Saturday, 17 December 2016

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Saint John of Matha

A John of Matha Saint sculpture from Mafra Palace, Portugal, main entrance
The 17th of December is the feast day of Saint John of Matha or Martha. Saint John of Matha was born in 1154 near Provence, France. His parents were noble and pious and they dedicated Saint John to God from his birth. He tended the sick and gave alms to the poor and advanced in Christian virtue. He studied theology at the University of Paris which helped discerned his called to Holy Orders and he became a priest. He had a vision on the day of his first Mass which compelled him to be devoted to ransoming Christians captured by Muslims and forced into slavery. He fasted and prayed and went to Rome to gain the Pope's approval for his new religious order that would be dedicated to this purpose. Pope Innocent III ordered a fast and concluded that Saint John's mission was inspired by God. The Order of the Holy Trinity, or the Hospitaler Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of Captives (Trinatirians) gained approval from the Pope. The habit of the order was a white scapular with a two-toned blue and red cross on the chest which was inspired by the vision. The Trinatarians collected alms and traveled to the Moors to ransom and encourage Christian captives. He died in 1213.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

February 2, 2019 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, the love and goodness of the Heavenly Father give revelations, which make faith grow, for it to be interpreted, that it may bring peace, certainty and hope. In this way, I, too, my children, through the merciful love of the Heavenly Father, always, anew, am showing you the way to my Son, to eternal salvation. But, unfortunately, many of my children do not want to hear me; many of my children are of two minds. And I always, in time and beyond time, magnified the Lord for all that He has done in me and through me. My Son gives Himself to you and breaks the bread with you. He speaks the words of eternal life to you so that you may carry them to everyone. And you, my children, apostles of my love, what are you afraid of when my Son is with you? Offer your souls to Him so that He can be in them and that He can make you instruments of faith, instruments of love. My children, live the Gospel, live merciful love for your neighbors, and, above all, live love for the Heavenly Father. My children, you are not united by chance. The Heavenly Father does not unite anyone by chance. My Son speaks to your souls. I speak to your heart. As a mother I am saying to you: set out with me, love one another, and give witness. Do not be afraid, with your example, to defend the truth - the Word of God, which is eternal and never changes. My children, whoever acts in the light of merciful love and truth is always helped by Heaven and is not alone. Apostles of my love, may you always be recognized among all others by your hiddenness, love and radiance. I am with you. Thank you.

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