Tuesday, 21 March 2017

# Saints

Saint Nicholas of Flue

Nicholas of Flüe, from the altar piece of the local parish church in Sachseln.
The 21st of March is the feast day of Saint Nicholas of Flue. He is the patron saint of Switzerland, Pontifical Swiss Guards. 

Sant Nicholas of Flue was born in Switzerland in 1417. He joined the army at the age of 21. He married in his mid twenties and had five sons and five daughters. He held several civil offices and was held in esteem by all due to his moral integrity. He became a hermit with the consent of his wife, after 25 years of marriage. He lived in a dwelling he made built of branches and only left it for daily mass. On behalf of his local people, he made penance, spending his days in prayer with his head and feet bare and wearing a tunic. He abstained totally from food and drink with the permission of the parish priest and this was confirmed as a miracle by the Church. He became known as a visionary and prophet, living like this for 20 years. People came from all over Europe to hear his counsel. He was assigned as a chaplain when the civil authorities built him a cell and chapel. When a civil war was imminent, he intervened as an arbiter which resulted in a union of French and German-speaking parts of Switzerland. After his death in 1487, his hermitage became a site for pilgrimage.

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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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