Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Saint January 30 : St. Hyacintha of Mariscotti : Virgin : 3rd Order Franciscan

1585, Vignanello, Italy

30 January 1640, Viterbo
1807 by Pope Pius VII

A religious of the Third Order of St. Francis and foundress of the Sacconi; born 1585 of a noble family at Vignanello, near Viterbo in Italy; died 30 January, 1640, at Viterbo; feast, 30 January; in Rome, 6 February (Diarium Romanum). Her parents were Marc' Antonio Mariscotti (Marius Scotus) and Ottavia Orsini. At Baptism she received the name Clarice and in early youth was remarkable for piety, but, as she grew older, she became frivolous, and showed a worldly disposition, which not even the almost miraculous saving of her life at the age of seventeen could change; neither was her frivolity checked by her education at the Convent of St. Bernardine at Viterbo, where an older sister had taken the veil. At the age of twenty she set her heart upon marriage with the Marquess Cassizucchi, but was passed by in favour of a younger sister. She was sadly disappointed, became morose, and at last joined the community at St. Bernardine, receiving the name Hyacintha. But, as she told her father, she did this only to hide her chagrin and not to give up the luxuries of the world; and she asked him to furnish her apartments with every comfort. She kept her own kitchen, wore a habit of the finest material, received and paid visits at pleasure.
For ten years she continued this kind of life, so contrary to the spirit of her vows and such a source of scandal to the community. By the special protection of God, she retained a lively faith, was regular in her devotions, remained pure, always showed a great respect for the mysteries of religion, and had a tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin. At length she was touched by God's grace, and the earnest exhortations of her confessor at the time of serious illness made her see the folly of the past and brought about a complete change in her life. She made a public confession of her faults in the refectory, discarded her costly garments, wore an old habit, went barefoot, frequently fasted on bread and water, chastised her body by vigils and severe scourging, and practised mortifications to such an extent that the decree of canonization considers the preservation of her life a continued miracle. She increased her devotion to the Mother of God, to the Holy Infant Jesus, to the Blessed Eucharist, and to the sufferings of Christ. She worked numerous miracles, had the gifts of prophecy and of discerning the secret thoughts of others. She was also favoured by heavenly ecstacies and raptures. During an epidemic that raged in Viterbo she showed heroic charity in nursing the sick. She established two confraternities, whose members were called Oblates of Mary or Sacconi. One of these, similar to our Society of St. Vincent de Paul, gathered alms for the convalescent, for the poor who were ashamed to beg, and for the care of prisoners; the other procured homes for the aged. Though now leading a life so pure and holy, Hyacintha always conceived the greatest contempt for herself. At her death great sorrow was felt at Viterbo and crowds flocked to her funeral. She was beatified by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726, and canonized 14 May, 1807, by Pius VII.

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)

World Youth Day 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal “that journey has already begun” - Video - #WYD2022

Archbishop of Lisbon: 'WYD journey to Lisbon has already begun!'
The Archbishop of Lisbon, Cardinal Manuel Clemente, comments on the announcement of Lisbon as the next city to host World Youth Day.
By Linda Bordoni

World Youth Day 2019 wrapped up in Panama on Sunday with the announcement that the next World Youth Day will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2022.

The announcement was received with joy and excitement, especially - of course - by Portuguese pilgrims and by all those who will be directly involved in preparing for the event.

Amongst them Cardinal Manuel Clemente, Archbishop of Lisbon who had a word with Se├án-Patrick Lovett  just moments after the announcement was made at the end of the WYD Panama  closing Mass.

Commenting on the Pope’s invitation to young people to continue walking the journey from Panama to Portugal, Cardinal Clemente said “that journey has already begun”:

“We are already walking from Panama to Lisbon” Cardinal Clemente  says, pointing out that  three years is really not a very long time in which to prepare for such an event.

Of course, he adds, “we want to do our best, so it is a great challenge! But it’s also great news, not only for us, the Portuguese people,  but for all the young people of the world who are all welcome!

A special thought  goes, he says, to those who will be coming from nations like Brazil, Mocambique, Angola because of our common language which will ensure they will feel especially at home in Lisbon.

Cardinal Clemente agrees it is not possible to speak of Portugal without speaking of Fatima, which is at the heart of spirituality in the country.

“Yes, Fatima will be in Lisbon” he says, “and the experience and presence of the Mother of Jesus in our life is perhaps even more visible in Fatima for all the world”.

“What do you say to the young people of the world?” Sean asks the Cardinal, to which he responds: “You are all welcome in Lisbon in 2022: I wait for you!”
FULL TEXT Release : Vatican News va

Wow Dominican Friar walks the Streets of New York City singing of Jesus! SHARE - 17th Cen. Hymn Come, my Way...

The Dominicans of the province of St. Joseph , Blackfriar Films — the province’s media division — are on the streets of New York City with Fr. Austin Dominic Litke, Fr. Bob Koopman, O.S.B., and Leah Sedlacek as they performed a new arrangement of the beautiful 17th-century hymn “The Call,” composed by George Herbert. Scenes were filmed at the Brooklyn Bridge, Our Lady of Good Counsel parish, Grand Central Station, Columbus Circle, and the Staten Island ferry. These religious publicly live the Catholic faith in the heart of New York City. 
Watch this Beautiful Hymn and SHARE you might change a heart to the Lord!
Lyrics Father Austin is singing,  are:
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
such a way as gives us breath,
such a truth as ends all strife,
such a life as killeth death.
Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
such a light as shows a feast,
such a feast as mends in length,
such a strength as makes his guest.
Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
such a joy as none can move,
such a love as none can part,
such a heart as joys in love.

Pope Francis "Really many Christian spouses are a silent sermon for everyone..." on Marriage to Rota - FULL TEXT + Video


Sala Clementina
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Dear Prelate Auditors,

I address my cordial greetings to each of you, beginning with the Dean, whom I thank for his words. I greet those who take part in this meeting: the Officials, the Lawyers and the other collaborators of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota. I would like to formulate sincere wishes for the Judicial Year that we are inaugurating today.

The society in which we live is increasingly secularized, and does not favor the growth of the faith, with the consequence that the Catholic faithful find it hard to witness a lifestyle according to the Gospel, including the Sacrament of Marriage. In this context, it is necessary that the Church, in all its articulations, act in harmony to provide adequate spiritual and pastoral support. In the daily ministry at the service of Christian marriage, you experience two fundamental cornerstones not only of theology and canonical matrimonial law, but also and even before the very essence of the Church of Christ: unity and fidelity. Indeed, these two marital property, before being, in fact, to be the juridical obligations of every conjugal union in Christ, must be epiphany of the baptismal faith.

For it to be validly contracted, marriage requires that one establishes in each of the nubendi a full unity and harmony with the other, so that, through the mutual exchange of the respective human, moral and spiritual riches - almost by way of communicating vessels - the two spouses become one thing. Marriage also requires a commitment of fidelity, which absorbs all life, becoming permanently consortium totius vitae (can.1135).

Unity and fidelity are two important and necessary values ​​not only between spouses, but generally in interpersonal and social relationships. We are all aware of the drawbacks that determine, in the civil consortium, the unfulfilled promises, the lack of fidelity to the word given and to the commitments undertaken.

Unity and fidelity. These two indispensable and constitutive assets of marriage require not only to be adequately illustrated to the future spouses, but also call for the pastoral action of the Church, especially of the bishops and priests, to accompany the family in the various stages of its formation and development. . This pastoral action naturally can not be limited to the completion of the practices, although necessary and to be carried out with care. We need a triple preparation for marriage: remote, near and permanent. The latter is good for understanding the different stages of married life in a serious and structural way, through careful training aimed at increasing the awareness of the values ​​and commitments of their vocation in the spouses.

The main subjects of this marriage formation, by virtue of their office and ministry, are the pastors; nevertheless, it is more opportune, indeed, necessary to involve the ecclesial communities in their different components, who are co-responsible for this pastoral care under the guidance of the diocesan Bishop and the parish priest. The obligation is therefore in solidum, with primary responsibility of the pastors and the active participation of the community in promoting marriage and accompanying families with spiritual and formative support.

To understand this pastoral need, it will be good to consider, in the Scriptures, the experience of the spouses Aquila and Priscilla. They were among the most faithful companions of the mission of St. Paul, who calls them with grateful affection his sinergoi, that is collaborators in full of the anxiety and the work of the Apostle. We are struck and moved by this high recognition by Paul towards the missionary work of these spouses; and at the same time we can recognize how this synergy was a precious gift of the Spirit to the first Christian communities. We therefore ask the Holy Spirit to give today to the Church priests who are able to appreciate and value the charisms of the spouses with a strong faith and apostolic spirit such as Aquila and Priscilla.

The constant and permanent pastoral care of the Church for the good of marriage and of the family requires to be realized through the various pastoral means: the approach to the Word of God, especially through the lectio divina; catechetical meetings; involvement in the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist; the conversation and the spiritual direction; participation in family groups and charitable service, to develop the comparison with other families and openness to the needs of the most disadvantaged.
On the other hand, the spouses who live their marriage in generous unity and with faithful love, supporting each other with the grace of the Lord and with the necessary support of the ecclesial community, represent in turn a precious pastoral help to the Church. In fact, they offer everyone an example of true love and become witnesses and cooperators of the fruitfulness of the Church itself. Really many Christian spouses are a silent sermon for everyone, a "weekday" sermon I would say, everyday, and we must unfortunately see that a couple who has lived together for so many years does not make news - this is sad -, while scandals are making headlines , separations, divorces ... (see Homily at S. Marta, Friday 18 May 2018).

The spouses who live in unity and in fidelity reflect well the image and likeness of God. This is the good news: that fidelity is possible, because it is a gift, in spouses as in presbyters. This is the news that should also make the faithful and full ministry of evangelical love of bishops and priests stronger and more consoling; how the love and marital fidelity of the spouses Aquila and Priscilla were comforting for Paul and Apollo.

Dear Prelate Auditors, I renew my gratitude to each one for the good you do to the people of God, serving justice through your sentences. Besides the importance of the judgment in itself for the interested parties, they contribute to correctly interpreting matrimonial law. This right is placed at the service of the salus animarum and the faith of the spouses. Therefore, we understand the punctual reference of the Rotal sentences to the principles of Catholic doctrine, as regards the natural idea of ​​marriage, with relative obligations and rights, and even more as regards its sacramental reality.

Thank you very much for your work! I invoke divine assistance on it and I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing to you. And please, do not forget to pray for me. Thank you!

#BreakingNews March for Life Issues Apology to Covington Boys - FULL TEXT

The controversy over videos showing boys from a Covington school in a confrontation, at the March for Life, initially caused a media uproar against the boys. However, new videos show that the boys were approached and called names by 2 different groups.


#BreakingNews New Video Shows 2 Sides of Story in Controversial Confrontation between Natives and Teens - https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2019/01/breakingnews-new-video-shows-2-sides-of.html

March for Life Release: 
“After our peaceful rally and March on the afternoon of Friday, January 18, an unfortunate incident took place that evening at the Lincoln Memorial.  The March for Life learned of this incident Saturday afternoon, January 19. Based upon incomplete information, we made a statement critical of the behavior of the students from Covington Catholic High School. As further information came, we retracted our initial statement on January 20 and indicated a further statement would follow once more facts came to light.

For our rush to judgment and initial statement based on incomplete and misleading information, we apologize.  The facts that have since come to light reveal that the boys from Covington Catholic experienced some real and inexcusable intimidation, insults, and harassment.  We have tremendous respect for the schools, families and young people who travel long distances and make sacrifices to attend the March each year. In the future, when it comes to the accuracy of breaking news reports or social media coverage of the March, we will not trust, we will verify.

For 46 years the March for Life has been a place where millions have enjoyed their First Amendment rights to freely speak and assemble. The young people who come to the March for Life each year stand up peacefully and joyfully in defense of the unborn, while also grieving for the 60 million lives lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade – sisters and brothers missing from their own generation whom they will never know. These young people should be encouraged and respected by adults in our society.  While this incident has impacted many, it will not stop our work to build a culture of life.  We will continue to exercise our first amendment rights in defense of the unborn, as we have done peacefully for so many years.” – March for Life Education and Defense Fund
Source: March for Life .org 

#BreakingNews Bishop Foys of Covington Diocese releases Apology to Students in Videos - FULL TEXT


Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith's Fr. Hermann Geissler resigns amid Allegations

Fr. Geissler resigns from Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith
A priest accused of improper behavior with a religious sister resigns from his position at the Vatican's CDF.
By Vatican News

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, accepted the resignation of Father Hermann Geissler on Monday, 28 January.

In a press release on Tuesday, the CDF said Fr. Geissler “decided to take this step to limit the damage already done to the Congregation and to his Community.”

Fr. Geissler is a member of the Opus spiritualis Familia religious community.

Doris Wagner, a former member of the same community, has accused Fr. Geissler of improper conduct that allegedly took place in 2009.

Fr. Geissler, the communique reads, “affirms that the accusation made against him is untrue, and asks that the canonical process already initiated continue. He also reserves the right for possible civil legal action.”
FULL TEXT Release by Vatican va

#BreakingNews Court Decides Asia Bibi remains Free - rejects request to review verdict

Islamabad (Agenzia Fides) - The Supreme Court of Pakistan today rejected the request to review the verdict, presented against the acquittal of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy in 2010 and subsequently acquitted on October 31st. According to a possibility granted by the legislator, the prosecution filed an appeal requesting the confirmation of the death penalty.
A panel of three judges, chaired by the new President of the Court, Judge Asif Saeed Khosa, listened to the prosecution's arguments, representing Imam Qari Muhammad Salaam, who had accused Asia Bibi of blasphemy. The lawyer argued that some Muslim ulemas should be involved in the issue concerning the Islamic faith.
"Does Islam say that one should be punished for a crime even in the absence of evidence?", asked the President of the Court provocatively. The judge then recalled the factual elements that legitimized the absolution: the conflicting testimonies and a complaint presented only five days after the incident occurred, which suggests, according to the jurisprudence, false and pre-packaged accusations.
At the end of a brief trial, the judge declared the request for the review of the verdict "rejected", confirming the full freedom for Asia Bibi, who is authorized to leave the country.
Meanwhile, the capital Islamabad finds itself in tight security measures, with the deployment of Rangers and police forces to safeguard public order. (PA) (Full Text Source: Agenzia Fides, 29/1/2019)

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday January 29, 2019 - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 318

Reading 1HEB 10:1-10

Brothers and sisters:
Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come,
and not the very image of them, it can never make perfect
those who come to worship by the same sacrifices
that they offer continually each year.
Otherwise, would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered,
since the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longer
have had any consciousness of sins?
But in those sacrifices there is only a yearly remembrance of sins,
for it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats
take away sins.
For this reason, when he came into the world, he said:

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, As is written of me in the scroll,
Behold, I come to do your will, O God.

First he says, Sacrifices and offerings,
burnt offerings and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in.

These are offered according to the law.
Then he says, Behold, I come to do your will.
He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this "will," we have been consecrated
through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Responsorial PsalmPS 40:2 AND 4AB, 7-8A, 10, 11

R. (8a and 9a)  Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
R. Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, "Behold I come."
R. Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.
Your justice I kept not hid within my heart;
your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of;
I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth
in the vast assembly.
R. Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.

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.

GospelMK 3:31-35

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house.
Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
"Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you."
But he said to them in reply,
"Who are my mother and my brothers?"
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
"Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother."