Sunday, 8 April 2018

# Saints

Saint Julie Billiart

Saint Julie Billiart painted in 1830, by an unknown artist

The 8th of April is the feast day of Saint Julie Billiart (12 July 1751 — 8 April 1816). She is the patron saint against poverty; bodily ills; and disease.

Born in Cuvilly, France, Saint Julie Billiart’s family were large and prosperous farmers. She memorised the catechism by heart by the age of 7 years old and would teach it to her fellow playmates. At the age of nine, she received her first communion and took a vow of chastity. In her teens, she already had the reputation of being a saint. She worked in the fields when her family was in financial strife. However, when she was twenty-two she became paralysed and was bedridden for the next 22 years. She received Holy Communion daily, made altar laces and linens, and catechised the children in the village who stood by her bedside. During the French Revolution, she helped the priests and was smuggled to safety while hidden in a hay cart. She hid in the home of a countess and soon had young and noble ladies around her bed whom she taught the interior life. From this group of ladies, she founded the Institute of the Sisters of Notre Dame, who educated girls and trained catechists. She made her vows in 1804 and was cured of her paralysis. She then made over a hundred journeys, founding 15 convents of her order.

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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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