Sunday, July 28, 2019

Saint July 29 : St. Martha the Patron of Cooks , Housewives , Laywomen and Maids

Mentioned only in Luke 10:38-42; and John 11, 12, sqq. The Aramaic form occurs in a Nabatæan inscription found at Puteoli, and now in the Naples Museum; it is dated A.D. 5 (Corpus Inscr. Semit., 158); also in a Palmyrene inscription, where the Greek translation has the form Marthein, A.D. 179. Mary, Martha, and Lazarus are represented by St. John as living at Bethania, but St. Luke would seem to imply that they were, at least at one time, living in Galilee; he does not mention the name of the town, but it may have been Magdala, and we should thus, supposing Mary of Bethania and Mary Magdalene to be the same person, understand the appellative "Magdalene". The words of St. John (11:1) seem to imply a change of residence for the family. It is possible, too, that St. Luke has displaced the incident referred to in Chapter 10. The likeness between the pictures of Martha presented by Luke and John is very remarkable.
The familiar intercourse between the Saviour of the world and the humble family which St. Luke depicts is dwelt on by St. John when he tells us that "Jesus loved Martha, and her sister Mary, and Lazarus" (11:5). Again the picture of Martha's anxiety (John 11:20-21, 39) accords with the picture of her who was "busy about much serving" (Luke 10:40); so also in John 12:2: "They made him a supper there: and Martha served." But St. John has given us a glimpse of the other and deeper side of her character when he depicts her growing faith in Christ's Divinity (11:20-27), a faith which was the occasion of the words: "I am the resurrection and the life." The Evangelist has beautifully indicated the change that came over Martha after that interview: "When she had said these things, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying: The Master is come, and calleth for thee."
 Difficulties have been raised about the last supper at Bethania. St. John seems to put it six days before the Pasch, and, so some conclude, in the house of Martha; while the Synoptic account puts it two days before the Pasch, and in the house of Simon the Leper. We need not try to avoid this difficulty by asserting that there were two suppers; for St. John does not say that the supper took place six days before, but only that Christ arrived in Bethania six days before the Pasch; nor does he say that it was in the house of Martha. We are surely justified in arguing that, since St. Matthew and St. Mark place the scene in the house of Simon, St. John must be understood to say the same; it remains to be proved that Martha could not "serve" in Simon's house.
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Archdiocese of Rouen in France Commemorates Fr. Jacques Hamel who was Killed during Mass 3 years ago - Homily

On July 26, 2019 the Archdiocese of Rouen in France held a commemoration Mass in honor of Fr. Jacques Hamel. On Tuesday July 26, 2016, an attack by ISIS has occurred at a Church in France. A Priest was killed in a hostage-taking on  in St Etienne du Rouvray in France.  Two armed men entered a church near Rouen in northern France. The attackers entered during Mass, taking the priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, 84, and four other people hostage. Police surrounded the church and  shots were fired. Both hostage-takers are now dead. President Francois Hollande said the men claimed to be from Islamic State (IS).  Pope Francis expressed the "pain and horror of this absurd violence". One of the hostages, a nun, had been critically wounded.  Police said the attackers had slit the priest's throat with a knife. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called it a  "barbaric attack".
Full Text Homily by the Archbishop of Rouen - Msgr. Dominique Lebrun:
Brothers and sisters, allow me to greet with affection, from you,
Guy and Janine Coponet, the community of Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul, with Sister
Danièle, Sister Hélène, Sister Huguette.
I greet the family of Jacques, Chantal and
Roseline and their children.
Thank you, Mr Préfet, ladies and gentlemen, the civil and military authorities of
continue to accompany the Catholic community of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.
Happy birthday to you Mr. Mayor as we celebrate today the Saints Joachim and
Anne, parents of the Virgin Mary, grandparents of Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, let's just pause for a moment. Let's open our
hearts to each other, in our paths of faith and life.
"To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven", says Jesus (Mt.
13, 11).
Amazing word: can we know a mystery? Is a mystery always a
mystery if he is known? Word as amazing to the unbeliever if the believer him
really shares his impression: by faith, he is hardly any more advanced in the
knowledge of the mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven, even more interrogative.
Let's try to understand a little bit.
"To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven"
Faith is a door that opens. A door that opens on an infinite horizon, a door
which sometimes opens on an abyss. I believe that Jesus is the Father's envoy ... that this son
of Mary, grandson of Joachim and Anne is, at the same time, the eternal son of the Father, the
second person of the Trinity. I believe that the love of the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit,
is the third person. This communion of love is the greatest mystery of
Kingdom of Heaven. But can I understand that with my intelligence? Can I with
my words describe this? I think in a few minutes, a little bread, a little bit of
wine, our prayer, my priestly ministry will make Jesus present on the altar, as
at each Mass, as this Friday, July 26, 2016. Jesus in communion with his
Father and the Holy Spirit offer us this communion. This is the biggest mystery on the
Earth. But can I with my words explain that?
Brothers and sisters, where are we from the experience of the mysteries of the Kingdom of
heavens ?
The liturgy chooses this passage of Gospel because of the feast of St Anne and St Joachim:
"Happy are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear," says
Jesus (Mt 13:16). It is the happiness that one of my sisters and one of my brothers
shared this week by the birth of two new grandchildren, Sophie and
Teo. Photos are circulating to see, maybe videos to hear. Anne and
Joachim did not have photo and video but their eyes, their female ears,
of man, have rejoiced: their daughter is pregnant, their daughter gives life to a small
The faith of Jesus' disciples is not escape, behind clouds or a galaxy. It
penetrates human reality, gives it all its dimension, all its mystery. Yes, faith
is a door, but not a door to escape or imagine the invisible, but a
door to welcome the mystery that comes to us. In fact, the coming of the Son of God in
Jesus does not dismiss the mystery, but adds: "Yes, to you, it is given to know
the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. What you see, you see him loaded with
the infinite love of the Father; what you hear, you hear it in the Word of God,
as the Word of God; what you experience beautiful, good, good is the breath of
God, his Spirit who lives in you.
The Christian mystery is to believe that what we live on this earth belongs to
Kingdom of Heaven. When a Christian goes to the Holy Land, he lets himself be seized by the sky
which reveals to the earth its mystery: human life becomes mystery. Dare I say here
that this is one of the things I envy Muslims: the obligatory pilgrimage!
Of course not in Mecca but in Bethlehem, in Nazareth, in Jerusalem as it was
finally lived Jacques Hamel four years before dying, like you too, his relatives,
have lived it, with a particular emotion.
Life becomes mystery; its reality is discovered. During the investigation of the cause of
Beatification of Father Jacques Hamel, his life was scrutinized, the witnesses were
heard, his homilies were examined. His life has become even more mysterious
than before, richer, more beautiful, more profound!
Which of us is not seized by the mystery of life endowed with infinite love,
particular to the day of birth of a little man? Believers and unbelievers
join in this wonder, this questioning. But now that love
infinite meets quickly, too quickly limit, stupidity, sometimes malice and cruelty.
And the temptation is strong to close the door to see only the surface of life.
So, we risk going on at this level, through revenge or scapegoats.
It is right, however, that our minds rebel. As we rebelled
and we still rebel before the murder of a priest in his church, before any
violent death - we think of Mr. Mamoudou Barry - in front of, I hope, all
To respond to violence with violence is to cover the mystery of life
full of infinite love with darkness. Ask God for grace not to close the door at
mystery, to welcome him in the joy of an adventure of which we know that it is
fight for peace, in peace, by peace. And this fight, we believe that Jesus in
is the winner. Jacques Hamel gave his life for this, every day, as a result of
Jesus. This is the true mystery that illuminates his life and his death.
Archbishop of Rouen.

Pope Francis explains Christian prayer - "It is dialogue between people who love each other, a dialogue based on trust..." Full Text

St. Peter's Square
Sunday, 28 July 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

In today's page of the Gospel (see Lk 11: 1-13), St. Luke narrates the circumstances in which Jesus teaches the "Our Father". They, the disciples, already know how to pray, reciting the formulas of the Jewish tradition, but they also wish to be able to live the same "quality" of the prayer of Jesus. Because they can see that prayer is an essential dimension in the life of their Master, in fact each of its important actions is characterized by prolonged prayer stops. Moreover, they remain fascinated because they see that He does not pray like the other masters of the time, but his prayer is an intimate bond with the Father, so much so that they wish to participate in these moments of union with God, to fully savor its sweetness.

Thus, one day, they wait for Jesus to conclude the prayer, in a secluded place, and then they ask: "Lord, teach us to pray" (v.1). Responding to the explicit question of the disciples, Jesus does not give an abstract definition of prayer, nor does he teach an effective technique for praying and "getting" something. Instead, he invites his followers to experience prayer, placing them directly in communication with the Father, arousing in them a longing for a personal relationship with God, with the Father. Here is the novelty of Christian prayer! It is dialogue between people who love each other, a dialogue based on trust, supported by listening and open to solidarity. It is a dialogue of the Son with the Father, a dialogue between children and the Father. This is Christian prayer.

Therefore he gives them the prayer of the "Our Father", perhaps the most precious gift left to us by the divine Master in his earthly mission. After having revealed to us his mystery of Son and brother, with that prayer Jesus makes us penetrate into the paternity of God; I want to emphasize this: when Jesus teaches us, the Our Father makes us enter into the fatherhood of God and shows us the way to enter into a prayerful and direct dialogue with Him, through the path of filial confidence. And a dialogue between the father and his son, of the son with the father. What we ask in the "Our Father" is already all done to us in the Only-begotten Son: the sanctification of the Name, the advent of the Kingdom, the gift of bread, forgiveness and liberation from evil. As we ask, we open our hand to receive. Receive the gifts that the Father showed us in the Son. The prayer that the Lord has taught us is the synthesis of every prayer, and we always address it to the Father in communion with the brothers. Sometimes it happens that in prayer there are distractions but many times we feel like the desire to stop on the first word: "Father" and feel that paternity in the heart.

Then Jesus tells the parable of the importunate friend and says Jesus: "we must insist on prayer". I am reminded of what children do when they are three, three and a half years old: they begin to ask for things they do not understand. In my land it is called "the age of whys", I believe that even here it is the same. The children begin to look at their dad and say, "Dad, why ?, Dad, why?" They ask for explanations. We are careful: when the father begins to explain why, they arrive with another question without listening to the whole explanation. What happen? It happens that children feel insecure about many things that they begin to understand halfway. They just want to attract their father's gaze on them and for this: "Why, why, why?" We, in the Our Father, if we stop at the first word, we will do the same as when we were children, attract the gaze of the father on us. Saying "Father, Father", and also saying: "Why?" And He will look at us.

We ask Mary, a praying woman, to help us pray to the Our Father united to Jesus to live the Gospel, guided by the Holy Spirit.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

I learned with grief the news of the dramatic shipwreck that occurred in recent days in the waters of the Mediterranean, where dozens of migrants, including women and children, lost their lives. I renew a heartfelt appeal for the international community to act promptly and decisively, to avoid the repetition of similar tragedies and to guarantee the safety and dignity of all. I invite you to pray with me for the victims and their families. And also to ask with the heart: "Father, why?" [Minute of silence follows]

I greet all of you, Romans and pilgrims from Italy and from various parts of the world: families, parish groups, associations.

In particular, I greet the Sisters of St. Elizabeth from different countries, the AVART Organización Internacional de Arte y Cultura Mexicana group from Puebla (Mexico) and the youth of the Santa Rita da Cascia parish in Turin. I see a Uruguayan flag but I don't see the mate! Welcome! I also greet the many Poles I see here with the flags and also the group of Spaniards.
I wish you all a good Sunday and please do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye!

Saint July 28 : St. Samson a Bishop and Confessor of Wales

St. Samson
Feast: July 28

Feast Day:July 28
Born:490 at south Wales
Died:565 at Brittany
Bishop and confessor, born in South Wales; died 28 July, 565 (?). The date of his birth is unknown. His parents whose names are given as Amon of Dyfed and Anna of Gwynedd, were of noble, but not royal, birth. While still an infant he was dedicated to God and entrusted to the care of St. Illtyd, by whom he was brought up in the monastery of Llantwit Major. He showed exceptional talents in his studies, and was eventually ordained deacon and priest by St. Dubric. After this he retired to another monastery, possibly after that on Caldy Island, to practise greater austerities, and some years later became it abbot. About this time some Irish monks who were returning from Rome happened to visit Samson's monastery. So struck was the abbot by their learning and sanctity that he accompanied them to Ireland, and there remained some time. During h is visit he received the submission of an Irish monastery, and, on his return to Wales, sent one of his uncles to act as its superior. His fame as a worker of miracles now attracted so much attention that he resolved to found a new monastery or cell "far from the haunts of men", and accordingly retired with a few companions to a lonely spot on the banks of the Severn. He was soon discovered, however, and forced by his fellow-countrymen to become abbot of the monastery formerly ruled by St. Germanus; here St. Dubric consecrated him bishop but without appointment to any particular see. Now, being warned by an angel, he determined to leave England and, after some delay, set sail for Brittany. He landed near Dol, and there built a monastery which became the centre of his episcopal work in the district. Business taking him to Paris, he visited King Childebert there, and was nominated by him as Bishop of Dol; Dol, however, did not become a regular episcopal see till about the middle of the ninth century. Samson attained the age of 85 years, and was buried at Dol. Several early lives of Samson exist. The oldest, printed by Mabillon in his "Acta Sanctorum" from a manuscript at Cîteaux, and again by the Bollandists, claims to be compiled from information derived from Samson's contemporaries, which would refer it to about 600. Dom Plaine in the "Analecta Bollandiana" has edited another and fuller life (from manuscript Andeg., 719), which he regards as earlier than Mabillon's. Later lives are numerous.

SOURCE: the Catholic Encyclopedia