Dear Medjugorje USA,
Before the summer of 2005 I was Catholic but not very devout, I wanted to be
devout, but felt that I was unable too. One day my husband called me at
work and said, "Mom wants to send us to Medjugorje." I was so excited, I
could not believe we were going, it seemed like an impossible thing to do.
Our pilgrimage began in an open field in Birmingham Alabama with the Caritas
community. Marjia was there to celebrate Our Lady's Birthday, while I knew
about Medjugorje I did not know that much. My first experience of the
apparitions was that of tremendous peace. I looked at the other Pilgrims
and thought, I will never be able to be that reverent. Little did I know
that my whole life was about to change.
We flew on a private plane along with Marjia, her family and the Caritas
Community. As we flew the many miles I read Wayne Weible's first book on
Medjugorje. I then prayed for an experience that would change my life. I
asked Our Lady to please allow me to receive special graces to grow
spiritually and become closer to God.
When we arrived we were able to experience many wonderful things. The first
thing was Mass at St. James. We arrived early to say the rosary in front of
the church and then moved to the back of the church for Mass. I've never
said so many rosaries in my life, or that's how I felt. By the second day I
could not wait to say the rosary, I was feeling a real love for Jesus.
On the second day we climbed Apparition Hill for the first time. We would
stop when we came to a beautiful bronze sculpture depicting each decade of
the joyful mysteries. Everyone in our group would kneel as we said the
prayers, no one spoke a word. When we arrived to the Large Statue of Our
Lady I could not believe how beautiful she looked.
On the third day in front of Saint James at 6:40 our group experienced the
miracle of the sun. The sun was so beautiful and colorful as it danced in
the sky, I was able to gaze upon it's beauty for at least 12 minutes. you
hear about the sun having this great dance but experiencing it for the first
time was beyond words for me. I felt truly blessed to have received such an
experience. I went behind St James and decided to take a stroll on the walk
and contemplate my experience. As I walked along the path behind St James I
gazed up at Cross Mountain, I noticed that the cross was gone, I read about
this happening in Wayne Weible's book. I kept trying to ask other people if
they could see that the cross had disappeared, but none of the strangers
spoke English. I looked up at Cross Mountain again to find instead of the
cross "Our Lady" was standing with out-stretched arms, "Our Lady of Grace".
I could not believe I was seeing her, I just kept staring. I still could
hardly believe what I saw. I thought I must just be seeing things. I
wanted to run up the mountain, as I walked closer I glanced over at a small
group of young people. I asked, "does anyone speak English???? One young
man said "I do". "What do you see on top of Cross Mountain?" I asked. "I
see "Our Lady" he beamed. He and I hugged each other and jumped for joy.
We were the only people that saw her . I stared at her until a cloud came
in front of her, when the cloud disappeared the cross was back in place. I
was elated I felt very blessed to have received such a special grace. The
next morning I climbed Cross Mountain for the first time.
One would have thought that the trip would be complete with two very
wonderful experiences, yet I had one more wonderful grace bestowed upon me
that has changed my entire life. The Community of Caritas has built a log
cabin in Medjugorje with logs from Alabama. Our group of two hundred
gathered in front of the cabin to say a very special Rosary......"The
Patriotic Rosary" The Patriotic Rosary is a rosary said for the
consecration of Our Nation, each Hail Mary is said to plead the blood of
Jesus over each state. Five decades equal 50 Hail Mary's-----50 states.
It is a beautiful way of saying the rosary in a very special way for our
great Nation. There are many great historical quotes from our fore fathers
and beautiful music.
As our group was preparing to take part in this rosary, music was playing,
no one was kneeling (it had just stopped raining and the ground was mud). I
heard in my head the words "kneel, you need to kneel". I knelt down in the
mud, as I did I looked up at the trees to the west, The trees were in the
way of the sun, it was around 6:00 mid August. I continued to kneel in the
mud listening to the music while everyone else stood around. I glanced up
at the trees to see the sun move through the trees and begin it's wonderful
dance. I could not believe my eyes, the colors were so beautiful, the
movement so peaceful. Suddenly a beam shot out of the sun and a beautiful
colorful arched grotto appeared; in the middle of the arch stood "Our Lady"
She was so beautiful. She was made up of every color of the rainbow. She
was clothed in the sun, all of the beautiful colors that had been dancing in
the sun were all over her and around her, she was so bright and colorful.
The colors around her and on her were sizzling in a dance of the Holy
Spirit. She stood on a small cloud with her arms stretched out in the Lady
of Grace gesture. She gazed at me with the most loving expression. I felt
Peace. She then turned and made the same gesture towards the cabin and the
American Flag hanging on the porch. She turned back at me as I watched her
go back into the sun. The sun continued to spin and then a cloud came in
front of the sun. I received Our Lady's special blessing for the first time
after this experience.
next day I went back to the cabin to take pictures. I heard in my head go
now and photograph the cabin. The camera captured a wonderful rainbow of
colors and several round red-orange circles, within the circles people see
many things. (angel's, doves). The circles have appeared on other spiritual
happenings as well.
I cannot begin to tell you how much this has changed my life. I follow the
five stones that Our Lady has asked of us, while I still struggle with my
conversion on a daily bases I am truly grateful to have received such a
special grace. I have been unsure what to do about my experience, I did not
want to tell anyone about it right away, I felt a need to contemplate and
pray about the experience. I feel that now is the time to share this
experience on the feast of "Our Lady of Guadalupe" "Our Lady of the
Recently (in Nov) Our Nation was reconsecrated to Our Lady's Immaculate
Heart, this took place in Washington DC. The first time our Nation was
consecrated to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart was around the Civil War. The
Students at my school used my camera to take a photo of the flag the same
rainbow and red-orange circles appeared. This photograph was taken Veterans
Day. I feel that the flag picture is a part of Our Lady's plan. I feel the
Holy Spirit has been telling me to share the Patriotic Rosary and my
experience with people to encourage others to join in with the prayer. If
anyone would like a copy please email me
"Our Lady's" plan is amazing. It is beyond words.
Thank you so much Blessed Mother.