Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Pope Francis "Man's freedom arises from letting the true God be the only Lord." FULL TEXT at Audience + Video


Paul VI Hall
Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Catechesis on the Commandments: 5. Idolatry

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

We continue today to meditate on the Decalogue, deepening the theme of idolatry, we talked about it last week. Now let's get back to the topic because it's very important to know it. And we take a cue from the idol par excellence, the golden calf, mentioned in the Book of Exodus (32.1-8) - we have just listened to a passage. This episode has a precise context: the desert, where the people await Moses, who climbed the mountain to receive the instructions from God.

What is the desert? It is a place where insecurity and insecurity reign - there is nothing in the desert - where there is no water, there is no food and there is no shelter. The desert is an image of human life, whose condition is uncertain and has no inviolable guarantees. This insecurity generates in man primary anxieties, which Jesus mentions in the Gospel: "What shall we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? "(Mt 6,31). These are primary anxieties. And the desert causes these anxieties.

And in that desert something happens that triggers idolatry. «Moses was slow to come down from the mountain» (Ex 32,1). He stayed there 40 days and people became impatient. The reference point that was Moses is missing: the leader, the leader, the reassuring guide, and this becomes unsustainable. Then the people ask for a visible god - this is the trap in which the people falls - to be able to identify and guide. And they say to Aaron: "Do for us a god who walks in our head!", "Make us a leader, make us a leader". Human nature, to escape from precariousness - precariousness is the desert - seeks a "do-it-yourself" religion: if God does not show himself, we make ourselves a made-to-measure god. «In front of the idol one does not risk the possibility of a call that brings out one's own certainties, because the idols" have a mouth and do not speak "(Ps 115,5). We then understand that the idol is a pretext to place oneself at the center of reality, in the adoration of the work of one's own hands "(Enc. Lumen fidei, 13).

Aronne can not oppose people's requests and creates a golden calf. The veal had a twofold meaning in the ancient Near East: on the one hand it represented fruitfulness and abundance, and on the other it represented energy and strength. But above all it is golden, so it is a symbol of wealth, success, power and money. These are the great idols: success, power and money. These are the temptations of all time! Here is what the golden calf is: the symbol of all the desires that give the illusion of freedom and instead enslave, because the idol always enslaves. There is charm and you go. That charm of the snake, which looks at the bird and the bird remains without being able to move and the snake catches it. Aronne did not know how to oppose.

But everything stems from the inability to trust above all in God, to place our safety in Him, to let Him give true depth to the desires of our heart. This also allows us to support weakness, uncertainty and insecurity. The reference to God makes us strong in weakness, in uncertainty and also in precariousness. Without God's primacy one easily falls into idolatry and is content with meager assurances. But this is a temptation that we always read in the Bible. And think this well: freeing the people from Egypt to God did not cost so much work; he did it with signs of power, of love. But God's great work was to remove Egypt from the heart of the people, that is, to remove idolatry from the heart of the people. And yet God continues to work to remove it from our hearts. This is the great work of God: to take away "that Egypt" that we carry within, which is the charm of idolatry.

When we welcome the God of Jesus Christ, who made himself poor for us as a rich man (cf. 2 Cor 8: 9), we discover that recognizing our weakness is not the misfortune of human life, but it is the condition to open up to who is really strong. Then God's salvation enters through the door of weakness (cf. 2 Cor 12:10); it is because of his own insufficiency that man opens himself to the fatherhood of God. Man's freedom arises from letting the true God be the only Lord. And this allows us to accept our own fragility and reject the idols of our hearts.

We Christians turn our gaze to Christ crucified (cf. Jn 19:37), who is weak, despised and stripped of all possession. But in him the face of the true God is revealed, the glory of love and not that of shimmering deception. Isaiah says: "By his wounds we have been healed" (53.5). We were healed precisely by the weakness of a man who was God, by his wounds. And from our weaknesses we can open ourselves to the salvation of God. Our healing comes from Him who became poor, who accepted failure, who took our precariousness to the end to fill it with love and strength. He comes to reveal to us the fatherhood of God; in Christ our fragility is no longer a curse, but a place of encounter with the Father and the source of a new force from above.
Greetings in Different Languages:
Je suis heureux de saluer les pèlerins venus de France, de Côte d’Ivoire et de divers pays francophones. Je souhaite que cette période estivale nous aide à tourner notre regard vers le Christ crucifié qui a pris jusqu’au bout notre précarité pour la combler d’amour et de force. Que le Seigneur nous aide ainsi à refuser les idoles de notre cœur. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, particularly the groups from Malta and Indonesia. 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 Pilger aus den Ländern deutscher Sprache willkommen. Diese Urlaubszeit lädt uns ein, die Schönheit der Schöpfung Gottes zu bewundern und im Gebet unsere Beziehung zum Herrn wachsen zu lassen. Gott allein kann den Wünschen unseres Herzens echte Tiefe schenken. Der Heilige Geist erfülle euch mit seiner Freude. Schönen Aufenthalt in Rom.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española, en modo particular a los grupos provenientes de España y América Latina. Los animo a mirar a Cristo crucificado. Él nos revela el verdadero rostro de Dios y nos enseña que la debilidad no es una maldición, sino un lugar de encuentro con Dios Padre y su amor la fuente de nuestra fuerza y alegría. Que el Señor los bendiga. Muchas gracias.
Queridos peregrinos de língua portuguesa: uma saudação cordial a todos, particularmente aos grupos vindos de Portugal e do Brasil. Faço votos de que esta peregrinação a Roma vos confirme no propósito de seguir o Senhor com coragem, levando a todos o testemunho luminoso do seu amor. Deus vos abençoe!
أرحب بمودة بالحاضرين الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصة بالقادمين من الأراضي المقدسة ومن الأردن ‏ ‏ومن الشرق الأوسط. في وجه المسيح المصلوب نكتشف غنى محبة الله الذي أفتقر ليغنينا. إن الأصنام، ‏بعكس هذا، تفقرنا ولتحولنا إلى عبيد أكثر فأكثر. لا وجود لحرية حقيقية بدون تحرير أنفسنا أولا من عبودية ‏الأصنام لنقبل بالمسيح الذي يجعلنا أبناء للإله الأوحد وإخوة فيما بيننا. ليبارككم الرب جميعا ويحرسكم من ‏الشرير‏!
Serdecznie pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Bracia i siostry, w Chrystusie ogołoconym i pogardzanym objawia się oblicze prawdziwego Boga, chwała miłości, a nie błyskotliwa ułuda. „W Jego ranach jest nasze zdrowie” (53, 5). Zawsze, a szczególnie wtedy, gdy pojawiają się trudności i brak perspektyw, pamiętajcie, że w Chrystusie nasza kruchość nie jest już przekleństwem, lecz miejscem spotkania z Ojcem i źródłem nowej mocy z wysoka. Niech Jego błogosławieństwo stale Wam towarzyszy!
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Dear Italian-speaking pilgrims: welcome!

I am pleased to welcome the Capuchin Sisters of the Holy Family.

I greet the parish groups, the Good Shepherd Institute of Piacenza, the Scout Group of Palermo, the participants in the "Sacro Cuore" Camp-school in Padua, the "Waiting for an Angel" Association and the Members of the "Torchlight for Peace" Val Brembilla: I wish everyone to spread the joy of the Gospel with credible enthusiasm.

I address a particular thought to the young, the elderly, the sick and the newlyweds. Today is the liturgical memorial of St. Dominic of Guzmán, founder of the Order of Preachers. His example of a faithful servant of Christ and his Church is an encouragement and stimulus for us all. A special wish to those who bear this name. And tomorrow, in Europe, we celebrate the feast of Saint Teresa Benedetta della Croce (Edith Stein). Martyr, a woman of consistency, a woman who seeks God with honesty, with love and a martyred woman of her Jewish and Christian people. May she, Patroness of Europe, pray and guard Europe from heaven. God bless you all!

#BreakingNews 6 Priests and Several People Killed and Churches Burned in Ethnic Violence in Ethiopia - Please Pray

Churches burned and priests killed in the Somali region
Addis Ababa (Agenzia Fides) - Patriarch Matthias I and the Holy Synod of the Tewahedo Orthodox Church of Ethiopia have decided to offer 16 days of fasting and prayer that precede and follow the liturgical solemnity of the Dormition of St Mary Mother of God – (celebrated August 15), to invoke the gift of peace and reconciliation in Jijiga and in the Somali region, after ethnic violence, which in recent days, exploded in that part of Ethiopia, causing about 30 victims. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has paid a high price due to the spiral of violence: according to information by local media, at least seven Orthodox churches have been attacked and set on fire, and local sources speak of at least six priests and several faithful killed.
The clashes began at the end of last week, when armed men of the Liyu militia, of ethnic Somali and under the orders of Abdi Illey (President of the Somali Region) tried to interrupt a meeting between members of the regional parliament and representatives of the city of Dire Daua, with the intent of denouncing the violation of human rights in the region. The incidents of violence caused the intervention of the Ethiopian army, which deployed its troops also around the institutional headquarters, including the building of the regional parliament and the presidential palace of the same Abdi Illey. A massive intervention was followed by attacks against targets linked to minority ethnic groups, fomented by members of the Liyu militia. The spiral of violence also accentuated the contrasts between the regional administration and the government of Addis Ababa, also leading to the resignation of regional governor Abdi Illey, who in the last hours - as reported by local media - has also been arrested and placed in custody by the authorities of Addis Ababa.
The Somali region has been unstable for some time. Prime Minister, Abyi Ahmed, wanted to make his first visit to that area of the country after taking office at the beginning of last April.
At the moment - according to official sources of the Tewahedo Orthodox Church - more than 20,000 displaced Ethiopians are supported and assisted by the Orthodox parishes of Jijiga.
The Tewahedo Orthodox Church of Ethiopia, led by Abuna Matthias I, is the only autochthonous ecclesial group and of direct apostolic derivation in Sub-Saharan Africa. "The key to unity among the Churches", he told the Ethiopian Patriarch after meeting Pope Francis in Rome on February 29, 2016 "today lies in the ecumenism of the martyrs". (GV) (FULL TEXT Press Release from Agenzia Fides, 8/8/2018) 

Novena to St. Dominic - Founder of Dominican Order - SHARE - #StDominic #OP

Novena to St. Dominic
Say once a day for 9 days. Especially on the Feast of St. Dominic. 
 O renowned champion of the faith of Christ, most holy saint Dominic, who didst renounce the honour and dignity of an earthly principality to embrace the poor, laborious, and mortified life which should distinguish a disciple of Him Who has said: "If any man will come after Me, let him take up his cross and follow Me."
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 O burning torch, who being thyself consumed with the fire of divine love, didst incessantly labour to enkindle that sacred flame in the hearts of others, look down upon me from that throne of glory where thou enjoyest the reward of all thy labours, and obtain that some sparks of that blessed fire may be lighted in my soul, to animate and encourage me under any crosses or trials with which it shall please the divine goodness to visit me. Thou, O great Saint, regardest as nothing all the afflictions thou didst endure, and all the toils thou didst undergo for the promotion of God's holy cause; obtain, I beseech Thee, that the same ardent love which strengthened thee, may make sweet to me labours, humiliations, disgraces, or whatever other mortifications I may have to suffer for the Name of Jesus. May I ever bear in mind that nothing can happen to me but by the particular dispensation of a God Who is infinitely wise, and therefore knows what is best for my welfare; infinitely powerful, and consequently able to effect it; and above all, infinitely merciful and loving, Who has laid down His life for my redemption, and continues daily to give new proofs of His love and bounty. O tender Father of the poor who, when all other resources were exhausted, didst offer thyself for their relief, obtain for me that true spirit of compassion for the suffering members of Jesus Christ, which shone forth so conspicuously in thy holy life. May I, by charity to those whom Jesus so dearly loves, lay up for myself treasures in heaven, where thou now enjoyest that which the eye hath not seen, nor the ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, but which God has prepared for those who love Him, and who prove themselves His Disciples by the observance of His Divine precept "love one another." I praise and thank God for the high degree of sanctity to which He had raised thee, and the special privileges by which He has distinguished thee. I conjure thee, by that gratitude with which thou shalt for all eternity be penetrated for thy Divine Benefactor, implore for me the grace to root out of my heart whatever is not agreeable in His sight, especially that evil habit by which I most frequently offend Him.
Obtain likewise the favours I request in this Novena, through thy powerful intercession.
 (Mention your intentions here)
 O glorious Mother of God, Queen of the most sacred Rosary, thou who didst love Dominic with the affection of a mother, and were most tenderly loved and honoured by him, look upon me, for his sake, with an eye of pity, deign to join with him in presenting these petitions to thy most Blessed Jesus. I sincerely desire from this moment to love Him with all my heart, and serve Him with all my strength, and now place myself under thy powerful protection, as a sure means of obtaining all the graces necessary to serve Him faithfully here, that I may eternally rejoice with Him hereafter. Amen.

#Novena to St. Mary Mackillop - Mary of the Cross - #Australia - #Mackillop

A novenea is a prayer repeated for nine consecutive days, or once a week for nine weeks. It can be prayed by individuals or groups. A Statement of Faith should precede the saying of the prayer each time.
 The following is an example of such a statement of faith: We believe in God’s everlasting love for all and through faith and great confidence in that love our petition will be granted. Therefore, in the desire to promote God’s greater honour and glory, we pray, through the intercession of St Mary of the Cross, for (insert intention) .
 The statement of faith is followed by this prayer: Most loving God, we thank you for the example of St Mary of the Cross, who, in her living of the gospel, witnessed to the human dignity of each person. She faced life’s challenges with faith and courage. We pray, through her intercession, for our need – (insert name)'s return to good health. We make this prayer through Jesus, the Lord. Amen.
Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be Each day for 9 Days
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday August 8, 2018 - #Eucharist

Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest
Lectionary: 409

Reading 1JER 31:1-7

At that time, says the LORD,
I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel,
and they shall be my people.
Thus says the LORD:
The people that escaped the sword
have found favor in the desert.
As Israel comes forward to be given his rest,
the LORD appears to him from afar:
With age-old love I have loved you;
so I have kept my mercy toward you.
Again I will restore you, and you shall be rebuilt,
O virgin Israel;
Carrying your festive tambourines,
you shall go forth dancing with the merrymakers.
Again you shall plant vineyards
on the mountains of Samaria;
those who plant them shall enjoy the fruits.
Yes, a day will come when the watchmen
will call out on Mount Ephraim:
"Rise up, let us go to Zion,
to the LORD, our God."

For thus says the LORD:
Shout with joy for Jacob,
exult at the head of the nations;
proclaim your praise and say:
The LORD has delivered his people,
the remnant of Israel.

Responsorial PsalmJEREMIAH 31:10, 11-12AB, 13

R. (see 10d) The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd his flock.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the LORD's blessings.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy.
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock

AlleluiaLK 7:16

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

GospelMT 15: 21-28

At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
"Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!
My daughter is tormented by a demon."
But he did not say a word in answer to her.
His disciples came and asked him,
"Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us."
He said in reply,
"I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
But the woman came and did him homage, saying, "Lord, help me."
He said in reply,
"It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs."
She said, "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters."
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
"O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish."
And her daughter was healed from that hour.

Saint August 8 : St. Mary Mackillop : 1st Saint of #Australia

ST. MARY MACKILLOP was born on January 15, 1842 and died on August 8, 1909. She is also known as St. Mary of the Cross. She founded the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart with Father Julian Tenison Woods. They focus on education for the poor. She was canonized on October 17, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. (Image: She is the first Australian Canonized Saint. Mary Helen MacKillop was born in Fitzroy, Victoria. Her parents lived in Roybridge, Inverness-Shire, Scotland before their emigration to Australia. Her father was Alexander MacKillop and her mother was Flora MacDonald. They arrived in Melbourn in 1840. They had eight children: Margaret, 1843–1872, John 1845–1867, Annie 1848–1929, Alexandrina 1850–1882, Donald 1853–1925, Alick died at 11 months and Peter 1857–1878. Mary was the eldest. Her brother Donald became a Jesuit priest and her sister Alexandrina a nun. She was educated in private schools and became a teacher. She went to Penola, in 1866, with her sisters Annie and Lexie to open a Catholic school. Fr. Woods was made director of education and was the founder, along with MacKillop, of a school they opened in a stable. 

In 1867, MacKillop became Mother Superior of the new order Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. (Image Cultural They moved to the convent in Adelaide. Since then her order has grown and she is famous among Australians for her work.