Monday, 17 April 2017

# Saints

Blessed Margaret of Castello

A statue of Margaret of Castello at her shrine in Saint Patrick Church (Columbus, Ohio)
The 13th of April is the feast day of Blessed Margaret of Castello. She is the patron saint of the pro-life movement, against poverty, and of the disabled, handicapped, and unwanted.

Blessed Margaret Castello lived between 1287 and 1320. She was born to noble Italian parents and was born blind, dwarfed, lame and hunchbacked. Unfortunately, her parents wanted to keep her a secret due to her appearance and kept her hidden. A servant had her baptised and named her Margaret which meant Pearl. At the age of six years old she was nearly discovered so her father confined her in a cell inside the wall of the church with a window to give her the necessities she needed. The parish priest educated Margaret. At the age of sixteen, her parents took her on a pilgrimage to a shrine famed for its miraculous healings. They prayed for their daughter to be cured of her deformities. When nothing happened she was abandoned in the streets and her parents returned home and never saw her again. Margaret begged for food and was helped by the town's poor and took turns sheltering her in their homes. She became a Dominican Tertiary and served the sick, dying and imprisoned. She was known for her joy, sanctity and mystical experiences. She died when she was 33 and many miracles were credited to her intercession before and after her death. Her body was found to be incorrupt.

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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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