|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.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:
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.
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.