Sunday, 6 May 2018

# Saints

Saint François de Laval

Image: François de Laval, first bishop of New France (1659-1684). François de Laval.

The 6th of May is the feast day of Saint François de Laval (30 April 1623 – 6 May 1708). He is also known as Saint Francis-Xavier de Montmorency-Laval, M.E.P.

Saint Francis-Xavier de Montmorency-Laval was born on 1623 to one of France’s most illustrious families and had 7 siblings. His piety was learnt from his mother, and he desired to become a priest and missionary. He was appointed by Pope Alexander VII to be the first Apostolic Vicar of New France (Canada). His territory encompasses all of Canada and the central United States. He came to Quebec in 1659 and the population was only 500 people. He supported missions, built a cathedral dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, taught devotion to Our Lady, founded a seminary and an industrial school, and began the first Catholic school in Canada. To minister his flock he travelled year-round crossing land and water in long journeys. He became Canada’s first Bishop when Quebec became a diocese. He fought the alcohol trade to Indian tribes by outlawing it within his territory and excommunicating those involved with the trade. An Iroquois chief was converted and baptised by him, and became a promoter of the Christian faith and gain converts from local tribes. He is known for his influence and holiness in life.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

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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