Category Archives: Hope

“I have lived for Christ; I want to die for Christ.”

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Today is the feast day of blessed Maria Restituta Kafka, a brave nun who was martyred by the Nazis during WWII.

The following is an article by Brian O’Neel, author of 39 Saints You Should Know,  is from Legatus.org and can be found here.

Sister Maria served the sick and she stood up to the Nazi regime despite the cost . . .

The Nazis’ wickedness cowed many into silence, but not Maria Restituta. Born Helen Kafka, she grew up in Vienna, Austria. After leaving school at 15, Helen tried her hand at various jobs before settling on a nursing career with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

Helen took the name Restituta after a martyr who had been beheaded. She worked as a surgical nurse, and her hospital’s best surgeon was difficult. Nobody wanted to work with him except Restituta. She was soon running his operating room. People called her “Sr. Resolute” because of her stubbornness. Mostly, however, Restituta was easy-going. After work, she’d visit the local pub and order goulash and “a pint of the usual.”

After Restituta hung a crucifix in every room of her hospital’s new wing, the Nazis ordered them taken down. She refused. The crucifixes stayed. However, when the Gestapo found anti-Nazi propaganda on her, she was sentenced to death for treason.

Restituta spent her remaining days ministering to other prisoners. As she approached the guillotine, her last words were, “I have lived for Christ; I want to die for Christ.”


May this Easter Season be fill with Christ’s Joy and Hope!

Thanks to Catholic Saints Guy for his post on Sr. Restituta.

A light in the midst of darkness

Last week terror attack at Brussels reminded us of the nature of evil but in the middle of such human cruelty a ray of consolation shine through on one unlikely place the womb of a mom who survived the attack at Zaventem international airport.

She penned this touching letter for her unborn baby the day of the attack after visiting a hospital for an ultrasound:

Hi Sweetheart,

I don’t know if we already acknowledged this with you in person, but when you were 16 weeks old, mum and dad were in an explosion at Brussels Airport.
And no matter where humanity is today, I just want to tell you that life is a wonderful thing, and the world is really full of remarkable people.
You didn’t just give mum and dad faith and reasdon to live, you gave the awareness and presence of mind like never before.
I felt more alive than I ever have, and I knew I had to protect you, so I was calm, composed and fully aware that we will survive.
When we reached Sint-Augustinus emergency, and we saw you oblivious and sucking at your thumb at the ultrasound, and doing your general acrobatics, all the mistrust, hate and angst for the terrorist attack vaporized.
I do hope with all my heart that you are born into a better world, and if not, then you do absolute best to make it that.
You are absolutely precious to us and have already been a hero today.
I guess [because] the world has sent so much love and hope your way, you owe your life to reciprocating that goodness.
May you always be brave and healthy.


We love you beyond words,

Mum and Dad

From National Catholic Register article: Brussels Survivor Writes Touching Letter to Unborn Baby.

Mental Sufferings of Our Lord in His Passion by Cardinal John Henry Newman

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EVERY passage in the history of our Lord and Saviour is of unfathomable depth, and affords inexhaustible matter of contemplation. All that concerns Him is infinite, and what we first discern is but the surface of that which begins and ends in eternity. It would be presumptuous for any one short of saints and doctors to attempt to comment on His words and deeds, except in the way of meditation; but meditation and mental prayer are so much a duty in all who wish to cherish true faith and love towards Him, that it may be allowed us, my brethren, under the guidance of holy men who have gone before us, to dwell and enlarge upon what otherwise would more fitly be adored than scrutinised. And certain times of the year, this especially [Note], call upon us to consider, as closely and minutely as we can, even the more sacred portions of the Gospel history. I would rather be thought feeble or officious in my treatment of them, than wanting to the Season; and so I now proceed because the religious usage of the Church requires it, {324} and though any individual preacher may well shrink from it, to direct your thoughts to a subject, especially suitable now, and about which many of us perhaps think very little, the sufferings which our Lord endured in His innocent and sinless soul.

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“O Heart of Jesus, all Love, I offer Thee these humble prayers for myself, and for all those who unite themselves with me in Spirit to adore Thee. O holiest Heart of Jesus most lovely, I intend to renew and to offer to Thee these acts of adoration and these prayers, for myself a wretched sinner, and for all those who are associated with me in Thy adoration, through all moments while I breathe, even to the end of my life. I recommend to Thee, O my Jesus, Holy Church, Thy dear spouse and our true Mother, all just souls and all poor sinners, the afflicted, the dying, and all mankind. Let not Thy Blood be shed for them in vain. Finally, deign to apply it in relief of the souls in Purgatory, of those in particular who have practised in the course of their life this holy devotion of adoring Thee.”

Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
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Deep into Scriptures: Palm Sunday

Hello,

I hope everyone is having a great lent and looking forward to Easter. I hope everyone has a blessed Holy Week in anticipation to the days of days Easter. I found this video by Bishop Robert Barron explicating some very interesting biblical nuances of Palm Sunday.

Cheers,

Caleb

More from Bishop Robert Barron: Word of Fire

Never Again

Years after the end of WWII Josef Muller, ringleader of the German resistance against the Nazi regime and Hitler, pondered about the immense power that hatred can command under the banner of collectivism. That is the idea that the good of the group trumps the rights of the individuals or rather the need of one trumps the rights of the other. In his view the antidote for such reckless abdication of human dignity was a renewal of the concept of personhood, which is so often destroyed in totalitarian regimes.  That is the very basic Christian principle (grounded not only on divine revelation but also on natural law) that every individual has an intrinsic dignity and that is endowed with rights.

Personhood…today we look back at the atrocities committed in Nazi Germany at Auschwitz and with sadden heart we mourn at the lost of millions  but also at such moments when we reflect on our pass is when we are compelled to look at the present. What holocaust are we refusing to see?

Our consciences asked us to look at the modern holocaust of abortion. Whose rationalization is also based on the denial of personhood. May we look at our own history and acknowledge that right in front of our eyes we are repeating it, that for the sake of the “good” of one, we denied life to the innocent.

Happy New Year: 2016!

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Happy New Year Everyone!

As we boldly embark into 2016 may it be a year full of blessings, hope and growth. As we welcome the New Year I will like to share this reflection from Divine Office:

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron and his sons, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel; you shall say to them, The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them”

Num 6:22-27

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Today is the Octave of Christmas, the Solemnity of Mary – the Holy Mother of God, and the World Day of Peace. As we remember the ancient blessing God gave the Israelites, may we be reminded of the Incarnation. For through the Incarnation of the Son of God through Mary His Mother, the peace that the world cannot give begins to be among us. Mary’s “sorrowing heart was enlarged to make room for all men and women, whether good or bad,” she offers “her maternal affection to each and every person… a source of hope and true joy.”

-Written by Sarah Ciotti

Many Blessings for 2016,

Caleb

Joy, beautiful spark of divinity!

O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!Sondern laßt uns angenehmere anstimmen,und freudenvollere.

Freude!  Freude!

Freude, schöner GötterfunkenTochter aus Elysium,Wir betreten feuertrunken,Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!Deine Zauber binden wiederWas die Mode streng geteilt;Alle Menschen werden Brüder,Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt…

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Few composers have  enriched and delighted my life as the great master Ludwig van Beethoven.

May the light of God shine upon his face!
(Numbers 6:25)

 

The Real Santa Claus: the story of Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Mira

St. Nicholas is far more than just Father Christmas rather he was a rich man who gave up his fortune to the poor and become a  Bishop. He not only withstood persecution and incarceration for being a Christian but also defended Christian orthodoxy during the Council of Nicaea against the Arian heresy in the 300’s.

His generosity and devotion to Christ and his flock resonate to this day in western culture folklore as Santa Claus.

Happy Advent everyone!

For more information about the real Santa Claus:

http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/bishop-of-myra/