Thursday, January 11, 2018

Saint January 12 : St. Marguerite Bourgeoys : #Foundress : Patron of #poverty, orphans, people rejected by religious orders

Feast: January 12 (Canada)
Feast Day:January 12
Born:17 April 1620, Troyes, France
Died:12 January 1700, Montreal,

Canonized:31 October 1982, by Pope
John Paul II
Major Shrine:Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
Chapel, Montreal
Patron:Against poverty, loss of parents, people rejected by religious orders
MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS was born in Troyes, in the province of Champagne (France), on Good Friday, April 17, 1620. She was baptized on the same day in the church of Saint-Jean, a church that was located near her home. Marguerite was the sixth child in a family of twelve. Her parents were Abraham Bourgeoys and Guillemette Gamier, and she was privileged to grow up in a milieu that was middle class and thoroughly Christian.

Marguerite was nineteen years of age when she lost her mother. In the following year, 1640, in the course of a procession held on October 7 in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, she had an unforgettable experience. Her eyes rested on a statue of the Blessed Virgin, and at that moment she felt inspired to withdraw from the world and to consecrate herself to the service of God. She registered, at once, as a member of the extern Congregation of Troyes, an association of young girls devoted to the charitable work of teaching children in the poor districts of the town. While engaged in this apostolate she learned about the foundation of Ville Marie (Montreal) in Canada. The year was 1642, and at that time she sensed a first call to missionary life. This call was rendered concrete in 1652 when she met Monsieur de Maisonneuve, founder and governor of the settlement begun in New France, who was in search of someone who would volunteer her services for the gratuitous instruction of the French and Indian children. Our Lady confirmed the call addressed to her: "Go, I will not forsake you", she said. Thus assured, Marguerite left Troyes in February, 1653, in a spirit of complete detachment. She arrived in Montreal on the following 16th of November, and without delay she set to work to promote the best interests of the colony. She is rightly considered co-foundress of Montreal, with the nurse, Jeanne Mance, and the master designer, Monsieur de Maisonneuve.

In order to encourage the colonists in their faith, she arranged for the restoration of the Cross on Mount Royal after it has been destroyed by hostile Indians, and she undertook the construction of a chapel dedicated to Notre-Dame de Bon Secours. Convinced of the importance of the family in the building of this new country, and perceiving the significance of the role to be exercised by women, she devoted herself to the task of preparing those whose vocation it would be to preside in a home. In 1658, in a stable which had been given to her by the governor for her use, she opened the first school in Montreal. She also organized an extern Congregation, patterned after the one which she had known in Troyes but adapted to the actual needs. In this way, she could respond to the needs of the women and young girls on whom much depended as far as the instruction of children was concerned. In 1659, she began receiving girls who were recommended by "les cures" in France, or endowed by       the King, to come to establish homes in Montreal, and she became a real mother to them. Thus were initiated a school system and a network of social services which gradually extended through the whole country, and which led people to refer to Marguerite as "Mother of the Colony".

On three occasions, Marguerite Bourgeoys made a trip to France to obtain help. As of
1658, the group of teachers who associated themselves       with her in her life of prayer, of heroic poverty, and of untiring devotedness to the service of others, presented the image of a religious institute. The Congregation de Notre-Dame received its civil charter from Louis XIV in 1671, and canonical approbation by decree of the Bishop of Quebec in 1676. The Constitutions of the Community were approved in 1698. The foundation having been assured, Sister Bourgeoys could leave the work to others. She died in Montreal on January 12, 1700, acknowledged for her holiness of life. Her last generous act was to offer herself as a sacrifice of prayer for the return to health of a young Sister. Forty members of the Congregation de Notre-Dame were there to continue her work.

On November 12, 1950 Pope Pius XII beatified Marguerite Bourgeoys. Canonizing her on October 31, 1982, Pope John Paul II gave the Canadian Church its first woman saint.

(Abridged from Vatican News Services)

#BreakingNews over 2.5 Million People at Catholic Black Nazarene Procession in Philippines

In the Philippines, millions of people once again took part in the festival of the "Black Nazarene" in the capital Manila this year. The processions, carrying a 17th-century statue of Jesus, began on Tuesday. For the approximately two-kilometer-long route, which is covered, almost 22 hours were needed in 2017. Up to 20 million people were expected according to local media. There were high security precautions, because of feared Islamist attacks. The figure of Christ of the "Black Nazarene," a kneeling, cross-bearing Jesus, was brought from Mexico in 1606 to the Philippines by Spanish missionaries. The popular statue can be found in the Basilica of Quiapo, a district of Manila.
This year's Traslacion was attended by at least 2.5 million devotees and lasted for 22 hours, according to police. The Church has not reportedly launched a formal investigation into these supposed miraculous interventions of the Black Nazarene, but devotees continue to profess to the public and pass down stories that it holds divine power.  Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, he said devotion shouldn't only end after the Traslacion and instead urged the faithful to nurture a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
 This tradition that dates back to the 1600 is an expression of collective faith, he said. 

#BreakingNews Brutal Rape and Murder of 7 year old girl in Pakistan among growing Abuse in Pakistan - Please Pray


Pakistani Church condemns the 'brutal' rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl

Kamran Chaudhry

Zainab lived in Kasur, near Lahore. Her small body found in a landfill. She was raped several times and strangled to death. Protests against police inaction. An awareness campaign to eradicate "the cancer of pedophilia".

Lahore (AsiaNews) - The Church in Pakistan "condemns the rape and murder of Zainab, a seven-year-old girl". This was stated by Msgr. Joseph Arshad, archbishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi and head of the Pakistani Church, commenting on the news that has aroused indignation across the country. The episode has pushed many users of social media to break the wall of silence that surrounds the issue of pedophilia and rape of minors in the country. According to Msgr. Arshad, "the prevalent mindset cannot be beaten by academic education alone. People should be re-educated about human dignity ".
News of the rape has been reported by media throughout the country. The body of Zainab was found yesterday in a landfill in Kasur, near Lahore. On January 4, the child had disappeared from home while on her way to her Islamic religion class. The autopsy investigations reveal that she was raped several times and then strangled to death.
Her murder has provoked violent reactions among the local population, who denounce police negligence in conducting investigations into the murder. Two people died in the clashes between demonstrators and police. Some videos traced by the family show the small girl hand in hand with a man, still unknown. The relatives complain that if those videos had been acquired in time by the investigators, perhaps the child could have been saved.
The latest data on violence in Kasur has only heightened tension. In the last three years, 720 child abuse incidents were recorded, including 129 cases of rape in 2017. The killer's modus operandi is similar in several incidents, which suggests the presence of a serial killer. For now, the police have collected DNA samples from 90 suspects.
Msgr. Arshad claims that "creating job opportunities for young people can help to reduce the trend of child abuse". Many famous people have expressed their indignation on the social media. Among them, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who tweeted: " Heartbroken to hear about Zainab … This has to stop. Gov and the concerned authorities must take action". Shehbaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab, visited the Zainab’s family and promised them there would be a swift investigation.
This afternoon the Rawadari Tehreek (Movement for Tolerance) organized a march for peace. The procession of 30 activists will leave Lahore and will arrive in Kasur [50 km away, ed]. Yesterday, the group demonstrated against the murder in front of the press club. The banners held called for  "Justice for Zainab".
Fr. Morris Jalal, executive director of a Catholic television station run by the archdiocese of Lahore, suggests a campaign to raise awareness of rape and the protection of children. " he cancer Pedophilia is spreading fast, it is not a new phenomenon. Media has only focused on this evil recently. Easy availability of porn on internet has further aided such mindset. Children attending private tuition of Quran in neighborhood are soft targets. Suffocation in society has created psychos. The families should seriously think about protecting their children. These methods should also be made part of school syllabus".
Text Source: Asia News It report

#HolyMass Etiquette: #Guide of 10 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass to SHARE with Video!

Holy Mass Etiquette: Guide of 10 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass
  1. Hour Fast before Mass. The law of the Church says that one should fast for 1 hour before receiving Holy Communion. Water and medicine can be consumed any time. This is to prepare to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. 
  2. No Food and Drink in Church.  Water is used by the priest or choir and water for those who are ill. Exceptions are made for small children.
  3. Chewing gum in church is not appropriate. Chewing gum breaks your fast, and  is considered impolite in a formal setting.
  4. Make the Sign of the Cross with Holy Water on entering and leaving the church. This sign is a reminder of our Baptism, and thus members of Christ’s Church.  (Touch your forehead, heart, left shoulder and right shoulder while saying In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.)
  5. Dress modestly and suitably. Wear your Sunday Best to Chuch.  Sleeveless shirts, mini-skirts, extremely tight clothing, shorts, see-through clothes and low-cut blouses are not appropriate. 
  6. Cell phones should never be used in Mass. The exceptions are emergencies. If you need to, please walk out of church to do so. It is appropriate to use the phone for readings or prayers, but try to be discreet.
  7. When entering and leaving Church, genuflect toward the Tabernacle. Christ is present in the Tabernacle. With the touch of our right knee to the floor, we adore our Lord and God in the Eucharist. If someone is physically unable to genuflect, then bow. During Mass, if you pass in front of the altar or tabernacle, bow reverently.
  8. Please be quiet in church. Once you enter the sanctuary –try to be silent. If you must talk do so as quietly and briefly as possible. Remember that your conversation might be disturbing someone in prayer.
  9. Bow before receiving Holy Communion. Show your respect with a bow of the head or genuflexion. This is an traditional practice that has continued until this day.
  10. Do not leave early. We should stay to the end of the procession and the hymn that accompanies it. 

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday January 11, 2018 - #Eucharist

Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 308

Reading 11 SM 4:1-11

The Philistines gathered for an attack on Israel.
Israel went out to engage them in battle and camped at Ebenezer,
while the Philistines camped at Aphek.
The Philistines then drew up in battle formation against Israel.
After a fierce struggle Israel was defeated by the Philistines,
who slew about four thousand men on the battlefield.
When the troops retired to the camp, the elders of Israel said,
"Why has the LORD permitted us to be defeated today
by the Philistines?
Let us fetch the ark of the LORD from Shiloh
that it may go into battle among us
and save us from the grasp of our enemies."

So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there
the ark of the LORD of hosts, who is enthroned upon the cherubim.
The two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were with the ark of God.
When the ark of the LORD arrived in the camp,
all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth resounded.
The Philistines, hearing the noise of shouting, asked,
"What can this loud shouting in the camp of the Hebrews mean?"
On learning that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp,
the Philistines were frightened.
They said, "Gods have come to their camp."
They said also, "Woe to us! This has never happened before. Woe to us!
Who can deliver us from the power of these mighty gods?
These are the gods that struck the Egyptians
with various plagues and with pestilence.
Take courage and be manly, Philistines;
otherwise you will become slaves to the Hebrews,
as they were your slaves.
So fight manfully!"
The Philistines fought and Israel was defeated;
every man fled to his own tent.
It was a disastrous defeat,
in which Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers.
The ark of God was captured,
and Eli's two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were among the dead.

Responsorial PsalmPS 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25

R. (27b) Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.
Yet now you have cast us off and put us in disgrace,
and you go not forth with our armies.
You have let us be driven back by our foes;
those who hated us plundered us at will.
R. Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.
You made us the reproach of our neighbors,
the mockery and the scorn of those around us.
You made us a byword among the nations,
a laughingstock among the peoples.
R. Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.
Why do you hide your face,
forgetting our woe and our oppression?
For our souls are bowed down to the dust,
our bodies are pressed to the earth.
R. Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.

AlleluiaSEE MT 4:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 1:40-45

A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
"If you wish, you can make me clean."
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched the leper, and said to him,
"I do will it. Be made clean."
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
Then he said to him, "See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them."
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.