“Fatima, Catholic Tradition, Blessed Contardo Ferrini, Spirit of Peace, Universal Kinship!” – †


28thWednesday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Content:

  • ·        Dan’s Deliberations, Discoveries, & Declarations
  • ·        Today in Catholic History
  • ·        Catholic Apologetics
  • ·        A Franciscan’s Saint of the Day
  • ·        Reflection on article  of  the OFS Rule

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Dan’s Deliberations, Discoveries, & Declarations:

Last Saturday, October 13th, was the 95th anniversary (1917) of the apparition and “miracle of the dancing sun” at Fatima, Portugal.  In honor to our Blessed Virgin Mary, a group of nearly twenty parishioners of my local parish, St. Marin de Porres – Hazelwood, MO, stood in unison praying the Rosary and several other Marian prayers along the main road of the Church property.

The singing, the praise, the prayers, and the community of my parish family amplified the Catholic faithful honor of the Mother of God (Theotokos).  And, on top of this great fact, is that we were only one of 9000+ other groups worshipping WORLDWIDE on this day.  Thanks goes out to Pat Wiswall for planning and leading this event at our parish.

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Today in Catholic History:

†   532 – Death of Boniface II, 1st “German” Pope, dies

†   1244 – Battle of La Forbie: Crusaders are defeated by Khwarezmians and Egyptians.

†   1253 – Birth of Ivo of Kermartin, French saint (d. 1303)

†   1404 – Cosma de’ Migliorati elected Pope Innocentius VII

†   1616 – Death of John Pitts, Catholic scholar and writer. (b. 1560)

†   1912 – Birth of John Paul I, [Albino Luciano], 263rd Roman Catholic pope (33 days in 1978)

†   1923 – Catholic University of Nijmegen Nethlands opens

†   1979 – Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

†   Feasts/Memorials: Saint Ignatius of Antioch; translation of Saint Audrey (Æthelthryth); Saint Richard Gwyn; Saint Catervus; Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque

(From the “On This Day” Blog Site
otday.wordpress.com &/OR
“Today in Catholic History”
http://www.historyorb.com)

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Catholic Apologetics:

 

My reason and purpose for this section on my blog is to provide “scriptural confirmation” for our beliefs and doctrines, not to cause dissention or opposition with my fellow believers in Jesus Christ, yet not in union with the Roman Catholic Church.  Whether God speaks to us through the “Bible”, or through “Tradition”, it is the Holy Spirit who inspires the “Word” from which all authentic tradition flows.

Tradition can be separated into two aspects: oral and behavioral.  Oral tradition includes written forms.  After all, it ALL started with oral tradition.  Behavioral tradition includes Baptism, Eucharist or Lord’s Supper, Laying on of hands for healing, Intercessory prayer, and Ordination. 

All Scriptural verses are taken from both the Revised Standard Version: Catholic Edition of the Holy Bible and the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Tradition Found in Holy Scripture, Part 2

“Follow the pattern of the sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus; guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us(2 Timothy. 1:13-14).  RSV

“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” (2 Timothy. 1:13-14).  KJV

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“So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thessalonians. 2:15)  RSV

“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” (2 Thessalonians. 2:15)  KJV

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A Franciscan’s Saint of the Day:  Blessed Contardo Ferrini (1859-1902)

Contardo Ferrini was the son of a teacher who went on to become a learned man himself, one acquainted with some dozen languages.  Today he is known as the patron of universities.

Born in Milan, he received a doctorate in law in Italy and then earned a scholarship that enabled him to study Roman-Byzantine law in Berlin.  As a renowned legal expert, he taught in various schools of higher education until he joined the faculty of the University of Pavia, where he was considered an outstanding authority on Roman law.

Contardo was learned about the faith he lived and loved.  “Our life,” he said, “must reach out toward the Infinite, and from that source we must draw whatever we can expect of merit and dignity.”  As a scholar he studied the ancient biblical languages and read the Scriptures in them.  His speeches and papers show his understanding of the relationship of faith and science.  He attended daily Mass and became a lay Franciscan, faithfully observing the Third Order rule of life.  He also served through membership in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

His death in 1902 at the age of 43 occasioned letters from his fellow professors that praised him as a saint; the people of Suna, where he lived, insisted that he be declared a saint.  Pope Pius XII beatified Contardo in 1947.

Comment:

Thanks to people like Contardo, our Church long ago laid to rest the idea that science and faith are incompatible.  We thank God for the many ways science has made our lives better.  All that remains to us is to help ensure that the rest of the world, especially impoverished nations, gets to enjoy the fruits of scientific advance.

Patron Saint of: Universities

Saint of the Day: Lives, Lessons and Feast
By Leonard Foley, O.F.M.;
revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.
(From
http://www.americancatholic.org website)

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Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) Rule A
rticle #’s 17 & 18 of 26:

17.  In their family they should cultivate the Franciscan spirit of peace, fidelity, and respect for life, striving to make of it a sign of a world already renewed in Christ.

By living the grace of matrimony, husbands and wives in particular should bear witness in the world to the love of Christ for His Church.  They should joyfully accompany their children on their human and spiritual journey by providing a simple and open Christian education and being attentive to the vocation of each child.

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18.  Moreover they should respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which “bear the imprint of the Most High,” and they should strive to move from the temptation of exploiting creation to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship.

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