Saturday, 30 June 2018

# Saints

First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

Image: “Nero’s torches”, Henryk Siemiradski, 1876.

The 30th of June is an optional memorial of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.

Between 64-68 AD, the Roman Emperor Nero persecuted Christians where a great number died. This was to be the first of a number of persecutions the early church will face. The first martyrs were called Protomartyrs of Rome, some being burnt as living torches in the Emperors gardens, some were crucified and some fed to wild animals. Before Saints Peter and Paul were martyred, many had already died. They were known as “Disciples of the Apostles… whom the Holy Roman Church sent to the Lord before the Apostle’s death.” Their witness for the faith, caused many converts to be won and the Church to grow and spread. Their blood was the seed of the Church.

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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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