Saturday, 4 November 2017

# Saints

Saint Martin de Porres

Portrait of St. Martin de Porres, c. 17th century, Monastery of Rosa of Santa Maria in Lima. This portrait was painted during his lifetime or very soon after his death, hence it is probably the most true to his appearance.


The 3rd of November is the feast day of Saint Martin de Porres. He is the patron saint of the Diocese of Biloxi, Vietnam, Mississippi, black people, hair stylists, innkeepers, lottery, lottery winners, mixed-race people, Peru, poor people, public education, public health, public schools, race relations, social justice, state schools, television, Mexico, and Peruvian Naval Aviators.



Saint Martin de Porres lived between 1569 and 1639 and born in Lima, Peru. His nobleman father did not acknowledge his illegitimate son for 8 years, and his mother was a freed slave woman from Panama, of an African or Native American descent. His father eventually abandoned the family when Martin's sister was born. He was raised in poverty, and as a young man worked as an assistant to a barber-surgeon, learning medicine and caring for the sick. At the age of 15 he joined the Dominican friars, becoming a Lay Brother. He nursed the sick in the Dominican infirmary and the sick among the townspeople. He even gave his own bed to a sick man. He worked as an almoner as well, and begged for money, using the  money to help with his work to tend the poor and sick. An orphanage was founded by him, and he tended to African slaves and gave alms to those in need. He demonstrated miraculous powers, healing the sick, bi-locating, levitating, expressing hidden knowledge, and communicating with animals. His sanctity was well known with many people coming to him for spiritual direction.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

July 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, I am the mother of all of you and, therefore, do not be afraid because I hear your prayers. I know that you seek me and that is why I am praying to my Son for you, my Son, who is united with the Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit - the Paraclete - my Son who leads souls to the Kingdom from where He came, the Kingdom of peace and light. My children, you are given the freedom to choose, but, as a mother, I implore you to choose the freedom for the good. You, with pure and simple souls comprehend - even if sometimes you do not understand the words - and within yourselves you feel what the truth is. My children, do not lose the truth and true life so as to follow the false one. By life in truth, the Kingdom of Heaven enters into your hearts, and that is the Kingdom of peace, love and harmony. Then, my children, there will not be the selfishness which distances you from my Son. There will be love and understanding for your neighbors. Because, remember, again I repeat to you, to pray also means to love others, your neighbors, and to give yourself to them. Love and give in my Son, and then He will work in you and for you. My children, ceaselessly think of my Son and love Him immeasurably and you will have true life, and that will be for eternity. Thank you, apostles of my love.

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