Saturday, 4 August 2018

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Saint John Vianney

The 4th of August is the feast day of Saint Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, T.O.S.F. (8 May 1786 – 4 August 1859), also known as John Vianney and the “Curé d’Ars” (i.e., Parish Priest of Ars). He is the patron saint of parish priests; Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney; Archdiocese of Dubuque; confessors; and Archdiocese of Kansas City.

Saint John Vianney was born to a French farming family, one of six children with devout Catholic parents. He was baptised the same day he was born. At the age of four years old, the French Revolution started and the Catholic priests had to go into hiding. As they risked their lives every day to offer up the Sacrament, Saint John Vianney looked to them as heroes. He took his First Holy Communion and Confirmation in secrecy. When peace returned, Saint John Vieney studied to enter the priesthood. However, he had difficulty with his studies because of his education due to the revolution’s disruption. But he eventually became ordained as a parish priest and was sent to a small country town of Ars. Due to the French Revolution, many souls in the little town were indifferent to or had ignorance of the Faith. Saint John made many penances for the people and in return received graces for their conversion. He was known as a miracle worker, for his gift of prophecy, hidden knowledge and discernment of spirits. People came from far away to see him. He would spend 11-12 hours a day in the confessional and 16 hours in the summer. 20,000 pilgrims travelled annually to Ars by 1855. He was tormented by evil spirits throughout his life, especially when he tried to sleep. When he died he had served 40 years as a parish priest and in his funeral over 300 priests and 6,000 people attended his funeral.

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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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