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Thought for the Day – 14 October – ‘Are we ready to give witness to Christ in everyday life?…’

Thought for the Day – 14 October – The Memorial of Blessed Roman Lysko (1914–1949) Priest and Martyr

Priest and Martyr Father Roman Lysko refused to sign a statement of conversion to Orthodoxy, remaining faithful to his Church and his people.   On 9 September 1949 he was arrested by the NKVD and imprisoned in Lviv.   Until 1956, according to information given after his family had been turned away many times, it was said that he died on 14 October 1949 from paralysis of the heart.   But many witnesses report that they saw him in prison later, or they heard him singing psalms at the top of his lungs.   It was reported that they sealed him up, alive, in a wall.   He gave his life as a martyr for the faith.   “He was imprisoned on Lontskyi Street.   His mother brought him some packages  . Sometimes his grandmother came from Zhulychi to visit him.   At first the packages were accepted.   The prisoner always had a right to thank the giver with the same card [with which the package was sent].   These cards were always sent back, even the bags in which they usually put packages.   And there were always those cards, on which he wrote, ‘Thank you. Many kisses,’ and signed it.

Saint Pope John Paul II’s solemn proclamation of the new martyrs and faithful servants of God of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church as blessed, is another divine manifestation to our people.   During more than 1,000 years of salvation history on our land, Ukrainian Christians have rejoiced in various signs of God’s presence.   The Word has become incarnate among us has been changed into visible sacraments – the healing water of baptism, the oil of the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine of the Lord’s paschal feast.   They lead us to the divine life. “God is with us!”

From now on from our midst, for us and for the world, the universal Church raises them up as examples of holiness, as heavenly friends of the Lord, humble figures of mortal human beings.   Yesterday they lived among us, or among our parents in our cities and villages, bravely fought with the greatest tyrants of human history, against wrongs and injustices done to their brothers and sisters.   They also struggled with their own imperfections and with the simple worries of daily life.   Their presence here was and now is, incredibly, still felt.

They walked our streets and rode on our roads, sat on our Episcopal thrones and in our confessionals.   They gave lectures at solemn conferences and reports from their professorial chairs and studied in our Theological Academy and seminaries.   They probably did not think that the terrible trial of martyrdom and its everlasting crown was waiting for them.   They wore priestly vestments and the habits of our religious communities and heard stirring words from their spiritual directors about self-giving and self-dedication, which we often hear but receive as something every day, as an abstraction, something unreal and far away in time and space.

Now their figures are strangely close, visible.   Through them holiness itself is closer. They bring heaven closer to us – sometimes so unattainable – heaven, where they have gloriously found their place at the hand of the Almighty Father and Our Creator.  And the land on which they walked only yesterday has itself become holier, receiving their hot blood and tortured bodies.   Walking on this same earth we feel the grandeur of this holiness and the depth of this drama, which they lived through and to which the Lord can call you and me.

Will we be able, here and now and then tomorrow and elsewhere, to respond to this appearance of our Lord?   Are we ready to give witness to Christ in everyday life or, God forbid, in the face of mortal danger?   We hope in the Lord that this is so.   And our first step in this direction is our joyful celebration of these abundant blessings, which have come to us, through the solemn glorification of the new martyrs and faithful servants of God.   Let us be glad with them and with certainty follow in their footsteps! … ExcerptFather Borys Gudziak, Ph.D. is rector of the Lviv Theological Academy and director of the Institute of Church History (written in 2001).

Blessed Roman Lysko, Martyr for Christ, Pray for Us!bl roman lysko martyr for christ pray for us 14 oct 2019.jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 15 October – Let us begin!

Quote/s of the Day – 15 October – Monday of the Twenty Eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 11:29–32

“Our Saviour’s words
are not of a nature
to be heard once
and no more
but that to understand them,
we must feed upon them
and live in them,
as if by, little and little,
growing into their meaning.”

Saint John Henry Newman (1801-1890)our saviour's words - st john henry newman 14 oct 2019.jpg

“Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.
Let us begin.”

Saint Mother Teresa (1910-1997)yesterday is gone tomorrow has not yet come - st mother tresa 14 oct 2019.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 15 October – ‘Let us beware of losing all hope…’

One Minute Reflection – 15 October – Monday of the Twenty Eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 11:29–32 and the Memorial of Blessed Roman Lysko (1914–1949) Priest and Martyr

“For they repented at the preaching of Jonah and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.” … Luke 11:32

REFLECTION – “Let us beware of losing all hope but let us also avoid giving in too easily to carelessness…   Despair hinders those who have fallen, from getting up again and carelessness causes those who are standing, to fall…   If presumption casts us down from the heights of heaven, despair casts us into the infinite depths of evil, whereas a little hope is enough to hold us back…
This is how Nineveh was saved.   However, the divine judgement pronounced against the Ninevites was of a nature to throw them into confusion since it did not say:  “If you repent you will be saved” but simply:  “Three more days and Nineveh will be destroyed” (Jon 3:4).   Nevertheless, neither the Lord’s threat, nor the prophet’s preaching, nor even the severity of the judgement… caused their confidence to fail.   God wants us to draw a lesson, from this unconditional judgement that taught by this example, that we may resist despair as much as passivity…  Besides, divine good will does not only reveal itself in the forgiveness granted to the repentant Ninevites.. the respite granted them, attests likewise, to His unutterable goodness.   Do you imagine that three days would have been enough to wipe out so much wickedness?   God’s good will is breaking out from behind these words and, besides, isn’t it the principal worker of the whole city’s salvation?
Let this example keep us from despairing.   For the devil thinks of this form of weakness as his most successful weapon and, even when we sin, we could not give him greater pleasure than when we lose hope.” … St John Chrysostom (345-407) Father & Doctorluke 11 32 for they repented at the preaching of jonah - despair hope - st john chrysostom 14 oct 2019

PRAYER – Eternal, almighty God and Father, teach us true sorrow and repentance.  Grant us the grace of trust and hope in Your unfailing love, that we may resist despair as we face the sin of the world and the wiles of the evil one.   As we walk always in the Light of Christ, Your Son, following His way, we may never fall into temptation.   May the intercession of Your saints and martyrs, be always an assistance to us all.   Mary, our Mother of merciful love and Blessed Roman Lysko, pray for us.   Through Christ our Lord and the Holy Spirit, God for always and forever, amen.merciful mother mary pray for us 14 oct 2019

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Our Morning Offering – 14 October – The Grace of Thy Love

Our Morning Offering – 14 October – Monday of the Twenty Eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year C

The Grace of Thy Love
By Saint John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O My God,
strengthen me with Thy strength,
console me with Thy everlasting peace,
soothe me with the beauty of Thy countenance,
enlighten me with Thy uncreated holiness.
Bathe me in Thyself
and give me to drink,
as far as mortal man may ask,
of the rivers of grace
which flow from the Father and the Son,
the grace of Thy consubstantial,
co-eternal Love.
Amenthe grace of they love - st john henry newman - 14 oct 2019

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Saint of the Day – 14 October – Blessed Roman Lysko (1914–1949) Priest and Martyr

Saint of the Day – 14 October – Blessed Roman Lysko (1914–1949) aged 35 Priest and Martyr (Ukrainian: Роман Лиск) was a Ukrainian Greek Catholic. Born on 14 August 1914 at Horodok, Lviv District, Ukraine and died by being tortured and starved to death on 14 October 1949 in prison at Lviv, Ukraine.   He died for the Faith under the Communist roman larger

Blessed Roman was born on 14 August 1914 in Horodok, Lviv Oblast.   He studied theology and graduated from the Lviv Theological Academy.   On 28 August 1941 he was ordained a priest by Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky.   He was Pastor of the Archeparchy of Lviv for Ukrainians.

He was assigned as the administrator for the parish in the village of Kotliw, Oliyiv county.   In 1944 he was appointed to a parish in the village of Belzets, Zolochiv county. He was also a member of the underground Ukrainian youth organisation “Plast” in his 30’s and leader of the Plast group “Fox” (Lys).

Blessed Roman was active in working with youth, together with his wife (ordaining married priests is a common practice in the Eastern Churches).Blessed_Roman_Lysko_(1914_–_1949)

On 9 September 1949, he was arrested by the secret Police, the NKVD (KGB).   He was put into prison in Lviv.   The people of Liviv reported to one another that after being tortured, the young Fr Roman sang Psalms at the top of his voice.   It was then reported that they had immured him alive in the prison walls.   His death is officially dated on 14 October 1949.

A plaque on that building on Lonsky Avenue reads that here, within the walls of this building, entombed alive, lies Father Roman Lysko, who gave up his life for his faith.

He was beatified by St Pope John Paul II on 27 June roman lysko icon

Note:   Immurement (from Latin im- “in” and murus “wall”, literally “walling in”) is a form of imprisonment, usually until death, in which a person is placed within an enclosed space with no exits.   This includes instances where people have been enclosed in extremely tight confinement, such as within a coffin.   When used as a means of execution, the prisoner is simply left to die from starvation or dehydration.   This form of execution is distinct from being buried alive, in which the victim typically dies of asphyxiation.   In Blessed Roman’s case, he was actually cemented alive into the prison walls.

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Memorials of the Saints – 14 October

St Pope Callistus I (c 218 – c 223) Martyr (Optional Memorial)
Biography here:

Bl Ana María Aranda Riera
St Angadrisma of Beauvais
St Bernard of Arce
St Celeste of Metz
St Dominic Loricatus
St Donatian of Rheims (Died 390)
St Fortunatus of Todi
St Franciszek Roslaniec
St Gaudentius of Rimini
St Gundisalvus of Lagos
Bl Jacques Laigneau de Langellerie
St Lupulo of Capua
St Lupus of Caesarea
St Manacca
St Manehildis
St Modesto of Capua
Bl Richard Creagh
Bl Roman Lysko (1914–1949) Martyr
St Rusticus of Trier
St Saturninus of Caesarea
St Stanislaw Mysakowski
St Venanzio of Luni

Martyrs of Caesarea – (4 saints): Three brothers and a sister martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian – Carponius, Evaristus, Fortunata and Priscian. In 303 in Caesarea, Cappadocia (in modern Turkey) – their relics enshrined in Naples, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Ana María Aranda Riera
• Blessed Jacques Laigneau de Langellerie