Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saint February 19 : St. Conrad of Piacenza : Patron of #Cure for #Hernias

Born:
1290, Piacenza, Province of Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Died:
February 19, 1351, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Patron of:
cure of hernias



CONFESSOR
Hermit of the Third Order of St. Francis, date of birth uncertain; died at Noto in Sicily, 19 February, 1351. He belonged to one of the noblest families of Piacenza, and having married when he was quite young, led a virtuous and God-fearing life. On one occasion, when he was engaged in his usual pastime of hunting, he ordered his attendants to fire some brushwood in which game had taken refuge. The prevailing wind caused the flames to spread rapidly, and the surrounding fields and forest were soon in a state of conflagration. A mendicant, who happened to be found near the place where the fire had originated, was accused of being the author. He was imprisoned, tried, and condemned to death. As the poor man was being led to execution, Conrad, stricken with remorse, made open confession of his guilt; and in order to repair the damage of which he had been the cause, was obliged to sell all his possessions. Thus reduced to poverty, Conrad retired to a lonely hermitage some distance from Piacenza, while his wife entered the Order of Poor Clares. Later he went to Rome, and thence to Sicily, where for thirty years he lived a most austere and penitential life and worked numerous miracles. He is especially invoked for the cure of hernia. In 1515 Leo X permitted the town of Noto to celebrate his feast, which permission was later extended by Urban VIII to the whole Order of St. Francis. Though bearing the title of saint, Conrad was never formally canonized. His feast is kept in the Franciscan Order on 19 February.

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)

Wow Catholic FSSP Priest goes for Gold in Skiing while Playing Bagpipes - FULL Video to SHARE will make you laugh!

This Roman Catholic Priest, Fr. Daniel Nolan, FSSP, is skiing for a different kind of gold – the kind of gold needed to build a new parish church. Fr. Nolan is assistant pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, an apostolate in Denver, but he was previously assigned to St. Joan of Arc,  in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. According tot the FSSP website, "To raise funds for St. Joan of Arc’s building project, he invented a possible new Olympic sport: skiing and bagpiping…at the same time. (Editor’s Note: Potential names include Ski Piping, Alpine Piping, Alpiping and, when done on a snowboard, the Fullpipe)."
Here they suggest you can donate:
If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile endeavor, or you are simply impressed with Father’s ability to play the bagpipes while skiing, click here (https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/156181) to donate to St. Joan of Arc’s fundraising project!

Pope Francis "In our life we always have need of conversion — Every day!" FULL TEXT + Video - Angelus

Angelus for 18 February 2018 - Full text
Full text of Pope Francis' prepared remarks at the Angelus for 18 February 2018.
 Translation by Vatican News.
 Dear brothers and sisters, good day!
 In this first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel recalls the themes of temptation, of conversion, and of the Good News. Three themes: temptation, conversion, and Good News.
The Evangelist Mark writes, “The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and He remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.” Jesus goes into the desert to prepare Himself for His mission in the world. He has no need of conversion, but, insofar as He is man, He must pass through this trial, both for Himself, to obey the will of the Father, and for us, to give us the grace to overcome temptation. This preparation consists in fighting against the spirit of evil, that is, against the devil. For us, too, Lent is a time of spiritual "training" [It: agonismo], of spiritual combat: we are called to face the Evil one through prayer, to be able, with God’s help, to overcome him in our daily life. We know, unfortunately, that evil is at work in our existence and all around us, wherever violence, rejection of the other, being closed, wars, or injustices occur. All these things are works of wickedness, of evil.
Immediately after the temptations in the desert, Jesus begins to preach the Gospel, that is, the Good News, the second word. The first was "temptation,", the second, "Good News." And this Good News requires of human beings conversion — the third word — and faith. He proclaims, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel!” — believe, that is, in this Good News that the kingdom of God is at hand. In our life we always have need of conversion — every day! — and the Church has us pray for this. In fact, we are never sufficiently oriented toward God, and we must continually direct our mind and our heart to Him. To do this we need to have the courage to reject all that leads us astray, the false values that mislead us, by attracting, in a deceitful way, our selfishness. Instead we must entrust ourselves to the Lord, to His goodness, and to His project of love for each one of us. Lent is a time of repentance, yes, but it is not a sad time! We must be attentive to this: it is a time of repentance, but it is not a sad time, a time of mourning. It is a joyful and serious duty to strip ourselves of our selfishness, of our ‘old man,’ and to renew ourselves according to the grace of our Baptism.
Only God can give us true happiness: it is useless for us to waste our time seeking it elsewhere, in riches, in pleasures, in power, in careers… the kingdom of God is the realization of all our aspirations, because it is, at the same time, the salvation of man and the glory of God. In this first Sunday of Lent, we are invited to listen attentively and to take up this appeal of Christ to be converted and to believe in the Gospel. We are called to begin the journey towards Easter with commitment, to welcome more and more the grace of God, who desires to transform the world into a kingdom of justice, of peace, of fraternity.
May Mary Most Holy help us to live this Lent with fidelity to the Word of God and with incessant prayer, as Jesus did in the desert. It is not impossible! It means living the days with the desire to welcome the love that comes from God, and that desires to transform our life, and the whole world.

After the Angelus
 

Dear brothers and sisters,
Next month, from March 19th through the 24th, about 300 young people from all over the world will come to Rome for a preparatory meeting for the Synod taking place in October. But I strongly desire that all young people might be the protagonists of this preparation. Therefore, they will be able to contribute online through linguistic groups moderated by other young people. The contribution of the “groups of networks” will be united to those of the meeting in Rome. Dear young people, you can find more information on the website of the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops. I thank you for your contribution to making this journey together!
I greet all of you, families, parish groups, associations, and all the pilgrims coming from Italy and from different countries. I greet the faithful of the dioceses of Murcia, Vannes, Warsaw, and Wroclaw; as well as those of Erba Vignole, Fonteneto d’Agogna, Silvi and Troina. I greet the boys and girls of the deanery of Baggio in Milan, and of Melito Porto Salvo.
At the beinning of Lent, which — as I’ve said — is a journey of conversion and of struggle against evil, I want to offer special good wishes to prisoners: dear brothers and sisters who are in prison, I encourage each one of you to live the period of Lent as an occasion of reconciliation and of renewal of lives under the merciful gaze of the Lord. He never tires of forgiving.
I wish all of you a happy Sunday! Enjoy your lunch, and see you soon!

#BreakingNews 5 Killed including Gunman who Shot at People leaving Church in Russia - Please Pray

Five people were killed, including the gunman and several others were injured after a gunman opened fire on people leaving a church service in Russia’s Dagestan region.   The shooting occurred outside a church in the town of Kizlyar on Sunday Feb. 18, 2018. The Mayor Alexander Shuvalov explained, “People were leaving a church after an evening service when he opened gunfire at them.” Two police officers and a woman were among the wounded, according to Shuvalov. An eyewitness posted a video of the shooting on Twitter, which captured the moment shots were being fired. The Church parishioners were  celebrating the end of the Russian festival of Maslenitsa, which marks the start of Lent for Russian Orthodox Christians, according to RT. An eyewitness to the shooting, Oksana, told RT, “There were a lot of people there, moms with little children, elderly people. I believe God saved us, not allowing the man to get inside the church.” (Source: TASS and RT)
Update: Sky News reports: The gunman was armed with a hunting rifle and charged towards the church shouting "Allahu Akbar", the Arabic phrase meaning "God is Great", according to Father Pavel, the priest who had delivered the service.

#Lent Quote to SHARE by #MotherTeresa "As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst...'



 "As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst...'Repent and believe' Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor -- He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you." -- Saint Teresa of Calcutta

#BreakingNews Catholic School in Mexico Closes due to Murders in Area - Please Pray

Chilpancingo (Agenzia Fides) - Morelos de Chilapa Catholic school was closed after the nuns who ran it, Hermanas de Guadalupe, left the place: says the Bishop of the diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, Guerrero (Mexico), Mgr. Salvador Rangel Mendoza, OFM to Agenzia Fides. The abandonment of the nuns is due to the fact that parents and one of the sisters of one of the nuns were executed, the prelate said, expressing concern and bitterness.
The school welcomed 500 young people between primary and secondary school, who will now remain without school education. The diocese of Ciudad Altamirano also sent a statement to Fides that expresses solidarity with the diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa and with the Archdiocese of Acapulco after the episodes of violence that caused entire families from the area to escape.
"In recent days there have been many murders: the policemen in San Miguel Totolapan; the relatives of one of the nuns belonging to the religious congregation that administered the Morelos school in Chilapa; on 5 February, the murder of Father Iván Añorve Jaimes of the Archdiocese of Acapulco and of Father Germaín Muñiz García of the diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, the teacher who accompanied them and many other innocent people. The Lord calls us to meditate on the value of life and peace. We ask the authorities to carry out an in-depth investigation, to identify the perpetrators of all these violent actions and to apply the sanctions provided for by the law", reads the statement sent to Fides.
According to the local press, the organized crime in the area of Guerrero wants to have control on all the institutions present in the territory at all costs, including the Catholic Church. Any voice of justice or protection of the life of the local community will be the target of gangs: thus we understand the increase in murders and the escalation of violence in recent weeks. (CE) (Text share from Agenzia Fides, 16/02/2018)

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. February 18, 2018 - 1st of #Lent - #Eucharist - Readings + Video

First Sunday of Lent
Lectionary: 23


Reading 1GN 9:8-15

God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
"See, I am now establishing my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
and with every living creature that was with you:
all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals
that were with you and came out of the ark.
I will establish my covenant with you,
that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed
by the waters of a flood;
there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth."
God added:
"This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come,
of the covenant between me and you
and every living creature with you:
I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign
of the covenant between me and the earth.
When I bring clouds over the earth,
and the bow appears in the clouds,
I will recall the covenant I have made
between me and you and all living beings,
so that the waters shall never again become a flood
to destroy all mortal beings."

Responsorial PsalmPS 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9.

R. (cf. 10) Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your love are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Good and upright is the LORD,
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
and he teaches the humble his way.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.

Reading 2 1 PT 3:18-22

Beloved:
Christ suffered for sins once, 
the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, 
that he might lead you to God.
Put to death in the flesh, 
he was brought to life in the Spirit.
In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, 
who had once been disobedient 
while God patiently waited in the days of Noah 
during the building of the ark, 
in which a few persons, eight in all,
were saved through water.
This prefigured baptism, which saves you now.
It is not a removal of dirt from the body 
but an appeal to God for a clear conscience, 
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
who has gone into heaven
and is at the right hand of God, 
with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.

Verse Before The GospelMT 4:4B

One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

GospelMK 1:12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.

After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
"This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel."

Saint February 18 : St. Simon of Jerusalem : #Bishop and #Martyr

St. Simon of Jerusalem
BISHOP, MARTYR
Died:
106 or 107 AD, Jerusalem
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ST. SIMEON was the son of Cleophas, otherwise called Alpheus, brother to St. Joseph, and of Mary, sister to the Blessed Virgin. He was therefore nephew both to St. Joseph and to the Blessed Virgin, and cousin to Our Saviour. We cannot doubt but that he was ail early follower of Christ, and that he received the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost, with the Blessed Virgin and the apostles. When the Jews massacred St. James the Lesser,his brother Simeon reproached them for their atrocious cruelty. St. James, Bishop of Jerusalem, being put to death in the year 62, twenty-nine years after Our Saviour's Resurrection, the apostles and disciples met at Jerusalem to appoint him a successor. They unanimously chose St. Simeon, who had probably before assisted his brother in the government of that Church.
In the year 66, in which Sts. Peter and Paul suffered martyrdom at Rome, the civil war began in Judea, by the seditions of the Jews against the Romans. The Christians in Jerusalem were warned by God of the impending destruction of that city. They therefore departed out of it the same year,—before Vespasian, Nero's general, and afterwards emperor, entered Judea,—and retired beyond Jordan to a small city called Pella, having St. Simeon at their head. After the taking and burning of Jerusalem they returned thither again, and settled themselves amidst its ruins, till Adrian afterwards entirely razed it. The Church here flourished, and multitudes of Jews were converted by the great number of prodigies and miracles wrought in it.
Vespasian and Domitian had commanded all to be put to death who were of the race of David. St. Simeon had escaped their searches; but, Trajan having given the same order, certain heretics and Jews accused the Saint, as being both of the race of David and a Christian, to Atticus, the Roman governor in Palestine. The holy bishop was condemned to be crucified. After having undergone the usual tortures during several days, which, though one hundred and twenty years old, he suffered with so much patience that he drew on him a universal admiration, and that of Atticus in particular, he died in 107. He must have governed the Church of Jerusalem about forty-three years.
(Taken from Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler)