Sunday, 9 April 2017

# Saints

Saint Julie Billiart


The 8th of April is the feast day of Saint Julie Billiart. She is the patron saint against poverty; bodily ills; disease.

Saint Julie Billiart lived between 1751 to 1816 and was born in Cuvilly France, to a large well to do farming family. She knew the catechism by heart by the age of seven and would teach it to her playmates. At the age of nine she was allowed to make an early first communion, as her spiritual progress was so great. She already had a reputation as a living saint by the time she was a teenager. She worked in the fields next to the reapers when financial ruin occurred in her family. She became paralyzed and was bed-ridden when she was twenty-two and remain an invalid for the next twenty two years. However, she received Holy Communion daily and made alter laces and linens and taught the village children catechism by her bedside and spent hours in contemplative prayer. She gave aid to priests in her home during hte French Revolution and smuggled to safety hiding in a hay cart. She eventually took refuge in the home of a countess, and rapidly gained a reputation for her sanctity and around her bed had a company of young, noble ladies whom she taught the ways of interior life. This was the foundation of the Institute of the Sisters of Notre Dame, dedicated to the education of girls and training of catechists. She made her vows in 1804 and was cured of her paralysis. She made over a hundred journeys and founded fifteen convents over the next twelve years. 

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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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