Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Modern World met a Mother who Loved...10 ways Mother Teresa of Calcutta changed the World to SHARE

Mother Teresa has touched the hearts of Millions around the world with her love....
 Mother Teresa's real name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu and she was born Aug. 26, 1910, in Macedonia. Agnes' father died when she was 8.  When she was 18, Agnes left home and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland. Agnes never saw her mother or sister again after she left for Ireland.  Sister Teresa transferred to the Sisters of Loreto convent in Darjeeling, India.  Sr. Teresa took her vows in 1931, and choose the name Teresa to honor Saints Therese of Lisieux and Teresa of Avila.  She taught for  for 15 years with the Sisters of Loreto. In 1946 Teresa traveled to Darjeeling for a retreat. Mother Teresa was Canonized a Saint on September 4, 2016.
1. Mother Teresa obeyed the voice of God: “I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve him among the poorest of the poor.” She obtianed permission from the Sisters of Loreto to leave the order – permission of the Archbishop of Calcutta to live and work among the poor. She also prepared by taking a nursing course.
2. In 1948 Sister Teresa changed her nun’s habit – using a simple sari and sandals worn by the poor women. She moved to the slums to begin her work. She obtained food and supplies by begging.
3. She taught the children of the poor to read and write by writing in the dirt with sticks. She also taught the children basic hygiene. She visited families, finding their needs and helped them with supplies.
4.In 1950 she started the Mission of Charity. This congregation is dedicated to caring for “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.”
5. Mother Teresa opened hospices for the poor, a home for sufferers of leprosy, and a home for orphans and homeless youths.
6. Mother Teresa's Sisters spend 1 hour in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each day.Their day begins with prayer and Mass where they encounter Jesus the source of their strength.
7 . Mother Teresa was honored with many awards throughout her life, from the Indian Padma Shri in 1962 to the inaugural Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971  most famously, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
8. She refused the traditional Nobel honor banquet, instead requesting that the $192,000 budget be given to help the poor of India.  She continued her work with the poor for the rest of her life, leading the Missionaries of Charity until just months before her death Sept. 5, 1997.
9. Her Sisters have hundreds of houses throughout the world. They have helped millions of people.
10. Mother Teresa was Officially Canonized as a Saint by Pope Francis on Sept. 4, 2016.

Pope Francis "For us Christians, the center of the Lord's Day, Sunday, is the Eucharist, which means "thanksgiving". FULL TEXT + Video - Audience



St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, 5 September 2018


Catechesis on the Commandments: 7. The day of rest.

Dear brothers and sisters, Good Morning!

The journey through the Decalogue leads us today to the commandment on the day of rest. It sounds like an easy command to do, but it's a wrong impression. Resting really is not easy, because there is false rest and true rest. How can we recognize them?

Today's society is thirsty for entertainment and holidays. The industry of distraction is very flourishing and advertising draws the ideal world as a large playground where everyone enjoys themselves. The concept of dominant life today does not have the center of gravity in activity and commitment but in evasion. Earn money for fun, satisfy yourself. The image-model is that of a successful person who can afford wide and different spaces of pleasure. But this mentality slips towards the dissatisfaction of an anesthetized existence of entertainment that is not rest, but alienation and escape from reality. Man has never rested as much as today, yet man has never experienced as much emptiness as today! The possibilities to have fun, to go out, cruises, travel, many things do not give you the fullness of the heart. On the contrary: they do not give you rest.

The words of the Decalogue seek and find the heart of the problem, throwing a different light on what rest is. The command has a peculiar element: it provides a motivation. The rest in the name of the Lord has a precise motive: "Because in six days the Lord made heaven and earth and sea and what is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord has blessed the Sabbath and consecrated him "(Exodus 20:11).

This refers to the end of creation when God says: "God saw what he had done, and behold it was very good" (Gen 1:31). And then begins the day of rest, which is God's joy for what he has created. It is the day of contemplation and blessing.

What then is rest according to this commandment? It is the moment of contemplation, it is the moment of praise, not of evasion. It is time to look at reality and say: how beautiful life is! At rest as an escape from reality, the Decalogue opposes rest as a blessing of reality. For us Christians, the center of the Lord's Day, Sunday, is the Eucharist, which means "thanksgiving". It is the day to say to God: thank you Lord of life, of your mercy, of all your gifts. Sunday is not the day to cancel the other days but to remind them, bless them and make peace with life. How many people who have so much chance to have fun, and do not live in peace with life! Sunday is the day to make peace with life, saying: life is precious; it's not easy, sometimes it's painful, but it's precious.

Being introduced into authentic repose is a work of God in us, but requires us to move away from the curse and its charm (see Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 83). Bending the heart to unhappiness, in fact, emphasizing reasons for discontent is very easy. Blessing and joy imply an openness to the good that is an adult movement of the heart. The good is loving and never imposes itself. It must be chosen.

Peace is chosen, can not be imposed and can not be found by chance. Moving away from the bitter folds of his heart, man needs to make peace with that from which he flees. It is necessary to reconcile oneself with one's own history, with facts that one does not accept, with the difficult parts of one's existence. I ask you: have each of you been reconciled with your own story? A question to think: me, I reconciled with my story? True peace, in fact, is not to change one's own history but to welcome it, to value it, as it has gone.

How many times have we met sick Christians who have consoled us with a serenity that is not found in pleasure-seekers and hedonists! And we have seen humble and poor people rejoice in small graces with a happiness that tasted of eternity.

The Lord says in Deuteronomy: "I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, because you live and your descendants "(30:19). This choice is the "fiat" of the Virgin Mary, it is an openness to the Holy Spirit that puts us in the footsteps of Christ, the One who gives himself to the Father in the most dramatic moment and thus takes the path that leads to the Resurrection.

When does life become beautiful? When you start to think well of it, whatever our story is. When the gift of a doubt makes its way: that which is all grace, [1] and that holy thought crumbles the inner wall of dissatisfaction, inaugurating authentic rest. Life becomes beautiful when you open your heart to Providence and you find true what the Psalm says: "Only in God does my soul rest" (62: 2). This phrase from the Psalm is beautiful: "Only in God does my soul rest".
Je salue cordialement les pèlerins de langue française, en particulier, le pèlerinage national de Guinée, accompagné par le Cardinal Sarah et par Mgr Coulibaly, Archevêque de Conakry, et le pèlerinage national du Sénégal, accompagné par Mgr Mamba, Evêque de Ziguinchor. A l’exemple de Marie qui, par son Fiat, s’est ouverte à l’Esprit Saint et a accueilli la Vie, prenons le temps de rendre grâce au Seigneur pour la vie qu’il nous donne et apprenons à y trouver notre joie. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from England, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, New Zealand, India, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United States of America. I also greet the priests of the Institute for Continuing Theological Education of the Pontifical North American College. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!
Mit Freude grüße ich die Pilger deutscher Sprache, vor allem die verschiedenen Schul- und Jugendgruppen. Nutzen wir den Sonntag, um Gott für seine Gaben und für unser Leben zu danken. Bei ihm allein kommt unsere Seele zur Ruhe (vgl. Ps 62,2). Der Heilige Geist erfülle euch mit seiner Freude und seinem Frieden.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española, en modo particular a los grupos provenientes de España y América Latina.
Los animo a abrir el corazón a la Providencia divina y a descubrir la profunda verdad del Salmo: «Solo en Dios descansa mi alma»; y que, junto con la Virgen María, acojamos al Espíritu Santo para seguir las huellas de Cristo en el camino de la vida. Muchas gracias.
Dirijo uma saudação cordial a todos os peregrinos de língua portuguesa, particularmente aos fiéis do Porto e do Brasil. Sois chamados a ser testemunhas do Evangelho no mundo, transfigurados pela alegria e pela graça misericordiosa que Jesus nos dá cada domingo na Eucaristia. Desça sobre vós e sobre vossas famílias a bênção de Deus.
أُرحّبُ بالحجّاجِ الناطقينَ باللّغةِ العربيّة، وخاصةً بالقادمينَ من الشرق الأوسط. أيّها الإخوةُ والأخواتُ الأعزّاء، تذكّروا على الدوام أنَّ يوم الراحة بالنسبة لنا كمسيحيين هو يومبركة وشكر. إنّه اليوم لكي نقول لله: شكرًا على الحياة وعلى رحمتك وجميع عطاياك. ليبارككم الرب!
Witam serdecznie uczestniczących w audiencji Polaków. Dzisiaj, szczególnie pozdrawiam dzieci i młodzież, które rozpoczęły nowy rok szkolny, także ich rodziców i wychowawców. Niech będzie on dla was czasem zdobywania wiedzy, mądrości i życiowego doświadczenia. Pamiętajcie o codziennej modlitwie i o udziale we Mszy św. w każdą niedzielę. Niech Matka Boża, której urodziny będziemy obchodzili w Jej święto przypadające w sobotę, pomaga wam wszystkim we wzrastaniu do świętości. Niech będzie pochwalony Jezus Chrystus.
I extend a cordial welcome to Italian-speaking pilgrims.

In particular I greet the Fatebenefratelli; the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

I greet the boys of the Confirmation of the Diocese of Verona; parish groups: in particular those of Montecosaro Scalo, Sannicandro and Caserta; representatives of the Spoleto District House; the delegation of the Italian Wine Cities; the blind and visually impaired Italian Union of Caserta and the Lingua Ecclesiae Group of Rome.

I address a particular thought to the young, the elderly, the sick and the newlyweds.

Next Saturday is the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The recurrence coincides with the end of the summer and the harvest, and reminds us that God is faithful to his promises and in Mary Most Holy he prepared a living temple in which his Son, incarnating himself, wanted to live among us and buy us salvation.

God bless you!

[1] As Saint Therese of the Child Jesus reminds us, taken from G. Bernanos, Diary of a country priest, Milan 1965, 270.

Free Catholic Movie : Mother Teresa of Calcutta- Full Film - #MotherTeresa

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Wow Beautiful Song by Franciscan Friar inspired by Saint #MotherTeresa...SHARE

Brother Isaiah of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR) is a talented musician. A song in his new album was inspired by Saint Mother Teresa.    According to the CFR site: Mother Teresa once said: ‘Prayer is not asking,’”  “‘Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.’ These are the words inspired Br. Isaiah’s single, “Receive Me.”
 You loosen my grip on life
You lighten my heart with your love
You relax my soul in your tender arms
And you quiet my heart
In this love-filled silence
Yes you quiet my heart
Oh, love
To your hands, my life
To your path, my feet
To you oh Lord, I abandon everything
Brother Isaiah’s EP Broomstick is available on iTunes and Amazon, and proceeds help single mothers.

#BreakingNews Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Nigeria - Ransom 15 Million Naira - Please Pray for Fr Christopher Ogaga of Warri

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - Another Catholic priest kidnapped in southern Nigeria. Father Christopher Ogaga was taken Saturday evening as he traveled from Okpe to Warri, where he was scheduled to celebrate Mass at Mother of Redeemer Catholic Church on Sunday morning.
The kidnappers are reported to be asking for a ransom of over 15 million Naira (about $40,000).
Fr. Ogaga is also parish priest of St. Luke church and St. Jude church, both in Okpe area.
The kidnapping happened in the same district where a Catholic church collapsed on Sunday, 2 September, killing one person and injuring several others. This is the St. Paul Catholic Church in Okpe. The victim is an 11-year-old boy.
For years, priests and religious have been targets of kidnapping for ransom by criminal gangs in Nigeria, even in predominantly Christian areas like Delta State.
In January, the Nigerian Bishops denounced "the plague of kidnappings for ransom that has reached unimaginable proportions". In a statement they wrote that "day after day citizens are kidnapped, humiliated and traumatized by heavily armed gangs. The kidnappers are merciless. In their efforts to obtain large sums of money they subject their victims to unspeakable violence lasting weeks or even months".
For years, the Bishops' Conference of Nigeria has issued a recommendation prohibiting the payment of ransoms for the release of priests and religious. (L.M.) (FULL TEXT Release by Agenzia Fides, 5/9/2018)

Novena to Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta - OFFICIAL Prayer #Novena to SHARE

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

Prayed each day of the Novena

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, 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”

First Day – Know the Living Jesus 
Thought for the day:“Don’t search for Jesus in far lands; He is not there. He is close to you; He is in you.”

Ask for the grace of an intimate knowledge of Jesus.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Second Day –Jesus Loves You
Thought for the day:
“Do not be afraid - you are precious to Jesus. He loves you.”
Ask for the grace to be convinced of Jesus’ unconditional and personal love for you.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Third Day – Hear Him Say to You: “I Thirst”
Thought for the day:
“Just think! God is thirsting for you and me to come forward to satiate His thirst.”
Ask for the grace to understand Jesus’ cry of thirst.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Fourth Day – Our Lady Will Help You
Thought for the day:
“How close we must keep to Our Lady who understood what depth of Divine Love was being revealed as she stood at the foot of the Cross and heard Jesus cry out: ‘I thirst.’ 
Ask for the grace to learn from Our Lady to quench Jesus’ thirst as she did.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Fifth Day – Trust Jesus Blindly
Thought for the day:
“Confidence in God can do all things. It is our emptiness and lowliness that God needs and not our plenitude.
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
Sixth Day - True Love is Surrender
Thought for the day: “Allow God to use you without consulting you.”
Ask for the grace to surrender your whole life to God.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Seventh Day – God Loves a Cheerful Giver
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
Eighth Day – Jesus Made Himself the Bread of Life and the Hungry One
Thought for the day: “Believe that He, Jesus, is in the appearance of Bread and that He, Jesus, is in the hungry, naked, sick, lonely, unloved, homeless, helpless and hopeless.”
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
Ninth Day – Holiness is Jesus Living and Acting in Me
Thought for the day: “Charity for each other is the surest way to great holiness.”
Ask for the grace to become a saint.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday September 5, 2018 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 433

Reading 11 COR 3:1-9

Brothers and sisters,
I could not talk to you as spiritual people,
but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ.
I fed you milk, not solid food,
because you were unable to take it.
Indeed, you are still not able, even now,
for you are still of the flesh.
While there is jealousy and rivalry among you,
are you not of the flesh, and walking
according to the manner of man?
Whenever someone says, "I belong to Paul," and another,
"I belong to Apollos," are you not merely men?

What is Apollos, after all, and what is Paul?
Ministers through whom you became believers,
just as the Lord assigned each one.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth.
Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything,
but only God, who causes the growth.
He who plants and he who waters are one,
and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor.
For we are God's co-workers;
you are God's field, God's building.

Responsorial PsalmPS 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21

R. (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
From heaven the LORD looks down;
he sees all mankind.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
From his fixed throne he beholds
all who dwell on the earth,
He who fashioned the heart of each,
he who knows all their works.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield,
For in him our hearts rejoice;
in his holy name we trust.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

AlleluiaLK 4:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
and to proclaim liberty to captives.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 4:38-44

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon's mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases
brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, "You are the Son of God."
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, "To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent."
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.