Sunday, 2 April 2017

# Saints

Blessed Anacleto González Flores

The 1st of April was the feast day of Blessed Anacleto Gonzalez Flores.

He lived between 1888 to 1927. He was the second of 12 children in a poor family of Jalisco, Mexico and was baptised the day after his birthday. A priest recommended he enter a seminary and Anacleto studied there before discerning that the priesthood was not his vocation. He became an attorney, married and had children and was an activist for the Catholic faith. He wrote prolifically and was a catechism teacher and attended mass daily. In addition to joining the Catholic Association of Young Mexicans (ACYM) he also started a Catholic lay organisation that was committed to resisting the persecution of the Church under Calles, the Mexican dictator. He participated in non violent resistance against Calles. However in 1926, four members of the ACJM were murdered. This convinced Anacleto to support the armed resistance movement though he did not take up arms but gave speeches encouraging Catholics to support Cristeros, the Catholic army that fought against Calles. In April 1 1927 during the Cristero war, Anacleto was captured, tortured and martyred by the firing squad.

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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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