Friday, 13 April 2018

# Saints

Saint Margaret of Castello


The 13th of April is the feast day of Blessed Margaret of Castello (1287 – 12 April 1320). She is the patron saint of Pro-life movements, disabled people and blind people.

Her parents were noble Italians who wanted her to be the child of their dreams. However, she was blind, a dwarf, lame and a hunchback. Her parents were horrified at her appearance when she was a newborn and tried to hide her hoping to keep her existence private. A servant took pity on her and had her baptised, naming her Margaret which meant “Pearl.” At the age of six years old she was almost discovered. Her father then put her in a cell inside the wall of a church, providing necessities to her through a window. The parish priest educated Maraget and she lived this way until she was 16 years old. Her parents took her on a pilgrimage to a shrine hoping to have her miraculously healed. They prayed for her to be cured of her deformities. When it became obvious that she would not be cured, they abandoned her on the streets, returning home and she never saw them again. She begged for food and the town’s poor sheltered her in their homes taking turns to do so. She became a Dominican Tertiary and served the sick, dying and the imprisoned. She had mystical experiences and was known for her joy and sanctity. She died when she was 33 years old and hundreds of miracles attributed to her intercession occurred before and after her death, her body is incorrupt.

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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.

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