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Feast of Blessed Maria Restituta Kafka (March 30)   Leave a comment

Above:  Blessed Maria Restituta Kafka

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BLESSED MARIA RESTITUTA KAFKA (MAY 1, 1894-MARCH 30, 1943)

Austrian Roman Catholic Nun and Martyr, 1943

Also known as Helene Kafka

Alternative feast day = October 30

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It does not matter how far we are separated from everything, no matter what is taken from us; the faith that we carry in our hearts is something no one can take from us.  In this way we build an altar in our own hearts.

–Blessed Maria Restituta Kafka, on death row

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Blessed Maria Restituta Kafka comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Helene Kafka, born in Hussowitz (now Husovice), Brünn, Austria-Hungary (now Brno, Czech Republic), on May 1, 1894, grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family.  She was the sixth daughter of Maria Stelík and cobbler Anton Kafka.  The family moved to Vienna when our saint was two years old.  Kafka worked first as a maid then as a clerk in a tobacco shop.  Then, in 1913, she went to work as a nurse in Vienna.  With some interruption, she worked there until 1919.  The interruption resulted from her joining the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and becoming Sister Maria Restituta in 1914, when she was 20 years old.  (“Restituta” came from St. Restituta, martyred during the Diocletian Persecution in 304.)

Kafka transferred to the hospital in Mödling in 1919.  She eventually became the chief surgical nurse there.  The Anschluss (1938) displeased our saint, who made no secret of her opposition to Nazism and her low opinion of Adolf Hitler.  The word “madman” passed her lips frequently.  And our saint, following Roman Catholic practice, hung a crucifix in each room in the new wing of the hospital.  When Nazi officials ordered her–on the pain of termination from her position–to remove the crucifixes, Kafka disobeyed.  She remained employed at that hospital through Ash Wednesday 1942, when agents of the Gestapo arrested her.  A pro-Nazi doctor had denounced her.

The charge was treason, the verdict was guilty, and the mode of execution was beheading via the guillotine.  Kafka, convicted and sentenced on October 29, 1942, ministered to other prisoners while on death row.  She, aged 48 years, died in Vienna on March 30, 1943.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized Kafka.  Pope John Paul II declared her a Venerable in 1998 then a beatus later that year.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 30, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF CLARENCE JORDAN, SOUTHERN BAPTIST MINISTER AND WITNESS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

THE FEAST OF SAINT PETER CHRYSOLOGUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF RAVENNA AND DEFENDER OF ORTHODOXY

THE FEAST OF SAINT VICENTA CHÁVEZ OROZCO, FOUNDER OF THE SERVANTS OF THE HOLY TRINITY AND THE POOR

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM PINCHON, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF SAINT-BRIEUC

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Almighty God, by whose grace and power

your holy martyr Blessed Maria Restituta Kafka

triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death:

Grant us, who now remember her in thanksgiving,

to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world,

that we may receive with her the crown of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 51:1-12

Psalm 116 or 116:1-8

Revelation 7:13-17

Luke 12:2-12

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 714

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Feast of Edward Dearle (March 1)   Leave a comment

Above:  The Flag of England

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EDWARD DEARLE (MARCH 2, 1806-MARCH 20, 1891)

Anglican Organist and Composer

Edward Dearle comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via two hymnals and their companion volumes.  The first hymnal, in chronological order, is The Hymnal 1940 (1943), of The Episcopal Church.  The second volume is The Methodist Hymnal/The Book of Hymns (1966), of The Methodist Church then The United Methodist Church.

Our saint, son of John Dearle and Harriet Harrison Dearle, entered the world at Cambridge, England, on March 2, 1806.  He, a chorister at St. John’s College, Cambridge, earned the Bachelor of Music degree from there in 1836.  Six years later, Dearle earned the Doctor of Music degree from Cambridge, too.

A career in church music followed.  Dearle served as the organist at St. Paul’s, Deptford (1827-1830); Blackheath, Wisbeach (1830-1832); and St. Mary’s, Warwick (1832-1833).  Then, until 1864, our saint served as the organist of St. Mary Magdalene Church and as the master of the song school, Newark-upon-Trent.  He moved to Camberwell, London, in 1864.  Eleven years later, Dearle helped to found Trinity Church, London.

Dearle composed oratorios, anthems, and service music.  Services included Evening Service in A, Evening Service in G Minor, and Morning Service in CIsrael in Egypt was one of his oratorios.  Our saint won the Gresham Prize for his anthem, Turn Thee Again, in 1837.  A hymn tune, PENITENTIA, composed for Samuel John Stone‘s text, “Weary of Earth, and Laden with My Sin,” debuted in Church Hymns with Tunes (1874), edited by Arthur Sullivan.

The Hymnal 1940 (1943) and The Methodist Hymnal/The Book of Hymns (1966) pair PENITENTIA with “Here, O My Lord, I See Thee,” by Horatius Bonar.

Our saint, husband of Catherine (Mullins) Dearle (1817-1880) and father of eleven children, died in Camberwell, London, on March 20, 1891.  He was 85 years old.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 29, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS MARY, MARTHA, AND LAZARUS OF BETHANY, FRIENDS OF JESUS

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Holy God, whose majesty surpasses all human definitions and capacity to grasp,

thank you for those (especially Edward Dearle)

who have nurtured and encouraged the reverent worship of you.

May their work inspire us to worship you in knowledge, truth, and beauty.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 25:1-8

Psalm 145

Revelation 15:1-4

John 4:19-26

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JAMES INTERCISUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF HENRY SLOANE COFFIN, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGIAN

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Thirteenth-Anniversary Announcement   3 comments

I created this weblog on July 27, 2009.

I have since deleted most of the earliest posts, for good reasons.  As I have logged time as a blogger, I have improved.

One may notice readily that I have not posted much at SUNDRY THOUGHTS recently.  I have, however, been working on drafts of posts about “new” saints with feast days in March.  I have been filling up a notebook with rough drafts in ink and longhand.  That process, with only three drafts left, has neared completion.  I have also started reading a biography of the late Bill Davis, Premier of Ontario (1971-1985), but that is another matter.  Simply put, I have been keeping my face out of a computer screen for long periods of time recently.

I anticipate that I will post (a) these “new” saints here at SUNDRY THOUGHTS and (b) resume posting lectionary-based devotions at ORDINARY TIME DEVOTIONS and BLOGA THEOLOGICA soon.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 27, 2022 COMMON ERA

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Posted July 27, 2022 by neatnik2009 in Various Memories and Opinions