Friday, 24 November 2017

# Saints

Saint Columbanus

Saint Columbanus, stained glass window, Bobbio Abbey crypt


The 24th of November is the feast day of Saint Columbanus, also known as Saint Columban. He is the patron saint of motorcyclists.
Saint Columbanus lived between 543 till 615 AD.He was born in West Leinster, Ireland. He was a noble, well-educated attractive man and was pursued by many women. With the advice of a pious religious woman, and for the sake of his soul, he fled from this temptations to become a monk, though it was against the wishes of his family. There he excelled in virtue. He was eventually called to become a preacher at the age of 40. He left his monastery with twelve monks hoping to spread the Gospel throughout Europe. Saint Columbanus would often withdraw from society and stay in a nearby cave, which attracted followers hoping to imitate his lifestyle. He wrote the Rule of Saint Columbanus which was approved by the Council of Macon in 627 AD. The monastic rule emphasised obedience, silence, poverty, humility, and chastity. The rule was eventually superseded by the Rule of Saint Benedict.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

December 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, when you come to me, as to a mother, with a pure and open heart, know that I am listening to you, encouraging you, consoling you, and above all, interceding for you with my Son. I know that you desire to have a strong faith and to express it in the right way. What my Son asks of you is to have a sincere, strong and deep faith - then every way in which you express it is proper. Faith is a most wonderful mystery which is kept in the heart. It is between the Heavenly Father and all of His children; it is recognized by the fruits and by the love which one has towards all of God's creatures. Apostles of my love, my children, have trust in my Son. Help all of my children to come to know His love. You are my hope - you who strive to sincerely love my Son. In the name of love, for your salvation, according to the will of the Heavenly Father and through my Son, I am here among you. Apostles of my love, along with prayer and sacrifice, may your hearts be illuminated with the love and the light of my Son. May that light and love illuminate all those whom you meet and bring them back to my Son. I am with you. In a special way, I am alongside your shepherds. With my motherly love I illuminate and encourage them, that with the hands blessed by my Son, they may bless the entire world. Thank you.

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