this Community and I ask you to give a message for us. And Our Lady began to smile and She said,
‘I give you my love, you give it to others.’
She blessed us, prayed over us, and She left.”
This message of Our Lady was unexpected and the cause of great joy for our founder and the Caritas Community. The smile of Our Lady was deeply touching to them and will be remembered and pondered for months and years to come with wonder of Our Lady and Her great love.
It has been difficult to report on much of the happenings this week because of the many responsibilities in the organization and preparation of all the events of the Five Days of Prayer. But, a report is being prepared, full of pictures, of the highlights and will be posted middle of next week. You and your intentions were present in our prayers. Thank you for joining your prayers to the thousands present for the apparitions for Our Lady’s intentions. We pray the graces given and received during these days at Caritas be felt in your own hearts and homes as well.