Wednesday, 18 April 2018

# Saints

Saint Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur

Image: Statue of St. Peter of St. Joseph in the Cave of Santo Hermano Pedro,
Tenerife, Spain

The 18th of April is the feast day of Saint Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur (March 21, 1626 РApril 25, 1667). He is also known as Hermano Pedro de San Jos̩ Betancurt or more simply Hermano Pedro, Santo Hermano Pedro, or San Pedro de Vilaflor. He is the patron saint of Canary Islands, Guatemala, Central America, catechists of Guatemala, Honorary Mayor of municipalities in the south of Tenerife and Honorary Mayor of Antigua Guatemala, and of the homeless.

Saint Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur, was born in the Canary Islands to poverty. He was a shepherd until he was 24 years old when he decided to travel to Guatemala, which was then the capital of New Spain. He had hoped to meet a relative and begin his training as a priest. The trip greatly impoverished him and he entered a bread line served by the Franciscans. He then worked in a textile factory and entered a Jesuit college hoping to become a priest. He was a poor student and had to leave school. He became a lay Third Order Franciscan and dedicated his life serving the poor and oppressed in jails and hospitals as well as the African slaves, Native Americans and anyone else that needed help. He founded a hospital and school for the poor, and a shelter for the homeless. He preached to the rich, telling them to repent. He was known as the “St Francis of the Americas.” He gained a following and there founded the Bethlehemite Brothers and Sisters. Their charism involved a devotion to the Divine Child and the Blessed Virgin and they offered prayers and sacrifices to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Every night, Saint Peter carried a wooden cross through the streets as a form of penance and a way to evangelise. He is thought to have started the Posadas procession in Advent. He died in 1667 and Pope Saint John Paul II canonised him, becoming the first saint from Central America.

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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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