Saturday, 5 May 2018

# Saints

Saint Judith of Prussia

Image: Saint Judith of Prussia

The 5th of May is the feast day of Saint Judith of Prussia (ca. 1200 – 1260). She is also known as Jutta of Kulmsee, Jutta of Sangerhausen or Jutta of Thuringia. She is the patron saint of Prussia.

She lived in the 13th Century and was born to a wealthy family in Thuringia (now Germany). She wanted to model her life after Saint Elizabeth of Hungary who lived in the previous century. At 15 years old she was married to a man of equal rank and they raised a family. Though they had great wealth, Saint Jutta decided to live in a simple way and share their wealth with the poor. Her husband didn’t agree but eventually gave in and was won over by Jutta’s humility and piety. On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, her husband died leaving her to take care and raise the children alone. Once they were all grown, she rid herself of her expensive clothes, jewellery and other possessions and joined the Third Order of St Francis and committed herself to taking care of the poor and ill, even though she was mocked for this due to her high rank in society. In the last years of her life, she lived as a hermitess in a simple hut in Prussia where she spent her days in prayer and penance for the conversion of the pagan Prussians. After she died, many miracles attributed to her occurred at her grave.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

May 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, all that my Son, who is the light of love, has done and does, He has done out of love. Also you, my children, when you live in love and love your neighbors, you are doing the will of my Son. Apostles of my love, make yourselves little; open your pure hearts to my Son so that He can work through you. With the help of faith, be filled with love. But, my children, do not forget that the Eucharist is the heart of faith. This is my Son who feeds you with His Body and strengthens you with His Blood. This is a miracle of love: my Son who always comes anew, alive, to bring life back to souls. My children, by living in love you are doing the will of my Son and He lives in you. My children, my motherly desire is for you to always love Him more, because He is calling you with His love. He is giving you love so that you may spread it to all those around you. As a mother, through His love, I am with you to speak the words of love and hope to you - to speak to you the eternal words that are victorious over time and death - so as to call you to be my apostles of love. Thank you.

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