Saturday, July 29, 2017

Special #Novena to St. Martha - #Miracle Prayer to SHARE - Patron of #Cooks

The prayer that follows must be recited for nine consecutive Tuesdays, lighting a candle on each Tuesday. This miraculous Saint has been known to grant anything, no matter how difficult it is, before the ninth Tuesday.
Novena
 Saint Martha, I resort to thy aid and protection. As proof of my affection and faith, I offer thee this light, which I shall burn every Tuesday.
 Comfort me in all my difficulties and through the great favors thou didst enjoy when the Savior was lodged in thy house, intercede for my family, that we be provided for in our neccessities. I ask of thee, Saint Martha, to overcome all difficulties as thou didst overcome the dragon which thou hadst at thy feet. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
 Recite the following prayers...
 Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be...
Prayer for Hospitality 
 O Sweet Jesus, Saint Martha lived in Bethany with her brother and sister, Saints Lazarus and Mary. She attended to Your physical needs while You rested and fellowshipped with good friends. I ask her to pray for my gift of hospitality. Teach me, dear Lord, how to truly welcome friends, family, and strangers. Increase in me the same respect for them as I would give to You if You appeared in the flesh. Help me to invite You into my home through the choices I make in television shows, conversations with others, and the type of jokes I tell or listen to. Give me a spirit of holy hospitality. Saint Martha, pray for me. Amen.

#BreakingNews Baby Charlie Gard dies - RIP - "I entrust little Charlie to the Father and pray for his parents.." Pope Francis statement

Charlie Gard, the young child afflicted with a  rare genetic disorder, who was in the news due to a highly publicized dispute in the British court system and his parents.
Pope Francis offered prayers for Charlie and his parents via Twitter. “I entrust little Charlie to the Father and pray for his parents and all those who loved him,” the Holy Father tweeted.
Charlie Gard has passed away after his life support was switched off Friday. The hospital where he was receiving treatment for a rare disease refused to allow an experimental treatment to help him and also refused transferring him to another hospital that would allow the treatment.The courts and a British judge argued that it was in Charlie’s best interest to be removed from the life support. Charlie’s mother, Connie, said: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.”  On Monday, the parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard decided to end the legal battle to get their son experimental treatment. Their final request to a judge this week was to be allowed to take Charlie home to die.  He was not be allowed to go home, as his parents wished.They raised more than $1.5 million for his medical care. Charlie’s parents brought Terri Schiavo’s brother Bobby Schindler to London to help them fight for medical procedures for their son. 
Charlie was a baptized and therefore in heaven since he died as a baby. Please pray for the family of Charlie. 
(Excerpts from LifeNews/Vatican Radio)

#BreakingNews Priest Killed on his 31st Birthday - RIP Fr. Diomer - Assassinated while in Mission of Evangelization

Antioquia (Agenzia Fides) - The Bishops' Conference of Colombia joins the pain of the assassination of Fr. Diomer Eliver Chavarría Pérez, killed on the day of his 31st birthday, on the evening of July 27, in the parish of Raudal, in the village of Puerto Valdivia, in the department of Antioquia.
Mgr. Jorge Alberto Ossa Soto, Bishop of the diocese of Santa Rosa de Osos in which Father Chavarría Pérez was incardinated, issued a statement invoking the conversion of the assassins and reaffirms the rejection of all forms of violence against the lives and dignity of people. The Bishop also asks the Lord to give consolation to the victim’s family, and thanks the Lord for the gift of the priestly life "of this son and brother at the service of evangelization".
"Sacrificed in the exercise of his mission" - says the Bishop's statement, Father Diomer was born in 1986 in Gomez Plata, in the municipality of Antioquia. He was ordained a priest on March 19, 2012, and was currently serving in San Pedro de los Milagros parish and parish of Raudal, in Puerto Valdivia.
The causes of his death are being examined by the competent authorities. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 29/07/2017)

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday July 29, 2017 - #Eucharist


Memorial of Saint Martha
Lectionary: 400/607


Reading 1EX 24:3-8

When Moses came to the people
and related all the words and ordinances of the LORD,
they all answered with one voice,
"We will do everything that the LORD has told us."
Moses then wrote down all the words of the LORD and,
rising early the next day,
he erected at the foot of the mountain an altar
and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
Then, having sent certain young men of the children of Israel
to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice young bulls
as peace offerings to the LORD,
Moses took half of the blood and put it in large bowls;
the other half he splashed on the altar.
Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people,
who answered, "All that the LORD has said, we will heed and do."
Then he took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying,
"This is the blood of the covenant
that the LORD has made with you
in accordance with all these words of his."

Responsorial PsalmPS 50:1B-2, 5-6, 14-15

R. (14a) Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.
God the LORD has spoken and summoned the earth,
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
From Zion, perfect in beauty,
God shines forth.
R. Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.
"Gather my faithful ones before me,
those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice."
And the heavens proclaim his justice;
for God himself is the judge.
R. Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.
"Offer to God praise as your sacrifice
and fulfill your vows to the Most High;
Then call upon me in time of distress;
I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me."
R. Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

AlleluiaJN 8:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 11:19-27

Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died].
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went to meet him;
but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus,
"Lord, if you had been here,
my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
God will give you."
Jesus said to her,
"Your brother will rise."
Martha said to him,
"I know he will rise,
in the resurrection on the last day."
Jesus told her,
"I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?"
She said to him, "Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world."

Or LK 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
"Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me."
The Lord said to her in reply,
"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her."

Saint July 29 : St. Martha : Patron of #Cooks , #Housewives , #Laywomen and #Maids



































Mentioned only in Luke 10:38-42; and John 11, 12, sqq. The Aramaic form occurs in a Nabatæan inscription found at Puteoli, and now in the Naples Museum; it is dated A.D. 5 (Corpus Inscr. Semit., 158); also in a Palmyrene inscription, where the Greek translation has the form Marthein, A.D. 179. Mary, Martha, and Lazarus are represented by St. John as living at Bethania, but St. Luke would seem to imply that they were, at least at one time, living in Galilee; he does not mention the name of the town, but it may have been Magdala, and we should thus, supposing Mary of Bethania and Mary Magdalene to be the same person, understand the appellative "Magdalene". The words of St. John (11:1) seem to imply a change of residence for the family. It is possible, too, that St. Luke has displaced the incident referred to in Chapter 10. The likeness between the pictures of Martha presented by Luke and John is very remarkable.
The familiar intercourse between the Saviour of the world and the humble family which St. Luke depicts is dwelt on by St. John when he tells us that "Jesus loved Martha, and her sister Mary, and Lazarus" (11:5). Again the picture of Martha's anxiety (John 11:20-21, 39) accords with the picture of her who was "busy about much serving" (Luke 10:40); so also in John 12:2: "They made him a supper there: and Martha served." But St. John has given us a glimpse of the other and deeper side of her character when he depicts her growing faith in Christ's Divinity (11:20-27), a faith which was the occasion of the words: "I am the resurrection and the life." The Evangelist has beautifully indicated the change that came over Martha after that interview: "When she had said these things, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying: The Master is come, and calleth for thee."
 Difficulties have been raised about the last supper at Bethania. St. John seems to put it six days before the Pasch, and, so some conclude, in the house of Martha; while the Synoptic account puts it two days before the Pasch, and in the house of Simon the Leper. We need not try to avoid this difficulty by asserting that there were two suppers; for St. John does not say that the supper took place six days before, but only that Christ arrived in Bethania six days before the Pasch; nor does he say that it was in the house of Martha. We are surely justified in arguing that, since St. Matthew and St. Mark place the scene in the house of Simon, St. John must be understood to say the same; it remains to be proved that Martha could not "serve" in Simon's house.
Text shared from the Catholic Encyclopedia