#LittlePilgrimage 38. อาสนวิหารอัสสัมชัญ Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok

It was a sunny Sunday when I woke up alone in my hotel, during my solo holiday. What a fun days so far. And I had a plan to attend the Sunday Mass at the famous Cathedral in Bangkok.

Apparently the Cathedral was located not too far from the hotel. I took a taxi and it cost me less than 40B.

#LittlePilgrimage 38. อาสนวิหารอัสสัมชัญ Assumption Cathedral, 23 Oriental Avenue, New Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand

The Renaissance style building is the Cathedral of the Archbishop and of the Archdiocese of Bangkok has a beautiful red bricks on the facade, facing the car park.

The history of the Cathedral date back to the year 1820 when Bishop Florens was the head of the “Siam Mission”. A piece of land was purchased to build a church in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, paid for by donations. A traditional Thai-style church was completed for the Catholic community in that area in the year 1821, and given the name “Assumption Church”. After the completion of the church, the office of the bishop was built nearby and in the following year, the church was named “The Assumption Cathedral”, the Cathedral of the Bishop of the Bangkok Diocese. Since then, the Assumption Cathedral has continuously been the permanent residence of all the bishops of the Bangkok Diocese.

As Grand as the people talk about it, the interior was very impressive! The golder altar, golden ceiling, golden statue, everything looked amazing for a non-catholic country. The choir group sang very beautiful even without a conductor! And there was this young lady who sang the Psalm solo, and she truly has an angelic voice! She really amazed me!

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Letter from a Pregnant Nun who was Raped

Here is an extraordinary letter written by a young nun, Sister Lucy Vertrusc, to her mother superior. Sister Vertrusc became pregnant after she was raped in 1995 during the war in the former Yugoslavia. The letter appeared in an Italian newspaper at the behest of her Mother Superior.

“I am Lucy, one of the young nuns raped by the Serbian soldiers. I am writing to you, Mother, after what happened to my sisters Tatiana, Sandria, and me.

Allow me not to go into the details of the act. There are some experiences in life so atrocious that you cannot tell them to anyone but God, in whose service I had consecrated my life nearly a year ago.

My drama is not so much the humiliation that I suffered as a woman, not the incurable offense committed against my vocation as a religious, but the difficulty of having to incorporate into my faith an event that certainly forms part of the mysterious will of Him whom I have always considered my Divine Spouse.

Only a few days before, I had read “Dialogues of Carmelites” and spontaneously I asked our Lord to grant me the grace of joining the ranks of those who died a martyr of Him. God took me at my word, but in such a horrid way! Now I find myself lost in the anguish of internal darkness. He has destroyed the plans of my life, which I considered definitive and uplifting for me, and He has set me all of a sudden in this design of His that I feel incapable of grasping.

When I was a teenager, I wrote in my Diary: Nothing is mine, I belong to no one, and no one belongs to me. Someone, instead grabbed me one night, a night I wish never to remember, tore me off from myself, and tried to make me his own . . . Read more…

Saint Camilla Battista da Varano

camilla-battistaBorn April 9, 1458, the daughter of Duke Julius Caesar Varani of Camerino, Italy. As a teenager, while in contemplation of a certain homily, Camilla had heard one particular Good Friday when she was very young, she vowed to mourn the passion of Christ every Friday for the rest of her life.

Aided by God’s grace and the support of her confessors she persevered and as time passed Camilla grew in fervor and faith until she was able to accept, not without a great struggle with herself first and with her father later the vocation of a special consecration of her life to God.

During the Lent of 1479, Camilla listened to a sermon of Observant Franciscan friar Francesco of Urbino, whom she described as “the trumpet of the Holy Spirit”. This sermon struck her deeply. After another sermon by the same friar (with whom she secretly corresponded) on the feast of the Annunciation, March 24, 1479, she then took a vow of chastity; she was 21 at the time.

When the young Duchess announced her intentions of renouncing her royal heritage to become a Poor Clare nun at age 21 in 1479, her father objected. The Duke kept his daughter in prison in the family home for 2 ½ years. However in 1481 he finally relented and not only gave Camilla permission to enter the poor Clares but he also built a monetary for her.

At age 23 Camilla joined the order of Poor Clares in Urbino, Italy taking the religious of Sr. Battista. During the next two and half years before she entered the monastery, she reported having very deep conversions with Christ, and she received many divine visitations. She claimed that Jesus had given her ‘three fragrant spring lilies’: an intense hatred of the world, a heart-felt humility and a burning desire to endure evil. She composed her first written work in this time, a Lauda (Praises), which was about the joy she felt in knowing that Christ loved her. She claimed that she once saw Christ (in answer to her desire to see Him), but she saw only His back as He was walking away. She also experienced seven months of severe physical illness and depression.

Jesus repaid her generously by favoring her with the mystical experiences of which we find traces in her writings. These writings turned out to be true forms of teaching for all. Besides her physical suffering, she suffered greatly when her father and her brothers were killed. But even more due to a long period of “night of the spirit” Nothing availed. However, to disallude her from her ofjective to identify herself with the sufferings of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In order to escape persecution, Camilla sought refuge in the convent at Atri but she lived in Fermo and San Severino in order to establish her cloistered lifestyle according to the rule of St. Clare of Assissi. Sr. Camilla Battista lead a very holy life which is noted by her experiencing the pains of the stigmata and having Jesus Christ appear to her.

In 1521 Varano herself traveled to San Severino Marche to train a monastery of nuns who had just adopted the Rule of St. Clare. She wrote a letter to the Vicar General of the Observant Franciscans, Giovanni of Fano, to whom her last written work ‘Trattato della Purita di cuore’ was dedicated in the same year. She died in her monastery in Camerino during a plague on 31 March 1524 at the age of 66. In 1843 Pope Gregory XVI declared her Beatified.

“I have realized that whatever good comes to me, comes from God, whatever bad comes to me, God has allowed it, and I choose to be thankful for both.”

“I have realized that whatever good comes to me, comes from God, whatever bad comes to me, God has allowed it, and I choose to be thankful for both.” ~ Jeff Goins,

#MoralStory: Sleeping Through The Storm

A young man applied for a job as a farmhand.  When the farmer asked for his qualifications, he said, “I can sleep through a storm.”

This puzzled the farmer… but he liked the young man.  So he hired him.

A few weeks later, the farmer and his wife were awakened in the night by a violent storm ripping through the valley.  He leapt out of bed and called for his new hired hand, but the young man was sleeping soundly.

So they quickly began to check things to see if all was secure.  They found that the shutters of the farmhouse had been securely fastened.  A good supply of logs had been set next to the fireplace.

The farmer and his wife then inspected their property.  They found that the farm tools had been placed in the storage shed, safe from the elements.  He sees that the bales of wheat had been bound and wrapped in tarpaulins.

The tractor had been moved into its garage. The barn was properly locked tight. Even the animals were calm and had plenty of food. All was well.

The farmer then understood the meaning of the young man’s words, “I can sleep through a storm.”

Because the farmhand did his work loyally and faithfully when the skies were clear, he was prepared for any storm.  So when the storm did actually break, he was not concerned or afraid.  He could sleep in peace.

Moral:::
If we tend to the things that are important in life,
if we are right with those we love and behave in line with our faith,
our lives will not be cursed with the aching throb of unfulfilled business.
Our words will always be sincere, our embraces will be tight.
We will never wallow in the agony of ‘I could have, I should have.’
We can sleep in a storm.
And when it’s our time to go, our good-byes will be complete.

Whatsoever You Do (To The Least Of My Brothers)

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Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers,
that you do unto me.

When I was hungry, you gave me to eat;
When I was thirsty, you gave me to drink.
Now enter into the home of My Father.

Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers,
that you do unto me.

When I was homeless, you opened your door;
When I was naked, you gave me your coat.
Now enter into the home of My Father.

Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers,
that you do unto me.

When I was weary, you helped me find rest.
When I was anxious, you calmed all my fears.
Now enter into the home of My Father.

Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers,
that you do unto me.

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#ShortNews: Three women charged in Notre Dame bomb plot

French prosecutors have brought criminal charges against three women involved in an apparent terrorist plot in Paris.

The plot was discovered when police found gas canisters in a car parked outside the cathedral of Notre Dame. Law-enforcement officials now believe that the plotters– who were inspired by the Islamic State– intended to bomb a train station.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-13/three-french-women-charged-over-terror-plots/7838272