Wednesday, 22 March 2017

# Saints

Saint Nicholas Owen

St Nicholas Owen being tortured in the Tower of London in 1606.
The 22nd of March is the feast day of Saint Nicholas Owen. 

Saint Nicholas was a son to an Oxford carpenter in England and became a carpenter as well. He joined the Jesuits as a lay brother though Catholicism was outlawed in England. He was jailed for defending the martyred Saint Edmund Campion, after which he began working and travelling with the Jesuits. He stayed in Catholic houses, making repairs during the day and during the night, created "priest-holes"; hiding places fo priests. His priest holes saved hundreds of lives over 20 years of his work. He and a Jesuit priest were betrayed by a household servant during a trip in London and were captured and tortured. Nicholas was released and he masterminded the priest's escape from the Tower of London. He was again a wanted man after the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.  He hid with the priests in one of the priest holes and were not discovered though 100 men searched for them. Nicholas left the hole disguised as a priest, after eight days of hiding without food, in order to protect the priests who were still hiding. He was captured and tortured on the rack in the Tower of London but he did not gave up an information about the hiden underground Catholic Church. He died as a martyr in 1606 and is one of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales.

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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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