Thursday, 4 May 2017

# Saints

Saint Florian

Saint Florian by Francesco del Cossa, 1473
The 4th of May is the feast day of Saint Florian. He is the patron saint of Linz, Austria; Kraków, Poland; chimneysweeps; firefighters; soap boilers; Upper Austria.

Saint Florian lived between 250 to 304 AD and was a commander in the Roman Army in the area of modern Austria during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. The emperor, however, was persecuting Christians and Saint Florian was secretly a Christian. He was known to have miraculously saved a town from being destroyed by fire by first praying to God for help and then throwing a single bucket of water into the blaze and extinguishing it. Emperor heard, furthermore, that Saint Florian was not enforcing the ban of Christianity in his territory. He was then investigated and was found to be a Christian. According to an account, he was discovered when he refused to offer a sacrifice to the gods, and in another account, for refusing to execute a group of Christians. The emperor then commanded him to be executed for his Christian faith. Saint Florian was flayed, scourged, and martyred by being thrown into a river with a millstone attached. His body was later recovered and his relics are at a church in Krakow, Poland.

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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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