Saturday, 17 December 2016

# Saints

Saint John of Matha

A John of Matha Saint sculpture from Mafra Palace, Portugal, main entrance
The 17th of December is the feast day of Saint John of Matha or Martha. Saint John of Matha was born in 1154 near Provence, France. His parents were noble and pious and they dedicated Saint John to God from his birth. He tended the sick and gave alms to the poor and advanced in Christian virtue. He studied theology at the University of Paris which helped discerned his called to Holy Orders and he became a priest. He had a vision on the day of his first Mass which compelled him to be devoted to ransoming Christians captured by Muslims and forced into slavery. He fasted and prayed and went to Rome to gain the Pope's approval for his new religious order that would be dedicated to this purpose. Pope Innocent III ordered a fast and concluded that Saint John's mission was inspired by God. The Order of the Holy Trinity, or the Hospitaler Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of Captives (Trinatirians) gained approval from the Pope. The habit of the order was a white scapular with a two-toned blue and red cross on the chest which was inspired by the vision. The Trinatarians collected alms and traveled to the Moors to ransom and encourage Christian captives. He died in 1213.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

February 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, you whom my Son loves, you whom I love with an immeasurable motherly love, do not permit for selfishness, for self love, to rule the world. Do not permit for love and goodness to be hidden. You who are loved, who have come to know the love of my Son, remember that to be loved means to love. My children, have faith. When you have faith you are happy and are spreading peace; your soul trembles with joy. My Son is in such a soul. When you are giving yourself for the faith, when you are giving yourself for love, when you are doing good to your neighbor, my Son smiles in your soul. Apostles of my love, I am turning to you as a mother. I am gathering you around myself and I desire to lead you on the way of love and faith, on the way which leads to the light of the world. I am here for the sake of love, for the sake of faith, because with my motherly blessing I desire to give you hope and strength on your way - because the way which leads to my Son is not easy. It is full of renunciation, giving, sacrifice, forgiveness and much, much love. But this way leads to peace and happiness. My children, do not believe lying voices which speak to you about false things, false glitter. You, my children, return to the Scripture. I am looking at you with immeasurable love, and through God's grace am making myself evident to you. My children, set out with me. May your soul tremble with joy. Thank you.

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