Saturday, 3 November 2018

# Saints

Saint Martin de Porres

Image: Portrait of St. Martin de Porres, c. 17th century, Monastery of Rosa of Santa Maria in Lima.

The 3rd of November is the feast day of Saint Martin de Porres (December 9, 1579 – November 3, 1639). He is the patron saint of the Diocese of Biloxi, Vietnam, Mississippi, black people, hair stylists, innkeepers, lottery, lottery winners, mixed-race people, Peru, poor people, public education, public health, public schools, race relations, social justice, state schools, television, Mexico, and Peruvian Naval Aviators.

Saint Martin de Porres lived between 1569 and 1639 and born in Lima, Peru. His nobleman father did not acknowledge his illegitimate son for 8 years, and his mother was a freed slave woman from Panama, of an African or Native American descent. His father eventually abandoned the family when Martin’s sister was born. He was raised in poverty, and as a young man worked as an assistant to a barber-surgeon, learning medicine and caring for the sick. At the age of 15 he joined the Dominican friars, becoming a Lay Brother. He nursed the sick in the Dominican infirmary and the sick among the townspeople. He even gave his own bed to a sick man. He worked as an almoner as well, and begged for money, using the money to help with his work to tend the poor and sick. An orphanage was founded by him, and he tended to African slaves and gave alms to those in need. He demonstrated miraculous powers, healing the sick, bi-locating, levitating, expressing hidden knowledge, and communicating with animals. His sanctity was well known with many people coming to him for spiritual direction.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

January 2, 2019 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, sadly, among you, my children, there is so much battle, hatred, personal interests and selfishness. My children, so easily you forget my Son, His words, His love. Faith is being extinguished in many souls, and hearts are being grasped by material things of the world. But my motherly heart knows that there are still those who believe and love, who are seeking how to draw all the closer to my Son, who are tirelessly seeking my Son - then, in this way, they are also seeking me. These are the humble and the meek with their pain and suffering which they carry in silence with their hopes and, above all, with their faith. These are the apostles of my love. My children, apostles of my love, I am teaching you that my Son is not only asking for continuous prayers, but also for works and feelings - that you believe, that you pray, that with your personal prayers you grow in faith, that you grow in love. To love each other is what He asks for - that is the way to eternal life. My children, do not forget that my Son brought the light to this world, and He brought it to those who wanted to see it and receive it. You be those, because this is the light of truth, peace and love. I am leading you in a motherly way to adore my Son; that you love my Son with me; that your thoughts, words and actions may be directed to My Son - that they may be in His name. Then my heart will be fulfilled. Thank you.

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