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

August 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, with a motherly love I am calling you to open hearts to peace; to open hearts to my Son, so that in your hearts love for my Son may sing, because only out of that love peace comes in the soul. My children, I know that you have goodness, I know that you have love - a merciful love, but many of my children still have a closed heart. They think that they can do it without directing their thoughts towards the Heavenly Father who illuminates-towards my Son who is always with you anew in the Eucharist and who desires to listen to you. My children, why do you not speak to Him? The life of each of you is important and precious, because it is a gift from the Heavenly Father for eternity. Therefore, do not ever forget to keep on thanking Him: speak to Him. I know, my children, that what is to come afterwards is unknown to you, but when your hereafter comes you will receive all the answers. My motherly love desires that you be ready. My children, by your life keep putting good feelings in the hearts of the people whom you meet, feelings of peace, goodness, love and forgiveness. Through prayer, hearken to what My Son is saying and act accordingly. Anew, I am calling you to prayer for your shepherds, for those whom my Son has called. Remember that they need prayers and love. Thank you.

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