Sunday, April 15, 2018

Happy Birthday Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI - #BenedictXVI

Happy Birthday Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI age 91Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger turned 78 when he was elected Pope. 
Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger was born on 16 April, Holy Saturday, 1927, in Marktl, Bavaria, Germany. He was baptised the same day. Pope Benedict XVI's brother, Georg Ratzinger, is a priest. His sister, Maria Ratzinger, who never married, managed Cardinal Ratzinger's household until her death in 1991. Benedict XVI is now Pope Emeritus of the Catholic Church. He was Pope from 2005 to 2013. Benedict XVI was elected on 19 April 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II. He was ordained as a priest in 1951 in Bavaria, Germany. Benedict XVI currently lives in the Residence Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican His parents were Joseph Ratzinger, Sr. and Maria Ratzinger (born: Peintner)

BENEDICT XVI with Pope Francis

Saint April 16 : St. Benedict Joseph Labre - Patron of #Mental illness, #Bachelors and Homeless

St. Bendict Joseph Labre
Feast: April 16

Information:Feast Day:
April 16
25 March 1748 at Amettes, Boulogne, France
17 April 1783 at Rome
8 December 1883 by Pope Leo XIII
Major Shrine:
Tomb at Santa Maria ai Monti
Patron of:
Unmarried men, rejects, mental illness, mentally ill people, insanity, beggars, hobos, the homeless
Born 26 March, 1748 at Amettes in the Diocese of Boulogne, France; died in Rome 16 April, 1783.
He was the eldest of fifteen children. His parents, Jean-Baptiste Labre and Anne-Barba Grandsire, belonged to the middle class and so were able to give to their numerous offspring considerable opportunities in the way of education. His early training he received in his native village in a school conducted by the vicar of the parish. The account of this period furnished in the life written by his confessor, Marconi, and that contained in the one compiled from the official processes of his beatification are at one in emphasizing the fact that he exhibited a seriousness of thought and demeanor far beyond his years. Even at that tender age he had begun to show a marked predilection for the spirit of mortification, with an aversion for the ordinary childish amusements, and he seems from the very dawning of reason to have had the liveliest horror for even the smallest sin. All this we are told was coexistent with a frank and open demeanor and a fund of cheerfulness which remained unabated to the end of his life.
At the age of twelve his education was taken over by his paternal uncle, François-Joseph Labre, curé of Erin, with whom he then went to live. During the six following years which he spent under his uncle's roof, he made considerable progress in the study ofLatin, history, etc. but found himself  unable to conquer a constantly growing distaste for any form of knowledge which did not make directly for union with God. A love of solitude, a generous employment of austerities and devotedness to his religious exercises were discernible as distinguishing features of his life at this time and constitute an intelligible prelude to his subsequent career.
At the age of sixteen he resolved to embrace a religious life as a Trappist, but having on the advice of his uncle returned to Amettes to submit his design to his parents for their approval he was unable to win their consent. He therefore resumed his sojourn in the rectory at Erin, redoubling his penances and exercises of piety and in every way striving to make ready for the life of complete self-annihilation to which the voice within his soul seemed to be calling him.
After the heroic death of his uncle during an epidemic in September 1766, Benedict, who had dedicated himself during the scourge to the service of the sick and dying, returned to Amettes in November of the same year. His absorbing thought at this time was still to become a religious at La Trappe, and his parents fearing that further opposition would be resistance to the will of God fell in with his proposal to enter the cloister. It was suggested, how ever, by his maternal uncle, the Abbé Vincent, that application be made to the Carthusians at Val-Sainte-Aldegonde rather than to La Trappe. Benedict's petition at Val-Sainte-Aldegonde was unsuccessful but he was directed to another monastery of the same order at Neuville. There he was told that as he was not yet twenty there was no hurry, and that he must first learn plain-chant and logic. During the next two years he applied twice unsuccessfully to be received at La Trappe and was for six weeks as a postulant with the Carthusians at Neuville, he finally sought and obtained admission to the Cistercian Abbey of Sept-Fonts in November, 1769. After a short stay at Sept-Fonts during which his exactness in religious observance and humility endeared him to the whole community, his health gave way, and it was decided that his vocation lay elsewhere. In accordance with a resolve formed during his convalescence he then set out for Rome. From Chieri in Piedmont he wrote to his parents a letter which proved to be the last they would ever receive from him. In it he informed them of his design to enter some one of the many monasteries in Italy noted for their special rigor of life. A short time, however, after the letter was dispatched he seems to have had an internal illumination which set at rest forever any doubts he might have as to what his method of living was to be. He then understood "that it was God's will that like St. Alexis he should abandon his country, his parents, and whatever is flattering in the world to lead a new sort of life, a life most painful, most penitential, not in a wilderness nor in a cloister, but in the midst of the world, devoutly visiting as a pilgrim the famous places of Christian devotion". He repeatedly submitted this extraordinary inspiration to the judgment of experienced confessors and was told he might safely conform to it. Through the years that followed he never wavered in the conviction that this was the path appointed for him by God. He set forward on his life's journey clad in an old coat, a rosary about his neck, another between his fingers, his arms folded over a crucifix which lay upon his breast. In a small wallet he carried a Testament, a breviary, which it was his wont to recite daily, a copy of the "Imitation of Christ", and some other pious books. Clothing other than that which covered his person he had none. He slept on the ground and for the most part in the open air. For food he was satisfied with a piece of bread or some herbs, frequently taken but once a day, and either provided by charity or gotten from some refuse heap. He never asked for alms and was anxious to give away to the poor whatever he received in excess of his scanty wants. The first seven of the thirteen remaining years of his life were spent in pilgrimages to the more famous shrines of Europe. He visited in this way Loreto, Assisi, Naples, Bari, Fabriano in Italy; Einsiedeln in Switzerland; Compostella in Spain; Parav-le-Monial in France. The last six years he spent in Rome, leaving it only once a year to visit the Holy House of Loreto. His unremitting and ruthless self-denial, his unaffected humility, unhesitating obedience and perfect spirit of union with God in prayer disarmed suspicion not unnaturally aroused as to the genuineness of a Divine call to so extraordinary a way of existence. Literally worn out by his sufferings and austerities, on the 16th of April 1783, he sank down on the steps of the church of Santa Maria dei Monti in Rome and, utterly exhausted, was carried to a neighboring house where he died. His death was followed by a multitude of unequivocal miracles attributed to his intercession. The life written by his confessor, Marconi, an English version of which bears the date of 1785, witnesses to 136 miraculous cures as having been certified to up to 6 July, 1783. So remarkable, indeed, was the character of the evidence for some of the miracles that they are said to have had no inconsiderable part in finally determining the conversion of the celebrated American convert, Father John Thayer, of Boston who was in Rome at the time of the saint's death. Benedict has proclaimed Venerable by Pius IX in 1859 and canonized by Leo XIII 8 December, 1881. His feast is kept on the 16th of April, the day of his death.
(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)

Pope Francis at Mass "The Lord always awaits us with love, with mercy...." and Meeting with Sick with FULL Text/Video

Blessing Meeting with the elderly and sick - Parish priest: 
Your Holiness, we find - paraphrasing San Lorenzo - the treasure of St. Paul of the Cross, of our parish: the poor and the elderly. We have 100 families that every month help with the monthly package, thanks also to the support of the Knights of Malta, who take the task of helping the poorest ones; we help them, when possible, in all the material forms, then bills and things like that, but also in the intangible ones, for example: necessity from a psychological point of view, when it is the case, or simply a chat, because one of the main problems of this parish is also the solitude of older people. And being a neighborhood that is becoming elderly, then I am in a big majority. Unfortunately, we had to give a representation: these are only 100. She spoke to his, Holiness.
Pope Francis:
 I was with the young people: they were restless, asking questions. Now I am with you, you are calmer ... Go forward slowly, because life has taught you, you have experience. Someone says that young people run, but the elderly know, they know the way. And you know the ways of life: so many good roads, [others] not so good, and also the sufferings, even the privations ... The Lord loves you, and what the parish does with you is a duty, it is a duty . Because those who need it most are at the center of the parish and at the center of the Gospel. And that's why I like what the parish priest said about the work he's doing with you. I know that each of you has so many problems, or illnesses, or sorrows, or spiritual problems, of family, so many things that we all know. Everyone has their own pain, everyone has their own scourge, everyone. But this does not take away your hope and does not take away your joy, because Jesus came to "pay" our sores with his wounds. And this is joy: Jesus paid for us, is near us, loves us and when we are with our pain, with our problems we think of the problems and pains of Jesus, with whom he wanted to pay for all we; and let's move on. And we also do good to others: we can all do good, everyone. Beginning with prayer for others, and also doing good to others. All. And let's do it joyfully, the joy of being a Christian. Thank you for coming to the parish. The parish priest said that you are the treasure of the parish. Come on! Let us pray to Our Lady to keep this treasure. "Hail Mary or ..." [Blessing] And pray for me, please! But pray for it, and not against it! [laughs, laughs] 
Homily during the Eucharistic Concelebration 
The disciples knew that Jesus had risen, because Mary Magdalene had said it in the morning; then Peter had seen him; then the disciples who had returned from Emmaus had recounted the meeting with the resurrected Jesus. They knew it: it has risen and lives. But that truth had not entered the heart. That truth, yes, they knew it, but they doubted. They preferred to have that truth in their mind, perhaps. It is less dangerous to have a truth in the mind than to have it in your heart. It is less dangerous. They were all gathered together and the Lord appeared. And they first got scared and thought he was a ghost. But Jesus himself said to them: "No, look, touch me. See the sores. A ghost has no body. See, it's me! ". But why did not they believe? Why did they doubt? There is a word in the Gospel that gives us the explanation: "But for joy they still did not believe and were full of amazement ...". For joy they could not believe. It was so much joy! If this is truth, it is an immense joy! "Ah, I do not believe it. I can not". They could not believe there was so much joy; the joy that leads to Christ. It happens to us when they give us good news. Before welcoming it to the heart we say: "Is it true? But how do you know? Where did you hear it? ". We do it to be sure, because, if this is true, it is a great joy. What happens to us in the small, you imagine the disciples! It was so much joy that it was better to say: "No, I do not believe it". But it was there! Yes, but they could not. They could not accept; they could not let the truth they saw pass through their hearts. And in the end, of course, they believed. And this is the "renewed youth" that the Lord gives us. In the Colletta oration we talked about it: the "renewed youth". We are used to age with sin ... Sin ages the heart, always. It makes you a hard, old, tired heart. Sin tires the heart and we lose a little faith in the Risen Christ: "No, I do not think ... This would be so much joy ... Yes, yes, he is alive, but he is in Heaven for his affairs ...". But his business is me! Each of us! But this connection we are not able to do it. In the second reading, the apostle John says: "If someone has sinned we have an advocate with the Father". Do not be afraid, he forgives. He renews us. Sin ages us, but Jesus, risen, alive, renews us. This is the strength of the risen Jesus. When we approach the sacrament of Penance it is to be renewed, to rejuvenate. And this is what the risen Jesus does. It is the risen Jesus who is today among us: he will be here on the altar; it is in the Word ... And on the altar it will be like this: risen! It is Christ who wants to defend us, the Lawyer, when we have sinned, to rejuvenate ourselves. Brothers and sisters, we ask for the grace to believe that Christ is alive, He is risen! This is our faith, and if we believe this, other things are secondary. This is our life, this is our true youth. Christ's victory over death, Christ's victory over sin. Christ is alive. "Yes, yes, now I will do the Communion ...". But when you make Communion, are you sure that Christ is alive there, has risen? "Yes, it's a bit of blessed bread ..." No, it's Jesus! Christ is alive, he has risen in If we do not believe this, we will never be good Christians, we will not be able to be. "But because they did not believe in joy and they were full of amazement". We ask the Lord for the grace that joy does not stop us from believing, the grace to touch the risen Jesus: to touch him in the encounter through prayer; in the encounter through the sacraments; in the encounter with his forgiveness which is the renewed youth of the Church; in the meeting with the sick, when we go to visit them, with the prisoners, with those who are the most needy, with the children, with the elderly. If we feel the desire to do something good, it is the risen Jesus who pushes us to this. It is always the joy, the joy that makes us young. We ask for the grace of being a joyful community, because each one of us is sure, has faith, has met the Risen Christ. Final greeting Thank you so much for your company, for being there. Thank you. Thank you so much for the welcome and for the things you showed me today. I carry you in my heart and I promise to pray; and I also ask you to pray for me. And let's move on, let's move on. We all need each other, everyone. Together, forward. Sins? We all have it. Want to serve Jesus and be good? We all have it. Go on. The Lord always awaits us with love, with mercy, to make us younger. Now, if you want, let us pray to Our Lady and then I give you my blessing. "Hail Mary ..." Blessing Good evening! Source: - Unofficial Translation

Pope Francis "It’s the greeting of the Risen Christ, who gives us peace: “Peace be with you!” FULL TEXT + Video

Before the Regina Coeli:
 Dear Brothers and Sister, good morning!
At the center of this third Sunday of Easter is the experience of the Risen One made by His disciples, all together. This is evidenced especially by the Gospel, which introduces us once again in the Cenacle, where Jesus manifests Himself to His Apostles, addressing this greeting to them: “Peace be with you!” (Luke 24:36). It’s the greeting of the Risen Christ, who gives us peace: “Peace be with you!” It’s about interior peace, as well as that peace established in relations with people.
The episode narrated by the evangelist Luke emphasizes a lot the realism of the Resurrection. Jesus isn’t a ghost. In fact, it’s not about an apparition of Jesus’ spirit, but of His real presence with a risen body.
Jesus realizes that the Apostles are disturbed on seeing Him, that they are disconcerted because the reality of the Resurrection is inconceivable to them. They think they see a ghost, but the Risen Jesus isn’t a ghost, He is a man with body and soul. Therefore, to convince them, He says to them: “See my hands and my feet — He makes them see the wounds — that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have” (v. 39). And because, the Gospel also says something interesting: The joy was so great that they has within that they couldn’t believe this joy: No, it can’t be! It can’t be so!
So much joy isn’t possible! And, to convince them Jesus says to them: “Have you anything here to eat?” (v. 41). They offer him broiled fish; Jesus takes it and eats it before them, to convince them.
Jesus’ insistence on the reality of His Resurrection illumines the Christian perspective on the body: the body isn’t an obstacle or a prison of the soul. God has created the body, and man isn’t complete except in the union of body and soul. Jesus, who has overcome death and has risen in body and soul, makes us understand that we must have a positive idea of our body. It can become the occasion or instrument of sin; however, sin isn’t caused by the body, but rather by our moral weakness. The body is a stupendous gift of God, destined, in union with the soul, to express in fullness His image and likeness. Therefore, we are called to have great respect and care of our body and that of others.
Every offense or wound or violence to our neighbour’s body, is an insult to God the Creator! My thought goes, in particular, to the children, the women <and> the elderly mistreated in body. In these persons’ flesh we find the body of Christ. Jesus, wounded, derided, slandered, humiliated, scourged <and> crucified . . . Jesus has taught us love. A love that, in His Resurrection, has shown itself more powerful than sin and death, and He wants to rescue all those that experience in their own body the slaveries of our times.
In a world where too many times arrogance prevails against the weakest and a materialism <exists> that suffocates the spirit, today’s Gospel calls us to be persons able to look in depth, full of wonder and great joy, for having encountered the Risen Lord. It call sus to be persons that know how to receive and value the novelty of life that He sows in history, to orient it to new Heavens and a new earth.  May the Virgin Mary, to whose maternal intercession we entrust ourselves with confidence, support us on this path.
[Original text: Italian]  [Blog Entry SHARE of ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

  After the Regina Coeli:
 Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Proclaimed Blessed today in Vohipeno, Madagascar, is the martyr Luciano Botovasoa, father of a family, coherent witness of Christ to the heroic giving of his life. Arrested and killed for having expressed his wish to remain faithful to the Lord and to the Church, he represents for all of us an example of charity and of fortitude in the faith.
I am profoundly disturbed by the present world situation, in which, notwithstanding the instruments at the disposition of the International Community, there is difficulty in agreeing to a common action in favour of peace in Syria and in other regions of the world. . While I pray incessantly for peace, and I invite all persons of good will to continue doing so, I appeal again to all political leaders, so that justice and peace prevail.
I received with grief the news of the killing of three men kidnapped at the end of March on the border between Ecuador and Colombia. I pray for them and for their families, and I am close to the dear Ecuadorian people, encouraging them to go forward united and peacefully, with the help of the Lord and of His Most Holy Mother.
I entrust to your prayer persons such as Vincent Lambert in France, little Alfie Evans in England, and others in several countries who live, sometimes for a long time, in a state of grave illness, assisted medically for their primary needs. They are delicate situations, very painful and complex.  Let us pray so that every sick <person> is always respected in his dignity and cared for in a way adapted to his condition, with the harmonious contribution of the family, of doctors and of other health workers, with great respect for life.
I greet you all affectionately, pilgrims from Italy and from so many places of the world: the families, parish groups, schools <and> Associations. I greet, in particular, the faithful of California, as well as those of Arluno Pontelongo, Scandicci, Genoa-Pegli and Vibo Valentia; the children of the “Daughters of Jesus” School of Modena and the “Friends of Paul VI” group of Pescara.
I wish you all a happy Sunday. And please, don’t forget to pray for me.
Have a good lunch and goodbye!
[Original text: Italian]  [Blog Entry SHARE of ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

Wow National Sex-Ed Sit Out being Gains Support and Discussed by Family Research Council

Perkins on the Radio to Discuss National Sex Ed Sit Out

Family Research Council Press Release: 
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Yesterday, Elizabeth Johnston, also known as the “Activist Mommy,” appeared on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, a national radio show which airs on more than 240 stations across the country. On the show, Elizabeth Johnston discussed the outrage of parents across the nation in response to pornographic sex education curriculum being pushed on their children. She and other brave moms from North Carolina have rallied together in such a way that they have gathered the support of parents across the nation, Canada, and Australia to join them in their Sex Ed Sit Out on April 23rd to fight against the exposure of this sexually explicit material to their children.
Elizabeth commented, "This is a sit out that everyone can support and that we should be supporting. If you are not a rabid, foaming at the mouth, leftist liberal who wants to pervert the minds of children, everyone should be able to support this sit out." Elizabeth continued, "This is parent-led and this is saying we’re the taxpayers, we’re the parents. You don’t own our children and you’re not allowed to rape the minds of our children with this pornographic material. We’ve got to do it. We’ve got to rise up and take our kids back!"
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, the host of Washington Watch, added, "Parents, when they find out… that their kids’ minds are being filled with this pornographic stuff, when it’s exposed, when the curtain is pulled back, and they actually realize it, they’re responding."
To listen to the full interview

#BreakingNews Details Emerge 8-year-old Girl Gang Raped and Murdered - She was held in Hindu Temple - Please PRAY

A young 8 year old girl, the daughter of a Muslim shepherd, went missing on the 10th of January. A week later, she was found dead with signs of torture. Police have arrested eight people, including a former government official and four policemen, in connection with the crime. two Hindu ministers have defended the rapists.– Asia News reports that this has sparked outrage, discouragement, and criticism, especially on social media, against the evils that harm children.

Asifa Bano, 8, was abducted on 10 January in Kathua, near the city of Jammu, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Her lifeless body was found a week later in a forest.
Recently it has been investigated and has sent shockwaves throughout the state and country, raising the visibility of sectarian divisions between Hindus and Muslims who live in Kashmir valley as well as the issue of violence against women and children.
The crime has pushed politicians and civil society groups to react. Many messages of condolences were posted on social media with the hashtags #Kathua and #JusticeforAsifa, as the trending topics.
Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi also waded into issue, organising a silent vigil to mourn the slain child.
Various events are planned this the week-end in the capital, Delhi, and other Indian cities.
Another hashtag also appeared on social media yesterday, #Unnao, to highlight another case of sexual violence, this time against a 16-year-old girl, by a MP with the Bharatiya Janata Party BJP) in Uttar Pradesh last year.
This case too became front-page news only a week ago when the victim tried to commit suicide in front of the residence of chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
In Asifa’s case, police found that she was held prisoner for several days in a Hindu temple in Kathua, drugged, raped repeatedly, and finally strangled and hit twice on the head with a stone.
Her only fault was that she was a Gujjar (Gurjar), a pastoral agricultural Muslim group who crisscross the Himalayas with their herds of goats and buffaloes, provoking the wrath of sedentary groups.
Police arrested eight people in connection with the murder. Sanji Ram, a 60-year-old retired government officer, allegedly planned the crime with the help of police officers Surender Verma, Anand Dutta, Tilak Raj and Mr Khajuria.
Mr Ram's son, Vishal, his nephew, a juvenile, and his friend, Parvesh Kumar, are also accused over the rape and murder.
Investigators allege that Mr Khajuria and the other police officers tampered with the evidence, washing Asifa's bloodied and mud-spattered clothes before sending them to a forensic lab.
Emotions reached a fevered pitch when two Hindu ministers from the BJP, which runs the Indian state in coalition with the People's Democratic Party (PDP), defended the rapists in a demonstration organised to show support.
Ankur Sharma, one of the lawyers who protested on behalf of the accused, has alleged that Muslim nomads are trying to alter the demographics of Jammu, where Hindus are currently the majority. Asifa’s abduction was meant to scare off Gujjars and drive them out of the territory.
The crime’s brutality has enraged the nomads, and led them to compare the child’s case with another one, namely the gang rape of Nirbhaya, a 23-year-old medical student, who was attacked on a Delhi bus and died in Singapore after two weeks of agony.
Edited from Asia News IT

#BreakingNews Miracle Baby Rescued Alive after being Dumped in Storm Drain

Miracle baby was rescued ALIVE after being dumped in a storm drain in South Africa The baby was left in the drain in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Charmaine Keevy, 63, was out for an early morning walk when she made the find Police said the baby could The newborn baby was suffering hypothermia and respiratory problems  The Newborn was abandoned naked six feet underground in a freezing storm water drain in the middle of stinging red ants. Charmaine Keevy, 63, was out for an early morning walk with her dog in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, when it suddenly started barking loudly at a drain duct in the gutter.She got on her hands and knees heared a baby crying from inside the drain. Charmaine began stopped a car passing by as Cornie Viljoen, 60, pulled over. Cornie grabbed a steel bar from the boot of his car and managed to move the heavy concrete slab covering the storm water drain free. Cornie went six feet down into the drain and was stung by the ants but was able to grab the baby.  The police and an ambulance arrived quickly and paramedics treated the baby at the scene for hypothermia and she was rushed to the Dora Nginza Hospital. The  Provincial Health Spokeswoman Sizwe Kupelo said the newly born was found naked with the umbilical cord still attached.
Charmaine who found the baby on her morning walk explained:'I honestly believe I was meant to find that baby by God as I usually take a different route on my dog walk but for some reason went another way. 'I cannot help but feel that there is some sort of a plan and a purpose for that little girls' life – it is a miracle without a doubt. The hospital staff in Port Elizabeth named her Grace April. The baby weighed in at 3.09kg and the police are trying to locate the mother. It was estimated she had been lying abandoned for a couple of hours and was near to hypothermia.

Sunday Mass Online : Readings + Video : Sun. April 15, 2018 - #Eucharist

Third Sunday of Easter
Lectionary: 47

Reading 1 ACTS 3:13-15, 17-19

Peter said to the people:
"The God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus,
whom you handed over and denied in Pilate's presence
when he had decided to release him.
You denied the Holy and Righteous One
and asked that a murderer be released to you.
The author of life you put to death,
but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.
Now I know, brothers,
that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;
but God has thus brought to fulfillment
what he had announced beforehand
through the mouth of all the prophets,
that his Christ would suffer.
Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away."

Responsorial PsalmPS 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9

R. (7a) Lord, let your face shine on us.
R. Alleluia.
When I call, answer me, O my just God,
you who relieve me when I am in distress;
have pity on me, and hear my prayer!
R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
R. Alleluia.
Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one;
the LORD will hear me when I call upon him.
R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
R. Alleluia.
O LORD, let the light of your countenance shine upon us!
You put gladness into my heart.
R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
R. Alleluia.
As soon as I lie down, I fall peacefully asleep,
for you alone, O LORD,
bring security to my dwelling.
R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
R. Alleluia.

Reading 21 JN 2:1-5A

My children, I am writing this to you
so that you may not commit sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one.
He is expiation for our sins,
and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.
The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep
his commandments.
Those who say, "I know him," but do not keep his commandments
are liars, and the truth is not in them.
But whoever keeps his word,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.

AlleluiaCF. LK 24:32

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us;
make our hearts burn while you speak to us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 24:35-48

The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way,
and how Jesus was made known to them
in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
"Peace be with you."
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have."
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?"
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them,
"These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled."
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
"Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things."

Saint April 15 : St. Hunna of Strasbourg : Patron of #Laundry and #Maids

April 15: Saint Hunna of Strasbourg
Posted by Jacob Today, April 15 marks the feast day of a lesser known saint, but one no less important. (She is so "lesser known" that no definitive portraits or pictures were able to be found of her-- therefore, the posted pictures are simple images representing her holy life, but do not necessarily depict the saint herself). Saint Hunna (born, unknown; died 679) is remembered for her love of and service to those less fortunate than herself, despite prevailing prejudice. Hunna’s actions, at a time when the class system was firmly entrenched, created difficulties for herself in her daily life, and embarrassment for her noble husband. Yet, she did not shy away from her service to the poor, as she understood it to be her duty as a Christian.
Saint Hunna was born into a privileged life, the daughter of a duke in Alsace. She matured and married Huno of Hunnaweyer, a nobleman, and together they settled in the diocese of Strasbourg (now France). Together, they produced one son, Saint Deodatus, who eventually became a monk (and then a saint!). Saint Hunna was devoted to the Lord, raising her son with constant teaching, and living the virtues of the faith. She spent her days caring for her home and estate, and in prayer, while her husband traveled on diplomatic and political missions.
But this didn’t seem to be enough for Saint Hunna. In her prayer, she felt called to do more, to serve others. By the Lord, her eyes were opened to the poverty and general squalor that the peasants and servants lived in… and she felt moved to assist. Hunna began making daily trips from the estate into the local villages and fields, visiting her poor neighbors, offering them religious instruction, and working for them. At first, she simply offered to do their laundry, earning her the title, “holy washerwoman.” Hunna would travel from home to home, collecting soiled clothing, and then spend the better part of each day washing and scrubbing the clothing clean. When the clothing was too dirty, or too threadbare to mend, she would replace it with a new article.
As time went on, her washing service expanded to any task that her neighbors needed help with—cooking, cleaning, childcare, even more demanding physical labor. She also instructed in ways of cleanliness, assisting with hygiene. Saint Hunna regularly performed the greatest act of service, bathing those who were unable to bathe themselves.
Saint Hunna demonstrates to us great selflessness, borne out of love for the Lord. She willingly left her life of privilege on a daily basis, eventually being shunned by those of her class and station, to intercede in the lives of those who had no one to care for them. She treated the poor, the sick, the forgotten as equals to herself, offering them basic human respect, love, and charity. Saint Hunna welcomed all into her life as the family of God. The life of Saint Hunna provides a gentle reminder of our own hesitancy to venture beyond our comfortable lives, to actively engage in community service to those in need. We are mindful of the fact that we are called to service and social justice, and that embarking on that mission may be difficult or even painful. We look to Saint Hunna as inspiration—inspiration to embody the love of Christ, and to share that love with others in service. Shared from 365 Rosaries