Wednesday, 6 June 2018

# Saints

Saint Marcellin Champagnat

Image: Official portrait of Marcellin Champagnat

The 6th of June is the feast day of Saint Marcellin Joseph Benedict Champagnat (20 May 1789 – 6 June 1840). He is the patron saint of education and teachers.

His family were peasants living near Lyons, France and he was born in the same year the French Revolution started. He was poor and illiterate because of the collapse of education, however, a visiting priest encouraged him to become a priest. At the age of sixteen, he entered the seminary but he struggled academically. This inspired him to help others combat illiteracy and spiritual poverty due to the violence and chaos the French Revolution created. In 1816 he was ordained and he bought a house the next year, opened a school, and recruited some peasants to help him in the new community. They were devoted to Our Lady and helped young people have a proper Christian education. He organised the school year according to the farming seasons and made the fees affordable to the poor. His congregation became the Little Brothers of Mary, now known as The Marist Brothers. They are dedicated to the education of the neglected youth. By the time Marcellin died, his order had 48 establishments with 278 Brothers in France. Today, 5100 Brothers are located in over 80 countries.

Our Lady of Medjugorje

March 25, 2020 Message to Marija

Dear children! I am with you all these years to lead you to the way of salvation. Return to my Son; return to prayer and fasting. Little children, permit God to speak to your heart, because Satan is reigning and wants to destroy your lives and the earth on which you walk. Be courageous and decide for holiness. You will see conversion in your hearts and families; prayer will be heard; God will hear your cries and give you peace. I am with you and am blessing you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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