Friday, 31 March 2017

# Saints

Saint Benjamin


The 31st of March was the feast day of Saint Benjamin. He is the patron saint of preachers.

A deacon martyred for the faith in Persia in 424 A.D. during Christian persecution that lasted forty years by the Persian kings, he was imprisoned for his faith for a year and released with the help of Emperor Theodosius II, the Eastern Roman Emperor. However, it was conditioned that he no longer publicly proclaim his faith, but this he refused declaring that it was his duty to preach. He was then rearrested and then asked the king what his opinion was if any of his subjects renounced their allegiance to him and made war against him. Saint Benjamin said in this same way he could not renounce his allegiance to Christ. This enraged the king and Benjamin had to endure many cruel tortures, with reeds jammed under both his finger and toe nails and other parts of his body. He eventually died when a knotted stake was thrust into his bowels.

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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.

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