CHRISTUS VINCIT,CHRISTUS REGNAT,CHRISTUS IMPERAT
CHRISTUS AB OMNI MALO
PLEBEM SUAM DEFENDAT
Sunday, December 20, 2009
GREAT TREASURES OF THE CHURCH
VENERABLE POPE PIUS XII and
BLESSED MARY OF THE CROSS MACKILLOP
THE VENERABLE POPE JOHN PAUL II and
VENERABLE FATHER JERZY POPIELUSZKO MARTYR
Of the 21 Decrees of the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints published on the 19th December, 2009, four give us particular reason for celebration.Firstly, the great and beloved Pope Pius XII,so renowned for his holiness, his love of the Church and especially of the Sacred Liturgy (who could forget "Mediator Dei"?) and so cruelly maligned by some bitter Jewish groups,is now declared "Venerable". Venerable Pope Pius XII pray to God that he will deliver His holy Church from all evil.
Secondly, the second miracle attributed to Blessed Mary of the Cross Mackillop, has now been recognised. Her Cause will now be considered by a Consistory of the Sacred Congregation which could reasonably be expected to recommend to the Holy Father her Canonisation. This is a particular joy for us as Australians and for all who love the authentic religious life. May the intercession of Blessed Mary of the Cross Mackillop work to lead all Australian female religious back to authentic fidelity to their vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience and lead them to adopt the mind of the Church in all humilityand abandoning the poisonous radical feminism.
Thirdly our beloved Pope John Paul II (THE GREAT) has been declared "Venerable"a cause of the greatest joy for all of us who received so gladly his faithful teaching, his powerful evangelisation, who knew his great devotion to Jesus Christ and to the Mother of God and his love of the Mass, the Sacraments and the holy Rosary.Venerable John Paul II pray for us,and continue to pray that the authentic teaching of Vatican II may be faithfully followed and not any false "spirit of the Council".
Fourthly we rejoice that the holy Martyr Father Jerzy Popieluszko, who after heroic witness to the Faith was foully and secretly murdered by the Polish Communist authorities in 1984 at age 37, in the declining months of Communist rule, is declared "Venerable". Venerable Father Jerzy Popieluszko pray for us, that we might have the courage to profess our Faith more vigorously, inspired by you example.
Lastly, let us give thanks for the holy and faith - filled Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI - whose approval has brought us these joyful tidings. What magnificent gifts at Christmas time!