Sunday, 1 April 2018

# Saints

Saint Anacleto González Flores

The 1st of April is the feast day of Blessed Anacleto González Flores (July 13, 1888 – April 1, 1927). He was a Mexican Catholic layman, a lawyer and a martyr of the faith and was executed during the Church’s persecution under the presidency of Plutarco Elias Calles.

He was the second of twelve children of a poor family in Jalisco, Mexico. The day after his birth, he was baptised and as he was growing up, a priest recommended he enter the seminary. Anacleto studied for sometime in the seminary but then discerned he was not called to be a priest. He married and became an attorney and was an activist for the Catholic faith. He attended mass daily, wrote prolifically and was a dedicated catechism teacher. He joined the Catholic Association of Young Mexicans (ACJM) and started another Catholic lay organisation to help resist the persecution of the Church. Four members of the ACJM were murdered in 1926, after this Anacleto supported the armed resistance movement. He did not take up arms but made speeches encouraging Catholics to support the Cristeros, which was the army fighting against Calles. Anacleto was captured in 1 April 1927 in the Cristero War and was tortured before being martyred by the firing squad.

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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.