Monday, 17 April 2017

# Saints

Blessed Margaret of Castello

A statue of Margaret of Castello at her shrine in Saint Patrick Church (Columbus, Ohio)
The 13th of April is the feast day of Blessed Margaret of Castello. She is the patron saint of the pro-life movement, against poverty, and of the disabled, handicapped, and unwanted.

Blessed Margaret Castello lived between 1287 and 1320. She was born to noble Italian parents and was born blind, dwarfed, lame and hunchbacked. Unfortunately, her parents wanted to keep her a secret due to her appearance and kept her hidden. A servant had her baptised and named her Margaret which meant Pearl. At the age of six years old she was nearly discovered so her father confined her in a cell inside the wall of the church with a window to give her the necessities she needed. The parish priest educated Margaret. At the age of sixteen, her parents took her on a pilgrimage to a shrine famed for its miraculous healings. They prayed for their daughter to be cured of her deformities. When nothing happened she was abandoned in the streets and her parents returned home and never saw her again. Margaret begged for food and was helped by the town's poor and took turns sheltering her in their homes. She became a Dominican Tertiary and served the sick, dying and imprisoned. She was known for her joy, sanctity and mystical experiences. She died when she was 33 and many miracles were credited to her intercession before and after her death. Her body was found to be incorrupt.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

May 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, all that my Son, who is the light of love, has done and does, He has done out of love. Also you, my children, when you live in love and love your neighbors, you are doing the will of my Son. Apostles of my love, make yourselves little; open your pure hearts to my Son so that He can work through you. With the help of faith, be filled with love. But, my children, do not forget that the Eucharist is the heart of faith. This is my Son who feeds you with His Body and strengthens you with His Blood. This is a miracle of love: my Son who always comes anew, alive, to bring life back to souls. My children, by living in love you are doing the will of my Son and He lives in you. My children, my motherly desire is for you to always love Him more, because He is calling you with His love. He is giving you love so that you may spread it to all those around you. As a mother, through His love, I am with you to speak the words of love and hope to you - to speak to you the eternal words that are victorious over time and death - so as to call you to be my apostles of love. Thank you.

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