Friday, September 6, 2019

Saint September 7 : St. Cloud - the son of King Clovis and Prince of France who consecrated himself to the service of God



Saint Cloud is the most illustrious Saint among the princes of the royal family of the first French dynasty, the Merovingians (499-752). Born in 522, he was the son of Chlodomir, King of Orleans and eldest son of Clovis and Saint Clotilda. He was not yet three years old when his father was killed during a war. His grandmother, Saint Clotilda, brought him and his two brothers to Paris to be educated, and loved them dearly.
\ Their ambitious uncles, however, desiring to divide the kingdom of Orleans between themselves, slew with their own hands the two young brothers of Cloud. He, by a special dispensation of Providence, was saved from the massacre. Later, renouncing the world, he privately consecrated himself to the service of God. After distributing to the poor what he could salvage of his heritage, he retired to a hermitage to be under the discipline of a holy recluse named Severinus, who dwelt near the gates of Paris and who clothed him with the monastic habit. His uncles left him alone, seeing his inalterable decision to live as a religious, and conceded certain heritages to him. When he became famous through an act of charity rewarded by a miracle, he withdrew secretly to Provence. There again, his hermitage was sought out by petitioners. He decided to return to Paris, where he was received with the greatest joy.

At the earnest request of the people, he was ordained a priest in 551 by Eusebius, Bishop of Paris, and served the Church of that city for some time in the functions of the sacred ministry. Again he found himself in great honor; he therefore retired to Nogent, a place now known as Saint Cloud, two leagues south of Paris, where he built a monastery. There he was joined by many pious men, who fled from the world for fear of losing their souls in its midst. Saint Cloud was chosen by them to be their Superior, and he animated them to virtue both by word and example. He was also indefatigable in instructing and exhorting the faithful of the neighboring regions. He died at Nogent in 560, and the major part of his relics remain still in the parochial church of the village. (written source: Magnificat.ca)

Thousands at Mass with Pope Francis who said “May the peace of Christ act as the umpire in your hearts” FULL TEXT Homily + Video


Pope's homily at Mass in Maputo: full text
Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass in Maputo's Zimpeto Stadium on the second day of his apostolic visit to Mozambique. The full text of his prepared remarks is below:
Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis,
Votive Mass for the Progress of Peoples
Maputo, Zimpeto Stadium
Friday, 6 September 2019
         We have heard a passage of the Sermon on the Plain, taken from the Gospel of Luke.  After choosing his disciples and proclaiming the Beatitudes, Jesus adds: “But I say to you that listen, love your enemies” (Lk 6:27).  Today, his words are also addressed to us, who hear them in this Stadium.

         Jesus speaks with clarity, simplicity and firmness as he traces a path, a narrow path that demands certain virtues.  For Jesus is no idealist, someone who ignores reality.  He is talking about specific enemies, real enemies, the kind he described in the previous Beatitude (v. 22): those who hate us, exclude us, revile us and defame us.

         Many of you can still tell your own stories of violence, hatred and conflict; some concerning things that happened to you personally, others concerning people you knew who are no longer alive, and others still, out of fear that the past wounds will reopen and reverse the progress already made towards peace, as in Cabo Delgado.

         Jesus is not calling us to an abstract, ethereal or theoretical love, like that celebrated in fine speeches. The path he proposes is one that he himself already took, the path that led him to love those who betrayed him, who judged him unjustly, who killed him.

         It is not easy to speak of reconciliation while wounds are still open from the years of conflict, or to take a step towards forgiveness, which is not the same as ignoring pain or giving up our memories or ideals (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 100).  Even so, Jesus Christ is calling us to love and to do good.  This means much more than simply ignoring the persons who harmed us, or trying to avoid encountering them.  Jesus commands us to show an active, impartial and extraordinary benevolence towards those who have hurt us.  Nor does Jesus stop there.  He also asks us to bless them and to pray for them.  In other words, to speak of them with words of blessing, with words of life not death, to speak their names not in insult or revenge, but to establish a new bond which brings peace.   It is a high standard that the Master sets before us!

         In inviting us to do this, Jesus wants to end forever that common practice of being Christians yet living under the law of retaliation.  We cannot look to the future, or build a nation, an equitable society, on the basis of violence.  I cannot follow Jesus if I live my life by the rule of “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for tooth”.

         No family, no group of neighbours, no ethnic group, much less a nation, has a future if the force that unites them, brings them together and resolves their differences is vengeance and hatred.  We cannot come to terms and unite for the sake of revenge, or treating others with the same violence with which they treated us, or plotting opportunities for retaliation under apparently legal auspices.  “Weapons of violence, rather than providing solutions, create new and more serious conflicts” (Evangelii Gaudium, 60).  An “equity” born of violence is always a spiral with no escape, and its cost is extremely high.  Yet another path is possible, for it is crucial not to forget that our peoples have a right to peace.  You have a right to peace.

         To make his commandment more concrete and applicable in daily life, Jesus proposes a first golden rule, one within the reach of all.  “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Lk 6:31).  And he helps us realize what is most important in this way of acting towards others: to love each other, to help each other and to lend without expecting anything in return.

         “Love one another”, Jesus tells us.  Paul translates this as “clothe yourselves with compassion and kindness” (Col 3:12).  The world disregards and continues to ignore the virtue of mercy, of compassion.  It kills or abandons the handicapped and the elderly, eliminates the wounded and infirm, or shows itself more concerned with the suffering of animals.  It has not practiced the goodness and kindness that lead us to consider the needs of our beloved neighbour as our own.

         Overcoming times of division and violence calls not only for an act of reconciliation or peace, in the sense of an absence of conflict.  It also calls for daily commitment on the part of everyone to an attentive and active concern that makes us treat others with the same mercy and goodness with which we ourselves want to be treated.  An attitude of mercy and goodness above all towards those who, by their place in society, quickly encounter rejection and exclusion.  An attitude not of the weak but of the strong, an attitude of men and women who realize that it is not necessary to mistreat, denigrate or crush others in order to feel ourselves important, but rather the contrary…  And this attitude is the prophetic strength that Jesus Christ himself showed us by his desire to be identified with them (cf. Mt 25:35-45) and by teaching us the path of service.

         Mozambique is a land of abundant natural and cultural riches, yet paradoxically, great numbers of its people live below the poverty level.  And at times it seems that those who approach with the alleged desire to help have other interests.  Sadly, this happens with brothers and sisters of the same land, who let themselves be corrupted.  It is very dangerous to think that this is the price to be paid for foreign aid.

         “It cannot be like that with you” (Mt 20:26; cf. vv. 26-28).  Jesus’ words urge us to take the lead in a different way of acting: that of his kingdom.  To be seeds, here and now, of joy and hope, peace and reconciliation.  What the Spirit has come to bring about is not a feverish activism but above all a concern for others, acknowledging and appreciating them as our brothers and sisters, even to the point of identifying with their lives and their pain.  This is the best barometer for gauging any kind of ideology that would manipulate the poor and situations of injustice for the sake of political or personal interest (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 199).  In this way, in all those places where we encounter one another, we can be seeds and instruments of peace and reconciliation.

         We want peace to reign in our hearts and in the lives of our people.  We want a future of peace.  We want “the peace of Christ to reign in our hearts” (Col 3.15), as the letter of Saint Paul said so well.  Here Paul uses a word taken from the world of sports, which evokes the umpire or referee who settles disputed issues. “May the peace of Christ act as the umpire in your hearts”.  If the peace of Christ acts as the umpire in our hearts, whenever our feelings are in conflict or we feel torn between two contrary feelings, “we should play Christ’s game”, and let his decision keep us on the path of love, the path of mercy, in the option for the most poor and the protection of nature.  The path of peace.  If Jesus were to serve as the umpire for the conflicting emotions in our hearts, in the complex decisions of our country, then Mozambique will be ensured a future of hope.  Then your country will “sing with heartfelt gratitude to God in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” (Col 3:16).
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#BreakingNews Woman who was Brain Dead for nearly 4 Months gives Birth to Healthy Baby Girl


A woman who was brain dead for 117 days was still able to give birth to a healthy baby girl. The expectant 27-year-old from the Czech Republic, who had a rare medical condition called arteriovenous malformation, had a brain hemorrhage April 21, according to Brno University Hospital. The woman was found unconscious and was later declared brain dead, according to Reuters. Doctors kept the woman alive for nearly four months to preserve the life of her baby. "Brno University Hospital doctors and nurses overwrote the history of medicine," the Czech hospital wrote in a translated tweet Monday. "For 117 days they were maintaining vital functions in a pregnant, brain dead woman. Then a healthy baby girl was born." The little girl, named Eliska, was born Aug. 15, weighing approximately 4 pounds, 10 ounces, EuroNews reported. The little girl has since been taken home to her father. Only about 20 similar cases have been reported worldwide, according to a hospital press release, although Eliska's case was the longest. Edited from Source:  https://www.wcvb.com - ABC

Wow Pope Francis visits HIV-AIDS Hospital and tells workers ".. become an expression of the Heart of Jesus..." FULL TEXT + Video


APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS
IN MOZAMBIQUE, MADAGASCAR AND MAURIZIO
(4 - 10 September 2019)

VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL OF ZIMPETO

GREETING OF THE HOLY FATHER

Maputo
Friday, 6 September 2019

Dear brothers and sisters!

Thank you very much for the warm and fraternal welcome, and also for the words of Cacilda. Thank you for your life and your testimony, an expression that this multi-purpose health center "Sant Egidio" of Zimpeto is a manifestation of God's love, always ready to blow life and hope where death and suffering abound.

I cordially greet the authorities, health workers, the sick with their families and everyone present. In seeing how much competence, professionalism and love you take care of and welcome so many sick, concretely people with AIDS / HIV, especially women and children, I am reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan.

All those who have passed by here, all those who arrive caught in despair and anguish resemble that man abandoned by the roadside. And you, here, did not pass by at a distance, you did not continue on your way as others had done (the Levite and the priest). This Center shows us that there were those who stopped and felt compassion, those who did not succumb to the temptation to say "there is nothing to do", "it is impossible to fight this scourge" and he has been busy with courage to look for solutions. You, as Cacilda said, have listened to the silent, almost imperceptible cry of so many women, of so many people who lived in shame, marginalized, judged by everyone. That is why you have expanded this home - where the Lord lives with those at the side of the road - to cancer patients, tuberculosis patients and hundreds of malnourished people, especially children and young people.

Thus all the people who, at various levels, are part of this health community become an expression of the Heart of Jesus, so that no one thinks "that their cry has fallen on deaf ears. [...] [They are] a sign of sharing for those in need, to feel the active presence of a brother and sister. It is not an act of delegation what the poor need, but the personal involvement of those who hear their cry. The solicitude of believers cannot be limited to a form of assistance - although necessary and providential at first - but requires that attention of love that honors the other as a person and seeks his good "(Message for the Second Day World of the Poor, November 18, 2018, No. 3). Listening to this cry led you to understand that medical treatment, although necessary, was not enough; therefore you have considered the problem in its entirety to restore dignity to women and children, helping them to plan a better future.

In this immense field, which has opened up before you thanks to continuous listening, you have also experienced your limit: the lack of any kind of means. The program, which you have developed and connected with other places in the world, is an example of humility for recognizing your limits, and creativity for networking. The free and voluntary commitment of many people from different professions who have provided their precious collaboration to train local operators, contains in itself an enormous human and evangelical value.

At the same time it is wonderful to see how this listening to the weakest of the poor, the sick, puts us in touch with another fragile part of the world: I think of the "symptoms of illness that we feel in the soil, in the water, in the air and in living things. For this reason, among the poorest and most abused poor, there is our oppressed and devastated land, which "groans and suffers the pains of childbirth" (Rom 8:22) "(Enc. Laudato si ', 2). As the makonde art sculptures teach us - the so-called ujamaa with various figures clinging to each other in which unity and solidarity over the individual prevail -, we must realize that we are all part of the same trunk. You have been able to understand it and this listening has led you to seek sustainable means in the search for energy, as well as in the collection and reserve of water; your low environmental impact options are a virtuous model, an example to follow given the urgency imposed by the deterioration of the planet.
The text of the Good Samaritan ends with the wounded accompanied to the inn, part of the payment given to the innkeeper and the promise of the remainder on his return. Women like Cacilda, the one hundred thousand children who can write a new page of history free from HIV / AIDS and many other anonymous people who today smile because they have been treated with dignity in their dignity, are part of the payment that the Lord has left for you : Presences-gift, which, leaving the nightmare of the disease, without hiding their condition, transmit hope to many people; with that "I dream" they infect many who need to be picked up by the roadside. The other part will be paid to you by the Lord "when He returns", and this must fill you with joy: when we leave, when you return to your daily tasks, when no one will applaud you or praise you, continue to welcome those who come, go to look for the wounded and the defeated in the suburbs ... Let us not forget that their names, written in the sky, have an inscription beside them: these are the blessed of my Father. Renew your efforts, so that here we can continue to "give birth" to hope. Here hope is born.
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Did You Know September is Dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows with Special Promises and Powerful Prayers to Share!

The entire month of September is dedicated by the Church to the honor of Our Lady of Sorrows.
 The devotion to Our Lady’s sorrows remembers the Blessed Virgin Mary’s spiritual martyrdom in with her perfect union with the Passion of Christ as she stood  at the foot of the Cross.
This was her part in salvation history, and thus she is a spiritual Mother of all Christians.
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The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows consists of 7 groups of 7 beads, with 3 additional beads and a Crucifix.  Say each of the sorrow below followed by 7 Hail Mary's. The 7 groups of 7 Hail Mary's are recited in remembrance of
the 7 Sorrows of Mary:
1. The prophecy of Simeon.
2. The flight into Egypt.
3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple.
4. Mary meets Jesus carrying His cross.
5. The Crucifixion
6. Mary received the Body of Jesus from the cross
7. The Body of Jesus is placed in a tomb.
3 Hail Mary's are added in remembrance of the tears Mary shed because of the suffering of her Divine Son. These are said to obtain true sorrow for our sins.
The concluding prayer follows:
V/. Pray for us, O most sorrowful Virgin.
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus, we now implore, both for the present and for the hour of our death, the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose holy soul was pierced at the time of Thy passion by a sword of grief.  Grant us this favor, O Saviour of the world, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.
The Blessed Virgin Mary grants 7 special graces to the souls who honor her daily by saying 7 Hail Mary's
and meditating on her tears and dolors. This devotion was passed on by St. Bridget of Sweden.

PROMISES OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS
 Seven promises Our Lady made, through St. Bridget of Sweden, to those who are devoted to meditating on her Seven Sorrows:
 1. “I will grant peace to their families.”
 2. “They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries.”
 3. “I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.” 4. “I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my Divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.”
 5. “I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.”
 6. “I will visibly help them at the moment of their death. They will see the face of their Mother.”
 7. “I have obtained this grace from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.”
PROMISES OF OUR LORD Also, St. Alphonsus de Liguori in "The Glories of Mary," Our Lord promised four graces to those devoted to the Sorrows of his Blessed Mother:
 1. That those who before death invoke the divine Mother in the name of Her Sorrows will obtain true repentance of all their sins;
2. That He will protect all who have this devotion in their tribulations, and will protect them especially at the hour of death;
 3. That He will impress on their minds the remembrance of His Passion;
 4. That He will place such devout servants in Mother Mary’s hands to do with them as She wishes and to obtain for them all the graces She desires.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : #1stFriday, September 6, 2019 - #Eucharist


Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 435

Reading 1COL 1:15-20

Brothers and sisters:
Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the Body, the Church.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile all things for him,
making peace by the Blood of his cross
through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.

Responsorial PsalmPS 100:1B-2, 3, 4, 5

R. (2b) Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him; bless his name.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
For he is good,
the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.

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.

GospelLK 5:33-39

The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
"The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers,
and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same;
but yours eat and drink."
Jesus answered them, "Can you make the wedding guests fast
while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
then they will fast in those days."
And he also told them a parable.
"No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.
Otherwise, he will tear the new
and the piece from it will not match the old cloak.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins,
and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.
Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.
And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new,
for he says, 'The old is good.'"