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

January 2, 2019 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, sadly, among you, my children, there is so much battle, hatred, personal interests and selfishness. My children, so easily you forget my Son, His words, His love. Faith is being extinguished in many souls, and hearts are being grasped by material things of the world. But my motherly heart knows that there are still those who believe and love, who are seeking how to draw all the closer to my Son, who are tirelessly seeking my Son - then, in this way, they are also seeking me. These are the humble and the meek with their pain and suffering which they carry in silence with their hopes and, above all, with their faith. These are the apostles of my love. My children, apostles of my love, I am teaching you that my Son is not only asking for continuous prayers, but also for works and feelings - that you believe, that you pray, that with your personal prayers you grow in faith, that you grow in love. To love each other is what He asks for - that is the way to eternal life. My children, do not forget that my Son brought the light to this world, and He brought it to those who wanted to see it and receive it. You be those, because this is the light of truth, peace and love. I am leading you in a motherly way to adore my Son; that you love my Son with me; that your thoughts, words and actions may be directed to My Son - that they may be in His name. Then my heart will be fulfilled. Thank you.

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