Thursday, 7 June 2018

# Saints

Saint Anne of Saint Bartholomew

Image: Portrait c. 1600

The 7th of June is the feast day of Saint Anne of Saint Bartholomew (1 October 1550 – 7 June 1626). She was born as Ana García Manzanas. She is the patron saint of Antwerp.

She was born in Spain, to a family of seven children. At the age of ten, she became an orphan due to the plaque which killed her parents. She became a shepherdess to her brother’s sheep. She had many visions since a young child, one of which was that of Our Lady who told her she would become a nun. She tried to enter a monastery but was turned away due to her young age. Her family tried to arrange a marriage for her years later, but she finally entered the Carmelite monastery at the age of 21. It was the same monastery which Saint Teresa of Avila lived. Saint Teresa taught her how to write and she became Saint Teresa’s personal secretary and assistant. She travelled with Saint Teresa of Avila for five years, helping her to establish new foundations. Saint Teresa died in 1582 in Anne’s arms. After Saint Teresa died, Anne helped to found several other monasteries in France and became prioress to three of them. She also found a monastery in the Netherlands where she remained until she died. There has been over 150 approved miracles with many more that haven’t been officially approved that were attributed to her intercession.

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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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