Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Thursday, October 8, 2020 - Your Virtual Church



Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 464
Reading 1
GAL 3:1-5
O stupid Galatians!
Who has bewitched you,
before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
I want to learn only this from you:
did you receive the Spirit from works of the law,
or from faith in what you heard?
Are you so stupid?
After beginning with the Spirit,
are you now ending with the flesh?
Did you experience so many things in vain?–
if indeed it was in vain.
Does, then, the one who supplies the Spirit to you
and works mighty deeds among you
do so from works of the law
or from faith in what you heard?
Responsorial Psalm
LK 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
R. (68) Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; He has come to his people.
 
 
Alleluia
ACTS 16:14B
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
LK 11:5-13
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father  among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him?”
Prayer to Make a 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 October 8 : St. Pelagia a Virgin who Died in 311 at the age of 15 while Trying to Escape from Soldiers

St. Pelagia
VIRGIN

She was a tender virgin at Antioch, only fifteen years of age when she was apprehended by the persecutors in 311. Being alone in the house, and understanding that their errand was to carry her before the judge, where her chastity might be in danger, she desired leave of the soldiers to go up stairs and dress herself. But fearing to be an innocent occasion to others' sin, threw herself from the top of the house, and died on the spot by her fall: in which action, says St. Chrysostom, she had Jesus in her breast inspiring and exhorting her. She probably hoped to escape by that means; and might lawfully expose her life to some danger for the preservation of her chastity; but nothing will ever make it lawful for any one directly to procure his own death.
Whoever deliberately lays violent hands upon himself is guilty of a heinous injury against God, the Lord of his life, against the commonwealth, which he robs of a member, and of that comfort and assistance which he owes to it; also against his friends, children, and lastly against himself, both by destroying his corporeal life, and by the spiritual and eternal death of his soul; this crime being usually connected with final impenitence, and eternal enmity with God, and everlasting damnation. Nor can a name be found sufficiently to express the baseness of soul, and utmost excess of pusillanimity, impatience, and cowardice, which suicide implies. Strange that any nation should, by false prejudices, be able so far to extinguish the most evident principles of reason and the voice of nature, as to deem that an action of courage which springs from a total want of that heroic virtue of the soul. The same is to be said of the detestable practice of duels. True fortitude incites and enables a man to bear all manner of affronts, and to undergo all humiliations, dangers, hardships, and torments, for the sake of virtue and duty. What is more contrary to this heroic disposition, what can be imagined more dastardly, than not to be able to put up a petty affront and rather to offend against all laws divine and human, than to brook an injury or bear a misfortune with patience and constancy, than to observe the holy precept of Christ, who declares this to be his favorite commandment, the distinguishing mark of his followers, and the very soul of the divine law! Mention is made of a church at Antioch, and another at Constantinople, which bore the name of this saint in the fifth century.
SOURCE:The Catholic Encyclopedia

US Bishops Lead Rosary for America - FULL Video Replay of the National #RosaryforAmerica



Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, along with several other bishops, leads us in praying the rosary in a moment of unified prayer for America. On the Feast of the Lady of the Rosary, we seek healing and ask Our Lady to pray for us and help lead us to Jesus. #RosaryforAmerica  
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the USCCB has called for this moment of prayer with the intention of uniting Catholics across the country at this time when there is much unrest and uncertainty.

Archbishop Gomez has invited several bishops, representing the various geographical regions of the United States, to pray a part of the rosary.

The faithful are encouraged to join in this prayerful moment of unity for our country, to seek healing and to ask Our Lady, on her feast, to pray for us and help lead us to Jesus, and encouraged to share where they are praying from, to post a photo of their rosary, and to leave a prayer intention for our country. The USCCB will be using the hashtag #RosaryForAmerica on its social media.

6 Things Pope Francis Said about the Rosary to Pilgrims "...it is necessary to hold the rosary in our hands, praying for ourselves, for our loved ones and for all people."


 
Today on the Memorial of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Pope Francis met with pilgrims who came from around the world at the general audience. He gave 6 special messages to pilgrims from around the world about the Rosary. 

Here are the 6 special messages he told the pilgrims today:

1. We ask, through the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, for the grace to be men and women of integrity and worthy of faith, so that, in prayer, the Lord unites each of us in his life and gives us peace and serenity. God bless you!

2. Today's feast of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary reminds us of the importance of contemplative prayer. By meditating on the mysteries of salvation, the face of love of God himself that we are called to contemplate in eternity is revealed more and more. May Our Lady be our sure guide on the path to the Lord.

3. I invite you to take the rosary in your hand every day and to raise your gaze to Our Lady, a sign of consolation and sure hope. May the Holy Virgin enlighten and protect the entire pilgrimage of your life to the Father's House! Thank you.

4. Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. I invite you to pray the rosary, and to carry it in your hands or in your pockets. The recitation of the rosary is the most beautiful prayer we can offer to the Virgin Mary; it is a contemplation on the stages of the life of Jesus the Savior with his Mother Mary and is a weapon that protects us from evils and temptations. God bless you all!

5. Today we celebrate the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary. Our Lady in her apparitions often exhorted the recitation of the Rosary, especially in the face of threats looming over the world. Even today, in this time of pandemic, it is necessary to hold the rosary in our hands, praying for ourselves, for our loved ones and for all people. I entrust you all to the Queen of the Rosary and I cordially bless you.

6. I invite everyone to rediscover, especially during this month of October, the beauty of the prayer of the Rosary, which has nourished the faith of the Christian people through the centuries.


How to Say the Rosary - an Easy Guide to Share - with #Rosary Videos - Prayer will Change the World!


PLEASE SHARE FOR THIS MONTH OF THE ROSARY - 
Make the Sign of the Cross and say the
 "Apostles' Creed."
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ,
His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Sprit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
Say the "Our Father."
Say three "Hail Marys."
Say the "Glory be to the Father."
 Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
HAIL MARY, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.
GLORY BE to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Announce the First Mystery; then say the "Our Father."
Say ten "Hail Marys," while meditating on the Mystery.
Say the "Glory be to the Father."
Announce the Second Mystery; then say the "Our Father." Repeat 10 Hail Marys and 1 Glory Be and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.
JOYFUL MYSTERIES
The First Joyful Mystery
THE ANNUNCIATION
The Second Joyful Mystery
THE VISITATION
The Third Joyful Mystery
THE NATIVITY
The Fourth Joyful Mystery
THE PRESENTATION
The Fifth Joyful Mystery
THE FINDING OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE
LUMINOUS MYSTERIES
The First LuminousMystery
THE BAPTISM OF JESUS
The Second Luminous Mystery
THE WEDDING FEAST AT CANA
The Third Luminous Mystery
THE PROCLAIMATION OF THE KINGDOM
The Fourth Luminous Mystery
THE TRANSFIGURATION
The Fifth Luminous Mystery
THE LAST SUPPER

SORROWFUL MYSTERIES
The First Sorrowful Mystery
THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN
The Second Sorrowful Mystery
THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR
The Third Sorrowful Mystery
THE CROWNING WITH THORNS
The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery
THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS
The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery
THE CRUCIFIXION

GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
The First Glorious Mystery
THE RESURRECTION
The Second Glorious Mystery
THE ASCENSION
The Third Glorious Mystery
THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Fourth Glorious Mystery
THE ASSUMPTION
The Fifth Glorious Mystery
THE CORONATION
same manner.
After the Rosary:
HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. O GOD, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
After each decade say the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy."  As suggested by the Pope John Paul II the Joyful mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday and Sunday (with this exception: Sundays of Christmas season - The Joyful; Sundays of Lent - Sorrowful)

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Vatican Archbishop Tells United Nations "Just as there is no right to abortion, there is also no right to euthanasia" FULL TEXT at UN


 

Statement At The Third Committee General Debate

Pope Francis Explains "The proof of prayer is the real love of one’s neighbour." FULL TEXT + Video

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Paul VI Audience Hall
Wednesday, 7 October 2020

 

Catechesis “Healing the world”: 9. Elijah's prayer

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Let us resume today our catechesis on prayer, which we have interrupted for the catechesis on the care of creation, and which we will now resume; and let us meet one of the most compelling characters in the whole of Sacred Scripture: the prophet Elijah. He goes beyond the confines of his time, and we can also see his presence in some episodes of the Gospel. He appeared at Jesus' side, together with Moses, at the moment of the Transfiguration (cf. Mt 17:3). Jesus Himself refers to him to give credit to the testimony of John the Baptist (cf. Mt 17:10-13).

In the Bible, Elijah appears suddenly, in a mysterious way, coming from a small village that is completely marginal (cf. 1 Kings 17:1); and in the end he leaves the scene, under the eyes of the disciple Elisha, on a chariot of fire that takes him to heaven (cf. 2 Kings 2:11-12). He is therefore a man without a precise origin, and above all without an end, taken up into heaven: for this reason his return was expected before the coming of the Messiah, as a precursor. In this way the return of Elijah was awaited.

Scripture presents Elijah as a man of crystalline faith: his very name, which may mean “Yahweh is God”, encloses the secret of his mission. He will be like this for the rest of his life: a man of integrity, incapable of petty compromises. His symbol is fire, the image of God's purifying power. He will be the first to be put to the test, and he will remain faithful. He is the example of all people of faith who know temptation and suffering, but do not fail to live up to the ideal for which they were born.

Prayer is the lifeblood that constantly nourishes his existence. For this reason, he is one of those most dear to the monastic tradition, so much so that some have elected him as the spiritual father of the life consecrated to God. Elijah is the man of God, who stands as a defender of the primacy of the Most High. And yet, he too is forced to come to terms with his own frailties. It is difficult to say which experiences were most useful to him: the defeat of the false prophets on Mount Carmel (cf. 1 Kings 18:20-40), or his bewilderment in which he finds that he is “no better than [his] ancestors” (see 1 Kings 19:4). In the soul of those who pray, the sense of their own weakness is more precious than moments of exaltation, when it seems that life is a series of victories and successes. This always happens in prayer: moments of prayer that we feel lift us up, even of enthusiasm, and moments of prayer of pain, aridity, trial. This is what prayer is: letting ourselves be carried by God, and also letting ourselves be struck by unpleasant situations and even temptations. This is a reality found in many other biblical vocations, even in the New Testament; think, for example, of St Peter and St Paul. Their lives were like this too: moments of exultation and moments of low spirits, of suffering.

Elijah is the man of contemplative life and, at the same time, of active life, preoccupied with the events of his time, capable of clashing with the king and queen after they had Nabot killed to take possession of his vineyard (cf. 1 Kings 21:1-24). How much we are in need of believers, of zealous Christians, who act before people who have managerial responsibility with the courage of Elijah, to say, “This must not be done! This is murder!”. We need Elijah’s spirit. He shows us that there should be no dichotomy in the life of those who pray: one stands before the Lord and goes towards the brothers to whom He sends us. Prayer is not about locking oneself up with the Lord to make one’s soul appear beautiful: no, this is not prayer, this is false prayer. Prayer is a confrontation with God, and letting oneself be sent to serve one’s brothers and sisters. The proof of prayer is the real love of one’s neighbour. And vice versa: believers act in the world after having first kept silent and prayed; otherwise, their action is impulsive, it is devoid of discernment, it is rushing without a destination. Believers behave in this way, they do so many injustices because they did not go to pray to the Lord first, to discern what they must do.

The pages of the Bible suggest that Elijah's faith also made progress: he too grew in prayer, he refined it little by little. The face of God came into focus for him as he walked. He reached his peak in that extraordinary experience, when God manifested Himself to Elijah on the mount (cf. 1 Kings 19:9-13). He manifests himself not in the storm, not in the earthquake or the devouring fire, but in “a light murmuring sound” (v. 12). Or better, a translation that reflects that experience well: in a thread of resounding silence. This is how God manifests Himself to Elijah. It is with this humble sign that God communicates with Elijah, who at that moment is a fugitive prophet who has lost peace. God comes forward to meet a tired man, a man who thought he had failed on all fronts, and with that gentle breeze, with that thread of resounding silence, He brings calm and peace back into the heart.

This is the story of Elijah, but it seems written for all of us. In some evenings we can feel useless and lonely. It is then that prayer will come and knock on the door of our hearts. We can all gather a corner of Elijah's cloak, just as his disciple Elisha collected half his cloak. And even if we have done something wrong, or if we feel threatened and frightened, when we return before God with prayer, serenity and peace will return as if by miracle. This is what the example of Elijah shows us.


Special greetings in Other Languages

I welcome all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors who join us for today’s Audience. Upon you and your families I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!


 Je suis heureux de saluer les personnes de langue française. Demandons par the intercession de Notre-Dame du Rosaire la grâce d'être des hommes et des femmes intègres et dignes de foi, afin que, dans la prière, le Seigneur rejoigne chacun de nous dans sa vie et him women la paix et la sérénité. Que Dieu vous bénisse!


[I am pleased to greet the French-speaking faithful. We ask, through the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, for the grace to be men and women of integrity and worthy of faith, so that, in prayer, the Lord unites each of us in his life and gives us peace and serenity. God bless you!]


I welcome all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors who join us for today’s Audience. Upon you and your families I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!


[I cordially greet the English-speaking faithful. Upon you and your families I invoke the joy and peace of Christ. God bless you!]


Einen herzlichen Gruß richte ich an die Gläubigen deutscher Sprache, insbesonde an die Jugendlichen aus der Schweiz, welche an der Informationswoche der Päpstlichen Schweizergarde teilnehmen. Das heutige Fest Unserer Lieben Frau vom Rosenkranz erinnert uns daran, wie wichtig das kontemplative Gebet ist. Wenn wir die Geheimnisse des Heiles betrachten, enthüllt sich uns immer mehr das Angesicht der Liebe Gottes selbst, das wir gerufen sind, in Ewigkeit zu schauen. Die Gottesmutter möge uns sicher auf unserem Weg hin zum Herrn führen.


[I address a cordial greeting to the German-speaking faithful, in particular to the young people from Switzerland who are taking part in a learning week on the Pontifical Swiss Guard. Today's feast of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary reminds us of the importance of contemplative prayer. By meditating on the mysteries of salvation, the face of love of God himself that we are called to contemplate in eternity is revealed more and more. May Our Lady be our sure guide on the path to the Lord.]


I cordially greet los peregrinos de lengua española. Por intercesión de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, el Señor nos conceda crecer en nuestro camino de oración, para vivir en intimidad con Él, y haga que, en medio de este tiempo de pandemia, nuestra vida sea a loving service a todos nuestros hermanos y hermanas , en especial a quienes se sienten abandonados y desprotegidos. Que Dios los bendiga a todos.


Dirijo uma saudação cordial aos peregrinos and ouvintes de língua portuguesa, convidando-vos a tomar or rosário nas mãos todos os dias and erguer or vosso olhar para Nossa Senhora, sinal de consolação and esperança segura. Que a Virgem Santa ilumine e proteja toda a peregrinação da vossa vida até à Casa do Pai! Obrigado.


[I address a cordial greeting to the Portuguese-speaking pilgrims and listeners and I invite you to take the rosary in your hand every day and to raise your gaze to Our Lady, a sign of consolation and sure hope. May the Holy Virgin enlighten and protect the entire pilgrimage of your life to the Father's House! Thank you.]


أُحيّي المؤمنينَ الناطقينَ باللغةِ العربية. نحتفلُ الية بعيدِ سيّدةِ الورديّةِ المقدّسة. أَدعوكُم أن تُصلوا مسبحةَ الورديّة وأن تحملوها بين أيديكم أو في جيوبِكم. إن تلاوة المسبحة الوردية هي أجمل صلاة يمكن أن نقدمها لمريم العذراء, وهي تأمل في مراحل حياة يسوع المخلص مع أمه مريم, وهي سلاح يحمينا من الشرور والتجارب. ليباركْكُم الرّبُّ جميعًا!


[I greet the Arabic-speaking faithful. Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. I invite you to pray the rosary, and to carry it in your hands or in your pockets. The recitation of the rosary is the most beautiful prayer we can offer to the Virgin Mary; it is a contemplation on the stages of the life of Jesus the Savior with his Mother Mary and is a weapon that protects us from evils and temptations. God bless you all!]


Serdeczne pozdrowienie kieruję do Polaków. Dzisiaj obchodzimy wspomnienie Najświętszej Maryi Panny Różańcowej. Matka Boża w swych objawieniach często wzywała ludzi do odmawiania Różańca, zwłaszcza w obliczu zagrożeń dla świata. Także dzisiaj, w tym czasie pandemii, koniecznie musimy trzymać w naszych dłoniach różaniec, modląc się za siebie, za swoich bliskich i za wszystkich ludzi. Zawierzam was Królowej Różańca Świętego i z serca wszystkim błogosławię.


[I extend a cordial greeting to all Poles. Today we celebrate the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary. Our Lady in her apparitions often exhorted the recitation of the Rosary, especially in the face of threats looming over the world. Even today, in this time of pandemic, it is necessary to hold the rosary in our hands, praying for us, for our loved ones and for all men. I entrust you all to the Queen of the Rosary and I cordially bless you.]

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I address a cordial greeting to the Italian-speaking faithful. Today is the feast of the Madonna del Rosario. I invite everyone to rediscover, especially during this month of October, the beauty of the prayer of the Rosary, which has nourished the faith of the Christian people through the centuries.

Finally, my thoughts go, as usual, to the elderly, young people, the sick and newlyweds: they are there, aren't they? Are there still brave ones? I entrust you to the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, so that each one may be a joyful witness of Christ's charity.

Wow Thousands on the Streets in the US and Canada forming Annual Life Chains for the Pro-Life Cause - #LifeChain



Thousands of People Lined the Streets in Over 1600 Cities to Tell North Americans “Abortion Kills Children”

Thousands of pro-lifers stood outside despite COVID-19 and the weather on Sunday, October 4, 2020 to pray for unborn babies and their mothers.


People gathered in nearly 1,600 communities in the United States and Canada for the annual Life Chain, according to organizers. The event brings pro-lifers together in their local communities to pray for an end to abortion and peacefully witness to the truth about life in the womb. Due to COVID-19 many pro-lifers maintained a social distance. Some Life Chains were also postponed to November 1. (The following video shows images from the Socially Distanced Canadian March for Life in the Capitol with Fr. Mark Goring)

Sharron Albertson told LifeNews about one local coordinator’s story: “One year when I was beginning to question if being part of a Life Chain was worth the time, a woman stopped and asked who was in charge. The participants pointed to me and the woman came over and said, ‘See that little person in the back seat. I decided not to have an abortion because you all were here a couple years ago.’ She hugged me and got back in her card and drove off before I could think of anything to say.”

Peaceful witnessing is a key part of the Life Chain. The events typically are held along busy roadways in the communities where pro-lifers hold signs that raise awareness about unborn babies, pregnancy resources and more.

 The local news outlets noted that the Life Chains were peaceful, respectful events.

Every year, nearly 900,000 unborn children are killed in legal abortions in America, and organizers said the Life Chains are one small step toward ending the violence.

“From the very young to the very old, life We’re here to fight a battle,” organizer Karen Hamrick said. “We’re not political, but our battle is fought in the heavenly because we’re not warring against flesh and blood…We’re using the best weapon that there is and that is prayer.”

The Life Chain began more than 30 years ago in California, and quickly grew into a national and international event with communities in Canada and the United States participating.

While Life Chains are promoted as religious, prayer-oriented events, organizers said they also welcome non-religious pro-lifers to participate. Participants are encouraged to pray and/or solemnly reflect on the violence of abortion in a public place where they can witness to the truth about abortion in their community.

More than 61 million unborn babies have been aborted legally in the United States since 1973.
With notes from LifeNews.com

Irish Primate Archbishop Martin Praises Pope's New Encyclical Saying it is a Must-Read - FULL TEXT


Pope Francis’ new encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’ is a must read for everyone – Archbishop Eamon Martin
By Brenda Drumm|04/10/2020
Pope Francis’ third encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti (All brothers and sisters), a call to solidarity for all of humanity to live in fraternity and social friendship, was published after the Holy Father prayed the Angelus in Saint Peter’s Square, Rome, today Sunday 4 October, the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Yesterday the Pope Francis signed the letter in Assisi, Italy, at the tomb of Saint Francis.

Welcoming the new encyclical, Archbishop Eamon Martin said, “I warmly welcome this timely and provocative message from Pope Francis which reminds us so powerfully of the message of love that is at the heart of the Gospel – a love which reaches out to all of our ‘brothers and sisters’ who share our common humanity.

“I am conscious that Pope Francis wrote this encyclical during a global pandemic, a time which is reminding us not only of our connectedness around the world but also of our fragility, our shared vulnerability and common need for compassion and love and for the hope that faith in God can bring.”

Archbishop Martin went on to say, “Pope Francis has a real gift for opening up and reflecting on the Word of God – he loves to select a passage from Scripture and ‘meditate out loud’ on what God’s Word is saying to us.  This time he chooses the challenging Parable of the Good Samaritan and he slowly ‘breaks open’ the wisdom and teaching of that Parable for today. Yes, we might agree, we are all ‘brothers and sisters’; we are all neighbours sharing this planet.  But, ‘Who is my neighbour?  Who is my brother?  Who is my sister?’

“Pope Francis reminds us of how his namesake, Saint Francis, answered this question.  He ‘heard the voice of God, he heard the voice of the poor, he heard the voice of the infirm and he heard the voice of nature.  He made of them a way of life.’

“In Fratelli Tutti Pope Francis therefore makes a special appeal in the name of justice and mercy for the orphan, the poor, the stranger, the migrant, the refugee and all those on the ‘margins’, the ‘peripheries’ of life and society.  He envisages an ‘open world’ motivated by what he calls ‘social friendship’ and sincere hospitality towards others.  I find it particularly challenging when he mentions that ‘Some peripheries are close to us, in the city centres or in our families.’  This of course reminds us here in Ireland to consider who might be left out, who do we tend to shuffle over into the margins of society and perhaps try to forget?”



The archbishop continued, “I sometimes wonder about the impact on us of seeing a homeless person lying on our streets, or watching live pictures on the media of thousands of refugees huddled in camps, or starving children swatting away flies from their faces – how easily we can ‘shift our gaze’, feel sorry for them but never really question our own values, lifestyle, attitudes?  This dilemma is at the heart of Fratelli Tutti.  These days we speak about social distancing during the pandemic.  Perhaps the real social distancing is the way that the great majority of people in the world can get on with their lives seemingly oblivious or ‘anaesthetised’ to the tremendous suffering, inequality and neglect of the poor and the most vulnerable among us.  Solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, Pope Francis says, means looking into their faces, touching their flesh, sensing their closeness and trying to help them.  It never tolerates any assault on human life or the human dignity of any person.

“As expected, therefore, Fratelli Tutti has a challenging message for political leaders and Church leaders about dialogue, mutual understanding and combined effort towards practical actions to make a difference in the world.  It encourages us to ‘pay attention to the global’ while also ‘looking to the local’, avoiding both global uniformity and local narrowness or narcissism.

“We are called to have a ‘gaze transformed by charity’ which touches our hearts like the Good Samaritan and shows a preferential love to those in greatest need.  That gaze ‘is at the heart of the authentic spirit of politics’.  It ‘undergirds everything we do on their behalf.’

“Pope Francis’ questions to politicians might also be asked of all of us who are entrusted with leadership positions.  He says: ‘The real, and potentially painful, questions will be, ‘How much love did I put into my work?  What did I do for the progress of our people?  What mark did I leave on the life of society?  What real bonds did I create?  What positive forces did I unleash?  How much social peace did I sow?  What good did I achieve in the position that was entrusted to me?’, the archbishop said.

Archbishop Martin concluded by saying “Fratelli Tutti is a must read for everybody.  Pope Francis is addressing his new letter not only to Catholics but to all people of goodwill.  In terms of its theme it is a natural companion to Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical letter Laudato Si, on care for our common home, which highlights our collective responsibility to manage natural sources and to sustain our God-given environment.  But today, at this time of global pandemic, Pope Francis’ calls us to love each other as God loves us by living the parable of the Good Samaritan every minute of every day.  Our civilisation is not omnipotent, so we need to respect the innate dignity of each other – from family to stranger – with love and practical support, so that the human race can flourish.



“I would also like to compliment the supplementary resources which accompany Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti, including a quick key to the encyclical, an overview, slides, questions and answers, and a video.  These will go a long way to effectively disseminate the letter’s powerful message and help to inform a wide variety of audiences, including educational.”

Click here to read the full text of Fratelli Tutti as well as some additional summary and multimedia resources.

Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dromore and Primate of All Ireland.

Novena to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - Powerful Prayers to the Mother of Jesus


Say this prayer along with the Rosary for nine days.
 My dearest Mother Mary, behold me, your child, in prayer at your feet. Accept this Holy Rosary, which I offer you in accordance with your requests at Fatima, as a proof of my tender love for you, for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in atonement for the offenses committed against your Immaculate Heart, and for this special favor which I earnestly request in my Rosary Novena: (Mention your request).
 I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son. If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused. I know, dearest Mother, that you want me to seek God's holy Will concerning my request. If what I ask for should not be granted, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul. I offer you this spiritual "Bouquet of Roses" because I love you. I put all my confidence in you, since your prayers before God are most powerful. For the greater glory of God and for the sake of Jesus, your loving Son, hear and grant my prayer. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
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