November 20, Bl Raphael (Rafał) Chyliński

December 2
BLESSED RAPHAEL CHYLIŃSKI, PRESBYTER
Optional memorial
In the Archdiocese of Łódź – Obligatory memorial

Raphael (Rafał) Chyliński was born in the village of Wysoczka near Poznań n 1694. After military service, he entered the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and received ordination in 1717. He stated at various monasteries. He combined love of God with heroic dedication to the service of the poor, sick and afflicted. He died in Łagiewniki near Łódź on 2 December 1741.

Common of Pastors.

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OFFICE OF READINGS

SECOND READING

From the homily of Pope John Paul II in Warsaw on the day of the beatification of Blessed Raphael Chyliński
(AAS 84 [1992] pp. 377-381)
Social Love

According to the Gospel, the commandment to love has also a social dimension. Christ says, “This is my commandment: love one another,” love one another socially.

The Council teaches, “Man is the only creature on earth which God, creating it, willed for itself.” And at the same time man – an image of God and His likeness – will not realise himself “except through a sincere gift of himself.”

I wish to leave you, brothers and sisters, an additional incentive, as it were, to love with such a love which wants to offer to God all of himself, and loves neighbours as himself. During the present Holy Mass, a Franciscan, Fr Raphael Chyliński has been declared blessed. He was a man of great prayer and, simultaneously, great heart for the poor. When the epidemic broke out in Kraków in 1736, he dedicated all of himself to all kinds of service to the sick, heedless of his own safety. He devotedly served the poor and infected victims of the epidemic, as well as anyone who showed up at his monastery in Łagiewniki, which is now a district of Łódź. Many a time he would give them his own portion of food or his own cape as he did not have anything else. Soon after his death, the beatification process commenced, but it was detained due to the partitions of Poland.

The fact that for such a long time the memory of his sainthood has not died away is a proof that God has waited on purpose so that His servant might be declared blessed in the free Poland.

This what made me think while I was reading his life. It was connected to the Saxon period and we all know that it was a sad time not only from the point of view of the political history of First Republic, but also of social morality.

Fr Raphael chose the vocation of a poor brother of St Francis. His life, hidden in Christ, was a protest against this self-destructive consciousness, attitude and conduct of the noblemen of that Saxon period, whose end we all know too well. And why does the Providence remind us of that today? Why did the process not mature earlier through all the signs of earth and heaven so that we might declared Fr Raphael blessed? Answer this question for yourselves. Let us all answer this question. Let us all ponder the significance of this beatification of 1991 AD.[1]

RESPONSORY Matthew 25:35; 40; Proverb 19:17

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.
Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.

He who has compassion on the poor lends to the Lord.
Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.

MORNING PRAYER

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
you endowed Blessed Raphael Chyliński, presbyter, with the grace of imitating humble and poor Christ and of bringing help to the needy and sick in the spirit of the evangelical love,
grant that by his example we may perform works of Christian mercy and deserve to be accepted to the host of your blessed in your kingdom.
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.

EVENING PRAYER

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum. Probatum seu confirmatum, die 6 martii 1992. Prot. CD 21/92.

[1] Translated by DChojnacki (2016).

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