Tuesday, 8 May 2018

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Saint Victor Maurus

Image: By Rielaborazione di Beatrice su foto originale di Giovanni Dall’Orto [Attribution], from Wikimedia Commons
The 8th of May is the feast day of Saint Victor Maurus (born 3rd century in Mauretania; died ca. 303 in Milan). He is also known as Victor the Moor and Victor of Milan. He is the patron saint of Varese, Italy; and Ceriano Laghetto, Italy.

He was born in Mauretania (North Africa) in a Christian family. He later became a soldier serving the Roman Emperor Maximian. Victor was a Christian since childhood but this was not widely known until he destroyed an altar to a pagan god. The Emperor was furious and imprisoned and starved him for six days. He then tempted him to recount his faith and offered him riches if he did, but Victor refused. The emperor also had him stretched on the rack and have molten lead poured over his body but Victor remained steadfast in his faith and declared that Roman gods were demons. Victor was beheaded on May 8th 303 AD. The Emperor refused his body to be buried and wanted the wild beasts to consume his body. However, after six days his body was discovered with two beasts protecting his body at his head and foot. The local bishops were given permission to bury the body and a church was erected over Victor’s grave where many miracles occurred.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

November 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, My motherly heart suffers as I am looking at my children who do not love the truth, those who are hiding it - as I look at my children who do not pray with their feelings and actions. I am sad as I am saying to my Son that many of my children no longer have faith, that they do not know Him - my Son. That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil - to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge - that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him. My children, the spirit is mightier than the flesh, and, carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles. Do not forget: my Son has loved you and loves you. His love is with you and in you when you are one with Him. He is the light of the world and no one and nothing will be able to stop Him in the final glory. Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and, above all, in humility. Witness the truth to all those who have not come to know my Son. I will be alongside you. I will encourage you. Witness the love which never ends because it comes from the Heavenly Father who is eternal and who offers eternity to all of my children. The spirit of my Son will be alongside you. Anew I am calling you, my children: pray for your shepherds, pray that the love of my Son may lead them. Thank you.

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