Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pope Francis " difficult times you have to take shelter under the mantle of the Holy Mother of God." FULL TEXT Homily + Video of Mass



Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
Sunday, January 28, 2018

As a people of God on the move, we are here making a stop in the temple of the Mother. The presence of the Mother makes this temple a family home for us her children. With generations and generations of Romans, we recognize in this maternal house our house, the house where we find rest, consolation, protection, refuge. The Christian people have understood from the beginning that in difficulties and in trials one has to resort to the Mother, as the oldest Marian antiphon indicates: Under your protection we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God: do not despise our prayers when we are in trial, but deliver us from all dangers, O glorified and blessed Virgin.

We were taking refuge. Our Fathers in the faith have taught that in difficult times you have to take shelter under the mantle of the Holy Mother of God. In the past, persecuted and needy people sought refuge with high-placed noble women: when their mantle, which was considered inviolable, extended as a sign of welcome, protection was granted. It is the same for us with the Virgin Mary, the highest woman of the human race. His coat is always open to welcome us and shelter us. The Christian East reminds us of this, where many celebrate the protection of the Mother of God, who is represented in a beautiful icon while, by her mantle, she shelters her children and covers the whole world. The monks of antiquity also recommended, in the trials, to take refuge under the cloak of the Holy Mother of God: to invoke her - as "Holy Mother of God" - was already a guarantee of protection and help and this repeated prayer: "Holy Mother of God", "Holy Mother of God" ... Only in this manner.

This wisdom, which comes from far away, helps us: the Mother protects the faith, she protects the relationships, saves in the bad weather and preserves from evil. When the Virgin is at home, the devil does not enter. Where the Virgin is at home the devil does not enter. Where the Mother is present, worry does not prevail, fear does not prevail. Who among us does not need it, who among us is not sometimes troubled or worried? How often is the heart a sea in the storm, where the waves of problems overlap and the winds of concern do not stop blowing! Mary is the sure ark in the midst of the deluge. It will not be ideas or technology that will give us comfort and hope, but the face of the Mother, her hands caressing life, her mantle that shelters us. Let us learn to find refuge, going every day to the Mother.

Do not despise our prayers, continues the antiphon. When we beg her, Mary begs for us. There is a beautiful title in Greek that says this: Grigorusa, that is to say, "the one who intercedes promptly". And this with eagerness is what Luke uses in the Gospel to say how Mary went to Elisabeth's house: quickly, immediately! She intercedes eagerly, she does not drag, as we have heard in the Gospel, where she immediately communicates to Jesus the concrete need of these people: "They have no wine" (Jn 2, 3), nothing more ! So does it every time, when we invoke it: when hope fails us, when joy diminishes, when the forces are exhausted, when the star of life is darkened, the Mother intervenes. And if we invoke it, it intervenes more. She is attentive to the sentences, sensitive to the difficulties - the difficulties of the life -, close to the heart. And never, never does she despise our prayers; it does not let down even one. She is Mother, she is never ashamed of us, on the contrary she is only waiting to help her children.

An anecdote can help us understand it. Near a hospital bed, a mother was watching over her suffering son after an accident. This mother was always there, day and night. Once, she complained to the priest, saying, "But to us mothers, the Lord did not give a thing!" "What?" - asked the priest. "Take on the pain of our children," replied the woman. This is the heart of a mother: he is not ashamed of the wounds, the weaknesses of his children, but he wants to take them on him. And the Mother of God and ours knows how to take on her, to console, to watch, to heal.

Deliver us from all dangers, continues the antiphon. The Lord Himself knows that we need refuge and protection in the midst of so many dangers. Therefore, at the most critical moment, on the cross, he said to his beloved disciple, to each disciple, "Behold your Mother" (Jn 19:27). The Mother is not optional, an optional thing, she is the testament of Christ. And we need her as a pilgrim needs
rest, like a child to be carried in the arms. It is a great danger for the faith to live without Mother, without protection, leaving us to flounder through life like leaves by the wind. The Lord knows it and recommends us to welcome the Mother. These are not good spiritual manners, it is a requirement of life. To love him is not poetry, it is knowing how to live. Because without Mother, we can not be children. And we, above all, are children, beloved children, who have God as Father and the Virgin as Mother. The Second Vatican Council teaches that Mary is “a sign of certain hope and consolation for the pilgrim people of God” (Const Lumen Gentium, VIII, V). It is a sign, it is a sign that God has placed for us. If we do not follow it, we are wrong. For there is a sign of the spiritual life, which must be respected. It indicates to us “still wandering and placed in the midst of dangers and troubles” (ibid., 62), the Mother, who has already reached the goal. Who, better than she, can accompany us on the way? What are we waiting for? As the disciple who, at the foot of the cross, received the Mother, "took her home" says the Gospel (Jn 19:27), we too, in this maternal house, invite Mary to our home, to our heart, to our life. We can not remain neutral or separated from the Mother, otherwise we lose our son identity and our identity of people, and we live a Christianity made of ideas, programs, without trust, without tenderness, without heart. But without heart, there is no love and faith is likely to become a beautiful fable of another time. Mother, on the other hand, protects and educates children. She loves them and protects them so that they love and protect the world. Let us make the Mother the host of our daily life, the constant presence at home, our safe haven. Let's trust him every day. Let's invoke her in every difficulty. And do not forget to come home to thank her! Now looking at her as she comes out of the hospital, let's look at her tenderly and salute her as the Christians of Ephesus have saluted her. All together, three times: "Holy Mother of God". All together "Holy Mother of God, Holy Mother of God, Holy Mother of God".

Top 10 #Quotes of St. Thomas Aquinas to SHARE - to help you in Life!

Top 10 Quotations of Saint Thomas Aquinas
1. “Charity is the form, mover, mother and root of all the virtues.”
2. “If you seek the example of love: “Greater love than this no man has, than to lay down his life for his friends.” Such a man was Christ on the cross.
3. “The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.”
4.“The things that we love tell us what we are.”
5. “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”
6. “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
7. “Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”
8. “To convert somebody, go and take them by the hand and guide them.”
9. "The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love; It signifies Love, It produces love. The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life."
10. "To love God is something greater than to know Him."

Pope Francis "Jesus communicates to us all the light that illuminates the streets, sometimes dark, of our existence" FULL TEXT + Video - Angelus

POPE Francis


St. Peter's Square
Sunday, 28 January 2018

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

This Sunday's Gospel (cf. Mk 1: 21-28) is part of the broader narrative referred to as the "day of Capernaum". At the center of today's story is the event of exorcism, through which Jesus is presented as a powerful prophet in words and deeds.

He enters the synagogue of Capernaum on the Sabbath and begins to teach; people are amazed at his words, because they are not ordinary words, they do not resemble what they usually listen to. The scribes, in fact, teach but without having their own authority. And Jesus teaches with authority. Jesus, on the other hand, teaches as one who has authority, revealing himself as the Messenger of God, and not as a simple man who must base his teaching only on previous traditions. Jesus has full authority. His doctrine is new and the Gospel says that people commented: "A new teaching, given with authority" (v. 27).
At the same time, Jesus is also powerful in his works. In the synagogue of Capernaum there is a man possessed by an unclean spirit, who manifests himself by shouting these words: "What do you want from us, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to ruin us? I know who you are: the saint of God! »(V.24). The devil tells the truth: Jesus came to ruin the devil, to ruin the devil, to overcome him. This unclean spirit knows the power of Jesus and also proclaims his holiness. Jesus scolds him, saying to him: "Be quiet! Come out of him "(v. 25). These few words of Jesus are enough to get the victory over Satan, who comes out of that man "tearing him and crying out loud", says the Gospel (v.26).

This fact greatly impresses those present; everyone is taken by fear and they ask themselves: «But, who is this? [...] He commands even the unclean spirits and obey him! »(V. 27). The power of Jesus confirms the authoritativeness of his teaching. He does not pronounce only words, but acts. Thus he manifests God's plan with words and with the power of works. In fact, in the Gospel we see that Jesus, in his earthly mission, reveals the love of God both through preaching and with countless acts of attention and assistance to the sick, the needy, children and sinners.

Jesus is our Teacher, powerful in words and deeds. Jesus communicates to us all the light that illuminates the streets, sometimes dark, of our existence; it also communicates to us the strength necessary to overcome difficulties, trials, temptations. Think of what great grace it is for us to have known this God so powerful and so good! A teacher and a friend, who shows us the way and takes care of us, especially when we are in need.

May the Virgin Mary, woman of listening, help us to make silence around and within us, to hear, in the din of the messages of the world, the most authoritative word there is: that of her Son Jesus, who announces the sense of our existence and frees us from all slavery, even from that of the Evil One.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

Yesterday from Afghanistan came the painful news of the terrible terrorist massacre carried out in the capital Kabul, with more than a hundred dead and numerous wounded. A few days ago another serious attack, always in Kabul, had sowed terror and death in a large hotel. How long will the Afghan people have to endure this inhumane violence? We pray in silence for all the victims and their families; and we pray for those in that country who continue to work to build peace.

Today is the world day for leprosy patients. Unfortunately, this disease still affects the most disadvantaged and poorest people. To these brothers and sisters we assure our closeness and solidarity; and we also pray for those who assist them and work for their reintegration into society.

I greet families, parishes, associations and everyone who came from Italy and from many parts of the world. In particular the students of Badajoz (Spain), the faithful of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and those of Venice and Veglie.

With great affection I greet the boys and girls of the Catholic Action of the Diocese of Rome! I hope that even making noise, know how to do good things, right? Dear young people, also this year, accompanied by the Archbishop Vicar, by your parents and educators and by assistant priests, you have come numerous at the end of the "Caravan of Peace". Thank you for this initiative. Thank you, thank you so much! Do not get tired of being instruments of peace and joy among your peers! Now let's listen to all the messages that your friends, here next to me, will read.

[reading the message]

[Addressing the two children who read the message]: "Thank you, thank you. Stay here. Greet, say hello, say hello, without fear! "

And now, together with our prayers for peace, each of us in his heart prays for peace. With
these prayers will go up the balloons! [launching the balloons] Have you seen these balloons? When we pray badly, when we bring a life that is not the life that Jesus wants, our prayers do not come and for this it must come help to make them go up. When you feel that your prayers do not rise, seek help from someone. I wish everyone a good Sunday. Please do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye! (Source: Unofficial translation of Release)


Sunday Mass Online : Sun. January 28, 2018 - #Eucharist - Readings + Video - 4th Ord. Time - B

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 71

Reading 1DT 18:15-20

Moses spoke to all the people, saying:
"A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you
from among your own kin;
to him you shall listen.
This is exactly what you requested of the LORD, your God, at Horeb
on the day of the assembly, when you said,
'Let us not again hear the voice of the LORD, our God,
nor see this great fire any more, lest we die.'
And the LORD said to me, 'This was well said.
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin,
and will put my words into his mouth;
he shall tell them all that I command him.
Whoever will not listen to my words which he speaks in my name,
I myself will make him answer for it.
But if a prophet presumes to speak in my name
an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak,
or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die.'"

Responsorial PsalmPS 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9

R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
"Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works."
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Reading 21 COR 7:32-35

Brothers and sisters:
I should like you to be free of anxieties.
An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord,
how he may please the Lord.
But a married man is anxious about the things of the world,
how he may please his wife, and he is divided.
An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord,
so that she may be holy in both body and spirit.
A married woman, on the other hand,
is anxious about the things of the world,
how she may please her husband. 
I am telling you this for your own benefit,
not to impose a restraint upon you,
but for the sake of propriety
and adherence to the Lord without distraction.

AlleluiaMT 4:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light;
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death,
light has arisen.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 1:21-28

Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are—the Holy One of God!"
Jesus rebuked him and said,
"Quiet! Come out of him!"
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
"What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him."
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Novena to St. Thomas Aquinas - Patron of Students - Miracle Prayers to SHARE

Novena prayer 

St. Thomas Aquinas,
patron of students and Catholic schools,
I thank God for the gifts
of light and knowledge he bestowed on you,
which you used to build up the Church in love.
I thank God, too,
for the wealth and richness of theological teaching
you left in your writings.
Not only were you a great teacher,
you lived a life of virtue
and you made holiness the desire of your heart.
If I cannot imitate you
in the brilliance of your academic pursuits,
I can follow you in the humility and charity which marked your life.
As St. Paul said,
charity is the greatest gift,
and it is open to all.
Pray for me that I might grow in holiness and charity.
Pray also for Catholic schools,
and for all students.
In particular, please obtain the favor I ask during this novena.

[Make you request here...]


First Day

St. Thomas, called by God
"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me;
and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me" (Mt 10:37).

St. Thomas, as a young man
you became convinced that God was calling you to religious life.
Although your family was opposed to it,
you were determined to follow God's call.
Even when your brothers kidnapped you
and forced you to remain a prisoner in your own house,
you did not give up but waited patiently for God's hour.
St. Thomas, pray for all young people
who are considering their vocation in life.
Help them to be open to the call of God.
Inspire them to make choices
motivated by love for God
and an unselfish love for other people.
Whatever their state in life,
help them to see their chosen path
as a call to service.
May all married couples, single persons,
priests and religious build up the Church
through lives of unselfish devotion and love.

[Recite the novena prayer.]

Second Day

St. Thomas, lover of purity

"For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness" (1 Thes 4:7).

St. Thomas, you had a great esteem for the virtue of purity.
When your family tried to deter you
from entering the Dominicans by sending a woman to lead you into sin,
you resisted the temptation
and determined to consecrate your chastity to God forever.

Today we are immersed in a culture
that degrades the gift of human sexuality.
Human persons are viewed as objects of pleasure
and their human dignity is devalued.
As a consequence, society tolerates abortion,
disregarding human life at the very outset.
Children suffer abuse
and families are damaged by infidelity.

Pray that our society may once again
value the virtue of chastity.
Pray that those in the media will work
to promote a Christian view of marriage and family life.
May the plague of pornography in all its forms be eliminated.
May Christian moral standards act as a leaven in society
and bring about a greater respect for human life.

[Recite the novena prayer.]

Third Day

St. Thomas, example of humility

"All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted" (Mt 23:12).

St. Thomas, when you were a young student
some of your classmen called you the "dumb ox."
Although you were more intelligent than all of them,
you bore their insults patiently without retaliating.
You were endowed with a keen mind
but recognized that God is the source of all gifts.
You humbly acknowledged your dependence on God,
and begged him to enlighten you
so that you would act only for his glory.

St. Thomas, pray for me
that I too learn to act out of humility
and never from the empty desire
for esteem in the sight of others.
Help me to seek only God's glory
and to act with a right intention.
May I seek to humble myself now,
so that in heaven
I will shine like the stars for all eternity.

[Recite the novena prayer.]

Fourth Day

St. Thomas, devoted to truth

"But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ" (Eph 4:15).

St. Thomas, you devoted your life
to seeking the truth and explaining it to others.
You dedicated your mind to God,
and used it to probe the Word of God more deeply.
Your gifts as a theologian and philosopher
make you stand out as one of the greatest doctors of the Church.
In your discussions,
you made truth your primary aim,
while treating respectfully anyone who differed with you.

Obtain for me too a great love of truth.
Help me to ponder God's word
so as to draw from it the light I need
to nourish myself spiritually.
Keep me firmly rooted in the truth,
and never let me be swayed by false teachings.
I pray also for those who are lost in darkness;
please bring them into the light of truth.

[Recite the novena prayer.]

Fifth Day

St. Thomas, afire with love for the Blessed Sacrament

"So Jesus said to them, 'Very truly, I tell you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you have no life in you"' (Jn 6:53).

St. Thomas, you had a great love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist
and spent many hours in adoration be fore the Blessed Sacrament.
You once said that you learned more from prayer
before the tabernacle than from many hours of study.
The Church owes you a debt of gratitude
for the beautiful Eucharistic hymns you wrote
at the request of Pope Urban IV,
for the newly-established feast of Corpus Christi.

Pray that I too might be inflamed
with an ardent love for the Holy Eucharist.
Help me to always esteem and reverence this wonderful sacrament.
Pray for me that I might always participate devoutly in Mass,
receive Holy Communion with great fervor,
and often visit Jesus in the tabernacle.
Through contact with the Eucharistic Lord,
may my heart overflow with love for God and for my neighbor.

[Recite the novena prayer.]

Sixth Day

St. Thomas, filled with charity

"Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth" (1 Cor 1 3 :4-6).

St. Thomas, you were noted during your life
for the charity you showed to others.
During debates at the university,
you did not ridicule those who argued with you
but treated them with respect and love.
You showed consideration for the needs of other people.
Help me also to be more deeply rooted
in love of God and neighbor,
keeping in mind Jesus' words,
"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another" (Jn 13:35).
Help me to practice this same charity
in a concrete way that does not stop at words,
but is shown with sacrifice.
May it begin first of all in my family,
and then radiate to everyone I meet.

[Recite the novena prayer.]

Seventh Day

St. Thomas, defender of the Church

"...the Church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth" (1 Tim 3:15).

St. Thomas, from your youth you learned to love the Church,
your spiritual home.
In your teaching, you sought to explain
and defend the doctrine of the Church,
making it known through your writings.
You understood that true wisdom
means to let oneself be instructed by the Church,
for Jesus guaranteed that the Holy Spirit
would always be with the Church,
to lead it into all truth.
At the end of your life you said,
"I have taught and written much...
according to my faith in Christ
and in the holy Roman Church,
to whose judgment I submit all my teaching."
Intercede for the Church today,
that it might grow stronger
and more spiritually fruitful in the world.
Raise up holy priests,
religious and laity,
that they may all be the salt of the earth
and the light of the world.
Bless the pope in his efforts to guide the Church,
witnessing to the power of the Gospel
to renew the face of the earth.
May all theologians work to explore the richness of Catholic teaching
so as to show forth its truth and benefit the faithful.
Pray for missionaries as they work to spread the Gospel.
May the whole Church be renewed by the power of the Spirit
to more effectively witness to Christ in the world today.

[Recite the novena prayer.]

Eighth Day

St. Thomas, teacher of prayer

"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving" (Col 4:2).

St. Thomas, you knew that prayer is the source of wisdom
and you spent long hours in conversation with God.
Prayer became your very life.
Whenever you pondered over a problem in theology,
you turned to prayer to seek God's enlightenment.
Now in heaven you see God face to face.
Pray for me, too,
that I might become a person of profound prayer.
Obtain for me the grace
that I might always pray with humility,
confidence and perseverance.
Help me to grow more and more in the spirit of prayer,
so that my whole life may become a prayer.
May I always seek the face of the living God.

[Recite the novena prayer.]

Ninth Day

St. Thomas, patron of students

"For in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind" (1 Cor 1:5).

St. Thomas, God called you
to spend most of your life in academic pursuits,
first as a student, and then as a professor of theology.
In your work as a teacher,
you desired to help your students apply
what they learned to their lives,
in order to grow in holiness.
You realized that knowledge is meant
to draw people closer to God.
In your teaching you sought to communicate the truth,
desiring to help your students become better Christians.

Pray for all students.
Pray for those who may have difficulty in their studies,
as well as for those who can study with ease.
Pray that they may all be open to the truth,
and always seek to better under stand it.
May they grow in knowledge
so as to know God better
and to be able to serve
their brothers and sisters as the Lord desires.
St. Thomas, pray especially for theologians,
that in their studies and research
they may come to a deeper knowledge of revealed doctrine
in keeping with the mind of the Church.
May their lives reflect the holiness of the Word of God
which they seek to more fully under stand.

[Recite the novena prayer.]
Shared from Catholic Doors Ministry 

RIP Archbishop-Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB, 79, Death of Beloved Archbishop at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

ArchIndy Release: Archbishop-Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB, 79, has died at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

ST. MEINRAD, IN – Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB, 79, monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey and archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, died at 12:20 a.m. on January 25, 2018, in the monastery infirmary.
Archbishop Buechlein served as the fifth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis from July 14, 1992 until his retirement on September 21, 2011.
Surviving are his brother, Charles, of Jasper, IN; and nieces and nephews.
He was born in Jasper, IN, on April 20, 1938, to Carl and Rose (Blessinger) Buechlein and given the name Marcus George.
He joined the monastery on August 14, 1958, and professed his simple vows on August 15, 1959, taking the name Daniel. He made his solemn vows on August 15, 1962. He was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. Paul Schulte on May 3, 1964, and celebrated his first Mass on May 24 at Holy Family Parish, Jasper.
After his ordination, Fr. Daniel spent two years in Rome, where he obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with a specialization in liturgy at the International Benedictine University of Sant’ Anselmo.
Returning to Saint Meinrad in 1966, he served as assistant dean of students and chairman of the Division of Religion at Saint Meinrad College. In 1971 he was director of the first national conference for seminary spiritual directors, and coordinated the founding of the Midwest Association of Seminary Spiritual Directors.
That same year, he began 16 years of service as president-rector of Saint Meinrad School of Theology, the last five of which he also served as president-rector of the college. In addition to serving many elected terms on the Archabbot’s Council during this time, he taught courses on priestly ministry and spirituality.
On January 20, 1987, Pope St. John Paul II announced the appointment of Fr. Daniel as the third bishop of the Diocese of Memphis, TN. His ordination and installation took place on March 2, 1987.
On July 14, 1992, Pope St. John Paul announced that Bishop Daniel would succeed the Most Rev. Edward T. O’Meara, who had died that January, as the 11th bishop and fifth archbishop of Indianapolis. On September 9, he was installed as archbishop in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. He was invested with the pallium by the Holy Father at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on June 29, 1993.
During his 19 years as shepherd of Indianapolis, Archbishop Daniel worked to strengthen the archdiocese’s pastoral, spiritual and financial health. He was especially interested in promoting Catholic education, young adult ministry, and vocations to priesthood and the religious life.

Under his leadership, enrollment in the archdiocese’s Catholic schools increased 30 percent to more than 25,000 students, reversing a 25-year decline. Innovative partnerships with Lilly Endowment Inc., campaigns to help fund new education initiatives, and the support of the business community led to improved student performance, which the U.S. Department of Education recognized by awarding 26 archdiocesan schools with Blue Ribbon awards for excellence.
Archbishop Daniel garnered support to keep Catholic schools in the Indianapolis center-city open to serve students from low-income families and the growing immigrant population. He also led the effort to build two new grade schools in the center-city. Archbishop Daniel expanded the archdiocese’s ministry to young adults by starting a Theology on Tap program, adding new college campus ministry programs, and creating new archdiocesan staff positions to provide outreach to young adults.
In 2003, Archbishop Daniel established the ministry of permanent diaconate in the archdiocese. The first class of 25 deacons was ordained in 2008, and the ministry continues to flourish. 
Archbishop Daniel founded the Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis in 2004, to prepare college seminarians for major seminary. The seminary quickly attracted young men discerning a vocation to the priesthood and today has nearly 50 seminarians from 10 dioceses.

Archbishop Daniel also expanded the services of Catholic Charities and social outreach ministries of the archdiocese. The archdiocese in 2009 opened a 30,000-square-foot shelter for homeless families, the Holy Family Shelter, located on the west side of Indianapolis.

The financial health of the archdiocese also improved under Archbishop Daniel’s management. During his tenure, the archdiocese raised $300 million through the annual stewardship appeal and separate capital campaigns to pay for building projects and ministry needs throughout the archdiocese.
After a series of significant budget deficits, Archbishop Daniel guided the archdiocese back to firm financial footing and break-even budgets. He also oversaw the dramatic growth of the Catholic Community Foundation, which oversees the archdiocese’s endowments. During his tenure, 337 endowment funds with a value of more than $100 million were established.
He suffered a mild stroke on March 18, 2011, and was admitted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. On August 1 he sent a letter to the Holy Father asking, for reasons of health, to resign from his responsibilities as archbishop and to return to Saint Meinrad. Pope Benedict XVI granted his request, and the Archbishop took up residence in the monastery infirmary in October.
He continued his office of teaching as his health permitted, publishing in 2013 the book, Surprised by Grace: Memories and Reflections After 25 Years of Episcopal Ministry.

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April 20, 1938: Born in Jasper, IN
August 15, 1963: Solemn Profession as a Benedictine monk
May 3, 1964: Ordained a priest
1971: President-Rector, School of Theology, Saint Meinrad Seminary
1982: President-Rector, Saint Meinrad College, while continuing as President-Rector of Saint Meinrad School of Theology
January 16, 1987: Appointed Third Bishop of Memphis
March 2, 1987: Ordained and Installed Bishop of Memphis
July 14, 1992: Appointed Fifth Archbishop of Indianapolis
September 9, 1992: Installed Archbishop of Indianapolis
1995: Co-moderator of the Disciples of Christ-Roman Catholic International Dialogue
2003: Consultor to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy
September 21, 2011: Pope Benedict XVI Accepts his Retirement
January 25, 2018: Dies at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

#PopeFrancis brings several closer to Sainthood by approval of Miracles including Monks of Algeria

Pope confirms decrees for causes of Saints
On Friday 26 January 2018, Pope Francis received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
During the meeting, the Pope authorized the Congregation to promulgate the Decrees concerning:
- the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Nazaria Ignazia March Mesa (in religion: Nazaria Ignazia di Santa Teresa di Gesù), Foundress of the Congregation of the Misioneras Cruzadas de la Iglesia Sisters; born in Madrid (Spain) on 10 January 1889 and died in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on 6 July 1943;
- the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Alfonsa Maria Eppinger (born: Elisabetta), Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Most Holy Saviour; born in Niederbronn (France) on 9 September 1814 and died there on 31 July 1867;
- the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Clelia Merloni, Foundress of the Institute of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; born March 10, 1861 in Forlì (Italy) and died November 21, 1930 in Rome;
- the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God, Maria Gargani, Foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart; born December 23, 1892 in Morra Irpino, today Morra De Sanctis (Italy) and died May 23, 1973 in Naples (Italy);
- the martyrdom of the Servants of God Peter Claverie, Bishop of Oran, and 18 Companions, Men and Women Religious; killed, in hatred of the Faith, in Algeria from 1994 to 1996;
- the martyrdom of the Servant of God Veronica Antal, Lay person, of the Secular Franciscan Order; born on 7 December 1935 in Nisiporeşti (Romania) and killed in hatred of the Faith on 24 August 1958 in Hălăuceşti (Romania);
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Ambrosio Grittani, diocesan priest and Founder of the Oblates of St Benedict John Labre; born in Ceglie del Campo (Italy) on 11 October 1907 and died on 30 April 1951 in Molfetta (Italy);
Source Vatican News