Tuesday, 18 April 2017

# Saints

Saint Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur

Statue of St. Peter of St. Joseph in the Cave of Santo Hermano Pedro,
Tenerife, Spain.
The 18th of April is the feast day of Saint Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur. He is the patron saint of Canary Islands, Guatemala, Central America, catechists of Guatemala, Honorary Mayor of municipalities in the south of Tenerife and Honorary Mayor of Antigua Guatemala, of the homeless.

Saint Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur is also known as Pedro de San Jose Betancur or Hermano Pedro. He lived between 1626 to 1667 and was born in Canary Islands living in poverty. He was a shepherd until he travelled to Guatemala at 24 years old in the hope to see a relative and to become a priest. The journey greatly impoverished him so that he entered a bread line which was served by the Franciscans. He then worked in a textile factory and studied for the priesthood in a Jesuit college. However, he was a poor student and had to drop out of school. He then became a Third Order Franciscan. He helped the poor, the oppressed in jails, ministering to African slaves, Native Americans and those in hospitals. He founded a hospital and school for the poor and shelter for the homeless. He also preached by inviting the rich to repent of their sins. He was known as the Saint Francis of the Americas. People started to follow his way of life and he founded the Bethlehemite Brothers and Sisters. Their charism was devoted to the Divine Child and the Blessed Virgin and prayed and offered sacrifices for the holy souls in purgatory as well as serving the poor. Every night Saint Peter carried a wooden cross down the street as a way to evangelise and to offer penance. He is said to have started the Posadas procession during Advent. He was canonised by Pope Saint John Paul II and is the first saint from Central America.

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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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