On the First of Observance of the Memorial of Bl. Bernard de Hoyos, SJ

November 29, 2010


For the edification of all, I thought I might include the second reading of the Office of Readings for the feast of Bl. Bernard de Hoyos, SJ.  Today marks the first observance of his memorial.


He was born on 20 August 1711 in Torrelobaton, in the modern province of Vallalodid, Spain.  After excelling in classical studies in the Colleges of Medina del Campo and Villagarcia de Campos, he entered the Society of Jesus on 11 July 1726 and was ordained a priest on 2 January 1735.  He always distinguished himself for his perfection in the virtues and particularly for his love of God and of neighbor.  From the beginning until the end of his religious life he received eminent mystical graces from the Lord.  He was responsible for the introduction of the public veneration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Spain.  He died of typhus in Valladolid on 29 November 1735 during his terrtianship.  In 2009, Benedict XVI inscribed him in the book of the Blessed.



From the Instruction of Blessed Bernard Francis de Hoyos to Brother Ignatius Osorio

(Vallalodid, 14 September 1732, nn. 40-41; MS 1596, University Library of Salamanca.)

A divine and heavenly peace in your heart

Try to have, my beloved brother, a divine and heavenly peace in your heart. Read the rest of this entry »

Bl. Matteo Ricci?

January 28, 2010


A news item: several sources suggest that the cause of Fr. Matteo Ricci, SJ (1552-1610) is moving forward due to the renewed interest of Bishop Claudio Giuliodori of Macerata, the diocese of Ricci’s birth.  Though the cause officially opened in 1984 and Ricci was declared “Servant of God” in 1985, proceedings stalled for unspecified reasons.  On January 24th, however, the diocesan tribunal finally swore in officials (including an official postulator, Fr. Tony Witwer, SJ) and opened an investigation to collect historical documentation.

Of course, since Ricci was the pioneer and architect of acculturated evangelization in China (one can find helpful information about him here and here), the news is also significant for the whole field of missiology. How does one present the Gospel to a culture that has developed for millennia without reference to it?  Certain prudential judgments of Ricci regarding the translation of God into Mandarin and the Chinese practice of ancestor “worship” were eventually condemned in the Chinese Rites Controversy.  From a distance of three centuries, however, these decisions seem to have been premature. Read the rest of this entry »