June 24, 1981, the Virgin Mary began appearing in a little village of former Yugoslavia, now Bosnia. Twenty million pilgrims have visited the little village called Medjugorje.
On August 5, 1985, Our Lady gave a “Special Blessing” in Medjugorje for the very first recorded time. This blessing is truly unique as far as we understand. This blessing is powerful enough to convert non-believers, help sick souls, or to bring family members back to the church. Once you receive this blessing you may bless others with Our Lady’s Special Blessing, also passing this gift on to them. You, as well as those who received this Special Blessing from you, will retain this blessing for the rest of your lives. They will receive it to the same degree you received it from Our Lady.
In 1988, Our Lady appeared to Marija, one of the Medjugorje visionaries, everyday for two and one half months while she was staying in a valley near Birmingham, Alabama (now next to the site of Caritas of Birmingham). During this time, while near Birmingham, Our Lady surprisingly gave the “Special Blessing” on three different occasions within a forty day period, something She had not done previously. One of these occasions was on Christmas Day. Our Lady gloriously radiated out gold through Her dress and was holding Baby Jesus in Her arms. She said:
“…Today I give you my SPECIAL BLESSING. Bring it to all creation, so that all creation will know peace…” 12/25/88
Marija said Our Lady gives Her Special Blessing on Her Feast Days and rarely on other occasions. On one special night, November 29, 1988, without it being a Feast Day, Our Lady gave a Special Blessing. It was a beautiful gift for those present, and all felt Our Lady extended it with an expressed wish for it to be spread. Her message that night was:
Our Lady left saying, “Go in peace.”
Many have pilgrimaged to the Field near Birmingham to receive the “Special Blessing” at the sanctified site where it was given by Our Lady of Medjugorje.