Sunday, July 19, 2015

Saint July 20 : St. Margaret of Antioch : Patron of #Pregnant , Child #Birth and #Nurses

St. Margaret of Antioch
Feast: July 20
Feast Day:

July 20
Antioch (in Pisidia)
Patron of:
childbirth, pregnant women, dying people, kidney disease, peasants, exiles, falsely accused people; nurses
Virgin and martyr; belonged to Pisidian Antioch in Asia Minor, where her father was a pagan priest. Her mother dying soon after her birth, Margaret was nursed by a pious woman five or six leagues from Antioch. Having embraced Christianity and consecrated her virginity to God, she was disowned by her father and adopted by her nurse.
While she was one day engaged in watching the flocks of her mistress, a lustful Roman prefect named Olybrius caught sight of her, and attracted by her great beauty sought to make her his concubine or wife. When neither cajolery nor threats of punishment could succeed in moving her to yield to his desires, he had her brought before him in public trial atAntioch. Threatened with death unless she renounced the Christian faith, the holy virgin refused to adore the gods of the empire and an attempt was made to burn her, but the flames, we are told in her Acts, left her unhurt. She was then bound hand and foot and thrown into a cauldron of boiling water, but at her prayer her bonds were broken and she stood up uninjured. Finally the prefect ordered her to be beheaded.
The Greek Church honors her under the name Marine on 13 July; the Latin, as Margaret on 20 July. Her Acts place her death in the persecution of Diocletian (A.D. 303-5), but in fact even the century to which she belonged is uncertain. St. Margaret is represented in art sometimes as a shepherdess, or as leading a chained dragon, again carrying a little cross or a girdle in her hand, or standing by a large vessel which recalls the cauldron into which she was plunged. Relics said to belong to the saint are venerated in very many parts of Europe; at Rome, Montefiascone, Brusels, Bruges, Paris, Froidmont, Troyes, and various other places. Curiously enough this virgin has been widely venerated for many centuries as a special patron of women who are pregnant.Shared from EWTN

Saint July 20 : St. Apollinaris of Ravenna : #Bishop

According to tradition, St. Peter sent St. Apollinaris to Ravenna, Italy, as its first bishop.
His preaching of the Good News was so successful that the pagans there beat him and drove him from the city. He returned, however, and was exiled a second time.
After preaching in the area surrounding Ravenna, he entered the city again. After being cruelly tortured, he was put on a ship heading to Greece. Pagans there caused him to be expelled to Italy, where he went to Ravenna for a fourth time.
He died from wounds received during a savage beating at Classis, a suburb of Ravenna.
A beautiful basilica honouring him was built there in the sixth century.

Don't Be Bullied into Changing Definition of Marriage - #Archbishop Fisher of #Australia

More than 120 couples joined Archbishop Fisher for the Marriage Mass on Sunday

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese, 13 Jul 2015: The Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP has cautioned married couples against being "bullied" into supporting a redefinition of marriage from the current legal definition of "the union between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others," to "the union between two people."
Welcoming 120 couples, their families and friends at a packed St Mary's Cathedral yesterday for the Archdiocese of Sydney's fourth annual Marriage Mass and the Renewal of Vows, Archbishop Fisher urged Catholics to respect and love all without supporting changes to the Marriage Act to permit same sex couples to legally wed.
"Marriage brings and woman, sex and love, love and babies, parents and children," the Archbishop said in his homily.
"To say this is not to criticise anyone."
Archbishop Fisher said the faithful were often labelled as bigoted, with political and cultural forces trying to "bully us all" into redefining marriage.
"To say marriage is special is not to demean these other realities, rather it respects the diverse ways of being human and loving, not pretending away the differences," he said before couples renewed their vows.
Yesterday was a record turnout for the Marriage Mass and Renewal of Vows. Thirty-five of the couples there were celebrating golden milestone anniversaries representing 50, 55, 60 or 65 years of marriage. Among the other 85 couples, there were newly-weds, couples who had been married five or six years, others who had celebrated 20 and 25 years of marriage.
"Some came with their children, others with their children and grandchildren and the day was a wonderful celebration of the value, strength and meaning of the Marriage Sacrament," says Mary Joseph, Research and Project Officer for the Archdiocese's Life, Marriage and Family Centre which organise the Marriage Mass each year.
The current debate over changing Australia's marriage laws and following in the footsteps of the Irish referendum in May and last month's decision by the US Supreme Court to allow same sex marriage in all of America's 50 states is one of the reasons for yesterday's record turnout for the annual Marriage Mass, Mary believes.
All of the couples were personally thanked and congratulated by the Archbishop
"There was a definite show of support among couples, families and everyone who attended for Catholic teachings on marriage and what marriage meant to them, to their families, their children and grandchildren and to society as a whole," she says. "With the meaning of marriage currently being challenged, the large numbers of men, women and children who attended yesterday's Mass was a wonderful demonstration of solidarity in the strength and importance of marriage."
Each of the couples who attended the Mass were given a small gift by the Archbishop while those celebrating golden milestone anniversaries of 50 to 65 years of marriage, were presented with engraved certificates as special mementoes of the occasion.
Among the couples receiving a certificate from the Archbishop were Joan and Keith Dunsmore who will celebrate their 65th "blue sapphire" anniversary on 3 February, 2016.
"We renewed our wedding vows once before but that was some years ago so when we read about the Marriage Mass we thought it would be a nice thing to do ahead of our 65th anniversary," Joan says.
Now in their late 80s, the couple were married at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Waverley and both are still active members of the parish.
For Joan and Keith a successful marriage is doing things together, working things out by talking before they become a problem, and above all enjoying the great gift and blessing of children.
With two daughters, four grandchildren and a first great grandchild, they insist that having children has brought them even closer together.
"Two of our very good friends are men who are same sex attracted, and I have to say they are two of the nicest people I have ever met. They are great friends of ours and through them we have met other same sex couples who are also very kind and warm and friendly. But that doesn't mean I think it is necessary to allow them to marry. I think they should be partners in a civil union. But not in marriage which is about children," she says. "And I certainly don't really agree with same sex couples being able to adopt children. But that is just my opinion."
Photographs for the family album following the Mass before a reception and get-together
And one with which most Catholics old and young might well agree.
In June Opposition Leader Bill Shorten outlined a bill to legalise marriage between same-sex attracted couples.
However at least two Queensland Liberal National Party members have said they will co-sponsor the private member's bill along with another Labor MP, a Greens MP and two independents.
This is expected to be tabled in Federal Parliament the first or second week of August.
For the full text of Archbishop Fisher's homily at Sunday's Marriage Mass and Renewal of Vows at St Mary's Cathedral see here
 Shared from Archdiocese of Sydney

#PopeFrancis "These two verbs, to see and to have compassion, configure Jesus..." #Angelus Full Text/Video

Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address today before and after the recitation of the Angelus to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square.
* * * Dear brothers and sisters,
I see that you are very brave with this heat in the Square. Good for you!
Today's Gospel tells us that the Apostles, after their experience of the mission, are happy but also tired. And Jesus, full of understanding, wants to give them a bit of comfort; he then takes them aside, to a secluded place so that they may rest a bit (cfr. Mc 6,31). "People saw them leaving and many came to know about it… They hastened there" (v.32). At this point, the Evangelist offers us an image of Jesus of singular intensity; "photographing", so to speak, his eyes and grasping the feelings of his heart. And the evangelist says: "When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things" (v.34).
Let us take the three verbs of this evocative frame: to see, to have compassion, to teach. We may call them the verbs of the Shepherd: to see, to have compassion, to teach. The first and the second, to see and to have compassion, are always associated with Jesus' attitude: in fact his gaze is not the gaze of a sociologist or of a photojournalist, because he always sees with the "eyes of the heart." These two verbs, to see and to have compassion, configure Jesus as the Good Shepherd. His compassion, is not only a human feeling, but is the emotion of Messiah in which the tenderness of God was made flesh. And from this compassion is born Jesus' desire to nourish the crowds with the bread of his Word, that is, to teach the Word of God to the People. Jesus sees, Jesus has compassion, and Jesus teaches us. This is beautiful.
I asked the Lord that the Spirit of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, would guide me during the Apostolic Visit I made in recent days to Latin America and that allowed me to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. I thank God with all my heart for this gift. I thank the people of the three countries for their affectionate and warm welcome and enthusiasm. And I renew my recognition of the governments of these countries for their welcome and collaboration. With great affection, I thank my brother Bishops, the priests, the consecrated people and the all the people for the warmth with which they participated. With these brothers and sisters, I praised the Lord for the wonders He has done in the People of God on the path in that land, for their faith that has animated and encourages their lives and their culture. And we also praised Him for the natural beauty which he has enriched those countries. The Latin American continent has great human and spiritual potential, they guard deeply rooted Christian values, but also live through grave social and economic problems. To contribute to their solution, the Church is committed in mobilizing the spiritual and moral forces of their communities, collaborating with the all the healthy components of society. In front of the great challenge that the announcement of the Gospel must confront, I invited them to draw from Christ the Lord the grace that saves and gives strength to the commitment of Christian witness, to develop the spread of the Word of God, so that the strong religiosity of that people can always be a faithful witness of the Gospel.
To the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, who is venerated by all of Latin America with the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I entrust the fruits of this unforgettable Apostolic Visit.
After the Angelus, the Holy Father said the following:
Dear brothers and sisters,
I cordially greet you, Romans and pilgrims. I great in particular the youth of the Diocese of Pamplona and Tudela (Spain).
I greet the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, gathered in Rome for their General Chapter; the Orchestra of Offanengo-Casalbuttano; the Choir of Vigo Cavedine (Trento); the volunteer youth of the Convent of Arco di Trento, the youth of Meana Sardo and the participants of the vacation organized by the INPS of Pomezia; the youth of Catholic Action of Mellaredo and Rivale (Padua).
I wish you all a Good Sunday. I ask that you please do not forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye.
[Translation by Junno Arocho Esteves]
Text shared from Zenit