Friday, 31 March 2017

# Saints

Saint Benjamin


The 31st of March was the feast day of Saint Benjamin. He is the patron saint of preachers.

A deacon martyred for the faith in Persia in 424 A.D. during Christian persecution that lasted forty years by the Persian kings, he was imprisoned for his faith for a year and released with the help of Emperor Theodosius II, the Eastern Roman Emperor. However, it was conditioned that he no longer publicly proclaim his faith, but this he refused declaring that it was his duty to preach. He was then rearrested and then asked the king what his opinion was if any of his subjects renounced their allegiance to him and made war against him. Saint Benjamin said in this same way he could not renounce his allegiance to Christ. This enraged the king and Benjamin had to endure many cruel tortures, with reeds jammed under both his finger and toe nails and other parts of his body. He eventually died when a knotted stake was thrust into his bowels.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

July 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, I am the mother of all of you and, therefore, do not be afraid because I hear your prayers. I know that you seek me and that is why I am praying to my Son for you, my Son, who is united with the Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit - the Paraclete - my Son who leads souls to the Kingdom from where He came, the Kingdom of peace and light. My children, you are given the freedom to choose, but, as a mother, I implore you to choose the freedom for the good. You, with pure and simple souls comprehend - even if sometimes you do not understand the words - and within yourselves you feel what the truth is. My children, do not lose the truth and true life so as to follow the false one. By life in truth, the Kingdom of Heaven enters into your hearts, and that is the Kingdom of peace, love and harmony. Then, my children, there will not be the selfishness which distances you from my Son. There will be love and understanding for your neighbors. Because, remember, again I repeat to you, to pray also means to love others, your neighbors, and to give yourself to them. Love and give in my Son, and then He will work in you and for you. My children, ceaselessly think of my Son and love Him immeasurably and you will have true life, and that will be for eternity. Thank you, apostles of my love.

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