Thursday, 4 May 2017

# Saints

Saint Florian

Saint Florian by Francesco del Cossa, 1473
The 4th of May is the feast day of Saint Florian. He is the patron saint of Linz, Austria; Kraków, Poland; chimneysweeps; firefighters; soap boilers; Upper Austria.

Saint Florian lived between 250 to 304 AD and was a commander in the Roman Army in the area of modern Austria during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. The emperor, however, was persecuting Christians and Saint Florian was secretly a Christian. He was known to have miraculously saved a town from being destroyed by fire by first praying to God for help and then throwing a single bucket of water into the blaze and extinguishing it. Emperor heard, furthermore, that Saint Florian was not enforcing the ban of Christianity in his territory. He was then investigated and was found to be a Christian. According to an account, he was discovered when he refused to offer a sacrifice to the gods, and in another account, for refusing to execute a group of Christians. The emperor then commanded him to be executed for his Christian faith. Saint Florian was flayed, scourged, and martyred by being thrown into a river with a millstone attached. His body was later recovered and his relics are at a church in Krakow, Poland.

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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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