Monday, 17 April 2017

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Saint Bernadette Soubirous



The 16th of April is the feast day of Saint Bernedette Soubirous. She is the patron saint of Bodily illness, Lourdes, France, shepherds and shepherdesses, against poverty, people ridiculed for their faith.

Saint Berndette lived between 1844 and 1879 and was the eldest of nine children to a very poor family in Lourdes, France. She suffered asthma for her entire life. At the age of 14 in February 11, 1858 she was out collecting firewood when she saw an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a grotto cave which is on the banks of the Gave River. This was the first of 18 apparitions she had of the Blessed Virgin. However, she faced much opposition due to her visions and suffered from humiliating interrogations from the civil and ecclesiastical authorities. The townspeople believed her and would gather at the grotto when she had visits from the Virgin Mary. During one of the apparitions, Saint Bernedette was shown a hidden spring, the water of which, had the ability to heal. Finally, the apparition revealed Her name to be the "Immaculate Conception" and the local bishop authenticated the visions. A church was built at the site of the grotto at Her request and the spring is now one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. Saint Bernedette became a nun and died at the age of 35 in a convent in Nevers, France on 16th of April 1879. She was canonised by Pope Pius XI in 1933 and her body is incorrupt.

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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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