We are pleased to share with our blog readers this series of Mission Reports (the latest one is Mission Report #7) that highlight the restoration efforts of the Mission Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus in Mouila, Gabon, Africa, written by Rev. Canon Henry Fragelli. Canon Fragelli briefly served the Institute Apostolate of St. Margaret Mary’s in Oakland a few months from late 2011-2012.
As the Bishop of the Diocese of Mouila, the late Monsignor Obamba gave the Mission Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus to the Institute of Christ the King in 1988, to be the founding place of the Institute. Within two or three years Cardinal Piovannelli (Bishop of the Diocese of Florence, Italy) invited the Institute to establish its headquarters and seminary in Gricigliano in a beautiful Italian villa on the shores of the Arno river. From there, the Institute, being closer to Rome, expanded rapidly taking the international dimensions it has today. Despite no longer being the headquarters of the Institute, the Mission remains the founding place, the “crib” of the Institute. It has also always been one of the most flourishing missions in the African continent—bringing faith and education to countless children and families of the region. For reasons of sickness, financial, and other difficulties, however, the lack of a priest to “hold down the fort” caused the Mission to close at one point but was re-opened on the occasion of it’s 25th anniversary in 2012. It was during this time that Canon Fragelli was assigned for this task of restoring the Mission and has been making significant efforts since then as highlighted on his “Mission Reports” that he sends out periodically. We are very happy to have been given the permission to share with you these Mission reports (PDF files) of which can be accessed here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. We will continue to post future reports as they come along!
In the year 40 A.D., St. James the Greater (the son of Zebedee and the brother of John) was preaching the Gospel in the Roman province of Hispania (Spain) and he was making very few converts. He was quite discouraged and found himself praying one day (January 2, 40) on the banks of the Ebro River in the Roman city of Caesaraugusta (Zaragoza). It was right then and there that James received the first Marian apparition.
Our Blessed Mother, who was still living, appeared to him by bilocation, consoling and encouraging him in his apostolic endeavors. She was standing on a pillar, surrounded by angels, and she promised him that the faith of the Spanish people would be as strong as the pillar upon which she stood. As a pledge of her maternal care, Our Lady gave to him a small wooden statue of herself and a pillar made of jasper. She instructed him to build an oratory at the place as a sign of her special love where great miracles would be worked throughout the ages.
Coming soon to HolyLeague.com, on the Feast of Christ the King, 2014
An architectural gem, the Shrine of Christ the King welcomes visitors from near and far during the Open House Chicago event. This FREE two-day event offers a look inside Chicago’s best- and little-known spaces, October 18-19. Chicago Architecture Foundation’s fourth annual event opens 18 neighborhoods and over 150 sites. The Shrine of Christ the King has been selected for the list. Come visit!
We recently visited Fr. Jeffrey Keyes’ parish, St. Edward’s Church in Newark, CA, on the occasion of the Feast of the Guardian Angels last week. Click the photo above for the picture gallery.
USCCB Chairman Responds to U.S. Court of Appeals Decision
From USCCB.org website
October 8, 2014
WASHINGTON—Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said that the decision on October 7 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit striking down marriage laws in Nevada and Idaho was “astonishingly dismissive” of the rights of children and detrimental to the democratic process.
Archbishop Cordileone said, “In the words of Pope Francis – ’ When striking down the marriage laws of Nevada and Idaho that were approved by the direct vote of large majorities, the Court of Appeals undercut democracy and was astonishingly dismissive of the rights of children as merely being a ‘justification for discrimination.’” The Archbishop continued, “Authentic marriage as the union of one man and one woman is the only institution that unites a man and a woman with each other and with any child who comes from their union. It is rather remarkable that the Court of Appeals was so contemptuous of this fundamental and obvious truth.”
Archbishop Cordileone concluded, “The Church will never cease proclaiming the truth about the human person, created male and female, and the gift of marriage. We will continue to profess these truths with humility but without apology, and we call on the faithful to continue their efforts in this regard.”
Taken from http://infantkingoffering.org/
Holy Simplicity — How to Solve the Needless Complications of Life
Life is complicated. Whether you are filing your taxes, filling out a job application, or going to a family reunion, life is complicated. However, many times we complicate situations needlessly. How many times we allow ourselves to become complicated, only to make matters worse. To find peace of soul in a complicated world, we need that holy virtue so dear to St. Francis de Sales, patron of the Institute. We need the virtue of holy simplicity.
Holiness through the “little virtues”
St. Francis de Sales emphasizes that holiness is to be found in what he calls the “little virtues.” These virtues are well within our reach to practice every day such as charity, gentleness, humility, patience, as well as simplicity. Of these little virtues, simplicity might be the one that we don’t understand so well. For this reason, simplicity is perhaps overlooked, but it is so very important for the complicated world in which we live.
Christ the Infant King: Model of Simplicity
For St. Francis de Sales, simplicity begins with the Infant Child in Bethlehem. God comes to us in the most simple, unpretentious manner possible. God becomes man as a Continue reading