SAINT OF THE DAY: 15 MARCH, 2016

Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer

Redemptorist Priest, confessor
(1751-1821)

Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer

Born in 1751, the youngest of twelve children, Clement was six years old when his father died.

His great desire was to become a priest, but since his family was unable to give him the necessary education, he became a baker’s assistant, devoting all his spare time to study.

He was a servant in the Premonstratensian monastery of Bruck from 1771 to 1775, then lived for some time as a hermit.

He made three pilgrimages to Rome, and during the third, accompanied by a good friend, he entered with the same friend the Redemptorist novitiate at San Giuliano.

The two were professed in 1785 and ordained a few days later.

The two priests were sent in the same year to found a house north of the Alps, and Saint Alphonsus, Founder of the Redemptorist Order, prophesied their success.

They were granted a church in Warsaw by King Stanislaus Poniatowski, and labored under incredible difficulties from 1786 to 1808.

A larger church was also reserved for them, where daily instructions were given for non-Catholics.

Saint Clement also founded in Warsaw an orphanage and a school for boys.

His great friend, Thaddeus Habul, died in 1807; the following year four houses founded by Saint Clement were suppressed and the Redemptorists expelled from the Grand Duchy.

Saint Clement went with one companion to Vienna, where for the last twelve years of his life he acted as chaplain and director at an Ursuline convent.

There he exercised a veritable apostolate among all classes in the capital.

He devoted himself in a special way to the conversion and formation of young men.

When he died in 1821, Pius VII said, Religion in Austria has lost its chief support.

(SOURCE: The Catholic Encyclopedia, edited by C. G. Herbermann with numerous collaborators (Appleton Company: New York, 1908).)

READING OF THE DAY: 15 MARCH, 2016

Jesus christ images

“Jesus said to the Pharisees: “I am going away and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin.

Where I am going you cannot come.”

So the Jews said, “He is not going to kill himself, is he, because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?”

He said to them, “You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above.

You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world.

That is why I told you that you will die in your sins.

For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.”

So they said to him, “Who are you?”

Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning.

I have much to say about you in condemnation.

But the one who sent me is true, and what I heard from him I tell the world.”

They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father.

So Jesus said (to them), “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me.

The one who sent me is with me.

He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.”

Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.” –┬áJohn 8:21-30.