Monday, 17 April 2017

# Saints

Saint Bernadette Soubirous



The 16th of April is the feast day of Saint Bernedette Soubirous. She is the patron saint of Bodily illness, Lourdes, France, shepherds and shepherdesses, against poverty, people ridiculed for their faith.

Saint Berndette lived between 1844 and 1879 and was the eldest of nine children to a very poor family in Lourdes, France. She suffered asthma for her entire life. At the age of 14 in February 11, 1858 she was out collecting firewood when she saw an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a grotto cave which is on the banks of the Gave River. This was the first of 18 apparitions she had of the Blessed Virgin. However, she faced much opposition due to her visions and suffered from humiliating interrogations from the civil and ecclesiastical authorities. The townspeople believed her and would gather at the grotto when she had visits from the Virgin Mary. During one of the apparitions, Saint Bernedette was shown a hidden spring, the water of which, had the ability to heal. Finally, the apparition revealed Her name to be the "Immaculate Conception" and the local bishop authenticated the visions. A church was built at the site of the grotto at Her request and the spring is now one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. Saint Bernedette became a nun and died at the age of 35 in a convent in Nevers, France on 16th of April 1879. She was canonised by Pope Pius XI in 1933 and her body is incorrupt.

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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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