Friday, August 18, 2017

Saint August 19 : St. John Eudes : Promoter of the #SacredHeart of #Jesus

Born:
November 14, 1601, Ri, France
Died:
August 19, 1680, Caen, France
Canonized:
1925 by Pope Pius XI
French missionary and founder of the Eudists and of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity; author of the liturgical worship of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary; b. at Ri, France, 14 Nov., 1601; d. at Caen, 19 Aug., 1680. He was a brother of the French historian, François Eudes de Nézeray. At the age of fourteen he took a vow of chastity. After brilliant studies with the Jesuits at Caen, he entered the Oratory, 25 March, 1623. His masters and models in the spiritual life were Fathers de Bérulle and de Condren. He was ordained priest 20 Dec., 1625, and began his sacerdotal life with heroic labours for the victims of the plague, then ravaging the country. As a missionary, Father Eudes became famous. Since the time of St. Vincent Ferrer, France had probably not seen a greater. He was called by Olier "the prodigy of his age". In 1641 he founded the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge, to provide a refuge for women of ill-fame who wished to do penance. The society was approved by Alexander VII, 2 Jan., 1666. With the approbation of Cardinal de Richelieu and a great number of others, Father Eudes severed his connection with the Oratory to establish the Society of Jesus and Mary for the education of priests and for missionary work. This congregation was founded at Caen, 25 March, 1643, and was considered a most important and urgent work (see EUDISTS). Father Eudes, during his long life, preached not less than one hundred and ten missions, three at Paris, one at Versailles, one at St-Germaine-en-Laye, and the others in different parts of France. Normandy was the principal theatre of his apostolic labours. In 1674 he obtained from Clement X six Bulls of indulgences for the Confraternities of the Sacred Heart already erected or to be erected in the seminaries. He also established the Society of the Heart of the Mother Most Admirable — which resembles the Third Orders of St. Francis and St. Dominic. This society now numbers from 20,000 to 25,000 members. Father Eudes dedicated the seminary chapels of Caen and Coutances to the Sacred Hearts. The feast of the Holy Heart of Mary was celebrated for the first time in 1648, and that of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1672, each as a double of the first class with an octave. The Mass and Office proper to these were composed by Father Eudes, who thus had the honour of preceding the Blessed Margaret Mary in establishing the devotion to the Sacred Hearts. For this reason, Pope Leo XIII, in proclaiming his virtues heroic in 1903, gave him the title of "Author of the Liturgical Worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Holy Heart of Mary". Father Eudes wrote a number of books remarkable for elevation of doctrine and simplicity of style. His principal works are:--"Le Royaume de Jésus"; "Le contrat de l'homme avec Dieu par le Saint Baptême"; "Le Mémorial de la vie Ecclésiastique"; "Le Bon Confesseur"; "Le Prédicateur Apostolique"; "Le Cœur Admirable de la Très Sainte Mère de Dieu". This last is the first book ever written on the devotion to the Sacred Hearts. His virtues were declared heroic by Leo XIII, 6 Jan., 1903. The miracles proposed for his beatification were approved by Pius X, 3 May, 1908, and he was beatified 25 April, 1909. [St. John Eudes was beatified April 25, 1909 and canonized in 1925. His feast day is August 19. --Ed.] Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

#BreakingNews Nun Killed on her Bicycle by hit-and-run - RIP Sr. Joseph Age 64

Police are searching for driver after local nun killed in hit-and-run Sister Joseph was killed in hit-and-run. Authorities are investigating after they say a local nun was killed in a hit-and-run crash while riding her bike. It happened in the early morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 17 near Michigan and Williams in Alma. Sister Joseph Marie Ruessmann, 64, with the Religious Sisters of Mercy, was riding her bike back to the convent when she was hit by a vehicle. Police said the vehicle did not stop and the Sister was found by two people passing by. One of them was Delores Gardner. “All I said is don’t move, whatever you do, don’t move. Help is on the way just don’t move. She was all twisted up. And I just kept saying to her don’t move.” Sister Joseph Marie died Thursday evening at the hospital surrounded by her Sisters. Mother Mary McGreevy with the Sisters of Mercy said Sister Joseph Marie had been with the convent for so long she couldn’t remember a time without her.
 “She was tender, she was considerate of people. She was very kind and very patient.” 
 Mother Mary said told TV5 that while they are stunned by the loss, the Sisters were happy they could be with Sister Joseph Marie when she died. They also aren’t mad at the person who hit her, but they do have a message. “This must be a terrible burden to bear. We’re praying with them and just hope they have the strength to do what they need to do.” Alma Police are asking anyone with information to call Det. Biehl at 989-463-8317 or jbiehl@ci.alma.mi.us “I mean it’s bad enough to happen to any human, but somebody that gives their life to God to be left on the side of the road like trash,” Gardner told TV5. The viewing for Sister Joseph Marie will be held at Our Lady of Grace Education Center, 1965 Michigan Avenue, Alma, on Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Sunday, August 20 from 12- 4 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Grace Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 21.
Edited from : WNEM TV 5

Free Movie : Constantine and the Cross : 1962 - Story of #Constantine the #Emperor


Biopic of Constantine the Great, set between 293-312 AD, from his days as Tribune to his accession as Roman Emperor of Gaul under the tetrarchy system and ending with his battle against the usurper Roman Emperor Maxentius in Rome. Director: Lionello De Felice Writers: Michael Audley (dialogue), Ennio De Concini | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Belinda Lee, Massimo Serato |

RIP Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo at Age 75 of Richmond, Viginia - who served for 49 years

By Katherine Hafner
The Virginian-Pilot Report:
The Most Reverend Francis Xavier DiLorenzo is installed as the twelfth Bishop of Richmond on Monday, May 24, 2004 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, Va. Bishop DiLorenzo sits with Pastoral staff in hand, the staff associated with leading the flock as a shepherd might.
 The Most Reverend Francis X. DiLorenzo, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond, was the keynote speaker at the groundbreaking ceremony of Saint Patrick Catholic School in Norfolk on Friday afternoon.

 RICHMOND Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, a leader who drew both devotion and controversy, died Thursday night at age 75, officials said in a statement. DiLorenzo, who served as bishop for more than a decade and announced his resignation earlier this year, died at St. Mary's Hospital. "He was an exceedingly gracious and thoughtful bishop for the diocese," said Father Dan Beeman, pastor at Norfolk's Holy Trinity Catholic Church and chaplain at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach.
 The diocese announced DiLorenzo's death in a statement Friday morning. "He was a faithful servant of the Church for 49 years and a Shepherd of the Diocese of Richmond for 13 years," Mark Lane, the diocese's vicar general, wrote in the statement. DiLorenzo was named bishop by Pope John Paul II in March 2004, according to the church's website. He announced his resignation earlier this year, because of a canon law that when a diocesan bishop reaches his 75th birthday, he must start the retirement process, The Pilot reported. The church is still searching for his replacement. DiLorenzo made a return to conservative values his top priority throughout his tenure and vowed to bring back practices in line with the Scriptures, according to the Associated Press.
 Within a few months of being named bishop, he appointed a diocesan theologian and began rolling back some of the more liberal policies put in effect by his progressive predecessor, the former Bishop Walter E. Sullivan, the AP reported. "If you are welcomed into a family, there is a culture or set of values you need to be comfortable with," DiLorenzo said in a 2004 interview. He also suspended the diocese's first official group that reached out to LGBT Catholics, the Sexual Minorities Commission and dismissed an advocate for ordaining female priests, according to the AP. But Beeman said he didn't see DiLorenzo as controversial. "The diversity of bishops is one of the gifts of the church, so I don't see (his differences from his predecessor) as a negative," Beeman said. "He loved the people." DiLorenzo had a strong relationship with his priests, "and he was always open. You could be honest with him," said Beeman, who was ordained by DiLorenzo. "He wanted our Catholic parishes to be warm and welcoming but he wanted them to be faithfully Catholic." The bishop was also passionate about Catholic schools and youth ministry, Beeman said, including starting an educational endowment fund and creating the Segura Initiative, an outreach effort to expand Catholic education for Hispanic students. The Catholic Diocese of Richmond encompasses 33,000 square miles, including the Eastern Shore, stretching from the Chesapeake Bay west to West Virginia and Kentucky. It includes 153 parishes and about 220,000 Catholics. DiLorenzo made local headlines over the years. He fired the Rev. Leo Manalo, a founder and leader of the San Lorenzo Spiritual Center who was beloved by many local Filipino Catholics, according to Pilot archives, spurring protests from the community. He also removed the Rev. James Parke from Virginia Beach's Church of the Holy Apostles – the nation's first combined Episcopal and Catholic parish – worrying parishioners who thought it could be the end of the ecumenical experiment. Father Joseph Metzger, pastor at Norfolk's Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, remembers that DiLorenzo "liked to laugh and liked to know what was going on." He said in addition to making Catholic education more affordable, the bishop was successful in building relationships with his counterparts across the globe, making the Richmond diocese home to many international priests, such as some in Hampton Roads from Africa and the Philippines. "He will be missed," Metzger said.
 DiLorenzo was born in Philadelphia in 1942 and was the oldest of three children, the diocese website said. He served in a variety of roles for the Catholic Church, including as a chaplain and biology and religion professor at a high school. He studied moral theology in Rome and earned a doctorate in sacred theology, according to the website. He served as bishop in Honolulu for a decade before coming to Richmond. In 2015, DiLorenzo came to Norfolk for a symposium on climate change. He stressed that he and other "religionists" deal with matters of faith and spiritual belief but are not in conflict with scientists who deal with facts and physical evidence. "We are not fighting with each other," he told the audience. "Right now, it's important for us to zero in on what the science is saying and pay attention." The bishop was speaking out as recently as last week, when he released a statement on the violence in Charlottesville. 
"Hatred, and its manifestations of racism, neo-Nazism and white supremacy, are sins against God and profoundly wound the children of God," DiLorenzo wrote. "We ask (God's) mercy, pardon and wisdom as we root out these long-standing evils, strands of which, tragically, remain woven within the fabric of our society." 
 Michael Cistola, a member of St. Benedict's Church in Chesapeake, said he didn't know DiLorenzo personally but remembers him as a "middle of the road type of guy." When the bishop visited Hampton Roads years ago, Cistola recalled him saying the church was kind of "like a box of chocolates. There's some fruit and some nuts, but it was his job to keep everyone inside the box."
Text from the Virginia Pilot Online

#PopeFrancis sends Prayers and Condolences for Victims of Terrorist attack in #Barcelona - FULL TEXT + Video


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday sent a telegram expressing his condolences for the victims of the terrorist attack on Barcelona, in which at least 13 people died and more than a hundred were injured. Pope Francis expressed his “deepest sympathy” for the victims of Thursday’s terrorist attack on Barcelona “Las Ramblas Boulevard” with a telegram to the city’s Archbishop, Cardinal Juan José Omella. The telegram was signed by Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin. Pope Francis condemned the “blind violence” manifested in the attack, saying it is “a grave offense to the Creator”. He prayed for those who “lost their lives to such an inhuman act”. “In these moments of sorrow and pain,” the Pope “wishes also to offer his support and closeness to the many injured, to their families, and to all Catalan and Spanish society,” it read. Turning to the future, Pope Francis said he raises his “prayers to the Most High that He help us continue to work with determination for peace and harmony in the world.” Finally, the Holy Father imparted his Apostolic Blessing “upon all the victims, their families, and the beloved Spanish people”. Please find below the official English translation of the telegram: CARDINAL JUAN JOSÉ OMELLA Y OMELLA ARCHBISHOP OF BARCELONA FOLLOWING THE NEWS OF THE CRUEL TERRORIST ATTACK THAT HAS SOWN DEATH AND PAIN IN LAS RAMBLAS IN BARCELONA, POPE FRANCIS WISHES TO EXPRESS HIS DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR THE VICTIMS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO SUCH AN INHUMAN ACT, AND OFFERS PRAYERS FOR THEIR ETERNAL REPOSE. IN THESE MOMENTS OF SORROW AND PAIN, HE WISHES ALSO TO OFFER HIS SUPPORT AND CLOSENESS TO THE MANY INJURED, TO THEIR FAMILIES, AND TO ALL CATALAN AND SPANISH SOCIETY. THE HOLY FATHER ONCE AGAIN CONDEMNS BLIND VIOLENCE, WHICH IS A GRAVE OFFENCE TO THE CREATOR, AND RAISES PRAYERS TO THE MOST HIGH THAT HE HELP US CONTINUE TO WORK WITH DETERMINATION FOR PEACE AND HARMONY IN THE WORLD. WITH THESE WISHES, HIS HOLINESS INVOKES UPON ALL THE VICTIMS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THE BELOVED SPANISH PEOPLE HIS APOSTOLIC BLESSING. CARDINAL PIETRO PAROLIN SECRETARY OF STATE OF HIS HOLINESS (Devin Sean Watkins)

Wow Famous Actress becomes a Sister - enters the #Carmelite Convent - SHARE this Amazing Story!

Maria Carminia Lourdes Cynthia Arnaldo Gutierrez (born August 22, 1969 in Manila, Philippines), better known as Chin-Chin Gutierrez, was a Filipino actress and environmentalist. Chin Chin Gutierrez entered a Carmelite Convent to become a Sister. The award-winning actress is now Sister Lourdes.  Chin Chin was often vocal about her faith; when her house burnt down in 2010 she said: 
“God’s primacy and will for me is of utmost importance. We are unified in prayer. Right now, my focus is on taking care of the immediate concerns and obligations that this unfortunate incident has brought. I really cannot make any long-term plans at this point, yet certainly there is Divine Plan. I know everything has a purpose,” 
the actress said. 
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At the age of 42 years she decided to embrace the vocation that not many women are consider.  Gutierrez is now living within the quarters of the Carmelite Sisters. Her mother was an inspiration to enter the convent. Her mother was one vow away from final vows as a Nun before marrying and giving birth to her. Gutierrez is a niece of a former actress Lita Gutierrez, from the 1960s. Gutierrez entered showbiz after she obtained her college degree from Maryknoll College, now Miriam College. It was 1991 when she did her first movie ‘Onyong Majikero.’ Her first TV role was as Maria Clara in the CCP-produced mini-series ‘Noli me Tangere,’ aired over then ABC-5, now TV5. In 1995, she won the Best Supporting Actress award from Gawad Urian for her role in the 1994 Manila Filmfest entry ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie.’ In 1996, she won the Best Actress award from the first ever Asian Television Award. In 1998, she won another Asian Television Award as Best Supporting Actress. . Gutierrez is not the first actress who has turned her back on showbiz to enter the convent. Gutierrez is in environmentalism and is a vegetarian. She made the cover of TIME magazine as an Asia hero. (Edited from Pinoy)
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday August 18, 2017 - #Eucharist


Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 417


Reading 1JOS 24:1-13

Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,
summoning their elders, their leaders,
their judges and their officers.
When they stood in ranks before God, Joshua addressed all the people:
"Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel:
In times past your fathers, down to Terah,
father of Abraham and Nahor,
dwelt beyond the River and served other gods.
But I brought your father Abraham from the region beyond the River
and led him through the entire land of Canaan.
I made his descendants numerous, and gave him Isaac.
To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau.
To Esau I assigned the mountain region of Seir in which to settle,
while Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.

"Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and smote Egypt with the prodigies
which I wrought in her midst.
Afterward I led you out of Egypt, and when you reached the sea,
the Egyptians pursued your fathers to the Red Sea
with chariots and horsemen.
Because they cried out to the LORD,
he put darkness between your people and the Egyptians,
upon whom he brought the sea so that it engulfed them.
After you witnessed what I did to Egypt,
and dwelt a long time in the desert,
I brought you into the land of the Amorites
who lived east of the Jordan.
They fought against you, but I delivered them into your power.
You took possession of their land, and I destroyed them,
the two kings of the Amorites, before you.
Then Balak, son of Zippor, king of Moab,
prepared to war against Israel.
He summoned Balaam, son of Beor, to curse you;
but I would not listen to Balaam.
On the contrary, he had to bless you, and I saved you from him.
Once you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho,
the men of Jericho fought against you,
but I delivered them also into your power.
And I sent the hornets ahead of you that drove them
(the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites,
Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites)
out of your way; it was not your sword or your bow.

"I gave you a land that you had not tilled
and cities that you had not built, to dwell in;
you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves
which you did not plant."

Responsorial PsalmPS 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 AND 24

R. His mercy endures forever.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the LORD of lords,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
Who led his people through the wilderness,
for his mercy endures forever;
Who smote great kings,
for his mercy endures forever;
And slew powerful kings,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
And made their land a heritage,
for his mercy endures forever;
The heritage of Israel his servant,
for his mercy endures forever;
And freed us from our foes,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.

AlleluiaSEE 1 THES 2:13

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Receive the word of God, not as the word of men,
but, as it truly is, the word of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 19:3-12

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying,
"Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?"
He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning
the Creator made them male and female and said,
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh
?
So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate."
They said to him, "Then why did Moses command
that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?"
He said to them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts
Moses allowed you to divorce your wives,
but from the beginning it was not so.
I say to you, whoever divorces his wife
(unless the marriage is unlawful)
and marries another commits adultery."
His disciples said to him,
"If that is the case of a man with his wife,
it is better not to marry."
He answered, "Not all can accept this word,
but only those to whom that is granted.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so;
some, because they were made so by others;
some, because they have renounced marriage
for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."