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SECTION TWO vol 10, no. 142
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After nearly a quarter of a century in the Roman Curia, Germany's Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer, O.S.B. now lives out his autumn years in Rome
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our eighty-first red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer, O.S.B. , the retired Benedictine prelate who headed the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" before resigning at the age of eighty. Now 88, this German native is enjoying retirement in Vatican City. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II at the Consistory of May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal Mayer, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
81. Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer, O.S.B.
The Benedictine Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer, along with Cardinal Alois Grillmeier are the "old guard" of the German cardinals. Both are now retired and Cardinal Mayer, at the age of 88 resides in Rome at Via Rusticucci 13 after dedicated service in the Roman Curia for many years.
He was born on May 23, 1911 in Altotting, Germany and entered the Benedictine seminary where he went on to study Philosophy in Salzburg, Austria and later Theology in Rome at Sant'Anselmo. He was ordained on August 25, 1935 in Rome. Taking refuge in Rome from the Third Reich, obtained his doctorate and then was assigned to teach in 1939 at his alma mater at Sant'Anselmo where he was a member of the faculty for 27 years including being promoted to Rector. In the early sixties, Pope John XXIII appointed him Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for Vatican II and after the Pontiff's death, Pope Paul VI kept him on in preparation for reconvening the Second Vatican Council. At the conclusion of Vatican II, Paul VI made him the Ecclesiastical Delegate to the Focolare Movement and a year later he was named Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery in Metten, Germany. It was the first time he had returned to his homeland on assignment since before World War II, but it would be shortlived for five years later he bid goodbye to his fellow monks to return to the eternal city to accept the position of Secretary of the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes and become the titular bishop of Satriano with the personal title of Archbishop on January 6, 1972.
He remained as Secretary until 1984 when Pope John Paul II elevated him to Pro-prefect of the same Congregation in 1984. A year later he was honored with the cardinalate as a cardinal-deacon during the Holy Father's Consistory of May 25, 1985, receiving the titular church of St. Anselm. At the same time he was promoted to Prefect of the same Congregation which he had been with for 13 years. Three years later the Pope transfered him to the post of President of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" which he held until 1991 when he retired in 1991 at the age of 80, having loyally served the Church for 64 years as a priest of God.
"I solemnly tell you the Warning and Miracle foretold shall come to you. But it shall come when you least expect it! Therefore, understand My Words. If you are filled with My Light, My Life and seek My Will above all else, interiorly you shall know the approach of these events so you may prepare the children of My Heart who are not prepared."
Those definitive words above come from Our Lord in Message #609 on Holy Thursday on April 13, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart and followed by similar Messages on Good Friday and Holy Saturday during the Easter Triduum in which Jesus reminds us He is the only Hope and we need to place all our trust in Him and be obedient to His Holy Church and be willing to walk our Calvary in order to share in the Resurrection. For Messages 609, 610 and 611, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Messages 609, 610 and 611
Message Six-Hundred-nine, April 13, 1995
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Beloved Hidden Flower of My Mother's Immaculate Heart, I love and bless you and all your family! Be at peace, for I am with you.
My little children on this very special day when you gather in union of mind and heart through the Grace of the Holy Spirit, to reverence the miracle I gave you at the Last Supper, and by My command in perpetuity until the end of time, I wish for you to receive a new, pure and enlightened heart.
O! How I pour out Divine Mercy and countless graces when My little children come to Me and worthily receive Me in this - The Sacrament of Love.
Little ones, let your hearts burn with ardor from on high with lively zeal for Me, Who am the Light and Life of all.
Do not become hardened of heart, nor sag into lukewarmness. Am I not God? Am I not, therefore, fully present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in this most august Sacrament? O! Open your hearts and perceive with the intellect of your soul the great miracle I give countless times each day throughout the world.
O! If you fully grasped the greatness of this miracle, all of Sacred Scripture would be made clear unto you, as well as all the words My Holy Mother has given to you for many generations.
Little ones, you must seek to recognize My miracles not with your human senses which are finite and weak, but with the senses of your soul which are illumined by Divine Light.
O! How My children clamor for the Great Miracle! How My little ones conjecture and interpret unto their finite minds, never grasping the reality that each day I give unto all who believe the Great Miracle of My Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.
Do not become discouraged. Nor do I want you to seek for times and dates as if you were on a treasure hunt. No! Enough of foolish curiosity. Only to one or two special messengers at a given apparition are made known times, which are never to be revealed until it is My Time.
Do not ask My messengers for times. Do not seek this because you lack trust in Me when you act this way.
I solemnly tell you the Warning and Miracle foretold shall come to you. But it shall come when you least expect it! Therefore, understand My Words. If you are filled with My Light, My Life and seek My Will above all else, interiorly you shall know the approach of these events so you may prepare the children of My Heart who are not prepared.
Until this interior call you must live each day in faith, hope and love and trust in Me in all things. I am God, and I reveal what My children need, not what they want!
Yes, these and more signs shall yet be given. What I seek is your heart so that I may give you Mine.
Therefore, pray much in these days and seek discernment and enlightenment. Pray and be pure, holy, simple little children and all that you need shall be given unto you.
Again, I say: Wait and watch closely. I Come!
Message Six-Hundred-ten, April 14, 1995
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Beloved Hidden Flower of My Mother's Immaculate Heart, I love you.
I say now to all the world: Proclaim My Holy, Sacred Cross. Let every church have a true crucifix, and let your gazes meditate upon Me, your God and Savior.
Let every knee bend! Let every tongue proclaim My Cross - the Sign of your Salvation.
Proclaim My True Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament and return Me to My rightful place in My One True Church.
Behold, the world suffers the Crucifixion. How shall you endure if you do not have Me?
Behold, the Crucifixion is upon My children. Cling unto Me, that all Scripture may be fulfilled! For behold, I Come!
Message Six-Hundred-eleven, April 15, 1995
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Beloved Hidden Flower of My Mother's Immaculate Heart, I am here with you. I bless you for your trust and belief, despite the cruel ridicule of those whose hearts are lukewarm.
On this Holy Saturday each of My children should meditate upon the degree of your faith. Examine well your conscience. Have you spent this Holy Week in My company, traveling the most sorrowful Way of My Sacred Cross? Have you stayed with Me throughout the sorrow and have you asked for an increase in faith?
How those whom I had called needed faith on this long day of mourning and waiting. Their prayers did flow from tears and I heard them. Even then I was preparing all to receive in more abundance the necessary graces for faith to ripen and fully bloom when they would acknowledge that I had truly risen, Glorified!
This is for you a time of prayer filled with hope abounding in Me, Who Am. If you have such faith, hope and love, you shall not be found wanting, nor will you fear, for I shall be with you through it all!
Prepare with fervent prayer and penance for I Come!
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Events this weekend in Church History
Sunday we commemorate the death nineteen hundred and thirty-two years ago of the Apostle Saint Peter who was crucified upside down on August 1, 67 A.D. It is the date of consensus from most historians of the early Church. He chose to be crucified upside down after being thrown into prison in chains in Rome. His rationale was that he was not worthy to die in the same manner as his Master. Many believe he was crucified on Vatican Hill in which his blood became the foundation for the Church to which he was appointed the first Pope by Our Lord For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Historical Events in Church Annals for July 30:
Death of Saint Peter Chrysologus, bishop and Doctor of the Church. For more on him, see WEEKEND LITURGY.
Death of Saint Olaf Skottkonung, king of Sweden. Not to be confused with Saint Olaf, king of Norway, this Olaf was converted by Saint Sigfrid and established Christianity in Sweden. It was one of the few cases in history where two saints fought each other in battle as in the case of both kings in which Olaf of Sweden defeated Olaf of Norway. When he refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, rebellious followers murdered Olaf of Sweden in Stockholm.
Death of Blessed Anthony della Chiesa, a Dominican priest from Vercelli in northern Italy.
Historical Events in Church Annals for July 31:
Pope Saint Sixtus III is elected as the 44th successor of Peter following the death of Pope Saint Celestine I. Sixtus was the author of several epistles and upheld the jurisdiction of Rome over Illyria against the Eastern Emperor who wanted it dependent on Constantinople. It was Sixtus who enlarged and embellished the Basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. Lawrence.
Death of Saint Germanus of Auxerre, bishop and governor of Gaul who baptized thousands of Britons in the army he led against the Picts and Saxons. He died in Ravenna.
King Richard the Lionheart retakes Jaffa from the Saladin during the Third Crusade.
Beirut falls to the Mameluks, ending the Latin presence forever in Palestine and Syria.
Christopher Columbus discovers the island of Trinidad.
Death of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, religious founder of the Jesuits. For more see WEEKEND LITURGY
Historical Events in Church Annals for August 1:
Death of Saint Peter the Apostle by inverted crucifixion. This is the date many historians attribute to the great apostle's martyrdom when he was thrown in chains and then opted to be crucified upside down since he didn't feel worthy of being crucified as Jesus had been.
Death of Saint Ethelwold, Bishop of Winchester who, along with Saint Dunstan and Saint Oswald, was responsible for the restoration of monasticism in England. He also is known for translating the rule of Saint Benedict into English.
Peter the Hermit, who was chosen to lead the First Crusade after the death of Laszlo, leads his charges into Constantinople on this day.
The "lay investiture" controversy is settled by an assembly of bishops, abbots and nobles when the Holy Roman Emperor Henry II and Saint Anselm were reconciled. The former agreed to renounce his right to the investiture of bishops and abbots, and the saint agreed to the clergy paying homage to the king for their temporal possessions. It was upheld by Pope Paschal II.
Pope Benedict XIV issues his tenth encyclical Quod Provinciale, intended for the bishops of Albania on the alarming use of Christians taking Muslim names.
Death of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Religious Founder and Doctor of the Church. For more, see THIS WEEKEND'S LITURGY
This weekend we commemorate Ordinary Time while also celebrating in order, the Feast of Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church on Friday; the Feast of the main founder of the Society of Jesus Saint Ignatius of Loyola on Saturday; the Feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church on Sunday even though it is superseded by the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and Monday's Ordinary Time liturgy and the Feast of Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on all these feasts, click on LITURGY
Friday, July 30, 1999
Friday July 30:
Seventeenth Friday in Ordinary Time and
Feast of Saint Peter Chrysologos, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Green or white vestments
First Reading: Leviticus 23: 1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37
Psalms: Psalm 81: 2-6, 10-11
Gospel Reading: Matthew 13: 54-58
FEAST OF SAINT PETER CHRYSOLOGUS, BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
Born in 380, Saint Peter Chrysologus was Bishop of Ravenna, Italy during the Council of Ephesus in which he defended the Blessed Mother's title of Theotokos - Mother of God. He was also influential with the empress Gallia Placidia who had built his church of St. John the Evangelist through the influence of the Emperor Constantine. However Peter frequently rebuked her for the annual carnival, admonishing "They who delight in the devil cannot rejoice in Christ." Through his edification and preaching many abandoned their libidious ways and turned their attention to the Gospel which Peter preached relentlessly and how the Incarnate Word related with their current situations. Peter, who was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XIII in 1729, said of the role of Bishop: "He obeys the king, he collaborates with those in power, he respects the elderly, he is kind to youth, he loves his companions, he is affectionate toward children, he imitates Christ in his generous service to all." Ever the promoter of orthodox teaching and total loyalty to Holy Mother Church, Peter passed on peacefully to his Heavenly reward in 451 at the age of 71.
Saturday, July 31, 1999
Saturday July 31:
Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest and Religious Founder of the Jesuits
First Reading: Leviticus 25: 1, 8-17
Psalms: Psalm 67: 2-5, 7-8
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14: 1-12
FEAST OF SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA, PRIEST AND RELIGIOUS FOUNDER
The founder of the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits, was born in Guipuzcoa, Spain in 1491, the
youngest of eleven children. Saint Ignatius Lopez of Loyola did not realize what great mission God had in store for him until, while recovering from a battle injury at Pamplona in 1521, he began reading "The Life of Christ" by Ludolph of Saxony. It was during this time that two people came into his life that would alter the course of history and his life forever. First, the heresy of the monk Martin Luther who Ignatius realized had to be thwarted; and secondly, through prayer for direction, Our Lady appeared to him in a vision requesting he make a pilgrimage to Montserrat where the famous Madonna statue resided at the Benedictine Abbey. Shortly after she imparted the the idea of his now famous and simple Spiritual Exercises which he made a first draft of in 1522. His life would reflect the course of the Jesuits which he was about to found. After a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, he returned to study Latin at the University of Alcala in Spain but was imprisoned on the false charges of being an illuminist. He fled to Salamanca where again he was prosecuted through a kangaroo court and jailed. Freed seven years later, he journed to Paris where he completed his studies. Then in 1534, four years after the Diet of Augsburg, Ignatius gathered six companions including his friend Saint Francis Xavier in the chapel at Montmartre to form the Society of Jesus, vowing poverty and chastity, and offering themselves to the Holy Father as he wished to use them. Though they had intended to go to the Holy Land to preach the Gospel, political circumstances prevented this journey. It was to be providential as Ignatius was ordained in 1538 and two years later the Jesuits were approved by Pope Paul III in his papal bull Regimini Militantes Ecclesiae. Raised to be a soldier, Ignatius truly became a "soldier of Christ" as did his Order of which he became the first Superior General in 1551, a year after the definitive Constitution of the Jesuits had been approved by Pope Jules III. During a general meeting of the Society in 1556, Ignatius, at the age of 65, passed away peacefully. From the beginning the Jesuits had dedicated their ministry to defending the Pope and fighting the heresies that threatened Holy Mother Church. While Martin Luther was effecting millions of defectors from Holy Mother Church, God raised up a man who would conversely convert millions more through his Society's commitment of imparting thorough knowledge of the One, True Faith.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 1999
Though today's Feast is superseded by the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, it is traditionally the Feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Religious Founder and Doctor of the Church:
First Reading: Isaiah 55: 1-3
Psalms: Psalm 145: 8-9, 15-18
Second Reading: Romans 8: 35, 37-39
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14: 13-21
FEAST OF SAINT ALPHONSUS LIGUORI, BISHOP, RELIGIOUS FOUNDER AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
Continuing in this month rampant with Religious Founders, we celebrate the life of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, who founded the Redemptorists in 1732 in Tuscany near Naples, Italy where he had been born in 1696. Alphonsus lived a long, productive life, dying at the ripe old age of 91. During this time he became known as the patron of moral theologians and confessors, which was posthumously bestowed on him by the Church in 1839 upon his canonization by Pope Gregory XVI and in 1871 Pope Pius IX proclaimed Alphonsus a Doctor of the Church. Alphonsus, a learned man with a law degree, spurned the world and was ordained a priest in 1726 at the age of 30. At first he had designs on becoming an Oratorian but decided against it in favor of remaining a diocesan priest. As Providence would have it, while training missionaries at the local college seminary, Alphonsus met Father Tom Falcoia who was sponsoring an order of nuns. Fr. Falcoia would later become the bishop. While preaching a retreat to Fr. Falcoia's nuns, one of the nuns confided in Fr. Alphonsus a vision she had had about the order. After much prayer Alphonsus discerned this message was from Heaven and, with Fr. Falcoia's consent, set about to fulfill the message which concerned changing the rule and habit. It was the beginning of the Redemptoristines. Pleased with Alphonsus' direction, Bishop Falcoia asked him to begin an order of priests in the same vein. Thus began the Redemptorists or Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer which was approved by Pope Benedict XIV in 1749 despite early dissension and opposition from jealous ecclesiatics. Throughout his lifetime Alphonsus was a master moral theologian, publishing many of his works and inspiring many. In 1762, against his wishes because he would have to relinquish control as Superior General of his congregation, he was consecrated Bishop of Benevento. There he served Holy Mother Church until, at the age of 79 he retired to a village near Naples where he suffered mental, physical and spiritual pangs because of the dissensions within his beloved congregation he had founded. Saddened, but full of trust in God, he handed it all over to Our Lord and died peacefully in 1787.
Monday, August 2, 1999
Monday August 2:
Eighteenth Monday in Ordinary Time and
Feast of Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop and
Feast of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Priest and Religious Founder
Green or white vestments
First Reading: Numbers 11: 4-15
Psalms: Psalm 81: 2, 12-17
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14: 22-36
FEAST OF SAINT EUSEBIUS OF VERCELLI, BISHOP
This first Bishop of Vercelli, Italy was Saint Eusebius who was born around 283, was the first to suffer an "unbloody martyrdom" resulting from being exiled for refusing to sign the document which the Arians circulated after the Synod of Milan in 355 condemning the holy Saint Athanasius. While in exile, Eusebius journed to Palestine, Egypt, Alexandria and Antioch remaining always loyal to the Son of God and His Vicar on earth. With the Arian heresy suppressed, Eusebius was invited back with open arms to resume his episcopacy as the first Bishop of Vercelli where he passed on to his Heavenly reward on the evening of August 1, 371.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola we present the Preface for the Mass in his honor:
You called St. Ignatius to associate himself with Your Son so that, inflamed with love for him, he would inspire countless souls to seek Your greater glory, to promote greater service to you throughout the world, and to offer Your people a Company marked with apostolic love in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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