Saturday, October 6, 2018

Saint October 7 : Our Lady of the Rosary Feast - #Rosary Plenary Indulgence

October 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary:
Apart from the signal defeat of the Albigensian heretics at the battle of Muret in 1213 which legend has attributed to the recitation of the Rosary by St. Dominic, it is believed that Heaven has on many occasions rewarded the faith of those who had recourse to this devotion in times of special danger. More particularly, the naval victory of Lepanto gained by Don John of Austria over the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October in 1571 responded wonderfully to the processions made at Rome on that same day by the members of the Rosary confraternity. St. Pius V thereupon ordered that a commemoration of the Rosary should be made upon that day, and at the request of the Dominican Order Gregory XIII in 1573 allowed this feast to be kept in all churches which possessed an altar dedicated to the Holy Rosary. In 1671 the observance of this festival was extended by Clement X to the whole of Spain, and somewhat later Clement XI after the important victory over the Turks gained by Prince Eugene on 6 August, 1716 (the feast of our Lady of the Snows), at Peterwardein in Hungary, commanded the feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church.
A set of "proper" lessons in the second nocturn were conceded by Benedict XIII. Leo XIII has since raised the feast to the rank of a double of the second class and has added to the Litany of Loreto the invocation "Queen of the Most Holy Rosary".
 On this feast, in every church in which the Rosary confraternity has been duly erected, a plenary indulgence toties quoties is granted upon certain conditions to all who visit therein the Rosary chapel or statue of Our Lady. This has been called the "Portiuncula" of the Rosary.
Text shared from the Catholic Encyclopedia

Apart from the signal defeat of the Albigensian heretics at the battle of Muret in 1213 which legend has attributed to the recitation of the Rosary by St. Dominic, it is believed that Heaven has on many occasions rewarded the faith of those who had recourse to this devotion in times of special danger. More particularly, the naval victory of Lepanto gained by Don John of Austria over the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October in 1571 responded wonderfully to the processions made at Rome on that same day by the members of the Rosary confraternity. St. Pius V thereupon ordered that a commemoration of the Rosary should be made upon that day, and at the request of the Dominican Order Gregory XIII in 1573 allowed this feast to be kept in all churches which possessed an altar dedicated to the Holy Rosary. In 1671 the observance of this festival was extended by Clement X to the whole of Spain, and somewhat later Clement XI after the important victory over the Turks gained by Prince Eugene on 6 August, 1716 (the feast of our Lady of the Snows), at Peterwardein in Hungary, commanded the feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church. A set of "proper" lessons in the second nocturn were conceded by Benedict XIII. Leo XIII has since raised the feast to the rank of a double of the second class and has added to the Litany of Loreto the invocation "Queen of the Most Holy Rosary". On this feast, in every church in which the Rosary confraternity has been duly erected, a plenary indulgence toties quoties is granted upon certain conditions to all who visit therein the Rosary chapel or statue of Our Lady. This has been called the "Portiuncula" of the Rosary. Text shared from the Catholic Encyclopedia

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Wow Exciting Meeting with Pope Francis and 7000 Youth at Synod “Jesus does not leave us alone.." FULL Video

Pope Francis on October 6 addressed a festive rally in the Vatican that brought together some 7,000 young people from various parts of the world, along with the Synod Fathers.
His remarks came in a prepared address to a festive rally in the Vatican that brought together some 7,000 young people from various parts of the world and the Synod Fathers who are participating in the October 3-28 Synod of Bishops on the theme , “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.”

Moving testimonies Daniel Zaccaro, a 25 year old Italian from a poor, crime-ridden neighbourhood of Milan narrated how he sank into crime, landing in prison at the age of 18.  But good souls helped him come out of the dark tunnel and today he is in university.
Another young man from Iraq, Aziz Sadeq, narrated how in just one day, without warning, he lost his home, friends, family and dreams when terrorists invaded his village.  He was 18.  After two months of despair in exile, France welcomed his parents, where Sadeq has managed to rebuilt his life.  He has graduated from high school and is in the university today. 
Edited TEXT Release by Vatican News By Robin Gomes
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FULL TEXT  Speech by Pope Francis by Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation

"WE FOR Unique, creative supporters "
MEETING OF THE YOUNG WITH THE HOLY FATHER AND THE SYNODAL FATHERS
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
Paul VI Hall

Saturday, October 6th 2018

Here are the written questions ... The Synod Fathers will give you the answer. Because if I gave the answers here, I would cancel the Synod! The answers must come from everyone, from our reflection, from our discussion and, above all, must be answers made without fear.

I will limit myself only - with respect to all these questions - to say something that can serve, some principle. To you, young people, who have spoken, who have given your testimony, who have come a way, I say: this is the first answer. Make your way. Be young on the move, looking at the horizons, not the mirror. Always looking forward, on the way, and not sitting on the couch. So many times I have to say this: a young man, a boy, a girl, who is on the couch, ends up at the age of 24: it's ugly, this! And then, you said it well: that makes me find myself is not the mirror, the look as I am. Finding myself is in doing, in going in search of the good, the truth, the beauty. There I will find myself.

Then, in this way, another word that struck me is the last one. The last one was strong, but it's true ... Who did it? ... You. It was strong: consistency. Consistency of life. I make a journey, but with coherence of life. And when you see an incoherent Church, a Church that reads you the Beatitudes and then falls into the most princely and scandalous clericalism, I understand, I understand ... If you are a Christian, take the Beatitudes and put them into practice. And if you are a man or a woman who gave your life, you consecrated her; if you are a priest - even a priest dancing [refers to a testimony] - if you are a priest and you want to live as a Christian, follow the path of the Beatitudes. Not the path of worldliness, the path of clericalism, which is one of the ugliest perversions of the Church. Consistency of life. But you too [turn to the young], you must be consistent in your way and ask yourself: "Am I consistent in my life?". This is a second principle.

Then there is the problem of inequalities. We lose the true sense of power - this applies to the question of politics - we lose what Jesus told us, that power is service: the real power is to serve. Otherwise it is selfishness, it is lowering the other, not letting it grow, it is dominating, making slaves, not mature people. The power is to make people grow, to become servants of the people. This is the principle: both for politics and for the consistency of your questions.

Then, more questions ... I'll tell you something. Please you, young people, boys and girls, you have no price! You are not auctioned! Please do not let yourself be bought, do not let yourself be seduced, do not let yourself be enslaved by ideological colonizations that put ideas into our heads and eventually become slaves, dependent, failed in life. You have no price: you must always repeat this: I am not at auction, I have no price. I am free, I am free! Fall in love with this freedom, which is what Jesus offers.

Then there are two things - and I would like to end with this - among the ideas you have said and to which the Synodal Fathers will respond by dialoguing with your questions. The first is on the use of the web. It's true: the interconnection with digital is immediate, it's effective, it's fast. But if you get used to this, you will end - and this I will say is real - you will end up like a family where, at the table, at lunch or dinner, everyone stays with the phone and talks to other people, or they communicate with the phone, without a concrete, real relationship, without concreteness. Every road you make, to be reliable, must be concrete, like experiences, many experiences that you have said here. None of the testimonies you gave today were "liquid": they were all concrete. The concreteness. The concreteness is the guarantee to move forward. If the media, if the use of the web takes you out of concreteness, makes you "liquid", cut it off. Cut it. Because if there is no concreteness there will be no future for you. This is sure, it is a rule of the road and of the journey.

And then, this concreteness also in the reception. Many of your examples, which you have done today, are on the reception. Michel asked this question: "How to overcome the increasingly widespread mentality that sees in the stranger, in the different, in the migrant, a danger, the evil, the enemy to be hunted?". This is the mentality of the exploitation of the people, of making the weakest slaves. You close not only the doors, you close your hands. And today populisms, which have nothing to do with what is popular, are a little fashionable. Popular is the culture of the people, the culture of each of your peoples that expresses itself in art, is expressed in culture, is expressed in the science of the people, is expressed in the party! Every people makes a party in its own way. This is popular. But populism is the opposite: it is the closure of this on a model. We are closed, we are alone. And when we are closed, we can not go on. Be careful. It is the mentality that Michel has said: "How to overcome the increasingly widespread mentality that sees in the stranger, in the different, in the migrant a danger, the evil, the danger to be hunted?". We win with the embrace, with the welcome, with dialogue, with love, which is the word that opens all doors.

And at the end - I spoke of concreteness - each of you wants to make the road in life, concrete, a road that bears fruit. Thanks to you [Giovanni Caccamo] for the photo with your grandfather: it was perhaps that photograph, the best message of this evening. Talk to old people, talk to grandparents: they are the roots, the roots of your concreteness, the roots of your growth, flourish and bear fruit. Remember: if the tree is alone, it will not bear fruit. All that the tree has of flower, comes from what is buried. This expression is from a poet, it is not mine. But that's the truth. Stick to the roots, but do not stay there. Take the roots and bring them forward to bear fruit, and you too will become roots for others. Do not forget photography, the one with the grandfather. Talk to your grandparents, talk to old people and this will make you happy.

Thank you very much! These are guidelines. The answers, to them! [points to the Synod Fathers] Thank you, thank you!

Pope Francis "...following in the footsteps of Christ who came not to be served but to serve." to Greek-Catholics on Anniversary FULL TEXT

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE PILGRIMS OF THE GREEK-CATHOLIC CHURCH ON OCCASION
OF THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF FOUNDATION OF THE EPARCHY OF PRESOV

Paul VI Hall
Saturday, October 6th 2018

Dear brothers and sisters!

Welcome, and thank you for your warm affection!

St John Paul II, speaking in Prešov in 1995, borrowed a beautiful image from the surrounding nature to describe the identity and mission of the Greek-Catholic communities: «In the transparent waters the majestic grandeur of the peaks is reflected: this landscape [... ] speaks to us of the beauty and goodness of the Creator. From the southern slopes of the Tatra mountains to the plains of Zemplín, for centuries the communities of the Eastern rite have lived side-by-side with the Latin rite brothers and sisters, who are also called to represent, as small lakes "plesá", the transparent and the luminous generosity of God. It is the Lord himself who enriches his Church with the variety of forms and traditions "(Address to the Catholics of the Byzantine rite, 2 July 1995, 6).

The Greek Catholic Church in Slovakia can be considered an expression of the beauty of the variety of the forms of ecclesial life, of that variety which "not only does not harm the unity of the Church, but rather manifests it" (Conc. Ecum. Vat. II, Decree Orientalium Ecclesiarum, 2).

Today you are here with the Pope to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the erection of the Prešov Eparchy, born from the dismemberment of your maternal Eparchy of Mukačevo, currently in Ukrainian territory. Your Eparchy developed and became, in turn, the mother of a new ecclesial family, generating other eparchies, one of them in Canada, and became the headquarters of the Metropolia sui iuris ten years ago.

Today I can greet all of you today, starting with your Metropolitan Bishop Ján Babjak - who goes to the woods to collect mushrooms and brings them to me - accompanied by the Bishops, Mons. Chautur of Košice, Mons. Rusnák of Bratislava and the new Bishop in Canada Mons. Pacák. Dear brothers, continue your work as guides and fathers of the people of God who have been entrusted to you. Follow the shining example of the blessed martyr Bishops Peter Pavol Gojdič and Vasiľ Hopko. Spread goodness, peace, generosity and meekness, with profound humility and simplicity, always remaining pastors according to the heart of God who is Father, and following in the footsteps of Christ who came not to be served but to serve.

In this way I am sure that the priests, your first collaborators, will follow you with ever greater joy and enthusiasm, available to the ecclesial service that is required of them. Dear priests, I greet you all with warm cordiality, celibate and married, with your families, as well as religious. I thank you for your work in the midst of the holy faithful people of God. The families of priests live a particular mission today, when the very ideal of the family is questioned if not explicitly attacked: you offer a testimony of healthy and exemplary life. You too can draw from the examples present in the history of your Church during the decades of persecution in the second half of the last century, in deportations and deprivations of all kinds. I know that Bishop Babjak has collected and published many of their stories. Today it is up to your generation to show the same loyalty, perhaps not in the face of direct and violent persecution, but in the presence of difficulties and dangers of another kind. Today the priests, as well as the seminarians - who equally greet - are tempted by two opposing tendencies: from secularism, which leads them to worldliness, or from an encroachment in obsolete and even non-evangelical ways of understanding their ecclesial role, ways that lead to a sterile clericalism.

An exemplary religious life, both male and female, as well as belonging to some of the new ecclesial movements, are part of a strong and healthy ecclesial fabric. Today I repeat the example of Blessed Metod Dominik Trčka, martyr for the faith.

Dear pilgrims from Slovakia!

In your joyful presence here, together with your Pastors, I see an enthusiastic and devoted face of a Church firm in faith, aware of its dignity and proud of its ecclesial identity. In this way you are worthy sons of evangelization made, in full fidelity to the Apostolic See, by the patron saints of Europe Cyril and Methodius. The continent of Europe, in the East as in the West, needs to rediscover its roots and vocation; and from Christian roots they can only grow solid trees, which bear fruits of full respect for the dignity of man, in every condition and in every phase of life.
I encourage you to keep your Byzantine tradition, which I have learned to know and love since I was young: rediscover it and live it fully - as the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council taught -, paying close attention to the paths of evangelization and catechesis in which , even before the shepherds, the protagonists are the parents and the grandparents, from whom many have learned the first prayers and the Christian meaning of life. Thanks to the fathers, mothers, grandparents and all the educators present here for your indispensable testimony!

Dear brothers and sisters, I ask you for a special reminder in a moment, when you will celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, a temple so precious for the memory of Saints Cyril and Methodius and therefore for your history. The Holy Mother of God, to whom we look with hope and love of children, defend with her intercession the Church in this time of trial and watch over the work of the Synod of Youth, which we have just begun. I thank you and I bless all of you, your loved ones and the entire Greek Catholic Community in Slovakia.
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#BreakingNews Vatican and Pope Francis order "thorough" Study of Cardinal McCarrick's Abuse


FULL TEXT Official Release by Vatican - Official Translation:
After the publication of the accusations regarding the conduct of Archbishop Theodore Edgar McCarrick, the Holy Father Pope Francis, aware of and concerned by the confusion that these accusations are causing in the conscience of the faithful, has established that the following be communicated:
In September 2017, the Archdiocese of New York notified the Holy See that a man had accused former Cardinal McCarrick of having abused him in the 1970s. The Holy Father ordered a thorough preliminary investigation into this, which was carried out by the Archdiocese of New York, at the conclusion of which the relative documentation was forwarded to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In the meantime, because grave indications emerged during the course of the investigation, the Holy Father accepted the resignation of Archbishop McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, prohibiting him by order from exercising public ministry, and obliging him to lead a life of prayer and penance.
The Holy See will, in due course, make known the conclusions of the matter regarding Archbishop McCarrick. Moreover, with reference to other accusations brought against Archbishop McCarrick, the Holy Father has decided that information gathered during the preliminary investigation be combined with a further thorough study of the entire documentation present in the Archives of the Dicasteries and Offices of the Holy See regarding the former Cardinal McCarrick, in order to ascertain all the relevant facts, to place them in their historical context and to evaluate them objectively.
The Holy See is conscious that, from the examination of the facts and of the circumstances, it may emerge that choices were taken that would not be consonant with a contemporary approach to such issues. However, as Pope Francis has said: “We will follow the path of truth wherever it may lead” (Philadelphia, 27 September 2015). Both abuse and its cover-up can no longer be tolerated and a different treatment for Bishops who have committed or covered up abuse, in fact represents a form of clericalism that is no longer acceptable.
The Holy Father Pope Francis renews his pressing invitation to unite forces to fight against the grave scourge of abuse within and beyond the Church, and to prevent such crimes from being committed in the future to the harm of the most innocent and most vulnerable in society. As previously made known, the Holy Father has convened a meeting of the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences from around the world for next February, while the words of his recent Letter to the People of God still resonate: “The only way that we have to respond to this evil that has darkened so many lives is to experience it as a task regarding all of us as the People of God. This awareness of being part of a people and a shared history will enable us to acknowledge our past sins and mistakes with a penitential openness that can allow us to be renewed from within” (20 August 2018).
Source: Vatican.va [B0731-XX.01]

Today's Mass Readings and Video : #1stSaturday October 6, 2018 - #Eucharist

Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 460

Reading 1JB 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17

Job answered the LORD and said:

I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be hindered.
I have dealt with great things that I do not understand;
things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.
I had heard of you by word of mouth,
but now my eye has seen you.
Therefore I disown what I have said,
and repent in dust and ashes.

Thus the LORD blessed the latter days of Job
more than his earlier ones.
For he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels,
a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses.
And he had seven sons and three daughters,
of whom he called the first Jemimah,
the second Keziah, and the third Kerenhappuch.
In all the land no other women were as beautiful
as the daughters of Job;
and their father gave them an inheritance
along with their brothers.
After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years;
and he saw his children, his grandchildren,
and even his great-grandchildren.
Then Job died, old and full of years.

Responsorial PsalmPS 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130

R. (135) Lord, let your face shine on me.
Teach me wisdom and knowledge,
for in your commands I trust.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
that I may learn your statutes.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
I know, O LORD, that your ordinances are just,
and in your faithfulness you have afflicted me.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
According to your ordinances they still stand firm:
all things serve you.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
I am your servant; give me discernment
that I may know your decrees.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
The revelation of your words sheds light,
giving understanding to the simple.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.

AlleluiaSEE MT 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 10:17-24

The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus,
"Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name."
Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power
'to tread upon serpents' and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy
and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
"I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."

Turning to the disciples in private he said,
"Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."