Saturday, November 24, 2018

Feast of Christ the King with Novena + Consecration - Litany - #Prayers to SHARE #ChristtheKing


The last Sunday before Advent is the Feast of Christ the King. (25 Nov. in 2018)

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, is referred to as the Feast of Christ the King. It was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI in the Roman Catholic Church. 
Novena to Christ the King
Recite One Our Father, One Hail Mary and One Glory Be per day followed by the Novena Prayer:


O Lord our God, You alone are the Most Holy King and Ruler of all nations.
We pray to You, Lord, in the great expectation of receiving from You, O Divine King, mercy, peace, justice and all good things.
Protect, O Lord our King, our families and the land of our birth.
Guard us we pray Most Faithful One.
Protect us from our enemies and from Your Just Judgment
Forgive us, O Sovereign King, our sins against you.
Jesus, You are a King of Mercy.
We have deserved Your Just Judgment
Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us.
We trust in Your Great Mercy.
O most awe-inspiring King, we bow before You and pray;
May Your Reign, Your Kingdom, be recognized on earth.

Amen.


Consecration to Christ the King with Indulgence

 One may gain a plenary indulgence by the public recitation of the Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and we exhort all faithful Catholics to offer, or renew, their consecration to the Sacred Heart of our Sovereign Lord.
“The kingship and empire of Christ have been recognized in the pious custom, practiced by many families, of dedicating themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; not only families have performed this act of dedication, but nations, too, and kingdoms. In fact, the whole of the human race was at the instance of Pope Leo XIII, in the Holy Year 1900, consecrated to the Divine Heart.
We institute the Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ to be observed yearly throughout the whole world on the last Sunday of the month of October–the Sunday, that is, which immediately precedes the Feast of All Saints. We further ordain that the dedication of mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which Our predecessor of saintly memory, Pope Pius X, commanded to be renewed yearly, be made annually on that day.”
Quas Primas, 
Encyclical of Pope Pius XI, December 11, 1925 On the Feast of Christ the King, this Act of Consecration is to be read solemnly with the Litany of the Sacred Heart before the blessed Sacrament exposed. Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy Most Sacred Heart.
Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.
Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.
Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbour of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.
Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Saviour; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.
Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honour forever. Amen.


Litany to Christ the King


Lord, have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us, 
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

God, our Heavenly Father, Who has made firm for all ages your Son's Throne, 
Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Jesus, our Victim-High Priest, True Prophet, and Sovereign King, 
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, poured out upon us with abundant newness, 
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, Three Persons yet One God in the Beauty of Your Eternal Unity, 
Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, our Eternal King,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, Most Merciful King,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, extending to us the Golden Scepter of Your Mercy,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, in Whose Great Mercy we have been given the Sacrament of Confession,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, Loving King Who offers us Your Healing Grace,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, our Eucharistic King,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, the King foretold by the prophets,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King of Heaven and earth,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King and Ruler of All Nations,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, Delight of the Heavenly Court,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Most Compassionate toward Your subjects,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King from Whom proceeds all authority,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, in whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, we are One,
Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Whose Kingdom is not of this world,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Whose Sacred Heart burns with Love for all mankind,
Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who has given us Mary, the Queen, to be our dear Mother,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who will come upon the clouds of Heaven with Power and Great Glory,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Whose Throne we are to approach with confidence,
Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who made Mary the Mediatrix of All Graces,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who made Mary Co-Redemptrix, Your partner in the Plan of Salvation,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who desires to heal us of all division and disunity,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King wounded by mankind's indifference,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who gives the balm of Your Love with which to console Your Wounded Heart,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who is the Great I AM within us, our Wellspring of Pure Delight,
 Reign in our hearts.


Jesus, King of All Nations, True Sovereign of all earthly powers,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, subjecting under Your feet forever the powers of hell
 , May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, the Light beyond all light, enlightening us in the darkness that surrounds us, 
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose Mercy is so Great as to mitigate the punishments our sins deserve
,  May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, recognized by the Magi as the True King,
May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, the Only Remedy for a world so ill,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Who blesses with Peace those souls and nations that acknowledge You as True King,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Who Mercifully sends us your Holy Angels to protect us,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose Chief Prince is Saint Michael the Archangel,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Who teaches us that to reign is to serve,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Just Judge Who will separate the wicked from the good,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, before Whom every knee shall bend,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose Dominion is an everlasting Dominion,
May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Lamb who will Shepherd us,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Who after having destroyed every sovereignty,
 May we serve You.  authority and power, will hand over the Kingdom to Your God and Father,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose Reign is without end,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose kindness toward us is steadfast, and whose fidelity endures forever,
 May we serve You. 


Eternal Father, Who has given us Your Only Begotten Son, to be our Redeemer, One True Mediator, and Sovereign King, 
We praise and thank You.
Loving Jesus, Sovereign King, Who humbled Yourself for Love of us and took the form of a servant, , We praise and thank You.

Holy Spirit, Third Person of the Trinity, Love of the Father and the Son, Who sanctifies us and gives us Life, We praise and thank You.

Mary, our Queen and Mother, who mediates to Jesus on our behalf,
Pray for us.

Mary, our Queen and Mother, through whom all Grace come to us, 
Pray for us.

Mary, our Queen and Mother, Singular Jewel of the Holy Trinity,
  We love You.

Holy Angels and Saints of our Divine King,  
Pray for us and Protect us.

Amen.
 

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The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) 126 min - Drama | Family - 21 February 1946 (Sweden) At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building. Director: Leo McCarey Writers: Dudley Nichols (screenplay), Leo McCarey (story) Stars: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers | 

Pope Francis to Choirs "Music, therefore, is an instrument of unity to make the Gospel effective..." FULL Text + Video


INSTITUTION OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE III INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF THE CHOIRS IN THE VATICAN

Paul VI Hall
Saturday, November 24th 2018

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

your presence in this House allowed to resonate music and songs that somehow went beyond the walls: you have awakened the Vatican! It is nice to listen to your melodies and to feel the joy and the seriousness with which you give voice all together to the beauty of our prayer. I thank Archbishop Rino Fisichella for his creativity and his words and for the initiative that allows you to touch the many paths of evangelization.

In recent days, as you know, the Synod of Bishops took place, dedicated to young people, and a topic that was treated with interest was precisely that of music: "The importance of music, which is a real and an environment in which young people are constantly immersed, as well as a culture and language capable of arousing emotions and shaping identity. Musical language also represents a pastoral resource, which particularly challenges the liturgy and its renewal »(Final Document, 47).

Your music and your singing are a true instrument of evangelization insofar as you witness to the profundity of the Word of God that touches the hearts of people, and allow a celebration of the sacraments, especially of the Holy Eucharist, which makes one perceive the beauty of paradise. Never stop in this commitment so important for the life of our communities; in this way, with the song you give voice to the emotions that are deep in everyone's heart. In moments of joy and sadness, the Church is called to be always close to people, to offer them the company of faith. How many times music and song make these moments unique in people's lives, because they preserve them as a precious memory that has marked their existence.

The Second Vatican Council, realizing the renewal of the liturgy, reiterated that the "musical tradition of the Church constitutes a heritage of inestimable value" (Const. Sacrosanctum Concilium, 112). That's it. I think, in particular, of the many traditions of our communities scattered throughout the world, which bring out the most rooted forms in popular culture, and which also become a real prayer. That popular piety that can creatively pray, that can sing creatively; that popular piety which, as an Italian bishop said, is the Church's "immune system". And singing carries on this piety. Through these music and songs voice is also given to prayer and in this way a real international choir is formed, where in unison the praise and glory of his people rises to the Father of all.

Your presence, while highlighting the internationality of your respective countries, allows us to grasp the universality of the Church and its different traditions. Your song and your music, especially in the celebration of the Eucharist, make it clear that we are one body and sing one single faith with one voice. Even if we speak different languages, everyone can understand the music we sing with, the faith we profess and the hope that awaits us.

You study and prepare to make your song a melody that favors prayer and liturgical celebration. Do not fall, however, in the temptation of a protagonism that overshadows your commitment, and humiliates the active participation of the people in prayer. Please do not be a "opera star singer". Be animators of the song of the whole assembly and do not replace it, depriving the people of God to sing with you and to give witness to an ecclesial and community prayer. Sometimes I get sad when, in some ceremonies, you sing so well but people can not sing those things ... You who have understood more deeply the importance of singing and music, do not devalue the other expressions of popular spirituality: the patronal feasts, processions, dances and religious songs of our people are also a true patrimony of religiosity that deserves to be valued and sustained because it is still an action of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the Church. The Spirit in singing helps us to move forward.

Music, therefore, is an instrument of unity to make the Gospel effective in today's world, through the beauty that still fascinates and makes it possible to believe by relying on the love of the Father.

I accompany you with my blessing and I entrust you to St. Cecilia, your Patroness, but above all I ask you not to forget to pray for me; pray for me also with your song! Thank you!

Wow Trump Family Invites Dominican Sisters to Sing at Tree Lighting Ceremony - SHARE - #DominicanSisters

The Dominican Sisters, of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, just celebrated their 20th anniversary.
The family of President Donald Trump has invited them to sing at the White house's Official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Their order has grown to over 130 Sisters at an average age of 28. These Sisters teach in preschool through college in missions all over the United States. Their Motherhouse is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have released three Billboard and Amazon #1 Classical chart-topping recordings: including  Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with The Dominican Sisters of Mary. The Sisters have had multiple appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” as well as on NBC’s Today Show, The Associated Press, NBC News Nightly, NPR, Good Morning America, Telegraph UK, Fox & Friends,. Their Christmas album, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with The Dominican Sisters of Mary, was released with De Montfort Music through Sony Music Entertainment. (You can see more about the Sisters at their Official Website: https://www.sistersofmary.org/)
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#BreakingNews Catholic Missionary Priest Killed in Cameroon - RIP Fr. Cosmas Ondari - Please Pray

Yaoundé (Agenzia Fides) - Another priest was killed in one of the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon. Fr Cosmas Omboto Ondari, a Kenyan missionary belonging to the Missionary Society of St. Joseph of Mill Hill, was killed in the early afternoon yesterday, November 21st, in Kembong, a few kilometers from Memfe.
Fr. Cosmas was killed by a military patrol while he was in front of the church of St. Martin of Tours, where he was the parish priest. The missionary died immediately.
Father Cosmas, who was about thirty years old, was ordained on March 26, 2017 in Kisii, Kenya, together with two other confreres by His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Mairura Okemwa, Bishop of Kisii. The missionary was immediately sent to Cameroon, first to St. Jude parish of Fundong in the north-western province and then to the area of Mamfe.
Fr. Cosmas is the second Catholic priest killed in the south-eastern English-speaking region. On 20 July, Fr. Alexandre Sob Nougi, 42, parish priest of the parish of the Sacred Heart in Bomaka, in the diocese of Buea (see Fides 23/7/2018) was killed. On 4 October a seminarian, Gérard Anjiangwe, had been killed in circumstances similar to those of Fr. Cosmas. The 19-year-old was shot by a military squad while he was in front of the parish church of Santa Teresa in Bamessing, a village near Ndop in the Ngo-Ketunjia department of northwest Cameroon (see Fides 16/10/2018).
The protest in the English-speaking regions for the imposition of French in schools and in courts has turned into a serious political crisis after some movements proclaimed the secession of the two areas with the name of Ambazonia (see Fides 2/10/2017). According to some NGOs operating in Cameroon, more than 200 soldiers have lost their lives and 500 civilians have been killed in the conflict between the army and secessionist armed groups. Over 437,000 inhabitants of the areas affected by the clashes have been forced to flee. (L.M.) (FULL Text Source: Agenzia Fides, 22/11/2018)

Wow Google Doodle Honors Catholic Priest who Advanced Sign-Language and Established 1st School for the Deaf - SHARE this #GoogleDoodle True Story!


Abbé Charles-Michel de l'Épée was the founder of the first public school for the deaf. He was honored on November 24, 2018 by Google Doodle. Charles-Michel was born on November 24, 1712 in Versailles, France. He died on the 23rd of December, 1789 at the age of 77, in Paris, France. He has become known as the "Father of the Deaf". He studied to be a Catholic priest and was ordained.

Then met two young deaf sisters who communicated using a sign language. L'Épée decided to dedicate himself to the education and salvation of the deaf. In 1760, he founded a school the 1st public school for the deaf. The Abbé de l'Épée believed that the deaf should be able to receive the sacraments. He then developed a system of instruction of the French language and religion. He greatly developed the form of sign-language that was in use at the time. His tomb is in the Church of Saint Roch in Paris.
Two years after his death, the National Assembly declared that deaf people had rights according to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. In 1791, the Institution Nationale des Sourds-Muets à Paris, which L'Épée had founded, began to receive government funding. It was later renamed Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris. His methods of education have spread around the world.
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Pope Francis to Seminarians "...like Jesus, the Church is sent into the world to listen to the cry of humanity" FULL TEXT - #Seminarians

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE SEMINARIANS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF AGRIGENTO

Hall of the Consistory
Saturday, November 24th 2018


Dear brothers,

I welcome you and thank you for this visit. I thank in particular your Rector, also for his words of introduction.

In the short time of our meeting I would like to give you some ideas for personal and community reflection, and I take them from the recent Synod of young people.

First of all, the biblical icon: the Gospel of the disciples of Emmaus. I would like to return this icon to you, because it has guided all the work of the last Synod and can continue to inspire your path. And the journey is the first key word: the Risen Jesus meets us on the journey, which at the same time is the path, that is, the reality in which each of us is called to live, and it is the interior path, the path of faith and hope, which knows moments of light and moments of darkness. Here, in the journey, the Lord meets us, listens to us and speaks to us.

First of all, he listens to us. This is the second key word: listen. Our God is Word, and at the same time it is silence that listens. Jesus is the Word that has listened to us, the acceptance of our human condition. When he appears next to the two disciples, he walks with them listening to them, and even stimulating them to take out what they have inside, their hope and their disappointment. This, in your life as a seminary, means that in the first place there is the dialogue with the Lord made of mutual listening: He listens to me and I listen to Him. No fiction. No mask.

This listening to the heart in prayer educates us to be people able to listen to others, to become God willing to priests who offer the service of listening - and as we need it! -; and educates us to be more and more Church in listening, a community that knows how to listen. You now live it especially in contact with the young, meeting them, listening to them, inviting them to express themselves ... But this applies to all pastoral life: like Jesus, the Church is sent into the world to listen to the cry of humanity, which is often a silent cry , sometimes repressed, suffocated.

I walk; I listen; the third word is discernment. The seminar is a place and time of discernment. And this requires accompaniment, as Jesus does with the two disciples and with all his disciples, especially the Twelve. He accompanies them patiently and with wisdom, educates them to follow him in the truth, exposing the false expectations that they carry in their hearts. With respect and decision, as a good friend and also a good doctor, who sometimes has to use the scalpel. Many problems that occur in the life of a priest are due to a lack of discernment during the years of the seminar. Not all and not always, but many. It's normal, the same goes for marriage: certain things not addressed before can become problems later. Jesus does not pretend with the two of Emmaus, he is not evasive, he does not circumvent the problem: he calls them "foolish and slow-hearted" (Lk 24,25) because they do not believe in the prophets. And he opens their minds to the Scriptures, and then, at the table, opens their eyes to his new Presence, in the sign of broken bread.

The mystery of vocation and discernment is a masterpiece of the Holy Spirit, which requires the collaboration of the young man called and of the adult who accompanies him.

We know that the fourth word is a mission; and the Synod of Youth greatly valued the synodal dimension of the mission: going together to meet others. The two of Emmaus return together to Jerusalem and above all they join the apostolic community which, by the power of the Spirit, becomes all missionary. This underlining is important, because the temptation to be good individual missionaries is always lurking. Already as seminarians one can fall into this temptation: feeling good because one is brilliant in preaching, or organizing events, or in beautiful ceremonies, and so on. Too often our approach has been individual, rather than collegial, fraternal. And so the presbytery and the diocesan pastoral work may present splendid individuality but little testimony of communion, of collegiality. Thank God we are growing in this, also forced by the scarcity of clergy, but communion is not made by compulsion, we must believe in it and be docile to the Spirit.

Dear brothers, here are the ideas I leave you, all contained in the Gospel icon of the disciples of Emmaus: walking; to listen; discern; go together. I ask the Lord and the Virgin Mary to accompany you, I bless you and I pray for you. And you, please, remember to pray for me.
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Pope Francis "...be a leaven of evangelical values ​​in society, especially in the sphere of culture and politics" on Ven. La Pira - FULL Text

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE "GIORGIO LA PIRA" FOUNDATION

Sala Clementina
Friday, 23 November 2018

Dear brothers and sisters,

It is with joy that I meet all of you who are taking part in the national convention of associations and groups dedicated to the Venerable Giorgio La Pira. I address my greetings to each and I thank the President of the Giorgio La Pira Foundation for his words. I hope that your study and reflection meeting can contribute to making the commitment to the integral development of people grow in the Italian communities and regions in which you are part.

At a time when the complexity of Italian and international political life requires lay faithful and statesmen of great human and Christian importance for the service of the common good, it is important to rediscover Giorgio La Pira, an exemplary figure for the Church and for the contemporary world . He was an enthusiastic witness of the Gospel and a prophet of modern times; his attitudes were always inspired by a Christian perspective, while his action was often ahead of its time.

His activity as a university professor was varied and multiform, especially in Florence, but also in Siena and Pisa. Next to it, he gave life to various charitable works, such as the "Messa del Povero" at San Procolo and the Saint Vincenzo "Beato Angelico" Conference. From 1936 he lived in the convent of San Marco, where he studied the patristics, also taking care of the publication of the magazine Principi, in which there was no lack of criticism of fascism. He was sought after by the police of that regime and took refuge in the Vatican, where for a period he stayed in the house of the Substitute Mons. Montini, who had great esteem for him. In 1946 he was elected to the Constituent Assembly, where he contributed to the drafting of the Constitution of the Italian Republic. But his mission at the service of the common good found its summit in the period when he was mayor of Florence in the fifties. La Pira assumed a political line open to the needs of social Catholicism and always sided with the last and most fragile sections of the population.

He also undertook a major program to promote social and international peace, with the organization of international conferences "for peace and Christian civilization" and with vibrant calls for nuclear war. For the same reason he made a historic trip to Moscow in August 1959. His political-diplomatic commitment became more and more incisive: in 1965 he convoked a symposium for peace in Vietnam in Florence, then went personally to Hanoi, where he was able to meet Ho Chi Min and Phan Van Dong.

Dear friends, I encourage you to keep alive and to spread the patrimony of ecclesial and social action of the Venerable Giorgio La Pira; in particular his integral witness of faith, love for the poor and the marginalized, work for peace, implementation of the Church's social message and great fidelity to Catholic teachings. These are all elements that constitute a valid message for the Church and society today, supported by the exemplariness of her gestures and words.

His example is precious especially for those who work in the public sector, who are called to be vigilant towards those negative situations that St. John Paul II defined as "structures of sin" (see Encyclical Letter Sollicitudo rei socialis, 36). They are the sum of factors that act in the opposite direction to the realization of the common good and respect for the dignity of the person. One yields to such temptations when, for example, one seeks exclusive personal or group profit rather than everyone's interest; when clientelism prevails over justice; when the excessive attachment to power effectively blocks generational change and access to new recruits. As Giorgio La Pira said: "politics is a commitment of humanity and holiness". It is therefore a demanding path of service and responsibility for the lay faithful, called to animate temporal realities in a Christian way, as the Second Vatican Council teaches (cf. Decree on the apostolate of the laity Apostolicam actuositatem, 4).
Brothers and sisters, the legacy of La Pira, which you keep in your various associative experiences, constitutes for you a "handful" of talents that the Lord asks you to make fruitful. I therefore urge you to value the human and Christian virtues that are part of the ideal and even spiritual heritage of the Venerable Giorgio La Pira. In this way you will be able, in the territories in which you live, to be operators of peace, architects of justice, witnesses of solidarity and charity; to be a leaven of evangelical values ​​in society, especially in the sphere of culture and politics; you can renew the enthusiasm of spending for others, giving them joy and hope. In your speech, your president twice said the word "spring":
today it takes a "spring". Today we need prophets of hope, prophets of holiness, who are not afraid to get their hands dirty, to work and move on. Today it takes "swallows": be you. With these wishes, which I entrust to the intercession of the Virgin Mary, I warmly bless all of you, your loved ones and your initiatives. And I ask you to please remember to pray for me. Thank you!
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#BreakingNews Pope Francis Designates Committee for Meeting against Abuse - FULL Official TEXT + Video


The Holy Father has designated as members of the organizing committee for the meeting on the protection of minors in the Church, to be held in the Vatican from 21 to 24 February 2019: Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago (USA); Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay (India) and President of the Bishops’ Conference of India; the Most Reverend Charles Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta and Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; and the Reverend Hans Zollner, S.J., President of the Centre for the Protection of Minors at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, whom he has named contact person for the committee.
Taking part in the meeting, at which His Holiness will be present, will be the Heads of the Oriental Catholic Churches; the Superiors of the Secretariat of State; the Prefects of the Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith, for the Oriental Churches, for Bishops, for the Evangelization of Peoples, for the Clergy, for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, and of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life; the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences; and representatives of the Union of Superiors General and of the International Union of Superiors General.
Involved in the preparatory work for the meeting will be, among others, Dr Gabriella Gambino, Undersecretary for the Section for Life, and Dr Linda Ghisoni, Undersecretary for the Section for the Lay Faithful, of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life; the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and some victims of abuse by members of the clergy.
[01894-EN.01] [Original text: Italian]
Source: Vatican.va - Official Translation

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday November 24, 2018 #Eucharist


Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs
Lectionary: 502

Reading 1RV 11:4-12

I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me:
Here are my two witnesses:
These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands
that stand before the Lord of the earth.
If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths
and devours their enemies.
In this way, anyone wanting to harm them is sure to be slain.
They have the power to close up the sky
so that no rain can fall during the time of their prophesying.
They also have power to turn water into blood
and to afflict the earth with any plague as often as they wish.

When they have finished their testimony,
the beast that comes up from the abyss
will wage war against them and conquer them and kill them.
Their corpses will lie in the main street of the great city,
which has the symbolic names “Sodom” and “Egypt,”
where indeed their Lord was crucified.
Those from every people, tribe, tongue, and nation
will gaze on their corpses for three and a half days,
and they will not allow their corpses to be buried.
The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them
and be glad and exchange gifts
because these two prophets tormented the inhabitants of the earth.
But after the three and a half days,
a breath of life from God entered them.
When they stood on their feet, great fear fell on those who saw them.
Then they heard a loud voice from heaven say to them, “Come up here.”
So they went up to heaven in a cloud as their enemies looked on.

Responsorial PsalmPS 144:1, 2, 9-10

R. (1b) Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war.
R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
My mercy and my fortress,
my stronghold, my deliverer,
My shield, in whom I trust,
who subdues my people under me.
R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
O God, I will sing a new song to you;
with a ten stringed lyre I will chant your praise,
You who give victory to kings,
and deliver David, your servant from the evil sword.
R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

AlleluiaSEE 2 TM 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 20:27-40

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying,
“Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child,
his brother must take the wife
and raise up descendants for his brother
.
Now there were seven brothers;
the first married a woman but died childless.
Then the second and the third married her,
and likewise all the seven died childless.
Finally the woman also died.
Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?
For all seven had been married to her.”
Jesus said to them,
“The children of this age marry and remarry;
but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age
and to the resurrection of the dead
neither marry nor are given in marriage.
They can no longer die,
for they are like angels;
and they are the children of God
because they are the ones who will rise.
That the dead will rise
even Moses made known in the passage about the bush,
when he called ‘Lord’
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
and he is not God of the dead, but of the living,
for to him all are alive.”
Some of the scribes said in reply,
“Teacher, you have answered well.”
And they no longer dared to ask him anything.

Saint November 24 : St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions : Martyrs of #Vietnam

 
MARTYR
Feast: November 24
Information:
Feast Day:November 24
Born:
1785 in Vietnam
Died:
21 December 1839 in Hanoi, Vietnam
Canonized:
19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II Vietnamese priest and martyr and companion of St. Peter Thi. Andrew was arrested and beheaded on Dcember 21, 1839, with Peter Thi during the harsh anti-Christian persecutions. He was canonized in 1988.(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints)