Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Inspiring Official Theme Song for #YearofYouth Released - “One in Mission” by #PhilippineChurch - #PinoyCatholic
CBCP Release: The official theme song for the 2019 Year of the Youth has been released.
The song, “One in Mission”, was written and composed by Gino Paulo Buizon of the Archdiocese of Capiz and was released this week by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY). The song opens: “We are the true stewards of His creation, serving humanity with joy and compassion, creating change amidst our horizon, building a brighter future with youthful passion.” In keeping with the spirit of the Great Jubilee of 2021, the song is also a motivational anthem with lines “Let the love of God reign in our hearts, shaping the world with the gifts we impart”. The event with the theme “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered” will start on Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent, and will end on Nov. 24, 2019, the Feast of Christ the King. The celebration is part of the nine-year “spiritual journey” to help prepare Filipino Catholics for 2021, the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.
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Pope Francis asks “What if the Lord were to call me today?” and suggested an Examination of Conscience to evaluate oneself
Pope Francis says in his homily at Casa Santa Marta that it is wise to make an examination of conscience regarding how we want to present ourselves before the Lord when it is our time to meet him. By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp
Pope Francis’ homily at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday took its inspiration from the reading from the Book of Revelation. It is wise to make an examination of conscience, he said, in view of the fact that we will one day face the Lord. We should ask how we wish to present ourselves when we meet Him, he said. It will help us make progress so that that meeting will be a “joyful” moment. The final harvest
In the last week of the liturgical year, Pope Francis said that it is a grace to think about the end of the world and the end of our lives. The First Reading from the Book of Revelation speaks about that using “the figure of the harvest”, the Pope said. At the harvest, each of us will meet the Lord…each will say to the Lord: ‘This is my life…. This is the quality of my life.’ All of us will have to admit our errors, because everyone errs, and the good done, because everyone does good, the Pope said.
How do I want to present myself?
“What if the Lord were to call me today?” Pope Francis asked. What would I say and do? This thought, he said, helps us make progress. Not only will we meet the Lord in order to give an account of ourselves. It will also be a joyous, happy moment, one filled with mercy.
Thinking about the end, about the end of the world, about the end of one’s own life, is wise. Wise people do this.
The Church invites us to ask ourselves this week, “what will my end be like?” Pope Francis suggested an examination of conscience is useful in order to evaluate ourselves.
What would I like to fix because it doesn’t work? What would I like to sustain or develop because it’s good….
Let’s ask for wisdom
This is the Spirit’s work, Pope Francis said. In conclusion, he encouraged that we pray for the gift of wisdom.
This week, let’s ask the Holy Spirit for the wisdom of time, the wisdom regarding the end, the wisdom of the resurrection, the wisdom of the eternal encounter with Jesus… It will be a joyful day, that meeting with Jesus. Let us pray so that the Lord might prepare us.
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Experts who examined the painting said it was done with China ink on a hand scroll measuring 22 centimeters wide by 3 meters long and made of Japanese "washi" paper.
The painting depicts 15 scenes relating to Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, including the Annunciation and the Pentecost.
An analysis showed that the writing on the painting was Latin prayers that someone transcribed from a verbal form. The words "the year of 1592" appear at the end of the scroll. Experts say it is highly likely that the painting was made in that year, after their analysis.
Christianity came to Japan 40 years before that year. The experts say they believe that Japanese Christians of the time reproduced Western religious paintings for use in their prayers. The experts say this is the first discovery of a religious painting done in the Japanese traditional style.
The work is considered to be one of the oldest paintings made by a Japanese Christian. It is thought to be the first one to be found to include prayers. This is a significant discovery that tells about the religious faith of ordinary people at the time.
Edited from NHK World Japan
Feast: November 27
Virgilius was a scientist before his time, and in his monastery of Aghaboe in Ireland he was known as "the Geometer" because of his knowledge of geography. In 743, he left Ireland for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land but got no farther than the court of Pepin, the father of Charlemagne. In 745, Pepin defeated Odilo, duke of Bavaria, and sent St. Virgilius to be abbot of the monastery of Sankt Peter and in charge of the diocese of Salzburg.
In accordance with the Irish custom, the bishop was subject to the abbot, who was the real head of the diocese. This was contrary to continental custom, and so Virgilius consented to be consecrated bishop. His most notable accomplishment was the conversion of the Alpine Slavs; moreover, he sent missionaries into Hungary.
In his first days at Salzburg, he was involved in controversies with St. Boniface, one over the form of baptism, which the pope decided in Virgilius's favor. Virgilius also expressed a number of opinions on astronomy, geography, and anthropology, which to Boniface smacked of novelty, if not heresy. He reported these views to Rome, and the pope demanded an investigation of the bishop of Salzburg. Nothing came of this and apparently Virgilius was able to defend his views.
Virgilius built a grand cathedral at Salzburg, baptized the Slavic dukes of Carinthia, and sent missionaries into lands where no missionary had yet gone. Returning from a preaching mission to a distant part of his diocese, he fell sick and died on November 27, 784. When the Salzburg cathedral was destroyed by a fire in 1181, the grave of Virgilius was discovered and this led to his canonization by Pope Gregory IX in 1233.
His feast is kept throughout Ireland and in the diocese of Salzburg.
SOURCE: the Catholic Encyclopedia