Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Saint October 24 : St. Anthony Mary Claret : Patron of Weavers, Savings, and Publishers

St. Anthony Mary Claret
Feast: October 24
Feast Day:
October 24
December 23, 1807, Sallent
October 24, 1870, Fontfroide
May 7, 1950 by Pope Pius XII
Patron of:
Textile Merchants, Weavers, Savings (taught the poor the importance of savings), Catholic press, Claretians Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Anthony Mary Claret died in the Cistercian monastery at Fontfroide in France on this date in 1870. He was canonized in 1950 and listed in the Roman Calendar in 1960. Anthony was born at Salent in the Diocese of Vich in Catalonia, Spain, in the year in which Napoleon invaded Spain. He was trained for manual labor, since his father was a weaver, but in 1829 he entered the seminary at Vich. Ordained to the priesthood in 1835, he was assigned as pastor in his home parish. Later he went to Rome to work for the Propagation of the Faith. He also entered the novitiate of the Jesuits but had to leave because of ill health, so he returned to Spain and was assigned as pastor of a parish. His apostolate consisted of rural preaching, conferences for the clergy and publications (he wrote more than 150 books). Because of his successful apostolate he aroused the animosity of some of the clergy and as a result he left Catalonia for the Canary Islands (1848). After a year he returned to Catalonia and resumed his preaching apostolate.
In 1849 Anthony gathered together five priests who formed the basis of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (popularly known as Claretians). At the suggestion of the Queen of Spain, Isabella II, Anthony was named archbishop of Santiago, Cuba (1850). For the next seven years he made pastoral visitations, preached against the slavery of the Negroes, and regularized numerous marriages. As a result of his activity he was frequently threatened with death and on one occasion an attempt was actually made on his life. In 1857 he was recalled to Spain as confessor to the queen. In this way he was able to exert some influence in the naming of bishops, set up a center of ecclesiastical studies at the Escorial, and work towards the recognition of religious orders in Spain. In 1869 he was in Rome, preparing for the First Vatican Council. He followed Isabella II into exile and at the insistence of the Spanish ambassador, was placed under house arrest in the Cistercian monastery at FontFroide, where he died at the age of 63. His remains were ultimately returned to Vich.
SOURCE: The Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis at Agustinianum "Welcoming the immigrant is a biblical command 'because you yourself were an immigrant..." FULL Video

Pope Francis and “Sharing the Wisdom of Time”: an alliance between generations Pope Francis is asking young and elder people to join forces to make the world a better place. Answering questions during a book launch at the Augustinianum Institute in Rome, the Pope invited young people to listen and to bond with their elders in an effort to counter a culture of waste, a growing indifference to the plight of migrants and refugees, and a dangerous resurgence of populism that spurns hatred and intolerance.
The new book published by Loyola Press highlights the wisdom of the elderly, their experiences and their insights as fundamental contributions to society.
In the preface to the book, written by Pope Francis, he calls for an alliance between the young and the old to help counter the culture of waste.
At the book launch before a large crowd Pope Francis gave some comments:
 “First of all, don't be afraid, don't lose your peace, always have peace by speaking with the Lord: 'We have transmitted faith and now' Be calm. Never try to convince because faith does not grow, the Church does not grow. Faith does not grow by proselytism, it grows by attraction. This is a phrase of Benedict XVI. This is to say it grows by testimony.”
 Pope Francis went on to say:
“Welcoming the immigrant is a biblical command 'because you yourself were an immigrant in Egypt.' Let young people know how populism begins. There has been some harsh but very true words said, 'sow hatred.' We can't live by sowing hatred. What do I do when I see that the Mediterranean is a cemetery? I tell you the truth: I suffer, I pray and I speak. We cannot accept this suffering. We cannot say, 'one suffers everywhere,' and go on with our lives. No. This cannot be.”
 The film director Martin Scorsese asked how to deal with the problem of evil in the world.
The pope offered him this advice. “Closeness, closeness works miracles, such as non-violence, gentleness, tenderness... These human virtues, which seem small, are capable of transforming the most difficult and terrible conflicts.”

Pope Francis "Hope is concrete, it is an everyday thing...every time we encounter Jesus in the Eucharist, in prayer..." Homily with Video

Pope at Mass: Hope is living for the encounter with Jesus
In the homily at the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflects on hope, which is not abstract, but living in expectation of the concrete encounter with Jesus. And it is wise, the Pope emphasized, to know how to rejoice in the little encounters of daily life with the Lord.
  By Debora Donnini In his daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis explained “hope” with the image of a pregnant woman waiting for her child to be born. Hope, he said, is not something abstract. Hope instead means living in expectation of the concrete encounter with Jesus. And wisdom consists in being able to rejoice in the “little encounters of the life with Jesus."

Citizenship and inheritance

The Pope began his homily by reflecting on two words from the days Readings: citizenship and inheritance. The first Reading, taken from the Letter of St Paul to the Ephesians, speaks about citizenship: “It is a gift that God has given us, making us citizens.” It consists in having given us an identity, our “identity papers,” so to speak.  God, in Jesus, “has abolished the law” (cf. 2:15) in order to reconcile us, “putting that enmity to death by it,” so that “through Him” both Jews and Gentiles might “both have access in one Spirit to the Father” — and so “you are fellow citizens with the saints,” in Jesus.
“Our identity lies precisely in this,” Pope Francis said, “in being healed by the Lord, being built into a community and having the Holy Spirit within.”
God is leading us on the journey toward the inheritance, secure in the knowledge that we are fellow citizens, and that God is with us. The inheritance, Pope Francis explained, “is that which we seek in our journey, that which we will receive in the end.” But we need to seek it each day; and it is precisely hope which carries us forward in the journey toward that inheritance. Hope, he said, is “perhaps the smallest virtue, perhaps the most difficult to understand.”

If you hope, you’ll never be disappointed

Faith, hope, and charity are one gift. Faith and charity are easy to understand. “But what is hope?” the Pope asked. It is hoping for heaven, hoping to encounter the Saints, eternal happiness. “But what,” he asked, “is heaven for you?”
Living in hope is journeying towards a reward, yes, toward a happiness that we do not have but we will have there. It is a difficult virtue to understand. It is a humble virtue, very humble. It is a virtue that never disappoints: if you hope, you will never be disappointed. Never, never. It is also a concrete virtue. “But how can it be concrete,” [you ask,] “if I don’t know heaven, or what awaits me there?” Hope, our inheritance which is hope directed towards something, is not an idea, it is not being in a good place… no. It is an encounter. Jesus always emphasizes this part of hope, this living in expectation, encountering.”

The pregnant woman who lives to meet her Son

In the day’s Gospel, we hear of the encounter of the master when he returns from a wedding. An encounter is always something concrete. In order to help us understand, Pope Francis gave a concrete example:
Something comes to mind, when I think of hope, an image: a pregnant woman, a woman expecting a child. She goes to the doctor, she sees the ultrasound. [Is she indifferent? Does she say,] “Oh look, a baby. Ok.” No! She rejoices! And every day she touches her belly to caress that child, in anticipation of that child, living in anticipation of that son. This image can help us understand what hope is: living for that encounter. That woman imagines what her son’s eyes will be like, what his smile will be like, whether he’ll be blonde or dark-haired… but she imagines meeting her son. She imagines meeting her son.  

Knowing how to rejoice in the little meetings with Jesus

After explaining the image of the pregnant woman, and how it can help us understand what hope his, the Pope asked another question:
“Do I hope like this, concretely, or is my hope a little dispersed, a little gnostic?” Hope is concrete, it is an everyday thing, because it is an encounter. And every time we encounter Jesus in the Eucharist, in prayer, in the Gospel, in the poor, in the life of the community, every time we take another step toward this definitive encounter. [This is] the wisdom of knowing how to rejoice in the little encounters of daily life with Jesus, preparing for that definitive encounter.
In conclusion, Pope Francis emphasized once more that the word “identity” refers to our having been made one community; and the inheritance is the strength of the Holy Spirit that “carries us forward with hope.” He called on those present to ask themselves how they live out their identity as Christians, whether they are expecting an inheritance in heaven that is somewhat abstract – or whether they are really hoping for an encounter with the Lord.
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#BreakingNews 2 Young Catholic Priests Commit Suicide in France after Abuse Allegations

Two Roman Catholic Priests have committed suicide in one month after receiving abuse allegations. Father Pierre-Yves Fumery, 38, died on Saturday,  in his presbytery in Gien, Loiret, France. He was accused of inappropriate behavior towards teenagers. This is the second suicide of a priest in a month in France. The 38-year-old priest was found hanged in his presbytery in Gien, Loiret, when he was under investigation for "suspicion of sexual assault on a minor under the age of 15",  the diocese of Orleans said, this Monday. According to Bishop Blaquart, some parishioners had alerted the diocese having witnessed "inappropriate behavior towards 13- to 14-year-olds", including "physical closeness", "uncomfortable behavior with a young girl whom he has embraced and accompanied several times. by car". None of the gestures mentioned required one to inform police, said the bishop, who asked Father Fumery to "stand back and be accompanied,  and leave Gien for some time."
The second suicide of a priest occurred on September 18.  Another priest, also aged 38, killed himself in his church in Rouen while he was the subject of a report from a woman to the diocese.  According to information from France Bleu Normandie, Jean-Baptiste S├Ębe had tried to kiss a young woman. The victim, aged 20 at the time, had told her parents everything but was not aware of her mother approached the diocese. The archbishop had summoned the priest the day before his suicide to explain his accusations. "He confessed to unbecoming conduct towards this girl...". . Asked whether he had seized the judicial authority after having collected the priest's confession, Bishop Lebrun explained, that there was no reporting requirement. (Edited from Figaro.fr)
Please pray for the souls of these 2 priests and for victims of abuse....
The two Videos below are from the Dioceses of both priests as their Bishops' offer a statement to media:

Pope Francis "...may you always remain close to Christ crucified and his suffering people." to Passionists - FULL TEXT


Hall of the Consistory
Monday, 22 October 2018

Dear brothers,

I am pleased to meet you on the occasion of your General Chapter and I thank the Superior for his words. In these days, your reflections have been guided by the theme "Renewing our mission: Gratitude, Prophecy and Hope". These three words: gratitude, prophecy and hope express the spirit with which you wish to stimulate your Congregation for a renewal in the mission. In fact, in addition to electing the government of the Institute, you propose to undertake a new path of ongoing formation for your communities, rooted in the experience of daily life; and also intend to make a discernment on the pastoral methodology in the approach to the younger generations.

Your Founder, Saint Paul of the Cross, gave to himself and his companions this motto: "May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts". His first biographer, St. Vincent Maria Strambi, said of him: "It seemed that God Almighty had chosen Father Paul, in a special way, to teach people how to look for Him in the interiority of his heart". Saint Paul of the Cross wanted your communities to be schools of prayer, where you could experience God. His holiness was lived between darkness and desolation, but also with joy and peace that touched the heart of those who met him.

At the center of your life and your mission is the Passion of Jesus, which the Founder described as "the greatest and most beautiful work of the love of God" (Letters II, 499). The vow that distinguishes you, with which you are committed to keep alive the memory of the passion, places you at the foot of the Cross, from which flows the healing and reconciling love of God. I encourage you to be ministers of spiritual healing and reconciliation, so necessary in today's world, marked by ancient and new wounds. Your Constitutions call you to dedicate your whole self to the "evangelization and re-evangelization of peoples, preferring the poorest to the most abandoned places" (Const. 70). Your closeness to people, traditionally expressed through popular missions, spiritual direction and the sacrament of Penance, is a precious testimony. The Church needs ministers who speak with tenderness, listen without condemning and welcome with mercy.

The Church today feels a strong appeal to come out of itself and go to the peripheries, both geographic and existential. Your commitment to embracing the new frontiers of mission implies not only going to new territories to bring you the Gospel, but also facing the new challenges of our time, such as migration, secularism and the digital world. This means being present in those situations where people perceive the absence of God, and try to be close to those who, in any way or form, are suffering.

In this age of change, which is rather a change of era, you are called to be attentive to the presence and action of the Holy Spirit, reading the signs of the times. New situations require new answers. Saint Paul of the Cross was very creative in responding to the needs of his time, recognizing - as he says in the Rule - that "the love of God is very ingenious and does not show itself so much with words, as with the works and examples of who love "(XVI). A creative fidelity to your charism will allow you to respond to the needs of the people of today, staying close to the suffering Christ in order to bring his presence to a world that suffers.

Your Congregation has given many examples of holiness to the people of God; think of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, a young man whose joyful following of Christ still speaks to today's youth. The testimony of the saints and blessed of your religious family manifests the fruitfulness of your charism and represents models to inspire your apostolic choices. The strength and simplicity of your message, which is the love of God revealed on the Cross, can still speak to today's society, which has learned not to trust the words alone and to be convinced only by facts. For many young people who are looking for God, the Passion of Jesus can be a source of hope and courage, showing them that everyone is loved personally and to the end. May your testimony and your apostolate continue to enrich the Church, and may you always remain close to Christ crucified and his suffering people.

The Apostolic Blessing, which I now warmly impart to you as capitulars and to the whole Passionist family, will accompany you on your journey. Please do not forget to pray for me. Thank you.
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Latest from the Synod - Importance of the Feminine Voice and Migration - FULL Video

Synod of Bishops: Young people are used-less, not useless
At the Tuesday briefing for the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Cardinal Tagle from the Philippines said that the young women present with the bishops provided a much-needed expansion of horizons at the Synod.
  By Russell Pollitt, SJ
The draft of the final document was presented to the Synod Fathers on Tuesday morning and was greeted with a long round of applause, Dr Paolo Ruffini Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication said. On Wednesday, the Synod Fathers will put forward proposals for integration into the final document. Dr Ruffini said that the document is different to the working document, the Instrumentun Laboris, but reflects many of the issues that were outlined in that document. He said that the icon for the entire document is the Scriptural account of the Road to Emmaus. He also said that a letter is being prepared and addressed to young people.
Wisdom and strength move us forward
Mr Joseph Sepati Moeono-Kolio, an auditor representing Caritas International and Oceania from Somoa, said the Synod has been an overwhelming experience. He said that it has been a time in which the Church has been reflecting on its engagement with the world, being acutely aware of the challenges the Church faces and proactively going out to meet those challenges. He said that the Synod spoke about Catholic Social Teaching and how to equip young people to go and use it in the world to face the issues that are before them.
Mr Sepati said that an image of the Synod for him from his own context in the Pacific region is an older wise person and young person in a canoe. The older person knows how to read the stars and navigate the oceans, the younger person has the strength to move things forward.

The Synod was like a school

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo from Myanmar said that after the Synod he personally and the Church in Myanmar will give more attention to young people. He said that he realised that young people have not be listened to as they deserve to be. He said that the Church needs to realise that young people are used-less and not useless. He said that he hopes that the whole Church will give attention to young people and follow up on the recommendations of the Synod.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle from the Philippines said that he doesn’t like comparing Synods, as each one that he has attended, seven in all, is unique. This Synod has been like a school, young people have been teaching us, by sharing their dreams and desires but most especially by telling their stories, the Cardinal explained.

The feminine

Cardinal Tagle said that this has also been a different Synod as the feminine voice has certainly been a focal point. He said that it was suggested often that female figures in Scripture should be used as interpretative lights for young people today. He said that the testimony of the young women at the Synod provided a much-needed expansion of horizons. The Cardinal said that when we talk about diversity it is not just about cultures but also the experience of women which is unique.

Migration and education

Archbishop Bienvenu Manamika Bafouakouahou from Congo said that he uses this image for the Synod: the final document of the Synod will be one that launches the bishops into orbit, like satellites, they in turn will give the signal back to young people on earth.
He said that in different parts of the world the issues were different for young people. For him, he said, migration is a real issue. Young people are looking for a better life but they are also driven from their homes, expelled from their land. This was caused, for example, by the degradation of the ecosystem at the hands of multinationals. He said that things like COP21 are often not adhered too despite all the promises made.
The Archbishop went on to say that another big concern is formation and education. He said that in Europe education was advanced but that in many African countries this is still a serious problem. Something must be done so that young people can grow and integral development can take place on the continent, the Archbishop concluded.

Holy Father to attend a book launch

At the briefing Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro spoke about a book that will be launched tonight at which Pope Francis will be present and answer questions. The book is entitled The Wisdom of Time and is aimed at bridging and connecting different generations. Fr Spadaro said that the Pope has been involved in the book in three ways: The Holy Father wrote the preface, he wrote about his own experience as an older man himself and then also contributed as a spiritual guide by commenting on the stories in the book.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday October 23, 2018 - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 474

Reading 1EPH 2:12-22

Brothers and sisters:
You were at that time without Christ,
alienated from the community of Israel
and strangers to the covenants of promise,
without hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off
have become near by the Blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, he made both one
and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his Flesh,
abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,
that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two,
thus establishing peace,
and might reconcile both with God,
in one Body, through the cross,
putting that enmity to death by it.
He came and preached peace to you who were far off
and peace to those who were near,
for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners,
but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones
and members of the household of God,
built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
Through him the whole structure is held together
and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
in him you also are being built together
into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Responsorial PsalmPS 85:9AB-10, 11-12, 13-14

R. (see 9) The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD–for he proclaims peace.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps.
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

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.

GospelLK 12:35-38

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.”