St. Francis Xavier and My Boat to China

St. Francis Xavier and My Boat to China

    ST FRANCIS XAVIER, PRIEST (1506-1552) Francis Xavier died in 1552 while waiting to be smuggled into China where he had dreamed of evangelizing. Through a sovereign series of fortunate events he had surrendered his plans to be a scholar in favor of becoming a missionary.   He met St Ignatius of Loyola, as he was about to embark on his career as a theologian and sensed a divine call to join him in the newly forming Society of Jesus. In 1534, he became one of the original seven members of the the Jesuits. One year later he was ordained a priest. Ignatius was about to do what seemed a given; deploy Francis Xavier as a teacher, but reluctantly decided to send him to India to replace a brother who had taken ill.     Unskilled in evangelism...

World Mission Day: Seven New Saints

World Mission Day: Seven New Saints

Lily of the Mohawks   A Mohawk maiden walked in the forests and glens of America a century before there was a United States, and today she is known and revered throughout the world.  She was a true child of the continental wilderness that was forged into a mighty nation, and she was also chosen to experience union in prayer and contemplation with Christ. This Mohawk maiden demonstrates the Divine Presence in human lives in a remarkable and historic manner, but she also serves as a bridge between the Catholic faith and the modern Native Americans of this continent. —Saint Kateri Tekakwitha   Related: Saint Marianne Cope Pope’s homily on seven new saints May the self sacrificing love of Christ modeled in the lives of these seven new saints, be...

South Korea, the Asian Tiger of the Church

South Korea, the Asian Tiger of the Church

Jeondong Cathedral  Jeonju, Korea    “Never be pessimistic about the future of Christianity and of the Catholic Church”   The statistics in this amazing article regarding Catholic Christianity in South Korea prove what happens when the laity recognize their baptismal call. Further in the article Fr. Paul Kim Bo Rok credits the laity as responsible for the real work of religious instruction. In his parish of only two priests and four sisters, they baptize two to three hundred people a year. “They are overwhelmed, he says, “by the wave of conversions.” Fr. Paul continues: “In Korea, religion is something serious and demanding……Moreover, Christianity is the primary force that emphasizes the personal...

World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

    Vatican City (AsiaNews)   At the Regina Caeli, Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians around the world (including Chinese Christians) to celebrate World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. The memory of Fatima and all Marian shrines: “wherever Christians gather in prayer with Mary, the Lord gives us his Spirit.” The councils – especially the Vatican – and the meeting of international movements with John Paul II (1998) a “special outpouring of the Spirit.”     ..{T}he pope stressed that Pentecost lives continually in the Church: “The Church constantly lives in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, without which it would exhaust its strength, like a sailboat without wind”. —more here...

Pray for Peace in the Sudan

Pray for Peace in the Sudan

Pentecost Hans Multscher                   c. 1437   “So God may move the hearts of the powerful and bring them to a better understanding!” These are the words of the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), inviting contemplative religious orders and Christians worldwide to pray for peace in Sudan.”     The call to prayer for peace in Sudan applies to the nine days leading up to this year’s Feast of Pentecost.   Starting on May 17, thousands want to pray for this matter of vital concern.   Pentecost Novena is oriented to the gathering of Mary, the Mother of God, and the Apostles 2000 years ago. They asked for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which also means peace for all peoples.  ...