Monday, 25 June 2018

# Saints

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

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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