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

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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