Saturday, March 4, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Lent, Backlog Edition

Friday, 3 March was the Optional Memorial of Saint Katharine Drexel, Virgin, S.B.S. (1858-1955), foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament: Saint-link ┼źna, Saint-link duae, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link S.B.S.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Saint Katharine Drexel, S.B.S., was an American heiress, philanthropist, religious sister, educator, & foundress. She is the only canonized saint to have been born a United States citizen. As a young woman she walked away from her life of riches by becoming a vowed religious & devoted her very substantial income to the evangelization & education of Native Americans & African Americans. To accomplish this, she founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians & Colored People.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
While on a European tour, she met Pope Leo XIII & asked him to send more missionaries to Wyoming for her friend Bishop James O'Connor. The pope replied, "Why don't you become a missionary?" His answer shocked her into considering new possibilities. Back home, Katharine visited the Dakotas, met the Sioux leader Red Cloud, & began her systematic aid to Indian missions. By 1942, she had a system of black catholic schools in thirteen states, plus forty mission centers & twenty-three rural schools. In all, she established fifty missions for Indians in sixteen states. Her crowning achievement was the founding of Xavier University in New Orleans, the first Catholic university in the United States for African Americans.
'Twas also the festival of Saint Anselm of Nonantola, Abbot, O.S.B. (died circa 805, the Duke of Friuli): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Twas also the festival of Blessed Innocent of Berzo, Priest, O.F.M. Cap. (1844-1890): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Book of Isaiah, chapter fifty-eight, verses one thru nine(a);
Psalm Fifty-one, verses three & four, five & six(a,b), & eighteen & nineteen;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nine, verses fourteen & fifteen.

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