Friday, October 3, 2014

Abbey-Roads: Tenth anniversary of the beatification of Blessed Charles of Austria

Great reminder from Terry @ Abbey-Roads

The Emperor and Empress kneel on the bare railway tracks.
A friend sent me this photo yesterday. October 3 just happens to be the tenth anniversary of the beatification of Blessed Charles of Austria.

Upon seeing the photo I immediately thought of the following story I had seen on Fr. Z's blog:

I received this text message yesterday (Sunday) from a young man who is a member of “Juventutem” and had to go to Seattle for work. When he went to mass there, this is what happened:

“In the Seattle Cathedral I was just denied communion kneeling and made a scene of. He eventually, after a minute standoff scoffed, said I ought to learn obedience, and then threw the Sacred Host sideways into my mouth.”
- Fr. Z

Punished for kneeling. Imagine.
Although the declaration was October 3rd, Andrew Cusack explains in a great article that our Blessed Zita(Charles' wife is declared Servant of God) has more to do with the day chosen to be his feast day:
In many ways Zita’s cause is not a surprise. When Charles of Austria was beatified, October 21 — not his death day but the anniversary of his marriage to Zita — was chosen as his feast day, which suggested the possibility that this married couple might some day be jointly praised on the altars of Christendom.

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