Sunday, December 23, 2018

Are you Traveling? Prayer to St. Christopher for #SafeTravels and #Motorists - #Driving Prayers to SHARE

Saint Christopher Prayer"Motorist's Prayer:" Grant me, O Lord, a steady hand and watchful eye, that no one shall be hurt as I pass by. Thou gavest life, I pray no act of mine may take away or mar that gift of Thine. Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear my company from the evils of fire and all calamity.Teach me to use my car for others need; Nor miss through love of undue speed. The beauty of the world; that thus I may with joy and courtesy go on my way. St. Christopher, holy patron of travelers, protect me, and lead me safely to my destiny.
Saint Christopher's Protection Prayer
 Dear Saint Christopher, protect me today in all my travels along the road's way. Give your warning sign if danger is near so that I may stop while the path is clear. Be at my window and direct me through when the vision blurs From out of the blue. Carry me safely to my destined place, like you carried Christ in your close embrace. Amen.


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 St. Christopher's Prayer
O Glorious St. Christopher you have inherited a beautiful name, Christbearer, as a result of the wonderful legend that while carrying people across a raging stream you also carried the Child Jesus. Teach us to be true Christbearers to those who do not know Him. Protect all of us that travel both near and far and petition Jesus to be with us always. Amen.

Pope Francis "....the birth of Jesus began like this, with a simple gesture of charity...authentic charity is always the fruit of God's love." FULL TEXT + Video

ANGELUS

St. Peter's Square
Sunday, 23 December 2018


Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

The liturgy of this fourth Sunday of Advent focuses on the figure of Mary, the Virgin Mother, waiting to give birth to Jesus, the Savior of the world. Let us fix our gaze on her, a model of faith and charity; and we can ask ourselves: what were your thoughts during the months of waiting? The answer comes from the Gospel passage of today, the story of Mary's visit to her elderly relative, Elizabeth (cf. Lk 1: 39-45). The angel Gabriel had told her that Elizabeth was expecting a son and was already in the sixth month (cf. Lk 1: 26.36). And then the Virgin, who had just conceived Jesus by the work of God, had left hurriedly from Nazareth, in Galilee, to reach the mountains of Judea, and to find her cousin.

The Gospel says: "Entered the house of Zechariah, he greeted Elizabeth" (v.40). Surely she was happy with her for her motherhood, as in turn Elizabeth greeted Mary saying: "Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! To what do I have to have the mother of my Lord come to me? "(Vv. 42-43). And he immediately praises his faith: "Blessed is she who believed in the fulfillment of what the Lord has told her" (v.45). It is evident the contrast between Mary, who had faith, and Zechariah, Elizabeth's husband, who had doubted, and had not believed the promise of the angel and therefore remained silent until the birth of John. It is a contrast.

This episode helps us to read with a very special light the mystery of man's encounter with God. An encounter that is not under the banner of amazing prodigies, but rather in the name of faith and charity. In fact, Mary is blessed because she believed: the encounter with God is the fruit of faith. Zaccaria instead, who doubted and did not believe, remained deaf and dumb. To grow in faith during the long silence: without faith we inevitably remain deaf to the consoling voice of God; and we remain unable to pronounce words of consolation and hope for our brothers. And we see him every day: people who have no faith or who have a very small faith, when they have to approach a person who suffers, tells them words of circumstance, but can not reach the heart because they have no strength. He has no strength because he has no faith, and if he has no faith the words that reach the heart of others do not come. Faith, in turn, is nourished in charity. The Evangelist tells us that "Mary got up and went quickly" (v. 39) from Elizabeth: in a hurry, not anxious, not anxious, but in a hurry, in peace. "He got up": a gesture full of concern. He could have stayed home to prepare for the birth of his son, instead he cares first of others than of himself, demonstrating in fact that he is already a disciple of that Lord he carries in his womb. The event of the birth of Jesus began like this, with a simple gesture of charity; moreover, authentic charity is always the fruit of God's love.

The Gospel of Mary's visit to Elizabeth, which we heard today in the Mass, prepares us to live Christmas well, communicating to us the dynamism of faith and charity. This dynamism is the work of the Holy Spirit: the Spirit of Love who fecundated Mary's virginal womb and who urged her to come to the service of her elderly relative. A dynamism full of joy, as we see in the meeting between the two mothers, which is all a hymn of joyous exultation in the Lord, who does great things with the little ones who trust Him.

May the Virgin Mary obtain for us the grace of living an extrovert Christmas, but not dispersed: extroverted: in the center there is not our "I", but the You of Jesus and the brothers' you, especially those who need a helping hand . Then we will leave room for love that, even today, wants to become flesh and come to live among us.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters!

My thoughts go, right now, to the populations of Indonesia, affected by violent natural disasters, which have caused serious losses in human lives, numerous missing and homeless people and extensive material damage. I invite everyone to join me in prayer for the victims and their loved ones. They are spiritually close to the displaced and to all the people tried, imploring God for relief in their suffering. I appeal that our solidarity and the support of the International Community should not be lacking to these brothers and sisters.

Let's pray together ... Ave, o Maria ...

I greet all of you, the faithful of Rome and pilgrims from Italy and from various countries. The day after tomorrow will be Christmas and my thoughts go especially to families, who are reunited these days: those who live far from their parents leave and go back home; the brothers try to find each other ... At Christmas it is beautiful and important to be together in the family.
But many people do not have this possibility, for different reasons; and today I would like to address in a special way to all those who are far from their family and their land. Dear brothers and sisters, our heavenly Father does not forget you and does not abandon you. If you are a Christian, I wish you to find in the Church a true family, where you can experience the warmth of fraternal love. And to all, those who are far from their family, Christians and non-Christians, I say: the doors of the Christian community are open, Jesus is born for everyone and gives everyone the love of God. I wish you good Sunday. Do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye.


Source: Full Text Share from Vatican.va - Original in Italian - Unofficial Translation

Christmas #Novena : Day 7 : Official Plenary Indulgence




Opening Prayer:


V. O God, come to my assistance.


R. O Lord, make haste to help me.


Glory be to the Father and to
the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now
and ever shall be, world without
end.
Amen.


Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.


Day 7 Prayers



The Presentation
O most sweet infant Jesus, presented in the temple
by the Virgin Mary, embraced by Simeon, and revealed
to the Jews by Anna the prophetess. 

Have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us, 0 Lord. Have mercy on us.
Hail Mary...


 Amen.
Day 1: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/official-novena-for-christmas-day-1.html
Day 2: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/novena-for-christmas-day-2-plenary.html
Day 3: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-3-plenary.html
Day 4: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-4-plenary.html
Day 5: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-5-plenary.html
Day 6: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-6-plenary.html
Day 7: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-7-plenary.html
Day 8: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-8-plenary.html
Day 9: 
FROM THE RACCOLTA OFFICIAL


NOVENA PREPARATORY TO CHRISTMAS In order to the devout preparation of ourselves for the glorious Birthday of our most loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, which the holy Church recalls to our memory every year on the 25th of December, and at the same time to render Him thanks for this great benefit, Pope Pius VII., by a Rescript of the Segretaria of the Memorials, dated August 12th, 1815 (which said Rescript is preserved in the Segretaria of the Vicariate), granted to all faithful Christians who, being contrite in heart, should prepare themselves for that great solemnity by a novena, consisting of pious exercises, prayers, acts of virtue, &c. -
i. An indulgence of 300 days each day of the said novena, and -
ii. A plenary indulgence to be gained on Christmas day, or on some day in its octave, by those who, after Confession and Communion, shall have made the said novena every day, and who shall pray according to the intentions of the Sovereigns Pontiff: and note that the Confession and Communion may be made on any one of the days of the said novena, provided the novena is correctly kept. This was declared by Pope Pius VIII., of holy memory, by means of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, July 9, 1830. These indulgences were extended by the above-named Pius VII. to one other time in the year, besides the the specified, when any one should make the aforesaid novena in honour of the Child Jesus.

Quote to SHARE by Saint #MotherTeresa "At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving.."


"At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern."
Saint Mother Teresa

Christmas Novena : Day 6 : Official Plenary #Indulgence - #Prayers to SHARE



Opening Prayer:

V. O God, come to my assistance.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to
the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now
and ever shall be, world without
end.
Amen.

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Day 6 Prayers

The Adoration of the Kings
O most sweet infant Jesus, who was made known
to the three kings, who worshipped you as you lie on
Mary's breast, and offered you the mystical presents
of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

Have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us, 0 Lord. Have mercy on us.
Hail Mary...

 Amen.
Day 1: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/official-novena-for-christmas-day-1.html
Day 2: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/novena-for-christmas-day-2-plenary.html
Day 3: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-3-plenary.html
Day 4: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-4-plenary.html
Day 5: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-5-plenary.html
Day 6: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-6-plenary.html
Day 7:
Day 8:
Day 9: 
FROM THE RACCOLTA OFFICIAL

NOVENA PREPARATORY TO CHRISTMAS In order to the devout preparation of ourselves for the glorious Birthday of our most loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, which the holy Church recalls to our memory every year on the 25th of December, and at the same time to render Him thanks for this great benefit, Pope Pius VII., by a Rescript of the Segretaria of the Memorials, dated August 12th, 1815 (which said Rescript is preserved in the Segretaria of the Vicariate), granted to all faithful Christians who, being contrite in heart, should prepare themselves for that great solemnity by a novena, consisting of pious exercises, prayers, acts of virtue, &c. -
i. An indulgence of 300 days each day of the said novena, and -
ii. A plenary indulgence to be gained on Christmas day, or on some day in its octave, by those who, after Confession and Communion, shall have made the said novena every day, and who shall pray according to the intentions of the Sovereigns Pontiff: and note that the Confession and Communion may be made on any one of the days of the said novena, provided the novena is correctly kept. This was declared by Pope Pius VIII., of holy memory, by means of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, July 9, 1830. These indulgences were extended by the above-named Pius VII. to one other time in the year, besides the the specified, when any one should make the aforesaid novena in honour of the Child Jesus.

Pope Francis brings 12 People closer to Sainthood - after meeting with Congregation for Causes of Saints


Pope takes 12 candidates a step closer to sainthood
Pope Francis has authorized the promulgation of 12 decrees on the causes of saints, among which is the martyrdom of German Pallotine priest Father Richard Henkes. Indian Syro-Malabar priest Fr. Augustine John Ukken is among 11 others whose heroic virtues have been recognized.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis Friday evening received in audience Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorized the promulgation of 12 decrees regarding 9 men and 3 women, taking them a step closer to sainthood.   They concern the martyrdom of a German priest and the heroic virtues of 11 men and women, among whom is an Indian priest.

The candidates hail from 9 nations: 5 of them Italians and one each from Germany, Poland, India, Spain, Belarus, Mexico and the United States.   Three of them are Italian sisters

Martyrdom

The case of martyrdom is that of Father Richard Henkes of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate better known as the Pallottines.  He was born in Ruppach (Germany) on 26 May 1900 and killed “in hatred of the faith” in the Nazi concentration camp of Dachau (Germany) on 22 February 1945.

A vocal critic of the Nazis regime, he was arrested on 8 April 1943 and was moved to the Dachau concentration camp 3 months later.  As a volunteer caring for sick patients in the camp, he himself succumbed to an acute disease and died 8 weeks later in the camp.

This decree clears Fr. Henkes for Beatification, which is a step away from Canonization or sainthood.

Heroic virtues

Among the decrees on heroic virtues is Servant of God, Father Augustine John Ukken from the southern Indian state of Kerala.  The priest of the Syro-Malabar eastern rite Catholic Church who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity (CSC), was born in Parappur (India) on December 19, 1880, and died in Chowannur (India) on October 13, 1956.

Among the heroic virtues are 3 Italian sisters, a bishop, 6 priests and a layman.   The other Servants of God whose heroic virtues have  been recognized are the following:

-  Auxiliary Bishop Jan Pietraszko of Krakow.  He was born in Buczkowice (Poland) on 7 August 1911 and died in Krakow (Poland) on 2 March 1988.

-  Giuseppe Codicè, a diocesan priest who founded the Pious Union of the Sisters of the Visitation of the Immaculate Virgin. He was born in Budrio (Italy) on March 3, 1838, and died in Vedrana (Italy) on January 21, 1915.

-  Doroteo Hernández Vera, a diocesan priest who founded the Secular Institute Cruzada Evangelica; born in Matute de Almázan (Spain) on March 28, 1901, and died in Madrid (Spain) on November 6, 1991.

-  Melchior Fordon (born: Joseph), a priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual.  He was born in Grodno (now Belarus) on August 5, 1862, and died there on February 27, 1927.

-  Girolamo Maria Biasi (born: Archangel), a priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual.  He was born in Sfruz (now Italy) on December 7, 1897, and died in Camposampiero (Italy) on June 20, 1929.

-  Miguel Zavala López, a priest of the Order of Saint Augustine.  He was born in Rancho Nuevo de Santa Clara (Mexico) on November 12, 1867, and died in Yuriria (Mexico) on April 4, 1947.

-  Mother Antonietta Giugliano, founder of the Little Servants of Christ the King.  She was born in New York (USA) on July 11, 1909, and died in Portici (Italy) on June 8, 1960.

-  Sister Leonarda di Gesù Crocifisso (born Angela Maria Boidi) of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Passion of Jesus Christ.  She was born in Quargnento (Italy) on July 10, 1908, and died in Alexandria (Italy) on October 22, 1953.

-  Sister Ambrogina di San Carlo (born: Filomena D'Urso), professed Sister of the Congregation of the Patronage of Saint Joseph born in Maranola (Italy) on January 1, 1909, and died in Florence (Italy) on March 26, 1954.

-  Carlo Tancredi Falletti Di Barolo, a layman and co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Anne.  He was born in Turin (Italy) on 22 October 1782 and died in Chiari (Italy) on 4 September 1838.

These Servants of God will now have the title Venerable Servant of God, or simply Venerable.  A miracle each through their intercession will now be required for them to be cleared for Beatification.
FULL TEXT Release from Vatican News va

Sunday Mass Online : Sunday December 23, 208 - #Eucharist for the 4th of #Advent


Fourth Sunday of Advent
Lectionary: 12

Reading 1MI 5:1-4A

Thus says the LORD:
You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah
too small to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel;
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient times.
Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time
when she who is to give birth has borne,
and the rest of his kindred shall return
to the children of Israel.
He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock
by the strength of the LORD,
in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;
and they shall remain, for now his greatness
shall reach to the ends of the earth;
he shall be peace.

Responsorial Psalm PS 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19.

R. (4) Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
from your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power,
and come to save us.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

Reading 2HEB 10:5-10

Brothers and sisters:
When Christ came into the world, he said:
"Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, 'As is written of me in the scroll,
behold, I come to do your will, O God.'"

First he says, "Sacrifices and offerings,
holocausts and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in."
These are offered according to the law.
Then he says, :Behold, I come to do your will."
He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this "will," we have been consecrated
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

AlleluiaLK 1:38

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 1:39-45

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled."

Saint December 23 : St. John of Kanty : #Bishop



Feast Day:
December 23
Born:
23 June 1390, Kęty, Oświęcim, Poland
Died:
24 December 1473, Kraków Academy
Canonized:
1767 by Pope Clement XIII
Born at Kenty, near Oswiecim, Diocese of Krakow, Poland, 1412 (or 1403); died at Krakow, 1473, and was buried there under the church of St. Anne; his feast is on 20 October. He was the son of Stanislaus and Anne who were pious country people; he received his primary education at his native town, and then being sent by his parents to the Academy of Krakow, he soon impressed his professors and colleagues with his pleasant and amiable disposition; always happy, but serious, humble, and godly, he won the hearts of all who came in contact with him. Having made excellent progress in the study of philosophical and theological sciences, he was graduated first as bachelor, then as master and doctor, was ordained priest and then appointed professor of theology at the Academy of Krakow, from where he was sent, after a short time, by his superiors to Olkusz, Diocese of Krakow, to be parish priest. Being afraid of the great responsibility of parish work, he very soon left the parish, and was again appointed professor of Sacred Scripture at the Academy of Krakow, which position he held without interruption until his death. As testified by Michael Miechowita, the medieval Polish historian and the saint's first biographer, extreme humility and charity were conspicuous in his life; he took as his motto:
Conturbare cave: non est placare suave,
Infamare cave; nam revocare grave.
He distributed to the poor all the money and clothes he had, retaining only what was absolutely necessary to support himself. He slept but little, and on the floor, ate very sparingly, and was a total abstainer from meat after he became a doctor. He made one pilgrimage to Jerusalem with the desire of becoming a martyr among the Turks, and four pilgrimages to Rome on foot. During his life he performed various miracles, which were multiplied after his death at his tomb. He was canonized by Clement XIII in 1767. The Roman Breviary distinguishes him with three hymns; he is the only confessor not a bishop who is thus honoured.
Source: The Catholic Encyclopedia