Sunday, March 11, 2018

Saint March 12 : St. Theophanes : #Chronicler

St. Theophanes
Feast: March 12

Feast Day:February 14
758, Constantinople
Chronicler, born at Constantinople, about 758; died in Samothracia, probably 12 March, 817, on which day he is commemorated in the Roman Martyrology. He was the son of Isaac, imperial governor of the islands of the White Sea, and of Theodora, of whose family nothing is known. After the early death of his parents he came to the Court of Constantine Copronimus. He was married at the age of twelve, but induced his wife to lead a life of virginity, and in 799, after the death of his father-in-law, they separated with mutual consent to embrace the religious state, she choosing a convent on an island near Constantinople, while he entered the monastery called Polychronius in the district of Sigriano near Cyzicus. Later he built a monastery on his own lands on the island of Calonymus (now Calomio). After six years he returned to Sigriano, founded an abbey known by the name "of the great acre", and governed it as abbot. As such he was present at the second General Council of Nicaea, 787, and signed its decrees in defense of the sacred images. When the emperor Leo the Armenian again began his iconoclastic warfare, he ordered Theophanes to be brought to Constantinople and tried in vain to induce him to condemn what had been sanctioned by the council. Theophanes was cast into prison and for two years suffered cruel treatment; he was then banished to Samothracia, where, overwhelmed with afflictions, he lived only seventeen days and wrought many miracles after death.
At the urgent request of his friend George Syncellus (d. 810), Theophanes undertook the continuation of his chronicle, during the years 810-15 (P. G., CVIII, 55). He treated of the time from the year 284-813, and made use of material already prepared by Syncellus, probably also the extracts from the works of Socrates, Sozomenus, and Theodoret, made by Theodore Lector, and the city chronicle of Constantinople. The work consists of two parts, the first giving the history, arranged according to years, the other containing chronological tables, full of inaccuracies, and therefore of little value. It seems that Theophanes had only prepared the tables, leaving vacant spaces for the proper dates, but that these had been filled out by someone else (Hurter, "Nomencl." I, Innsbruck, 1903, 735). The first part, though lacking in historical precision and criticism, which could scarcely be expected from a man of such ascetical disposition, greatly surpasses the majority of Byzantine chronicles (Krumbacher, "Gesch. der byz. Litt., 1897, 342). The chronicle was edited at Paris in 1655 by Goar; again at Venice in 1729 with annotations and corrections by Combefis. A Latin version was made by Anastasius Bibliothecarius, and both were ably edited by de Boor (Leipzig, 1883).

(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)

Pope Francis "God is nearby, Jesus is on the cross to heal us. This is the love of God. Look at the Crucifix and say inside: "God loves me". FULL TEXT Angelus



St. Peter's Square
4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare), 11 March 2018

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

On this fourth Sunday of Lent, called Sunday "laetare", that is "rejoice", because this is the antiphon of entry of the Eucharistic liturgy that invites us to joy: "Rejoice, Jerusalem [...]. - so, it is a call to joy - Exult and rejoice, you who were in sadness ». Thus begins the Mass. What is the reason for this joy? The reason is God's great love for humanity, as the Gospel of today tells us: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not be lost, but may have eternal life" (Jn 3:16). These words, spoken by Jesus during the conversation with Nicodemus, summarize a theme that is at the center of the Christian proclamation: even when the situation seems desperate, God intervenes, offering man salvation and joy. God, in fact, does not stand aside, but enters the history of humanity, "immircles" himself in our life, enters, to animate it with his grace and save it.

We are called to listen to this announcement, rejecting the temptation to consider ourselves as sure of ourselves, of wanting to do without God, claiming absolute freedom from him and his Word. When we find the courage to recognize ourselves for what we are - it takes courage for this! -, we realize that we are people called to deal with our fragility and our limits. Then it can happen to be taken by anguish, anxiety for tomorrow, the fear of illness and death. This explains why many people, looking for a way out, sometimes take dangerous shortcuts such as the drug tunnel or that of superstitions or ruinous magic rituals. It is good to know one's limits, one's own frailties, we must know them, but not to despair, but to offer them to the Lord; and He helps us in the path of healing, takes us by the hand, and never leaves us alone, ever! God is with us and for this I "rejoice", we "rejoice" today: "Rejoice, Jerusalem", he says, because God is with us.

And we have the true and great hope in God the Father, rich in mercy, who has given us his Son to save us, and this is our joy. We also have so many sadnesses, but when we are true Christians, there is that hope which is a little joy that grows and gives you security. We must not be discouraged when we see our limitations, our sins, our weaknesses: God is nearby, Jesus is on the cross to heal us. This is the love of God. Look at the Crucifix and say inside: "God loves me". It is true, there are these limits, these weaknesses, these sins, but He is greater than the limits and weaknesses and sins. Do not forget this: God is greater than our weaknesses, our infidelities, our sins. And let's take the Lord by the hand, let's look at the Crucifix and go forward.

Mary, Mother of Mercy, puts us in the heart the certainty that we are loved by God. She stays near us when we feel alone, when we are tempted to surrender to the difficulties of life. May you communicate to us the sentiments of his Son Jesus, so that our Lenten journey may become an experience of forgiveness, welcome and charity.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

I greet all of you, Romans and pilgrims from Italy and from different countries, in particular the faithful of Agropoli, Padua, Troina, Foggia and Caltanissetta, and the youth of the parish of Saint Anthony of Padua, in Serra di Pepe.

I greet the Brazilian Community of Rome, the cresimandi of Tivoli with their Bishop, the youth of Avigliano and the boys of Saronno.

A special greeting to university students from different parts of the world and gathered in the first "Vatican Hackathon", promoted by the Dicastery for Communication: dear young people, it is nice to put the intelligence that God gives us, at the service of truth and more needy.

I wish everyone a good Sunday. Please do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye!

#BreakingNews RIP Cardinal Karl Lehmann - Bishop of Mainz Germany - former Head of German Bishops

Karl Lehmann was born on the 16th May 1936 – and died on the 11th March 2018. was a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was Bishop of Mainz, Chairman of the Conference of the German Bishops, the highest representative post of the Catholic Church in Germany, and Professor of theology at the University of Mainz and the University of Freiburg. From 1971, he was the co-editor of the international journal Communio. He was a member of the board of the Synod of the Dioceses of the Federal Republic of Germany 1971-1975, as well as a member of the International Theological Commission 1974-1984.
Lehmann was born in Sigmaringen and grew up in Veringenstadt. His father was a local teacher and his mother educated as a bookseller. During his high school years, he lived in the Catholic student home Erzbischöfliche Studienheim St. Fidelis in Sigmaringen.[1] He studied at the Seminary of Freiburg 1957-1964[2] and then at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he earned a doctorate in philosophy, summa cum laude in 1962, with a thesis titled "Vom Ursprung und Sinn der Seinsfrage im Denken Martin Heideggers". He also received a doctorate in theology summa cum laude in 1967, with a thesis titled "'Auferweckt am dritten Tag nach der Schrift' — Exegetische und fundamentaltheologische Studien zu 1 Kor 15, 3b-5". He was ordained to the priesthood on 10 October 1963 in Rome by Cardinal Julius Döpfner.During the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, he served as an assistant to Karl Rahner, and he was also assistant to Rahner at the Seminar for Christian worldview and philosophy of religion at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich from 1964 to 1967.[1] In 1968 he became Professor of dogmatic theology at the University of Mainz, a position he held until 1971 when he became professor of dogmatic and ecumenical theology at the University of Freiburg.
In September 2017, Lehmann suffered a stroke and cerebral hemorrhage which left him in need of care, first at hospital and later at home. He died on 11 March 2018.
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Novena to St. Joseph - #Miracle #Prayer - SHARE - Patron of Fathers, Unemployed, Church and More!

On March 19 it will be the feast of St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus.

The Novena Prayer to St. Joseph begins.
Say for nine consecutive mornings for anything you may desire. It has seldom been known to fail.
*Oh St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so 
strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I
place in you all my interests and desires.
Oh St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful
intercession and obtain for me from your
Divine Son all spiritual blessings through
Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged
here below your Heavenly power I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage to the Loving of
Oh St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you
and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not
approach while He reposes near your heart.
Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head
for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I
draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray
 for us.       Amen
Repeat this prayer and Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory be each day of 9 days.