Monday, March 1, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church



 Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent
Lectionary: 231
Reading I
Is 1:10, 16-20
Hear the word of the LORD,
    princes of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
    people of Gomorrah!
    Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
    cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
    hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.
Come now, let us set things right,
    says the LORD:
Though your sins be like scarlet,
    they may become white as snow;
Though they be crimson red,
    they may become white as wool.
(Mass starts after the Stations of the Cross at the 14:11 Mark)

 
 If you are willing, and obey,
    you shall eat the good things of the land;
But if you refuse and resist,
    the sword shall consume you:
    for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!
Responsorial Psalm
50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23
R.    (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
    for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
    no goats out of your fold.”
R.    To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Why do you recite my statutes,
    and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
    and cast my words behind you?”
R.    To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
    Or do you think that I am like yourself?
    I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
    and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”
R.    To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
 
Verse before the Gospel
Ez 18:31
Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD,
and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.
Gospel
Mt 23:1-12
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
“The scribes and the Pharisees
have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry
and lay them on people’s shoulders,
but they will not lift a finger to move them.
All their works are performed to be seen.
They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’
As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’
You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Call no one on earth your father;
you have but one Father in heaven.
Do not be called ‘Master’;
you have but one master, the Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
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 March 2 : St. Agnes of Prague a Princess, Abbess and Miracle Worker who Consecrated herself to God and was Related to a Saint

Born:
1211, Prague
Died:
March 6, 1282, Prague
Canonized:
November 12, 1989 by Pope John Paul II
Born at Prague in the year 1200; died probably in 1281. She was the daughter of Ottocar, King of Bohemia and Constance of Hungary, a relative of St. Elizabeth. At an early age she was sent to the monastery of Treinitz, where at the hands of the Cistercian religious she received the education that became her rank. She was betrothed to Frederick II, Emperor of Germany; but when the time arrived for the solemnization of the marriage, it was impossible to persuade her to abandon the resolution she had made of consecrating herself to the service of God in the sanctuary of the cloister. The Emperor Frederick was incensed at the unsuccessful issue of his matrimonial venture, but, on learning that St. Agnes had left him to become the spouse of Christ, he is said to have remarked: "If she had left me for a mortal man, I would have taken vengeance with the sword, but I cannot take offence because in preference to me she has chosen the King of Heaven." The servant of God entered the Order of St. Clare in the monastery of St. Saviour at Prague, which she herself had erected. She was elected abbess of the monastery, and became in this office a model of Christian virtue and religious observance for all. God favoured her with the gift of miracles, and she predicted the victory of her brother Wenceslaus over the Duke of Austria. The exact year of her death is not certain; 1281 is the most probable date.

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)
Prayer:
Dear St. Agnes, intercede for us, obtain for us we pray, the grace to prefer the treasures of the next world over the passing pleasures of this world. Amen.

How to Go to CONFESSION - The Best Way to Prepare for LENT - An EASY Guide so You can Go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation - VIDEO


By Confession the Church means: to tell your sins (or wrong things you have done) to a Priest, receive a penance (usually a prayer) and receive forgiveness. WATCH our Video Below for an Easy Guide!
Confession, also known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance, is a sacrament of the Catholic Church; it was instituted by Christ as mentioned in the Bible: 
"Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
22
   
 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:21 NIV

How often should I go to Confession?
Catholics are obliged to go to Confession at least once per year. However, many people go more often 1 per week, every 2 weeks or every month. The priest is not permitted to reveal your sins to anyone. 
How Should I Make a Confession?
Usually, parishes have scheduled confession times that are written in their bulletins. Or, you might have to approach and ask a priest for a scheduled day and time. If there are regularly scheduled confessions, you might have to line up with others before a confessional and enter when it is your turn. You might enter through a curtain or a small room and kneel down. When you approach as a penitent, the priest might welcome you with words or be silent. Remember: Jesus, the merciful Lord, is present spiritually. 
When ready say "Bless me Father for I have sinned" and make the sign of the cross, saying,
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Then say how long it has been since your last confession.
The priest might say these or similar words or be silent:
May God, who has enlightened every heart, help you to know your sins and trust in his
mercy.

At this point you confess your sins. (say what you have done wrong; for example sins that are common include: hatred, anger, lust, jealousy, greed, pride, gluttony, laziness, etc.)
If necessary, the priest helps you with questions and suitable advice. He will ask you to perform a penance, which is usually a prayer.
The priest, then, invites the penitent to manifest repentance by reciting the Act of Contrition or another similar formula:
O my God, I am sorry with all my heart for having offended you, and I detest all my sins because of your just punishments, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to amend my life, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Amen.
Or
Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Or
Lord, remember your love,
your faithfulness enduring forever.
Do not bear in mind my sins:
remember me in your mercy,
for the sake of your goodness, Lord. (Ps 24:6-7)
The priest, might place his hands upon the head of the penitent, or raise his hands in the penitent's direction.
He says, God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church
may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins
in the name of the Father and of the Son + and of Holy Spirit.
You respond: Amen.
After absolution the priest continues: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
You respond: His mercy endures forever.
The priest then takes leave of you, saying: The Lord has freed you from your sins. Go in peace. You can say: Thank-you, Fr.
How Should I Prepare for Confession?
When asked about what counsels he would give penitents for a good confession, Pope Francis replied, “They should consider the truth of their lives before God, what they feel, what they think. They should be able to observe themselves and their sin with sincerity. And they should feel themselves to be sinners and let themselves be surprised, amazed by God” (Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy,
pp. 58-59).


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Questions to Ask Yourself before you Go to Confession also known as an "Examination of Conscience"
It consists of asking ourselves about the evil committed and the good omitted in relation to God, our neighbor, and ourselves.
In Relation to God
Do I address God only when I am in need?
Do I take part in the Mass on Sundays and days of obligation?
Do I begin and end my day with prayer?
Have I taken the name of God, Mary, or the saints in vain?
Have I been ashamed to be seen as a Christian?
What do I do to grow spiritually? How? When?
Do I rebel against God’s designs?
Do I expect Him to do my will?
In Relation to Our Neighbor
Am I able to forgive, show compassion for, and help my neighbor?
Have I defamed, robbed, or disdained children and the defenseless?
Am I envious, wrathful, or biased?
Do I take care of the poor and the sick?
Am I ashamed of the humanity of my brother or my sister?
Am I honest and just to everyone or do I foster the “culture of casting aside”?
Have I incited others to do wrong?
Do I observe the Gospel’s moral teaching on marriage and the family?
How do I handle my educational responsibilities towards my children?
Do I honor and respect my parents?
Have I refused newly-conceived life?
Have I extinguished the gift of life?
Have I helped to do so?
Do I respect the environment?
In Relation to Ourselves
Am I a bit worldly and a bit of a believer?
Do I exaggerate in eating, drinking, smoking, and entertainment?
Am I too concerned about my physical health and my possessions?
How do I use my time?
Am I lazy? Do I want to be served?
Do I love and cultivate purity of heart and in thoughts and actions?
Do I think about revenge or hold grudges?
Am I meek and humble, a builder of peace?

INTERVIEW - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says "There are not two Popes." and Says He Resigned "..in full conscience..." with Comments on President Biden

An interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was just released by the Corriere Italian publication. In the interview the retired Pope explains, "There are not two Popes."  

 It has been 8 years since the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI from the papacy on Feb. 28, 2013. 

The Emeritus says, “It was a painful decision, but I think I did well. My conscience is clear. "

The article written by Massimo Franco, covers the visit that the editor of Corriere della Sera, Luciano Fontana made to the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery where Benedict XVI now resides. 

The retired Pope says, "There are no two Popes. The Pope is only one…" 

Vatican News provided a translation of excerpts of the article:

“It was a difficult decision,” explains the Pope Emeritus, "but I made it in full conscience, and I believe I did well. Some of my friends who are a bit ‘fanatical’ are still angry; they did not want to accept my choice. I am thinking about the conspiracy theories which followed it: those who said it was because of the Vatileaks scandal, those who said it was because of the case of the conservative Lefebvrian theologian, Richard Williamson. They did not want to believe it was a conscious decision, but my conscience is clear.”

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has already been vaccinated, he received the first dose and then he was given the second, like Monsignor Gaenswein and most of the inhabitants of the Vatican City. He notes, " I will accompany Francis with my prayer" regarding the trip to Iraq. 

On US President Joseph Biden, the 2nd Catholic president after John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Benedict XVI expressed some reservations. 

The Pope Emeritus said, "It is true, he is Catholic and observant. And he personally is against abortion." "But as president, he tends to present himself in continuity with the line of the Democratic Party ... And on gender politics we have not yet fully understood what his position is...."

Pope Francis says "...Christ has revealed God's heart to us...God is a Father who wants to guard all of us; defend and promote the dignity of each..." FULL TEXT


GREETING FROM THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

TO THE DELEGATION OF THE FRANCISCAN CENTER OF SOLIDARITY, OF FLORENCE

Sala Clementina
Monday, 1 March 2021
 

Dear brothers and sisters ,

I am pleased to welcome all of you from the Franciscan Solidarity Center, and I thank your President, Maria Eugenia Ralletto, for her words of greeting. Simple words, Franciscan words those he said, but really consistent: thank you.

For many years, in the city of Florence, you have been carrying out a precious service of listening and being close to people who find themselves in difficult economic and social conditions: families who have to face difficulties of various kinds; elderly or disabled people who need support and companionship. First of all, I would like to say "thank you" to you for this. In a world that tends to run at two speeds, which on the one hand produces wealth but, on the other, generates inequality, you are an effective work of assistance, based on voluntary work, and, in the eyes of faith, you are among those who they sow the seeds of God's Kingdom.

In fact, by coming into the world and announcing the Kingdom of the Father, Jesus approached human wounds with compassion. He made himself close above all to the poor, to those who were marginalized and discarded; he became close to the disheartened, the abandoned and the oppressed. We remember his words: "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, [...] I was naked and you clothed me" ( Mt25,35.36). Thus, Christ has revealed God's heart to us: he is a Father who wants to guard: God is a Father who wants to guard all of us; defend and promote the dignity of each of his sons and daughters, and who calls us to build the human, social and economic conditions so that no one is excluded or trampled on his fundamental rights, no one should suffer from the lack of material bread or from loneliness.

In this work you are inspired by the luminous testimony of St. Francis of Assisi, who practiced universal brotherhood and "everywhere sowed peace and walked alongside the poor, the abandoned, the sick, the discarded, the least" (Enc. Brothers all , 2). Trying to follow his example, you have been carrying out this service for almost forty years, which is a concrete sign of hope, and also a sign of contradiction in the busy life of the city, where many find themselves alone with their poverty and suffering. A sign that arouses dormant consciences and invites us to come out of indifference, to have compassion for those who are wounded, to bend down with tenderness over those who are crushed by the weight of life. And we have said the three words which are precisely God's style: closeness - God draws near -, compassion and tenderness. This is God's style and this should be your style. Closeness, compassion and tenderness.

Dear friends, go ahead with courage in your work! I ask the Lord to support him, because we know that our good heart and our human strength are not enough. Before the things to do and beyond these, when we are faced with a poor person we are called to a love that makes us feel our brother, our sister; and this is possible thanks to Christ, present precisely in that person. I assure you of my prayers that the Lord, through the intercession of St. Francis, will always keep you the joy of serving, the joy of approaching you, the joy of having compassion, the joy of doing things with tenderness. And please, you too pray for me. Thank you.

FULL TEXT Source: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation - Image Screenshot 

SAINTS of the Month of March - List of Saint Feast Days for the Month of March - Stories to Inspire!


Here is a List of the Saint Feast Days in March. Click each Link below to see the Inspiring stories of each Saint!

Saint March 1 : St. David a Bishop and the Patron of Wales who Founded 12 Monasteries and was known for Miracles

Saint March 31 : St. Benjamin : Martyr and Deacon of Persia

RIP Bishop Yves Ramousse - Death of Beloved French Bishop and Missionary of Cambodia, from COVID at Age 93



 Bishop Yves Ramousse, who was Apostolic Vicar of Phnom Penh from 1962 to 1976, has died. The Bishop who led the recognition of the Cambodian Church to the government. French Bishop and missionary Yves Ramousse, was also in a second period in Cambodia, from 1992 to 2001. He died on February 25, 2021, in France, at the age of 93, a victim of Covid-19. 

According to Fides, as a member of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris (MEP), he went down in history for pastoral and missionary action in Cambodia in the second half of the 20th century and also in the phase following the season of the "new democratic Kampuchea", the era of Khmer Rouge. 
Fides reports that starting from 1975, when they took power, all religious expressions were prohibited, while all foreigners were expelled, including Catholic priests and religious, and a wave of violence and repression began in which about two million Cambodians died as a result of executions, hunger or disease. At the time, the French bishop Yves Ramousse himself was at the head of the Cambodian Church, whose work "allowed the Church of Cambodia to live and rise from the ashes in the 1990s. If today Cambodians are happy and free to follow Christ, they owe it to Ramousse", reminds Olivier Schmitthaeusler, who also belongs to the MEP, today Apostolic Vicar of Phnom Penh. Ramousse, given his imminent exile, recalled priest Joseph Chhmar Salas to his homeland, ordaining him bishop and appointed coadjutor for the Apostolic Vicariate of Phnom Penh. Salas was thus able to assume the pastoral and spiritual guidance of the people, but he died of starvation in 1977 and is one of the martyrs of the Khmer Rouge age, for whom the Cambodian Church has started the process for the official recognition of martyrdom. Joining the Foreign Missions of Paris at a young age, Yves Ramousse was ordained a priest in 1953 and left for Cambodia in 1957. Appointed Apostolic Vicar of Phnom Penh at the age of 35, he participated in the Second Vatican Council and in 1968 founded the Episcopal Conference of Laos and Cambodia (CELAC), helping to apply the Council's teachings to Cambodian reality, such as the celebration of the sacraments in the local language and the translation of the Bible into Khmer language. The suffered exile from what he considered his second homeland, he will define as "the negation of the missionary vocation". With the end of the civil war and the approval of the new Constitution (1993), Ramousse returns to Cambodia to find a destroyed Church: churches razed to the ground, the baptized missing, Cambodian priests and religious disappeared. Appointed again in 1992 Apostolic Vicar, he dedicated himself to the work of spiritual, pastoral and social reconstruction. In 1994, after negotiations with the royal government of Cambodia, he obtained the connection of diplomatic relations with the Holy See. In 1997, he rejoiced at the official approval of the statutes of the Catholic Church as a religious community in itself, and not as an NGO. The Cambodian Church of today (the baptized are about 25 thousand souls out of 15 million inhabitants), remembers the simple and passionate spiritual, pastoral and missionary contribution. (PA) (Edited from Agenzia Fides, 27/2/2021)

LISTEN - Beautiful Lent Hymn - "The Glory of these 40 Days" - Centuries Old - Written by Pope St. Gregory the Great - Sung by Trinity Choir



Listen to the beautiful Lent hymn; "The glory of these forty days." In the video below it's sung by glorious voices of Trinity College Choir. It's author was St. Pope Gregory Great and it was translated by Maurice F. Bell. This version is sung to the German tune: ERHALT UNS, HERR. In Latin the title is Clarum decus jejunii. Pope Gregory was born in Rome around A.D. 540.
Here are the Lyrics in English:

 1. The glory of these forty days
we celebrate with songs of praise,
for Christ, through whom all things were made,
himself has fasted and has prayed.
2. Alone and fasting Moses saw
the loving God who gave the law,
and to Elijah, fasting, came
the steeds and chariots of flame.
3. So Daniel trained his mystic sight,
delivered from the lions' might,
and John, the Bridegroom's friend, became
the herald of Messiah's name.
4. Then grant us, Lord, like them to be
full oft in fast and prayer with thee;
our spirits strengthen with thy grace,
and give us joy to see thy face.
5. O Father, Son and Spirit blest,
to thee be every prayer addressed,
who art in threefold name adored,
from age to age, the only Lord.
(Image: ANTWERP, BELGIUM - Fresco of Temptation of Jesus in Joriskerk or st. George church from 19. cent.