Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Saint September 26 : North American Martyrs - the 1st Missionaries who Preached to the Natives

JOURNEY OF A BISHOP REPORT: French Jesuits were among the first missionaries to go to Canada and North America after J. Cartier discovered Canada in 1534. Their mission region extended from Nova Scotia to Maryland.
John de Brebeuf, Gabriel Lalemant, Noel Chabanel, Charles Garnier, Anthony Daniel, Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil and John de Lalande (the first six Jesuits, the last two laymen) preached the gospel to the Iroquois and Huron Indians, and after being tortured, they were martyred.

The martyrdoms took place between 1642 and 1649: Goupil in 1642, Jogues and Lalande on October 18 and 19, 1646 in the area of what is now Auriesville, New York; Daniel on July 4, 1648, Brebeuf and Lalemant in March 1649, Garnier and Chabanel in December 1649--all of these five in Huronia, near present-day Midland, Ontario. Ten years after the martyrdom of St. Isaac Jogues, Kateri Tekakwitha was born in the same village in which he died. These martyrs are co-patrons of Canada.
The missionaries arrived in Canada less than a century after its discovery by Cartier in 1534, in the hope of converting the Indians and setting up "New France." Their opponents were often the English and Dutch colonists. When Isaac Jogues returned to Paris after his first capture and torture, he said to his superior: "Yes, Father, I want whatever our Lord wants, even if it costs a thousand lives." He had written in his mission report: "These tortures are very great, but God is still greater, and immense."



Isaac Jogues' declaration on leaving France to return to the mission in Canada is heroic:

"My heart tells me that if I have the blessing of being used for this mission, I shall go and I shall not  return; but I would be glad if our Lord should fulfil the sacrifice where he began it, and that the small amount of blood I shed in that land should turn out to be an advance payment for that which I would give from all the veins of my body and heart."

In the Office of Readings we have an excerpt from the mission journal of St. John de Brébeuf, who had been a student of the great Jesuit spiritual writer, Louis Lallemant. He wrote:
For two days now I have experienced a great desire to be a martyr and to endure all the torments the martyrs suffered.... I vow to you, Jesus my Savior, that as far as I have the strength I will never fail to accept the grace of martyrdom, if some day you in your infinite mercy should offer it to me, your most unworthy servant.... On receiving the blow of death, I shall accept it from your hands with the fullest delight and joy of spirit.... My God, it grieves me greatly that you are not known, that in this savage wilderness all have not been converted to you, that sin has not been driven from it.

[Excerpted and adapted from Enzo Lodi, Saints of the Roman Calendar
In 1999, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops published a pastoral letter on the Canadian Martyrs to mark the 350th anniversary of the final deaths of these heroic priests in 1649. It may be accessed at: http://www.cccb.ca/site/Files/martyrse.pdf.
SHARED FROM JOURNEY OF A BISHOP

#BreakingNews Polish Catholic Priest Murdered in Brazil RIP Father Kazimierez Wojno


AMERICA/BRAZIL - Parish priest of the Shrine of Our Lady of Health killed during a church robbery
Monday, 23 September 2019

Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - "It is with regret that the Archdiocese of Brasilia announces the death, on Saturday evening (21/9), of Father Kazimierez Wojno (known as Casimiro), parish priest of the Shrine of Our Lady of Health, in the northern sector 702. Born in Poland, Fr. Casimiro was 71 years old and 46 years of priesthood. The archdiocese is following the case.
We invite everyone to participate in the vigil, Mass and funeral at the Parish of Our Lady of Health. Let us pray for his soul, his family and his parish community".
This is the text of the note sent to Fides by the Archdiocese of Brasilia concerning the violent death of Father Casimiro. According to the first police information, 6 men entered the church after the last Mass on Saturday evening and took the priest and the church caretaker as hostages.
Father Casimiro was found dead, with his hands and feet tied and a wire around his neck, in a field beside the church. Unfortunately it is not the first time that this church suffers theft: at Easter religious objects and sacred vessels with the Blessed Sacrament had been stolen.
Father Kazimierz Andrzej Wojno was born on February 3, 1948 in the town of Skłody Borowe in the Diocese of Lomza, Poland. He was ordained a priest on 27 May 1973. A second note from the Archdiocese sent to Fides informs that the funeral will be celebrated today, 23 September, at 2 pm (local time) chaired by the Cardinal Archbishop of Brasilia, Sergio da Rocha. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 23/9/2019)

Pope Francis explains "Today there are more martyrs than at the beginning of the life of the Church, and martyrs are everywhere." Full Text + Video


POPE FRANCIS

GENERAL AUDIENCE

St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, 25 September 2019


Catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles: 9. Stephen "full of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 7.55) between diakonia and martyria.

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Through the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, we continue to follow a journey: the journey of the Gospel to the world. Saint Luke, with great realism, shows both the fruitfulness of this journey and the emergence of some problems within the Christian community. From the beginning there have always been problems. How to harmonize the differences that cohabit within it without contrasts and splits happening?

The community not only welcomed the Jews, but also the Greeks, that is people from the diaspora, non-Jews, with their own culture and sensitivity and with another religion. Today we say "pagans". And these were welcomed. This coexistence determines fragile and precarious balance; and in the face of difficulties does the "tares" appear, and what is the worst darnel that destroys a community? The tares of murmuring, the tares of chatter: the Greeks murmur because of the community's inattention to their widows.

The Apostles begin a process of discernment which consists in considering the difficulties well and seeking solutions together. They find a way out in dividing up the various tasks for a serene growth of the whole ecclesial body and to avoid neglecting both the "race" of the Gospel and the care of the poorest members.

The Apostles are increasingly aware that their main vocation is prayer and the preaching of the Word of God: praying and proclaiming the Gospel; and they resolve the question by establishing a nucleus of "seven men of good reputation, full of Spirit and wisdom" (Acts 6: 3), who, after receiving the laying on of hands, will take care of the service of the tables. These are the deacons who are created for this, for service. The deacon in the Church is not a priest in the second, it is another thing; it is not for the altar, but for service. He is the custodian of service in the Church. When a deacon likes too much to go to the altar, he is wrong. This is not his way. This harmony between service to the Word and service to charity represents the leaven that makes the ecclesial body grow.

And the Apostles create seven deacons, and among the seven "deacons" are particularly distinguished Stephen and Philip. Stephen evangelizes with strength and parresia, but his word meets the most stubborn resistance. Finding no other way to stop him, what do his opponents do? They choose the most petty solution to annihilate a human being: that is, slander or false testimony. And we know that slander always kills. This "diabolical cancer", which arises from the desire to destroy a person's reputation, also attacks the rest of the ecclesial body and seriously damages it when, due to petty interests or to cover up its own defaults, there is a coalition to smear someone.

Conducted in the Sanhedrin and accused by false witnesses - the same they had done with Jesus and the same will do with all the martyrs through false witnesses and slanders - Stephen proclaims a rereading of sacred history centered in Christ, to defend himself. And the Easter of Jesus who died and rose again is the key to the whole history of the covenant. Faced with this overabundance of the divine gift, Stephen bravely denounces the hypocrisy with which the prophets and Christ himself have been treated. And remind them of the story by saying: "Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Just, of whom you have now become traitors and murderers "(Acts 7.52). He doesn't use half words, but he speaks clearly, he tells the truth.

This causes the violent reaction of the listeners, and Stefano is sentenced to death, sentenced to stoning. But he manifests the true "stuff" of the disciple of Christ. He does not look for loopholes, he does not appeal to personalities who can save him but he puts his life back into the Lord's hands and Stephen's prayer is beautiful at that moment: "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit" (Acts 7.59) - and he died as a son of God, forgiving: "Lord, do not impute this sin to them" (Acts 7,60).

These words of Stephen teach us that it is not good speeches that reveal our identity as children of God, but only the abandonment of one's life in the hands of the Father and forgiveness for those who offend us who see the quality of our faith.
Today there are more martyrs than at the beginning of the life of the Church, and martyrs are everywhere. The Church of today is rich in martyrs, is irrigated by their blood which is "seed of new Christians" (Tertullian, Apologetic, 50.13) and ensures growth and fruitfulness to the People of God. Martyrs are not "holy cards", but men and women in flesh and blood who - as the Apocalypse says - "have washed their garments, making them white in the blood of the Lamb" (7,14). They are the real winners.

We also ask the Lord that, looking at the martyrs of yesterday and today, we can learn to live a full life, welcoming the martyrdom of daily fidelity to the Gospel and of conformation to Christ.
Greetings in Various Languages:
Je salue cordialement les personnes de langue française, en particulier les pèlerins du diocèse de Tournai, accompagnés de leur Evêque Monseigneur Guy Harpigny. Etienne nous enseigne que ce ne sont pas les beaux discours qui révèlent notre identité de fils de Dieu, mais l’abandon de notre vie dans les mains du Père et le pardon des offenses. Demandons au Seigneur de pouvoir apprendre à vivre une vie pleine, acceptant le martyre de la fidélité quotidienne à l’Evangile et la configuration au Christ. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially the groups from England, Scotland, Denmark, Malta, Norway, Kenya, Australia, Mariana Islands, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the United States of America. In a particular way my greeting goes to the new seminarians of the Venerable English College as they begin their priestly formation here in Rome. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless you!
Herzlich grüße ich die Pilger aus den Ländern deutscher Sprache. Bitten wir darum, dass wir nach dem Vorbild des heiligen Stephanus durch unser Zeugnis des Glaubens und der Liebe den Menschen die Schönheit des Antlitzes Christi aufstrahlen lassen können.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española venidos de España y Latinoamérica. Saludo a los miembros de Renova presentes en Roma durante esta semana para presentar sus trabajos en los Dicasterios. Pidamos de forma constante la fuerza del Espíritu Santo para poder dar la vida cotidianamente, testimoniando hasta el final el amor de Dios con plena libertad y sin miedo, como lo han hecho tantos mártires en la historia y lo siguen haciendo tantos hermanos nuestros todavía hoy. Que el Señor los bendiga.
Com grande afeto, saúdo os peregrinos de língua portuguesa, e de modo particular os brasileiros de Avaré, Salvador, Cachoeira Paulista, bem como os sacerdotes da Sociedade dos Joseleitos de Cristo e os fiéis da Diocese de Coxim, acompanhados pelo seu Bispo, Dom Antonino Migliore. Desejo a todos a graça de permanecer fiéis a Cristo Jesus, como nos ensinaram os mártires. O Espírito Santo vos ilumine para poderdes levar a Bênção de Deus a todos os homens. A Virgem Mãe vele sobre o vosso caminho e vos proteja.
أُرحّبُ بالحجّاجِ الناطقينَ باللغةِ العربية، وخاصةً بوفد الطلاب القادمين من مختلف أنحاء الشرق الأوسط. أيها الإخوةُ والأخواتُ الأعزاء، الشهداء هم أولئك الرجال والنساء الأمناء لقوّة الحب الوديع وصوت الروح القدس، والذين يسعون في حياتهم اليومية لمساعدة الإخوة ومحبّة الله بدون تحفظات؛ هم يعلموننا أنّه بإمكاننا أن نجاهد بقوّة المحبّة والوداعة ضد التسلُّط والعنف والحرب، وأن نحقق السلام بصبر. ليبارككُم الرّبّ!
[I cordially welcome the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, in particular the Middle East Student Delegation! Dear brothers and sisters, the martyrs are those men and women who are faithful to the mild force of love, to the voice of the Holy Spirit, who in everyday life seek to help the brothers and to love God without reserve; they teach us that, with the power of love, with meekness, we can fight against arrogance, violence, war and peace can be achieved with patience. The Lord bless you!]
Serdecznie pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Drodzy bracia i siostry, historia Kościoła od samego początku jest związana z ewangelizacją przez głoszenie Słowa, troskę o biednych i wierność Chrystusowi aż do męczeństwa. Prośmy Pana, abyśmy i my mogli żyć życiem pełnym, dając świadectwo i przyjmując męczeństwo codziennej wierności Ewangelii i Chrystusowi. Z serca wam błogosławię!
[I cordially greet the Polish pilgrims. Dear brothers and sisters, the history of the Church from the beginning is linked to evangelization through the proclamation of the Word, the care of the poor and the witness of fidelity to Christ until martyrdom. We ask the Lord that we too can live a full life, bearing witness and accepting the martyrdom of daily fidelity to the Gospel and to Christ. I bless you heartily!]

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I warmly welcome the Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the participants in the General Chapters of the Missionaries of the Holy Family, of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, of the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver. I urge you to open yourselves docilely to the Holy Spirit to discern new ways of living the respective foundation charisms. I greet the Brothers of the Holy Family, the Members of the Carmelite Family, and all those taking part in the Course promoted by "Rome International Seminar 2019".

I also greet the parishes of Campocavallo di Osimo, with the archbishop of Ancona, Msgr. Spina, and of Viggianello, the Italian Association Victims of Violence, the Opera San Francesco for the Poor of Brescia, and the Zordan Groups of Valdagno and Noi-Huntington.

I am particularly interested in young people, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds.

Next Friday we will celebrate the memory of Saint Vincent de Paul, Founder and Patron of all the Charity Associations. The example of charity given to us by Saint Vincent de Paul, leads us all to a joyful and disinterested service to the most needy, and opens you to the duty of hospitality and the gift of life.

#BreakingNews Earthquake in Pakistan leaves 25 Dead and over 400 Wounded - Please Pray


AsiaNewsIT reports that the Toll from earthquake in Pakistani Kashmir has worsened. First responders deployed
The 5.8 magnitude quake caused 25 confirmed victims and over 400 wounded, many of them in serious condition.  Streets and buildings collapsed.  A father recounts: "It all came down.  The children cried, the old people prayed".

 Islamabad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least 25 victims and 400 people injured, most of them in critical condition: This is the updated toll from a powerful earthquake that hit northern Pakistan, on the border with India yesterday.  The authorities report that telephone lines are currently suspended in rural areas due to a lack of electricity.  Meanwhile Lieutenant General Mohammad Afzal, head of the Authority for the management of natural disasters (Ndma), said that the rescue operations are at work and the situation is under control.

The magnitude 5.8 earthquake (previously referred to as 6.3) was located at a depth of 10 km in the Mirpur district, in the Pakistan-controlled area of ​​Kashmir.  The quake caused extensive damage both in the province of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and in that of Punjab.  Mohammad Tayyab, commissioner of the Mirpur division, reports that hundreds of buildings have collapsed and numerous streets have crumbled, swallowing cars and motorcycles.

Waheed Hameed Butt, 40, resident of Mirpur's F-1 sector and father of three children, says: “I was at home, when everything started shaking.  The ceiling started to crack and objects fell off the shelves.  We went outside and realized that the whole neighborhood was the same.  The children cried and the elders recited the kalima [the Islamic creed, ed.] ".

At the moment, about 150 wounded are admitted to the Divisional Headquarters Hospital in the affected city, while others were transported to the health facilities of Mangla and Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad.  Gen. Afzal reports that 200 tents, 800 blankets, 200 field kitchens and 100 first aid kits were distributed in the areas affected by the earthquake.  The Punjab health department sent 20 ambulances of volunteers, medical teams, six vehicles for the recovery of wounded and victims and 100 people specialized in rescue operations.
Full Text Source: AsiaNewsIT - Image source: Google Images 

Pope Francis speaks to Children and Community in Surprise Visit "It is the closeness of Jesus: He always comes near." Full Text


VISIT OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE CITADEL CIELO OF THE "COMMUNITY NEW HORIZONS" BY FROSINONE
According to VaticanNews The Community was founded by Chiara Amirante in 1993 with the intention of assisting people in need and of taking action in areas of particular social hardship.
These areas include rehabilitation from substance abuse and various forms of addiction, shelter to street children and aid to young people in difficulty. The Community also assists prostituted women, and provides support for anyone who has been rejected, excluded, marginalized – sometimes by their own families.  

Tuesday, 24 September 2019


Pope's words in response to questions and interventions that followed one another during the meeting


Pope Francis

Excuse me, but I don't want to be a professor. You know? At 83, I don't feel like standing for a long time. I got it? For the Mass it is enough ...

Here they sent me a folder with timetables, who spoke, then the testimonies, what you read, and the questions ... I thought that if I started to answer those questions, to those "why" or "how" or "what think "surely they would be words ... words, words, words ... Who was singing like that?" [they answer: Mina!] The great Mina! Words ... And I think it would be like dirtying the sacredness of what you said, because you didn't say words, you said lives: your lives. Stories. Paths. Researches, but research of flesh, spirit, the whole person. There are no explanations for this. Your stories are stories of looks, so many looks, so many looks, so many looks ... and they hit me. And - feel good - they were looks that did not fill life, one behind the other ... And at a certain moment, you felt a look - one - which was not like the others, it was only that: a look that looked at you with love. He looked at you with love. I also know that look. And when that gaze loved you, and made you feel that he loved you, he even took you by the hand, from the underworld - yes, Jesus' descent into hell -, he took you by the hand, and he didn't take you to a laboratory to put you in a still of purification, no, the artificial things the Lord does not want them. He told you: "Come with me". And then: "Go" ... The nostalgia of where you were, come back, go, come ... It's the journey of life. A look that took you by the hand and let you go, did not take away your freedom ...

This is the first reflection that comes to me from your stories.

And you, Jefferson, go and come back, go and come back, go and come back ... The way of the Lord is like that. I think of the stubbornness of the apostles, for example: they did not become perfect apostles, they made him pass bad things to Jesus ... But He had patience: a patient look, a patient look ... You, with your testimonies, you made me feeling that the gaze of the Lord is a patient gaze: always have patience. Waiting for you. Waiting for you. Always. He is the Lord of patience: he waits for you and never forces you to go on, no, respect ... Because he knows that with that first look he entered your heart, He knows that once you feel love you can't go back . And it leaves you, leaves you ...; he calls you again, but it is a very respectful look, very respectful ... And this I felt in your testimony, Elena: you looked at the mirror, but there was another thing you were looking for, and once you were felt watched so you finished the whole story. Or the story has begun! It is so. Then the story continued, because the Lord never, never, never teaches us to deny our past, no, and this is a grace. The Bible says that God created Adam from the mud: that mud is our pure history. We came from the mud, never forget it! This means being saved, because it is with love.

But I don't want to preach because it will be boring. These are the things that came to me before: the look in front of so many looks of life.

Then, another thing that struck me: the voices. You, Dario, heard it when you spoke: the many voices of life, the many voices ... Until the moment you heard THE voice, a special voice that ... is that. A voice that is like "a thread of sonorous silence", as the Bible explains it (see 1 Kings 19.12). "I heard a thread of sonorous silence": the prophet Elias hears this. It is a unique voice and so, silent and sonorous at the same time. And that voice has this voice: this is the song, this is the voice I am looking for, this is the voice that will give me fullness. The look, the looks. The voices, the voice ... It is a road, a path on which you have sought ... In so many we seek ... And then you have found, or, better said, you have been found. We have been found.

And then, a story of struggles. You, Mirko, are the champion! A collector of different struggles. Fighting. Many struggles until the last fight, the fight where we were won. It is the most beautiful defeat: that defeat is beautiful, when you hear it said ... one is able to say: Go ahead, you have won, congratulations, go!
They are voices, voices; looks, look; struggles, the final struggle, the defeat of the struggle. This is how our story with Jesus is, it always is. And it struck me so much that you all gave testimony of Jesus. Because you did not do a course of indoctrination, to learn steps to progress in life. Or one of these courses that entrepreneurs love: "how to win in life", or "how to win friends", or "how to take these steps", or "how to heal from neurosis" ... No. You have been called, looked at, won , caressed: the caress of Jesus. Jesus, here, teaches us a beautiful thing: that the only gesture, the only time in life in which one is fully human in looking at a person from top to bottom, is to help her rise. The only.

And Jesus ... [They applaud so much and don't let him speak again] ... This man is the poor Adam, there, who was waiting ... But Jesus also makes this gesture of dignity to help us: he lowers himself. This is the greatest thing of our God: a God who lowers himself. It lowers. It comes close. Jesus comes near. And this is beautiful ... As with the disciples of Emmaus ... But this is a sermon, like a cut, isn't it? Do I continue like this? You tell me ... No, really, if ... [they laugh]. I also talk about my experience like this, because I too have made a road - the Lord knows it - not to become Pope, to let myself be saved by the Lord ...

It is the closeness of Jesus: He always comes near. It is the great thing of our God: he is a near God. He already said it to Moses, to the Jews in Deuteronomy, the Book of the Bible: "But, tell me: which people have a God so close as you?" Our God is near. He is not a distant God, Jesus is not far away. He made himself Jesus to walk with us, to make this gesture: get up; to fill the heart, to look at each other with love, to speak to us with that voice that only He has, to win the battle of desires that are a bit confused that we cannot understand ...

I don't know, all these things came to my mind while you were talking, and I often looked at this, I watched a lot.

There is one thing that, when you have - excuse my Italian - when you have passed the "definitive threshold", let's say so, always definitive in quotation marks, because Jesus does not take away from us the freedom to go back, no, but, c 'is a definitive threshold. For you it was in Medjugorje, that is final, in the end ... You have the experience. Look: the signs of death, here: the knife, the nails, all the signs of the death of Jesus, fall. They are the ones who go to hell, I came out of it. But if each of us - after the look, after the call, after Jesus' victory - wants to bring one of these, he still lacks something. He still needs to get something out of his heart, which he has not fully opened. It brings a pain, it brings a resentment, it brings a nostalgia ... No, they must all fall, and they fall. And this is the sign: this is the sign that I have seen in all of you. I haven't seen it yet, but ... [applauding]. It is that smell, that ugly smell that remains, because I am not able to open the windows well and let the Holy Spirit come to clean everything. I bring something inside, that "but, though ...", the logic of the "but". "Yes, this yes, the Lord gave me so much, I found the Lord, I left ... but ...". What you're missing? "But". When the Lord looks at us, he speaks to us, he invites us, he wins, the "but" falls. If you want to have these signs, you want to walk on the logic of "but", yet you have not let the Lord enter.
The tendency to sin continues, this is true. The tendency to evil ... everyone, everyone too, everyone, no one is saved from this. However, when we have left everything, we know that only in Him is there hope. Instead, when you have not left, "yes, but ... I take this nail to help me, I take ...". And so, that's what Jesus says in the Gospel: when the unclean spirit goes out of a person and goes away, that person finds God, arranges the house, does everything again; then the unclean spirit returns after so long, and returns to the house and sees the house so beautiful, so beautiful, and goes to look for seven other spirits worse than him and returns with the clique, with the consortium of the devils ... but they do not destroy anything, the doorbell rings, they are polite demons !, the doorbell rings: "allowed?", and you open the door to them, but yes, they are good, these thoughts are good, these feelings are good ... And you begin to resume the signs of death, the signs of hell. Be careful because all of you - all of us, even me - this has happened. At a certain point you find yourself with the desire for omnipotence: do not let Him lift you up. "Yes, yes, thank you Lord, but I even manage this." Be careful, when these polite devils come back, these passions come back again. We think ... The apostle Peter makes me laugh: he was stubborn, this, he was stubborn. When the Lord confirms it, finally, already after the Resurrection, on the shore of Lake Tiberias, and asks him three times if he loves it, if he loves it, and he is a little afraid because he says: "three times you I have denied and you ask me three times ... ". But the Lord goes further and makes him feel at peace. And when he feels secure, what does he do? The gossip. "Ah, tell me, and what comes behind [the apostle John], what will happen to him?" Immediately he slips on something that is not the love of the Lord. It is that desire to command us life. And once one has felt that he is capable of guiding us well, that our freedom has not been taken away but seduced by love, we let him take this path.

These are the things that came to my mind while you were talking. As you can see I don't answer your questions because I don't know, I don't come, there are no explanations for a life, there are no ways to clarify. There is the mystery, the mystery of a God who took us from the underworld, the mystery of a God who came near, who looked at me, who loved me, who spoke to me, who overcame my resistance . And this is what I like to tell you ... You are a mystery. When I heard your testimonies, I felt in front of a mystery, the mystery of a person's encounter with Jesus. I can only respond by emphasizing the mystery, but not with words, no.

This is what I come to tell you.

Then there is another thing that ... in you I didn't hear it, but in the other three, yes. It is not a reproach: you miss ... I don't know, the time has not yet arrived ... but you have witnessed fertility. You talked about your children - three - you two, you showed your ... [they laugh] a good cachacinha will help you [laugh and applaud]. Love is always fruitful, always. "But, and you, who is a priest, who is a bishop?", You might ask me. "But you are a zitellone, you have no children ...". There is fecundity and fecundity. But love is always fruitful. Spiritually, physically, humanly. It is always fruitful. The fruitfulness of your testimony: your testimony is also a sowing, a sowing not the idea, the fact that God is love, that God loves us, that God is looking for us every moment, that God is beside us, that God takes us by the hand to save us. And this is the fruitfulness, ours, of us all, which I saw a little as a symbol in your children. But there is another fruitfulness of all of you, which is the one you sowed among us. Also the fruitfulness of the artists, who are two witnesses who gave us the message, not by speaking but by singing. Andrea is able to sing with his son, and sing not only with his son: sing about his son and tell us about his son, about his relationships with his son. This is fruitfulness. And then, the last song about love, is fruitfulness, even as you told us how you did it, as you discovered that piece of the first Letter to the Corinthians, which made the fruitfulness ... Life, if it is not fruitful, no use, no need. This is why the Lord, every time he looked at us, who spoke to us, who won in us, who caressed us, always tells us what he had said to Gerasa's possessed person: "Go to your people and tell them the wonders ". We are men and women of the Magnificat, that is the song of the Madonna, to go and tell that God looked at me, caressed me, spoke to me, won. And it's with me. He took my hand and took me out of hell.
I do not know. All this is what comes to me. I have not prepared answers, there are only your testimonies, here, what they gave me. But so I preferred to tell you what you did in me today, how I perceived you, and give testimony. Because you too have sown something in me today. Thanks.
Image+ Text Source: Vatican.va

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - #Eucharist


Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 451

Reading 1EZR 9:5-9

At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my wretchedness,
and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees,
stretching out my hands to the LORD, my God.

I said: "My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you,
O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped up above our heads
and our guilt reaches up to heaven.
From the time of our fathers even to this day
great has been our guilt,
and for our wicked deeds we have been delivered up,
we and our kings and our priests,
to the will of the kings of foreign lands,
to the sword, to captivity, to pillage, and to disgrace,
as is the case today.

"And now, but a short time ago, mercy came to us from the LORD, our God,
who left us a remnant and gave us a stake in his holy place;
thus our God has brightened our eyes
and given us relief in our servitude.
For slaves we are, but in our servitude our God has not abandoned us;
rather, he has turned the good will
of the kings of Persia toward us.
Thus he has given us new life
to raise again the house of our God and restore its ruins,
and has granted us a fence in Judah and Jerusalem."

Responsorial PsalmTOBIT 13:2, 3-4A, 4BEFGHN, 7-8


R.(1b) Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
He scourges and then has mercy;
he casts down to the depths of the nether world,
and he brings up from the great abyss.
No one can escape his hand.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
Praise him, you children of Israel, before the Gentiles,
for though he has scattered you among them,
he has shown you his greatness even there.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
So now consider what he has done for you,
and praise him with full voice.
Bless the Lord of righteousness,
and exalt the King of ages.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
In the land of my exile I praise him
and show his power and majesty to a sinful nation.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones,
and may all of you praise his majesty.
Celebrate days of gladness, and give him praise.
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

AlleluiaMK 1:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Kingdom of God is at hand;
repent and believe in the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 9:1-6

Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them, "Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them."
Then they set out and went from village to village
proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.