Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Pope Francis "The commandments free you from your selfishness and free you because there is the love of God that carries you forward." FULL TEXT + Video


Catechesis on the Commandments. 3: God's love precedes the law and gives it meaning

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today, this hearing will take place as last Wednesday. In Paul VI Hall there are many sick people and to keep them warm, because they are more comfortable, they are there. But they will follow the audience with the big screen and, even we with them, that is, there are not two hearings. There is only one. We salute the sick of the Paul VI Hall. And let us continue to speak of the commandments that, as we have said, more than commandments are the words of God to his people to walk well; loving words of a Father. The Ten Words begin like this: "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the servile condition" (Exodus 20: 2). This beginning would seem extraneous to the actual laws that follow. But is not so.

Why this proclamation that God makes of himself and of liberation? Because you get to Mount Sinai after crossing the Red Sea: the God of Israel first saves, then asks for trust. [1] That is: the Decalogue begins with the generosity of God. God never asks without giving first. Never. First save, first give, then ask. This is our Father, good God.

And we understand the importance of the first declaration: "I am the Lord your God". There is a possessive, there is a relationship, one belongs to one. God is not a stranger: he is your God. [2] This enlightens the whole Decalogue and also reveals the secret of Christian action, because it is the same attitude of Jesus who says: "As the Father has loved me, I have loved you" (Jn 15: 9). Christ is loved by the Father and loves us with that love. He does not start from himself but from the Father. Often our works fail because we start from ourselves and not from gratitude. And who starts from himself, where does he arrive? Get to himself! He is incapable of making his way back on himself. It is precisely that selfish attitude that, joking, people say: "That person is an I, me with me, and for me". He comes out of himself and returns to himself.

The Christian life is above all the grateful response to a generous Father. Christians who follow only "duties" report that they do not have a personal experience of that God who is "our". I have to do this, this, this ... Only duties. But you're missing something! What is the foundation of this duty? The foundation of this duty is the love of God the Father, who first gives, then commands. Putting the law before the relationship does not help the journey of faith. How can a young person desire to be a Christian, if we start from obligations, commitments, coherences and not from liberation? But being a Christian is a journey of liberation! The commandments free you from your selfishness and free you because there is the love of God that carries you forward. Christian formation is not based on willpower, but on the acceptance of salvation, on letting oneself be loved: first the Red Sea, then Mount Sinai. Salvation first: God saves his people in the Red Sea; then in Sinai he tells him what he must do. But that people know that these things are done because they have been saved by a Father who loves him.

Gratitude is a characteristic trait of the heart visited by the Holy Spirit; to obey God we must first remember his benefits. Saint Basil says: "Whoever does not let those benefits fall into oblivion, is oriented towards good virtue and to every work of justice" (Short Rules, 56). Where does all this bring us? To exercise memory: [3] how many beautiful things God has done for each of us! How generous is our Heavenly Father! Now I would like to offer you a little exercise, in silence, everyone answers in his heart. How many beautiful things did God do for me? This is the question. In silence, each of us answers. How many beautiful things did God do for me? And this is the liberation of God. God does many beautiful things and frees us.

Yet someone can feel that he has not yet made a true experience of the liberation of God. This can happen. It could be that one looks inward and finds only a sense of duty, a spirituality as servants and not as children. What to do in this case? As did the chosen people. The Book of Exodus says: "The Israelites groaned for their slavery, they cried out wailing and their cry from slavery ascended to God. God listened to their lament, God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God looked at the condition of the Israelites, God gave thought "(Ex 2,23-25). God thinks of me.

The liberating action of God placed at the beginning of the Decalogue - that is, of the commandments - is the answer to this lamentation. We do not save ourselves, but from us can cry out for help: "Lord save me, Lord teach me the way, Lord caress me, Lord give me a little joy". This is a cry asking for help. This is up to us: to ask to be freed from selfishness, from sin, from the chains of slavery. This cry is important, it is prayer, it is consciousness of what is still oppressed and not liberated in us. 
there are many things not liberated in our soul. "Save me, help me, free me". This is a beautiful prayer to the Lord. God awaits that cry, because he can and wants to break our chains; God has not called us to life to remain oppressed, but to be free and live in gratitude, obeying with joy to the One who gave us so much, infinitely more than we can ever give to Him. This is beautiful. May God be always blessed for all he has done, does and will do in us!
Greetings in Various Languages to Pilgrims:
Je suis heureux de saluer les pèlerins venus de France et de divers pays francophones. Je forme le vœu que cette période estivale qui commence soit l’occasion pour chacun d’approfondir sa relation personnelle avec Dieu afin de le suivre plus librement sur la voie de ses commandements. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Greece, Australia, China, Vietnam and the United States of America. I also welcome the delegation from the NATO Defense College, with prayerful good wishes for their service to the cause of peace. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you all!
Gerne heiße ich die Brüder und Schwestern deutscher Sprache willkommen. Besonders grüße ich die verschiedenen Schulgruppen, die an dieser Audienz teilnehmen. Der Anfang des Dekalogs erinnert uns daran, dass Gott uns zuerst geliebt hat. Unser Leben nach den Geboten ist Antwort auf das liebende Handeln Gottes und Ausdruck unserer Dankbarkeit. Der Heilige Geist schenke uns stets seine Gnade.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española, en particular a los grupos provenientes de España y Latinoamérica. Los invito a que, recordando todo lo bueno que Dios ha hecho en ustedes, respondan con libertad y alegría a la llamada de Dios, que nos ama y nos libra de nuestras esclavitudes para que podamos vivir como sus hijos amados. Que Dios los bendiga. Muchas gracias.
Dirijo uma cordial saudação aos grupos vindos de Portugal e do Brasil e demais peregrinos de língua portuguesa, desejando que esta visita por ocasião da Solenidade dos Santos Apóstolos Pedro e Paulo possa confirmar a todos na fé, esperança e caridade. Que Nossa Senhora vos acompanhe e proteja!
أرحب بمودة بالحاضرين الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصة كورال "الفرح التام" القادم من مصر، وجوقة "نوسروتو" من لبنان، ومؤمنين كنيسة "المٌخلص". لقد أعطى الله الوصايا لشعبه بعد أن حرره من العبودية، مظهرا هكذا سخاء محبته الأبوية. فالله يرغب في أن يحل جميع قيودنا، كي نعيش الحياة والوصايا، لا بروح العبيد، ‏وإنما بحرية الأبناء. ليبارككم الرب جميعا ويحرسكم من الشرير!‏
Pozdrawiam serdecznie Polaków, którzy przybyli z Polski i zza granicy w pielgrzymce do Grobów św. Apostołów. Pozdrawiam pielgrzymów z Łodzi, towarzyszących swemu Arcybiskupowi, który otrzyma paliusz metropolity. Witam również nowo wyświęconych diakonów z Archidiecezji Krakowskiej i Diecezji Bielsko-Żywieckiej. Życzę wszystkim, by okres wakacji, który się rozpoczyna był dla was czasem wypoczynku i piękną okazją uwielbiania Boga za dzieło stworzenia. Z odwagą trwajcie w wierze, przyznając się zawsze do Jezusa. Z serca wam błogosławię.

I extend a cordial welcome to Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the participants in the General Chapter of the Franciscan Immacolatine Sisters; the Carmelite Religious of Trivandrum; the School Sisters of Our Lady and the Cresimandi of the Citadel of Modena.

I greet the family home of Sant'Antonio Abate of Sassari; the Cima Community of Milan; the Emmaus Association of Lodi; the socio-cultural music association of Orosei and the Caracciolo Academy musical school in Rome.

A special thought for the young, the elderly, the sick and the newlyweds.

The day after tomorrow is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Patrons of Rome. We learn from these Apostles of the Lord the ability to testify with courage the Gospel of Jesus, beyond their differences, preserving the harmony and friendship that establish the credibility of any proclamation of faith.

[1] In the rabbinical tradition there is an illuminating text on the subject: "Why were the 10 words not proclaimed at the beginning of the Torah? [...] What can you compare to? To a man who, assuming the government of a city, asked the inhabitants: "May I reign over you?". But they answered: "What have you done us good for you to claim to reign over us?". So, what did he do? He built them defensive walls and a channel to supply the city with water; then he fought for them wars. And when he asked again: "May I reign over you?", They replied: "Yes, yes". So the Place brought Israel out of Egypt, divided the sea for them, sent the manna down to them and climbed the water of the well, brought them flying quails and finally fought for them the war against Amaleq. And when he asked them, "May I reign over you?", They replied: "Yes, yes" »(The gift of the Torah, Commentary on the Decalogue on Ex 20 in the Mekilta by R. Ishamael, Rome 1982, p.49) .

[2] Cf. Benedict XVI, Lett. Enc. Deus caritas est, 17: "The love story between God and man consists precisely in the fact that this communion of will grows in communion of thought and feeling and, thus, our will and God's will coincide more and more : the will of God is not for me an alien will, that the commandments impose on me from the outside, but it is my own will, on the basis of the experience that, in fact, God is more intimate to me than I am same. Then abandonment in God grows and God becomes our joy ".

[3] See Homily at the Mass in S. Marta, 7 October 2014: "[What does it mean to pray?] It is to remember before God our history. Because our history [is] the story of his love for us ». Cf. Detti e fatti dei fathers of the desert, Milan 1975, p. 71: "Oblivion is the root of all evil".

#Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help - SHARE #Miracle Prayer!

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, And in our Souls take up Thy rest, Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
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 didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful people by sending them the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us by the same Spirit, to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort, through Christ Our Lord, Amen 2. AN ACT OF CONTRITION
(Here, O God is my sacrifice, a broken spirit; a heart that is humbled and contrite, thou O God, will never disdain; ps 50:19)
My God, I believe in Thee.* I hope in thee .* I love Thee above all things.* With all my Soul,* With all my heart ,* and with all my strength ; * I love Thee because thou are infinitely good * And worthy of being loved * and because I love Thee,* I repent with all my heart * Of having offended Thee; * have mercy on me a sinner. Amen
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses , as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen THE HAIL MARY
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, JESUS , Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen THE GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy spirit.
As it was in the beginning , is now and ever shall be world without end . Amen
We fly to thy patronage, O Holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities. But ever deliver us from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Priest : O Mother of Perpetual Succour, thou whose very name inspires confidence.
People : Help me, O loving Mother.
Pr. : That I may love and serve God with all my heart.
Pe. : Help me, O loving mother
Pr. : That I may never neglect prayer
Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother.
Pr. : In temptations against the holy vitue of purity
Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother.
Pr. : That I may quickly rise again should I have the misfortune to fall into sin.
Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother
Pr. : That I may courageously resist the seductions of the world, evil companions, bad books and films Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother.
Pr. : That I may often and devoutly receive the Sacraments and fulfil my Christian duties and the duties of my state.
Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother.
Pr. : That I may be patient and resigned in all trials and troubles of life
Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother.
Pr. : In sickness and pain, in poverty and distress
Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother.
Pr. : That I may not delay my conversion from day to day
Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother.
Pr. : That I may ever love and serve thee and invoke thy assistance Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother.
Pr. : That I may be able to lead others to love serve and pray to thee
Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother.
Pr. : When death is near and I am about to pass into eternity.
Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother.
Pr. : To my last hour, to my last breath do thou watch over me.

Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother. Pr. : Pray for us O Mother of Perpetual Succour
Pe. : Help me, O loving Mother.
LET US PRAY O Almighty and merciful God * Who in order to assist the human race * Has willed the blessed virgin Mary * To become the Mother of Thy only-begotten Son * Grant we beseech Thee * That by her intercession * We may avoid the contagion of sin * And serve Thee with a pure heart * Through the same Christ Our Lord * Amen 5. SUMMARY OF PETITIONS & THANKSGIVINGS 6. NOVENA PRAYERS O Mother of Perpetual Succour * Behold me a miserable sinner at thy feet * I have recourse to thee and put my trust in thee * O Mother of Mercy, have pity upon me * I hear thee called by all * The refuge and the hope of sinners; * be then my refuge and my hope * Succour me for the love of Jesus Christ *; Stretch forth thy hand to me, * a poor sinner, * who recommend and dedicate myself to thee * As thy perpetual servant * I bless and thank God for having in His Mercy given me this confidence in Thee * the pledge , as I believe of my eternal salvation*
Alas, too often in past times have I miserably fallen * Because I had not recourse to thee * I know that with thy help I shall conquer * I know that thou will help me * If I recommend myself to thee * But I fear lest in the occasion of failing * I should cease to call upon thee * And so should lose my soul * This then is the grace I seek from thee, * and I beg of thee, as far as I know how and can, * to obtain it for me * namely, in the assaults of hell,* always to have recourse to thee and to say to thee; * O mary help me * Mother of Perpetual Succour, * Suffer me not to lose my God * Amen.
Priest : Mother of Perpetual Succour
People : Pray for thy Children.
Hail Mary.......... (Repeat three times)
Holy Mary, * Succour the miserable, help the faint hearted * Cheer those that weep, *Pray for the people ,* be the advocate of the clergy, * Intercede for all devout women, * Let all feel thine aid,* Who implore thy perpetual succour.
Priest : Thou has been made for us O Lady, a Refuge.
People : A helper in need and tribulation.
O Lord Jesus Christ,* Who hast given us Thy Mother Mary, * Whose wondrous image we venerate, * To our Mother ,* Ever ready to succour us,* grant , we beseech Thee,* That we, who earnestly implore her maternal aid, * May deserve to enjoy perpetually the fruit of thy redemption * Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

Pope Francis to Special Olympics " The Lord reserves a special place in his heart for anyone with disabilities, and so does the Successor of St. Peter!"

Greetings from the Holy Father in the Paul VI Hall

Catechesis of the Holy Father

To the pilgrims of the Organization "Deaf Catholic Youth Initiative of the Americas" (DCYIA)

Dear friends,

I warmly welcome the "Deaf Catholic Youth Initiative of the Americas" group. I pray that your pilgrimage, which you have called "A time to walk with Jesus" - can help you grow in love for Christ and for one another. The Lord reserves a special place in his heart for anyone with disabilities, and so does the Successor of St. Peter! I hope that the time you spend in Rome will enrich you spiritually and strengthen your testimony towards the love of God for all your children. You continue your journey, I ask you, please, to remind you to pray for me. May Almighty God bless all of you with abundance!

To the delegation of the "Special Olympics" Organization

I extend a special welcome to the delegation of the "Special Olympics" organization on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its foundation. The world of sport offers a particular opportunity for people to grow in mutual understanding and friendship, and I pray that this Olympic Flame can be a sign of joy and hope in the Lord, who grants the gifts of unity and peace to his children . On all those who support the aims of "Special Olympics", I willingly invoke the blessings of joy and peace of God Almighty.

Is Smoking Marijuana a Sin? Yes! Catholic Bishops Explain why in FULL TEXT Statement Release

Smoking Marijuana has become legal in Canada, however, the Catholic Bishops have released a warning statement. Marijuana use can be sinful if used to excess...and this drug is more powerful than one may think...
CCCB Release
On 19 June 2018, the Senate passed Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. On 21 June 2018, the Bill received Royal Assent, thereby legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Canada. Bill C-45, however, which also regulates how cannabis will be grown, distributed and sold in Canada, does not come into force until 17 October 2018. In response, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued a "Statement on the Legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana for Recreational Use." This statement comments on what the CCCB worries will be the effects of using and promoting the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, reiterating the information and insights already expressed in its prior "Statement on Canada's Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction", as well as highlighting the important evidence-based concerns raised by a number of community professionals and the Holy See.

Statement on the Legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana for Recreational Use 
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) expresses its disappointment at the passage of Bill C-45, which legalizes cannabis/marijuana for recreational use. Given the numerous known risks cannabis use poses to human society and human health (physical, mental and emotional), it is lamentable that the federal government has decided to facilitate the provision and use of an addictive substance that will have disastrous effects for so many people. The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and the Canadian Paediatric Society have pointed out how the use of cannabis is linked to addictions, depression, anxiety, psychosis, damage to brain development, and lung problems such as asthma and emphysema. With Canadian youth considered by UNICEF as the most frequent users of marijuana in the developed world, the legalization of cannabis for recreational use will not – as the government has claimed – restrict young people’s access to marijuana or diminish their use of it. Canadian police chiefs, as well as many Indigenous, provincial and municipal leaders, continue to point out the need for additional funding to police the new legislation, and not all are convinced it is likely to reduce the involvement of organized crime but on the contrary may even have the opposite effect. Legalization is not necessary due to the difficulty of enforcement. There will always be social evils that are difficult to eradicate, but the answer surely cannot be to capitulate by condoning or legalizing them. Instead, as the Pontifical Academy for Sciences has recommended, the solutions for drug trafficking, dependency and abuse are found in educational and employment opportunities; community support for the vulnerable; treatment, prevention and medical services; family support; the curtailment of drug supply; the discouragement of drug use; and the promotion of recovery programs. The position of the CCCB is shared by Pope Francis, who has pointed out that “the legalization, even partial, of so-called ‘soft drugs’ – beyond being at least questionable from the legislative point of view – does not produce the desired results” (speech to participants in the 31st International Drug Enforcement Conference, Rome, 20 June 2014). The massive increase in cannabis use that will accompany its legalization will not produce a more just and humane society, but will only exacerbate or multiply problems already widespread in society, including mental illness, crime, unemployment, family breakdown, injuries and fatalities resulting from impaired driving, and increased addiction to “harder” drugs along with associated problems resulting from overdose. - 2 - To cite the earlier CCCB statement on “Statement on Canada’s Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction,” the legalization of marijuana “is potentially dangerous. The very significant health risks associated with the use of cannabis are widely recognized, particularly in young people. They include the heightened risk of heart attack, stroke, all of the respiratory and carcinogenic pathologies associated with tobacco smoke, and a multitude of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia. Studies have pointed to marijuana as a ‘gateway drug,’ underscoring the propensity of users to consume it in combination with other licit and illicit drugs, including some which may be ‘harder’. At a time when so many resources are already being spent to discourage recreational tobacco use, it is difficult to comprehend the disregard for public safety entailed in legalizing marijuana, which is arguably much more dangerous.” Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops 25 June 2018

New Changes within the College of Cardinals by Pontiff

Pope makes changes within College of Cardinals
Pope Francis has transferred four Cardinals to the “Order of Bishops” within the College of Cardinals.
  By Christopher Wells
With a rescript dated 26 June 2018, Pope Francis has named four Cardinals to the Order of Bishops within the College of Cardinals. The rescript, signed by Cardinal-elect Angelo Becciu, the Substitute of the Secretariat of State, says the new Cardinal Bishops will be equal “in all respects to the Cardinals holding the title of a suburbicarian Church.”
Traditionally, the Order of Bishops within the College is composed of six Bishops who are given the “title” of Bishops of the suburbicarian sees – that is, dioceses in the immediate vicinity of Rome. The new Cardinal Bishops are Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State; Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches; Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; and Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for Peoples. From the moment the rescript enters into force on 28 June, the new Cardinal Bishops will be equivalent in all respects to their confreres who hold the title of suburbicarian churches.
“The Roman Pontiffs have always looked with fraternal predilection to the College of Cardinals,” the rescript says. “Indeed, they offer special support to the mission of the Successor of Peter, bringing the precious contribution of their experience and service to the particular Churches dispersed throughout the world and effectively enriching the bond of communion with the Church of Rome.”
Except by special permission of the Pope, all Cardinals of the Roman Church receive sacramental consecration as Bishops. However, within the College itself there are three “Orders” or ranks of Cardinals: Cardinal Bishops, Cardinal Priests, and Cardinal Deacons. The titles are related to the historical connection of cardinals to positions within the Church of Rome. (According to canon law, Eastern patriarchs who are made Cardinals are also in the episcopal order; they have their own patriarchal See as their title).
The rescript notes that although the numbers of Cardinals who belong to the Orders of Priests and Deacons have increased with the growth of the College, the number of Cardinal Bishops “has remained constant and unchanged over time.” The elevation of new Cardinals to the Order of Bishops is intended to meet “the need to enlarge the current composition” of the Order.
FULL TEXT Release by Vatican News

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday June 27, 2018 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 373

Reading 12 KGS 22:8-13; 23:1-3

The high priest Hilkiah informed the scribe Shaphan,
"I have found the book of the law in the temple of the LORD."
Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it.
Then the scribe Shaphan went to the king and reported,
"Your servants have smelted down the metals available in the temple
and have consigned them to the master workmen
in the temple of the LORD."
The scribe Shaphan also informed the king
that the priest Hilkiah had given him a book,
and then read it aloud to the king.
When the king heard the contents of the book of the law,
he tore his garments and issued this command to Hilkiah the priest,
Ahikam, son of Shaphan,
Achbor, son of Micaiah, the scribe Shaphan,
and the king's servant Asaiah:
"Go, consult the LORD for me, for the people, for all Judah,
about the stipulations of this book that has been found,
for the anger of the LORD has been set furiously ablaze against us,
because our fathers did not obey the stipulations of this book,
nor fulfill our written obligations."

The king then had all the elders of Judah
and of Jerusalem summoned together before him.
The king went up to the temple of the LORD with all the men of Judah
and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem:
priests, prophets, and all the people, small and great.
He had the entire contents of the book of the covenant
that had been found in the temple of the LORD, read out to them. 
Standing by the column, the king made a covenant before the LORD
that they would follow him
and observe his ordinances, statutes and decrees
with their whole hearts and souls,
thus reviving the terms of the covenant
which were written in this book.
And all the people stood as participants in the covenant.

Responsorial PsalmPS 119:33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40

R. (33a) Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
Instruct me, O LORD, in the way of your statutes,
that I may exactly observe them.
R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
Give me discernment, that I may observe your law
and keep it with all my heart.
R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
Lead me in the path of your commands,
for in it I delight. 
R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
Incline my heart to your decrees
and not to gain.
R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
Turn away my eyes from seeing what is vain:
by your way give me life.
R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your justice give me life.
R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

AlleluiaJN 15:4A, 5B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Remain in me, as I remain in you, says the Lord;
whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 7:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,
but underneath are ravenous wolves.
By their fruits you will know them.
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Just so, every good tree bears good fruit,
and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down
and thrown into the fire.
So by their fruits you will know them."

Saint June 27: Our Lady of Perpetual Help - #OurLady #PerpetualHelp

June 27, is the feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, and the Madonna di San Matteo. We are reminded that Our Blessed Mother constantly intercedes for us with Jesus, Our Lord—in our times of struggle, pain, and difficulty.
Mother of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favored by God. You became not only the Mother of the Redeemer but the Mother of the redeemed as well. We come to you today as your loving children. Watch over us and take care of us. As you held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so take us in your arms. Be a mother ready at every moment to help us. For God who is mighty has done great things for you, and His mercy is from age to age on those who love Him. Our greatest fear is that in time of temptation, we may fail to call out to you, and become lost children. Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to call upon you, Mother of Perpetual Help.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a title and devotion given to Our Blessed Mother, following an association with a Byzantine painting originating as early as the 13th century. Since that time, this golden image has inspired Catholics to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary for intercession with her beloved Son, Jesus Christ. The painting, as interpreted by art historians and theologians, represents a message of salvation and reparation: “You can come to me.” The icon, possibly painted in Crete by an unknown artist, depicts Our Blessed Mother, holding the infant Christ. To her right is the Archangel Michael, carrying the lance and sponge of the crucifixion. On her left is the Archangel Gabriel carrying the cross and nails used in the crucifixion. Also known as the Theotokos of the Passion, the icon suggests that Christ, even as an infant, knew of His passion and death, and is seeking the comfort of his mother.
The origins and early history of the painting are lost to record, but in the fifteenth century, the icon was first venerated at the Church of San Matteo. Prior to that, history suggests that the painting was stolen in Crete, and brought to Italy by a pious merchant, who eventually (possibly following an apparition of the Blessed Mother to his daughter) bequeathed the painting to the church, which was served for a time by the Hermits of Saint Augustine. The picture remained in the church for nearly three hundred years.
In 1812 the French invaded Rome and destroyed the church. The picture disappeared. Between 1863 and 1865 it was discovered in an oratory of the Augustinian Fathers at Santa Maria in Posterula. Under the direction of Pope Pius XI, the original icon was displayed for public veneration under the care of the Redemptorist Fathers at the Church of Saint Alphonsus (built on the original site of the destroyed Church of San Matteo), where it remains today.
Text shared from 365 Rosaries Blog
Powerful Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
O MOTHER of Perpetual Help, Grant that I may ever invoke Your most powerful name, Which is the safeguard of the living And the salvation of the dying.
O purest Mary! O sweetest Mary! Let your name henceforth Be ever on my lips.
Delay not, O Blessed Lady, To succor me Whenever I call on you.
In all my temptations, In all my needs, I will never cease To call on you Ever repeating Your sacred name, Mary, Mary!
Oh, what consolations, What sweetness, What confidence, What emotion fills my soul When I utter your sacred name, Or even only think of you!
I thank the Lord For having given you, For my good, So sweet, so powerful, So lovely a name.
But I will not be content With merely uttering your name. Let my love for you prompt me Ever to hail you, Mother of Perpetual Help.
Mother of Perpetual Help, Pray for me And grant me the favor I confidently ask of you.