Monday, 16 April 2018

# Saints

Saint Bernadette Soubirous


The 16th of April is the feast day of Saint Bernadette Soubirous (7 January 1844 – 16 April 1879). She is the patron saint of bodily illness, Lourdes, France, shepherds and shepherdesses, against poverty, and people ridiculed for their faith.

The eldest of nine children, her parents were very poor and they lived in Lourdes, France. She suffered from severe asthma throughout her life. At the age of 14 years old, while collecting firewood on February 11, 1858, she saw an apparition of Our Lady in the grotto on the banks of Gave River. Our Lady appeared to her 18 times and Bernadette had much opposition and was interrogated by both civil and ecclesiastical authorities because of this. A spring was revealed to Saint Bernadette during one of the visions. Our Lady eventually told Bernadette that She was the “Immaculate Conception” which resulted in the local bishop acknowledging the visions to be authentic. A church was erected at the site of the grotto and the spring, today it is a popular Catholic pilgrimage site. There have been many medically documented cures in both body and soul resulting from the water at Lourdes. Saint Bernadette became a nun and died on April 16, 1879, in the convent at Nevers, France when she was 35 years old. In 1933 she was canonised by Pope Piux XI.

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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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