Tuesday, 12 June 2018

# Saints

Pope Saint Leo III

Image: Pope Saint Leo III

The 12th of June is the feast day of Pope Saint Leo III (d. 12 June 816). He was a Pope from 26 December 795 till his death in 816. He crowned Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor and “Augustus of the Romans.”

Pope Saint Leo III was a cardinal in Rome and was elected as pope on the same day his predecessor was buried. During his life, there was tension between popes and emperors. Pope Saint Leo recognised Charlemagne as the protector of the See of Rome. This gained him enemies within the Roman nobles. Because of this, he was attacked by a mob who cut off his tongue and his eyes hoping he would not be able to serve anymore. He survived and was imprisoned by those that attacked him. His eyes and tongue were miraculously restored and he escaped to Charlemagne for protection. Charlemagne brought him back to Rome and put to trial his enemies. On 800 A.D. during Christmas Mass, Pope Saint Leo III crowned Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor. Pope Saint Leo III was known as an effective administrator and for improving the churches. He helped create greater cooperation between the Church and the secular nations of Europe, maintaining their collective identity as Christians.

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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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