Sunday, July 10, 2016

Saint July 11 : St. Benedict : Founder of Western #Monastcism - Patron of #Fever, #Monks , Temptations

St. Benedict of Nursia
 Born: 480, Norcia (Umbria, Italy)
Died: 21 March 547 at Monte Cassino, Italy
Canonized: 1220
Major Shrine: Monte Cassino Abbey, with his burial Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, near Orléans, France Sacro Speco, at Subiaco, Italy
Patron of: Against poison, Against witchcraft, Cavers, Civil engineers, Coppersmiths, Dying people, Erysipelas, Europe, Farmers, Fever, Gall stones, Inflammatory diseases, Italian architects, Kidney disease, Monks, Nettle rash, Schoolchildren, Servants who have broken their master's belongings, Speliologists, Spelunkers, Temptations
Founder of western monasticism, born at Nursia, c. 480; died at Monte Cassino, 543. The only authentic life of Benedict of Nursia is that contained in the second book of St. Gregory's "Dialogues". It is rather a character sketch than a biography and consists, for the most part, of a number of miraculous incidents, which, although they illustrate the life of the saint, give little help towards a chronological account of his career. St. Gregory's authorities for all that he relates were the saint's own disciples, viz. Constantinus, who succeeded him as Abbot of Monte Cassino; and Honoratus, who was Abbot of Subiaco when St. Gregory wrote his "Dialogues". Benedict was the son of a Roman noble of Nursia, a small town near Spoleto, and a tradition, which St. Bede accepts, makes him a twin with his sister Scholastica. His boyhood was spent in Rome, where he lived with his parents and attended the schools until he had reached his higher studies. Then "giving over his books, and forsaking his father's house and wealth, with a mind only to serve God, he sought for some place where he might attain to the desire of his holy purpose; and in this sort he departed [from Rome], instructed with learned ignorance and furnished with unlearned wisdom" (Dial. St. Greg., II, Introd. in Migne, P.L. LXVI). There is much difference of opinion as to Benedict's age at the time. It has been very generally stated as fourteen, but a careful examination of St. Gregory's narrative makes it impossible to suppose him younger than nineteen or twenty. He was old enough to be in the midst of his literary studies, to understand the real meaning and worth of the dissolute and licentious lives of his companions, and to have been deeply affected himself by the love of a woman (Ibid. II, 2). He was capable of weighing all these things in comparison with the life taught in the Gospels, and chose the latter, He was at the beginning of life, and he had at his disposal the means to a career as a Roman noble; clearly he was not a child, As St. Gregory expresses it, "he was in the world and was free to enjoy the advantages which the world offers, but drew back his foot which he had, as it were, already set forth in the world" (ibid., Introd.). If we accept the date 480 for his birth, we may fix the date of his abandoning the schools and quitting home at about A.D. 500. Benedict does not seem to have left Rome for the purpose of becoming a hermit, but only to find some place away from the life of the great city; moreover, he took his old nurse with him as a servant and they settled down to live in Enfide, near a church dedicated to St. Peter, in some kind of association with "a company of virtuous men" who were in sympathy with his feelings and his views of life. Enfide, which the tradition of Subiaco identifies with the modern Affile, is in the Simbrucini mountains, about forty miles from Rome and two from Subiaco. It stands on the crest of a ridge which rises rapidly from the valley to the higher range of mountains, and seen from the lower ground the village has the appearance of a fortress. As St. Gregory's account indicates, and as is confirmed by the remains of the old town and by the inscriptions found in the neighbourhood, Enfide was a place of greater importance than is the present town. At Enfide Benedict worked his first miracle by restoring to perfect condition an earthenware wheat-sifter (capisterium) which his old servant had accidentally broken. The notoriety which this miracle brought upon Benedict drove him to escape still farther from social life, and "he fled secretly from his nurse and sought the more retired district of Subiaco". His purpose of life had also been modified. He had fled Rome to escape the evils of a great city; he now determined to be poor and to live by his own work. "For God's sake he deliberately chose the hardships of life and the weariness of labour" (ibid., 1). A short distance from Enfide is the entrance to a narrow, gloomy valley, penetrating the mountains and leading directly to Subiaco. Crossing the Anio and turning to the right, the path rises along the left face oft the ravine and soon reaches the site of Nero's villa and of the huge mole which formed the lower end of the middle lake; across the valley were ruins of the Roman baths, of which a few great arches and detached masses of wall still stand. Rising from the mole upon twenty five low arches, the foundations of which can even yet be traced, was the bridge from the villa to the baths, under which the waters of the middle lake poured in a wide fall into the lake below. The ruins of these vast buildings and the wide sheet of falling water closed up the entrance of the valley to St. Benedict as he came from Enfide; today the narrow valley lies open before us, closed only by the far off mountains. The path continues to ascend, and the side of the ravine, on which it runs, becomes steeper, until we reach a cave above which the mountain now rises almost perpendicularly; while on the right hand it strikes in a rapid descent down to where, in St. Benedict's day, five hundred feet below, lay the blue waters of the lake. The cave has a large triangular-shaped opening and is about ten feet deep. On his way from Enfide, Benedict met a monk, Romanus, whose monastery was on the mountain above the cliff overhanging the cave. Romanus had discussed with Benedict the purpose which had brought him to Subiaco, and had given him the monk's habit. By his advice Benedict became a hermit and for three years, unknown to men, lived in this cave above the lake. St. Gregory tells us little of these years, He now speaks of Benedict no longer as a youth (puer), but as a man (vir) of God. Romanus, he twice tells us, served the saint in every way he could. The monk apparently visited him frequently, and on fixed days brought him food. During these three years of solitude, broken only by occasional communications with the outer world and by the visits of Romanus, he matured both in mind and character, in knowledge of himself and of his fellow-man, and at the same time he became not merely known to, but secured the respect of, those about him; so much so that on the death of the abbot of a monastery in the neighbourhood (identified by some with Vicovaro), the community came to him and begged him to become its abbot. Benedict was acquainted with the life and discipline of the monastery, and knew that "their manners were diverse from his and therefore that they would never agree together: yet, at length, overcome with their entreaty, he gave his consent" (ibid., 3). The experiment failed; the monks tried to poison him, and he returned to his cave. From this time his miracles seem to have become frequent, and many people, attracted by his sanctity and character, came to Subiaco to be under his guidance. For them he built in the valley twelve monasteries, in each of which he placed a superior with twelve monks. In a thirteenth he lived with "a few, such as he thought would more profit and be better instructed by his own presence" (ibid., 3). He remained, however, the father or abbot of all. With the establishment of these monasteries began the schools for children; and amongst the first to be brought were Maurus and Placid. The remainder of St. Benedict's life was spent in realizing the ideal of monasticism which he has left us drawn out in his Rule, and before we follow the slight chronological story given by St. Gregory, it will be better to examine the ideal, which, as St. Gregory says, is St. Benedict's real biography (ibid., 36). We will deal here with the Rule only so far as it is an element in St. Benedict's life. For the relations which it bore to the monasticism of previous centuries, and for its influence throughout the West on civil and religious government, and upon the spiritual life of Christians, the reader is referred to the articles MONASTICISM and RULE OF SAINT BENEDICT.

#BreakingNews Seminarian Brian Bergkamp Body disappears in River after saving a Life - Statement by Bishop

Bergkamp was a seminarian who disappeared while kayaking on the Arkansas River.  Brian Bergkamp disappeared into the Arkansas River on Saturday morning while trying to save the life of another. “It was in his heart,” said Jan Haberly, director of the Lord’s Diner, where Bergkamp was an intern for the summer. “That was him. He put others first, he truly, truly did.” As of Sunday, crews were still looking for the young man in the swollen waters of the Arkansas River. Bergkamp, 24, had been kayaking with four friends, a man and three women, Saturday morning on the Arkansas River when they hit churning water under the 21st Street Bridge. Police say one of the women fell into the water, and Bergkamp left his kayak to help her. The woman was able to reach safety, but the currents were too strong for Bergkamp, and he was swept under. Now, friends and family are gathering to grieve, pray and remember the man who they say always strove to imitate Christ. Jimmy Schibi got to know Bergkamp during the time they spent together in seminary. He called Bergkamp a “man of great faith.” “He was never about himself, always looking to do something for others, never thinking of himself,” Schibi said. “He was a really an inspiration to us in the seminary and really a man that you want to model yourself after.” Bergkamp, the son of Ned and Theresa Bergkamp, grew up in Garden Plain as one of seven children. He attended one year at Benedictine College before deciding to enter Conception College Seminary in Missouri and become a Catholic priest. He was in Wichita for the summer after completing his second year of a four-year program. As search efforts continue, friends, family and fellow seminarians will gather to comfort one another and pray. The Catholic Diocese will hold a daily vigil at 7 p.m. in St. Anne’s Church, 2801 S. Seneca, until Bergkamp’s body is recovered. Schibi said he will remember his friend for his devotion to his friends and his faith. “He gave up his life to be a priest, but before he could do that, he gave up his life for another,” Schibi said. “Probably one of the most selfless individuals that I’d ever met.” Edited from
STATEMENT from Bishop Kemme of Wichita: 
Today I received word that one of our seminarians had a canoeing accident on the Arkansas River in Wichita. His name is Brian Bergkamp. Brian was to be a third year theologian at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Maryland. Now, his rescue mission has been changed to a recovery mission. Brian is a quiet but dedicated man, whom I was honored to know and serve as his bishop. I want to ask for your prayers for his family who are facing the incredible pain of losing a son and brother. I also ask your prayers for our diocese who has lost a seminarian who demonstrated great promise for ministry in the Church. I am praying that he will intercede for all of us as we find the strength to move onward without him. God bless you Brian with eternal life and may the angels welcome you to your eternal home. Bishop Kemme

Wow #PopeFrancis "...I want to encourage everyone to visit – if possible, every day ....the Blessed Sacrament" SHARE

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis encouraged everyone to visit the Blessed Sacrament every day, if possible, in a message for of the upcoming Eucharistic Congress in Genoa, Italy.
“On this happy occasion which is offered to us, I encourage all the Faithful to always honor the most blessed Eucharist,” the Pope said in the message, which was addressed to the president of the Italian Bishop’s Conference, Cardinal Agnelo Bagnasco.
Citing the Second Vatican Council document Sacrosantum Concilium, the Pope referred to the Eucharist as “a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity,” and he called the faithful to be nourished by it “in order to be fraternally united among themselves, and cooperate in the building of the Church and the good of the world.”
“Moreover, I want to encourage everyone to visit – if possible, every day – especially amid life’s difficulties, the Blessed Sacrament of the infinite love of Christ and His mercy, preserved in our churches, and often abandoned, to speak filially with Him, to listen to Him in silence, and to peacefully entrust yourself to Him.
The Eucharistic Congress will take place 15-18 September in the northern Italian city of Genoa.

Wow #ProLife Catholic Soccer Star Cristiano Ronaldo was almost Aborted! #Football Star Life saved...SHARE

Portugal has come very far in the European Soccer Championships. This is also due to the many goals by Star Cristiano Ronaldo. His mother considered an abortion and, on a neighbour’s advice, drank boiled black beer and ran until she almost fainted, hoping to abort Cristiano. However, it did not work.  “He was an unwanted child,” Dolores explains.
His father was an alcoholic but the doctors at that time were under strict laws to protect the unborn. Cristiano is now one of the highest payed soccer players in the world. He is also Roman Catholic and a single father. He does not drink or smoke. Currently, he holds the most Likes on his Facebook Page. Please SHARE this Story maybe you'll save a Baby's Life!

Free Catholic Movie : St. Peter - Stars Omar Sharif - #StPeter

Saint Peter (2005) "San Pietro" (original title) TV Movie | PG-13 | Drama | 24 October 2005 (Italy) Saint Peter, a reluctant but passionate leader, from the crucifixion of Jesus to his own. The film's first half dramatizes the New Testament's "Acts": early fear, the renewal of Pentecost... Director: Giulio Base Writers: Francesco Arlanch, Salvatore Basile, 1 more credit » Stars: Omar Sharif, Daniele Pecci, Flavio Insinna |

#PopeFrancis "May the Virgin Mary help us to walk along the paths of generous love...." #Angelus - FULL TEXT - Video

Before the Angelus:
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
Today, the liturgy speaks to us about the parable of the “Good Samaritan,” taken from the Gospel of Luke (10: 25-37). It, in its simple and inspiring story, indicates a way of life, in which the center of gravity is not ourselves, but others, with their difficulties, who we encounter on our journey and who make us question ourselves. Others make us question ourselves. And when others do not have this effect on us, something there is not right; something in such hearts is not Christian. Jesus uses this parable when speaking to the doctor of the law about the twofold commandment that allows you to enter into eternal life: ‘to love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself (vv. 25-28).’ “Yes – replies that doctor of the law- but, tell me, “who is my neighbor?” (V. 29). We too can ask ourselves this question: Who is my neighbor? Whom do I love as myself? My relatives? My friends? My fellow countrymen? Those of the same religion? … Who is my neighbor?
And Jesus responds with a parable. A man, on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho, was assaulted, beaten and abandoned by robbers. Going down that same street were a priest and then a Levite, who, while seeing the wounded man, do not stop and go straight past (vv. 31-32). Then a Samaritan, that is to say an inhabitant of Samaria, and as such, despised by the Jews for not observing the true religion; and yet he, himself, when he saw that poor wretch, “was moved with compassion. He approached him and bandaged his wounds […], took him to an inn, and took care of him “(vv. 33-34); and the next day, put him in the care of the innkeeper, paid for it and said he would pay everything else (cf. v. 35).
At this point, Jesus turned to the doctor of the law and asked him: “Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” And of course – because he was intelligent – responds, “The one who treated him with mercy” (vv. 36-37). With these words, Jesus has reversed our way of looking at things. It is not up to us to try to categorize people, to see if they count as our neighbors. Rather, the decision to be, or not be a neighbor, depends on us. It depends on me. It depends on me to be or not be a neighbor to the person I meet who has need of my help, even if he’s a stranger, or even hostile. And Jesus concludes: “Go and do likewise ‘(v. 37). It’s a great lesson! And He says to each of us: “Go and do likewise,” especially to the brother or sister you see in trouble. “Go and do likewise.'” Do good works, do not just say words that go to the wind. A song comes to mind: “Words, words, words.” No. Please, do. Act. And by the good works that we do with love and joy for others, our faith grows and bears fruit. Let us ask ourselves – each of us responding in our heart – let us ask ourselves: Is our faith fruitful? Does our faith produce good works? Or it is rather sterile, and therefore more dead than alive? Am I ‘the neighbor’ or do I simply just pass along? Or am I among those who select people according to their own pleasure? It’s good to ask ourselves these questions and often because, in the end, we will be judged on the works of mercy. The Lord will say to us: ‘But you, you remember that time on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho? That man was me half dead. Do you remember? That hungry child was me. Do you remember? The migrant who many want to drive out it was me. Those grandparents alone, abandoned in nursing homes, it was me. That sick person alone in the hospital, that no one goes to see, was me.
May the Virgin Mary help us to walk along the paths of generous love towards others, the path of the Good Samaritan. May you help us live the main commandment that Christ left us. And this is the way to enter into eternal life.
[Original text: Italian]
[Translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov]
After the Angelus:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today is “Sea Sunday,” in support of the pastoral care of seafarers. I encourage seafarers and fishermen in their work, often hard and risky, as well as chaplains and volunteers in their valuable service. May Mary, Star of the Sea, watch over you!
And I greet all of you, the faithful of Rome and from many parts of Italy and the world.
I address a special greeting to the pilgrims from Puerto Rico; those Poles who have completed a relay race from Krakow to Rome – good! -; and I extend this greeting to participants in the great pilgrimage of the Family of Radio Maria to the Jasna Góra Monastery, now in its 25th year. But I was there I also heard some of my compatriots who are not silent. Argentines who are here, and make noise – [que hacen lío] – a special greeting!
I greet the families of the diocese of Adria-Rovigo, the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood, the Secular Order Teresian, the faithful of Limbiate and John Paul II Missionary Community.
I wish you all a good Sunday, and a hot Sunday! Please do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye!
[Original text: Italian] [Zenit News Translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov]

#PopeFrancis approves Decrees for New Saints at #Vatican -

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday (8 July, 2016) received in private audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decrees regarding:
  • A miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Luis Antonio Rosa Ormières, priest and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Guardian Angel; born July 4, 1809 and died on 16 January1890;
  • The martyrdom of the Servants of God Antonio Arribas Hortigüela and 6 Companions, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart; killed in hatred of the Faith, September 29, 1936;
  • The martyrdom of the Servant of God Josef Mayr-Nusser, a layman; killed in hatred of the Faith, February 24, 1945;
  • The heroic virtues of Servant of God Alfonse Gallegos of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, Titular Bishop of Sasabe, auxiliary of Sacramento; born February 20, 1931 and died October 6, 1991;
  • The heroic virtues of Servant of God Rafael Sánchez García, diocesan priest; born June 14, 1911 and died on August 8, 1973;
  • The heroic virtues of Servant of God Andrés García Acosta, professed layman of the Order of Friars Minor; born January 10, 1800 and died January 14, 1853;
  • The heroic virtues of Servant of God Joseph Marchetti, professed priest of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles; born October 3, 1869 and died December 14, 1896;
  • The heroic virtues of Servant of God Giacomo Viale, professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor, pastor of Bordighera; born February 28, 1830 and died April 16, 1912;
  • The heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Pia of the Cross (née Maddalena Notari), foundress of the Congregation of Crucified Sisters Adorers of the Eucharist; born December 2, 1847 and died on 1 July 1919.

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. July 10, 2016 - #Eucharist - Readings and Video - 15th Ord. Time C

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 105

Reading 1DT 30:10-14

Moses said to the people:
"If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God,
and keep his commandments and statutes
that are written in this book of the law,
when you return to the LORD, your God,
with all your heart and all your soul.

"For this command that I enjoin on you today
is not too mysterious and remote for you.
It is not up in the sky, that you should say,
'Who will go up in the sky to get it for us
and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?'
Nor is it across the sea, that you should say,
'Who will cross the sea to get it for us
and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?'
No, it is something very near to you,
already in your mouths and in your hearts;
you have only to carry it out."

Responsorial PsalmPS 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37

R. (cf. 33) Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
I pray to you, O LORD,
for the time of your favor, O God!
In your great kindness answer me
with your constant help.
Answer me, O LORD, for bounteous is your kindness:
in your great mercy turn toward me.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
I am afflicted and in pain;
let your saving help, O God, protect me.
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
"See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not."
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
For God will save Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah.
The descendants of his servants shall inherit it,
and those who love his name shall inhabit it.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

OrPS 19:8, 9, 10, 11

R.(9a) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
the decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Reading 2COL 1:15-20

Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the body, the church.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile all things for him,
making peace by the blood of his cross
through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.

AlleluiaCF. JN 6:63C, 68C

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 10:25-37

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said,
"Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law?
How do you read it?"
He said in reply,
"You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself."

He replied to him, "You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live."

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus,
"And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied,
"A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
'Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.'
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers' victim?"
He answered, "The one who treated him with mercy."
Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Saint July 10 : St. Rufina and Saint Secunda - #Virgin Martyrs - Refused to Deny Christ

Sts. Rufina and Secunda 
Feast: July 10 
 Roman martyrs known in the apocryphal Acts, which recount their martyrdoms. According to the Acta, they were Roman sisters, the daughters of a Roman senator. Their fiances gave up the Christian faith, however Rufina and Secunda would not deny Christ. Thus, both were arrested and beheaded during the persecutions of Emperor Valerian (r. 253-260). They were buried on the Via Aurelia, at the Santa Rufina.