Sunday, 1 April 2018

# Saints

Saint Anacleto González Flores

The 1st of April is the feast day of Blessed Anacleto González Flores (July 13, 1888 – April 1, 1927). He was a Mexican Catholic layman, a lawyer and a martyr of the faith and was executed during the Church’s persecution under the presidency of Plutarco Elias Calles.

He was the second of twelve children of a poor family in Jalisco, Mexico. The day after his birth, he was baptised and as he was growing up, a priest recommended he enter the seminary. Anacleto studied for sometime in the seminary but then discerned he was not called to be a priest. He married and became an attorney and was an activist for the Catholic faith. He attended mass daily, wrote prolifically and was a dedicated catechism teacher. He joined the Catholic Association of Young Mexicans (ACJM) and started another Catholic lay organisation to help resist the persecution of the Church. Four members of the ACJM were murdered in 1926, after this Anacleto supported the armed resistance movement. He did not take up arms but made speeches encouraging Catholics to support the Cristeros, which was the army fighting against Calles. Anacleto was captured in 1 April 1927 in the Cristero War and was tortured before being martyred by the firing squad.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

July 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, I am the mother of all of you and, therefore, do not be afraid because I hear your prayers. I know that you seek me and that is why I am praying to my Son for you, my Son, who is united with the Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit - the Paraclete - my Son who leads souls to the Kingdom from where He came, the Kingdom of peace and light. My children, you are given the freedom to choose, but, as a mother, I implore you to choose the freedom for the good. You, with pure and simple souls comprehend - even if sometimes you do not understand the words - and within yourselves you feel what the truth is. My children, do not lose the truth and true life so as to follow the false one. By life in truth, the Kingdom of Heaven enters into your hearts, and that is the Kingdom of peace, love and harmony. Then, my children, there will not be the selfishness which distances you from my Son. There will be love and understanding for your neighbors. Because, remember, again I repeat to you, to pray also means to love others, your neighbors, and to give yourself to them. Love and give in my Son, and then He will work in you and for you. My children, ceaselessly think of my Son and love Him immeasurably and you will have true life, and that will be for eternity. Thank you, apostles of my love.