Saturday, 3 March 2018

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Saint Katharine Drexel


The 3rd of March is the feast day of Saint Katharine Drexel. She is the patron saint of philanthropy, and racial justice. She is the second canonised saint to have been born in the United State, and the first that was a U.S. citizen from birth.

Saint Katharine Drexel lived between 1858 and 1955 and was a wealthy heiress of a family in Philadelphia. She felt a calling to help serve the underprivileged, most notably the African American and Native American communities, from a very young age. Her parents often opened their home to the poor which helped her to learn about virtue and charity. She donated money but realised that this was not the lasting change that the communities needed. She requested that a religious order be sent to help manage the institutions she was funding during an audience with Pope Leo XIII. He suggested she became a religious herself to do this. She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Coloured People. She invested $20 million of her personal fortune to help this cause. She build the first missions school for Native Americans in Sante Fe, as well as Xavier University in New Orleans. By the time she died, she had more than 500 sisters of her order teaching in over 60 schools she had founded throughout the U.S. Pope Saint John Paul II canonised her in 2000.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

January 2, 2019 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, sadly, among you, my children, there is so much battle, hatred, personal interests and selfishness. My children, so easily you forget my Son, His words, His love. Faith is being extinguished in many souls, and hearts are being grasped by material things of the world. But my motherly heart knows that there are still those who believe and love, who are seeking how to draw all the closer to my Son, who are tirelessly seeking my Son - then, in this way, they are also seeking me. These are the humble and the meek with their pain and suffering which they carry in silence with their hopes and, above all, with their faith. These are the apostles of my love. My children, apostles of my love, I am teaching you that my Son is not only asking for continuous prayers, but also for works and feelings - that you believe, that you pray, that with your personal prayers you grow in faith, that you grow in love. To love each other is what He asks for - that is the way to eternal life. My children, do not forget that my Son brought the light to this world, and He brought it to those who wanted to see it and receive it. You be those, because this is the light of truth, peace and love. I am leading you in a motherly way to adore my Son; that you love my Son with me; that your thoughts, words and actions may be directed to My Son - that they may be in His name. Then my heart will be fulfilled. Thank you.

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