Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pope Francis "The "Breath" of the Risen Christ fills the lungs of the Church with life..." Catechesis and Prayer for - Audience FULL TEXT + Video

Catechesis on Confirmation. 1. Christian witness

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

After the catechesis on Baptism, these days that follow the solemnity of Pentecost invite us to reflect on the testimony that the Spirit raises in the baptized, putting their lives in motion, opening it to the good of others. Jesus entrusted to his disciples a great mission: "You are the salt of the earth, you are the light of the world" (cf. Mt 5: 13-16). These are images that make us think of our behavior, because both the deficiency and the excess of salt make food disgusting, just as the lack or the excess of light prevent us from seeing. Who can really make us salt that gives flavor and preserves from corruption, and light that enlightens the world, is only the Spirit of Christ! And this is the gift we receive in the Sacrament of Confirmation or Confirmation, on which I wish to stop and reflect with you. It is called "Confirmation" because it confirms Baptism and strengthens its grace (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1289); as well as "Confirmation", from the fact that we receive the Spirit through anointing with the "chrism" - oil mixed with perfume consecrated by the Bishop -, a term that refers to "Christ" the anointed of the Holy Spirit.

To renounce all to the divine life in Baptism is the first step; it is then necessary to behave as children of God, that is, to conform to Christ who works in the holy Church, letting himself be involved in his mission in the world. This is what the anointing of the Holy Spirit provides: "without his strength, nothing is in man" (cf. Sequence of Pentecost). Without the power of the Holy Spirit we can not do anything: it is the Spirit who gives us the strength to go forward. As the whole life of Jesus was animated by the Spirit, so too the life of the Church and of each of its members is under the guidance of the same Spirit.

Conceived by the Virgin through the work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus undertakes his mission after having come out of the water of the Jordan, he is consecrated by the Spirit who descends and remains on him (cf. Mk 1: 10, Jn 1:32). He declares it explicitly in the synagogue of Nazareth: it is beautiful how Jesus presents himself, what is the identity card of Jesus in the synagogue of Nazareth! Let us listen to how he does it: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and for this he consecrated me with anointing, and sent me to bring good news to the poor" (Lk 4:18). Jesus presents himself in the synagogue of his village as the anointed one, the one who was anointed by the Spirit.

Jesus is full of the Holy Spirit and is the source of the Spirit promised by the Father (cf. Jn 15: 26; Lk 24: 39; Acts 1: 8, 2.33). In reality, on Easter evening the Risen One breathed on the disciples and told them: "Receive the Holy Spirit" (Jn 20,22); and on the day of Pentecost the power of the Spirit descends on the Apostles in extraordinary form (cf. Ac 2: 1-4), as we know.

The "Breath" of the Risen Christ fills the lungs of the Church with life; and indeed the mouths of the disciples, "filled with the Holy Spirit", open themselves to proclaim to all the great works of God (cf. Acts 2: 1-11).

Pentecost - which we celebrated last Sunday - is for the Church what for Christ was the anointing of the Spirit received at the Jordan, that Pentecost is the missionary impulse to consume the life for the sanctification of men, to the glory of God. If the Spirit works in every sacrament, it is especially in the Confirmation that "the faithful receive the Holy Spirit as their Gift" (Paul VI, Const. Ap., Divinae consortium naturae). And in the moment of making the anointing, the Bishop says this word: "Receive the Holy Spirit that has been given to you as a gift": it is the great gift of God, the Holy Spirit. And we all have the Spirit inside. The Spirit is in our heart, in our soul. And the Spirit guides us in life because we become the right salt and the right light for men.

If in Baptism it is the Holy Spirit to immerse ourselves in Christ, in Confirmation it is Christ who fills us with his Spirit, consecrating us as his witnesses, partakers of the same principle of life and mission, according to the plan of the heavenly Father. The testimony given by the confirmed manifests the reception of the Holy Spirit and docility to his creative inspiration. I ask myself: how do we see that we have received the Gift of the Spirit? If we perform the works of the Spirit, if we speak words taught by the Spirit (cf. 1 Cor 2:13). Christian witness consists in doing only and all that the Spirit of Christ asks of us, granting us the strength to do it.

Tomorrow, May 24, is the annual feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary "Help of Christians", particularly venerated in the Sheshan shrine, near Shanghai, China.

This anniversary invites us to be spiritually united to all the Catholic faithful who live in China. For them we pray to Our Lady, so that they may live their faith with generosity and serenity, and so that they may carry out concrete gestures of fraternity, concord and reconciliation, in full communion with the Successor of Peter.

Dearest disciples of the Lord in China, the universal Church prays with you and for you, so that even among the difficulties you may continue to entrust yourselves to God's will. Our Lady will never fail to help you and guard you with her motherly love.

Greetings :
Je suis heureux de saluer les pèlerins venus de France, du Gabon, du Canada et de divers pays francophones, en particulier les membres de la Militia Christi et les jeunes de Neuilly, de Châteaubriant et de Paris. Que le témoignage rendu par les confirmés manifeste la réception de l’Esprit et la docilité à son inspiration créatrice ! Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from England, Wales, Ireland, India, Philippines, Russia, Vietnam, Canada and the United States of America. In the continuing joy of our celebration of Pentecost, I invoke upon you and your families a rich outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord bless you all!
Herzlich heiße ich die Pilger deutscher Sprache willkommen, besonders die vielen Jugendgruppen. Im Sakrament der Firmung hat euch der Herr die Kraft des Heiligen Geistes geschenkt. So könnt ihr wirklich Salz für diese Erde und Licht für unsere Welt sein. Gott segne euch alle.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española provenientes de España y América Latina. Con el recuerdo todavía reciente de la pasada fiesta de Pentecostés, pidamos a la Virgen María que nos ayude a ser dóciles al Espíritu Santo, para que sepamos dar a nuestro alrededor un testimonio vivo de santidad y amor, entregándonos en todo momento al bien de los demás. Que el Señor los bendiga. Muchas gracias.
Queridos peregrinos de língua portuguesa: uma cordial saudação de boas-vindas para todos, particularmente aos grupos vindo de Portugal e do Brasil. Lembrai-vos de agradecer ao Senhor pelo dom do sacramento da Crisma, pedindo-Lhe que vos ajude a viver sempre como verdadeiros cristãos, confessando por todo o lado o nome de Cristo! Desça sobre vós a Bênção do Senhor!
أُرحّبُ بالحجّاجِ الناطقينَ باللّغةِ العربيّة، وخاصةً بالقادمينَ من الشرق الأوسط. أيّها الإخوةُ والأخواتُ الأعزّاء، الروح القدس يعلمّنا ويعطينا حكمةَ المسيح وحقيقتَه. فلنستدعه بتواتر ليقودَنا على درب تلاميذ يسوع الحقيقيِّين. ليبارككم الرب!
Witam polskich pielgrzymów. W sposób szczególny pozdrawiam leśników i Dyrekcję Generalną Lasów Państwowych w Polsce. Przywieźli oni sto sadzonek dębów, które - z okazji stulecia niepodległości Polski – zostaną posadzone jako znak zaangażowania na rzecz ochrony środowiska. Drodzy bracia i siostry, jak napisałem w Laudato sì, “Bardzo szlachetne jest podjęcie obowiązku troski o środowisko poprzez małe codzienne działania. Wspaniałe jest i to, że edukacja potrafi je zmotywować i ukształtować pewien styl życia. Wychowanie do odpowiedzialności za środowisko naturalne może zachęcać do różnych zachowań, które mają bezpośredni i znaczący wpływ na troskę o środowisko (…). Wszystko to jest częścią szczodrej i godnej kreatywności ukazującej to, co najlepsze w człowieku” (n 211). Z serca wszystkim błogosławię.
Вітаю українських прочан, які брали участь у 60-му Військовому Паломництві до Люрду. Неустанно благаю Господа, щоб загоїв рани, завдані війною та обдарував своїм миром дорогу українську землю. Нехай Господь БогБлагословить усіх Вас!

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I extend a cordial welcome to the faithful of the Italian language.

I am pleased to welcome the participants in the General Chapter of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart; the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Pauline Cooperators. I invite each one to support the voice of the Holy Spirit, through concrete actions of good.

I greet the Clericus Cup Group, the Parishes of San Nicola di Bari in Polvica di Chiaiano and the Pastoral Unit of Castel del Piano Pila in Perugia; Groups of students, especially those of the Mary Help of Christians School in Rome; the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the La Sapienza University of Rome and the Volunteer Fire Department of Bondeno.

I entrust in particular to Our Lady the young, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds who are present here today. I urge everyone to value the prayer of the Holy Rosary in this month of May. We invoke the intercession of Mary, so that the Lord may grant peace and mercy to the Church and to the whole world.

Wow Rosary Prayed Coast to Coast in Australia in Over 250 Locations - "Oz Rosary"

The Rosary was prayed from coast to coast In Australia when the faithful turned out on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima—13 May—to pray the Rosary for their country. At over 250 locations around Australia, groups came together to pray to Our Lady as part of the ‘Oz Rosary’—the Australian version of the ‘Coast to Coast Rosary’, that has already taken place in different countries around the world including Poland and England. Bishop Terry Brady  joined a group praying the Rosary on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. He also consecrated Australia to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Brave Catholics prayed the Rosary on the Sydney Harbour Bridge at 7am, despite the cold and blustery weather. Groups prayed on the beach at Coogee and under blue skies in Jinderra and Yoogali. A statue of Our Lady of Fatima was the focal point of those praying the Rosary at Ledge Point in WA. Further north, groups came together in the warmth of Brisbane, Wynnam Beach, Cairns and Darwin. While over in the west Rosaries were prayed at Ledge Point and York in WA. “It was wonderful and everyone who reported back said they had really good numbers turn out,” said event organiser, Jane Chifley. Being Mother’s Day it was the ideal day to pray to Our Lady, she added.
(Edited from Catholic Weekly Australia)

Pope Francis "May Mary, our Mother, help us so that the Church may be a mother." to Bishops - FULL TEXT + Video



New Hall of the Synod
Monday, 21 May 2018
Dear brothers, good evening!
Welcome to the Vatican. But I believe that this hall [that of the Synod] is in the Vatican only when there is the Pope, because it is on Italian territory. Also the Paul VI Hall Thank you so much for your presence to inaugurate this day of Mary Mother of the Church. We say from our heart, all together: "Monstra te esse matrem". Always: "Monstra te esse matrem". It is prayer: "Make us feel that you are the mother", that we are not alone, that You accompany us as a mother. It is the motherhood of the Church, of the Holy Mother Hierarchical Church, which is gathered here ... But that she is a mother. "Holy Mother Hierarchical Church", so liked to say to St. Ignatius [of Loyola]. May Mary, our Mother, help us so that the Church may be a mother. And - following the inspiration of the fathers - that our soul is also a mother. The three women: Mary, the Church and our soul. All three mothers. May the Church be Mother, that our soul be Mother.
I thank you for this meeting that I would like to be a moment of dialogue and reflection. I thought, after thanking you for all the work you do - it's enough! -, to share with you three of my concerns, but not to "beat you", no, but to say that I worry about these things, and you see ... And to give you the word so that you address all the questions, the anxieties, the criticism - it is not a sin to criticize the Pope here! It is not a sin, it can be done - and the inspirations you bring into your heart.
The first thing that worries me is the crisis of vocations. It is our paternity that is at stake here! Of this concern, indeed, of this haemorrhage of vocations, I spoke at the Plenary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, explaining that it is the poisoned fruit of the culture of the provisional, relativism and dictatorship of money , which remove young people from the consecrated life; next, certainly, to the tragic decrease of births, this "demographic winter"; as well as scandals and lukewarm testimony. How many seminaries, churches and monasteries and convents will be closed in the next few years due to the lack of vocations? God knows. It is sad to see this land, which for many centuries has been fertile and generous in giving missionaries, nuns, priests full of apostolic zeal, together with the old continent to enter into a vocational sterility without seeking effective remedies. I believe he seeks them, but we can not find them!
For example, I propose a more concrete - because we must begin with practical things, those that are in our hands -, I propose a more concrete and generous sharing fidei donum among the Italian dioceses, which would certainly enrich all the dioceses they give and those they receive , strengthening the sensus ecclesiae and the sensus fidei in the hearts of the clergy and of the faithful. You see, if you can ... Make an exchange of [priests] fidei donum from one diocese to another. I think of some dioceses of Piedmont: there is a great aridity ... And I think of Puglia, where there is an overabundance ... Think, a beautiful creativity: a fidei donum system within Italy. Someone smiles ... But let's see if you are able to do this.
Second concern: evangelical poverty and transparency. For me, always - because I learned it as a Jesuit in the constitution - poverty is "mother" and is "wall" of apostolic life. It is a mother because it gives birth to it, and a wall because it protects it. Without poverty there is no apostolic zeal, there is no life of service to others ... It is a concern concerning money and transparency. In reality, those who believe can not speak of poverty and live like a pharaoh. Sometimes you see these things ... It is a counter-testimony to talk about poverty and lead a life of luxury; and it is very scandalous to treat money without transparency or to manage the Church's goods as if they were personal goods. You know the financial scandals that have been there in some dioceses ... Please, it hurts me very much to hear that a clergyman has been manipulated by putting himself in situations that exceed his abilities or, worse still, managing in a dishonest way "the small change widow". We have the duty to manage with exemplary, through clear and common rules, that for which one day we will give account to the owner of the vineyard. I think of one of you, for example - I know him well - that never, never invite to dinner or lunch with the money of the diocese: pay from his pocket, otherwise he does not invite. Small gestures, as a purpose in spiritual exercises. We have the duty to manage with exemplarity through clear and common rules for which one day we will give account to the owner of the vineyard. I am aware - I want to say this - and grateful that in the CEI a lot has been achieved in the last few years, above all, on the path of poverty and transparency. A nice transparency work. But you have to do a little more about some things ... but then I'll talk about it. And the third concern is the reduction and unification of the dioceses. It is not easy, because, especially at this time ... Last year we were about to take one, but those from there came and said: "The diocese is small ... Father, why are you doing this? The university has left; they have closed a school; now there is no mayor, there is a delegate; and now you too ... ".
And one feels this pain and says: "That the bishop remains, because they suffer". But I believe that there are dioceses that can be merged. I already raised this question on May 23rd 2013, the reduction of Italian dioceses. It is certainly a pastoral need, studied and examined several times - you know it - even before the Concordat of '29. In fact, Paul VI in '64, speaking on April 14th at the Assembly of Bishops, spoke of "excessive number of dioceses"; and subsequently, on June 23, 1966, he returned to the subject again by meeting the Assembly of the CEI saying: "It will therefore be necessary to touch up the boundaries of some dioceses, but more than anything else we will have to merge many dioceses, so that the resulting circumscription has a territorial extension, a demographic consistency, an endowment of clergy and works suitable to support a truly functional diocesan organization and to develop an effective and unitary pastoral activity ". So far Paul VI. Even the Congregation for Bishops in 2016 - but I spoke about it in '13 - asked the Regional Bishops' Conferences to send their opinion on a project for the reorganization of the dioceses to the General Secretariat of the CEI. So we are talking about a dated and current topic, dragged for too long, and I think it is time to conclude it soon. It's easy to do it, it's easy ... Maybe there's a case or two that can not be done now for what I said before - because it's an abandoned land - but something can be done. These are my three concerns that I wanted to share with you as food for thought. Now I leave the word to you and thank you for the parrhesia. Thank you very much.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wed. May 23, 2018 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 343

Reading 1JAS 4:13-17

Come now, you who say,
"Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town,
spend a year there doing business, and make a profit"–
you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.
Instead you should say,
"If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that."
But now you are boasting in your arrogance.
All such boasting is evil.
So for one who knows the right thing to do
and does not do it, it is a sin.

Responsorial PsalmPS 49:2-3, 6-7, 8-10, 11

R. (Matthew 5:3) Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Hear this, all you peoples;
hearken, all who dwell in the world,
Of lowly birth or high degree,
rich and poor alike.
R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Why should I fear in evil days
when my wicked ensnarers ring me round?
They trust in their wealth;
the abundance of their riches is their boast.
R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,
or pay his own ransom to God;
Too high is the price to redeem one's life; he would never have enough
to remain alive always and not see destruction.
R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
For he can see that wise men die,
and likewise the senseless and the stupid pass away,
leaving to others their wealth.
R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

AlleluiaJN 14:6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 9:38-40

John said to Jesus,
"Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us."

Saint May 23 : St. Jeanne Antide Thouret : #Foundress of Sisters of Divine Charity

Jeanne Antide Thouret was born on the 27th November 1765 at Sancy-le-Long in the Diocese of Besançon, in the Doubs area of France.  Jeanne was the fifth child of eight children.  Her mother died when Jeanne was 15, leaving her to care for her father and siblings.
Jeanne wanted to join a community that combined prayer with community living and ministry to the poor.  In 1787, at the age of 22, Jeanne entered the congregation of the Daughters of Charity, hoping to live a life of prayer, community life and service to the poor.
During the suppression of religious orders in the French Revolution in 1793, all Religious orders were banned and their members dispersed throughout the country.  Jeanne was ordered home to a secular life.  She refused, and tried to escape the authorities.  She was captured and beaten so badly that it took her months to recover from her injuries.  This did not deter Jeanne from continuing her work as a Daughter of Charity, namely caring for the sick, the poor and those wounded during the Revolution.
They urged Jeanne to return to France and to take in young women and train them in caring for the sick and educating children.
Jeanne accepted the request and was able to return to France in 1799 where she opened a school, a dispensary, and a soup kitchen for the poor in Besançon.
With this small group of helpers, Jeanne founded a new Congregation of the Sisters of Charity to maintain and develop these works.
In 1810, Jeanne Antide was called to Naples.  There, together with a group of sisters, she was faced with a very hierarchical social system where the wealthy never encountered to poor.  Jeanne Antide was given the responsibility of the Hospital of the Incurable, the largest hospital in the city, with the sisters often visiting the poor and sick in their homes.
In 1819, the Pope approved the Rule of Life, a book she wrote as a guide for the women who followed her.  In fact, the Rule of Life is still used today by the Sisters of Charity of St. Jeanne Antide. Jeanne Antide died in Naples in 1826.  In 1934, Pope Pius XI declared her a Saint.

Jeanne Antide writes...

"Let us love Jesus Christ,let us love Him to the end of our livesand we will be sureto possess Him forever in heaven."
"I would cross the oceans,
I would go to any part of the world,if I knew this to be the will of God."
"To touch the poor
to know, love and serve Godis to do in partwhat the Saviour of the worldcame to do on earth,to bring about the Kingdom of God." 
The Sisters of Charity of St.  Jeanne Antide Thouret embrace the CORE GOSPEL VALUES of love, prayer, and service. 
CHARISMA"In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me" (Matthew: 25,40).
Love God and serve him in the poor person.
Prayer and the apostolate are the two faces of only one truth to live: Charity.
The sisters focus their energy and resources in service to the poor. They are attentive to the needs of the poor, becoming personally involved in their lives and serving them with respect and dignity.
The Sisters take four vows: poverty, celibacy, obedience, and service to the poor.
Biography from

Saint May 23 : St.John Baptiste de Rossi : #Missionary and #Catechist : Died in 1764

St.John Baptiste de Rossi
Feast: May 23
Feast Day:
May 23
February 22, 1698, Voltaggio, Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, Duchy of Savoy
May 23, 1764, Rome, Papal States

December 8, 1881, Rome by Pope Leo XIII
Major Shrine:
Church of San Giovanni Battista de Rossi, Rome
Born at Voltaggio in the Diocese of Genoa, 22 February, 1698; died at Rome, 23 May, 1764; feast on 23 May. His parents, Charles de Rossi and Frances Anfossi, were not rich in earthly goods, but had solid piety and the esteem of their fellow-citizens. Of their four children, John excelled in gentleness and piety. At the age of ten he was taken to Genoa by friends for his education. There he received news of the death of his father. After three years he was called to Rome by a relative, Lorenzo de Rossi, who was canon at St. Mary in Cosmedin. He pursued his studies at the Collegium Romanum under the direction of the Jesuits, and soon became a model by his talents, application to study, and virtue. As a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin and of the Ristretto of the Twelve Apostles established at the college, he led the members in the meetings and pious exercises, in visits to the sick in the hospitals and in other works of mercy, and merited even then the name of apostle. At the age of sixteen he entered the clerical state. Owing to indiscreet practices of mortification he contracted spells of epilepsy, notwithstanding which he made his course of scholastic philosophy and theology, in the college of the Dominicans, and, with dispensation, was ordained priest on 8 March, 1721. Having reached the desired goal, he bound himself by vow to accept no ecclesiastical benefice unless commanded by obedience. He fulfilled the duties of the sacred ministry by devoting himself to the labourers, herds, and teamsters of the Campagna, preaching to them early in the morning, or late in the evening, at the old Forum Romanum (Campo Vaccino), and by visiting, instructing, and assisting the poor at the hospital of St. Galla. In 1731 he established near St. Galla another hospital as a home of refuge for the unfortunates who wander the city by  night ("Rom. Brev.", tr. Bute, Summer, 573). In 1735 he became titular canon at St. Mary in Cosmedin, and, on the death of Lorenzo two years later, obedience forced him to accept the canonry. The house belonging to it, however, he would not use, but employed the rent for good purposes.

For a number of years John was afraid, on account of his sickness, to enter the confessional, and it was his custom to send to other priests the sinners whom he had brought to repentance by his instructions and sermons. In 1738 a dangerous sickness befell him, and to regain his health he went to Cività Castellana, a day's journey from Rome. The bishop of the place induced him to hear confessions, and after reviewing his moral theology he received the unusual faculty of hearing confessions in any of the churches of Rome. He showed extraordinary zeal in the exercise of this privilege, and spent many hours every day in hearing the confessions of the illiterate and the poor whom he sought in the hospitals and in their homes. He preached to such five and six times a day in churches, chapels, convents, hospitals, barracks, and prison cells, so that he became the apostle of the abandoned, a second Philip Neri, a hunter of souls. In 1763, worn out by such labours and continued ill-health, his strength began to ebb away, and after several attacks of paralysis he died at his quarters in Trinità de' Pellegrini. He was buried in that church under a marble slab at the altar of the Blessed Virgin. God honoured his servant by miracles, and only seventeen years after his death the process of beatification was begun, but the troubled state of Europe during the succeeding years prevented progress in the cause until it was resumed by Pius IX, who on 13 May, 1860, solemnly pronounced his beatification. As new signs still distinguished him, Leo XIII, on 8 December, 1881, enrolled him among the saints.

(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)