Friday, 4 May 2018

# Saints

Saint Florian

Image: Saint Florian by Francesco del Cossa, 1473

The 4th of May is the feast day of Saint Florian (C. 250-304 A.D.) He is the patron saint of Linz, Austria; Kraków, Poland; chimneysweeps; firefighters; soap boilers; brewers; drowning victims; Upper Austria; and invoked against floods, fires, and battles.

Saint Florian was a commander in the Roman army that was serving in the modern day Austria. The Emperor Diocletian persecuted Christians during reign which was the same time that Saint Florian served in the army. Saint Florian was part of the firefighting brigade and a Christian in secret. He became well known for saving a town from fire by praying to God and extinguishing the fire with a single throw of a bucket of water. The Emperor was told that Saint Florian did not enforce the ban against Christianity in his territory and was put under investigation. He was then discovered to be Christian. According to one account, his Christianity was discovered after he refused to offer sacrifice to the gods. In another account, he refused to execute a group of Christians. He was then ordered to be put to death. He did not recant his Christian faith and was flayed, scourged and thrown into the river with a millstone attached to his body. His body was retrieved from the water and his relics are now in a church named after him in Krakow, Poland.

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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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