Sunday, May 6, 2018

Saint May 7 : St. John of Beverley - Bishop - Died 721 - #England

St. John of Beverley
Feast: May 7

Feast Day:
May 7
7 May 721, Beverley

This illustrious saint was born at Harpham, a village in the province of the Deiri, which comprised Yorkshire, Lancashire, and the rest of the kingdom of the Northumbers, on the south side of the Tyne; what lay beyond it being called Bernicia. An earnest desire of qualifying himself for the service of God drew him young into Kent, where he made great progress in learning and piety, in the famous school of St. Theodorus, the archbishop, under the direction of the holy abbot Adrian. Afterwards returning into his own country, he pursued the exercises of piety in the monastery of men under St. Hilda at Whithy; till in the beginning of the reign of king Alfred, upon the death of Eata, he was made bishop of Hagulstad, or Hexam. What time he had to spare from his functions he consecrated to heavenly contemplation; retiring for that purpose into the churchyard of St. Michael's, beyond the river Tyne, about a mile and a half from Hagulstad, especially during the forty days of Lent. He was accustomed to take with him some poor person, whom he served during that time. Once in the beginning of a Lent, he took with him a dumb youth, who never had been able to utter one word, and whose head was covered with hideous scabs and scales, without any hair. The saint caused a mansion to be built for this sick youth within his enclosure, and often admitted him into his own cell. On the second Sunday he made the sign of the cross upon his tongue, and loosed it. Then. he taught him to say <Gea>, which signifies in Saxon <Yea>, or <Yes>; then the letters of the alphabet, A, B, C, and afterwards syllables and words. Thus the youth miraculously obtained his speech.
Moreover, by the saint's blessing the remedies prescribed by  a physician whom he employed, his head was entirely healed, and became covered with hair. When St. Wilfred returned from banishment, St. John yielded up to him the see of Hagulstad: but some time after, upon the death of Bosa, a man of great sanctity and humility, as Bede testifies, he was placed in the archiepiscopal chair of York. Venerable Bede, who received the holy orders of deacon and priest at his hands, gives ample testimony to his sanctity; and relates the instantaneous cure of the sick wife of a neighboring thane or lord, by holy water, and several other miracles performed by him, from the testimony of Bercthun, abbot of Beverley, and Herebald, abbot of Tinmouth, who had been eye-witnesses to several of them. St. John made frequent retirement his delight, to renew thereby his spirit of devotion, lest the dissipation of exterior employs should extinguish it.
He chose for his retreat a monastery which he had built at Beverley, then a forest, now a market-town, twenty-seven miles from York. This monastery, according to the custom of those times, he erected for the use of both sexes, and put it under the government of his disciple, Bercthun, or Brithun, first abbot of Beverley, then called Endeirwood, or wood of the Deiri. In 717, being much broken with age and fatigues, he resigned his bishopric to his chaplain, St. Wilfrid the, younger, and having ordained him bishop of York, he retired to Beverley, where he spent the remaining four years of his life in the punctual performance of all monastic duties. He died there the death of the just, on the 7th of May, 721. His successor governed the see of York fifteen years, was a great lover of the beauty of God's house and is named among the saints, April the 29th. The monastery of Beverley having been destroyed by the Danes, king Athelstan, who had obtained a great victory over the Scots by the intercession of St. John, founded in his honor, in the same place, a rich collegiate church of canons.
King Henry V. attributed to the intercession of this saint the glorious victory of Agincourt, on which occasion a synod, in 1416, ordered his festival to be solemnly kept over all England. Henschenius the Bollandist, in the second tome of May, has published four books of the miracles wrought at the relics of Saint John of Beverley, written by eye-witnesses. His sacred bones were honorably translated into the church by Alfric, archbishop of York, in 1037: a feast in honor of which translation was kept at York on the 25th of October.
On the 13th of September, (not the 24th, as Mr. Stevens says,) in 1664, the sexton, digging a grave in the church of Beverley, discovered a vault of freestone, in which was a box of lead, containing several pieces of bones, with some dust, yielding a sweet smell; with inscriptions, by which it appeared that these were the mortal remains of St. John of Beverley, as we read in Dugdale's History of the Collegiate Church of Beverley, who has transcribed them, p. 57. These relics had been hid in the beginning of the reign of king Edward VI. Dugdale and Stevens testify, that they were all reinterred in the middle-alley of the same church. Alcuin had an extraordinary devotion to St. John of Beverley, and in his poem on the saints of York, published by Thomas Gale gives a long history of the miracles wrought by him from verse 1085 to 1215. Rabanus Maurus has placed Alcuin in his Martyrology on the 19th of May, and Henschenius on that day gives his life, and mentions several private Martyrologies in which his name is found, though he has never been anywhere honored in the office of the church. source: TheLives of the Saints:AlbanButler.X8

Pope Francis "The purpose of the Eucharist, in which we are called to participate every Sunday, is to form in us the Heart of Christ..." FULL TEXT + Video

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Before the Regina Coeli:
 Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!
In this Easter Season, the Word of God continues to point out to us coherent lifestylesto be the community of the Risen One. Among these, today’s Gospel presents Jesus’ charge: “abide in my love” (John 15:9). To inhabit the current of God’s love, to have a stable dwelling is the condition so that our love doesn’t lose its ardor and daring on the way. Like Jesus and in Him, we must also receive with gratitude the love that comes from the Father and abide in this love, trying not to separate ourselves by egoism and sin. It’s a demanding but not impossible program.
First of all, it’s important to be aware that Christ’s love is not a superficial feeling, but an essential attitude of the heart, which is manifested in living as He wishes. In fact, Jesus affirms: “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (v. 10). Love is realized in everyday life, in attitudes <and> in actions, otherwise, it’s something illusory. Jesus asks us to keep His commandments, which are summarized in this “phrase”: “that you love one another as I have loved you” (v. 12).
How can we make this love, which the Risen Lord gives us, be able to be shared with others? Jesus often pointed out who was the other to be loved, not in words but in deeds. It’s he whom I meet on my path and who, with his face and his history, questions me; it’s he who with his very presence, pushes me to come out of my interests and my securities; it’s he who waits for my willingness to listen and to go a little way together. Availability to every brother and sister, regardless of who he is and in what situation he finds himself, beginning with one who is close to me in the family, in the community, at work, at school . . . So, if I remain united to Jesus, His love can reach the other and draw him to Himself, to His friendship.
And this love for others can’t be reserved for exceptional moments but must become a constant of our existence. That’s why we are called to protect the elderly as a precious treasure, and with love, even if they create economic problems and hardships. That’s why to the sick, even if in the last stage, we must give all the assistance possible. That’s why the unborn are always received; that’s why, in the end, life is always protected and loved from conception until its natural end. God loves us in Jesus Christ, who asks that we love as He loves us. However, we can’t do this if we don’t have in ourselves His very Heart. The purpose of the Eucharist, in which we are called to participate every Sunday, is to form in us the Heart of Christ so that all our life is guided by His generous attitudes. May the Virgin Mary help us to abide in Jesus’ love and to grow in love towards all, especially the weakest, to correspond fully to our Christian vocation.
[Original text: Italian]  [Blog Share of ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

 After the Regina Coeli
 Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Proclaimed Blessed yesterday at Aachen (Germany) was Clare Fey, Founder of the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus, who lived in the second half of the nineteenth century. We thank God for this zealous witness of the Gospel, devoted educator of disadvantaged youth.
I invite to pray for the population of the Central African Republic, a country I had the joy of visiting and that I carry in my heart, and wherein past days grave violence took place with numerous dead and wounded, among them a priest. Through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, may the Lord help all to say no to violence and revenge, to build peace together.
I greet all of you, Romans and pilgrims, in particular, those from Oviedo (Spain), the students from Vrbove (Slovakia) and the altar boys from Berne. A special greeting goes to the new Swiss Guards, to their families and friends, on the feast day of this historic and meritorious Corps.
I greet the representatives of the Meter Association, which I encourage to continue in its commitment in favor of children victims of violence, as well as the faithful of Piacenza and Borgoricco, and the gymnastic athletes of Castelfranco Emilia.
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 Share of ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

#BreakingNews Conservative Doug Ford in Ontario Censors Free Speech by Removing Pro-Life Candidate

PC Leader Doug Ford removed one of his most high-profile pro-life candidates on Saturday. Tanya Granic Allen was given notice, due to comments she made on video. Allen is a strong pro-life, pro-family Christian candidate. Many see this removal as a censoring of Free Speech by government. Many are petitioning Doug Ford to re-instate Tanya. 
You can Write to Doug Ford and Request that Tanya Granic Allen be Re-instated: 
“Tanya Granic Allen will no longer be a candidate for Ontario PC Party,” Ford said in a statement. “We are a party comprised of people with diverse views that if expressed responsibly, we would respect. However, the fact is her characterization of certain issues and people has been irresponsible. Our party remains focused on defeating Kathleen Wynne and bringing relief to families across Ontario.”
Ford announced that Natalia Kusendova, who finished second in the Mississauga-Centre PC nomination, would be his candidate in that riding.
Granic Allen is a mother of four. She describes herself as a person of faith and parents’ advocate, campaigned against Wynne’s controversial sex-ed curriculum.
She was also one of four PC leadership candidates. Granic Allen was the only one to stand beside Ford immediately after his win, and some believe she was instrumental in his success.

#BreakingNews Thousands at #ProLife March in London with Singer Joy Villa in the Lead

The UK March for Life was held in London on Saturday May 5, 2018. This was the first time the march was held in the British capital. The American singer Joy Villa led the march through Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square. Clare McCullough of the Good Counsel Network addressed the crowd.
She denounced the decision by Ealing Council to set up a  “buffer zone” around an abortion clinic. A small counter-demonstration met the pro-lifers at Parliament Square. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley and Bishop John Wilson, an auxiliary of Westminster, also addressed the marchers. Bishop Keenan urged pro-lifers to publicly express their views; “You have no idea of the galvanising effect your courage will have if you stand up before the British media courageously, even under attack, and be pro-life. You’re setting the seeds of the next generation,” the bishop said. “We will win this battle by truth, but we will win it even more by courage.” The UK March for Life takes place each year around the date that the 1967 Abortion Act came into effect. The march started in 2012 by a group from Birmingham. The annual has grown so large that organizers decided to move it to London for the first time this year.Image Sources: Facebook - MarchForLifeUK

RIP Father Michael Wagner, Catholic Priest who Collapsed after Mass and Died of Brain Hemorrhage

Father Michael Wagner, was the priest administrator of Holy Rosary and Visitation parishes in Tacoma. He suffered a brain hemorrhage April 10 and died May 2.
Father Wagner collapsed after giving the final blessing at a 7:15 a.m. Mass at Visitation Church and was taken by ambulance to hospital.
Father Wagner was born Sept. 4, 1969, in Poland. At age 15, he left and lived for a year in Rome before immigrating to Seattle.
After attending the funeral of Pope John Paul II in Rome in 2005, he decided to become a seminarian. “In 2006 I answered the call, entered the seminary and crossed the threshold to a lifelong vocation to serve God and fulfill my purpose in life,”. Father Wagner wrote this  in his biography on the Holy Rosary website.
He studied at the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.
He was ordained to the priesthood June 11, 2011, by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. 
Before being assigned to Holy Rosary and Visitation in 2017, he served as priest administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Elma and St. John Mission in Montesano (2014–17), as a parochial vicar at St. Michael Parish in Olympia (2013–14), and as a parochial vicar at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Everett and St. John Mission in Mukilteo (2011–13).
Before his ordination, he told The Progress, “I always look at things in life as an opportunity … to change the world for the better.”

Pope Francis asks for Prayers for African Countries that experienced Attacks against Christians in CAR and Nigeria

After the Regina Coeli, Pope Francis invited everyone to pray for the people of the Central African Republic. In his message on Sunday, Pope Francis noted that the Central African Republic has in recent days experienced “serious violence” that has seen 25 more people killed when a church was attacked earlier this week in Bangui, with almost 100 people were wounded. “May the Lord, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, help everyone to say ‘no’ to violence, in order to build peace together,” the Pope prayed.
The Holy Father was also particularly saddened by the recent attack on St Ignatius Catholic Parish, Mbalom in Gwer West, Local Government Council of Benue state in the country of Nigeria. They also saw Catholics killed in a Parish when suspected herdsmen stormed the Church and killed 18 persons, including two priests and left several were injured. Nigerian Bishops believe that terrorists and mercenaries have infiltrated the Fulani herdsmen to cause insecurity in the country.  At a meeting with the Nigerian bishops he mentioned that he kept the country in prayer. “He said that we should be courageous particularly with regard to the recent troubles (and) with regard to terrorists that masquerade as herdsmen. (The Holy Father) told us to tell our people that he is with us in spirit and he is praying for us,” Archbishop Martins said.

Bishop's Powerful Message to Voters in Ireland "The choice we make will shape our society for generations to come....“Choose life”

Pastoral Letter of Bishop Fintan Monahan ‘Invitation to Choose Life!’

On May 25th we will be asked to express our opinion on a vital issue of life or death in relation to the eighth amendment of our Constitution.  It is a question that has profound moral and religious implications for us all and specifically for the right to life of the unborn child. The choice we make will shape our society for generations to come.
Cherishing LifeChristians believe that all life is sacred and is a gift from God. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says  ‘The human body shares in the dignity of “the image of God”: it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul, and it is the whole human person that is intended to become, in the body of Christ, a temple of the Spirit.’ To destroy the body is to deny the human soul its right to full development.
Modern medicine and science has done so much to help us appreciate the wonder of human life from the moment of conception.  Moments that remain forever embedded in the hearts of parents are when they first see a scan of their unborn child and marvel at the wonder of new life or when the tiny fingers of their new-born first cling onto their own fingers. 
One Love, two lives.  Love both!The medical care offered to both mothers and babies in Ireland is among the best in the world in terms of safety and excellence. The Irish constitution as it stands offers protection and care in equal measure to both women and unborn babies.  Why would we want to alter this carefully worked balance to the detriment of either mother or baby?
What is being proposed is the abolition of the right to life of the unborn baby.  Women who are in heart-breaking situations need and deserve the very best of medical care, support and love. The Christian message is one of love and care for both mother and baby. Thank God that modern medicine allows us to love, cherish and care for both mother and baby. I, along with many others find it almost beyond belief and profoundly sad that we are being asked to abolish the basic right to life of the unborn child from our constitution, a most fundamental and basic right. 
Protecting the VulnerableWe greatly value equality. What is being proposed will create a shocking and blatant inequality. We will have a two-tier value system where we regard the life of some people as valued and welcome but another is not allowed even to be born.    
A measure of a truly civilised society is how the most vulnerable and defenceless are treated. The unborn child in the womb is among the most vulnerable and defenceless of all. Alone she/he cannot survive or grow. The proposed referendum will also have alarming and far reaching consequences for other categories of people with vulnerabilities.
A Mother’s viewSome claim that this issue is a women’s health or a women’s rights issue and it is not the business of anyone else. Cherishing human life concerns us all. The love of a mother for her baby in her womb or embraced in her arms, is the most powerful expression of love in our world. When the Bible seeks to convey how much God loves us, his people, it uses the image of a mother’s love for her child. The mother together with the father and helped by the wider family loves, cares for and nourishes the unborn child. The broader community, especially health care professionals, legislators, schools, community, Churches and parishes all play their part in forming a circle of love and care to embrace the mother and her unborn child.
A Father’s VieThe role played by fathers is vital.  Thankfully, the vast majority of fathers are caring and loving towards mother and baby alike. However, there can sometimes be an abdication of paternal responsibilities. On other occasions fathers can be left out of decision making. This is an important area that warrants attention, debate and also education in responsibility.
Abortion without restrictionIf the eight amendment is repealed, the proposed follow-up legislation allows for abortion without any reason for up to twelve weeks. This unrestricted access to abortion would make the regime in Ireland one of the most liberal in the world.  Many people are astonished and outraged by this proposal. The suggested law would also make abortion available on unspecified health grounds for up to six months. Our constitution is the people’s law – only the people can change it. If we remove the constitutional protection for the unborn, we are giving permission to a future Dáil to introduce an even more liberal law.
The Heart of the MatterWe must clearly state what abortion is – it is the direct killing of an innocent human being. This is simply not right. Children with disabilities or genetic disorders are disproportionately affected. In Britain 9 out 10 babies who have been diagnosed in the womb with Down Syndrome are aborted.
Many crimes and evil deeds happen in Ireland on a daily basis. The fact that they happen does not mean that they should be made legal. Rather the State needs to use all the legitimate means it has, so as to  protect its people.
The eighth amendment to our constitution has saved thousands of lives. The absence of legal abortion in Ireland has ensured, in countless cases, that time is taken to think, plan, get good advice and seek out other options when unplanned pregnancies arise.  The resulting pro-life culture has been a great help in saving countless lives in this country.
The mystery of suffering is profound and its meaning has mystified the human race for generations.  Our faith offers a unique perspective and meaning to the mystery of suffering in the Cross of Jesus Christ.  In the Christian view, whether it is in the case of an unborn child or an elderly or terminally ill person, it is not up to human beings to decide who should live or die.
Choose Life!The simple message to “Choose life” is a good one.  It is taken from the name of the website on which there are resources available to inform people of the pro-life message.
The choice is ours. My invitation is to “Choose life” and for us as Christians to stand up for what we believe in and “Be missionaries for Life”!  In choosing life I will be voting ‘No’ in the upcoming referendum and would encourage others to do so also.

  • Bishop Fintan Monahan is Bishop of Killaloe.
  • The Diocese of Killaloe consists of 58 parishes and includes portions of counties Clare, Laois, Limerick, Offaly and Tipperary.
  • The pastoral message will be distributed at all Masses this weekend.   
  • FULL TEXT RELEASE of Irish Bisops' Conference  

Sunday Mass Online : 6th of Easter Sun. May 6, 2018 - #Eucharist Readings + Video

Sixth Sunday of Easter
Lectionary: 56

Reading 1ACTS 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48

When Peter entered, Cornelius met him
and, falling at his feet, paid him homage.
Peter, however, raised him up, saying,
"Get up. I myself am also a human being."

Then Peter proceeded to speak and said,
"In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him."

While Peter was still speaking these things,
the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word.
The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter
were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit
should have been poured out on the Gentiles also,
for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God.
Then Peter responded,
"Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people,
who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?"
He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Responsorial PsalmPS 98:1, 2-3, 3-4

R. (cf. 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
R. Alleluia.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
R. Alleluia.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
R. Alleluia.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
R. Alleluia.

Reading 21 JN 4:7-10

Beloved, let us love one another,
because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

AlleluiaJN 14:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord,
and my Father will love him and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 15:9-17

Jesus said to his disciples:
"As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father's commandments
and remain in his love.

"I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one's life for one's friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another."