Wednesday, 17 May 2017

# Saints

Blessed Antonia Mesina

The 17th of May is the feast day of Blessed Antonia Mesina. She is the patron saint of Nuoro, Orgosolo,  and rape victims.

Blessed Antonia Messina lived between 1919 and 1935. She was the second oldest child of ten children in a poor family on the Island of Sardinia in Italy. She left school to help with family chores when her mother became ill and bedridden. She was described by her mother as the "flower of my life." She joined the Young Women of Catholic Action organisation at the age ten, encouraging others to do the same. On May 17, 1935, when she was sixteen, she was in a forest with a friend gathering firewood when a teenage boy attempted to rape her. She fought back and defended herself, the boy frustrated, took a rock and thrust many blows to her. She died before help came. The entire town attended the burial and she is considered a martyr of sexual purity and canonised as a saint by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1987. Her story has been compared to that of another martyr of purity, Saint Maria Goretti.

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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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