Saturday, April 21, 2018

#BreakingNews Young Catholic Priest Killed while Hearing Confession - RIP Fr. Juan García - Age 33-


On Friday, April 20, the young priest of 33 years, Father Juan Miguel Contreras García, was shot dead in the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga. He carried out his pastoral work as vicar of the parish of San Pío de Pietrelcina and would have completed two years of priestly life on May 15.

The perpetrators who murdered the Priest were in the parish office, while imparting the sacrament of reconciliation.

This land is home to  the bloodiest drug cartels in the history of the state.
The escalation of violence and disappearances has been denounced by the Catholic Church. A few days before the start of the electoral campaigns, the State saw with great concern how homicide rates rose to 37 deaths in a weekend in March.


Rest in peace, Father Juan Miguel Contreras García (1985-2018)
SOURCE: Centro Catolico Multimedial (CCM)

#BreakingNews Pope Francis makes Historic Appointment of 3 Women as Consultors for CDF - FULL TEXT

Pope Francis has appointed three womenas consultants to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith(CDF). The CDF, of the Roman Curia, is part of the central administration of the Catholic church. The Vatican announced on April 21, that Pope Francis has named three women and two priests as consultants to the CDF. Two of the women are Italians and one Belgian. The three women are Dr. Linda Ghisoni, undersecretary for “the section for the lay faithful” in the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life; Prof. Michelina Tenace, who teaches theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome; and Prof. Laetitia Calmeyn, who teaches theology at the Collège des Bernardins, Paris. The two priests are the Rev. Sergio Paolo Bonanni, who teaches theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, and Manuel Jesús Arroba Conde, C.M.F., a Claretian and president of the Institute of Both Jurisdictions (civil and canon law) at the Lateran University in Rome. 
FULL TEXT Release of Vatican.va

Resignations and Appointments, 21.04.2018

Appointment of Consultors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
The Holy Father Francis has appointed as Consultors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith the Rev. Don Sergio Paolo Bonanni, lecturer in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University; Fr. Manuel Jesús Arroba Conde, C.M.F., rector of the Utriusque Iuris Institute of the Pontifical Lateran University; Dr. Linda Ghisoni, under-secretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life (Section for Lay Faithful), Professor Michelina Tenace, lecturer in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University; Professor Laetitia Calmeyn, lecturer in theology at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris.
  The consultant in the Roman Curia is to give advice or opinions on questions that need to be resolved or to be explored. Consultants of the Vatican congregations have been men. In January 2017, Pope Francis appointed two women to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: Prof. Donna Orsuto (U.S.) who teaches at the Gregorian University, and Dr. Valeria Trapani (Italy), who teaches in the Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. John the Evangelist in Palermo, Sicily. The CDF., is the oldest and most powerful of the nine Vatican congregations. It was erected in 1542 by Pope Paul III to deal with cases of heresy and schism. Pope John Paul II renamed its purpose in 1998 “to promote and defend the doctrine of the faith and its traditions in all of the Catholic world.”  Dr. Linda Ghisoni, is married and mother to two daughters.  She gained a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1990. She has served at the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. Prof. Michelina Tenace, also appointed today, was born at San Marco in Lamis, Puglia, in southern Italy in 1954. She earned a doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where she teaches fundamental theology. Laetitia Calmeyn, was born in Brussels, Belgium and was nurse who specialized in palliative medicine. She has a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome. She has taught theology at the Colleges des Bernardins, Paris, since 2009, and is a consecrated virgin of the Archdiocese of Paris.

Pope Francis "...all of us face: fear! But we can overcome it with love, prayer and a good sense of humour" FULL Official TEXT


ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO THE COMMUNITY OF THE VENERABLE ENGLISH COLLEGE IN ROME
Concistory Hall
Saturday, 21 April 2018
FULL Official TEXT from Vatican.va


Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I welcome the staff and students of the Venerable English College in this year marking a number of significant anniversaries in the life of the Church in England and Wales.  I thank the Rector for his gracious words.  Our meeting today gives me an opportunity to speak to you directly, as a father, from the heart!  As you continue your journey of responding to the Lord’s call, I would like to share with you some words of encouragement.  Above all I pray that you will grow ever more deeply in your relationship with the Lord and in your attentiveness to others, especially those most in need.  Love of God and love of neighbour: the two foundation stones of our lives (cf. Mk 12:30-31).
First, love of God.  It is good to see young people preparing to make a firm and life-long commitment to the Lord.  But this is harder for you than it was for me, because of today’s “culture of the temporary”.  To overcome this challenge, and to help you make an authentic promise to God, it is vital, in these years in seminary, to nurture your interior life, learning to close the door of your inner cell from within.  In this way your service to God and the Church will be strengthened and you will find that peace and happiness which only Jesus can give (cf. Jn 14:27).  Then, as Christ’s joyful witnesses, you in your turn can become recipients of the tribute paid by Saint Philip Neri to your martyr forebears: salvete flores martyrum!
Second, love of neighbour.  As you know, we do not witness to Christ for our own sake but for others, always in service.  And we seek to offer this service not out of mere sentiment, but in obedience to the Lord who kneels down to wash the disciples’ feet (cf. Jn13:34).  Nor is our missionary discipleship offered in isolation, but always in cooperation with other priests, religious and lay men and women.  At times, loving our neighbour is difficult, which is why, for our ministry to be effective, we need to be “firmly grounded in God who loves and sustains us.  From this inner strength it is possible to endure… with patience and constancy in doing the good” (Gaudete et Exsultate, 112).  This inner strength – this fidelity of love – characterized the lives of your college martyrs, and it is essential for us who seek to follow Jesus, who calls us in our poverty to serve his majesty, and who reveals his majesty in the midst of the poor.
One of the ways in which our love of God and neighbour will grow is through living in community.  It can be no coincidence that it was your seminary community that formed the lives of forty-four martyrs, enabling them readily to take the missionary oath, made for the first time by Saint Ralph Sherwin in 1578 on the Feast of Saint George.  With these saints to guide and inspire you, I hope you will be able to develop that “fraternal love capable of seeing the grandeur of our neighbour, of finding God in every human being, of tolerating the nuisances of life in common…” (Evangelii Gaudium, 92).
In our Christian life, there is a considerable obstacle that all of us face: fear!  But we can overcome it with love, prayer and a good sense of humour (cf. Gaudete et Exsultate, 126, and the prayer attributed to Saint Thomas More).  So I hope you will not be afraid of difficulties and trials, and the continuous battle against sin.  I also encourage you not to be afraid of yourselves.  By following the example of your heavenly patron, Saint Thomas of Canterbury, who did not allow his past sinfulness or human limitations to stop him from serving God to the very end, not only will you be able to overcome your own fear, you will also help others overcome theirs.
Finally, by nurturing friendships, good and wholesome relationships that will sustain you in your future ministry, I trust you will come to cherish your real friends, who are not simply those who agree with us, but are gifts from the Lord to help us on the journey to what is true, noble and good (cf. Phil 4:8).
It is with affection that I offer you these thoughts, to encourage your faithful love of God, and humble service to your brothers and sisters.  Entrusting you to the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Walsingham, I assure you of my prayers for you and your families, and for all who support the mission of the Venerable English College.  And I ask you also, please remember to pray for me each day.

Thank you!

5 Amazing Facts about Guardian Angels - You Need to Know and SHARE!

1. Every Person (from conception) has his/her own Guardian Angel (even those with no Faith) who is with them all the time.
2. Your Angel is trying to help(protect) you Love God and get to heaven.
3. Angels cannot sin and are great examples.
4. Your Angel can send you  or others signals to warn you and try to tell you something.
5. Your can talk/pray to your Angel and ask them to help you. 
Daily Prayer to your Guardian Angel:
Angel of God 
My guardian dear 
To Whom God's Love 
Commits me here 
Ever this day 
Be at my side 
To light and guard 
To rule and guide. Amen

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#BreakingNews Catholic Priest Killed on way to Mass - RIP Fr. Rubén Díaz - age 50 - Stabbed to Death - Please Pray

Fr. Rubén Díaz, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Cuautitlán Izcalli, México, was stabbed to death while on his way to say Mass. This occurred on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The death of Fr. Rubén Alcántara Díaz, brings the number to 22 priests who have been murdered since 2012. The murder occurred the evening of April 18, inside Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in the Cumbria neighborhood.The 50-year-old priest was stabbed by a person who fled and has yet to be identified. The Diocese of Cuautitlán Izcalli said, “While the pertinent inquiries are being conducted by the experts, we pray to God for his eternal rest and ask everyone to join in this intention". Bishop Alfonso Miranda, of the Mexican Bishops Conference, released on Twitter a condolence for the death of Fr. Alcántara Díaz and of “all the victims of the enormous amount of violence in Mexico. God help us.” Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes also spoke of the murder, offering prayers that “hope in the Resurrection strengthen the bishop and faithful.” 

RIP Wayne Weible - Journalist Converted by Our Lady of Medjugorje - Famous Author of Medjugorie books

Wayne Weible has died in hospice. Wayne was the author of several books on Medjugorje and was converted after investigating the apparitions as a journalist. Wayne spent the rest of his life promoting Our Lady of Medjugorje and her message of prayer throughout the world. He was ill and placed in a hospice when he died. He was 80 years old. R.I.P. Wayne Weibel (June 26,1937-April 21,2018).His wife, Judith Weible, released this message on April 21, 2018 :

This morning Wayne passed away peacefully. Thank you so much for all your prayers and support. Just knowing you were with us in spirit during this difficult time made everything so much easier. May God bless Wayne’s soul and may he forever be in the presence of Jesus and his mother Mary.
Please pray for him and his family. 
His many books often became best sellers - they can be obtained through his website:
https://www.weiblecolumns.org/shop/wayne-weible-s-books




BIOGRAPHY of Wayne Weible
In October 1985 Wayne Weible was a journalist and a Lutheran Sunday school teacher. During one of his classes on a topic for  modern day miracles someone mentioned what was happening in a village of
Supposedly, the mother of Jesus was appearing there to some children. Mr. Weible cared to know more as he was a columnist for four local newspapers. After class he inquired the person of where she had heard about this happening. He was directed to a friend who had a book and video of the appearances.
Mr. Weible's career training was to look for facts and verify news for reporting to the community. This career interest led him to follow-up for the information regarding the event that was said to be happening in Yugoslavia. He planned that it would make a good column for the Christmas season.
In a short time he read the book in curiosity. Nights later the video was watched by Mr. Weible and his wife,Terri. As he was viewing the video he shook his head and murmured over and over "This is incredible!" and believed the event was authentic.
Suddenly, while viewing the video, he "felt" an unexpected message within himself that was not audible. The message within himself was strong along with gentle and soft and said, "You are my son, and you are to do my Son's work. Write about the events in Medjugorje. Afterwards you will no longer be in this work (newspapers), for your life will be devoted to the spreading of the message." Feeling stunned and nearly in shock he sat up the entire night wondering and asking "Why me?". Mr. Weible felt totally unworthy and knew very little of spirituality. There was no doubt that the message was from the Blessed Virgin Mary. He responded to God in a hesitant "I'll try." The willingness of Wayne Weible to try has led to many conversions by spreading the messages of Medjugorje as according to God's will. Today, having answered the calling of Gospa, the Virgin Mary, Mr. Weible has written several books on the apparitions in Medjugorje. He has converted to the Roman Catholic faith and his publications and lectures at Marian Conferences have influenced the faith of Christians and the secular world.
FULL TEXT Source of Bio : medjugorjeusa.org

Quote to SHARE by St. Anselm "God does not delay to hear our prayers because He has no mind to give; but ... He may give us the more largely."


"God does not delay to hear our prayers because He has no mind to give; but that, by enlarging our desires, He may give us the more largely." St. Anselm

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Sat. April 21, 2018 - #Eucharist


Saturday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 278

Reading 1ACTS 9:31-42

The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria
was at peace.
She was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord,
and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit she grew in numbers.

As Peter was passing through every region,
he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda.
There he found a man named Aeneas,
who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed.
Peter said to him,
"Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed."
He got up at once.
And all the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon saw him,
and they turned to the Lord.

Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha
(which translated is Dorcas).
She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving.
Now during those days she fell sick and died,
so after washing her, they laid her out in a room upstairs.
Since Lydda was near Joppa,
the disciples, hearing that Peter was there,
sent two men to him with the request,
"Please come to us without delay."
So Peter got up and went with them.
When he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs
where all the widows came to him weeping
and showing him the tunics and cloaks
that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed.
Then he turned to her body and said, "Tabitha, rise up."
She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up.
He gave her his hand and raised her up,
and when he had called the holy ones and the widows,
he presented her alive.
This became known all over Joppa,
and many came to believe in the Lord.

Responsorial PsalmPS 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

R. (12) How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
or:
R. Alleluia.
How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD
R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
or:
R. Alleluia.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
or:
R. Alleluia.O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia SeeJN 6:63C, 68C

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 6:60-69

Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said,
"This saying is hard; who can accept it?"
Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this,
he said to them, "Does this shock you?
What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.
The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.
But there are some of you who do not believe."
Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe
and the one who would betray him.
And he said, "For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me
unless it is granted him by my Father."

As a result of this,
many of his disciples returned to their former way of life
and no longer walked with him.
Jesus then said to the Twelve, "Do you also want to leave?"
Simon Peter answered him, "Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe
and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God."