Thursday, 23 March 2017

# Saints

Saint Rafqa (Rebecca)

St Rafka ill in bed in her latter days
The 23rd of March is the feast day of Saint Rafqa (Arabic for Rebecca). She is the patron saint of sick people, bodily ills and loss of parents. 

She was born in Himlaya, a Maronite village in the mountains of Lebanon. An only child, her mother died when she was only seven years old. Her father then remarried. Later there was a family discord to whom Rafqa should be married to. However, Rafqa did not wish to marry any of the men and she entered religious life at 21 years old.  She was greatly devoted to Our Lady, through her mother and studied as a teacher. She witnessed and survive a Christian massacre and decided to become a cloistered contemplative nun at the age of 39. Rafqa prayed that she might share the sufferings of Christ and she became blind and paralysed. She died at the age of 82.

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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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