Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Pope Francis at Mass with Altar Servers "God’s glory is the needle of our moral compass." FULL Official Homily with Mass Video


“Do everything for the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31).  So Saint Paul told us in the reading we just heard.  To give glory to God in everything we do: that is the ultimate criterion for all our words and actions.  It sums up what it means to be a friend of Jesus.  It shows us the way when we are unsure about the right thing to do.  It helps us recognize God’s voice speaking in the depths of our conscience so that we can know his will.  God’s glory is the needle of our moral compass.
Saint Paul also gives us another criterion: “Try to please everyone in everything, so that they may be saved.  All of us are God’s children; we all have the same desires, hopes and aspirations.  When some of us grow discouraged, the rest of us should try to brighten their day and cheer them up.  This helps all of us to remain friends and to show the love of God and the joy of faith in our everyday lives.  If we keep doing this, it will help our brothers and sisters to come to know Jesus, our one Saviour and the hope of the world.
Maybe you are wondering: “Can I do this?  Isn’t it too much for me?”  Certainly, it is a great mission, but it is not impossible.  Once again, Saint Paul encourages us: “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ”.  We can carry out this mission by imitating Jesus, like the apostle Paul and all the saints.  Let us look to the saints.  They are the living Gospel, because they translated the message of Christ in their own lives.  Today is the feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.  As a young soldier, he was concerned with his own glory yet, in good time, he was attracted by the glory of God, and there he discovered the heart and meaning of life itself.  So let us imitate the saints.  Let everything we do be for God’s glory and the salvation of our brothers and sisters.  But be attentive and remember: follow the saints on this path.  On this path of holiness there is no room for the lazy.  Thank you! (Source: Vatican.va)
SEE ALSO: http://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2018/07/wow-pope-francis-to-60-000-altar.html

Wow Pope Francis to 60, 000 Altar Servers "Faith is essential....faith is like the air we breathe." FULL Official Text with Video

MEETING OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
WITH THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE
XII INTERNATIONAL PILGRIMAGE OF ALTAR SERVERS
St Peter's Square
Tuesday, 31 July 2018
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Address of His Holiness Pope Francis
Questions from young people and answers from Pope Francis

Dear Servers, Good evening!
I am happy to see you in such great numbers here in Saint Peter’s Square, adorned with your colourful banners.  I’ve already also had the joy of seeing you at midday, and in this heat: you are brave! Well done! Thank you very much for giving me the emblems of your pilgrimage!  I am a pilgrim with you.  You have come from many countries throughout the world, yet all of us are united by our faith in Jesus Christ.  We are journeying together with him who is our peace.  I thank your President, Bishop Nemet, for his kind greeting on your behalf.  He asked me to encourage you, he said: “Ermutigen Sie sie, Heiliger Vater!”  I must encourage you.  I therefore hand over to you, so that you can ask the questions.


POPE RESPONDS TO YOUNG PEOPLE’S QUESTIONS

[The first question is in French]
Pope Francis:
Thank you!  You put it very well: peace and Holy Mass go together.  Just before the sign of peace, we ask the Lord to grant peace and unity to the Church community.  Peace is his gift; it transforms us, so that, as members of Jesus’ body, we can share in his sentiments, think as he thinks – the same sentiments as Jesus, and think as Jesus thinks! – love as he loves.  And this brings peace. At the end of Mass, we are sent forth with the words: “Go in peace”, that is: take peace with you in order to give it to others, give it through your life, your smile, your works of charity.   Concrete commitment to peace is proof of the fact that we are truly Christ’s disciples.  Making peace begins with little things. For example, at home after a quarrel, do I go off by myself – let me ask you – and act hurt, or do I make an effort to go back and reach out?  Do I know how to make peace with small gestures?  Am I willing to ask myself in every situation: “What would Jesus do in my place?”  If we can do this, if we really put it into practice, we will bring Christ’s peace to our everyday lives.  Then we will be peacemakers and channels of God’s peace.  Thank you.
[The second question is in Portuguese]
Pope Francis:
In a real way, as altar servers, you share in the experience of Martha and Mary.  It would be wonderful if, alongside your service to the liturgy, you could become more involved in the life of your parish and also spend some time in silence in the Lord’s presence: both of these.  In this interplay of action and contemplation, we come to realize God’s plan for us.  We see the talents and interests God has given us and how best to develop them.  Even more importantly, we place ourselves humbly before God, just as we are: as we are, without masks, just as we are, before God, with our good qualities and our limitations, and ask him how we can best serve him and our neighbour.  Don’t be afraid to ask for a word of helpful advice when you are wondering how to serve God and all those people throughout the world who need our help.  Remember: the more you give yourself to others, the more you will get back in personal fulfilment and true happiness!  Thank you.
[The third question is in English]
Pope Francis:
Even now, as young people, you can be apostles, capable of drawing others to Jesus.  This will happen if you are full of enthusiasm for him, for Jesus, if you have encountered him, if you have come to know him personally, and been yourselves “won over” by him.  So here is what I would I say.  Try to know and love the Lord Jesus more and more – I want to repeat this: try to know and love the Lord more and more, encountering him in prayer, at Mass, in the reading of the Gospel, in the faces of the lowly and the poor.  Try also to be friends, with no strings attached, to all those around you, so that a ray of Jesus’ light can shine on them through your own heart in love with him.  Dear young people, there is no need for lots of words; more important are your actions, your closeness, your desire to serve, your silent gaze before the Blessed Sacrament.  Young people – and everyone else for that matter – need friends who can give a good example, who are ready to act without expecting anything in return.  In this way, you will also help others to see how beautiful is the community of believers, because the Lord dwells in its midst.  And to see how beautiful it is to be part of the family of the Church.  Thank you.
[The fourth question is in German]
Pope Francis:
Faith is essential; faith gives me life.  I would say that faith is like the air we breathe.  We don’t think, with every breath we take, how necessary air is, but when it isn’t there, or it isn’t clean, we realize right away how important it is!  Faith helps us to grasp the meaning of life: that there is Someone who loves us infinitely and that that Someone is God.  He infinitely loves me.  We can recognize God as our Creator and our Saviour; we can love God and accept that our life is his gift.  God wants to enter into a living relationship with us.  He wants to build relationships, and we are called to do the same.  A person cannot believe in God and then think that he or she is an only child!  The only Child God has is Jesus.  An only child, because he is God.  But among men, there is no such thing as an only child of God.  Reflect on this!  All of us are children of God.  We are called to make up God’s family, the Church, the community of brothers and sisters in Christ.  As Saint Paul says (Eph 2:19), we are “members of the household of God”.  And in this family of the Church, the Lord nourishes his sons and daughters with his word and with his sacraments.  Thank you.
[The fifth question is in Hungarian]
Pope Francis:
Yes, it does take effort to keep doing good and to become saints…  You know, the path to holiness is not for the lazy: it requires effort.  I see that you servers are committed to taking this path.  The Lord Jesus gave us a simple plan for advancing in the way of holiness: the commandment of love of God and of neighbour.  Let us make an effort to deepen our friendship with God, to be grateful for his love and to want to serve him in all things.  In this way, we cannot help but share the gift of his love with others.  To make the commandment of love all the more concrete, Jesus gave us the works of mercy.  I would like to ask who among you knows the works of mercy.  I am sure that your bishops have taught them to you.  But you, do you know them well, the works of mercy?  If you don’t know them, how can you practice them? This is important: the works of mercy.   They are demanding, yet within the reach of all.  To practice a work of mercy, it is not necessary to go to university and get a degree.  All of us can practice the works of mercy.  They are within everyone’s reach.  We have only to start asking ourselves: “What can I do today to meet the needs of my neighbour”, of this neighbour: my brothers and sisters, my dad, my mum, my grandparents, my friends, the poor, the sick…; just one of them each day.  What can I do to meet the needs of my neighbour?  It makes no difference whether it is a friend or a stranger, a countryman or a foreigner: he or she is my neighbour.  Believe me, by doing this, you can become real saints, men and woman who transform the world by living the love of Christ.  It is true, it is not easy, it requires effort.  Yet remember, I repeat it: the path to holiness is not for the lazy.

#Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola - SHARE - Special Prayers for #Peace

NOVENA PRAYER TO ST IGNATIUS FOR JOY AND PEACE FIRST DAY:
Shared from Prayers for reparation:
Dear St Ignatius, while suffering the pain of a broken leg and waiting to recover your health, you began to think seriously about life. Then you began to discover what it is that brings true peace and joy to the human heart. You discovered that it is in the teachings of Jesus, His example of life and in the manner of living of the saints that we are able to find joy and peace. I also am looking for peace and joy in my life. Ask God to help me discover what His will is for me in order to have peace and joy in my life. Ask God to help me walk on the road of Jesus and find there the happiness my heart desires.

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- Think over this prayer. Ask for the grace you desire.
– If possible, read John 10:10.
– Pray the Our-Father.
St Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
FINAL PRAYER (pray every day):
Together with St Ignatius of Loyola, we ask you, Lord, that all our thoughts and actions, desires and all our being and doing be purely directed to Your greater glory and to the service of our brothers and sisters. Amen.
SECOND DAY:
Dear St Ignatius, you experienced a strong desire to imitate the example of the lives of the saints. You did penance for your sins, like the saints did. You asked for God’s forgiveness, trusting in His great mercy. Ask God to help me to do penance for my sins. Ask God to help me trust in His mercy and never fall into despair. St Ignatius, pray for us.
- Think over this prayer. Ask for the grace you desire.
– If possible, read Luke 18:9-14.
– Pray the Hail-Mary.
St Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
Final prayer.
THIRD DAY:
Dear St Ignatius, during your search for peace and joy, you obtained from God the grace to pray a lot and to live in great union with God. I also feel inside me the thirst for peace and joy that God, my Creator, placed in my heart. Ask God to teach me the art of prayer. Ask for the grace to live united with God on the road of Jesus and to be able to spend some time praying every day.
- Think over this prayer. Ask for the grace you desire.
– If possible, read Luke 11:9-13.
– Pray the Hail-Mary.
St Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
Final prayer.
FOURTH DAY:
Dear St Ignatius, you understood that we are created to serve God, to love Him with all our heart and to love our neighbour as ourselves. You discovered that everything that exists in the world was created to help us fulfil these two commandments of love. Ask God that I may obtain the grace to know how to treat people and the things of this world in such a way that I may always grow in the love of God and neighbour.
- Think over this prayer. Ask for the grace you desire.
– If possible, read Mark 12:28-31.
– Pray the Hail-Holy-Queen.
St Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
Final prayer.
FIFTH DAY:
Dear St Ignatius, we know that you felt great joy in adoring the Most Holy Trinity. We know that you believed in God as a community of three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are always working for the good of humanity. Ask God that I may obtain the grace of understanding that God is a community of Divine Persons who work together for our salvation. Obtain from God the grace for me to live in community with my brothers and sisters. Ask that the communities of the Church may know how to work for the salvation of the world and for the liberation of all the people.
- Think over this prayer. Ask for the grace you desire.
– If possible, read John 5:17.
– Pray the Creed.
St Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
Final prayer.
SIXTH DAY:
Dear St Ignatius, you had a great knowledge of Jesus Christ and you were a personal friend of His. You realised that God the Father called you to be a collaborator in the work of Jesus, His Son, and in the service of the salvation of the world. Ask God to give me the grace to know well Jesus Christ and to become His companion in the work of evangelizing the persons in His life of society.
- Think over this prayer. Ask for the grace you desire.
– If possible, read Matthew 11:27.
– Say a spontaneous prayer to Jesus Christ.
St Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
Final prayer.
SEVENTH DAY:
Dear St Ignatius, contemplating the life of Jesus, you received the grace of understanding in practice what it means to firmly follow Christ, poor and humble, on the road to God in spite of persecution. You understood that the ambition of riches and the desire of having honours leads to pride. Ask God to help me understand this also so that I may have a poor, meek and humble heart to love God and neighbour.
- Think over this prayer. Ask for the grace you desire.
– If possible, read Matthew 11:29.
– Pray the Our-Father.
St Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
Final prayer.
EIGHTH DAY:
Dear St Ignatius, many times you contemplated the glory of the risen Jesus and rejoiced with His victory over death and sin. This strengthened your life of faith. Ask God to grant me the grace to rejoice with His risen and victorious Son. Increase in all Christians hope for the complete liberation that God promised His people.
- Think over this prayer. Ask for the grace you desire.
– If possible, read John 20:19-20.
– Pray the Hail-Holy-Queen.
St Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
Final prayer.
NINTH DAY:
Dear St Ignatius, ask God to help me pray with sincere faith this prayer you used to pray:

“Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, also my understanding and all my will. Everything I have and possess You have given me with love. All the gifts You have given me I gratefully return to You. Do with them, Lord, whatever You will. Give me only Your love and Your grace. This is enough for me, and nothing more will I ask. Amen.”

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday July 31, 2018 - #Eucharist


Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest
Lectionary: 402

Reading 1JER 14:17-22

Let my eyes stream with tears
day and night, without rest,
Over the great destruction which overwhelms
the virgin daughter of my people,
over her incurable wound.
If I walk out into the field,
look! those slain by the sword;
If I enter the city,
look! those consumed by hunger.
Even the prophet and the priest
forage in a land they know not.

Have you cast Judah off completely?
Is Zion loathsome to you?
Why have you struck us a blow
that cannot be healed?
We wait for peace, to no avail;
for a time of healing, but terror comes instead.
We recognize, O LORD, our wickedness,
the guilt of our fathers;
that we have sinned against you.
For your name's sake spurn us not,
disgrace not the throne of your glory;
remember your covenant with us, and break it not.
Among the nations' idols is there any that gives rain?
Or can the mere heavens send showers?
Is it not you alone, O LORD,
our God, to whom we look?
You alone have done all these things.

Responsorial PsalmPS 79:8, 9, 11 AND 13

R. (9) For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Help us, O God our savior,
because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
for your name's sake.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Let the prisoners' sighing come before you;
with your great power free those doomed to death.
Then we, your people and the sheep of your pasture,
will give thanks to you forever;
through all generations we will declare your praise.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

Alleluia 

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;
all who come to him will live for ever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 13:36-43

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
"Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
He said in reply, "He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the Evil One,
and the enemy who sows them is the Devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his Kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear."