Saturday, 8 December 2018

# Saints

Saint Patapios


The 8th of December is the feast day of Saint Patapios of Thebes (4th c.). He is the patron saint of dropsy.

Saint Patapios was born in Egypt, Thebes. Both of his parents were Christians, his father a governor. Patapios was educated by the best tutors, and he desired to leave the life of materialism and the world to become an ascetic. He lived as a desert hermit when his father died, as he was inspired by the Church Fathers’ lives. He then moved into a cave near Corinth and later sailed to Constantinople to live as a monk in a Monastery of Blachernae. He fasted, prayed and even performed miracles until he died at the age of 83. In the early 20th century, Saint Patapios appeared to a local priest in a dream letting him know of where to find his relics. It was found the next day with a large wooden cross on his chest and a parchment with Saint Patapios name.


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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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