Monday, November 19, 2018

Saint November 20 : St. Edmund the Martyr : Patron of: against Plague, Kings, torture victims, wolves

St. Edmund the Martyr
Feast: November 20
Feast Day:
November 20
841 probably at Nuremburg, Germany
Hoxne, Suffolk, England 20 November 870
Patron of:
against plague, kings, torture victims, wolves

Though from the time of King Egbert, in 802, the Kings of the West-Saxons were monarchs of all England, yet several kings reigned in certain parts after that time, in some measure subordinate to them. One Offa was King of the East-Angles, who, being desirous to end his days in penance and devotion to Rome, resigned his crown to St. Edmund, at that time only fifteen years of age, but a most virtuous prince, and descended from the old English-Saxon kings of this isle. The saint was placed on the throne of his ancestors, as Lydgate, Abbo, and others express themselves, and was crowned by Humbert, Bishop of Elman, on Christmas Day, in 855, at Burum, a royal villa on the Stour, now called Bures, or Buers. Though very young, he was by his piety, goodness, humility, and all other virtues, the model of good princes. He was a declared enemy of flatterers and informers, and would see with his own eyes and hear with his own ears, to avoid being surprised into a wrong judgment, or imposed upon by the passions or ill designs of others. The peace and happiness of his people were his whole concern, which he endeavoured to establish by an impartial administration of justice and religious regulations in his dominions. He was the father of his subjects, particularly of the poor, the protector of widows and orphans, and the support of the weak. Religion and piety were the most distinguishing part of his character. Monks and devout persons used to know the psalter without book, that they might recite the psalms at work, in travelling, and on every other occasion. To get it by heart St. Edmund lived in retirement a whole year in his royal tower at Hunstanton (which he had built for a country solitude), which place is now a village in Norfolk. The book which the saint used for that purpose was religiously kept at St. Edmundsbury till the dissolution of abbeys.

The holy king had reigned fifteen years when the Danes infested his dominions. Hinguar and Hubba, two brothers, the most barbarous of all the Danish plunderers landing in England, wintered among the East-Angles; then, having made a truce with that nation, they in summer sailed to the north, and landing at the mouth of the Tweed, plundered with fire and sword Northumberland, and afterwards Mercia, directing their march through Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Cambridgeshire. Out of a lust of rage and cruelty, and the most implacable aversion to the Christian name, they everywhere destroyed the churches and monasteries; and, as it were in barbarous sport, massacred all priests and religious persons whom they met with. In the great monastery of Coldingham, beyond Berwick, the nuns, fearing not death but insults which might be offered to their chastity, at the instigation of St. Ebba, the holy abbess, cut off their noses and upper lips, that appearing to the barbarians frightful spectacles of horror, they might preserve their virtue from danger; the infidels accordingly were disconcerted at such a sight, and spared their virtue, but put them all to the sword. In their march, amongst other monasteries, those of Bardney, Crowland, Peterborough, Ely, and Huntingdon were levelled with the ground, and the religious inhabitants murdered. In the Cathedral of Peterborough is shown a monument (removed thither from a place without the building) called Monks'-Stone, on which are the effigies of an abbot and several monks. It stood over the pit in which fourscore monks of this house were interred, whom Hinguar and Hubba massacred in 870. The barbarians, reeking with blood, poured down upon St. Edmund's dominions, burning Thetford, the first town they met with, and laying waste all before them. The people, relying upon the faith of treaties, thought themselves secure, and were unprepared. However, the good king raised what forces he could, met the infidels, or at least a part of their army near Thetford, and discomfited them. But seeing them soon after reinforced with fresh numbers, against which his small body was not able to make any stand, and being unwilling to sacrifice the lives of his soldiers in vain, and grieving for the eternal loss of the souls of his enemies, who would be slain in a fruitless engagement, he disbanded his troops and retired himself towards his castle of Framlingham, in Suffolk. The barbarian had sent him proposals which were inconsistent both with religion and with the justice which he owed to his people. These the saint rejected, being resolved rather to die a victim of his faith and duty to God, than to do anything against his conscience and religion. In his flight he was over taken and surrounded by infidels at Oxon, upon the Waveney: he concealed himself for some short time, but, being discovered, was bound with heavy chains and conducted to the general's tent. Terms were again offered him equally prejudicial to religion and to his people, which the holy Icing refused to confirm, declaring that religion was dearer to him than his life, which he would never purchase by offending God. Hinguar, exasperated at this answer, in his barbarous rage caused him to be cruelly beaten with cudgels, then to be tied to a tree and torn a long time together with whips. All this he bore with invincible meekness and patience, never ceasing to call upon the name of Jesus. The infidels were the more exasperated, and as he stood bound to the tree, they made him a mark wantonly to shoot at, till his body was covered with arrows like a porcupine. Hinguar at length, in order to put an end to the butchery, commanded his head to be struck off. Thus the saint finished his martyrdom on the 20th of November, in 870, the fifteenth of his reign, and twenty-ninth of his age; the circumstances of which St. Dunstan learned from one who was armour-bearer to the saint and an eye-witness. The place was then called Henglesdun, now Hoxon, or Hoxne; a priory of monks was afterwards built there which bore the name of the martyr.
The saint's head was carried by the infidels into a wood and thrown into a brake of bushes; but miraculously found by a pillar of light and deposited with the body at Hoxdon. These sacred remains were very soon after conveyed to Bedricsworth, or Kingston, since called St. Edmundsbury, because this place was St. Edmund's own town and private patrimony; not on account of his burial, for in the English-Saxon language signified a court or palace. A church of timber was erected over the place where he was interred, which was thus built according to the fashion of those times. Trunks of large trees were sawn lengthways in the middle and reared up with one end fixed in the ground, with the bark or rough side outermost. These trunks being made of an equal height and set up close to one another, and the interstices filled up with mud or mortar, formed the four walls, upon which was raised a thatched roof. Nor can we be surprised at the homeliness of this structure, since the same was the fabric of the royal rich abbey of Glastonbury, the work of the most munificent and powerful West-Saxon kings, till in latter ages it was built in a stately manner of stone. The precious remains of St. Edmund were honoured with many miracles. In 920, for fear of the barbarians under Turkil the Dane, in the reign of King Ethelred, they were conveyed to London by Alfun, bishop of that city, and the monk Egelwin, or Ailwin, the keeper of this sacred treasure, who never abandoned it. After remaining three years in the Church of St. Gregory, in London, it was translated again with honour to St. Edmundsbury in 923. The great church of timberwork stood till King Knute, or Canutus, to make reparation for the injuries his father Swein, or Sweno, had done to this place and to the relics of the martyr, built and founded there, in 1020, a new most magnificent church and abbey in honour of this holy martyr. The unparalleled piety, humility, meekness, and other virtues of St. Edmund are admirably set forth by our historians. This incomparable prince and holy martyr was considered by succeeding English kings as their special patron, and as an accomplished model of all royal virtues. The feast of St. Edmund is reckoned among the holidays of precept in this kingdom by the national council of Oxford in 1222; but is omitted in the constitutions of Archbishop Simon Islep, who retrenched certain holidays in 1362.
SOURCE The Catholic Encyclopedia
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#BreakingNews Sexual Assault and Shooting at Catholic Supply Store in St. Louis with 1 Woman Killed - Please Pray at #CatholicSupply

A gunman fatally shot a woman and sexually assaulted at least one person at a Catholic Supply. The 53-year-old female victim later died. A manhunt was still underway several hours after the shooting, reported at 3:19 p.m. A police spokesman said at a press conference about 5 p.m. that investigators had "no idea" of a motive and that the man did not appear to know the victims.
 "We have a loose, armed gunman out there who's already shot one person," St. Louis County Police Sgt. Shawn McGuire said. Witnesses described the attacker to police as a white man, about 5 feet 7 inches with a heavy build and age 45-50. He was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans with a large belt. He was wearing a black or gray hat. Police were searching the area for the gunman.
 "Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific tragedy at Catholic Supply,"
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said in a statement.
 "We are praying for these victims, especially the victim in critical condition at this time. We join with civil authorities asking for the community’s assistance in apprehending the culprit of this crime."
 Catholic Supply tweeted:
"We’re asking for prayers for those involved and their families."
 Officers were first brought to the scene by a 911 caller who reported that the shooter went inside the store and ordered women inside to strip at gunpoint, and sexually assaulted several of them before shooting one of them in the head.
Edited from stltoday - St. Louis Post Dispatch

#BreakingNews Christian Missionary and Father of 8 Children Killed in front of Wife and Son in Cameroon, Africa

Charles Wesco, a Christian missionary, father of eight, was murdered in front of his wife and son in Cameroon on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. The family moved from Indiana, and arrived in Cameroon, Africa. They were to serve as missionaries of the Believers Baptist Church in Warsaw.
The Wescos had been staying in Cameroon's northwest English-speaking region. Wesco and his wife, Stephanie, and one of their sons were traveling with another missionary to go shopping. Bullets were fired at the car and Wesco was hit at least twice. He was then sent to a Bamenda hospital. The doctors were unable to resuscitate Wesco. He died at the age of 43.
Becca Sinclair, a friend and fellow missionary,
"My husband already prayed for his killer," Sinclair told WNDU. "Charles would want us to do that, he would."
Wesco was also the brother of Republican Indiana State Rep. Tim Wesco.
The Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo of Cameroon placed blame for the crime on four "terrorists" in a statement on Wednesday. Assomo also said that authorities tracked the group responsible for Wesco's death and engaged them in a gunfight that killed four militants.
Violence has increased in the last 18 months,with as many as 2,000 people have been killed and 170 villages have been burned in Cameroon Anglophone regions. Hundreds of thousands have fled the region because of the violence.
Rebecca Wesco, Charles' mother, told WNDU -
"[W]e don't have any shadow of a doubt," Rebecca Wesco said. "He had sins, but he had asked God to forgive him, and he really truly wanted to love God more than his very life." Charles and Stephanie Wesco were married in 2004, according to the family's website.
Edited from Christian Post

Pope Francis "In the grateful memory of the holy martyrs who witnessed their faith to the price of life, as well as Saint Teresa of Calcutta..." FULL Text to Pilgrims

Audience to participants in the Pilgrimage from Albania, 19.11.2018

At 5 pm this afternoon, in the Sala Clementina of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the participants in the pilgrimage from Albania, who were gathered in Rome on the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the death of Giorgio Castriota Skanderbeg, Albanian national hero.

We publish below the speech that the Pope addressed to those present at the meeting:

Discourse of the Holy Father

Dear brothers and sisters,

I am pleased to give you my special welcome to you here on the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the death of your national hero, Giorgio Castriota Skanderbeg. I thank the Lady Ambassador for her kind words. I address a grateful greeting to those present and a thought to all the Albanians, in the homeland and in other parts of the world that, in the name of the old bond of friendship and habit of relationships, have always looked fondly at the See of Peter. And in this sense I like to remember that 50 years ago, St. Paul VI wanted to receive a representation of Albanians.

Albania, a land of ancient and glorious history, is an integral part of Europe and through its noblest and most alive traditions documents the origins of its own civilization. Today we remember and celebrate Giorgio Castriota Skanderbeg, heroic son of a strong and generous people, who courageously defended the spiritual values ​​and the Christian name, to the point of deserving the title of "Athleta Christi", and forged with his deeds the Albanian cultural identity, becoming the undisputed symbol of cohesion and national unity, and interprets in the highest degree the values ​​of scrupulous loyalty to the commitments freely undertaken.

The peculiar relevance of the figure and the work of the Castriota is well represented by your flag, with the double-headed eagle on a red background, which follows the hero's crest. Few times in history a single individual has incarnated so clearly and so vastly the virtues of a people, to the point that it is difficult to understand the spirit without dwelling on the principles and values ​​that animated that individual character.

After the hero's death and the invasion of Albania, many Albanians preferred to emigrate and many settled in Italy, in the center of the peninsula and in the south, especially in Calabria and Sicily, giving rise to the Albanian ecclesiastical Circumscriptions of Lungro, Piana of the Albanians and Grottaferrata.

The presence today at this meeting of a group of arberesh, that is the Italo-Albanians, with their traditions and linguistic expressions handed down for centuries, brings us with the imagination to the atmosphere of Albania by Skanderbeg, and confirms that the hero Albanian remains a valid bridge for the maintenance of fruitful bonds of the arberesh with their land of origin.

Given the particular significance of the figure and the overall work accomplished by Giorgio Skanderbeg, it is clear that Albania wanted to proclaim the present year "National Year of Skanderbeg".

I sincerely hope that this recurrence is not limited to the celebration of the glory of the past deeds, but it is also a favorable opportunity for Albania for a renewed commitment by everyone, institutions and citizens, in favor of an authentic and balanced development, so that the young generations are not placed in a position to choose emigration, weakening the country of forces and skills essential to its human and civil growth.

The choral action of all in view of this goal will prove to be the best way to embody in the present time the love of Fatherland, which animated at the time Giorgio Castriota Skanderbeg. By interpreting the character and traditions of your people in the best way, he has validly expressed the albanesity, a term used by the nineteenth-century writer Pashko Vasa to indicate the spiritual identity that united all the Albanians beyond the distinctions of character religious. This conviction gave an impetus to Albania in the peaceful coexistence of people belonging to different religions, which over time became collaboration and fraternity. We see the example here.
As I had the opportunity to say on the occasion of my visit to Albania, "the climate of respect and mutual trust between Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims is a precious asset for the country and acquires special importance in our time" (Meeting with the Authorities , 21 September 2014: Teachings II, 2 [2014], 271). It shows that the peaceful coexistence of citizens belonging to different religions is a concretely practicable way that produces harmony and frees the best forces and creativity of an entire people, transforming simple coexistence into true collaboration and brotherhood. The good disposition to consider differences as an occasion for dialogue and mutual esteem and knowledge, also favors the development of authentic spiritual paths and becomes a valid example to which we look with real interest in building lasting peace, based on respect for the dignity of the person human.

In the grateful memory of the holy martyrs who witnessed their faith to the price of life, as well as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, I am pleased to ask the Lord to bless all of you present here. God bless your family and all the Albanian people. Please do not forget to pray for me. Thank you.

RIP Fr. Antonio Grugni, Missionary Priest who worked with Lepers in India

Fr. Antonio Grugni has died, a life spent serving Christ in the poor and lepers The priest was born in Legnano 77 years ago. He arrived in India as a layman, he understood that being a simple doctor "was not enough". In 2005 he founded the "Sarva Prema Welfare Society" in Fatimanagar, to treat people with TB, HIV and leprosy. Pime Superior in India: "He was known for his simplicity and dedicated service to the health and educational development of the poor and needy".
Warangal (AsiaNews) - Fr. Antonio Grugni, a PIME missionary (Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions), died yesterday in Eluru, India, at the age of 77. Affected since last July by a stomach cancer, he was admitted to the Good Samaritan Cancer Hospital in Vangayagudem. Born in Legnano (Milan) in 1941, he had come to India in 1975 as a cardiologist. Here, in contact with the lepers of the Lok Seva Sangam (Society for the service of the people) of Fr. Carlo Torriani in Mumbai, he understood that being a simple doctor, "was not enough": he had to put himself at the service of the last.
In 1989 he was ordained a priest; in 2005 he settled in Fatimanagar, in the diocese of Warangal (Telangana), where Fr. Augusto Colombo created some health facilities for the rehabilitation of patients suffering from leprosy, HIV and tuberculosis. Here he founded the "Sarva Prema Welfare Society", to treat those sick, just as Jesus would do. In a recent interview, he told AsiaNews: "If Christ were here in India, he would do the same: cure the sick. Rayarala Vijay Kumar, the regional superior of PIME in India, remembers him thus: "He was known for his simplicity and dedicated service to the health and educational development of the poor and needy. The Sarva Prema Welfare Society has become the major channel with which it rendered its service and the way to transmit the love of God to the poor and the most marginalized in society ". Dr. Pascoal Carvalho, a Mumbai physician who met him, said: "I express my condolences to the PIME family for this sad loss. He was a good doctor, he was loved by all of us and struggled for life ". The funeral will take place today in Fatimanagar. Below we present the interview that he gave us a while ago, in which he speaks of his vocation and mission.
Even as a child, "I have always been interested in the care of the sick, but gradually I realised that my Christian life was going more and more towards a desire of total giving.”
After working as a cardiologist for eight years in a hospital in Legnano, near Milan (Italy), he came to the conclusion "that I could not go on like this. I had a comfortable life with a stable and well-paid job.” Then “One day they asked me to come to India and I felt like I heard a bell, a calling. I said yes immediately. And I have never regretted it; on the contrary, for me every day is a celebration. I realised my dream; otherwise I would have been an old doctor in Italy, full of regrets."
Fr Grugni, 75, arrived in India in 1976. His "was an adult and conscious vocation. I followed a path of discernment and in 1989 I was ordained a priest." Today he lives in Warangal, Telangana, where in 2005 he founded the Sarva Press Welfare Society (Association of love for universal well-being), which looks after people living with tuberculosis, leprosy and HIV.
The association has a staff of 13: two doctors, seven nurses, a medical expert, a shoemaker who creates special footwear for leprosy patients, the driver of the jeep and an aide.
The value of the work put in by the missionary and his team is recognised "by the government as well as the mostly Hindu population. In a country where proselytising is not only unfair but also unacceptable, the best way is to bear witness with love, helping the poor, those who suffer, the last."
“Patients themselves are struck by the fact that we visit them, help them, give them food, whilst the rest of society keeps them on the margins. It is they who ask us: 'Why are you doing all this for us?'"
“They appreciate the work we do with selfless love,” Fr Grugni noted. “They recognise that there is something special in the approach we have. This is the Christian testimony. Our duty is to lay the seeds, then it is the Lord who makes the seeds grow in the hearts of people. We are like the workers who throw seeds on the ground, then the ground bears fruit."
The medical missionary remembers something the Mahatma Gandhi said about the role of Christians in India. "I wish the life of you Christians spoke to us as does the rose. The rose needs no words, but simply spreads its fragrance. Even a blind person perceives the presence of the rose because he can perceive the scent. This is what I expect from you: that you spread the scent of the Christian message respecting our freedom."
Fr Grugni believes that "if Christ were here in India, he would do the same. He would cure the sick; he would be with people. We try to do what he did in the best way possible. "
With respect to the role of missionaries in Asia, he said that " half of humanity lives in India and China, and most of it is not Christian. Our task is to stand in their midst with an approach of love and compassion. Love is free; it gives freely, with no ulterior motive or goal." As for the association’s activities, the missionary noted that it "works closely with government health authorities. The latter provide free anti-leprosy, anti-tuberculosis and, in the case of AIDS patients, anti-retroviral drugs." “It is the government that asked for our assistance, because it knows that we do the job until the end," Fr Grugni said in describing the relationship with the authorities. "When doctors at a government hospital diagnose TB cases, they give us a box with a pharmaceutical kit needed to treat the patient for six months. At that point, individual assistance is left to our responsibility.” Patients must take the medication in front of the association’s medical staff. "This is the only way to ensure that they follow the therapy." The association’s work is geared towards “the local area and its population,” the clergyman noted. “We go among the people. Every day we visit public health centres and the homes of the sick, making sure they take the drugs." Thanks to the incessant care and dedication of the association’s members, "recovery rate is very high and exceeds 90 per cent for tuberculosis patients. It is thorough, heavy work, under the summer sun or the winter rains." Speaking about statistics, the priest said that "40 new cases of tuberculosis are diagnosed per month. In total we follow 250 to 300 patients at any given time, from the start to the end of the therapy."
 In the case of lepers, "the medical staff visit in dermatological clinics that treat skin diseases, which are very common in a tropical climate. Examining the body of the patients, they can detect cases of leprosy, which is still stigmatised.” In addition to the sick, he added, "we take care of the families. We give them some money to send their children to school, and a small pension for the elderly. We build houses, and we give food in the first few months of therapy to help them regain their strength. All these people are poor, simple labourers who need help." Tasks among the staff are distributed effectively, and "Warangal, the second-largest city in Telangana with 600-700,000 people, is fully covered,” Fr Grugni noted. "When they see us arrive, the sick run towards us, happy because they know that we will help them, that we are there for them."
FULL TEXT Source: Asia News IT

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Quote to SHARE by #StMotherTeresa "Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted...let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work."

"Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work."
 St. Mother Teresa 

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday November 19, 2018 - #Eucharist

Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 497

Reading 1RV 1:1-4; 2:1-5

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him,
to show his servants what must happen soon.
He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
who gives witness to the word of God
and to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw.
Blessed is the one who reads aloud
and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message
and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near.

John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you and peace
from him who is and who was and who is to come,
and from the seven spirits before his throne.

I heard the Lord saying to me:
"To the angel of the Church in Ephesus, write this:

"'The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand
and walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands says this:
"I know your works, your labor, and your endurance,
and that you cannot tolerate the wicked;
you have tested those who call themselves Apostles but are not,
and discovered that they are impostors.
Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name,
and you have not grown weary.
Yet I hold this against you:
you have lost the love you had at first.
Realize how far you have fallen.
Repent, and do the works you did at first.
Otherwise, I will come to you
and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent."'"

Responsorial PsalmPS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6

R. (Rev. 2:17) Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.

AlleluiaJN 8:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 18:35-43

As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
"Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!"
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more,
"Son of David, have pity on me!"
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
"What do you want me to do for you?"
He replied, "Lord, please let me see."
Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you."
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.