Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Laity to be beatified.

Alojzij Grozde, a 19 year old lay man in the Archdiocese of Ljubljana, Slovenia who was martyred by Communist partisans on 1 January 1943 in Mirna, Trebnje, Slovenia, is among those whose cause for beatification was approved on June 8, 2010.  Grosde is my favorite of the group because he had been rejected by his mother who bore him out of wedlock... needless to say he had a difficult childhood - and came through it a saint.
Another favorite of mine is Lolo, Manuel Lozano Garrido, a Spanish journalist who spent most of his life in a wheel chair.  Garrido will be beatified Saturday, June 12.
Read more here.
(Br. William - I will do a post listing the names of several lay saints soon - sorry for the delay.)



  1. Wonderful news!
    I know I'm up late...can't get to sleep. Hope I don't scandalize anyone.
    I will be up at 4:30 AM whether I want to or not...God calls!
    Thanks, Terry!

  2. Thanks, Terry! I had no idea about the Lojze Grosde. The 40's were bad for the faithful.

  3. The sanctity of lay women and men is something that the Church in the New Millenium must celebrate.
    Pope John Paul II made a particular effort to recognize laity who were blesseds and saints.
    Our Association of the Faithful attempts to promote the "universal call to holiness" in all the states of life...especially the lay faithful, married and single.
    Our monastic community is very small because in the percentage of things, monastic religious are very uncommon...but the saints int he midst of the laity are "legion"...that's our charism.
    Our monastic community is here only to assist the lay faithful and diocesan priests in their most important/essential mission of "making God present to the world and the world present to God" (our motto).
    Thanks, Terry, for making this known.
    We are all called to be saints. Each and every one of us.


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