Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. February 3, 2019 - Eucharist - Readings + Video - 4th Ord. Time C


Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 72

Reading 1JER 1:4-5, 17-19

The word of the LORD came to me, saying:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.

But do you gird your loins;
stand up and tell them
all that I command you.
Be not crushed on their account,
as though I would leave you crushed before them;
for it is I this day
who have made you a fortified city,
a pillar of iron, a wall of brass,
against the whole land:
against Judah's kings and princes,
against its priests and people.
They will fight against you but not prevail over you,
for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.

Responsorial PsalmPS 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17

R. (cf. 15ab) I will sing of your salvation.
In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, and deliver me;
incline your ear to me, and save me.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety,
 for you are my rock and my fortress.
O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
For you are my hope, O Lord;
my trust, O God, from my youth.
On you I depend from birth;
from my mother's womb you are my strength.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
My mouth shall declare your justice,
day by day your salvation.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
R. I will sing of your salvation.

Reading 2 1 COR 12:31—13:13

Brothers and sisters:
Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.
But I shall show you a still more excellent way.

If I speak in human and angelic tongues,
but do not have love,
I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.
And if I have the gift of prophecy,
and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;
if I have all faith so as to move mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give away everything I own,
and if I hand my body over so that I may boast,
but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, it is not pompous,
It is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.
If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing;
if tongues, they will cease;
if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.
For we know partially and we prophesy partially,
but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I used to talk as a child,
think as a child, reason as a child;
when I became a man, I put aside childish things.
At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror,
but then face to face.
At present I know partially;
then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, love remain, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

Or 1 COR 13:4-13

Brothers and sisters:
Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, it is not pompous,
it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.
If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing;
if tongues, they will cease;
if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.
For we know partially and we prophesy partially,
but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I used to talk as a child,
think as a child, reason as a child;
when I became a man, I put aside childish things.
At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror,
but then face to face.
At present I know partially;
then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, love remain, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

AlleluiaLK 4:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 4:21-30

Jesus began speaking in the synagogue, saying:
"Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
They also asked, "Isn't this the son of Joseph?"
He said to them, "Surely you will quote me this proverb,
'Physician, cure yourself,' and say,
'Do here in your native place
the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.'"
And he said, "Amen, I say to you,
no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you,
there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian."
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built,
to hurl him down headlong.
But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.

Saint February 3 : St. Blaise : Patron of: Throats, Animals, Builders, Veterinarians, Infants, Stonecutters, Carvers



Born:
Armenia
Patron of:
Animals, builders, choking, veterinarians, throats, infants, stonecutters, carvers, wool workers
Bishop and Martyr. 
Today, February 3, we also celebrate the feast of Saint Blaise, the patron saint of the sick. The life of Saint Blaise is one of Holy Legend, filled with miraculous healings. Today, the Church continues to celebrate the life and intercession of Saint Blaise, in the ritual blessing of throats during Mass. We look to Saint Blaise in times of illness and for healing… But we need remember, as did this holy bishop, that it is not he, nor the ministry of the Church that heals or saves us-- because on their own, neither he nor the Church has such power. It is only through the faith in the power of the Lord whose grace provides comfort to the sick, through the Holy Spirit, that we are able to be blessed and cured. Our health is testimony to the healing love of God, the sacrifice (which all our human suffering is joined to) of Christ, and the graces of the Holy Spirit generously poured forth into our lives! Prayer below:
 PRAYER: O glorious St. Blaise, who by your martyrdom left to the Church a precious witness to the Faith, obtain for us the grace to preserve within ourselves this divine gift, and to defend — without concern for human respect — both by word and example, the truth of that same Faith, which is so wickedly attacked and slandered in these our times. You miraculously restored a little child who was at the point of death because of an affliction of the throat. Grant us your mighty protection in similar misfortunes. And, above all, obtain for us the grace of Christian mortification, together with faithful observance of the precepts of the Church, which keep us from offending almighty God. Amen.



Text 365Rosaries Blog

Pope Francis at Mass "God always meets in concreteness - Daily prayer, Mass, Confession..." for World Day of Consecrated and Presentation - FULL TEXT + Video


FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
XXIII WORLD DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE

HOLY MASS FOR THE CONSECRATES

HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

Vatican Basilica
Saturday, 2 February 2019

The Liturgy today shows Jesus going to meet his people. It is the feast of the meeting: the novelty of the Child meets the tradition of the temple; the promise finds fulfillment; Mary and Joseph, young people, meet Simeon and Anna, elderly. Everything, in short, meets when Jesus arrives.

What does this say to us? First of all, we too are called to welcome Jesus who comes to meet us. Meet him: the God of life must be met every day of life; not every so often, but every day. Following Jesus is not a decision taken once and for all, it is a daily choice. And the Lord does not meet virtually, but directly, meeting him in life, in the concreteness of life. Otherwise Jesus becomes only a beautiful memory of the past. But when we welcome him as the Lord of life, the center of everything, the beating heart of everything, then He lives and lives in us. And it happens to us what happened in the temple: around him everything is met, life becomes harmonious. With Jesus we find the courage to go forward and the strength to remain steadfast. The meeting with the Lord is the source. It is therefore important to go back to the sources: go back to the decisive encounters with Him, revive the first love, perhaps write our love story with the Lord. It will do well for our consecrated life, so that it does not become time that passes, but it is time to meet.

If we remember our founding encounter with the Lord, we realize that it did not arise as a private matter between us and God. No, it blossomed in the believing people, alongside so many brothers and sisters, in precise times and places. The Gospel tells us this, showing how the encounter takes place in the people of God, in its concrete history, in its living traditions: in the temple, according to the Law, in the climate of prophecy, with the young and the old together (cf. , 25-28.34). Thus also the consecrated life: blossoms and blooms in the Church; if it is isolated, it fades. It matures when the young and the elderly walk together, when the young find the roots and the elderly welcome the fruits. Instead, it stagnates when you are walking alone, when you remain attached to the past or you rush forward to try to survive. Today, the feast of the meeting, we ask for the grace to rediscover the Lord alive, in the believing people, and to make the charism meet with the grace of today.

The Gospel also tells us that the meeting of God with his people has a beginning and a goal. We start from the call to the temple and we arrive at the vision in the temple. The call is twofold. There is a first call "according to the Law" (v.22). It is that of Joseph and Mary, who go to the temple to accomplish what the law prescribes. The text underlines it almost as a refrain, four times (see verses 22.23.24.27). It is not a constraint: the parents of Jesus do not necessarily or to satisfy a mere external fulfillment; they go to answer the call of God. Then there is a second call, according to the Spirit. It is that of Simeon and Anna. This too is highlighted with insistence: three times, speaking of Simeon, we speak of the Holy Spirit (see verses 25.26.27) and ends with the prophetess Anna who, inspired, praises God (see verse 38). Two young men rush to the temple called by the Law; two elders moved by the Spirit. This dual call, of the Law and the Spirit, what does it say to our spiritual life and to our consecrated life? That we are all called to a double obedience: to the law - in the sense of what gives good order to life - and to the Spirit, who does new things in life. This is how the encounter with the Lord is born: the Spirit reveals the Lord, but in order to receive him, the constant constancy of every day is necessary. Even the greatest charisms, without an ordered life, do not bear fruit. On the other hand, the best rules are not enough without the newness of the Spirit: law and Spirit go together.
To better understand this call we see today in the early days of Jesus' life at the temple, we can go to the early days of his public ministry, at Cana, where he turns water into wine. There too there is a call to obedience, with Mary saying: "Whatever [Jesus] tells you, do it" (Jn 2: 5). Everything. And Jesus asks for a particular thing; it does not immediately do a new thing, it does not give us the missing wine - it could have done it - but asks for something concrete and demanding. He asks to fill six large stone amphorae for ritual purification, which recall the Law. It meant pouring about six hundred liters of water from the well: time and effort, which seemed useless, because what was missing was not water, but wine! And yet, precisely from those amphoras filled well, "to the brim" (v. 7), Jesus draws new wine. This is for us: God calls us to meet him through fidelity to concrete things - God always meets in concreteness -: daily prayer, Mass, Confession, true charity, the Word of God every day, proximity, above all to the most needy, spiritually or bodily. These are concrete things, as in consecrated life obedience to the Superior and the Rules. If you practice this law with love - with love! -, the Spirit arrives and brings the surprise of God, as in the temple and at Cana. The water of everyday life is then transformed into the wine of novelty and life, which seems more constrained, actually becomes freer. At this moment a nun, humble, reminds me that she had the charisma of being close to the priests and seminarians. The day before yesterday, his cause of beatification was introduced here in the Diocese [of Rome]. A simple nun: she did not have great lights, but she had the wisdom of obedience, of fidelity and not to be afraid of news. We ask that the Lord, through Sister Bernadette, give us all the grace to go this way.

The meeting, born of the call, culminates in the vision. Simeon says: "My eyes have seen your salvation" (Lk 2:30). He sees the Child and sees salvation. He does not see the Messiah performing miracles, but a small child. He does not see something extraordinary, but Jesus with his parents, who bring to the temple two doves or two doves, that is, the most humble offering (see verse 24). Simeon sees the simplicity of God and welcomes his presence. He does not look for anything else, he does not ask for and he does not want more, he just needs to see the Child and take him in his arms: "nunc dimittis, now you can let me go" (see v. 29). God is enough for him. In him he finds the ultimate meaning of life. It is the vision of consecrated life, a simple and prophetic vision in its simplicity, where the Lord is held before his eyes and in his hands, and he does not need anything else. Life is He, hope is He, the future is He. Consecrated life is this prophetic vision in the Church: it is a gaze that sees God present in the world, even if many do not realize it; it is a voice that says: "God suffices, the rest passes"; it is praise that flows in spite of everything, as shown by the prophetess Anna. She was a very old woman, who had lived many years as a widow, but was not gloomy, nostalgic, or bent over herself; on the contrary, he arrives, praises God and speaks only of Him (see verse 38). I like to think that this woman "talked well", and against the evil of chattering this would be a good patron to convert, because she went from side to side saying only: "That's it! It's that child! Go see it! " I like to see her like a neighborhood woman.
Here is the consecrated life: praise that gives joy to the people of God, a prophetic vision that reveals what matters. When it is so it blooms and becomes a call for all against mediocrity: against the drop in altitude in spiritual life, against the temptation to play down with God, against adaptation to a comfortable and worldly life, against lamentation - the complaints ! - dissatisfaction and weeping, against the habit of "doing what we can" and "we have always done so": these are not sentences according to God. Consecrated life is not survival, it is not getting ready to the "ars bene moriendi": this is the temptation of today before the decline in vocations. No, it's not survival, it's new life. "But ... we are few ..." - it is a new life. It is a living encounter with the Lord in his people. It is called to the faithful obedience of every day and to the unpublished surprises of the Spirit. It is a vision of what counts to embrace in order to have joy: Jesus.
Booklet from Mass Available here: http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/libretti/2019/20190202-libretto-presentazione-signore.pdf

FULL TEXT Release from Vatican va - Unofficial Translation of Italian

#BreakingNews Sister of Mother Teresa's Order in Prison for over 7 months - Please Pray

Supreme Court leaves a sister of Mother Teresa in jail. Sr Prema says 'We pray for all'
Sr Concilia headed the Nirmal Hriday orphanage in Ranchi, Jharkhand. She was arrested in July 2018 in connection with allegations of child trafficking. After seven months, she is still behind bars without formal charges.
Calcutta (AsiaNews) – The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday denied bail to a Sister of Mother Teresa, arrested in Ranchi on suspicion of child trafficking involving an orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity.
Although the nun has been in jail for almost seven months, police have failed so far to file formal charges against her. For this reason, the Court has instructed the plaintiffs to file a complaint as soon as possible.
Sr Mary Prema, superior general of the congregation, has not released any statement, except to tell AsiaNews that "We have trust in God. We pray for all those involved".
Mgr Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) and auxiliary bishop of Ranchi, calls the refusal to release the nun "an injustice”.
For him, the fact that the Supreme Court has called on the Jharkhand authorities to file a formal complaint is a disgrace. “We feel very sad that an innocent and physically unwell nun is behind bars,” he said.
Sr Concilia (Konsalia), 61, suffers from diabetes. She headed the Nirmal Hriday home for abandoned children and unwed mothers. She was arrested for child trafficking on 4 July, 2018 following a complaint by a couple, who reportedly paid 120,000 rupees (US$ 1,760) but never received a child.
Anima Indwar, an employee of the Nirmal Hriday home since 2012, was responsible for the trafficking. Her tasks included accompanying pregnant women to hospital when the nuns were engaged in other duties. She too has been arrested.
The Supreme Court’s decision comes at a time when the State of Jharkhand revoked the orphanage’s license, after an investigation of all facilities run by the missionary sisters.
The nuns told the media that they have not been notified of the cancellation, but the authorities said that the latter will arrive soon. The State also revoked the licence of 15 other childcare facilities run by NGOs.
For Mgr Mascarenhas, it is sad that there is such hostility towards Christians.
His thoughts are not only for the Sisters of Mother Teresa, but also for the poor who suffer injustices. “It is difficult,” he said, “to fight the authorities if they are against you”.
FULL TEXT Share from Asia News IT

Novena to Our Lady of Good Success - Miracle Prayers to Share!


Novena to Our Lady of Good Success
(Say for 9 days)


* Hail Mary Most Holy, Beloved Daughter of God the Father
Through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres,
grant thy good success to this request (name request)...
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...
Saint Michael, pray for us.

* Hail Mary Most Holy, Admirable Mother of God the Son
Through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres,
grant thy good success to this request (name request) ...
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...
Saint Gabriel, pray for us.

* Hail Mary Most Holy, Most Faithful Spouse of the Holy Ghost
Through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres,
grant thy good success to this request (name request) ...
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...
Saint Raphael, pray for us.

* Hail Mary Most Holy, Temple and Sacrarium of the Most Holy Trinity.
St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, pray for us.

Our Lady of Good Success, thou who art the all-powerful intercessor before the Most Holy Trinity, deign to hear and answer my request, so long as it contributes to the salvation of my soul and the glory and exaltation of Holy Mother Church.
Hail Holy Queen...

Pope Francis Defends Pro-Lifers "...common good as the defense of the life of those who are about to be born." FULL TEXT + Video

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE MOVEMENT FOR ITALIAN LIFE

Sala Clementina
Saturday, 2 February 2019

Dear brothers and sisters,

I am pleased to meet you today, and I thank you for your joyful welcome! I especially thank the President for the strong words she addressed to me - loud! - in the name of the whole Movement and for the contents it has expressed, recalling your mission at the service of life and the importance of the Day that will be celebrated tomorrow throughout Italy.

The Day for Life, established 41 years ago by the initiative of the Italian Bishops, highlights every year the primary value of human life and the absolute duty to defend it, from its conception to its natural extinction. And I would like to underline this, as a general premise. Taking care of life requires that it be done throughout life and until the end. And it also requires that attention be paid to the conditions of life: health, education, job opportunities, and so on; in short, everything that allows a person to live in a dignified way.

Therefore the defense of life is not accomplished in one way or with a single gesture, but is realized in a multiplicity of actions, attentions and initiatives; it does not concern only some people or certain professional fields, but involves every citizen and the complex interweaving of social relations. Aware of this, the Movement for Life, present throughout the Italian territory through the Centers and Services to help life and the Houses of welcome, and through its many initiatives, for 43 years strives to be a leaven to spread a style and the practices of welcoming and respecting life in all "the mixture" of society.

This should always be jealous and firm guardian of life, because "life is future", as the Bishops' message recalls. Only if you make room for it you can look ahead, and do it with confidence. This is why the defense of life has its fulcrum in welcoming those who have been born and is still kept in the womb, wrapped in the mother's bosom as in a loving embrace that unites them. I appreciated the theme chosen this year for the European competition proposed to schools: "I take care of you. The model of motherhood ». It invites us to look at conception and birth not as a mechanical or only physical fact, but in the perspective of the relationship and the communion that unites the woman and her child.

This year's Day for Life recalls a passage from the prophet Isaiah that moves us every time, recalling the marvelous work of God: "Behold I do a new thing" (Is 43.19), says the Lord, leaving leaking his heart always young and his enthusiasm in generating, every time as at the beginning, something that was not there before and brings an unexpected beauty. "Do you not see it?" Adds God through the prophet's mouth, to shake us out of our torpor. "How is it possible that you do not notice the miracle that takes place right under your gaze?". And we, how can we consider it a work of our own, until we feel entitled to dispose of it at our leisure?

In any case, turning off life voluntarily in its blossoming is, in any case, a betrayal of our vocation, as well as of the pact that links the generations, a pact that allows us to look forward with hope. Where there is life there is hope! But if life itself is violated in its arising, what remains is no longer the grateful and amazed reception of the gift, but a cold calculation of what we have and what we can dispose of. Then life also reduces itself to a consumer good, to be used and thrown, for ourselves and for others. How dramatic is this vision, unfortunately widespread and rooted, also presented as a human right, and how much suffering causes the weakest of our brothers!

But we never resign ourselves, but we continue to work, knowing our limits but also the power of God, who looks at our children every day with renewed amazement and at the efforts we make to let goodness sprout. A particular sign of consolation comes from the presence among you of many young people. Thank you. Dear boys and girls, you are a resource for the Movement for Life, for the Church and for society, and it is beautiful that you dedicate time and energy for the protection of life and the support of the most defenseless. This makes you stronger and like a flywheel of renewal even for those who are older than you.
I want to thank your Movement for its attachment, always declared and implemented, to the Catholic faith and to the Church, which makes you explicit and courageous witnesses of the Lord Jesus. And at the same time, I appreciate the secularity with which you present and work, secularity based on the truth of the good of life, which is a human and civil value and, as such, asks to be recognized by all people of good will, to any religion or creed they belong. In your cultural action you have testified frankly that those who are conceived are children of the whole society, and their killing in huge numbers, with the approval of the States, constitutes a serious problem that undermines the construction of justice, compromising the correct solution to every other human and social question.

In view of tomorrow's Day for Life, I take this opportunity to appeal to all politicians, because, regardless of everyone's beliefs of belief, they set the foundation stone of the common good as the defense of the life of those who are about to be born. and enter into society, to which they come to bring news, future, hope. Do not let themselves be conditioned by logic that aims at personal success or only immediate or partisan interests, but always look far away, and with the heart they look at everyone.

We ask with confidence to God that the Day for Life we ​​are about to celebrate brings a breath of fresh air, allowing everyone to reflect and engage with generosity, starting with families and those working in roles of responsibility at the service of life. To each of us is given the joy of witness, in fraternal communion. I bless you with affection and I ask you, please, not to forget to pray for me. Thank you.
FULL TEXT Release from Vatican va - Unofficial Translation of Italian

Novena for the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple with Plenary Indulgence - Share!

NOVENA PRAYER FOR THE PRESENTATION OF JESUS - PLENARY INDULGENCE
from Raccolta
Veni Sancte Spiritus, Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.
TRANSLATION.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
i. Most holy Mary, bright Mirror of all virtue, the forty days after thy delivery were no sooner past than thou, though the purest of all virgins, didst will to be presented in the Temple to be purified; O, help us, then, by imitating thee, to keep our hearts unstained by sin, that so we too may be made worthy one day to be presented to our God in Heaven.
Ave Maria.
ii. Virgin most obedient, at thy Presentation in the Temple, thou didst willingly offer the accustomed sacrifice of women; enable us so to follow thy example, that we may make ourselves a living sacrifice to God, by practising every virtue.
Ave Maria.
iii. Virgin most pure, thou didst despise the reproach of men whilst observing the precept of the Law; ask for his grace always to keep our hearts pure, what ever the world may think of us.
Ave Maria.
iv. Virgin most holy, by offering thy Son, the Divine Word, to His Eternal Father, thou didst makeHeaven glad; present our poor hearts to God, that by His grace they may be kept free from mortal sin.
Ave Maria.
v. Virgin most humble, in consigning Jesus into the arms of the holy old man Simeon, thou didst fill His spirit full of heavenly joy; consign our hearts to God, that He may fill them full of His Holy Spirit.
Ave Maria.
vi. Virgin most diligent, in ransoming thy Son Jesus according the Law, thou didst cooperate in the salvation of the world; ransom our pour hearts from the slavery of sin, that they may be ever pure in the sight of God.
Ave Maria.
vii. Virgin most meek, on hearing the prophecy of Simeon foretelling thy woes, thou didst humbly resign thyself to the good pleasure of thy God; make us always resigned to the dispositions of His Providence, and enable us to bear all troubles with patience.
Ave Maria.
viii. Virgin most compassionate, when thou didst fill the soul of Anna the prophetess with light, by means of thy divine Son, thou didst make her magnify the mercies of God by recognising Jesus for the Redeemer of the world; enrich our spirit too with heavenly grace, that we may joyfully reap in full measure the fruits of our Lord’s Redemption.
Ave Maria.
ix. Virgin most resigned, although thou didst feel thine own soul transfixed with sorrow, foreseeing all the bitter Passion of thy Son, yet knowing the grief of Joseph thy Spouse for all thy sufferings, thou didst console him with holy words; pierce through and through our souls with true sorrow for our sins, that we may one day come to rejoice with thee in everlasting bliss, partakers of thy glory.
Ave Maria.
Then the Litanies, and the following Responses, &c.
V. Responsum accepit Simeon a Spiritu Sancto.
R. Non visurum ei mortem nisi videret Christum Domini.
Oremus.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, majestatem tuam supplices exoramus, ut sicut unigenitus Filius tuus cum nostrae carnis substantia in Templo est Praesentatus, ita nos facias purificatis tibi mentibus praesentati.
Deus omnium fidelium pastor, &c. with the other Prayers, as above.
TRANSLATION.
V. Simeon received answer from the Holy Spirit.
R. That he should not see death till he had seen the Christ of God.
Let us pray.
Almighty, everlasting God, we humbly pray Thy Majesty, that as Thine only-begotten Son was presented in the Temple in the substance of our flesh, so Thou wouldst enable us to present ourselves before Thee with clean hearts. Through, &c.
O God, the Shepherd, &c., as above.
PLENARY INDULGENCE
To all faithful Christians who, in private or public, in church or in their own houses, shall keep any of the following Novenas, in preparation for the principal feasts of most holy Mary, Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of several holy persons, granted, by Rescripts issued through his Eminence the Cardinal-Vicar, Aug. 4 and Nov. 24, 1808, and Jan. 11, 1800 (all of which are kept in the Segretaria of the Vicariate) -
i. An indulgence of 300 days, daily.
ii. A plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which each Novena respectively has reference, or on some one day in its Octave, after Confession and Communion, pray to our Lord and to the Blessed Virgin ac cording to the pious intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

Pope Francis "... take the path of peace with ourselves, peace with others and peace with creation. " FULL TEXT + Video

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE DELEGATION OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO

Hall of the Consistory
Saturday, 2 February 2019


Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to welcome you on the occasion of the study trip you carry out, with the guidance of your Archbishop, in order to know the work that is being done in the Holy See, especially through meetings on the topics of interest to you and for which our commitment It is common. I thank you therefore for this initiative and I am pleased that I have the opportunity to address you.

In the Message for the 52nd World Day of Peace on January 1st, I drew attention to the need for a good policy, which is "a service to the human community" as a "fundamental vehicle for building citizenship and the works of man "(No. 2). It is the delicate mission to which I encourage you, that of working together, without pause, for the common good. May you always have at heart the promotion of a future for every citizen, in the fundamental respect of the values ​​that are the dignity of persons and of every human life, as well as respecting the institutions of the Principality.

The latter has a long and beautiful tradition of commitment to the environment, in particular with the Alberto II Foundation of Monaco. Today, there is the challenge of global warming and its consequences that endanger the inhabitants, often in a precarious situation, of the maritime regions of our planet. On the humanitarian level, you do a lot to help all kinds of difficulties, in collaboration with the Catholic Church and other Christian Confessions, as well as with many NGOs. The public subsidy for development contributes to various works in disadvantaged countries, in the essential sectors of family support, education, health and socio-economic aid. You have also put in place five pilot programs that show your generosity and your ability to respond to new challenges.

I sincerely hope that, beyond the concrete and necessary help that is brought, every initiative is like a leaven of hope, to generate an attitude of trust in the future and in the other, whoever it is. Our responsibility is great, especially towards the young, so that they may find in us adults who trust them and encourage their talents to enable them to commit themselves together to the service of the common good of their country and of the whole world. In a time of growing distrust and selfishness, sometimes even rejection, it is urgent to weave links between people and countries, so that everyone grows the joyous feeling of their responsibility as the inhabitants of the world, citizen and actor of the future. In this sense, international volunteering for young diplomats and partnerships with solidarity organizations are valuable tools. Moreover, Monegasques can rely on the founding values ​​of the Principality inspired by the Gospel and its message of love. These values ​​offer to them, today as yesterday, the opportunity to root and make the Gospel bear fruit in their own lives and beyond, expressing its unifying force and its perennial novelty at the service of politics, dialogue between cultures, justice and of fraternity.

As I reminded the Ambassadors present at the exchange of good wishes on 7 January, referring to the vision of Pope Paul VI in his speech at the United Nations, "we must get used to thinking [...] in a new way the coexistence of humanity, in a new way routes of history and the destinies of the world. [...] Never before today, in an age of so much human progress, has it become necessary to appeal to the moral conscience of man! The danger comes neither from progress nor from science. [...] The real danger lies in man, master of ever more powerful instruments, acts of ruin and the highest conquests! "(New York, October 4, 1965, No. 7). So in order to rethink our common destiny and build it, we must be aware of our responsibility and take the path of peace with ourselves, peace with others and peace with creation. This is the policy of peace that I invite you to promote, each one of you and all together in the high mission entrusted to you.

Dear friends, I renew my gratitude for this meeting and cordially greet you, through you, Prince Albert II and his family. I ask God to support your efforts and strengthen the bonds that unite you in the service of the Principality and the international community. He abundantly blesses you, your families and all Monegasques. Please do not forget to pray for me. Thank you.
FULL TEXT Release from Vatican va - Unofficial Translation of Italian

World Day for Consecrated Life - Special Prayer Resources to Encourage Vocations

February 2, 2019  In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.

Resources to help you promote World Day for Consecrated Life

Prayers of the Faithful

For those consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience that they may seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits. We pray to the Lord…

For those who have responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to be a consecrated person that they may experience the support of the Church as they continue their growth in holiness. We pray to the Lord…
World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Friday, February 2, 2018 and in parishes on the weekend of February 3-4, 2018. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.
SOURCE: USCCB - Bishops of USA
World Day for Consecrated Life Free Prayer Card - 
View or download the pdf version to print out and share with family and friends.
Watch this Beautiful Video on Consecrated Life which starts at 20s....

Free Recipe : Candlemas Crepes Recipe - Easy to Make - with Variations

Candlemas Crêpe Recipe (makes about 8 crepes)
1 c. Flour
2 Eggs
1 ¼ c. Milk
2 T. Butter, Melted (unsalted butter can be used for dessert crêpes)
¼ t. Salt for dinner crêpes (only a pinch of salt for dessert crêpes)
1 T. Sugar (for dessert crêpes only)
Butter for cooking
You can either mix all ingredients in a blender, food processor or with a whisk till smooth. It’s best to let the batter sit for ½ hour before cooking. You can add a little more milk or a little water if you find the batter is too thick.
Use a skillet that’s about 6 – 8″ in diameter. (I used an 8″ pan and got 8 fairly large crêpes.) Put about ½ to 1 teaspoon of butter in the bottom of the pan, enough to coat it. Melt on medium high heat. Pour in about 2-3 T. batter and tilt or gently swirl the pan so that the batter covers the whole bottom of the skillet. Cook on one side until golden brown. Flip. Cook the other side till it starts to become golden, which should happen quickly, and remove from heat. Repeat this process until you’ve used all the batter.
Fold the crêpes:
Rolled – Put filling on one end of the crêpe and roll it up, sort of like a candle
Savory Crêpes (or Dinner Crêpes)
  • Ham and Gruyere or Swiss Cheese Crêpes – Cube ham and fry, place in crêpe with shredded cheese and place in warm oven, at 300 F, to melt. This will take about 10-15 minutes. Cover if needed to prevent the crêpes from drying out. (A variation is to make this with chopped tomatoes.)
  • Mushrooms and Swiss Cheese – Sautee mushrooms in a little butter. Place in crêpe and top with cheese. Fold crepe and place in warm oven, at 300 F, to melt cheese. This will take about 10-15 minutes. Cover if needed to prevent the crêpes from drying out. (A variation is to make this with chopped tomatoes.)
  • Spinach and Goat Cheese – Sautee spinach. Spread goat cheese on crêpe, top with spinach and fold.
Dessert Crêpes (some of these could be good for breakfast too!)
  • Apple Cinnamon and Walnut Crêpes – Sautee chopped apples and walnuts in a little butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Scoop mixture onto crêpe and fold.
  • Lemon and Powered Sugar Crêpes – Sprinkle confectioners sugar on crêpe and squeeze a little fresh lemon juice on top. Fold and eat!
  • Your Favorite Jam Crêpes – Simply smear the crêpe with jelly, fold over or roll and top with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
  • Nutella and Whipped Cream Crêpe – Spread nutella on crêpe, top with a dollop of whipped cream and fold up.
  • Banana and Nutella Crêpes – Spread nutella on crepe, and top with thinly sliced bananas. Fold crêpe and enjoy!
  • Sugared Crêpes – Sprinkle crêpe with sugar and fold or roll up. These work well if you want to eat them by hand.
  • Ice Cream Crêpe – Put vanilla ice cream on crêpe, some hot chocolate syrup and whipped cream and fold it up.
  • Hot Fudge and Strawberry Crêpes – Clean and slice strawberries and place on crêpe, cover with hot fudge and a dollop of whip cream. Fold. (Shared from Waldorf Homeschoolers/Image SweetasHoney)

Feast February 2 : Our Lady of Good Success

Our Lady of Good Success Date: very early 17th c., first approved 1611 Place: Quito, Ecuador Visionary: Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres The story of Our Lady of Good Success is a most fascinating one -- and incredibly important and timely, as many of the prophecies of our Lady and our Lord given to Mariana pertain explicitly to the 20th c. and thereafter. Mother Mariana was a Spanish Conceptionist nun, blessed with the charismata of discernment and prophecy, who ran a convent in Quito, Ecuador. First, Our Lady told her to make a life-sized statue of her holding the Infant Jesus under the title "Our Lady of Good Success." The statue was begun by a local sculptor, but was miraculously completed in 1611 by the Archangels. Our Lady told her that at the end of the 19th Century and especially in the 20th Century, Satan would reign almost completely by the means of the Masonic sect. She told Mother Mariana that this battle would reach its most acute stage because of various unfaithful religious, who, "under the appearance of virtue and bad-spirited zeal, would turn upon Religion, who nourished them at her breast."
SEE ALSO: Novena to Our Lady of Good Success - Miracle Prayers to Share!  https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2019/02/novena-to-our-lady-of-good-success.html
"During this time, insomuch as this poor country will lack the Christian spirit, the Sacrament of Extreme Unction will be little esteemed. Many people will die without receiving it - either because of the negligence of their families or their false sentimentality that tries to protect the sick from seeing the gravity of their situations, or because they will rebel against the spirit of the Catholic Church, impelled by the malice of the devil. Thus many souls will be deprived of innumerable graces, consolations and the strength they need to make that great leap from time to eternity..." "As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and profaned in the fullest sense of the word. Masonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the objective of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin, encouraging the procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church. The Christian spirit will rapidly decay, extinguishing the precious light of Faith until if reaches the point that there will be an almost total and general corruption of customs. The effects of secular education will increase, which will be one reason for the lack of priestly and religious vocations..." "The Sacred Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed and despised. ...The demon will try to persecute the Ministers of the Lord in every possible way and he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation, corrupting many of them. These corrupted priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will incite the hatred of the bad Christians and the enemies of the Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church to fall upon all priests. This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous sufferings to the good Pastors of the Church...." "Moreover, in these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury which, acting thus to snare the rest into sin, will conquer innumerable frivolous souls who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women, and in this supreme moment of need of the Church, those who should speak will fall silent." "But know, beloved daughter, that when your name is made known in the 20th century, there will be many who will not believe, claiming that this devotion is not pleasing to God...A simple humble faith in the truth of My apparitions to you, My predilect child, will be reserved for humble and fervent souls docile to the inspirations of grace, for Our Heavenly Father communicates His secrets to the simple of heart, and not to those whose hearts are inflated with pride, pretending to know what they do not, or self-satisfied with empty knowledge..." Our Lady said, "...the secular Clergy will leave much to be desired because priests will become careless in their sacred duties. Lacking the divine compass, they will stray from the road traced by God for the priestly ministry, and they will become attached to wealth and riches, which they will unduly strive to obtain. How the Church will suffer during this dark night! Lacking a Prelate and Father to guide them with paternal love, gentleness, strength, wisdom and prudence, many priests will lose their spirit, placing their souls in great danger. This will mark the arrival of My hour." "Therefore, clamor insistently without tiring and weep with bitter tears in the privacy of your heart, imploring our Celestial Father that, for love of the Eucharistic Heart of my Most Holy Son and His Precious Blood shed with such generosity and the profound bitterness and sufferings of His cruel Passion and Death, He might take pity on His ministers and bring to an end those Ominous times, sending to this Church the Prelate who will restore the spirit of its priests." She predicted a truly Catholic president of Ecuador who would dedicate that country to the Sacred Heart and who would be assassinated by Masons (this happened during the presidency of Gabriel Garcia Moreno, 1821-1875. Read more here). She predicted that the Immaculate Conception and Papal Infallibility would be strictly defined and declared dogma (these happened in 1854 and 1870, respectively). The Infant Jesus part of the statue isn't original: a Conceptionist sister hid the original statue during a revolution and died before revealing where she'd secreted it. Our Lady told Mother Mariana that the original statue would be found after the restoration of the Church had begun. Mother Mariana predicted the day and exact hour of her death (she died at 3:00 P.M. on January 16, 1635). After death, her body remained flexible and lovely. A blind girl was cured at Mother's wake when a flower that encircled Mother's head was touched to her eyes. In 1906, Mother Mariana's casket was opened and her body was found to be incorrupt, exuding the fragrance of lilies. One may view it by visiting the convent in Quito. (Edited from FishEaters)

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday February 2, 2019 - #Eucharist - Presentation of Jesus



Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Lectionary: 524


Reading 1MAL 3:1-4

Thus says the Lord God:
Lo, I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the temple
the LORD whom you seek,
And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
But who will endure the day of his coming?
And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner's fire,
or like the fuller's lye.
He will sit refining and purifying silver,
and he will purify the sons of Levi,
Refining them like gold or like silver
that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.
Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
will please the LORD,
as in the days of old, as in years gone by.

Responsorial PsalmPS 24:7, 8, 9, 10

R. (8) Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
reach up, you ancient portals,
that the king of glory may come in!
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Who is this king of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle.
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
reach up, you ancient portals,
that the king of glory may come in!
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Who is this king of glory?
The LORD of hosts; he is the king of glory.
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!

Reading 2HEB 2:14-18

Since the children share in blood and flesh,
Jesus likewise shared in them,
that through death he might destroy the one
who has the power of death, that is, the Devil,
and free those who through fear of death
had been subject to slavery all their life.
Surely he did not help angels
but rather the descendants of Abraham;
therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters
in every way,
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
to expiate the sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
he is able to help those who are being tested.

AlleluiaLK 2:32

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A light of revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 2:22-40 OR 2:22-32

When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
Band you yourself a sword will pierceB
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.

or

When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”