Monday, 17 April 2017

# Saints

Saint Bernadette Soubirous



The 16th of April is the feast day of Saint Bernedette Soubirous. She is the patron saint of Bodily illness, Lourdes, France, shepherds and shepherdesses, against poverty, people ridiculed for their faith.

Saint Berndette lived between 1844 and 1879 and was the eldest of nine children to a very poor family in Lourdes, France. She suffered asthma for her entire life. At the age of 14 in February 11, 1858 she was out collecting firewood when she saw an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a grotto cave which is on the banks of the Gave River. This was the first of 18 apparitions she had of the Blessed Virgin. However, she faced much opposition due to her visions and suffered from humiliating interrogations from the civil and ecclesiastical authorities. The townspeople believed her and would gather at the grotto when she had visits from the Virgin Mary. During one of the apparitions, Saint Bernedette was shown a hidden spring, the water of which, had the ability to heal. Finally, the apparition revealed Her name to be the "Immaculate Conception" and the local bishop authenticated the visions. A church was built at the site of the grotto at Her request and the spring is now one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. Saint Bernedette became a nun and died at the age of 35 in a convent in Nevers, France on 16th of April 1879. She was canonised by Pope Pius XI in 1933 and her body is 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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