Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Homeless Piano Player in #VIRAL video reconnects with Son - Touching Story to SHARE


A homeless man from Florida has become famous with this viral video of him playing piano.  Donald Gould was found playing the piano outside a restaurant in Sarasota and a mother tried to help him.
A video was made and a Donald Gould Facebook page, and GoFundMe campaign was launched . In an Amazing turn of events Donald was able to reconnect with his 18 year-old son, Donny. Donny, was adopted by a Michigan couple at the age of five. Terri and Darryl, the adoptive parents, received a phone call from a friend who saw the story of Donald on Inside Edition.(Donny pictured below)
Donny hadn't seen his Dad since he was three. Donny says he loves his adopted parents, but still wanted to meet his biological father. He told Inside Edition that he thought getting in touch with Donald might "help the piano man as he gets his life back on track." Father and son recently had a video chat. Donald plans to enter rehab.
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#BreakingNews Pope Francis appoints Fr. Robert Barron as Aux. Bishop of Los Angeles - Full Statement


WordonFire Release: This morning, Pope Francis formally announced Father Robert Barron's appointment as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Bishop-Elect Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, host of the award-winning CATHOLICISM film series, and since 2012 has served as the Rector/President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago, IL.
His website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year. His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 13 million times. Next to Pope Francis, he is the most-followed Catholic leader on social media.
Bishop-Elect Barron's statement is below:
It was with enormous surprise that I received word of my appointment as auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, but it is with a humble and joyful heart that I accept it. The Church of Los Angeles—the most populous in the United States—is energetic, diverse, and creative. Over the years, I’ve visited many times, including multiple trips to the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim; most recently, I was in the Archdiocese for a lecture at Thomas Aquinas College. So though I can’t claim to know it well, I have been able to taste and see some of its richness. The late Francis Cardinal George—the spiritual grandfather of Word on Fire—was a mentor and friend to me. The mission closest to his heart was the evangelization of the culture, bringing Christ to the arenas of media, politics, law, education, the arts, etc. I can’t think of a more exciting field for this sort of work than Los Angeles, which is certainly one of the great cultural centers of our time.
Many might be wondering what this means for the important work of Word on Fire. The short answer is that it will certainly continue! Through the ministrations of Fr. Steve Grunow and his extremely gifted staff, we will keep bringing you my regular articles, sermons, videos, and media resources.
We have so many projects in the works, including our new film and study program on God and atheism, titled The Mystery of God, and our beautiful new documentary series CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Those projects will continue as planned with more to come in the future. I am grateful to all of you who follow and support Word on Fire, using our content to form yourselves and share the Catholic Faith. I thank God each and every day for you.
It is a blessing for me to work with you to introduce people to Jesus Christ and invite them to share all the gifts he wants his people to enjoy. Please pray for me as I begin this new adventure under the Lord’s providence.
- Bishop-Elect Robert Barron

#BreakingNews ISIS Suicide Bomber Kills 30 people in Syria - Please PRAY

After the IS attack, Ankara announces more controls on border with Syria
A suicide bomber, probably a woman, blew herself up at a press conference held by pro-Kurdish activists, who were presenting their plan to cross the border to help rebuild Kobane.

Ankara (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has promised to boost security along the country's border with Syria, after 30 people were killed by a bomb in the town of Suruc.
The bomber, probably a woman, struck a group of pro-Kurdish activists, who were holding a press conference to present their plan to cross the border to help rebuild Kobane, a town that saw a violent battle between Kurds and Islamic State (IS) forces.
A video shows the group holding a news conference to discuss their plans, when an explosion rips through the young people – mostly of university age – gathered at a cultural centre. News of the attack triggered protests in Istanbul.
Turkey has been accused of facilitating the movement of IS supporters, and remains concerned about Kurdish separatism.
However, "Turkey has taken and will continue to take all necessary measures against the Islamic State," Mr Davutoglu told a news conference in Ankara.
"We are face to face with a terrorism incident. We have the willpower to find and certainly punish those who are responsible."

"Measures on our border with Syria . . . will be increased," he added.
Shared from AsiaNewsIT

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tues. July 21, 2015


Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 396


Reading 1EX 14:21—15:1

Moses stretched out his hand over the sea,
and the LORD swept the sea
with a strong east wind throughout the night
and so turned it into dry land.
When the water was thus divided,
the children of Israel marched into the midst of the sea on dry land,
with the water like a wall to their right and to their left.

The Egyptians followed in pursuit;
all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and charioteers went after them
right into the midst of the sea.
In the night watch just before dawn
the LORD cast through the column of the fiery cloud
upon the Egyptian force a glance that threw it into a panic;
and he so clogged their chariot wheels
that they could hardly drive.
With that the Egyptians sounded the retreat before Israel,
because the LORD was fighting for them against the Egyptians.

Then the LORD told Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea,
that the water may flow back upon the Egyptians,
upon their chariots and their charioteers.”
So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea,
and at dawn the sea flowed back to its normal depth.
The Egyptians were fleeing head on toward the sea,
when the LORD hurled them into its midst.
As the water flowed back,
it covered the chariots and the charioteers of Pharaoh’s whole army
that had followed the children of Israel into the sea.
Not a single one of them escaped.
But the children of Israel had marched on dry land
through the midst of the sea,
with the water like a wall to their right and to their left.
Thus the LORD saved Israel on that day
from the power of the Egyptians.
When Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the seashore
and beheld the great power that the LORD
had shown against the Egyptians,
they feared the LORD and believed in him and in his servant Moses.

Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the LORD:

I will sing to the LORD, for he is gloriously triumphant;
horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.

Responsorial PsalmEXODUS 15:8-9, 10 AND 12, 17

R. (1b) Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.
At the breath of your anger the waters piled up,
the flowing waters stood like a mound,
the flood waters congealed in the midst of the sea.
The enemy boasted, “I will pursue and overtake them;
I will divide the spoils and have my fill of them;
I will draw my sword; my hand shall despoil them!”
R. Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.
When your wind blew, the sea covered them;
like lead they sank in the mighty waters.
When you stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them!
R. Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.
And you brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance—
the place where you made your seat, O LORD,
the sanctuary, O LORD, which your hands established.
R. Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.

AlleluiaJN 14:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 12:46-50

While Jesus was speaking to the crowds,
his mother and his brothers appeared outside,
wishing to speak with him.
Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside,
asking to speak with you.”
But he said in reply to the one who told him,
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father
is my brother, and sister, and mother.”