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Charles of Austria

TODAY IS THE first feast of Blessed Charles since the announcement last December that the cause for the canonisation of his wife, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, has been opened as well. In an age when most people in government and public leadership seem barely even decent, let alone saints, it is all the more important to seek the prayers and intercession of Charles and Zita — husband and wife, mother and father, Emperor and Empress — for the preservation of peace, the prevention of war, and the renovation of our families as well as our societies at large.

Charles was born the son of the second son of the Emperor’s brother and so the possibility of him ever ascending to the Austro-Hungarian throne seemed distant, perhaps even remote. When the great Pope St. Pius X received the young Charles, however, he said:

I bless Archduke Charles, who will be the future Emperor of Austria and will help lead his countries and peoples to great honor and many blessings–but this will not become obvious until after his death.

One saint prophesying the future of another.

A particularly appropriate way of praying for the holy emperor’s intercession would be to say the novena composed by the Emperor Charles Prayer League for Peace Among the Nations (or Kaiser Karl Gebetsliga für den Völkerfrieden), which can be found here.

Pilgrims can also venerate his relics or pray at shrines dedicated to Charles in Australia, the Philippines, Austria, Belgium, Bohemia, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Lebanon, Canada, Mexico, the United States, Brazil, Chile, and of course on the Portuguese island of Madeira where he died and is entombed.

Blessed Charles of Austria, pray for Peace
Blessed Charles of Austria, pray for Europe
Blessed Charles of Austria, pray for us

Charles & Zita, pray for us

Index: Charles of Austria

This post was published on Thursday, October 21st, 2010 12:12 pm. It has been categorised under Austria Bohemia Hapsburg Hungary Monarchy Saints and been tagged under , , , , , .
Fr. J
21 Oct 2010 1:53 pm

I celebrated the votive Mass for Blessed Charles today. He is an excellent example of Catholic piety and political leadership. The Empire would have thrived under his rule.

B. Lewis
22 Oct 2010 2:36 am

Our parish, Saint Mary the Virgin in Arlington, Texas, celebrates the Emperor’s feast day today. His shrine will be decked with flowers, and petitions to him for intercession made.

Austriae est imperare orbi universo. Someday the Empire will return. Until then: blessed Karl von Habsburg, pray for us.

Firmus et Rusticus
22 Oct 2010 7:30 am

Mr. Cusack,
Do you know where might be the above mentioned shrine in Spain?

Baron von Hetterscheidt
22 Oct 2010 3:20 pm

I ponder the faces of our natural, God-given leaders and I ask myself: how long will He allow us to continue to exist, we who have allowed the hideous usurpations under which we all (all but the Liechtensteiners) now live?

Werner Hetterscheidt
17 Oct 2014 5:02 pm

Wo lebt und wohnt der “Baron von Hetterscheidt”?

LGaylord Clark
18 Oct 2014 8:00 pm

I suspect, Herr Hetterscheidt, that the Baron is using a pseudonym. Perhaps he descends from the extinct Rhenish noble family of the name and is amused by the conceit of using it when commenting on Cusackian musings on matters Central European.

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