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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Advertise Now

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"Jesus' Baptism"

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »

THE MOTHER OF GOD APPEARS IN MEDJUGORJE

Life in the Parish of Medjugorje (West-Hercegovina) and a large part of the surrounding area changed completely after the Mother of God appeared for the first time to Vicka (16), Mirjana (16), Marija (16), Ivan (16), Ivanka (15) en Jakov (10) in adjoining Bijakovici on 25th June 1981.

The Holy Virgin said to them:"I am the Queen of Peace. I have come, because there are many true believers here. I want to be with you to convert and to reconcile the whole world." (June 26th 1981). So began a many years during series of daily appearances on the Podbrdo, in the annex-sacristy of the Parish church, in the rectory, on the choir loft of the church, on the Krizevac and elsewhere. Father Jozo Zovko, the pastor, initially had great difficulties with this. But the Mother of God convinced him personally. The seers and the pastor were persecuted by the communist authorities. It even costed Father Jozo one and a half year solitary detention in prison...

The following the are messages Mother Mary gave in Medjugorje for all people. Each 25th of the month she gives a new message.


PRAY

"I ask you only, to pray passionately. Prayer must be part of daily life so that true belief can flourish." (Sept. 8th '81)

"Start calling the Holy Spirit every day. The most important is praying to the Holy Spirit. When he descends on earth, everything shall become clear and everything shall change." (Advent '83)

"Let all families everyday devote themselves to the Sacred Heart. I am very happy if the whole family comes together every morning to pray for half an hour." (Oct. 20th '83)

"I urge all of you to pray the rosary. Invite people for that prayer. With the rosary you will overcome all difficulties which Satan puts in the way of the church. (June 25th '85)


HOLY MASS

"I invite you to attend the Holy Mass. (...) Dear children, I select you and Jesus will give you His graces during Holy Mass. Live therefore Holy Mass consciously and come to it full of joy. Come with love and receive Holy Mass as a grace." (April 3rd '86)


FAST

"The devil tries to get you in his power, but you must remain strong and persist in your belief. You must pray and fast. I shall always be near you. (Nov. '81)

"The best way to fast is with water and bread. Through fasting and praying the wars can be stopped and the laws of nature can be suspended. Charity can not replace fasting. Those who are not able to fast, can replace this however by prayer, charity and confession, but all, except the sick, must fast." (Juli 21st '82)

"If you don't have the strength to fats on water and bread, you can give up other things. It would be very good not to watch television, because after you have seen the programmes, you are absent-minded and not able to pray. You can renounce alcohol, cigarettes and other pleasures. You know yourselves what you must do." (Dec. 8th '81)

At the moment there are many that fast each Wednesday and Friday on bread and water.


CONFESS

"People must be invited to confess each month, especially on the first Saturday. (...) The monthly confession shall be a medicine for the Church in the West. This message must be brought to the West." (Aug. 6th '82)


HOLY BIBLE

"Dear children, today I ask you to read every day the bible in the family. Put it in a clearly visible place in your home, so that it always encourages you to prayer.

Read each Thursday before the Holy Sacrament - or in the family if it is not possible to come to the church - chapter 6, verse 24-34 form the Gospel according to Matthew." (March 1st '84)

Source: http://www.jgamleus.dds.nl/

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LIVES OF THE SAINTS

MAY 1
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER

This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint. Read More »

MAY 2
ST. ATHANASIUS

St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly.. Read More »

MAY 3
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES

Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus'.. Read More »

MAY 4
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS

Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840. Read More »

MAY 5
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA

St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Read More »

MAY 6
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL

Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town.. Read More »

MAY 7
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI

Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months. Read More »

MAY 8
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day. Read More »

MAY 9
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI

Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law. Read More »

MAY 10
ST. ANTONINUS

St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power. Read More »

MAY 11
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI

St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. Read More »

MAY 12
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS

Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them. Read More »

MAY 13
ST. ANDREW FOURNET

St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were.. Read More »

MAY 14
ST. MATTHIAS

St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples. Read More »

MAY 15
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER

Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of.. Read More »

MAY 16
ST. UBALD

St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education. Read More »

MAY 17
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON

St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school. Read More »

MAY 18
ST. JOHN I

St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, heodoric the Goth.. Read More »

MAY 19
ST. CELESTINE V

Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small. Read More »

MAY 20
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA

St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor. Read More »

MAY 21
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD

Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered..Read More »

MAY 22
ST. RITA OF CASCIA

St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well. Read More »

MAY 23
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI

St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them. Read More »

MAY 24
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND

St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom. Read More »

MAY 25
VENERABLE BEDE

Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673. Read More »

MAY 26
ST. PHILIP NERI

St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him. Read More »

MAY 27
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY

St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission.. Read More »

MAY 28
BLESSED MARGARET POLE

Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole. Read More »

MAY 29
ST. MAXIMINIUS

St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul. Read More »

MAY 30
ST. JOAN OF ARC

St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer. Read More »

MAY 31
THE VISITATION OF MARY

Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby. Read More »

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