Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Saint May 10 : St. Damien of Molokai - Patron of #AIDS / #HIV patients and Lepers - Died 1889

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St. Damien of Molokai
MISSIONARY PRIEST
Feast: May 10

Feast Day:
May 10
Born:
January 3, 1840, Tremelo, Belgium
Died:
April 15, 1889 (aged 49),        Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii
Beatified:
June 4, 1995, Rome by Pope John Paul II
Canonized:
October 11, 2009, Rome by Pope Benedict XVI
Major Shrine:
shrine Leuven, Belgium (bodily relics), Maui, Hawaii (relics of his hand)
Patron of:
People with leprosy, people with HIV and AIDS, outcasts, the State of Hawaii



Father Damien of Molokai, ss.cc. was born Josef de Veuster on January 3, 1840 in Tremelo, Belgium. His parents were farmers. His father sent him to a college at Braine-le-Comte. Because of a mission he attended given by the Redemptorists in 1858, Joseph decided to become a religious. He entered the novitiate of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, SS.CC. at Louvain, taking the name of Damien in his first vows. Following his brother Auguste, he became a Picpus Brother on October 7, 1860. He took the name Bro. Damianus, after St. Damien, an early Christian saint who performed miracles. On March 19, 1864, Damien arrived in Honolulu in the Kingdom of Hawaii as a missionary still in minor orders. There, Damien was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 1864 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, a church built by his religious order, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Fr. Damien was serving at several parishes on the island of Oahu when he became aware of  the public health crisis in Hawaii. Many of his parishoners were among the Hawaiians who became afflicted by diseases brought to the islands by Europeans, American and other foreign sailors. Thousands were dying from influenza, syphilis and other ailments that never before affected Hawaiians, esp. leprosy, known today as Hansen's Disease.



Hawaiian King Kamehameha IV was afraid leprosy would spread so he segregated the lepers by creating a colony, moving them to an isolated settlement on the island of Molokai. The Board of Health provided them with supplies and food but did not yet have the manpower nor resources to provide proper healthcare to the lepers.
Fr Damien was concerned about the care of their souls if they were to be sent to this desolate area, named Kalaupapa, which was surrounded by an impregnable mountain ridge. Fr. Damien's brother was orignally assigned to be missionary to the lepers but he became ill. Fr. believed that the lepers should at least have a priest to tend to their spiritual needs so he volunteered knowing it was a definite death sentence, so he asked his bishop to be sent to Molokai.
On May 10, 1873, Fr. Damien arrived at the isolated settlement at Kalaupapa. Bishop Louis Maigret, ss.cc. presented Fr. Damien to the 600 lepers as "one who will be a father to you, and who loves you so much that he does not hesitate to become one of you; to live and die with you." Fr. Damien was sent to a morally deprived, lawless colony of death where people fought each other to survive.


His first project was to build the Parish Church of St. Philomena so the people might learn the Catholic faith and have a place to worship Our Lord in the "Blessed Sacrament, (is) indeed the stimulus for us all for me as it should be for you to forsake all worldly ambitions." He taught that "the Eucharist is the bread that gives strength. It is at once the most eloquent proof of His love and the most powerful means to foster His love in us. He gives Himself every day so that our hearts as burning coals may set afire the hearts of the faithful.”
The King of Hawaii didn't plan the settlement to be in chaos but he neglected to provide desparately needed resources, which contributed to the confusion and disorganization in the colony. Fr. Damien changed an impossible situation into a colony of life by teaching, painting grass shacks into painted houses, organizing farms and constructing buildings, chapels and roads. He restored faith in his battered and neglected flock. He showed them that despite what the outside world told them, they were precious in the eyes of God. He taught them to believe in God and showed them that by his genuine acts of charity that what there was purpose in their lives. He restored personal pride and dignity among so many who had given up hope. He organized a band, horse riding and choir.
Fr. Damien worked providing comfort for the people of Kalaupapa for sixteen years. He was not just their priest, but a builder of homes and their doctor, too. He dressed their ulcers, and tended the sick and dying at their bedsides, bringing them meager portions of taro, fish and water and tried to cheer the despairing with sweets.
He built their coffins and dug their graves. He liked praying at the cemetary, “My greatest pleasure is to go there [the cemetery] to say my beads, and meditate on that unending happiness which so many of them are already enjoying.” Fr. grew to love his parishioners as his own children, caring for lepers of all ages, especially for the children segregated in the colony for whom he created an orphanage.
"Without the constant presence of our Divine Master upon the altar in my poor chapels, I never could have persevered casting my lot with the afflicted of Molokai; the foreseen consequence of which begins now to appear on my skin and is felt throughout the body." In 1885, he announced, "I am one of you;" he was a leper yet he continued to build hospitals, clinics, and churches, and some six hundred coffins.
Fr. Damien had a chance to leave the island if he wanted to. In the spring of 1873 his superiors sent a letter giving him permission to stay, "You may stay as long as your devotion dictates...." He was overjoyed, he had permission to stay where he was and where he longed with all his heart to be with the people he loved.


His most controversial accomplishment was to take the plight of his Hawaiian to the world raising money for the much needed improvements he needed to improve the standard of living in the colony gaining support from around the world e.g. Anglicans in England at the disapproval of his superiors.
Fr. Damien de Veuster was a priest of profound faith, "Holy Communion being the daily bread of a priest, I feel myself happy, well pleased, and resigned in the rather exceptional circumstances in which it has pleased Divine Providence to put me. Were it not for the constant presence of our divine Master in our humble chapel, I would not have found it possible to persevere in sharing the lot of the afflicted in Molokai…the Eucharist is the bread that gives strength. It is at once the most eloquent proof of his love and the most powerful means of foster His love in us. He gives Himself every day so hat our hearts as burning coals may set afire the hearts of the faithful,”
He died April 15, 1889 on his beloved Molokai the age of forty-nine. This is the tomb of St. Damien on Molokai. Father Damien was initially buried in Kalaupapa, but his body was later moved to Tremolo, Belgium. But in 1995, his right hand was returned to Kalaupapa.
Saint Damien is the patron of those with leprosy, outcasts, HIV, AIDS and the State of Hawaii. Do not hesitate to call him to help you in your time of need. Source: St. Damien Molokai UK

Pope Francis "... from the moment of baptism. We are forever, Reborn children of God!" FULL TEXT + Video at Audience


FULL TEXT  General Audience of Pope Francis on May 9, 2018
Catechesis on Baptism. 5: Regeneration

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

The catechesis on the sacrament of Baptism leads us to speak today of the holy washing accompanied by the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity, that is the central rite which properly "baptizes" - that is, immerses - in the Paschal Mystery of Christ (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1239). The meaning of this gesture reminds St. Paul to the Christians of Rome, at first asking: «Do you not know that we were baptized in Christ Jesus, we were baptized in his death?», And then answering: «We were buried through baptism together with him in death so that as Christ was raised from the dead, so we too can walk in new life "(Rom 6: 4). Baptism opens us the door to a life of resurrection, not to a worldly life. A life according to Jesus.

The baptismal font is the place where Easter is celebrated with Christ! The old man is buried, with his deceitful passions (cf. Eph 4:22), so that a new creature may be reborn; indeed old things have passed away and new ones have been born (cf. 2 Cor 5:17). In the "Catechesis" attributed to St. Cyril of Jerusalem, the newly baptized is explained to them what happened to them in the water of Baptism. This explanation of St. Cyril is beautiful: "In the same instant you are dead and born, and the same wave of health became for you and the sepulcher and mother" (No. 20, Mistagogica 2, 4-6: PG 33, 1079-1082) . The rebirth of the new man demands that man corrupted by sin be reduced to dust. The images of the tomb and of the womb referred to the source, are in fact very incisive to express what is great through the simple gestures of Baptism. I like to mention the inscription found in the ancient Roman baptistery of the Lateran, in which we read, in Latin, this expression attributed to Pope Sixtus III: "The Mother Church gives birth to virgin water through the children who conceives by the breath. of God. How many have been reborn from this source, hope for the kingdom of heaven ". [1] It is beautiful: the Church that gives us birth, the Church that is womb, is our mother through Baptism.

If our parents have given us life on earth, the Church has regenerated us to eternal life in Baptism. We have become children in his Son Jesus (cf. Rom 8:15, Gal 4: 5-7). Also on each of us, reborn from the water and the Holy Spirit, Heavenly Father makes his voice resound with infinite love that says: "You are my beloved child" (cf. Mt 3:17). This paternal voice, imperceptible to the ear but well audible from the heart of those who believe, accompanies us throughout life, without ever abandoning ourselves. Throughout his life the Father tells us: "You are my beloved son, you are my beloved daughter". God loves us so much, like a Father, and does not leave us alone. This from the moment of baptism. We are forever, Reborn children of God! Baptism does not repeat itself, because it imprints an indelible spiritual seal: "This seal is not erased by any sin, although sin prevents Baptism from bringing fruits of salvation" (CCC, 1272). The seal of Baptism is never lost! "Father, but if a person becomes a brigand, of the most famous, who kills people, who makes injustices, the seal goes away?". No. For his own shame the son of God who is that man does these things, but the seal does not go away. And he continues to be a child of God, who goes against God but God never denies his children. Did you understand this last thing? God never denies his children. Do we repeat it all together? "God never denies his children". A little louder, that I am either deaf or I have not understood: [repeat more strongly] "God never denies his children". Here, that's okay.
Incorporated to Christ through Baptism, the baptized are therefore conformed to Him, "the firstborn of many brethren" (Rom 8:29). Through the action of the Holy Spirit, Baptism purifies, sanctifies, justifies, to form in Christ, of many, one body (cf. 1 Cor 6:11, 12, 13). This is expressed in the chrismal unction, "which is a sign of the royal priesthood of the baptized and of his aggregation to the community of the people of God" (Rite of the Baptism of Children, Introduction, No. 18, 3). Therefore the priest anoints with the sacred chrism the head of every baptized person, after having pronounced these words that explain its meaning: "God himself consecrates you with the chrism of salvation, because inserted into Christ, priest, king and prophet, always be members of his body for eternal life "(ibid., 71).

Brothers and sisters, the Christian vocation is all this: living united to Christ in the holy Church, participating in the same consecration to carry out the same mission in this world, bearing fruits that last forever. Animated by the one Spirit, in fact, the entire People of God participates in the functions of Jesus Christ, "Priest, King and Prophet", and carries the responsibilities of mission and service that derive from them (cf. CCC, 783-786). What does it mean to participate in the royal and prophetic priesthood of Christ? It means making oneself a welcome offering to God (cf. Rm 12: 1), bearing witness to him through a life of faith and charity (cf. Lumen Gentium, 12), placing it at the service of others, following the example of the Lord Jesus (cf. Mt 20: 25-28; Jn 13: 13-17). 
Thank you. 
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Greetings: 
Je salue cordialement les pèlerins de langue française, en particulier les personnes venues du Canada et de France. Frères et sœurs, souvenons-nous chaque jour de notre vocation baptismale en faisant de notre vie une offrande agréable à Dieu et en la mettant au service des autres. Que Dieu vous bénisse. 
[I cordially greet the French-speaking pilgrims, especially the faithful who came from Canada and France. Brothers and sisters, we remember our baptismal vocation every day, making our life an offering pleasing to God and putting it at the service of others. God bless you!] 
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today's Audience, especially those from England, Finland, Indonesia, the Philippines, Canada and the United States of America. In a special way, I greet the "small farmers" from various countries meeting in Italy, with gratitude for their contribution to feeding our world. In the joy of the Risen Christ, I invoke upon you and your families. May the Lord bless you all! 
Mit Freude heiße ich die Pilger deutscher Sprache willkommen. Insbesondere grüße ich die Grabesritter der Komturei St. Hildegard and die Schwestern vom Göttlichen Erlöser, die ihr 25-jähriges Professjubiläum feiern. Als Getaufte sind wir wiedergeboren zu einem neuen Leben in Christus und berufen, seine Sendung weiterzuführen, indem wir seine Liebe und sein Evangelium zu unseren Mitmenschen bringen. Von Herzen marks ich euch alle. 
[I am pleased to welcome German-speaking pilgrims. I greet in particular the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of the Saint Hildegard Section and the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer who celebrate 25 years of religious profession. As baptized we are regenerated to a new life in Christ and called to continue his mission, bringing his love and his gospel to our neighbors. I cordially bless you all.] 
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española venidos de España y Latinoamérica. En este tiempo pascual, los invito a considerar la grandeza de la vocación cristiana que recibimos en el bautismo, y vivirla unidos a Cristo en la Iglesia, de modo que pueda dar frutos abundantes en una vida de fe y de caridad, al servicio de los hermanos. Muchas gracias.
Queridos peregrinos de língua portuguesa, bem-vindos! Saúdo cordialmente os vários grupos paroquiais, os Missionários Redentoristas e a Família Franciscana do Brasil, bem como os membros do Instituto para o Desenvolvimento Social, de Lisboa. Que esta peregrinação fortaleça nos vossos corações o sentir e o viver com a Igreja, perseverando na reza diária do terço. Podereis assim reunir-vos quotidianamente com a Virgem Mãe, aprendendo d'Ela a cooperar plenamente com os desígnios de salvação que Deus tem sobre cada um. O Senhor vos abençoe, a vós e aos vossos entes queridos.
[Dear Portuguese-speaking pilgrims, welcome! I cordially greet the various parish groups, the Redemptorist Missionaries and the Franciscan Family of Brazil, as well as those belonging to the "Instituto para o Desenvolvimento Social" of Lisbon. May this pilgrimage strengthen in your hearts the feeling and the living with the Church, persevering in the daily prayer of the Rosary. So you can meet each day with the Virgin Mother, learning from her to cooperate fully with God's plans of salvation for each one. May the Lord bless you and your loved ones!]


أُرحّبُ بالحجّاجِ الناطقينَ باللّغةِ العربيّة، وخاصّةً بالقادمينَ من الشّرق الأوسط. أيّها الإخوة والأخوات الأعزّاء، إنَّ شهر أيّار مُخصّص لتكريم العذراء، أدعوكم لتنمية التعبُّد لوالدة الله من خلال تلاوة مسبحة الورديّة يوميًّا رافعين الصّلاة بشكل خاصّ من أجل السّلام في سوريا والعالم بأسره. ليبارككُم الرّبّ!
[I extend a cordial welcome to the Arab-speaking pilgrims, especially those from the Middle East! Dear brothers and sisters, the month of May is dedicated to Our Lady; I invite you to cultivate devotion to the Mother of God with the daily recitation of the Rosary, praying especially for peace in Syria and throughout the world. The Lord bless you!]
Serdecznie pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Drodzy bracia i siostry, wczoraj Kościół w Polsce świętował uroczystość waszego Patrona św. Stanisława Biskupa i Męczennika. Oddał życie jako obrońca Ewangelii, wartości moralnych i godności każdego człowieka. Jego heroiczny przykład niech będzie dla was wszystkich drogowskazem w waszej codzienności, w życiu osobistym, rodzinnym i społecznym. Niech jego wstawiennictwo wspiera was w podążaniu drogami prawdy i miłości. Niech Bóg wam błogosławi!
[I cordially greet the Polish pilgrims. Dear brothers and sisters, yesterday the Church in Poland celebrated the solemnity of your patron, St Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr. He gave his life as a defender of the Gospel, of moral values and of the dignity of every man. His heroic example is for all of you guide in your daily life, in personal, family and social life. His intercession supports you in the journey on the ways of truth and love. God bless you!]

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I offer a cordial welcome to Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the participants to the General Chapters of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy; of the Missionary Daughters of Calvary; of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Child Jesus and of the Franciscan Servants of Mary. I encourage everyone to be faithful to Christ so that, by the example of Mary Most Holy, you can make the joy of the Gospel shine.

I greet the Community of Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco in Rome, the parishes, in particular those of Salerno and Preturo di Montoro; the Association of Lay Love of Mercy; the young people of Civitanova Marche and the groups of students, particularly those of Florence and Gioia del Colle.

A special thought I address to the young, the elderly, the sick and the newlyweds. We are in the month of May, a time dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Cultivate devotion to Our Lady, with the daily recitation of the Rosary, so that as the Mother of God, accepting the mysteries of Christ in your life, may you increasingly be a gift of love for everyone. Thank you.



[1] «Virgineo fetu genitrix Ecclesia natos / quos spirante Deo concipit amne parit. / Caelorum regnum sperate hoc fonte renati».

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#BreakingNews Sudden Death of Young Catholic Brother - RIP Br. Saul, Capuchin, OFM


Release by Capuchin.com :Our brother Saúl Antonio Soriano Rodriguez, OFM Cap., a perpetually professed friar of the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine, Pittsburgh, PA, died early Monday morning, May 7, 2018, while in surgery at the Washington Hospital Center in DC.  His death was the result of catastrophic blood loss resulting from internal injuries received during a cycling accident on Saturday afternoon.  He was 31 years of age.

Saúl was born in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, on August 18, 1986, the youngest child and only son of Maria Fredis Rodriguez Fernandez and the late Antonio Soriano Amaya.  Having attended the Institute Emiliani Catholic School in El Salvador before emigrating to the US with his family when he was 18, he completed his high school education at Thomas Edison High School, Alexandria, VA, in 2007.  In 2008, Saúl entered the Capuchin Formation Program at Borromeo College Seminary in Wickliffe, OH, graduating from John Carroll University Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Philosophy in 2012.
Upon graduation, Saúl joined the Capuchin Franciscan friars of our Province of St. Augustine which serves the American Middle Atlantic States, beginning his postulancy (candidacy) in Philadelphia at Padre Pio Friary in July, 2012. The following year, he was invested in the Capuchin habit at San Lorenzo Friary in Santa Inez, CA  (where the inter-provincial novitiate is located) and ultimately professed temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a Capuchin friar on July 19, 2014.

The new friar pursued his graduate studies in Theology at the Catholic University of America, preparing for eventual ordination to the priesthood, and during this time made his lifetime (perpetual) Profession of Vows as a Capuchin friar in 2017.  At the time of his death, Br. Saúl was reaching the end of his formation journey: he was preparing for his examination for ordination as a deacon and the completion of his theological studies in the Fall.

Saúl’s great love for his Church and his Capuchin life was reflected in the energy and enthusiasm he brought to his care for others, both his brother Capuchins and many more people and places.  His interests were seemingly endless, as was his commitment to various ministries and services.  In his four years as a friar in Washington, DC, he helped to initiate the summer Preaching Band ministry, giving parish “missions” in Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania with several confreres.  During the summer of 2017 he was instrumental in expanding this evangelizing ministry to Puerto Rico and to Cuba.  

Saúl never forgot his home parish, the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in DC, supporting various programs and events there and assisting with their Summer Camp ministry in 2016.  During the academic year he was involved with the Catholic 270 Young Adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Washington, Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland, and the St. Conrad Fraternity of the Order of Franciscan Seculars from Annapolis.  It is said that “nature abhors a vacuum,” and so it seems to have been with Saúl, who cared little for spare time but was always filling the open hours of his days with dozens of occasional ministries including the Sunday feeding outreach for migrant workers in the area initiated by the Missionaries of Charity, organizing and supporting the Capuchin Café events of the past several years, and countless talks, weekend retreats and parish events throughout the Archdiocese.  He held special affection for the sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, the Carmelite sisters of Port Tobacco, and the Capuchin Poor Clare nuns of Wilmington, DE, visiting them as regularly as he could.


Saúl was preceded in death by his father (+1987), and is survived by his grandmother, Ricarda Fernandez, his mother, and sisters Lilian Marlene Hernandez, Patricia Soriano Rodriguez and Mariela Soriano Rodriguez.  

Saúl’s life was full of joy, generosity, good humor and kindness, one of “the best among us,” as those who knew him have said.  He lived his Franciscan life with wonderful integrity, gracious and loving to all people especially those poor and forgotten by others.  We’re sure he will continue to inspire those whose lives he touched and now knows the face of God’s peace and goodness.
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Br. Saúl Soriano Rodriguez, OFM Cap.
Born: Santa Tecla, El Salvador, August 18, 1986
Profession of Vows: July 19, 2014
Date of Death: May 7, 2018
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Funeral Arrangements

Viewing & Visitation
Friday, May 11th
3:00pm – 8:00pm
Vigil Prayer Service, 7:30pm
St. Francis Friary (Capuchin College
4121 Harewood Road, NE
Washington, DC 20017

Funeral Mass
Saturday, May 12th
9:00am
Shrine of the Sacred Heart
3211 Sacred Heart Way NW
Washington, DC

Burial
Saturday, May 12th
4:00pm
St. Augustine Cemetery
250 Wible Run Rd
Pittsburgh (Millvale), PA 15209

All praise be yours, my Lord, through all your creatures . . .
Praise be yours through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whose embrace no one may escape . . .
Blessed are those whom Death finds in your most holy will,
for the second death will do them no harm.

#BreakingNews 800,000 at #MarchforLife in Peru - #ProLife March sponsored by Church "United for Life"

Lima (kath.net/Agenzia Fides) - "Pope Francis knows the march very well for life, twice he personally wrote, encouraged and even advised me on how to best organize the event The Church writes a poor priest in South America, this gives me great serenity and peace, "said Rev. Luis Gaspar, organizer of the" march for life "in Peru.




Since 2013, the first march for life in the country took place, the Archdiocese of Lima Pastor Gaspar has entrusted the organization of the event, which has become a major church event and the more and more people join from year to year. Last year, the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, had to suspend the march due to the natural disasters caused by the El Niño phenomenon in the north of the Peruvian coast. He called on the usual participants to volunteer in the affected areas. This year, the march took place yesterday, May 5, under the motto "United for Life". More than 800,000 people participated.

During the opening ceremony, Pastor Gaspar read out the message of greeting from Pope Francis, who encouraged organizers and participants.

At the end of the march, Cardinal Cipriani warned thousands of Peruvians who had gathered on the esplanade of the Costa Verde: "Do not let this wonderful people lose faith." 
The Pope said to us, "I see and feel the faith and I can feel the yes to life ".

At the event it was announced that a letter of recommendation with ten proposals to strengthen the family should be handed over to the state authorities.
Edited from Kath.net

US President Donald Trump Signs Order to Protect Religious Freedom "Prayer has always been at the center....America is a nation of believers..."

"During the annual National Day of Prayer commemoration at the White House on Thursday, President Trump signed the latest executive order of his presidency, to establish a faith-based office, the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative. He said it would focus on protecting religious freedom and ensuring that 'the faith-based and community organizations that form the bedrock of our society have strong advocates in the White House and throughout the federal government,'" reports CBS.

At the Rose Garden ceremony, President Trump explained,

"Prayer has always been at the center of the American life. America is a nation of believers, and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer," 
"In addition to making recommendations to the administration, the office will also inform the administration of 'any failures of the executive branch to comply with religious liberty protections under law.'

"The initiative will be led by a newly appointed White House adviser to the group and will be supported by various faith leaders from outside the federal government. The order also aims to ensure faith based organizations have 'equal access to government funding and equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs.'

"We take this step because we know that in solving the many many problems and our great challenges, faith is more powerful than government and nothing is more powerful than God," said Pres. Trump. 


"First, the administration prioritized religious freedom in its recently released National Security Strategy, stating: 'The United States also remains committed to supporting and advancing religious freedom — America’s first freedom.'

"It adds: '[The United States] will advocate on behalf of religious freedom and threatened minorities. Religious minorities continue to be victims of violence. We will place a priority on protecting these groups and will continue working with regional partners to protect minority communities from attacks and to preserve their cultural heritage.”




Wow Actor Stephen Baldwin's #ProLife Message on Facebook Live "You can’t be pro-choice and call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ"

Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwin recently gave a Facebook Live video interview with Faithwire. While speaking on Facebook Live, Baldwin explained his pro-life position. “The Bible’s very clear,” said Baldwin. “You can’t be pro-choice and call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ. Doesn’t go together. Just doesn’t go together. It’s a fact. It’s a simple common sense fact. So, anybody who hears me say that and goes, 'Well, hey, I’m a this type of Christian or this denomination and in our church it’s acceptable,' I’m just going to say, ‘Well, whatever they’re teaching you according to God’s Word that has allowed you to believe that, is incorrect.’ It’s very simple.”
Baldwin, will star in a new film called Roe v. Wade movie.
“I want to appeal to everyone that can hear this right now,” said Baldwin. “They have scientific evidence that shows an infant [a preborn child] at 20 weeks feels pain. In the womb, a child at 20 weeks is alive and developed enough to feel pain.”
Stephen Baldwin
Sad monday for me @nbcsnl & Hollywood Democrats think partial birth abortion is funny ! Sad as I think of all my beautiful nieces & nephews

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wed. May 9, 2018 - #Eucharist


Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 293

Reading 1ACTS 17:15, 22—18:1

After Paul's escorts had taken him to Athens,
they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothy
to join him as soon as possible.

Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said:
"You Athenians, I see that in every respect
you are very religious.
For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines,
I even discovered an altar inscribed, 'To an Unknown God.'
What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.
The God who made the world and all that is in it,
the Lord of heaven and earth,
does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human hands,
nor is he served by human hands because he needs anything.
Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.
He made from one the whole human race
to dwell on the entire surface of the earth,
and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions,
so that people might seek God,
even perhaps grope for him and find him,
though indeed he is not far from any one of us.
For 'In him we live and move and have our being,'
as even some of your poets have said,
'For we too are his offspring.'
Since therefore we are the offspring of God,
we ought not to think that the divinity is like an image
fashioned from gold, silver, or stone by human art and imagination.
God has overlooked the times of ignorance,
but now he demands that all people everywhere repent
because he has established a day on which he will 'judge the world
with justice' through a man he has appointed,
and he has provided confirmation for all
by raising him from the dead."

When they heard about resurrection of the dead,
some began to scoff, but others said,
"We should like to hear you on this some other time."
And so Paul left them.
But some did join him, and became believers.
Among them were Dionysius,
a member of the Court of the Areopagus,
a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

After this he left Athens and went to Corinth. 

Responsorial PsalmPS 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14

R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you his angels;
praise him, all you his hosts.
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Let the kings of the earth and all peoples,
the princes and all the judges of the earth,
Young men too, and maidens,
old men and boys.
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted;
His majesty is above earth and heaven.
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He has lifted up the horn of his people;
Be this his praise from all his faithful ones,
from the children of Israel, the people close to him.
Alleluia.
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
or:
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 14:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I will ask the Father
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you always.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you."