Tuesday, 21 August 2018

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Pope Saint Pius X


The 21st of August is the feast day of Pope Saint Pius X (2 June 1835 – 20 August 1914). He was born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, and is the patron saint of the Society of Saint Pius X, Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia; Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa; first communicants; Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana; Archdiocese of Kottayam, India; Esperantists; pilgrims; Santa Luċija, Malta; Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Archdiocese of Zamboanga, Philippines; emigrants from Treviso; Patriarchy of Venice; and Catechists.

Giuseppe Melchoire was born in 1835, from a family in Venetia and was one of ten children. His parents ensured Giuseppe had good education and Giuseppe had to walk nearly four miles to school each day. He received a scholarship to enter in one of the best seminaries available in his day. He was ordained in 1858. Pope Leo II made him cardinal and after he died, Giuseppe was elected to be Supreme Pontiff in 1903 and he took the name of Pius X. He is known as one of the greatest reforming popes in history. He helped reform the elections of the pope, seminary life, the liturgy, studies of the bible, the Divine Office, catechesis, how the Roman Curia is organised and canon law. He denounced Modernism as “the summation of all heresies” and lowered the age of First Holy Communion to the age of reason. He was especially devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Confidence. He died in 1914 on the 20th of August at the age of 79.

Image: Portrait of Pope St. Pius X 23 April 1910

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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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