Friday, 20 April 2018

# Saints

Saint Agnes of Montepulciano

Image: Saint Agnes miraculously receiving the Blessed Sacrament from an angel

The 20th of April is the feast day of Saint Agnes of Montepulciano (1268 – 1317).

Saint Agnes was born to a noble family in Tuscany. At her birth, strange lights surrounded her dwelling, which people considered that meant this child was to be a favoured one. At only nine years of age, she requested to join the Franciscan monastery in Montepulciano. Though this was against church law, she was granted exemption from the pope. She reached a high degree of contemplative prayer and performed her duties very well. She was then asked to help found and lead a new monastery in Proceno even though she was only 15 years old. She was known as a mystic and visionary, while fostering a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and lived there for 20 years. Her fame spread due to her miracles as well as her austerities. She slept on the floor and ate only bread and drank only water and used a stone for a pillow. She eventually returned to Montepulciano and founded and led a larger monastery. A vision told her that it will be a convent for Dominican nuns dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Among her miracles, includes curing the sick, multiplying food and raising to life a child who had drowned.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

August 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, with a motherly love I am calling you to open hearts to peace; to open hearts to my Son, so that in your hearts love for my Son may sing, because only out of that love peace comes in the soul. My children, I know that you have goodness, I know that you have love - a merciful love, but many of my children still have a closed heart. They think that they can do it without directing their thoughts towards the Heavenly Father who illuminates-towards my Son who is always with you anew in the Eucharist and who desires to listen to you. My children, why do you not speak to Him? The life of each of you is important and precious, because it is a gift from the Heavenly Father for eternity. Therefore, do not ever forget to keep on thanking Him: speak to Him. I know, my children, that what is to come afterwards is unknown to you, but when your hereafter comes you will receive all the answers. My motherly love desires that you be ready. My children, by your life keep putting good feelings in the hearts of the people whom you meet, feelings of peace, goodness, love and forgiveness. Through prayer, hearken to what My Son is saying and act accordingly. Anew, I am calling you to prayer for your shepherds, for those whom my Son has called. Remember that they need prayers and love. Thank you.

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