Wednesday, 2 August 2017

# Saints

Blessed Joan of Aza

Juana de Aza with her son St Dominic
The 2nd of August is the feast day of Blessed Joan of Aza.

Blessed Joan of Aza, also known as Jane, Juana or Joanna of Aza died in the 12th Century and was born to Spanish nobility. She married young to a nobleman and had five children. She was a pious woman and her two eldest sons entered the priesthood. When this occurred, she went to the church of Saint Dominic Silios, who is the patron saint of pregnant women and prayed for another son who will be able to carry on the succession of the family. She dreamt that the saint appeared to her and said she will have a son who would be a shining light to the Church. She also dreamt of a dog leaping from her womb carrying a torch in its mouth, lighting the world on fire. She gave birth to a son and named him Dominic after the saint, and brought him to the altar of Saint Dominic Silos and offering him to God. During her son's baptism, his godmother witnessed a star shining from his forehead. The child grew in sanctity and virtue. Blessed Joan gave Dominic to be educated as a priest when he reached the age of seven, even though this meant that the family would be left without a male heir. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers or Dominicans and became known as the Hounds of the Lord, preaching against heresy and in defence of the Catholic faith.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

March 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, great are the works that the Heavenly Father has done in me, as He does in all those who love Him tenderly and who faithfully and devoutly serve Him. My children, the Heavenly Father loves you, and it is through His love that I am here with you. He is speaking to you. Why do you not desire to see the signs? Everything is easier alongside Him. Also, pain lived with Him is easier because faith exists. Faith helps in the pain, and pain without faith leads to despair. Pain lived and offered to God raises up. Did my Son not redeem the world through His painful sacrifice? As His mother I was with Him in the pain and suffering, as I am with all of you. My children, I am with you in life, in suffering, in pain, in joy and in love. Therefore, have hope. It is hope that makes you comprehend that life is there. My children, I am speaking to you, my voice is speaking to your soul, my heart is speaking to your heart. Oh, apostles of my love, how much my motherly heart loves you. How many things I desire to teach you. How my motherly heart desires that you be complete, and you can be complete only when your soul, body and love are united within you. I implore you as my children, pray much for the Church and her servants - your shepherds; that the Church may be such as my Son desires - clear as spring water and full of love. Thank you.