Sunday, August 19, 2018

World Meeting of Families in Ireland begins on Aug. 21st with Pope Francis - a brief Summary

WMOF: Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World
Pope Francis arrives in Ireland on August 25 where he will participate in the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) based on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”, a theme Pope Francis himself chose. By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp The IX World Meeting of Families begins on Tuesday, August 21st with an opening ceremonyincluding the celebration of Evening Prayer in Dublin. Ecumenical in nature, those participating will welcome Christ as the unfailing light, join in singing and praying hymns and psalms, and intercede for the entire human family. A similar opening ceremony will take place in all the other Dioceses of Ireland. This prayer service will open the path for the entire WMOF which ends with the solemn Papal Mass on Sunday, August 26th

WMOF Pastoral Congress

Pope Francis chose the theme himself which is “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”. Each dimension of this theme will be explored through all of the WMOF events. The three-day Pastoral Congress will be held in the Royal Dublin Society. Workshops, discussions, fun and prayerful activities and catechesis designed for individuals and families, including a tailored program for children and another for teenagers are available there. The 3 daily themes of the Pastoral Congress are: The Family and Faith for Wednesday, The Family and Love for Thursday, and the Family and Hope for Friday. Speakers and panelists come from Ireland as well as from all over the world and are covering a wide range of topics regarding the faith and family, as well as current issues such as human trafficking, social media, and the clergy sex abuse crisis.

Women’s Leadership Symposium

For the first time ever, a Women’s Leadership Symposium has been organized for the WMOF. Well-known Irish media personality, Norah Casey, and US business executive, Susan Ann Davis will co-chair the symposium.  UN Major General Kristin Lund will present the keynote and themes include peacekeeping, entrepreneurship, education, violence, refugees and the homeless.


An icon which forms a triptych in the shape of a home when it is closed was specially commissioned and anointed on August 21, 2017. Gabriel and Michael are on the outside of the doors. When opened, the Holy Family sharing a meal is flanked by the Raising of the Daughter of Jairus and the Wedding at Cana. The icon traveled to each of Ireland’s dioceses and is accompanied by the petitions written by Irish families who have venerated it throughout the year.

Other WMOF tidbits

Éirinn, a Galway sheep in the form of a cartoon character, is the WMOF mascot who will be welcoming all the children.  The official prayer is available in 17 languages. “A Joy for all the World” is the WMOF official hymn and was is based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia. Family stories and anecdotes featuring WMOF staff, volunteers, and participants are captured in an online collection called Humans of WMOF2018.

WMOF History

Pope Francis’ predecessor, John Paul II, initiated the WMOF in 1994 when he asked the then Pontifical Council for the Family to institute an international event. His desire was that families around the world could join in prayer, catechesis and celebrations in order to be strengthened as families in bearing witness to their particular vocation in the Church and society. Pope John Paul II participated in four WMOF in Rome (1994), Rio de Janeiro (1997), Rome (2000) and Manila (2003). His successor, Pope Benedict XVI participated in three – Valencia (2006), Mexico City (2009) and Milan (2012). Pope Francis’ first WMOF experience took place in Philadelphia in 2015.
Source: Vatican News

RIP Kofi Annan - Winner of Nobel Peace Prize and Former Head of UN dies at age 80

Kofi Atta Annan was born on the 8th April 1938 and died on the 18th August 2018. He was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, from January 1997 to December 2006. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, founded by Nelson Mandela. He was born in Kumasi, Ghana.  Annan joined the UN in 1962, and he was appointed as the Secretary-General on 13 December 1996 by the Security Council. His twin sister Efua Atta, died in 1991. He did his undergraduate studies in economics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, in 1961. Annan then completed a diplôme d'études approfondies DEA degree in International Relations at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1961–62.  At the MIT Sloan School of Management (1971–72) he earned a master's degree in management. Annan was fluent in English, French, Akan, some Kru languages and other African languages. Annan attended a Methodist school when he was younger and was known to attend several different Christian Churches as an adult.
 In 2001, the Nobel Committee divided the Peace Prize between the UN and Annan. They were awarded the Peace Prize "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world." 
"We are not only all responsible for each other's security," Annan said in his speech. "We are also, in some measure, responsible for each other's welfare. Global solidarity is both necessary and possible. It is necessary because without a measure of solidarity no society can be truly stable, and no one's prosperity truly secure." ( farewell speech to world leaders at U.N. headquarters in New York)

In 1965, Kofi Annan married Titi Alakija, a Nigerian woman. They had a daughter, Ama, and later a son, Kojo. The couple divorced in 1983. In 1984, Annan married Nane Annan  a Swedish lawyer at the UN. She has a daughter, Nina, from a previous marriage. Annan died on the morning of 18 August 2018 in Bern, Switzerland, at the age of 80 after a short illness.
Please say a Prayer for his soul....

Pope Francis "It is so important to go to Mass and to Communion because to receive Communion is to receive the living Christ, who transforms us within and prepares us for Heaven." FULL TEXT + Video

Before the Angelus:
 Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!
This Sunday’s evangelical passage (Cf. John 6:51-58) introduces us in the second part of Jesus’ address in the synagogue of Capernaum, after having fed a large crowd with five loaves and two fish — the multiplication of the loaves. He presents Himself as “the living bread come down from Heaven”; the bread that gives eternal life, and He adds, “The bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” (v. 51). This passage is decisive and, in fact, provokes the reaction of the listeners, who begin to argue among themselves: “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” (v. 52). When the sign of shared bread leads to its true meaning, namely, the gift of Himself to the point of sacrifice, incomprehension emerges, in fact, the rejection emerges of Him who shortly before they wished to carry in triumph.
Let us recall that Jesus had to hide Himself because they wanted to make Him King. Jesus continues: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you” (v. 53). Here together with the flesh, the blood also appears. Flesh and blood in biblical language express concrete humanity. The people and the disciples themselves intuit that Jesus is inviting them to enter into communion with Him, to “eat” Him, His humanity, to share with Him the gift of life for the world — anything other than triumphs and mirages of success! It is, in fact, Jesus’ sacrifice who gives Himself for us.
This bread of life, Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, is given to us freely at the table of the Eucharist. Around the altar, we find that which feeds us and quenches us spiritually today and for eternity. Every time we take part in Holy Mass, we anticipate, in a certain sense, Heaven on earth, because from the Eucharistic food, the Body and Blood of Jesus, we learn what eternal life is. It’s to live for the Lord: “He who eats Me will live because of Me” (v. 57), says the Lord.
The Eucharist molds us so that we don’t live only for ourselves but for the Lord and for brothers. Happiness and eternal life depend on our capacity to make fruitful the evangelical love we receive in the Eucharist.
As at that time, Jesus repeats to each one of us also today: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you” (v. 53). Brothers and sisters, it’s not about material food, but about a living and vivifying bread, which communicates the life itself of God. When we go to Communion we receive the very life of God. To have this life it’s necessary to be nourished by the Gospel and by the love of brothers. In face of Jesus’ invitation to nourish ourselves of his Body and his Blood, we can perceive the necessity to dispute and resist, as the listeners did of whom today’s Gospel spoke. This happens when it’s an effort for us to model our existence on that of Jesus, to act according to His criteria and not according to the world’s criteria. By nourishing ourselves with this food, we can enter into full harmony with Christ, with His sentiments and His behavior. It is so important to go to Mass and to Communion because to receive Communion is to receive the living Christ, who transforms us within and prepares us for Heaven.
May the Virgin Mary support us in our resolution to commune with Jesus Christ, nourishing ourselves of His Eucharist, to become in turn broken bread for our brothers.
© Libreria Editrice Vatican
[Original text: Italian] [Blog Share of ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]
After the Angelus:
 Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Over the last days, intense rains — which have caused flooding and landslides, with heavy losses of human lives, numerous dispersed and displaced, and great damage to crops and homes –, have harshly tried the inhabitants of Kerala (India). May these brothers of ours not lack our solidarity and the concrete support of the International Community. I am close to the Church in Kerala, which is in the front line to bring help to the population. All of us are also close to the Church in Kerala and we pray together for all those who lost their lives and for people tried by this great calamity.
We pray together in silence: Hail Mary . . .
A warm greeting goes to all of you, Italian pilgrims and those from different countries. In particular, I greet the young people of Ukraine and I encourage them to be agents of peace and reconciliation. I greet the new Seminarians with the Superiors of Rome’s North American College, as well as the adolescents and young people of the diocese of Verona.
I wish you all a happy Sunday. Please, don’t forget to pray for me. Enjoy your lunch and goodbye!
© Libreria Editrice Vatican
[[Original text: Italian] [Blog share of ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

What is the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3 Things to SHARE - Miracle Promises + #SacredHeart Litany + Novena + Consecration Prayers

1. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been evident for many centuries under different forms. 
2. However, Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a Visitation Nun of the monastery of Paray-le-Monial, France received visions of the Sacred Heart and spread its devotion with this feast. 
3. Jesus appeared asking for a devotion of expiatory  love and frequent Communion, Communion on the First Friday of every month, and the observance of the Holy Hour.

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12 Promises of Jesus given in the Vision
1. I will give them graces necessary for their state in life.
2. I will give peace in their families.
3. I will console them in all their troubles.
4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.
12. I promise thee in the excess of the mercy of My Heart, that its all-powerful Love will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of Nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.


Lord Jesus Christ, we consecrate ourselves to You today, each one of us, and all of us together as a family. Your Sacred Heart, the heart of your crucified and risen Body, is the ever living source of mercy and grace, hope and love for all of us. We desire to pledge ourselves and our lives to You in return.

Teach us to be always united with You, through Your Holy Spirit in mind and heart, in all our thoughts, words, deeds, joy and sufferings. Grant that we may ever know You more clearly, love You more dearly, and follow You more nearly.

We wish to share in Your redeeming work in our world: that your Father's will may truly be done on earth as it is in heaven, that the civilization of justice and love may thus be built up in our land.

Heart of Jesus, help us to keep sin away from our lives. Help us to keep loving, serving and forgiving each other. Live in our hearts and in our homes always, Make us wholly Yours.

With Your Mother's Immaculate Heart, we renew our consecration to Your Sacred Heart, for the ever greater glory of the Father in Heaven, Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, be with us and bless us now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

In 1899 Pope Leo XIII approved this Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for public use. 
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty,
Heart of Jesus, Sacred Temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity,
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,
Heart of Jesus, obedient to death,
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
Heart of Jesus, our peace and our reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints,

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,

V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
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Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

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spare us, O Lord.

graciously hear us, O Lord.

have mercy on us, O Lord.

R. Make our hearts like to Thine.
Let us pray;

Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever. Amen.
Padre Pio's Sacred Heart Novena

This powerful prayer was recited every day by Padre Pio for all those who recommended themselves to his prayers:

I. O my Jesus, You said "verily I say to You, ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you", behold I knock, I seek and I ask for the grace of...

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father. Sacred Heart of Jesus I put all my trust in Thee.

II. O my Jesus, You said, "verily I say to You, whatsoever you shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it to you", behold in your name I ask the Father for the grace of...

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father. Sacred Heart of Jesus I put all my trust in Thee.

III. O my Jesus, You said, "verily I say to You, heaven and earth shall pass away but My words shall not pass away", behold I encouraged by your infallible words, now ask for the grace of...

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father. Sacred Heart of Jesus I put all my trust in Thee.

O sacred Heart of Jesus, to whom one thing alone is impossible, namely, not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of Thee through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your and our tender Mother.

Say the Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen) and add, St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. August 19, 2018 - #Eucharist - 20th Ord. Time - B

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 119

Reading 1PRV 9:1-6

Wisdom has built her house,
she has set up her seven columns;
she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine,
yes, she has spread her table.
She has sent out her maidens; she calls
from the heights out over the city:
"Let whoever is simple turn in here;
To the one who lacks understanding, she says,
Come, eat of my food,
and drink of the wine I have mixed!
Forsake foolishness that you may live;
advance in the way of understanding."

Responsorial PsalmPS 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Reading 2EPH 5:15-20

Brothers and sisters:
Watch carefully how you live,
not as foolish persons but as wise,
making the most of the opportunity,
because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not continue in ignorance,
but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.
And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery,
but be filled with the Spirit,
addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts,
giving thanks always and for everything
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

AlleluiaJN 6:56

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 6:51-58

Jesus said to the crowds:
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world."

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus said to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever."