Monday, 1 October 2018

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Saint Therese of Liseux

The 1st of October is the feast day of Saint Therese of Lisieux (2 January 1873 – 30 September 1897). She was bornMarie Françoise-Thérèse Martin and also known as Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, O.C.D., “The Little Flower of Jesus” or “The Little Flower”. She is the patron saint of Gardens of Vatican City; Missionaries; France; Russia; HIV/AIDS sufferers; radio care-a-thons; florists and gardeners; loss of parents; tuberculosis; the Russicum; and Alaska.

She was the youngest of nine children, her parents were Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, and she was born in Alencon, France. All of her five surviving siblings entered the convent. When she was four years old, her mother died and she became withdrawn and sensitive, a change from her merry and bright former self. She also suffered from an illness that she nearly died from. However, after her sisters prayed for her health, she saw the Virgin Mary statue in her room smile and she made a full recovery. Her sensitiveness disappeared and her faith fortified after she had a vision of the Child Jesus just before she turned 14 on Christmas Eve. She gained a strong thirst for the salvation of souls, and she attended mass daily. She gained special permission to enter the Carmelites at the age of 15 where her two sisters were also professed. She practised a spiritually called the “Little Way” where she did small acts of kindness for the love of Jesus and interior acts of self-denial. At the age of 24, she died of Tuberculosis. Her autobiography, “Story of a Soul” and her “Little Way” became influential around the world and Pope Saint John Paul II declared her a Doctor of the Church.

Image: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, O.C.D.

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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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