Monday, 24 September 2018

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Saint Gerard of Csanád


The 24th of September is the feast day of Saint Gerard of Csanád ( 23 April 977/1000 – 24 September 1046). He is also known as Saint Gerard of Sagredo. He is the patron saint of Hungary and Budapest.

Saint Gerard was born in Venice and wanted to dedicate his life to God from an early age. He became a Benedictine monk and was an abbot in a monastery in Venice. He left the monastery to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land but while he was passing Hungary, he met Saint Stephen, the Hungarian king. Saint Stephen asked him to stay in Hungary to evangelise and minister his people. Saint Gerard agreed to do this and became Bishop of Csanad and was the royal tutor of the Hungarian prince. He was called the “Apostle of Hungary” as he helped convert Hungary to Christianity. However, after King Saint Stephen died, there was a pagan uprising against Christians and Saint Gerard was martyred with two other people. According to tradition, he was put in a barrel lined with spikes and was rolled down a hill. The hill is in Budapest and is now named after him. He was declared a saint by Pope Saint Gregory VII in 1083.

Image: Saint Gerard of Csanád

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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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