Tuesday, 18 April 2017

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Saint Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur

Statue of St. Peter of St. Joseph in the Cave of Santo Hermano Pedro,
Tenerife, Spain.
The 18th of April is the feast day of Saint Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur. He is the patron saint of Canary Islands, Guatemala, Central America, catechists of Guatemala, Honorary Mayor of municipalities in the south of Tenerife and Honorary Mayor of Antigua Guatemala, of the homeless.

Saint Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur is also known as Pedro de San Jose Betancur or Hermano Pedro. He lived between 1626 to 1667 and was born in Canary Islands living in poverty. He was a shepherd until he travelled to Guatemala at 24 years old in the hope to see a relative and to become a priest. The journey greatly impoverished him so that he entered a bread line which was served by the Franciscans. He then worked in a textile factory and studied for the priesthood in a Jesuit college. However, he was a poor student and had to drop out of school. He then became a Third Order Franciscan. He helped the poor, the oppressed in jails, ministering to African slaves, Native Americans and those in hospitals. He founded a hospital and school for the poor and shelter for the homeless. He also preached by inviting the rich to repent of their sins. He was known as the Saint Francis of the Americas. People started to follow his way of life and he founded the Bethlehemite Brothers and Sisters. Their charism was devoted to the Divine Child and the Blessed Virgin and prayed and offered sacrifices for the holy souls in purgatory as well as serving the poor. Every night Saint Peter carried a wooden cross down the street as a way to evangelise and to offer penance. He is said to have started the Posadas procession during Advent. He was canonised by Pope Saint John Paul II and is the first saint from Central America.

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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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