19 November: Saint Raphael of St. Joseph Kalinowski

Raphael Kalinowski was born to Polish parents in the city of Vilnius in 1835. Following military service, he was condemned in 1864 to ten years of forced labor in Siberia. In 1877 he became a Carmelite and was ordained a priest in 1882. He contributed greatly to the restoration of the Discalced Carmelites in Poland. His life was distinguished by zeal for Church unity and by his unflagging devotion to his ministry as confessor and spiritual director. He died in Wadowice in 1907.

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Quote of the day, 2 October: St. Raphael Kalinowski

St Raphael Kalinowski was aware of the news, even as he aged. We note that he greatly distrusted the Russian Church: "From Moscow with caution! You cannot trust her sincerity." And when delinquents attacked a Carmelite procession in Rome, he wrote, "how long, O Lord?!"

Quote of the day, 21 July: St. Raphael Kalinowski

At the end of his canonical visitations to the Discalced Carmelite nuns in Poland, St. Raphael Kalinowski would offer words of encouragement to each monastery: "Love is strong as death. And just as nothing can resist death, love gives strength to triumph over every challenge. Then you don’t feel pain, and if you do you welcome it. From this fire of God’s love the flame of love of neighbor arises.

Quote of the day, 26 February: St. Raphael Kalinowski

St. Raphael Kalinowski understands the struggle of a people to defend their homeland against an occupying power. “Can I remain passive when so many people have sacrificed everything for this cause, undoubtedly a national cause?” A prisoner of war condemned to Siberia, he took the Gospels, his crucifix, and The Imitation of Christ.

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