Thursday, 22 February 2018

# Saints

Saint Margaret of Cortona

The 22nd of February is the feast day of Saint Margaret of Cortona. She is the patron saint against temptations; falsely accused people; homeless people; insanity; loss of parents; mental illness; mentally ill people; midwives; penitent women; single mothers; people ridiculed for their piety; reformed prostitutes; sexual temptation; single laywomen; and third children.

Saint Margaret of Cortona lived between 1247 and 1297 and was the only child of a working-class family in Tuscany, Italy. Her mother died when she was seven years old and she did not get along well with her stepmother. Margaret was a spoilt child and was reckless but beautiful. She left home at the age of seventeen to become a mistress of a young nobleman. She lived with him in his castle for nine years and had a son with him but did not marry because of her lower social class One day he did not return home but his hound came back alone. The dog led Margaret to her lover’s body where he was murdered in the woods. She became deeply repentant and left his castle with her son and went to seek the Franciscan friars for spiritual direction. She eventually joined the Third Order of Saint Francis and led a life of prayer, penance, poverty and charity towards the poor.

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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.