Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
 Lectionary: 482  
Reading 1 EPH 6:10-20
Brothers and sisters: Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the Devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the Gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones and also for me, that speech may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains, so that I may have the courage to speak as I must. 

Responsorial Psalm
144:1B, 2, 9-10
R. (1b) Blessed be the Lord, my Rock! Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war. 
R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock! My mercy and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, My shield, in whom I trust, who subdues my people under me.
 R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock! O God, I will sing a new song to you; with a ten-stringed lyre I will chant your praise, You who give victory to kings, and deliver David, your servant from the evil sword. 
R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock! 
 Alleluia 
See LK 19:38; 2:14
 R. Alleluia, alleluia. 
Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel LK 13:31-35
Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.’ “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned. But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
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 29 : St. Narcissus of Jerusalem a Bishop who Blessed Miraculous Oil and Died 215 AD


St. Narcissus
BISHOP - Born:  99
Died: 215

St Narcissus was born towards the close of the first century, and was almost fourscore years old when he was placed at the head of the church of Jerusalem, being the thirtieth bishop of that see. Eusebius assures us that the Christians of Jerusalem preserved in his time the remembrance of several miracles which God had wrought by this holy bishop, one of which he relates as follows. One year, on Easter-eve, the deacons were unprovided with oil for the lamps in the church, necessary at the solemn divine office that day. Narcissus ordered those who had care of the lamps to bring him some water from the neighbouring wells. This being done, he pronounced a devout prayer over the water; then bade them pour it into the lamps, which they did, and it was immediately converted into oil, to the great surprise of the faithful. Some of this miraculous oil was kept there as a memorial at the time when Eusebius wrote his history. The veneration of all good men for this holy bishop could not shelter him from the malice of the wicked. Three incorrigible sinners, fearing his inflexible severity in the observance of ecclesiastical discipline, laid to his charge a detestable crime, which Eusebius does not specify. They confirmed their atrocious calumny by dreadful oaths and imprecations; one wishing he might perish by fire, another that he might be struck with a leprosy, and the third that he might lose his sight, if what they alleged was not the truth. Notwithstanding these protestations, their accusation did not find credit; and some time after the divine vengeance pursued the calumniators. The first was burnt in his house, with his whole family, by an accidental fire in the night; the second was struck with a universal leprosy; and the third, terrified by these examples, confessed the conspiracy and slander, and by the abundance of tears which he continually shed for his sins, lost his sight before his death.
Narcissus, notwithstanding the slander had made no impression on the people to his disadvantage, could not stand the shock of the bold calumny, or rather made it an excuse for leaving Jerusalem and spending some time in solitude, which had long been his wish. He spent several years undiscovered in his retreat, where he enjoyed all the happiness and advantage which a close conversation with God can bestow. That his church might not remain destitute of a pastor, the neighbouring bishops of the province after some time placed in it Pius, and after him Germanion, who dying in a short time was succeeded by Gordius. Whilst this last held the see, Narcissus appeared again, like one from the dead. The whole body of the faithful, transported at the recovery of their holy pastor, whose innocence had been most authentically vindicated, conjured him to reassume the administration of the diocese. He acquiesced; but afterwards, bending under the weight of extreme old age, made St. Alexander his coadjutor. St. Narcissus continued to serve his flock, and even other churches, by his assiduous prayers and his earnest exhortations to unity and concord, as St. Alexander testifies in his letter to the Arsinoites in Egypt, where he says that Narcissus was at that time, about one hundred and sixteen years old. The Roman Martyrology honours his memory on the 29th of October.
If we truly respect the church as the immaculate spouse of our Lord, we will incessantly pray for its exaltation and increase, and beseech the Almighty to give it pastors according to his own heart, like those who appeared in the infancy of Christianity. And, that no obstacle on our part may prevent the happy effects of their zeal, we should study to regulate our conduct by the holy maxims which they inculcate; we should regard them as the ministers of Christ; we should listen to them with docility and attention; we should make their faith the rule of ours, and shut our ears against the language of profane novelty. SOURCE: The Catholic Encyclopedia 

Pope Francis says "We never pray alone, we always pray with Jesus" at Audience and Prays for Victims of Attack in Cameroon - FULL TEXT + Video



GENERAL AUDIENCE

Paul VI Audience Hall
Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Catechesis on prayer - 12. Jesus, man of prayer

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today, in this audience, as we have done in the previous audiences, I will stay here. I like to come down and greet each one of you, but we must keep our distance, because if I come down, then a crowd forms to greet me, and this is contrary to the measures and the precautions we must take in order to face “Madame Covid”, and it is harmful to us. Therefore, please excuse me if I do not come down to greet you: I will greet you from here but I hold you in my heart, all of you. And you, please hold me in your heart, and pray for me. From a distance, we can pray for each other … and thank you for your understanding.

In our itinerary of catechesis on prayer, after travelling through the Old Testament, we now arrive at Jesus. And Jesus prayed. The beginning of His public ministry takes place with His baptism in the river Jordan. The Evangelists are in agreement in attributing fundamental importance to this episode. They narrate how all the people came together in prayer, and specify that this gathering had a clearly penitential nature (see Mk 1:5; Mt 3:8). The people went to John to be baptised, for the forgiveness of sins: it is of a penitential character, of conversion.

Jesus’ first public act is therefore participation in a choral prayer of the people, a prayer of the people who went to be baptised, a penitential prayer, in which everyone recognises him- or herself as a sinner. This is why the Baptist wishes to oppose it, and says: “I need to be baptised by you, and do you come to me?” (Mt 3:14). The Baptist understands that it was Jesus. But Jesus insists: His is an act of obedience to the will of the Father (v. 5), an act of solidarity with our human condition. He prays with the sinners of the people of God. Let us keep this clearly in mind: Jesus is the Righteous One, He is not a sinner. But He wished to come down to us, sinners, and He prays with us, and when we pray He is with us, praying; He is with us because He is in heaven, praying for us. Jesus always prays with His people, He always prays with us: always. We never pray alone, we always pray with Jesus. He does not stay on the opposite side of the river - “I am righteous, you are sinners” - to mark His difference and distance from the disobedient people, but rather He immerses His feet in the same purifying waters. He acts as if He were a sinner. And this is the greatness of God, Who sent His Son and annihilated Himself, and appears as a sinner.

Jesus is not a distant God, and He cannot be. Incarnation revealed Him in a complete and humanly unthinkable way. Thus, inaugurating His mission, Jesus places Himself at the forefront of a people of penitents, as if He were responsible for opening a breach through which all of us, after Him, must have the courage to pass. But the road, the journey, is difficult; but He goes ahead, opening the way. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that this is the newness of the fullness of time. It says: “His filial prayer, which the Father awaits from His children, is finally going to be lived out by the only Son in His humanity, with and for men” (no. 2599). Jesus prays with us. Let us keep this clear in our mind and in our heart: Jesus prays with us.

On that day, on the bank of the river Jordan, there is therefore all of humanity, with its unexpressed yearning for prayer. There is, above all, the population of sinners: those who thought they were not beloved by God, those who did not dare cross the threshold of the temple, those who did not pray because they did not consider themselves worthy. Jesus came for everyone, even for them, and He begins precisely by joining them. At the forefront.

The Gospel of Luke, in particular, highlights the climate of prayer in which the baptism of Jesus took place: “Now when all the people were baptised, and when Jesus also had been baptised and was praying, the heaven was opened” (3:21). By praying, Jesus opens the door to the heavens, and the Holy Spirit descends from that breach. And from on high a voice proclaims the wonderful truth:“Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased” (v. 22). This simple phrase encloses an immense treasure; it enables us to intuit something of Jesus’ ministry and of His heart, always turned to the Father. In the whirlwind of life and the world that will come to condemn him, even in the hardest and most sorrowful experiences He will have to endure, even when He experiences that he has no place to lay His head (see Mt 8: 20), even when hatred and persecution are unleashed around Him, Jesus is never without the refuge of a dwelling place: He dwells eternally in the Father.

This is the unique greatness of Jesus' prayer: the Holy Spirit takes possession of His person and the voice of the Father attests that He is the beloved, the Son in whom He fully reflects Himself.

This prayer of Jesus, which on the banks of the river Jordan is totally personal - and will be thus for all His earthly life - in Pentecost becomes the grace of prayer for all those baptised in Christ. He Himself obtained for us this gift, and He invites us to pray as He prayed.

Therefore, if during an evening of prayer we feel sluggish and empty, if it seems to us that life has been completely useless, we must at that moment beg that Jesus' prayer also become our own. “I cannot pray today, I don’t know what to do: I don’t feel like it, I am unworthy… In that moment, may your prayer to Jesus be mine”. And entrust yourself to Him, that He may pray for us. He in this moment is before the Father, praying for us, He is the intercessor; He shows the wounds to the Father, for us. Let us trust in this, it is great. We will then hear, if we are trustful, we will then hear a voice from heaven, louder than the voice rising from the depths of ourselves, and we will hear this voice whispering words of tenderness: “You are God's beloved, you are a son, you are the joy of the Father in heaven”. Just for us, for each one of us, echoes the word of the Father: even if we were rejected by all, sinners of the worst kind. Jesus did not descend into the waters of the Jordan for Himself, but for all of us. It was the entire people of God who went to the Jordan to pray, to ask for forgiveness, to receive that baptism of penance. And as that theologian said, they approached the Jordan with a “bare soul and bare feet”. This is humility. It takes humility to pray. He opened the heavens, as Moses opened the waters of the Red Sea, so that we could all pass behind Him. Jesus gave us His own prayer, which is His loving dialogue with the Father. He gave it to us like a seed of the Trinity, which He wants to take root in our hearts. Let us welcome him! Let us welcome this gift, the gift of prayer. Always with Him. And we will not err. Thank you.


APPEAL

I participate in the suffering of the families of the young students barbarically killed last Saturday in Kumba, in Cameroon. I feel great bewilderment at such a cruel and senseless act, which tore the young innocents from life while they were attending lessons at school. May God enlighten hearts, so that similar gestures may never be repeated again and so that the tormented regions of the north-west and south-west of the country may finally find peace! I hope that the weapons will remain silent and that the safety of all and the right of every young person to education and the future can be guaranteed. I express my affection to families, to the city of Kumba and to the whole of Cameroon and I invoke the comfort that only God can give.


Special Greetings

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!

Quote to SHARE by St. Faustina "I am not alone, because Jesus is with me, and with Him I fear nothing"




"I am not alone, because Jesus is with me, and with Him I fear nothing" 
by St. Faustina 

9 People are Closer to Becoming Saints as Pope Francis Approves Decrees and Recognizes 3 Miracles



Pope Francis has brought nine people closer to becoming Saints.
The Holy Father approved decrees for four women and five men. This brings them closer to Canonization.
On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 the Pope met with Cardinal-elect Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Promulgation of Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, 28.10.2020

On 27 October 2020, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Excellency Monsignor Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the decrees concerning:

- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of Blessed Giustino Maria Russolillo, Priest, Founder of the Society of Divine Vocations and of the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Vocations; born on 18 January 1891 in Pianura di Napoli (Italy) and died there on 2 August 1955;

- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Lorenza Requenses in Longo, Foundress of the Hospital of the Incurables in Naples and of the Capuchin Nuns; born in about 1463 in Lleida (Spain) and died in Naples (Italy) on 21 December 1539;

- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Elisabetta Czacka (born Rosa), Foundress of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters Handmaids of the Cross; born on 22 October 1876 in Bila Tserkva (Ukraine) and died in Laski (Poland) on 15 May 1961;

- the martyrdom of the Servants of God Leonardo Melki and Tommaso Saleh, professed priests of the Order of the Capuchin Friars Minor; killed in hatred of the Faith in Turkey in 1915 and 1917;

- the martyrdom of the Servant of God Luigi Lenzini, diocesan priest; killed, in hatred of the Faith, in Crocette di Pavullo (Italy) on the night between 20 and 21 July 1945;

- the martyrdom of the Servant of God Isabella Cristina Mrad Campos, Lay Faithful; killed in hatred of the Faith in Juiz de Fora (Brazil) on 1 September 1982;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Roberto Giovanni, professed brother of the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata of Our Lord Jesus Christ; born on March 18, 1903 in Rio Claro (Brazil) and died in Campinas (Brazil) on January 11, 1994;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Teresa of the Heart of Jesus (born Celia Méndez y Delgado), Co-founder of the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Divine Heart of Jesus; born on 11 February 1844 in Fuentes de Andalucía (Spain) and died in Seville (Spain) on 2 June 1908.

Source: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2020/10/28/0558/01295.html

Historic Louisville Catholic Church Vandalized but Suspect is Caught by Security Guard



According to reports a Louisville man was arrested after allegedly causing damage to a historic church.

The pastor of Saint Martin of Tours Church said a man broke into the sanctuary late Sunday, October 25, 2020 and caused extensive damage to the altar.

An security guard was able to detain the suspect until officers arrived. Police have not identified the suspect.
The pastor and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will be working with the archdiocesan insurance company on repairs.

Archbishop Kurtz released this statement about the vandalism:

“I thank and praise Father Paul for his strong pastoral leadership, and I am grateful to Saint Martin’s security guard and to the Louisville Metro Police Department for their prompt response. I offer my prayers for healing for the parish and for the offender.”
The pastor wrote:
Dear parishioners,
I am pleased to announce that the church will reopen today at 11:30am, that noon Mass will occur, and Adoration will resume immediately following Mass. Let us all join in thanksgiving for our police, for healing of those who suffer from mental illness and addiction, the clean up crew and all the others who were able to get the sanctuary usable in short order. Join me and Fr. David today in prayers for peace and swift restoration of our
beloved church.
In Christ,
Fr. Paul Beach
Pastor

Cardinal Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, Defends Pope Francis saying He "never spoke of a possible integration of homosexuals into a natural marriage" in Francesco Film Controversy



ASIA/IRAQ - Fides report: Chaldean Patriarchate denies rumors of the Pope's “opening” to marriage for homosexual couples 
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 Iraqi Christian appointed at the top of the National Investment Authority Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) -
 It is completely false to say that Pope Francis expressed his approval for same-sex marriage, modifying the doctrine of the Catholic Church. 
The Chaldean Patriarchate, led by the Patriarch Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, clearly underlines this in an official statement released by the Chaldean Patriarchate. The Patriarchate's press release refers to misleading reports that are also circulating in Iraq and refer to some passages in the documentary "Francesco", by Russian-born US citizen and director Evgeny Afineewsky, which was shown at the Rome Film Festival on 21 October. The Catholic Church and other Churches - the statement reads - recognize that only natural marriage between male and female "is according to divine plan", and thus in the eyes of the Church only the marriage between a man and a woman respects the law of God and can be raised to the dignity of a sacrament. In Western countries - the Patriarchate adds - Churches are separate from the State, and civil governments also enact laws that do not conform to the Church's doctrine, such as those that decriminalize or legalize abortion. 
Also in the documentary, which serves as a pretext for the supposed opening of the Pope to so-called "homosexual marriages", the statement of the Chaldean Patriarchate of the points out that in reality, even in the extracts taken from an old interview, Pope Francis "does not use the term" 'marriage' in reference to homosexuals. The Pope invites civil society and families to embrace love and protect homosexuals, and he is not saying that they have the right to form a family ".
 In conclusion, the declaration of the Chaldean Patriarchate emphasizes once again that the Pope "never spoke of a possible integration of homosexuals into a natural marriage recognized by the Church" and repeatedly emphasizes what the Catholic Church teaches in this regard, as marriage only recognizes "permanent union between a man and a woman". (GV) (Full Text Source: Agenzia Fides, 27/10/2020)
SEE ALSO: FULL TEXT Release from the Chaldean Patriarchate

On what was reported in the media about Pope Francis' stance towards homosexuals

On what was reported in the media about Pope Francis' stance towards homosexuals

Notify the patriarchate

Social media and some satellite channels reported news that the Pope had approved same-sex marriage and changed the belief of the Catholic Church. This is not true at all. The Catholic Church and other churches consider the natural marriage between male and female of divine determination, and it is the only legal marriage, which the Church considers a sacrament of its seven sacraments.

The Church in the West is separated from the state. And the western countries are secular and its rulings are secular and civil. For example, the Church prohibits abortion, while many Western countries legalize it.

 The film about the life of Pope “Francesco”, which covers the activities of Pope Francis, includes a clip in which he says: It is civil society that decides the union of homosexuals.

The Pope never uses the term "marriage" for homosexuals. The Pope called on civil society and families to care for, love and protect homosexuals, and he did not say that they should form a family. As for his saying that all are children of God, this is due to the fact that God created man, and therefore he is his son. And God alone is the judge and no one else.

 The Pope did not discuss the incorporation of homosexuals into a natural, ecclesiastical marriage. On the contrary, he stresses the Catholic Church's belief that marriage is a lifelong partnership between one man and one woman. 

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