Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Saint October 31 : St. Wolfgang : Patron of #Apoplexy, #Carpenters, and #Strokes

Feast: October 31
Feast Day:
October 31
924 in Swabia
31 October 994 at Pupping, Linz (modern Austria)
1052 by Pope Leo IX
Patron of:
apoplexy; carpenters and wood carvers; paralysis; stomach diseases; strokes
Bishop of Ratisbon (972-994), born about 934; died at the village of Pupping in upper Austria, 31 October, 994. The name Wolfgang is of early German origin. St. Wolfgang was one of the three brilliant stars of the tenth century, St. Ulrich, St. Conrad, and St. Wolfgang, which illuminated the early medieval period of Germany with the undying splendour of their acts and services. St. Wolfgang sprang from a family of Swabian counts of Pfullingen (Mon. Germ. His.: Script., X, 53). When seven years old he had an ecclesiastic as tutor at home; later he attended the celebrated monastic school on the Reichenau. Here he formed a strong friendship with Henry, brother of Bishop Poppo of Würzburg, whom he followed to Würzburg in order to attend at the cathedral school there the lectures of the noted Italian grammarian, Stephen of Novara. After Henry was made Archbishop of Trier in 956, he called his friend to Trier, where Wolfgang became a teacher in the cathedral school, and also laboured for the reform of the archdiocese, notwithstanding the enmity with which his efforts were met. Wolfgang's residence at Trier greatly influenced his monastic and ascetic tendencies, as here he came into connection with the great reformatory monastery of the tenth century, St. Maximin of Trier, where he made the acquaintance of Ramwold, the teacher of St. Adalbert of Prague. After the death (964) of Archbishop Henry of Trier, Wolfgang entered the Order of St. Benedict in the Abbey of Maria Einsiedeln, Switzerland, and was ordained priest by St. Ulrich in 968. After their defeat in the battle of the Lechfeld (955), a victory gained with the aid of St. Ulrich, the heathen Magyars settled in ancient Pannonia. As long as they were not converted to Christianity they remained a constant menace to the empire. At the request of St. Ulrich, who clearly saw the danger, and at the desire of the Emperor Otto the Great, St. Wolfgang, according to the abbey annals, was "sent to Magyars" as the most suitable man to evangelize them. He was followed by other missionaries sent by Bishop Piligrim of Nassau, under whose jurisdiction the new missionary region came. After the death of Bishop Michael of Ratisbon (23 September, 972) Bishop Piligrim obtained from the emperor the appointment of Wolfgang as Bishop of Ratisbon (Christmas, 972). Wolfgang's services in this new position were of the highest importance, not only for the diocese, but also for the cause of civilization. As Bishop of Ratisbon, Wolfgang became the tutor of Emperor St. Henry II, who learned from him the principles which governed his saintly and energetic life. Poppe, son of Margrave Luitpold, Archbishop of Trier (1016), and Tagino, Archbishop of Magdeburg (1004-1012), also had him as their teacher. St. Wolfgang deserves credit for his disciplinary labours in his diocese. His main work in this respect was connected with the ancient and celebrated Abbey of St. Emmeram which he reformed by granting it once more abbots of its own, thus withdrawing it from the control of the bishops of Ratisbon, who for many years had been abbots in commendam, a condition of affairs that had been far from beneficial to the abbey and monastic life. In the Benedictine monk Ramwold, whom St. Wolfgang called from St. Maximin at Trier, St. Emmeram received a capable abbot (975). The saint also reformed the convents of Obermunster and Niedermunster at Ratisbon, chiefly by giving them as an example the convent of St. Paul, Mittelmunster, at Ratisbon, which he had founded in 983. He also co-operated in the reform of the ancient and celebrated Benedictine Abbey of Altach (Nieder-altach), which had been founded by the Agilolf dynasty, and which from that time took on new life. He showed genuine episcopal generosity in the liberal manner with which he met the views of the Emperor Otto II regarding the intended reduction in size of his diocese for the benefit of the new Diocese of Prague (975), to which St. Adalbert was appointed first bishop. As prince of the empire he performed his duties towards the emperor and the empire with the utmost scrupulousness and, like St. Ulrich, was one of the mainstays of the Ottonian policies. He took part in the various imperial Diets, and, in the autumn of 978, accompanied the Emperor Otto II on his campaign to Paris, and took part in the great Diet of Verona in June, 983.
St. Wolfgang withdrew as a hermit to a solitary spot, now the Lake of St. Wolfgang, apparently on account of a political dispute, but probably in the course of a journey of inspection to the monastery of Mendsee which was under the direction of the bishops of Ratisbon. He was discovered by a hunter and brought back to Ratisbon. While travelling on the Danube to Pöchlarn in Lower Austria, he fell ill at the village of Pupping, which is between Efferding and the market town of Aschach near Linz, and at his request was carried into the chapel of St. Othmar at Pupping, where he died. His body was taken up the Danube by his friends Count Aribo of Andechs and Archbishop Hartwich of Salzburg to Ratisbon, and was solemnly buried in the crypt of St. Emmeram. Many miracles were performed at his grave; in 1052 he was canonized. Soon after his death many churches chose him as their patron saint, and various towns were named after him. In Christian art he has been especially honoured by the great medieval Tyrolese painter, Michael Pacher (1430-1498), who created an imperishable memorial of him, the high altar of St. Wolfgang. In the panel pictures which are now exhibited in the Old Pinakothek at Munich are depicted in an artistic manner the chief events in the saint's life. The oldest portrait of St. Wolfgang is a miniature, painted about the year 1100 in the celebrated Evangeliary of St. Emmeram, now in the library of the castle cathedral at Cracow. A fine modern picture by Schwind is in the Schak Gallery at Munich. This painting represents the legend of Wolfgang forcing the devil to help him to build a church. In other paintings he is generally depicted in episcopal dress, an axe in the right hand and the crozier in the left, or as a hermit in the wilderness being discovered by a hunter. The axe refers to an event in the life of the saint. After having selected a solitary spot in the wilderness, he prayed and then threw his axe into the thicket; the spot on which the axe fell he regarded as the place where God intended he should build his cell. This axe is still shown in the little market town of St. Wolfgang which sprang up on the spot of the old cell. At the request of the Abbey of St. Emmeram, the life of St. Wolfgang was written by Othlo, a Benedictine monk of St. Emmeram about 1050. This life is especially important for the early medieval history both of the Church and of civilization in Bavaria and Austria, and it forms the basis of all later accounts of the saint. The oldest and best manuscript of this "Life" is in the library of the Abbey of Maria Einsiedeln in Switzerland (manuscript No. 322), and has been printed with critical notes in "Mon. Germ. His.: Script.", IV, 524-542. It has also been printed in, "Acta SS.", II November, (Brussels, 1894), 529-537; "Acta SS. O. S. Ben.", V, 812-833; and in P.L., CXLVI, 395-422.
Catholic Encyclopedia 

#BreakingNews 5 Catholic Nuns Kidnapped in Nigeria - Please Pray for Release of #Nuns

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - Five nuns of the Order of the Missionary of Martha and Mary of the diocese of Issele-Uku, were kidnapped, in the State of Delta in the south-east of Nigeria.
According to news sent to Agenzia Fides, they were kidnapped on October 25 while returning from a burial. They were taken near Agbor, about 25 miles west of Issele-Uku. The religious women were in a vehicle which the kidnappers shot at. Contacted by the local press, a priest from the diocese of Issele-Uku said: "Pray for the release of the five nuns kidnapped in Agbor, and for the two other nuns who were in the same vehicle".
The abduction of the nuns is only the latest in a series of similar incidents that have long been occurring in Delta State and in other areas of south-eastern Nigeria. A priest of the same diocese of the abducted nuns, has even been kidnapped twice. Fr. Andrew Anah, of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Obomkpa, had in fact been kidnapped for the second time on 5 June and then released in early July. Fr. Anah was kidnapped for the first time in 2017, and was released after a few days. (L.M.) (FULL TEXT Release from Agenzia Fides, 30/10/2018)

Short Powerful Prayers against Evil by Late Exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth to SHARE

Father Gabriele Amorth the Chief Exorcist from the Diocese of Rome recently died at the age of 91. He performed thousands of Exorcisms.
In one of his books he revealed the secret to being free from the Devil.
It is really not something one says but rather keeping oneself free from sin and striving to live a Holy life. He noted in particular that Regular Confession and reception of the Holy Eucharist are most important. The following prayers were recommended by Fr. Gabriele these prayers should be said together with the Our Father Prayer and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.
 Prayers of Deliverance
 1. Prayer Against Malefice from the Greek Ritual
Kyrie eleison. God, our Lord, King of ages, All-powerful and All-mighty, You Who made everything and Who transform everything simply by Your will. You Who in Babylon changed into dew the flames of the ‘seven-times hotter’ furnace and protected and saved the three holy children. You are the doctor and the physician of our soul. You are the salvation of those who turn to You. We beseech You to make powerless, banish, and drive out every diabolic power, presence, and machination; every evil influence, malefice, or evil eye and all evil actions aimed against Your servant [name of person/s]. Where there is envy and malice, give us an abundance of goodness, endurance, victory, and charity. O Lord, You Who love man, we beg You to reach out Your powerful hands and Your most high and mighty arms and send the angel of peace over us, to protect us, body and soul. May he keep at bay and vanquish every evil power, every poison or malice invoked against us by corrupt and envious people. Then, under the protection of Your authority may we sing, in gratitude, ‘The Lord is my salvation; whom should I fear? I will not fear evil because You are with me, my God, my strength, my powerful Lord, Lord of peace, Father of all ages.” Yes, Lord our God, be merciful to us, Your image, and save your servant [name of person/s] from every threat or harm from the evil one, and protect him/her by raising him/her above all evil. We ask You this through the intercession of our Most Blessed, glorious Lady, Mary ever Virgin, Mother of God, of the most splendid archangels and all Your saints. Amen!
 2. Anima Christi Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O good Jesus, hear me; within Thy wounds, hide me; let me never be separated from Thee; from the evil one, deliver me; at the hour of my death, call me and bid me come to Thee, that with Thy saints, I may praise Thee forever and ever. Amen.
 3. Prayer Against Every Evil Spirit of our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Most Holy Trinity, Immaculate Virgin Mary, angels, archangels, and saints of heaven, descend upon me. Please purify me, Lord, mold me, fill me with yourself, use me. Banish all the forces of evil from me, destroy them, vanish them, so that I can be healthy and do good deeds. Banish from me all spells, witchcraft, black magic, malefice, ties, maledictions, and the evil eye; diabolic infestations, oppressions, possessions; all that is evil and sinful, jealously, perfidy, envy; physical, psychological, moral, spiritual, diabolical aliments. Burn all these evils in hell, that they may never again touch me or any other creature in the entire world. I command and bid all the power who molest me – by the power of God all powerful, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary – to leave me forever, and to be consigned into the everlasting hell, where they will be bound by Saint Michael the archangel, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, our guardian angels, and where they will be crushed under the heel of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen.
 4. Prayer for Inner Healing Lord Jesus, You came to heal our wounded and troubled hearts. I beg You to heal the torments that cause anxiety in my heart; I beg You, in a particular way, to heal all who are the cause of sin. I beg You to come into my life and heal me of the psychological harms that struck me in my early years and from the injuries that they caused through my life. Lord Jesus, You know my burdens. I lay them all on Your Good Shepherd’s Heart. I beseech You – by the merits of the great, open wound in Your heart-to heal the small wounds that are in mine. Heal the pain of my memories, so that nothing that has happened to me will cause me to remain in pain and anguish, filled with anxiety. Heal, O Lord, all those wounds that have been the cause of all the evil that is rooted in my life. I want to forgive all those who have offended me. Look to those inner sores that make me unable to forgive. You Who came to forgive the afflicted of heart, please, heal my own heart. Heal, my Lord Jesus, those intimate wounds that cause me physical illness. I offer You my heart. Accept it, Lord, purify it and give me the sentiments of Your Divine Heart. Help me to be meek and humble. Heal me, O Lord, from the pain caused by the death of my loved ones, which is oppressing me. Grant me to regain peace and joy in the knowledge that You are the Resurrection and the Life. Make me an authentic witness to Your Resurrection, Your victory over sin and death, Your living presence among us. Amen.
 5. Prayer for Deliverance My Lord, you are all powerful, you are God, you are Father. We beg you through the intercession and help of the archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, for the deliverance of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved by the evil one. All saints of Heaven, come to our aid. From anxiety, sadness and obsessions, we beg You. Free us, O Lord. From hatred, fornication, envy, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From thoughts of jealousy, rage, and death, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every thought of suicide and abortion, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every form of sinful sexuality, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every division in our family, and every harmful friendship, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every sort of spell, malefic, witchcraft, and every form of the occult, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. Lord, You Who said, “I leave you peace, My peace I give you,” grant that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, we may be liberated from every evil spell and enjoy your peace always. In the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

#BreakingNews Catholics in Pakistan hold Peaceful Protest against ongoing Religious Persecution

Karachi (Agenzia Fides) - A peaceful protest against the desecration of the Christian faith and Christian religious symbols was organized by Christians in Karachi who yesterday met in front of the Karachi Press Club. Those present pointed out to the institutions that millions of Christians living in Pakistan are been offended and hurt by recent publications on Pakistani mass media. As Agenzia Fides learns, the peaceful demonstration, led by the Archdiocese of Karachi and the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), began with a hymn declaring "The cross is a symbol of faith, strength, victory, glory, success and eternal life".
The protest broke out after the Express Tribune, one of the leading newspapers in Pakistan, in English, published a cartoon depicting the Crucifix, linking it to the increase in electricity prices. The cross was transformed into an electricity pole.
Fr. Saleh Diego, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Karachi and Director of the Diocesan "Justice and Peace" Commission, at the head of the protest, told Fides: "We protest against the media for publishing derogatory images that offend the religious feelings of Christians.
The image of the crucifix in a satirical cartoon deeply hurts our religious feelings".
Fr. Diego also said: "All religious minorities in Pakistan congratulate the recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights which established that insulting the Prophet is not part of freedom of speech or expression. Equally all faiths enjoy the same respect and the same rights".
The Vicar adds: "The crucifix is a symbol of our faith. Our faith is not complete without the Holy Cross.
It reminds us of our Lord Jesus Christ and of the great sacrifice he has had for every person in the world. We start and end the day with the sign of the cross. We cannot tolerate being insulted".
The priest notes that "this is a second incident that damages the religious sentiments of Christians in Pakistan", recalling the promo of the new television series "Maria Bint-e-Abdullah", which will be broadcast on Geo TV channel (see Fides, 29/10/2018). "We ask the government of Pakistan to take severe action against those who promote hatred and violence and injure the religious feelings of the citizens of Pakistan", he concludes.
Meanwhile, the editorial team of the Express Tribune has issued an apology to its readers for the comic published "ensuring the utmost commitment to ensure that this material is no longer found in print, on the web and online version". Shireen Mazari, Pakistan's human rights minister, appreciated the newspaper's apology. (AG) (FULL TEXT Release by Agenzia Fides, 30/10/2018)

What is Halloween? 5 Things to SHARE about this Christian Feast of All Saints.... #Halloween

2 Married men Ordained as Roman Catholic Priests who were former Pastors in Germany

Andreas Theurer and André Schneider received the papal dispensation for priestly ordination. Until a few years ago, they had been Protestant pastors. In preaching, Bishop also referred to the term "vir probatus" - ("proven man")
Bishop Konrad Zdarsa consecrated two deacons to the priesthood. "We are gathered together with Christ in unity with the Bishop of Rome and as the Church of Augsburg," the bishop addressed the faithful at the beginning of the ordination in the Rectorate Church of St. Sebastian.
 André Schneider from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral and Andrew Theurer from the parish of St. Gabriel in Deuringen. Both were evangelical pastors until a few years ago, before they converted to the Catholic Church and came to the diocese of Augsburg.

In his sermon Bishop Konrad went to the question of vocation.  The question of the priestly vocation is therefore also a question of the faith of all believers: whether they wanted to accept and believe that God would continue to found his church in the future on people who have heard the call to follow Christ and are ready to to renounce the primacy of all other desirable human development.

Bishop Konrad. "The dispensation from the priestly obligation to celibacy was granted by the Holy Father, after careful consideration and in accordance with the nature of ecclesiastical law, in accordance with his practice, practiced much earlier."
Edited from Kath.net

#BreakingNews former Nurse Admits to Killing 100 patients in Germany

A former nurse admitted murdering 100 patients during the first day of his trial. Detectives say Niels Högel, 41, administered fatal doses of medication to the people in his care at two hospitals in northern Germany. His motive, prosecutors say, was to impress colleagues by resuscitating the  patients he had attacked. Högel is already serving a life term for six deaths while in his care.
 He is now said to have killed 36 patients in Oldenburg and 64 in Delmenhorst between 1999 and 2005.
 When asked by the judge in the Oldenburg court if the charges against him were true, the 41-year-old confessed to "more or less" all of them. The trial,  started with a minute's silence for the victims, and is expected to last until May. It follows years of toxicology tests on 130 sets of exhumed remains. German media say up to 200-300 people may have been killed. Investigators say he may have killed even more but potential victims have been cremated. Högel was first caught in 2005 injecting unprescribed medication into a patient in Delmenhorst. In 2008 he was jailed for seven years for attempted murder. In 2014-15, a second trial found him guilty of two murders and two attempted murders and he was given the maximum sentence. He said he was "honestly sorry" and hoped families would find peace. Investigators then widened the investigation, exhuming 130 former patients and looking for evidence of medication that could have triggered cardiac arrest.  Records at the Oldenburg hospital showed rates of deaths and resuscitations had more than doubled when Högel was on shift. (Edited from BBC)
Please pray for the victims families.....

Pope Francis to #Journalists " Get more passionate about the truth....The journalist, "in the contemporary world, is not just a trade, but a real mission." FULL TEXT


Dear friends of the SIR Agency,

I am happy to meet you with this short message on the occasion of an important anniversary for your newspaper. Just in these days - October 25 - remember the thirty years of the publication of your first bulletin that started the journalist activity of the SIR. What we are experiencing is an important year for all of you, and for this, I wish you well and send you a special memory for the professional activity you do every day.

Thirty years certainly represent a good goal, but they are not and should not be considered a point of arrival. Continue to carry out your commitment always looking for the same novelty with which the founding fathers thought and then, given shape to a unique project of its kind: an information tool that connects the Italian territory, represented by the diocesan weeklies, in the center and that, at the same time, return from the center to the territory with the heads of the dioceses. You have been advocates of communion in information, both ecclesial and socio-cultural. Keep it up!

The SIR, the information agency of the Italian Episcopal Conference, contains the needs of different communities. With your daily newsletter, you can find news on the Holy See, on the Italian Church, on the dioceses, on Europe, on the Middle East, on the whole world ... Now, as you know, I decided to dedicate the LIII World Day of Social Communications, which celebrates in 2019, the theme "We are members of one another" (Eph 4:25) From communities to communities. I know you, in turn, committed to promoting an informative community, founded on authenticity and reciprocity.

Over the years, you have been able to follow technological developments, always keeping your editorial line so well expressed in 1988 by your late president, Mons. Giuseppe Cacciami: "We would like to be judged and tested on objectivity, rigor of language, documentation , on the attention to the causes and the implications of the religious event rather than on its instrumental, brilliant and ephemeral use for the curiosity of the moment ". It is still a valid attention: just think of the phenomenon of "false news", the so-called fake news. Continue to practice your profession while always keeping to the truth. It is the most effective antidote to combat falsehood. And remember that "to discern the truth it is necessary to examine what accompanies communion and promotes goodness and what, on the contrary, tends to isolate, divide and oppose" (cf. Message for the 1st World Day of Social Communications).

Thirty years are not few, but this is the moment to think about the future. I encourage you to continue on the path of innovation, but not neglecting your gaze to all the territories: Italians, Europeans, Middle Eastern, international ... The territory is not a simple geographical border, it is something more: it indicates the existence of people that inhabit it. In the wake of the diocesan weeklies, make voice of those who have no voice. Keep turning on your information lights on all the suburbs. Make yourself communicate with the stories you tell. Get more passionate about the truth. Be custodians of the news. The journalist, "in the contemporary world, is not just a trade, but a real mission. It has the task, in the frenzy of the news and in the whirlwind of the scoops, to remember that at the center of the news there is not the speed in giving it and the impact on the audience, but the people. To inform is to form, is to deal with the life of the people "(cf. Message for the 1st World Day of Social Communications).

Dear friends, I accompany you in your work, I wish you always be ready to listen and to sincere dialogue to let the truth emerge. I encourage you to focus more and more on the fullness of quality information that can build bridges of understanding and dialogue. Walk, as you have done so far, on the beautiful and tiring paths of thinking, not compromising with anyone. Be free and far from reductive models. Help to understand the facts in their complexity and their deep meaning.

I bless you from the heart and you, please, do not forget to pray for me.

Vatican, 21 October 2018
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday October 30, 2018 - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 480

Reading 1EPH 5:21-33

Brothers and sisters:
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of his wife
just as Christ is head of the Church,
he himself the savior of the Body.
As the Church is subordinate to Christ,
so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ loved the Church
and handed himself over for her to sanctify her,
cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,
that he might present to himself the Church in splendor,
without spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
that she might be holy and without blemish.
So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh
but rather nourishes and cherishes it,
even as Christ does the Church,
because we are members of his Body.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.

This is a great mystery,
but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church.
In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself,
and the wife should respect her husband.

Responsorial PsalmPS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

R. (1a) Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
Your children like olive plants
around your table.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

AlleluiaSEE MT 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
You have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 13:18-21

Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like?
To what can I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.
When it was fully grown, it became a large bush
and 'the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.'"

Again he said, "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?
It is like yeast that a woman took
and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch of dough was leavened."