Thursday, 13 April 2017

# Saints

Saint Gemma Galgani

The 11th of April is the feast day of Saint Gemma Galgani. She is the patron saint of Students, Pharmacists, Paratroopers and Parachutists, loss of parents, those suffering back injury or back pain, those suffering with headaches/migraines, those struggling with temptations to impurity and those seeking purity of heart.

Saint Gemma Galgani lived between 1878 and 1903. She was born in Italy to a large family, the fifth of eight children to a wealthy pharmacist. However, her mother and three of her siblings died of tuberculous, and her father died when she was only 18. This left Gemma to help care for her younger siblings. She tried to enter the religious life as a Passionist, rejecting two marriage proposals whilst being a housekeeper. She was denied entry to the Passionist due to her poor health and instead, became a Tertiary member of the Order. She developed spinal meningitis but was healed, this was attributed to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the intercession of Saint Gabriel to Our Lady of Sorrows and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. She experienced visions and was visited by her guardian angel, Jesus and the Virgin Mary. She was known as a great mystic and developed stigmata at the age 21. She died on the Vigil of Easter at the age 25.

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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.