Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Saint May 12 : St. Pancras - Martyr - Patron against #Headaches and Cramps

St. Pancras
Feast: May 12

Feast Day:May 12
Born:~289 AD, Synnada, Phrygia
Died:~304 AD, Via Aurelia, Rome
Major Shrine:San Pancrazio, Rome
Patron of:children; invoked against cramp, false witness, headache, and perjury
He is said to have suffered at Rome in the fourteenth year of his age. Having been beheaded for the faith, which he had gloriously confessed under Dioclesian in the year 304, he was interred in the cemetery of Calepodius, which afterwards took his name. His old church in that place was repaired in the fifth century by Pope Symmachus, and in the seventh by pope Honorius I. St. Gregory the Great speaks of his relics. St. Gregory of Tours1 calls him the Avenger of Perjuries, and says that God by a perpetual miracle visibly punished false oaths made before his relics. Pope Vitalian sent a portion of them to king Oswi in 656.2 Italy, England, France, Spain, &c., abound with churches which bear his name.3 See D. Jenichen, Diss. de S. Pancratio, urbis et ecclesiae primariae Giessensis patrono titular), in 4to. anno 1758, at Giessen, a university in Upper Hesse, belonging to the landgrave of Hesse Darmstadt. Lives of the Saints - Butler

Novena to the #HolySpirit for Pentecost - Miracle #Prayer to SHARE


On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. / I adore the brightness of Your purity the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength / and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart! To be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light: and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You / by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds / and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart / I implore You / Adorable Spirit I Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere / "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.


O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul / the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth / the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You I and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God find know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable / the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples / and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

Thou in toil art comfort sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat, solace in the midst of woe.
The Gift of Fortitude
The Gift of Fortitude By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to under take without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. "He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved."
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen
(Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father 7 TIMES. Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

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#LadyGaga Responds to Catholic Blogger - Do we have the Right to Judge Celebrities and their Faith?

The famous Singer Lady Gaga has replied Catholic blogger who hinted that she was a hypocrite for sharing something about the faith while living an “obscene life”.
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Wow Lady Gaga goes to Mass and is touched by Homily on the Eucharist - #LadyGaga SHARE

‘From Lady Gaga to Steph Curry: 5 Things to Remember When Celebrities Share Their Faith’ on Catholic Link. This was due to a post by Lady Gaga showing a photo of herself and a priest and thanking him saying the “eucharist is not a prize for the perfect but the food that God gives us”. Lady Gaga answered the Blogger:
: “Dear Becky Roach, Mary Magdalene washed the feet of Christ and was protected and loved by him. A prostitute. Someone society shames as if she and her body are a man’s trash can. He loved her and did not judge. He let her cry over him and dry his feet with the hair of a harlot. We are not just “celebrities” we are humans and sinners, children, and our lives are not void of values because we struggle. We are as equally forgiven as our neighbor. “God is never a trend no matter who the believer,” Gaga wrote.

#PopeFrancis "The Father’s mercy is overflowing, unconditional..." #Audience FULL TEXT - Video

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!
Today, this audience is being held in two places: as there was the danger of rain, the sick are in Paul VI Hall and connected with us with a giant screen – two places but only one Audience. We greet the sick who are in Paul VI Hall.
Today, we wish to reflect on the parable of the merciful Father. It speaks of a Father and his two sons, and it makes us know the infinite mercy of God.
We begin from the end, that is, from the joy of the Father’s heart, who says: ‘Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found” (Luke 15: vv. 23-24). With these words the Father interrupted his younger son at the moment he was confessing his fault: “I no longer deserve to be called your son …” (v. 19). However, this expression is unbearable for the heart of the Father, who instead hastens to restore to his son the signs of his dignity: the best robe, the ring and the shoes. Jesus does not describe a Father who is offended and resentful, a Father that, for instance, says to his son: “you’ll pay for this.” No, the Father embraces him, awaits him with love. On the contrary, the only thing that the Father has at heart is that this son is before him safe and sound, and this makes him happy and he celebrates. The welcome of the son that returns is described in a moving way. “While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.” (v. 20). How much tenderness; he saw him from afar: what does this mean? That the Father went out continually on the terrace to look at the road and see if his son was returning; that son who had done just about everything, but the Father awaited him. How beautiful is the Father’s tenderness! The Father’s mercy is overflowing, unconditional, and it is manifested before the son speaks. The son certainly knows he has erred and he acknowledges it: “I have sinned … treat me as one of your hired servants”(v. 19). But these words dissolve in face of the Father’s forgiveness. His Father’s embrace and kiss make him understand that he was always considered son, despite everything. This teaching of Jesus is important: our condition of children of God is fruit of the love of the Father’s heart; it does not depend on our merits or our actions and, therefore, no one can take it away, not even the devil! No one can take away this dignity.
This word of Jesus encourages us never to despair. I think of mothers and fathers in apprehension when they see their children distancing themselves, entering dangerous ways. I think of parish priests and catechists who sometimes wonder if their work was in vain. But I also think of those who are in prison, and who think that their life has ended; of all those who have made mistaken choices and are unable to look at the future; of all those who hunger for mercy and forgiveness and believe that they do not merit it … In whatever situation of life, I must not forget that I will never cease to be a child of God, of a Father who loves me and awaits my return. Even in the most awful situation of life, God awaits me, God wants to embrace me, God awaits me.
There is another son in the parable, the elder; he is also in need of discovering the Father’s mercy. He has always remained at home, but he is so different from the Father! His words lack tenderness:  ‘Look, All These Years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders … But When Your son returns … ‘ (vv. 29-30). We see the contempt: he never says: “Father,” he never says “brother,” he only thinks of himself; he boasts of having remained always beside the Father and of having served him; yet he never lived this closeness with joy. And now he accuses the Father of never having given him a kid to make merry. Poor Father! One son went away, and the other was never truly close to him! The Father’s suffering is like the suffering of god, the suffering of Jesus when we distance ourselves, or because we go far away or because we are close without being close.
The elder son is also in need of mercy. The just, those who believe themselves just, are also in need of mercy. This son represents us when we wonder if it is worthwhile to toil so much if then we receive nothing in return. Jesus reminds us that one does not remain in the Father’s house to have a compensation, but because one has the dignity of co-responsible children. It is not about “bartering” with God, but about following Jesus who gave Himself on the cross without measure.
“My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice” (v. 31). So says the Father to the elder son. His is the logic of mercy! The younger son thought he merited a punishment because of his sins; the elder son expected a recompense for his services. The two brothers do not speak to one another; they live different stories, but both reason according to a logic that is foreign to Jesus: if you do good you receive a prize, if you do evil you get punished. And this is not Jesus’ logic, it isn’t! This logic is subverted by the Father’s words: “It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found” (v. 31). The Father recovered his lost son, and now he can also restore him to his brother! Without the younger, the elder son ceases to be a “brother.” The Father’s greatest joy is to see that his sons acknowledge each other as brothers.
The sons can decide whether to unite themselves to the Father’s joy or to refuse. They must question themselves about their desires and about the vision they have of life. The parable ends leaving the end in suspense: we do not know what the elder son decided to do. And this is a stimulus for us. This Gospel teaches us that they were are all need of entering the Father’s house and taking part in His joy, in His celebration of mercy and of fraternity. Brothers and sisters, let us open our heart to be “merciful like the Father!”
[Original text: Italian] [Translation by ZENIT]
Greeting to the Italian-speaking Pilgrims
I greet the Italian-speaking pilgrims, addressing a particular welcome to the faithful of the diocese of Oppido Mamertina-Palmi, accompanied by the Bishop, Monsignor Francesco Milito and those of the Basilica of Saint Sossio in Frattamaggiore, with the Bishop of Aversa, Monsignor Angelo Spinillo. It is my heartfelt hope that your Jubilee pilgrimage will strengthen you in your adherence to Christ and in your generous resolutions of Christian witness.
I greet the Asian and African priests of the Saint Paul Apostle Pontifical Missionary College; the Antoniano Institute and the Saint Gotthard Foundation, which observes the 20 years of its foundation. I exhort you to live the Extraordinary Jubilee in such a way as to discover the exigency of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy as nourishment of our faith.
A particular thought goes to young people, the sick and newlyweds. Next Sunday, we will celebrate Pentecost. Dear young people, I hope that each of you will be able to recognize, among the many voices of the world, that of the Holy Spirit, who continues to speak to the heart of one who is able to listen. Dear sick, especially you guests of the Cottolengo of Trentola Ducenta, entrust yourselves to the Spirit who will not let you lack the consoling light of His presence. And you, dear newlyweds, particularly the couples of the Focolare Movement, I hope that you will be, in the world, mirror of God’s love with the fidelity of your love and the union of your faith.
[Original text: Italian] [Translation by ZENIT]

#BreakingNews ISIS Executes 7-year-old Boy in front of Crowd - Please PRAY - RIP Muaz Hassan

Raqqa, Isis begins to crack after execution of a seven year old boy

Pierre Balanian

The child had been accused of "blasphemy." The execution took place in public in front of his parents and a crowd. A girl is locked in a cage with corpses and bones of the dead for being caught without a veil in her own home.

Raqqa (AsiaNews) – Cracks are beginning to appear in the Islamic Caliphate in tandem with the level of horrors perpetrated. A Christian citizen, one of the few remaining in the city of Raqqa, who converted to Islam to save his life, has told AsiaNews the terrible story of the execution of a Syrian Muslim child. The public execution took place on 6 March.
The child was named Muaz Hassan and he was just seven years old. He was arrested on charges of having blasphemed against the "divine essence", while playing with his friends on the road near his home. Many have wondered how can a child of seven years can even know how to insult the divine essence or how anything a child can say would be interpreted to that effect.

The child was immediately declared a "kafir" (infidel), detained in an unknown place – without anyone being able to know how he was treated in prison - and then he was sentenced to death.
The sentence was carried out in Duwar el Naiim square of Raqqa, on 6 March, Friday, in the hours that preceded the prayer of the faithful, the Salat-el- Dohr, the noon prayer.

The small Muaz was dragged bound before hundreds of inhabitants of the city, some who had willingly come, others forced to attend to the "blasphemous” child's punishment . The Daesh Executioners then shot him to death in front of his parents. His mother fainted and was taken away in a daze.
The killing of an innocent child has created quite a stir not only among the inhabitants, but also among some prominent Isis members,  to the extent that our source speaks of "cracks beginning to emerge within the Daesh" leadership, because of this execution.

Other divisions have emerged in recent days: this time due to the invention of a new punishment for girls who do not conform to the rigid dictates of dress.

Last month in Raqqa a girl was caught with her head uncovered while cleaning the stairs of the building inhabited exclusively by her family. For punishment the girl was locked in an iron cage in the public square with skeletons and bones of people killed by Daesh. The desperate girl spent hours screaming and begging to be released before passing out. Left in the cage for another hour, she was transported to the hospital in Raqqa, then another hospital, but has yet to regain her faculties.
After three years, the residents of Raqqa, the Syrian city that lies on the banks of the Euphrates, 170 km east of Aleppo, are still unaccustomed to the increasingly irrational and inhuman punishment systems put in place by Daesh.
After first falling into  the hands of the Al-Nusra Front, three months later it came under the full Isis control as part of the Islamic Caliphate. Raqqa has become now the headquarters of Daesh and is pompously called the capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate.
As a result of the martyrdom of this innocent child, for the first time, there are indications of divisions beginning to appear in Isis, which will certainly also have political repercussions beyond a mere ethical condemnation by members  who cannot in conscience condone such acts. Shared from AsiaNewsIT

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday May 11, 2016

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Lectionary: 299

Reading 1ACTS 20:28-38

At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:
“Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock
of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,
in which you tend the Church of God
that he acquired with his own Blood.
I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you,
and they will not spare the flock.
And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth
to draw the disciples away after them.
So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day,
I unceasingly admonished each of you with tears.
And now I commend you to God
and to that gracious word of his that can build you up
and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated.
I have never wanted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.
You know well that these very hands
have served my needs and my companions.
In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort
we must help the weak,
and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said,
‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

When he had finished speaking
he knelt down and prayed with them all.
They were all weeping loudly
as they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him,
for they were deeply distressed that he had said
that they would never see his face again.
Then they escorted him to the ship.

Responsorial PsalmPS 68:29-30, 33-35A, 35BC-36AB

R. (33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
Show forth, O God, your power,
the power, O God, with which you took our part;
For your temple in Jerusalem
let the kings bring you gifts.
R. Sing to God, O Kingdoms of the earth. 
R. Alleluia.
You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God,
chant praise to the Lord
who rides on the heights of the ancient heavens.
Behold, his voice resounds, the voice of power:
“Confess the power of God!”
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
Over Israel is his majesty;
his power is in the skies.
Awesome in his sanctuary is God, the God of Israel;
he gives power and strength to his people.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 17:17B-17A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 17:11B-19

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying:
“Holy Father, keep them in your name
that you have given me,
so that they may be one just as we are one.
When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me,
and I guarded them, and none of them was lost
except the son of destruction,
in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to you.
I speak this in the world
so that they may share my joy completely.
I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
because they do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world
but that you keep them from the Evil One.
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth.
Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
so I sent them into the world.
And I consecrate myself for them,
so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”