Monday, September 1, 2014

Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan

Although not an official Saint of the Church yet, Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, he is one of my most favourite Saints.  His life and witness in a time of great trial speak so loudly of the greatness of our Faith and of the Most Precious Gift we have, the Holy Eucharist.

His Ten rules of life
1. I will live the present moment to the fullest.
2. I will discern between God and God’s works.
3. I will hold firmly to one secret: prayer. 
4. I will see in the Holy Eucharist my only power.
5. I will have only one wisdom: the science of the Cross.
6. I will remain faithful to my mission in the Church and for the Church as a witness of Jesus Christ. 
7. I will seek the peace the world cannot give. 
8. I will carry out a revolution by renewal in the Holy Spirit.
9. I will speak one language and wear one uniform: Charity.
10. I will have one very special love: The Blessed Virgin Mary.

Prayer for the Beatification of
Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

O mighty and eternal God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
I offer thanks for giving to the Church
the heroic testimony of Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân.
The suffering he experienced in prison,
which he united with the crucified Christ
and commended to the maternal protection of Mary,
is for the Church and the world a shining witness of unity and forgiveness,
and of justice and peace.
His loving person and his Episcopal ministry radiate the light of faith,
the enthusiasm of hope and the warmth of love.
Now, my Lord, through his intercession and according to your will,
grant me the grace I am imploring in the hope that
he will soon be elevated to the honour of sainthood.

Roma 16.9.2007
+ Giampaolo Crepaldi
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

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