Wednesday, 17 May 2017

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Blessed Antonia Mesina

The 17th of May is the feast day of Blessed Antonia Mesina. She is the patron saint of Nuoro, Orgosolo,  and rape victims.

Blessed Antonia Messina lived between 1919 and 1935. She was the second oldest child of ten children in a poor family on the Island of Sardinia in Italy. She left school to help with family chores when her mother became ill and bedridden. She was described by her mother as the "flower of my life." She joined the Young Women of Catholic Action organisation at the age ten, encouraging others to do the same. On May 17, 1935, when she was sixteen, she was in a forest with a friend gathering firewood when a teenage boy attempted to rape her. She fought back and defended herself, the boy frustrated, took a rock and thrust many blows to her. She died before help came. The entire town attended the burial and she is considered a martyr of sexual purity and canonised as a saint by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1987. Her story has been compared to that of another martyr of purity, Saint Maria Goretti.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

March 18, 2019 Message to Mirjana

My children, as a mother, as the Queen of Peace, I am calling you to accept my Son so that He can grant you peace of soul - that He can grant you that which is just, which is good for you. My children, my Son knows you. He lived the life of man, and at the same time of God: a wondrous life-human flesh, divine Spirit. Therefore, my children, while my Son is looking at you with His eyes of God, He penetrates into your hearts. His tender, warm eyes are looking for Himself in your heart. My children, can He find Himself [there]? Accept Him, and then the moments of pain and suffering will become moments of tenderness. Accept Him, and you will have peace in [your] soul - you will spread it to all those around you - and this is what you now need the most. Heed me, my children. Pray for the shepherds, for those whose hands my Son has blessed. Thank you.

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