Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Saint September 7 : St. Cloud : #Prince of France



Saint Cloud is the most illustrious Saint among the princes of the royal family of the first French dynasty, the Merovingians (499-752). Born in 522, he was the son of Chlodomir, King of Orleans and eldest son of Clovis and Saint Clotilda. He was not yet three years old when his father was killed during a war. His grandmother, Saint Clotilda, brought him and his two brothers to Paris to be educated, and loved them dearly.
Saintcloudstatue.jpg&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*" Their ambitious uncles, however, desiring to divide the kingdom of Orleans between themselves, slew with their own hands the two young brothers of Cloud. He, by a special dispensation of Providence, was saved from the massacre. Later, renouncing the world, he privately consecrated himself to the service of God. After distributing to the poor what he could salvage of his heritage, he retired to a hermitage to be under the discipline of a holy recluse named Severinus, who dwelt near the gates of Paris and who clothed him with the monastic habit. His uncles left him alone, seeing his inalterable decision to live as a religious, and conceded certain heritages to him. When he became famous through an act of charity rewarded by a miracle, he withdrew secretly to Provence. There again, his hermitage was sought out by petitioners. He decided to return to Paris, where he was received with the greatest joy.

At the earnest request of the people, he was ordained a priest in 551 by Eusebius, Bishop of Paris, and served the Church of that city for some time in the functions of the sacred ministry. Again he found himself in great honor; he therefore retired to Nogent, a place now known as Saint Cloud, two leagues south of Paris, where he built a monastery. There he was joined by many pious men, who fled from the world for fear of losing their souls in its midst. Saint Cloud was chosen by them to be their Superior, and he animated them to virtue both by word and example. He was also indefatigable in instructing and exhorting the faithful of the neighboring regions. He died at Nogent in 560, and the major part of his relics remain still in the parochial church of the village. (written source: Magnificat.ca)

RIP Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna, Italy, - Died at age 79 - founder of the JPII Pontifical Institute in Wash. DC

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop emeritus of Bologna, Italy, died on Wednesday, 6 September 2017. He was 79.
With the death of Cardinal Caffarra, there are now 221 members of the College of Cardinals, of whom 120 are under the age of 80, and thus eligible to vote in a Conclave.
The death of Cardinal Caffarra was announced in the following communiquefrom the Archdiocese of Bologna:
The Archbishop of Bologna, His Excellency Archbishop Matteo Zuppiannounces with a heart full of sadness that
His Eminence, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra
Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna
today returned his soul to his Lord, whom he faithfully served all his life without reservations of love, generosity and intelligence, serving generously wherever He called him.
The Archbishop of Bologna expresses the deep and affectionate condolences of the entire Diocese, the presbyterate, and his staff, and invites the faithful to join in prayers of suffrage.
The chapel of rest will be set up in the Sala Bedetti at the Archbishopric, starting tomorrow, September 7, at 4 pm.
The Vigil of prayer for his soul will be celebrated on Friday 8 September at 9 pm in the Cathedral.
Archbishop Matteo Zuppi will preside at the funeral ceremonies on Saturday 9 September at 11 am in the Cathedral. Following the ceremony, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra will be buried in the Crypt of the Cathedral.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop emeritus of Bologna (Italy), was born on 1 June 1938 in Samboseto di Busseto, Italy. He was ordained a priest on 2 July 1961 and holds a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a diploma of specialization in moral theology from the Pontifical Alfonsian Academy.
Cardinal Caffarra began his ministry as parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Fidenza and as professor of moral theology at the seminary of Parma and Fidenza. He also taught medical ethics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, and in August 1974 Pope Paul VI nominated him member of the International Theological Commission. In September 1978 he participated as representative of the Holy See at the First World Congress on human sterility and artificial procreation held in Venice.
In 1980, he was nominated an expert at the Synod of Bishops on Matrimony and the Family, and in January 1981, Pope John Paul II appointed him as founder and president of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.
He served as consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for five years beginning in 1983. He also took part in a study on genetic engineering instituted by the health ministry in Italy. In 1988 he founded the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Washington D.C., and thereafter in Mexico and Spain. He holds an honorary doctorate in Christian Literature from the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.
On 8 September 1995 he was appointed Archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio.
From 16 December 2003 to 27 October 2015 he was Archbishop of Bologna. Appointed by Pope Francis, he participated in the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 2014) on The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization and in the XIV Ordinary General Assembly on The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World (October 2015).
He participated in the conclave of March 2013, which elected Pope Francis.
He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Benedict XVI in the consistory of 24 March 2006, with the Title of San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini (St. John the Baptist of the Florentines).
Cardinal Caffarra served as  a Member of Congregation for the Causes of Saints; and on the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. He was also an Honorary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday September 6, 2017 - #Eucharist


Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 433


Reading 1COL1:1-8

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
and Timothy our brother,
to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:
grace to you and peace from God our Father.

We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
when we pray for you,
for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and the love that you have for all the holy ones
because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.
Of this you have already heard
through the word of truth, the Gospel, that has come to you.
Just as in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing,
so also among you,
from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth,
as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow slave,
who is a trustworthy minister of Christ on your behalf
and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

Responsorial PsalmPS 52:10, 11

R. (10) I trust in the mercy of God for ever.
I, like a green olive tree
in the house of God,
Trust in the mercy of God
forever and ever.
R. I trust in the mercy of God for ever.
I will thank you always for what you have done,
and proclaim the goodness of your name
before your faithful ones.
R. I trust in the mercy of God for ever.

AlleluiaLK 4:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
and to proclaim liberty to captives.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 4:38-44

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon's mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, "You are the Son of God."
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, "To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent."
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Saint September 6 : St. Eleutherius : Died 585

(French ELEUTHERE). Bishop of Tournai at the beginning of the sixth century. Historically there is very little known about St. Eleutherius, but he was without doubt the first Bishop of Tournai. Theodore, whom some give as his immediate predecessor, was either a bishop of Tours, whose name was placed by mistake on the episcopal list of Tournai, or simply a missionary who ministered to the Christians scattered throughout the small Frankish Kingdom of Tournai. Before he became bishop, Eleutherius lived at court with his friend Medardus, who predicted that he would attain the dignity of a count and also be elevated to the episcopate. After Clovis, King of the Franks, had been converted to Christianity, in 496, with more than 3000 of his subjects, bishops took part in the royal councils. St. Remigius, Bishop of Reims, organized the Catholic hierarchy in Northern Gaul, and it is more than likely that St. Eleutherius was named Bishop of Tournai at this time.His cult, however, is well established; there is record of a recovery of his relics during the episcopate of Hedilo in 897 or 898, and a translation of them by Bishop Baudoin in 1064 or 1065, and another in 1247. Relics of this saint were also preserved in the monastery of St. Martin at Tournai, and in the cathedral at Bruges. His feast is given in martyrologies on 20 or 21 July, but is usually celebrated on the former date. The translation of his relics is commemorated 25 August. Shortened bio from the Catholic Encyclopedia Image source : http://full-of-grace-and-truth.blogspot.ca/