Monday, 17 April 2017

# Saints

Blessed Margaret of Castello

A statue of Margaret of Castello at her shrine in Saint Patrick Church (Columbus, Ohio)
The 13th of April is the feast day of Blessed Margaret of Castello. She is the patron saint of the pro-life movement, against poverty, and of the disabled, handicapped, and unwanted.

Blessed Margaret Castello lived between 1287 and 1320. She was born to noble Italian parents and was born blind, dwarfed, lame and hunchbacked. Unfortunately, her parents wanted to keep her a secret due to her appearance and kept her hidden. A servant had her baptised and named her Margaret which meant Pearl. At the age of six years old she was nearly discovered so her father confined her in a cell inside the wall of the church with a window to give her the necessities she needed. The parish priest educated Margaret. At the age of sixteen, her parents took her on a pilgrimage to a shrine famed for its miraculous healings. They prayed for their daughter to be cured of her deformities. When nothing happened she was abandoned in the streets and her parents returned home and never saw her again. Margaret begged for food and was helped by the town's poor and took turns sheltering her in their homes. She became a Dominican Tertiary and served the sick, dying and imprisoned. She was known for her joy, sanctity and mystical experiences. She died when she was 33 and many miracles were credited to her intercession before and after her death. Her body was found to be incorrupt.

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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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