Monday, October 8, 2018

Saint October 9 : Blessed John Henry Newman #JohnHenryNewman

Blessed John Henry Newman
AmericanCatholic : (1801-1890)

Born in London, England, he studied at Oxford's Trinity College, was a tutor at Oriel College and for 17 years was vicar of the university church, St. Mary the Virgin. He eventually published eight volumes of Parochial and Plain Sermons as well as two novels. His poem, "Dream of Gerontius," was set to music by Sir Edward Elgar.

After 1833, Newman was a prominent member of the Oxford Movement, which emphasized the Church's debt to the Church Fathers and challenged any tendency to consider truth as completely subjective.

Historical research made Newman suspect that the Roman Catholic Church was in closest continuity with the Church that Jesus established. In 1845, he was received into full communion as a Catholic. Two years later he was ordained a Catholic priest in Rome and joined the Congregation of the Oratory, founded three centuries earlier by St. Philip Neri. Returning to England, Newman founded Oratory houses in Birmingham and London and for seven years served as rector of the Catholic University of Ireland.

Before Newman, Catholic theology tended to ignore history, preferring instead to draw deductions from first principles—much as plane geometry does. After Newman, the lived experience of believers was recognized as a key part of theological reflection.

Newman eventually wrote 40 books and 21,000 letters that survive. Most famous are his book-length Essay on the Development of Christian DoctrineOn Consulting the Faithful in Matters of DoctrineApologia Pro Vita Sua (his spiritual autobiography up to 1864) and Essay on the Grammar of Assent. He accepted Vatican I's teaching on papal infallibility while noting its limits, which many people who favored that definition were reluctant to do.

When Newman was named a cardinal in 1879, he took as his motto "Cor ad cor loquitur" (Heart speaks to heart). He was buried in Rednal (near Birmingham) 11 years later. After his grave was exhumed in 2008, a new tomb was prepared at the Oratory church in Birmingham.

Three years after Newman died, a Newman Club for Catholic students began at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In time, his name was linked to ministry centers at many public and private colleges and universities in the United States.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Newman on September 19, 2010, at Crofton Park (near Birmingham). The pope noted Newman's emphasis on the vital place of revealed religion in civilized society but also praised his pastoral zeal for the sick, the poor, the bereaved and those in prison. 


John Henry Newman has been called the "absent Father of Vatican II" because his writings on conscience, religious liberty, Scripture, the vocation of lay people, the relation of Church and State, and other topics were extremely influential in the shaping of the Council's documents. Although Newman was not always understood or appreciated, he steadfastly preached the Good News by word and example. 

Newman composed this prayer: "God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.

"I have a mission; I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons; He has not created me for naught.

"I shall do good—I shall do his work. I shall be an angel of peace while not intending it if I do but keep his commandments. Therefore, I will trust him."
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Sex Abuse Discussion at Synod and the Role of Women - Latest News from Vatican Synod

Synod: Sexual abuse and role of women are in focus
Three participants at the Synod of Bishops on Youth attended the daily press briefing and addressed the two issues of the sexual abuse of minors and the role of women in the Church.
by  Russell Pollitt SJ
Three participants at the Synod of Bishops on Youth attended the daily press briefing. These included Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna, auxiliary bishop of Lyon, France, Emmanuel Gobilliard and Italian author Mr Thomas Leoncini. After offering their impressions of the Synod, two issues were addressed: the sexual abuse of minors and the role of women in the Church.
Participants impressions of the Synod
Archbishop Scicluna opened the briefing by saying that he was touched by the very vocal presence of 30 young people at the Synod who, at times, reacted vociferously to what they heard. He said that this gives the bishops a good indication of what is expected of them. Bishop Gobillard said that the young people reminded the bishops that they are part of the Church and showed them the “pathway” to preach the Gospel more authentically. Mr Leoncini said that Pope Francis was, for many young people, the greatest leader amongst leaders and that they really felt listened to and accompanied by him. He said that the Synod has shown him that the Church is not fearful to ask questions that seek radical answers.

Sexual Abuse

Archbishop Scicluna addressed abuse directly. He said that the comments made last week by Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Melbourne were an important “mea culpa” which capture the sense of all the Synod Fathers. He said that young people are searching for an authentic Church and that every working group at the Synod has touched on this issue. Stressing the need for action, he said that bishops must be accountable not only to God but also to their people. “Stewardship is the word, protection is the word,” Archbishop Scicluna said. He added that he had cried with victims many times. The archbishop said that when he meets with victims they are often no longer young. “It pains me that justice takes so long. This is also very painful to Pope Francis”. He said that he is a direct witness of how Pope Francis suffers because justice seems to be so slow.
Bishop Gobillard said that it was better for sin to be revealed than hidden because this enables victims to begin the healing process and helps the Church to deal with it. He said that the situation of abuse is one that the Church is ashamed of. It was important for the bishops to count on young people’s accompaniment so that this issue is dealt with in formation and in places like seminaries. The bishop also remarked that because the Church has faced this scandalous behaviour it does not mean that there should be restraint from talking about this important aspect of being human.


Speaking about the role of women in the Church, Mr Leoncini said that the small group he was in spoke extensively about women’s rights ­– recognising that this also differed from culture to culture. Bishop Gobillard commented that many women were responsible for active participation in local Churches and this is an important fact that must be acknowledged.
Archbishop Scicluna said that the role of women is an important issue that the Holy Father has been vocal about. He said that the Church needs to listen closely to women and give them more important leadership roles. Pope Francis, the archbishop said, has already called for this in the Curia. He also said that it is very important that women are empowered in local Churches.
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Pope Francis at Mass be Christians who "are not afraid to get their hands dirty, their clothes, when they draw near",

Pope Mass: True Christians not afraid to get their hands dirty
During morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis urges lay people and pastors to reflect on what it means to be Christian, calling on them to be "open" to God's surprises, drawing close to those in need. An invitation to be " earnest Christians ", Christians who "are not afraid to get their hands dirty, their clothes, when they draw near", Christians "open to surprises" and who, like Jesus, "pay for others" . Those were Pope Francis’ words during his homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. Taking inspiration from today's Gospel from Luke, the Pontiff reflected on the "six characters" of the parable told by Jesus to the Doctor of the Law who, to put him "to the test", asks him: "Who is my neighbour?". Then he lists the bandits, the wounded, the priest, the Levite, the Samaritan and the innkeeper.
Do not pass by: stop, have compassion, help
The brigands who "beat the man", leaving him half dead "; the priest who when he saw the wounded man "passed by", without taking into account his mission, thinking only of the imminent "hour of Mass". So did the Levite, "a cultured man of the Law". Pope Francis urged us to dwell on “passing by", a concept which- he said - "must enter our hearts today". It is - he observed - that of two "officials" who, "consistent" with being  who they are, said: "it is not for me" to help the injured person. On the contrary, those who "do not pass by" are the Samaritan, "who was a sinner, one excommunicated by the people of Israel": the "greatest sinner - underlined the Pope – he had compassion". Perhaps - he noted - he was "a merchant who was traveling for business", too:
He did not look at his watch,  did not think about blood. "He came close to him - he got off his donkey - he tied his wounds, pouring oil and wine". He got his hands dirty, got his clothes dirty. "Then he loaded him on his mount, took him to a hotel", all dirty ... blood ... And so he had to get there. "And he took care of him". He did not say: "But, I’ll leave him here, call the doctors who’ll come. I'm leaving, I've done my part. " No. "He took care",  saying: "Now you are mine, not for a possession, but to serve you". He was not an official, he was a man with a heart, a man with an open heart.
Open to God's surprises
The Pope then speaks of the innkeeper who "was stunned" to see a "foreigner", a "pagan - so we say - because he was not of the people of Israel" who stopped to rescue the man, paying "two denari" and promising to pay any expenses on his return. The innkeeper does not doubt that he will receive what is owed, adds Pope Francis, it is the reaction of one who lives a testimony, one open to the surprises of God, just like the Samaritan.
Both were not officials. "Are you a Christian? Are you Christian? ". "Yes yes yes, I go on Sundays to Mass and I try to do the right thing ... less talk, because I always like to talk, but the rest I do well". Are you open? Are you open to God's surprises or are you a Christian official, closed? "I do this, I go to Mass on Sunday, Communion, Confession once a year, this, this ... I am up standing". These are the Christian officials, those who are not open to the surprises of God, those who know so much about God but do not meet God. Those who never enter into amazement before a testimony. On the contrary: they are incapable of giving witness.
Jesus and his Church
The Pope, therefore, urges everyone, "laymen and pastors", to ask ourselves if we are Christians open to what the Lord gives us "every day", "to the surprises of God that often, like this Samaritan, makes things difficult for us", or are we a Christian official, doing what we have to, feeling that we abide by "the rules" and then being constrained by the same rules. Some ancient theologians, Pope Francis recalled, said that in this passage "the whole Gospel" is contained.
Each of us is the man there, wounded, and the Samaritan is Jesus. And he healed our wounds. He drew near to us. He took care of us. He paid for us. And he said to his Church: "But if you need more, you pay, I will come back and I will pay". Think about this: in this passage there is the whole Gospel.
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#BreakingNews Thousands Join in Coast to Coast Rosary in the USA and Canada for the World!

On Sunday, October 7, thousands of people joined together to pray the rosary in the US and Canada. If you missed this event - you can still join in the prayer of the rosary no matter where you are in the world!

How to Say the Rosary - Easy Guide to SHARE - #Rosary - Prayer will Change the World!

The official website for the promotion of this initiative wrote:
We are called upon to help turn our country back towards God.  We will accomplish that through prayer; prayer that can change hearts, change families, change our communities, change our country and change the world. There is no stronger weapon in this Spiritual Battle than the Rosary!
In 2013 the USCCB launched a Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty.  The intent of this Call to Prayer is to invite Catholics in their parishes and dioceses to pray and make daily sacrifices to rebuild a culture favourable to life and marriage and for increased protection of religious liberty. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco stated: “With the challenges this country is facing, it is hoped this call to prayer and penance will help build awareness among the faithful as well as spiritual stamina and courage for effective witness.”  The Novena for Our Nation and National Rosary Rally have been acting upon that Call from our Bishops for the past two years and again in 2018; taking it to a national level. Now Rosary Coast to Coast invites Catholics to join together in praying together for these intentions at the same time on the October 7 Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Rosary Coast to Coast builds upon the 54 day Rosary Novena for Our Nation in which tens of thousands of prayer warriors joined together in 2016 and 2017 to pray for: a respect for life at all stages of development; the sanctity of marriage and family; and freedom of religion and protection from religious persecution.
Rosary Coast to Coast also builds upon the National Rosary Rally held the past 2 years in front of the US Capitol on the October 7 Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary to conclude the Novena for Our Nation.  The National Rosary Rally features prominent Catholic clergy and lay people as speakers leading us through all four mysteries of the Rosary.“I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming” — Jesus to St Faustina Kowalska (Diary, 1732).
In 2017, the Church in Poland gathered around the borders of their country to light a spiritual flame, a flame that quickly engulfed the nation in prayer and reparation. Shortly after, the sparks from this conflagration of the Holy Spirit spread, to Ireland, the British Isles and now, the United States. This is a WORLD WIDE EFFORT to combat the Powers of Darkness—the Powers that seek to stifle the Light. 

#BreakingNews Death Toll from Earthquake in Indonesia Rises to 2000 Killed with 5000 Missing - Please Pray

Sulawesi, 2 thousand victims.
Three day search for 5 thousand missing Rescue teams will continue search operations for the missing until next October 11th. The government has announced that it will declare destroyed Palu areas "mass graves" and leave them "intact". There are 200,000 people in desperate need. Food and clean water are scarce and many of the 70,000 displaced people still depend on aid. More than 82 thousand military and civilians, in addition to volunteers, assist the survivors on the ground, while the army helicopters reach the remote areas.
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 Jakarta (AsiaNews) - There are almost 2,000 bodies of victims found in Palu, a city where entire neighborhoods have been wiped out by the earthquake and tsunami that struck on the island of Sulawesi last September 28. Authorities report the toll could worsen again: there are 5 thousand missing, overwhelmed by landslides and mud avalanches, in the towns of Balaroa and Petobo (south of Palu). M. Tohir, spokesman for the Indonesian Armed Forces, said today that the death toll from the disaster increased to 1,944. The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) declares that rescue teams will continue the search for missing persons until next October 11, when they will become "presumed dead". The government has announced that it will declare the destroyed areas of Palu "mass graves" and leave them "intact". Rescue efforts have increased to assist 200,000 people in dire need. Food and clean water are scarce and many of the 70,000 displaced people still depend on aid, after days of delays. The day after the disaster, several incidents of mass looting took place in the epicenter of the emergency, while humanitarian convoys struggled to reach the population. Thanks also to international aid, in the last days operations are progressing more quickly. Airplanes full of supplies are landing with increasing frequency in Palu, where the military unload the materials onto trucks or helicopters. More than 82 thousand soldiers and civilians, in addition to volunteers, are assisting the survivors on the ground, while the army helicopters are reaching the remote areas blocked by the disaster.
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#BreakingNews Bishops of Canada Release New Document on Protection from Abuse - FULL TEXT

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Releases New Document to Protect Minors and Vulnerable Adults from Sexual Abuse
Ottawa – Beginning today, in Catholic dioceses/eparchies across Canada, Bishops will issue locally the updated and expanded national guidelines for the protection of minors in Canada. Entitled Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation, this document of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was unanimously adopted by the Bishops of Canada on September 27 during their 2018 annual Plenary Assembly. Since then, Bishops have taken time to familiarize themselves with its contents and to consider with their diocesan/eparchial staff how to ensure its implementation in their dioceses/eparchies as well as how best to inform and educate clergy, members of religious communities and lay personnel.
First and foremost, this document focuses on minors and vulnerable adults, whom Canada's Bishops wish to protect from sexual violence. In addition to a clear delineation of procedures in cases of sexual abuse, it puts forward 69 recommendations inspired by nine lessons which Bishops have learned through their collective experiences over the past quarter century. Chief among these is that victims must come first. The document seeks not only to provide guidance for diocesan/eparchial protocols and policies as well as those for religious communities, but to stimulate a cultural transformation in attitudes about sexual abuse. The new guidelines apply to all Catholic clergy (Bishops, priests and deacons), as well as members of religious communities and also lay personnel who are working in Catholic parishes or Church organizations.
With their responsibility for the safeguarding of pastoral environments at the forefront of their ministry, and to ensure accuracy, depth, authenticity, rigour, and relevance, the Bishops in preparing the document involved input from a broad spectrum of contributors, including survivors, lay women and lay men, as well as professional consultants with experience and expertise in psychology, social work, child protection, and Church and civil law. The majority of the experts consulted also have specific experience in protecting minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse.
With this document, Canada's Bishops reaffirm their commitment to continue improving practices in their dioceses/eparchies with an emphasis on long-term prevention and pre-emptive action. The document brings the CCCB's existing guidelines (From Pain to Hope, 1992; Orientations, 2007) up to date with the latest laws in Canada and the most recent norms of the Holy See. Bishops will study and use the document to update diocesan/eparchial policies and protocols. In adopting the document, the Bishops also agreed to establish a special committee to assist the CCCB in keeping its policies up-to-date and to make recommendations on emerging questions.
The Bishops acknowledge that the implementation of a document of this magnitude will take time, but the focused and transformative actions which will come of it will protect minors and promote the healing of survivors. All of Canada's Bishops hope that survivors of sexual abuse will read Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse and see in it a real effort to listen and learn from them.
Additional Information
Introduction to Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation –
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For inquiries pertaining to the implementation of the document in Canadian dioceses/eparchies, contact the local diocese/eparchy directly

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Mon. October 8, 2018 - #Eucharist

Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 461

Reading 1GAL 1:6-12

Brothers and sisters:
I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking
the one who called you by the grace of Christ
for a different gospel (not that there is another).
But there are some who are disturbing you
and wish to pervert the Gospel of Christ.
But even if we or an angel from heaven
should preach to you a gospel
other than the one that we preached to you,
let that one be accursed!
As we have said before, and now I say again,
if anyone preaches to you a gospel
other than the one that you received,
let that one be accursed!

Am I now currying favor with human beings or God?
Or am I seeking to please people?
If I were still trying to please people,
I would not be a slave of Christ.

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,
that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin.
For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it,
but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Responsorial PsalmPS 111:1B-2, 7-8, 9 AND 10C

R. (5) The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.
R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
sure are all his precepts,
Reliable forever and ever,
wrought in truth and equity.
R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
He has sent deliverance to his people;
he has ratified his covenant forever;
holy and awesome is his name.
His praise endures forever.
R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 13:34

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I give you a new commandment:
love one another as I have loved you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 10:25-37

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said,
"Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law?
How do you read it?"
He said in reply,
"You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself."
He replied to him, "You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live."

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus,
"And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied,
"A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
'Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.'
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers' victim?"
He answered, "The one who treated him with mercy."
Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

US Bishops' Statement on Steps to Abuse Prevention from Vatican - FULL TEXT

President of U.S. Bishops' Conference Welcomes Steps Holy See is Taking to Ensure Faithful are Protected from the Evil of Sexual Abuse

October 7, 2018
 ROME—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is welcoming the recent announcement by the Holy See outlining steps to ensure the faithful are protected by the evil of sexual assault.

Cardinal DiNardo's full statement follows:

"On behalf of my brother bishops in the United States, I welcome the statement of October 6 from the Holy See which outlines additional steps Pope Francis is taking to ensure the faithful are protected from the evil of sexual assault. The Holy Father's 'pressing invitation to unite forces to fight the grave scourge of abuse within the Church and beyond' has been and will continue to be diligently accepted by the bishops of the United States.

"The truth will ensure terrible sins of the past are not repeated. The courage of abuse survivors who first brought the horrific truth of sexual abuse to light must continue to be matched by our courage as pastors to respond in justice. Pope Francis echoes the call of Christ to be with survivors in their time of need. Let us respond simply. 'Yes, Lord!'

"The bishops of the United States offer our prayers and solidarity for the Holy Father. We urge all in the Church, particularly the bishops, to reaffirm our communion with Pope Francis who is the visible guarantor of the communion of the Catholic church. We unite in prayer and service with His Holiness as he leads the Church to meet our brothers and sisters in their suffering. With a pastor's heart, the Holy Father calls us to a path of healing."

Saint October 8 : St. Pelagia : Virgin

St. Pelagia
Feast: October 8
Feast Day:
October 8

She was a tender virgin at Antioch, only fifteen years of age when she was apprehended by the persecutors in 311. Being alone in the house, and understanding that their errand was to carry her before the judge, where her chastity might be in danger, she desired leave of the soldiers to go up stairs and dress herself. But fearing to be an innocent occasion to others' sin, threw herself from the top of the house, and died on the spot by her fall: in which action, says St. Chrysostom, she had Jesus in her breast inspiring and exhorting her. She probably hoped to escape by that means; and might lawfully expose her life to some danger for the preservation of her chastity; but nothing will ever make it lawful for any one directly to procure his own death.
Whoever deliberately lays violent hands upon himself is guilty of a heinous injury against God, the Lord of his life, against the commonwealth, which he robs of a member, and of that comfort and assistance which he owes to it; also against his friends, children, and lastly against himself, both by destroying his corporeal life, and by the spiritual and eternal death of his soul; this crime being usually connected with final impenitence, and eternal enmity with God, and everlasting damnation. Nor can a name be found sufficiently to express the baseness of soul, and utmost excess of pusillanimity, impatience, and cowardice, which suicide implies. Strange that any nation should, by false prejudices, be able so far to extinguish the most evident principles of reason and the voice of nature, as to deem that an action of courage which springs from a total want of that heroic virtue of the soul. The same is to be said of the detestable practice of duels. True fortitude incites and enables a man to bear all manner of affronts, and to undergo all humiliations, dangers, hardships, and torments, for the sake of virtue and duty. What is more contrary to this heroic disposition, what can be imagined more dastardly, than not to be able to put up a petty affront and rather to offend against all laws divine and human, than to brook an injury or bear a misfortune with patience and constancy, than to observe the holy precept of Christ, who declares this to be his favorite commandment, the distinguishing mark of his followers, and the very soul of the divine law! Mention is made of a church at Antioch, and another at Constantinople, which bore the name of this saint in the fifth century.
SOURCE:The Catholic Encyclopedia