Sunday, 3 March 2019

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Saint Katharine Drexel


The 3rd of March is the feast day of Saint Katharine Drexel (26 November 1858-3 March 1955). She is the patron saint of philanthropy, and racial justice. She is the second canonised saint to have been born in the United State, and the first that was a U.S. citizen from birth.

Saint Katharine Drexel lived between 1858 and 1955 and was a wealthy heiress of a family in Philadelphia. She felt a calling to help serve the underprivileged, most notably the African American and Native American communities, from a very young age. Her parents often opened their home to the poor which helped her to learn about virtue and charity. She donated money but realised that this was not the lasting change that the communities needed. She requested that a religious order be sent to help manage the institutions she was funding during an audience with Pope Leo XIII. He suggested she became a religious herself to do this. She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Coloured People. She invested $20 million of her personal fortune to help this cause. She build the first missions school for Native Americans in Sante Fe, as well as Xavier University in New Orleans. By the time she died, she had more than 500 sisters of her order teaching in over 60 schools she had founded throughout the U.S. Pope Saint John Paul II canonised her in 2000.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

March 18, 2019 Message to Mirjana

My children, as a mother, as the Queen of Peace, I am calling you to accept my Son so that He can grant you peace of soul - that He can grant you that which is just, which is good for you. My children, my Son knows you. He lived the life of man, and at the same time of God: a wondrous life-human flesh, divine Spirit. Therefore, my children, while my Son is looking at you with His eyes of God, He penetrates into your hearts. His tender, warm eyes are looking for Himself in your heart. My children, can He find Himself [there]? Accept Him, and then the moments of pain and suffering will become moments of tenderness. Accept Him, and you will have peace in [your] soul - you will spread it to all those around you - and this is what you now need the most. Heed me, my children. Pray for the shepherds, for those whose hands my Son has blessed. Thank you.

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