Sunday, 10 June 2018

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Saint Olivia of Palermo

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Icon of the thirteenth century with S. Olivia, also S. Elia, S. Venera and S. Rosalia. Diocesan Museum, Palermo

The 10th of June is the feast day of Saint Olivia of Palermo (448 – 10 June 463). She was a virgin martyr and is the patron saint of the Sicilian towns of Palermo; Monte San Giuliano; Termini Imerese; Alcamo; Pettineo; Cefal├╣, and Olesa de Montserrat (Catalonia).

Saint Olivia was born of a noble family living near Palermo on the island of Sicily. She wanted to be consecrated virgin and gave her wealth to the poor. The King of the Vandals invaded Italy and came to Palermo, martyring many Christians. Olivia would visit the Christians who have been imprisoned, encouraging them. Because of her piety, the local authorities sent her to Tunis to face the governor. At Tunis, she converted many to Christianity and was punished by being sent to the wilderness to starve to death or to be devoured by the wild beast. She was found by hunters and brought back to civilisation where she continued to convert many of the pagans. She was sent to the governor and tortured by being dipped in a vat of hot oil. She miraculously did not suffer any harm and was beheaded. There was an ancient Christian basilica dedicated to her in Tunisia that was built on the site of her tomb. A mosque is now at her site but still retains her name and relics. She is especially venerated in Sicily and Tunisia.

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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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