Monday, July 29, 2019

Saint July 30 : St. Peter Chrysologus - the "Golden-Worded" a Bishop who Died in 450 AD

St. Peter Chrysologus
Feast: July 30
Born at Imola, 406; died there, 450. His biography, first written by Agnellus (Liber pontificalis ecclesiæ Ravennatis) in the ninth century, gives but scanty information about him. He was baptised, educated, and ordained deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola, and was elevated to the Bishopric of Ravenna in 433. There are indications that Ravenna held the rank of metropolitan before this time. His piety and zeal won for him universal admiration, and his oratory merited for him the name Chrysologus  "golden-worded". He shared the confidence of Leo the Great and enjoyed the patronage of the Empress Galla Placidia. After his condemnation by the Synod of Constantinople (448), the Monophysite Eutyches endeavoured to win the support of Peter, but without success.
A collection of his homilies, numbering 176, was made by Felix, Bishop of Ravenna (707-17). Some are interpolations, and several other homilies known to be written by the saint are included in other collections under different names. They are in a great measure explanatory of Biblical texts and are brief and concise. He has explained beautifully the mystery of the Incarnation, the heresies of Arius and Eutyches, and the Apostles' Creed, and he dedicated a series of homilies to the Blessed Virgin and St. John the Baptist. His works were first edited by Agapitus Vicentinus (Bologna, 1534), and later by D. Mita (Bolonga, 1634), and S. Pauli (Venice, 1775) — the latter collection having been reprinted in P.L., LII. Fr. Liverani ("Spicilegium Liberianum"), Florence, 1863, 125 seq.) edited nine new homilies and published from manuscripts in Italian libraries different readings of several other sermons. Several homilies were translated into German by M. Held (Kempten, 1874).
Source: the Catholic Encyclopedia

#BreakingNews Historic 125-year-old Church of the Visitation Destroyed by Fire in Texas

The 125-year-old Church of the Visitation in Wesphalia, Texas, USA burned to the ground Monday, July 29, 2019 in Westphalia.

“(It’s) extremely difficult and painful to be here,” said Joe Vasquez, bishop of the Austin Diocese.

“I’m very deeply affected by this and I know the people here are also heartbroken,” he said.

Residents were able to save the tabernacle, which houses the Blessed Sacrament, from the church as the fire burned.
It was the largest wooden structure west of the Mississippi River.

“This architectural beauty is now a loss and that’s what saddens all of us here.”

The congregation was in the midst of planning for the celebration of the 125th anniversary of completion of the church building when the fire broke out Monday morning.

Firefighters from across the area responded to the church Monday, July 29, 2019.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Work on the building started in 1894, by German immigrants, and the building was designed in the shape of a Latin cross with a bell tower on each side of the center area.

The building contains more than 20 stained glass windows, all shipped to Central Texas from Germany, the largest of which was behind the main altar and depicted the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin.
In May 1996 the church was recognized as a Rural Historic District and were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The church’s website lists its congregation as 185 families with 500 parishioners.
Edited from KWTX - Texas
The Video below shows the beauty of the interior of the Church before the fire: 

RIP Cardinal José Manuel Estepa Llaurens - Death of Spanish Cardinal at age 93

Pope recalls the generous service of late Card. Estepa Llaurens
In a telegram, Pope Francis expressed his condolence at the death of Spanish Cardinal José Manuel Estepa Llaurens, who died on Sunday.
Spanish Cardinal José Manuel Estepa Llaurens passed away on July 21.  The 93-year-old cardinal served as the Archbishop Military Ordinary of Spain for two decades.

In a telegram to the current Military Ordinary of Spain, Archbishop Juan del Río Martín, the Holy Father, while conveying his condolences and spiritual closeness to the relatives of Cardinal Estepa, also remembered with gratitude the fruits of “his constant and generous service to the Church”.

A priest of Madrid Archdiocese, Card. Estepa Llaurens was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese in 1972.

He served as the Archbishop of the Military Ordinariate of Spain for 20 years from 1983 until his retirement in 2003.

Pope Benedict XVI made him cardinal in 2010 at the age of 84.

Card. Estepa Llaurens served as a member of the commission of 6 bishops that edited the 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church and helped in overseeing the release of its Spanish translation.

With the death of Card. Estepa Llaurens, the numbers of cardinals worldwide now stands at 218, of whom 120 are below 80 years of age and hence are eligible to vote in a conclave for a new pope.
FULL TEXT Source: Vatican News va

#BreakingNews 103 people Killed in 10 days in Syria - An ongoing War with many Children as Casualities

Violence compounded in Syria: more than hundred dead and 400,000 displaced
A Church source told AsiaNews that people "continue to die every day", asks for prayers. At least 400,000 have been displaced from Idlib in the past three months, as government and rebel groups fight over the region. More than a hundred people have been killed in the past ten days, many of them civilians. A girl, Riham, becomes the symbol of the horrors of war.

Damascus (AsiaNews) – Syria is seeing "violence on top of more violence", an escalation that has intensified in recent days, this despite Pope Francis’s recent letter to President Bashar al-Assad, a Church source in Damascus told AsiaNews.

The same source, anonymous for security reason, had previously cited "criticisms" and "misunderstandings" regarding the letter and "increasingly fierce attacks" in Idlib, Hama and Aleppo.

Noting that "Innocent people continue to die every day”, the source asks people “pray for us" as there is still no end in sight to a war that has already lasted over eight years.

The tragic nature of conflict is best illustrated by an image (pictured) carried by regular and social media around the world.

The photo, taken by a journalist, comes from Ariha, in the northern province of Idlib, the last stronghold of pro-Turkish and jihadist groups. Government forces have already attacked the area, and have been planning an offensive for some time.

The picture shows a five-year-old girl, Riham, covered by the rubbles of her home, as she holds out her hand to her sister Toqa, only seven months old, whom she is trying in vain to save.

Other images from SY.24 show the father who tries, with a final desperate move, to save the two daughters who fall into the rubble.

Local witnesses say that Riham died under the rubble, still holding the hand of her little sister who is now at a hospital in intensive care fighting for her life.

As the violence intensifies, in the wake of the moderate optimism of the past few months about a long-term solution to the conflict, the number of refugees and casualties mount, UN sources report.

Over the past three months, more than 400,000 have been displaced in north-western Syria, this according to David Swanson, an official with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Repeated attacks by the Syrian army, backed by its Russian ally, against terrorist and jihadist targets have triggered a new exodus in Idlib province, but the situation is critical near Aleppo, Hama and Latakia as well.

As refugees stream northward along the border with Turkey, the latter is trying to repatriate refugees it has hosted for the past few years.

OCHA’s latest report notes that “Camps for the displaced people are overcrowded, with many people forced to stay in the open air.” What is more, “Roughly two-thirds of people displaced are staying outside camps.”

About half of the three million people living in Idlib and its province were displaced from other parts of Syria or people who fled rebel-held areas retaken by the government.

In addition to refugees, casualties are also mounting. According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, government air attacks have killed at least 103 people with hospitals, schools and public markets bombed.

“These are civilian objects, and it seems highly unlikely, given the persistent pattern of such attacks, that they are all being hit by accident,” Bachelet said, adding that the rising toll had been met with “apparent international indifference”.
FULL TEXT Release from Asia News IT

Special Novena to St. Martha - Miracle Prayer to the Patron of Cooks and Housewives

The prayer that follows should be recited for nine consecutive Tuesdays, lighting a candle on each Tuesday. This miraculous Saint has been known to grant anything, no matter how difficult it is, before the ninth Tuesday.
 Saint Martha, I resort to thy aid and protection. As proof of my affection and faith, I offer thee this light, which I shall burn every Tuesday.
 Comfort me in all my difficulties and through the great favors thou didst enjoy when the Savior was lodged in thy house, intercede for my family, that we be provided for in our neccessities. I ask of thee, Saint Martha, to overcome all difficulties as thou didst overcome the dragon which thou hadst at thy feet. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
 Recite the following prayers...
 Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be...
Prayer for Hospitality 
 O Sweet Jesus, Saint Martha lived in Bethany with her brother and sister, Saints Lazarus and Mary. She attended to Your physical needs while You rested and fellowshipped with good friends. I ask her to pray for my gift of hospitality. Teach me, dear Lord, how to truly welcome friends, family, and strangers. Increase in me the same respect for them as I would give to You if You appeared in the flesh. Help me to invite You into my home through the choices I make in television shows, conversations with others, and the type of jokes I tell or listen to. Give me a spirit of holy hospitality. Saint Martha, pray for me. Amen.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday, July 29, 2019 - #Eucharist

Memorial of Saint Martha
Lectionary: 401/607

Reading 1EX 32:15-24, 30-34

Moses turned and came down the mountain
with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,
tablets that were written on both sides, front and back;
tablets that were made by God,
having inscriptions on them that were engraved by God himself.
Now, when Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting,
he said to Moses, "That sounds like a battle in the camp."
But Moses answered, "It does not sound like cries of victory,
nor does it sound like cries of defeat;
the sounds that I hear are cries of revelry."
As he drew near the camp, he saw the calf and the dancing.
With that, Moses' wrath flared up, so that he threw the tablets down
and broke them on the base of the mountain.
Taking the calf they had made, he fused it in the fire
and then ground it down to powder,
which he scattered on the water and made the children of Israel drink.

Moses asked Aaron, "What did this people ever do to you
that you should lead them into so grave a sin?"
Aaron replied, "Let not my lord be angry.
You know well enough how prone the people are to evil.
They said to me, 'Make us a god to be our leader;
as for the man Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt,
we do not know what has happened to him.'
So I told them, 'Let anyone who has gold jewelry take it off.'
They gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out."

On the next day Moses said to the people,
"You have committed a grave sin.
I will go up to the LORD, then;
perhaps I may be able to make atonement for your sin."
So Moses went back to the LORD and said,
"Ah, this people has indeed committed a grave sin
in making a god of gold for themselves!
If you would only forgive their sin!
If you will not, then strike me out of the book that you have written."
The LORD answered, "Him only who has sinned against me
will I strike out of my book.
Now, go and lead the people to the place I have told you.
My angel will go before you.
When it is time for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin."

Responsorial Psalm PS 106:19-20, 21-22, 23

R.(1a) Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Our fathers made a calf in Horeb
and adored a molten image;
They exchanged their glory
for the image of a grass-eating bullock.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
They forgot the God who had saved them,
who had done great deeds in Egypt,
Wondrous deeds in the land of Ham,
terrible things at the Red Sea.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Then he spoke of exterminating them,
but Moses, his chosen one,
Withstood him in the breach
to turn back his destructive wrath.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

AlleluiaJN 8:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 11:19-27

Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died].
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went to meet him;
but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if you had been here,
my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
God will give you.”
Jesus said to her,
“Your brother will rise.”
Martha said to him,
“I know he will rise,
in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world.”

OrLK 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”