Friday, November 12, 2010

St. Josaphat, Martyr

It is the feast of St. Josaphat the Martyr. There is a fascinating passage in Dom Gueranger's The Liturgical Year, Vol XV for his feast, dealing with the conversion of the Russian Empire. The Liturgical Year was written long before the apparitions at Fatima in 1917, and so the mention of the "conversion of Russia," that is, the return of Russia and the East to the union with the Holy See, is remarkable. (No offense to my many dear Orthodox friends, but I hope our churches are truly united someday.) Here is what Dom Gueranger said over a hundred and fifty years ago, in the days of the tsars:
Russia becoming Catholic would mean an end to Islamism, and the definitive triumph of the cross on the Bosphorus, without any danger to Europe; the Christian empire in the East restored with a glory and a power hitherto unknown; Asia evangelized, not by a few poor isolated priests, but with the help of an authority greater than Charlemagne; and lastly, the Slavonic race brought into unity of faith and aspirations, for its own greater glory. This transformation will be the greatest event of the century that shall see its accomplishment; it will change the face of the world.
One might say the old monk was dreaming, but I thought it interesting in light of what followed.

3 comments:

Terry Nelson said...

I never knew this - thanks for sharing it. I believe Sr. Lucy understood the conversion of Russia meant reunion with Rome as well.

Matterhorn said...

It's fascinating how countries have providential roles to play.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, Terry, I agree.

Yes, Matterhorn, I always remember how in the Old Testament in the book of Daniel it is mentioned how every nation has its own angel.

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