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One Minute Reflection – 21 October – “Watch” Luke 12:39-48

One Minute Reflection – 21 October – Wednesday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Readings: Ephesians 3:2-12, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-3, 4,5-6, Luke 12:39-48 and the Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

“You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” – Luke 12:40

REFLECTION“Watch!”
Our Saviour gave this warning when He was leaving this world—leaving it, that is, as far as His visible presence is concerned. He looked forward to the many hundred years which were to pass before He came again. He knew His own purpose and His Father’s purpose gradually to leave the world to itself, gradually to withdraw from it the tokens of His gracious presence. He contemplated, as contemplating all things, the neglect of Him, which would spread, even among his professed followers … He foresaw the state of the world and the Church, as we see it this day, when His prolonged absence has made it practically thought, that He never will come back in visible presence.

Today, He mercifully whispers into our ears, not to trust in what we see, not to share in that general unbelief, not to be carried away by the world but to “take heed, watch and pray,” (Lk 21:34.36) and look out for His coming. Surely this gracious warning should be ever in our thoughts, being so precise, so solemn, so earnest.

Our Saviour foretold His first coming, yet He took His Church by surprise when He came; much more will He come suddenly the second time and overtake men, now that He has not measured out the interval before it, as then He did but left our watchfulness to the keeping of faith and love … We are not simply to believe but to watch; not simply to love but to watch; not simply to obey but to watch; to watch for what? for that great event, Christ’s coming … we seem to see a special duty enjoined on us … – most of us have a general idea what is meant by believing, fearing, loving and obeying but, perhaps we do not contemplate or apprehend what is meant by “watching.” St John Henry Newman (1801-1890) Cardinal, Founder of the Oratory in England, Theologian – Sermon “ Watching ” PPS, t. 4, n° 22

PRAYER – Holy Father, grant me an operative faith, a faith that will move mountains. Enlighten my soul with Your Light, Goodness, Power and Wisdom. Let my faith be an image of You by lively deeds and love and by conforming myself to Your Will in all things. Blessed Karl of Austria, amidst the fineries of your earthly kingship, you longed only to serve the God of all and searched for complete closeness and abandonment to Him, teach us by your prayer, to serve God alone with upright hearts and thus manifest a true faith, through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.

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Memorials of the Saints – 21 October

St Agatho the Hermit
St Asterius of Périgord
St Asterius of Rome
St Berthold of Parma
St Celina of Meaux
Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922) King & Emperor
Blessed Karl’s Story:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/21/saint-of-the-day-21-october-blessed-karl-of-austria-1887-1922-emperor-king/

St Cilinia
St Condedus
St Domnolus of Pouilly
St Finian Munnu
St Gebizo
Blessed Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi (1937-1993) Priest, “Mafia” Martyr
Dear Blessed Fr Pino:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/21/saint-of-the-day-21-october-blessed-giuseppe-pino-puglisi-1937-1993-priest-martyr/

Bl Gundisalvus of Lagos
St Hilarion of Gaza (c 291-371)
Biography here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/saint-of-the-day-21-october-st-hilarion-of-gaza-c-291-371/
Bl Hilarion of Moglena
St Hugh of Ambronay
Bl Imana of Loss
Bl Iulianus Nakaura
St John of Bridlington
St Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena
St Letizia
St Maurontus of Marseilles
St Malchus of Syria
Blessed Peter Capucci OP (1390-1445) Priest
St Petrus Yu Tae-Ch’ol
St Pontius de Clariana
St Raymond of Granada
Bl Sancho of Aragon
Bl Severinus of Bordeaux
Bl Tuda of Lindisfarne
Bl Viator of Lyons
St Wendelin
St William of Granada
St William of Montreal
St Zaira
St Zoticus of Nicomedia

Martyrs of Nicaea – 279 saints:

Martyrs of Nicomedia – 3 saints:
Caius of Nicomedia
Dasius of Nicomedia
Zoticus of Nicomedia

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Genaro Fueyo Castañon
• Blessed Isidro Fernández Cordero
• Blessed Segundo Alonso González

Saint Ursula and Companions: (238) Legendary princess, the daughter of a Christian British king and Saint Daria. She travelled Europe in company of either 11 or 11,000 fellow maidens; the 11,000 number probably resulted from a misreading of the term “11M” which indicated 11 Martyrs, but which a copyist took for a Roman numeral. Ursula and her company were tortured to death to get them to renounce their faith, and old paintings of them show many of the women being killed in various painful ways. Namesake for the Ursuline Order, founded for the education of young Catholic girls and women.
There are other saints closely associated with Ursula and her story –
travelling companions who were martyred with her

Antonia of Cologne
Cesarius of Cologne
Cyriacus of Cologne
Daria
Fiolanus of Lucca
Ignatius of Cologne
James of Antioch
Mauritius of Cologne
Pontius of Cologne
Sulpitius of Ravenna
Vincent of Cologne

Travelling companion, but escaped the massacre:
• Cunera
led by a dove to the lost tomb of Ursula:
• Cunibert of Cologne

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Memorials of the Saints – 21 October

St Agatho the Hermit
St Asterius of Périgord
St Asterius of Rome
St Berthold of Parma
St Celina of Meaux
Bl Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922) King & Emperor
Blessed Karl’s Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/21/saint-of-the-day-21-october-blessed-karl-of-austria-1887-1922-emperor-king/

St Cilinia
St Condedus
St Domnolus of Pouilly
St Finian Munnu
St Gebizo
Bl Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi (1937-1993) Priest, Martyr

Bl Gundisalvus of Lagos
St Hilarion of Gaza (c 291-371)
Biography here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/saint-of-the-day-21-october-st-hilarion-of-gaza-c-291-371/

Bl Hilarion of Moglena
St Hugh of Ambronay
Bl Imana of Loss
Bl Iulianus Nakaura
St John of Bridlington
St Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena
St Letizia
St Maurontus of Marseilles
St Malchus of Syria
Bl Peter of Città di Castello
St Petrus Yu Tae-Ch’ol
St Pontius de Clariana
St Raymond of Granada
Bl Sancho of Aragon
Bl Severinus of Bordeaux
Bl Tuda of Lindisfarne
Bl Viator of Lyons
St Wendelin
St William of Granada
St William of Montreal
St Zaira
St Zoticus of Nicomedia

Martyrs of Nicaea – 279 saints:

Martyrs of Nicomedia – 3 saints:
Caius of Nicomedia
Dasius of Nicomedia
Zoticus of Nicomedia

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Genaro Fueyo Castañon
• Blessed Isidro Fernández Cordero
• Blessed Segundo Alonso González

Saint Ursula and Companions: (238) Legendary princess, the daughter of a Christian British king and Saint Daria. She travelled Europe in company of either 11 or 11,000 fellow maidens; the 11,000 number probably resulted from a misreading of the term “11M” which indicated 11 Martyrs, but which a copyist took for a Roman numeral. Ursula and her company were tortured to death to get them to renounce their faith, and old paintings of them show many of the women being killed in various painful ways. Namesake for the Ursuline Order, founded for the education of young Catholic girls and women.
There are other saints closely associated with Ursula and her story –
travelling companions who were martyred with her

Antonia of Cologne
Cesarius of Cologne
Cyriacus of Cologne
Daria
Fiolanus of Lucca
Ignatius of Cologne
James of Antioch
Mauritius of Cologne
Pontius of Cologne
Sulpitius of Ravenna
Vincent of Cologne

Travelling companion, but escaped the massacre:
• Cunera
led by a dove to the lost tomb of Ursula:
• Cunibert of Cologne

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Thought for the Day – 21 October – The Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

Thought for the Day – 21 October – The Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

“Practising Catholic – How to become a Saint”

From a young age and throughout his life, Karl of Austria demonstrated an awareness of God’s presence and Christian duty.   As a child, he loved praying at daily mass with his mother, Archduchess Maria Josefa, and was known for his charitable acts.   He knew all the prayers a typical Catholic youth would learn and loved praying them, particularly the rosary.   As a youth and later as an adult, he loved making pilgrimages to Marian shrines.

As a young child, he was concerned about the poor and needy, so he did odd jobs around his home in order to earn money to give to them.   There are records from when he was 18 years old recording his almsgiving and even as Emperor he continued his private charitable giving.   There is testimony from one of his aides who was in charge of distributing the Emperor’s alms from his personal household.   The aide informed him there was no more money left and Karl said:

“The need is so great, find the money from somewhere else and distribute that.”

Blessed Karl loved to pray throughout his life.   He received Holy Communion daily and at the end of mass prayed “Veni Creator.”   He prayed Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and the rosary daily.   He frequently prayed the Litanies of the Sacred Heart, the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph;  he was a member of Our Lady’s Confraternity and wore the scapular.

Karl was devoted to adoring the Blessed Sacrament and could happily spend hours in adoration.  He was routinely found praying wherever he was, at home, in the office and on the battlefield.   He encouraged all of his soldiers to pray and frequently asked those around him to join him in prayer to begin a meeting or some action.   Furthermore, the Emperor had a devotion to the angels, especially Saint Michael the Archangel, whom he made patron saint of the imperial army.

Karl of Austria was obedient to the Holy Father, acknowledging him to be the Vicar of Christ and he treated bishops and priests with respect.   He was known as a loyal, kind, generous and jovial comrade, who lived and practised his faith without artifice.   From the testimony of those who knew him well, it is clear, that Blessed Karl took his faith seriously and fostered his relationship with God, devoutly following the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Blessed Karl of Austria, Pray for Us!bl karl of austria pray for us no 2 - 21 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 October – The Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

Quote/s of the Day – 21 October

The Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

“Now, we must help
each other
to get to Heaven.”now we must help each other to get to heaven - bl karl of austria to queen zita - 21 oct 2018

“I strive always,
in all things,
to understand,
as clearly as possible
and follow,
the will of God
and this,
in the most perfect way.”i strive always in all things - bl karlof austria - 21 oct 2018

“Thy Holy Will be done.
Jesus, Jesus, come!
Yes—yes.
My Jesus as Thou willst it—Jesus.”
(The last words of Bl Karl – 1 April 1922)

Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)thy holy will be done - last words bl karl of austria - 21 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 21 October – Today’s Gospel: Mark 10:35-45

One Minute Reflection – 21 October – Today’s Gospel: Mark 10:35-45 – Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B, the Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

“For the Son of man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”…Mark 10:45mark 10 45 for the son of man came not to be served but to serve - 21 oct 2018

REFLECTION – “In the biblical tradition, the Son of Man is the one who receives from God “dominion, glory and kingship”.   Jesus fills this image with new meaning.   He shows us that He enjoys dominion because He is a servant, glory because He is capable of abasement, kingship because He is fully prepared to lay down His life.   By His passion and death, He takes the lowest place, attains the heights of grandeur in service and bestows this upon His Church”…Pope Francis – Canonisation Mass, 18 October 2015mark-10-45-for-the-son-of-man-came-not-to-be-served-he-enjoys-dominion-pope-francis-21-oct-2018.jpg

PRAYER – Holy Father, grant me an operative faith, a faith that will move mountains. Enlighten my soul with Your Light, Goodness, Power and Wisdom.   Let my faith be an image of You by lively deeds and love and by conforming myself to Your Will in all things.   Blessed Karl of Austria, amidst the fineries of your earthly kingship, you longed only to serve the God of all and searched for complete closeness and abandonment to Him, teach us by your prayer, to serve God alone with upright hearts and thus manifest a true faith, through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.bl karl of austria pray for us 21 oct 2018

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Saint of the Day – 21 October – Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922) Emperor & King

Saint of the Day – 21 October – Blessed Karl/Charles of Austria (1887 – 1922) Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, Bohemia, Dalmatia and Croatia, Layman, devotee of the Sacred Heart and of the Holy Eucharist, Peacemaker, Social Reformer – born Karl Franz Joseph Ludwig Hubert Georg Otto Maria on 17 August 1887 in Persenbeug Castle, Melk, Lower Austria and died on 1 April 1922 at Funchal, Madeira, Portugal of pneumonia.   Patronages – Marriage, Married couples, Family life, “League of Prayer of the Emperor Charles for the peace of the peoples”.   His body is incorrupt.   Blessed Karl’s wife Zita, is recognised by the Church as a Servant of God.

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Blessed Karl of Austria was born 0n 17 August 1887, in the Castle of Persenbeug in the region of Lower Austria.   His parents were the Archduke Otto and Princess Maria Josephine of Saxony, daughter of the last King of Saxony. Emperor Francis Joseph I was Karl’s Great Uncle.

Karl was given an expressly Catholic education and the prayers of a group of persons accompanied him from childhood, since a stigmatic nun prophesied that he would undergo great suffering and attacks would be made against him.   That is how the “League of Prayer of the Emperor Charles for the peace of the peoples” originated after his death.   In 1963 it became a prayer community ecclesiastically recognised.bl karl young

A deep devotion to the Holy Eucharist and to the Sacred Heart of Jesus began to grow in Karl.   He turned to prayer before making any important decisions.

On 21 October,1911, he married Princess Zita of Bourbon and Parma.   Addressing Empress Zita on 22 October 1911, the day after their wedding, Blessed Karl said “Now, we must help each other to get to Heaven.”  The couple was blessed with eight children during the ten years of their happy and exemplary married life.   Karl still declared to Zita on his deathbed:  “I’ll love you forever.”bl karl and zita wedding

He became heir to the throne of the Austro‑Hungarian Empire on 28 June 1914, following the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand.bl karl of austria 4.

World War I was underway and with the death of the Emperor Francis Joseph, on 21 November 1916 Karl became Emperor of Austria.   On 30 December he was crowned apostolic King of Hungary.

Karl envisaged this office also as a way to follow Christ – in the love and care of the peoples entrusted to him and in dedicating his life to them.

He placed the most sacred duty of a king – a commitment to peace – at the centre of his preoccupations during the course of the terrible war.   He was the only one among political leaders to support Benedict XV’s peace efforts.

As far as domestic politics are concerned, despite the extremely difficult times he initiated wide and exemplary social legislation, inspired by social Christian teaching.blessed karl of austria

Thanks to his conduct, the transition to a new order at the end of the conflict was made possible without a civil war.   He was, however, banished from his country.

The Pope feared the rise of communist power in central Europe and expressed the wish that Karlre‑establish the authority of his government in Hungary.   But two attempts failed, since above all Karl wished to avoid the outbreak of a civil war.

He was exiled to the island of Madeira.   Since he considered his duty as a mandate from God, he could not abdicate his office.

Reduced to poverty, he lived with his family in a very humble house.   He then fell fatally ill and accepted this as a sacrifice for the peace and unity of his peoples.

Karl endured his suffering without complaining.  He forgave all those who conspired against him and died on 11Apri 1922 with his eyes turned toward the Holy Sacrament. On his deathbed he repeated the motto of his life:  “I strive always in all things to understand as clearly as possible and follow the will of God and this in the most perfect way”.

His remains except for his heart are still on the island, resting in state in a chapel devoted to the Emperor in the Church of Our Lady of Monte in spite of several attempts to move them to the Habsburg Crypt in Vienna.   His heart and the heart of his wife are entombed in Muri Abbey, Switzerland.bl karl's shrine in madeira

From the beginning, Emperor Charles conceived of his office as a holy service to his people.   His chief concern was to follow the Christian vocation to holiness also in his political actions.   For this reason, his thoughts turned to social assistance.

The cause or campaign for his canonisation began in 1949, when the testimony of his holiness was collected in the Archdiocese of Vienna.   In 1954, the cause was opened and he was declared “servant of God”, the first step in the process.   At the beginning of the cause for canonisation in 1972 his tomb was opened and his body was discovered to be incorrupt.

On 3 October 2004, he was Beatified by St Pope John Paul II.   The Pope also declared 21 October, the date of Charles’ marriage in 1911 to Princess Zita, as Charles’ feast day.

The League of Prayers (join here:  http://www.emperorcharles.org/welcome) established for the promotion of his cause has set up a website and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has sponsored the cause.bl karl beatification

“The decisive task of Christians consists in seeking, recognising and following God’s will in all things. The Christian statesman, Karl of Austria, confronted this challenge every day. To his eyes, war appeared as “something appalling”. Amid the tumult of the First World War, he strove to promote the peace initiative of my Predecessor, Benedict XV.

From the beginning, the Emperor Charles conceived of his office as a holy service to his people. His chief concern was to follow the Christian vocation to holiness also in his political actions. For this reason, his thoughts turned to social assistance. May he be an example for all of us, especially for those who have political responsibilities in Europe today!”

Saint Pope John Paul II

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Audience with the members of the Emperor Karl League for Prayers for Peace Among Nations , 14.10.2017

Address of the Holy Father

Excellencies, Highnesses,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear brothers and sisters,

With affection I greet you and all the members of the Emperor Karl League for Prayers for Peace Among Nations. I thank the president, Msgr Fernand Franck, for his words.   Your annual assembly in Rome takes place in the context of the centenary of the initiative for peace undertaken by Pope Benedict XV and, among political leaders, supported only by Blessed Emperor Karl, with the strong desire to bring an end to the slaughter of the First World War.

The three aims of the League for Prayers underlined by your president – to seek and observe God’s will, to be committed to promoting peace and justice, to atone for the injustice of history – were, so to say, the recurrent motif of the life of Blessed Karl as a statesman, as a husband and father, and as a son of the Church.   Delivering himself to God’s will, he accepted suffering and offered his own life as a sacrifice for peace, always sustained by the love and faithfulness of his wife, Servant of God Zita.

The challenges of our time require the collaboration of all men of good will and, in particular, prayer and sacrifice.   I invite you, therefore, to keep your promise to take part, with prayer and personal commitment, in the many efforts of the Pope in favour of peace.  Without the support of the prayer of the faithful, Peter’s Successor cannot fulfil his mission in the world.   I count on you to.   I entrust you to the maternal protection of Mary Most Holy and to the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl, and heartily impart my apostolic blessing to you and your loved ones.