Wednesday, 25 October 2017

# Saints

Saint Anthony Mary Claret

Bishop and founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The 24th of October is the feast day of Saint Anthony Mary Claret. He is the patron saint of textile merchants, weavers, savings (taught the poor the importance of savings), Catholic press, Claretians, Dioceses of the Canary Islands, Claretian students, Claretian educators and Claretian educational institutions, and Foundations.

Saint Anthony Mary Claret lived between 1807 and 1870 and was the fifth of eleven children, born in Spain. His father was a weaver and he took up the trade before entering the priesthood, serving as a parish priest. He preached multiple sermons throughout the day, and preached in missions and retreats for the clergy, hearing confessions for many hours. Many returned to the Catholic faith because of him, as he was also meek and gentle of manner. He became Archbishop of Santiago and went to Cuba from 1849-1857. His life was threatened due to his reforms and he was called back to Spain becoming confessor to the queen. He founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Claretians. He founded a major Catholic publisher in Spain, publishing and writing many hundreds of books. He was persecuted due to his efforts and was exiled to Paris with the Spanish queen by the revolutionary enemies of religion. He took part in the First Vatican Council and then suffered a stroke. He had the gift of prophesy and reading of consciences, and performed many miracles. A light shining from his face was observed as he offered Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

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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.