Friday, September 7, 2018

Saint September 8 : Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary- #MotherMary - Mother of Jesus

Feast: September 8
Information: Feast Day: September 8
Her parents
Though few commentators adhere to this view of St. Luke's genealogy, the name of Mary's father, Heli, agrees with the name given to Our Lady's father in a tradition founded upon the report of the Protoevangelium of James, an apocryphal Gospel which dates from the end of the second century. According to this document the parents of Mary are Joachim and Anna. Now, the name Joachim is only a variation of Heli or Eliachim, substituting one Divine name (Yahweh) for the other (Eli, Elohim). The tradition as to the parents of Mary, found in the Gospel of James, is reproduced by St. John Damascene [24], St. Gregory of Nyssa [25], St. Germanus of Constantinople [26], pseudo-Epiphanius [27], pseudo-Hilarius [28], and St. Fulbert of Chartres [29]. Some of these writers add that the birth of Mary was obtained by the fervent prayers of Joachim and Anna in their advanced age. As Joachim belonged to the royal family of David, so Anna is supposed to have been a descendant of the priestly family of Aaron; thus Christ the Eternal King and Priest sprang from both a royal and priestly family [30].
The hometown of Mary's parents
According to Luke 1:26, Mary lived in Nazareth, a city in Galilee, at the time of the Annunciation. A certain tradition maintains that she was conceived and born in the same house in which the Word became flesh [31]. Another tradition based on the Gospel of James regards Sephoris as the earliest home of Joachim and Anna, though they are said to have lived later on in Jerusalem, in a house called by St. Sophronius of Jerusalem [32] Probatica. Probatica, a name probably derived from the sanctuary's nearness to the pond called Probatica or Bethsaida in John 5:2. It was here that Mary was born. About a century later, about A.D. 750, St. John Damascene [33] repeats the statement that Mary was born in the Probatica.
It is said that, as early as in the fifth century the empress Eudoxia built a church over the place where Mary was born, and where her parents lived in their old age. The present Church of St. Anna stands at a distance of only about 100 Feet from the pool Probatica. In 1889, 18 March, was discovered the crypt which encloses the supposed burying-place of St. Anna. Probably this place was originally a garden in which both Joachim and Anna were laid to rest. At their time it was still outside of the city walls, about 400 feet north of the Temple. Another crypt near St. Anna's tomb is the supposed birthplace of the Blessed Virgin; hence it is that in early times the church was called St. Mary of the Nativity [34]. In the Cedron Valley, near the road leading to the Church of the Assumption, is a little sanctuary containing two altars which are said to stand over the burying-places of Sts. Joachim and Anna; but these graves belong to the time of the Crusades [35]. In Sephoris too the Crusaders replaced by a large church an ancient sanctuary which stood over the legendary house of Sts. Joachim and Anna. After 1788 part of this church was restored by the Franciscan Fathers.
Her Immaculate Conception
The birth of Mary
As to the place of the birth of Our Blessed Lady, there are three different traditions to be considered.
First, the event has been placed in Bethlehem. This opinion rests on the authority of the following witnesses: it is expressed in a writing entitled "De nativ. S. Mariae" [36] inserted after the works of St. Jerome; it is more or less vaguely supposed by the Pilgrim of Piacenza, erroneously called Antoninus Martyr, who wrote about A.D. 580 [37]; finally the popes Paul II (1471), Julius II (1507), Leo X (1519), Paul III (1535), Pius IV (1565), Sixtus V (1586), and Innocent XII (1698) in their Bulls concerning the Holy House of Loreto say that the Blessed Virgin was born, educated, and greeted by the angel in the Holy House. But these pontiffs hardly wish to decide an historical question; they merely express the opinion of their respective times.
A second tradition placed the birth of Our Blessed Lady in Sephoris, about three miles north of Bethlehem, the Roman Diocaesarea, and the residence of Herod Antipas till late in the life of Our Lord. The antiquity of this opinion may be inferred from the fact that under Constantine a church was erected in Sephoris to commemorate the residence of Joachim and Anna in that place [38]. St. Epiphanius speaks of this sanctuary [39]. But this merely shows that Our Blessed Lady may have lived in Sephoris for a time with her parents, without forcing us to believe that she had been born there.
The third tradition, that Mary was born in Jerusalem, is the most probable one. We have seen that it rests upon the testimony of St. Sophronius, St. John Damascene, and upon the evidence of the recent finds in the Probatica. The Feast of Our Lady's Nativity was not celebrated in Rome till toward the end of the seventh century; but two sermons found among the writings of St. Andrew of Crete (d. 680) suppose the existence of this feast, and lead one to suspect that it was introduced at an earlier date into some other churches [40]. In 799 the 10th canon of the Synod of Salzburg prescribes four feasts in honour of the Mother of God: the Purification, 2 February; the Annunciation, 25 March; the Assumption, 15 August; the Nativity, 8 September.
The Presentation of Mary
According to Exodus 13:2 and 13:12, all the Hebrew first-born male children had to be presented in the Temple. Such a law would lead pious Jewish parents to observe the same religious rite with regard to other favourite children. This inclines one to believe that Joachim and Anna presented in the Temple their child, which they had obtained by their long, fervent prayers.
As to Mary, St. Luke (1:34) tells us that she answered the angel announcing the birth of Jesus Christ: "how shall this be done, because I know not man". These words can hardly be understood, unless we assume that Mary had made a vow of virginity; for, when she spoke them, she was betrothed to St. Joseph. [41] The most opportune occasion for such a vow was her presentation in the Temple. As some of the Fathers admit that the faculties of St. John the Baptist were prematurely developed by a special intervention of God's power, we may admit a similar grace for the child of Joachim and Anna. [42]
But what has been said does not exceed the certainty of antecedently probable pious conjectures. The consideration that Our Lord could not have refused His Blessed Mother any favours which depended merely on His munificence does not exceed the value of an a priori argument. Certainty in this question must depend on external testimony and the teaching of the Church.
Now, the Protoevangelium of James (7-8), and the writing entitled "De nativit. Mariae" (7-8), [43] state that Joachim and Anna, faithful to a vow they had made, presented the child Mary in the Temple when she was three years old; that the child herself mounted the Temple steps, and that she made her vow of virginity on this occasion. St. Gregory of Nyssa [44] and St. Germanus of Constantinople [45] adopt this report; it is also followed by pseudo-Gregory of Nazianzus in his "Christus patiens". [46] Moreover, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation, though it does not specify at what age the child Mary was presented in the Temple, when she made her vow of virginity, and what were the special natural and supernatural gifts with which God endowed her. The feast is mentioned for the first time in a document of Manuel Commenus, in 1166; from Constantinople the feast must have been introduced into the western Church, where we find it at the papal court at Avignon in 1371; about a century later, Pope Sixtus IV introduced the Office of the Presentation, and in 1585 Pope Sixtus V extended the Feast of the Presentation to the whole Church. Shortened from Text source the Catholic Encyclopedia

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Pope Francis to Widows "I invite you to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ and to cultivate that particular bond that unites you to him."


Hall of the Consistory
Thursday, September 6, 2018


Dear friends,

It is with joy that I welcome you on the occasion of your pilgrimage to Rome. Thanking you for your presentation, I would like to express my cordial greetings to the members of the "Fraternite Notre Dame de la Resurrection" and the "Community Anne the Prophetess", today implanted in several countries of the world, as well as to the priests companions, and, through you, to all those who are affected by the death of their spouse.

"Widowhood is a particularly difficult experience [...]. At the moment when they have to experience it, some of them manage to transfer their energies, with even more devotion to their children and grandchildren, finding in this expression of love a new educational mission [...] "(Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, n.254). If this is true for most of you, the death of your spouse has also led you to discern a special call from the Lord and respond to it by consecrating yourself to Him for love and love. With you, I give thanks to God for the fidelity of his love which unites each one of you, beyond death, to his spouse and who has called and consecrated you to live today the following of Christ in chastity, obedience and poverty. "Sometimes life presents significant challenges, and through them the Lord invites us to new conversions that allow His grace to manifest better in our lives" to make us participate in His holiness "(Heb 12:10). (Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et exsultate, n.17). Thus, by your consecration, you attest that it is possible, with the grace of God, the support and accompaniment of the ministers and other members of his Church, to live the evangelical counsels, while exercising his family responsibilities, professional and social. Your consecration to widowhood is a gift that the Lord gives to His Church to remind all the baptized that the strength of His merciful love is a way of life and holiness that enables us to overcome trials and to be reborn to hope. and the joy of his gospel. I invite you to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ and to cultivate that particular bond that unites you to him. For it is there, in this heart to heart with the Lord, listening to his Word, that we draw the courage and perseverance to give ourselves body and soul to offer the best of ourselves through our consecration and our commitments (see Ibid., n.25). May you also, through your sacramental life, bear witness to this love of God which is for every man a call to recognize the beauty and happiness of being loved by Him. United to Jesus Christ, be leaven in the dough of this world, light for those who walk in the darkness and the shadow of death! By the quality of your fraternal life, within your communities, have at heart, through the experience of your own fragility, to make you close to the little ones and the poor, to show them the tenderness of God and his closeness in the world. 'love. In this perspective, I encourage you to live your daily consecration with simplicity and humility, invoking the Holy Spirit to help you testify, within the Church and in the world, that "God can act in all circumstances, even in the midst of apparent failures, "and that" he who gives himself and relies on God for love will certainly be fruitful "(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, n.279).

With this hope, in entrusting you to the Lord, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, I give you the Apostolic Blessing, as well as to all members of the Fraternity of Our Lady of the Resurrection and of the Community Anne the Prophetess. And, please, pray for me as I pray for you! Thank you.

#BreakingNews 4 People Killed during Shooting in Cincinnati - Please Pray

A shooter killed three men and wounded 3 others in a shooting Thursday at the Fifth Third Center in Cincinnati's Fountain Square.  Cincinnati police Chief Eliot Isaac said the suspect was shot multiple times as four police officers came to the scene. The shooter, 29-year old Omar Enrique Santa Perez, of Northbend, Ohio died at the scene. The three men killed were Luis Felipe Calderon, 48; Pruthvi Raj Kandepi, 25; and Richard Newcomer, 64.  Perez had a pistol and more than 200 rounds of ammunition. The shooting began shortly after 9 a.m. The University of Cincinnati Medical Center received victims with gunshot wounds, a woman and three men. Two died, one is in critical condition and one remains in serious condition.  Please pray for the victims and their families.....

Wow Pope Francis to Motorcyclists "I encourage you to spread the values ​​of sport: in this way you will contribute to building a more just and supportive society." FULL TEXT + Video


Wednesday, 5 September 2018


Dear friends,

I am pleased to welcome you, representing the bikers who will take part in the next Grand Prix-Octo di San Marino and the Riviera di Rimini. I greet you all with affection: managers, pilots and technicians, and I thank you for this visit. I especially greet the President of CONI, Giovanni Malagò, and I thank him for his words.

Your presence gives me the opportunity to underline the importance of sport in today's society. The Church considers sporting activity, practiced in full respect of the rules, a valid educational tool especially for the younger generations, indeed: irreplaceable. The sports phenomenon, in fact, stimulates a healthy overcoming of oneself and selfishness, trains the spirit of sacrifice and, if well practiced, arouses loyalty in interpersonal relationships, friendship, respect for the rules.

It is important that those involved in sports, at various levels, promote those human and Christian values ​​that underlie a more just and supportive society. This is possible because the sporting event is expressed in a universal language that transcends borders, languages, races, religions and ideologies. This is seen above all when the sport is amateur, which comes from the heart. Therefore, it possesses the intrinsic capacity to unite people, fostering dialogue and welcoming.

I encourage you to spread the values ​​of sport: in this way you will contribute to building a more just and supportive society. And I would like to stop on two words that the president said. One is "passion": when I read the news about young people's suicides - and there are many - but what happened there? At least I can say that in that life lacked "passion", someone did not know how to sow the passions to live. And then the difficulties were not taken with this passion. Contagiate with passion: this world needs passions, passion. Live with passion, and not like someone who brings life as a burden. Passion is moving forward. And the second word is: "life champion". Yes, one can become champion in a sporting success, champion of the team, what it is ... But "champion of life" is someone who lives with passion, who lives with fullness is able to live like this. "Passion" and "champion of life": two beautiful words.

With these wishes, while I assure you and your families a remembrance in prayer, I willingly invoke upon you the Blessing of the Lord. SOURCE:

Today's Mass Readings and Video : #1stFriday September 7, 2018 - #Eucharist

Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 435

Reading 11 COR 4:1-5

Brothers and sisters:
Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ
and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Now it is of course required of stewards
that they be found trustworthy.
It does not concern me in the least
that I be judged by you or any human tribunal;
I do not even pass judgment on myself;
I am not conscious of anything against me,
but I do not thereby stand acquitted;
the one who judges me is the Lord.
Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time,
until the Lord comes,
for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness
and will manifest the motives of our hearts,
and then everyone will receive praise from God.

Responsorial Psalm PS 37:3-4, 5-6, 27-28, 39-40

R. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Trust in the LORD and do good,
that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will grant you your heart's requests.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Commit to the LORD your way;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will make justice dawn for you like the light;
bright as the noonday shall be your vindication.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Turn from evil and do good,
that you may abide forever;
For the LORD loves what is right,
and forsakes not his faithful ones.
Criminals are destroyed
and the posterity of the wicked is cut off.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
The salvation of the just is from the LORD;
he is their refuge in time of distress.
And the LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

AlleluiaJN 8:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 5:33-39

The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
"The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers,
and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same;
but yours eat and drink."
Jesus answered them, "Can you make the wedding guests fast
while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
then they will fast in those days."
And he also told them a parable.
"No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.
Otherwise, he will tear the new
and the piece from it will not match the old cloak.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins,
and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.
Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.
And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new,
for he says, 'The old is good.'"