Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin’s Speech Before He was Kidnapped

July 16th, 2012
by goforthandblog

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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