Saturday, November 17, 2018

#BreakingNews Pope Francis Awards Ratzinger Prize to Marianne Schlosser and Mario Botta - #RatzingerPrize - FULL Text + Video



Sala Clementina
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Dear brothers and sisters,

I am pleased to participate once again this year at the award ceremony for the eminent personalities presented to me by the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI on the proposal of his Scientific Committee. I greet the two Prize winners: Professor Marianne Schlosser and Architect Mario Botta, as well as the members and friends of the Foundation present here; and I thank Cardinal Angelo Amato and Father Federico Lombardi who outlined the meaning of this event and the profile of the Prize winners.

This is a good opportunity to address our affectionate and grateful thought to the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. As admirers of his cultural and spiritual heritage, you have received the mission to cultivate it and continue to make it fruitful, with that strongly ecclesial spirit that has distinguished Joseph Ratzinger since his fruitful youth theological activity, when he already gave precious fruits in the Vatican Council II, and then in an increasingly demanding manner in the successive stages of his long life of service, as a professor, Archbishop, Head of the Dicastery and finally Pastor of the universal Church. His is a spirit that looks with awareness and courage to the problems of our time, and knows how to draw from the listening of Scripture in the living tradition of the Church the wisdom necessary for a constructive dialogue with today's culture. In this line, I encourage you to continue to study his writings, but also to face the new themes on which faith is urged to dialogue, like those that have been evoked by you and which I consider very current, of the care of creation as a common home and defense of the dignity of the human person.

But today I would like to express my particular appreciation for the two personalities awarded the Prize. I am very pleased that the award for research and teaching of theology is attributed to a woman, Professor Marianne Schlosser. It is not the first time - because Prof. Anne-Marie Pelletier has already received it - but it is very important that the contribution of women in the field of scientific theological research and the teaching of theology be recognized more and more. considered almost exclusive territories of the clergy. It is necessary that this contribution be encouraged and find a wider space, coherently with the growing presence of women in the various fields of responsibility of the Church, in particular, and not only in the cultural field. Since Paul VI proclaimed Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena doctors of the Church, there is no longer any doubt that women can reach the highest peaks in the intelligence of the faith. John Paul II and Benedict XVI also confirmed this by including the names of other women in the series of doctors, St. Therese of Lisieux and Hildegard of Bingen.

In addition to theology, since last year the Ratzinger Awards have been appropriately conferred also in the field of Christian-inspired arts. I therefore congratulate the architect Mario Botta. Throughout the history of the Church, sacred buildings have been a concrete call to God and to the dimensions of the spirit wherever the Christian proclamation has spread throughout the world; they expressed the faith of the believing community, they welcomed it, helping to give form and inspiration to his prayer. The commitment of the architect, creator of sacred space in the city of men, is therefore of very high value, and must be recognized and encouraged by the Church, especially when we risk the oblivion of the spiritual dimension and the dehumanization of urban spaces.

On the background and in the context of the great problems of our time, theology and art must therefore continue to be animated and raised to the power of the Spirit, source of strength, joy and hope. So allow me to conclude by recalling the words with which our Pope Emeritus invited us to hope by evoking the spiritual elevation of a great theologian and saint particularly dear to him and well known by our award-winning Professor Schlosser. On the occasion of his visit to Bagnoregio, home of St. Bonaventure, Benedict XVI expressed himself thus: "A beautiful image of hope we find in one of his Advent sermons where he compares the movement of hope to the bird's flight, which spreads its wings in the widest possible way, and to move them takes full force. It makes, in a sense, all movement itself to go up and fly. Hope is flying, says San Bonaventura. But hope requires that all our members make movement and project themselves towards the true height of our being, towards the promises of God. Those who hope - he states - "must raise their heads, turning their thoughts upwards, towards the height of our existence, that is, towards God" (Sermo XVI, Dom. I Adv., Opera Omnia IX, 40th) »(Speech at Bagnoregio, 6 September 2009).

I thank the theologians and the architects who help us to lift our heads and turn our thoughts towards God. Congratulations to all of you for your noble work, so that it may always be addressed to this end.

Pope Francis "Although small in the face of the enormity of the problems of the world, we are strong in the love of God..." to #Blind Movement - FULL Text + Video


Clemetina Room
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

It is a joy to see you here numerous, 90 years after the birth of your association. Maria Motta, a blind but courageous woman, born in Argentina in the beautiful city of Rosario, when she returned to Italy with her parents, dedicated herself to teaching, with human and Christian passion, but not enough: in 1928, she gave birth to a spiritual community among the blind - already active in France - on the model of the Apostolate of Prayer. From that small seed developed an association that has spread throughout the Italian territory and was approved by Pope John XXIII.

In a prophetic way, your founder thought of putting together the blind of her time, so that they could meet and support each other. The presence of the sighted, from the early years, gradually strengthened the movement, so that it did not fall back on itself and on the problems related to the lack of sight. Maria Motta wanted to form autonomous people capable of bearing witness to the faith through her own disability. Today all this is evident. You are strongly united, blind and blind, united by a single journey of sharing and promoting the person with disabilities, not only because it is foreseen by your statutes, but above all for the natural Christian friendship that characterizes your paths of faith.

I reiterate that the best response to offer to our society, which sometimes tends to marginalize people with disabilities, is "the" weapon "of love, not the false, saccharine and pietistic one, but that true, concrete and respectful. To the extent that we are welcomed and loved, included in the community and accompanied to look to the future with confidence, the true path of life develops and experience of lasting happiness is experienced "(Address to the Convention on Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities, 21 October 2017).

It is a source of joy for the ecclesial community to know that you, even today, as true missionary disciples of the Gospel, are open to the needs of the poorest and most suffering in the world. Instead of falling back on yourself and on the same disability, you courageously responded to Jesus' invitation: "I was hungry and you gave me food, [...] I was naked and you dressed me, I was ill and you came to visit me" ( see Mt 25: 35-36). Ever since Pope St. Paul VI published the historical encyclical Populorum progressio, the MAC responded positively, and you today also remember the fifty years of cooperation with the poor countries of the South of the world, where the blind are more numerous and live in conditions still very difficult.

The journey of these ninety years has enabled the Blessed Apostolic Movement to better understand what the specific charism entrusted to it in the Church is, a charism that is essentially composed of two elements. The first is the sharing between blind and blind, as a fruit of solidarity in reciprocity, in view of a fruitful process of ecclesial and social inclusion. The second is the choice of the poor, a choice which, in various ways and forms, is proper to the whole Church. So cooperate in making a poor Church grow for the poor, experiencing that they have much to teach us, and that putting them at the center is a privileged way of evangelization. Your concrete commitment to help and support the poor makes you protagonists in the work of evangelization that the Church is doing at the pace of the last. In fact, "we are called to discover Christ in them, to lend our voices to them in their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to understand them, to welcome them and to welcome the mysterious wisdom that God wants to communicate to us through they "(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 198).

Especially after Vatican Council II, your Movement has generously opened itself to the commitment of human promotion both in Italy and in the poorest countries. The first sector of activity that quickly became a reality was that of solidarity with the blind of the poorest countries. It took shape within the association, to the point of involving all your groups and different Italian dioceses. I congratulate you on the work carried out in these fifty years of cooperation with hundreds of missionaries and practitioners in the fields of health, education and social integration. And this missionary work of practical proximity to the poorest brothers has stimulated and made you grow in your attention even to the last and most distant in the national territory, in favor of blind elderly people, blind students, people with multiple disabilities, parents and children who live the problem of blindness. All this helps to spread the culture of hospitality, helping many people and families. Although small in the face of the enormity of the problems of the world, we are strong in the love of God and all "called to care for the fragility of the people and the world in which we live" (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 216).

Dear friends, continue your journey with constant confidence, aware of the fact that the future of humanity lies in sharing and friendship above all with the poorest and most abandoned. Thank you for your testimony. And please, remember to pray for me. Thank you.

#BreakingNews Catholic Mission Attacked with over 40 people Killed and many Wounded

An attack on a Catholic mission Central African Republic has killed over 40 people and wounded many.The mission shelters 20,000 refugees. The incident occurred on Thursday, Nov. 15  in Alindao, a town 300 km (200 miles) east of the capital Bangui, Cent. Af. Rep. Thousands of people fled when the mission was set on fire.  "We have counted 42 bodies so far, but we are still searching for others. The camp has been burnt to the ground and people fled into the bush and to other IDP (internally displaced person) camps in the city," Alindao lawmaker Etienne Godenaha told Reuters. U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Central African Republic Najat Rochdi said in a statement: "This vicious cycle of repeated attacks against civilians is unacceptable." Thousands have died and a fifth of Central African Republic's 4.5 million population have fled their homes in a conflict that broke out in 2013.
Please Pray for Peace....

Prayers to St. Elizabeth of Hungary - Patron of Widows, Poor and Brides + #Litany to #StElizabeth

Dear Saint Elizabeth, you were always poor in spirit, most generous toward the poor, faithful to your husband, and fully consecrated to your Divine Bridegroom. Grant your help to widows and keep them faithful to their heavenly Lord. Teach them how to cope with their loss and to make use of their time in the service of God. Amen.

Prayer of Widows and Widowers
Lord Jesus Christ, during your earthly life You showed compassion on those who had lost a loved one. Turn your compassionate eyes on me in my sorrow
over the loss of my life's partner. Take him/her into your heavenly kingdom as a reward for his/her earthly service.
Help me to cope with my loss by relying on You even more than before.
Teach me to adapt to the new conditions of my life and to continue doing
your will as I see it. Enable me to avoid withdrawing from life
and make me give myself to others more readily, so that I may continue to live in your grace and to do the tasks that You have laid out for me. Amen.

Litany of St. Elizabeth of Hungary  Protector, Third Order Franciscan
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
O Christ, hear us. O Christ, graciously hear us.
O God the Father, of heaven: have mercy upon us.
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: O God, the Holy Ghost:
O Holy Trinity, one God: have mercy upon us.
Holy Mary: Pray for us.
Immaculate Virgin: Mother and Mistress of our Order: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, Duchess of Thuringia: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, mother in Israel: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, queen in the Kingdom of God: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, consoler of sinners: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, nurse of lepers: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, devoted wife of Louis the Good: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, famous exemplar of Christian widowhood: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, fervent spouse of the Son of God: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, humble in prosperity: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, patient in adversity: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, mighty in penance: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, wondrous in prayer: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, first-born of the tertiaries regular: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, protectress of our Order: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, the "dear saint" of Holy Church: Pray for us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: spare us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: graciously hear us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O blessed Elizabeth. Alleluia.
R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. Alleluia.
Let us pray: Merciful Lord, we pray Thee to pour the bright beams of Thy grace into our hearts: that, by the glorious prayers of Thy Saint Elizabeth, we may learn to despise all worldly prosperity, and ever to rejoice in all Heavenly consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Sat. November 16, 2018 - #Eucharist

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious
Lectionary: 496

Reading 13 JN 5-8

Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters,
especially for strangers;
they have testified to your love before the Church.
Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.
For they have set out for the sake of the Name
and are accepting nothing from the pagans.
Therefore, we ought to support such persons,
so that we may be co-workers in the truth.

Responsorial PsalmPS 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his generosity shall endure forever.
Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice;
He shall never be moved;
the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

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 18:1-8

Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, "There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.'
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.'"
The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"