Feast of Blessed Karl Leisner (August 12)   Leave a comment

Above:  Stamp of Blessed Karl Leisner

Image in the Public Domain

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

BLESSED KARL LEISNER (FEBRUARY 28, 1915-AUGUST 12, 1945)

German Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1945

Blessed Karl Leisner, born in Rees, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on February 15, 1915, followed Jesus Christ, not Adolf Hitler.  Our saint, a student of theology at Munster, first ran afoul of Nazi authorities by trying to establish Roman Catholic youth groups.  The Third Reich sought to dominate all work with youth, however, so Leisner conducted his youth camps in Belgium and The Netherlands instead.  During six months of mandatory agricultural work our saint ran afoul of Nazi authorities again by organizing Sunday Masses for workers.  Leisner, ordained to the diaconate in 1939, became a prisoner for criticizing Hitler.  Eventually, on December 14, 1941, he arrived at Dachau.  There Bishop Gabriel Piquet ordained him to the priesthood on December 17, 1944.  When Allied forces liberated the concentration camp on May 4, 1945, Leisner was near death, suffering from tuberculosis.  He spent the last few months of his life at a sanitarium near Munich.  Leisner, aged 30 years, died at Planegg on August 12, 1945.

Pope John Paul II declared Leisner a Venerable then a Blessed, as a martyr, in 1996.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 16, 2018 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GEORGE BERKELEY, IRISH ANGLICAN BISHOP AND PHILOSOPHER; AND JOSEPH BUTLER, ANGLICAN BISHOP AND THEOLOGIAN

THE FEAST OF JOHN FRANCIS REGIS, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

THE FEAST OF NORMAN MACLEOD, SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER; AND HIS COUSIN, JOHN MACLEOD, SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER, LITURGIST, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF RUFUS JONES, U.S. QUAKER THEOLOGIAN AND COFOUNDER OF THE AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of love

in the heart of your holy martyr Blessed Karl Leisner:

Grant to us, your humble servants, a like faith and power of love,

that we who rejoice in his triumph may profit by his example;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with

you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Jeremiah 15:15-21

Psalm 124 or 31:1-5

Jeremiah 15:15-21

1 Peter 4:12-19

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 715

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: