From Franciscan Media
Blessed Honoratus Kozminski, Saint of the Day for December 16, (October 16, 1829 – December 16, 1916)
Blessed Honoratus Kozminski’s Story
Wenceslaus Kozminski was born in Biala Podlaska in 1829. By the age of 11 he had lost his faith. By the age of 16 his father had died. He studied architecture at the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Suspected of participating in a rebellious conspiracy against the Czarists in Poland, he was imprisoned from April 1846 until March of 1847. His life then took a turn for the better, and in 1848 he received the Capuchin habit and a new name, Honoratus. He was ordained in 1855 and dedicated his energies to the ministry where he was involved, among other things, with the Secular Franciscan Order.
A 1864 revolt against Czar Alexander III failed, which led to the suppression of all religious orders in Poland. The Capuchins were expelled from Warsaw and moved to Zakroczym. There Honoratus founded 26 religious congregations. These men and women took vows but did not wear a religious habit and did not live in community. In many regards, they lived as members of today’s secular institutes do. Seventeen of these groups still exist as religious congregations.
Father Honoratus’ writings include many volumes of sermons, letters, and works on ascetical theology, works on Marian devotion, historical and pastoral writings, as well as many writings for the religious congregations which he founded.
When various bishops sought to reorganize the communities under their authority in 1906, Honoratus defended them and their independence. In 1908, he was relieved of his leadership role. Nevertheless he encouraged the members of these communities to be obedient to the Church.
Father Honoratus died on December 16, 1916, and was beatified in 1988.
Father Honoratus realized that the religious communities that he founded were not truly his. When ordered by Church officials to relinquish control, he instructed the communities to be obedient to the Church. He could have become bitter or combative, but instead he accepted his fate with religious submission, and realized that the gifts of the Religious were to be gifts to the larger community. He learned to let go.
Saint of Prisoners
Another saint of today is St. Adelaide of Italy,
St Adelaide of Italy/Burgundy – Holy Roman Empress, widow, Foundress of monasteries and Apostle of Charity (c 931-999) (c 931 at Burgundy, France – 999 at the monastery of Selta (Seltz), Alsace of natural causes). Patronages – • abuse victims• against in-law problems• brides• empresses• exiles• parenthood• parents of large families• people in exile• princesses• prisoners• second marriages• step-parents• victims of abuse• widows.
Attributes – • empress dispensing alms and food to the poor, often beside a ship• escaping from prison in a boat• holding a church• veil.
St Adelaide was a Holy Roman Empress by marriage to Holy Roman Emperor Otto the Great; she was crowned as the Holy Roman Empress with him by Pope John XII in Rome on 2 February 962. She was regent of the Holy Roman Empire as the guardian of her grandson in 991-995.
St Adelaide was possibly the most prominent European woman of the tenth century through her second marriage to Otto the Great of Germany, the Holy Roman Emperor, Adelaide was regent for some time and later became the foundress of many monasteries of monks and nuns.
I am a big fan of Camille Paglia, have all her books and read any article she writes I come across, and this article about her from Catholic World Report is informative.
Camille Paglia is an enigma.
Identifying more with males than females since childhood, Paglia calls herself trans; yet she rejects a key false assumption of transgender ideology: “The cold biological truth is that sex changes are impossible.”
A libertine who labels herself gay, Paglia opposes legal prohibitions of prostitution and pornography; yet she also opposes the efforts to normalize homosexuality: “In nature, procreation is the single, relentless rule. That is the norm.”
Paglia is a feminist, yet she rejects the idea that women have historically been the victims of an oppressive male patriarchy and argues that men have dedicated their talents and sacrificed their lives for women and children since who knows how long ago: “[The feminist] portrayal of history as male oppression and female victimage is a gross distortion of the facts.”
Calling herself by turns a pagan and an atheist, Paglia says a true education includes the study of world religions. While no friend of dogma, she celebrates the transcendence and the beauty provided by religion, which she describes as “the metaphysical system that honors the largeness of the universe…. Without it, culture would revert to fear and despair.”
Paglia is saying in the secular media what some of us Catholics say only to each other in publications like this one. But why is she doing it? That’s the mystery.
It’s more clear to see how she can do it. One reason her commonsense remarks pass by the politically correct gatekeepers of public discourse is her brazen bio described above. The other reason is that she is a wicked smart woman and a highly educated member of the academy: she did her graduate work at Yale and has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia since 1984. She is the author of eight books and numerous articles, and she has been extensively interviewed. A 2005 Prospect/Foreign Policy poll ranked her twentieth on their list of the world’s top one hundred public intellectuals. In short, she has made a name for herself.
But back to the why. She admits to being a bomb-thrower: “My mission is to be absolutely as painful as possible in every situation.” But it appears that she is also motivated by something besides being provocative–conviction.
Paglia says that the civil rights movements of the 1950s and 1960s took a wrong turn somewhere: “Liberalism of the 1950s and ’60s exalted civil liberties, individualism, and dissident thought and speech…. But today’s liberalism has become grotesquely mechanistic and authoritarian: It’s all about reducing individuals to a group identity, defining that group in permanent victim terms, and denying others their democratic right to challenge that group and its ideology.”
Retrieved December 15, 2018 from https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/12/13/camille-paglia-plato-and-the-paradox-of-freedom/