Tuesday, 13 June 2017

# Saints

Saint Anthony of Padua

Anthony of Padua with the Infant Jesus by Francisco de Zurbarán, 1627–1630
The 13th of June is the feast day of Saint Anthony of Padua. He is the patron saint of lost items, lost people, lost souls, American Indians; amputees; animals; barrenness; Brazil; elderly people; faith in the Blessed Sacrament; fishermen; Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land; harvests; horses; lost articles; lower animals; mail; mariners; oppressed people; poor people; Portugal; pregnant women; seekers of lost articles; shipwrecks; starvation; sterility; swineherds; Tigua Indians; travel hostesses; travellers; Tuburan, Cebu; Watermen; runts of litters; counter-revolutionaries; San Antonio De Padua Parish, Taytay, Rizal.

Saint Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195. His family was powerful but pious. He chose to serve God with the Augustinians at the age of 15. He passed through a town where he was stationed, and witnessed the bodies of Franciscan friars martyred by Muslims and renewed his zeal to follow Christ more completely like the martyrs. Saint Anthony joined the Franciscans and went to Morocco hoping to preach to the Moors. His poor health forced him to return to Italy where he lived a quiet and secluded life. One day he was asked to be a substitute teacher and astounded everyone with his knowledge and gift of speech. He was then sent to preach against the heretics and was known as the "Hammer of the Heretics." He died at the age of 35 in 1231. He became a Doctor of the Church in 1946.

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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.