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Feast of Blessed Maurice Tornay (August 11)   Leave a comment

Above:  Blessed Maurice Tornay

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BLESSED MAURICE TORNAY (AUGUST 31, 1910-AUGUST 11, 1949)

Swiss Roman Catholic Missionary to Tibet, and Martyr, 1949

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To fulfill my vocation to leave the world and devote myself entirely to the service of souls to lead them to God, and save myself.

–Blessed Maurice Tornay, 1932

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One of the recurring problems in Christian history has been that imperial incursions have led to hostility to foreigners, thereby making life and work more perilous for missionaries.  Another reason for this has been that many missionaries have, unfortunately, been more agents of their empire than of Christ.  That reality has made matters worse for the missionaries who have not been imperial agents.  The British invasion of Lhasa, Tibet, in 1904 led to anti-Christian sentiment and violence in Tibet.  Buddhist monks attacked missionaries.  Blessed Maurice Tornay had to contend with such hostility.

Tornay, born in Rosière, Valais, Switzerland, on August 31, 1910, was devout from an early age.  The seventh child (of eight) of Jean-Joseph Tornay and Faustina Dossier grew up in a pious family.  He was also a fine student, especially of French literature, as well as the writings of St. Francis de Sales and St. Therésè of Lisieux.

Tornay joined the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine, Hospitallers of Saint Nicholas and Grand-St-Bernard of Mont Joux.  He, a novice from August 25, 1931, made his first vows on September 8, 1932, and his final vows in 1935.  Surgery for a stomach ulcer, followed by recuperation, interrupted preparation for missionary work in 1934, but he, healed, headed for the borderlands of Tibet and China in 1936.

At Weixi, Yunnan, China, Tornay continued preparation.  He learned the local language, studied dentistry, medicine, and theology, and prepared for the priesthood.  Our saint, ordained in Hanoi on April 24, 1938, founded and led the Houa-Lo-Pa seminary.  The Japanese invasion of 1939 forced him to resort to begging to acquire food for his students.

In 1945 Tornay became the pastor of the Yerkalo mission in Tibet.  The Thirteenth Dalai Lama had died in 1933.  The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, born in 1935, although enthroned in 1940, did not begin to rule until 1950.  Anti-Christian persecution forced Tornay to leave Tibet and seek diplomatic pressure to intervene with the Tibetan government.  All diplomatic intervention failed.  On August 11, 1949, our saint was en route to Lhasa, to seek a meeting with the Tibetan government, when guards ambushed and shot him at To-Thong, Tibet.  He was 37 years old.

Pope John Paul II declared Tornay a Venerable in 1992 then a Blessed the following year.

I recall a scene from The Needs of Earth, an episode of Crusade (1999), a series the TNT channel never gave a chance.  In the scene Captain Matthew Gideon of the Starship Excalibur tells an alien,

When Mozart was my age, he was dead.

When Blessed Maurice Tornay was my age, he was dead.  And what he had done for the glory of God puts me to shame.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 15, 2018 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF JOHN ELLERTON, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER AND TRANSLATOR

THE FEAST OF CARL HEINRICH VON BOGATSKY, HUNGARIAN-GERMAN LUTHERAN HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF DOROTHY FRANCES BLOMFIELD GURNEY, ENGLISH POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT LANDELINUS OF VAUX, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT; SAINT AUBERT OF CAMBRAI, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP; SAINT URSMAR OF LOBBES, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT AND MISSIONARY BISHOP; AND SAINTS DOMITIAN, HADELIN, AND DODO OF LOBBES, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONKS

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Almighty and everlasting God we thank you for your servant Blessed Maurice Tornay,

whom you called to preach the Gospel to the people of China and Tibet.

Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom,

that your church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ;

who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns with

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

Isaiah 52:7-10

Psalm 96 or 96:1-7

Acts 1:1-9

Luke 10:1-9

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 716

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Above:  The Destruction of Babylon 5

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River of Souls:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/babylon-5-the-river-of-souls-1998/

The Legend of the Rangers:  To Live and Die in Starlight:

Skipped

A Call to Arms:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/babylon-5-a-call-to-arms-1999/

Crusade:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/10/16/babylon-5-crusade-1999/

The Lost Tales:  Voices in the Dark:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/babylon-5-the-lost-tales-voices-in-the-dark-2007/

In the Beginning:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/babylon-5-in-the-beginning-1998/

War Without End, Parts I and II:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/babylon-5-war-without-end-parts-i-and-ii-1996/

Sleeping in Light:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/babylon-5-sleeping-in-light-1998/

The Deconstruction of Falling Stars:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/babylon-5-the-deconstruction-of-falling-stars-1997/

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Above:  Title Card for the Fifth Season of Babylon 5

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The Deconstruction of Falling Stars:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/babylon-5-the-deconstruction-of-falling-stars-1997/

No Compromises:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/babylon-5-no-compromises-1998/

The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/babylon-5-the-very-long-night-of-londo-mollari-1998/

The Paragon of Animals:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/babylon-5-the-paragon-of-animals-1998/

A View from the Gallery:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/babylon-5-a-view-from-the-gallery-1998/

Learning Curve:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/babylon-5-learning-curve-1998/

Day of the Dead:

Skipped

Strange Relations:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/babylon-5-strange-relations-1998/

Secrets of the Soul:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/09/19/babylon-5-secrets-of-the-soul-1998/

In the Kingdom of the Blind:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/babylon-5-in-the-kingdom-of-the-blind-1998/

A Tragedy of Telepaths:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/babylon-5-a-tragedy-of-telepaths-1998-and-phoenix-rising-1998/

Phoenix Rising:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/babylon-5-a-tragedy-of-telepaths-1998-and-phoenix-rising-1998/

The Ragged Edge:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/babylon-5-the-ragged-edge-1998/

The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/babylon-5-the-corps-is-mother-the-corps-is-father-1998/

Meditations on the Abyss:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/babylon-5-meditations-on-the-abyss-1998/

Darkness Ascending:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/babylon-5-darkness-ascending-1998/

All My Dreams, Torn Asunder:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/babylon-5-and-all-my-dreams-torn-asunder-1998/

Movements of Fire and Shadow:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/babylon-5-movements-of-fire-and-shadow-1998/

The Fall of Centauri Prime:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/babylon-5-the-fall-of-centauri-prime-1998/

The Wheel of Fire:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/babylon-5-the-wheel-of-fire-1998/

Objects in Motion:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/10/09/babylon-5-objects-in-motion-1998/

Objects at Rest:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/babylon-5-objects-at-rest-1998/

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Posted August 22, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Babylon 5 Season 5

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Above:  A Scene from the Battle of Coriana VI, the Final Battle of the Shadow War

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The Hour of the Wolf:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/babylon-5-the-end-of-the-shadow-war/

Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/babylon-5-the-end-of-the-shadow-war/

The Summoning:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/babylon-5-the-end-of-the-shadow-war/

Falling Toward Apotheosis:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/babylon-5-the-end-of-the-shadow-war/

The Long Night:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/babylon-5-the-end-of-the-shadow-war/

Into the Fire:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/babylon-5-the-end-of-the-shadow-war/

Epiphanies:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/babylon-5-epiphanies-1997/

The Illusion of Truth:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/babylon-5-the-illusion-of-truth-1997/

Thirdspace:

Skipped

Atonement:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/babylon-5-atonement-1997/

Racing Mars:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/babylon-5-racing-mars-1997/

Lines of Communication:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/babylon-5-lines-of-communication-1997/

Conflicts of Interest:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/babylon-5-conflicts-of-interest-1997/

Rumors, Bargains and Lies:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/babylon-5-rumors-bargains-and-lies-1997/

Moments of Transition:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/babylon-5-moments-of-transition-1997/

No Surrender, No Retreat:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/babylon-5-no-surrender-no-retreat-1997/

The Exercise of Vital Powers:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/babylon-5-the-exercise-of-vital-powers-1997/

The Face of the Enemy:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/babylon-5-the-face-of-the-enemy-1997/

Intersections in Real Time:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/babylon-5-intersections-in-real-time-1997/

Between the Darkness and the Light:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/babylon-5-between-the-darkness-and-the-light-1997/

Endgame:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/babylon-5-endgame-1997/

Rising Star:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/babylon-5-rising-star-1997/

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Posted August 22, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Babylon 5 Movies, Babylon 5 Season 4

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Above:  The White Star

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Matters of Honor:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/babylon-5-matters-of-honor-1995/

Convictions:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/babylon-5-convictions-1995/

A Day in the Strife:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/babylon-5-a-day-in-the-strife-1995/

Passing Through Gethsemane:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/babylon-5-passing-through-gethsemane-1995/

Voices of Authority:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/babylon-5-voices-of-authority-1996/

Dust to Dust:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/babylon-5-dust-to-dust-1996/

Exogenesis:

Skipped

Messages from Earth:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/babylon-5-messages-from-earth-1996/

Point of No Return:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/babylon-5-point-of-no-return-1996/

Severed Dreams:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/babylon-5-severed-dreams-1996/

Ceremonies of Light and Dark:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/babylon-5-ceremonies-of-light-and-dark-1996/

Sic Transit Vir:

Skipped

A Late Delivery from Avalon:

Skipped

Ship of Tears:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/babylon-5-ship-of-tears-1996/

Interludes and Examinations:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/babylon-5-interludes-and-examinations-1996/

War Without End, Parts I and II:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/babylon-5-war-without-end-parts-i-and-ii-1996/

Walkabout:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/babylon-5-walkabout-1996/

Grey 17 is Missing:

Skipped

And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/babylon-5-and-the-rock-cried-out-no-hiding-place-1996/

Shadow Dancing:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/babylon-5-shadow-dancing-1996/

Z’ha’dum:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/babylon-5-zhadum-1996/

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Posted August 22, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Babylon 5 Season 3

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Above:  Captain John Sheridan

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Points of Departure:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/babylon-5-points-of-departure-1994/

Revelations:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/babylon-5-revelations-1994/

The Geometry of Shadows:

Skipped

A Distant Star:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/babylon-5-a-distant-star-1994/

The Long Dark:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/babylon-5-the-long-dark-1994/

Spider in the Web:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/babylon-5-a-spider-in-the-web-1994/

Soul Mates:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/babylon-5-soul-mates-1994/

A Race Through Dark Places:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/babylon-5-a-race-through-dark-places-1995/

The Coming of Shadows:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/babylon-5-the-coming-of-shadows-1995/

GROPOS:

Skipped

All Alone in the Night:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/babylon-5-all-alone-in-the-night-1995/

Acts of Sacrifice:

Skipped

Hunter, Prey:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/babylon-5-hunter-prey-1995/

There All the Honor Lies:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/babylon-5-there-all-the-honor-lies-1995/

And Now for a Word:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/babylon-5-and-now-for-a-word-1995/

In the Shadow of Z’ha’dum:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/babylon-5-in-the-shadow-of-zhadum-1995/

Knives:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/babylon-5-knives-1995/

Confessions and Lamentations:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/babylon-5-confessions-and-lamentations-1995/

Divided Loyalties:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/babylon-5-divided-loyalties-1995/

The Long, Twilight Struggle:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/babylon-5-the-long-twilight-struggle-1995/

Comes the Inquisitor:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/babylon-5-comes-the-inquisitor-1995/

The Fall of Night:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/babylon-5-the-fall-of-night-1995/

Overview:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/babylon-5-seasons-1-and-2/

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Posted August 22, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Babylon 5 Season 2

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Above:  The First Season Babylon 5 Title Card

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Midnight on the Firing Line:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/babylon-5-midnight-on-the-firing-line-1994/

Soul Hunter:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/babylon-5-soul-hunter-1994/

Born to the Purple:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/babylon-5-born-to-the-purple-1994/

Infection:

Skipped

The Parliament of Dreams:

Skipped

Mind War:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/babylon-5-mind-war-1994/

The War Prayer:

Skipped

And the Sky Full of Stars:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/babylon-5-and-the-sky-full-of-stars-1994/

Deathwalker:

Skipped

Believers:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/babylon-5-believers-1994/

By Any Means Necessary:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/babylon-5-by-any-means-necessary-1994/

Signs and Portents:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/babylon-5-signs-and-portents-1994/

TKO:  

Skipped

Grail:

Skipped

Eyes:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/babylon-5-eyes-1994/

Legacies:

Skipped

A Voice in the Wilderness, Parts I and II:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/babylon-5-a-voice-in-the-wilderness-parts-i-and-ii-1994/

Babylon Squared:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/babylon-5-babylon-squared-1994/

War Without End, Parts I and II:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/babylon-5-war-without-end-parts-i-and-ii-1996/

The Quality of Mercy:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/babylon-5-the-quality-of-mercy-1994/

Chrysalis:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/babylon-5-chrysalis-1994/

Overview:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/babylon-5-seasons-1-and-2/

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Posted August 22, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Babylon 5 Season 1

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