August 7, Bl Edmund Bojanowski

August 7
BLESSED EDMUND BOJANOWSKI
Optional memorial
In the Archdioceses of Poznań and Wrocław – Obligatory memorial

Edmund Bojanowski was born on 14 November 1814 in Grabonóg in the Archdiocese of Poznań. A nobleman, patriot and devotee – he chose the path of celibacy to be freer and of service for the Kingdom of God. He interpreted the earthly reality in the Evangelical spirit, and, forgetting himself, he especially helped the neglected people in the countryside. In 1850 he founded the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He realised the common call to sainthood, serving as a role-model of the lay apostolate. He was the precursor of Vatican II. He died on 7 August 1871 in Górka Duchowna. He is a pioneer of lay apostolate closely cooperating with the Church hierarchy.

Common of Holy Men.

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OFFICE OF READINGS

SECOND READING

From letters of Blessed Edmund Bojanowski to Sisters Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(Mother House Archive of the Sisters Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dębica)
May Your Faithfulness Not Be Shaken

I am pleased by your openness and sincerity, when you confess your fear and yearning that possessed your soul. May you not be afraid. Think only of the voice you heard in your heart that called you to serve the Blessed Virgin. There had to be a great power and holiness in that voice since you immediately rushed to follow it and left the world behind. You are yourself writing that you were so happy that you would rather die than return to the world. Well, God in order to attract souls gives them in the beginning the sweetness of inspirations and showers them with flowers. Then he seems to leave the soul alone and change the sweetness into bitterness. He does so to try their persistence in the spiritual life. They therefore need to fight and toil until they bravely conquer temptations and obstacles. Only then will he give them twice as much this sweetness and consolation. This is the so-called angelic life when you do not feel the cross, nor the pain, yearning or bitterness; instead pure joy of the life given to God. Persevere in the battle, conquer by the grace of God the temptations that are mounting and when the inner storm ends, you will see the serenity in our heart and soul that will shine on you on earth as the herald of the future heavenly light and eternal happiness.

Work with your soul, loving God above all; work with your heart, practising love for neighbours; work with your thought, keeping it close to Christ’s cross; work with your hand, serving the poor and ill as if you served Jesus himself. Even if you ever feel weak, may your faithfulness not be shaken. Do not seek reward on earth, do not work for yourself, but for God and for neighbours.

May the Holy Spirit be your guide on heavenly ways, and your comforter on the sad and hard earthly ways so that you, burning with God’s love, may leave behind all the lay yearnings and vanities, and rest your love only in the heavenly goods and the consolations of the Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit send his fire to you that he sent to the Apostles so that you may be burning with God’s love and with the light of your deeds give thanks to the Spirit who has enlightened your path with his vocation.[1]

RESPONSORY Psalm 27(26):1; 23(22):4

The Lord is my light and my help; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; before whom shall I shrink?

If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear for you are there.
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; before whom shall I shrink?

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
you called Blessed Edmund to take care of children, the ill and poor,
grant gracefully that we, inspired by love and his example, may contribute to the renewal of all things in Christ through the task you have given us in this world.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum. Probatum seu confirmatum, die 7 ianuarii 2000, Prot. 2835/99/L.

[1] Translated by DChojnacki (2014).

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