Saturday, 2 June 2018

# Saints

Saint Elmo

Image: St. Erasmus by the Master of Meßkirch, c. 1530.

The 2nd of June is the feast day of Saint Elmo (d. c. 303). He is also known as Saint Erasmus of Formia. He is the patron saint of sailors, Gaeta, Formia, colic in children, intestinal ailments and diseases, cramps and the pain of women in labour, cattle pest, and Fort St. Elmo, (Malta).

Saint Elmo died in 303 AD. He was an Italian bishop during the reign of the brutal persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperors, Diocletian and Maximian. He fled to Mount Lebanon living there for seven years. However, an angel told him to return to his diocese to vanquish his enemies. As he returned, he was stopped by Roman soldiers whence he declared himself to be a Christian. He was immediately brought to stand trial before Diocletian and Saint Elmo again confessed his faith in Christ, denouncing the emperor for his impiety. He was tortured, thrown into prison but an angel freed him. He worked miracles and baptised thousands of people, was arrested, tortured and again miraculously freed. This happened twice before he arrived back to his own diocese. According to the oldest tradition, he died at peace in Formia, but other accounts said he was disembowelled and died a martyr.

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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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