Monday, 2 January 2017

# Saints

Saint Basil the Great

The 2nd of January is the feast day of Saint Basil the Great. He is the patron saint of Russia, Cappadocia, Hospital administrators, Reformers, Monks, Education, Exorcism, Liturgists.

Saint Basil was born in 330 at Caesarea of Cappadocia. His parents were St Basil the Elder and St Emmelia, altogether they had 10 children several of which are also saints. He attended school in Caesarea, Constantinople and Athens and became acquainted with St Gregory Nazaianzen in 352. He opened a school of oratory in Caesarea and practiced law. He then decided to become a monk and founded a monastery in Pontus, directing it for five years. He wrote a monastic rule which became the most lasting of those from the East. He founded several other monasteries and in 370  was ordained bishop of Caesaria. He was in this post until his death in 379. He is a Doctor of the Church and was called the "Great" during his life. Basil is responsible for the victory of Nicene orthodoxy over Arianism in the Byzantine East anddenouncedd Arianism at the Council of Constantinope in 381-82. He fought simony, aided those who were victims of drought and famine, denounced evil and excommunicated those involved in the prostitution traffic in Cappadocia. 

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

June 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, I am calling you to accept my words which I am speaking to you as a mother, with a simplicity of heart, so that you may set out on the way of complete light and purity, of the singular love of my Son, man and God. A joy - a light indescribable in human words - will penetrate your soul and the peace and love of my Son will take hold of you. I desire this for all of my children. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, you who know how to love and forgive, you who do not judge, you whom I encourage, you be an example to all those who are not going on the way of light and love or who have diverted from it. By your life show them the truth. Show them love because love overcomes all difficulties, and all of my children thirst for love. Your unity in love is a gift to my Son and me. But, my children, remember that to love also means to desire the good for your neighbor and to desire conversion of your neighbor's soul. As I am looking at you gathered around me, my heart is sad, because I see so little brotherly love, merciful love. My children, the Eucharist - my Son alive among you - His words will help you comprehend, because His word is life, His word makes the soul breathe, His word brings about cognition of love. Dear children, anew, I am imploring you as a mother who desires the good for her children: love your shepherds, pray for them. Thank you.