POPE FRANCIS TELLS NEW AMBASSADORS DIPLOMACY IS SERVICE IN THE CAUSE OF PEACE - A CLOTHESPIN DOLL, A HABIT AND A BIT OF CHURCH HISTORY
Thursday, May 15, 2014
POPE FRANCIS TELLS NEW AMBASSADORS DIPLOMACY IS SERVICE IN THE CAUSE OF PEACE

Pope Francis this morning received the Letters of Credence from a group of new ambassadors to the Holy See from Ethiopia, India, Jamaica, Liberia, South Africa, Sudan, and Switzerland. In remarks prepared for the occasion and delivered to the ambassadors in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis spoke of diplomacy as a service in the cause of peace.

Peace, he said. This word sums up all the goods to which every person and all human societies aspire.

The Holy Father went on to say, Even the commitment with which we seek to promote diplomatic relations has, in the final analysis, no other purpose than this: to build peace in the human family through the promotion of justice and integral human development. It is a goal never fully achieved, and one that requires each new generation to commit itself anew to its pursuit.

Pope Francis went on to highlight two issues that he said pose urgent challenges to the pursuit of peace: the arms trade and forced migration.

Everyone talks about peace, he stated, all claim to want it, but unfortunately the proliferation of weapons of any kind leads in the opposite direction. He went on to say that the arms trade has the effect of complicating and averting conflict resolution, especially since commerce in arms often operates largely outside the law. As we gather in this Apostolic See, which by its nature is invested with a special service to the cause of peace, said Pope Francis, let us join our voices in hoping that the international community should give rise to a new season of courageous and concerted effort, against the trade in arms.

Turning to forced migration, the Holy Father called the problem a complex phenomenon and he recognized considerable efforts are being made by international organizations, states, social forces, and also religious communities and the volunteer sector, to respond effectively to the gravest emergencies. It is time, he said, to deal with the issue in a serious and responsible political perspective, involving all levels, from the global to the local.

Pope Francis concluded by renewing expressions of the Holy Sees determination to continue to work together with its diplomatic partners and the whole international community to pursue justice and peace on the basis of universally recognized human rights, and promised the new ambassadors that the Churchs universal governing structures are available to their countries in that pursuit.

A CLOTHESPIN DOLL, A HABIT AND A BIT OF CHURCH HISTORY

Two days ago on my Facebook page, I wrote: I received a letter from a fan who enclosed the following photo, asking me if I could identify the religious habit on this 1850 clothespin nun doll. Unless it was created by the person making the doll - does this religious habit ring a bell with anyone?

Now, on that page (link to Facebook at bottom of this page), you can see the comments and a photo I received from one reader Missy and the rest, as they say, is history: The clothespin doll from 1850 indeed seems to be a religious Mother Superior? of the Sisters of Mary Reparatrix.

The most astonishing part of this story, for me at least, is that Blessed Emilie, who founded the Order, is buried in the church of Saint Bonaventure in Rome! And the motherhouse of her sisters is in Rome as well. Ill have to pay a visit and take some photos and send them to Elizabeth B. Hamilton of Scottsville, Virginia, who wrote the original letter, asking me about the doll. Thanks you, Elizabeth, for this treasure hunt!

Here is more about that the Order and its foundress, Blessed Emilie: http://saints.sqpn.com/blessed-emilie-doultremont-dhoogvorst/

Blessed Emilie dOultremont dHooghvorst, also known as Emilie dOultremont van der Linden dHooghvorst, Marie of Jesus and Mary of Jesus was born to nobility, the daughter of Count dEmile Oultremont de Wgimont a de Warfuse, a diplomat who represented King Leopold I to the Vatican. From childhood milie had a great devotion to the Eucharist and the Sacred Heart of Jesus; she later developed a great admiration of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Married to Victor van der Linden, Baron dHooghvorst in 1837. Mother of two boys and two girls. She sought out Jesuits for spiritual guidance. Widowed in 1847. When her sons entered college in France, she decided to move, too.

On 8 December 1854, the day the dogma of Marys Immaculate Conception was proclaimed, milie experienced a profound spiritual experience and announced she was going into religious life. With a small group of young women, she founded the Institutum a Maria Reparatrice (Sisters of Mary Reparatrix) on 1 May 1857 in Strasbourg, France. On 2 May 1858, Emilie made her vows, taking the name Mary of Jesus. Soon after her daughters joined the Sisters, which caused even more turmoil in her family; few had supported her entering religious life, and many complained that the girls had followed only for her mothers sake.

In 1859 Mother Marie received a request for help from Jesuit missionaries in Madras, India. The Sisters expanded to India in 1860, England in 1862, Belgium in 1863, Mauritius in 1866, France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, and then Jerusalem in 1888. The motherhouse was relocated from Strasbourg to Rome, Italy. She died on 22 February 1878 at the home of her son Adrien in Florence, Italy of natural causes, and was buried in the church of Saint Bonaventure in Rome, Italy. She was beatified on 12 October 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

WEB PAGE OF THE SISTERS OF MARY REPARATRIX http://www.smr.org/en/page.php?id=23

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