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Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin’s Speech Before He was Kidnapped

July 16th, 2012

Please pray for Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin! He was taken from his parish after his ordination and has not been heard from since.  He may be China’s latest Catholic martyr! Below is an English translation of his ordination speech, as translated by Asia News.  May God bless this brave and holy Bishop!!

From: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Brave-Shanghai-auxiliary-takes-%E2%80%9Cperiod-of-rest%E2%80%9D-in-seminary-25234.html

CHINA – VATICAN
Brave Shanghai auxiliary takes “period of rest” in seminary
by Jian Mei

Full text of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai’s Vote of thanks:

 “Most Respectful His Excellency Bishop Jin, All the brothers and sisters:

Greetings to all of you.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your blessing. You have given me countless grace, and today you have chosen me, a very humble man, a weak one.

I thank God for His grace. Today, thank you Bishop Jin, under such hot weather (34 degree Celsius), came to ordain me. I also thank the other two co-consecrators Bishop Xu and Bishop Shen. Bishop Jin, I wholeheartedly accept your laying of hands and your blessings.

Thank you for all bishops and priests, as well as all the seminarians, sisters and the faithful in the church, especially those traveled here from afar. Your presence has given me confidence and strength. During this time, you have incessantly prayed for our diocese and for me, a humble and small one with shallow knowledge. My parents and the elderly in the family have nurtured me since childhood with our Church tradition and faith. Since I entered the seminary, I have been following the traditional Church education that our ancestors and predecessors observed. I will work hard and dedicate my whole life to follow the example of Jesus and to become a Good Shepherd.

May I also thank those priests, sisters, seminarians and laypeople who have not been in this Eucharist, because of limitation of seats or of other reasons. God does not see the appearance but understand one’s heart, and justice is revealed there. Man proposes, but it is God who will make things happen. I would like to let you know: I love you! Please pray for each other! (Long applause.)

The motto of my coat-of-arms came from two famous quotations. The first one is what Bishop Jin always taught us during our seminary days. It is a quote borrowed from Saint Ignatius – “For the Greater Glory of God” (Ad majorem Dei gloriam). In this present moment, in this place, we have to choose a way that will serve God with greater glory.

The second quotation I selected is “We are one”. I hope everyone, in our heart, will respond to Jesus Christ’s teachings to the Apostles: “May all be one!” I will spend my whole life to strive for unity.

In the light of the teaching of Our Mother Church, as I now serve as a bishop, I should focus on the pastoral work and evangelization. It is inconvenient for me to take on certain responsibilities. Therefore, from this day of consecration, I will no longer be convenient to be a member of the Patriotic Association. (Warm applause resounded through the church, over and over again; many participants were moved to tears!)”

 May we be one. For the Greater Glory of God!”

For more information, also see:

http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2012/s12070086.htm

and

http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/homepage/world-news/detail/articolo/cina-china-vaticano-vatican-16706/

 

 

 

 

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Fortnight for Religous Freedom

June 23rd, 2012

Please join us in prayer from now until July 4th for religious freedom in America!

From the USCCB site:

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer Resources

For daily reflections, go to http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/fortnight-for-freedom-reflections.cfm

For more information http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/

and http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/

 

Quote for the Day

“The challenge facing you, dear friends, is to increase people’s awareness of the importance for society of religious freedom; to defend that freedom against those who would take religion out of the public domain and establish secularism as America’s official faith.  And it is vitally necessary for the very survival of the American experience, to transmit to the next generation the precious legacy of religious freedom and the convictions which sustain it.”—  Blessed John Paul II, 1995 Baltimore, Basilica of the Assumption 


 

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Today’s Gospel: Do What is Right, Trust God, Be Concerned for One Another

March 6th, 2012

 

Readings for Today:

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20

Psalms 50; 8-9, 16-17, 21-23

Gospel:  Matthew 23: 1-12

See http://www.catholic.org/bible/daily_reading/

 

Here is the link to Pope Benedict’s Message for Lent 2012

http://www.vatican.va/liturgical_year/lent/2012/index_en.htm

May God bless you today and keep you in the palm of His hand.

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Do Not Lose Heart! Never Despair, but Always Persevere in Prayer

October 24th, 2010

From Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI:

“God is generosity itself.  He is merciful, and so He is always willing to listen to prayers.

Therefore, we must never despair, but always persevere in prayer.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23O0UFVn-lw

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