Thursday, 7 June 2018

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Saint Anne of Saint Bartholomew

Image: Portrait c. 1600

The 7th of June is the feast day of Saint Anne of Saint Bartholomew (1 October 1550 – 7 June 1626). She was born as Ana García Manzanas. She is the patron saint of Antwerp.

She was born in Spain, to a family of seven children. At the age of ten, she became an orphan due to the plaque which killed her parents. She became a shepherdess to her brother’s sheep. She had many visions since a young child, one of which was that of Our Lady who told her she would become a nun. She tried to enter a monastery but was turned away due to her young age. Her family tried to arrange a marriage for her years later, but she finally entered the Carmelite monastery at the age of 21. It was the same monastery which Saint Teresa of Avila lived. Saint Teresa taught her how to write and she became Saint Teresa’s personal secretary and assistant. She travelled with Saint Teresa of Avila for five years, helping her to establish new foundations. Saint Teresa died in 1582 in Anne’s arms. After Saint Teresa died, Anne helped to found several other monasteries in France and became prioress to three of them. She also found a monastery in the Netherlands where she remained until she died. There has been over 150 approved miracles with many more that haven’t been officially approved that were attributed to her intercession.

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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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