Sunday, July 29, 2018

Saint July 30 : St. Peter Chrysologus : #Bishop

St. Peter Chrysologus
Feast: July 30
Born at Imola, 406; died there, 450. His biography, first written by Agnellus (Liber pontificalis ecclesiæ Ravennatis) in the ninth century, gives but scanty information about him. He was baptised, educated, and ordained deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola, and was elevated to the Bishopric of Ravenna in 433. There are indications that Ravenna held the rank of metropolitan before this time. His piety and zeal won for him universal admiration, and his oratory merited for him the name Chrysologus. He shared the confidence of Leo the Great and enjoyed the patronage of the Empress Galla Placidia. After his condemnation by the Synod of Constantinople (448), the Monophysite Eutyches endeavoured to win the support of Peter, but without success.
A collection of his homilies, numbering 176, was made by Felix, Bishop of Ravenna (707-17). Some are interpolations, and several other homilies known to be written by the saint are included in other collections under different names. They are in a great measure explanatory of Biblical texts and are brief and concise. He has explained beautifully the mystery of the Incarnation, the heresies of Arius and Eutyches, and the Apostles' Creed, and he dedicated a series of homilies to the Blessed Virgin and St. John the Baptist. His works were first edited by Agapitus Vicentinus (Bologna, 1534), and later by D. Mita (Bolonga, 1634), and S. Pauli (Venice, 1775) — the latter collection having been reprinted in P.L., LII. Fr. Liverani ("Spicilegium Liberianum"), Florence, 1863, 125 seq.) edited nine new homilies and published from manuscripts in Italian libraries different readings of several other sermons. Several homilies were translated into German by M. Held (Kempten, 1874).
Source: the Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis "The proclamation of Christ, bread of eternal life, requires a generous commitment of solidarity with the poor..." FULL TEXT at Angelus + Video

Before the Angelus:
 Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!
You are courageous with this sun in the Square! Congratulations!
Today’s Gospel (Cf. John 6:1-15) presents the account of the multiplication of the loaves and the fish. Seeing the great crowd that had followed Him near the Lake of Tiberias, Jesus turned to the Apostle Philip and asked: “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” (v.5). The few denarii that Jesus and the Apostles had, in fact, were not enough to feed that multitude. And so Andrew, another of the Twelve, led Jesus to a lad who put at their disposition everything he had: five loaves and two fish; but what are they – said Andrew – among so many? (Cf. v. 9). This lad was good! Courageous, he also looked at the crowd and looked at his five loaves, <and> said: “I have this: if they are useful, they are available.” This lad makes us think  . . . What courage . . . young people are like this; they have courage. We must help them to take forward this courage. Yet Jesus ordered His disciples to have the people sit down, then He took those loaves and those fish, gave thanks to the Father and distributed them (Cf. v. 11), and all were able to have as much food as they wanted. They all ate what they wanted.
With this Gospel page, the liturgy induces us not to look away from that Jesus who last Sunday, in Mark’s Gospel, seeing “a great throng, had compassion on them” (6:34). That lad of the five loaves also understood this compassion, and said: “Poor people! I have this . . . “Compassion led him to offer what he had. Today, in fact, John shows Jesus again attentive to the people’s primary needs. The episode springs from a concrete fact: the people are hungry and Jesus involves His disciples in satisfying this hunger. This is the concrete fact. Jesus didn’t limit Himself to give the crowds this — He offered His Word, His consolation, His salvation, finally His life –, but He also did this: He took care of food for the body. And we, His disciples, can’t pretend that nothing happened. Only by listening to people’s simplest requests and putting oneself next to their concrete existential situations can one be listened to when speaking of higher values.  The love of God for humanity, hungry for bread, for freedom, for justice, for peace, and especially for His divine grace, never fails.  Today also, Jesus continues today satiate, to render Himself living and consoling presence, and He does so through us. Therefore, the Gospel invites us to be available and busy, as that lad who realized he had five loaves and said: “I give this, then you’ll see to it . . .” In face of the cry of hunger  — every sort of “hunger” — of so many brothers and sisters in every part of the world, we can’t remain detached and calm spectators. The proclamation of Christ, bread of eternal life, requires a generous commitment of solidarity with the poor, the weak, the last <and> the vulnerable. This action of closeness and of charity is the best verification of the quality of our faith, both at the personal level as well as the communal level.
Then, at the end of the account, when all were satiated, Jesus asked His disciples to gather the pieces left over, so that nothing would be wasted. And I would like to propose to you this phrase of Jesus: “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost” (v. 12). I think of people who are hungry and how much leftover food we throw away . . . Let each one of us think: the food that’s left over at lunch, at dinner, where does it go? In my home, what’s done with this leftover food? Is it thrown out?  No. If you have this habit, I give you advice: talk with your grandparents who lived after the War and ask them what they did with leftover food. Never throw away leftover food. It’s re-heated or given to someone who can eat it, who is in need. Never throw away leftover food. This is advice but also an examination of conscience: what is done at home with leftover food?
Let us pray to the Virgin Mary, so that in the world programs dedicated to development, to supplies, to solidarity prevail and not those of hatred, of armaments and of war.
After the Blessing:
 And don’t forget two things: an image, an icon, and a phrase, a question. The icon of the courageous lad who gave the little he had to feed a great multitude. Always have courage. And the phrase, which is a question, an examination of conscience: what is done at home with leftover food? Thank you!
[Original text: Italian]  [Blog SHARE of ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]
 After the Angelus:
 Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Observed tomorrow is the World Day Against the Trafficking of Persons, promoted by the United Nations. This plague reduces many men, women, and children to slavery for the purpose of labor and sexual exploitation, the sale of organs, of vagrancy and forced delinquency, also here, in Rome. Migration routes are also often used by traffickers and exploiters, to recruit new victims of trafficking. It’s the responsibility of all to denounce the injustices and to oppose firmly this shameful crime.
I now greet all the pilgrims of Italy and of different countries, in particular, the faithful of Rio de Janeiro, Nova Friburgo, Viseu, Quixada and Fortaleza in Brazil.
I greet the “Friends of Saint Giovanna Antida Thouret” Association; the scout group of Padua and of Bethlehem; the young people of Cerese di Borgo Virgilio and the Confirmation candidates of Tombelle.
I wish you all a happy Sunday. Please, don’t forget to pray for me.
Enjoy your lunch and goodbye!
[Original text: Italian]  [SHARE of ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

Special #Novena to St. Martha - #Miracle Prayer to SHARE - Patron of #Cooks and Housewives

The prayer that follows should be recited for nine consecutive Tuesdays, lighting a candle on each Tuesday. This miraculous Saint has been known to grant anything, no matter how difficult it is, before the ninth Tuesday.
 Saint Martha, I resort to thy aid and protection. As proof of my affection and faith, I offer thee this light, which I shall burn every Tuesday.
 Comfort me in all my difficulties and through the great favors thou didst enjoy when the Savior was lodged in thy house, intercede for my family, that we be provided for in our neccessities. I ask of thee, Saint Martha, to overcome all difficulties as thou didst overcome the dragon which thou hadst at thy feet. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
 Recite the following prayers...
 Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be...
Prayer for Hospitality 
 O Sweet Jesus, Saint Martha lived in Bethany with her brother and sister, Saints Lazarus and Mary. She attended to Your physical needs while You rested and fellowshipped with good friends. I ask her to pray for my gift of hospitality. Teach me, dear Lord, how to truly welcome friends, family, and strangers. Increase in me the same respect for them as I would give to You if You appeared in the flesh. Help me to invite You into my home through the choices I make in television shows, conversations with others, and the type of jokes I tell or listen to. Give me a spirit of holy hospitality. Saint Martha, pray for me. Amen.

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. July 28, 2018 - #Eucharist - Readings + Video - 17th in Ord. Time - B

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 110

Reading 12 KGS 4:42-44

A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God,
twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits,
and fresh grain in the ear.
Elisha said, "Give it to the people to eat."
But his servant objected,
"How can I set this before a hundred people?"
Elisha insisted, "Give it to the people to eat."
"For thus says the LORD,
'They shall eat and there shall be some left over.'"
And when they had eaten, there was some left over,
as the LORD had said.

Responsorial PsalmPS 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18

R. (cf. 16) The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.
The eyes of all look hopefully to you,
and you give them their food in due season;
you open your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
R. The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
R. The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.

Reading 2EPH 4:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace:
one body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

AlleluiaLK 7:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A great prophet has risen in our midst.
God has visited his people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 6:1-15

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him,
because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain,
and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes
and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
he said to Philip,
"Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?"
He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
"Two hundred days' wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little."
One of his disciples,
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
"There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?"
Jesus said, "Have the people recline."
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
"Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted."
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves
that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
"This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world."
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone.