Friday, 15 December 2017

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Saint Virginia Centurione Bracelli

A picture of Saint Virginia Centurione Bracelli, a Genoa XVI century woman.

The 15th of December is the feast day of Saint Virginia Centurione Bracelli. She is the patron saint of the Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge in Mount Cavalry.

Saint Virginia Centurione Bracelli was born in Genoa, Italy in 1587, to an aristocratic family. At the age of 15 she was forced to marry a wealthy and illustrious man and had two daughters. At the age of 20 her husband died and she refused another arranged marriage. Saint Virginia then took a vow of celibacy and began charitable works for the sick and the poor while raising her two daughters. Once they were grown, she used her wealth to create a refuge center which became a large hospital and then into two religious congregations; the Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge in Mount Calvary, and the Daughters of Our Lady on Mount Calvary. Among her good works included her ability to be a peacemaker between noble families. She died in 1651 and her body is incorrupt.

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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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