Two French priests were great during the Twentieth Centuryury's two world wars.

Friday, 12/1/17

In class yesterday I mentioned two French priests , who as scholars had a great influence on the Catholic Church in the last century; and one of the students asked who they were, so let me tell you.

During World War One, Henri de Lubac fought in the trenches, saving Paris from the Kaiser's troops; but in the last year of that war he received a bullet to his skull, bringing on many periods of misery in later life.

Yves Congar's town was captured by the Kaiser's troops. who slaughtered his father. Yves joined in his town's Protestant boys in resisting the Germans' and i t gave him a life-long  respect for all baptized Christians . After that war , Henri de Lubac became a Jesuit, while Yves Congar became a Dominican priest.

In World War II Father Yves Congar spent five years in a  Nazi prison camp, while Lubac dodged the Gestapo as he published an underground newspaper, saving Jews from being deported

In 1950, Rome, finding  their views too fresh, banned each of them from teaching; but in 1958 Pope John XXIII named them special consultants to Vatican II; then the Church named both of them cardinals for their great contributions to Vatican II.   

St. Andrew was crucified on an X shaped cross.

Thursday  11/30/17

Today we honor the apostle Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, the son of Jona..
Together with their eighbor Zebedee and hs sons James and John they worked long seining nets off the north shore of the Sea of Galile.

Andrew, and his neighbor John gained permission from their fathers to go eighty miles south to where John the Baptist was baptizing people in the Jordan, There,  the  boys took to helping the Baptist by guiding old folks out into  the Jordan to be baptized.
They were doing that, when Jesus passed by; and John the Baptist, recognizing him, called out, "There is the Lamb of God."

At that John and Andrew left what they had been doing, and like bashful  country boys, they followed Jesus, keping their distance behind him. When Jesus  turned, and asked them what they were looking for, Andrew asked, "Where are you staying?"

That seemed to be a straight forward question, but the matter of Jesus staying with anyone appears over and over in John's Gospel where Jesus does not come and go as needed. No, he stays within us, giving us life.

Is there any way for us to relate to St. Elizabeth of Hungay?

Wednesday, 11/29/17

The Church today honors St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who lived from 1207 to 1231. A woman of royal birth, her life was so far removed from ours, that we wonder if there was any way we could relate to her.

At four she was sent away to learn all she would need to know for her marriage,. and at six she learned of her mother 's murder. Her marriage at fourteen with Prince Ludwig was the one joyous note in her life: She and her husband gleaned  gteat happiness from their three children. but her happiness fled when at twenty she lost Ludwig to an illness. She was quoted as saying, "He is dead, he is dead. My life has died with him."

She then lost herself in the service of the poor. Once Elizabeth was carrying a basket  of bread to the poor when she was stopped by the new prince who accused her of stealing royal property. She is often depicted with the bred basket that contained a miraculous spread of while and red roses.