Bl. Karl of Austria-Hungary Prayer Card


Bl. Karl I or Charles I was the last Emperor of Austria, last King of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia. He became heir to the throne when his uncle Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo on July 28, 1914.

Karl had a winning personality. As a young child, he was very religious. He had a devotion the the Sacred Heart and the Eucharist. He would give away his clothes to less the fortunate. He was a good student, marksman and solder. He fought with his soldiers in the trenches. He was the only world leader who refused to use mustard gas and tried to end World War I peacefully.

He was deposed by the traitor, Miklos Horthy, who was to serve as regent until Karl could safely return. However, the greedy, power hungry Horthy took over the throne for himself. Karl , Zita and their family were exiled to a drafty house in Madeira, Portugal as a result. Karl developed a cold that turned into pneumonia while going to the local town for a birthday gift for one of his children. He died in exile in Monte Funchal, Portugal on April 1, 1922. The Emperor received the Sacrament of the Sick and spoke his last words: “Thy Holy Will be done. Jesus, Jesus, come! Yes—yes. My Jesus, Thy will be done—Jesus.”

When his body was exhumed in 1972, it was found to be incorrupt.


The prayer on the back:

God our Father, through the gift of
Blessed Emperor Karl You have given us
an example to follow. In extremely difficult
times he performed his burdensome tasks
without ever losing his faith. He always
followed Your Son, the true King.
He led a humble life, sincerely
loving the poor and giving himself
heart and soul to the search for peace.
Even when his life was in danger he
trusted in You, putting his life in
Your hands. Almighty and Merciful God,
by the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl,
we pray that You may give us his unconditional
faith to support us in our most difficult
situations, and the courage to always follow
the example of Your only Son.
Open our hearts to the poor, and strengthen
our commitment for peace within our families
and among all peoples.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Archdiocese of Vienna
May 18, 2004

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