Wednesday, 14 November 2018

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Saint Giovanni Liccio


The 14th of November is the feast day of Saint Giovanni Liccio (1400 – 14 November 1511), he is also known as John Licci. He is the patron saint of Caccamo and against head injuries.

Saint Giovanni Liccio lived between 1400 till 1511 and was born to a poor peasant farmer near Palermo, Sicily. His mother died during childbirth, and his father had no choice but to leave the child alone at home while he worked in the fields. A neighbour heard the cries of the baby and brought him home to care for him. Her husband was paralysed, but when she brought the child next to her husband while he was on the bed, he was miraculously cured. Giovanni’s father brought the baby back home, but the neighbour’s husband paralyses returned. Giovanni’s father thought this was a sign from God that He wanted the neighbour to take care for his son. Giovanni would work many miracles throughout his life. In 1415, he joined the Dominican Order and was a friar for 96 years which was the longest period known for any religious to wear the habit. During his life, he would miraculously multiply building materials used for a convent he founded, miraculously fed a poor widow and her six children, raised a dead boy to life, and cure three people whose heads were crushed in accidents. He is the longest living saint, dying at the age of 111.

Image: Painting from 1787 – Francesco Manno

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

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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