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

November 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, My motherly heart suffers as I am looking at my children who do not love the truth, those who are hiding it - as I look at my children who do not pray with their feelings and actions. I am sad as I am saying to my Son that many of my children no longer have faith, that they do not know Him - my Son. That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil - to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge - that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him. My children, the spirit is mightier than the flesh, and, carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles. Do not forget: my Son has loved you and loves you. His love is with you and in you when you are one with Him. He is the light of the world and no one and nothing will be able to stop Him in the final glory. Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and, above all, in humility. Witness the truth to all those who have not come to know my Son. I will be alongside you. I will encourage you. Witness the love which never ends because it comes from the Heavenly Father who is eternal and who offers eternity to all of my children. The spirit of my Son will be alongside you. Anew I am calling you, my children: pray for your shepherds, pray that the love of my Son may lead them. Thank you.

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