Wednesday, 4 July 2018

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Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Image: Frassati in his father's office – c. 1920

The  4th of July is the feast day of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. He is the patron saint of students, Young Catholics, Mountaineers, Youth groups, Catholic Action, Dominican tertiaries, and World Youth Day.

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati lived between 1901 to 1925 and was born in Turin, Italy and his family was wealthy and prominent. He was known to be athletic, joyful and adventurous and he loved to climb mountains, watch theatre, opera and read literature. He had a deep spiritual life and a strong devotion to the Holy Eucharist and the Virgin Mary. He led his friends in spiritual exercises like the daily Mass and the Rosary. In 1918 he joined the St Vincent de Paul Society and in 1922 he became a Lay Dominican. He had a political interest and resisted fascism and communism, he also took part in public demonstrations and joined religious political organisations (Catholic Students Federation and Catholic Action). He spent time caring for the sick and poor though his parents would punish him when they caught him donating his money and possessions. At the age of 24, he contracted polio and died six days later. At his funeral, his parents were shocked to find thousands of the city's poor arriving to pay respect. Pope St John Paul II called him a man of the beatitudes during his beatification in 1990.

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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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