Thursday, 2 August 2018

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Saint Joan of Aza

The 2nd of August is the feast day of Saint Joan of Aza (c.1135 – 4 August 1205). She is also known as Juana de Aza, Joanna or Juana of Aza. She is the mother of Saint Dominic.

She was born into a noble family in Spain and was married to a nobleman at a young age. They had five children altogether and she was well known for her piety, prayer life and generosity to the poor. Her two sons became priests and she went to the church of Saint Dominic Silos, known to be a miracle worker and is the patron saint of pregnant women, to pray for another son who would be able to carry on the family’s name. She dreamt that she will have a son who would be a shining light to the Church. She dreamt a dog with a torch in its mouth lept from her womb, setting the world on fire. She indeed gave birth to a son and gave him the name of Dominic in gratitude. She brought him to the altar of Saint Dominic Silos and offered him to God. When he was baptised, his godmother witnessed a star shining from his forehead. Dominic grew up with great sanctity and virtue. When he turned 7 years old, Saint Joan gave him to be educated as a priest, leaving the family without a heir. Saint Dominic founded the Order of Preachers or the Dominicans, also known as the “Hounds of the Lord,” a preaching order against heresy and defending the Catholic faith.

Juana de Aza with her son St Dominic

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

February 2, 2019 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, the love and goodness of the Heavenly Father give revelations, which make faith grow, for it to be interpreted, that it may bring peace, certainty and hope. In this way, I, too, my children, through the merciful love of the Heavenly Father, always, anew, am showing you the way to my Son, to eternal salvation. But, unfortunately, many of my children do not want to hear me; many of my children are of two minds. And I always, in time and beyond time, magnified the Lord for all that He has done in me and through me. My Son gives Himself to you and breaks the bread with you. He speaks the words of eternal life to you so that you may carry them to everyone. And you, my children, apostles of my love, what are you afraid of when my Son is with you? Offer your souls to Him so that He can be in them and that He can make you instruments of faith, instruments of love. My children, live the Gospel, live merciful love for your neighbors, and, above all, live love for the Heavenly Father. My children, you are not united by chance. The Heavenly Father does not unite anyone by chance. My Son speaks to your souls. I speak to your heart. As a mother I am saying to you: set out with me, love one another, and give witness. Do not be afraid, with your example, to defend the truth - the Word of God, which is eternal and never changes. My children, whoever acts in the light of merciful love and truth is always helped by Heaven and is not alone. Apostles of my love, may you always be recognized among all others by your hiddenness, love and radiance. I am with you. Thank you.

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