Monday, 2 January 2017

# Saints

Saint Basil the Great

The 2nd of January is the feast day of Saint Basil the Great. He is the patron saint of Russia, Cappadocia, Hospital administrators, Reformers, Monks, Education, Exorcism, Liturgists.

Saint Basil was born in 330 at Caesarea of Cappadocia. His parents were St Basil the Elder and St Emmelia, altogether they had 10 children several of which are also saints. He attended school in Caesarea, Constantinople and Athens and became acquainted with St Gregory Nazaianzen in 352. He opened a school of oratory in Caesarea and practiced law. He then decided to become a monk and founded a monastery in Pontus, directing it for five years. He wrote a monastic rule which became the most lasting of those from the East. He founded several other monasteries and in 370  was ordained bishop of Caesaria. He was in this post until his death in 379. He is a Doctor of the Church and was called the "Great" during his life. Basil is responsible for the victory of Nicene orthodoxy over Arianism in the Byzantine East anddenouncedd Arianism at the Council of Constantinope in 381-82. He fought simony, aided those who were victims of drought and famine, denounced evil and excommunicated those involved in the prostitution traffic in Cappadocia. 

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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.