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Local Carmelite Family celebrates canonisation of Bl Elizabeth of the Trinity



KOTA KINABALU – The local Carmelite Family–Carmelite nuns (OCD) and Secular Carmelites (OCDS) celebrated the canonisation of Bl Elizabeth of the Trinity with a thanksgiving Mass on 17 Oct 2016.

Archbishop John Wong presided at the Mass, concelebrated with Fr Rayner Bisius, at the Carmelite Monastery Chapel here.  In his homily, the prelate touched on the special readings and on a brief biography of the new saint.

The simple celebration ended with a breakfast prepared by the Carmelite Seculars for all.

Born Elisabeth Catez on 18 July 1880 in France, she was a gifted pianist with a forceful temper.   Elizabeth sacrificed her music for the “music of silence” when she entered Carmel. Her mystical teaching are encapsulated in the two Retreats she wrote,  as well as her celebrated “Prayer to the Trinity” which reflects its author’s absorption in “The Three” as she termed them, and her love of adoration, silence, peace, conformity to Christ and surrender to the Holy Spirit. So expressive is this “Prayer” that it is also included in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Dying of Addison’s disease on 9 Nov 1906, Blessed Elizabeth’s last words were “I am going to Light, to Love, to Life.”

She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1984.

Pope Francis canonised her along with four other Blesseds yesterday Oct 16 at the Vatican.  They were Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, a Spanish bishop known for his devotion to eucharistic adoration; Guillaume-Nicolas-Louis Leclerq, a Christian Brother martyred during the September Massacres in Paris after refusing to swear allegiance to the new government following the French Revolution; Lodovico Pavoni, the Italian founder of the Sons of Mary Immaculate, now commonly known as the Pavonians; and Alfonso Maria Fusco, an Italian priest who founded the Congregation of the Baptistine Sisters of the Nazarene.




Mother Teresa has officially been declared a saint!

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Sunday officially declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint of the Catholic Church in front of thousands of pilgrims in St Peter’s Square – a move the entire world has been waiting for.

“For the honour of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother Bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a Saint,” Pope Francis exclaimed on 4 Sept 2016 as the crowd roared with applause.

“We enroll her among the Saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

Throngs of pilgrims flooded the Vatican on Sept 4 to celebrate the highly anticipated canonisation of Mother Teresa, an event that Catholics and non-Catholics alike have looked forward to since the sister’s death in 1997.

Her canonisation is significant not only because it took place during the Jubilee of Mercy, but also because it fell during a special Sept 2-4 Jubilee celebration for workers and volunteers of mercy, of whom Mother Teresa is widely considered one of the greatest of our time.

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on 26 Aug 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. The youngest of three children, she attended a youth group run by a Jesuit priest called Sodality, which eventually opened her to the call of service as a missionary sister.

She joined the Sisters of Loreto at age 17 and was sent to Calcutta, where she taught at a high school. After contracting tuberculosis, she was sent to rest in Darjeeling, and it was on the way that she felt what she called “an order” from God to leave the convent and live among the poor.

The Vatican granted her permission to leave the Sisters of Loreto and to live her new call under the guidance of the Archbishop of Calcutta.

After she left her convent, Mother Teresa began working in the slums, teaching poor children, and treating the sick in their homes. A year later, some of her former students joined her, and together they took in men, women, and children who were dying in the gutters along the streets.

In 1950, the Missionaries of Charity were born as a congregation of the Diocese of Calcutta. In 1952, the government granted them a house from which to continue their mission of serving Calcutta’s poor and forgotten.

The congregation quickly grew from a single house for the dying and unwanted to nearly 500 houses around the world.

Mother Teresa set up homes for prostitutes, battered women, orphanages for poor children and houses for those suffering from AIDS.

She was a fierce defender of the unborn, and is known to have said, “If you hear of some woman who does not want to keep her child and wants to have an abortion, try to persuade her to bring him to me. I will love that child, seeing in him the sign of God’s love.”

She died on 5 Sept 1997, and was beatified just six years later by Pope John Paul II on 19 Oct 2003. – CNA/EWTN News

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be made a Saint

mother teresaVATICAN CITY – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is to be made a Saint. Pope Francis on Thursday, 17 Dec 2015, authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa (nee Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu).

Blessed Teresa, known around the world as Mother Teresa was born on 26 August 1910 and died on 5 September 1997. She was foundress of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity and the Missionaries of Charity.

Other decrees authorised by the Holy Father concerned the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Giuseppe Ambrosoli, professed priest of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus; born 25 July 1923 and died 27 March 1987;

The heroic virtues of Servant of God Adolfo (nee Lanzuela Leonardo Martínez), professed religious of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools; He was born on 8 November 1894 and died 14 March 1976;

The heroic virtues of Servant of God Henry Hahn, Laico; born 29 August 1800 and died on 11 March 1882.

The Pope’s approval for these decrees came during a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato SDB, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. – Vatican Radio

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