Saturday, May 12, 2018

Pope Francis "...humbly bring to light the holiness to which the Lord calls us by building, with boldness and perseverance, bridges between men, between generations, between different social and professionals..." FULL TEXT


Hall of the Consistory
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Dear friends,

Welcome on the occasion of your visit to Rome. Thanking you for your presentation of the association "Logia", I want to express my cordial greeting to all its members, as well as to the people you join thanks to the diversity of your initiatives.

With you, I give thanks to the Lord who has allowed you to "return to the source to recover the original freshness of the Gospel" (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, n.11) and to bring out the project "Logia", born in the Flemish part of Belgium. In a secular society, where some would like to relegate religion to the privacy of individuals, the purpose of your association is to emphasize that "authentic faith [...] always implies a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave something better after our journey on earth "(Ibid., n.183).

Thus, through your presence at the heart of the public forum and in the media, you attest that the choice to follow Christ and to put into practice his words is never a loss of humanity but encourages the deployment of our talents and talents. skills for the good of all, in the service of building a more just, more fraternal, more humane society according to the heart of God. I encourage you, therefore, through your participation in the public debate, to highlight the Gospel as a path of humanization in the school of Jesus, our Lord and Master, not as enemies who point fingers and condemn, but with gentleness and respect (see 1 Peter 3,16), without tiring yourself of doing good (see Ga 6,9).

Through your different initiatives, can you bear witness to the desire of the Church to accompany, with the various social forces, "the proposals that can best meet the dignity of the human person and the common good" (Evangelii Gaudium, n. .241) based on the great richness of the Christian tradition and on the social doctrine of the Church. Take heart to manifest, in words and deeds, that faith in Jesus Christ is never synonymous with confinement because it is this gift of God offered to all men as a way that liberates from sin, the sadness, the interior void, the isolation and the source of a joy that no one can take away from us (Jn 15,11).

To do this, do not be afraid to insist, in your prayer and your participation in the Sacraments, the help of the Holy Spirit to give you "a spirit of holiness that permeates loneliness as well as service, both the intimacy and the work of evangelization, so that every moment [of your life] is the expression of a devoted love under the eyes of the Lord "(Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et exsultate, n.31 ). In this perspective, I also invite you, through your monthly meetings, to develop bonds of fraternity to make visible this communion in the differences, of which the Holy Spirit is the master of work, in order to grow, by your testimony. of life, a culture of encounter and dialogue within society. Under the impulse of the grace of God, may you humbly bring to light the holiness to which the Lord calls us by building, with boldness and perseverance, bridges between men, between generations, between different social and professionals, with special attention to the poor, the poor and all those who are in one way or another excluded.

With this hope, by entrusting you to the Lord, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, I give you the Apostolic Blessing, as well as to all members of the "Logia" Association. Thank you

What is the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven? Bible Answers on #Ascension and #Novena Prayer

The Ascension of Jesus is told in the Bible in Acts 1:9-11. This teaching explains that the resurrected Jesus was taken up to Heaven 40 days after the resurrection. The Gospels also describe the ascension of Jesus in Luke 24:50-53 and Mark 16:19. The ascension of Jesus is included in the Nicene Creed and in the Apostles' Creed. The Feast of the Ascension, is celebrated on the 40th day of Easter (always a Thursday). In some countries this Feast is transferred to the Sunday following the Thursday. Jesus said unto them, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Jesus led the eleven disciples to Bethany, not far from Jerusalem.  Then he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. Acts 1:9 describes the Ascension: "And when he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight." The Ascension took place on Mount Olivet. The Chapel of the Ascension in Jerusalem today is venerated by Christians and Muslims. There is a 12x12 meter octagonal structure (called a martyrium—"memorial"—or "Edicule") that remains to this day. Russian Orthodox have a Convent of the Ascension on the top of the Mount of Olives. Christian theology[edit]  The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:"Christ's Ascension into heaven signifies his participation, in his humanity, in God's power and authority." CCC 668. In  John 20:17 Jesus told St. Mary Magdalene: "I have not yet ascended to the Father; go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God"
Ascension remembers the day when Jesus went up into heaven 40 days after He rose from the dead.  The Ascension is often transferred to the Sunday so that people can attend Mass.
(Image: Pietro Perugino, Ascension, between 1496 and 1500 Oil on wood Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Pérugin, l’Ascension, between 1496 and 1500, huile sur bois, musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.)
Novena Prayer (Say 9 Times)
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us Pray:
O God, who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolations,
Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

RIP Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, OFM - Death of Famous #Franciscan Marian Theologian and Priest

Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, OFM Conv., was born in Dolgeville, NY on July 20, 1931 and passed away on May 8, 2018. He was a son of the late Herman and Mary Elizabeth (Considine)Fehlner. He was often seen on EWTN - and gave some homilies at their Mass. In addition to his Franciscan family he leaves his brothers Francis Fehlner, Thomas Fehlner, and William Fehlner. His brother James Fehlner predeceased him in 2009. Father Peter Damian entered the Franciscan Friars Conventual Novitiate in Middleburg, NY on August 12, 1951. He professed his Simple Vows on August 17, 1952, and his Solemn Vows on November 1, 1955. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 14, 1957 at the Basilica of St. Alessio in Rome, Italy. An avid scholar, he received a Doctoral Degree (S.T.D.) from the Seraphicum (Rome) in 1959. His exceptional dissertation was entitled “The Role of Charity in the Ecclesiology of St. Bonaventure.” He became regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on the writings and theology of St. Bonaventure. He was assigned to St. Boniface Parish in Montreal as Assistant Pastor in 1959 for one year. Over the next 25 years, Fr. Peter Damian taught dogmatic theology at St. Anthony-on-Hudson Theological Seminary, Rensselaer, NY. While there he served as the Rector and Guardian from 1970-1976. He also served as the Librarian for the Seminary and during his tenure the theological library became a world-class collection. Through the years he also held a position on the Pontifical Faculty of St. Bonaventure in the Seraphicum, Rome, Italy. In 1984, Fr. Peter Damian moved to Casa Kolbe in Rome, where he became the Assistant International Director of the Militia Immaculata, and editor of Miles Immaculatae. In this post he became renowned as a speaker at conferences, retreats, symposia, and media events – activities which would continue for the remainder of his life. In the mid-1990’s, Fr. Peter Damian transfiliated to the Franciscans of the Immaculate, a religious congregation with its origins in the Conventual Franciscans. As a friar, he continued his ministry of teaching and writing. In 2015, Fr. Peter Damian returned to his original religious Order of Friars Minor Conventual, re-professing his Solemn Vows as a humble follower of St. Francis of Assisi. Fr. Peter Damian’s scholarly genius was recognized by academics at Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN in 2015, at a symposium dedicated to his theological writings. A Festschrift is being published in his honor this year, at the same time as the 6-volume critical edition of the Collected Writings of Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, OFM Conv. is being carefully redacted. In 2016, the Mariological Society of America bestowed upon Fr. Peter Damian its highest accolade The Cardinal Wright Award. Fr. Peter Damian will lie in state at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr, 566 Front St., Chicopee, MA, Thursday, May 10 from 3-8 PM, followed by a Franciscan Wake Service. On Friday, May 11, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Stanislaus Basilica, at 11AM. Visitation will take place from 9-10:45AM. He will be buried at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Chicopee, MA. Memorial donations may be made to the Franciscan Education Burse, 12300 Folly Quarter Rd., Ellicott City, MD 21042.

Save the 8th #ProLife Campaign in Ireland - #8thref Say NO to Abortion - 8 Reasons Why to SHARE

Save The 8th Campaign
On May 25th, politicians are asking the public to trust them in legalising abortion on demand. They are effectively seeking a licence to kill preborn babies, and to introduce an abortion model that is in many ways even more extreme than the British regime.
So, we’re asking people to say NO to abortion on demand. And they are responding. 100,000 marched in the Rally to Save the 8th and thousands are out canvassing every week to Save the 8th. The pols are turning in our favour, as the reality of the repeal slogan become more and more evident to voters.

1. Love them Both
The 8th protects the right to life of both mother AND baby[1]. It doesn’t favour the baby over the mother - instead it asks us to love and protect them both. That’s what it means to be a progressive and compassionate society.
2. Keeping women safe
Women are safe in pregnancy in Ireland under the 8th amendment according to the United Nations[2] – and doctors say they have never been prevented from giving a woman any life-saving treatment she needed when it was required.[3] Repealing the 8th won’t make women safe – it will just legalise abortion.
3. Humanity of the child
The 8th protects preborn babies that are undeniably human and recognises the human right to life of these babies. Technology means we can no longer deny the humanity of a baby whose heart begins to beat at 21 days and who is perfectly formed at 8 weeks.
4. Don’t discriminate against people with disabilities
Preborn babies with a disability are legally protected under the 8th amendment. In contrast, 90% of babies with Down Syndrome are aborted in Britain.[4] This also means the 8th has helped us to develop better treatments for babies born with disabilities. For example, a leading heart specialist recently observed that, because we don’t abort babies with congenital heart disease “it allows us to build up a particular expertise here in dealing with those sick newborns".[5]

5. Abortion numbers are falling
The 8th has led Ireland to support women, by offering real, life-affirming choices instead of pushing abortion. The number of Irish women travelling for abortion has fallen by 50% since 2002. If we repeal the 8th we would get the British model of abortion – that means one in five babies being aborted before birth. It would lead to 10,000 MORE abortions every year. No reasonable person should want more abortions to happen.
6. Saving women from an exploitative industry
The 8th protects women from the exploitative abortion industry, and from the harmful effects of abortion. Abortion hurts women. A 2008 study conducted by Dr. David Fergusson and published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that women who had abortions had rates of mental disorder that were about 30% higher. [6] In 2017, Marie Stopes, a massive British abortion chain, were caught paying staff bonuses if they encouraged women to have abortions, according to the British Care Quality Commission.
7. Better care for women and families
The 8th has encouraged Ireland to seek better care when a crisis arises in pregnancy – for example, developing perinatal hospice care to help parents and babies where a life-limiting diagnosis has been made, instead of cruelly describing these babies as a ‘fatal abnormality’ and ignoring the distress abortion brings for women in these situations, usually involving a late-term abortion. A recent study showed that women who had an abortion after a diagnosis of a severe disability (anencephaly) were much more likely to suffer depression and despair.
 8. A better answer
The 8th has encouraged us as a society to listen to women and to understand that women need a better answer than abortion. Laura Ní Chonghaile became pregnant after rape and says that the 8th protected her and her daughter. "She helped me heal, she brought light after the darkness," she says. "Almost 8 out of 10 women in Ireland do not seek abortion after rape. We should punish rapists, not babies. Help women, not rush to assume abortion is the answer." References
[1] The 8th states: ‘The states acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.
[2] ] Report on Maternal Mortality by World Health Organisation, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank, 2007
[3] Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Jan 8, 2013.
[4] (National Down Syndrome Cytogenic Register (NDSCR) for England and Wales for 2013)
[5] Dr Paul Ozlislok, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist, Morning Ireland, RTÉ, Nov 17th 2017
[6] David M. Fergusson, L. John Horwood and Joseph M. Boden, “Abortion and mental health disorders: evidence from a 30-year longitudinal study,” The British Journal of Psychiatry (2008), 2008, pp. 444-451
TEXT Edited from Save the 8th -

#Novena to the #HolySpirit for Pentecost to SHARE - #Miracle Prayers - 2


On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. / I adore the brightness of Your purity the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength / and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart! To be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light: and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You / by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds / and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart / I implore You / Adorable Spirit I Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere / "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.


O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul / the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth / the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You I and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God find know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable / the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples / and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

(Saturday of 6th Week of Easter)
Come. Father of the poor. Come, treasures which endure; Come, Light of all that live!
The Gift of Fear
The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. "They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls."
Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.
(Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father 7 TIMES. Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

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Pope Francis "Be courageous missionaries of Christian charity and do not tire of bearing witness to the mercy and goodness of God..." FULL TEXT

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE St. Peter's Circle
Clementine Hall
Saturday, 12 May 2018

Dear members of the Circolo San Pietro!

I greet you all cordially and thank your President General, Duca Leopoldo Torlonia, for his words. I extend my appreciation for daily service to the most disadvantaged people in the city. The Circolo San Pietro for many years is a beautiful reality of assistance and help to the poor: a branch of the rich and fruitful "life" of charity, expression of the ecclesial "vineyard" of Rome. You strive to be the face of a Church that pushes boundaries, which never stops, but walks to meet the brothers and sisters who are hungry and thirsty for listening, sharing, closeness and solidarity. I urge you to continue on this path!

In your activity, do not be ashamed of the wounded flesh of your brother, but in every suffering and needy person know how to see the face of Christ. Be courageous missionaries of Christian charity and do not tire of bearing witness to the mercy and goodness of God, becoming instruments of consolation for many fragile and desperate people.

You have before you the example of many saints of charity, already beatified or canonized; but let yourselves also be stimulated "by the signs of holiness which the Lord presents to us through the humblest members of that people who also participate in the prophetic office of Christ by spreading the living testimony of Him everywhere, above all through a life of faith and charity "(Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et exsultate, 8). Your apostolate is an occasion and an instrument to correspond to the call to holiness that the Lord makes to each one of us. Through the works of charity, you allow the grace received in the Baptism to fruit in a journey of holiness, which is the fruit of the action of the Holy Spirit in our life.

I thank you also for the Obolo di San Pietro, which you collect in all the churches as a sign of your participation in the solicitude of the Bishop of Rome for the poverty of this city. Your valued charitable activity is always supported by prayer and constant reference to the Word of God, the light that illuminates our path.

I entrust you, your relatives and your mission to the protection of the Blessed Virgin, the Salus Populi Romani, and to the intercession of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. I ask you to continue to support my ministry also through prayer, and I warmly bless you. Thank you.

RIP Larry Jacobs - Sudden Death of #ProLife Hero - former Director of the World Congress of Families

Lawrence Daniel Jacobs, age 50, of Rockford, Illinois, went home to his Heavenly Father on April 30. Born September 10, 1967, in Bucyrus, Ohio, he was the son of Daniel C. and Patricia G. (Neorr) Jacobs. As a child he spent most summers on the farms of his late grandparents, Hazel and Sam Jacobs and Marie and Paul Neorr. 
Larry earned a B.S. degree in environmental science, magna cum laude, from Allegheny College. In 1992, he received two Masters degrees from Yale University School of Forestry, one in economics and the other in natural resource policy and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He was especially proud of being selected to carry the Yale School of Forestry Banner at that year's graduation ceremony. 
Larry married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, a licensed practical nurse. They would have two children, Amanda and Aaron. 
Following his Yale years, Larry joined The Proctor & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, becoming Manager of New Products and New Business Development. Among the items he helped to bring onto the market were Dryel and Fabreze. 
In 2000, Larry's Christian faith led him to take the position of President and CEO of Healthy Beginnings, a pro-life organization operating pregnancy care centers in Cincinnati and Dayton. He expanded the number of facilities and doubled revenues from grants and gifts. He was honored by the Cincinnati Business Courier as one of "the Top forty Leaders under 40" in that city. 
Three years later, Larry joined the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society (now the International Organization for the Family) in Rockford as Vice President. He soon became, as well, the Managing Director of the World Congress of Families, a project representing pro-family leaders and groups from over 80 countries. He oversaw planning and transnational operations for major Congresses in places such as Mexico City, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Madrid, Sydney, Tbilisi (Republic of Georgia), and Bucharest. In performing this work, he made deep friendships around the globe. Larry's special gifts were listening to and understanding differing points of view and resolving conflicts in service to a greater good. He appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including the 700 Club, American Family Radio, Focus on the Family News, the USA Radio Network, and Ave Maria Radio. He spoke at major gatherings such as the Azusa Street Centennial and the Heartbeat International Annual Conference. He was chosen as a Foundation Young Leader by the distinguished American-Swiss Foundation. 
Larry served on committees or boards of a number of non-profit groups, including Trinity Christian School, Rockford Kiwanis, the Northern Illinois Community Foundation, and Heartbeat International. In recent years, he was a very active Board Chairman for Freedoms Journal Foundation, which promotes "Strong Family Values" and other virtues among all Americans and "the African American populace, in particular." 
The focus of Larry's life was his family, especially his wife and children. He was proud of Jennifer's job as nurse at the Rockford Rescue Mission, "surely doing the Lord's work." When Amanda and Aaron were younger, he especially enjoyed serving as a volunteer coach at both the Boys and Girls Clubs and Christian Life School. He had "a giant heart," reports a fellow coach, "who expected nothing in return, except the satisfaction that he was helping kids that he didn't know, while also helping his friends." Most recently, he experienced the joy of watching his children move on to college: Amanda graduating this Spring from Asbury University with two degrees, one in equine management, the other in psychology, also achieving certification as a PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instructor all within 4 years; and Aaron entering Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, studying Business and Sports Management where he continues to play basketball. 
Larry's survivors include: wife Jennifer; Amanda and Aaron; mother and step-father Patricia and Stephan Beam; father Daniel Jacobs; half-brother Sam Jacobs; in laws MaryLee and Weston Hyde; aunts Janet Turner, Connie Jacobs, and Sally Deese; and uncle, John Neorr. 
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., at the Northridge Community Church, located at YWCA Women's Center, 4990 E. State Street (Rockford University Campus), Rockford, IL. This celebration of Larry's life will be followed by a Football Dinner, a tradition throughout Aaron's years on the Christian Life team. 

For those who wish to help Larry's family financially at this difficult time, donations can be made online to the Larry Jacobs Family Fund at

Obituary FULL TEXT Text Source:
It was reported that Larry died of a stroke at age 50.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Sat. May 12, 2018 - #Eucharist

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 296

Reading 1ACTS 18:23-28

After staying in Antioch some time,
Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Responsorial PsalmPS 47:2-3, 8-9, 10

R. (8a) God is king of all the earth.
R. Alleluia.
All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
R. God is king of all the earth.
R. Alleluia.
For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.
R. God is king of all the earth.
R. Alleluia.
The princes of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For God's are the guardians of the earth;
he is supreme.
R. God is king of all the earth.
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 16:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I came from the Father and have come into the world;
now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 16:23B-28

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

"I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."