Sunday, December 16, 2018

Happy Birthday Pope Francis! SHARE to Wish #PopeFrancis a Happy 82nd!


POPE FRANCIS BIRTHDAY is December 17, 2018 -  he turns 82 . He was born in Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina in South America.Francis was named Jorge Mario Bergoglio by his parents. He was born on December 17, 1936. He became the 266th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13,  2012. He is a member of the Jesuit Order.The Pontiff was ordained a priest in 1969. Jorge was the oldest of 5 children to Mario and Regina of Italy.




PRAYER FOR THE POPE:
 Let us pray for our Pontiff FrancisMay the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. 
Let us pray.
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful, look mercifully upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church: grant him, we beseech Thee, that, by word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, he may attain everlasting life. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen 

Saint December 17 : St. John of Matha : Founder of the #Trinitarians - Order of the Most Holy Trinity for the Redemption of Captives

St. John of Matha

Born:
June 23, 1160, Faucon in Provence
Died:
December 17, 1213, Rome
John of Matha was born in the Year 1160 at Faucon in Provence on the Feast of St. John Baptist. His parents, who were considerable both for their virtue and rank in the world, took a particular care to give him a religious education. His childhood was full of manly virtues; his modesty, sweetness, prudence, and innocence engaged the affections of all that knew him. He made his first studies at Aix the Capital of Provence, and there learned fencing, riding, and other genteel exercises. But none of those gay amusements broke in upon his virtues. What money his parents allowed him for his pocket was distributed amongst the poor; and at an age which usually abounds with levity, and a false niceness proceeding from pride, and want of compassion, he visited the hospitals once a week, and took a singular pleasure in binding up and cleansing the wounds of the patients. Thus he spent his first years, in acquiring such learning as was suitable to his age, and practising those virtues which make the brightest part of the character of a Saint.
At his return from Aix he retired to a little hermitage near Faucon; but finding he could not enjoy the solitude he longed for so near his relations, to whose conversation he was exposed, he got leave of his parents to study Divinity at Paris. His capacity and application distinguished him in that learned University, where he passed all his degrees with applause. Here he was ordained Priest, and said his first Mass in the Bishop's Chapel, where he was honoured with the presence of the Maurice Bishop of Sully, the Abbots of St. Victor and St. Genevieve, and the Rector of the University. But this was an inconsiderable favour in comparison of another that he received at that time. For it was then that God opened to him his particular vocation, and while employed in offering the Price of our Redemption, gave him the first thoughts of employing his time and care for the relief of Christians oppressed with slavery. But he thought himself obliged to consult the will of God in silence, and prepared himself for the execution of so great and glorious a design by prayer, and penance.
While our saint was considering on a place proper for those pious employments, he remembered he had heard of Felix of Valois, that lived in a Wood near Gandelu in the Diocese of Meaux, and was famous for sanctity and penance. Persuaded that holy hermit would be a proper master for him, he begged to be received into his Hermitage, and favoured with his instructions. Felix entertained him, according to his desire, and looked upon him as one sent by Divine Providence for his benefit and improvement. Here they lived in the constant practice of such Virtues as are to be expected from those that live for heaven only. Fasting and other austerities were their whole business; prayer, and contemplation their ordinary employment; and their conversation always tended to excite one another to the love of God. After some time thus spent together, John communicated to Felix the pious design he had conceived at his first Mass; and enlarged upon the necessity and advantage of such an undertaking. He did this in so moving and strong a manner, that Felix was persuaded the proposal came from God; and offered to join him in the execution of it. They entered into the particulars of this great work, and finding it attended with many difficulties, prepared themselves for it by three days strict fast and continual prayer; and then set out for Rome in order to consult the Pope about the matter. They began their journey in the dead of winter 1197, and reached the City in January following. Innocent the III was then just raised to the Holy See. Upon reading their letters of recommendation from the Bishop of Paris, and the Abbot of St. Victors received them like two angels sent from heaven, and gave them an appartment in his own Palace. They had several audiences of his Holiness, in which they explained their whole design. The Pope called his Cardinals and some bishops together in St. John Lateran's, Church, laid the proposal before them, and desired the assistance of their advice in this important affair.
After this consultation, his Holiness ordered a fast, and some particular prayers to be offered up Feb. 8 upon this occasion; and having thus recommended the business to God, gave them leave to erect a New Order, which should be under the direction of the Saint, who was first favoured with the Design. The Bishop of Paris, and the Abbot of St. Victor were employed in drawing up the Rules, which the Pope approved of, with some few additions, by a Bull dated December 17, 1198. Those,that are admitted into this Order, are to wear a white habit, with a red and blue Cross on the breast; and devote a third part of their substance to the redemption of slaves. All their churches are to be dedicated to the Holy Trinity. This Order afterwards took the name of Mathurins, from an old Church dedicated to that Saint at Paris, and given to them about thirty Years afterward.
When things were thus settled, the two holy hermits returned to France, where Philip was then King. Upon their report of what had passed at Rome, his Majesty allowed them to set up their Order in his Kingdom; and contributed very largely toward the good work. After founding several houses in his own Country, he left the care of them to his companion in that pious undertaking, and went to Rome; where he obtained of the Pope a monastery for his Order on Mount Celius. His Holiness had wrote to Mirammolin, King of Morocco, the Year after this new Order was formed, desiring him to second the charitable designs of the Trinitarians, who would either pay the ransom of his Christian slaves, or give an equal number of his subjects that were detained in Italy, France, and Spain, in exchange for them. In Consequence of this application in the Year 1200, John sent two of his Religious in that Kingdom, on that errand. Their success was answerable to the purity of their intention, and they redeemed 186 Christians. The year following he went into Barbara and there purchased the Liberty of 110 Slaves. From thence he returned into his own Country, where he met with very considerable encouragement and assistance in his charitable designs. After that he went to Spain; where the large contributions of Princes and men of the first rank enabled him to build several Monasteries of his Order. About nine years after his first voyage to Barbary, he made a second to that country, and brought away 120 Captives.
The Fatigues of this last expedition, joined to his continual mortifications, quite disabled him and obliged him to spend the remainder of his days at Rome; while Felix employed all his concern and actions for advancing the Order in France. Our Saint being now incapable of pursuing his inclinations in his former way, found an employment proportioned to his strength, and spent the two last years of his life, in visiting the prisons, relieving the poor, assisting assisting the sick, and preaching. In these Exercises of charity he quite exhausted himself, and died on the 21st of December, in the Year 1213. He was buried in St. Thomas's Church at Rome and his festival fixed to this Day by Pope Innocent XI. in 1679. (The Lives of the Saints)

#Adeste Fideles sung by #Franciscan Friar Alessandro - Amazing Performance to SHARE


Friar Alessandro, 34 studied music from a young age; but he was told that his voice was not good enough. However, once he entered religious life God blessed his voice and now he is reaching the world with messages of Peace like St. Francis of Asssis...
Please SHARE this Beautiful Song to Jesus! 

Pope Francis at Angelus "On this third Sunday of Advent the liturgy invites us to Joy."

ANGELUS

St. Peter's Square
Sunday, December 16th 2018


Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

On this third Sunday of Advent the liturgy invites us to joy. Feel good: to joy. With these words the Prophet Zephania addresses the small portion of the people of Israel: "Rejoice, daughter of Zion, cry out for joy, Israel, rejoice and proclaim with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem!" (3:14). Shout with joy, rejoice, rejoice: this is the invitation of this Sunday. The inhabitants of the holy city are called to rejoice because the Lord has revoked his condemnation (see verse 15). God has forgiven, he did not want to punish! As a consequence there is no longer any reason for sadness for the people, there is no longer any reason for discouragement, but everything leads to a joyful gratitude to God, who always wants to redeem and save those he loves. And the love of the Lord for his people is incessant, comparable to the tenderness of the father for the children, of the bridegroom for the bride, as Zephania says: "He will rejoice for you, he will renew you with his love, he will exult for you with shouts of joy "(v. 17). This is - so it is called - the Sunday of joy: the third Sunday of Advent, before Christmas.

This appeal of the prophet is especially appropriate in the time we prepare for Christmas, because it applies to Jesus, Emmanuel, God-with-us: his presence is the source of joy. In fact, Zephania proclaims: "The king of Israel is the Lord among you"; and a little later he repeats: "The Lord your God is a mighty savior among you" (verses 15.17). This message finds its full meaning in the moment of the Annunciation to Mary, narrated by the evangelist Luke. The words addressed by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin are like an echo of those of the prophet. What does the archangel Gabriel say? "Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28). "Rejoice", he tells the Madonna. In a remote village in Galilee, in the heart of a young woman unknown to the world, God ignites the spark of happiness for the whole world. And today the same proclamation is addressed to the Church, called to welcome the Gospel so that it may become flesh, concrete life. He says to the Church, to all of us: "Rejoice, small Christian community, poor and humble but beautiful in my eyes because you ardently desire my Kingdom, you are hungry and thirsty for justice, patiently weave plots of peace, do not pursue the powerful on duty but stay faithfully next to the poor. And so you are not afraid of anything but your heart is in joy ". If we live like this, in the presence of the Lord, our heart will always be in joy. The "high level" joy, when there is full, and the humble joy of every day, that is peace. Peace is the smallest joy, but it is joy.

Today, too, St. Paul urges us not to worry about it, not to despair at all, but in all circumstances to make God present our requests, our needs, our concerns "with prayers and petitions" (Phil 4,6). The awareness that in difficulties we can always turn to the Lord, and that He never rejects our invocations, is a great reason for joy. No worry, no fear will ever take away the serenity that comes not from human things, from human consolations, no, the serenity that comes from God, from knowing that God lovingly guides our lives, and always does. Even in the midst of problems and sufferings, this certainty nourishes hope and courage.

But to welcome the Lord's invitation to joy, we need to be people willing to question ourselves. What does this mean? Just like those who, after having listened to the preaching of John the Baptist, ask him: you preach like this, and we, "what shall we do?" (Lk 3, 10) What should I do? the conversion we are invited to make in this time of Advent.Everyone of us is asked: what should I do? A small thing, but "what should I do?" And the Virgin Mary, who is our mother, help us to open the our heart to the God who comes, because He floods our whole life with joy.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

Last week the World Pact for a Safe, Ordinary and Regular Migration was approved in Marrakech, Morocco, which intends to be a framework for the whole international community. I therefore hope that, thanks also to this instrument, it can work with responsibility, solidarity and compassion towards those who, for various reasons, have left their country, and I entrust this intention to your prayers.

I greet all of you, families, parish groups and associations, who have come from Rome, Italy and many parts of the world. In particular I greet the pilgrims from Seville, Hamburg, Munich and Chapelle, in Belgium. I greet the faithful of Pescara, Potenza, Bucchianico, Fabriano and Blera; the Comboni Lay Missionaries; and the Scouts of Jesolo and Ca 'Savio.
And now I address myself especially to you, dear children of Rome, who have come for the blessing of the "little children", accompanied by the Auxiliary Bishop Monsignor Ruzza. I thank the Roman Oratori Center and the volunteers. Dear children, when, in your homes, you will gather in prayer in front of the nativity scene, fixing your gaze on the Child Jesus you will feel the astonishment ... You ask me: what does "amazement" mean? It is a stronger feeling, it is more than a common emotion. It is to see God: the wonder for the great mystery of God made man; and the Holy Spirit will put you in the heart the humility, the tenderness and the goodness of Jesus. Jesus is good, Jesus is tender, Jesus is humble. This is the real Christmas! Do not forget. That's the same for you and your family members. I bless all the "Bambinelli".

I wish everyone a good Sunday and a good third week of Advent. With joy, so much joy, and so much peace when joy is not possible. And please, do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye.

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. December 16, 2018 - #Eucharist - 3rd of #Advent


Third Sunday of Advent
Lectionary: 9

Reading 1ZEP 3:14-18A

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
Sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!
The LORD has removed the judgment against you
he has turned away your enemies;
the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,
you have no further misfortune to fear.
On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a mighty savior;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in his love,
he will sing joyfully because of you,
as one sings at festivals.

Responsorial PsalmIS 12:2-3, 4, 5-6.

R. (6) Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!
R. Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

Reading 2PHIL 4:4-7

Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all.
The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, 
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, 
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding 
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Alleluia IS 61:1(Cited In Lk 4:18)

R. Alleluia, alleluia. 
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 
because he has anointed me 
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
R. Alleluia, alleluia. 


GospelLK 3:10-18

The crowds asked John the Baptist,
“What should we do?”
He said to them in reply,
“Whoever has two cloaks
should share with the person who has none. 
And whoever has food should do likewise.”
Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him,
“Teacher, what should we do?”
He answered them, 
“Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.”
Soldiers also asked him,
“And what is it that we should do?”
He told them,
“Do not practice extortion, 
do not falsely accuse anyone, 
and be satisfied with your wages.”

Now the people were filled with expectation, 
and all were asking in their hearts 
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying, 
“I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor
and to gather the wheat into his barn, 
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Exhorting them in many other ways, 
he preached good news to the people.

Pope Francis "Working with children is not easy, but it teaches us so much." to Dispensary


GREETINGS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
OF THE "SANTA MARTA" DISPENSARY

Paul VI Hall
Sunday, December 16th 2018

Goodmorning everyone!

I'm happy to be with you. At this time of Christmas I thought if the Child Jesus had some influence, some colds ... And what did mother do? I am not sure that there was a dispensary in Nazareth or in Egypt, but I certainly know that if the Madonna had lived in Rome she would have taken him to this Dispensary, surely.

I thank all of you, who are the structure and life of the Dispensary, the doctors, the collaborators, the nurses ...; and also the collaboration of the boys, the fathers and the mothers of the children. It is a body, there is life in the body. It is seen in the spontaneity of children. Working with children is not easy, but it teaches us so much. It teaches me one thing: that to understand the reality of life, we must lower ourselves, as we lower ourselves to kiss a child. They teach us this. The proud, the proud can not understand life, because they can not lower themselves. We all - the professionals, the organizers, the nuns, all - give so much to the children; but they give us this announcement, this teaching: turn down. Get down, be humble, and you will learn to understand life and understand people. And all of you have this ability to lower yourself. Thank you so much for this, thank you so much!

I wish you a Merry Christmas, a good holy Christmas to all, and I thank you very much for what you do, really. And, also, I hope that there is no indigestion with that cake so big! Thank you!