Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wow Football Star Antoine Greizmann who Helped France Win the World Cup says "By influence, I bathe in religion since childhood...."

Antoine Griezmann started his career with Atlético Madrid and then the Team de France but also his faith.   Team France won the World Cup 2018 against Croatia with his help. Antoine was born on March 21, 1991 in Mâcon, France. Early in his career he was rejected by teams in France due to his small size. "By influence, I bathe in religion since childhood.... I continue, punctually, to light candles in the churches..."said Griezmann. Like some of his teammates his tattoos express faith; he has a tattoo of Jesus above a Christ the Redeemer statue, but also a set of rosary beads Rosary of the Virgin Mary, to whom he explains his mother often refers. His mother is a fervent Catholic. "I feed on all beliefs," said Griezmann. Antoine married his wife Erika Choperena from Spain in 2017. They have one daughter, named Mia, whom they recently baptized.   His sister, Maud, was miraculously freed from the Bataclan attack in France. Antoine Griezmann did not fail to thank "the one who is above ...". 


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Pope Francis "It is precisely Baptism that makes us missionaries." at #Angelus at Vatican - FULL Text + Video


ANGELUS

Piazza of St. Peter

Sunday, July 15 ,2018
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today's Gospel (cf. Mk 6: 7-13) narrates the moment in which Jesus sends the Twelve on a mission. After having called them by name one by one, "because they were with him" (Mk 3:14), listening to his words and observing his gestures of healing, now he calls them again to "send them two by two" (6, 7) in the villages where He was going to go. It is a sort of "training" of what will be called to do after the Resurrection of the Lord with the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Gospel passage focuses on the style of the missionary, which we can summarize in two points: the mission has a center; the mission has a face.

The missionary disciple has first of all a center of reference, which is the person of Jesus. The story indicates it using a series of verbs that have him by subject - "called to himself", "he took to send them", "gave them power "," he commanded, "" he told them "(verses 7.8.10) - so that the going and working of the Twelve appears as the radiating from a center, the repetition of the presence and work of Jesus in the their missionary action. This shows how the Apostles have nothing to announce, nor their ability to demonstrate, but speak and act as "sent", as messengers of Jesus.

This Gospel episode also concerns us, and not only the priests, but all the baptized, called to witness in the various environments of life, the Gospel of Christ. And even for us this mission is authentic only starting from its changeless center which is Jesus. It is not an initiative of individual believers, groups or even large groups, but it is the Church's mission inseparably united with her Lord. No Christian proclaims the Gospel "on his own", but only sent by the Church who received the mandate from Christ himself. It is precisely Baptism that makes us missionaries. A baptized who does not feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, to announce Jesus, is not a good Christian.

The second characteristic of the style of the missionary is, so to speak, a face, which consists in the poverty of the means. His equipment meets a criterion of sobriety. The Twelve, in fact, have the order "to take nothing but a stick for the journey: neither bread nor bag, nor money in the belt" (v. 8). The Master wants them free and light, without support and without favors, sure only of the love of Him that sends them, strong only of his word that they go to announce. The staff and the sandals are the endowments of the pilgrims, because they are the messengers of the kingdom of God, not omnipotent managers, not immovable officials, not on tour. Let's think, for example, of this Diocese of which I am the Bishop. Let's think of some saints of this diocese of Rome: San Filippo Neri, San Benedetto Giuseppe Labre, Sant'Alessio, Santa Ludovica Albertini, Santa Francesca Romana, San Gaspare Del Bufalo and many others. They were not officials or businessmen, but humble Kingdom workers. They had this face. And to this "face" also belongs the way in which the message is received: in fact it may happen that it is not welcomed or listened to (see verse 11). This too is poverty: the experience of failure. The story of Jesus, who was rejected and crucified, prefigures the destiny of his messenger. And only if we are united with him, dead and risen, can we find the courage of evangelization.

May the Virgin Mary, the first disciple and missionary of the Word of God, help us to bring the message of the Gospel to the world in a humble and radiant exultation, beyond any rejection, misunderstanding or tribulation.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

I warmly greet all of you, Romans and pilgrims from Italy and from various parts of the world: families, parish groups, associations.

In particular, I greet the Sisters of the Precious Blood of Monza, the novices of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians from different countries and the young Poles of the Diocese of Pelplin (Poland), who take part in a course of spiritual exercises in Assisi.

I wish everyone a happy Sunday and, please, do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye!
Text Source: Vatican.va 
(What is the Angelus? The Angelus is a special prayer recited by Catholics three times a day, at 6am, noon, and 6pm and is accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell. The name comes from the Latin word for Angel and the prayer itself reminds us of how Jesus Christ assumed our human nature through the Mystery of the Incarnation. The Pope recites the Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square every Sunday at midday.
He also gives a brief reflection on the Gospel of the day and often comments on some issue of international concern. The Pope’s words are broadcast all over the world on radio and television and widely shared on social media. From Easter to Pentecost the Regina Coeli is prayed instead of the Angelus. This prayer commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and, like the Angelus, concludes with the recitation of the Gloria three times. Source: Vatican News)

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. July 15, 2018 - Readings + Video - #Eucharist - 15th in Ord. Time - B


Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 104

Reading 1AM 7:12-15

Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos,
“Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah!
There earn your bread by prophesying,
but never again prophesy in Bethel;
for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.”
Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet,
nor have I belonged to a company of prophets;
I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores.
The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me,
Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14

R. (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD —for he proclaims peace.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and prepare the way of his steps.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

Reading 2EPH 1:3-14 OR 1:3-10

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved.
In him we have redemption by his blood,
the forgiveness of transgressions,
in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One
who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
we who first hoped in Christ.
In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,
were sealed with the promised holy Spirit,
which is the first installment of our inheritance
toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.

or

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of God’s grace
that he granted us in the beloved.

In him we have redemption by his blood,
the forgiveness of transgressions,
in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

AlleluiaCF. EPH 1:17-18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
that we may know what is the hope that
belongs to our call.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey
but a walking stick—
no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals
but not a second tunic.
He said to them,
“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave.
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
leave there and shake the dust off your feet
in testimony against them.”
So they went off and preached repentance.
The Twelve drove out many demons,
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.