Saturday, May 27, 2017

#PopeFrancis "We pray in order to bring all to God, to entrust the world to Him,” Ascension #Homily + FULL Mass Video

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis wrapped up an intense 1-day apostolic visit to the Italian port city of Genoa with the celebration of Mass.
To the faithful present for the open-air ceremony in Genoa’s Kennedy Square, the Pope said Christians must never tire of working for the common good, they must never fear going out into the world with Christ’s message of peace and hope…
“Christian prayer is not a way of being a little bit at peace with oneself or finding some interior harmony; we pray in order to bring all to God, to entrust the world to Him,” Pope Francis said on Saturday.  He was delivering a homily at an evening Mass in the Italian port city of Genoa.  The Mass at the Kennedy Square seafront was the final event of his day-long visit to the city, during which he met the clergy and religious, youth, prisoners, children and staff of a pediatric hospital and lunched with the poor and the marginalized.   
Prayer – God's power and strength
Commenting on the scripture readings of Sunday, the Pope explained that in Christ’s Ascensio n “the power of Jesus, the strength of God” is revealed that has “linked earth with heaven for us”.  And this power continues even today and will last forever in Christ’s unceasing prayers and intercession for us before the Father, every moment….especially at every Mass.  And  “Jesus has gifted this capacity to intercede also to us, to his Church, that has the power and also the duty to intercede and pray for all.”
The power of prayer lies in anchoring ourselves on God with our burdens, persons and situations in order not to be submerged by what he described as this “evil of living”.  Prayer allows God to enter our time.   “Prayer is intercession. It’s not tranquility, it’s charity,” the Pope stressed. 
The Pope said our power lies not in triumphing or shouting loud according to the logic of the world but in exercising the ‘gentle power of prayer’, with which one can even stop wars and obtain peace. 
Proclamation - reachig out, not closed in
Another power of Jesus revealed in the Ascension is that of proclamation.   When Jesus sent his disciples to proclaim Him with the power of the Holy Spirit, He trusted us with all our shortcomings.  And in this, a great imperfection that we need to overcome immediately is that of closing ourselves.  It’s because the Gospel cannot be shut in and sealed, because God's love is dynamic and wants to reach others.  Hence to proclaim Him, one needs to go out, come out of oneself.
With the Lord is it is forbidden to relax in acquired comforts.  A Christian is always on the move with the Lord towards other.  He is a pilgrim, a missionary, a hopeful marathon man, gentle but intent on walking, the Pope said.  The Lord desires that the proclamation goes ahead with his strength, not with that of the world, with the limpid and meek strength of joyful witnessing.  This, the Pope said, is urgent. 

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#PopeFrancis "'Why do children suffer?', and I don't find any explantion,..I only look at the crucifix and stand still there." at Hospital - FULL Video

Radio Vaticana report: “Faith works primarily through charity and without it, it is dead. So I encourage you to carry out your delicate work motivated by charity", said Pope Francis  to the staff members of  “Giannini Gaslini” Pediatric Hospital during his day long visit to the Italian city of Genoa on Saturday.  
The Pope said that he couldn’t miss this visit where children are cared for, because the suffering of children is certainly something very difficult to accept. And added that  it is there that the Lord called him to be,  though briefly, close to the children and their relatives.  "Often and again I ask myself: 'Why do children suffer?', and I don't find any explantion," the Pope said.  "I only look at the crucifix and stand still there." 
Pope Francis commended the devoted service of the hospital staff, the President of the Foundation, the Archbishop of Genoa, physicians, paramedics,  the various specialized staff, as well as the Cappucchin Friars Minor and all those who assist and help the children with love and dedication and said that they in fact also need their  gestures of friendship, of  understanding, of affection and paternal and maternal support.
This institute is an act of love of Senator Gerolamo  Gaslini he said who in honour of his daughter who died of a tender age had founded the hospital by sacrificing all he had: companies, establishments, property, money, and even his home. This is why this hospital is known and appreciated in Italy and around the world and has a special role of continuing to be a symbol of generosity and solidarity he said.   In founding of the Hospital he observed, Gaslini said: "It is my firm will that this Institute has the Catholic faith as its foundation and guide [...] that it ferments every activity and comforts every pain." The pope called them to  often think of the "good Samaritan" of the Gospel- attentive to the needs of their small patients, accepting tenderly  their fragility, and seeing the Lord in them. Whoever serves the sick with love serves Jesus who opens the Kingdom of Heaven he affirmed.
The Pope hoped that the Hospital, faithful to its mission, will continue its appreciated work of care and research through the generous and disinterested contribution and contribute to all categories and at all levels. He concluded assuring the staff, patients and their relatives of his prayer and blessings.
Earlier on Wednesday linking-up live via telephone to a parish radio in Genova that broadcasts a Wednesday weekly programme especially dedicated to the children’s hospital, Pope Francis told the little patients that it is with joy that he is preparing to be with them.
"Istituto Giannina Gaslini" is a tertiary level pediatric hospital affiliated to the University of Genoa and  is considered one of the foremost children’s hospitals in Europe and is formally recognized as a Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare.

#PopeFrancis "There has always been a friendship between the Church and work, starting with a working Jesus." to Workers - FULL Video - Text

Pope in Genoa: The illness of the economy and the dignity of work. Prayer for Minya Coptic Martyrs

The first stage of Pope Francis visit to Genoa is in the Ilva steel plant, marked by economic difficulties and unemployment. The virtues of a good entrepreneur and good worker. The "speculator" is a "mercenary" who sells everything, including his dignity. Work for everyone and not "social security". At the meeting with priests and religious, Francis recalls the martyrdom of Coptic Christians in Minya and his "Brother Tawadros".
Genoa (AsiaNews) - There is an "illness" in the economy that is sinking into the transformation of the entrepreneur into "speculator" and "mercenary", for which the "faces" of those who work or their dignity are unimportant. And "sometimes the political system seems to encourage those who speculate on labor and not who invests and believes in labor." In his visit to Genoa, Pope Francis puts his finger on the many wounds that afflict the world of work. Francis and Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of the city, decided to begin the visit at the Iva steel plant, plunged in crisis, marked by unemployment and the fragility of an uncertain future.
Immediately afterwards, the Pope met clergy and religious in the cathedral of St. Lawrence. The meeting began with a moment of prayer and silence for the dead and the entire Egyptian Coptic community and for "brother Tawadros II", once again wounded by violence in Minya, Lower Egypt. "And lets remember - said Francis - that todays martyrs are far more numerous than those at the beginning of Church history."
The two meetings, the one with the world of work and that of the priests and religious, were structured as a dialogue between the pontiff and some representatives.
At Iva he responded to questions from a businessman, a worker, a day-labourer, an unemployed. In his answers, the pontiff exalted the virtues of the "good entrepreneur": "" creativity, love for ones own enterprise, passion and pride for the labor produced by hands and intelligence, his and his workers " , "The ability to create, create work, create products".
There are also the virtues of the worker: "Sometimes a worker is thought to work well just because he is paid: this is a serious disrespect for workers and labor, because it denies the dignity of work that begins with working well for dignity, honor ".
WIth regards the dignity of work and the worker, the Pope seems to reject the idea of  "social security or unemployment allowance" that some political parties seem to suggest to overcome unemployment. The pontiff urged people "not to resign themselves to the ideology that takes hold and imagines a world where only half will work and the others will be maintained by a social security check: it must be clear that the goal to reach is not income for everyone but work for everyone, because without work for everyone there will be no dignity for everyone."
Entrepreneur and workers are united as "in a family". And this also determines how to deal with difficult choices such as layoffs or bankruptcies. "If and when a boss must fire someone," said the pope, "it is always a painful choice and he would not do it if he didnt have to. No good entrepreneur loves to lay off his people. No. Anyone who thinks about solving the problem of his company by firing people, is not a good businessman: he is a trader. Today he sells his people, tomorrow ... he sells his own dignity. He always suffers, and sometimes from this suffering new ideas arise to avoid lay-offs. This is the good entrepreneur. "
Francis also pointed out that "an illness of the economy is the progressive transformation of entrepreneurs into speculators. The entrepreneur must not be confused with the speculator: they are two different types. The speculator is a figure similar to what Jesus in the Gospel calls mercenary, in contrast to the Good Shepherd. The speculator does not like his company, does not love the workers, but sees business and workers only as a means to profit. He uses his company and workers to make profit. Firing, closing, moving the company does not create any problems, because the speculator uses, exploits, eats people and means for his profit targets."
"When the economy is inhabited by good entrepreneurs, businesses are friendly to people and even to the poor. When it falls into the hands of speculators, everything is ruined. With the speculator, the economy loses face and loses its faces. It is a faceless economy. An abstract economy. Behind the speculators decisions there are no people and therefore you can not see people to be dismissed and cut. When the economy loses contact with the faces of concrete people, it itself becomes a faceless economy and therefore a ruthless economy. We must fear the speculators, not the entrepreneurs. No, do not be afraid of the entrepreneurs because there are so many good guys! No: fear the speculators."
"But paradoxically, sometimes the political system seems to encourage those who speculate on labor and not those who invests and believes in labor. Why? Because it creates bureaucracy and controls, starting from the hypothesis that the actors of the economy are speculators, and so those who do not remain disadvantaged and who can find the means to circumvent the controls and reach their goals. It is known that regulations and laws designed for dishonorable end up penalizing honorable. And today there are so many real entrepreneurs, honest entrepreneurs who love their work-loving people who work close to them to carry on the business: these are the most disadvantaged by these policies that favor speculators. But the honest and virtuous entrepreneurs in the end succeed, in spite of everything."
The Popes answers were interrupted dozens of times by the applause of the thousands of workers in the Ivva factory, some in their worksuits, others waering helmets, others with constantly waving Vatican flags. Everyone calling "Fran-ce-sco! Francis!". At the beginning of his conversation, the Pope had said, "There has always been a friendship between the Church and work, starting with a working Jesus. Where there is a worker, there is the interest and the gaze of love of the Lord and of the Church. "
The encounter with priests and religious had the tone of a quiet conversation with anecdotes, facts, ideas of Pope Francis who commented on some questions of parish priests, young priests, religious, a nun who asked him questions about Priestly fraternity, the bond with the diocese, the charism of the religious institute, the difficulty of finding vocations due to negative demographics.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday May 27, 2017 - #Eucharist

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 296

Reading 1ACTS 18:23-28

After staying in Antioch some time,
Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Responsorial PsalmPS 47:2-3, 8-9, 10

R. (8a) God is king of all the earth.
R. Alleluia.
All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
R. God is king of all the earth.
R. Alleluia.For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.
R. God is king of all the earth.
R. Alleluia.
The princes of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For God's are the guardians of the earth;
he is supreme.
R. God is king of all the earth.
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 16:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I came from the Father and have come into the world;
now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 16:23B-28

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

"I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father." 

#Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost - Day 1 - Begins - SHARE #Pentecost Prayers and Act of Consecration


On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. / I adore the brightness of Your purity the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength / and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart! To be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light: and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You / by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds / and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart / I implore You / Adorable Spirit I Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere / "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.


O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul / the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth / the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You I and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God find know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable / the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples / and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.


Holy Spirit! Lord of Light!
From Your clear celestial height,
Your pure beaming radiance give!


Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

(Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father 7 TIMES. Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

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