Friday, June 12, 2015

What is the Immaculate Heart of Mary? - Feast Day - Novena Prayer - SHARE!

TODAY IS THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY: Devotion to the Immaculate heart of Mary has existed for centuries. However, St. Jean Eudes (d. 1681) propagated the devotion, and tried to make it public, and to have a feast celebrated in honor of the Heart of Mary, first at Autun in 1648 and afterwards in a number of French dioceses.

In 1799 Pius VI, then in captivity at Florence, granted the Bishop of Palermo the feast of the Most Pure Heart of Mary for some of the churches in his diocese. In 1805 Pius VII made a new concession, thanks to which the feast was soon widely observed. On 21 July 1855, the Congregation of Rites finally approved the Office and Mass of the Most Pure Heart of Mary without, however, imposing them upon the Universal Church. [Excerpted from Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913 edition.]

The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was transferred by Pope Paul VI to the Saturday immediately following the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.


I, . . ., a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy Heart, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in the presence of all the heavenly court, I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, and to thy Immaculate Heart, as thy child and slave of love, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen
Immaculate Heart of Mary, full of love for God and mankind, and of compassion for sinners, I consecrate myself entirely to you. I entrust to you the salvation of my soul. May my heart be ever united with yours, so that I may hate sin, love God and my neighbor, and reach eternal life together with those whom I love.

Mediatrix of All Graces and Mother of Mercy, remember the infinite treasure which your Divine Son has merited by His suffering and which he has confided to you for us, your children. Filled with confidence in your motherly heart, and for the sake of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, obtain for me the favor I ask: [Mention your request here].

Dearest Mother, if what I ask for should not be according to God's will, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul. May I experience the kindness of your intercession with Jesus during life and at the hour of my death? Amen

Saint June 13 : St. Anthony of Padua : Patron of #Lost , Travellors, and #Sailors

St. Anthony of Padua
Feast: June 13

Feast Day:June 13
1195, Lisbon, Portugal
Died:13 June 1231, Padua
30 May 1232, Spoleto, Italy by Pope Gregory IX 
Major Shrine:Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua in Padua, Italy
Patron of:animals; barrenness; Brazil; elderly people; faith in the Blessed Sacrament; fishermen; Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land; harvests; horses; Lisbon; lost articles; lower animals; mail; mariners; American Indians; oppressed people; Padua, Italy; poor people; Portugal; pregnant women; sailors; seekers of lost articles; shipwrecks; starvation; sterility; swineherds; Tigua Indians; travel hostesses; travellers; watermen
St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most famous disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a famous preacher and worker of miracles in his own day, and throughout the eight centuries since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known throughout the world.
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St. Anthony's Youth & Conversion

St. Anthony was born in the year 1195 A. D. at Lisbon (Portugal) where his father was a captain in the royal army. Already at the age of fifteen years, he had entered the Congregation of Canons Regular of St. Augustine and devoted himself with great earnestness both to study and to the practice of piety in the Monastery at Coimbra (Portugal).

About that time some of the first members of the Order of Friars Minor, which St. Francis has founded in 1206 A. D. came to Coimbra. They begged from the Canons Regular a small and very poor place, from which by their evangelical poverty and simplicity they edified everyone in the region. Then in 1219 A. D. some of these friars, moved by divine inspiration, went as missionaries to preach the Gospel of Christ to the inhabitants of Morocco. There they were brutally martyred for the Faith. Some Christian merchants succeeded in recovering their remains; and so brought their relics in triumph back to Coimbra.
The relics of St. Bernard and companions, the first martyrs of the Franciscan Order, seized St. Anthony with an intense desire to suffer martyrdom in a like manner. So moved by their heroic example he repeatedly begged and petitioned his superiors to be given leave to join the Franciscan Order. In the quiet little Franciscan convent at Coimbra he received a friendly reception, and in the same year his earnest wish to be sent to the missions in Africa was fulfilled.

St. Anthony's Arrival in Italy

But God had decreed otherwise. And so, St. Anthony scarcely set foot on African soil when he was seized with a grievous illness. Even after recovering from it, he was so weak that, resigning himself to the will of God, he boarded a boat back to Portugal. Unexpectedly a storm came upon them and drove the ship to the east where it found refuge on coast of Sicily. St. Anthony was greeted and given shelter by the Franciscans of that island, and thus came to be sent to Assisi, where the general chapter of the Order was held in May, 1221 A. D..

Since he still looked weak and sickly, and gave no evidence of his scholarship, no one paid any attention to the stranger until Father Gratian, the Provincial of friars living in the region of Romagna (Italy), had compassion on him and sent him to the quiet little convent near Forli (also in Italy). There St. Anthony remained nine months as chaplain to the hermits, occupied in the lowliest duties of the kitchen and convent, and to his heart's content he practiced interior as well as exterior mortification.

St. Anthony, Preacher and Teacher

But the hidden jewel was soon to appear in all its brilliance. For the occasion of a ceremony of ordination some of the hermits along with St. Anthony were sent to the town of Forli. Before the ceremony was to begin, however, it was announced that the priest who was to give the sermon had fallen sick. The local superior, to avert the embarrassment of the moment, quickly asked the friars in attendance to volunteer. Each excused himself, saying that he was not prepared, until finally, St. Anthony was asked to give it. When he too, excused himself in a most humble manner, his superior ordered him by virtue of the  vow of obedience to give the sermon. St. Anthony began to speak in a very reserved manner; but soon holy animation seized him, and he spoke with such eloquence, learning and unction that everybody was fairly amazed.

When St. Francis was informed of the event, he gave St. Anthony the mission to preach throughout Italy. At the request of the brethren, St. Anthony was later commissioned also to teach theology, "but in such a manner," St. Francis distinctly wrote, " that the spirit of prayer be not extinguished either in yourself or in the other brethren." St. Anthony himself placed greater value in the salvation of souls than on learning. For that reason he never ceased to exercise his office as preacher despite his work of teaching.

The number of those who came to hear him was sometimes so great that no church was large enough to accommodate and so he had to preach in the open air. Frequently St. Anthony wrought veritable miracles of conversion. Deadly enemies were reconciled. Thieves and usurers made restitution. Calumniators and detractors recanted and apologized. He was so energetic in defending the truths of the Catholic Faith that many heretics returned to the Church. This occasioned the epitaph given him by Pope Gregory IX "the ark of the covenant."

In all his labors he never forgot the admonition of his spiritual father, St. Francis, that the spirit of prayer must not be extinguished. If he spent the day in teaching and heard the confession of sinners till late in the evening, then many hours of the night were spent in intimate union with God.

Once a man, at whose home St. Anthony was spending the night, came upon the saint and found him holding in his arms the Child Jesus, unspeakably beautiful and surrounded with heavenly light. For this reason St. Anthony is often depicted holding the Child Jesus.

St. Anthony's Death

In 1227 A. D., St. Anthony was elected Minister Provincial of the friars living in northern Italy. Thus he resumed the work of preaching. Due to his taxing labors and his austere penance, he soon felt his strength so spent that he prepared himself for death. After receiving the last sacraments he kept looking upward with a smile on his countenance. When he was asked what he saw there, he answered: "I see my Lord." He breathed forth his soul on June 13, 1231 A. D., being only thirty six year old. Soon the children in the streets of the city of Padua were crying: "The saint is dead, Anthony is dead."

Pope Gregory IX enrolled him among the saints in the very next year. At Padua, a magnificent basilica was built in his honor, his holy relics were entombed there in 1263 A. D. From the time of his death up to the present day, countless miracles have occurred through St. Anthony's intercession, so that he is known as the Wonder-Worker. In 1946 A. D. St. Anthony was declared a Doctor of the Church.
(Taken from the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate)

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#PopeFrancis to #Priests "...share the Baptism of the Spirit ” World Retreat and Holy Mass Video/Text

Pope Francis takes part in the World Retreat of Priests leading the afternoon Meditation. -
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis might add a visit to Kenya to his African trip in November, and protecting the environment is an issue which should bring together believers of all traditions and non-believers alike. These were some of the things learned during a two-hour meeting Pope Francis held with priests in Rome’s Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran. The Cathedral church is this week hosting an International retreat for priests, organized by International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services and the Catholic Fraternity. Pope Francis confirmed he will visit the Central African Republic and Uganda during his November trip, but said adding Kenya to the journey was “possible but not sure” because of organizational problems. The spiritual retreat beings together bishops, priests, and celibate deacons from around the world under the theme "Called to Holiness for a New Evangelization".
Pope Francis gave off-the-cuff remarks in Spanish, and began by speaking about the importance of unity in the Church, even saying if a priest has a problem with his bishop, he should tell him to his face, “like men”, adding the same goes for a bishop with a problem with one of his priests. “There are quarrels and arguments in the Church? Well, it makes good news! This is so since the beginning,” the Pope said. “A church without quarrels is a dead church. Do you know where there aren’t any quarrels? In cemeteries!”
Pope Francis then made a special mention of the women working in the Church, remembering that on the day of the descent of the Holy Spirit, women were there.
He called the genius of women in the Church “a grace”, and pointed out the Church is feminine. “The Church is the bride of Christ, and the Mother of the Holy People, the faithful of God” said the Pope. “I would like to thank the women for their cooperation, and do not forget that when you are confronted with certain feminist grievances, there is just one thing to say: Mary is more important than the Apostles.” Pope Francis reminded the priests not to be too tired to visit the Tabernacle, where they will “find Love,” even when they do not know what to say to Him. He also asked them to begin writing their homilies on Tuesday, and to be wary of moralizing, was opposed to preaching the Gospel. He said that when faced with a difficult question, especially when related to mercy, priests should ask themselves "what would Jesus do here?" He jokingly added that if they forgive too much, then they can blame Jesus, who “gave the bad example.” He reminded them a priest does not have the right to not baptize a baby born of a single mother, or whose parents have been divorced and re-married. The Pope also spoke about his experience of the Charismatic movement, saying that when he first encountered it, he thought they were “not right in the head”, but as he grew older he saw how wrong he was. “I ask all of you, each of you, that as part of the stream of grace of the Charismatic Renewal planning seminars of life in the Spirit, in your parishes, in your seminaries and schools … share the Baptism of the Spirit and your catechesis, because it is produced by the work Holy Spirit through a personal encounter with Jesus, which changes lives.”
Pope Francis also warned against clericalism, saying that laypeople need to work in the Church but they should not be clericalized. He added clericalism is like “a tango”: It is danced by two people, with complicity.
“The priest and the layman alike clericalize,” he said. “Because it is more comfortable. Be attentive to the comfortable sin of clericalism.”
The Holy Father also remembered Christians being persecuted for their faith, and spoke about the Ecumenism of blood, saying Christians are united through martyrs who died for faith in the same Christ. “Look at the martyrs of today,” said the Pope. “Look at the blood of men and women who die for Jesus Christ and those who kill them know they are the same, having one thing in common: they believe in Jesus!” After his reflection, the Pope answered questions by some of the priests present. When asked about Africa, Pope Francis not only confirmed his trip in November, but added the rest of the world must stop going to Africa to “strip and steal” resources, but to invest in the continent, and this would end the need of people to emigrate.
When asked about Asia, the Pope said it had “the biggest promise of the Church”, but mentioning it also suffers from problems like consumerism and materialism. The Pope also confirmed a Catholic, an Orthodox Chrisitan, and an atheist will present his encyclical on the environment because “we need unity to protect creation.”
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Oscar winning Composer writes Music honoring Pope Francis - Listen!

Ennio Morricone the award-winning movie composer,  wrote a new Mass dedicated to the Jesuit Order and named  - Pope Francis on June 10.  This was upon a request from the rector of the Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesu, the mother church of the Jesuit order, to write a Mass for the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Jesuit order. He also wrote the music for the film ‘The Mission,’ which is the story of the Jesuits in South America.  This is on the AFI’s list of 25 Best Film Scores of all time. In addition, Morricone wrote the score for “Karol: a Man Who Became Pope” in 2006.  Plus music for The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in America, and Django Unchained. Morricone recieved a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2007, five other Oscar nominations, two Golden Globe Awards, three Grammy Awards, and others.  The music for the Mass was performed during a June 10 performance at the Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesu in Rome. Morricone conducted members of the Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta and two choirs from the Accademia Santa Cecilia and the Rome Opera Theater. The Jesuits, formerly the Society of Jesus was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola and approved by Pope Paul III in 1540 and  June 7, is their anniversary day.  Morricone utilized modality of Gregorian music in the setting.

Religious Leaders in #Australia call #Government to uphold Marriage of Man and Woman

Australian Religious Leaders Call On PM And Parliament to Uphold True Meaning of Marriage

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
9 Jun 2015
Thirty-eight of Australia's religious leaders, representing major religious traditions and a broad diversity of faiths and cultures, have written a public letter to the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, urging him to resist attempts in Federal Parliament to redefine the meaning of marriage. 
"As leaders of Australia's major religions we write to express the grave concerns that we, and those who share our various faiths, share regarding Bills that have or will be introduced into the Federal Parliament to change the definition of marriage in Australian law," the statement said.
"The definition of marriage enshrined in the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961 - "the union of a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life" - reflects a truth deeply embedded across diverse communities, faiths and cultures."
The 38 signatories to the letter include the Catholic and Anglican Archbishops of Sydney, a bishop of the Lutheran Church, bishops from various Eastern and Orthodox Churches, Christian pastors representing major Protestant denominations, senior rabbis from the Jewish community and leaders from both the Sunni and Shia Islamic communities.
While suffering and injustice faced by people with same-sex attraction was to be "deplored", "this does not require the further deconstruction of marriage as traditionally understood", the leaders said.  
The religious leaders pointed out that Australia's definition of marriage as a union of a man and a woman is shared by the vast majority of nations and cultures, who represent over 91 per cent of the global population. They emphasised the need to uphold traditional marriage for the good of children:  "as a couple, two persons of the same sex are not able to provide a child with the experience of both mothering and fathering. Only the institution of marriage between a man and a woman has this inherent capacity to provide children with both of these relationships that are so foundational to our human identity and development."
The statement pointed out that redefining marriage would have consequences for everyone:  "In overseas jurisdictions where the definition of marriage has been changed, the public manifestation of this belief has resulted in vilification and legal punishment of individuals and institutions.  This violates not only freedom of religion, but also the rights of conscience, belief and association, and the right of parents to educate their children according to their own beliefs."
The full letter can be viewed here.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Fri. June 12, 2015 - #SacredHeart Solemnity

Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Lectionary: 171

Reading 1HOS 11:1, 3-4, 8C-9

Thus says the LORD:
When Israel was a child I loved him,
out of Egypt I called my son.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
who took them in my arms;
I drew them with human cords,
with bands of love;
I fostered them like one
who raises an infant to his cheeks;
Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,
they did not know that I was their healer.

My heart is overwhelmed,
my pity is stirred.
I will not give vent to my blazing anger,
I will not destroy Ephraim again;
For I am God and not a man,
the Holy One present among you;
I will not let the flames consume you.

Responsorial PsalmIS 12:2-3, 4, 5-6

R. (3) You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Reading 2EPH 3:8-12, 14-19

Brothers and sisters:
To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given,
to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ,
and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery
hidden from ages past in God who created all things,
so that the manifold wisdom of God
might now be made known through the church
to the principalities and authorities in the heavens.
This was according to the eternal purpose
that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
in whom we have boldness of speech
and confidence of access through faith in him.

For this reason I kneel before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory
to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,
and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
that you, rooted and grounded in love,
may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

AlleluiaMT 11:29AB

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord;
and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Or1 JN 4:10B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God first loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 19:31-37

Since it was preparation day,
in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
and they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
they did not break his legs,
but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
and immediately blood and water flowed out.
An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;
he knows that he is speaking the truth,
so that you also may come to believe.
For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled:
Not a bone of it will be broken.
And again another passage says:
They will look upon him whom they have pierced.

Latest #News from #Vatican and #PopeFrancis at #HolySee

12-06-2015 - Year XXV - Num. 110 

- Pope Receives Polish Prime Minister: Efficient Cooperation for Pope's Visit
- Pope Receives Airport Chaplains
- Audiences
- Other Pontifical Acts
Pope Receives Polish Prime Minister: Efficient Cooperation for Pope's Visit
Vatican City, 12 June 2015 (VIS) - This morning, Pope Francis received in audience the President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland, Ms. Ewa Kopacz, who subsequently met with Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.
During the course of the cordial discussions, the serene and efficient cooperation in preparation of His Holiness?s planned visit to Poland in 2016 for the occasion of World Youth Day was appreciated. The positive contribution of the Church in Poland in the current socio-economic context was then discussed, as well as some ethical issues.
As the conversation continued, there was an exchange of views on the international situation, with particular emphasis given to the Ukraine.
Pope Receives Airport Chaplains
Vatican City, 12 June 2015 (VIS) ? This morning Pope Francis received the participants of the International Seminar of Catholic Civil Aviation Chaplains and Chaplaincy organized by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples on the theme Evangelii gaudium: What Support for the Pastoral Care of Airport Chaplaincy
Airports, Pope Francis recalled are meeting places for many people who are travelling for many reasons. They are also points of transit for migrants and refugees, children and the elderly, who need special care and attention, as well as those who work there every day. ?We also have to note,? the pontiff emphasized, ?the troubling number of passengers without documents ? often refugees and asylum seekers ? who are detained in airport premises for long or short periods, sometimes without adequate spiritual and human assistance. Sometimes tragic situations occur due to, for example, accidents or hijacking, with serious consequences for the safety and the psychological status of persons. In these circumstances too, Chaplains are called upon and sought after by those who need comfort and encouragement.
Given its characteristics, airport chaplaincy is called to be ?a place of unity in diversity for all categories of persons. Airports seem cities within cities, where multiple realities intertwine and overlap. As a big city, the airport is a cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious environment and you, chaplains and members of the chaplaincy, you are immersed in the life of this unique community. Therefore, it is important to work meekly and to be more attuned to the Holy Spirit who creates unity in diversity.?
The Holy Father concluded his brief speech inviting the chaplains to work to ensure that those special ?border? positions that airports constitute have ?space for finding and practicing love and dialogue, which nourishes fraternity between persons and preserves a peaceful social climate. I pray together with you that the Lord make your apostolate, which participates in the Church's universal mission, an effective proclamation of the Good News.
Vatican City, 12 June 2015 Today, the Holy Father received in separate audiences:
- Cardinal Edoardo Menichelli, archbishop of Ancona-Osimo, Italy, and
- Fr. Ricardo Facci, S.M.F., founder and president of Hogares nuevos ? Obra de Cristo (New Homes ? Christ's Work), in Argentina.
Other Pontifical Acts
Vatican City, 12 June 2015 ? Today the Holy Father has:
- appointed Bishop Thomas Ignatius Macwan as archbishop of Gandhinagar (area 29,942, population 11,123,000, Catholics 15,683, priests 28, religious 112), India. Archbishop Macwan, previously Bishop of Ahmedabad, India, succeeds Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes, S.J., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
- appointed Msgr. Victor C. Ocampo as bishop of Gumaca (area 3,666, population 1,027,000, Catholics 912,000, priests 64, religious 65), Filippines. Bishop-elect Ocampo was born in Angeles City, Pampanga in the Diocese of Balanga, Filippines in 1952. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Balanga in 1977. Since ordination he has served in various pastoral and diocesan roles, most recently as chancellor of the Diocese of Balanga (since 2008); pastor of St. Dominic de Guzman Parish in Abuvay, Balanga (since 1986); director of the Biblical Apostolate (since 1986); director of the Commission on the Family and Life (since 2008); and member of the College of Consultors (since 2013).
- named Sr. Marcella Farina, F.M.A, as a consultor to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Sr. Farina is a professor of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology at the ?Auxilium? Pontifical Faculty of Education Science, Rome, Italy.