Monday, 7 May 2018

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Saint Rose Venerini


Image: Foundress and pioneer in the education of women

The 7th of May is the feast day of Saint Rose Venerini (February 9, 1656 – May 7, 1728).

Saint Rose Venerini lived between 1656 and 1728 and was born in Italy to a pious physician and his wife. She was one of four children and was a gifted and smart child. She consecrated her life to God at the age of 5. At the age of 20 she had to make a decision between marriage and the cloister, and after much prayer, she decided to enter the monastery. After a few months, she had to return home due to the sudden death of her father, after which her brother and mother died as well. She gathered young women around her neighbourhood to pray the rosary. They inspired her to begin a school for instruction and human formation and became Italy’s first public school for girls. This was seen as innovative as teaching catechisms belonged to the clergy. Though there was some resistance, they saw the fruit of her work; the moral improvement of the women taught. Even the Pope attended one of her classes and praised her for her good works. She was eventually asked by governors and cardinals to open schools in their areas. She opened 40 schools across Italy dedicated to education and promotion of women and uplifting the ennobling of society. Her motto was “Educate to save.”

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

December 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, when you come to me, as to a mother, with a pure and open heart, know that I am listening to you, encouraging you, consoling you, and above all, interceding for you with my Son. I know that you desire to have a strong faith and to express it in the right way. What my Son asks of you is to have a sincere, strong and deep faith - then every way in which you express it is proper. Faith is a most wonderful mystery which is kept in the heart. It is between the Heavenly Father and all of His children; it is recognized by the fruits and by the love which one has towards all of God's creatures. Apostles of my love, my children, have trust in my Son. Help all of my children to come to know His love. You are my hope - you who strive to sincerely love my Son. In the name of love, for your salvation, according to the will of the Heavenly Father and through my Son, I am here among you. Apostles of my love, along with prayer and sacrifice, may your hearts be illuminated with the love and the light of my Son. May that light and love illuminate all those whom you meet and bring them back to my Son. I am with you. In a special way, I am alongside your shepherds. With my motherly love I illuminate and encourage them, that with the hands blessed by my Son, they may bless the entire world. Thank you.

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