Thursday, 16 August 2018

# Saints

Saint Roch


The 16th of August is the feast day of Saint Roch (c. 1295 – 16 August 1327). He is also known as Rocco and is the patron saint of Girifalco, Italy, invoked against: cholera, epidemics, knee problems, plague, skin diseases; patron saint of bachelors, diseased cattle, dogs, falsely accused people, invalids, Istanbul, surgeons, tile-makers, gravediggers, second-hand dealers, pilgrims, and apothecaries.

Saint Roch was born in Montpellier, France, with a red cross on his chest, a visible sign from Our Lady to answer his mother’s prayers against her barrenness. His father was the city’s governor, but both his parents died when he was 20. He then gave his wealth to the poor and the government of the city to his uncle. After doing this, he set off on a pilgrimage to Italy where he came across a town struck by the plague. He stayed there for a while, curing many people with the sign of the cross. This miraculous cure occurred at every place that he passed that were struck by the plague. However, when he reached Piacenza he was also struck by the plague on his leg, and he waited for his death in a remote hut in the forest. A hunting dog belonging to a count found him and brought him food, licking his wounds. He also found a spring nearby that provided fresh water. The count, followed the dog one day and found the saint and helped him in his recovery. Saint Roch’s health was eventually restored and he turned back to return to Montpellier. He did not disclose his identity to the townspeople. This provoked suspicion among the people that he might be a spy and he was thrown into prison by his own uncle. Five years later, Saint Roch died in prison, and his identity was only discovered by the red mark on his chest. During his funeral, many miracles occurred and a church was erected.

Image: San Roque by Francisco Ribalta (c.1600-c.1610)

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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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