Above: Poland in 1660
SAINT ANDREW BOBOLA (1591-1657)
His feast transferred from May 16
Divisions in organized Christianity are most unfortunate. Many seem to be unavoidable because of the realities of human nature and variety of opinion, but remain unfortunate nevertheless. Among the oldest of such schisms is the Roman Catholic-Eastern Orthodox split, which as led to violence, as in the case of St. Josaphat Kuntsevych (https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/feast-of-st-josaphat-november-12/).
Today, however, I focus on St. Andrew Bobola, a Polish aristocrat born at Sondomir. He joined the Jesuits at Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1611. Ordained in 1622, he served as a parish priest there for eight years. In 1630 the saint became Superior of the Jesuit house at Bobrinsk. There, in the 1630s, he cared for people during an outbreak of plague. From 1636 to 1657 the saint engaged in missionary work among the Orthodox, inspiring faith in many and enmity in others.
Cossack raids in Poland forced the Jesuits there into hiding. Thus it happened that, in 1652, the saint became Superior of a house for fugitive Jesuits and Pinsk. Five years later, Cossacks raided Pinsk and captured the saint. He refused to renounce his faith, thus he suffered tortures then martyrdom and Janow.
The Roman Catholic Church canonized St. Andrew Bobola in 1938. He is the patron of Poland and the Archdiocese of Warsaw.
Above: The Modern Polish Flag
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
APRIL 16, 2012 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINT BERNADETTE OF LOURDES, ROMAN CATHOLIC NUN
THE FEAST OF ISABELLA GILMORE, ANGLICAN DEACONESS
THE FEAST OF SAINT WILLIAM FIRMATUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT
Almighty God, who gave your servant Saint Andrew Bobola
boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of the world, and courage to die for this faith:
Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Esdras 2:42-48
Psalm 126 or 121
1 Peter 3;14-18, 22
—Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 713