Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Thursday, June 25, 2020 - Virtual Church


Thursday  of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 374
Reading 12 KGS 24:8-17
Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.
His mother’s name was Nehushta,
daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.
He did evil in the sight of the LORD,
just as his forebears had done.

At that time the officials of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,
attacked Jerusalem, and the city came under siege.
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,
himself arrived at the city
while his servants were besieging it.
Then Jehoiachin, king of Judah, together with his mother,
his ministers, officers, and functionaries,
surrendered to the king of Babylon, who,
in the eighth year of his reign, took him captive.
And he carried off all the treasures
of the temple of the LORD and those of the palace,
and broke up all the gold utensils that Solomon, king of Israel,
had provided in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had foretold.
He deported all Jerusalem:
all the officers and men of the army, ten thousand in number,
and all the craftsmen and smiths.
None were left among the people of the land except the poor.
He deported Jehoiachin to Babylon,
and also led captive from Jerusalem to Babylon
the king’s mother and wives,
his functionaries, and the chief men of the land.
The king of Babylon also led captive to Babylon
all seven thousand men of the army,
and a thousand craftsmen and smiths,
all of them trained soldiers.
In place of Jehoiachin,
the king of Babylon appointed his uncle Mattaniah king,
and changed his name to Zedekiah.

Responsorial Psalm79:1B-2, 3-5, 8, 9
R. (9) For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple,
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have given the corpses of your servants
as food to the birds of heaven,
the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the earth.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
They have poured out their blood like water
round about Jerusalem,
and there is no one to bury them.
We have become the reproach of our neighbors,
the scorn and derision of those around us.
O LORD, how long? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Help us, O God our savior,
because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
for your name’s sake.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

AlleluiaJN 14:23
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 7:21-29
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day,
‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?
Did we not drive out demons in your name?
Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
Then I will declare to them solemnly,
‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

When Jesus finished these words,
the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority,
and not as their scribes.
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 may 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 June 25 : St. William of Vercelli : Founder of de Monte-Vergine


 
St. William of Vercelli

ABBOT AND FOUNDER



Feast Day:
June 25
Born:
1085 at Vercelli, Italy
Died:
25 June 1142 at Guglietto, Italy
ST. WILLIAM, having lost his father and mother in his infancy, was brought up by his friends in great sentiments of piety; and at fifteen years of age, out of an earnest desire to lead a penitential life, he left Piedmont, his native country, made an austere pilgrimage to St. James's in Galicia, and afterward retired into the kingdom of Naples, where he chose for his abode a desert mountain, and lived in perpetual contemplation and the exercises of most rigorous penitential austerities. Finding himself discovered and his contemplation interrupted, he changed his habitation and settled in a place called Monte-Vergine, situated between Nola and Benevento, in the same kingdom; but his reputation followed him, and he was obliged by two neighboring priests to permit certain fervent persons to live with him and to imitate his ascetic practices. Thus, in 1119, was laid the foundation of the religious congregation called de Monte-Vergine. The Saint died on the 25th of June, 1142.

(Taken from Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler)

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Pope Francis says "Prayer gives us nobility. it is capable of securing their relationship with God who is the true Companion..." Full Text/Video


GENERAL AUDIENCE
Library of the Apostolic Palace
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
  
Catechesis on prayer - 8. The prayer of David

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!
On the itinerary for the catechesis on prayer, today we meet King David. Favoured by God even from his youth, he is chosen for a unique mission that would play a central role in the history of the people of God and in our own faith. In the Gospels, Jesus is called “son of David” a number of times; like him, in fact, He is born in Bethlehem. According to the promises, the Messiah would come from the descendants of David: a King completely after God’s heart, in perfect obedience to the Father, whose action faithfully realises His plan of salvation (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2579).
David’s story begins on the hills surrounding Bethlehem, where he grazes the flock of his father, Jesse. He is still a boy, the last of many brothers. So much so that when the prophet Samuel, acting on God’s order, goes in search of the new king, it almost seems that his father has forgotten about his youngest son (see 1 Sam 16:1-13). He worked in the open air: we can think of him as a friend of the wind, of the sounds of nature, of the sun’s rays. He has only one companion to comfort his soul: his harp; and during those long days spent in solitude, he loves to play and to sing to his God. He also played with the slingshot.
David is, therefore, first of all a shepherd: a man who takes care of animals, who defends them from oncoming danger, who provides for their sustenance. When by God’s will David will have to care for his people, the things he will do will not be very different. This is why the image of the shepherd frequently occurs in the Bible. Even Jesus defined Himself as “the good shepherd”, whose behaviour is different than that of the mercenary; He offers His life on behalf of the sheep, He guides them, He knows each one by name (see Jn 10:11-18).
David had learned a lot from his previous job. So, when the prophet Nathan reproves him for his very serious sin (see 2 Sam 12:1-15), David understands right away that he had been a bad shepherd, that he had despoiled another man of his only sheep that he loved, that he was no longer a humble servant, but a man who was crazy for power, a poacher who looted and preyed on others.
A second characteristic trait present in David’s vocation is his poet’s soul. From this small observation, we can deduce that David was not a vulgar man, as is often the case with individuals who are forced to live for long periods in isolation from society. He is, instead, a sensitive person who loves music and singing. His harp would accompany him always: sometimes to raise a hymn of joy to God (see 2 Sam 6:16), other times to express a lament, or to confess his own sin (see Ps 51:3).
The world that presented itself before his eyes was not a silent scene: as things unraveled before his gaze he observed a greater mystery. That is exactly where prayer arises: from the conviction that life is not something that takes us by surprise, but a stupefying mystery that inspires poetry, music, gratitude, praise, even lament and supplication in us. When a person lacks that poetic dimension, let’s say, when poetry is missing, his or her soul limps. Thus, tradition has it that David is the great artist behind the composition of the Psalms. Many of them at the beginning bear an explicit reference to the king of Israel, and to some of the more or less noble events of his life.
David, therefore, has a dream: that of being a good shepherd. Sometimes he will live up that that task, other times less so; what is important, however, in the context of the history of salvation, is that he is a prophecy of another King, whom he merely announces and prefigures.
Look  at David, think about David. Holy and sinful, persecuted and persecutor, victim and murderer, which is a contradiction. David was all of this, together. And we too have recorded events in our lives that are often opposed to each other; in the drama of life, all people often sin because of inconsistency. There is one single golden thread running through David’s life, that gave unity to everything that happened: his prayer. That is the voice that was never extinguished. David the saint prays: David the sinner prays; David, persecuted, prays; David the persecutor prays. Even David the murderer prays. This is the golden thread running through his life. A man of prayer. That is the voice that is never silenced. Whether it assumed tones of jubilation or lament, it is always the same prayer, it is only the melody that changes. In so doing, David teaches us to let everything enter into dialogue with God: joy as well as guilt, love as well as suffering, friendship as much as sickness. Everything can become a word spoken to the “You” who always listens to us.


David, who knew solitude, was in reality never alone! In the end, this is the power of prayer in all those who make space for it in their lives. Prayer gives you nobility, and David is noble because he prays. But he is a murderer who prays; he repents and his nobility returns thanks to prayer. Prayer gives us nobility. it is capable of securing their relationship with God who is the true Companion on the journey of every man and woman, in the midst of life’s thousand adversities, good or bad: but always prayer. Thank you, Lord. I am afraid, Lord. Help me, Lord. Forgive me, Lord. David’s trust is so great that, when he was persecuted and had to flee, he did not let anyone defend him: “If my God humiliates me thus, He knows what He is doing”, because the nobility of prayer leaves us in God’s hands. Those hands wounded by love: the only sure hands we have.
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Greetings in Various Languages
Je salue cordially les pèlerins de langue française. Comme le roi David, demeurons toujours en présence de Dieu, et dans un dialogue confiant disons-lui nos joies et nos peines, nos fautes et nos souffrances. Il est notre companon de route dans toutes les circonstances de notre vie.
I cordially greet the French-speaking pilgrims. Like King David, we always remain in the presence of God, and in a confident dialogue we talk to him about our joys and sorrows, our shortcomings and our sufferings. The Lord is our travel companion in all circumstances of our lives. My blessing to all! ]
I greet the English-speaking faithful joining us through the media. Upon you and your families I invoke the joy and peace of the Lord. May God bless you!
I greet the English-speaking faithful connected through social media. I invoke upon you and your families the joy and peace of the Lord. God bless you! ]
Herzlich grüße ich die Gläubigen deutscher Sprache. Vertrauen wir uns ganz, auch mit unseren Sünden und Schwächen, Christus, dem Guten Hirten an. Mit seinem gütigen und demütigen Herzen bietet er uns in unserem Leben immer Vergebung und Trost an, um uns zur Freude und Herrlichkeit des Vaters zu führen.
I warmly greet the German-speaking faithful. Let us entrust ourselves entirely, even with our sins and weaknesses, to Christ, the Good Shepherd, who with his meek and humble heart always offers us forgiveness and comfort in our lives to lead us to the joy and glory of the Father .]
I cordially greet a los fieles de lengua española, que siguen esta catequesis a través de los medios de comunicación social. Ayer a violent earthquake nitrogen el sur de México, causing algunas víctimas, heridos y enormes daños. Rezamos por todos ellos. That the ayuda de Dios y de los hermanos les dé fuerza y ​​apoyo. Hermanos y hermanas les estoy muy are looking for. Hoy celebramos la memoria de san Juan Bautista, prophet precursor of the Mesías. Que su ejemplo, como también el del rey David —dos hombres totally diferentes que vivieron la profecía y que supieron indicar dónde estaba el verdadero Dios—, sean estímulo para nuestra vida, para que busquemos la amistad de Dios a través de la oración, y nuestro ejemplo pueda ayudar a llevar a Dios a los hombres y los hombres a Dios. Que el Señor los bendiga.
De coração saúdo a todos vós, amados ouvintes de língua portuguesa, desejando que eventuais nuvens sobre o vosso caminho não vos impeçam jamais de irradiar e enaltecer a glória a esperança depositadas em vós, always singing and saying at all times. tudo to Deus Pai. Assim Deus vos abençoe!
[I warmly greet all of you, dear Portuguese-speaking listeners, and I wish you that any clouds on your way will never prevent you from radiating and exalting the glory and hope deposited in you, always singing and praising the Lord in your hearts, thanking God the Father for everything. So God bless you! ]
أحيي جميع المؤمنين الناطقين باللغة العربية ، المتابعين لهذه المقابلة عَبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي. الصلاة هي مفتاح السماء وهي السلّم الذي نصعد به إلى الله. يعلمنا داود أن نحوّل إلى صلاة أفراحنا واحزاننا ، همومنا وآمالنا ، مخاوفنا وانتصاراتنا ، هكذا تصبح ح. ليبارككم الربّ جميعًا ويحرسكم دائمًا من كلّ شر!
I greet the Arabic-speaking faithful who follow this audience through the social media. Prayer is the key to heaven and the ladder to go up to God. David teaches us to transform our joys and sorrows, our worries and our hopes, our fears and our victories into prayer, so our life becomes prayer and our prayer becomes life. The Lord bless you all and always protect you from all evil! ]
Serdecznie pozdrawiam wszystkich Polaków. Drodzy burns the siostry, wchodzimy w okres wakacji. Pomimo wszystkich środków bezpieczeństwa związanych z zagrożeniem zarażenia korona-wirusem, niech to będzie spokojny czas odpoczynku, korzystania z piękna natury i umacniania więzi z ludźmi iz Bog. Idąc za przykładem Dawida, módlmy się do Pana w chwilach dobrych i złych, i chwalmy Go za każdą łaskę, jaką otrzymujemy z Jego Serca pełnego miłości dla nas. Jego błogosławieństwo niech wam zawsze towarzyszy!
I cordially greet all the Poles. Dear brothers and sisters, we are entering the holiday season. Despite all the security measures related to the threat of the crown-virus infection, this is a peaceful time of rest, of enjoying the beauty of creation and strengthening ties with men and with God. Following the example of David, let us pray the Lord for better or for worse, and let us praise him for every grace we receive from his heart full of love for us. May his blessing always accompany you! ]
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I greet the Italian-speaking faithful. I hope that the summer can be a time of serenity and a beautiful opportunity to contemplate God in the masterpiece of His creation.
I address my thoughts to the elderly, young people, the sick and newlyweds. Today is the feast of the Nativity of Saint John Baptist. We learn from the One who was Jesus' forerunner the ability to courageously testify to the Gospel, beyond one's differences, preserving the harmony and friendship that underpin the credibility of any proclamation of faith. My blessing to all!
FULL TEXT + Image Source: Vatican.va -  Translation from the Italian

Powerful Novena to St. John the Baptist the Cousin of Jesus - with Indulgence

NOVENA to ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST - Say for 9 days
V. O glorious St. John the Baptist,
R. Greatest prophet among those born of woman, * although thou wast sanctified in thy
mother’s womb * and didst live a most innocent life, * nevertheless it was thy will to
retire into the wilderness, * there to devote thyself to the practice of austerity and
penance; * obtain for us of thy Lord the grace to be wholly detached, * at least in our
hearts, * from earthly goods, * and to practice Christian mortification with interior
recollection * and with the spirit of holy prayer.
V. St. John the Baptist, precursor of Christ,! R. Pray for us.
V. St. John the Baptist, shining lamp of the world,! R. Pray for us.
V. St. John the Baptist, angel of purity before thy birth,! R. Pray for us.
V. O most zealous Apostle,
R. Who, without working any miracle on others, * but solely by the example of thy life
of penance * and the power of thy word, * didst draw after thee the multitudes, * in
order to dispose them to receive the Messias worthily * and to listen to His heavenly
doctrine; * grant that it may be given unto us, * by means of the example of a holy
life * and the exercise of every good work, * to bring many souls to God, * but
above all * those souls that are enveloped in the darkness of error and ignorance *
and that are led astray by vice.
V. St. John the Baptist, intrepid preacher of truth,! R. Pray for us.
V. St. John the Baptist, voice crying in the wilderness,! R. Pray for us.
V. St. John the Baptist, miiracle of mortification and penance,! R. Pray for us.
V. O Martyr invincible,
R. Who, for the honor of God and the salvation of souls, * didst with firmness and
constancy * withstand the impiety of Herod * even at the cost of thine own life, * and didst rebuke him
openly * for his wicked and dissolute life; * by thy prayers obtain for us a heart, * brave and generous, *
in order that we may overcome all human respect * and openly profess our faith * in loyal obedience to
the teachings of Jesus (☨) Christ, * our divine Master.
V. St. John the Baptist, example of profound humility,! R. Pray for us.
V. St. John the Baptist, great defender of holy matrimony,! R. Pray for us.
V. St. John the Baptist, glorious martyr of zeal for God’s holy law,! R. Pray for us.
V. O God, we rejoice at the apostolate of Saint John the Baptist, though whom we came to know our
Redeemer and King. Through his intercession we implore...
(Name Your Request)
V. We offer this prayer to Thee (☨) God the Father, through Christ Our Lord,
in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God forever and ever.
R. Amen.
Conclude with an Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Note: The faithful who devoutly offer some prayers in honor of St. John the Baptist, with the intention of so doing for nine continuous days,
may gain: (1) an indulgence of five years once each of the days; and (2) a plenary indulgence on the usual conditions,iracle of mortification and penance,! R. Pray for us.
V. O Martyr invincible,
R. Who, for the honor of God and the salvation of souls, * didst with firmness and
constancy * withstand the impiety of Herod * even at the cost of thine own life, * and didst rebuke him
openly * for his wicked and dissolute life; * by thy prayers obtain for us a heart, * brave and generous, *
in order that we may overcome all human respect * and openly profess our faith * in loyal obedience to
the teachings of Jesus (☨) Christ, * our divine Master.
V. St. John the Baptist, example of profound humility,! R. Pray for us.
V. St. John the Baptist, great defender of holy matrimony,! R. Pray for us.
V. St. John the Baptist, glorious martyr of zeal for God’s holy law,! R. Pray for us.
V. O God, we rejoice at the apostolate of Saint John the Baptist, though whom we came to know our
Redeemer and King. Through his intercession we implore...
(Name Your Request)
V. We offer this prayer to Thee (☨) God the Father, through Christ Our Lord,
in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God forever and ever.
R. Amen.
Conclude with an Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Note: The faithful who devoutly offer some prayers in honor of St. John the Baptist, with the intention of so doing for nine continuous days,
may gain: (1) an indulgence of five years once each of the days; and (2) a plenary indulgence on the usual conditions,