Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wow Hauntingly Beautiful Gregorian Chant "Dies Irae" - "Day of Wrath" about the Last Judgement - Listen and Share!

Dies irae is a Latin hymn attributed to either Thomas of Celano of the Franciscans (1200 – c. 1265)or to Latino Malabranca Orsini (d. 1294), lector at the Dominican studium at Santa Sabina.The hymn dates from at least the thirteenth century, though it is possible that it is much older, with some sources ascribing its origin to St. Gregory the Great (d. 604), Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153), or Bonaventure (1221–1274). The poem describes the Last Judgment, trumpet summoning souls before the throne of God, where the saved will be delivered and the unsaved cast into eternal flames. It is used as a sequence in the Requiem (Mass for the Dead or Funeral Mass). The FULL Lyrics are below the video:
Last Judgement Triptych by Hans Memling triptych (Image above) (c. 1467 – 1471) 
LISTEN to this Beautiful Chant found below the Lyrics and SHARE! 

Lyrics in Latin-English: The Day Of Wrath

Dies irae, dies illa,
solvet saeculum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.
Thatday of wrath, that dreadful day,
shall heaven and earth in ashes lay,
as David and the Sybil say.
Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando iudex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!
What horror must invade the mind
when the approaching Judge shall find
and sift the deeds of all mankind!
Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulcra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum.
The mighty trumpet's wondrous tone
shall rend each tomb's sepulchral stone
and summon all before the Throne.
Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
iudicanti responsura.
Now death and nature with surprise
behold the trembling sinners rise
to meet the Judge's searching eyes.
Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus iudicetur.
Then shall with universal dread
the Book of Consciences be read
to judge the lives of all the dead.
Iudex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet apparebit:
nil inultum remanebit.
For now before the Judge severe
all hidden things must plain appear;
no crime can pass unpunished here.
Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
quem patronum rogaturus?
cum vix iustus sit securus.
O what shall I, so guilty plead?
and who for me will intercede?
when even Saints shall comfort need?
Rex tremendae maiestatis,
qui salvandos salvas gratis,
salva me, fons pietatis.
O King of dreadful majesty!
grace and mercy You grant free;
as Fount of Kindness, save me!
Recordare Iesu pie,
quod sum causa tuae viae:
ne me perdas illa die.
Recall, dear Jesus, for my sake
you did our suffering nature take
then do not now my soul forsake!
Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:
redemisti crucem passus:
tantus labor non sit cassus.
In weariness You sought for me,
and suffering upon the tree!
let not in vain such labor be.
Iuste iudex ultionis,
donum fac remissionis,
ante diem rationis.
O Judge of justice, hear, I pray,
for pity take my sins away
before the dreadful reckoning day.
Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
culpa rubet vultus meus:
supplicanti parce Deus.
Your gracious face, O Lord, I seek;
deep shame and grief are on my cheek;
in sighs and tears my sorrows speak.
Qui Mariam absolvisti,
et latronem exaudisti,
mihi quoque spem dedisti.
You Who did Mary's guilt unbind,
and mercy for the robber find,
have filled with hope my anxious mind.
Preces meae non sunt dignae:
sed tu bonus fac benigne,
ne perenni cremer igne.
How worthless are my prayers I know,
yet, Lord forbid that I should go
into the fires of endless woe.
Inter oves locum praesta,
et ab haedis me sequestra,
statuens in parte dextera.
Divorced from the accursed band,
o make me with Your sheep to stand,
as child of grace, at Your right Hand.
Confutatis maledictis,
flammis acribus addictis.
voca me cum benedictis.
When the doomed can no more flee
from the fires of misery
with the chosen call me.
Oro supplex et acclinis,
cor contritum quasi cinis:
gere curam mei finis.
Before You, humbled, Lord, I lie,
my heart like ashes, crushed and dry,
assist me when I die.
Lacrimosa dies illa,
qua resurget ex favilla.
iudicandus homo reus:
huic ergo parce Deus.
Full of tears and full of dread
is that day that wakes the dead,
calling all, with solemn blast
to be judged for all their past.
Pie Iesu Domine,
dona eis requiem. Amen.
Lord, have mercy, Jesus blest,
grant them all Your Light and Rest. Amen.

Pope Francis "... every Christian vocation is spousal, because it is the fruit of the bond of love in which we are all regenerated, the bond of love with Christ"


St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Catechesis on the Commandments, 11 / B: Our nuptial vocation finds its fullness in Christ

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today I would like to complete the catechesis on the Sixth Word of the Decalogue - "Do not commit adultery" -, highlighting that the faithful love of Christ is the light to live the beauty of human affectivity. In fact, our emotional dimension is a call to love, which manifests itself in fidelity, acceptance and mercy. This is very important. How does love manifest itself? In fidelity, in acceptance and in mercy.

However, it should not be forgotten that this commandment refers explicitly to marriage fidelity, and therefore it is good to reflect more deeply on its spousal meaning. This passage from the Scriptures, this passage from the Letter of St. Paul, is revolutionary! To think, with the anthropology of that time, and to say that the husband must love his wife as Christ loves the Church: but it is a revolution! Perhaps, at that time, it is the most revolutionary thing that has been said about marriage. Always on the road of love. We can ask ourselves: this command of fidelity, to whom is it destined? Only for the spouses? In reality, this command is for everyone, it is a paternal Word of God addressed to every man and woman.
Let us remember that the path of human maturity is the path itself of love that goes from receiving care to the ability to offer care, from receiving life to the ability to give life. To become adult men and women means to arrive at the spousal and parental attitude, which manifests itself in the various situations of life as the ability to take upon oneself the weight of someone else and to love it without ambiguity. It is therefore a global attitude of the person who knows how to take reality and knows how to enter into a profound relationship with others.
Who then is the adulterer, the lustful, the unfaithful? He is an immature person, who keeps his own life for himself and interprets situations based on his own well-being and satisfaction. So, to get married, it is not enough to celebrate the wedding! We need to make a journey from the "I" to the "us", to think for ourselves and to think in two, to live alone and to live in harsh conditions: it is a beautiful path, it is a beautiful path. When we come to decentralize ourselves, then every act is spousal: we work, we talk, we decide, we meet others with a welcoming and oblative attitude.

Every Christian vocation, in this sense, - we can now widen the perspective a little, and say that every Christian vocation, in this sense, is spousal. The priesthood is because it is the call, in Christ and in the Church, to serve the community with all the affection, concrete care and wisdom that the Lord gives. The Church does not need aspirants to the role of priests, they do not serve, better that they stay at home - but they serve men to whom the Holy Spirit touches the heart with an unconditional love for the Bride of Christ. In the priesthood one loves God's people with all the paternity, tenderness and strength of a husband and a father. Thus also consecrated virginity in Christ is lived with fidelity and joy as a spousal and fruitful relationship of motherhood and fatherhood.

I repeat: every Christian vocation is spousal, because it is the fruit of the bond of love in which we are all regenerated, the bond of love with Christ, as Paul's passage at the beginning reminded us. Starting from his fidelity, his tenderness, his generosity, we look with faith at marriage and every vocation, and we understand the full meaning of sexuality.

The human creature, in its inseparable unity of spirit and body, and in its masculine and feminine polarity, is a very good reality, destined to love and be loved. The human body is not an instrument of pleasure, but the place of our call to love, and in authentic love there is no room for lust and for its superficiality. Men and women deserve more than this!

Therefore, the Word "Do not commit adultery", even if in negative form, directs us to our original call, that is to the full and faithful spousal love, which Jesus Christ has revealed to us and given us (cf. Rom 12: 1).

Greetings in Various Languages:
Je salue cordialement les pèlerins francophones, venus de France, de Suisse, en particulier les diocésains d’Evry, avec l’évêque, Mgr Michel Pansard, la Communauté de l’Arche de Montpellier ainsi que les jeunes de Metz, du Mans et de Lille. Chers amis, à la veille de la fête de la Toussaint, je vous invite à laisser grandir en vous le désir de marcher sur les chemins de la sainteté, pour la plus grande gloire de Dieu. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from England, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United States of America. I thank the choirs for their praise of God in song. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the Lord’s blessings of joy and peace. God bless you!
Sehr herzlich grüße ich alle Pilger deutscher Sprache, besonders die Schulleiter des Schulwerks der Diözese Augsburg. Lasst euch immer von der Liebe Christi führen, die das Licht ist, um die Schönheit der affektiven Dimension des Menschen in einer reifen und hingebungsvollen Haltung zu leben. Der Herr gebe euch die Gnade, immer mehr in der Treue zur Fülle seiner Liebe zu wachsen.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española, en modo particular a los grupos provenientes de España y América Latina. Los animo a que, siguiendo el ejemplo de los santos, cuya solemnidad celebramos mañana, sean capaces de vivir su vocación con plenitud y fidelidad, en sintonía con ese amor nupcial que Jesucristo nos ha revelado y entregado como don. Muchas gracias.
Queridos peregrinos de língua portuguesa, especialmente os fiéis do Leme e do Rio de Janeiro, faço votos de que esta peregrinação reforce em vós a fé em Jesus Cristo, que chama cada homem e mulher a fazer dom de si mesmo ao próximo. Regressai aos vossos lares com a certeza de que o amor de Deus, derramado nos nossos corações pelo Espírito Santo, fará que nos tornemos sempre mais generosos! Que Deus abençoe a cada um de vós!
أرحب بمودة بالحاضرين الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصة بالقادمين من مصر ومن سوريا ومن الشرق الأوسط. إن وصية "لا تزن" تدعونا إلى الأمانة لعهودنا ولمحبتنا. فكل حب حقيقي يثمر التزاما اصيلا واحتراما للعهد مع من نحب. لذلك فخيانة المحب هي تعبير عن عدم النضح وعن الأنانية. لنصلي للرب كي يمنحنا جميعا هبة الأمانة سواء في الحياة الزوجية أو الكهنوتية أو الرهبانية. ليبارككم الرب جميعا ويحرسكم من الشرير!‏‏
Pozdrawiam serdecznie pielgrzymów polskich. Jutro przypada Uroczystość Wszystkich Świętych, a pojutrze Wspomnienie Wszystkich Wiernych Zmarłych. Nawiedzając groby naszych bliskich pamiętajmy, że mamy u Boga rzeszę świętych, którzy orędują w naszych potrzebach. Nie zapominajmy jednak, że wielu zmarłych także oczekuje naszego duchowego wsparcia. Wraz z Maryją, Królową Wszystkich Świętych, pamiętajmy o nich w naszych modlitwach, by zostali przyjęci do grona zbawionych w niebie. Niech święci pomogą nam stawać się świadkami Chrystusa i Jego Ewangelii wobec naszych braci. Nich będzie pochwalony Jezus Chrystus.

I extend a cordial welcome to Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the Capitulars of the Religious of Mary Immaculate and the parish groups, especially those of Rome, Foggia and Sarno.

I greet the participants in the pilgrimage promoted by the Secular Franciscan Order of Italy; the staff of the 132rd "Ariete" Terrestrial Artillery Regiment of Maniago; the groups of the National Sailors Association of Italy; the delegation of the Aleteia network and the non-sighting sports group of Vicenza.

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

Tomorrow we will celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints and, the day after tomorrow, the Memorial of all the deceased faithful. The testimony of faith of those who preceded us, strengthens in us the certainty that God accompanies each person on the journey of life, he never abandons anyone to himself, and wants us all to be holy, as He is holy.

#BreakingNews Human Bones found at Nunciature in Rome could solve a 35 year old Mystery Disappearance

Human remains were found at a property in Rome owned by the Vatican. The bone fragments were discovered during construction work at the Vatican's embassy to Italy.
In a Vatican statement it was explained that experts were trying to determine the age and sex of the remains, and the date of death.
 Italian media speculate they may be those of a teenage daughter of a Vatican employee who vanished in 1983. The disappearance of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi has been widely linked either to organised crime or to an attempt to force the release from prison of Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981. Orlandi's brother Pietro, has campaigned for decades to find the truth. The remains could also be those of Mirella Gregori, who disappeared in Rome 40 days before Orlandi and was also aged 15, media also report.
"During restoration works in a space annexed to the Apostolic Nunciature of Italy... fragments of human bone were found," the Vatican said in a statement. The Vatican has said on several occasions that it has co-operated fully with police investigating the Orlandi case. (Edited from BBC News)

#BreakingNews Storms in Italy cause 11 Deaths and Flood Historic St. Mark's Basilica of Venice

Violent storms in Italy have killed 11 people. Resulting floods have inundated the historic St Mark’s Basilica, Venice. St Mark’s baptistery is totally flooded and its mosaic floors covered by 90cm (2ft 11in) of water. There is widespread damage reported in towns and cities in the north, south and centre of Italy. Many of the 11 deaths were caused by falling trees. The resort town of Portofino was cut off by a landslide. 

#BreakingNews Pakistan's Court Acquits Asia Bibi accused of Blasphemy but she's in Danger from Extremists - Please Pray

Islamabad (AsiaNews) - The Supreme Court overturned the death sentence that hung over Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010. Her case, an obvious manipulation of the so-called "black law" of Pakistan, sparked waves of solidarity worldwide, but also strong reactions within the country.
 Even today, the headquarters of the Supreme Court were surrounded by groups of policemen for fear of violence against the judges and Asia Bibi herself. The three judges, Saqib Nisar, Asif Saeed Khosa and Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, after reading the 56-page verdict, told the woman she was free. Some radical groups led by imams have already decreed that they will oppose her release. In many cities of Punjiab there are demonstrations and roadblocks.
Many Christian schools have warned parents to go and get their children from school because they would wish to close the buildings for fear of violence. Asia Bibi was sentenced to death on 7 November 2010 by a Punjab court. She was arrested for blasphemy in June 2009, after an argument with some of her co-workers in which she defended her religion. The other women, who like Asia and her two daughters, are agricultural workers, urged her to renounce the Christian faith and embrace Islam. Asia Bibi replied by speaking of how Jesus died on the Cross for the sins of humanity, and asked the other women what Muhammad had done for them.
 The women then beat her and her daughters and pushed by the local imam and a group of men, they accused her of blasphemy. The police took her into custody, saving her from a fierce mob. But after a year and more of a prison, she was sentenced to death. The then governor of Punjiab, Salman Taseer, a Muslim, was killed in 2011 for campaigning for her release, and the Catholic Shahbaz Bhatti, then minister for minorities, was killed a few months later for the same reason.
FULL TEXT Source: Asia News IT 

Pope Francis on the Bible "Truly the word of God has the power to transform lives, for it is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword" FULL TEXT + Video

Study of the Paul VI Hall
Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I greet you cordially and I thank you for your visit. In expressing gratitude for the work of the American Bible Society, I encourage you to pursue and even intensify your commitment, as stated in your mission statement, “to transform lives through God’s word”. Truly the word of God has the power to transform lives, for it is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword… to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12). Recalling these words of the Letter to the Hebrews, I offer my prayerful good wishes to all of you who have come to Rome this year for your annual retreat, centred precisely on the power of God’s word.
That word is living and active. At the very beginning of creation, God spoke and the world came to be (cf. Gen 1:6-7). In the fullness of time, Jesus gave us words that are “spirit and life” (Jn 6:63). By his word, he restored broken hearts, as in the case of Zacchaeus and the tax collector Matthew, to whom “he said, ‘Follow me’. And he got up and followed him” (Mt 9:9). In these coming days, praying with the Scriptures, you will be able to experience anew the effectiveness of that word: it does not return empty, but accomplishes the purpose for which it was given (cf. Is 55:10-11). It is my hope that you will always receive the Bible in its precious uniqueness: as a word that, imbued with the Holy Spirit the Giver of life, communicates to us Jesus, who is life (cf. Jn 14:6), and thus makes our lives fruitful. No other book has the same power. In its word, we recognize the Spirit who inspired it: for only in the Spirit can Scripture truly be received, lived and proclaimed, for the Spirit teaches all things and reminds us of all that Jesus said (cf. Jn 14:26).
God’s word is sharp. It is honey, offering the comforting sweetness of the Lord, but also a sword bringing a salutary unrest to our hearts (cf. Rev 10:10). For it penetrates to the depths and brings to light the dark recesses of the soul. As it penetrates, it purifies. The double edge of this “sword” may at first wound, but it proves beneficial, for it cuts away everything that distances us from God and his love. I pray that, through the Bible, you will taste and feel deep within yourselves the Lord’s tender love and his healing presence, which searches us and knows us (cf. Ps 139:1).
Finally, God’s word judges thoughts and intentions. The word of life is also truth (cf. Jn 14:6), and his word “creates” truth in us, dissipating every form of falsehood and duplicity. Scripture constantly challenges us to redirect our path to God. Letting ourselves “be read” by the word of God thus enables us to become in turn “open books”, living reflections of the saving word, witnesses of Jesus and proclaimers of his newness. For the word of God always brings newness; it is elusive and often breaks through our own plans and preconceptions.
Dear friends, I offer you my prayerful good wishes that at the conclusion of these days you can renew your dedication to the service of the Bible for the benefit of so many brothers and sisters. I thank you and I ask you to remember me in your prayers. Thank you.

SOURCE: - Official Translation

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

Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 481

Reading 1EPH 6:1-9

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Honor your father and mother.
This is the first commandment with a promise,
that it may go well with you
and that you may have a long life on earth.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,
but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling,
in sincerity of heart, as to Christ,
not only when being watched, as currying favor,
but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
willingly serving the Lord and not men,
knowing that each will be requited from the Lord
for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
Masters, act in the same way towards them, and stop bullying,
knowing that both they and you have a Master in heaven
and that with him there is no partiality.

Responsorial PsalmPS 145:10-11, 12-13AB, 13CD-14

R. (13c) The Lord is faithful in all his words.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. The Lord is faithful in all his words.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. The Lord is faithful in all his words.
The LORD is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
R. The Lord is faithful in all his words.

AlleluiaSEE 2 THES 2:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God has called us through the Gospel
to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 13:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
"Lord, will only a few people be saved?"
He answered them,
"Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
'Lord, open the door for us.'
He will say to you in reply,
'I do not know where you are from.'
And you will say,
'We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.'
Then he will say to you,
'I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!'
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last."