Feast of Blessed Bruno Zembol (August 21)   Leave a comment

Above:  Dachau

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BLESSED BRUNO ZEMBOL (SEPTEMBER 7, 1905-AUGUST 21, 1942)

Polish Roman Catholic Friar and Martyr, 1942

Alternative feast day (as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II) = June 12

Jan Zembol died for his faith.  He, born at Letownia, Malopolskie (in what is now Poland; there was nation-state of Poland at the time) on September 7, 1905, joined the Order of Friars Minor (the Franciscans) at Chelm Lubelski, Poland, taking the name Bruno.  He lived his vocation quietly for years, until 1939, when the Third Reich and the Soviet Union partitioned Poland.  The Gestapo targeted Roman Catholic priests and religious, arresting many of them and sending a host of them to Dachau.  Zembol, arrested in late 1939, arrived at Dachau in December 1939.  He endured hard labor and ministered to other prisoners.  At the age of 36 years he died on August 21, 1942, after a severe beating.

Pope John Paul II declared Zembol a Venerable then a Blessed in 1999.

For many, if not all, of us being pious can prove challenging under the best of circumstances; temptations are strong and will power is often weak.  Thus someone such as Blessed Bruno Zembol is really impressive, for being pious at Dachau must have been especially difficult.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 25, 2018 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT WILLIAM OF VERCELLI, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT; AND SAINT JOHN OF MATERA, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAINT DOMINGO HENARES DE ZAFIRA CUBERO, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF PHUNHAY, VIETNAM, AND MARTYR; SAINT PHANXICÔ DO VAN CHIEU, VIETNAMESE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP, AND MARTYR; AND SAINT CLEMENTE IGNACIO DELGADO CEBRIÁN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP AND MARTYR IN VIETNAM

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Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of your love

in the heart of your holy martyr Blessed Bruno Zembol:

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 31:1-15

1 Peter 4:12-19

Mark 8:34-38

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

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