Saturday, 30 June 2018

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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

September 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear cchildren, my words are simple but are filled with motherly love and care. My children, all the more the shadows of darkness and deception are being cast over you, and I am calling you to the light and truth - I am calling you to my Son. Only He can transform despair and suffering into peace and clarity; only He can give hope in the deepest pain. My Son is the life of the world. The more that you come to know Him - the more that you come close to Him - all the more you will love Him, because my Son is love. Love changes everything; it makes most beautiful also that which, without love, seems insignificant to you. That is why, anew, I am saying to you that you must love a lot if you desire to grow spiritually. I know, apostles of my love, that it is not always easy, but, my children, also the painful paths are paths which lead to spiritual growth, to faith, and to my Son. My children, pray - think of my Son. In all the moments of the day, raise your soul to Him, and I will gather your prayers as flowers from the most beautiful garden and give them as a gift to my Son. Be true apostles of my love; spread the love of my Son to everyone. Be gardens of the most beautiful flowers. With your prayers help your shepherds that they may be spiritual fathers filled with love for all people. Thank you.

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