Sunday, 19 August 2018

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Saint John Eudes


The 19th of August is the feast day of Saint Jean Eudes (French: Jean Eudes; 14 November 1601 – 19 August 1680). He is the patron saint of Eudists; Order of Our Lady of Charity; Diocese of Baie-Comeau and missionaries.

Saint John Eudes was born in Normandy, France, to a farming family. As a child, he was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin and at the age of 14, he took a vow of chastity. The Jesuits taught him and he was a good student. He became a priest and ministered to the countrymen during an outbreak of the plague. Later, he became a missionary priest and travelled around France, preaching in churches, fields, and in the royal and noble courts. He was well known for his preaching and spread the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in France, especially during a time when people were turning away from religion. He influenced the Church to have these two devotions become liturgical feasts, writing the Mass and Office for them. He also founded organisations including the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge, that provides shelter for prostitutes that repent their past life, and the Society of Jesus and Mary, also known as the Eudist Fathers, which improves the training of seminarians by promoting virtue and the preaching of parish missions.


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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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