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Old 07-07-2007, 11:46 AM   #1
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For all my fellow Catholics, this is from Beliefnet.

Not much is known of the early life of Emmanuel Ruiz, but details of his heroic death in defense of the faith have come down to us.

Born of humble parents in Santander, Spain, he became a Franciscan priest and served as a missionary in Damascus. This was at a time when anti-Christian riots shook Syria and thousands lost their lives in just a short time.

Among these were Emmanuel, superior of the Franciscan convent, seven other friars and three laymen. When a menacing crowd came looking for the men, they refused to renounce their faith and become Muslims. The men were subjected to horrible tortures before their martyrdom.

Emmanuel, his brother Franciscans and the three Maronite laymen were beatified in 1926 by Pope Pius XI.
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Well, in other cases women and men went through horrible torture and an unbelievable martyrdom for they didn't want to admit that they are a witch, or didn't want to retract their findings bout the shape of the earth, or the fallacy of the bible.

Let's praise both for their commitment to their faith, belief, knowledge or just to not being a witch.
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:30 PM   #3
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Not being a witch.......it was the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony who did the Salem witch trials, after all.
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I can't believe beliefnet would paint muslims in such a horrible light.
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I can't believe beliefnet would paint muslims in such a horrible light.
They're just being descriptive. Beliefnet has a Muslim section, too.
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franciscans!!!
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Veronica’s desire to be like Christ crucified was answered with the stigmata.

Veronica was born in Mercatelli. It is said that when her mother Benedetta was dying she called her five daughters to her bedside and entrusted each of them to one of the five wounds of Jesus. Veronica was entrusted to the wound below Christ’s heart.

At the age of 17, Veronica joined the Poor Clares directed by the Capuchins. Her father had wanted her to marry, but she convinced him to allow her to become a nun. In her first years in the monastery, she worked in the kitchen, infirmary, sacristy and served as portress. At the age of 34, she was made novice mistress, a position she held for 22 years. When she was 37, Veronica received the stigmata. Life was not the same after that.

Church authorities in Rome wanted to test Veronica’s authenticity and so conducted an investigation. She lost the office of novice mistress temporarily and was not allowed to attend Mass except on Sundays or holy days. Through all of this Veronica did not become bitter, and the investigation eventually restored her as novice mistress.

Though she protested against it, at the age of 56 she was elected abbess, an office she held for 11 years until her death. Veronica was very devoted to the Eucharist and to the Sacred Heart. She offered her sufferings for the missions. Veronica was canonized in 1839.

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Thomas of Celano says of Francis: "All the pleasures of the world were a cross to him, because he carried the cross of Christ rooted in his heart. And therefore the stigmata shone forth exteriorly in his flesh, because interiorly that deeply set root was sprouting forth from his mind" (2 Celano, #211).

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Capuchins!

by the way, what are the Five Wounds of Jesus?
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It is unfortunate that no contemporary biography was written of a man who has exercised measureless influence on monasticism in the West. Benedict is well recognized in the later Dialogues of St. Gregory, but these are sketches to illustrate miraculous elements of his career.

Benedict was born of a distinguished family in central Italy, studied at Rome and early in life was drawn to the monastic life. At first he became a hermit, leaving a depressing world—pagan armies on the march, the Church torn by schism, people suffering from war, morality at a low ebb.

He soon realized that he could not live a hidden life in a small town any better than in a large city, so he withdrew to a cave high in the mountains for three years. Some monks chose him as their leader for a while, but found his strictness not to their taste. Still, the shift from hermit to community life had begun for him. He had an idea of gathering various families of monks into one “Grand Monastery” to give them the benefit of unity, fraternity, permanent worship in one house. Finally he began to build what was to become one of the most famous monasteries in the world—Monte Cassino, commanding three narrow valleys running toward the mountain.

The Rule that gradually developed prescribed a life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labor and living together in community under a common father (abbot). Benedictine asceticism is known for its moderation, and Benedictine charity has always shown concern for the people in the surrounding countryside. In the course of the Middle Ages, all monasticism in the West was gradually brought under the Rule of St. Benedict.

Today the Benedictine family is represented by two branches: the Benedictine Federation and the Cistercians.

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“Rightly, then, the liturgy is considered as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ. In the liturgy the sanctification of man is manifested by signs perceptible to the senses...; in the liturgy full public worship is performed by the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Head and his members.
“From this it follows that every liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the priest and of his Body the Church, is a sacred action, surpassing all others” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 7).


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So, what did she do? Miracles or something? I don't get it.
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It's a "he" and he founded the Benedictine order, one of the most important orders in the world, and one of the biggest:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benedict_of_Nursia
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It's a "he" and he founded the Benedictine order, one of the most important orders in the world, and one of the biggest:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benedict_of_Nursia
they may be important and big, but they aren't nearly as cool as franciscans
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But they are making good beer in the Andechs monastery, according to my father. And he never was a great fan of beer.
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But they are making good beer in the Andechs monastery, according to my father. And he never was a great fan of beer.
hmm, good point! It t akes a lot to get convince someone who isn't a big fan.

But I must also point out that Smithwick's was originally brewed by Franciscans.
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