Wednesday, 6 June 2018

# Saints

Saint Marcellin Champagnat

Image: Official portrait of Marcellin Champagnat

The 6th of June is the feast day of Saint Marcellin Joseph Benedict Champagnat (20 May 1789 – 6 June 1840). He is the patron saint of education and teachers.

His family were peasants living near Lyons, France and he was born in the same year the French Revolution started. He was poor and illiterate because of the collapse of education, however, a visiting priest encouraged him to become a priest. At the age of sixteen, he entered the seminary but he struggled academically. This inspired him to help others combat illiteracy and spiritual poverty due to the violence and chaos the French Revolution created. In 1816 he was ordained and he bought a house the next year, opened a school, and recruited some peasants to help him in the new community. They were devoted to Our Lady and helped young people have a proper Christian education. He organised the school year according to the farming seasons and made the fees affordable to the poor. His congregation became the Little Brothers of Mary, now known as The Marist Brothers. They are dedicated to the education of the neglected youth. By the time Marcellin died, his order had 48 establishments with 278 Brothers in France. Today, 5100 Brothers are located in over 80 countries.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

August 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, with a motherly love I am calling you to open hearts to peace; to open hearts to my Son, so that in your hearts love for my Son may sing, because only out of that love peace comes in the soul. My children, I know that you have goodness, I know that you have love - a merciful love, but many of my children still have a closed heart. They think that they can do it without directing their thoughts towards the Heavenly Father who illuminates-towards my Son who is always with you anew in the Eucharist and who desires to listen to you. My children, why do you not speak to Him? The life of each of you is important and precious, because it is a gift from the Heavenly Father for eternity. Therefore, do not ever forget to keep on thanking Him: speak to Him. I know, my children, that what is to come afterwards is unknown to you, but when your hereafter comes you will receive all the answers. My motherly love desires that you be ready. My children, by your life keep putting good feelings in the hearts of the people whom you meet, feelings of peace, goodness, love and forgiveness. Through prayer, hearken to what My Son is saying and act accordingly. Anew, I am calling you to prayer for your shepherds, for those whom my Son has called. Remember that they need prayers and love. Thank you.

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