<MP>Thursday, 21 May 2009

  • From: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 18:12:21 -0500

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     From Father Pat Umberger

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St. Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions (d. 1915-1928) 
Like Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, S.J., Cristóbal and his 24 companion
martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico, one
determined to weaken the Catholic faith of its people. Churches, schools and
seminaries were closed; foreign clergy were expelled. Cristóbal established
a clandestine seminary at Totatiche, Jalisco. Magallanes and the other
priests were forced to minister secretly to Catholics during the presidency
of Plutarco Calles (1924-28).
All of these martyrs except three were diocesan priests. David, Manuel and
Salvador were laymen who died with their parish priest, Luis Batis. All of
these martyrs belonged to the Cristero movement, pledging their allegiance
to Christ and to the Church that he established to spread the Good News in
society?even if Mexico's leaders once made it a crime to receive Baptism or
celebrate the Mass.  For more, follow the link below:

Saint of the Day: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/SaintofDay/ 

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When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began to occupy
himself totally with preaching the word, testifying to the Jews that the
Christ was Jesus. When they opposed him and reviled him, he shook out his
garments and said to them,
?Your blood be on your heads! I am clear of responsibility. From now on I
will go to the Gentiles.? ~Acts 18:1-8

?Are you discussing with one another what I said, 'A little while and you
will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me?? Amen, amen,
I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will
grieve, but your grief will become joy.? ~John 16:16-20

Scriptures: http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/

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Paul and his companions had success in preaching and reaching out to those
who didn't believe.  When some wouldn't listen, he went to those who would
... and became the great Apostle to the Gentiles. All the things that were
happening were confusing to people.  Still, Jesus and Paul comforted them
and helped them understand that God would be with them always, and that
grief would become joy!

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I pray that I may believe more fervently.  I pray that I may be an
evangelizer too, reaching out to those far from God and far from the Church
and inviting them to come closer.  I pray that I may always be a person of
hope, knowing God's presence with me always!

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We pray for unity in our country and that we may build a Culture of Life. We
pray for the safety of our troops, their safe return and their families at
home.  We pray for a deep and profound respect for life, and for the courage
and willingness to stand up for life. We pray for one another, for those who
have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. Have a
good day!

May God Bless you and those you love, and keep you safe!

Father Pat

      "Be still and know that I am God." ~Psalm 46:10

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