Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Blessed Sara Salkahazi

I was recently catching up on back issues of L'Osservatore Romano, and found an interesting article about a new Blessed. Sister Sara Salkahazi was beatified in Budapest, Hungary, this past September 17.
Her short biography had many things that amazed me. She entered the Sisters of Social Service at age 30, and had to kick her chain-smoking habit. She also knew the power of the media. She had worked as a bookbinder and a journalist, and edited and published a Catholic women's magazine in Hungary. This was during the time that our founder, Bl. James, was promoting Catholic publishing also. St. Maximilian Kolbe and Bl. Titus Brandsma were doing the same things in other places in Europe. It seems that the Holy Spirit was leading the Church to understand the power of the media.

Bl. Sara must have been something of a character, because at one point she was denied permission for a year to renew her temporary vows. But she persevered, and during World War II she and other sisters saved the lives of over 1000 Jews. She was martyred on Dec 27, 1944, at the age of 45. The Nazis shot her in cold blood for her work in saving Jews. Before her execution, she slowly and deliberately made the sign of the cross, testifying to her Christian faith.

Blessed Sara, pray for us!

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