Monday, October 29, 2018

Saint October 30 : St. Alphonsus Rodriguez : #Jesuit Confessor

St. Alphonsus Rodriguez
Feast: October 30
Feast Day:
October 30
July 25, 1532, Segovia
October 31, 1617
6 September, 1887
Major Shrine:

Born at Segovia in Spain, 25 July, 1532; died at Majorca, 31 October, 1617. On account of the similarity of names he is often confounded with Father Rodriguez the author of "Christian Perfection", who though eminent in his holiness was never canonized. The Saint was a Jesuit lay-brother who entered the Society at the age of forty. He was the son of a wool merchant who had been reduced to poverty when Alfonso was still young. At the age of twenty-six he married Mary Francisco Suárez, a woman of his own station, and at thirty-one found himself a widower with one surviving child, the other two having died previously. From thattime he began a life of prayer and mortification, although separated from the world around him. On the death of his third child his thoughts turned to a life in some religious order. Previous associations had brought him into contact with the first Jesuits who had come to Spain, Bl. Peter Faber among others, but it was apparently impossible to carry out his purpose of entering the Society, as he was without education, having only had an incomplete year at a new college begun at Alcalá by Francis Villanueva. At the age of thirty-nine he attempted to make up this deficiency by following the course at the College of Barcelona, but without success. His austerities had also undermined his health. After considerable delay he was finally admitted into the Society of Jesus as a lay-brother, 31 January, 1571. Distinct novitiates had not as yet been established in Spain, and Alfonso began his term of probation at Valencia or Gandia -- this point is a subject of dispute -- and after six months was sent to the recently-founded college at Majorca, where he remained in the humble position of porter for forty-six years, exercising a marvelous influence on the sanctification not only of the members of the household, but upon a great number of people who came to theporter's lodge for advice and direction. Among the distinguished Jesuits who came under his influence was St. Peter Clavier, who lived with him for some time at Majorca, and who followed his advice in asking for the missions of South America. The bodily mortifications which he imposed on himself were extreme, the scruples and mental agitation to which he was subject were of frequent occurrence, his obedience absolute, and his absorption in spiritual things even when engaged on most distracting employments, continual. It has often been said that he was the author of the well known "Little Office of the Immaculate Conception", and the claim is made by Alegambe, Southwell, and even by the Fathers de Backer in their Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus. Apart from the fact that the brother did not have the requisite education for such a task, Father Costurer says positively that the office he used was taken from an old copy printed out of Spain, and Father Colin asserts that it existed before the Saint's time. It may be admitted, however, that through him it was popularized. He left a considerable number of manuscripts after him, some of which have been published as "Obras Espirituales del B. Alonso Rodriguez" (Barcelona, 1885, 3 vols., octavo, complete edition, 8 vols. in quarto). They have no pretense to style; they are sometimes only reminiscences of domestic exhortations; the texts are often repeated; the illustrations are from every-daylife; the treatment of one virtue occasionally trenches on another; but they are remarkable for the correctness and soundness of their doctrine and the profound spiritual knowledge which they reveal. They were not written with a view to publication, but put down by the Saint himself, or dictated to others, in obedience to a positive command of his superiors. He was declared Venerable in 1626. In 1633 he was chosen by the Council General of Majorca as one of the special patrons of the city and island. In 1760 Clement XIII decreed that "the virtues of the Venerable Alonso were proved to be of a heroic degree"; but the expulsion of the Society from Spain in 1773, and its suppression, delayed his beatification until 1825. His canonization took place 6 September, 1887. His remains are enshrined at Majorca.
SOURCE: The Catholic Encyclopedia

Wow Miracle Story about the Most Beautiful Church in the World - SHARE #LasLajas Sanctuary in S. America

Las Lajas Sanctuary (Santuario de Las Lajas) The Telegraph even named Las Lajas Sanctuary the most beautiful church in the world in 2015. Las Lajas Sanctuary is a minor basilica church located in Ipiales, which is located in Colombia near the Ecuador border, in Nariño. The church sits on a 130 feet tall bridge over the Guáitara river. Las Lajas Sanctuary is a Gothic Revival style church built inside a canyon of the Guáitara river.
This Roman Catholic church is dedicated to the veneration of Our Lady of Las Lajas Ipiales.
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History of Las Lajas Sanctuary
The Virgin Mary appeared to a woman and her deaf-mute daughter in 1754 at the site of Las Lajas church. The Amerindian woman, Maria Meneses de Quiñones, and her daughter a deaf-mute, Rosa, took shelter from a storm in the cave. They felt  a force guiding them towards a cave, here they saw the image of Our Virgin Mary on the wall. It is believed that the apparition of the Virgin Mary cured Rosa.  The first shrine on the site was built a few years after the alleged appearance. It was reportedly originally built from straw and wood. In 1802, a larger shrine was built  and the worshipers erected the first version of the bridge connecting the church with the other side of the canyon. The Las Lajas Sanctuary was rebuilt between 1916 and 1949. All from donations from local parishioners. The church is 330 feet (100 meters) high from the bottom of the canyon. Many miraculous healings have been reported over the years and more and more people traveled to see the stone that had on it the image of Virgin Mary. Las Lajas Sanctuary received canonical coronation from the Vatican in 1952. And it was made a minor basilica in 1994.

#BreakingNews Plane Crashes in Indonesia Killing 189 People - Please Pray

Plane crashes off Java with 189 people on board

by Mathias Hariyadi
The Cengkareng control tower lost contact with the JT-610 flight at 05.46 this morning, about 13 minutes after take-off. On the flight there was also a small child, two newborns, two pilots and 5 flight attendants. The plane had had a technical problem on a previous flight, but all had been solved according to the procedure. Jakarta (AsiaNews) - A Lion Air flight with 189 people on board plunged into the sea off the island of Java, shortly after taking off from the Cengkareng airport of Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka.
 The authorities have found the remains of the aircraft in the waters of Tanjung, miles from the beach of Karawang (West Java), about 60 km east of the capital. The cause of the accident are still unknown. Sindu Rahayu, a civil servant of the Ministry of Transportation, said the Cengkareng control tower had lost contact with the JT-610 flight at 05.46 this morning, about 13 minutes after takeoff. Once they had identified the crash site, the National Rescue Agency (Basarnas) sent its officials to conduct rescue operations. Operators recovered human remains, personal belongings of passengers and scrap from the plane. From the nearby oil platform of the state company Pertamina, several tugboats and rescue boats have departed to support the efforts of Basarnas. Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of the National Committee for Transport Safety (Knkt), said that on the flight there were also a small child, two newborns, two pilots and 5 flight attendants. There are about 20 officials from the Ministry of Finance on the list of passengers. Edward Sirait, chief executive of the Lion Air Group, reveals that the plane had had a technical problem on a previous flight, but all had been solved according to the procedure. The airline adds that the aircraft had only been operational since August and that the pilot and the co-pilot had accumulated 11 thousand flight hours.
AsiaNewsIT Report
Reports have indicated that there were no survivors...Please pray for the victims and families....
According to Vatican News Pope Francis has sent condolences to the families of victims:
“Having learned with sadness of the recent plane crash in Jakarta, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to all those affected by this tragedy,” read a condolence telegram signed on the Pope’s behalf by Vatican Secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin
“He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss.  Upon the nation and all involved in the rescue and recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God,” the cardinal wrote in the message to Archbishop Piero Pioppo, Apostolic Nuncio to Indonesia. 

#ProLife Heroes Campaign Life Coalition Celebrate 40th Anniversary

This past weekend the Pro-Life organization "Campaign Life Coalition" celebrated its 40th anniversary. It also celebrated the 35th Anniversary of their newspaper "The Interim". CLC was founded in 1978 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by pro-life hero Jim Hughes (pic below).

From CLC  Website About:
Campaign Life Coalition is the national pro-life organization working at all levels of government to secure full legal protection for all human beings, from the time of conception to natural death. We defend the sanctity of human life against threats posed by abortion, euthanasia, doctor assisted suicide, reproductive and genetic technologies, cloning, infanticide, eugenics, population control, and threats to the family.  Campaign Life Coalition never compromises on basic principles, and encourages incremental policies that would increase respect and protection for human life.
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Pope Francis "...make Jesus known through the Scriptures to people of different cultures; tell them about his mystery of love" FULL TEXT to Missionaries


Hall of the Consistory
Monday, 29 October 2018

Dear brothers,

I am pleased to meet you on the occasion of your General Chapter and to address to each one my cordial greeting, to begin with the new Superior General, whom I thank for his words and to whom I wish every good for his ministry.

At the center of your reflection these days you have placed the theme Meeting and walking. «Jesus walked with them» (cfr Lc 24,15). The reference is to the story of the disciples of Emmaus, who meet the risen Jesus along the way. He approaches to walk with them and to explain to them the Scriptures. The Chapter is a privileged moment of grace for your religious family, called to assume this dual attitude of the divine Master towards those who are the object of your pastoral care: to proclaim the Word to them and to walk with them. It is a matter of finding ever new ways of evangelization and of proximity, in order to fulfill your charism with dynamic fidelity, which places you at the service of migrants.

Faced with today's migratory phenomenon, very vast and complex, your Congregation draws the spiritual resources necessary from the prophetic witness of the Founder, as current as ever, and from the experience of many confreres who have worked with great generosity from their origins, 131 years ago , until today. Today as yesterday, your mission takes place in difficult contexts, sometimes characterized by attitudes of suspicion and prejudice, or even rejection towards the foreign person. This motivates you even more to a courageous and persevering apostolic enthusiasm, to bring the love of Christ to those who, far from their homeland and family, are in danger of feeling far from God.

The biblical icon of the disciples of Emmaus shows that Jesus explains the Scriptures as he walks with them. Evangelization is made by walking with people. First of all we must listen to people, listen to the history of the communities; above all the disappointed hopes, the expectations of the hearts, the trials of the faith ... First of all listen, and do it in an attitude of con-passion, of sincere closeness. How many stories there are in the hearts of migrants! Stories beautiful and ugly. The danger is that they are removed: the ugly ones, it is obvious; but also the beautiful ones, because remembering makes them suffer. And so the risk is that the migrant becomes a person uprooted, faceless, without identity. But this is a very serious loss, which can be avoided by listening, walking alongside people and migrant communities. Being able to do it is a grace, and it is also a resource for the Church and for the world.

After listening, like Jesus, we must give the Word and the sign of the broken Bread. It is fascinating to make Jesus known through the Scriptures to people of different cultures; tell them about his mystery of love: incarnation, passion, death and resurrection. To share with migrants the amazement of a salvation that is historical, is situated, yet it is universal, it is for everyone! To enjoy together the joy of reading the Bible, to welcome in it the Word of God for us today; discover that through the Scriptures God wants to give these concrete men and women his Word of salvation, of hope, of liberation, of peace. And then, invite to the Mensa of the Eucharist, where the words fail and remain the Sign of the Broken Bread: Sacrament in which everything is summarized, in which the Son of God offers his Body and his Blood for the life of those travelers , of those men and women who risk losing hope and not to suffer prefer to cancel the past.

The Risen Christ sends you today, in the Church, to walk together with many brothers and sisters who travel their way from Jerusalem to Emmaus as migrants. Ancient and always new mission; tiring, and sometimes painful, but also able to make you cry with joy. I encourage you to carry it forward with your own style, matured in the fruitful encounter between the charism of Blessed Scalabrini and the historical circumstances. This style is part of the attention you place on the dignity of the human person, especially where it is most wounded and threatened. This is part of the educational commitment with the new generations, catechesis and family pastoral care.

Dear brothers, let us not forget that the condition of every mission in the Church is that we are united to the Risen Christ as branches to the vine (cf. Jn 15: 1-9). Otherwise we do social activism. This is why I repeat to you the exhortation to remain in him. First of all we need to let ourselves be renewed in faith and hope by Jesus alive in the Word and in the Eucharist, but also in sacramental forgiveness. We need to be with him in silent adoration, in the lectio divina, in the Rosary of the Virgin Mary.

And we need a healthy community life, simple but not trivial, not mediocre. I appreciated when the Superior General said that the Spirit calls you to live communion in diversity among you. Yes, as a testimony but first of all as a joy for you, as a human and Christian, ecclesial wealth. I also encourage you to continue the journey of sharing with the laity, facing together the challenges of today; as well as to take care of the itineraries of ongoing formation.

Brothers, I thank you for this meeting. I pray for your Chapter, which bears many good fruits! We ask this through the intercession of Our Mother Mary, of St. Charles Borromeo and of Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini. I warmly bless you and all the Scalabrinian Missionaries. And you too, please do not forget to pray for me.
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday October 29, 2018 - #Eucharist

Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 479

Reading 1EPH 4:32–5:8

Brothers and sisters:
Be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,
as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us
as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you,
as is fitting among holy ones,
no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place,
but instead, thanksgiving.
Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person,
that is, an idolater,
has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.

Let no one deceive you with empty arguments,
for because of these things
the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient.
So do not be associated with them.
For you were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light. 

Responsorial PsalmPS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6

R. (see Eph. 5:1) Behave like God as his very dear children.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Behave like God as his very dear children.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Behave like God as his very dear children.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Behave like God as his very dear children.

AlleluiaJN 17:17B, 17A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 13:10-17

Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath.
And a woman was there who for eighteen years
had been crippled by a spirit;
she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect.
When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said,
"Woman, you are set free of your infirmity."
He laid his hands on her,
and she at once stood up straight and glorified God.
But the leader of the synagogue,
indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath,
said to the crowd in reply,
"There are six days when work should be done.
Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day."
The Lord said to him in reply, "Hypocrites!
Does not each one of you on the sabbath
untie his ox or his ass from the manger
and lead it out for watering?
This daughter of Abraham,
whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now,
ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day
from this bondage?"
When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated;
and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.

Saint October 29 : Blessed Chiara Badano of the #Focolare report: There was nothing extraordinary or unusual about the life of Chiara Badano (known as Chiara Luce). And yet for this girl who loved swimming, skiing, listening to music and being with friends, God was always present, beginning with her birth for which Ruggero and Maria Teresa Badano had been praying for eleven years. Then, to their surprise, it happened and Chiara was born on 29 October 1971 in Sassello, in the inlands of Savona, Italy.
Clare was a tenacious girl, someone “outside the box” and always attentive to the “least” among people. In 1981, when she was nine years old, she attended the “FamilyFest” which is a large gathering of the Focolare Movement. It was a revelation for her. She wrote to Chiara Lubich: “I’ve rediscovered the Gospel in a new light. Now I want this book to be the sole purpose of my life!”
Soon, however, Chiara Luce also experienced suffering, especially when despite her effort she had to repeat the first year of high school because of a misunderstanding with a teacher. It was the first time she felt that she could offer God not only her joys, but also the sufferings. She wrote to a friend: “I wasn’t able to give this suffering to Jesus right away. It took a little time to recover.”
When she was seventeen years old, while playing tennis, she felt a stabbing pain in the shoulder. Soon afterwards she made the tragic discovery: osteosarcoma, one of the most ruthless forms of tumour.
It was a hard verdict. When she returned home after the first cancer treatment, Maria Teresa was waiting: “Chiara, how did it go?” But she didn’t even look at her mother and throwing herself on her bed, she remained for a long time gripped by an interior struggle. Only after twenty-five minutes did she return with her usual smile: “Mum, you can talk to me now.” Chiara had said her yes to God and would never turn away from it: “For you, Jesus . . . if you want it, I want it too!” As the treatments became more painful her offering remained firm. Chiara never lost an opportunity to love. “At first we felt like we were going to visit her in order to support her,” a friend recounts, “but quite soon we noticed that whenever we went into her room, the feeling came over us that we were being projected into the splendid adventure of God’s love. And yet, Chiara didn’t say any extraordinary words, she didn’t write pages and pages of diary. She simply loved.”
The more the illness progressed, the more the experience intensified for Chiara. At one point she refused morphine because “It takes away my lucidity” and “I can only offer my pain to Jesus. It’s all I have left.”
Finally, on 7 October 1990, her “departure”. One last smile for Ruggero and then a goodbye for Maria Teresa: “Mamma, be happy, because I’m happy!” There was a huge crowd at the funeral and, as she had requested, Chiara Luce was buried in a white dress, “like a bride going to Jesus”.
Shortly before dying, Chiara Luce exclaimed: “The youth are the future. I can no longer run, but I’d like to pass the Olympic torch on to them. The young people have only one life and it’s worth it to spend it well!” The 25,000 young people who attended her beatification ceremony in Rome on 25 September 2010, demonstrate that Chiara Luce Badano has given witness to a model of holiness that can be lived by everyone!