Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Saint June 7 : St. Robert of Newminster : #Cistercian #Abbot

St. Robert of Newminster
Feast: June 7

Feast Day:June 7
Born:1100 at Gargrave, Craven district, Yorkshire county, England
Died:7 June 1159 at Newminster England
He was a native of Yorkshire, and even in his childhood an enemy to the usual amusements of that age, loving only prayer, serious reading, and useful and pious employments. Having finished his studies, he was ordained priest, and instituted to a rectorship of a parish in the diocese of York; but after discharging that office some time with great assiduity and zeal, he resigned that living, and took the religious habit in the Benedictine monastery of our Lady in York. Richard, the prior of this house, and twelve others, desiring to serve God according to the primitive institute of the Benedictine Order, left the monastery, with leave of the abbot, and endeavoring to execute their project, struggled with incredible hardships; till Thurstan, the pious archbishop of York, gave them a desert valley, called Scheldale, with the town of Sutton, where, in the midst of winter, and in extreme poverty they founded the celebrated abbey which, from certain springs, was called Fountains, in 1132. The Cistercian Order, which had been lately introduced into England, and settled at Rievalle, was perfectly agreeable to the fervent dispositions of this holy colony; and at their request the monastery of Fountains was received into it by St. Bernard, who in his letters extols the perfection and sanctity of this new nursery of saints, which, from the beginning, was a model to the whole order for devotion, austerity in fasts, labor, by which all the monks procured their subsistence, fervor in all religious exercises, and cheerfulness in singing assiduously the divine praises. No murmur or sadness was known among them; nor any strife or contention ever heard of, unless of charity or humility: they never yielded to rest, till fatigued with labor; and always came hungry from their slender table, which was chiefly furnished with pulse and roots from their garden. St. Robert seemed so far to eclipse the rest of this holy company by the lustre of his piety, that they all had their eyes on him in their religions duties, and studied to transcribe his fervor in their actions. Ranulph of Merley, baron of Morpeth, paying a visit to the monastery of Fountains five years after its foundation, was so struck with the edifying deportment of the terrestrial angels who inhabited it, that he obtained of the abbot Richard a certain number of those monks, and built for them a monastery called Newminster, near Morpeth, in Northumberland, in 1137, of which St. Robert was appointed abbot.

The saint in his new dignity thought it his duty not only to walk before his brethren, but to go beyond them all in every religious observance; and all his virtues seemed to receive new vigor, and a new degree of perfection in this eminent station. His affection to holy prayer is not to be expressed. He recommended to God continually those committed to his care, and with many tears poured forth his soul for them night and day. He was favored with the gift of prophecy and miracles. He founded another monastery a Pipinelle, or Rivebelle, in Northamptonshire, and lived in the strictest union of holy friendship with St. Bernard; also with St. Godric, a holy hermit in those parts, illiterate as to secular learning, but a most spiritual man. St. Robert finished his course by a happy death on the 7th of June, 1159. Miracles attested his sanctity to the world. He is named in the Roman Martyrology.

Alban Butler - Lives of the Saints

#BreakingNews Catholic Priest Attacked by Gunmen and Shot - Fr. Rey Urmeneta - age 64 in Philippines - Please Pray

 Father Rey Urmeneta was on his way to a meeting in Calamba City when he was attacked by gunmen. Father Rey Urmeneta, 64, a priest at St. Michael the Archangel parish in Calamba City, 60 kilometers south of Manila, was on his way to a church meeting when he was shot by two unidentified gunmen on June 6. (Photo by R.A. Maico) A Catholic priest who used to serve as chaplain of the Philippine National Police was wounded after a gun attack in Calamba City, about 60 kilometers from Manila, on June 6. Father Rey Urmeneta, 64, a priest at St. Michael the Archangel parish in the city, was on his way to a church meeting when two gunmen shot him. A police report said the priest was in his car with secretary Remedios de Belen when the shooting occurred about 9.40 a.m. Father Urmeneta suffered wounds to his left upper back and left arm. He was rushed to hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition. An investigation was ongoing to determine the motive for the attack, although the priest has already told police that the incident might have something to do with people who owed him money. In April, Father Mark Ventura from Gattaran town in the northern Philippines died after being shot by a lone gunman shortly after celebrating Sunday Mass. On Dec. 4, 2017, Father Marcelito Paez was also shot and killed in the town of Jaen, Nueva Ecija province. Father Paez, meanwhile, was shot after visiting a jail to help free a political prisoner.  (Edited from UCAN News)

Pope Francis "We, in Confirmation, receive the Holy Spirit and peace: that peace that we must give to others." FULL TEXT + Video


St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Catechesis on Confirmation. 3: For the growth of the Church

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Continuing the reflection on the sacrament of Confirmation, let us consider the effects that the gift of the Holy Spirit makes mature in the confirmed, leading them to become, in turn, a gift for others. The Holy Spirit is a gift. Recall that when the bishop gives us the anointing with oil, he says: "Receive the Holy Spirit that is given to you as a gift". That gift of the Holy Spirit enters and fructifies us, so that we can then give it to others. Always receive to give: never receive and keep things inside, as if the soul were a warehouse. No: always receive to give. God's graces are received to give them to others. This is the life of the Christian. It is therefore of the Holy Spirit, therefore, to decentralize ourselves from our "I" to open ourselves to the "us" of the community: to receive to give. We are not at the center: we are an instrument of that gift for others.

Completing the resemblance to Christ in the baptized, Confirmation unites them more strongly as living members of the mystical body of the Church (see Rite of Confirmation, No. 25). The Church's mission in the world proceeds through the contribution of all those who are part of it. Some think that in the Church there are masters: the Pope, the bishops, the priests, and then there are the others. No: the Church we are all! And we all have the responsibility of sanctifying one another, of caring for others. We are all the Church. Everyone has his work in the Church, but we all are. We must think of the Church as a living organism, composed of people we know and walk with, and not as an abstract and distant reality. We are the Church that walks, the Church is we who today are in this square. We: this is the Church. The Confirmation binds to the universal Church spread all over the earth, however, actively involving the confirmed in the life of the particular Church to which they belong, with the Bishop at the head, who is the successor of the Apostles.

This is why the Bishop is the original minister of Confirmation (cf. Lumen Gentium, 26), because he inserts the confirmed in the Church. The fact that, in the Latin Church, this sacrament is ordinarily conferred by the Bishop highlights its "effect of uniting more closely to the Church, to its apostolic origins and to its mission to witness Christ, those who receive it" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1313).

And this ecclesial incorporation is well signified by the sign of peace that concludes the ritual of crismation. The Bishop says, in fact, to each confirmed: "Peace be with you". Recalling the greeting of Christ to the disciples on Easter evening, filled with the Holy Spirit (cf. Jn 20: 19-23) - we have heard -, these words illuminate a gesture that "expresses ecclesial communion with the Bishop and with all the faithful" (see CCC, 1301). We, in Confirmation, receive the Holy Spirit and peace: that peace that we must give to others. But let's think: everyone thinks about their own parish community, for example. There is the Confirmation ceremony, and then we give ourselves peace: the Bishop gives it to Confirmation, and then to Mass, we exchange it with each other. This means harmony, it means charity among us, it means peace. But then what happens? We go out and start to talk about others, to "peel" the others. The talk begins. And the rumors are wars. This is not right! If we have received the sign of peace by the power of the Holy Spirit, we must be men and women of peace, and not destroy, with the tongue, the peace that the Spirit has made. Poor Holy Spirit, the work he has with us, with this habit of chatter! Think well: chatter is not a work of the Holy Spirit, it is not a work of the unity of the Church. The chatter destroys what God does. But please: let's stop talking!

Confirmation is received only once, but the spiritual dynamism aroused by holy unction is persevering in time. We will never cease to fulfill the mandate to emit everywhere the good scent of a holy life, inspired by the fascinating simplicity of the Gospel.

Nobody receives Confirmation only for himself, but to cooperate in the spiritual growth of others. Only in this way, opening ourselves and going out of ourselves to meet our brothers, can we really grow and not only deceive ourselves of doing it. What we receive as a gift from God must in fact be given - the gift is to give - so that it is fruitful, and not instead buried because of selfish fears, as the parable of the talents teaches (cf. Mt 25: 14-30). Even the seed, when we have the seed in hand, but it is not to put it there, in the closet, to leave it there: it is to sow it. We must give the gift of the Holy Spirit to the community. I urge confirmations not to "cage" the Holy Spirit, not to resist the wind that blows to push them to walk in freedom, not to stifle the burning Fire of charity that leads to consume the life for God and for the brothers. May the Holy Spirit grant us all the apostolic courage to communicate the Gospel, with works and words, to all those we meet on our way. With works and words, but good words: those that build. No the words of the chatter that destroy. Please, when you leave the church, think that the peace received is to give it to others: not to destroy it with chatter. Do not forget this.

Greetings in Various Languages:
Je suis heureux de saluer les pèlerins venus de France et de divers pays francophones. Je salue en particulier ceux du diocèse de Saint-Claude avec leur évêque Mgr Jordy ; ceux du diocèse canadien de Valleyfield avec leur évêque Mgr Simard ; les membres de la Société des Deux Cœurs d’Amour avec Mgr Rivière, Évêque d’Autun, ainsi que le Chœur Notre Dame d’Arménie. Que l’Esprit Saint nous accorde le courage apostolique de communiquer l’Evangile, en paroles et en actes, à tous ceux que nous rencontrons sur notre route. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from Ireland, Norway, Nigeria, China, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!
Einen herzlichen Gruß richte ich an die Pilger deutscher Sprache. Der Heilige Geist gebe uns den apostolischen Mut, Christus, unseren Herrn und Erlöser, zu bezeugen, mit Worten und Taten, gegenüber allen, denen wir auf unseren Wegen begegnen. Gott segne euch und eure Familien!
Saludo especialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española venidos de España y Latinoamérica. De modo particular, saludo a los responsables y miembros de la Cadena COPE, con motivo de su convención anual, y que están acompañados por el Presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal Española, Cardenal Ricardo Blázquez Pérez. Los animo a pedir la asistencia del Espíritu Santo en sus vidas para que les conceda la valentía de comunicar y anunciar la alegría del Evangelio, con palabras y obras, a cuantos encuentran en el camino de la vida.
Queridos peregrinos de língua portuguesa, particularmente os grupos brasileiros vindos de Ourinhos, Goiânia, Bauru e Venâncio Aires: sede bem-vindos! Todos nós que recebemos o dom do Espírito Santo devemos invocá-lo com mais frequência, para que Ele nos guie pela estrada dos discípulos de Cristo, aos quais é pedido para que sejam cristãos em todas as circunstâncias e escolhas da vida. Que Deus vos abençoe!
أرحبّ بمودّة بالحاضرينَ الناطقينَ باللغة العربيّة، وخاصة بالقادمين من الأراضي المقدسة ومن مصر ‏ومن الشرق الأوسط. ما من أحد ينال سرّ التثبيت لنفسه فقط، إنما كي يشارك في نموّ الآخرين الروحي. فنِعم ‏الله تعطى لنا كي نعطيها للآخرين لأنها تزداد بالمشاركة وتختفي بالأنانية. علينا إذًا ألا نخاف من أن نهب ما ‏نناله باستمرار من الروح القدس عبر شهادة حياة مقدّسة، وعبر نشر عطر كلمته المُحيية بين الإخوة. ليبارككم ‏الرب جميعا ويحرسكم من الشرير!
Serdecznie pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Drodzy bracia i siostry, przybyliście w pielgrzymce do grobów Apostołów Piotra i Pawła. Ich świadectwo uczy nas, że ewangelicznymi błogosławieństwami „możemy żyć tylko wtedy, gdy Duch Święty przenika nas całą swoją mocą i uwalnia nas od słabości egoizmu, lenistwa czy pychy” (Adhort. ap. Gaudete et exsultate, 65). Pozwólcie się prowadzić Jego mocy, abyście i wy byli błogosławionymi posłańcami Chrystusowej Dobrej Nowiny. Niech Pan wam błogosławi!
I extend a cordial welcome to the faithful of the Italian language.

I am pleased to welcome the Brothers of the Christian Schools; the Parishes, in particular those of Giugliano in Campania and Altamura, and the participants in the Pilgrimage from Macerata to Loreto, accompanied by the Bishops, Monsignor Nazzareno Marconi and by Monsignor Giancarlo Vecerrica.

I greet the Cellamare Volunteers for Rescue and Civil Protection Association; the "L'imprevisto" Cooperative of Pesaro and the "Rinascita" Group of Teolo.

Friday the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus occurs. Throughout the month of June, I invite you to pray the Heart of Jesus and to support your priests with closeness and affection, so that they may be images of that Heart full of merciful love.

A special thought for the young, the elderly, the sick and the newlyweds. Draw from the Heart of Jesus the spiritual food and drink of your life, so that, nourished by Christ, be new people, transformed in the depths by that divine love. Thank you!

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday June 6, 2018 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 355

Reading 12 TM 1:1-3, 6-12

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God
for the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
to Timothy, my dear child:
grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am grateful to God,
whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,
as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.

For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel
with the strength that comes from God.

He saved us and called us to a holy life,
not according to our works
but according to his own design
and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began,
but now made manifest
through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus,
who destroyed death and brought life and immortality
to light through the Gospel,
for which I was appointed preacher and Apostle and teacher.
On this account I am suffering these things;
but I am not ashamed,
for I know him in whom I have believed
and am confident that he is able to guard
what has been entrusted to me until that day.

Responsorial PsalmPS 123:1B-2AB, 2CDEF

R. (1b) To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.
To you I lift up my eyes
who are enthroned in heaven.
Behold, as the eyes of servants
are on the hands of their masters.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.
As the eyes of a maid
are on the hands of her mistress,
So are our eyes on the LORD, our God,
till he have pity on us.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.

AlleluiaJN 11:25A, 26

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
whoever believes in me will never die.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 12:18-27

Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection,
came to Jesus and put this question to him, saying,
"Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
If someone's brother dies, leaving a wife but no child,
his brother must take the wife
and raise up descendants for his brother.

Now there were seven brothers.
The first married a woman and died, leaving no descendants.
So the second brother married her and died, leaving no descendants,
and the third likewise.
And the seven left no descendants.
Last of all the woman also died.
At the resurrection when they arise whose wife will she be?
For all seven had been married to her."
Jesus said to them, "Are you not misled
because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?
When they rise from the dead,
they neither marry nor are given in marriage,
but they are like the angels in heaven.
As for the dead being raised,
have you not read in the Book of Moses,
in the passage about the bush, how God told him,
I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob?

He is not God of the dead but of the living.
You are greatly misled."

Saint June 6 : St. Norbert : Patron of #Childbirth and #Peace - #Norbertines

Feast Day:
June 6
1080 at Xanten, Germany
6 June 1134 at Magdeburg, Germany
1582 by Pope Gregory XIII
Patron of:
invoked during childbirth for safe delivery; Magdeburg, peace
Born at Xanten on the left bank of the Rhine, near Wesel, c. 1080; died at Magdeburg, 6 June, 1134. His father, Heribert, Count of Gennep, was related to the imperial house of Germany, and his house of Lorraine. A stately bearing, a penetrating intellect, a tender, earnest heart, marked the future apostle. Ordained subdeacon, Norbert was appointed to a canonry at Xanten. Soon after he was summoned to the Court of Frederick, Prince-Bishop of Cologne, and later to that of Henry V, Emperor of Germany, whose almoner he became. The Bishopric of Cambray was offered to him, but refused. Norbert allowed himself to be so carried away by pleasure that nothing short of a miracle of grace could make him lead the life of an earnest cleric. One day, while riding to Vreden, a village near Xanten, he was overtaken by a storm. A thunderbolt fell at his horse's feet; the frightened animal threw its rider, and for nearly an hour he lay like one dead. Thus humbled, Norbert became a sincere penitent. Renouncing his appointment at Court, he retired to Xanten to lead a life of penance.
Understanding, however, that he stood in need of guidance, he placed himself under the direction of Cono, Abbot of Siegburg. In gratitude to Cono, Norbert founded the Abbey of Fürstenberg, endowed it with a portion of his property, and made it over to Cono and his Benedictine successors. Norbert was then in his thirty-fifth year. Feeling that he was called to the priesthood, he presented himself to the Bishop of Cologne, from whose hands he received Holy Orders. After a forty days' retreat at Siegburg Abbey, he celebrated his first Mass at Xanten and preached an earnest discourse on the transitory character of this world's pleasures and on man's duties toward God. The insults of some young clerics, one of whom even spat in his face, he bore with wonderful patience on that occasion. Norbert often went to Siegburg Abbey to confer with Cono, or to the cell of Ludolph, a holy and learned hermit-priest, or to the Abbey or Klosterrath near Rolduc. Accused as an innovator at the Council of Fritzlar, he resigned all his ecclesiastical preferments, disposed of his estate, and gave all to the poor, reserving for himself only what was needed for the celebration of Holy Mass. Barefooted and begging his bread, he journeyed as far as St. Giles, in Languedoc, to confer with Pope Gelasius concerning his future life. Unable to keep Norbert at his court, Gelasius granted him faculties to preach wherever he judged proper. At Valenciennes Norbert met (March, 1119) Burchard, Bishop of Cambray, whose chaplain joined him in his apostolic journeys in France and Belgium. After the death of Pope Gelasius (29 January, 1119) Norbert wished to confer with his successor, Calixtus II, at the Council of Reims (Oct., 1119). The pope and Bartholomew, Bishop of Laon, requested Norbert to found a religious order in the Diocese of Laon, so that his work might be perpetuated after his death. Norbert chose a lonely, marshy valley, shaped in the form of a cross, in the Forest of Coucy, about ten miles from Laon, and named Prémontré. Hugh of Fosses, Evermode of Cambray, Antony of Nivelles, seven students of the celebrated school of Anselm, and Ralph at Laon were his first disciples. The young community at first lived in huts of wood and clay, arranged like a camp around the chapel of St. John the Baptist, but they soon built a larger church and a monastery for the religious who joined them in increasing numbers. Going to Cologne to obtain relics for their church, Norbert discovered through a vision, the spot where those of St. Ursula and her companions, of St. Gereon, and of other martyrs lay hidden. Women also wished to become members of the new religious order. Blessed Ricwera, widow of Count Raymond of Clastres, was St. Norbert's first spiritual daughter, and her example was followed by women of the best families of France and Germany. Soon after this, Norbert returned to Germany and preached in Westphalia, when Godfrey, Count of Kappenberg, offered himself and gave three of his castles to be made into abbeys. On his return from Germany, Norbert was met by Theobald, Count of Champagne, who wished to become a member of the order; but Norbert insisted that God wished Theobald to marry and do good in the world. Theobald agreed to this, but begged Norbert to prescribe a rule of life. Norbert prescribed a few rules and invested Theobald with the white scapular of the order, and thus, in 1122, the Third Order of St. Norbert was instituted. The saint was soon requested by the Bishop of Cambrai to go and combat the infamous heresies which Tanchelin had promulgated, and which had their centre at Antwerp. As a result of his preaching the people of the Low Countries abjured their heresies, and many brought back to him the Sacred Species which they had stolen and profaned. In commemoration of this, St. Norbert has been proclaimed the Apostle of Antwerp, and the feast of his triumph over the Sacramentarian heresy is celebrated in the Archdiocese of Mechlin on 11 July.
The rapid growth of the order was marvellous, and bishops entreated Norbert to found new houses in their dioceses. Floreffe, Viviers, St-Josse, Ardenne, Cuissy, Laon, Liège, Antwerp, Varlar, Kappenberg and others were founded during the first five years of the order's existence. Though the order had already been approved by the pope's legates, Norbert, accompanied by three disciples, journeyed to Rome, in 1125, to obtain its confirmation by the new pope, Honorius II. The Bull of Confirmation is dated 27 February, 1126. Passing through Würzburg on his return to Prémontré, Norbert restored sight to a blind woman; the inhabitants were so full of admiration for him that they spoke of electing him successor to the bishop who had just died, but Norbert and his companions fled secretly. Soon after this, on his way to Ratisbon, he passed through Spier, where Lothair, King of the Romans, was holding a diet, the papal legate being present. Deputies form Magdeburg had also come to solicit a successor to their late archbishop, Rudger.
The papal legate and Lothair used their authority, and obliged Norbert to accept the vacant see. On taking possession of it, he was grieved to find that much property belonging to the Church and the poor had been usurped by powerful men, and that many of the clergy led scandalous lives. He succeeded in converting some of the transgressors, but others only became more obstinate, and three attempts were made on his life. He resisted Pietro di Leoni, who, as antipope, had assumed the name of Anacletus and was master in Rome, exerting himself at the Council of Reims to attach the German Emperor and the German bishops and princes more firmly to the cause of Pope Innocent II.
Though his health was increasingly delicate, Norbert accompanied Lothair and his army to Rome to put the rightful pope on the Chair of St. Peter, and he resisted the pope's concession of the investiture to the emperor. Norbert, whose health was now much impaired, accompanied the Emperor Lothair back to Germany and for some time remained with him, assisting him as his chancellor and adviser. In March, 1134, Norbert had become so feeble that he had to be carried to Magdeburg where he died on the Wednesday after Pentecost. By order of the emperor, his body was laid at rest in the Norbertine Abbey of St. Mary, at Magdeburg. His tomb became glorious by the numerous miracles wrought there. The Bollandists say that there is no document to prove that he was canonized by Innocent III. His canonization was by Gregory XIII in 1582, and his cultus was executed to the whole church by Clement X.
On 2 May, 1627, the saint's body was translated from Magdeburg, then in the hands of Protestants, to the Abbey of Strahov, a suburb of Prague in Bohemia. The Chancery of Prague preserved the abjurations of six hundred Protestants who, on the day, or during the octave, of the translation, were reconciled to the Catholic Church. On that occasion the Archbishop of Prague, at the request of the civil and ecclesiastical authorities, proclaimed St. Norbert the Patron and Protector of Bohemia. Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia