Friday, 23 March 2018

# Saints

Saint Rafqa

St Rafka ill in bed in her latter days


The 23rd of March is the feast day of Saint Rafqa (June 29, 1832 – March 23, 1914), she is also known as Rafqa Pietra Choboq Ar-Rayès (رفقا بطرسيّة شبق ألريّس) and Saint Rebecca. She was a Lebanese Maronite nun canonised by Pope Saint John Paul II on June 10th, 2001. She is the patron saint of sick people, bodily ills and loss of parents.

Saint Rafqa was born in Himlaya in the Lebanese mountains. Her mother died when she was only 7 years old and she was the only child. Her father remarried and there was a discord to whom Rafqa should marry. She did not want to marry any of the men and entered the religious life when she was 21 years old. Through learning from her own mother, she had a great devotion to the Virgin Mary. She served as a teacher, and after witnessing and surviving a massacre of Christians, she became a cloistered contemplative nun in a monastery at the age of 39. She prayed that she may share Christ’s sufferings and she became blind and paralysed, struggling with deteriorating health and a large amount of pain. She united her sufferings to Christ, and di not complain. She wrote an autobiography at the end of her life, under the direction of her superior. At 82 years old she died and a lot of miracles are attributed to her.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

April 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, Through the great love of the Heavenly Father I am beside you as your mother and you are beside me as my children, as apostles of my love whom I ceaselessly gather around me. My children, you are those who, along with prayer, need to completely surrender to my Son so that you may no longer live but my Son may live in you - so that all those who do not know my Son may see Him in you and come to desire to know Him. Pray that in you they may see resolute humility and goodness, a readiness to serve others; that in you they may see that you live your vocation in the world with the heart, in communion with my Son; that in you they may see meekness, tenderness and love for my Son as well as for all brothers and sisters. Apostles of my love, you must pray much and cleanse your hearts so that you may be the first to walk on the way of my Son, that you may be the just who are united with the justice of my Son. My children, as apostles of my love, you must be united in the communion which emanates from my Son, so that my children who do not know my Son may recognize the communion of love and may come to desire to walk on the way of life, the way of unity with my Son. Thank you.

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