Thursday, March 18, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Friday, March 19, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church- Solemnity of St. Joseph


Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 543 

Reading 1    2 SM 7:4-5A, 12-14A, 16
The LORD Spoke To Nathan And Said:
"Go, Tell My Servant David,
'When Your Time Comes And You Rest With Your Ancestors,
I Will Raise Up Your Heir After You, Sprung From Your Loins,
And I Will Make His Kingdom Firm.
It Is He Who Shall Build A House For My Name.
And I Will Make His Royal Throne Firm Forever.
I Will Be A Father To Him,
And He Shall Be A Son To Me.
Your House And Your Kingdom Shall Endure Forever Before Me;
Your Throne Shall Stand Firm Forever.'"
Responsorial PsalmPS 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 AND 29
R. (37) The son of David will live for ever.
The promises of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness,
For you have said, "My kindness is established forever";
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
(Mass starts at the 14:43 Mark after the Stations)
 
 R. The son of David will live for ever.
"I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations."
R. The son of David will live for ever.
"He shall say of me, 'You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.'
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm."
R. The son of David will live for ever.
Reading 2  ROM 4:13, 16-18, 22
Brothers and sisters:
It was not through the law
that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants
that he would inherit the world,
but through the righteousness that comes from faith.
For this reason, it depends on faith,
so that it may be a gift,
and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,
not to those who only adhere to the law
but to those who follow the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of all of us, as it is written,
I have made you father of many nations.
He is our father in the sight of God,
in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead
and calls into being what does not exist.
He believed, hoping against hope,
that he would become the father of many nations,
according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.
Verse Before THE GOSPEL PS 84:5
Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O Lord;
they never cease to praise you.
GospelMT 1:16, 18-21, 24A
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
"Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins."
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
Or LK 2:41-51A
Each year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
they journeyed for a day
and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him,
they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
"Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety."
And he said to them,
"Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them. 
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 19 : St. Joseph : Foster Father of Jesus - Patron of Engineers, Families, Unborn, Universal Church , Workers







March 19 is one of two feast days in the liturgical year where we remember Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, Mother of God, and foster father to Jesus. Saint Pope John Paul II said of Saint Joseph: “March 19, we will celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary and patron of the universal Church. The extreme discretion with which Joseph carried out the role entrusted to him by God highlights his faith even more, which consisted in always listening to the Lord, seeking to understand his will and to obey it with his whole heart and strength. This is why the Gospel describes him as a "righteous" man (Mt 1,19). In fact, the just man is the person who prays, lives by faith, and seeks to do good in every concrete circumstance of life.”
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Joseph was a descendant of David, the king of Israel, and therefore of royal family. Joseph was a poor, working man, trained in carpentry. He was devout follower of Jewish law, he could only afford turtle doves, rather than the recommended lamb, for sacrifice at the circumcision of Jesus.
In the Scriptures, upon discovering that Mary was pregnant, but not realizing that she had miraculously conceived, Joseph planned to divorce her quietly.
In the Gospel of Matthew 1:18-25 we read:
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us." 24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
When he received the announcement from the angel of the Lord, Joseph followed his instructions, naming his new son Jesus on the eighth day after his birth. When the angel returned and told Joseph to flee to Egypt, he did so, traveling to a strange and foreign land. Joseph obeyed the angel when he told him to return, moving to Nazareth in Galilee. There, he worked as a carpenter, and we Jesus oftentimes assists him. When Jesus is twelve, and goes missing for three days in the temple, we find in scriptures that Joseph and Mary searched for Jesus with great anxiety.
Biblical historians and scholars agree that Joseph likely died sometime between Jesus’ twelfth and thirtieth birthday.  Mary is described as widowed by the time Jesus begins His public ministry.
Saint Brigid of Sweden said of Saint Joseph:
"St. Joseph was so reserved and careful in his speech that not one word ever issued from his mouth that was not good and holy, nor did he ever indulge in unnecessary or less than charitable conversation. He was most patient and diligent in bearing fatigue; he practiced extreme poverty; he was most meek in bearing injuries; he was strong and constant against my enemies; he was the faithful witness of the wonders of Heaven, being dead to the flesh and the world, living only for God and for Heavenly goods, which were the only things he desired. He was perfectly conformed to the Divine Will and so resigned to the dispositions of Heaven that he ever repeated" May the Will of God ever be done in me!" He rarely spoke with men, but continually with God, whose Will he desired to perform. Wherefore, he now enjoys great glory in Heaven."
Saint Joseph utters no recorded words in the Bible.  Apart form Mary, Joseph is the individual who spent the most time with our living Lord. We can we use the life of Saint Joseph as a model for our own, in answering the call of the Lord.
Ancient Powerful Prayer to St. Joseph
Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
Oh, St. Joseph, I never grow weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.
 Text edited from 365 Rosaries Blog 

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St. Patrick: The Irish Legend (2000) TV Movie - 100 min - Drama | Adventure | Fantasy - 12 March 2000 (USA) A young Christian boy attends a druid worship that is attacked by invading Irish tribes. Taken captive, he is taken back to Ireland to become a slave. Enduring many hardships, he finds ... Director: Robert Hughes Writers: Martin Duffy, Robert Hughes Stars: Patrick Bergin, Luke Griffin, Alan Bates |

Ireland's Archbishop Martin's Beautiful Message "I pray that we will find in Saint Patrick a source of courage, shared identity and values and the resilience..." FULL TEXT


Video: Archbishop Eamon shares a prayer and greetings for Saint Patrick’s Day from Armagh. 

  • I pray that people who are struggling with the pandemic, whose livelihoods have been threatened, or have contracted the virus, that they will find in Saint Patrick the courage and resilience to go on
  • I pray, as we reflect on our shared history, that we will find in Saint Patrick a source of courage and values as we face with confidence new possibilities for today and tomorrow on this island
  • I pray that we will be as open, as Saint Patricks was, to the cry of the poor, the lonely and isolated, the bereaved, the stranger and exile among us; the prisoner, the homeless and the hungry


For the second year running, celebrations of the Feast of Saint Patrick are curtailed by Covid19 restrictions.  The traditional parades, parties, an rince, na seisiúin and the usual big sporting events have had to be cancelled or postponed.  Even the White House presentation of the bowl of shamrock has gone virtual!

Down the centuries many customs, myths and paraphernalia have grown up around Saint Patrick and the celebration of his feast day at home and abroad.  But perhaps, paradoxically, the restrictions this year are opening up an opportunity for us to focus a little more on Saint Patrick himself, and even rescue the real Saint Patrick from the legends and distractions surrounding him.

If you want to find the true story of Patrick, and get an authentic understanding of who he was,  the best place to look is in his own words which are preserved for us in two ancient writings – Saint Patrick’s Confession, and Saint Patrick’s Letter to Coroticus.  You won’t find any mention there of green beer, snakes or even shamrock – but you will discover the testimony of a real person who dedicated his life and energies to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

You will read about a young man who was seized from his family home as a teenager and trafficked to Ireland where he worked as a slave until he escaped back to his homeland.  You will learn that even though Patrick had been raised in a Christian home and family, he says he had little knowledge or understanding of the true God.  It was only while he was isolated and alone in captivity, minding flocks in the cold and rain on the hills and valleys of Ireland, that he found strength and courage in prayer and grew to know God’s love and protection in a powerful and personal way.

You will discover that much later in Patrick’s life he heard the “voice of the Irish” calling him to come back and walk once more among them, and he returned to Ireland as a priest and bishop to share the joy of the Gospel with the people who had once held him captive.  His writings relate his struggles and trials as a missionary, the dangers and opposition he faced not only from those who resisted the spread of Christianity, but also from those within the Church who argued that Patrick had a questionable past and was unlearned and unfit to be a bishop.

But even though he accepted his sinfulness, his lack of proper education and preparation for the mission, Saint Patrick never doubted that God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit  – was with him, shielding him from danger and falsehood, and ultimately guiding him, every step of the way.

Although it is not contained in Saint Patrick’s own writings, the traditional prayer which we know as St Patrick’s Breastplate, harmonises with the picture of the saint which we pick up in his own writings.

Patrick prayed: Christ on my right hand; Christ on my left hand; Christ all around me.

Thinking today of those in our country and beyond who are struggling during the pandemic – either from contracting the virus themselves, or having to isolate; those in hospital and intensive care; those whose jobs or livelihoods have been threatened; those who are exhausted from caring and worrying – I pray that they will find in Saint Patrick the courage and resilience they need to go on, surrounded, as he was, by the love and protection of God.

Patrick prayed: Christ behind me; Christ before me.

Thinking about Ireland, north and south, at this pivotal moment in our shared history, a time when we look back one hundred years: to separation and partition on this island and all that has happened to divide, grieve and polarize us; thinking at the same time about the achievements and progress of Irish people, and about the possibilities for lasting peace and reconciliation, for harnessing the beauty and uniqueness of our land, and for building relationships that will bring us closer together rather than divide us  – I pray that we will find in Saint Patrick a source of courage, shared identity and values and the resilience we need to face with confidence new possibilities for today and tomorrow on this island.

Patrick prayed: Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me; Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me; Christ in every eye that sees me; Christ in every ear that hears me.

Thinking about Family on this feast of our patron saint – about those who are with us at home, those who are far away or in hospital or care, or otherwise unable to join us – I pray that our hearts and lips, our eyes and ears will be as open as Saint Patrick’s were to the cry of the poor, the lonely and isolated, the bereaved, the stranger and exile among us; the prisoner, the homeless and the hungry.  I pray that we, like Saint Patrick will bring faith to life and life to faith.  May we be missionaries of God’s love, forgiveness, healing, mercy and joy everywhere we go, this day and always.

Source: Irish Bishops' Conference

#BreakingNews Another Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Nigeria by Gunman - Please Pray for Fr. Harrison



All Africa and This Day report that another Catholic Priest has been Kidnapped in the Nigeria Delta region. The priest was in charge of St. John's Catholic Church, Obinomba in Ukwuani of Delta State. Fr. Harrison was allegedly abducted by unknown gunmen. The priest, simply identified as Rev. Fr. Harrison, was said to have been kidnapped at about 8p.m. on Monday night at a bad spot in Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state. "The kidnappers shot sporadically into the air to scare away passers-by at the scene of the operation to prevent possible resistance," a source familiar with the incident, told THIS DAY. It was gathered that the abductors abandoned the cleric's car at the scene of the incident as they took him away. Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Edafe Bright, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) confirmed the abduction. He said that police teams were on the trail of the abductors.

Pope Francis Says Rediscover Saint Joseph "It will do you good to place yourselves and your vocations under his mantle and learn from him the art of fatherhood..." FULL TEXT


 

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

TO THE COMMUNITY OF THE PONTIFICAL BELGIAN COLLEGE

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Dear brothers,

I am pleased to welcome you, on the completion of your college's 175th birthday, the Belgian Pontifical College, which had Saint John Paul II among its students. I thank the Rector, Mons. Smet, for his introductory words.

On the eve of the Solemnity of St. Joseph, in this year dedicated to him, and knowing that the Belgian College has the Custos of the Redeemer as its heavenly patron, we can look to him, as ministers of Christ, to draw some ideas relating to the identity of the pastor and the way of exercising paternity towards those entrusted to us. As you know, fatherhood is the main theme of the Apostolic Letter Patris corde , which I wrote to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the universal Church.

First of all, Saint Joseph is a welcoming father . In fact, having overcome every rebellion and setting aside even legitimate personal projects, he loved and welcomed Mary and Jesus, a bride and a son very different from the vision of family life that he could have desired, but for this reason even more guarded and loved by him . That is, Joseph did not seek explanations for the surprising and mysterious reality that he faced, but accepted it with faith by loving it as it was.

In this sense, St. Joseph is our teacher of spiritual life and discernment, and we can invoke him to be freed from the snares of too many reflections in which every now and then, even with the best of intentions, we end up getting lost. They show our tendency to "grasp" and "possess" what happens to us, rather than welcoming it first of all as it presents itself to us.

Let us think - to give a concrete example and close to us - of a priest who arrives in a new parish. That community pre-exists him, has its own history, made up of joys and wounds, of riches and small miseries, which cannot be ignored in the name of personal pastoral ideas and plans that one cannot wait to apply. This is a risk we can fall into. The new parish priest must first love the community, for free, only because he has been sent to it; and slowly by loving it he will know it in depth and will be able to help set it on new paths.

Then St. Joseph is a guardian father . Being a guardian is an essential part of his vocation and mission. This is a task that Joseph lived "with discretion, with humility, in silence, but with a constant presence and total fidelity, even when he does not understand"; he lived it "in constant attention to God, open to his signs, available to his project, not so much to his own" ( Homily , March 19, 2013 ). Therefore, he has fulfilled this task with the interior freedom of a good and faithful servant who desires only the good of the people entrusted to him.

Guarding - for Joseph, as for every priest who inspires his fatherhood in him - means loving tenderly those entrusted to us, thinking first of all of their good and their happiness, with discretion and with persevering generosity. Guarding is an interior attitude, which leads to never losing sight of others, evaluating from time to time when to withdraw and when to be close, but always maintaining a vigilant, attentive and prayerful heart.

It is the attitude of the shepherd , who never abandons his flock, but places himself with respect to it in a different position according to the concrete needs of the moment: front to open the way, in the middle to encourage, back to gather the last ones. A priest is called to this in his relationship with the community entrusted to him, that is, to be an attentive custodian, ready to change, according to what the situation requires; not to be "monolithic", rigid and as if in a plaster cast in a way of exercising the ministry that is perhaps good in itself, but not capable of grasping the changes and needs of the community.

On the other hand, when a shepherd loves and knows his flock , he knows how to make himself the servant of all (cf. 1 Cor 9:19) and make himself everything to everyone to save someone at any cost (cf. 1 Cor 9:22), as Saint Paul wrote. He does not focus on himself and his own ideas, but on the good of those he is called to guard, avoiding the opposing temptations of domination and neglect.

Finally, Saint Joseph is a father who dreams . Not a "dreamer" in the sense of one with his head in the clouds, detached from reality, no, but a man who knows how to look beyond what he sees : with a prophetic gaze, capable of recognizing God's plan where others see nothing, and thus to have clear the goal towards which to strive. In fact, St. Joseph was able to see in Mary and Jesus not only a young bride and a child: he always saw in them the action of God, the presence of God.

Thus, safeguarding the fragility of the Child and his Mother, Joseph looked beyond his duties as a father of a family and, preferring to believe in God more than his own doubts, he offered himself to him as an instrument for the realization of a plan. greater, in a service rendered in hiding, generous and tireless, until the silent end of one's life.

For priests, in the same way, it is necessary to know how to dream of the community that one loves, in order not to limit oneself to wanting to preserve what exists - conserving and guarding are not synonymous! -; Instead be prepared from the concrete history of the people to promote conversion and renewal in a missionary sense, and grow a pilgrim community, made up of disciples led by the Spirit and "pushed" from the love of God (cf. 2 Cor 5:14) .

Dear priests, in this year dedicated to him, I invite you to rediscover in a particular way in prayer the figure and mission of Saint Joseph, docile to the will of God, humble author of great deeds, obedient and creative servant. It will do you good to place yourselves and your vocations under his mantle and learn from him the art of fatherhood , which you will soon be called to exercise in the communities and in the ministerial areas and services that will be entrusted to you. I accompany you with my prayer and my blessing. And you too, please, pray for me. Thank you.

 

Another Young Christian Girl Kidnapped, "Married" and Forcibly Converted - Please Pray for Shakaina, Age 13


Morningstar news reports that another Christian Girl in Pakistan has been Kidnapped, and Forcibly Converted.

Police shielding kidnappers, keeping parents from 13-year-old, sources say. 




LAHOREPakistan (Morning Star News) – Johnson Masih and his wife Samina were shocked when police in Lahore, Pakistan told them their 13-year-old daughter, missing since Feb. 19, had converted to Islam and married a Muslim.

A few days after registering a missing person report with police on Feb. 21, the investigating officer summoned them to the police station and showed them a Nikahnama (Islamic marriage certificate) issued by a cleric from Okara District, said Masih, a member of the Church of Pakistan.

“He said that Shakaina was now a married Muslim woman and did not want to return to her family,” Masih told Morning Star News. “According to the Nikahnama, her so-called husband’s name is Ali Bashir. We haven’t heard this name before. Shakaina is just a kid. She was kidnapped and taken to Okara, where they forcibly converted her and conducted the fake marriage to give it a religious cover.”

Their daughter had worked with her mother as domestic help at bungalows in Lahore’s Valencia Town locality. When Samina Masih went to pick up Shakaina from a house on Feb. 19, the residents told her the child had already left.

The girl’s mother called her other employers, who all said Shakaina was not there. She then informed her husband, and after they were unable to find her, they went to police.

“The police did not pay heed to our request for registration of an FIR [First Information Report],” Johnson Masih said. “The FIR was finally registered two days later, on Feb 21.”

Intercourse with a girl below the age of 16 is statutory rape in Pakistan, but in most cases a falsified conversion certificate and Islamic marriage certificate influence police to pardon kidnappers.

Masih said police ignored his repeated pleas to meet with his daughter.

“It’s been over 20 days that our daughter is in the custody of unknown abductors, yet we haven’t been able to see her,” he told Morning Star News. “We were just handed a photocopy of the Nikahnama and told to approach the court if we wanted to meet her. They also refused to act when we showed them her official birth record, according to which she’s just 13 and five months.”

Attorney Rana Abdul Hameed said he had petitioned the Lahore High Court and filed applications with senior police authorities for Shakaina’s recovery, but that police showed no interest in the case.

“It is great injustice for the poor family,” Hameed told Morning Star News. “Their daughter is missing for the last so many days but there’s no information yet about her safety and well-being.”

He added that cases of forced conversion of minority children in 96-percent Muslim Pakistan were increasing due to connivance of police and judicial officials.

“Laws barring underage marriage are in place, but police do not apply them in the cases,” he said. “Moreover, sections related to rape and abduction are also ignored, which enables the perpetrators to obtain bail and walk free from the case. This prejudicial attitude is putting the security of all minority girls at risk and needs to end immediately.”

Masih, a sweeper at an office, said he would not rest till his daughter is recovered and returned to his custody.

“All hell has broken loose on us,” he said. “My family’s shattered, and each passing day adds to our misery. Is there no law or justice for poor Christians like us?”

Record Increase in Forced Conversions

Shakaina’s abduction adds to a list of growing cases of forced conversions and marriages of minority girls in Pakistan, particularly its Punjab and Sindh provinces.

A court in Faisalabad on Feb. 16 returned 12-year-old Farah Shaheen to her Roman Catholic father’s custody nearly nine months after she was kidnapped by three Muslims from the family’s home, raped, forcibly converted to Islam and forced to marry a 45-year-old man, according to the family.

Pakistan leads the world in forced marriages, with about 1,000 Christians married against their will to Muslims from November 2019 to October 2020, according to Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List report. In terms of abductions, the report listed Pakistan as fourth with an estimated 100 kidnappings.

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Photo: Shakaina Masih, 13, was abducted on Feb. 13, 2021 in Lahore, Pakistan, her parents say. (Morning Star News courtesy of family)

Source: Morningstar News