Thursday, 22 February 2018

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Saint Margaret of Cortona


The 22nd of February is the feast day of Saint Margaret of Cortona. She is the patron saint against temptations; falsely accused people; homeless people; insanity; loss of parents; mental illness; mentally ill people; midwives; penitent women; single mothers; people ridiculed for their piety; reformed prostitutes; sexual temptation; single laywomen; and third children.

Saint Margaret of Cortona lived between 1247 and 1297 and was the only child of a working-class family in Tuscany, Italy. Her mother died when she was seven years old and she did not get along well with her stepmother. Margaret was a spoilt child and was reckless but beautiful. She left home at the age of seventeen to become a mistress of a young nobleman. She lived with him in his castle for nine years and had a son with him but did not marry because of her lower social class One day he did not return home but his hound came back alone. The dog led Margaret to her lover’s body where he was murdered in the woods. She became deeply repentant and left his castle with her son and went to seek the Franciscan friars for spiritual direction. She eventually joined the Third Order of Saint Francis and led a life of prayer, penance, poverty and charity towards the poor.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

November 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, My motherly heart suffers as I am looking at my children who do not love the truth, those who are hiding it - as I look at my children who do not pray with their feelings and actions. I am sad as I am saying to my Son that many of my children no longer have faith, that they do not know Him - my Son. That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil - to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge - that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him. My children, the spirit is mightier than the flesh, and, carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles. Do not forget: my Son has loved you and loves you. His love is with you and in you when you are one with Him. He is the light of the world and no one and nothing will be able to stop Him in the final glory. Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and, above all, in humility. Witness the truth to all those who have not come to know my Son. I will be alongside you. I will encourage you. Witness the love which never ends because it comes from the Heavenly Father who is eternal and who offers eternity to all of my children. The spirit of my Son will be alongside you. Anew I am calling you, my children: pray for your shepherds, pray that the love of my Son may lead them. Thank you.

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