Special Edition December 13, 2015 A.D.
What Happened on December 13, 1988
When Our Lady appeared, She conveyed to Marija Her desire to start a Community at the site. Marija turned to the founder of Caritas and his wife, in whose house she was living and said to him immediately after the apparition, “Our Lady wants to start a Community here.” They, the founder and his wife were deeply struck by these words.
Father Robert Faricy 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."
Our Lady of Medjugorje’s apparitions and messages given during the period of time between 1988-1989 in the founder of Caritas' home, became a foundation for the Community of Caritas which now lives at the site in Alabama. Rather than by rules, they live by a Biblical “way of life” that Our Lady has shown through the messages. After seven years of quiet living of the messages, Our Lady commissioned the founder of Caritas, his family and the Community in a private message through Medjugorje visionary Marija on May 31, 1995:
The Community of Caritas lives this witness, this way of salvation through the messages to the whole world.
What more of a beautiful sight can an infant see upon waking, except to look out from their crib and see the image of our salvation through Jesus and His Mother Mary? We can really only imagine to be an an innocent child and to look up through this crib and see the place where Our Lady has appeared so many times, and blessed, and spoken. It is a grace not understood.
In a beautiful apparition in January 1989*, Our Lady blessed the newborn infant son of the founder of Caritas and his wife who was lying peacefully asleep in this crib from where this above picture was taken. The crib has remained in the Bedroom of Apparitions, and is a landmark of the joy that Our Lady showed every day She appeared here. Many of the Caritas Community infants have slept in this crib, while the Community gathers together in prayer. Just as this crib has welcomed new birth, it is from this place, the Bedroom of Apparitions that Our Lady asked for a community to be established through Medjugorje visionary Marija on December 13, 1988. Other communities of faith are now springing up through what Our Lady has established at Caritas through Her messages and blessings given. Our Lady, as a Mother, continually gives new birth through this place - physical births, and spiritual births.
Since 1988, over 100,000 people have visited the sacred site and received graces and conversion.