Saturday, March 15, 2014


This beautiful viral video has received over 1 million views. It is worth watching and will touch you heart. A son confronts the resentment towards his father only to realise his true intentions. Giving is more important than money...


(Vatican Radio) In a video interview with Argentinean Radio Station, 88.1 FM Bajo Flores, Pope Francis called for the adoption of a spirit of poverty and defended priests, who live and work in slums among the poor.

The radio station, which broadcasts from the slums of Buenos Aires, projected the video interview on a large screen in the local parish on the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate. Hundreds turned out to watch.

This poor neighbourhood, located close to the soccer stadium, are the same slums where Pope Francis, then-Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio, would celebrate the Eucharist, spend time among the poor and assign priests to serve. 

The interview, titled “El Papa de los villeros” (Pope of the slums), features 12 questions about the presence of the Church among the poor and the marginalized.

In it, the Pope remarks on the importance of educating and accompanying the young. He also speaks about the priests who live and minister in the slums. Their ministry, he says, “is not something ideological but an apostolic mission”.

“They were not communists,” he says, countering past criticisms, “but great priests that listened to the people of God and fought for justice”.

The Pope also expresses the need “to have an attitude of poverty and service, of assistance to others”. At the same time, he continues, we need “to allow ourselves to be helped…we need each other”.

When asked what he likes least about the papacy, the Pope says his paperwork, confiding that he has always struggled with office work.

He concludes the interview with a greeting to prisoners and to their families and a request for prayers. 

Text from Vatican Radio website 


St. Louise de Marillac
Feast: March 15

Feast Day:March 15
12 August 1591 at Meux, France
Died:15 March 1660 at Paris, France
11 March 1934 by Pope Pius XI
Major Shrine:Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Rue du Bac, Paris, France
Patron of:disappointing children, loss of parents, people rejected by religious orders, sick people, social workers, Vincentian Service Corps, widows
Foundress of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, born at Paris, 12 August, 1591, daughter of Louis de Marillac, Lord of Ferri res, and Marguerite Le Camus; died there, 15 March, 1660. Her mother having died soon after the birth of Louise, the education of the latter devolved upon her father, a man of blameless life. In her earlier years she was confided to the care of her aunt, a religious at Poissy. Afterwards she studied under a preceptress, devoting much time to the cultivation of the arts. Her father's serious disposition was reflected in the daughter's taste for philosophy and kindred subjects. When about sixteen years old, Louise developed a strong desire to enter the Capuchinesses (Daughter of the Passion). Her spiritual director dissuaded her, however, and her father having died, it became necessary to decide her vocation. Interpreting her director's advice, she accepted the hand of Antoine* Le Gras, a young secretary under Maria de' Medici. A son was born of this marriage on 13 October, 1613, and to his education Mlle Le Gras devoted herself during the years of his childhood. Of works of charity she never wearied. In 1619 she became acquainted with St. Francis de Sales, who was then in Paris, and Mgr. Le Campus, Bishop of Belley, became her spiritual adviser. Troubled by the thought that she had rejected a call to the religious state, she vowed in 1623 not remarry should her husband die before her.
M. Le Gras died on 21 December, 1625, after a long illness. In the meantime his wife had made the acquaintance of a priest known as M. Vincent (St. Vincent de Paul), who had been appointed superior of the Visitation Monastery by St. Francis of Sales. She placed herself under his direction, probably early in 1625. His influence led her to associate herself with his work among the poor of Paris, and especially in the extension of the Confrérie de la Charité, an association which he had founded for the relief of the sick poor. It was this labour which decided her life's work, the founding of the Sisters of Charity. The history of the evolution of this institute, which Mlle Le Gras plays so prominent a part, has been given elsewhere (see Charity, Sister of); it suffices here to say that, with formal ecclesiastical and state recognition, Mlle Le Gras' life-work received its assurance of success. Her death occurred in 1660, a few month before the death of St. Vincent, with whose labours she had been so closely united.

(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)