Joy Originates in God
Special Edition: July 29, 2015 A.D.
July 29, 2015 A.D.
When it became apparent that we wouldn’t be able to make it in time for the apparition to be in the home we would be staying in, our founder took a surprise course of action. When we were in sight of the water, he pulled over, stopped the car, jumped out and began running towards a large rock sea wall. Directly behind it was the beach and the water of the Gulf. Everyone in the caravan of cars followed his lead, parked their cars, and quickly scaled the rock wall to get to the water. They all arrived behind our founder, who had knelt in the sand, facing the sunset on the beach and began praying the Rosary. Rebel, our dog, was bounding towards the water, and gave everyone a show as he began jumping in and out of the waves. A great joy overtook us all as we took in our first view of the sea.
Because we were rushed to meet the time Our Lady would be appearing, we barely finished the Rosary. Just before Marija went into ecstasy, our founder leaned over to her and asked her to ask Our Lady exactly what time She desired the apparition to be each day so there would be no confusion, rushing, etc., so we could plan better when to start the Rosary. We could have never guessed Our Lady’s response to such a question. Marija told us that when She asked Our Lady this question, Our Lady smiled and said:
We were all stunned by this message. It was hard to believe Our Lady would actually do something like that for us. It brought great joy and awe to the community. Our founder said he could write a whole writing on this one message, this one action of Our Lady. And so, because we did not have any time constraint upon us, our founder could plan the apparitions each day at the most favorable time for the Community to receive Our Lady during our days of vacation.
Several years later the founder of Caritas with some of the Caritas community returned to the same beach while working on a special project called Project WAVE.* They went for a walk near the place where the first apparition had occurred. When they reached the area where the road matched the spot where Our Lady had given the above message, they were shocked to find that though the beach had disappeared, God had marked the spot for them.
* Project WAVE was the project that a Friend of Medjugorje initiated to build Mej.com. After the launch and new refinements with Medjugorje.com on June 1, 2009, many Medjugorje sites changed their appearances, and offered similar features as what he originally offered. It has been beautiful to see so many people be inspired by what Our Lady inspired in him to do. Read more on Project WAVE here.
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