Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. - 1 Cor 9:24-27

Thursday, April 29, 2010

An Unbelieveable Blessing!

After Wednesday night Mass, the family had a wonderful opportunity to be blessed with a relic of Bishop Frederic Baraga!  Bishop Baraga, intercede for us!

We even had him as an overnight guest in our house Saturday evening.  My husband was at the cathedral for the Catholic men's conference and Father had asked him to transport Bishop's relic to our parish.

Bishop Frederic Baraga cause for sainthood is underway.

Bishop Frederic Baraga, first bishop of the Diocese of Marquette (from 1853 until 1868), was the first of many Slovenian missionaries to come to the United States to help build up the American Catholic Church.  Baraga's two successor bishops in Marquette, Most Reverend Ignatius Mrak and Most Reverend John Vertin, attribute their missionary vocations to him as well.  The seminarian, St. John Neumann, was inspired to come to America after reading Baraga's missionary accounts in Berichte, a publication of the Leopoldine Missionary Society in Vienna.

He wrote long and frequent accounts of his missionary activities including a three-volume diary.  He also wrote seven Slovenian prayerbooks and authored 20 Native American books which inlcudes his monumental Grammar and Dictionary of the Chippewa Language , still in use today.  He was the first bishop to write a pastoral letter in both the English and Chippewa languages. 

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