Sunday, 10 June 2018

# Saints

Saint Olivia of Palermo

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Icon of the thirteenth century with S. Olivia, also S. Elia, S. Venera and S. Rosalia. Diocesan Museum, Palermo

The 10th of June is the feast day of Saint Olivia of Palermo (448 – 10 June 463). She was a virgin martyr and is the patron saint of the Sicilian towns of Palermo; Monte San Giuliano; Termini Imerese; Alcamo; Pettineo; Cefal├╣, and Olesa de Montserrat (Catalonia).

Saint Olivia was born of a noble family living near Palermo on the island of Sicily. She wanted to be consecrated virgin and gave her wealth to the poor. The King of the Vandals invaded Italy and came to Palermo, martyring many Christians. Olivia would visit the Christians who have been imprisoned, encouraging them. Because of her piety, the local authorities sent her to Tunis to face the governor. At Tunis, she converted many to Christianity and was punished by being sent to the wilderness to starve to death or to be devoured by the wild beast. She was found by hunters and brought back to civilisation where she continued to convert many of the pagans. She was sent to the governor and tortured by being dipped in a vat of hot oil. She miraculously did not suffer any harm and was beheaded. There was an ancient Christian basilica dedicated to her in Tunisia that was built on the site of her tomb. A mosque is now at her site but still retains her name and relics. She is especially venerated in Sicily and Tunisia.

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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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