Friday, 1 December 2017

# Saints

Saint Edmund Campion

Portrait of St Edmund Campion

The 1st of December is the feast day of Saint Edmund Campion.

Saint Edmund Campion lived between 1540 and 1581 and was born in London. He was the son of a bookseller in Paternoster Row. A good student, he became an Oxford Scholar and won the admiration of Queen Elizabeth for his wit and pleasant disposition. Though raised a Catholic he was ordained as an Anglican deacon. Saint Edmund became remorseful for his decision to move away from the Church and returned to the Catholic faith. While disguising himself for protection, he witnessed the martyrdom of a fellow scholar. Saint Edmund then decided his vocation was in the priesthood. Pretending to be a pilgrim, he traveled to Rome on foot in order to become a Jesuit priest. After being ordained St Edmund was assigned to minister in Moravia where he received a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary that predicted his martyrdom. Saint Edmund returned to England, though the Catholics were heavily persecuted after the Pope excommunicated Queen Elizabeth. He came under the guise of a jewel merchant, hoping to win Protestant converts and to strengthen the Catholics. However, St Edmund was caught, and sent to the Tower of London and tortured. There he was found guilty of treason. He said, “In condemning us, you condemn all your own ancestors, all our ancient bishops, and kings, all that was once the glory of England – the island of saints, and the most devoted child of the See of Peter.” With two other priests, he was dragged, hanged, drawn and quartered on the 1st of December. He was 41 years old.

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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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