Sunday, February 8, 2015

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#PopeFrancis "Let us pray to Mary, Health of the sick, that every person..." #Angelus

Pope Francis during his weekly Angelus address. - AP
08/02/2015 14:

(Vatican Radio) During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about Jesus’ ministry of preaching and healing.
In the day’s Gospel, Jesus heals many sick people who are brought to Him. This leads the Pope to a reflection on the meaning of illness, and a consideration of the World Day of the Sick, which takes place on Wednesday, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. In off-the-cuff remarks, the Holy Father asked for prayers for Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski who is seriously ill in Poland; Archbishop Zymowsk is the president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers, which organises many of the events surrounding World Day of the Sick.
Pope Francis emphasized that caring for the sick has always been considered and integral part of the Church’s mission. “To care for the sick, to welcome them, to serve them, is to serve Christ!” he said. The Pope concluded his remarks by saying we are all called “to bring the light of the Word of God and the power of grace” to all those who suffer, and to those who care for them.
Below, please find the full text of Pope Francis’ Angelus address for Sunday, 8 February:
Today’s Gospel shows us Jesus Who, after having preached on the Sabbath in the synagogue, heals many sick people. To preach and to heal: this is the principle activity of Jesus in His public life. With the preaching He announces the Kingdom of God, and with the healing He shows that it is near, that the Kingdom of God is in the midst of us.
Entering into the house of Simon Peter, Jesus sees that his mother-in-law is in bed with the fever; immediately He takes her by the hand, He heals her, and raises her up. After the sun sets, when, since the Sabbath is over, the people can go and bring the sick to Him, He heals a multitude of people afflicted by maladies of every kind: physical, psychological, and spiritual. Having come to earth to announce and to realize the salvation of the whole man and of all people, Jesus shows a particular predilection for those who are wounded in body and in spirit: the poor, the sinners, the possessed, the sick, the marginalized. So He is revealed as the doctor both of souls and of bodies, the Good Samaritan of man. He is the true Saviour: Jesus saves, Jesus cures, Jesus heals.
That reality of the healing of the sick by Christ invites us to reflect on the sense and meaning of illness. This reminds us also of the World Day of the Sick, which we celebrate next Wednesday, 11 February, the liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes. I bless the initiatives prepared for this Day, in particular the Vigil that will take place in Rome on the evening of 10 February. And here I pause in order to remember the President of the Pontifical Council for the sick, for health, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, who is very sick in Poland. A prayer for him, for his health, because it was he who prepared this Day, and he accompanies us in his suffering on this Day. A prayer for Archbishop Zimowski.
The salvific work of Christ is not exhausted with His Person and in the arc of His earthly life; it continues through the Church, the sacrament of the love and of the tenderness of God for humans. Sending His disciples in mission, Jesus confers on them a double mandate: to announce the Gospel of salvation and to heal the sick (cf. Mt 10:7-8). Faithful to this charge, the Church has always considered helping the sick an integral part of her mission.
“The poor and the suffering you will always have with you,” Jesus warns (cf. Mt 26:11), and the Church continuously finds them along her path, considering those who are sick as a privileged way to encounter Christ, to welcome Him and to serve Him. To cure the sick, to welcome them, to serve them, is to serve Christ: the sick person is the flesh of Christ.
This occurs also in our own time, when, notwithstanding the many acquisitions of science, the interior and physical suffering of persons raises serious questions about the meaning of illness and of sorrow, and about the reason for death. It deals with existential questions, to which the pastoral action of the Church must respond with the light of faith, having before her eyes the Crucifixion, in which appears the whole of the salvific mystery of God the Father, Who for love of human beings did not spare His own Son (cf. Rm 8:32). Therefore, each one of us is called to bear the light of the Word of God and the power of grace to those who suffer, and to those who assist them – family, doctors, nurses – so that the service to the sick might always be better accomplished with more humanity, with generous dedication, with evangelical love, with tenderness. Mother Church, through our hands, caresses our sufferings and cures our wounds, and does so with the tenderness of a mother.
Let us pray to Mary, Health of the sick, that every person who is sick might experience, thanks to the care of those who are close to them, the power of the love of God and the comfort of His paternal tenderness. 

RIP Fr. Ron Harden"A Man of Deep Faith" - #Sydney Mourns in Australia

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese Report:

6 Feb 2015
Fr Ron Harden (seated left of Cardinal Pell) at the Annual Vianney Dinner
"He was a holy man.  A man of deep faith and spirituality," according to Sydney's Auxiliary Bishop Terence Brady, talking about his friend Fr Ron Harden who died on Monday. He was 86.
Fr Harden had a great love for parish life and the community but he also contributed to the development and growth of the St Mary's Cathedral Choir which has gone on to become one of international renown.
Born in Bexley, Fr Harden was educated at St Joseph's Convent School, Rockdale and Marist Brothers' College, Darlinghurst. He then went on to study for the Priesthood at Springwood and Manly before being ordained at St Mary's Cathedral on 21st July 1951.
Fr Harden's first appointment was as Assistant Priest at Rosebery, before moving to Surry Hills in 1954, and St Mary's Cathedral in 1956 where he became Director of the Cathedral School's Choir. He also served as a member of the Archdiocesan Commission for Liturgy, Sacred Music and Art for 20 years up to 1974. It was during this time that Bishop Terry first encountered Fr Ron Harden, who was responsible for forming the Cathedral Choir as a boys and men's choir, consistent with the Benedictine English tradition and something which still remains today. 
In 1970, he was appointed Parish Priest of St Michael's Hurstville where he remained until 2005. During this time, Fr Ron was involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and which "had a great impact on his priesthood" says Bishop Terry. "He became a phenomenal priest throughout this time. He was very focused on the parish, and on its people - he could build community and ensured people were involved".
During his time at Hurstville, Fr Ron became close friends with Bishop David Cremin, former auxiliary Bishop of Sydney who spoke fondly of their friendship at Bishop David's final Mass at Hurstville. "I lived with Fr Ron for 32 years and we never had a decent fight ... you just couldn't fight with Ron," Bishop Cremin said at the time.
St Michaels Hurstville
In 2005, Fr Ron retired to Ferndale Nursing Home where he continued to be very active by celebrating Masses and building community in the home. "It was only in recent months that he wasn't able to be as involved, which would have been hard for him - he was a person who wanted to connect with others. I learnt a lot about what it means to be a priest through Fr Harden," Bishop Terry commented.
In 2011 hosted a special dinner for priests celebrating 25, 50 and 60 year anniversaries of their ordination. For Fr Harden it was his 60th.
Fr Ron's Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Michael's Catholic Church, Hurstville at 11:00am on Tuesday 10 February. All are welcome. 
Cardinal George Pell, then Archbishop of Sydney hosted the dinner for priests in 2011 who were celebrating their 25, 50 or 60 year anniversary - including Fr Harden who was celebrating 60 years.
He is seated on Cardinal Pell's right hand side.

Mercy Chaplet Instructions - Pray daily for Peace in the World - SHARE!

Mercy Chaplet (instructions) pray daily for the salvation of the world
1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross,
1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.
 2. Then on the Our Father Beads say the following: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
 3. On the 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades).
 4. Conclude with (three times): Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
 Then say: (optional) O Blood and Water that gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You. Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion --- inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
 Sister Faustina who gave us the Chaplet from God acknowledges the following: "I saw an Angel, the executor of God's wrath... about to strike the earth...I began to beg God earnestly for the world with words which I heard interiorly.
As I prayed in this way, I saw the Angel's helplessness, and he could not carry out the just punishment...." "Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy...." "....When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the just judge but as the Merciful Savior".

International Day Of Prayer And Awareness Against Human Trafficking

International Day Of Prayer And Awareness Against Human Trafficking


February 8: International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking 

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.
 On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors. 
If you are in the Washington, DC area please join us on Sunday, February 8, 2015  for a Special Mass at Noon in the Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Or use this flyer to promote the day and visit our Become a SHEPHERD page to help you host an awareness raising event locally. In the words of the  committee chairman for migration, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S.: "If just one person realizes from this day that they or someone they know is being trafficked, we will have made a difference."

Sunday Mass Online : February 8, 2015 : 5th Ord. Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 74

Reading 1JB 7:1-4, 6-7

Job spoke, saying:
Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?
Are not his days those of hirelings?
He is a slave who longs for the shade,
a hireling who waits for his wages.
So I have been assigned months of misery,
and troubled nights have been allotted to me.
If in bed I say, “When shall I arise?”
then the night drags on;
I am filled with restlessness until the dawn.
My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle;
they come to an end without hope.
Remember that my life is like the wind;
I shall not see happiness again.

Responsorial PsalmPS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (cf. 3a) Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD, for he is good;
sing praise to our God, for he is gracious;
it is fitting to praise him.
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem;
the dispersed of Israel he gathers.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He tells the number of the stars;
he calls each by name.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
to his wisdom there is no limit.
The LORD sustains the lowly;
the wicked he casts to the ground.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.

Reading 21 COR 9:16-19, 22-23

Brothers and sisters:
If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast,
for an obligation has been imposed on me,
and woe to me if I do not preach it!
If I do so willingly, I have a recompense,
but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
What then is my recompense?
That, when I preach,
I offer the gospel free of charge
so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

Although I am free in regard to all,
I have made myself a slave to all
so as to win over as many as possible.
To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak.
I have become all things to all, to save at least some.
All this I do for the sake of the gospel,
so that I too may have a share in it.

AlleluiaMT 8:17

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left
and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues,
preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.