Tuesday, 29 May 2018

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Saint Bona of Pisa

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The 29th of May is the feast day of Saint Bona of Pisa (c. 1156–1207). She is the patron saint of travellers, specifically couriers, guides, pilgrims, flight attendants; and Pisa.

Saint Bona was born in Pisa, Italy and experienced visions at a young age. This led her to live a life of penance and fasting. At the age of 10, she dedicated her life to God and became an Augustinian tertiary. When she was 14 she left for her first pilgrimage to Jerusalem, where her father was fighting the crusades at the time. She was captured and wounded by Muslim pirates and imprisoned on her way home and was later rescued by her fellow countrymen. She went ahead to make many pilgrimages and visited the Holy Land many times. She also made the Way of Saint James leading a large pilgrimage group. She had a great devotion to Saint James and had visions of him when she was a child. The Knights of Saint James named her as an official guide. She made the Way of Saint James a total of nine times, but on her tenth trip, she had to return home early due to an illness and died soon after.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

November 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, My motherly heart suffers as I am looking at my children who do not love the truth, those who are hiding it - as I look at my children who do not pray with their feelings and actions. I am sad as I am saying to my Son that many of my children no longer have faith, that they do not know Him - my Son. That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil - to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge - that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him. My children, the spirit is mightier than the flesh, and, carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles. Do not forget: my Son has loved you and loves you. His love is with you and in you when you are one with Him. He is the light of the world and no one and nothing will be able to stop Him in the final glory. Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and, above all, in humility. Witness the truth to all those who have not come to know my Son. I will be alongside you. I will encourage you. Witness the love which never ends because it comes from the Heavenly Father who is eternal and who offers eternity to all of my children. The spirit of my Son will be alongside you. Anew I am calling you, my children: pray for your shepherds, pray that the love of my Son may lead them. Thank you.

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