Posted by: fvbcdm | May 3, 2013

Feast of Saint Athanasius (2 May 2013)

A number of thoughts are uppermost in my mind as I come to compose the daily message today.  One is that today is the feast of Saint Athanasius, the great father and doctor of the Church and champion of the doctrine of the divinity of Christ way back in the 300s when a heretic priest by the name of Arius was denying that Jesus is God, and was attracting many to his views. Athanasius resisted that error, and for doing so, he was exiled by the civil power no fewer than five times from his legitimate position as bishop of the city of Alexandria in Egypt.  His courage and faith prevailed, and today, all Catholic know very well that Our Divine Lord is “true God and true man.”

This morning, I offered Mass for the repose of Father Albert Moraczewski, perhaps the most distinguished member of the southern province of our Dominican Order here in the United States.  From his childhood, he manifested a gift for science and study. He joined our Order, attracted to it by its emphasis on the intellectual life.  Shortly after his ordination, he earned the Ph.D. degree in science from the University of Chicago with a major in pharmacology since he was especially interested in drugs and medications, in their use and in their abuse.  That led him to an interest also in the whole field of biochemistry, biophysics, and bioethics.  For years, the American bishops in their semi-annual meetings have asked him to address them on the latest developments on things like DNA, stem-cell research, cloning, and other aspects of our physical make-up which have moral connections.

Father Albert was the chaplain of this monastery from 1992 to 1994.  He lived in the apartment in which I now live. And in particular, he celebrated Mass each day at the altar in the chapel where I celebrate Mass each day. As I stand in that very spot every morning, I am acutely aware of the men who have preceded me in this position, most of whom I have known personally and liked and admired. Today, as I stood there, I thought: Albert stood here many times to offer the Holy Sacrifice.  Now, please God, he stands in the kingdom of Heaven offering eternal praise and adoration to the God to whom he devoted his long life here on earth.  He was 87.  Just in case he needs prayer, please remember him in yours. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.

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