Sunday, September 24, 2017

Saint September 25 : St. Finbarr - #Bishop of #Ireland

St. Finbarr
Feast: September 25
Feast Day:
September 25
550 AD, near Bandon, Ireland
620 AD, Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland
Patron of:
Bishop and patron of Cork, born near Bandon, about 550, died at Cloyne, 25 September, 623, was son of Amergin. He evangelized Gowran, Coolcashin, and Aghaboe, and founded a school at Eirce. For some years he dwelt in a hermitage at Gougane Barra, where a beautiful replica of Cormac's chapel has recently been erected in his honour. Finbarr was buried in the cathedral he built where Cork city now stands. He was specially honoured also at Dornoch and Barra, in Scotland. There are five Irish saints of this name.

#BreakingNews Angela Merkel wins 4th Term as Chancellor in Germany the Leader of Christian Democratic Union

German election results show that Angela Merkel has won a fourth term. She is the head of the Christian Party, CDU which remains the largest party, the far-right AfD will be the third biggest political force. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the CSU came out ahead in Germany's national election on Sunday, with a projected 33.0 percent of the vote. Rival Social Democrats (SPD) led by Martin Schulz tumbled to a mere 20.5 percent, while the Green and Left parties remained about the same as they did in 2013, each with 8.8 percent. The only real success stories of the night were for the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). As for the populist AfD, a remarkable showing of 12.7 percent means that Germany will have a far-right party in parliament for the first time in more than half a century. Perhaps the biggest upset of the election was the 12.7 percent achieved by the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD), making them the third-largest party in the Bundestag. Many Germans were understandably concerned about a far-right party entering parliament for the first time in more than half a century. In opposition to the AfD's victory, spontaneous protests erupted across Germany, particularly in major cities like Cologne, Berlin and Hamburg. Chanting "Nazis out!" hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Berlin's Alexanderplatz until well past midnight. Co-chair Jörg Meuthen insisted the party is "neither racist nor xenophobic." Meanwhile, the party's co-leader Alexander Gauland promised to "hound" Merkel's government, saying the AfD would "reclaim" Germany from its current leaders. Edited from Deutsche Welle

#BreakingNews another Earthquake hits Mexico's coast as Death Toll rises to over 300 and rescue efforts continue - Please PRAY

 Another Earthquake struck Mexico coast days after quake in capital kills more than 300 on Tuesday during the 7.1 quake. 
The capital experienced another quake Saturday, and the west coast was struck with a 5.9. Survivors have an uncertain future. The epicentre of Sunday's quake was 99 kilometres south-southwest of Tonala, in Chiapas state, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Also Sunday, tropical storm Pilar formed just off western Mexico and was expected to brush its Pacific coast near the resort of Puerto Vallarta. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Pilar had winds of 65 kilometres an hour, and was located about 110 kilometres west-southwest of the port city of Manzanillo. It warned of heavy rains over southwest Mexico through Monday, as it was moving north at about 7 km/h. 
Civil Defence Chief Luis Felipe Puente reported Sunday morning on Twitter that 180 people had died in Mexico City. There were also 73 deaths in Morelos state, 45 in Puebla, 13 in the State of Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. Rescuers dig through the remnants of 38 collapsed buildings in Mexico City, and have pulled dozens of lifeless bodies from the wreckage but numerous survivors, too. Mexico's marines,  said they have recovered 102 bodies and rescued 115 people in the aftermath. Edited from CBC News 

#PopeFrancis "Don’t forget this: He uses mercy –, He forgives widely,,.opens to all the boundless territories of His love and His grace," FULL TEXT Angelus + Video

Before the Angelus:
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!
In today’s evangelical page (Cf. Matthew 20:1-16) we have the parable of the labourers called for the day, which Jesus recounts to communicate two aspects of the Kingdom of God: the first, that God wants to call all to work for His Kingdom; the second, that at the end He wants to give all the same recompense, namely, salvation, eternal life.
The householder of the vineyard, who represents God, went out early in the morning to hire a group of labourers, agreeing with them a salary of one denarius for the day: it was a just salary. Then he went out again in subsequent hours — he went out five times that day —  until the late afternoon, to take on other labourers that he saw unemployed. At the end of the day, the householder ordered that one denarius be given to all, also to those who had worked a few hours. Naturally, the labourers taken on first lamented, because they saw themselves paid the same way as those who worked less. However, the householder reminded them that they received what had been agreed. If then, he wished to be generous with the others, they mustn’t be envious.
In reality, this “injustice” of the householder serves to cause, in the one listening to the parable, a jump of level, because here Jesus doesn’t want to speak of the problem of work and the just salary, but of the Kingdom of God! And this is the message: there “are no unemployed in the Kingdom of God, all are called to do their part; and at the end there will be for all the compensation that comes from divine justice — not human, fortunately! –, that is, the salvation that Jesus Christ acquired for us with His Death and Resurrection; a salvation that’s not merited, but given, by which “the last will be first, and the first last” (Matthew 20:16).
With this parable Jesus wants to open our hearts to the logic of the Father’s love, which is free and generousIt’s about allowing ourselves to be amazed and fascinated by God’s “thoughts” and “ways,” as the prophet Isaiah reminds, which are not our thoughts and are not our ways (Cf. Isaiah 55:8). Human thoughts are often marked by egoism and personal gain, and our anxieties and torturous ways are not comparable to the wide and straight ways of the Lord. He uses mercy – don’t forget this: He uses mercy –, He forgives widely, is full of generosity and goodness, which He sheds on each one of us, opens to all the boundless territories of His love and His grace, which alone can give to the human heart the fullness of joy.
Jesus wants to make us contemplate the look of that householder: the look with which he sees each one of the labourers waiting for work, and he calls them to go to his vineyard. It’s a look full of care, of benevolence; it’s a look that calls, that invites to rise, to get on the way, because He wants life for each one of us, He wants a full, committed life, saved from emptiness and inertia. God doesn’t exclude anyone and wants each one to reach his fullness. This is the love of our God, of our God who is Father.
May Mary Most Holy help us to receive in our life the logic of love, which frees us from the presumption of meriting God’s recompense and from a negative judgment on others.
[Original text: Italian]  [ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]
After the Angelus
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Proclaimed Blessed yesterday at Oklahoma City (United States of America) was Stanley Francis Rother, missionary priest, killed out of hatred for the faith for his work of evangelization and human promotion in favour of the poorest in Guatemala. May his heroic example help us to be courageous witnesses of the Gospel, committing ourselves in favour of man’s dignity.
I greet you all affectionately, Romans and pilgrims from different countries. In particular, I greet the choir of the Italian Catholic Mission of Berna, the Roman community of Communion and Liberation, and the faithful of Villadossola, Offanengo and Nola.
I wish you all a good Sunday. And please, don’t forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye!
[Original text: Italian]  [ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. September 24, 2017 - 25th Ord. Time - A - #Eucharist - Readings + Video

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 133

Reading 1IS 55:6-9

Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call him while he is near.
Let the scoundrel forsake his way,
and the wicked his thoughts;
let him turn to the LORD for mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts.

Responsorial PsalmPS 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18

R. (18a) The Lord is near to all who call upon him.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
R. The Lord is near to all who call upon him.
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
R. The Lord is near to all who call upon him.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
R. The Lord is near to all who call upon him.

Reading 2PHIL 1:20C-24, 27A

Brothers and sisters:
Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.
For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.
If I go on living in the flesh,
that means fruitful labor for me.
And I do not know which I shall choose.
I am caught between the two.
I long to depart this life and be with Christ,
for that is far better.
Yet that I remain in the flesh
is more necessary for your benefit.

Only, conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ.

AlleluiaCF. ACTS 16:14B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 20:1-16A

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
"The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner
who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage,
he sent them into his vineyard.
Going out about nine o'clock,
the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and he said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard,
and I will give you what is just.'
So they went off.
And he went out again around noon,
and around three o'clock, and did likewise.
Going out about five o'clock,
the landowner found others standing around, and said to them,
'Why do you stand here idle all day?'
They answered, 'Because no one has hired us.'
He said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard.'
When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman,
'Summon the laborers and give them their pay,
beginning with the last and ending with the first.'
When those who had started about five o'clock came,
each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more,
but each of them also got the usual wage.
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying,
'These last ones worked only one hour,
and you have made them equal to us,
who bore the day's burden and the heat.'
He said to one of them in reply,
'My friend, I am not cheating you.
Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what is yours and go.
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?
Are you envious because I am generous?'
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."

Saint September 24 : St. Pacific of San Severino - #Franciscan

Born at San Severino, in the March of Ancona, 1 March, 1653; died there 24 September, 1721; the son of Antonio M. Divini and Mariangela Bruni. His parents died soon after his confirmation when three years old; he suffered many hardships until in December, 1670, he took the Franciscan habit in the Order of the Reformati, at Forano, in the March of Ancona, and was ordained on 4 June, 1678, subsequently becoming Lector or Professor of Philosophy (1680-83) for the younger members of the order, after which, for five or six years, he laboured as a missionary among the people of the surrounding country. He then suffered lameness, deafness, and blindness for nearly twenty-nine years. Unable to give missions, he cultivated more the contemplative life. He bore his ills with angelic patience, worked several miracles, and was favoured by God with ecstasies. Though a constant sufferer, he held the post of guardian in the monastery of Maria delle Grazie in San Severino (1692-3), where he died. His cause for beatification was begun in 1740; he was beatified by Pius VI, 4 August, 1786, and solemnly canonized by Gregory XVI, 26 May, 1839. His feast is celebrated on 24 September. Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia