Wednesday, 25 October 2017

# Saints

Saint Anthony Mary Claret

Bishop and founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The 24th of October is the feast day of Saint Anthony Mary Claret. He is the patron saint of textile merchants, weavers, savings (taught the poor the importance of savings), Catholic press, Claretians, Dioceses of the Canary Islands, Claretian students, Claretian educators and Claretian educational institutions, and Foundations.

Saint Anthony Mary Claret lived between 1807 and 1870 and was the fifth of eleven children, born in Spain. His father was a weaver and he took up the trade before entering the priesthood, serving as a parish priest. He preached multiple sermons throughout the day, and preached in missions and retreats for the clergy, hearing confessions for many hours. Many returned to the Catholic faith because of him, as he was also meek and gentle of manner. He became Archbishop of Santiago and went to Cuba from 1849-1857. His life was threatened due to his reforms and he was called back to Spain becoming confessor to the queen. He founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Claretians. He founded a major Catholic publisher in Spain, publishing and writing many hundreds of books. He was persecuted due to his efforts and was exiled to Paris with the Spanish queen by the revolutionary enemies of religion. He took part in the First Vatican Council and then suffered a stroke. He had the gift of prophesy and reading of consciences, and performed many miracles. A light shining from his face was observed as he offered Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

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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.