Friday, August 31, 2018

Saint September 1 : St. Giles : Patron of #BreastCancer , #Beggars and #Disabled

Feast: September 1
Information: Feast Day: September 1

Born: Athens, Greece

Died: France
Major Shrine: St. Giles' Cathedral (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Patron of: beggars; blacksmiths; breast cancer; breast feeding; cancer patients; disabled people; epilepsy; fear of night; forests; hermits; horses; lepers; mental illness; noctiphobics; outcasts; poor peoples; rams; spur makers; sterility;
An Abbot, said to have been born of illustrious Athenian parentage about the middle of the seventh century. Early in life he devoted himself exclusively to spiritual things, but, finding his noble birth and high repute for sanctity in his native land an obstacle to his perfection, he passed over to Gaul, where he established himself first in a wilderness near the mouth of the Rhone and later by the River Gard. But here again the fame of his sanctity drew multitudes to him, so he withdrew to a dense forest near Nîmes, where in the greatest solitude he spent many years, his sole companion being a hind. This last retreat was finally discovered by the king's hunters, who had pursued the hind to its place of refuge. The king [who according to the legend was Wamba (or Flavius?), King of the Visigoths, but who must have been a Frank, since the Franks had expelled the Visigoths from the neighbourhood of Nîmes almost a century and a half earlier] conceived a high esteem for solitary, and would have heaped every honour upon him; but the humility of the saint was proof against all temptations. He consented, however, to receive thenceforth some disciples, and built a monastery in his valley, which he placed under the rule of St. Benedict. Here he died in the early part of the eighth century, with the highest repute for sanctity and miracles.
His cult spread rapidly far and wide throughout Europe in the Middle Ages, as is witnessed by the numberless churches and monasteries dedicated to him in France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and the British Isles; by the numerous manuscripts in prose and verse commemorating his virtues and miracles; and especially by the vast concourse of pilgrims who from all Europe flocked to his shrine. In 1562 the relics of the saint were secretly transferred to Toulouse to save them from the hideous excesses of the Huguenots who were then ravaging France, and the pilgrimage in consequence declined. With the restoration of a great part of the relics to the church of St. Giles in 1862, and the discovery of his former tomb there in 1865, the pilgrimages have recommenced. Besides the city of St-Gilles, which sprang up around the abbey, nineteen other cities bear his name, St-Gilles, Toulouse, and a multitude of French cities, Antwerp, Bridges, and Tournai in Belgium, Cologne and Bamberg, in Germany, Prague and Gran in Austria-Hungary, Rome and Bologna in Italy, possess celebrated relics of St. Giles. In medieval art he is a frequent subject, being always depicted with his symbol, the hind. His feast is kept on 1 September. On this day there are also commemorated another St. Giles, an Italian hermit of the tenth century (Acta SS., XLI, 305), and a Blessed Giles, d. about 1203, a Cistercian abbot of Castaneda in the Diocese of Astorga, Spain (op. cit. XLI, 308).
SOURCE the Catholic Encyclopedia
Novena in Honor of St. Giles
Preparatory Prayer 
For Each  Novena to a Holy Helper
ALMIGHTY and eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy Divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy Heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy Divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the Saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy Divine Son.
Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saying, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen. Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be each day of the Novena.
Prayer in Honor of St. Giles
O GOD, we beseech Thee to grant us, through the merits and intercession of St. Giles, to flee from the vanity and praise of this world, to avoid carefully all occasions of sin, to cleanse our hearts from all wickedness by a sincere Confession, to leave this world in Thy love and rich in good works, and to find Thee gracious on the day of judgment. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Invocation of St. Giles
ZEALOUS follower of Christ, St. Giles; from early youth thou didst take to heart the words of our Savior: "Learn of Me, because I am meek and humble of heart." Therefore thou didst flee from the praise and honors of the world, and wast rewarded with the grace to preserve thy heart from all sin and to persevere in a holy life to a ripe old age. I, on my part, through pride, self-confidence, and negligence, yielded to my evil inclinations, and thereby sinned grievously and often, offending my God and Lord, my Creator and Redeemer, my most loving Father. Therefore I implore thee to help me through thy mighty intercession to be enlightened by the Holy Ghost, that I may know the malice, grievousness, and multitude of my sins, confess them humbly, fully, and contritely, and receive pardon, tranquillity of heart, and peace of conscience from God. Amen.
My Lord and God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the Saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this novena.
Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.
THE FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS, Fr. Bonaventure Hammer, O.F.M. 

Wow Listen to the Touching Choir of Homeless that Sang for Pope Francis in Ireland - "High Hopes" and SHARE

The 1st Choir of Homeless people in Ireland named the High Hopes Choir and sang to more than 75,000 people at the Croke Stadium in Dublin.  Pope Francis was also in attendance for the World Meeting of Familes. The choir was founded in 2014 by conductor David Brophy.  They sang the song “High hopes” by the Irish group Kodaline.
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Pope Francis "the greatest joy is to talk to young people about Jesus Christ, reading the Gospel with them..." FULL TEXT


Hall of the Consistory
Friday, 31 August 2018


Dear brothers, good morning!

I like San Giuseppe, it has so much "power"! For more than forty years I have recited a prayer I found in an ancient French missal that says about St. Joseph "... dont la puissance sait rendre possibles les choses impossibles". The power of St. Joseph. Never, never said no. We must take courage from this. I am pleased to meet you at your General Chapter and I warmly welcome you. I address a particular thought to Father Jan Pelczarski, elected Superior General in these days, formulating to him and his Councilors my wish for the new mission. At the same time, I express gratitude to Father Michele Piscopo for his generous service at the head of the Congregation. Thank you. Best wishes! I extend my sentiments of affection to the entire religious family that you, the Capitular Fathers, represented here, encouraging everyone to persevere in their respective apostolic sphere.

The General Chapter of an Institute of Consecrated Life is a special moment of grace, certainly for its members and its communities, but also beyond them, for many ecclesial realities, parishes, families, lay groups in various connected ways. The mission transmitted to you by the founder, St. Joseph Marello, shows your peculiar charism to reproduce in life and in the apostolate the ideal of service as Saint Joseph of Nazareth lived it. Starting from the imitation of his discreet, humble and industrious lifestyle. He lived with fidelity and simplicity his vocation as custodian of Mary and of Jesus. He was close to his bride in joyful and difficult moments, and with her he established a wonderful familiarity with Jesus, who had continually under his eyes. .

Rich in the industrious simplicity of St. Joseph, you are called to be witnesses in the world of a peculiar message, of a consoling good news: that God uses everyone, in preference to the smallest and humanly unaddressed, to implant and grow his Kingdom. The prospect of serving Jesus in the Church and in our brothers and sisters, with particular attention to the young and the humblest, can always influence your life and your joy. In this the words of your holy Founder inspire you, which are always very timely: "Poor Josephites of the Hospice-Chronic, minor priests, you are nothing and you do not have any of those who say positions for the future, and in the meantime the Lord also uses you for the good of souls. Say also: "servants inutiles sumus" ["we are useless servants"], but pull ahead of doing the part that the divine will, by means of who represents it, day by day assigns you; and let it be that men "videant opera vestra bona et glorificent Patrem vestrum here in coelis est" ["see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven"] »(Epistolario, Lett. 241).

I encourage you, therefore, to continue to live and work in the Church and in the world with the simple and essential virtues of the Bridegroom of the Virgin Mary: humility, which attracts the benevolence of the Father; intimacy with the Lord, who sanctifies all Christian activity; silence and concealment, united with zeal and industriousness in favor of the Lord's will, in the spirit of that happy synthesis left to you by Marello as a motto and program: "Be Carthusians in the house and apostles outside the home". This teaching, always alive in your spirit, commits all of you, dear brothers, to preserve in religious houses a climate of recollection and prayer, fostered by silence and opportune community meetings. The family spirit cements the union of the communities and of the whole Congregation.

Saint Joseph Marello exhorted his spiritual children to put love and obedience first to the teachings and directives of the Supreme Pontiff. These were times, then, of rationalism impatient of every spiritual dogma; ours are times of rampant relativism that undermines the building of faith and strips the very idea of ​​Christian fidelity. Therefore, the mandate of your Founder is to be everywhere witnesses of love and fidelity to Christ and to his Church. To the people of every part of the world and to young people in particular, to whom your apostolate is addressed, you teach, with life and words, that the example of Joseph of Nazareth, fully consecrated to the service of Jesus , it is still the easiest, safest and most fascinating way to realize life and the Christian vocation in a full and joyful way.
Faced with a superficial culture that exalts the possession of material goods and promising happiness through dangerous shortcuts, you do not fail to stimulate young people to temper the spirit and to form a mature personality, capable of strength but also of tenderness. And the greatest joy is to talk to young people about Jesus Christ, reading the Gospel with them, comparing it with life ... This is the best way to build a solid future.
The intercession of the two Josephs, the Patron of the universal Church and your Founder, makes the work of the Chapter fruitful. Support the mission of the Marellian Family: Oblates, Oblates, aggregates and lay people who share your spirituality. I bless you all from the heart, and I ask you to please pray for me.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday August 31, 2018 - #Eucharist

Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 429

Reading 11 COR 1:17-25

Brothers and sisters:
Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel,
and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,
so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written:

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the learning of the learned I will set aside.

Where is the wise one?
Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?
For since in the wisdom of God
the world did not come to know God through wisdom,
it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation
to save those who have faith.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we proclaim Christ crucified,
a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,
and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Responsorial PsalmPS 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11

R. (5) The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
Exult, you just, in the LORD;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten stringed lyre chant his praises.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
For upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
The LORD brings to nought the plans of nations;
he foils the designs of peoples.
But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

AlleluiaLK 21:36

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Be vigilant at all times and pray,
that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 25:1-13

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
"The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 
Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. 
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' 
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 
The foolish ones said to the wise,
'Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.' 
But the wise ones replied,
'No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.' 
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. 
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!' 
But he said in reply,
'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.' 
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour."

#BreakingNews Bishops of Pakistan Support Pope Francis "We obey the Holy Father and we are with him."

Sex abuse scandal: Pakistani Church supports Pope Francis
by Kamran Chaudhry
In a letter, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States accuses the pontiff of covering up the abuses of Card McCarrick. For Secretary of the Commission on catechesis, "sex scandals and accusations are things that concern the West." Christian researcher notes that “It will take a lot of wisdom to free the Church from these filthy accusations."
Lahore (AsiaNews) – The Catholic Church in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has expressed its support for Pope Francis, who was accused last week of being aware and silent over allegations of sexual abuse within the US Church.
Speaking to AsiaNews, Fr Francis Gulzar, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Lahore, said that "We obey the Holy Father and we are with him. He is the true representative of Christ and we have confidence in his leadership of the universal Church. We do not possess the qualities to judge it."
In fact, “Christ himself knew that Judas was a traitor but did not say so until the time came,” the clergyman explained. “The same can be said about former Cardinal McCarrick.”
“Eleven disciples successfully completed His mission. At the same time, we must not ignore the Francis effect. An isolated incident cannot ruin his service and the good seeds [he sowed]. The world cannot lead the Church according to its earthly projects."
These comments follow a diatribe that is dividing the Church in the wake of the publication of an 11-page letter written by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former apostolic nuncio to the United States.
The missive contains serious charges against Pope Francis and the leaders of the American Church, most notably that of covering up the sexual abuses committed by Card Theodore McCarrick on young seminarians.
According to Emmanuel Neno, executive secretary of the Commission on the catechesis of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, "sex scandals and accusations are things that concern the West. Similar issues are discussed openly in American talk shows. As a small Church in an Islamic environment, we cannot even imagine anything like it here." Referring to the appointment of Joseph Arshad, archbishop of Karachi, as cardinal, he said that “Francis gave us a cardinal after years of waiting and we are deeply thankful for his concern for smaller Churches".
For Asif Aqeel, a Christian researcher, Pope Francis inherited the pedophilia and sex abuse scandals. “Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI resigned after facing this challenge. Francis took revolutionary steps to match the pace in the 21st century. It will take a lot of wisdom to free the Church from these filthy accusations."
FULL TEXT Source: Asia News IT

#BreakingNews Catholic Church in Australia Responds to Royal Commission Report and Maintains Seal of Confession

Church in Australia responds to the Royal Commission
The Australian Bishops and religious leaders respond on Thursday to the Royal Commission report, addressing victims of sexual abuse and their loved ones, the Catholic community, government and the people of Australia, saying it is a “significant step”.
 By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp 

A 57-page response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was released on Thursday by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), a group representing Australia’s men and women religious and members of Societies of Apostolic Life. The response, with a Preamble signed by Bishop Mark Coleridge, ACBC’s President, and Sr Monica Cavanagh, CRA’s President, responds point by point to recommendations made by the Royal Commission.

Sincere, unreserved apology

The response begins by thanking both the Royal Commission for its service and the courageous abuse survivors who came forward. “To them and their families we offer our sincere and unreserved apology, and we commit anew to doing whatever we can to heal the wounds of abuse and to make the Church a truly safe place for all”, the response says.
There is a clarification regarding the “extent of the authority” which the Catholic Bishops and religious leaders of Australia have with respect to the wider Catholic reality. Thus, the report states clearly that the ACBC and the CRA do not “speak for the entire Catholic Church”.

Recommendations of the Royal Commission

Of the 80 recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission, 47 were accepted, 1 was not accepted, 13 were passed on to the Holy See, 1 is being taken into further consideration, 5 were accepted in principle, 12 are supported, and 1 is supported in principle. In response to all the accepted or supported recommendations, the response also states how they are already being implemented, that Church institutions will comply with any future legislation, or that standards are in development by Catholic Professional Standards Ltd.

Recommendations referred to the Holy See

Some of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission are actually addressed and have been forwarded to the Holy See by the Australian Bishops. These include: practices in the appointment of bishops; the possibility of voluntary celibacy for diocesan priests;  the amendment of Canon Law to include canons relating to child sexual abuse; modification of the pontifical secret in sexual abuse cases; canonical procedure in sexual abuse cases regarding approach and time limits; establishment of a canonical tribunal in Australia capable of judging cases against the clergy; publication of decisions made by the Vatican and canonical tribunals; amending the canons regarding the destruction of documents connected with canonical criminal cases; that the ACBC should consult the Holy See on matters pertaining to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and victims or perpetrators of sexual abuse and make the response public.
In some cases, the report states that recommendations passed on to the Holy See have become “normative practice in the Catholic Church in Australia”. Responding specifically to the recommendation for optional celibacy for diocesan priests, the ACBC states that the Royal Commission “made no finding of a causal connection between celibacy and child sexual abuse”, and suggests that inadequate formation of priests could have been a contributing factor in the sexual abuse of minors.

Recommendation not accepted

Recommendation 7.4 concerning the exemption of confessors in reporting abuse, which is a direct violation of the seal of confession, was the only one that was not accepted on grounds that “it is contrary to our faith and inimical to religious liberty”.

Nothing will repair the harm done

In conclusion, on behalf of the ACBC and the CRA, Bishop Coleridge and Sr Monica say that “Our hope and prayer is that all that we have done, are doing and will do may help to bring healing to those so gravely harmed”. At the same time, they acknowledge Pope Francis’ words that “no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient”. Embracing the Pope’s words in his Letter to the People of God, they express their commitment to spare no effort to “create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated”.
TEXT SOURCE:  Vatican News