Saturday, 5 May 2018

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Saint Judith of Prussia

Image: Saint Judith of Prussia

The 5th of May is the feast day of Saint Judith of Prussia (ca. 1200 – 1260). She is also known as Jutta of Kulmsee, Jutta of Sangerhausen or Jutta of Thuringia. She is the patron saint of Prussia.

She lived in the 13th Century and was born to a wealthy family in Thuringia (now Germany). She wanted to model her life after Saint Elizabeth of Hungary who lived in the previous century. At 15 years old she was married to a man of equal rank and they raised a family. Though they had great wealth, Saint Jutta decided to live in a simple way and share their wealth with the poor. Her husband didn’t agree but eventually gave in and was won over by Jutta’s humility and piety. On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, her husband died leaving her to take care and raise the children alone. Once they were all grown, she rid herself of her expensive clothes, jewellery and other possessions and joined the Third Order of St Francis and committed herself to taking care of the poor and ill, even though she was mocked for this due to her high rank in society. In the last years of her life, she lived as a hermitess in a simple hut in Prussia where she spent her days in prayer and penance for the conversion of the pagan Prussians. After she died, many miracles attributed to her occurred at her grave.

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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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