• By falling down, Christ rose up

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    By falling down, Christ rose up

    We see that when Christ rose like the sun from his sepulcher this
    meant that it was not only a ray of sunlight that was arising and
    shining at that moment, but rather many rays, many shining splendors,
    life itself, and the very future of the world, being embraced and
    enhanced by Christ. Joy, birth, a new birth for all of us: a wonderful
    birth in which we were all reborn, and moreover one that overcame
    death, anguish, despair. By contrast with darkness light shines
    brighter. The anguishing hours before such a birth, hours of despair
    and death, enhance such a birth, since out of suffering, misery,
    grief, came out victory and life. A paradox: By falling down Christ
    rose up, out of death life arose and conquered the heavens. In such a
    manner, we conclude that the deeper the roots, the higher the plant
    that grows out of such roots, and in a parallel way out of an
    experience so deep and poignant, of agony and despair, Christ came to
    know an existence of bliss.
     —Luis de León, O.S.A.

    8 September – Saint Corbinian

     (c 670–c 730)
     First Bishop of Freising and Founder of the Diocese, Hermit,
    Missionary, Confessor. After living as a hermit near Chartres for
    fourteen years, he made a pilgrimage to Rome. Pope Gregory II sent him
    to Bavaria. His opposition to the marriage of Duke Grimoald to his
    brother’s widow, Biltrudis, caused Corbinian to go into exile for a
    time. Also known as Latin: Corbinianus; French: Corbinien; German:
    Korbinian, Waldegiso.

    Corbinian was born sometime around 670, not in today’s southern
    Germany but in what we now call France, indeed very near the centre of
    modern northern France, at Chatres.

    Corbinian’s life was recorded by Arbeo of Freising, one of his
    successors as Bishop of Freising, who lived from 723-784. According to
    Arbeo, Corbinian’s father, Waldegiso, after whom the boy was
    originally named, died when he was a child. His father’s death was
    followed some years later by that of his mother, who had renamed him
    after her own name, Corbiniana. For some years after her death the
    young Corbinian lived as a hermit in the forest not far from his home.
    Here he prayed and studied and attracted a number of disciples.
    Dismayed by the interruptions in his intended life of prayer that were
    being made by the demands of his followers, he decided to journey to
    Rome and become a hermit there, near the tomb of Saint Peter.

    On arrival in Rome rumour of his spiritual prowess reached the ears of
    Pope Gregory II. Gregory suggested that he should use his abilities
    not in withdrawal into a hermitage but to bring the people of his
    homeland to the Gospel and he sent him back to the north, ordaining
    him as a Missionary Bishop before he left. This was fairly standard
    practice at this time, for a Missionary Bishop had the full power of
    the Church behind him. He could preach, offer the Eucharist, Baptise,
    Confirm and Ordain, thus enabling him to plant new Churches with
    complete structures in areas outside the surviving and functioning
    Roman towns, which still had resident Bishops.

    Corbinian set out as a pilgrim Bishop and was successful in the
    Frankish territories. Sometime around 723 he returned to Rome and on
    the way there acquired his most famous miracle and the symbol by which
    he is so well remembered.

    According to the story, as he travelled through the foothills of the
    Alps, his horse was attacked and killed by a bear. Nothing daunted,
    Corbinian subdued the bear and, as a penance for killing the horse,
    asked the bear to carry his bags in its stead. The bear accepted the
    penance . Corbinian saddled it and loaded his bags on its back. The
    bear was as good as its word, carrying them all the way to the gates
    of Rome. At Rome, Corbinian released it back to the wild with thanks.
    The bear became the symbol of Saint Corbinian as well as the symbol
    for the town of Freising.

    After reporting to Pope Gregory II on this second trip to Rome, Saint
    Corbinian was sent back to the north to continue his Missionary work.
    He appears to have arrived in the Freising region about 724 and
    established a Benedictine Monastery there.

    Almost immediately he entered into a controversy with Grimoald, the
    duke then ruling the area now called Bavaria, on behalf of the
    Frankish kings. Grimoald, who, as a Frankish noble, was already a
    Christian, had contracted a marriage to his brother’s widow,
    Biltrudis. This kind of marriage was considered incest if undertaken
    without a dispensation (this is the very same issue that applied to
    Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon hundreds of years later,
    causing Henry to break away from the Catholic Church). Corbinian
    denounced the marriage and was forced by threats from Grimoald and
    Biltrudis to leave the area, retreating to northern Italy for a while.
    On their deaths he was able to return to Freising and resume his work.

    He died there on 8 September 730 and this day became his feast day. Of
    course, his feast day was overshadowed by the greater feast of the
    Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it has subsequently been moved
    to 20 November in Freising in veneration of the translation of St
    Corbinian’s relics.

    Corbinian’s Bear is used as the symbol of Freising in both civic and ecclesiastical heraldry. It appeared on the arms of Pope Benedict XVI,
    who first adopted the symbol when, still known as Joseph Ratzinger, he
    was appointed Archbishop of Freising-Munich in March 1977. He retained
    the bear in his revised coat of arms when he was elevated to Cardinal
    in June of the same year and again on his Papal Coat of Arms when he
    was elected in 2005.


    Saint Quote:
    In the spiritual life he who does not advance goes backward. It
    happens as with a boat which always must go ahead. If it stands still
    the wind blows it back. Fix the time, the length of your meditation,
    and do not rise from your place until you have finished even at the
    cost of being crucified.
    --Padre Pio

    Bible Quote:
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according
    to his great mercy hath regenerated us unto a lively hope, by the
    resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead: Unto an inheritance,
    incorruptible, and undefiled and that cannot fade, reserved in heaven
    for you, Who, by the power of God, are kept by faith unto salvation,
    ready to be revealed in the last time.  (1 Peter 1:3-5) DRB

    The Birth of Mary

    We Fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our
    petitions in our necessities, and deliver us from all dangers, O ever
    glorious and blessed Virgin!

      Mary is born! The dawn announcing the coming salvation of mankind is
    at hand. The deep significance of Mary's birth is expressed in the
    words of the Church: "Thy birth, O virgin Mother of God, has brought
    joy to the world; for from thee is to come forth the Sun of Justice,
    Christ our Lord, to dispel the curse and bring the blessing, to
    conquer death and bring us everlasting life. On this day a light broke
    forth to brighten the paths of men through all time. Let us, then,
    rejoice in Mary's coming."

    Equally expressive and touching are the reflections of that great
    Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine: "The day has dawned, the
    long-wished for day of the blessed and venerable Virgin Mary. Well may
    this earth of ours rejoice and be glad for having been honored and
    sanctified by the birth of such a virgin."

    Practice:  Let us, then, rejoice in Mary's coming. Let us hail the
    birth of her who attained the dignity of mother without losing the
    high privilege of a virgin. Let us imitate her holy life, that she may
    become our intercessor before the throne of her Son, our judge and
    redeemer. By becoming the Mother of God she became also our Mother. As
    Mother of the Redeemer she is also the Mother of the redeemed. Richard
    of St. Lawrence writes: "If we desire grace and help, let us have
    recourse to Mary and we shall obtain what we desire." For, as St.
    Alphonsus remarks: "All graces and gifts which God has resolved to
    bestow upon us He gives us through the hands of Mary."

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