Tuesday, 7 August 2018

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Pope Saint Sixtus II


The 7th of August is the feast day of Pope Saint Sixtus II (died 6 August 258). He was martyred with Saint Lawrence of Rome and 6 other deacons when the Catholic Church was persecuted by Emperor Valerian.

Pope Saint Sixtus II became the Pontiff in 257 A. D. He mended the relationship between the churches of Rome, the East and Africa due to the controversy of rebaptism and converted heretics. He served as the Pope for one year and was forbidden to celebrate Mass. He, however, continued to worship and it was while he was offering mass in a cemetery chapel that he was caught and beheaded by Roman soldiers.

Image: Pope Sixtus II by Sandro Botticelli (1480s)

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

December 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, when you come to me, as to a mother, with a pure and open heart, know that I am listening to you, encouraging you, consoling you, and above all, interceding for you with my Son. I know that you desire to have a strong faith and to express it in the right way. What my Son asks of you is to have a sincere, strong and deep faith - then every way in which you express it is proper. Faith is a most wonderful mystery which is kept in the heart. It is between the Heavenly Father and all of His children; it is recognized by the fruits and by the love which one has towards all of God's creatures. Apostles of my love, my children, have trust in my Son. Help all of my children to come to know His love. You are my hope - you who strive to sincerely love my Son. In the name of love, for your salvation, according to the will of the Heavenly Father and through my Son, I am here among you. Apostles of my love, along with prayer and sacrifice, may your hearts be illuminated with the love and the light of my Son. May that light and love illuminate all those whom you meet and bring them back to my Son. I am with you. In a special way, I am alongside your shepherds. With my motherly love I illuminate and encourage them, that with the hands blessed by my Son, they may bless the entire world. Thank you.

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