Saturday, 3 March 2018

# Saints

Saint Katharine Drexel


The 3rd of March is the feast day of Saint Katharine Drexel. She is the patron saint of philanthropy, and racial justice. She is the second canonised saint to have been born in the United State, and the first that was a U.S. citizen from birth.

Saint Katharine Drexel lived between 1858 and 1955 and was a wealthy heiress of a family in Philadelphia. She felt a calling to help serve the underprivileged, most notably the African American and Native American communities, from a very young age. Her parents often opened their home to the poor which helped her to learn about virtue and charity. She donated money but realised that this was not the lasting change that the communities needed. She requested that a religious order be sent to help manage the institutions she was funding during an audience with Pope Leo XIII. He suggested she became a religious herself to do this. She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Coloured People. She invested $20 million of her personal fortune to help this cause. She build the first missions school for Native Americans in Sante Fe, as well as Xavier University in New Orleans. By the time she died, she had more than 500 sisters of her order teaching in over 60 schools she had founded throughout the U.S. Pope Saint John Paul II canonised her in 2000.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

June 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, I am calling you to accept my words which I am speaking to you as a mother, with a simplicity of heart, so that you may set out on the way of complete light and purity, of the singular love of my Son, man and God. A joy - a light indescribable in human words - will penetrate your soul and the peace and love of my Son will take hold of you. I desire this for all of my children. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, you who know how to love and forgive, you who do not judge, you whom I encourage, you be an example to all those who are not going on the way of light and love or who have diverted from it. By your life show them the truth. Show them love because love overcomes all difficulties, and all of my children thirst for love. Your unity in love is a gift to my Son and me. But, my children, remember that to love also means to desire the good for your neighbor and to desire conversion of your neighbor's soul. As I am looking at you gathered around me, my heart is sad, because I see so little brotherly love, merciful love. My children, the Eucharist - my Son alive among you - His words will help you comprehend, because His word is life, His word makes the soul breathe, His word brings about cognition of love. Dear children, anew, I am imploring you as a mother who desires the good for her children: love your shepherds, pray for them. Thank you.

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