Monday, 25 June 2018

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Saint Dominic Henares

 

The 25th of June is the feast day of Saint Dominic Henares (1764-1838).

Saint Dominic Henares lived between 1764 and 1838 and was born in Spain to a poor family. In 1790 he was ordained a priest in the Dominican Order. He was sent as a missionary to the Far East ten years after and went to Mexico the Philippines and then to North Vietnam. In 1804 he became a Bishop of Phunhay, Vietnam. However, the Vietnamese emperor prohibited Catholicism in 1841 and persecuted the Church where villages were sent to exile and priests tortured and then killed. People who assisted in catching priests were also rewarded. On June 25, 1848, Bishop Henares was arrested and beheaded in Nam Dinh. The soldiers and villagers who helped in his arrest received great compensation. The estimated amount of Catholic martyred in Vietnam between 15th and 20th centuries is between 130 000 to 300 000, which Saint Dominic Henares was one. Pope St. John Paul II canonised them in 1988. The collective memorial for 117 of the Vietnamese Martyrs is on November 24.

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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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