Monday, April 2, 2018

Saint April 3 : St. Richard : Bishop and #Confessor : Patron of #Coachmen

1197 at Droitwich, Worcestershire, England
3 April 1253 at Dover, England
1262 by Pope Urban IV
Major Shrine:
Chichester Cathedral
Patron of:

St. Richard was born at the manor of Wiche, famous for its salt wells four miles from Worcester, being second son to Richard and Alice de Wiche In order to keep faithfully his baptismal vows, he from his infancy always manifested the utmost dislike to gay diversions, and ever held in the highest contempt all worldly pomp: instead of which his attention was wholly employed In establishing for himself a solid foundation of virtue and learning. Every opportunity of serving others he regarded as his happiness and gain. The unfortunate situation of his eldest brother's affairs gave him an occasion of exercising his benevolent disposition. Richard condescended to become his brother's servant, undertook the management of his farms and by his industry and generosity effectually retrieved his brother's before distressed circumstances. Having completed this good work, he resumed at Paris those studies he had begun at Oxford, leading with two select companions, a life of piety and mortification, generally contenting himself with coarse bread and simple water for his diet; except that on Sundays and on particular festivals he would, in condescendence to some visitors, allow himself a little meat or fish. Upon his return to England, he proceeded to become master of arts at Oxford, from whence he went to Bologna, in Italy, where he applied himself to the study of the canon law, and was appointed public professor of that science. After having taught there a short time, he returned to Oxford, and, on account of his merit, was soon promoted to the dignity of chancellor in that university. St. Edmund, archbishop of Canterbury. having the happiness of gaining him for his diocese, appointed him his chancellor, and intrusted him with the chief direction of his archbishopric; and Richard was the faithful imitator of his patron's piety and devotions. The principal use he made of his revenues was to employ them to charitable purposes, nor would he on any terms be prevailed on to accept the least present in the execution of his office as ecclesiastical judge. He accompanied his holy prelate in his banishment into France, and after his blessed death at Pontigni, retired into a convent of Dominican friars in Orleans. Having in that solitude employed his time in the improving himself in theological studies, and received the order of priesthood, he returned to England to serve a private curacy, in the diocese of Canterbury. Boniface, who had succeeded St. Edmund in that metropolitan see, compelled him to resume his office of chancellor, with the care of his whole diocese. Ralph Nevil, bishop of Chichester, dying in 1244, king Henry III. recommended to that see an unworthy court favorite, called Robert Passelew: the archbishop and other prelates declared the person not qualified, and the presentation void: and preferred Richard de Wiche to that dignity. He was consecrated in 1245. But the king seized his temporalities, and the saint suffered many hardships and persecutions from him and his officers, during two years, till his majesty granted him a replevin: upon which he recovered his revenues, but much impaired. And as, after having pleaded his cause at Rome before pope Innocent IV. against the king's deputies, and obtained a sentence confirming his election, he had permitted no persecution, fatigue. or difficulty to excuse him to himself for the omission of any part of his duty to his flock so now, the chief obstacles being removed, he redoubled his fervor and attention. He, in person, visited the sick, buried the dead, and sought out and relieved the poor. When his steward complained that his alms exceeded his income: "then," said he, "sell my plate and my horse." Having suffered a great loss by fire, instead of being more sparing in his charities, he said, "Perhaps God sent us this loss to punish our covetousness;" and ordered upon the spot more abundant alms to be given than usual. Such was the ardor of his devotion that he lived as it were in the perpetual contemplation of heavenly things. He preached the word of God to his flock with that unction and success which only an eminent spirit of prayer could produce. The affronts which he received, he always repaid with favors, and enmity with singular marks of charily. In maintaining discipline he was inflexible, especially in chastising crimes in the clergy, no intercession of the king, archbishop, and several other prelates could prevail with him to mitigate the punishment of a priest who had sinned against chastity. Yet penitent sinners he received with inexpressible tenderness and charity. While he was employed in preaching a holy war against the Saracens, being commissioned thereto by the pope, he fell sick of a fever, foretold his own death, and prepared himself for it by the most melting ejaculations of divine love and thanksgiving. He died in an hospital at Dover, called God's House, on the 3d of April, in the year of our Lord 1253, of his episcopal dignity the ninth, of his age the fifty-sixth. His body was conveyed to Chichester, and interred before the altar which he himself had consecrated in his cathedral to the memory of St. Edmund. It was removed to a more honorable place in 1276, on the 16th of June, on which day our ancestors commemorated his translation. The fame of miraculous cures of paralytic and other distempers, and of three persons raised to life at his tomb, moved the pope to appoint commissaries to inquire into the truth of these reports, before whom many of these miracles were authentically proved upon the spot; and the saint was solemnly canonized by Urban IV, in 1262.
Source: Alban Butler's Lives of the Saints

Pope Francis at Regina Caeli "Truly the Lord has risen" from Vatican - FULL TEXT- Video

Piazza San Pietro
Lunedì dell'Angelo, 2 aprile 2018
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

The Monday after Easter is called "Monday of the Angel", according to a very beautiful tradition that corresponds to the biblical sources on the Resurrection. In fact, the Gospels narrate (cf. Mt 28: 1-10, Mk 16: 1-7, Lk 24: 1-12) that when the women went to the Sepulcher they found it open. They feared they could not enter because the tomb had been closed with a large stone. Instead it was open; and from within a voice tells them that Jesus is not there, but has risen.

For the first time the words are pronounced: "He is risen". The evangelists tell us that this first announcement was given by angels, that is, messengers of God. There is a meaning in this angelic presence: how to announce the Incarnation of the Word was an angel, Gabriel, so also to announce for the first time the Resurrection was not enough a human word. It took a superior being to communicate a reality so shocking, so incredible, that perhaps no man would dare to pronounce it. After this first announcement, the community of disciples begins to repeat: "The Lord has truly risen. and he appeared to Simon "(Lk 24,34). This announcement is nice. We can all say it together now: "The Lord has truly risen". This first announcement - "The Lord has truly risen" - required an intelligence superior to the human one.

Today is a day of celebration and conviviality usually lived with the family. It's a family day. After having celebrated Easter we feel the need to gather again with our loved ones and with friends to party. Because fraternity is the fruit of the Passover of Christ who, through his death and resurrection, defeated the sin that separated man from God, man from himself, man from his brothers. But we know that sin always separates, always makes enmities. Jesus has broken down the wall of division between men and has restored peace, beginning to weave the web of a new fraternity. It is so important in our time to rediscover fraternity, just as it was lived in the early Christian communities. Rediscover how to give space to Jesus who never separates, always unites. There can not be a true communion and a commitment to the common good and social justice without fraternity and sharing. Without fraternal sharing, an ecclesial or civil community can not be created: there is only a group of individuals who are moved or grouped by their own interests. But fraternity is a grace that Jesus does.

The Easter of Christ blew up something else in the world: the novelty of dialogue and of the relationship, something new that has become a responsibility for Christians. In fact, Jesus said: "From this everyone will know that you are my disciples: if you have love for one another" (Jn 13:35). This is why we can not confine ourselves in our private, in our group, but we are called to take care of the common good, to take care of our brothers, especially the weakest and most marginalized. Only fraternity can guarantee lasting peace, can defeat poverty, can extinguish tensions and wars, can eradicate corruption and crime. The angel who tells us: "He has risen", helps us to live the fraternity and the novelty of dialogue and of the relationship and the concern for the common good.

May the Virgin Mary, who we invoke with the title of Queen of Heaven at this Easter time, support us with her prayer, so that the fraternity and communion we experience in these Easter days can become our style of life and the soul of our relationships. .

After the Regina Coeli:

Dear brothers and sisters,

in the Easter atmosphere that characterizes today's day, I cordially greet all of you, families, parish groups, associations and individual pilgrims, who have come from Italy and from various parts of the world.

I wish each of you to spend these days of the Easter Octave in serenity, in which the joy of the Resurrection of Christ is prolonged. Take every opportunity to witness the peace of the risen Lord especially in regard to the most fragile and disadvantaged. In this regard, I wish to secure a special prayer for the World Day of Awareness of Autism, which is being celebrated today.

We invoke the gift of peace for the whole world, especially for the populations that suffer most from the ongoing conflicts. In particular, I renew my call for those kidnapped or unjustly deprived of liberty to be released and to return to their homes.

Happy Easter Monday! Please do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye and: "Truly the Lord has risen".

Wow #ProLife Hero and Co-Founder of 40-Days for Life becomes Catholic at Easter

David Bereit is a Pro-Life Hero and  Co-Founder/National Director of 40 Days for Life. This Easter 2018 he entered Full Communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Here is his biography:
David became an outspoken pro-life advocate after Planned Parenthood announced plans to build an abortion clinic in his Texas town in 1998.  Planned Parenthood recognized the effectiveness of David’s efforts when it labeled his town “the most anti-choice place in the nation.” David led the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, Texas.
David moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2005 where he served as executive director of American Life League and national director of Stop Planned Parenthood until being asked to lead the worldwide 40 Days for Life movement. 
David is one of the most requested pro-life speakers, inspiring audiences around the world as large as 70,000 people. He is the co-author of the #1 top-rated Christian book: 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done, Imagine What He Can Do. David lives in Virginia with his wife Margaret, and their two children, Claire and Patrick. (Shortened from Equalrightsinstitute)
David Bereit's Public Announcement from his Facebook Page: 

"Behold, I make all things new." -Revelations 21:5.
After years of prayer, discernment, and a whole lot of wrestling with God, I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church at last night's Easter Vigil, with Margaret as my sponsor, Patrick altar serving, and Claire in attendance, along with Margaret's mom, Helen, and other dear friends.
When my mother was alive, she always told my brother and me, "It doesn't matter what color the person you marry is, just make sure you both share the same faith." Margaret and I have always had far more aspects of our faith in Christ in common rather than our differences (our second date, on January 21, 1990, was to attend Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Center at Texas A&M, and we've attended Mass together weekly for all 28 years since) yet I've always had a longing to be more unified in our church affiliation.
With that said, I struggled with many questions, misconceptions, and hangups along the way. I have endeavored to continually learn and grow through prayer, studying Scripture, theology, and church history, reading, and seeking wise counsel. Throughout my life I have also been surrounded by many amazing Catholic Christians whose faithful, loving witness has continually inspired and attracted me — most notably the beautiful example lived out by my incredible wife and wonderful children.
This journey has deepened my appreciation for a wonderful Christian upbringing, my years of experiences within the Presbyterian Church, the time I was involved with Evangelical ministries while in college, and the blessing of getting to work and pray alongside the many different parts of the Body of Christ in my 15+ years of pro-life work. Following a profound experience during an hour of Adoration last September, I attended RCIA classes over the last few months. Lent took on far more meaning than usual for me, as I prayed and fasted more intensely than ever with a focused desire to continue growing closer to Christ. Now I am filled with joy, and am at complete peace, about this next step in my life-long journey of faith.
This news may come as a surprise — both to those who assumed I already was Catholic, and to those who thought I never would be — however, nothing changes about my love and appreciation for, and desire to serve, the entire Body of Christ.
Thank you to everyone whose prayers, encouragement and support have helped me so much along the way.
Have a blessed Easter. Jesus Christ, our Savior, is risen today. Alleluia!! 

Source: David Bereit on Facebook - Photo credit: Anna Harter – mit Claire Bereit, Sunny Joseph, Margaret Bereit und Patrick Bereit – hier: St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.

Free Catholic Movie : Pope John Paul II : Stars Albert Finney

This film's timeline begins with the death of Pope John Paul I on September 29, 1978, and then flashes back to Karol Wojtyła as a young man growing up decades earlier in Wadowice, Poland. The storyline then returns slowly back to 1978, covering Wojtyła's early life, family relationships, his political involvements fighting against Nazism during World War II and struggling against post-World War II Communism in Poland, and his relationship and involvement in the Roman Catholic Church as he becomes a priest, a bishop, a cardinal, and is eventually installed as a pope.
 Pope John Paul II is a 1984 American biopic drama TV movie based on the life of Karol Wojtyła, from his early days as an activist in Poland to his installation as Pope John Paul II. Written by Christopher Knopf and directed by Herbert Wise, the film stars Albert Finney, Robert Austin, Caroline Bliss, Brian Cox, and John Forgeham. The film marks both Albert Finney's American television debut and the first script Finney had ever turned down upon initial reading.

#BreakingNews RIP Family with 6 Adopted Children Dies after driving off Cliff - suspected of Abuse

The SUV of a family with six adopted children was found at the bottom of a California cliff last week. Authorities now believe that it may have been deliberately driven off the road. The bodies of Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 38, and their children were found inside their overturned SUV near a  in Northern California last Monday. The bodies of three of their six children -- Markis, 19, and Jeremiah and Abigail, both 14 -- were found outside the car. Their other children -- Hannah, 16, Devonte, 15, and Sierra, 12 -- are missing. The SUV fell 100 feet into the sea.  Data from the vehicle  indicated that the car had stopped and then accelerated off the road. The family moved in about 10 months ago. Two of the children complained that they were not being properly treated. Child Protective Services were investigating if the children were potential victims of alleged abuse or neglect. They previously lived in Minnesota, where Sarah Hart pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault involving one of the children in 2010. 

#BreakingNews 15 Killed and 83 Injured by Terrorist Boko Haram group in Nigeria - Please Pray

15 persons have been killed 83 others injured in a Sunday night attack by Boko Haram. 13 insurgents were also killed at Bale Galtimari village in Jere Local government area of the Borno state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that gunshots and multiple explosions which lasted for hours on Sunday evening, were heard from the outskirts of the city. Insurgents attacked Bale-Shuwa and Bale-Kura communities near Maiduguri in an attempt to infiltrate the town at about 8: 00 p.m. Some residents claimed the insurgents came on a convoy of utility vehicles, motorcycles and suicide bombers as well as armed gunmen. The source added that the security operatives engaged in fierce gun battle with the insurgents who detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and shot sporadically. "Dozens of people including women and children were wounded from the explosion and gun shots. "Due to darkness dead bodies were not evacuated immediately because there were suicide bombers among the attackers," the added.
DailyTrust/All Africa/Reuters

Remembering Saint Pope John Paul II who Died April 2, 2005 at Age 84 - #JPII

Pope John Paul II, who was born in Poland on May 18, 1920, reigned as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from October 16, 1978 until his death on April 2, 2005.   Saint Pope John Paul II was canonized on April 27, 2013, at a celebration in Saint Peter's Square, presided by Pope Francis. His Feast day is October 22. He wrote: Apostolic Letters‎: ‎45 Encyclicals‎: ‎14 Apostolic Exhortations‎: ‎14. He was the first non-Italian Pope in 400 years. Pope John Paul II was famous for his influence in bringing down the wall in Germany and fighting Communism.  Today is Pope John Paul II day in Ontario, Canada. Pope John Paul II visited Ontario twice during his pontificate of more than 25 years.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : #Easter Monday April 2, 2018 - #Eucharist

Monday in the Octave of Easter
Lectionary: 261

Reading 1ACTS 2:14, 22-33

On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,
raised his voice, and proclaimed:
“You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.
Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.

“You who are children of Israel, hear these words.
Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by God
with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,
which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.
This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,
you killed, using lawless men to crucify him.
But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death,
because it was impossible for him to be held by it.
For David says of him:

I saw the Lord ever before me,
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted;
my flesh, too, will dwell in hope,
because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.

My brothers, one can confidently say to you
about the patriarch David that he died and was buried,
and his tomb is in our midst to this day.
But since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him
that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne,
he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ,
that neither was he abandoned to the netherworld
nor did his flesh see corruption.
God raised this Jesus;
of this we are all witnesses.
Exalted at the right hand of God,
he poured forth the promise of the Holy Spirit
that he received from the Father, as you both see and hear.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 16:1-2A AND 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11

R. (1) Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
R. Alleluia.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, "My Lord are you."
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
R. Alleluia.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
R. Alleluia.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
R. Alleluia.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
R. Alleluia.

AllelluiaPS 118:24

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 28:8-15

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me."

While they were going, some of the guard went into the city
and told the chief priests all that had happened.
The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel;
then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
telling them, "You are to say,
'His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.'
And if this gets to the ears of the governor,
we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed.
And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.

#BreakingNews Catholic Priest Killed in El Salvador - RIP Father Walter Vasquez Jimenez Shot in Holy Week

A Catholic Priest in El Salvador was killed during Holy Week. A 31-year-old priest was shot during a suspected may be a gang killing. Father Walter Vasquez Jimenez was traveling with parishioners on March 29 to celebrate a Holy Thursday Mass in San Miguel. Then their car was stopped by an armed men wearing masks. All the passengers were set free after their belongings were taken, but Vasquez was taken. He was then shot and left to die. Fr. Vasquez belonged to the Diocese of Santiago de Maria in El Salvador. “We’re shocked and very worried about what’s taken place,” said San Salvador Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas.The priest had been threatened previously by gangs. Archbishop  Escobar said he wanted “justice,”.

Saint April 2 : St. Francis of Paola : Founder of the Order of #Minims

Feast Day:
April 2
1416 at Paola, Calabria, Italy
2 April 1507 at Plessis, France
1512 by Pope Julius II
Founder of the Order of Minims; b. in 1416, at Paula, in Calabria, Italy; d. 2 April, 1507, at Plessis, France. His parents were remarkable for the holiness of their lives. Remaining childless for some years after their marriage they had recourse to prayer, especially commending themselves to the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi. Three children were eventually born to them, eldest of whom was Francis. When still in the cradle he suffered from a swelling which endangered the sight of one of his eyes. His parents again had recourse to Francis of Assisi, and made a vow that their son should pass an entire year in the "little habit" of St Francis in one of the convents of his order, a not uncommon practice in the Middle Ages. The child was immediately cured. From his early years Francis showed signs of extraordinary sanctity, and at the age of thirteen, being admonished by a vision of a Franciscan friar, he entered a convent of the Franciscan Order in order to fulfil the vow made by his parents. Here he gave great edification by his love of prayer and mortification, his profound humility, and his prompt obedience. At the completion of the year he went with his parents on a pilgrimage to Assisi, Rome, and other places of devotion. Returning to Paula he selected a retired spot on his father's estate, and there lived in solitude; but later on he found a more retired dwelling in a cave on the sea coast. Here he remained alone for about six years giving himself to prayer and mortification. In 1435 two companions joined him in his retreat, and to accommodate them Francis caused three cells and a chapel to be built: in this way the new order was begun. The number of his disciples gradually increased, and about 1454, with the permission of Pyrrhus, Archbishop of Cosenza, Francis built a large monastery and church. The building of this monastery was the occasion of a great outburst of enthusiasm and devotion on the part of the people towards Francis: even the nobles carried stones and joined in the work. Their devotion was increased by the many miracles which the saint wrought in answer to their prayers. The rule of life adopted by Francis and his religious was one of extraordinary severity. They observed perpetual abstinence and lived in great poverty, but the distinguishing mark of the order was humility. They were to seek to live unknown and hidden from the world. To express this character which he would have his disciples cultivate, Francis eventually obtained from the Holy See that they should be styled Minims, the least of all religious. In 1474 Sixtus IV gave him permission to write a rule for his community, and to assume the title of Hermits of St. Francis: this rule was formally approved by Alexander VI, who, however, changed their title into that of Minims. After the approbation of the order, Francis founded several new monasteries in Calabria and Sicily. He also established convents of nuns, and a third order for people living in the world, after the example of St. Francis of Assisi. He had an extraordinary gift of prophecy: thus he foretold the capture of Otranto by the Turks in 1480, and its subsequent recovery by the King of Naples. Also he was gifted with discernment of consciences. He was no respecter of persons of whatever rank or position. He rebuked the King of Naples for his ill-doing and in consequence suffered much persecution. When Louis XI was in his last illness he sent an embassy to Calabria to beg the saint to visit him. Francis refused to come nor could he be prevailed upon until the pope ordered him to go. He then went to the king at Plessis-les-Tours and was with him at his death. Charles VIII, Louis's successor, much admired the saint and during his reign kept him near the court and frequently consulted him. This king built a monastery for Minims at Plessis and another at Rome on the Pincian Hill. The regard in which Charles VIII held the saint was shared by Louis XII, who succeeded to the throne in 1498. Francis was now anxious to return to Italy, but the king would not permit him, not wishing to lose his counsels and direction. The last three months of his life he spent in entire solitude, preparing for death. On Maundy Thursday he gathered his community around him and exhorted them especially to have mutual charity amongst themselves and to maintain the rigour of their life and in particular perpetual abstinence. The next day, Good Friday, he again called them together and gave them his last instructions and appointed a vicar-general. He then received the last sacraments and asked to have the Passion according to St. John read out to him, and whilst this was being read, his soul passed away. Leo X canonized him in 1519. In 1562 the Huguenots broke open his tomb and found his body incorrupt. They dragged it forth and burnt it, but some of the bones were preserved by the Catholics and enshrined in various churches of his order. The Order of Minims does not seem at any time to have been very extensive, but they had houses in many countries. The definitive rule was approved in 1506 by Julius II, who also approved a rule for the nuns of the order. The feast of St. Francis of Paula is kept by the universal Church on 2 April, the day on which he died. The Catholic Encyclopedia