Thursday, 23 March 2017

# Saints

Saint Rafqa (Rebecca)

St Rafka ill in bed in her latter days
The 23rd of March is the feast day of Saint Rafqa (Arabic for Rebecca). She is the patron saint of sick people, bodily ills and loss of parents. 

She was born in Himlaya, a Maronite village in the mountains of Lebanon. An only child, her mother died when she was only seven years old. Her father then remarried. Later there was a family discord to whom Rafqa should be married to. However, Rafqa did not wish to marry any of the men and she entered religious life at 21 years old.  She was greatly devoted to Our Lady, through her mother and studied as a teacher. She witnessed and survive a Christian massacre and decided to become a cloistered contemplative nun at the age of 39. Rafqa prayed that she might share the sufferings of Christ and she became blind and paralysed. She died at the age of 82.

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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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