Tuesday, 20 February 2018

# Saints

Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto


The 20th of February is the feast day of Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto. They are the patron saints of bodily ills, Portuguese children, captives, people ridiculed for their piety, prisoners, sick people and against sickness.

Saints Francisco de Jesus Marto (1908 – 1919), his sister Jacinta de Jesus Marto (1910 – 1920), and their cousin Lucia dos Santos (1907-2005) witnessed three apparitions in 1916 of an angel while tending their sheep in Fatima, Portugal, and another six apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917. They were given many messages and warnings for the world, among which that they had to do penance and pray for the conversion of poor sinners. Though they were very young, they offered up many sacrifices as Our Lady had requested and prayed their rosary daily, even giving their lunches to the poor and practiced many forms of penances such as not drinking water on hot days and wearing rope against their skins. They faced ridicule due to the apparitions and endured many sufferings. Our Lady told the two visionaries, Francisco and Jacinta that they would die young and that she would bring them to heaven. They both fell ill from influenza in 1918 and Francisco died first, with Jacinta the following year after two hospitalisations. They are both buried at Our Lady of Fatima Basilica which is in Portugal.

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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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