Monday, 19 November 2018

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Saint Barlaam of Antioch


The 19th of November is the feast day of Saint Barlaam of Antioch (d. 304 A.D.).

Saint Barlaam of Antioch died in 304 A.D. He was an uneducated, elderly peasant living in a village near Antioch. During the persecution of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, he was arrested and detained for a long time in a dungeon. He was eventually sent before a judge who at his trial had him severely scourged, bound him on the rack and had him tortured to force him to renounce his faith in Christ as well as sacrifice to the idols. Instead, he was meek in answers and showed joy in his countenance. The judge then had an altar lit with a fire and had Barlaam’s right hand held over the hot coals. This he hoped, would force Barlaam to recoil his hand and the incense he held to fall on the pagan altar which will be an act of sacrifice to the idols. Instead of doing this, Barlaam endured the pain and held his hand steady until it burnt completely off. The judge then ordered his immediate death.

Image: Miniature from the Menologion of Basil II, Cod. Vat. Gr. 1613, Sheet 187, Vatican Apostolic Library

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December 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

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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