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Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions

sts-andrew-kim-and-companionsSt. Andrew Kim was the first native Korean priest and the son of Korean converts. His father, Ignatius Kim, was martyred during the persecution of 1839 and beatified in 1925. After Baptism at the age of 15, Andrew traveled 1,300 miles to seminary in Macao, China. After six years of study, he returned to Korea and was ordained a priest. He was eventually arrested, tortured and beheaded near Seoul. 

Paul Chong Hasang, 45, was a lay man and married, also martyred.

Pope John Paul II canonized Kim and the companions in 1984 when he visited Korea. The 98 Koreans and three French missionaries were martyred between 1839 and 1867. Among them were bishops and priests, but for the most part they were lay persons: 47 women, 45 men.

Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, pray for us!

St John Chrysostom

john-chrysosotom“Do you want to honor Christ’s body? Then do not scorn him in his nakedness, nor honor him here in the church with silken garments while neglecting him outside where he is cold and naked. For he who said: This is my body, and made it so by his words, also said: You saw me hungry and did not feed me, and inasmuch as you did not do it for one of these, the least of my brothers, you did not do it for me. [Mat 25:34ff]. What we do here in the church requires a pure heart, not special garments; what we do outside requires great dedication.”

St Teresa –thirsting for God

Mother Teresa & Dorothy Day, New York 1979 (Photo by Bill Barrett)I saw this picture of Servant of God Dorothy Day and Saint Teresa and wondered what they talked about. Did they pray? I wondered what the visit meant to each of them, and what was the lasting impact the meeting had for them and their co-workers. Saints meet saints and encourage others to be saints.

The other day Cardinal Pietro Parolin concluded a homily by remembering the two simple words of the newly canonized Saint Teresa of Calcutta posted in every house of the Missionaries of Charity: ‘I thirst’.

‘I thirst,’ the cardinal said, ‘a thirst for fresh, clean water, a thirst for souls to console and to redeem from their ugliness to make them beautiful and pleasing in the eyes of God, a thirst for God, for His vital and luminous presence. I thirst; this is the thirst which burned in Mother Teresa: her cross and exaltation, her torment and her glory.’

Both Dorothy Day and Saint Teresa give witness to thirsting for God.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

Saints in communion

Sts John Paul and Teresa

Today, Pope Francis proclaimed Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint.

“Let us conquer the world with our love. Let’s us interweave our lives with bonds of sacrifice and love, and it will be possible for us too conquer the world.”

“we can do no great things – only small things with great love”

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us

Blessed Mary Stella and Companions

CSFN nuns in Corpus Christi procession NowoToday is the feast day of Blessed Mary Stella and her ten companions. It is a day to recall the supreme witness of love and patience and virtue. We honor the lives and the love shared by the Blessed Martyred Sisters of Nowogrodek who were executed by the Nazis on August 1, 1943, and beatified by Pope St. John Paul II on March 5, 2000.

Through their sacrifice of love, the lives of many were spared.

We remember:
Sr. Maria Stella (Adelaide) Mardosewicz, superior, 1888-1943
Sr. Mary Imelda (Jadwiga) Zak, 1892-1943
Sr. Mary Rajmunda (Anna) Kukolowicz, 1892-1943
Sr. Maria Daniela (Eleanor) Jozwik, 1895-1943
Sr. Maria Kanuta (Jozefa) Chrobot, 1896-1943
Sr. Maria Gwidona (Helena) Cierpka, 1900-1943
Sr. Maria Sergia (Julia) Rapiej, 1900-1943
Sr. Maria Kanizja (Eugenia) Mackiewicz, 1904-1943
Sr. Maria Felicyta (Paulina Borowik) 1905-1943
Sr. Maria Heliodora (Leokadia) Matuszewska, 1906-1943
Sr. Maria Boromea (Veronika) Narmontowicz, 1916-1943

Photo (undated) shows some of the sisters during a Corpus Christi procession in Nowogrodek.

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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