See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Saturday, July 30, 2011

St. Leopold Mandic



St. Leopold found me.
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He died on July 30, 1942, therefore it seems no coincidence I came upon the Saint just in time to post about him on the anniversary of his death, although his liturgical feast day is on May 12.  I like very much the following quotes from the Capuchin confessor...

  • "Some say that I am too good. But if you come and kneel before me, isn't this a sufficient proof that you want to have God's pardon? God's mercy is beyond all expectation."
  • "Be at peace; place everything on my shoulders. I will take care of it." He once explained, "I give my penitents only small penances because I do the rest myself."
  • "A priest must die from apostolic hard work; there is no other death worthy of a priest."
Leopold suffered from esophagus cancer, which would ultimately lead to his death at age 76. On July 30, 1942, while preparing for the liturgy, he collapsed on the floor. He was then brought to his cell, where he was given the last rites. Friars that had gathered at his bed began singing the Salve Regina and saw that Leopold died as they sang "O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary." - Source
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Always an ardent student of Mariology (the study of Mary's role in Christ's Redemption of man, Padre Leopoldo wrote on a picture of the Blessed Virgin in 1927: "I. Fr. Leopoldo Mandie Zarevic. believe that the Blessed Virgin as Co-Redemptress of the human race is the moral cause of all grace -  everything we receive comes from her fullness. " On one occasion he solemnly wrote: "The August Mother of God is in truth Co-Redemptress of the human race and source of all Grace. In fact, on the one hand we have in her the most perfect obedience to God's laws and, after her Son, the most perfect innocence: He, impeccable by His nature, she, impeccable by Grace. On the other hand we see her as Our Lady of Sorrows, as He was the Man of Sorrows. If, therefore, by eternal decree of God, the Immaculate Virgin was the moral victim of sorrow as her Son was the physical victim, and if God's avenging Justice found no shadow of fault in them, it follows: inevitably that they were paying the price of the sins of others, that is of mankind."
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He will be my new patron now.

10 comments:

  1. Terry, this is why I love your blog. You find this gem of a little known Saint, and share it with us. It then expands our souls and places our heart that much closer to Jesus through the Church Triumphant.

    Seriously, I wish sometimes that my blog 'friends' and I could just sit around talking in 'real' life... maybe coffee every other saturday. Bagels too.

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  2. Oh I love him too! He looks so humble. I am going to ask for his prayers today.

    What he said about Mary and Jesus is profound, as much as I understand profound.

    I really just fell in love with this fella, God bless him and his soul.

    Thanks Terry.

    Let us know if you find any more of his writings please.

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  3. I have to admit that I had never heard of St Leopold before today. This is why I love your blog Terry. Every time I visit I find something new to capture my imagination and enrich me!
    I shall read up about the life of this humble man. Thanks for the great post.
    Ann

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  4. Hi Terry. Did you make it to the big sale in Sparta today?

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  5. Joe---coffe sounds like a GREAT idea!!

    There's a cute new coffee shop just down the street from where I live that I've been just DYING to try...

    Sara

    PS met a really nice mormon cowboy today while horseback riding...he really complimented me on my riding form and posture :) We have a horseback riding date next Saturday :)

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  6. Sarah said,
    "We have a horseback riding date next Saturday"

    What will you wear? I haven't managed to wear a skirt to work yet by the way....still trousers or slacks as they are more commonly termed in the states, I think?

    I would not be able to date a mormon whilst horse riding(where would I put my Douauy Rheims for starters?), also I would be talking so much or saying "Pardon? I didn't hear that, slow down fella" and dumb sentences such as those that I would fall off my horse, if I ever managed to climb on the right way round in the first place. No, that would not be my comfort zone for romance. Then again, I can't imagine where I would be comfortable. Maybe at home, in a chair, drinking tea, eating biscuits and no one else around. Oh, that kinds defeats the whole date deal though, I suppose?

    Hope you have a nice time Sarah, do 'spill all the beans' to us, afterwards (that's english slang for telling the gossip btw). I'll meet you in one of the comboxes next week, here at Terry's. i'll bring the coffee's.

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  7. Shadowlands--

    A horseback riding date is about as easy as they come...jeans, long-sleeved shirt, leather gloves, boots, straw cowboy hat, chapstick, just a dab of makeup, no cologne as you'll be applying bug repellant :)

    We'll be riding to a lake up in the mountains--2 hours each way--for a picnic..I'm using one of his horses as his are mountain savvy. I am hoping it wil be Rio as I rode him yesterday, but he is a very tall horse and I have short legs.. Nice thing about cowboys is that you can always talk about horses :)

    Saw on the news Zara Phillips got married this weekend...I understand she is quite a horsewoman...I could set her up on a wonderful honeymoon horseback trip up onthe mountain around park city, Utah. 6-8 hour trip with lunch..see some gorgeous country...not sure if her new hubby likes horses :)

    I'll let you know how the picnic goes :) Glad to hear the new job is going good :)

    Sara

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  8. St Leopold found me too! About 6 years ago I literally found his biography poking out from a box of books that someone had put on the curb as garbage. Since then he has become very special to me. In 2007, I traveled to Padua to his Shrine. It was beautiful! He is a great saint who should be known to all! God Bless You.

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