Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Saint September 5 : St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta - Biography - #Novena Prayer

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910. The Bojaxhiu family was of Albanian descent. When she turned 18 she entered the Sisters of Loreto of Ireland. She took the name Teresa after St. Therese of Lisieux. She taught in a missionary school in India until 1948. While traveling through India she felt God calling her to serve the poorest of the poor. She received permission to leave her order and began to help the poor with volunteers.
In 1950, she was given permission from the Vatican to start the order "The Missionaries of Charity".
In 1979, Mother Teresa received the Nobel peace prize for her tireless work for the poor.
Her order rapidly spread around the world to care for the poor, sick and marginalized in over 120 countries. She spoke of this ministry in her own words, "I once picked up a woman from a garbage dump and she was burning with fever; she was in her last days and her only lament was: ‘My son did this to me.’ I begged her: You must forgive your son. In a moment of madness, when he was not himself, he did a thing he regrets. Be a mother to him, forgive him. It took me a long time to make her say: ‘I forgive my son.’ Just before she died in my arms, she was able to say that with a real forgiveness. She was not concerned that she was dying. The breaking of the heart was that her son did not want her. This is something you and I can understand."
She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Mother died in 1997 when her order had 610 institutions in 123 countries world wide. Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003. Her 100th birthday was celebrated around the world by many with special tributes. India has created a stamp with her image. Mother Teresa was Canonized as a Saint by Pope Francis on September 5, 2016 at the Vatican. (Edit)

Shared from the Missionaries of Charity
Official Novena Prayer to Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Prayed each day of the Novena

you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you,

and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request).

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.
“Jesus is my All in All”

Ask for the grace of an intimate knowledge of Jesus.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Thought for the day:

Ask for the grace to be convinced of Jesus’ unconditional and personal love for you.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Thought for the day:

Ask for the grace to understand Jesus’ cry of thirst.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Thought for the day:

Ask for the grace to learn from Our Lady to quench Jesus’ thirst as she did.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Thought for the day:

Ask for the grace to have an unshakeable trust in the God’s power and love for you and for all.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Ask for the grace to surrender your whole life to God.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Thought for the day:“Joy is the sign of union with God, of God’s presence. Joy is love, the normal result of a heart burning with love.”

Ask for the grace to find joy in loving and to share this joy with all you meet.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Ask for the grace of a deep faith to see Jesus in the Bread of Life and to serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poor.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Ask for the grace to become a saint.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Pope Francis Prayer Intention for September "That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries."

Universal – Young People in Africa
"That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries."

“They should be able to choose between letting themselves be overcome by difficulty or transforming the difficulty into an opportunity.”

Did You Know September is Dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows with Special Promises and Powerful Prayers to SHARE

The entire month of September is dedicated by the Church to the honor of Our Lady of Sorrows.
 The devotion to Our Lady’s sorrows remembers the Blessed Virgin Mary’s spiritual martyrdom in with her perfect union with the Passion of Christ as she stood  at the foot of the Cross.
This was her part in salvation history, and thus she is a spiritual Mother of all Christians.
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The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows consists of 7 groups of 7 beads, with 3 additional beads and a Crucifix.  Say each of the sorrow below followed by 7 Hail Mary's. The 7 groups of 7 Hail Mary's are recited in remembrance of
the 7 Sorrows of Mary:
1. The prophecy of Simeon.
2. The flight into Egypt.
3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple.
4. Mary meets Jesus carrying His cross.
5. The Crucifixion
6. Mary received the Body of Jesus from the cross
7. The Body of Jesus is placed in a tomb.
3 Hail Mary's are added in remembrance of the tears Mary shed because of the suffering of her Divine Son. These are said to obtain true sorrow for our sins.
The concluding prayer follows:
V/. Pray for us, O most sorrowful Virgin.
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus, we now implore, both for the present and for the hour of our death, the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose holy soul was pierced at the time of Thy passion by a sword of grief.  Grant us this favor, O Saviour of the world, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.
The Blessed Virgin Mary grants 7 special graces to the souls who honor her daily by saying 7 Hail Mary's
and meditating on her tears and dolors. This devotion was passed on by St. Bridget of Sweden.

 Seven promises Our Lady made, through St. Bridget of Sweden, to those who are devoted to meditating on her Seven Sorrows:
 1. “I will grant peace to their families.”
 2. “They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries.”
 3. “I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.” 4. “I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my Divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.”
 5. “I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.”
 6. “I will visibly help them at the moment of their death. They will see the face of their Mother.”
 7. “I have obtained this grace from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.”
PROMISES OF OUR LORD Also, St. Alphonsus de Liguori in "The Glories of Mary," Our Lord promised four graces to those devoted to the Sorrows of his Blessed Mother:
 1. That those who before death invoke the divine Mother in the name of Her Sorrows will obtain true repentance of all their sins;
2. That He will protect all who have this devotion in their tribulations, and will protect them especially at the hour of death;
 3. That He will impress on their minds the remembrance of His Passion;
 4. That He will place such devout servants in Mother Mary’s hands to do with them as She wishes and to obtain for them all the graces She desires.

Pope Francis "May the Lord teach us Always, Every day, to make an Examination of Conscience."

Pope at Mass: Make an examination of conscience every day
At the Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Pope Francis said that in the heart of each person “the spirit of the world” and the “Spirit of God” confront one another every day. By Barbara Castelli  A person’s heart is like a “battlefield” where two different “spirits” confront one another: one, the Spirit of God, leads us “to good works, to charity, to fraternity”; the other, that of the world, pushes us “towards vanity, pride, sufficiency, gossiping.” That was Pope Francis’ message in the homily during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday.

The Pope was reflecting on the first reading, in which “the Apostle Paul teaches the Corinthians the way to think like Christ” – a path that is characterized by abandonment to the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit, in fact, that leads us to “know Jesus,” to share His “sentiments,” to understand His heart. The eternal struggle between good and evil
“Man left to his own strength does not understand the things of the Spirit,” the Pope explained in the homily.
"There are two spirits, two ways of thinking, of feeling, of acting: that which leads me to the Spirit of God, and that which leads me to the spirit of the world. And this happens in our life: We all have these two ‘spirits,’ we might say. The Spirit of God, which leads us to good works, to charity, to fraternity, to adore God, to know Jesus, to do many good works of charity, to pray: this one. And [there is] the other spirit, of the world, which leads us to vanity, pride, sufficiency, gossip – a completely different path. Our heart, a saint once said, is like a battlefield, a field of war where these two spirits struggle."

Overcoming temptations as Jesus did

“In the life of the Christian,” then, “we must fight in order to make room for the Spirit of God,” and “drive away the spirit of the world.” And, the Pope suggested, a daily “examination of conscience” can help to “identify temptations, to clarify how these opposing forces work."
"It is very simple: We have this great gift, which is the Spirit of God, but we are weak, we are sinners, and we still have the temptation of the spirit of the world. In this spiritual combat, in this war of the spirit, we need to be victors like Jesus."

Not animals, but children of God

Every night, Pope Francis concluded, a Christian should think over the events of the past day, to determine whether “vanity” and “pride” prevailed, or whether he or she has succeeded in imitating the Son of God:
"To recognize the things that occur in the heart. If we do not do this, if we do not know what happens in our heart – and I don’t say this, the Bible does – we are like ‘animals that understand nothing,’ that move along through instinct. But we are not animals, we are children of God, baptized with the gift of the Holy Spirit. For this reason, it is important to understand what has happened each day in my heart. May the Lord teach us always, every day, to make an examination of conscience."

Quote to SHARE by St. #MotherTeresa "Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone. Person to person."

"Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone. Person to person." 
St. Mother Teresa

Fr. Zollner of Centre for Child Protection says Abuse dropped to "almost Nil" in Australia and gives 2 Keys for Priests to Avoid Abuse

Australia's Catholic Weekly, from the Archdiocese of Sydney, reports that the Vatican’s foremost expert on safeguarding minors has said in countries like Australia where the Church has implemented safeguarding measures, child sexual abuse allegations have dropped dramatically to “almost nil”.
According to CW, Fr Hans Zollner SJ was in Australia last week at the invitation of the Diocese of Wollongong, delivering presentations on safeguarding and meeting with victims and survivors of child sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy or religious.
He is a Jesuit psychologist and theologian. The German-born Zollner is also President of the Centre for Child Protection at the Gregorian University in Rome and is a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
“Over the past ten to twenty years, depending on the country, the numbers [of allegations] have dropped to almost nil,” Fr Zollner told The Catholic Weeky.
Due to abuse in Australia a Royal Commission was initiated and Zollner explained “In Australia, as has been shown by the Royal Commission… in almost all dioceses the number of allegations referring to current years, not 50 or 30 years ago, is almost nil.”
“We can’t ever do enough but the Catholic Church in Australia has done a lot and is certainly among the top five [countries] in the world.”
CW reports he said of the Church’s approach to tackling child sexual abuse, that “from the moment that a church has decided to introduce safeguarding measures and codes of conduct, and guidelines to implement them, they work. Where information on safeguarding is obligatory and supervision on that is mandatory, it works.”
Commenting on the response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission released by the Australian Bishops and Catholic Religious Australia on 31 August, Fr Zollner agreed that breaking the Seal of Confession for cases of child sexual abuse would achieve nothing.
“How do I know who is confessing to me? I don’t know their name, that [anonymity] is part of confession… And if you take away that element of Confession, then the person will certainly not come to confess.”
“I’ve heard many priests say, and I can confirm that, in decades of being a priest I’ve never ever heard one single confession of any perpetrator [of child sexual abuse].”
He also rejected the notion that mandatory celibacy was a contributing factor in the sex abuse crisis in the Church.
“There is no causal effect between celibacy and child sexual abuse and the Royal Commission itself has stated so.”
“The point is that 99.9 per cent of all abusers do not live a celibate life… And secondly, 95 per cent of all priests are not abusers, so celibacy obviously does not lead to abusive behaviour as such…”
Fr Zollner warned against any complacency in regards to the sex abuse crisis.
“I would like to warn against the [impression] that it will be over once and for all. This would be from my point of view a dangerous illusion because evil will be with us and we will not be able to exclude abuse from happening simply because we introduce new guidelines.”
Edited from Catholic Weekly in Australia - Image Source: Google Images 

German Bishop of Passau Supports Pope Francis "...I am grateful for his service and for this testimony!"

Passau Bishop: He saw in Francis "no pope who would overturn the doctrine" or "the self-cover up or cook his own soup or make their own ropes" .
Passau (kath.net) He "confided that Pope Francis wants to live and live by the power of the Holy Spirit, with all that is merely human, which also clings to him like every one of us." This is what the Passau Bishop Stefan Oster wrote on his blog not least in view of the current abuse and cover-up scandal that has plunged the US Catholic Church into a very violent crisis. Oster did not mention any keywords (such as the name of the suspected ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick or the emeritus Nuncio Carlo ViganĂ² with his allegations). Nevertheless, it was clear what the Passau Bishop currently referred to. He confided that, according to Oster, Pope Francis "has, by virtue of his office, been given the special charism of the Spirit to govern the Church. And I think it is quite possible that just today, much of what in the Church is only vain, only lying or even evil and criminal, does not come to light because the Pope would make mistakes in his leadership, but much Rather, also because through his proclamation and his practice a light shines in which it becomes clear how much darkness, how much abysmal things there are in the church. This dark and abysmal, this lie and ambiguity, and indeed the criminal, can assert itself above all where the will to truth, the pursuit of holiness, truthfulness and love is too little pronounced. It can stay under the blanket wherever we as believers and, above all, we as Church leaders too over-reliantly live our faith, too careful of our own prestige and advantage, or over-arranged with everything that seems to us to be good and beneficial for the simple reason that people and societies of today want to see themselves confirmed in it. "

He also sees "no pope who wants to overthrow the doctrine" or "who wants to cover up or cook his own soup or make his own ropes". Rather, he sees in Francis a Pope, "who wants to lead the Church consistently in a path of renewal, which is neither simply liberal nor conservative, but from the spirit of holiness, from the spirit of the Lord's presence, to be a witness to the world a place where every person can experience God's transforming love and become healer in his heart - and with him the world. "

He concludes, he wrote, "Pope Francis, I am grateful for his service and for this testimony!"
SOURCE: Kath.net

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tues. September 4, 2018 - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 432

Reading 11 COR 2:10B-16

Brothers and sisters:
The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.
Among men, who knows what pertains to the man
except his spirit that is within?
Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.
We have not received the spirit of the world
but the Spirit who is from God,
so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.
And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom,
but with words taught by the Spirit,
describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.

Now the natural man does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God,
for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it,
because it is judged spiritually.
The one who is spiritual, however, can judge everything
but is not subject to judgment by anyone.

For "who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?"
But we have the mind of Christ.

Responsorial PsalmPS 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13AB, 13CD-14

R. (17) The Lord is just in all his ways.
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
R. The Lord is just in all his ways.
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 Lord is just in all his ways.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. The Lord is just in all his ways.
The LORD is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
R. The Lord is just in all his ways.

AlleluiaLK 7:16

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

GospelLK 4:31-37

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee.
He taught them on the sabbath,
and they were astonished at his teaching
because he spoke with authority.
In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon,
and he cried out in a loud voice,
"What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!"
Jesus rebuked him and said, "Be quiet! Come out of him!"
Then the demon threw the man down in front of them
and came out of him without doing him any harm.
They were all amazed and said to one another,
"What is there about his word?
For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits,
and they come out."
And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.