Feast of St Francis of Assisi
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta
During the Holy Mass, just before the Consecration, a young person appeared in front of me. He was tall and slim, with beautiful dark hair and dressed in a long, dark brown habit like a priest or a monk. A handsome gentleman.
He smiled and said, “Valentina, you have the privilege for me to come to speak to you.”
Smiling, he said, “Let me introduce myself. My name is St Francis of Assisi. I come to tell you that Jesus loves you so much. Don’t be sad about the things that you experience, for the hardships and struggles in your life. Be happy for the great reward that awaits you in Heaven, for all your fatigue from the pain that He gives you to save other souls. I tell you, all of that, produces good fruits.”
“It is hard for you to understand because you don’t see this. We of Heaven pray for you so that you can endure all that the Lord sends to you.”
St Francis then began to speak of himself, “I, too, suffered much on earth, and was very poor sometimes. I even lacked a piece of bread, was ridiculed and not wanted among people, but I endured all and offered it all to our Lord Jesus, everything to console Him.”
“Valentina, we all fulfil His Holy Will, all for His glory.”
St Francis reminds us to pray to him by saying, “Valentina, tell people to intercede to me for their intentions. I will pray for whoever asks me. Tell them to especially intercede to me for tolerance and peace, which most of the people need these days. People are very restless, and they have no peace.”
Thank you, St Francis, for all your teachings. Pray for us.