Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saint October 1 : St. Therese of Lisieux : Patron of #AIDS, Illness, and #Missionaries

Feast: October 1
Feast Day:
October 1
January 2, 1873, Alençon, France
September 30, 1897, Lisieux, France
May 17, 1925 by Pope Pius XI
Major Shrine:
Basilique de Sainte-Thérèse, Lisieux, France
Patron of:
AIDS sufferers; aviators; bodily ills; florists; France; illness; loss of parents; missionaries; tuberculosis

At the age of 14, on Christmas Eve in 1886, Therese had a conversion that transformed her life. From then on, her powerful energy and sensitive spirit were turned toward love, instead of keeping herself happy. At 15, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God. She took the religious name Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Living a hidden, simple life of prayer, she was gifted with great intimacy with God. Through sickness and dark nights of doubt and fear, she remained faithful to God, rooted in His merciful love. After a long struggle with tuberculosis, she died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24. Her last words were the story of her life: "My God, I love You!"

The world came to know Therese through her autobiography, "Story of a Soul". She described her life as a "little way of spiritual childhood." She lived each day with an unshakable confidence in God's love. "What matters in life," she wrote, "is not great deeds, but great love." Therese lived and taught a spirituality of attending to everyone and everything well and with love. She believed that just as a child becomes enamored with what is before her, we should also have a childlike focus and totally attentive love. Therese's spirituality is of doing the ordinary, with extraordinary love.

She loved flowers and saw herself as the "little flower of Jesus," who gave glory to God by just being her beautiful little self among all the other flowers in God's garden. Because of this beautiful analogy, the title "little flower" remained with St. Therese.

Her inspiration and powerful presence from heaven touched many people very quickly. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925. Had she lived, she would have been only 52 years old when she was declared a Saint.
"My mission - to make God loved - will begin after my death," she said. "I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses." Roses have been described and experienced as Saint Therese's signature. Countless millions have been touched by her intercession and imitate her "little way." She has been acclaimed "the greatest saint of modern times." In 1997, Pope John Paul II declared St. Therese a Doctor of the Church - the only Doctor of his pontificate - in tribute to the powerful way her spirituality has influenced people all over the world.
The message of St. Therese is beautiful, inspiring, and simple. Please visit the areas in this section of the Web site to learn more about this wonderful Saint.

#BreakingNews High Ranking Cardinals speak in Defense of Pope Francis and Amoris Laetitia "In Amoris Laetitia there’s no new doctrine.." C. Müller

Two High Ranking Cardinals have recently defended Pope Francis and "Amoris Laetitia" (The Joy of Love). (FULL VIDEO of talk below starts at 38min) At the recent  2017 Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops of Canada,  which began on 25 September at the Nav Canada Centre, Cornwall, Ontario, Cardinal Marc Ouellet gave a talk on Amoris laetitia. Cardinal Marc Ouellet is the Prefect of the Bishops' Congregation. He commented saying “Any alarmist interpretation”  is “a break with tradition,” or a “permissive interpretation that celebrates access to the sacraments”. Interpretations of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Amoris laetitia" should conceded that the papal letter contained no change in doctrine or sacramental discipline, but a pastoral approach. It takes "the goodness of the person" into consideration in their personal circumstances, said Cardinal Ouellet. He said, the document must be "read as a whole". 
"Amoris Laetitia" followed synods on the family held in 2014 and 2015, and “deserves more attention in itself than merely the public debate”.
These comments come after the 62 theologians and Dubia placed objections to this document. Pope Francis suggests that Chapters 4 and 5 are the “centre of the document” according to Cardinal Ouellet. Naturally, the document “must be read as a whole” for the understanding of “limits and extent of the pastoral orientations.” He suggests that critical comments have been “removed from their context.”
“We must re-read Amoris Laetitia in a spirit of pastoral conversion,” and with “receptivity to papal teaching,” to aid the societies that are “far from the faith” to experience the “joy of the Gospel that emerges from faith,” said Ouellet.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was  appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 and held office until 2017. He also recently spoke on AL.  In an Interview with the National Catholic Register he said: 
Magisterial documents are the product of a process of theological preparation; and in former times we were given the names of theologians who had made a draft or had added any points or reflections to it. But in the end, what is decisive is the authority of the Pope. An apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, and all that he says concerning doctrine, has a magisterial authority. It’s binding according to the range of that particular declaration. It does not contain any “new dogma,” but is, rather, an exposition of dogma always held and taught by the Church.
In Amoris Laetitia there’s no new doctrine or explication of some juridical points of the doctrine, but an acceptance of the doctrine of the Church and the sacraments. The only question is their pastoral application in extraordinary situations. The Pope will not and cannot change either the doctrine or the sacraments. What he wants is to help couples in very difficult circumstances as a good shepherd, but in accord with the word of God.
Near the end of the Interview, Cardinal Mueller stated: 
 "But I firmly maintain my fidelity to Pope Francis, to whom I devoted myself as a loyal cooperator."
FULL Video Below with Entire talk of Cardinal Ouellet on AL starts at 38min:

#BreakingNews Pope Francis Reappoints Dubia Cardinal Burke to Apostolic Signatura - Vatican's highest Court

Pope Francis has reappointed Cardinal Burke to Apostolic Signatura. 'His appointment comes three years after he was removed as prefect Pope Francis, almost three years after removing him as the head prefect.This is the Vatican’s highest court. American Cardinal Burke was appointed along with Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Cardinal Edoardo Menichelli, Archbishop Frans Daneels and Bishop Johannes Willibrordus Maria Hendriks. Previously, Burke was prefect of the court for six years. He was removed in 2014 and appointed cardinal patron of the Order of Malta. He was one of the four cardinals who signed the ‘dubia’ requesting clarification on Amoris Laetitia. (along with Cardinal Joachim Meisner (deceased), Cardinal Carlo Caffarra (deceased), Cardinal Walter Brandmüller.
OFFICIAL Announcement from the Holy See Press Office:
Appointment of members of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
The Holy Father has appointed as members of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura the Most Eminent Cardinals Agostino Vallini, Edoardo Menichelli, and Raymond Leo Burke, and the Most Excellent Msgrs. Frans Daneels and Johannes Willibrordus Maria Hendriks.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday September 30, 2017 - #Eucharist

Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 454

Reading 1ZEC 2:5-9, 14-15A

I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked:
there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.
I asked, "Where are you going?"
He answered, "To measure Jerusalem,
to see how great is its width and how great its length."

Then the angel who spoke with me advanced,
and another angel came out to meet him and said to him,
"Run, tell this to that young man:
People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country,
because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst.
But I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD,
and I will be the glory in her midst."

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you.

Responsorial PsalmJEREMIAH 31:10, 11-12AB, 13

R. (see 10d) The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd guards his flock.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the LORD's blessings.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

AlleluiaSEE 2 TM 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Christ Jesus destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 9:43B-45

While they were all amazed at his every deed,
Jesus said to his disciples,
"Pay attention to what I am telling you.
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men." 
But they did not understand this saying;
its meaning was hidden from them
so that they should not understand it,
and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.