Saturday, October 20, 2007

Blessed Charles of Austria

Tomorrow is his feast. Here is a biographical account, and another here.

Reduced to poverty, he lived with his family in a very humid house. He then fell fatally ill and accepted this as a sacrifice for the peace and unity of his peoples.

Charles endured his suffering without complaining. He forgave all those who conspired against him and died April 1st 1922 with his eyes turned toward the Holy Sacrament. On his deathbed he repeated the motto of his life: “I strive always in all things to understand as clearly as possible and follow the will of God, and this in the most perfect way”.



byron said...

Blessed be the Emperor, the "gift from heaven" as said Pope Pius X.

Karl von Hapsburg is the Champion sent from Heaven to protect and do battle for the Sacrament of Marriage, which is under direct assault. Karl's earthly example shines as a model for the modern man and woman. Karl and Zita dealt with every kind of oppression and assault upon their persons, their children, their positions, work, finances, while facing public derisions; and yet they remained faithful and steadfast.


Because they lived their Catholic faith without reserve; and the rosary never left their hands. Karl is said to have worn out a gold rosary given to him, such that it had to be replaced by a new one.

Karl made an oath to protect Austria and Hungary and the Church; and he will. He has a better vantage point now.

elena maria vidal said...

It is a miracle that they were not all killed like the Romanovs. May the Holy Emperor intercede for us all.