Thursday, April 23, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Friday April 24, 2020 - #Eucharist in Eastertide - Your Virtual Church

Friday of the Second Week of Easter
Lectionary: 271
Reading 1ACTS 5:34-42
A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,
a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,
stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,
and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel,
be careful what you are about to do to these men.
Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,
and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,
and all those who were loyal to him
were disbanded and came to nothing.
After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census.
He also drew people after him,
but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered.
So now I tell you,
have nothing to do with these men, and let them go.
For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin,
it will destroy itself.
But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them;
you may even find yourselves fighting against God.”
They were persuaded by him.
After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged,
ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus,
and dismissed them.
So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
rejoicing that they had been found worthy
to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes,
they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm27:1, 4, 13-14
R.    (see 4abc)  One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
R.    Alleluia.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R.    One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
R.    Alleluia.
One thing I ask of the LORD
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.
R.    One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
R.    Alleluia.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R.    One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaMT 4:4B
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 6:1-15
Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him,
because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain,
and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
“Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.”
One of his disciples,
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
“This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone.
Prayer to make spiritual communion:

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.

At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen
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Saint April 24 : St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen who spent Hours in Prayer before the Eucharist and Patron of Travelers

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Feast Day:
April 24
1577 at Sigmaringen, Hohenzollern, Germany
24 April 1622 at Grusch, Grisons, Switzerland
29 June 1746 by Pope Benedict XIV
Major Shrine:
Capuchin Convent of Weltkirchen (Feldkirch), Austria
PRAYER: Father, you filled Saint Fidelis with the fire of your love and gave him the privilege of dying that the faith might live. Let his prayers keep us firmly grounded in your love, and help us to come to know the power of Christ’s resurrection. Through Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
He was born in 1577, at Sigmarengen, a town in Germany, in the principality of Hoinvenzollen. The name of his father was John Rey. The saint was christened Mark, performed his studies in the university of Fribourg in Switzerland, and while he taught philosophy, commenced doctor of laws. He at that time never drank wine, and wore a hair-shirt. His modesty, meekness, chastity, and all other virtues, charmed all that had the happiness of his acquaintance. In 1604, he accompanied three young gentlemen of that country on their travels through the principal parts of Europe. During six years, which he continued in this employment, he never ceased to instil into them the most heroic and tender sentiments of piety. He received the holy sacrament very frequently, particularly on all the principal holidays: in every town where he came, he visited the hospitals and churches, passed several hours on his knees in the presence of the blessed sacrament, and gave to the poor sometimes the very clothes off his back. After this he practiced the law in quality of counsellor or advocate, at Colmar, in Alsace, with great reputation, but with greater virtue. Justice and religion directed all his actions. He scrupulously forbore all invectives, detractions, and whatever might affect the reputation of any adversary. His charity procured him the surname of counsellor and advocate for the poor: but the injustices of a colleague in protracting lawsuits for gain, and his finding fault with our saint for producing all his proofs for his clients in the beginning, in order to the quicker dispatch, gave him a disgust of a profession which was to many an occasion of sin, and determined him to enter among the Capuchin friars. He first received holy orders, and having said his first mass in their convent at Fribourg, on the feast of St. Francis, in 1612, he consecrated himself to God by taking the habit. The guardian gave him, in religion, the name of Fidelis, or Faithful, alluding to that text of the Apocalypse which promises a crown of life to him who shall continue faithful to the end. From that moment humiliations, macerations, and implicit obedience were his delight. He overcame temptations by discovering them to his director, and submitting to his advice with regard to his conduct under them. By his last will, he bequeathed his patrimony to the bishop's seminary, for the establishment of a fund for the support of poor students, to whom he also left his library; and gave the remainder of his substance to the poor.
In regard to dress and furniture, he always chose that for his own use which was the least valuable and convenient. He fasted Advent, Lent, and Vigils, on bread and water, with dried fruits, tasting nothing which had been dressed by fire. His life was a continued prayer and recollection, and at his devotions he seemed rather like an angel than a man. His earnest and perpetual petition to God was, that he would always preserve him from sin, and from falling into tepidity or sloth in his service. He sought the most abject and most painful employments even when superior; knowing that God exalts those highest who have here humbled themselves the lowest and the nearest to their own nothingness. He had no sooner finished his course of theology, than he was employed in preaching and in hearing confessions; and being sent superior to the convent of Weltkirchen, that town and many neighboring places were totally reformed by his zealous labors, and several Calvinists converted. The congregation de propaganda fide, sent to father Fidelis a commission to go and  preach among the Grisons; and he was the first missionary that was sent into those parts after that people had embraced Calvinism. Eight other fathers of his order were his assistants, and labored in this mission under his direction. The Calvinists of that territory, being incensed at his attempt, loudly threatened his life, and he prepared himself for martyrdom on entering upon this new harvest. Ralph de Salis, and another Calvinist gentleman, were converted by his first conferences. The missionary penetrated into Pretigout, a small district of the Grisons, in 1622, on the feast of the Epiphany, and gained every day new conquests to Christ; the conversion of which souls ought to be regarded as more the fruit of the ardent prayers in which he passed great part of the nights, than of his sermons and conferences in the day. These wonderful effects of his apostolic zeal, whereof the bishop of Coire sent a large and full account to the congregation de propaganda, so enraged the Calvinists in that province, who had lately rebelled against the emperor. their sovereign, that they were determined to bear with them no longer. 'The holy father having notice of it, thought of nothing but preparing himself for his conflict, passing whole nights in fervent prayer before the blessed sacrament, or before his crucifix, and often prostrate on the ground. On the 24th of April, 1622, he made his confession to his companion with great compunction, said mass, and then preached at Gruch, a considerable borough. At the end of his sermon, which he delivered with more than ordinary fire, he stood silent on a sudden, with his eyes fixed on heaven, in an ecstasy, during some time. He foretold his death to several persons in the clearest terms, and subscribed his last letters in this manner: "Brother Fidelis, who will be shortly the food of worms." From Gruch he went to preach at Sevis, where, with great energy, he exhorted the Catholics to constancy in the faith. A Calvinist having discharged his musket at him in the church, the Catholics entreated him to leave the place. He answered, that death was his gain and his joy, and that he was ready to lay down his life in God's cause. On his road back to Gruch, he met twenty Calvinist soldiers with a minister at their head. They called him false prophet, and urged him to embrace their sect. He answered: "I am sent to you to confute, not to embrace your heresy. The Catholic religion is the faith of all ages, I fear not death." One of them beat him down to the ground by a stroke on the head with his backsword. The martyr rose again on his knees, and stretching out his arms in the form of a cross, said with a feeble voice "Pardon my enemies, O Lord: blinded by passion they know not what they do. Lord Jesus, have pity on me. Mary, mother of Jesus, assist me." Another stroke clove his skull, and he fell to the ground and lay wetering in his blood. The soldiers, not content with this, added many stabs in his body, and hacked his left leg, as they said, to punish him for his many journeys into those parts to preach to them. A Catholic woman lay concealed near the place during this butchery; and after the soldiers were gone, coming out to see the effects of it, found the martyr's eyes open, and fixed on the heavens. He died in 1622, the forty-fifth year of his age, and the tenth of his religious profession. He was buried by the Catholics the next day. The rebels were soon after defeated by the imperialists, an event which the martyr had foretold them. The minister was converted by this circumstance, and made a public abjuration of his heresy. After six months, the martyr's body was found incorrupt, but the head and left arm separate from the trunk. These being put into two cases, were translated from thence to the cathedral of Coire, at the earnest suit of the bishop, and laid under the high altar with great pomp; the remainder of the corpse was deposited in the Capuchin's church at Weltkirchen. Three miracles performed by his relics and intercession, out of three hundred and five produced, are inserted in the decree of his beatification, published by pope Benedict XIII., in 1729. Other miracles were proved, and the decree of his canonization was published by Benedict XIV., in 1746. The 24th of April is appointed the day of his festival, and his name is inserted in the Roman Martyrology. See the acts of his canonization: also his life, written by Dom. Placid, abbot of Weissenau, or Augia Brigantina, published by Dom. Bernard Pez, librarian in the famous abbey of Melch, in Austria, in his Bibliotheca Ascetica, t. 10, p. 403.
To contribute to the conversion of a soul from sin is something far more excellent than to raise a dead body to life. This must soon fall again a prey to death; and only recovers by such a miracle the enjoyment of the frail and empty goods of this world. But the soul which, from the death of sin, is raised to the life of grace, is immortal, and, from a slave of the devil and a firebrand of hell, passes to the inestimable dignity and privileges of a child of' God; by which divine adoption she is rescued out of the abyss of infinite misery, and exalted to the most sublime state of glory and happiness, in which all the treasures of grace and of heaven are her portion forever. Hunger, thirst, watchings, labors, and a thousand martyrdoms, ought to seem nothing to one employed in the sacred ministry, with the hopes of gaining but  one sinner to Christ. Moreover, God himself will be his recompense, who is witness, and keeps a faithful account of all his fatigues and least sufferings.
Biography source: Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler 

Pope Francis Donates Medical Equipment to Needy Countries to Celebrate his Name-Day

VaticanNews reports that today on the feast of Saint George the martyr, Pope Francis celebrates his name-day. Pope Francis is donating some medical equipment to mark this occasion. A number of ventilators will be delivered to Romania, Spain and Italy, countries particularly affected by the coronavirus epidemic. The delivery comes after an announcement on 27 March in response to the needs of several hospitals. Many leaders have sent their best wishes to the Pope.
Giving not receiving: This is the spirit that distinguishes today's feast day, in which the Church remembers Saint George the Martyr. This Saint died in 303 for not renouncing the faith during the anti-Christian persecutions unleashed by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Tradition remembers him especially for the episode in which, protected by the Cross, he slayed a dragon that was devouring people: a symbol of faith that triumphs over evil.

This is also the day in which Pope Francis - Jorge Mario Bergoglio - celebrates his "name day". The Pontiff himself offered a gift to mark the occasion: the delivery of ventilators and medical equipment, masks, and protective glasses for doctors and nurses, and coveralls for intensive care. A number of hospitals will be benefiting: one is in the city of Suceava, Romania, which has seen an outbreak of coronavirus, where five latest generation ventilators are expected; another two will go to a hospital in Lecce, Italy, and three more to Madrid, Spain.

The embrace of Francis
It is “a beautiful sign that falls on this particular day when the Holy Father does not receive a gift but gives it to others", said Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the Papal Almoner, speaking of the imminent delivery, which he calls "an embrace of the Pope in a difficult situation for the whole world".

A few days before Easter, two ventilators, along with medical devices for doctors and nurses, and also Easter eggs arrived directly from the Vatican at the Cotugno hospital in Naples. Last year, again on the day of his name day, Pope Francis donated Rosary wreaths made for WYD in Panama to young people in the archdiocese of Milan, and a 20 kg chocolate egg to the poor at the Caritas canteen at Termini Station in Rome.

Best wishes to the Pope
At this time the Pope is receiving best wishes for his name day. In his message for Easter, the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella thanked Pope Francis for "the vibrant words of life and hope" repeatedly addressed by the Pope to the country and expressed in his best wishes for the Pope's name day.
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Catholic Bishops to Consecrate the USA and Canada to Mary, Mother of the Church on May 1st

Catholic Bishops Consecrate Canada and the United States to Mary, Mother of the Church
Thursday, April 23 2020

Ottawa – On Friday 1 May 2020, the Catholic Bishops of Canada will consecrate their individual dioceses or eparchies to Mary, Mother of the Church, seeking her protection during the Coronavirus pandemic, similar to what other Episcopal Conferences throughout the world have already done. Along with the Bishops, pastors, families, groups, individuals and other faith communities may likewise choose to join the consecration as part of the global effort to unite in faith and prayer in this most difficult time.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), in fraternal communion with the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has agreed that this Marian consecration be held on the same day in both countries, making this a most meaningful and powerful intercession throughout North America to the Blessed Mother. The Bishops of Mexico, as well as the other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, consecrated their dioceses and eparchies to Mother Mary this past Easter Sunday. Pope Francis has already offered up a moving Prayer to the Virgin Mary for protection in light of COVID-19 last 11 March 2020.

The first day of May holds particular significance as it marks the beginning an entire month to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary. "May is the month dedicated in a special way to the Mother of Christ. We believe that she is, in a spiritual but real sense, our mother too," said the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and CCCB President. "We turn to her and ask for the help of her powerful and maternal prayers to God for us. To consecrate ourselves to Mary means to be united with her in entrusting our lives entirely to God."

To assist dioceses and eparchies with the consecration, the CCCB prepared a specific prayer for use during the solemn act of entrustment. It can likewise be incorporated into family or individual prayer at home and used by other groups and faith communities.

SEE ALSO : Official Prayers to Join in the Consecration from Home:

Pope Francis and President Macron of France speak on Phone about Debt Cancellation for African Countries and Cease-Fire

Pope and French President discuss response to pandemic
Pope Francis and the French President engage in a telephone conversation focussed on the EU’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and the need for debt reduction in poor countries.
This was revealed in a report by Vatican News by Linda Bordoni

The President’s office said the Pope and President Emmanuel Macron spoke for about 45 minutes on Tuesday afternoon by telephone.

It also said the Pope positively acknowledged “the constructive responses taken by France at the international level after the health crisis caused by the pandemic.”

Global ceasefire and debt relief
This reflects the appeal made by Pope Francis during his Easter Sunday Urbi et Orbi message in which he said: "May Christ our peace enlighten all who have responsibility in conflicts, that they may have the courage to support the appeal for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world."

French President announces possibility of debt cancellation for African countries
In that message, Pope Francis also reminded the world that this is not the time for indifference, self-centeredness or division and said: “May all nations be put in a position to meet the greatest needs of the moment through the reduction, if not the forgiveness, of the debt burdening the balance sheets of the poorest nations.”

This appeal was immediately echoed by President Macron who announced the possibility of cancelling the debt of African countries to assist them in their fight against the Covid-19 virus and its far-reaching consequences. And, in line with the Pope, Macron has also called for unity in the fight against the virus.
With over 20,000 deaths, France has been the third country most affected by the coronavirus in Europe, after Italy and Spain.
The President’s Office said the two leaders stressed their convergence of views on these issues and revealed that Macron wanted to explain how France was committed to going forward. At the beginning of the telephone conversation, Emmanuel Macron reportedly also renewed his invitation to the Pope to visit France.
EU member states to hold crucial meeting on pandemic response
The exchange of views between the Pope and the French President comes on the eve of a meeting of the heads of the 27 member states of the European Union, scheduled to be held by video conference on April 23.

That meeting is expected to result in crucial decisions regarding the financial instruments the union will adopt to assist states’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those nations worst hit by the virus - Italy, Spain and France.

Macron in dialogue with faith leaders

Following Emanuel Macron’s telephone conversation with Pope Francis, the President also reportedly engaged in dialogue with religious leaders and secular associations in France.

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Bishops of Italy to Prayerfully Entrust the Entire Country to Mary, Mother of God on May 1st at 9pm

On May 1, the Act of Entrustment of Italy to Mary
Tuesday, 21 April 2020
On May 1, the Act of Entrustment of Italy to Mary

Rome (Agenzia Fides) - The Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) entrusts the entire Country to the protection of the Mother of God as a sign of salvation and hope. He will do it on Friday 1st May, at 9 pm, with a moment of prayer in the basilica of Santa Maria del Fonte near Caravaggio. As the note from the CEI sent to Fides explains "May is, the month traditionally dedicated to the Madonna: time marked by the prayer of the Rosary, from pilgrimages to shrines, from the need to address the intercession of the Virgin with special prayers. Starting this month with the Act of Entrustment to Mary, in the current situation, acquires a very special meaning for all of Italy. The place, Caravaggio, located in the diocese of Cremona and the province of Bergamo, embodies the suffering and pain experienced in a land severely tested by the health emergency. "The Church entrusts the Madonna to the sick, health workers and doctors, the families, the deceased – concludes the statement -. On the feast of Saint Joseph the worker, husband of the Virgin Mary, he entrusts, in particular, the workers, aware of the concerns and fears with which many look to the future". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 21/04/2020)

At Mass, Pope Francis says "Let us turn to Jesus, thanking that he prays for us. Jesus prays for each of us." Full Text + Video



"Jesus prays for us before the Father, showing his wounds"

Thursday, April 23, 2020


In many parts you feel one of the effects of this pandemic: many families who need, go hungry and unfortunately the usurers' group "helps" them. This is another pandemic. The social pandemic: families of people who have a daily job, or unfortunately a black job, who cannot work and do not have food ... with children. And then the moneylenders take the little they have. Let's pray. We pray for these families, for those many children of these families, for the dignity of these families and we also pray for the usurers: that the Lord touch their hearts and be converted.


The First Reading continues the story that began with the healing of the cripple at the Porta Bella del Tempio. The apostles were brought before the Sanhedrin, then sent to prison, then an angel freed them. And this morning, just that morning, they had to leave the prison to be judged, but they had been freed by the angel and preached in the Temple (cf Acts 5: 17-25). "In those days, [the commander and the attendants] led the apostles and presented them to the Sanhedrin" (v. 27); they went to get them in the temple and took them to the Sanhedrin. And there, the high priest scolded them: "Didn't we expressly forbid you from teaching in this name?" (v. 28) - that is, in the name of Jesus - and you, "behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you also want to make this man's blood fall upon us" (v. 28). Because the apostles, especially Peter, and John reproached the leaders, the priests, for having killed Jesus. And then Peter replied with the apostles with that story: "We must obey God, we are obedient to God and you are guilty of this "(Cf Acts 5,29-31). And he accuses, but with a courage, with a frankness, that one wonders: “But this is the Peter who denied Jesus? That Peter who was so afraid, that Peter who was also a coward? How did it come here? " And he also ends by saying: "And we are witnesses of these facts and the Holy Spirit who is with us, whom God has given to those who obey him" (cf. v. 32). What was the way of this Peter to get to this point, this courage, this frankness, to expose himself? Because he could compromise and say to the priests: "But rest assured, we will go, we will speak a little in a lower tone, we will never accuse you in public, but you leave us alone ...", and reach compromises .

Throughout history, the Church has had to do this many times to save God's people. And many times, it has also done so to save itself - not the Holy Church, but the leaders. Compromises can be good and they can be bad. But they could get out through compromise. No! Pietro said: “No compromise. You are the guilty ones "(cf. v. 30), and with this courage.

And how did Peter get to this point? Because he was an enthusiastic man, a man he loved with strength, even a fearful man, a man who was open to God to the point that God reveals to him that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, but shortly after - immediately - he leaves fall into the temptation to say to Jesus: "No, Lord, on this road no: let's go for the other": redemption without a cross. And Jesus says to him: "Satan" (cf. Mk 8: 31-33). A Peter who went from temptation to grace, a Peter who is able to kneel before Jesus and say: "get away from me who am a sinner" (cf. Lk 5,8), and then a Peter who tries to get by without being seen and in order not to end up in prison, he denies Jesus (cf. Lk 22: 54-62). He is an unstable Peter because he was very generous and also very weak. What is the secret, what is the strength that Peter had to get here? There is a verse that will help us understand this. Before the Passion, Jesus said to the apostles: "Satan has sought you to sift you like wheat" (Lk 22:31). It is the moment of temptation: "You will be like this, like wheat". And to Peter he says: "And I will pray for you," that your faith will not fail "" (v. 32). This is Peter's secret: Jesus' prayer. Jesus prays for Peter, so that his faith may not fail and he can - says Jesus - confirm his brothers in faith. Jesus prays for Peter.

And what Jesus did with Peter does it with all of us. Jesus prays for us; pray before the Father. We are used to praying Jesus to give us this grace, that other one, to help us, but we are not used to contemplating Jesus who makes the Father see the wounds, Jesus, the intercessor, Jesus who prays for us. And Peter was able to go all this way, from cowardly to brave, with the gift of the Holy Spirit thanks to the prayer of Jesus.
Let's think about this. Let us turn to Jesus, thanking that he prays for us. Jesus prays for each of us. Jesus is the intercessor. Jesus wanted to bring the wounds with him to show them to the Father. It is the price of our salvation. We must have more confidence; more than in our prayers, in Jesus' prayer. "Lord, pray for me" - "But I am God, I can give you ..." - "Yes, but pray for me, because you are the intercessor". And this is Peter's secret: "Peter, I will pray for you" that your faith will not fail "" (Lk 22:32).

May the Lord teach us to ask him the grace to pray for each of us.

Prayer for spiritual communion

At your feet, O my Jesus, I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart that abysses itself in its nothingness and in your holy presence. I adore you in the sacrament of your love, (the Eucharist). I wish to receive you in the poor abode that my heart offers you; waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, or Jesus, that I come to you. May your love inflame my whole being for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you.