Monday, 4 June 2018

# Saints

Saint Filippo Smaldone

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The 4th of June is the feast day of Saint Filippo Smaldone (27 July 1848 – 4 June 1923). He is the patron saint of the Salesian Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, deaf, and mute people.

He was born in Naples, Italy. During that time there was a period of upheaval and unrest in Italy and in the Church. He became a priest and while he was in the seminary, he assisted the deaf and the mute community in Naples. He spent so much time on this that he nearly didn’t pass his exams. When he was ordained, he continued to help the sick of the community. He contracted the plaque after it hit the city, but was cured after praying to Our Lady of Pompeii to whom he had a special devotion to. He continued his work on the education of the deaf and mute, but he became discouraged by its difficulty and wanted to go on foreign missions instead. However, his confessor dissuaded him and Saint Filippo continued to help the deaf and mute. He trained a group of nuns to do the work which grew into a religious foundation. The work later expanded to include blind, orphaned and abandoned children.

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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.