Posted by: fvbcdm | September 5, 2014

Commemoration of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (5 September 2014)

I recently spent two wonderful weeks with my travel group of 43 people in Russia, and then five days in the Rockies of Colorado with two of them. During our time in Colorado, hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast and my home town of New Orleans. The news has been terrible; one of my cousins is even now unaccounted for. And there are, or were, ten feet of water in Saint Dominic Church in New Orleans, where I was stationed until recently.

However, let us speak of happier things. Our visit in Russia was a wonderfully hopeful experience. After seventy years of communism with its evil empire of atheism and human misery, Russia is again enjoying a springtime of faith. Her Orthodox faith has come up from underground; churches are being refurbished everywhere, and eighty percent of the babies now born in Russia are being baptized in the Orthodox Christian faith. At the end of the 19th century, Pope Leo XIII directed that all Catholics pray at Mass for the conversion of Russia. That went on for many years. Then in 1917, the same year that communism took over as the means of government in Russia, Our Lady appeared at Fatima, promising that “in the end Russia will be converted and there will be peace.” Russia has been converted from communism back to religious faith and to a market economy. Now, it remains that that great nation be reunited with Catholicism under the leadership of the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. Only then will the conversion which Our Lady promised will be complete. Let us pray for this, that the unity and peace which are the will of Our Divine Lord, may be achieved. Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This Message was composed some years ago.

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