Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Saint October 25 : St. Crispin and St. Crispianus : Martyrs : Patrons of #Shoemakers

The French say Crispin and his brother Crispianus were born into a wealthy Roman family in the third century A.D. During the Diocletian persecution of Christians they escape to Noviodunum in France—later known as Soissons. Effectively disinherited and forced to fall back upon their own resources, Crispin and Crispianus become shoemakers. Though teaching the gospel was their life's work, they made shoes for the poor. Arrested and led before the Roman authorities, they were urged to recant. Both refused. Millstones were hung about their necks and they were thrown into the river Aisne. But both had the makings of sainthood in them even then and they refused to drown. At this point they were thrown into a cauldron of boiling lead, then a cauldron of pitch, then fat and oil but, they emerged unscathed. Legend suggests that they frolicked and sang until delivered by an angel. They were beheaded on November 8th, 288 A.D. on a plain near Soissons, which later became known as St. Crepin-en-Chaye.

The English version depicts Crispin and his brother as the sons of the queen of Logia, or Kent. To escape the persecution of Christians by Diocletian, the brothers dressed in commoners’ clothes and left their mother and the town of their birth—now known as Canterbury. Arriving in Faversham in the middle of the night, they knocked on a door from which a merry song emanated. This was the house of Robards, a master shoemaker. Impressed by their manners, Robards took them in. Straightaway they entered a seven year apprenticeship. So good was their work that Robards soon found himself appointed shoemaker to Maximinus, Diocletian's associate Emperor. Sent to Canterbury with shoes for Ursula, the Emperor’s daughter, Crispin was struck by her beauty and fell in love with her. After all the trials and tribulations that love and class can inflict upon them, Ursula and Crispin secretly married. When Maximinus learned of Crispin's high birth, he became reconciled to their marriage and blessed their son saying: "A shoemaker's son is a prince born." The marriage was confirmed October the 25th and celebrated with feasting and drinking. That day has ever since been the shoemakers' holiday. Shared from - Image SHARE Google Images

Wow Watch as Film Director Martin Scorsese asks Pope Francis some Serious Questions - FULL Video

As part of the Synod on Youth, there was booklauch for 'Sharing the Wisdom of Time' which gathers life stories of older people from more than 30 countries.The famous film director Martin Scorsese attended a book launch with Pope Francis. He asked the Holy Father how to deal with evil in society, “human failings of the institution itself, how can the faith of a young woman or man survive this maelstrom? How can we help the Church in this endeavor?” 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 "Christ reveals true love, He who lives of the boundless love of the Father..." FULL TEXT + Video


St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, October 24th 2018

Catechesis on the Commandments, 11 / A: Do not commit adultery

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

In our journey of catechesis on the Commandments we arrive today at the Sixth Word, which concerns the emotional and sexual dimension, and reads: "Do not commit adultery".

The immediate appeal is to fidelity, and indeed no human relationship is authentic without fidelity and loyalty.

One can not love only as long as "it is convenient"; love manifests itself just beyond the threshold of one's own advantage, when everything is given without reserve. As the Catechism states: "Love wants to be definitive. It can not be "until further notice" »(No. 1646). Fidelity is the characteristic of a free, mature, responsible human relationship. Even a friend proves himself authentic because he remains such in all circumstances, otherwise he is not a friend. Christ reveals true love, He who lives of the boundless love of the Father, and by virtue of this he is the faithful Friend who welcomes us even when we make mistakes and always wants our good, even when we do not deserve it.

The human being needs to be loved without conditions, and who does not receive this welcome brings with it a certain incompleteness, often without knowing it. The human heart tries to fill this void with surrogates, accepting compromises and mediocrity that love has only a vague taste. The risk is to call "love" of unripe and immature relationships, with the illusion of finding life's light in something that, at best, is only a reflection of it.

So it happens to overestimate for example the physical attraction, which in itself is a gift from God but is aimed at preparing the way for an authentic and faithful relationship with the person. As St. John Paul II said, the human being "is called to the full and mature spontaneity of relationships", which "is the gradual fruit of the discernment of the impulses of one's heart". It is something that is conquered, since every human being "must with perseverance and consistency learn what the meaning of the body is" (cf. Catechesis, 12 November 1980).
The call to married life requires, therefore, a careful discernment on the quality of the relationship and an engagement time to verify it. To enter the Sacrament of Marriage, the engaged couple must mature the certainty that in their bond there is the hand of God, who precedes them and accompanies them, and will allow them to say: "With the grace of Christ I promise to always be faithful to you" . They can not promise fidelity "in joy and pain, in health and in sickness", and to love and honor each other every day of their lives, only on the basis of good will or hope that "the thing works". They need to build on the solid ground of God's faithful love. And for this, before receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony, we need careful preparation, I would say a catechumenate, because we play our whole life in love, and with the 'love is not joking. Three or four conferences given in the parish can not be defined as "preparation for marriage"; no, this is not preparation: this is fake preparation. And the responsibility of those who do this falls on him: on the parish priest, on the bishop who allows these things. The preparation must be ripe and it takes time. It is not a formal act: it is a sacrament. But one must prepare with a true catechumenate.

Fidelity is in fact a way of being, a way of life. One works with loyalty, one speaks sincerely, one remains faithful to the truth in one's own thoughts and actions. A life woven of fidelity is expressed in all dimensions and leads to being faithful and reliable men and women in all circumstances.

But to arrive at such a beautiful life our human nature is not enough; it is necessary that the fidelity of God enter into our existence, infect us. This Sixth Word calls us to turn our gaze to Christ, who with his fidelity can take from us an adulterous heart and give us a faithful heart. In him, and only in him, there is love without reserve and rethinking, complete giving without brackets and the tenacity of acceptance to the end.

From his death and resurrection comes our fidelity, from his unconditional love comes constancy in relationships. From communion with him, with the Father and with the Holy Spirit comes the communion among us and the ability to live in fidelity our bonds.

Greetings in Various Languages:
Je suis heureux de saluer les pèlerins venus de France et de divers pays francophones, en particulier des pèlerins de Rennes, Coutances et Bayeux-Lisieux, avec leurs évêques Mgr d’Ornellas, Mgr Le Boulc’h et Mgr Boulanger ; tous les jeunes présents, les membres de l’Aumônerie catholique Tamoule Indienne de France, du groupe Bayard Presse, du Mouvement Sève, ainsi que des pèlerins de Suisse et du Québec. En Jésus-Christ, et en lui seulement, se trouve l’amour sans réserves, le don total sans parenthèses, la persévérance de l’accueil jusqu’au bout. Que de la communion avec Lui, avec le Père et le Saint Esprit, puisse grandir la communion entre nous et le savoir-vivre dans la fidélité toujours! Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Canada and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the Lord’s blessings of joy and peace. God bless you!
Von Herzen grüße ich die Pilger deutscher Sprache, besonders die vielen Jugendlichen. Wo es Liebe unter uns gibt, wächst auch das Verständnis und die Vergebung. Der Herr segne euch und eure Lieben.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española provenientes de España y América Latina, y en especial a los participantes en el Encuentro sobre la doctrina social de la Iglesia, organizado por la Pontificia Universidad de la Santa Cruz. Pidamos a la Virgen María, Madre de Dios y madre nuestra, que nos ayude a todos, y de modo especial a los jóvenes, a saber descubrir y vivir la belleza del amor humano como una llamada a la entrega y a la donación total de sí mismos, libre de egoísmos y superficialidades. Que el Señor los bendiga. Muchas
Com grande afeto, saúdo os peregrinos de língua portuguesa, em particular os fiéis da diocese de Januária, acompanhados pelo seu Bispo José Moreira da Silva, e os fiéis da paróquia de Nossa Senhora de Fátima de Jundiaí. Vele sobre o vosso caminho a Virgem Maria e vos ajude a ser sinal de confiança e esperança no meio dos vossos irmãos. Sobre vós e vossas famílias desça a Bênção de Deus.
أرحب بمودة بالحاضرين الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصة بالقادمين من الأراضي المقدسة ومن الشرق الأوسط. "لا تزن" هي دعوة لحفظ الأمانة ولصون المحبة من جرح الخيانة. فوحده الحب المبني على صخرة الإيمان بالله، والثقة بالآخر، يستطيع أن يصمد أمام رياح التجارب، وأعاصير التقلبات المزاجية، وإغراءات العالم. فكلمة أحبك تحمل في ذاته، في الواقع، العهد بالأمانة الدائمة. ليبارككم الرب جميعا ويحرسكم من الشرير!
Witam polskich pielgrzymów. Pozdrawiam szczególnie profesorów i uczniów Liceum im. Norwida ze Stargardu, promotorów inicjatywy nazwanej „Kartka pokoju” – apelu o pokój, który zredagowali po solidnym studium nauczania Papieży XX i XXI wieku, i który z okazji 100-lecia niepodległości Polski zostanie rozesłany do przywódców wszystkich krajów świata. W przyszłą niedzielę Kościół w Polsce będzie obchodził X Dzień Solidarności z Kościołem Prześladowanym, organizowany przez Stowarzyszenie Pomoc Kościołowi w Potrzebie i Konferencję Episkopatu Polski. Pomoc materialna zostanie w tym roku przekazana chrześcijanom w Pakistanie. Dziękuję za te inicjatywy pokoju i solidarności. Niech Bóg wam błogosławi!
Od srca pozdravljam hrvatske hodočasnike, a osobito skupinu od jedanaestero biciklista koji su biciklima prešli put od 1160 km od Zagreba do Rima. Dobri ste! Zahvaljujem vam na ovom svjedočanstvu vjere i odanosti Petrovu Nasljedniku. Hvaljen Isus i Marija!
I extend a cordial welcome to Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the Capitulars of the Little Sisters of the abandoned elderly and the Religious who are taking part in the meeting promoted by the Union of Major Superiors of Italy (USMI).

I greet the parish groups; the youth of the Diocese of Faenza-Modigliana, with Bishop Monsignor Mario Toso; the pilgrimage of the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Ravasco Institute); the Emodialized and transplanted group of Chioggia-Padova and the school institutes, in particular the professional technical pole of Lugo and the Istituto comprensivo di Ripi.

A special thought I address to the young, the elderly, the sick and the newlyweds.

Dear friends, the Gospel message of Christ does not ask us to do extraordinary things, but to let God act in our lives. He told us: "Without me you can do nothing" (Jn 15: 5). The Christian life is the meeting of our weakness with the strength of God's grace, which allows us to live a full and joyful life every day, where charity means doing everything with joy and humility, for the glory of God and for the good of men. .

Latest from the Synod - " The question of women’s roles in the Church is important..." FULL Video

Synod of Bishops: God is an abstract thought for the young
Although many young people attend mass and go to confession, and despite 12 years of catechism, God still remains an abstract thought for them, a bishop says at Wednesday’s press briefing. By Russell Pollitt, SJ
On Wednesday the Synod Fathers discussed the draft of the final document of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. A letter to young people, from the Synod, was also read out in the General Assembly. It is expected that the letter will be read at the closing Mass of the Synod on Sunday, 28 October.

Full Churches but what happens outside?

Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Cameroon said that parishes in Africa are full, there is not enough space to contain all the young people. The problem is that after joyful celebrations – sometimes lasting a number of hours – young people leave and enter a world of unemployment, no medical care, high rates of poverty and war situations.
The Bishop said that the understanding of family in Africa was still very strong. He said that traditional values correspond to values in the Church. They are passed on from generation to generation, youth still follow their elders.
Asked why he thought the Church in Africa was thriving, he said that he believes that it is because community is at the heart of African life. The Bishop said that in Africa they fight the “in-creeping” of individualism. He said that once people lock themselves up in big houses and build high walls then community and connection are lost. The Church as community and family is very strong in Africa. If this is lost, then the Church will empty out.
He also noted that the Church must speak in unambiguous language, tell young people the truth. It is important that the truth is not watered down, he added, especially about delicate topics.

God is an abstract idea

Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś of Poland said that it is not that Poland’s parishes are empty, to the contrary. He said that about 50 percent of young people go to Church and seek confession regularly. This, however, does not necessarily mean that they know Jesus. He said that for many youngsters God is an abstract idea after 12 years of catechism. He said that young people know little about faith. He went on to explain that if you ask young people about values they say that family is a value; faith is, sadly, way down the list. Family is important because of the relationships. He used the example of religious feasts like Christmas and Easter. Young people see these as significant “family events” and not as religious occasions. He added that this is not a judgement but something important to take note of.

Accompanying the young as they make existential decisions

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany said that Pope Francis has decided to use Synods as part of a global process and way of moving the Church forward. The Cardinal said that looking at young people between the ages of 15-28 was key because this is when they are making existential decisions. He said that they are at a sensitive age and one that the Church must understand. He said that accompaniment at this time was crucial because if they are not well accompanied then the Church will be a lost playing field for evangelisation.


Asked about the role of women in the Church, Cardinal Marx said that without change and development one can never make any progress. The question of women’s roles in the Church is important for the whole Church. He said that women need to be given real participation in the Church’s decision making processes. In some place this is already happening. The Cardinal said that 30 years ago he too may have been opposed to this but, he said, “thank God I didn’t get stuck there!”
The Cardinal said that the Church must understand the evolution of time and the development of women’s equality. He said that this is a gift that God gives the Church in the light of the Gospel. We would be foolish if we did not make use of the potential that women have. Thank God we are not that stupid, the Cardinal added.
Sexuality should not be exploited for ideological reasons
Asked about the use of the acronym LGBTI in the final document, Bishop Nkea said that we must be careful of the language we use. He said that the Church is the only voice that is opposed to certain ideologies. He said that there were programmes that require pro-abortion policies in order to receive aid. This cannot be accepted. The Bishop said that he would not be in favour of the acronym “LGBTI” being used in the final document. He said that 99.9 percent of young people in his diocese would not know what that means. He said that if the acronym was used in the document, he would have to take time to become conversant with something he is not familiar with so that he can explain it to others.
Cardinal Marx was asked about sexual orientation and the way that the German Church has handled this. He said that sexuality is being discussed at the Synod but that this is not a Synod on sexuality. It is being dealt with in the dimension of accompaniment. He said that there are lobbies from all different sides wanting to have their agenda heard. He warned against those who use sexuality to exploit it for ideological reasons. He said that the Church needs to use a language that is understandable to everyone, one that accompanies and does not homogenise cultures. He said that this Synod is not about language but about accompanying the young as best as the Church can. He said that, for Jesus, sexuality is one dimension of the whole person and not the whole person.
Commenting on sexual abuse, Cardinal Marx said that this was brought back into focus in Germany just before Synod. He said that it has been discussed at the Synod and that a change of attitude is necessary. He added that abuse was also an abuse of power, as Pope Francis has said many times.
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Did the Pope Contradict Church Teaching When He Introduced a New Teaching on the Death Penalty?

 Did the Pope Contradict Church Teaching When He Introduced a New Teaching on the Death Penalty? No - By: Suzanne Fortin
In this article a prominent Pro-Life mother and blogger defends Pope Francis' teachings against the death penalty - She speaks of her experiences dealing with the social media anger against the Pope.

 When the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced a change in the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding the Death Penalty, my Facebook feed exploded into criticism of Pope Francis. He contradicted Church teaching! They cried.
He declared it intrinsically evil!
But of course, he never said any such thing.
The pope may have condemned the death penalty as inadmissible, but he did not declare it “intrinsically disordered.” Many people confuse the two concepts because they think that “inadmissible” means that capital punishment is “gravely sinful” and by virtue of it being “gravely sinful,” it’s “intrinsically disordered.” But the phrase “intrinsically disordered” doesn’t automatically mean “gravely sinful,” although many intrinsically disordered sins are that. A white lie is intrinsically disordered, but it is not a grave sin. An intrinsically disordered act is one that contradicts a natural function God attributed to creation. When two men have sexual relations, that is intrinsically disordered because God ordered the sexes to be complementary. When someone blasphemes God, that is intrinsically disordered, because God ordered that the human soul be destined to be united with God. And forth. Because of the very specific nature of these sins, relatively few sins are intrinsically disordered.

Most sins are sinful because of intention, circumstance or consequence. Remove the offending intention, circumstance or consequence—or add a required one—and the act is no longer sinful.
As the teaching of the death penalty is not one dealing with an intrinsically disordered acts, it is within the Magisterium’s authority to determine under what conditions an act is moral or immoral. This is all that Pope Francis did. He determined that under the present circumstances, because we have come to a greater understanding of human dignity, and because the penal system is sufficient to protect human life, it is not acceptable to have recourse to the death penalty.
Should the penal system ever become inadequate in protecting human life, then, it is logically implied, capital punishment could be acceptable.
Critics of Pope Francis who insist that he contradicted the Church’s Magisterium do not understand the nature of contradiction. They think that the Church’s Magisterium and Pope Francis’ teaching are mutually exclusive.
Logically, they are not.
The Church’s Magisterium asserted that capital punishment is permitted, that is does not contravene the commandment against killing. But the Church has never asserted capital punishment is obligatory or that every act of capital punishment is moral.
Note, that when the Church developed her teaching before the modern era, the penal system was woefully underdeveloped. In many instances, if criminals were not physically punished for their crimes, they were forced to pay fines or forfeit property. There was no concept of putting people in jail for decades at a time to expiate a crime. This is a modern development. Given that the Church never made capital punishment obligatory and that conditions have developed to allow for expiation of crimes in ways other than death, it is natural that the Church place conditions on the use of capital punishment, so the we do not use it so long as we have a penal system capable of protecting human life.
Pope Francis is not saying that capital punishment is, henceforward never permissible, only that, in our current condition, while we have a penal system capable of protecting human life, it is not acceptable to execute a criminal. This is not a contradiction, according to the rules of formal logic.
Now some might say that this is grasping at straws. But Truth is constructed by these very self-same rules of logic. If we believe in reason, and thus, in logic, then we are forced to admit that Pope Francis did not contradict the Church’s Magisterium in modifying the teaching on the death penalty.
About the Author: Suzanne Fortin, originally from the Province of Quebec, holds a BA in History, she is currently studying at University of Ottawa and is a Pro-Life mother of 4. She blogs at and She also runs a popular French language pro-life FB page

US Bishops to Gather for 7 Days of Prayer at Invitation of Pope Francis - FULL Text Release

U.S. Bishops Will Gather for Seven Days of Prayer and Reflection at Invitation of Pope Francis

October 23, 2018
WASHINGTON— At the invitation of Pope Francis, the Bishops of the United States will gather for a spiritual retreat set to take place at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The bishops will gather in prayer and unity for seven days, from January 2-8, as brothers in the Episcopacy.

“The Holy Father has kindly offered the preacher to the Papal Household, Reverend Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., to serve as the retreat director as we come together to pray on the intense matters before us. For this, I am grateful,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “I am also grateful to Cardinal Blase Cupich for his kind offer to use the campus of Mundelein Seminary as the location for this retreat.”

The announcement comes after Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo met with the Pope earlier this month as part of a regularly scheduled Curia visit. The retreat takes place as the U.S. bishops continue their work to address the current U.S. clergy sex abuse crisis. In September, the U.S. bishops Administrative Committee announced an action plan including a third-party reporting mechanism, standards of conduct for bishops, and protocols for bishops resigned or removed because of abuse. FULL TEXT Release from USCCB

#BreakingNews Pope Francis Removes Bishop Martin Holley of Memphis

Pope removes Bishop of Memphis from pastoral care of his diocese
Pope Francis has removed Bishop Martin D. Holley from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Memphis, United States. A statement released by the Holy See Press Office on Wednesday revealed that Pope Francis has removed Bishop Martin D. Holley from the pastoral care of the diocese of Memphis in the United States. The statement also said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurz of Luisville has been appointed as temporary apostolic administrator to oversee the diocese until further notice.
The removal follows a Vatican investigation into the Diocese of Memphis in June to address concerns about major changes Bishop Holley had made.
Holley was installed as Bishop of Memphis in October 2016 after serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, D.C. for 12 years.
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wed. October 24, 2018 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 475

Reading 1EPH 3:2-12

Brothers and sisters:
You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace
that was given to me for your benefit,
namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,
as I have written briefly earlier.
When you read this
you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
which was not made known to human beings in other generations
as it has now been revealed
to his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,
that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,
and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.

Of this I became a minister by the gift of God’s grace
that was granted me in accord with the exercise of his power.
To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given,
to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ,
and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery
hidden from ages past in God who created all things,
so that the manifold wisdom of God
might now be made known through the Church
to the principalities and authorities in the heavens.
This was according to the eternal purpose
that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
in whom we have boldness of speech
and confidence of access through faith in him.

Responsorial PsalmISAIAH 12:2-3, 4BCD, 5-6

R. (see 3) You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

AlleluiaMT 24:42A, 44

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Stay awake!
For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 12:39-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said,
“Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”
And the Lord replied,
“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward
whom the master will put in charge of his servants
to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.
Truly, I say to you, he will put him
in charge of all his property.
But if that servant says to himself,
‘My master is delayed in coming,’
and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
to eat and drink and get drunk,
then that servant’s master will come
on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
and will punish the servant severely
and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
That servant who knew his master’s will
but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will
shall be beaten severely;
and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will
but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating
shall be beaten only lightly.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”