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In 1988, Marija Lunetti, one of the six visionaries from Medjugorje, came to Birmingham, Alabama to donate her kidney to her brother. This came about as a result of our founder receiving a message on October 6, 1986 from Our Lady through the Medjugorje visionary, Marija, after asking the following question to Our Lady, through Marija.
October 6, 1986
The question: “Dear Blessed Mother, if it is God’s Will, we humbly ask that the conversion taking place in Medjugorje be allowed to take place in the Parish of Blessed Sacrament in Alabama and that it ‘divinely’ be spread throughout the whole region. We surrender this Parish to you and ask if there is anything you request.” Our Lady’s answer to this question was:
The message, in essence, was what Our Lady requested of him in order to bring about massive conversions. His compliance to Our Lady’s message and what resulted can be understood from an excerpt from the message book, Words From HeavenÂ®:
“A human issue caused Mary and Joseph to travel to Bethlehem. The census was the means God used to get them to Bethlehem, and therefore, God’s words, “And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a Ruler who will govern my people Israel,” was fulfilled. Likewise, the kidney transplant was the means and human issue to get Marija to Birmingham, Alabama, thereby initiating Our Lady’s plans She foretold in the October 6, 1986 message and continues, with graces, until this day.”
The operation took place in a hospital in Birmingham. She stayed in the home of the founder of Caritas of Birmingham, a center established in 1986 to promote and spread the messages and plans of Our Lady of Medjugorje. During the apparitions that took place for over 2 ½ months that Marija was in his home, Our Lady gave many messages and did many things that brought tens of thousands of people to conversion. After one apparition, Marija told him that Our Lady desired a community to be established here. Three to four years after these apparitions of 1988, different single men and women and whole families felt a call to become a part of what Our Lady was developing at Caritas through what She had already initiated and established through our founder. This was the beginning of the Community of Caritas. Those of us who came here to be in union with him in living the messages with our lives through love and obedience and through living them, receive the grace to help spread these messages around the world through the mission he founded, Caritas of Birmingham.
Whenever Caritas Community members are at an apparition, detailed information is gathered of the entire events leading up to the apparition, the apparition itself, as well as what occurs after the apparitions. It would be too lengthy to provide all this information here. Below, you can click to each set of years that Our Lady has appeared to Medjugorje visionary Marija while in America, along with an appendix, which has been provided at the end with the detailed descriptions of some of the different apparitions.