Saturday, 10 March 2018

# Saints

Saint Macarius of Jerusalem

The proving of the True Cross, Jean Colombe in the Très Riches Heures

The 10th of March is the feast day of Saint Macarius of Jerusalem.

Saint Macarius of Jerusalem lived in the 4th century and was the Bishop of Jerusalem between 312 to 335 A.D. He participated in the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. and was opposed to the Arian heresy. He possibly helped draft the Nicene Creed. Saint Athanasius describe him as an example of “the honest and simple style of apostolical men.” When the council ended, Saint Macarius searched for the True Cross with Saint Helena, the queen mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine. He suggested that to identify the real Cross which Jesus was crucified on, that the cross touch it to a seriously ill woman and see if it healed her. The True Cross was found using this technique. Constantine requested that Bishop Macarius oversee the construction of a church in Jerusalem, the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre to commemorate the sites of the Crucifixion and the Burial of Jesus. This church still stands today and is an important site for Christian pilgrimages.

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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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