Monday, 2 July 2018

# Saints

Saint Bernardino Realino

Tomb of Saint Bernardino Realino in Lecce.

The 2nd of July is the feast day of Saint Bernadino Realino (1 December 1530 – 2 July 1616). He is the patron saint of Lecce.

Saint Bernadino Realino was born to a noble family in Italy. He studied law and medicine and was successful attorney and judge, serving as mayor of three cities. When he was 34 years old he attended an eight-day retreat run by Jesuit priests and discerned a call to the religious life. He became a Jesuit priest in 1567 and preached, taught and visited the sick and poor in Naples and Lecce. He was known to perform miracles and was much loved for it. He was thought to be a living saint by the people. He even calmed public scandal and civil strife. When he was on his deathbed, the city leaders of Lecce approached him to become the official patron saint of the city when he died and entered heaven. After his death, vials were kept for veneration, which is known to miraculously liquefy.

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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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