From Weedy@21:1/5 to All on Wed Dec 2 23:22:25 2020
...Let us visit Christ whenever we may:
"...Let us visit Christ whenever we may; let us care for him, feed
him, clothe him, welcome him, honor him, not only at a meal, as some
have done, or by anointing him, as Mary did, or only ye lending him a
tomb, like Joseph of Arimathaea, or by arranging for his burial, like Nicodemus, who loved Christ half-heartedly, or by giving him gold,
frankincense and myrrh, like the Magi before all these others. The
Lord of all asks for mercy, not sacrifice, and mercy is greater than
myriads of fattened lambs. Let us then
show him mercy in the persons of the poor and those who today are
lying on the ground, so that when we come to leave this world they may
receive us into everlasting dwelling places, in Christ our Lord
himself, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."
--St. Gregory of Nazianzen.
3 December – Blessed Johann Nepomuk von Tschiderer zu Gleifheim
Bishop of Trent from 1834 until his death, Professor, Apostle of
Charity, Reformer, Founder of numerous schools, seminaries and
churches, negotiator in peace settlements, Writer. He was born to
Austrians but was considered to be an Austro-Italian as he was born in
the Italian town of Bolzano. He was born on 15 April 1777 as Johann
Nepomuk von Tschiderer zu Gleifheim in Bolzano, diocese of Trent,
Italy and died on 3 December 1860 at Trent, Italy of natural causes.
Johann Nepomuk von Tschiderer zu Gleifheim was born as the fifth of
seven males to Joseph Joachim von Tschiderer zu Gleifheim and Caterina
de Giovanelli. His parents emigrated from the Grisons close to the
Italian border in 1529 as the Emperor Ferdinand III had given the
Tschiderer family a patent making them nobles in 1620. He was
baptised moments after his birth at the Assumption church.
He received his education from the Order of Friars Minor in 1786 after completing his initial education and resided with his maternal
grandfather. He relocated to Innsbruck with his parents in Austria in
1792 and underwent theological and philosophical studies at the
Seminary there. He was elevated to the Diaconate on 24 June 1800 and
later received his Ordination to the Priesthood on 27 July 1800.
Tschiderer celebrated his first Mass at San Antonio di Padua church at Collalbo.
From 1800 to 1802 he spent time as an assistant priest and then
travelled to Rome for further studies and a pilgrimage where he was
named as an Apostolic Nuncio. He met the new Pope Pius VII several
times during the course of 1802. He later returned and assumed
pastoral work once more in the German part of Trent and was made a
Professor of moral and pastoral theological studies there. In 1810 he
became the parish priest at Sarentino – where he opened a small school
– and then as the new parish priest at Merano.
On 26 October 1826 the Bishop Luschin appointed him as the Cathedral
Canon and then on 26 December 1827 pro-vicar at Trent. On 24 February
1832 the Bishop Galura from Brixen selected him as Titular Bishop of
Heliopolis – which received papal confirmation – and then as the Vicar-General for Vorarlberg while also being named as an Auxiliary
Bishop of Brixen at the same time. He received his Episcopal
Consecration on 20 May 1832 in a Servite church. In 1834 the Emperor
Francis I nominated him as the new Bishop of Trent, which the Holy
He spent his Episcopate writing and preaching as well as teaching
catechism. He devoted a considerable part of his revenues to the
building and restoration of over 60 churches and to the purchase of
books for the parsonages and chaplains’ houses. He used the third
centennial of the opening of the Council of Trent to promote religious
revival through popular pastoral initiatives.
His charitable outreach to the poor and the sick was carried so far
that he was often left without much himself. He left his residence to
the institution for the deaf and dumb at Trent and to the educational
institute for seminarians that he had founded and was later named
after him as the “Joanneum”. Tschiderer tended to the victims of
cholera epidemics in 1836 and in 1855 as well as to those affected in
a war in 1859.
He intervened to prevent the 20 March 1848 uprising becoming a
bloodbath and was hailed as a hero. He tried to appeal to the Austrian
forces to spare the lives of 21 members of the Franco-Italian forces
who were captured but was denied, so provided religious assistance and
a solemn burial for them after their executions. Tschiderer ordained
as a priest Saint Daniel Comboni in 1854. He promoted the
Redemptorists and Jesuits in the region.
Tschiderer planned a pilgrimage to Rome in 1854 to commemorate the
dogma of the Immaculate Conception but his ill health prevented him
from doing so. He died during the evening of 3 December 1860 after
suffering high fevers and being bedridden while also suffering from a
heart ailment since 1859. He received the Anointing of the Sick prior
to his death and received a papal blessing from Pope Pius IX.
St Pope John Paul II Beatified him in Trent on 30 April 1995 before
100, 000 people. The cause started in 1886 under Pope Leo XIII and St
Pope Paul VI titled him as Venerable in 1968. The Beatification
miracles include the healing of blindness of a 4-year-old in 1867 and
the 1871 cure of a young priest who was on his death-bed with
from Anastpaul 2019
If the Church is true, all in her is true; he who admits not the one,
believes not the other.
--Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders
and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and
worshipped God, Saying, Amen! Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for
ever and ever. Amen (Revelation 7:11,12 )
And here are some of the favors God blessed St Francis Xavier with…
1. Restored sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf.
2. Also restoration to the cripples.
3. When he preached, people of several different languages could understand him, the true sense of speaking in tongues, by the way.
4. He even raised people from the dead, and in one case, the person
had to be dug up from his grave.
5. Accurate prophesies of events in distant places and times.
6. When he himself died, his body remained incorrupt with no decay.
7. Over 500 soldiers and sailors witnessed this miracle: the
turning of a large quantity of salt water to fresh, which saved their
lives. This water also resulted in more healings later on.
This man brought the faith to six countries in Asia, including China and Japan.
Why did the Lord choose to work all these miracles through him?
Here are some clues:
1. This man was not lukewarm. He served God with his whole heart,
mind and soul.
2. He did not indulge in pleasures and luxuries.
3. Instead he spent most of his free time in prayer and penance.
4. He truly labored for the salvation of souls, even unto the ends
of the Earth!
5. He wasn’t in it for the money!
Therefore it would seem God was pleased with him and answered his
prayers and also is one of those who fulfilled John 14:12.