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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS May 26, 2017 7 joining a religious order instead. After reflecting before a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he felt the urging to go to Detroit and heeded this advice, joining the Capuchin order in 1897 and being given the religious name Solanus. Although he continued to struggle academically, Fa- ther Casey was at last ordained in 1904 by Milwaukee Archbishop Sebastian Messmer as a simplex priest, meaning he could celebrate Mass but could not preach doctrinal sermons or hear confessions. After serving for two decades in friaries and church- es in New York, Father Casey was transferred back to Detroit in 1924, where he began working as the porter - or doorkeeper - of St. Bonaventure Monastery. It was in this role - which eventually became the title of his 1968 biography written by James Patrick Derum (The Porter of St. Bonaventure's: The Life of Father Solanus Casey, Capuchin) - that Father Casey cemented his reputation for holiness and compassion. Charged with greeting those who came to the monas- tery's doors, Father Solanus conducted well-attended services for the sick and became known for his gen- tle, wise counsel and genuine concern for those who sought his aid. He helped establish the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in 1929 to feed the hungry during the Great Depression, a work that continues in Detroit today. I think Father's humility is a sign of the Gospel truth that God works through the little ones, Arch- bishop Vigneron said, adding Father Casey 's little- ness is reminiscent of the Blessed Virgin. St. Paul says, 'We're just vessels of clay so that God can be glo- rified.' Father's life, to my mind, is proof that the New Testament didn't end when the books were finished being written, but they continue today. BEGINNING THE CAUSE By the time of his death on July 31, 1957, devotion to Father Casey had grown to the point that more than 8,000 people attended his funeral - including those who traveled from afar to hear his guidance and keep his memory. Over the years the fame of Father Solanus has ex- tended around the world, and now has devotees in 27 countries, said Capuchin Father Larry Webber, who along with Brother Richard Merling is a vice postu- lator of Father Casey's sainthood cause, in charge of collecting, reporting and promoting materials related to the friar's life and reported miracles. Thousands of favors attributed to the intercession of Venerable Sola- nushavebeenreportedtotheiceoftheCausefor Sainthood of Father Solanus. icialsbegancollectingandorganizingmaterialfor FatherCasey'scausein1976,andby1983anicial archdiocesan investigation was opened into the life and virtues of Father Casey. During this investigatory phase, 53 witnesses gave sworn testimony to his he- roic virtues, and the next year their testimonies were sent to the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Led by Brother Leo Wollenwebber, OFM Cap., a three-volume positio was presented to the Vatican congregation,whichirmedFatherCasey'sheroic virtues in 1995. A few months later, on July 11, 1995, Father Casey was named venerable by Pope John Paul II, allowing for public devotion and advancing the cause for beatification. Twenty-one years later, that cause took its next step when, on Sept. 22, 2016, a panel of medical experts approved a miraculous healing attributed to Father Casey, and a panel of theological advisers concurred on Jan. 19, 2017, paving the way for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to recommend Father Casey's beatification to Pope Francis. BEATIFIED: Michigan priest moves closer to sainthood If you're afraid of science, you don't have faith BY HANNAH BROCKHAUS CNA/EWTN NEWS) The Detroit native and Jesuit director of the Vati- can Observatory, who has worked as an astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican for more than 20 years, told journalists that faith and reason are hardly at odds. If you have no faith in your faith, that is when you will fear science, Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., said May 8. He spoke to journalists at a press conference ahead of a May 9-12 sum- mit on Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and Space-Time Singulari- ties which was held in Castel Gan- dolfo at the Vatican Observatory, just outside Rome. The Vatican Observatory was founded in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII to show that the Church supports good science, and to do that we have to have good science, Brother Consolmagno said, explaining the reasoning behind the conference. The hope is that the encounter will foster good science, good discussion, and even friendship. Those of us that are religious, will recognize the presence of God, but you don't have to make a theological leap to search for the truth, Brother Consolmagno said. There are many things we know we do not understand. We cannot be good religious people or scientists if we think that our work is done. The summit is also taking place in recognition of Father Georges Lematre, the Belgian physicist and mathematician who is widely credited with developing the Big Bang theory to explain the origin of the physical universe. Addressing common misconceptions surrounding the Big Bang, such as the idea that it did away with the need for a creator, Brother Consolmagno said the solution isn't just to put God at the beginning of things and call that good, either. The creative act is happening continuously: If you look at God as merely the thing that started the Big Bang, then you get a nature god, like Jupiter throw- ing around lightning bolts. That's not the God that we as Christians believe in, he went on. We must believe in a God that is supernatural. We then recognize God as the one responsible for the existence of the universe, and our science tells us how he did it. The organizer of the conference, Father Gabriele Gionti, S.J., said Father Lematre always distinguished between the beginnings of the universe and its origins. The beginning of the universe is a scientific question, to be able to date with precision when things started. The origins of the universe, however, is a theologically charged question. Brother Consolmagno commented that God is not something we arrive at the end of our science, it's what we assume at the beginning. I am afraid of a God who can be proved by science, because I know my science well enough to not trust it! An atheist could assume something very different, and have a very different view of the universe, but we can talk and learn from each other. The search for truth unites us. The Church, in a sense, developed science through the medieval universities she founded, he explained. For example, Bishop Robert Grosseteste, a 13th century Bishop of Lincoln and chancellor of Oxford University, helped develop the scientific method and was often cited by Roger Bacon. Brother Guy Consolmagno Vatican Observatory logo From page 6

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