Saturday, April 7, 2018

#DivineMercy Sunday Mass Online : Sun. April 8, 2018 - #Eucharist - Readings + Video


Second Sunday of Easter
(Or Sunday of Divine Mercy)
Lectionary: 44

Reading 1ACTS 4:32-35

The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common.
With great power the apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
bring the proceeds of the sale,
and put them at the feet of the apostles,
and they were distributed to each according to need.

Responsorial Psalm PS 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

R. (1) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Let the house of Israel say,
"His mercy endures forever."
Let the house of Aaron say,
"His mercy endures forever."
Let those who fear the LORD say,
"His mercy endures forever."
R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I was hard pressed and was falling,
but the LORD helped me.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just:
R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Reading 21 JN 5:1-6

Beloved:
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
and everyone who loves the Father
loves also the one begotten by him.
In this way we know that we love the children of God
when we love God and obey his commandments.
For the love of God is this,
that we keep his commandments.
And his commandments are not burdensome,
for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.
And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.
Who indeed is the victor over the world
but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ,
not by water alone, but by water and blood.
The Spirit is the one that testifies,
and the Spirit is truth.

AlleluiaJN 20:29

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
Blessed are those who have not seen me, but still believe!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 20:19-31

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, "Peace be with you."
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
"Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained."

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord."
But he said to them,
"Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."

Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe."
Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

Divine Mercy #Novena Prayer - SHARE! #DivineMercy


































SHARE – PRAY – DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
JESUS said: I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy. On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls".
  NOVENA - Say for 9 days (can be said at anytime)
Day 1. Today, bring to Me all mankind,especially all sinners, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me. 

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from it. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Oh omnipotence of Divine Mercy,
Salvation of sinful people,
You are a sea of mercy and compassion;
You aid those who entreat You with humility.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.
Day 2. Today bring to me the souls of priests and religious, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave Me the strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them, as through channels, My mercy flows out upon mankind.

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in us, that we may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

The fountain of God’s love
Dwells in pure hearts,
Bathed in the Sea of Mercy Radiant as stars,
bright as the dawn.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company [of chosen ones] in Your vineyard — upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.
Day 3.Today bring to Me all devout and faithful souls, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness. 

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from it. We beg this of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

The miracles of mercy are impenetrable.
Neither the sinner nor just one will fathom them.
When You cast upon us an eye of pity,
You draw us all closer to Your love.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.
 Day 4. Today bring to Me the unbelievers and those who do not yet know me. I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. 

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of pagans who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

May the light of Your love
Enlighten the souls in darkness;
Grant that these souls will know You
And, together with us, praise Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of pagans and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Day 5. Today bring to Me the souls of heretics and schismatics, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart; that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal, and in this way they alleviate My Passion. 

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of heretics and schismatics. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Even for those who have torn the garment of your unity,
A fount of mercy flows from Your Heart.
The omnipotence of Your mercy, Oh God.
Can lead these souls also out of error.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of heretics and schismatics, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Day 6. Today bring to me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who would keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is able to receive My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.

Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.” Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

A truly gentle and humble soul
Already here on earth the air of paradise breathes,
And in the fragrance of her humble heart
The Creator Himself delights.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon the souls of little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Day 7. Today bring to me the souls who especially venerate and glorify My mercy, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over My Passion and entered most deeply into My Spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy. These souls are united to Jesus and carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

A soul who praises the goodness of her Lord
Is especially loved by Him.
She is always close to the living fountain
And draws graces from Mercy Divine.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their spirit, overflowing with joy, sings a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God: Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them, I Myself will defend as My own glory, during their lifetime, and especially at the hour of their death, those souls who will venerate My fathomless mercy.
Amen.
Day 8. Today bring to Me the souls who are in the prison of Purgatory, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice. 

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of the purifying fire, that in that place, too, the power of Your mercy may be praised.

From that terrible heat of the cleansing fire
Rises a plaint to Your mercy,
And they receive comfort, refreshment, relief
In the stream of mingled Blood and Water.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen
Day 9. Today bring to Me souls who have become lukewarm, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: “Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.” For them, the last hope of salvation is to flee to My mercy.

Most Compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love let these tepid souls, who like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Fire and ice cannot be joined,
Either the fire dies, or the ice melts.
But by Your mercy, O God,
You can make up for all that is lacking.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls, who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

Pope Francis "Jesus, forgive me, give me a heart like yours, humble and full of love" to Youth FULL TEXT

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE YOUTH OF THE DIOCESE OF BRESCIA

Paul VI Hall
Saturday, April 7th 2018


Dear boys and girls, welcome!

They say that where there are the boys there is noise, but here there is silence ...

[festive shouts of the boys]

I thank you for your festive welcome. I thank your Bishop for his introduction and the people who accompanied you on this pilgrimage. Thank you all!

I was struck by the words of that young man whom the Bishop quoted a while ago - and whom I already knew from before -: "Do the bishops really believe that young people can help the Church change?". I do not know if that young man, who asked this question, is here among you ... Is he here? ... There is not, all right. But in any case I can tell him and all of you that this question is very dear to me too. It is very important to me that the next Synod of Bishops, which will concern "Youth, faith and vocational discernment", is prepared by a real listening to the young. And I can testify that this is being done. You also demonstrate this to me, with the work that is going on in your diocese. And when I say "true listening" I also mean the willingness to change something, to walk together, to share dreams, as that young man said.

But I, too, have the right to ask questions, and I want to ask you a question. You rightly ask yourself if we bishops are willing to really listen to you and change something in the Church. And I ask you: are you willing to listen to Jesus and change something about yourself? I leave the question to enter your heart. I repeat: are you willing to listen to Jesus and change something about yourself? If you're here, I think it's like that, but I can not and I do not want to take it for granted. Each of you reflects us within himself, in his heart: Am I willing to make my dreams come true to Jesus? Or am I afraid that his dreams can "disturb" my dreams?

And what is the dream of Jesus? The dream of Jesus is what in the Gospels is called the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God means love with God and love among us, forming a large family of brothers and sisters with God as Father, who loves all his children and is full of joy when one is lost and returns home. This is Jesus' dream. Ask: Are you willing to do it yours? Are you willing to do it yours? Are you also willing to change to embrace this dream? [The boys answer: Yes!] All right.

Jesus is very clear. He says: "If one wants to come after me - that is, with me, behind me - deny himself." Why does he use this word that sounds a little ugly, "deny oneself"? Why? In what sense should it be understood? It does not mean to despise what God himself has given us: life, desires, the body, relationships ... No, all this God has wanted him and wants him for our good. Yet Jesus asks those who want to follow him to "deny himself", because there is in each of us what in the Bible is called the "old man": there is an "old man", a selfish ego that does not follow the logic of God, the logic of love, but follows the opposite logic, that of selfishness, of doing one's own interest, often masked by a good facade, to hide it. You know all these things, they are things of life. Jesus died on the cross to free us from this slavery of the old man, who is not external, is internal. How many of us are slaves of selfishness, of getting attached to riches and vices. These are the internal slavery. It is sin, which makes us die inside. Only He, Jesus, can save us from this evil, but we need our collaboration, that each of us says: "Jesus, forgive me, give me a heart like yours, humble and full of love". This prayer is beautiful: "Jesus, forgive me, give me a heart like yours, humble and full of love". This was the heart of Jesus. So he loved Jesus. This was how Jesus lived.

You know? Such a prayer, Jesus takes it seriously! Yes, and those who trust him give surprising experiences. For example, try a new joy in reading the Gospel, the Bible, a sense of beauty and the truth of his Word. Or feeling attracted to participate in the Mass, which for a young person is not very common, is not it? Instead, one feels the desire to be with God, to remain silent before the Eucharist. Or Jesus makes us feel his presence in the suffering, sick, excluded people ... Think about what you felt when you did something good, in helping someone. Is not it true that you heard a beautiful breath? This is given by Jesus. It is He who changes us, it is just like that. Or he gives us the courage to do his will by going against the current, but without pride, without presumption, without judging others ... All these things are his gifts - they are his gifts! - that make us feel more and more empty of ourselves and more and more full of Him.

The saints show us all this. St. Francis of Assisi, for example: he was a young man full of dreams, but they were the dreams of the world, not those of God. Jesus spoke to him in the crucifix, in the little church of San Damiano, and his life changed. He embraced the dream of Jesus, stripped of his old man, denied his egoistic self and welcomed the self of Jesus, humble, poor, simple, merciful, full of joy and admiration for the beauty of creatures. And we also think of Giovanni Battista Montini, Paul VI: we are accustomed, rightly, to remember him as Pope; but first he was a young man, a boy like you, from a country on your land. I would like to give you a task, a "homework": discovering Giovanni Battista Montini as a young man; as he was in his family, as a student, as he was in the oratory ...; what were his "dreams" ... Here, try to find this. Dear boys and girls, I thank you for this visit, which gives me joy, so much joy. Thank you! May the Lord bless you and may the Madonna accompany you on your journey. Life is a journey! You have to walk ... And I recommend: do not forget to pray for me. Thank you! And now I would like to give you the blessing, but first let us pray to Our Lady together: "Hail Mary ...".
Source: Vatican.va (Unofficial Translation)

#BreakingNews Kidnapped Catholic Priest Released in Congo but other Priests still Missing - Please Pray

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) – Fr. Célestin Ngango, parish priest of Karambi kidnapped on Easter Sunday, on the road between Nyarukwangara and Karambi, in the territory of Rutshuru, in the province of North Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been released.
The priest was found around 3 am on April 5, by some villagers from Bunyangula, which is 2 km from the city of Rutshuru. The kidnappers had left Fr. Ngango blindfolded. According to local authorities, the priest was released by the criminals as a result of strong pressure from the inhabitants of the area.
According to a statement from the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), sent to Agenzia Fides, "the priest released was not mistreated and his health conditions appear good. However, he will be subjected to medical tests".
In an interview with Fides (see Fides 4/4/2018), His Exc. Mgr. Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka, Bishop of Goma reported that the kidnappers had contacted the parish of Don Ngango, using the priest’s cell phone, initially asking for a ransom of $ 500,000 then reduced to 50,000.
After the abduction, the parishioners all got together and went into the forest to try to find their curate, but were unsuccessful. It therefore seems that the strong popular pressure forced the kidnappers to release their hostage. There is no confirmation of a ransom.
On 3 April, in a statement, CENCO strongly condemned the kidnapping of Fr. Ngango and asked for his immediate release. "Priests are people consecrated to God to serve others", says CENCO. "Preventing their work means depriving many of our compatriots of numerous benefits".
As Mgr. Ruboneka recalled in his conversation with Fides, in North Kivu "kidnappings happen daily. This is an ongoing tragedy caused by an inhuman business", which does not even spare women and children.
There is still no news of Assumptionist fathers Jean-Pierre Ndulani, Anselme Wasikundi and Edmond Bamutute, kidnapped in their parish of Notre-Dame des Pauvres of Mbau, 22 km from Beni on 19 October 2012 (see Fides 22/10/2012), and Fr. Pierre Akilimali and Fr. Charles Kipasa kidnapped on the night between 16 and 17 July 2017 from the parish of Notre-Dame des Anges of Bunyuka, in the diocese of Beni-Butembo diocese (see Fides 18/7/2017). On 22nd January 2018 Fr. Robert Masinda, parish priest of Bingo had been kidnapped and then freed after a few days (see Fides 22 and 25 January 2018). (L.M.) (Text FULL TEXT Source: Agenzia Fides, 7/4/2018)

#BreakingNews 15 on Bus of Junior Hockey Team were Killed in Crash and 14 Injured in Canada - RIP

UPDATED - Death toll now at 15 as 1 hockey player died in hospital. A horrific crash has left 15 people on the bus of the members of the Junior Hockey Humboldt Broncos Team dead. 14 were injured in the bus crash in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada.   The accident occurred on Friday, April 7, 2018 when a truck collided with a bus carrying the junior hockey team to a playoff game in northeastern Saskatchewan. The head coach was among 15 killed in the junior hockey team bus crash​. Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, who grew up in Saskatoon, told reporters said "You can't make up for loss. It's gotta rip the heart out of your chest. We pray for those families and we're thinking about them." A photo showing three players lying in hospital beds and holding hands circulated on social media Saturday.

An online fundraising campaign set up for family members of the team had raised more than $260,000 Saturday morning. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a Junior 'A' hockey league under Hockey Canada.The players are between the age of 16 and 20. Please Pray for these Families and the Victims.



LIST of Names of Victims:
Darcy Haugan, (Coach), 41
Mark Cross (Assis. Coach)
Logan Schatz, 20,
 Jaxon Joseph, 20, 
Adam Herold, 16, 
Stephen Wack,21, 
Conner Lukan, 21, 
Evan Thomas, 18,
Xavier Labelle, 18,
Logan Boulet, 21
Tyler Bieber (Radio Announcer)
Brody Hinz, 18 (Radio)
Logan Hunter, 18
Jacob Leicht, 19
Glen Doerksen (Driver of the Bus)

Pope Francis "I encourage you to share with the people of our time...the Mercy of God that has loved us.." FULL TEXT to Emmanuel Community

ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS
TO THE COMMUNITY OF EMMANUEL

Clementine Hall
Saturday, April 7, 2018


Dear friends,

I am very pleased to welcome you to your annual meeting in Rome this year. This pilgrimage is a sign of the full participation of the Emmanuel Community in the communion of the entire Catholic Church. It is also the occasion for me to thank you for your fidelity and your attachment to the Successor of Peter, to say to you the appreciation that I carry on your missionary commitment now present on all the continents, and to encourage you to the perseverance for the future.

This future is now marked by the recent recognition of the Clerical Association of the Emmanuel Community on August 15, a structure made timely because of the many priestly vocations that Emmanuel's charism inspired and for greater fertility. evangelism. Far from isolating the priests from other members of the community, secular or consecrated, I express the wish that this recognition will, on the contrary, vitalize this beautiful communion of the states of life which you have been experiencing for more than 40 years, in the complementarity of various vocations. I also invite your Communities to keep an ever closer link with this rich reality of the parish of the place where they live, and that they willingly integrate into the organic pastoral of the particular Church (see Evangelii Gaudium, 29).

The charism of the Emmanuel Community is inscribed in his name, Emmanuel, God with us. It is essentially in the contemplation of the mystery of the incarnation, especially in Eucharistic adoration, that you draw missionary dynamism to announce the good news to all those to whom Jesus offers his friendship. I encourage you to share with the people of our time, wherever the Spirit sends you, the Mercy of God that has loved us to the point of remaining among us. This Mercy of the Lord, always present to his people, asks to be proposed with a new enthusiasm and through a renewed pastoral so that it penetrates the hearts of people and encourages them to find the way back to the Father (see Bulle Misericordiae Vultus, 15). That where your Community is present, the Mercy of the Father is manifest, especially to the poorest - heart or body - healing their wounds by the consolation of the Gospel, by solidarity and attention (ibid.) .

Dear friends, the Emmanuel Community has shown, from its origins, a real dynamism to announce the Good News in a lively and joyful way. I urge you to remain rooted in Christ by a solid inner life and confident in the Holy Spirit who comes to the aid of our weakness and who heals us from all that weakens our missionary commitment; to keep in heart this ardent desire to transmit the joy of the Gospel to those who ignore it or who have left it; to be fully involved in this "Church out" that I call my wishes. "The Church counts on you, on your fidelity to the Word, on your availability for service and on the witness of lives transformed by the Holy Spirit" (Pentecost Vigil, June 3, 2017).

With you I give thanks for all the way that you have traveled under the influence of the Holy Spirit who wants us to be always on the way, and I invite you to always listen to him because there is no greater freedom to be guided by the Spirit and to allow him to enlighten us and to lead us where he wants.

I entrust you all to the intercession of the Virgin Mary, asking her to guide your steps and support your efforts. And I give you the Blessing. And, please, do not forget to pray for me. Thank you.
Source: Vatican.va (Unofficial Translation)

#BreakingNews 3 Killed and 20 Injured in Terrorist Attack in Germany as Van Runs into Crowd - Please Pray

A suspected terrorist attack has occurred in Germany killing 3 people. A vehicle crashed deliberatly into a crowd on a beautiful Saturday in Muenster, North Rhine-Westphalia, German. Three people were killed and 20 others injured, police said. The driver shot and killed himself after the purposeful crash. Authorities are treating the incident as a deliberate attack. The attack happened in the old part of the German city. The vehicle drove into a restaurant's outdoor terrace around 3:30 p.m. local time. Muenster, has a population of about 300,000 people. Ulrike Demmer, a spokeswoman for the German government, said on Twitter. "Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones".   Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in a statement, "Police in Muenster and throughout  are now working hard to investigate the matter." 

Pope Francis "May the Holy Spirit enlighten you on the paths you have to travel..." to Prado Priests

Dear brothers and sisters,

I am very happy to receive you on the occasion of your pilgrimage to Rome, members of the Prado family who give your life daily following the example of Father Antoine Chevrier at the service of the poorest. This meeting is for me the occasion to give thanks to you to the Lord for the road traveled since the time when your blessed founder, seized by the distress of the most deprived of his time, decided to go near them in order to make them to know and love Jesus Christ. The plant has since grown admirably: you are now a beautiful family of priests, sisters and consecrated secular women, distributed in many countries, inhabited by the same love of Jesus who became poor among the poor, and the same evangelizing ardor.

Our age, too, knows its poverty, old and new, material and spiritual, and there are many around us who experience suffering, wounds, distress and anxieties of all kinds. They are very often far from the Church, ignorant of all the joy and consolation that the Gospel procures. The mission to be accomplished with them is immense and the Church is happy to be able to count on the support of Father Chevrier's disciples. I can only approve and encourage the pastoral action you develop according to the charism of your institutes, a charism that touches me personally and is at the heart of the missionary renewal to which the whole Church is called; for there exists "an intimate connection between evangelization and human promotion, which must necessarily be expressed and developed in every evangelizing action" (Evangelii Gaudium, 178).

Pope John Paul II, on the occasion of the beatification of Father Chevrier, in 1986 at Lion, had proposed various orientations, which you know well, to strengthen your dynamism, and that I can only renew. To repeat only one of them, he asked you to "speak of Jesus Christ with the same intensity of faith as Father Chevrier [...] The Poor have the right to be told about Jesus Christ. They have the right to the Gospel and the totality of the Gospel "(Speech to the Prado Institute, October 7, 1986). I like to recall, in fact, that the vast majority of the poor have a particular openness to the faith; they need God, and the lack of spiritual attention to them constitutes the worst discrimination: "The preferential option for the poor must be translated mainly by privileged and priority religious attention" (Evangelii Gaudium, 200).

Dear brothers and sisters, I invite you to come back to the magnificent figure of your founder, to meditate on his life, to ask for his intercession. The authentic spiritual experience he has lived intensely - immense compassion for the poor, understanding and sharing of their suffering, and at the same time a contemplation of the stripping of Christ who became one of them - was the source of his apostolic zeal. It will be that of your missionary dynamism.

May the Holy Spirit enlighten you on the paths you have to travel, reassure you in the face of challenges and difficulties. Confiding your Institutes and all their members to the intercession of Blessed Antoine Chevrier, I pray to the Virgin Mary to keep them under her maternal protection, and I give you with all my heart the Apostolic Blessing.
Source: Vatican.va (Unofficial Translation)

Today's Mass Readings and Video : #1stSatuday April 7, 2018 - #Eucharist


Saturday in the Octave of Easter
Lectionary: 266 

Reading 1ACTS 4:13-21

Observing the boldness of Peter and John
and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,
the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,
and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.
Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them,
they could say nothing in reply.
So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin,
and conferred with one another, saying,
“What are we to do with these men?
Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign
was done through them, and we cannot deny it.
But so that it may not be spread any further among the people,
let us give them a stern warning
never again to speak to anyone in this name.”

So they called them back
and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
Peter and John, however, said to them in reply,
“Whether it is right in the sight of God
for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges.
It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”
After threatening them further,
they released them,
finding no way to punish them,
on account of the people who were all praising God
for what had happened.

Responsorial Psalm PS 118:1 AND 14-15AB, 16-18, 19-21

R. (21a) I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just.
R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.
“The right hand of the LORD is exalted;
the right hand of the LORD has struck with power.”
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.
Though the LORD has indeed chastised me,
yet he has not delivered me to death.
R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Open to me the gates of justice;
I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD;
the just shall enter it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaPS 118:24

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

Gospel MK 16:9-15

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week,
he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
out of whom he had driven seven demons.
She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.
When they heard that he was alive
and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form
to two of them walking along on their way to the country.
They returned and told the others;
but they did not believe them either.

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them
and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart
because they had not believed those
who saw him after he had been raised.
He said to them, “Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”