Saturday, April 19, 2003

From A conservative blog for peace correspondent Lee Penn
US forces encourage looting
by Ole Rothenborg, Dagens Nyheter, Sweden's largest circulation daily

But there is still some good in the world:
Carlos Santana’s official site
¡Gracias a Dios! A master musician for 35 years and the elder statesman of Latino fusion rock. He deserved that Grammy four years ago (long overdue).

About the last Hapsburg emperor of Austria-Hungary:
The Emperor Karl League of Prayers for Peace Among Nations
The Vatican is considering his cause for sainthood and on April 12 declared he was of heroic virtue and named him 'venerable'.

World War I was evil. Period. Note it knocked out both apostolic Christian emperors in Europe, dethroning Austria-Hungary's and marytring (murdering) the Tsar of Russia. (The late Fr Seraphim [Rose], Russian Orthodox, saw the latter event as supremely important, opening the door to the antichrist.) It directly paved the way for Hitler and, worse, the Soviet empire and, longer lasting (continuing today), it passed the baton of world power from the nominally Christian British Empire (it helps to remember that this world empire, not exactly moral, was the creation of Protestant, not medieval, Britain) to its secular offspring (a product of English Protestantism and its sequential movement, the English 'Enlightenment'), what was fast becoming the American empire.

April 19th (Roman Rite)
St Alphege (Also known as Elphege)
Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 954-1012

Saint Elphege was born in the year 954, of a noble Saxon family. He became a
monk in the monastery of Deerhurst, near Tewkesbury, England, and afterwards
lived as a hermit near Bath, where he founded a community under the rule of
Saint Benedict and became its first abbot.

At thirty years of age he was chosen Bishop of Winchester, and twenty-two
years later became Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1011, when the Danes landed
in Kent and took the city of Canterbury, putting all to fire and sword,
Saint Elphege was captured and carried off in the expectation of a large
ransom. He was, however, unwilling that his ruined church and people should
be put to such expense, and was therefore kept in prison at Greenwich for
seven months.

While he was thus confined, some friends came and urged him to impose a tax
upon his tenants to raise the sum demanded for his ransom. "What reward can
I hope for," said he, "if I spend upon myself what belongs to the poor?
Better give to the poor what is ours, than take from them the little which
is their own." He continued to refuse to exact a ransom, and the enraged
Danes finally fell upon him in a fury, beat him with the blunt sides of
their weapons, and bruised him with stones. One whom the Saint had baptized
shortly before, put an end to his sufferings by the blow of an axe. He died
on Easter Saturday, April 19, 1012; his last words were a prayer for his
murderers.

His body was first buried in Saint Paul's, London, but was afterwards
translated to Canterbury by King Canute. A church dedicated to Saint Elphege
still stands upon the place of his martyrdom at Greenwich.

Reflection. Those who are in high position should consider themselves as
stewards rather than masters of the wealth or power entrusted to them for
the benefit of the poor and weak. Saint Elphege died rather than extort his
ransom from the poor tenants of the Church lands.

Source: Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on
Butler's Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea
(Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894).

Spiritual Bouquet: What does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world,
but suffers the loss of his own soul? St. Matthew 16:26

Other Martyrs of the Faith

At Corinth, the birthday of St. Timon, one of the seven first deacons (of
Jerusalem) (Acts 6:5) He first took up his abode as a teacher at Berea; spreading
the word of the Lord from there, he came to Corinth. There, he is said to
have been cast into the flames by the Jews and Greeks, but was in no wise
hurt. He at last completed his martyrdom by crucifixion.

At Melitine in Armenia, the holy martyrs Hermogenes, Caius, Expeditus,
Aristonicus, Rufus, and Galata, who were all crowned on the same day.

At Collioure in the Spanish Archdiocese of Tarragona, the suffering of
St. Vincent, martyr. (Actually, Collioure is on the French side of the Pyrenees; but long
ago, the Diocese of Perpignan to which it belongs was a suffragan of
Tarragona; hence the rather confusing reference in the Martyrology.)

On the same day, the holy martyrs Socrates and Dionysius, who were pierced
with lances.

At Jerusalem, St. Paphnutius, martyr.

At Rome, Pope St. Leo IX, noted for his virtues and miracles.

At Antioch in Pisidia, St. George, bishop, who for his veneration of holy
images died in exile.

In the monastery of Lobbes in Belgium, St. Ursmar, bishop.

At Florence, St. Crescentius, confessor, who was a disciple of Bishop St.
Zenobius.

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