Sunday, April 26, 2020

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Monday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 273
Reading 1ACTS 6:8-15
Stephen, filled with grace and power,
was working great wonders and signs among the people.
Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,
Cyreneans, and Alexandrians,
and people from Cilicia and Asia,
came forward and debated with Stephen,
but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.
Then they instigated some men to say,
“We have heard him speaking blasphemous words
against Moses and God.”
They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes,
accosted him, seized him,
and brought him before the Sanhedrin.
They presented false witnesses who testified,
“This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law.
For we have heard him claim
that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place
and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.”
All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him
and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Responsorial Psalm119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
R.    (1ab)  Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Though princes meet and talk against me,
your servant meditates on your statutes.
Yes, your decrees are my delight;
they are my counselors.
R.    Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
or:
R.    Alleluia.
I declared my ways, and you answered me;
teach me your statutes.
Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.
R.    Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Remove from me the way of falsehood,
and favor me with your law.
The way of truth I have chosen;
I have set your ordinances before me.
R.    Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
or:
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 6:22-29
[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea
saw that there had been only one boat there,
and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat,
but only his disciples had left.
Other boats came from Tiberias
near the place where they had eaten the bread
when the Lord gave thanks.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me
not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

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

Saint April 27 : St. Zita : Patron of Servants, Homemakers , Rape victims, Waitresses


 


St. Zita
VIRGIN

Born:
1218 at Monsagrati near Lucca, Italy
Died:
27 April 1272 at Lucca, Italy
Canonized:
5 September 1696 by Pope Leo X and Pope Innocent XII
Major Shrine:
Basilica di San Frediano, Lucca
Patron of:
Domestic servants, homemakers, lost keys, people ridiculed for their piety, rape victims, single laywomen, waiters, waitresses

PRAYER TO SAINT ZITA Dear follower of the Son of God, You desired to become a servant and died the death of a slave. You were not only a faithful maid-servant but a practical lover of the poor. Like Mary You could have said: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord." Prompt domestics to be just and charitable, seeing in their employers children of God and setting an example for them as servants of God. Amen.
Biography:
She was born in the beginning of the thirteenth century at Montsegradi, a village near Lucca in Italy. She was brought up with the greatest care, in the fear of God, by her poor virtuous mother, whose early and constant attention to inspire the tender heart of her daughter with religious sentiments seemed to find no obstacles, either from private passions or the general corruption of nature, so easily were they prevented or overcome. Zita had no sooner attained the use of reason, and was capable of knowing and loving God, than her heart was no longer able to relish any other object, and she seemed never to lose sight of him in her actions. Her mother reduced all her instructions to two short heads, and never had occasion to use any further remonstrance to enforce her lessons than to say, "This is most pleasing to God; this is the divine will"; or, "That would displease God."

The sweetness and modesty of the young child charmed everyone who saw her. She spoke little, and was most assiduous at her work; but her business never seemed to interrupt her prayers. At twelve years of age she was put to service in the family of a citizen of Lucca, called Fatinelli, whose house was contiguous to the church of St. Frigidian. She was thoroughly persuaded that labour is enjoined all men as a punishment of sin, and as a remedy for the spiritual disorders of their souls; and far from ever harbouring in her breast the least uneasiness, or expressing any sort of complaint under contradictions, poverty, and hardships, and still more from ever entertaining the least idle, inordinate, or worldly desire, she blessed God for placing her in a station in which she was supplied with the most effectual means to promote her sanctification, by the necessity of employing herself in penitential labour, and of living in a perpetual conformity and submission of her will to others. She was also very sensible of the advantages of her state, which afforded all necessaries of life, without engaging her in the anxious cares and violent passions by which worldly persons, who enjoy most plentifully the goods of fortune, are often disturbed; whereby their souls resemble a troubled sea, always agitated by impetuous storms, without knowing the sweetness of a true calm. She considered her work as an employment assigned her by God, and as part of her penance; and obeyed her master and mistress in all things as being placed over her by God. She always rose several hours before the rest of the family and employed in prayer a considerable part of the time which others gave to sleep. She took care to hear mass every morning with great devotion before she was called upon by the duties of her station, in which she employed the whole day with such diligence and fidelity that she seemed to be carried to them on wings, and studied when possible to anticipate them.
Notwithstanding her extreme attention to her exterior employments, she acquired a wonderful facility of joining with them almost continual mental prayer and of keeping her soul constantly attentive to the divine presence. Who would not imagine that such a person should have been esteemed and beloved by all who knew her?
Nevertheless, by the appointment of divine providence, for her great spiritual advantage, it fell out quite otherwise and for several years she suffered the harshest trials. Her modesty was called by her fellow-servants simplicity, and want of spirit and sense; and her diligence was judged to have no other spring than affectation and secret pride. Her mistress was a long time extremely prepossessed against her, and her passionate master could not bear her in his sight without transports of rage.
It is not to be conceived how much the saint had continually to suffer in this situation. So unjustly despised, overburdened, reviled, and often beaten, she never repined nor lost her patience; but always preserved the same sweetness in her countenance, and the same meekness and charity in her heart and words, and abated nothing of her application to her duties. A virtue so constant and so admirable at length overcame jealousy, antipathy, prepossession, and malice.
Her master and mistress discovered the treasure which their family possessed in the fidelity and example of the humble saint, and the other servants gave due praise to her virtue. Zita feared this prosperity more than adversity, and trembled lest it should be a snare to her soul. But sincere humility preserved her from its dangers; and her behaviour, amidst the caresses and respect shown her, continued the same as when she was ill-treated and held in derision; she was no less affable, meek, and modest; no less devout, nor less diligent or ready to serve everyone. Being made housekeeper, and seeing her master and mistress commit to her with an entire confidence the government of their family and management of all their affairs, she was most scrupulously careful in point of economy, remembering that she was to give to God an account of the least farthing of what was intrusted as a depositum in her .hands; and, though head-servant, she never allowed herself the least privilege or exemption in her work on that account.
She used often to say to others that devotion is false if slothful. Hearing a man-servant speak one immodest word, she was filled with horror, and procured him to be immediately discharged from the family. With David, she desired to see it composed only of such whose approved piety might draw down a benediction of God upon the whole house and be a security to the master for their fidelity and good example. She kept fast the whole year, and often on bread and water; and took her rest on the bare floor or on a board. Whenever business allowed her a little leisure, she spent it in holy prayer and contemplation in a little retired room in the garret; and at her work repeated frequently ardent ejaculations of divine love, with which her soul appeared always inflamed. She respected her fellow-servants as her superiors. If she was sent on commissions a mile or two in the greatest storms, she set out without delay, executed them punctually, and returned often almost drowned, without showing any sign of reluctance or murmuring.
By her virtue she gained so great an ascendant over her master that a single word would often suffice to check the greatest transports of his rage; and she would sometimes cast herself at his feet to appease him in favour of others. She never kept anything for herself but the poor garments which she wore: everything else she gave to the poor. Her master, seeing his goods multiply, as it were, in her hands, gave her ample leave to bestow liberal alms on the poor, which she made use of with discretion, but was scrupulous to do nothing without his express authority. If she heard others spoken ill of, she zealously took upon her their defence and excused their faults.
Always when she communicated, and often when she heard mass, and on other occasions, she melted in sweet tears of divine love: she was often favoured with ecstasies during her prayers. In her last sickness she clearly foretold her death, and having prepared herself for her passage by receiving the last sacraments, and by ardent signs of love, she happily expired on the 27th of April, in 1272, being sixty years old: one hundred and fifty miracles wrought in the behalf of such as had recourse to her intercession have been juridically proved. Her body was found entire in 1580 and is kept with great respect in St. Frigidian's church, richly enshrined; her face and hands are exposed naked to view through a crystal glass. Pope Leo X granted an office in her honour. The city of Lucca pays a singular veneration to her memory.
The solemn decree of her beatification was published by Innocent XII in 1696, with the confirmation of her immemorial veneration. See her life, compiled by a contemporary writer, and published by Papebroke, the Bollandist, on the 27th of April, p. 497, and Benedict XIV De Canoniz. lib. ii. c. 24, p. 245.
Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler

Saint April 26 : St. Marcellinus Pope and Martyr


St. Marcellinus
POPE AND MARTYR =

Born:
Rome, Italy
Died:
25 October 304 at Rome, Italy
He succeeded St. Caius in the bishopric of Rome, in 296, about the time that Diocletian set himself up for a deity and impiously claimed divine honours. Theodoret says that in those stormy times of persecution Marcellinus acquired great glory. He sat in St. Peter's chair eight years, three months, and twenty-five days, dying in 304, a year after the cruel persecution broke out, in which he gained much honour. He has been styled a martyr, though his blood was not shed in the cause of religion, as appears from the Liberian Calendar, which places him among those popes that were not put to death for the faith. =It is a fundamental maxim of the Christian morality, and a truth which Christ has established in the clearest terms and in innumerable passages of the gospel, that the cross, or sufferings and mortifications, are the road to eternal bliss. They, therefore, who lead not here a crucified and mortified life are unworthy ever to possess the unspeakable joys of his kingdom. Our Lord himself, our model and our head, walked in this path, and his great apostle puts us in mind that he entered into bliss only by his blood and by the cross. Nevertheless, this is a truth which the world can never understand, how clearly soever it be preached by Christ and recommended by his powerful example and that of his martyrs and of all the saints. Christians still pretend, by the joys and pleasures of this world, to attain to the bliss of heaven, and shudder at the very mention of mortification, penance, or sufferings. So prevalent is this fatal error, which self-love and the example and false maxims of the world strongly fortify in the minds of many, that those who have given themselves to God with the greatest fervour are bound always to stand upon their guard against it, and daily to renew their fervour in the love and practice of penance, and to arm themselves with patience against sufferings, lest the weight of the corruption of our nature, the pleasures of sense, and flattering blandishments of the world, draw them aside and make them leave the path of mortification, or lose courage under its labours, and under the afflictions with which God is pleased to purify them and afford them means of sanctifying themselves. SOURCE: History of the Christian Church

Pope Francis says "...get into the habit of reading the Gospel, a few minutes, every day..." and "I invited all the faithful to pray the Holy Rosary.." Full Text + Video







REGINA CAELI
Apostolic Palace Library
Sunday, April 26, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
Today's Gospel, set on Easter day, tells the story of the two disciples of Emmaus (cf. Lk 24 : 13-35). It is a story that begins and ends on the wayThere is in fact the outward journey of the disciples who, sad for the epilogue of the story of Jesus, leave Jerusalem and return home, to Emmaus, walking for about eleven kilometers. It is a journey that takes place during the day, with a good part of the downhill journey. And there is the return journey: another eleven kilometers, but made at nightfall, with part of the way uphill after the effort of the outward journey and the whole day. Two trips: one easy during the day and the other tiring at night. Yet the first occurs in sadness, the second in joy. In the first there is the Lord who walks by their side, but they do not recognize him; in the second they no longer see him, but they feel him near. In the first they are discouraged and hopeless; in the second they run to bring to others the good news of the encounter with the Risen Jesus.
The two different paths of those first disciples tell us, disciples of Jesus today, that in life we ​​have two opposite directions: there is the way of those who, like those two on the way out, let themselves be paralyzed by the disappointments of life and go sad forward; and there is the way of those who do not put themselves and their problems first, but Jesus who visits us, and the brothers who await his visit, that is, the brothers who wait for us to take care of them. Here is the turning point: stop orbiting your self, the disappointments of the past, the unfulfilled ideals, the many bad things that have happened in your life. So many times we are led to orbit, orbit ... Leave that and go on looking at the greatest and truest reality of life: Jesus is alive, Jesus loves meThis is the biggest reality. And I can do something for others. It is a beautiful reality, positive, sunny, beautiful! The reversal is this: to pass from thoughts about my self to the reality of my God ; move - with another play on words - from "if" to "yes"Give "if" to "yes". What does it mean? "If it had been He who freed us, if God had listened to me, if life had gone as I wanted, if I had this and that other ...", in a tone of complaint. This "if" does not help, it is not fruitful, it does not help us or others. Here are our selves, similar to those of the two disciples. But they move on to yes: “yes, the Lord is alive, he walks with us. Yes, now, not tomorrow, we are back on the road to announce it. " "Yes, I can do this to make people happier, to make people better, to help many people. Yes, yes, I can. " From if to yes, from complaining to joy and peace, because when we complain, we are not in joy; we are in a gray, in a gray, that gray air of sadness. And that doesn't even help us grow well. From if to yes, from complaints to the joy of service.
This change of pace, from I to God, from if to yes, how did it happen in the disciples? Meeting Jesus : the two of Emmaus first open their hearts to him; then they hear him explain the scriptures; so they invite him home. There are three steps that we can also take in our homes: first , open the heart to Jesus, entrust him with the burdens, the labors, the disappointments of life, entrust him with the "ifs"; and then, second step, listen to Jesus, take the Gospel in hand, read this passage today, in chapter twenty four of Luke's Gospel; third, pray to Jesus, in the same words as those disciples: "Lord," stay with us "(v. 29). Sir, stay with me. Lord, stay with us all, because we need you to find the way. And without you there is the night ”.
Dear brothers and sisters, in life we ​​are always on the way. And we become what we go towards. We choose the way of God, not that of the self; the way of yes, not that of if. We will discover that there is no unexpected, there is no ascent, there is no night that they cannot face each other with Jesus. The Madonna, Mother of the journey, who by welcoming the Word made her whole life a "yes" to God, show us the way.

After the Regina Caeli
Dear brothers and sisters,
yesterday was the United Nations World Day against malaria. While we are fighting the coronavirus pandemic, we must also continue our efforts to prevent and treat malaria, which threatens billions of people in many countries. I am close to all the sick, to those who care for them, and to those who work so that every person has access to good basic health services.
I also extend a greeting to all those who today in Poland participate in the "National Reading of Sacred Scripture". I have told you many times and I would like to say it again, how important it is to get into the habit of reading the Gospel, a few minutes, every day. Let's carry it in your pocket, in your bag. That he is always close to us, even physically, and read some of them every day.
The month of May will begin in a few days, especially dedicated to the Virgin Mary. With a short Letter - published yesterday - I invited all the faithful to pray the Holy Rosary this month, together, in family or alone, and to pray one of the two prayers that I made available to all. Our Mother will help us to face the trial time we are going through with more faith and hope.
I wish everyone a good month of May and a good Sunday. Please don't forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye.
 FULL TEXT + Image Source: Vatican.va - Translation from Italian

At Sunday Mass, Pope Francis says "The moment that our restlessness meets Jesus, there begins the life of grace..." FULL TEXT Homily + Video


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HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

Jesus is our pilgrim companion

Sunday, April 26, 2020


Introduction

We pray today, in this Mass, for all the people who suffer from sadness, because they are alone or because they do not know what future awaits them or because they cannot carry on the family because they have no money, because they have no work. So many people suffering from sadness. We pray for them today.

Homily

Many times we have heard that Christianity is not just a doctrine, it is not a way of behaving, it is not a culture. Yes, it is all of this, but more important and first, it is a meeting. A person is Christian because he met Jesus Christ, he allowed himself to be "met by him".

This passage from Luke's Gospel tells us about an encounter, the way of understanding well how the Lord works, how it is our way of acting. We were born with a seed of unease. God wanted it this way: restlessness to find fullness, restlessness to find God, many times even without knowing that we have this restlessness. Our heart is restless, our heart is thirsty: thirst for the encounter with God. He seeks him, many times on the wrong paths: he loses himself, then he returns, he seeks him ... On the other hand, God is thirsty for the encounter, to so much that he sent Jesus to meet us, to meet this concern.

How does Jesus work? In this passage of the Gospel (cf. Lk 24: 13-35) we see well that He respects, respects our own situation, does not go on. Only, sometimes, with the stubborn, we think of Paolo, don't we? When he throws him off the horse. But usually it goes slowly, respectful of our times. He is the Lord of patience. How much patience the Lord has with each of us! The Lord walks next to us.

As we have seen here with these two disciples, listen to our concerns - know them! - and at some point tells us something. The Lord likes to hear how we speak, to understand each other well and to give the right answer to that anxiety. The Lord does not accelerate the pace, he always goes at our pace, many times slow, but his patience is like this.

There is an ancient pilgrim rule that says that the true pilgrim must go at the pace of the slowest person. And Jesus is capable of this, he does it, he does not accelerate, he waits for us to take the first step. And when the time comes, he asks us the question. In this case it is clear: "What are you talking about?" (cf v.17), he becomes ignorant to make us speak. He likes that we speak. He likes to hear this, he likes that we speak like this. To listen and respond, he makes us speak, as if he were ignorant, but with much respect. And then he answers, he explains, to the point necessary. Here he tells us that: "" Didn't Christ have to suffer these sufferings to enter his glory? " And, beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures what referred to him "(v. 26). Explain, clarify.

I confess that I have the curiosity to know how Jesus explained to do the same. It was a beautiful catechesis. And then the same Jesus who accompanied us, who approached us, pretends to go further to see the extent of our anxiety: "No, come, come, stay with us for a while" (v. 29). So the meeting takes place. But the meeting is not only the moment of breaking the bread here, but it is the whole journey. We meet Jesus in the dark of our doubts. Even in the ugly doubt of our sins, He is there to help us, in our anxieties ... He is always with us.

The Lord accompanies us because he wants to meet us. This is why we say that the core of Christianity is an encounter: it is the encounter with Jesus. Why are you a Christian? Why are you a Christian? And many people cannot say it. Some, traditionally but others cannot say it: because they met Jesus, but they did not realize that it was an encounter with Jesus. Jesus always looks for us. Always. And we have our concern. The moment that our restlessness meets Jesus, there begins the life of grace, the life of fullness, the life of the Christian journey.

May the Lord give us all this grace to meet Jesus every day, to know, to know precisely that he walks with us in all our moments. He is our pilgrim companion.

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all and desire you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you sacramentally now, at least spiritually come to my heart. As already came, I embrace you and I join you all. Don't let it ever separate me from you.
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