Saturday, February 24, 2018

Saint February 25 : St. Walburga - Patron of Eichstadt

St. Walburga Feb 25 ( Hist. ) Born in Devonshire, about 710; died at Heidenheim, 25 Feb., 777. She is the patroness of Eichstadt, Oudenarde, Furnes, Antwerp, Gronigen, Weilburg, and Zutphen, and is invoked as special patroness against hydrophobia, and in storms, and also by sailors. She was the daughter of St. Richard, one of the under-kings of the West Saxons, and of Winna, sister of St. Boniface, Apostle of Germany, and had two brothers, St. Willibald and St. Winibald. St. Richard, when starting with his two sons on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, entrusted Walburga, then eleven years old, to the abbess of Wimborne. In the claustral school and as a member of the community, she spent twenty-six years preparing for the great work she was to accomplish in Germany. The monastery was famous for holiness and austere discipline. There was a high standard at Wimborne, and the child was trained in solid learning, and in accomplishments suitable to her rank. Thanks to this she was later able to write St. Winibald's Life and an account in Latin of St. Willibald's travels in Palestine. She is thus looked upon by many as the first female author of England and Germany. Scarcely a year after her arrival, Walburga received tidings of her father's death at Lucca. During this period St. Boniface was laying the foundations of the Church in Germany. He saw that for the most part scattered efforts would be futile, or would exert but a passing influence. He, therefore, determined to bring the whole country under an organized system. As he advanced in his spiritual conquests he established monasteries which, like fortresses, should hold the conquered regions, and from whose watch-towers the light of faith and learning should radiate far and near.
Boniface was the first missionary to call women to his aid. In 748, in response to his appeal, Abbess Tetta sent over to Germany St. Lioba and St. Walburga, with many other nuns. They sailed with fair weather, but before long a terrible storm arose. Hereupon Walburga prayed, kneeling on the deck, and at once the sea became calm. On landing, the sailors proclaimed the miracle they had witnessed, so that Walburga was everywhere received with joy and veneration. There is a tradition in the Church of Antwerp that, on her way to Germany, Walburga made some stay there; and in that city's most ancient church, which now bears the title of St. Walburga, there is pointed out a grotto in which she was wont to pray. This same church, before adopting the Roman Office, was accustomed to celebrate the feast of St. Walburga four times a year. At Mainz she was welcomed by her uncle, St. Boniface, and by her brother, St. Willibald. After living some time under the rule of St. Lioba at Bischofsheim, she was appointed abbess of Heidenheim, and was thus placed near her favourite brother, St. Winibald, who governed an abbey there. After his death she ruled over the monks' monastery as well as her own. Her virtue, sweetness, and prudence, added to the gifts of grace and nature with which she was endowed, as well as the many miracles she wrought, endeared her to all. It was of these nuns that Ozanam wrote: "Silence and humility have veiled the labours of the nuns from the eyes of the world, but history has assigned them their place at the very beginning of German civilization: Providence has placed women at ever cradleside." On 23 Sept., 776, she assisted at the translation of her brother St. Winibald's body by St. Willibald, when it was found that time had left no trace upon the sacred remains. Shortly after this she fell ill, and, having been assisted in her last moments by St. Willibald, she expired.
St. Willibald laid her to rest beside St. Winibald, and many wonders were wrought at both tombs. St. Willibald survived till 786, and after his death devotion to St. Walburga gradually declined, and her tomb was neglected. About 870, Otkar, then Bishop of Eichstadt, determined to restore the church and monastery of Heidenheim, which were falling to ruin. The workmen having desecrated St. Walburga's grave, she one night appeared to the bishop, reproaching and threatening him. This led to the solemn translation of the remains to Eichstadt on 21 Sept. of the same year. They were placed in the Church of Holy Cross, now called St. Walburga's. In 893 Bishop Erchanbold, Otkar's successor, opened the shrine to take out a portion of the relics for Liubula, Abbess of Monheim, and it was then that the body was first discovered to be immersed in a precious oil or dew, which from that day to this (save during a period when Eichstadt was laid under interdict, and when blood was shed in the church by robbers who seriously wounded the bell-ringer) has continued to flow from the sacred remains, especially the breast. This fact has caused St. Walburga to be reckoned among the Elaephori, or oil-yielding saints (see OIL OF SAINTS). Portions of St. Walburga's relics have been taken to Cologne, Antwerp, Furnes, and elsewhere, whilst her oil has been carried to all quarters of the globe.
The various translations of St. Walburga's relics have led to a diversity of feasts in her honour. In the Roman Martyrology she is commemorated on 1 May, her name being linked with St. Asaph's, on which day her chief festival is celebrated in Belgium and Bavaria. In the Benedictine Breviary her feast is assigned to 25 (in leap year 26) Feb. She is represented in the Benedictine habit with a little phial or bottle; as an abbess with a crozier, a crown at her feet, denoting her royal birth; sometimes she is represented in a group with St. Philip and St. James the Less, and St. Sigismund, King of Burgundy, because she is said to have been canonized by Pope Adrian II on 1 May, the festival of these saints. If, however, as some maintain, she was canonized during the episcopate of Erchanbold, not in Otkar's, then it could not have been during the pontificate of Adrian II. The Benedictine community of Eichstadt is flourishing, and the nuns have care of the saint's shrine; that of Heidenheim was ruthlessly expelled in 1538, but the church is now in Catholic hands. Source: Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis to Artists " The Church counts on you to make the Ineffable Beauty of the love of God perceptible..." FULL TEXT


Hall of the Consistory
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Dear friends,

I welcome you on the occasion of the Symposium that you are organizing in Rome in connection with the feast of Blessed Fra Angelico. I thank Archbishop Robert Le Gall for the words he addressed to me on your behalf. Through you, I want to express my cordial greetings to all the artists who seek to "shine the beauty", with their talents and their passion, as well as to the people in situation of fragility who get up thanks to the experience of the beauty in art.

Pope John Paul II writes in the Letter to Artists, "The artist lives a special relationship with beauty. In a very fair sense, we can say that beauty is the vocation to which the Creator has called him by the gift of "artistic talent". And this talent is certainly to be fruitful, in the logic of the Gospel parable of the talents (see Mt 25,14-30) "(April 4, 1999, n.3). This conviction sheds light on the vision and the dynamics of the Diaconia of Beauty, which took root here in Rome, at the time of the Synod on the New Evangelization, in October 2012. With you, I give thanks to the Lord for the way traveled and for the diversity of your talents that he calls you to develop in the service of the neighbor and all humanity.

The gifts you have received are for each of you a responsibility and a mission. You have, in fact, to work without being dominated by the search for vain glory or easy popularity, and still less by the often petty calculation of personal profit alone. In a world where technique is often understood as the main means of interpreting existence (see Laudato Si ', 110), you are called, by means of your talents and by drawing on the sources of spirituality. Christianity, to offer "another way of understanding the quality of life, [to encourage] a prophetic and contemplative way of life, capable of helping to deeply appreciate things without being obsessed with consumption" (ibid., 222 ), and to serve the creation and preservation of "oases of beauty" in our cities too often concrete and soulless. You are called to make known the free beauty.

I invite you to deploy your talents to contribute to an ecological conversion that recognizes each person's outstanding dignity, self-worth, creativity and ability to promote the common good. May your search for beauty in what you create be driven by the desire to serve the beauty of people's quality of life, their adaptation to the environment, the encounter and mutual help (see ibid. 150). I encourage you, therefore, in this Diaconia of Beauty, to promote a culture of meeting, to build bridges between people, between peoples, in a world where so many walls still rise for fear of others. Have your heart also to testify, in the expression of your art, that to believe in Jesus Christ and follow him "is not only something true and just, but also something beautiful, capable of filling life a new splendor and a deep joy, even in trials "(Exhort, A. Evangelii Gaudium, 167). The Church counts on you to make the Ineffable Beauty of the love of God perceptible and to allow everyone to discover the beauty of being loved by God, to be filled with his love, to live and to witness to it in the world. attention to others, especially those who are excluded, injured, left behind in our societies.

In entrusting you to the Lord, through the intercession of Blessed Fra Angelico, I give you the Apostolic Blessing, as well as to all members of the Diaconia of Beauty. Thank you !
Text Source: translation from original French

#BreakingNews 38 Killed during Terrorist Attack on Presidential Palace and Hotel - Please Pray

Deutsche Welle Release: Dozens of people were killed in twin car bomb blasts in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, in what appears to have been a foiled attack on the presidential palace. Islamist militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.
The number of deaths from Friday's twin car bomb explosions in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, rose to at least 38, according to officials on Saturday.
Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted the presidential palace and subsequently a hotel. The attacks follow months of relative calm.
- A vehicle that was loaded with explosives was used to try to breach a checkpoint on the way into the presidential palace Villa Somalia, according to officials who said security forces thwarted the attack. A blast at the checkpoint was reportedly followed by gunfire.
- A second explosion later, which destroyed vehicles outside the hotel as well as the compound's perimeter wall, was reported to have claimed a substantial proportion of the casualties.
- The attack was claimed by al-Shabab in a statement posted online. The group, which claimed to have killed 35 soldiers while having lost five of its fighters, said it was targeting the government and security services.
Security officials claimed they had been successful in thwarting the main thrust of the attack. "The security forces foiled the intent of the terrorists," the AFP news agency reported Abdulahi Ahmed, a security officer, as saying. "They were aiming for key targets, but they could not even go closer, there were five of them killed by the security force."
Al-Shabab aims to overthrow the Somali government and impose its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law on the country.
The group was pushed out of the capital in 2011 by an African Union force, but still controls large parts of the countryside and launches regular attacks, targeting the government, military and civilians.
More than 500 people were killed in twin bomb blasts in Mogadishu in October, in the deadlie st attack in the country's history. Although al-Shabab was blamed, it did not claim responsibility for the attack.
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#BreakingNews Catholic Priest Murdered in Berlin, Germany - RIP Fr. Alain-Florent Gandoulou

A francophone priest from Congo was killed Thursday night in Berlin and his alleged murderer arrested but the reasons for the crime remain unknown, said the police and his parish Friday.

The victim of 54 years is the parish priest of the French Catholic Parish of Berlin, Alain-Florent Gandoulou, according to the French Catholic Communities in the world who announced his death on their Facebook page.

The Berlin police discovered a lifeless body after a phone call Thursday night reporting a violent dispute between two men speaking in French.

According to Berlin public radio Rbb, the violent altercation took place in a priest's office.

Friday noon, more than 12 hours after the crime, police arrested a man on the roof of a Berlin building, suspected of being the author of the murder.

Created after the war for French soldiers and their families stationed in West Berlin, the Catholic Francophone parish of Berlin now hosts many Catholic and Francophone Africans living in the German capital.
Edited from Vatican News France

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday February 24, 2018 - #Eucharist

Saturday of the First Week of Lent
Lectionary: 229

Reading 1DT 26:16-19

Moses spoke to the people, saying:
"This day the LORD, your God,
commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.
Be careful, then,
to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:
he is to be your God and you are to walk in his ways
and observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,
and to hearken to his voice.
And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:
you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;
and provided you keep all his commandments,
he will then raise you high in praise and renown and glory
above all other nations he has made,
and you will be a people sacred to the LORD, your God,
as he promised."

Responsorial PsalmPS 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8

R. (1b) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
who seek him with all their heart.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
You have commanded that your precepts
be diligently kept.
Oh, that I might be firm in the ways
of keeping your statutes!
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
I will give you thanks with an upright heart,
when I have learned your just ordinances.
I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Verse Before The Gospel2 COR 6:2B

Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.

GospelMT 5:43-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
"You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies,
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers and sisters only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."

RIP Monsignor Victor George Bonnell - Beloved Priest Dies at age 89

1928 - 2018
ICatholic Release:  Cleveland, Ohio native and longtime priest of the RomanCatholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah, Monsignor VictorG. Bonnell, died on February 23, 2018 at Jenning’s Catholic Nursing Home, Garfiled Heights, Ohio, following a longillness.  Following his Utah retirement on June 19, 2011, here turned to Cleveland to be closer to family members.  While there he continued to do weekend ministry atvarious parishes.
Monsignor Bonnell was born June 19, 1928 in Cleveland ofMichael A. Bonnell and Bertha Levandusky Bonnell.  He issurvived by family members he dearly loved.
Monsignor attended Saint Philomena Grade School and Cathedral Latin High School in Cleveland and received his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University.  He served in the   Army from 1951-1953 in Hawaii, Korea and Oklahoma.  After receiving a Master's Degree in American History at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., he entered Saint Mary's Seminary,  Baltimore, Maryland for the study of theology.
Following his ordination as a priest for the Diocese of Salt Lake City on May 28, 1960 in the Cathedral ofSaint John The Evangelist in Cleveland, Ohio, Monsignor Bonnell traveled to Salt Lake City where he began his ministry as assistant pastor at Our  Lady of Lourdes Parish from 1960-1966, where he oversaw construction of the new elementary school.  He then served Eastern Utah as pastor  of Saint James the Greater Parish in Vernal from 1966-1971 and Saint Mary's Parish in Park City from 1971-1972.
In 1972 Monsignor was named founding pastor of Saint Peter and Paul Parish in West Valley City, where he oversaw fundraising and construction of the new rectory and parish center.      Following that he served from 1983-1988 as chaplain at the Utah State Prison, Salt Lake County Jail and two youth     correctional Institutions where he confirmed his reputation as an exemplary priest who provided outstanding pastoral care.
In 1989 Monsignor accepted the difficult task of replacing the Paulist Fathers at Saint   Rose of Lima Parish in Layton.  There he relocated the parish plant at a new site and    began construction of the facilities.  He served there twenty-two and a half years, during which time he raised millions of dollars to build a modern   church complex with its education center.  During this time Monsignor also served as Northern Utah Dean, Diocesan Consultor, on the Priest's Personnel Board  and other committees.   He was active in ecumenical affairs. Heserved us the Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary Curia and Chaplain of the Swords.
In 2001, Monsignor was a named Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II, in recognition of his outstandingservice to the Catholic Church.  Monsignor was also a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.
Monsignor Bonnell was a person of integrity who lived by the high standards he expected of others.  He waswell read, worked hard, and focused on serving the diverse pastoral needs of his parishioners.  Few of hiscontemporaries had the financial expertise or talent for construction that were his special gifts.
At his golden jubilee celebration as a priest in 2010, family and friends spoke of their love for him. They knewMonsignor as a faithful priest who could change with the times yet always observed the traditions of theCatholic Faith.  They knew him to be generous, humorous, hardworking and compassionate.  His commitment to the priesthood was his life.  May  the resurrection Monsignor preached be his.  May he rest in peace.

Funeral arrangements pending.
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