Sunday, July 3, 2016

Wow Franciscan Friar Evangelizes with a Skateboard - #Skateboard Gospel to SHARE


 Friar Gabriel  is able to sing Gregorian chant, but also performs amazing stunts on the skateboard. In 2015, Spirit Juice Films made a film on the Friar that won an Emmy from the  National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  “I wanted the fruits of the video to be simply love,” Friar Gabriel explained. He says, “the love of God and neighbor and love for the Blessed Mother that the world has not seen. We do everything for the glory of God and for the love of the Blessed Mother, and [with this video] we have been able to achieve this on so many different levels.” Friar Gabriel learned skateboarding for seven years. However, he realized he had a vocation to religious life and entered the friary. He went six years without touching a skateboard. Then his superior ordered him to get a skateboard and go to the skate park every week  to evangelize. Friar Gabriel obeyed and has touched many people while skateboarding.

#PopeFrancis "God became one of us; in Jesus, God reigns in our midst, His merciful love..." #Angelus FULL TEXT - Video

Before the Angelus:
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
Today’s Gospel passage, taken from the tenth chapter of Luke’s Gospel (vv. 1-12.17-20), helps us to understand what is necessary to invoke God, “the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (v. 2). The “laborers” of which Jesus speaks are the missionaries of the Kingdom of God, that He Himself called and sent “appointed seventy[-two]* others whom He sent ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place He intended to visit (v. 1). Their task is to proclaim a message of salvation intended for all. The missionaries always preach a message of salvation to all; not only the missionaries who go away, even us, Christian missionaries who say a good word for salvation. And this is the gift that Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit. This announcement is to say: “The kingdom of God is at hand for you.” (v. 9), because Jesus has [“approached”] God to us; God became one of us; in Jesus, God reigns in our midst, His merciful love overcomes sin and human misery.
And this is the Good News that the “laborers” should bring to everyone a message of hope and consolation, peace and charity. When Jesus sends his disciples ahead of Him in the villages, He recommended to them, ‘Before you say,’ Peace to this house! “. […] Heal the sick that are therein “(vv. 5.9). All this means that the Kingdom of God is built day by day and already offers on this earth its fruits of conversion, purification, love and consolation among men. It’s a beautiful thing! To build day by day this Kingdom of God for it is growing. Not destroy, build!
The spirit in which the disciple of Jesus will carry out this mission? First of all, it must be aware of the difficult and sometimes hostile reality that awaits him. Jesus does not spare words on that! Jesus says: “I am sending you like lambs among wolves” (v. 3). Clear. Hostility is always at the beginning of the persecution of Christians; because Jesus knows that the mission is hampered by the work of the evil one. For this, the worker of the Gospel will strive to be free from human influences of every kind, not carrying purse, nor scrip, nor shoes (cf. v. 4), as recommended by Jesus, to rely solely on the power of the Cross Christ. This means giving up all personal reason to boast, of careerism or hunger for power, and be humble instruments of salvation by the sacrifice of Jesus.
That of the Christian in the world is a wonderful mission, is a mission for all, is a mission of service, without exception; it requires so much generosity and especially his eyes and heart turned on high, to invoke the Lord’s help. There is so much need for Christians who testify with joy the Gospel in everyday life. The disciples, sent by Jesus, “returned with joy” (v. 17). When we do this, your heart fills with joy. And this expression makes me think about how much the Church rejoices, rejoices when her children receive the Good News by the dedication of so many men and women who daily proclaim the Gospel: priests – those good pastors that we all know -, nuns, consecrated, missionary, missionary … And I wonder – heard the question – how many of you young people who now are present in the square today, feel the Lord’s call to follow him? Do not be afraid! Be brave and bring to others this torch of apostolic zeal that has been left by these exemplary disciples.
We pray to the Lord, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary that she will never be lacking to the Church generous hearts, that they work to bring to all the love and tenderness of the Heavenly Father.
[Original text: Italian] [Translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov]
After the Angelus:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I express my closeness to the families of those killed and injured in the attack that took place yesterday in Dhaka, and also of what happened in Baghdad. Let us pray together. Let us pray together for them, for the dead and ask the Lord to convert the heart of the violent, blinded by hate.
Ave Maria …
I greet all of you, the faithful of Rome and pilgrims who came from Italy and from different countries. In particular, the group led by the Bishop of Bergamo – Atalanta […]; to Bragan├ža-Miranda (Portugal); the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart came from Korea with some of the faithful; Ibiza’s youth who are preparing for Confirmation; and the group of Venezuelans pilgrims. I would also like to greet my fellow countrymen of La Rioja, Chilecito: one can see the flag there!
Greeting some special pilgrimages, in the name of mercy: that of the faithful of Ascoli Piceno, come walk along the ancient Via Salaria; one of the members of the Italian Federation of Equestrian Tourism, came on horseback, some even from Krakow; and the bicycle and motorcycle to Cardito (Naples).
Lastly, I greet the Association “crumbs of hope Carla Zichetti” the Lay Camillian Family, the Kindergarten of Verdellino, and the boys of Albino and Desenzano, and those of Sassari.
In the Holy Year of Mercy, I am happy to recall that on Wednesday, we will celebrate the memory of St. Maria Goretti, the martyr girl who, before dying, forgave her murderer. This brave girl deserves the applause of the entire square!
I wish you all a good Sunday. Please do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye!
[Original text: Italian] [ZENIT - Working translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov]

#BreakingNews 126 Killed in ISIS Attacks in Baghdad, Iraq - Please PRAY for Peace

 ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack which has killed 125 people, including 25 children. It occurred on Saturday, July 2, 3016, in the evening at a busy shopping district in Baghdad. Families had gathered to break the Ramadan fast when a suicide car bomb exploded. This bomb went through a multi-level building. At least 147 were injured. Also a second bomb exploded Sunday at an outdoor market in the Shaab neighborhood of southeastern Baghdad, killing one person. The group said it was targeting Shiite neighborhoods. Please PRAY for Peace....

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. July 3, 2016 - Readings and Video : 14th Ord. Time - C


Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 102


Reading 1IS 66:10-14C

Thus says the LORD:
Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her,
all you who love her;
exult, exult with her,
all you who were mourning over her!
Oh, that you may suck fully
of the milk of her comfort,
that you may nurse with delight
at her abundant breasts!
For thus says the LORD:
Lo, I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river,
and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent.
As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms,
and fondled in her lap;
as a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort.

When you see this, your heart shall rejoice
and your bodies flourish like the grass;
the LORD's power shall be known to his servants.

Responsorial PsalmPS 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20

R. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God, "How tremendous are your deeds!"
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
"Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
sing praise to your name!"
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
He has changed the sea into dry land;
through the river they passed on foot;
therefore let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his might forever.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. 
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
Blessed be God who refused me not
my prayer or his kindness!
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Reading 2GAL 6:14-18

Brothers and sisters:
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me,
and I to the world.
For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does uncircumcision,
but only a new creation.
Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule
and to the Israel of God.

From now on, let no one make troubles for me;
for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit,
brothers and sisters. Amen.

AlleluiaCOL 3:15A, 16A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Let the peace of Christ control your hearts;
let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 10:1-12, 17-20

At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
'Peace to this household.'
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
'The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'
Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you,
go out into the streets and say,
'The dust of your town that clings to our feet,
even that we shake off against you.'
Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand.
I tell you,
it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town."

The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said,
"Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name."
Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power to 'tread upon serpents' and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

OrLK 10:1-9

At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
'Peace to this household.'
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
'The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'