Thursday, 4 May 2017

# Saints

Saint Florian

Saint Florian by Francesco del Cossa, 1473
The 4th of May is the feast day of Saint Florian. He is the patron saint of Linz, Austria; Kraków, Poland; chimneysweeps; firefighters; soap boilers; Upper Austria.

Saint Florian lived between 250 to 304 AD and was a commander in the Roman Army in the area of modern Austria during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. The emperor, however, was persecuting Christians and Saint Florian was secretly a Christian. He was known to have miraculously saved a town from being destroyed by fire by first praying to God for help and then throwing a single bucket of water into the blaze and extinguishing it. Emperor heard, furthermore, that Saint Florian was not enforcing the ban of Christianity in his territory. He was then investigated and was found to be a Christian. According to an account, he was discovered when he refused to offer a sacrifice to the gods, and in another account, for refusing to execute a group of Christians. The emperor then commanded him to be executed for his Christian faith. Saint Florian was flayed, scourged, and martyred by being thrown into a river with a millstone attached. His body was later recovered and his relics are at a church in Krakow, Poland.

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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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