You will help moral values win by getting our weekly updates. No Masses. Bells rang seven times a day for public prayer and the singing of psalms. However, in the smaller city of Venice, 40,000 people died in the same two years. And war led large groups of sick, weak, ill-fed troops to gather tightly together, each spreading their own illness to the others, as the troops and their camp followers tried to wage it. Chinese Patriotic Association announces ordination of new bishop, Giving a damn (about work, life, and faith), From the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., website: Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington Regarding the Selection of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius as a Featured Speaker at Georgetown University May 15, […]. It is useless to try to frighten him. Profoundly moved by their suffering, St. Charles said: “The dreadful state of these wretched creatures, everything lacking both for soul and body. Many priests did not even know the correct forms for confession and absolution and many others were living scandalous lives. All saints day, time to review some popular saints work, thanks for sharing . The crisis of faith is obvious. Answering the call, many secular priests and Capuchins fathers heroically served the sick especially in the leper house, which doubled as an emergency hospital. When de Bussières talked to Alphonse, he no longer found a Jew, but a convert who ardently desired baptism. He also organized his affairs and made his last will. Catholic bishop tells churches to stop communal chalice. An irresistible force attracted me to her. America Needs Fatima's Full Financial Disclosure. Click here:  Become a Rosary Promoter today! In a spiritual response to the coronavirus COVID-19 respiratory disease pandemic that is spreading worldwide, more than 100 people took part in the walk around the downtown block in Birmingham where the cathedral sits and gathered inside for prayer. Completely taken aback by Catherine’s audacity but unable to counteract any of her arguments himself, the Emperor summoned numerous scholars to the imperial palace to compel the young girl, by sophistic counter arguments and devious subterfuges, to apostatize against the Faith. Not by science of the doctors who could not discover the sources of the contagion, much less a cure. Get the latest public health information from CDC: Get the latest research information from NIH: Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. As for the laity, they did not avail themselves of the sacraments and they did not know the Pater or Ave and often could not even make the Sign of the Cross correctly. We are shocked by famines and epidemics because we really don’t have them anymore. All rights reserved (About Us). The pro-abortion Governor congratulated himself during a press conference, saying:  “The number [of infections] is down because we brought the numbers down. Particularly close to Charles Borromeo’s heart, was the reading and passing of the General Reform Decree, with its insistence on simplicity of life among cardinals and bishops. God did not do that. It was estimated that 17,000 people had perished in the city itself, with a further 8,000 perishing in the surrounding countryside. Click here to sign up for our newsletter. In the golden pages of history, we find a holy bishop who faced a virus more deadly than the Coronavirus. Answering the call, many secular priests and Capuchins fathers heroically served the sick especially in the leper house, which doubled as an emergency hospital. On August 11, 1576 the plague broke out in the northern quarter of Milan as festivities were being planned for the arrival of the famed Don Juan of Austria. At the foot of these pillars, public Masses were celebrated every morning. In the midst of this splendor, the Virgin Mary appeared standing on the altar". Some even of his own household fled and many of those who stayed refused to accompany him to infected houses. But we are slowly remembering. However, God had other plans for him. On August 11, 1576 the plague broke out in the northern quarter of Milan as festivities were being planned for the arrival of the famed Don Juan of Austria. In the midst of this splendor, the Virgin Mary appeared stan... Born in 1814, Alphonse Ratisbonne was from a family of wealthy, well-known Jewish bankers in Strasbourg, France. Because of the Baron’s Catholicism and closeness with his turncoat brother, Alphonse greatly disliked him. It would show presumption and neglect of our duty and God’s service to fail to do this.”, The saint rebuked his priests:“Do not be so forgetful of your priesthood as to prefer a late death to a holy one.”. Together, famine and plague led to war, as neighboring countries desperately tried to grab enough resources between plagues and famines to survive the next wave of famine and plague. Having endured much in his struggles to reform the ailing Church, St. Charles Borromeo’s greatest test came in the form of a great plague. Thank you. He ordered a detailed investigation with the rigor required by canon law, and concluded that the occurrence was a truly authentic miracle. That is, if the plague were a physical manifestation of the outpouring of God’s wrath, then his processions to appease that physical wrath were not very effective. I wonder what our priests, who have locked themselves away during this time, think about his behavior. No Masses. “He was always a giver of light,” said the panegyric on the newly canonized saint, “no clouds of weakness or passion could ever darken this light. Most of us must render unto Caesar, and observe government mandates to “shelter in place.” But are others called to a higher mandate? He was canonized at St. Peter’s on All Saints Day, 1610. Although the death rate and contagion rate were extremely high, St. Charles insisted on public prayer and penance. Stay in Place or the Salvation of Souls On August 11, 1576 the plague broke out in the northern quarter of Milan as festivities were being planned for the arrival of the famed Don Juan of Austria. Click edit button to change this text. St. Charles went nearly every day to the leper house to give the Sacraments to the suffering. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. St. Charles said that it was because of this that the wrath of God had been called down upon Milan.