Tuesday, May 15, 2018

#Novena to the Holy Spirit for #Pentecost to SHARE - #Miracle Prayers - 5


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.


Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill!
The Gift of Knowledge
The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth--in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. "Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it."
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen
(Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father 7 TIMES. Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

Novena Day 1 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-1-pentecost.html
Day 2 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/holy-spirit-novena-day-2-for-pentecost.html
Day 3 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/holy-spirit-novena-day-3-for-pentecost.html
Day 4 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-4-for.html
Day 5 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-5-for.html
Day 6 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-6-for.html
Day 7 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-7-for.html
Day 8 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-8-for.html
Day 9 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-day-9-to-holy-spirit-for.html


Pope Francis "Keep watch over the flock: you are bishops for your flock, to take care of it and not in order to advance your ecclesiastical career.” Homily

Pope at Mass: Be bishops for your flock, not for your career
Pope Francis says he prays all bishops follow the example of the Apostle Paul with his obedience to the Holy Spirit and his love for his flock. His words came during his homily at Mass celebrated on Tuesday morning in the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence.
  By Susy Hodges
Pope Francis focused his reflections on the day’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles where Paul, “compelled by the Holy Spirit,” takes his leave from the Church Elders at Ephesus to go to Jerusalem. “It’s a decisive move, a move that reaches the heart, it’s also a move that shows us the pathway for every bishop when it’s time to take his leave and step down,” he said. Paul’s examination of conscience Retracing the biblical account of how Paul summoned the presbyters of the Church at Ephesus to take his leave of them, Pope Francis noted how the Apostle made an examination of his conscience, telling the Elders what he had done for the community and leaving them to judge his work. Paul seemed “a bit proud,” said the Pope, but in actual fact “he is objective.”  He only boasts about two things: “his own sins and the Cross of Jesus Christ which saved him.” The Apostle is listening to the Holy Spirit Describing how Paul feels “compelled by the Holy Spirit” to go to Jerusalem, Pope Francis said: “This experience by the bishop, the bishop who can discern the Spirit, who can discern when it is the Spirit of God speaking to him and who knows how to defend himself when spoken to by the spirit of the world.” In some way, the Pope said, Paul knows that he is going “towards trials, towards the cross and this recalls for us Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, doesn’t it?”
The Apostle, he went on, “is obediently offering himself up to the Lord. That (expression) compelled by the Holy Spirit. The bishop who always goes forward but according to the Holy Spirit.  This is Paul.”

His farewell: watch over the flock

Turning next to Paul’s farewell words, Pope Francis noted how Paul takes his leave amidst the pain of those present by giving them advice in a testament which is not a worldly testament “about leaving belongings to this person or that person.” 
Paul’s great love, said the Pope, “is Jesus Christ.  His second love is for his flock. Take care of each other and of the entire flock. Keep watch over the flock: you are bishops for your flock, to take care of it and not in order to advance your ecclesiastical career.”

Paul’s testament

Noting how Paul entrusted the Elders to God, knowing that He will take care of them, the Pope stressed that the Apostle spoke of having no desire to have any money or gold for himself. He described Paul’s testament as “a witness, as well as an announcement and a challenge.” This was no worldly testament, said Pope Francis because Paul had nothing to leave to others, “only the grace of God, his apostolic courage, Jesus Christ’s revelation and the salvation that Our Lord had granted him.”

The Pope thinks about when his time will come

“When I read this, I think about myself, he declared, “because I am a bishop and I must take my leave and step down.”
He concluded his homily with a prayer: “I am thinking of all bishops. May the Lord grant all of us the grace to be able to take our leave and step down in this way (like Paul), with that spirit, with that strength, with that love for Jesus Christ and this faith in the Holy Spirit.” 
FULL TEXT Release of Vatican News 

Funeral Procession for 23-month old Alfie Evans : up to a Thousand Mourners Lining Streets for "Our Hero" - FULL Video

The streets of Liverpool were lined with mourners to say farewell to Alfie Evans. There was  applause for 23-month-old who died of brain disease as funeral cars passed. About a thousand wellwishers lined the street outside Everton’s stadium to say farewell to Alfie Evans. Alfie died at age 23 months after a legal battle over his hospital care. Members of the public and “Alfie’s Army” were en route to a private burial in Liverpool. Last month, doctors at Alder Hey children’s hospital stopped providing life-support treatment to Alfie. This was against his parents wishes, Tom Evans and Kate James, lost two fights in the high court, court of appeal, supreme court and European court of human rights. Evans and James had hoped to take Alfie, who had a degenerative brain disease, to a hospital in Rome. On Monday, an invitation-only funeral service was held in Liverpool before people gathered to pay their respects. As the cortege passed, people placed flowers on the lead two hearses, which carried floral tributes to Alfie spelling out the words Warrior, Our Hero, Son, Nephew, Grandson and Blue. His coffin sported images of toy soldiers.

See Also: Alfie Evan's Mother writes Beautiful Poem Honoring her Son and Gives Address for Condolence Cards

Bishops of Chile express Sorrow for Abuse "We must ask forgiveness 70 times 7." FULL Video

Chilean Bishops express pain and shame over abuse
Vatican News Release: Pope Francis is currently holding a series of closed-door meetings with the Bishops of Chile to formulate a response to the abuse crisis that has rocked the Church in that country. The discussions are being attended by 31 diocesan and auxiliary bishops and 3 emeritus bishops, and will be ongoing until May 17th. Press conference of two Chilean bishops
On the eve of the meeting, two Chilean bishops held a press conference in Rome. They are Bishop Fernando Ramos, Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago and General Secretary of the Chilean Episcopal Conference, and Bishop Juan Ignacio González of San Bernardo.
Called by the Pope
Archbishop Ramos recalled Pope Francis’ letter of April 8th with which he summoned the bishops to the Vatican. He explained how the Bishops have come specifically: “To receive the conclusions of the report by Archbishop Scicluna following his visit to Chile, and also to discern short, medium and long term measures to restore communion and justice”. These, according to the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference were “the two great themes to which the Holy Father invited us with his letter".
Discerning responsibilities
Speaking at the press conference in Rome, Archbishop Ramos said the content of the meetings with the Pope would include: “The issues of abuse of power, abuse of conscience, and sexual abuse, that have occurred in recent decades in the Chilean Church, as well as the mechanisms that led, in some cases, to concealment and serious omissions against the victims. A second point is to share the conclusions the Holy Father drew from Archbishop Scicluna’s report. And a third point is the Pope's invitation to make a long synodal process of discernment to understand the responsibilities of each and every one regarding these terrible wounds of abuse, and to seek necessary changes so that they are not repeated".
Pain and shame
Archbishop Ramos spoke of the Bishops’ feeling of “pain and shame”. “Pain”, he said, “because unfortunately there are victims: there are people who are victims of abuse and this causes us profound pain. And shame, because these abuses occurred in Church environments which is precisely where this type of abuse should never occur".
Forgiveness and reparation
Archbishop Ramos continued: "We must ask forgiveness 70 times 7. I think it is a very important moral imperative for us. The important thing is that the request for forgiveness is truly reparatory". He concluded: "In all humility we will listen to what the Pope will tell us"; this is "a very important moment" for the renewal of the Chilean Church.
so speaking at the press conference, Bishop González said the Chilean bishops see Pope Francis as an example for having admitted his mistakes, for asking forgiveness, and for meeting with the victims. The victims are the center of our attention, he said, and for this reason the Church in Chile must work towards reparation, with humility and hope, following the teaching of Jesus. Restoring trust in the Church
When it announced the meeting with the Chilean bishops, in a communiqué on May 12ththe Vatican Press Office explained that "it is fundamental to restore trust in the Church through good Pastors who witness with their lives that they have heard the voice of the Good Shepherd, and who know how to accompany the suffering of the victims, and work in a determined and tireless way in the prevention of abuse. The Holy Father thanks his brother Bishops for their willingness to stand in docile and humble listening to the Holy Spirit, and he renews his request to the People of God in Chile to continue to pray for the conversion of all". The communiqué concluded by confirming that the Pope will not be issuing any statements, either during or after the meetings, “which will take place in absolute confidentiality".
FULL TEXT Release from Vatican News

Vatican begins Canonization Process of 4 Martyrs Killed in Iraq - 1 Priest and 3 Deacons on the Road to Sainthood

Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - The Congregation for the Causes of Saints gave the nihil obstat - permitting to begin the process of canonization of Chaldean Iraqi priest Ragheed Ganni and the three deacons - Basman Yousef Daud, Wahid Hanna Isho and Gassan Isam Bidawid - killed June 3 2007 by a commando of armed men in Mosul, near the Chaldean church dedicated to the Holy Spirit. A letter signed last March 1 by Cardinal Angelo Amato (Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints) and by Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci (Secretary of the same Vatican Dicastery), confirms that there is no objection in starting the process of canonization to proclaim father Ganni and the three deacons saints, according to established procedures. The letter, relaunched by the official media of the Chaldean Patriarchate, refers to the request made in November 2017 by Francis Yohana Kalabat, Bishop of the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle in Detroit. Local sources confirm to Agenzia Fides that the Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Detroit in the United States of America would be handling the process because of the difficult conditions facing the church in Mosul. 
The Cause of canonization will have to declare that father Ganni and the three deacons were killed in odium fidei, Latin for "in hatred of the faith".
The martyrdom of Father Ganni and of the three deacons occurred on Pentecost Sunday, near the Chaldean church dedicated to the Holy Spirit, after the celebration of Holy Mass.
In the life of Father Ragheed Ganni, said Fr. Fabio Rosini, director of the Service for Vocations in the diocese of Rome, "something has been fulfilled that only grace can accomplish ... "We", added the Roman priest "humanly think that we have a hero, that is to say someone capable of doing something extraordinary, but we also face the danger of turning Christianity into heroism. A martyr is not a hero, but a witness. It is recognized if grace works in him. In the Church heroes create problems and divisions, personalisms, because they talk about themselves. Martyrs, on the other hand, speak of Christ and bear his testimony". (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 14/5/2018) FULL TEXT Release of Agenzia Fides

#BreakingNews 57 Killed at Gaza border at over 1000 Injured on Day of Opening of New US Embassy- Please Pray

At least 57 people died yesterday, including an eight-month-old girl, suffocated by tear gas. Today more clashes are expected. Criticism and concern from the international community. The US is blocking a UN declaration calling for the opening of a "transparent" investigation.
Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Israeli army response to demonstrations against the new American embassy on the Gaza border  killed 57 people yesterday and wounded several thousand. The youngest victim is Leila al-Ghandur, an eight-month-old girl who died from inhaling tear gas. It is unclear how far the child was located from the barbed fence between Gaza and Israel.
The situation in the Gaza hospitals is critical, even in the main structure of the Strip, the Shifa hospital. In Gaza, the health system has been on the brink of collapse for months. Only yesterday there were about 2,700 wounded: at least 1,113 from firearms, 30 serious and 70 in grave conditions.
Meanwhile, the Palestinians are preparing for the March for Return. Today is the "Nakba Day", which marks the anniversary of the day when the first Arab-Israeli war broke out, during which some 700 thousand people were expropriated from their land. Since then, Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East have demanded the right to return to their ancestral lands.
There have been various and varied reactions from the international community to yesterday’s bloody events.
In immediate defense of its Israeli ally, the United States blocked a UN Security Council statement proposed by Kuwait, which included a condemnation of the killings and the opening of a "transparent" investigation of Israel's actions at the border with Gaza. The US accuses the Palestinian Authority of the Strip, Hamas, of being responsible for the deaths because "it intentionally and cynically provokes this response [of Israel]".
The declaration by the UN Head of Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, condemned the "shocking" killings and injuries "by Israeli fire," adding that "the right to life must be respected" . Also from the UN, the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said it was "alarmed by the disproportionate use of force demonstrated by Israeli security forces against Palestinian demonstrators".
Turkey has accused the US of being as responsible as Israel for the "vile massacre", and has announced that it will withdraw the ambassadors from both countries.
South Africa has taken a similar position- critical of Israel since the time of Nelson Mandela – withdrawing its ambassador from Tel Aviv, condemning "the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack".

In its statements, Egypt did not mention the new American embassy but condemned "the use of force against peaceful marches".
On the European front, the representative of the European Union Federica Mogherini intervened, asking Israel to respect the "principle of proportionality in the use of force" and "respect the right to peaceful protests".
The United Kingdom has defined the widespread use of live fires as "extremely worrying", while adding that the protests must be "peaceful".
Germany has supported Israel's right to defend itself, stating that this must be proportionate.
From the Élysée, the president of France Emmanuel Macron condemned the violence of the Israeli army.
FULL TEXT Release from Asia News IT

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday May 15, 2018 - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Lectionary: 298

Reading 1ACTS 20:17-27

From Miletus Paul had the presbyters
of the Church at Ephesus summoned.
When they came to him, he addressed them,
"You know how I lived among you
the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia.
I served the Lord with all humility
and with the tears and trials that came to me
because of the plots of the Jews,
and I did not at all shrink from telling you
what was for your benefit,
or from teaching you in public or in your homes.
I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks
to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus.
But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem.
What will happen to me there I do not know,
except that in one city after another
the Holy Spirit has been warning me
that imprisonment and hardships await me.
Yet I consider life of no importance to me,
if only I may finish my course
and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus,
to bear witness to the Gospel of God's grace.

"But now I know that none of you
to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels
will ever see my face again.
And so I solemnly declare to you this day
that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you,
for I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God."

Responsorial PsalmPS 68:10-11, 20-21

R. (33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
A bountiful rain you showered down, O God, upon your inheritance;
you restored the land when it languished;
Your flock settled in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided it for the needy.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
Blessed day by day be the Lord,
who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation.
God is a saving God for us;
the LORD, my Lord, controls the passageways of death.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia JN 14:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I will ask the Father
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you always.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 17:1-11A

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
"Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
just as you gave him authority over all people,
so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life,
that they should know you, the only true God,
and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you,
with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

"I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world.
They belonged to you, and you gave them to me,
and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
because the words you gave to me I have given to them,
and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
and they have believed that you sent me.
I pray for them.
I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me,
because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours
and everything of yours is mine,
and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world,
but they are in the world, while I am coming to you."