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Unbelievable! Dead Newborn Baby Comes Back To Life After Doctor Prayed To Mother Theresa

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The Story Of The 26 Year-Old Filipino Jesuit On The Road To Sainthood

The Story Of The 26 Year-Old Filipino Jesuit On The Road To Sainthood

Brother Richie Fernando was a 26 year-old Jesuit seminarian from the Philippines when in 1996 he died protecting his Cambodian students from a hand grenade.Brother Richie Fernando was a 26 year-old Jesuit seminarian from the Philippines when in 1996 he died protecting his Cambodian students from a hand grenade.
He is now on the road to sainthood, thanks to a norm issued by Pope Francis this summer that opens the door to canonization for those who have “voluntarily and freely offered their lives for others and have persevered until death in this regard.”

Father Antonio Moreno, head of the Jesuits in the Philippines, told Rappler July 30 that the order had received permission to begin the initial work of opening Brother Fernando’s cause for canonization.
Brother Richard (Richie) Fernando, S.J., arrived in Cambodia in 1995 to serve at a Jesuit mission which served people who had been disabled by polio, landmines, or other accidents.
According to the Jesuits of the Asia Pacific Conference, Richie quickly earned the trust of his young students as he learned their native language and took the time to listen to their stories of suffering.

One of his students was an orphan named Sarom, who became a soldier at 16 and was maimed by a landmine. Even while some at the mission found Sarom’s attitude troublesome, Richie wrote in letters to friends that Sarom still had a place in his heart.
On October 17, 1996, Sarom came to the mission school for a meeting with the school director and staff. While he had finished classes, he had asked to continue at the school, though his request was denied because school officials found him disruptive.

Angered, Sarom suddenly reached into his bag and pulled out a grenade, and moved towards a classroom full of students. The windows of the classroom were barred, so the students were trapped.
Brother Richie stepped behind Sarom and grabbed him to prevent him from throwing the grenade.
“Let me go, teacher; I do not want to kill you,” Sarom pleaded. But he dropped the grenade, and it fell behind him and Brother Richie, exploding and killing the Jesuit, who fell over Sarom, protecting him and everyone else in the school from the blast.

Just four days before he died, Riche had written a long letter to his friend and fellow Jesuit, Totet Banaynal SJ: “I know where my heart is. It is with Jesus Christ, who gave all for the poor, the sick, the orphan … I am confident that God never forgets his people: our disabled brothers and sisters. And I am glad that God has been using me to make sure that our brothers and sisters know this fact. I am convinced that this is my vocation.”
He had also once written about death in a retreat diary, in which he said: “I wish, when I die, people remember not how great, powerful, or talented I was, but that I served and spoke for the truth, I gave witness to what is right, I was sincere in all my works and actions, in other words, I loved and followed Christ,”
In 1997, Richie’s parents wrote to King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia, asking pardon for Sarom. Again, Sarom said he had never wanted to kill Richie, who he considered a friend.

While the Philippines is a Catholic-majority country, the island nation only claims two canonized saints thus far, both of whom died in the 17th century: St. Lorenzo Ruiz, a martyr of Nagasaki, and St. Pedro Calungsod, a martyr of Guam.
However, numerous causes have been opened in recent years, with many people in the various steps of the process of canonization.

On July 31, the feast of Jesuit founder St. Ignatius of Loyola, Fr. Moreno said Richie is among many Jesuits who have imitated Saint Ignatius, “offering themselves in the self-sacrificing service of God and his people.”
In his memo to the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Moreno noted that “various expressions of devotion to Richie have sprung up and continued, not just in the Philippines and Cambodia but in other places as well.”

This includes a Facebook group in his honor, named: “Friends of Bro. Richie R. Fernando SJ.”
The next step for Brother Richie’s cause involves building a compelling case for his life of virtue through his writings, talks, and interviews with those who knew him, among other things.
“I ask the prayers of all in the Province to beg the Lord’s gracious assistance in this process that, if he so wills, it may prosper for the benefit of his people,” Fr. Moreno said.

Sister Zdenka: The Martyr Who Defied Communists Rule To Smuggle Priests To Safety.

Sister Zdenka: The Martyr Who Defied Communists Rule To Smuggle Priests To Safety.

A martyr who defied Communist rule: Sister Zdenka smuggled priests to safety

Do not be afraid to suffer,” she said. “God always gives the necessary strength and courage.”

Some saints would have seemed absolutely ordinary had they not lived in extraordinary times. Blessed Zdenka Schelingová was just such a one, a good sister who was forced to greatness by the circumstances of her life.

Born to a large Croatian family in 1916, Cecilia (her baptismal name) and her 9 siblings learned to love the Lord from their parents. When she was 12, the Sisters of Charity of the Holy Cross arrived to teach at her school and Cecilia was smitten. By 15, she had persuaded her parents to let her enter.

Accompanied by her mother, she traveled to the motherhouse to ask admission but was told she had to finish her schooling first, studying nursing and radiology. For nearly five years, Cecilia did just that until she was finally permitted to enter in 1936. The following year, she took the name Sister Zdenka.

From there, Sr. Zdenka’s life proceeded as expected. She moved through the novitiate, professed vows, and began to work in the radiology department of the hospital where the community served. But greatness doesn’t come all of a sudden—it’s built over the course of years of obedience, sacrifice, and prayer. For 15 years, Sr. Zdenka lived a life poured out for Christ and his people, saying, “In my hospital service, I go from the altar of God to the altar of my work.”

It was these years of ordinary faithfulness that prepared Sr. Zdenka for the trial that was to come. Throughout her life, her homeland had been in turmoil. When the Communists took over from the Nazis, the situation for the Church went from bad to worse. Religious orders were disbanded. Priests fled the country. Those who helped them flee were convicted of treason.

The Church asked priests and religious not to resist the restrictions imposed on them by the Communist government. Always obedient, Sr. Zdenka did as she was told. Until one day, when compliance would cost a man’s life. At that point, her years of faithfulness bore fruit in heroism.

A condemned priest was brought to the hospital where she worked; hearing that he was bound for Siberia and death, Sr. Zdenka slipped sleeping pills into the tea of the guard on duty and smuggled the priest out of the hospital and on his way to safety, guided by contacts of hers who would help him over the border into Austria. Immediately afterwards, she went to the chapel, knelt before the Blessed Sacrament, and prayed, “Jesus, I offer my life for his. Save him!”

It seems her sacrifice was accepted; only a few days later, Sr. Zdenka attempted to smuggle three priests and three seminarians out of the country and was caught, arrested, and thrown into prison. Sentenced to 12 years, she was routinely tortured as guards tried to force her to become a spy for them or to share the names of her accomplices. She was strangled, beaten, thrown into solitary confinement. She was kicked repeatedly in the right breast, which was torn apart and later became cancerous. She was given a partial mastectomy in a prison hospital without anesthesia.

And yet, with all this suffering, Sr. Zdenka clung to hope. “Do not be afraid to suffer,” she said. “God always gives the necessary strength and courage.” Moved from one freezing, filthy prison to another, it soon became clear that her health was declining rapidly. Rather than allow her to die in prison and seem a martyr to the people, officials released her.

But Sr. Zdenka’s suffering didn’t end when she left prison. She had already learned that her fellow sisters saw her attempts to save the lives of priests as acts of disobedience; the sisters had been ordered not to resist and Sr. Zdenka had been slandered as a renegade. Unsure what welcome she would receive, Sr. Zdenka made her way to the hospital she had worked at in Bratislava. She asked to be allowed in and was told that the superior feared what the police would say if they were seen to be consorting with a convict. Her motherhouse said the same, and this bride of Christ who had offered her whole life to him found herself homeless and dying, abandoned because she had been faithful to God’s laws.

Finally, Sr. Zdenka found a home with her friend Apolonia. Only a week later, she was taken to a hospital where she died at the age of 38. Just before she died, she looked to her friend Apolonia and said, “Forgiveness is the greatest thing in life.”

Sr. Zdenka was later pardoned by the authorities and declared a martyr by the Church. But this martyrdom was only possible because of her willingness to make small sacrifices and be obedient in small things.

On July 31, the feast of Blessed Zdenka Schelingová, let’s ask her intercession that we would live holy ordinary lives in preparation for the call we may one day hear to do something extraordinary. Blessed Zdenka Schelingová, pray for us!

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Meg Hunter-Kilmer For Aleteia.

11 Fascinating Facts About The Life Of St. Catherine Of Sienna.

11 Fascinating Facts About The Life Of St. Catherine Of Sienna.

St. Catherine of Sienne


11 Fascinating Facts About the Life of St. Catherine of Siena.

April 29th
is the feast day of the great St. Catherine of Siena.
Here are 11 things you (probably) didn’t know about the life of this incredible saint:
1) She had a twin.


Though it’s not clear whether they were identical or not, St. Catherine had a twin sister, Giovanna. They were born prematurely when her mother was forty years old.
Unfortunately, Giovanna died in infancy. Her mother had another child two years later and named that child Giovanna as well.
2) She had 24 siblings.

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