Thursday, January 17, 2019

Saint January 18 : Saint Margaret of Hungary : #Nun and Mystic


 January 18 is the memorial of Saint Margaret of Hungary, a thirteenth century woman who is remembered as a nun, virgin, princess, and mystic.


Saint Margaret was born in A.D. 1242, the last daughter (ninth of 10 children) of the King of Hungary, Bela IV, and Maria Lascaris, the daughter of the emperor of Constantinople. Saint Margaret is the niece ofSaint Elizabeth of Hungaryand the younger sister of Saint Kinga and Blessed Yolanda.

Before Margaret's birth, her parents had promised Our Lord to dedicate their child to Him if Hungary was victorious over the invading Tartars. After their prayers were answered, now nearly four, they placed Margaret with the Dominican monastery of Veszprim. At the age of 12 Saint Margaret moved to a new monastery built by her father at Buda, and made profession of her final vows before Humbert of Romans.

Saint Margaret lived a life totally dedicated to Christ crucified and by her example of living inspired her sisters to follow her in her asceticism, works of mercy, pursuit of peace, and striving to be of humble service. Saint Margaret opposed all attempts by her father to arrange a political marriage between herself and King Ottokar II of Bohemia. Saint Margaret had a special love for the Eucharist and the Passion of Christ and showed a special devotion to the Holy Spirit and Our Lady.

Saint Margaret died on 18 January 1270. However, she was venerated as a saint during her lifetime. After her death the canonization investigation was begun immediately, including the testimony of 77 persons who said they had received miracles as a result of Saint Margaret's intercession. However, it was not until 19 November 1943 that Saint Margaret was canonized by Venerable Pope Pius XII, on the feast day of her cousin, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.
(Edited from acta-sanctorum.blogspot.ca)

Prayer

O God of truth,
through the Holy Spirit
you blessed our sister Margaret with true humility.
Teach us that same integrity
so that we may constantly turn from our selfishness
to your love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Quote to SHARE by St. Anthony the Great : "The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices...He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross. "





"The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross."
 + St. Anthony the Great 

Wow Catholic Actor Neal McDonough goes to Church Everyday and Refuses to do Sex Scenes

Actor, Neal McDonough is famous from roles in Band of Brothers, Flags of Our Fathers, Star Trek, Justified and Desperate Housewives.

Neal, 52, married model Ruvé Robertson in 2003 and the couple has 5 children. He therefore refuses to do love scenes.  In a recent article for CloserWeekly he explained, “I won’t kiss any other woman because these lips are meant for one woman,” he says of Ruvé, the mother of his five children (ages  4 to 13). (Names of the children pictured below: Morgan, Catherine, London, Clover, James)


He says of himself that "As a devout Catholic, I believe certain things." McDonough also suffers from Dyslexia but has been very successful, "Dyslexia helped me become an actor in some way, and I’m blessed to be where I am right now."

In the Interview he says: 
"I’m just the most blessed guy I know. That’s why I go to church every day and say thank you to God for everything he’s given me. "


The actor was asked "How have you managed to avoid doing love scenes, especially on shows like Desperate Housewives?" He explained, "When [creator] Marc Cherry signed me, I said, “I’m sure you know, but I won’t kiss anybody.” He was like, “But this is Desperate Housewives!” I said, “I know.” He paused for about five seconds and said, “All right, I’m just going to have to write better.” And we had a great time."

However, Neal was also fired from another show called "Scoundrels" for his refusal to do love scenes, "I was, and it was a horrible situation for me. After that, I couldn’t get a job because everybody thought I was this religious zealot. I am very religious. I put God and family first, and me second. That’s what I live by. It was hard for a few years. Then [Band of Brothers producer] Graham Yost called me and said, “Hey, I want you to be the bad guy on Justified.” I knew that was my shot back at the title."

In another article, Neal explains how daily Mass is important to him: 
On working on “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” with fellow Catholic Kevin James:
We had Mass every day at lunch.
We hired the biggest suite at the Wynn Hotel. We’d fly priests in. We’d have Mass every day during the filming of this in Las Vegas at the Wynn Hotel.
Not for gambling, but for God. It was phenomenal. Kevin James — not only one of the greatest actors on set, but one of the greatest guys I’ve ever met. Gosh, what an amazing human being to do that. “All right, everyone in the cast, everyone in the crew. You want Mass? It’s going to be in suite 306. Let’s have at it. Every day.”

#BreakingNews 15 Catholic Parishes in England Threatened with Bombs and now Police begin to Guard Churches

Bomb threats against 15 Catholic parishes in England
In Britain, at the beginning of January, there were bomb threats against at least 15 Catholic churches. This was reported "The Times". In one of the threatening letters, the priest was asked to stop all offers of the church, including the Holy Mass. "If you do not, your church will be set on fire with a gasoline bomb during a service." Members of a congregation that cares for parishes have also been threatened with being stabbed. "Blood on your hands, you have been warned." For the time being, a Catholic school has asked the students not to attend the worship of a parish. The English police have announced that they will increasingly monitor the threatened parishes.

New Pro-Life Fashion Label founded by Mother - COL 1972 - Promoting a Culture of Life - #ProLife

A new fashion label was founded by a mother and her three daughters and mindful of the year in the US where abortion was still banned. "COL 1972" (Culture of Life 1972). This is the name of the new pro-life fashion label, which was presented on the occasion of the annual pro-life march and was founded on 1 January 2019. Only in 1973 was abortion legalized by the controversial decision of the Supreme Court. Carla D'Addesi, co-founder of the label, told the newspaper The Christian Post: "There's a fashion war, marginalizing families like mine, who feel conservative, and there's no room for us the fashion world, because we are not prepared to support fashion brands that are anti-American with our purchasing power."
On their Website they explain:
We want the WORLD to understand that there is a new Status Quo and that you never have to sacrifice your Core Values in order to fit in… We want your voice to be heard… then COL1972 Culture of Life The Brand Happened!
As the Founders of The COL1972 Brand that celebrates LIFE we are introducing a concept that is Healthy for the MIND, BODY and SOUL not to mention you are going to look FABULOUS while wearing our Well Designed, Well Thought Out Fashion Pieces.
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Pope Francis "His coming among us reveals to us the unthinkable closeness of God to man and the immense love.." Full Text


ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE DIRECTORS AND TO THE STAFF OF THE PROVINCE OF
PUBLIC SECURITY AT THE VATICAN

Sala Clementina
Thursday, 17 January 2019


Mr. Chief of Police,
Mr. Prefect and Mr. Manager,
Dear Officials and Agents!

It is always a welcome appointment this meeting at the beginning of the year with you, representatives of the Inspectorate of Public Security at the Vatican. I welcome you with affection and respect, and I renew to all my deep gratitude for the commendable service you give daily to the Apostolic See and to the Vatican City. I thank the Chief of Police for the kind words he addressed to me on your behalf; I welcome and congratulate the Prefect Felice Colombrino and the Manager Luigi Carnevale, who have recently taken up their duties. And I greet each of you, formulating sincere wishes for a new year full of human and Christian values ​​that make life beautiful and fruitful.

The festivities of Christmas and the Epiphany, which we have just celebrated, have given us the opportunity to meditate once again on the event of the birth and manifestation of Christ on earth. His coming among us reveals to us the unthinkable closeness of God to man and the immense love He has for us. His presence gives meaning to our life and stimulates us to hope, helping us to raise our gaze beyond the difficulties and problems of every day. At the same time, it leads us to charity, to live our relationships with a fraternal and merciful attitude, especially with those who suffer from sickness, abandonment and marginalization.

The attitude of proximity to people is also typical of your work, and you have the opportunity to witness it every day. By vocation, you are close specialists. Thanks to your precious work of surveillance and public order, pilgrims and tourists - each with their own history - who from all over the world reach St. Peter's Basilica, are facilitated in their visit. It is commonly recognized your competence and wisdom in dealing with different situations, even the most critical; of this too I want to make you merit. Thank you so much for your professionalism and your generosity! I urge you to persevere and seek the best in your operational style, striving to welcome everyone with so much patience and understanding, even in those moments when you feel the tiredness or weight of unpleasant situations.

Your daily service is designed to garrison St. Peter's Square and Vatican appurtenances day and night; you are on the spot with all weather conditions, favorable or adverse. When I think of your availability and your spirit of sacrifice, I am admiring and edifying, and also a bit 'of shame when I think of many people who say they are Christian and who are not up to your example. I can not forget, then, your effective collaboration in my pastoral visits to the parishes and other communities of Rome, as well as during my travels to other Italian locations. I am very grateful for all this.

The Chief of Police also spoke of the sense of belonging: there is the danger of losing him in this society. You guard the Piazza, keep my travels, keep a lot of things, but I will ask you a favor: try to preserve the cultural roots of the city, of the country, of culture. This civilization has the danger of becoming "uprooted", and we know that without roots we do not grow, and "what the tree has of flower, comes from what it has to buried" (cf F. L. Bernardez, Para recobrar). And strive in this: to keep the roots, because the roots are those that give us identity. Our identity is that of today, but it comes from the roots, and will be transmitted to our children, our grandchildren, but always from the roots. Thank you for doing this.

Dear friends, I entrust each of you to the maternal intercession of Mary Most Holy. You are always close to your work and support your families, to whom I address a special thought. I ask you to please pray for me; I wish you a happy new year and I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing to you and to those dear to you.

Thank you!
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#BreakingNews Vatican Releases Details on Meeting for Protection of Minors from Abuse


Vatican releases details on Protection of Minors Meeting
The Holy See Press Office issues further details of the February meeting and the Director ad interim communicates its aims and expectations.
By Vatican News

The Director ad interim of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, on Wednesday provided journalists with further information regarding "The protection of minors in the Church" Meeting, to be held in the Vatican from 21 to 24 February 2019.

The Organizing Committee of the Meeting gathered in Rome on Thursday 10 January, he said. Afterwards, the Holy Father received in audience the members of the Committee, who updated him on preparations for the Meeting.

Preparations and details
The February Meeting will see Presidents of Bishops’ Conference from all over the world coming together to discuss, as the title indicates, “the protection of minors in the Church”. According to the Vatican Press Office communiqué, the Meeting will include plenary sessions, working groups, moments of common prayer, listening to testimonies, a penitential liturgy, and a final Eucharistic celebration.

Pope Francis has assured he will be present for the entire duration of the Meeting, and has entrusted Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ, with the task of moderating the Plenary sessions.

Aims and expectations
Following the publication of the communiqué, the Director ad interim of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, issued the following communication:

“The February Meeting on the protection of minors has a concrete purpose: the goal is that all of the Bishops clearly understand what they need to do to prevent and combat the worldwide problem of the sexual abuse of minors. Pope Francis knows that a global problem can only be resolved with a global response. The Pope wants it to be an assembly of Pastors, not an academic conference – a meeting characterized by prayer and discernment, a catechetical and working gathering.

It is fundamental for the Holy Father that when the Bishops who will come to Rome have returned to their countries and their dioceses that they understand the laws to be applied and that they take the necessary steps to prevent abuse, to care for the victims, and to make sure that no case is covered up or buried.

Regarding the high expectations that have been created around the Meeting, it is important to emphasize that the Church is not at the beginning of the fight against abuse. The Meeting is a stage along the painful journey that the Church has unceasingly and decisively undertaken for over fifteen years."
FULL TEXT Release from Vatican News va

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday January 17, 2019 - #Eucharist


Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot
Lectionary: 308

Reading 1 HEB 3:7-14

The Holy Spirit says:
Oh, that today you would hear his voice,
"Harden not your hearts as at the rebellion
in the day of testing in the desert,
where your ancestors tested and tried me
and saw my works for forty years.
Because of this I was provoked with that generation
and I said, 'They have always been of erring heart,
and they do not know my ways.'
As I swore in my wrath,
'They shall not enter into my rest.'"

Take care, brothers and sisters,
that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart,
so as to forsake the living God.
Encourage yourselves daily while it is still "today,"
so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin.
We have become partners of Christ
if only we hold the beginning of the reality firm until the end.

Responsorial PsalmPS 95:6-7C, 8-9, 10-11

R. (8)  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
"Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works."
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Forty years I was wearied of that generation;
I said: "This people's heart goes astray,
they do not know my ways."
Therefore I swore in my anger:
"They shall never enter my rest."
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

AlleluiaSEE MT 4:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 1:40-45

A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
"If you wish, you can make me clean."
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched the leper, and said to him,
"I do will it. Be made clean."
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
Then he said to him, "See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them."
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.