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Saints Philip and James; Cardinal O’Connor remembered

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Philip, he who sees Me, sees also the Father, alleluia.
O God, who makes us glad by the yearly festival of Thine Apostles Philip and James, grant we beseech Thee, that we who rejoice in their merits may be taught by their example.

JJ O'Connor.jpgToday, we also remember the soul of John Joseph Cardinal O’Connor, PhD, archbishop of New York, 1984-2000. He died 10 years ago today.

O God, Who was pleased to raise Thy servant John Joseph O’Connor to the dignity of the episcopate; we beseech Thee, vouchsafe to admit him to the communion of Thy bishops forevermore.

Saint Joseph the Worker

Holy Family at Table JMosaert.jpgGod, creator of the world, placed man upon the earth to till it and to keep it, alleluia.

O God, the creator of all things, Who imposed on man the law of work; grant in Thy goodness that, by the example of Saint Joseph and under his patronage, we may accomplish the work that Thou commands us to do and attain the reward  that Thou has promised us.
Saint Joseph, patron of workers, pray for us.

Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt

Bl Pauline Von Mallinckrodt.jpgIn her retreat of 1843, Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt wrote in her notes, 

Only then will my love of neighbor be genuine if it flows from the wellspring of the love of God. If I love people because of their talents, their kindness, then this love does not deserve the name of Christian charity.
Thumbing through a booklet of her prayers and thoughts, I found a prayer Blessed Pauline wrote in 1854 that gives inspiration,
O dearest God, help me to become ever more closely and more intimately united with you, thereby growing in genuine love of neighbor. Grant me a heart full of love and help that love to impress itself on every aspect of my behavior. Amen.
Bless the Sisters of Christian Charity and give us the grace of love of neighbor, dear Blessed Pauline.

Blessed Mother Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad: 10th anniversary

Bl Mary Elizabeth Hasselblad.jpgToday is the 10th anniversary of the beatification of Mother Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad, the woman who re-established the Swedish branch of the Order of the Most Holy Savior of Saint Bridget —Bridgettine Order after centuries of the charism’s absence, in 1911. This is the order of nuns founded by Saint Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden (1303-1373).

Saint Bridget of Sweden, not to be confused with the Irish saint, was named co-paroness of Europe on October 1, 1999.

Today the order numbers some 700 sisters in 50 houses around the world. In the USA, there is one house of Bridgettine nuns, in Darien, Connecticut, in the Diocese of Bridgeport. The order has about a 4% growth per annum with about 30 novices entering yearly. Info on Wiki can be read here.

There is a group of Bridgetine monks in Oregon, themselves re-founded in 1976.

Blessed Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad’s liturgical memorial is June 4.

Saint Turibius Alfonso de Mogrovejo

Santo Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo.jpgLord. through the apostolic work of Saint Turibius and his unwavering love of truth, You helped Your Church to grow. May Your chosen people continue to grow in faith and holiness.

A 1000 times a day I pass by a statue of a saint I really have no particular devotion to, nor do I know much about. At least not until I looked more closely at the place these holy men and women have in our daily living the other day.
At the main entrance of the seminary, there are four statues which act as sentinels of faith and Christian perseverance: Saint Rose of Lima, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Saint Isaac Jogues and Saint Turibius de Mogrovejo. The link among these saints and blessed is their work of evangelization in the new world. They all had an experience of Christ and then set out to share that experience to others. They all worked for the salvation of humanity, even to the point of death (Jogues). Two of these saints are natives of the new world, two are immigrants from Europe, two are women and two are men and priests (one’s also a bishop), BUT all responded to Christ’s call to discipleship, to sahre in the cross and to shared the faith with others. And two lived and worked in Lima, Peru. Saint Turibio was the first to establish a seminary in the new world, following the mandates of the Council of Trent. And so, Saint Turibio has a special place in the life of seminarians in the USA and in particular to the seminarians of Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers.
Saint Turibio de Mogrovejo, pray for us!

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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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