Monday, June 18, 2018

Saint June 19 : Saint Juliana Falconieri : Servants of Mary or #Servite Order

Saint Juliana Falconieri

Saint Juliana Falconieri was born in 1270, in answer to prayer. Her father was the builder of the splendid church of the Annunziata in Florence, while her uncle, Saint Alexis Falconieri, became one of the seven Founders of the Servite Order. Under his surveillance Juliana grew up more like an angel than a human being, as he said. Her great modesty was remarkable; never during her entire lifetime did she look at her reflection in a mirror. The mere mention of sin made her shudder and tremble, and once, on hearing of a scandal, she fainted.

Her devotion to the sorrows of Our Lady drew her to the Servants of Mary or Servite Order, and at the age of fourteen, after refusing an offer of marriage, she received the habit from Saint Philip Benizi, General of the Order. Her sanctity attracted many novices, for whose direction she was bidden to draw up a rule, and thus she became foundress of the Mantellate.

She was the servant of her Sisters rather than their mistress, while outside her convent she led a life of apostolic charity, converting sinners, reconciling enemies, and healing the sick. She was sometimes rapt for whole days in ecstasy, and her prayers saved the Servite Order when it was in danger of being suppressed.

Saint Juliana in her old age suffered various painful illnesses. She was wasting away through a disease of the stomach which prevented her taking food, and bore her silent agony with constant cheerfulness, grieving only for the privation of Holy Communion. At last, when in her seventieth year she was at the point of death, she begged to be allowed once more to see and adore the Blessed Sacrament. It was brought to her cell and reverently laid on a corporal, which was placed over her heart. At this moment she expired, and the Sacred Host disappeared. After her death the form of the Host was found stamped upon her heart, at the exact spot over which the Blessed Sacrament had been placed. Saint Juliana died in her convent in Florence in 1340. Miracles have been frequently effected through her intercession.

Reflection. Meditate often, says Saint Paul of the Cross, on the sorrows of the Blessed Mother, sorrows inseparable from those of Her beloved Son. If you seek the Cross, there you will find the Mother; and where the Mother is, there also is the Son.

Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler's Lives of the Saints, and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894).

#BreakingNews Catholic Bishops in the USA release Statement Against Separation of Children from Families

Fort Lauderdale, FL—"At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life. The Attorney General's recent decision elicits deep concern because it potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection. These vulnerable women will now face return to the extreme dangers of domestic violence in their home country. This decision negates decades of precedents that have provided protection to women fleeing domestic violence. Unless overturned, the decision will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives, particularly in cases that involve asylum seekers who are persecuted by private actors. We urge courts and policy makers to respect and enhance, not erode, the potential of our asylum system to preserve and protect the right to life.
Additionally, I join Bishop Joe Vásquez, Chairman of USCCB's Committee on Migration, in condemning the continued use of family separation at the U.S./Mexico border as an implementation of the Administration's zero tolerance policy. Our government has the discretion in our laws to ensure that young children are not separated from their parents and exposed to irreparable harm and trauma. Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together. While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and as a society, to find other ways to ensure that safety. Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral." (FULL TEXT Release from USCCB)

Pope Francis warns Against Slander "after having destroyed both a person and a situation with slander" Homily

Pope denounces “slanderous communication” of dictatorships
In his homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta, June 18, the Pope spoke about the devastating power of slanderous communication used by dictators against others. It is something that happens even today. If you want to destroy institutions or people, you start by speaking ill of them.  This is the “slanderous communication” that Pope Francis exhorted Christians to watch out against in his homily at Mass Monday morning in the chapel of the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta residence. 

Slander makes martyrs of innocents

The Pope was reflecting on the episode in the First Book of Kings, where Jezebel, the cruel wife of King Ahab of Samaria, used slander and falsehood to have Naboth killed in order to take possession of his vineyard which her husband greatly coveted.  
The Pope described Naboth as a “martyr of fidelity to the inheritance" that he had received from his forefathers: "an inheritance of the heart".
He said the story of Naboth is repeated in the story of Jesus, Saint Stephen and all the martyrs who were falsely condemned with slander.  The episode also reflects the ways of  “many heads of state or government".  One begins with a lie and, "after having destroyed both a person and a situation with slander", one judges and condemns them.

Dictatorship of evil communication

Pope Francis pointed out that even today this method of slanderous communication is used in many countries.  Media and communication law is brushed aside with the entire communication system handed to a company or a group that weakens democratic life with slander and falsehood. The judges then condemn these weakened institutions and destroyed people.  That’s how dictatorship works, the Pope said.
The Pope said all dictatorships began by adulterating communication by putting it in the hands of an unscrupulous person or government.

The seduction of scandals

This also happens in daily life, the Pope pointed out, saying one begins to destroy a person by starting with communication – speaking ill of others, slandering and spreading scandals, which he said have great seductive power.
Good news doesn’t seduce, it passes by, but a scandal draws attention.  This is how a person, institution and country ends up in ruins. 
The Pope said many persons and nations have been destroyed by evil and slanderous dictatorships, such as in the last century.  He particularly pointed to the example of the persecution of Jews, who because of a slanderous communication did not deserve to live and thus ended up at Auschwitz.
Calling it a horror, the Pope said it happens even today in small societies, in persons and in many countries.
The Pope said James the Apostle speaks precisely of the "destructive capacity of evil communication".   The Holy Father thus exhorted Christians to re-read the episode of Naboth and think of  the many people and countries destroyed by dictatorships of 'white gloves'.
SOURCE of Text Vatican News

RIP Underground Catholic Bishop Joseph Li Mingshu of China at Age 94 - who Invited Mother Teresa Sisters to Diocese

Msgr. Joseph Li Mingshu, bishop of Qingdao has died. 'Fearful', he had invited Mother Teresa’s Sisters to his diocese by Bernardo Cervellera He was 94 years old. He was bishop of Qingdao since 2000, with the Holy See approval. But according to several people, he was too subjugated to the Patriotic Association and to Antonio Liu Bainian, president of the organization and originally from Shandong. The diocese is silent on the period from 1953 to 1978. It is probable that the bishop was dragged to prison or forced labor camps during the Maoist period and the Cultural Revolution.
Rome (AsiaNews) - Msgr. Giuseppe Li Mingshu, bishop of Qingdao (Shandong), died on June 15 at the age of 94. The diocese reported news of his death, but has yet to announce a date for his funeral. His faithful remember him as a "fearful" and obedient bishop to the Patriotic Association, but in 2005 he invited Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Mother Teresa as superior of the Missionaries of Charity, to visit Qingdao to study the possibility of opening a house in his diocese. He also invited Sister Nirmala to write to the Chinese authorities for permission, but the nun's letter has never been answered. The various stages of Msgr. Li’s life are noted in the necrology published for the press. However, silence shrouds the period from 1953 to 1978, namely the period of Maoism and the Cultural Revolution. It is very likely that at that time he was sent to forced labor camps, like many priests throughout China. Even in the obituaries of other (official) bishops, this period is omitted or erased, with the subsequent risk of ignoring or manipulating history.
The diocese of Qingdao has about twenty priests and two female religious congregations.
Msgr. Joseph Li Mingshu was born in December 1924 in the village of Lijia (Shandong).
He completed his studies in secondary school and in the minor seminary of Zhoucun. Between 1943 and 1949 he studied in the major seminary of Jinan (Shandong) and then in Wuhan (Hubei). He was ordained a priest on April 11, 1949, in Wuhan Cathedral. Between 1949 and 1953 he worked as a priest in Shaoguan (Guangdong), also teaching in primary and secondary school. The diocese gives no news of him in the period from 1953 to 1978.
From 1978 - the end of the Maoist period - until 1986 he taught an educational science at a teacher training college and English in a high school in Boxing, Shandong. From 1986 to 1994 he was vice-principal for studies in the Holy Spirit seminary (Shandong). He was then appointed diocesan administrator in Qingdao and on 13 August 2000 he was ordained bishop of the diocese, with a mandate from the Holy See. From 2000 to 2005 he was vice-rector of the Beijing National Seminary.
At the ordination ceremony, Msgr. Li declared that he wanted to strengthen new means of evangelization for his diocese, forming lay leaders, developing adult catechism classes and maintaining relations of communion with the universal Church.
But the people who served under him say that he was a "fearful" person who advised everyone to "obey the Patriotic Association", the controlling body of the Catholic Church in China, which wants to build an "independent" Church from the Holy See. According to some observers, the dependence of Msgr. Li Mingshu on the Patriotic Association depended on the cumbersome and powerful presence of Antonio Liu Bainian, long time secretary and then president of the National Catholic Patriotic Association, who is also a native of Shandong. Photo credit: Uca n
Text Source: Asia News IT 

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Mon. June 18, 2018 - #Eucharist

Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 365

Reading 1 1 KGS 21:1-16

Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel
next to the palace of Ahab, king of Samaria.
Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden,
since it is close by, next to my house.
I will give you a better vineyard in exchange, or,
if you prefer, I will give you its value in money.”
Naboth answered him, “The LORD forbid
that I should give you my ancestral heritage.”
Ahab went home disturbed and angry at the answer
Naboth the Jezreelite had made to him:
“I will not give you my ancestral heritage.”
Lying down on his bed, he turned away from food and would not eat.

His wife Jezebel came to him and said to him,
“Why are you so angry that you will not eat?”
He answered her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite
and said to him, ‘Sell me your vineyard, or,
if you prefer, I will give you a vineyard in exchange.’
But he refused to let me have his vineyard.”
His wife Jezebel said to him,
“A fine ruler over Israel you are indeed!
Get up.
Eat and be cheerful.
I will obtain the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite for you.”

So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and,
having sealed them with his seal,
sent them to the elders and to the nobles
who lived in the same city with Naboth.
This is what she wrote in the letters:
“Proclaim a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people.
Next, get two scoundrels to face him
and accuse him of having cursed God and king.
Then take him out and stone him to death.”
His fellow citizens—the elders and nobles who dwelt in his city—
did as Jezebel had ordered them in writing,
through the letters she had sent them.
They proclaimed a fast and placed Naboth at the head of the people.
Two scoundrels came in and confronted him with the accusation,
“Naboth has cursed God and king.”
And they led him out of the city and stoned him to death.
Then they sent the information to Jezebel
that Naboth had been stoned to death.

When Jezebel learned that Naboth had been stoned to death,
she said to Ahab,
“Go on, take possession of the vineyard
of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you,
because Naboth is not alive, but dead.”
On hearing that Naboth was dead, Ahab started off on his way
down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite,
to take possession of it.

Responsorial PsalmPS 5:2-3AB, 4B-6A, 6B-7

R. (2b) Lord, listen to my groaning.
Hearken to my words, O LORD,
attend to my sighing.
Heed my call for help,
my king and my God!
R. Lord, listen to my groaning.
At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you.
For you, O God, delight not in wickedness;
no evil man remains with you;
the arrogant may not stand in your sight.
R. Lord, listen to my groaning.
You hate all evildoers.
You destroy all who speak falsehood;
The bloodthirsty and the deceitful
the LORD abhors.
R. Lord, listen to my groaning.

AlleluiaPS 119:105

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A lamp to my feet is your word,
a light to my path.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 5:38-42

Jesus said to his disciples:
"You have heard that it was said,
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one to him as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand him your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
go with him for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you,
and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow."

Saint June 18 : Venerable Matt Talbot - Patron of #Alcoholics - with Prayer

Matt Talbot was born on the 2nd May 1856 at 13, Aldborough Court in the Parish of St. Agatha, Dublin, Ireland. Matt was one of Dublin's poor he lived in a tenement, wore second hand cloths, died in a laneway and was buried in a pauper's grave. Coming from such a deprived background and with an alcoholic father and a family history of neglect and poverty, Matt found himself sucked into the culture of addiction and to the only choice of drug available to the poor of his day alcohol. Matt like so many others embraced alcohol as a means of escape from the misery and poverty of daily life.
Today we live in an age of addictions more sophisticated perhaps than those of Matt's day, addictions to substances such as alcohol and other drugs soft or hard, prescription or illegal, addictions to gambling, pornography and the internet, addictions to work, professional advancement, sex, money and power. All these have the ability to destroy our lives and like demons even our very souls as well.
 Matt Talbot gradually came to this awareness and from the time of his conversion as a young man of 28, he spent the rest of his life living to a heroic extent the Christian virtues through prayer, spiritual reading, work and acts of charity. For three months, Talbot decided to make a general confession and begin to attend daily Mass. The first seven years after taking the starting were especially difficult. He avoided his former drinking places. He began to pray. He paid back people from whom he had borrowed or stolen money.  He joined the Secular Franciscan Order with strict penance; he abstained from meat nine months a year. Matt read Scripture and the lives of the saints every day. He prayed the rosary daily.  Matt sets before us a radical example which demonstrates that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. His life is a witness to the fact that people can by God's grace and their own self acceptance say no to that which leads to addiction or addictive behaviors.
Trinity Sunday the 7th June was the hottest day of a heat wave that had gripped the country since the previous week. Matt as usual had attended the 5.30am Mass in Gardiner St. and went to Holy Communion with the men of his Sodality at 8.00am Mass after Mass he returned to Rutland Street to have his usual meagre breakfast, one of his neighbours thought he looked poorly and advised him to take a little rest. Matt admitted that he was feeling a little weak but a half an hour later Matt came down again; he smiled at his neighbour, said he felt all right and was going on to the 10am Mass in Dominick Street. Dominican Church He always hurried to Mass. Around two sides of Mountjoy Square, along Gardiner Place, past Belvedere College, down Gardiner Row and along the North side of Parnell Square he was now just a few minutes away from his goal, the Dominican Church. Turning into Granby Lane, a short cut to the Church, he stumbled and collapsed. Passers by came to his aid people coming from an earlier Mass in Dominick called for a priest, a nurse and a Guard were on the scene. An eye witness account from Noel Carroll, who was a young boy at the time, recalls how his father who was manager of a chemist's shop at Bolton Street, would generally attend the 10am Mass on Sunday mornings in Dominick Street.
 Prayer to Venerable Matt Talbot
 Asking Matt's Help in the Presence of the Lord Gentle Matt, I turn to you in my present needs and ask for the help of your prayers. Trusting in you, I am confident your charitable and understanding heart will make my petitions your own. I believe that you are truly powerful in the presence of Divine Mercy. If it be for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the honour of Mary, our Mother and Queen and the deepening of my relationship with them, show that your goodness towards me, in my daily struggles, equals your influence with the Holy Spirit, who is hidden and at home in my Heart. Friend of pity, friend of power, hear, oh hear me in this hour, gentle Matt, please pray for me.

Edited from

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Saint June 18 : St. Elizabeth of Schoenau : Patron Against #Temptations : Abbess and Mystic

St. Elizabeth of Schoenau

Feast Day:
June 18
1129 at Germany
18 June 1165 at Bonn, Germany
Patron of:
against temptations

Born about 1129; d. 18 June, 1165.-Feast 18 June. She was born of an obscure family, entered the double monastery of Schönau in Nassau at the age of twelve, received the Benedictine habit, made her profession in 1147, and in 1157 was superioress of the nuns under the Abbot Hildelin. After her death she was buried in the abbey church of St. Florin. When her writings were published the name of saint was added. She was never formally canonized, but in 1584 her name was entered in the Roman Martyrology and has remained there.

Given to works of piety from her youth, much afflicted with bodily and mental suffering, a zealous observer of the Rule of St. Benedict and of the regulation of her convent, and devoted to practices of mortification, Elizabeth was favoured, from 1152, with ecstasies and visions of various kinds. These generally occurred on Sundays and Holy Days at Mass or Divine Office or after hearing or reading the lives of saints. Christ, His Blessed Mother, an angel, or the special saint of the day would appear to her and instruct her; or she would see quite realistic representations of the Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension, or other scenes of the Old and New Testaments. What she saw and heard she put down on wax tablets. Her abbot, Hildelin, told her to relate these things to her brother Egbert (Eckebert), then priest at the church of Bonn. At first she hesitated fearing lest she be deceived or be looked upon as a deceiver; but she obeyed. Egbert (who became a monk of Schönau in 1155 and succeeded Hildelin as second abbot) put everything in writing, later arranged the material at leisure, and then published all under his sister's name.

Thus came into existence

* three books of "Visions". Of these the first is written in language very simple and in unaffected style, so that it may easily pass as the work of Elizabeth. The other two are more elaborate and replete with theological terminology, so that they show more of the work of Egbert than of Elizabeth.

* "Liber viarum Dei". This seems to be an imitation of the "Scivias" (scire vias Domini) of St. Hildegarde of Bingen, her friend and correspondent. It contains admonitions to all classes of society, to the clergy and laity, to the married and unmarried. Here the influence of Egbert is very plain. She utters prophetic threats of judgment against priests who are unfaithful shepherds of the flock of Christ, against the avarice and worldliness of the monks who only wear the garb of poverty and self-denial, against the vices of the laity, and against bishops and superiors delinquent in their duty; she urges all to combat earnestly the heresy of the Cathari; she declares Victor IV, the antipope supported by Frederick against Alexander III, as the one chosen of God. All of this appears in Egbert's own writings.

* The revelation on the martyrdom of St. Ursula and her companions. This is full of fantastic exaggerations and anachronisms, but has become the foundation of the subsequent Ursula legends.

There is a great diversity of opinion in regard to her revelations. The Church has never passed sentence upon them nor even examined them. Elizabeth herself was convinced of their supernatural character, as she states in a letter to Hildegarde; her brother held the same opinion; Trithemius considers them genuine; Eusebius Amort (De revelationibus visionibus et apparitionibus privatis regulae tutae, etc., Augsburg, 1744) holds them to be nothing more than what Elizabeth's own imagination could produce, or illusions of the devil, since in some things they disagree with history and with other revelations (Acta SS., Oct, IX, 81). A complete edition of her writings was made by F.W.E. Roth (Brunn, 1884); translations appeared in Italian (Venice, 1859), French (Tournai, 1864), and in Icelandic (1226-1254).

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)

Free Catholic Movie : "Joseph of Nazareth" - #StJoseph stars Tobias Moretti

Joseph of Nazareth (2000) "Gli amici di Gesù - Giuseppe di Nazareth" (original title) TV Movie - 90 min - Drama - 29 April 2001 (USA) The people of Jerusalem are suffering under the reign of HEROD, and are hoping to be delivered from the Roman occupiers by the Messiah whose arrival, it is rumored, is to take place very soon. The 35-year-old widower is not interested in participating in any fighting against the Romans. Joseph gets a visit from JOACHIM and ANNA, asking him to marry their unprotected 14-year-old daughter MARY. Joseph agrees, but promises to preserve her chastity. Nevertheless, one day Mary tells him, in Anna's presence, that she is pregnant. Believing in this immaculate conception is very difficult for Joseph, as is the message that her son JESUS will end the reign of Herod, which is announced to him in a vision. Their son is born in a Bethlehem cattle shed and heralded as the new Messiah by the Three Magi. King Herod also finds out about the rumor, and decides to kill all of Bethlehem's firstborn. Joseph and Mary escape to Egypt.
Directors: Raffaele Mertes, Elisabetta Marchetti Writers: Gareth Jones, Gianmario Pagano (story) Stars: Tobias Moretti, Stefania Rivi, Massimo Reale |

Pope Francis " moments of darkness and difficulty, we must not break down, but remain anchored to fidelity to God...Remember this: God always Saves." FULL TEXT-Video

Piazza San Pietro
Sunday, 17 June, 2018
Dear brothers and sisters, Good morning!

In today's Gospel passage (cf. Mk 4: 26-34), Jesus speaks to the crowds of the Kingdom of God and the dynamisms of his growth, and he does so by telling two short parables.

In the first parable (see verses 26-29), the Kingdom of God is compared to the mysterious growth of the seed, which is thrown on the ground and then sprouts, grows and produces the ear, regardless of the care of the farmer, who at the end of maturation provides for the harvest. The message that this parable gives us is this: through the preaching and the action of Jesus, the Kingdom of God is announced, has burst into the field of the world and, like the seed, grows and develops from itself, necessarily own and according to humanly non-decipherable criteria. In its growth and sprouting within history, it does not depend so much on the work of man, but it is above all an expression of the power and goodness of God, of the power of the Holy Spirit who carries on Christian life in the People of God.

Sometimes history, with its events and its protagonists, seems to go in the opposite direction to the plan of the heavenly Father, who wants justice, fraternity and peace for all his children. But we are called to live these periods as seasons of trial, hope and watchful waiting for the harvest. In fact, yesterday as today, the Kingdom of God grows in the world in a mysterious way, in a surprising way, revealing the hidden power of the small seed, its victorious vitality. Within the folds of personal and social events that sometimes seem to mark the shipwreck of hope, we must remain confident in the subdued but powerful action of God. This is why, in moments of darkness and difficulty, we must not break down, but remain anchored to fidelity to God, in his presence that always saves. Remember this: God always saves. He is the savior.

In the second parable (see verses 30-32), Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed. It is a very small seed, yet it develops so much that it becomes the largest of all the plants in the garden: an unpredictable, surprising growth. It is not easy for us to enter into this logic of God's unpredictability and accept it in our lives. But today the Lord exhorts us to an attitude of faith that overcomes our plans, our calculations, our forecasts. God is always the God of surprises. The Lord always surprises us. It is an invitation to open ourselves more generously to God's plans, both on a personal and a community level. In our communities we need to pay attention to the small and great opportunities for goodness that the Lord offers us, letting ourselves be involved in his dynamics of love, of welcome and of mercy towards all.

The authenticity of the Church's mission is not given by the success or gratification of the results, but by going forward with the courage of trust and the humility of abandonment in God. Go ahead in the confession of Jesus and with the power of the Spirit Holy. It is the awareness of being small and weak instruments, which in the hands of God and with his grace can do great works, advancing his Kingdom which is "justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Rom 14.17). May the Virgin Mary help us to be simple, to be attentive, to collaborate with our faith and our work in the development of the Kingdom of God in hearts and in history.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

Yesterday, in Caracas, Beata María Carmen Rendíles Martínez, founder of the Siervas de Jesús de Venezuela sisters, was proclaimed. Mother Carmen, born and died in Caracas in the last century, together with her sisters she served with love in the parishes, in the schools and next to the neediest. We praise the Lord for his faithful disciple and entrust our prayers for the Venezuelan people to his intercession. And we salute the new Blessed and the Venezuelan people with applause!

With concern I follow the dramatic fate of the people of Yemen, already exhausted by years of conflict. I appeal to the international community to spare no effort to bring the parties involved to the negotiating table urgently and to avoid a worsening of the already tragic humanitarian situation. Let us pray to Our Lady for Yemen: "Hail Mary ...".

Next Wednesday will be the World Refugee Day, promoted by the United Nations to draw attention to what they live, often with great anxiety and suffering, our brothers forced to flee their land due to conflict and persecution. A day that, this year, falls in the wake of the consultations between the governments for the adoption of a World Pact on Refugees, which is to be adopted within the year, such as that for a safe, orderly and regular migration. I hope that the States involved in these processes will reach an agreement to ensure, with responsibility and humanity, assistance and protection for those forced to leave your country. But each of us is also called to be close to the refugees, to find moments of encounter with them, to value their contribution, so that they too can better integrate themselves into the communities that receive them. In this meeting and in this mutual respect and support there is the solution of many problems. I greet all of you, dear Romans and pilgrims, especially those from Spain, Malta, Brazil - these Brazilians are noisy! -, from the United States of America; the students of the "London Oratory School" and those of the "Colegio Oratorio Festivo" of Novelda (Spain). I heard that among you there is a group of Argentineans. Remember that today in our country is Father's Day. Remember your fathers in your prayers. I greet the faithful of Teramo, Francavilla a Mare and the group of Catholic Action of Trento; the boys from Campobasso who received the Confirmation; the Association of Italian Ecclesiastical Librarians and the group "A meeting, a hope" of Olbia. I wish everyone a good Sunday. Please do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye.

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. June 17, 2018 - #Eucharist - Readings + Video

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 92

Reading 1EZ 17:22-24

Thus says the Lord GOD:
I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar,
from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot,
and plant it on a high and lofty mountain;
on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it.
It shall put forth branches and bear fruit,
and become a majestic cedar.
Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it,
every winged thing in the shade of its boughs.
And all the trees of the field shall know
that I, the LORD,
bring low the high tree,
lift high the lowly tree,
wither up the green tree,
and make the withered tree bloom.
As I, the LORD, have spoken, so will I do.

Responsorial PsalmPS 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16

R. (cf. 2a) Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praise to your name, Most High,
To proclaim your kindness at dawn
and your faithfulness throughout the night.
R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
The just one shall flourish like the palm tree,
like a cedar of Lebanon shall he grow.
They that are planted in the house of the LORD
shall flourish in the courts of our God.
R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
They shall bear fruit even in old age;
vigorous and sturdy shall they be,
Declaring how just is the LORD,
my rock, in whom there is no wrong.
R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.

Reading 2 2 COR 5:6-10

Brothers and sisters:
We are always courageous,
although we know that while we are at home in the body
we are away from the Lord,
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Yet we are courageous,
and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord.
Therefore, we aspire to please him,
whether we are at home or away.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
so that each may receive recompense,
according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.


R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower.
All who come to him will live forever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 4:26-34

Jesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and through it all the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”

He said,
“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.

Saint June 17 : St. Avitus : #Abbot : Died 530

St. Avitus
Feast: June 17

Feast Day:June 17
ST. AVITUS was a native of Orleans, and, retiring into Auvergne, took the monastic habit, together with St. Calais, in the abbey of Menat, at that time very small, though afterward enriched by Queen Brunehault, and by St. Boner, Bishop of Clermont. The two Saints soon after returned to Miscy, a famous abbey situated a league and a half below Orleans. It was founded toward the end of the reign of Clovis I. by St. Euspicius, a holy priest, honored on the 14th of June, and his nephew St. Maximin or Mesnim, whose name this monastery, which is now of the Cistercian Order, bears. Many call St. Maximin the first abbot, others St. Euspicius the first, St. Maximin the second, and St. Avitus the third. But our Saint and St. Calais made not a long stay at Miscy, though St. Maximin gave them a gracious reception. In quest of a closer retirement, St. Avitus, who had succeeded St. Maximin, soon after resigned the abbacy, and with St. Calais lived a recluse in the territory now called Dunois, on the frontiers of La Perche. Others joining them, St. Calais retired into a forest in Maine, and King Clotaire built a church and monastery for St. Avitus and his companions. This is at present a Benedictine nunnery, called St. Avy of Chateaudun, and is situated on the Loire, at the foot of the hill on which the town of Chateaudun is built, in the diocese of Chartres. Three famous monks, Leobin, afterwards Bishop of Chartres, Euphronius, and Rusticus, attended our Saint to his happy death, which happened about the year 530. His body was carried to Orleans, and buried with great pomp in that city.

(Taken from Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pope Francis "You are an icon of God: the family is an icon of God." to Families - FULL TEXT


Goodmorning everyone,

I thought it would be a welcome speech ... But hearing Gianluigi I saw that there was fire there, there was mysticism. It's a great thing: for some time I did not hear about the family with so much passion. And it takes courage to do it today! It takes courage. And for this, thank you! I have prepared a speech, but after the heat with which he spoke, I find it cold. I deliver it, because he distributes it afterwards, and then I will publish it.

While he was talking, many things came to mind and heart, so many things about the family, things that are not said, do not say normally, or, if they say, they say well educated, like a school on the family. .. He spoke with his heart, and you all want to talk like that. I will take something that he has said, and I too would like to speak with my heart, and say in arm what came into my heart when he spoke.

He used an expression: "to look each other in the eyes". The man and the woman, the husband and the bride, look each other in the eye. I tell an anecdote. I like to say hello to the couples who make the fiftieth, the twenty-fifth ...; even when they come to Mass in Santa Marta. Once, there was a couple doing the sixtieth. But they were young, because they were married at eighteen, as in those days. In those days they married young people. Today, because you marry a son ..., poor mothers! But the recipe is clear: do not iron the shirts anymore, and so will you marry soon, or not? I find myself in front of this couple, and they looked at me ... I said: "Sixty years! But do you still have the same love? ". And they, looking at me, looked at each other, then came back to look at me, and I saw that their eyes were wet. And they both told me: "We are in love". I never forget it. "After sixty years we are in love". The warmth of the growing family, the love that is not a love of romance. It is a true love. Being in love all your life, with so many problems that are there ... But being in love.

Then, another thing I ask the spouses, who are fifty or sixty years old: "Which of you has had more patience?". It is mathematical, the answer is: "Tutt'e due". It's nice! This indicates a life together, a life of two. That patience to support each other.

And then, to the newlyweds who tell me: "We are married for a month, two months ...", the question I ask is: "Have you had a fight?" They usually say, "Yes". "Ah, all right, this is important. But it is also important not to end the day without making peace ". Please teach this: it is normal for you to argue, because we are free people, and there is some problem, and we need to make it clear. But do not finish the day without making peace. Because? Because the "cold war" of the next day is very dangerous.

With these three anecdotes I wanted to introduce what I would like to tell you.

Family life: it is a sacrifice, but a good sacrifice. Love is like making pasta: every day. Love in marriage is a challenge for men and women. What is the greatest challenge of man? Make more woman his wife. More woman. That grows as a woman. And what is the woman's challenge? Make your husband more man. And so they both go forward. They go forward.

Another thing that helps a lot of married life is patience: knowing how to wait. Wait. There are situations of crisis in life - strong crises, bad crises - where perhaps even times of infidelity come. When the problem can not be solved at that moment, it takes that patience of waiting, waiting. So many women - because this is more of the woman than of the man, but also the man sometimes does it - so many women in silence have waited, looking away, waiting for the husband to return to fidelity. And this is holiness. The holiness that forgives everything, because it loves. Patience. Much patience, one of the other. If one is nervous and cries, do not answer with another cry ... Be quiet, let the storm pass, and then, at the right moment, talk about it.

There are three words that are magic words, but important words in marriage. First of all, "leave": do not be intrusive with each other. "Can I?" That respect for each other. Second word: "Sorry". Apologizing is something that is so important, it's so important! Everyone is wrong in life, everyone. "Excuse me, I did this ...", "Sorry, I forgot ..." And this helps keep going. Help to carry on the family, the ability to apologize. It's true, apologizing always involves a bit 'of shame, but it is a holy shame! "Excuse me, I forgot ..." It's something that helps a lot to keep going. And the third word: "Thank you". To have the greatness of heart to always thank.

Then you spoke of Amoris laetitia, and you said: "Here Amoris laetitia is made flesh". I like to hear this: read, read the fourth chapter. The fourth chapter is the core of Amoris laetitia. It is precisely spirituality of every day of the family. Some have reduced Amoris laetitia to a sterile casuistry of "we can, we can not". They did not understand anything! Then, in Amoris laetitia, problems do not hide, problems of preparation for marriage. You help boyfriends to get ready: you have to say things clear, do not you? Clear. Once a woman told me, in Buenos Aires: "But you priests are smart ..." - "Why?" - "To become a priest, study eight years, you prepare for eight years. And then, if after a few years it does not work, make a nice letter to Rome; and in Rome they give you permission, and you can get married. Instead to us, who give us a Sacrament for life, we are satisfied with three or four preparatory conferences. This is not right". And that woman was right. Preparing for marriage: yes, it takes conferences, things that explain, but it takes men and women, friends, to talk to them and help them to mature, to mature on the journey. And we can say that today there is a need for a catechumenate for marriage, as there is a catechumenate for Baptism. Prepare, help prepare for marriage. Then, another problem we see in Amoris Laetitia is the education of children. It is not easy to educate children. Today the children are quicker than us! In the virtual world, they know more than us. But we must educate them to the community, educate them to family life. Educate them to sacrifice for one another. It is not easy to educate children. They are big problems. And you, who love the family, can help the other families in this way. The family is an adventure, a beautiful adventure! And today - with pain I say it - we see that many times we think of starting a family and making a marriage like a lottery: "Let's go. If it goes, it goes. If it does not work, we delete the thing and start again ". This superficiality on the greatest gift God gave to humanity: the family. Because, after the story of the creation of man, God shows that he created man and woman in his image and likeness. And Jesus himself, when he speaks of marriage, says: "Man will leave his father and mother and with his wife they will become one flesh". Because they are the image and likeness of God. You are an icon of God: the family is an icon of God. Man and woman: it is precisely the image of God. He has said it, I do not say so. And this is great, it is sacred. Then today - it hurts to say - we talk about "diversified" families: different types of families. Yes, it is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of the stars, the "families" of the trees, the "families" of the animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family as an image of God, man and woman, is only one. It is only one. It may be that a man and a woman are not believers: but if they love and unite in marriage, they are the image and likeness of God, though they do not believe. It is a mystery: St. Paul calls it "great mystery", "great sacrament" (cf. Eph 5,32). A true mystery. I like everything you've said and the passion with which you said it. And so we must talk about the family, with passion. Once, I think a year ago, I called a relative of mine who was getting married. Forty. At the end I said: "Tell me a little: in which church do you marry?" - "We still do not know why we are looking for a church that matches the dress that will ... - and said the name of the girlfriend - and then we have the problem of the restaurant ... ". But think ... The important thing was that. When what is secondary takes the place of what is important. The important thing is to love each other, receive the Sacrament, go on ...; and then do all the parties you want, all of them. Once I met two married couple for ten years, without children. It is very delicate to talk about this, because many times children want but do not come, do not they? I did not know how to handle the topic. Then I learned that they did not want children. But these people at home had three dogs, two cats ... It's nice to have a dog, a cat, it's nice ... Or sometimes when you hear that they say, "Yes, yes, but we children do not because we have to buy a house in the country, then travel ... ". Children are the greatest gift. Children who welcome as they come, as God sends them, as God permits - even if sometimes they are sick. I heard that it is fashionable - or at least it is habitual - in the early months of pregnancy to make certain tests, to see if the child is not well, or comes with some problems ... The first proposal in that case is: "We send it away? ". The murder of children. And to have a peaceful life, an innocent person is taken out. When I was a boy, the teacher taught us history and told us what the Spartans were doing when a child was born with malformations: they took him to the mountain and threw him down, to treat "the purity of the race". And we remained stunned: "But how, how can this be done, poor children!" It was an atrocity. Today we do the same. You asked yourself why do not you see so many dwarves on the street? Because the protocol of many doctors - many, not all - is to ask the question: "Is it bad?". I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to treat the purity of the race. Today we do the same, but with white gloves. Family, love, patience, joy, and waste time in the family. You have talked about a bad thing: that there is no possibility of "wasting time", because in order to earn today you must have two jobs, because the family is not considered. You also talked about young people who can not get married because there is no work. The family is threatened by lack of work. And I would like to end with a council that once gave me a professor - he gave it to school - a professor of philosophy, the dean. I was in the seminary, at the stage of philosophy. There was the theme of human maturity, in philosophy we study that. And he said: "What is an everyday criterion to know if a man, if a priest is mature?". We answered things ... And he: "No, a simpler one: an adult person, a priest, is mature if he is able to play with children". This is the test. And I say to you: waste time with the children, waste time with your children, play with your children. Do not tell them: "Do not disturb!". I once heard a young family man say, "Father, when I go to work, they sleep. When I come back, they sleep ". It is the cross of this slavery of an unjust way of working that society brings us today. I said this was the last thing. No, the penultimate one. The last is what I say now, because I do not want to forget it. I talked about children as a promise treasure. But there is another treasure in the family: they are grandparents. Please take care of grandparents! Let grandparents talk, let the children talk to their grandparents. Caress grandparents, do not remove them from the family because they are annoying, because they repeat the same things. Love the grandparents, and let them talk to the children. Thank you all. Thank you for the passion, thank you for the love you have for the family. Thanks for everything! And forward with courage. Thank you! Now before giving you the blessing, let us pray to Our Lady: "Hail Mary ..."
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Wow Catholic World Cup Sports Star Javier Hernandez gets on his Knees and Prays before Games

Javier Hernández Balcázar was born 1 June 1988. He is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club West Ham United and the Mexico national team. Hernández is commonly known by his nickname, Chicharito  (Mexican Spanish: little pea), which he wears on his shirt. He began his career in 2006, playing for the Mexican club Guadalajara, before becoming the first Mexican player to join Manchester United in July 2010. A Mexican international, Hernández is his country's all-time leading goalscorer.  He has represented Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and he was the 2011 Gold Cup's top scorer with seven goals and was named the most valuable player of the tournament. Hernández was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco and first played in a recreation league when he was seven years old. Hernández' father, footballer Javier "Chícharo" Hernández, played for Monarcas Morelia. At the age of nine, Hernández joined C.D. Guadalajara and signed his first professional contract when he was 15. Hernández was also took business administration classes at Universidad del Valle de Atemajac.
On 26 May 2012, Hernández became the Mexican ambassador for UNICEF. As ambassador, he participates in  activities to encourage children and teenagers to not abandon their education.
 Hernández is a devout Roman Catholic.
He is famous for his pre-game ritual where he gets on his knees and prays which he does before most games. 
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Pope Francis to Sisters " that the light and the warmth of God's love can reach the people you meet and awaken hope in them." FULL TEXT


Hall of the Consistory
Saturday, 16 June 2018

Dear sisters!

I welcome you and I rejoice to be able to do so while you are celebrating the fourth centenary of the return to the house of the Father of your foundress, Venerable Orsola Benincasa. I thank you for all the good you do in the Church and there where you work for the Kingdom of God: America, Africa and Europe. With you I also greet the Teatini Fathers who accompany you. You know that we Jesuits with the Teatines have a story a bit 'ugly ... We had a fight over time of Paul IV, a long time ago. Now we are friends. You are particularly attached to them since Mother Orsola, just before she died, entrusted her work and her Rules to the Teatini Regular Clerics, for the great esteem she had.

Orsola Benincasa was a contemplative woman, I want to underline this: contemplation. Like the prophet Jeremiah, she too felt seduced by the Lord and allowed herself to be seduced (cf. Jer 20: 7). Throughout his life he sought full conformity to the crucified Christ, also thanks to mystical experiences. In love with the Eucharist, she made this Sacrament the center and nourishment of her life. Rooted in Christ and attracted by the light of the Immaculate Conception, he has left a charism that is inseparably Christocentric and Marian; and, as a testament, to live "without any other rule than love". And this is not easy! Starting from this centrality of Christ in his life, he was able to grasp the needs of the people, especially the young, living for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

On this spiritual structure, where Christ is the only highest good, daily life of prayer is supported. A prayer that, far from separating you from the world and its needs, leads you to love the world as the Lord loves it and wants it. In a particular way, it leads you to dedicate yourselves to the education and formation of the new generations, attentive to their human promotion and their growth in faith; this without neglecting your presence close to the suffering people, in whom you recognize Jesus crucified. In this way the Lord calls you to come out of yourself and to go to the existential peripheries, with freedom of heart. You find life by giving life, find hope by giving hope, find your reason for being in the Church and in the world, always loving and living according to the logic of the gift, the logic of the Gospel.

I encourage you to be, on the example of your Foundress, teachers of experiential knowledge of God. Today's world needs witnesses of transcendence, of people who are the salt of the earth and the light of the world (cf. Mt 5,13-14) , let them be leaven in the dough (cf. Mt 13.33). Do not deprive the men and women of today of this food, necessary as much as the material bread. Together with people in conditions of material poverty, there are many who have lost the meaning of life, hearts parched and thirsty for good bread and living water, even without knowing they are waiting to meet Jesus. There are also hungry and thirsty hearts. Go to satiate that hunger, that thirst, where there is no ability to satiate with that illusion, the illusion of lights that do not give life, of the lights that do not illuminate. And to you as well as to the disciples, Jesus says today: give them something to drink and to eat (cf. Mk 6:37), that bread which satisfies, that water which satisfies. If you are open to the action of the Spirit, He will guide you to respond creatively to the cry of the poor and hungry and thirsty of God. The Spirit himself will help you to ask: what does the Lord and the brothers ask of us? It will help you to stay awake, vigilant as sentinels of the Lord, so that the light and the warmth of God's love can reach the people you meet and awaken hope in them.

The world also needs your testimony of fraternal life in the community. Fraternal life is not easy, it is not easy. There is always something to fight, to talk badly. It's true? Always always. It's ugly to talk bad about the family. It's ugly, but there's a remedy, a very good medicine for not talking bad: bite your tongue. It swells, but does not spill it. Try! Therefore, the spirituality of communion, the spirituality of living together, so that the community journey becomes a "holy pilgrimage" (cf. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 87). Removing criticism, gossip, rivalries, and practicing instead the reception and mutual attention, the sharing of material goods, respect for the most fragile people (cf. Letter to all consecrated persons, 21 November 2014, II, 3 ). This is very important: taking care of the elderly. They are the memory of the congregation. Do not leave them there in the infirmary, abandoned, no. Go to them, let them talk - they are memory -, caress them. Do not forget about the elderly. Always resound in your hearts the will of the Foundress: "Love one another. Respect each other. Each one seeks the good of the other ". This is a beautiful road to holiness! In this way, you will incarnate the commandment of love where you live and work: in schools, in parishes, in nursing homes, in every place where the Gospel of Christ is brought with life and words. In this way you will always be constructors of communion within your Institute and beyond it (cf. John Paul II, Apostolic Apostolic Exhortation, Post Consecrated Life, 51). Mary Immaculate, whom you venerate as a model and patroness, obtain for you the grace of being passionate women of Christ and of humanity; to continually set you on a journey to serve the most needy, as she did in the Visitation (cf. Lk 1:39); to know how to be there where your presence is necessary as disciples of the Lord and consecrated women (cf. Acts 1: 14). For all this, I cordially impart my blessing. And you, please, do not forget to pray for me. Thank you.
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