Sunday, 27 August 2017

# Saints

Saint Orontius of Lecce

The 26th of August is the feast day of Saint Orontius of Lecce. He is the patron saint of Lecce (city and province); Ostuni; and Turi.

Saint Orontius of Lecce lived in the 1st Century, his father the Roman imperial treasurer in Lecce, Italy. When his father died, Saint Orontius took over his position. A disciple of Saint Paul, Justus, converted Orontius as well as his nephew Fortunatus. He was then later reported to authorities that he was a Christian and was ordered to offer a sacrifice to the pagan gods. He refused to do this and was arrested, his position removed, tortured and with Fortunatus was exiled to Corinth. He met Saint Paul the Apostle in Corinth and Orontius was made the first bishop of Lecce. Orontius and Fortunatus returned to Lecce where they were both imprisoned again and then released with the order to not to continue preaching. However, they continued to preach in the surrounding cities. They were arrested for the third time and executed.

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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.