Thursday, November 22, 2018
Pope Francis World Youth Day Message "May Our Lady be with you on this pilgrimage..." FULL Official Text + Video for #WYD2019
ON THE OCCASION OF THE 34th WORLD YOUTH DAY 2019
[PANAMA, 22 - 27 JANUARY 2019]
Dear young people,
World Youth Day is fast approaching. It will be held in Panama in January and the theme is Mary’s response to God’s call, “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38).
Her words are a brave and generous “yes”. It is the positive reply of one who understands the secret of vocation ‒ to go beyond oneself and place oneself at the service of others. Our lives only find meaning in service to God and to other people.
There are many young people, both believers and nonbelievers, who when they come to the end of a stage in their studies, feel a desire to do something for those who are suffering. This is a strength in young people, a strength that all of you possess. It is a strength that can change the world. It is a revolution that can overturn the powerful forces at work in our world. It is the “revolution” of service.
To be at the service of others does not only mean to be ready for action. It means also to be in conversation with God with an attitude of listening, just like Mary. She listened to what the angel said to her and then she responded. It is by relating to God in the silence of our hearts that we discover our identity and the vocation to which God is calling us. It can be expressed in different ways: in marriage, in consecrated life, in the priesthood… All these are ways of following Jesus. The important thing is to discover what God wants from us and to be brave enough to say “yes”.
Mary was a happy woman, and this is because she replied generously to God and opened her heart to God’s plan for her. When God has a proposition for us, like the one he had for Mary, it is not intended to extinguish our dreams, but to ignite our aspirations. Propositions like this are meant to make our lives fruitful and produce many smiles and happy hearts. To respond to God positively is to take a first step towards being happy and towards making many people happy.
Dear young people, take courage, enter within yourselves and say to God: “What do you want from me?” Allow God to answer you. Then you will see how your life is transformed and filled with joy.
With the upcoming World Youth Day in our sights, I invite you all to prepare for it by following and taking part in the initiatives that are happening. They will help you on your path towards this goal. May Our Lady be with you on this pilgrimage, and may her example encourage you to be brave and generous in your response.
Have a good journey on your way to Panama! And, please, do not forget to pray for me. See you soon.
Wow 5 Things to SHARE about the 1st American Thanksgiving it was a Mass! - #HappyThanksgiving to SHARE
1. “When the first Spanish settlers landed in what is now St. Augustine on September 8, 1565, to build a settlement, their first act was to hold a religious service to thank God for the safe arrival of the Spanish. FIRST they Celebrated the Holy Mass, Father Francisco Lopez, the Chaplin of the Spanish ships, insisted that the natives from the Timucua tribe be fed with the Spanish settlers. This was the very first Thanksgiving and the first Thanksgiving meal in the United States.
2. The Spaniards, with food that they brought with them on the ship, made the communal meal. History tells us that the meal would probably involved salted pork, garbanzo beans, bread and red wine.
3. This account of the first “thanksgiving” was found in Father Francisco’s memoirs. He wrote, “the feast day [was] observed . . . after Mass, ‘the Adelantado [Menendez] had the Indians fed and dined himself.’”
4. The feast celebrated by the Spaniards was that of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s birthday, on September 8. The meal “may have also included … If the Timucua contributed, it would likely have been with corn, fresh fish, berries, or beans.”
5. Before the Mass was celebrated, “Father Francisco López, the fleet chaplain…came ashore and met Menéndez holding a cross… Menéndez came on land, knelt and kissed the cross.”
The word Eucharist another word for the Mass comes from the Greek meaning “thanksgiving”)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING and Remember to THANK GOD with your Family!
#BreakingNews Cardinal Charles Maung Bo chosen as Leader of Asian Bishops' Conference - #AsianBishops' Head from #Myanmar
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo was chosed to lead Asian bishops in the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. The mandate of the current holder, the archbishop of Mumbai Card Gracias, expires at the end of December; Myanmar’s first cardinal will take over as of 1st January 2019.
– Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Indian Bishops' Conference (CBCI).
welcomed the election of Card Charles Maung Bo, archbishop of Yangon (Myanmar), as his successor at head of Asia’s Catholic bishops.
FABC Acting Assistant Secretary General Fr William LaRousse announced Card Bo’s appointment yesterday, The election took place on 16 November in Bangkok (Thailand), during a meeting of the FABC Central Committee. Card Gracias also announced a “plenary Asian Council of Bishops to discuss different matters about the possibilities of us being at the service of the country, at the service of the people and at the service of the Church in Asia” in 2020.
Pope Francis "...constantly seek the face of God and to remain faithful to your mission of being the praying heart of the Church" Pro Orantibus - FULL Official TEXT + Video
MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE MEETING ORGANIZED BY THE
CONGREGATION FOR THE INSTITUTES OF CONSECRATED LIFE AND THE
SOCIETIES OF APOSTOLIC LIFE ON THE OCCASION OF THE "PRO ORANTIBUS" DAY
[St John Lateran, 21 November 2018]
Dear brothers and sisters!
On the liturgical feast of the Presentation of Mary, today we celebrate, in its 65th edition, the Pro Orantibus Day. This year the Day, celebrated in the Pontifical Lateran University and in the Papal Basilica of Saint John Lateran, is dedicated to the presentation of two documents that directly concern female contemplative life: the Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei quaerere and the Implementing Instruction Cor orans.
On this occasion I am grateful to greet all of you participating in the Day. Through you, I greet all the men and women religious who follow Christ in the contemplative life, seeking the face of God, and who participate in the Church’s mission as her praying heart.
Thank you for responding to the invitation to take part in this meeting and this celebration, addressed to you, with my encouragement, by the Cardinal Prefect and the Archbishop Secretary. And I also thank the Pro Monialibus Secretariat, which prepares this Day with great care and takes care of the sisters with special needs in the Villa della Meditazione and helps the monasteries in difficulty.
I would like to take advantage of this Day to express to you once again the great appreciation of the Church for your form of life. What would become of the Church without the contemplative life? What would become of the weaker members of the Church who find in you a support to continue the journey? What would happen to the Church and the world without the beacons that signal the port to those who are lost on the high seas, without the torches that illuminate the dark night we are going through, without the sentinels announcing the new day when it is still night? Thank you, sisters and contemplative brothers because you offer all this for the world: support for the weak, beacons, torches and sentinels (cf. Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei quaerere, I, 6). Thank you for enriching us with so many fruits of holiness, mercy and grace (cf. ibid., I, 5).
With the whole Church, I also pray that the Lord may “be ever present and active in your heart and transform you entirely in Him, the ultimate aim of the contemplative life, and may your communities or fraternities become true schools of contemplation and prayer. The world and the Church need you. … This should be your prophetic witness” (ibid., I, 36).
In this circumstance I invite you to take seriously the challenge of formation, which, as you well know, consists of “a path of gradual identification with the attitude of Christ towards the Father” (Saint John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata, 65). This is why, since formation clearly continues throughout a lifetime, it is also necessary to accept with responsibility that it is a slow process, for which it is important not to be hasty. In this context, I also remind you of the importance of discernment and of the spiritual and vocational accompaniment of candidates, without ever allowing oneself to be filled with anxiety over numbers and efficiency (cf CIVCSVA, Ripartire da Cristo, 19 May 2002, 18) as well as the formation of formators and sisters called to provide the service of authority.
In order for your contemplative life to be meaningful for the Church and for today’s world, it is necessary to focus on a formation that is adapted to the needs of the present moment: an integral formation, personalized and well-accompanied. Such formation will nurture and safeguard your creative fidelity to the charism received, both of each of the sisters and of the whole community.
Dear sisters and brothers, may this day spent in fraternity bring light and life to your communities; may the Virgin Mary, model of contemplation, teach you to constantly seek the face of God and to remain faithful to your mission of being the praying heart of the Church. I impart my Apostolic Blessing to you with affection and ask you, please, to pray for me.
From the Vatican, 21 November 2018
Memory of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Pro Orantibus Day