Friday, May 4, 2018

Quote to SHARE by St. Padre Pio “Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”

“Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” 
Saint Padre Pio

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for May ‘The Mission of the Laity’ with Video


Pope Francis on Thursday released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for May which is “The Mission of the Laity”.   Pope Francis to releases a video message explaining his new prayer intention each month.
 The full text of Pope Francis' message is below:
 Lay people are on the front line of the life of the Church. We need their testimony regarding the truth of the Gospel and their example of expressing their faith by practicing solidarity. Let us give thanks for the lay people who take risks, who are not afraid and who offer reasons for hope to the poorest, to the excluded, to the marginalized. Let us pray together this month that the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, the mission that they received in Baptism, putting their creativity at the service of the challenges of today's world. The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer developed "The Pope Video" initiative to assist in the worldwide dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father in relation to the challenges facing humanity.

Novena to Our Lady of Fatima - Litany and #Fatima #Prayers - 5 Saturday #Devotion - SHARE

Our Lady of Fatima Novena Prayer
This is one of the most beautiful novenas that can be said. 

DAY ONE
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times each)
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DAY TWO
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times each)
DAY THREE
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times each)
DAY FOUR
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times each)
DAY FIVE
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times each)
DAY SIX
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times each)
DAY SEVEN
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times each)
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DAY EIGHT
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen. 
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times each)
DAY NINE
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  


(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times each)
Fátima Prayers
 The Pardon Prayer
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee. 
The Angel's Prayer
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners. 
Most Holy Trinity, I adore you! My God, my God, I love you in the Most Blessed Sacrament. 
The Sacrifice Prayer
 O Jesus, it is for the love of You, in reparation for the offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners [Some add here "that I pray/do this"].  "O Jesus, it is for your love, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary."Acts of Reparation. T
 Conversion and Salvation Prayers
 By your pure and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, obtain the conversion of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world! Sweet Heart of Mary, be the salvation of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world. 
Lucia said that Mary called for a series of devotions, including the Five Saturdays, frequent recitation of the Rosary, and prayers for the conversion of Russia – at the time viewed by the Church as a godless, Communist nation.
Litany of Our Lady of Fatima 
Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for our beloved country. 
Our Lady of Fatima, Sanctify our clergy.
Our Lady of Fatima, Make our Catholics more fervent.
Our Lady of Fatima, Guide and inspire those who govern us.
Our Lady of Fatima, Cure the sick who confide in thee.
Our Lady of Fatima, Console the sorrowful who trust in thee.
Our Lady of Fatima, Help those who invoke thine aid.
Our Lady of Fatima, Deliver us from all dangers.
Our Lady of Fatima, Help us to resist temptation.
Our Lady of Fatima, Obtain for us all that we lovingly ask of thee.
Our Lady of Fatima, Help those who are dear to us.
Our Lady of Fatima, Bring to Holy Catholic Church those who are in error.
Our Lady of Fatima, Give us back our ancient fervor.
Our Lady of Fatima, Obtain for us pardon of our manifold sins and offenses.
Our Lady of Fatima, Bring all men to the feet of thy Divine Child.
Our Lady of Fatima, Obtain peace for the world.
O Mary conceived without sin,
Pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Let Us Pray: O God of infinite goodness and mercy, fill our hearts with a great confidence in Thy dear Mother, whom we invoke under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Fatima, and grant us by her powerful intercession all the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

DEVOTION OF THE FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS

The following is an explanation of the conditions contained in Our Lady's request regarding the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays of the Month.
  1. Confess and receive Holy Communion
    On February 15, 1926 the Child Jesus alone came to visit Sr. Lucia and asked if the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was being propagated. Sr. Lucia spoke of a difficulty some people have in confessing on the first Saturday, and asked if they might be allowed eight days in order to fulfill Our Lady's requests. Jesus answered: "Yes, even more time still, as long as they receive Me in the state of grace and have the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
  2. Recite the Rosary
    Five decades of the Rosary may be recited at any time or place; yet, since one will be attending Mass in order to receive Holy Communion, a very desirable time and place would be before or after Mass in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Meditation on the mysteries according to one's capacity is an essential condition for praying the Rosary. Yet, involuntary distractions do not rob the Rosary of fruit if one is doing the best he can.
  3. "Keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary."
    The question is often asked: Does the meditation while reciting the Rosary fulfill this condition, or is there required an additional fifteen minutes of meditation? That an additional 15 minutes of meditation is required was recently confirmed by Sr. Lucia of Fatima. It is clear too from a statement by the first Bishop of Fatima.
    The last entry in the chronology of Fatima, published in the official Calendar of the Sanctuary for the year of 1940, and signed by Dom Jose Correia da Silva, the first Bishop of Fatima, gave a summary of Our Lady's requests concerning the Five First Saturdays. From that official statement in the Calendar of the Sanctuary, we read the Bishop's enumeration of the various items that pertain to the devotion of the five Saturdays:
      It consists in going to Confession, receiving Communion, reciting five decades of the Rosary and meditating for a quarter of an hour on the mysteries of the Rosary on the first Saturday of five consecutive months. The Confession may be made during the eight days preceding or following the first Saturday of each month, provided that Holy Communion be received in the state of grace. Should one forget to form the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, it may be formed at the next Confession, occasion to go to confession being taken at the first opportunity.

Pope Francis A good bishop is watchful, involved and close to his flock

Pope at Mass: A good bishop is watchful, involved and close to his flock
In his homily at Mass on May 4, Pope Francis reflected on what makes a genuine bishop, stressing on the qualities of watchfulness, closeness and being involved in the life of his faithful.
  By Robin Gomes
According to Pope Francis, a good bishop is one who is close to his flock, awake and watching, defending and confirming them in the faith.  This was the heart of the homily of the Pope at his Friday Morning Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican. 

The disorientation of God's people


Pope Francis was commenting on the day’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, where Peter and the apostles, keen to put the Christians of Antioch at peace, send them Paul and Barnabas along with two others.  Those in charge of the Church in Antioch, believing themselves to be true orthodox theologians of the faith, were in fact disorientating the faithful, the Pope said.   On the other hand, the apostles, i.e. today’s bishops, confirm them in the faith.

Bishop – awake, watchful and involved


The Pope described the bishop as “one who monitors, who guards -  a sentinel who knowns how to watch out in order to defend the flock from the wolves that come".
Jesus, the Holy Father explained, distinguishes between the true shepherd from the employee, from the one who goes for his payment and does not care if the wolf comes and eats one of the sheep.
The Pope said the true shepherd is awake, who is involved in the life of the flock, defends not only each and every sheep, but also confirms them.  And if one goes away or is lost, he goes looking for it to  bring it back. He is so involved that he does not let one be lost.

Bishop - close to his people


The Pope evoked the image of a bishop after the heart of Christ.  A bishop is a shepherd who knows the name of each sheep, i.e. he is close to his sheep. 
He said the faithful can make out a bishop who doesn’t care much about them: a bishop who is always busy, who meddles in business, a businessman, one who is busy with things incompatible with his mission, one who is always going about everywhere suitcase-in-hand, or one with "guitar-in-hand", and so on.
The people of God really know that a shepherd is a shepherd, when he is close to them, when he is able to keep watch and give his life for them, the Holy Father said stressing on the word, “closeness”.
The Pope held out the example of  St. Turibius of Mogrovejo of what a true bishop is like.  The Spanish saint died in a small indigenous village, surrounded by his Christians who played the “chirimía”, a wind instrument, so that he could die in peace.
In conclusion, Pope Francis urged prayers so that the Church may not lack good pastors, who work, pray, are close to God's people and who know how to keep watch.

#BreakingNews 112 People Killed by Heavy Rains in Kenya - Please Pray

Kenya: 112 Kenyans Killed After Heavy Rains, Krcs Says
By Jemimah Mueni Nairobi — The Kenya Red Cross Society now says 112 people have lost their lives countrywide due to floods being experienced as a result of the heavy rains.
Speaking during the launch of a Sh499 million emergency appeal to support affected families, Secretary General Abbas Gullet said 260,200 have been affected in 32 counties ravaged by the floods.
He says the worst affected counties include Tana River, Kilifi, Kisumu, Mandera, Isiolo, Turkana, Marsabit, Makueni and Kitui.
"The numbers that we can report here is 112 people have lost their lives countrywide, acreage of land destroyed is over 21,000 acres in various parts of the country which had crops. Almost over 20,000 livestock have been washed away. 42 health facilities have also been affected by the floods in various parts of the country," he said.
Abbas says the organization is trying to assist those affected in the priority areas of shelter, food, Health, water and sanitation
(FULL TEXT from AllAfrica.com)

Pope Francis "...do not tire of meeting the Lord Jesus in communal and personal prayer, in listening attentively to the Word of God and in the fervent participation in the Eucharist. "

GREETING OF POPE FRANÇOIS
TO THE SWISS PONTIFICAL GUARD AND HIS HOST
ON THE OCCASION OF THE OATH BIRTHDAY

Clémentine Room
Friday, May 4, 2018


Mr. Commander,
Reverend Chaplain,
Dear officers and members of the Swiss Guard,
Honorable guests,
Dear brothers and sisters,

To all of you I wish a warm welcome, especially to the recruits as well as their relatives and friends who wanted to take part in these festive days. I greet with deference the representatives of the Swiss authorities who have come for the occasion.

You, dear Guards, have the opportunity to be in service for a certain period in Rome, making a special experience of the universality of the Church. May this time strengthen your faith and increase your sense of belonging to the ecclesial community!

The Swiss Guard provides every day a valuable service to the Successor of Peter, the Curia and the State of the Vatican City. It is a work whose foundation is in persevering fidelity to the Pope, who had a moment of consecration on May 6, 1527, when your predecessors sacrificed their lives during the "sack of Rome". The memory of this heroic gesture is a constant invitation to keep in mind and to realize the qualities proper to the Body: to live coherently the Catholic faith; to persevere in friendship with Jesus and in love for the Church; to be joyous and diligent in the great as in the small and humble daily tasks; courage, patience, generosity and solidarity towards everyone. These are the virtues that you are called to exercise when you make the guard of honor and security in the Vatican, as when you do not wear the uniform. A Swiss Guard, in fact, is always such, both when he is on duty and when he is not!

It is nice to see a young person like you who cares for others, and who is eagerly available to all who are in need. It is not always easy to adopt this attitude, but with the help of the Lord, it is possible. Therefore, do not tire of meeting the Lord Jesus in communal and personal prayer, in listening attentively to the Word of God and in the fervent participation in the Eucharist. The secret to the effectiveness of your work here in the Vatican, as well as in each of your projects, is indeed the constant reference to Christ.

I take this opportunity to renew the expression of my gratitude to the entire body of the Pontifical Swiss Guard. I admire the discipline, the ecclesial sense, the discretion and the austere yet serene professionalism with which you perform your daily service. I give thanks to God for the various gifts He gives you and I assure you of my support and my prayer so that you can make them fruitful. You too, please pray for me and help me to serve the Church also with your prayer.

May the Virgin Mary, whom we honor in a special way during the month of May, and your patron saints assist you and protect you! With these sentiments, with all my heart I give to each one of you the Apostolic Blessing, which I extend to your loved ones and your country.
Source: Vatican.va (Unofficial Translation)

Pope Francis "...I'm busy, I have so many things to do ...This is more important. Go to pray."

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION PROMOTED BY THE
CONGREGATION FOR THE CONSECRATED LIFE INSTITUTES AND THE APOSTOLIC LIFE SOCIETIES

Paul VI Hall
Friday, 4 May 2018


[Speech that the Pope has addressed to those present at the meeting]

Goodmorning everyone!

I thought about making a speech, well done, beautiful ... But then it occurred to me to speak on his arm, to say the things that are suitable for this moment.

The key to what I will say is what the Cardinal asked [Prefect of the Congregation]: authentic criteria for discerning what is happening. Because really, today so many things happen that, in order not to get lost in this world, in the fog of worldliness, in the provocations, in the spirit of war, so many things, we need authentic criteria that guide us. May they guide us in discernment.

Then, there is another thing: that this Holy Spirit is a calamity [laughs, laughs], because he never tires of being creative! Now, with the new forms of consecrated life, it is really creative, with charisms ... It is interesting: it is the author of diversity, but at the same time the Creator of unity. This is the Holy Spirit. And with this diversity of charisms and many things, He makes the unity of the Body of Christ, and also the unity of the consecrated life. And this is also a challenge.

I asked myself: what are the things that the Spirit wants to keep strong in the consecrated life? And the thought flew, he went, he turned ..., and I was always [in mind] the day I went to San Giovanni Rotondo: I do not know why, but I saw there many consecrated men and women who work ... and I thought what I said there, to the "three p" that I said there. And I said to myself: these are columns that remain, which are permanent in the consecrated life. Prayer, poverty and patience. And I chose to tell you about this: what I think is prayer in the consecrated life, and then poverty and patience.

Prayer is always to return to the first call. Any prayer, perhaps a prayer in need, but always it is to return to that Person who has called me. The prayer of a consecrated person, of a consecrated person, is to return to the Lord who has invited me to be close to him. Return to Him who looked me in the eye and told me: "Come. Leave everything and come "-" But, I would like to leave the middle ... "(we will talk about poverty) -" No, come. Leave everything. Come". And the joy at that time to leave the time or a little we had. Everyone knows what he has left behind: leaving mom, dad, family, a career ... It is true that someone looks for a career "inside", and this is not good. At that moment find the Lord who has called me to follow Him closely. Every prayer is to come back to this. And prayer is what makes me work for that Lord, not for my interests or for the institution in which I work, no, for the Lord. There is a word that is used a lot, it has been used too much and has lost a bit of strength, but it indicated well this: radicality. I do not like using it because it has been used too much, but it is this: I leave everything for you. It's the smile of the first steps ... Then there are problems, many problems that we all had, but it's always about coming back to the meeting with the Lord. And prayer, in the consecrated life, is the air that makes us breathe that call, renew that call. Without this air we could not be good consecrated. We would perhaps be good people, Christians, Catholics who work in many works of the Church, but consecration you must continually renew it there, in prayer, in an encounter with the Lord. "But I'm busy, I'm busy, I have so many things to do ...". This is more important. Go to pray. And then there is that prayer that keeps us during the day in the presence of the Lord. But anyway the prayer. "But I have a job too risky that takes me all day ...". Think of a consecrated of our days: Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa also went to "look for problems", because it was like a machine to look for problems, because it was put here, there, there ... But the two hours of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, nobody took them away from him. "Ah, the great Mother Teresa!". But do as she did, do the same. Search for your Lord, the one who called you. Prayer. Not just in the morning ... Everyone has to look for how to do it, where to do it, when to do it. But always do it, pray. One can not live the consecrated life, one can not discern what is happening without speaking with the Lord.

I would not want to talk further about this, but you got it right, I think. Prayer. And the Church needs men and women who pray, in this moment of great sorrow in humanity.

The second "p" is poverty. In the Constitutions, St. Ignatius to us Jesuits had written this - but it was not something original to him, I think, he had taken it from the Desert Fathers, perhaps "Poverty is the mother, it is the wall of containment of the consecrated life". It is "mother". Interesting: he does not say chastity, which is perhaps more connected to motherhood, paternity, no: poverty is mother. Without poverty there is no fruitfulness in the consecrated life. And it is "wall", it defends you. It protects you from the spirit of worldliness, of course. We know that the devil enters from his pockets. We all know it. And the small temptations against poverty are wounded by belonging to the body of consecrated life. Poverty according to the rules, the constitutions of each congregation: it is not the same, the poverty of one congregation or the other. The rules say: "Our poverty goes this way", "ours goes from that", but there is always the spirit of poverty. And this can not be negotiated. Without poverty we will never be able to discern well what is happening in the world. Without the spirit of poverty. "Leave everything, give to the poor", said the Lord to that young man. And that young man is all of us. "But I do not, father, I do not have much luck [wealth] ...". Yes, but something, you have some attachment! The Lord asks you that: that will be "the Isaac" that you must sacrifice. Nude in the soul, poor. And with this spirit of poverty the Lord defends us - he defends us! - from many problems and from many things that seek to destroy consecrated life. There are three steps to move from religious consecration to religious mundanity. Yes, even religious; there is a religious worldliness; many religious and consecrated are worldly. Three steps. First: the money, that is, the lack of poverty. Second: vanity, which goes from the extreme of being "peacock" to little things of vanity. And third: pride, pride. And from there, all the vices. But the first step is the attachment to riches, the attachment to money. Watching over that, the others do not come. And I say to riches, not just money. To riches. In order to discern what is happening, this spirit of poverty is needed. A homework is: how is my poverty? Look in the drawers, in the drawers of your souls, look into the personality, look into the Congregation ... Look how poverty goes. It is the first step: if we guard that, the others do not come. It is the wall that defends us from others, it is the mother who makes us more religious and makes us put all our wealth in the Lord. It is the wall that defends us from that worldly development that damages every consecration. Poverty. And third, patience. "But, father, what does patience have to do with it here?" Patience is important. We do not usually talk about it, but it's very important. Looking at Jesus, patience is what Jesus had to get to the end of his life. When Jesus, after the Supper, goes to the Garden of Olives, we can say that at that moment in a special way Jesus "enters into patience". "Enter into patience": it is an attitude of every consecration, which goes from the small things of community life or the life of consecration, which everyone has, in this variety that makes the Holy Spirit ... From small things, from small tolerances, from small gestures of smiles when I want to say bad words ... until the sacrifice of themselves, of life. Patience. That "carry on the shoulders" (hypomoné) of St. Paul: St. Paul spoke of "carrying on his shoulders", as a Christian virtue. Patience. Without patience, that is without the capacity to suffer, without "entering into patience", a consecrated life can not sustain itself, it will be half-done. Without patience, for example, we understand the internal wars of a congregation. Because they have not had the patience to bear each other, and wins the strongest part, not always the best; and even that which is won is not even the best, because it is impatient. Without patience, we understand these careerisms in the general chapters, doing the "chords" first ... to give two examples. You do not know the amount of problems, internal wars, disputes that come from Mons. Carballo! [Secretary of the Congregation]. But he is from Galicia, he is able to endure this! Patience. To bear each other. But not only patience in community life: patience before the sufferings of the world. Bring back the problems, the sufferings of the world. "Enter into patience", as Jesus entered into patience to consume redemption. This is a key point, not only to avoid these internal quarrels that are a scandal, but to be consecrated, to be able to discern. The patience. And also patience before the common problems of consecrated life: we think of the scarcity of vocations. "We do not know what to do, because we do not have vocations ... We have closed three houses ...". This is a daily complaint, you have heard it, heard it in your ears and felt in your heart. Vocations do not come. And when there is not this patience ... What I say now has happened, it happens: I know at least two cases, in an overly secularized country, that concern two congregations ones and two respective provinces. The province has begun that path which is also a worldly journey, of the "ars bene moriendi", the attitude to die well. And what does this mean in that province, in those two provinces of two different congregations? Close the admission to the novitiate, and we who are here grow old until death. And the congregation in that place is over. And these are not fables: I'm talking about two male provinces that have made this choice; provinces of two religious congregations. Patience is lacking and we end up with the "ars bene moriendi". Patience is lacking and vocations do not come? We sell and stick to money for anything that may happen in the future. This is a signal, a signal that is close to death: when a Congregation begins to attach itself to money. He has no patience and falls into the second "p", in the absence of poverty. I can ask myself: what happened in those two provinces that made the option of the "ars bene moriendi", happens in my heart? My patience is over and I go on surviving? Without patience you can not be magnanimous, you can not follow the Lord: we get tired. We follow him to a certain point and to the first or second trial, bye. I choose the "ars bene moriendi"; my consecrated life has arrived here, I close my heart and survive. He is in a state of grace, yes, certainly. "Father, I will not go to hell?" No, maybe you will not go. But your life? You left the possibility of being a father and mother of a family, of having the joy of children, of grandchildren, all this, to end this way? This "ars bene moriendi", is the spiritual euthanasia of a consecrated heart that can not take it anymore, does not have the courage to follow the Lord. And it does not call ... I took as a starting point to talk about this the scarcity of vocations: this bitter the soul. "I have no offspring", was the lament of our father Abraham: "Lord, my riches will be inherited by a foreigner". The Lord told him: "Be patient. You will have a son "-" But at 90? ", And the wife behind the window that was like - sorry - like women: spying out the window - but it is a quality of women, this is fine, not bad -; he smiled, because he thought: "But me, at 90? And my husband, almost 100, will we have a son? ". "Patience", said the Lord. Hope. Forward, forward, forward. Beware of these three "p": prayer, poverty and patience. Be careful. And I think that the Lord will like choices - I allow myself the word that I do not like - radical choices in this sense. They are personal, be they communal. But bet on this. I thank you for the patience you have had to hear this sermon [laughs, applause]. Thank you. And I wish you fruitfulness. You never know what path my fertility passes through, but if you pray, if you are poor, if you are patient, be sure that you will be fruitful. As? The Lord will show you "on the other side"; but it is the recipe to be fruitful. You will be a father, you will be a mother: fruitfulness. It is what I wish religious life, to be fruitful. Thank you! Continue to study, work, make good proposals, but always be with that look that Jesus wants. And when you think of the first "p", think of me and pray for me. Thank you! Now let us pray to Our Lady: "Hail Mary, ..." [Blessing] Good day!
Source: Vatican Va (Unofficial Translation)

#BreakingNews Death Toll at 125 Killed by Dust Storm in India with 200 Injured - Please Pray

Dust storm in northern India: 125 dead and 200 injured

Winds reach 100 km / h. The most affected states are Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, where the administration has already announced compensation. Most of the victims died in the collapse of homes. Crops destroyed, cattle dead.
New Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least 125 people have died and about 200 have been injured in dust storms that have hit the northern part of India. Winds of over 100 km / h are flagellating the states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, where the authorities advise the population not to venture out on the street. Andhra Pradesh has also been hit by bad weather that has caused several deaths.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the storm could last for 48 hours. The gusts have uprooted trees, caused the collapse of many shacks built with mud, torn and knocked down light poles. In many areas the electrical network has been damaged and the lighting is interrupted.
In Rajasthan alone, winds caused faults in 13,000 light poles and 100 power  transformers. In cities, the storm created chaos in urban traffic and caused delays in rail transport. The worst situations are in rural areas, where hail after the dust has destroyed crops and livestock. Sanjay Kumar, emergency commissioner in Uttar Pradesh, reports that 165 heads of cattle were lost in the state, most of them cattle; in Rajasthan, another 250 animals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sorrow on Twitter: "I am grieved by the loss of life in the dust storm in various parts of India. I offer my condolences to the bereaved families. May the wounded recover soon ". The local government of Uttar Pradesh has announced that it wants to compensate the families of the victims - most of whom died under the collapse of housing - with fees ranging between 200,000 and 400,000 rupees (2,500-5,000 euros)
FULL TEXT Release by Asia News IT
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Pope Francis to German Bishops at Vatican "Find a possibly unanimous arrangement"

EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE STATEMENT
 Pope to German Bishops: find possibly unanimous arrangement A group of German Bishops meet in the Vatican for a conversation on pastoral proposals concerning mixed marriages and allowing non-Catholic spouses to receive Holy Communion.
  By Vatican News At a meeting in the Vatican on Thursday, senior Vatican officials and members of the German Bishops conference held a conversation on a set of pastoral guidelines announced in February. The German Bishops’ Conference at the time approved the development of the guidelines, which would potentially broaden permission for non-Catholic Christians who are married to Catholics to receive Holy Communion.

A cordial and fraternal atmosphere
 

According to a statement from the Holy See Press Office, released in the wake of the encounter, the meeting took place in a “cordial and fraternal atmosphere.”
The German Bishops had been called to Rome by Pope Francis after “a not inconsiderable number” of Bishops expressed their opposition to the proposed guidelines. Seven diocesan Bishops appealed to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts for clarification.

"Find a possibly unanimous arrangement"
 

During the conversation, which took place in German, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, explained that Pope Francis “appreciates the ecumenical commitment of the German Bishops” and asks them to seek “a possibly unanimous arrangement”.
The Press Office statement said that during the meeting, various points of view were discussed, concerning, for example, how the question of extending permission to receive Holy Communion relates to the Faith and to pastoral care; the relevance of the question to the universal Church; and various juridical aspects of the question. “Archbishop Ladaria will inform the Holy Father about the content of the conversation,” the statement said.

Who was there
 

Thursday’s meeting took place at the seat of the Congregation for the Congregation for the Faith. The following German Bishops were present for the conversation: Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising and President of the German Bishops’ Conference; Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne; Bishop Felix Genn of Münster; Bishop Karl Heinz Wiesemann, Bishop of Speyer and president of the doctrinal commission of the Conference; Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer, Bishop of Regensburg and vice president of the doctrinal commission; Bishop Gerhard Feige, Bishop of Magdeburg and president of the Conference’s commission on ecumenism; and Fr Hans Langendorfer, SJ, secretary of the Bishops’ Conference.
In addition to Archbishop Ladaria, the Holy See was represented by Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; Msgr Markus Graulich, SDB, Under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts; and Fr Hermann Geissler, FSO, head of the office for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
FULL TEXT Release of Vatican News

Today's Mass Readings and Video : #1stFriday May 4, 2018 - #Eucharist - Readings + Video


Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 289

Reading 1ACTS 15:22-31

The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,
decided to choose representatives
and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,
and Silas, leaders among the brothers.
This is the letter delivered by them:
"The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,
to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia
of Gentile origin: greetings.
Since we have heard that some of our number
who went out without any mandate from us
have upset you with their teachings
and disturbed your peace of mind,
we have with one accord decided to choose representatives
and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So we are sending Judas and Silas
who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:
'It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities,
namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols,
from blood, from meats of strangled animals,
and from unlawful marriage.
If you keep free of these,
you will be doing what is right. Farewell.'"

And so they were sent on their journey.
Upon their arrival in Antioch
they called the assembly together and delivered the letter.
When the people read it, they were delighted with the exhortation.

Responsorial PsalmPS 57:8-9, 10 AND 12

R. (10a) I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
My heart is steadfast, O God; my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and chant praise.
Awake, O my soul; awake, lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn.
R. I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I will give thanks to you among the peoples, O LORD,
I will chant your praise among the nations.
For your mercy towers to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the skies.
Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
above all the earth be your glory!
R. I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 15:15B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I call you my friends, says the Lord,
For I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 15:12-17

Jesus said to his disciples:
"This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one's life for one's friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another."

Saint May 4 : St. Godehard of Hildesheim - Patron of Sick #Children


St. Godehard of Hildesheim
BISHOP
Feast: May 4


     Information:
Feast Day:May 4
Born:960, Reichersdorf, Bavaria
Died:May 4, 1038
Canonized:1131, Rheims by Innocent II
Patron of:ravelling merchants; invoked against fever, dropsy, childhood sicknesses, hailstones, the pain of childbirth, and gout; invoked by  those in peril of the sea
He was a native of Bavaria, and abbot of Altaich, in that country, and reformed likewise the abbeys of Hersfeld, in Hesse, of Tergensee, in the diocese of Frisinguen, and of Chremsmunster, in that of Passaw. In 1021, the episcopal chair of Hildesheim falling vacant by the death of St. Bernward, St. Godard was compelled by St. Henry to take upon him that pastoral charge. The relief of the poor, both spiritual and temporal, was everywhere the first object of his attention. He died on the 4th of May, 1038, and was canonized by Innocent II in 1131. Many places in Germany acknowledge him patron, and several bear his name. See his life by Wolfhert, his disciple, in Henschenius, p. 501, and in Mabillon: and more at large, with long histories of miracles, among the writers of the history of the most illustrious house of Brunswick-Hanover, t. 2, p. 483. Several very devout epistles of St. Godard, or Godehard, are given us by Dom. Pez, in his Codex Diplomatico-Historico-Epistolaris, p. 133, & c.


Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler