Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Saint January 31 : St. John Bosco : Patron of: Editors, Publishers, School children, Young people

Today, January 31, we celebrate the feast day of Saint John Bosco (1815-1888), Salesians Father, Founder, Confessor, and teacher and patron saint of youth. Saint John worked tirelessly throughout his life to provide education and spiritual instruction to the poor and orphaned children of the world. The orders he founded continue to pursue that mission today. Saint John is remembered for accepting anyone, loving everyone, saying: “A piece of Heaven fixes everything.”

John was born in Turin, in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, to a peasant family. His father died when John was only two years old, leaving he and his two brothers in the solitary care of his mother. The family, quite poor, struggled to make ends meet, and John began to work as soon as he was old enough to correctly manipulate tools. He also demonstrated piety and devotion to the Lord from an early age, and professed his wish to become a priest at the age of nine, following a dream. His goal, even from that early age, was to assist youth who suffered in the same manner in which he did. John wished to spread the word of the Gospel, even as a child. He demonstrated great initiative and creativity and learned magic tricks and acrobatics in an attempt to gather an audience so that he could later evangelize and catechize the children and adults of his town. He would begin with a prayer, and while he still had a crows, would often repeat the homily he had heard in church earlier in the week.
His mother approved his wish to become a priest, but to make that happen, John would have to leave home to receive an education in the city. Being larger than his peers, and noticeably more impoverished, John was the constant focus of his classmates’ ridicule and teasing. To pay for his education, John spent his evenings working in whatever capacity he could—as a tailor, cobbler, and a waiter—returning back to his small room to study through the night be candlelight. Upon graduation, he began his studies for the priesthood.
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Like most things he set his mind to, John Bosco was ordained a priest at only twenty-six. During his time as a seminarian, he devoted his spare hours to looking after the urchins who roamed the slums of the city. Every Sunday he taught them catechism, supervised their games and entertained them with stories and tricks. He spent weekdays recruiting the roughest and dirtiest he could find, inviting them to the Sunday gatherings. Before long, his kindness had won their confidence, and his “Sunday School” became a ritual with them.
Upon ordination, Saint John immediately sought to formalize his ministry to the poor boys of the city, opening a hospice. When he was unable to secure a building in a “good” section of town, he took one in the slums. This first “oratory” was soon joined by three others, as educators and religious sought to join him in his ministry. His mother joined him as well, serving as housekeeper. Saint John fed and clothed the boys, but also spent long hours providing them with a basic education, and teaching them skills to obtain employment. Within the hospice was a tailoring and shoemaking room, as well as a printing press. Above all, he instructed the boys in the Gospel, modeling by example the life of Jesus Christ, and creating the atmosphere of a Christian family built on trust and love.
Noting the transformation of the youth he ministered to, Don (Father) Bosco began to gather followers to him, who accepted him as their spiritual advisor, leader, and guide. As their number grew, the Salesian Society of priests and lay brothers was formed. Named after Saint Francis de Sales, noted for his gentleness and kindness, Saint John Bosco dedicated this new society to the saint. Saint John traveled to Rome in 1858, and met with Pope Pius IX who encouraged his new religious community. Four years later, he founded an order for women, The Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, to care for abandoned girls in the same manner.
By 1868, over 800 boys were being cared for in the Salesian oratories. Along with this, Saint John oversaw the writing, printing and distribution countless pamphlets that popularized Catholic teaching and answered the objections of anti-Catholics. Moreover, he was reported to receive supernatural guidance from the Lord, it the form of vivid dreams and visions, many of which he recounted. At times, he was able to predict the deaths of those he was close to, revealed by God, so that he might provide Last Rites. He also received a vivid vision of Hell, which he shared with all he encountered. Saint John is also remembered for working miracles, especially the multiplication of food when funds were short.
Saint John Bosco reformed the manner in which children were educated. Rather than the punitive system which was common at the time, John enacted a preventative system which rejected corporal punishment. By tending to basic needs, educational needs, and spiritual needs, the Salesians sought to put children in an environment which reduced the likelihood to commit sin. He advocated frequent reception of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion. He combined catechetical training and fatherly guidance, seeking to unite the spiritual life with his boys’ work, study and play. He is remembered for saying to those he ministered to: "It is enough to know that you are young and abandoned for me to love you very much." Saint John Bosco died on January 31, 1888. His incorrupt relics are frequently taken on pilgrimage around the world, to visit the faithful. The work begun by Saint John continues today, with thousands dedicated to education youth at risk. The international society of the Salesians of Don Bosco administers over 3,000 schools, colleges, technical schools, and youth centers throughout the world (in 125 countries). All at risk children are served, regardless of religion or social inequalities. The mission of this tireless ministers is to be “signs and bearers of God’s love to the young.”
Saint John Bosco, you reached out to children whom no one cared for despite ridicule and insults. Help us to care less about the laughter of the world and care more about the joy of the Lord. Amen
Admirable apostle of youth, founder of religious Congregations, catechist, educator, writer, and a light that shone brightly in our time, you know that one of the greatest powers today is the power of the Press. Prompt editors to be always truthful and to work for the good of human beings, thus serving the greater glory of God. Amen. Text shared from 365 Rosaries - Image Google 

#BreakingNews Asia Bibi planning to go to Canada where her 2 Daughters are Now - Please Pray

The Canadian government has released that they might grant asylum to Asia Bibi. Bibi is a Catholic Christian woman from Pakistan who spent eight years on death row on charges of blasphemy.
Asia Bibi’s daughters are already in Canada. Bibi is in danger in Pakistan as extremists go from door to door trying to find her.  Canada recently gave asylum to Rahaf Mohammed, the 18-year-old who fled her abusive family in Saudi Arabia.

“The case of Asia Bibi is a priority for our government, and we are focused on ensuring the safety of her and her family. We are working with like-minded friends and allies on this issue. Canada is prepared to do everything we can to ensure the safety of Asia Bibi,” said Brittany Fletcher, from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“We urge the Government of Pakistan to take all necessary steps to keep her safe. Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right, and must be fully respected,” Ms. Fletcher added.

Pakistan’s top court has uphold Ms. Bibi’s November acquittal; despite radical Islamists had demanded her execution.

Islamists filed a petition calling for her execution.
The three-judge Supreme Court panel had “insisted on very strict proofs of blasphemy”.

In Pakistan a charge of insulting Islam can bring the death penalty. A provincial governor who defended Ms. Bibi was shot and killed, and so was a government minority minister who  questioned the blasphemy law.
Please Pray for Asia Bibi's safe Immigration to Canada from Pakistan....

Pope Francis on WYD "...generations able to say "here I am" to God, there will be a future in the world." FULL TEXT + Video



Paul VI Hall
Wednesday, 30 January 2019
Apostolic Journey to Panama

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today I will dwell with you on the Apostolic Journey that I made in recent days in Panama. I invite you to give thanks to me to the Lord for this grace that He wanted to give to the Church and to the people of that beloved country. I thank the President of Panama and the other Authorities, the Bishops; and I thank all the volunteers - there were so many - for their warm and family welcome, the same that we saw in people who everywhere rushed to greet with great faith and enthusiasm. One thing that struck me so much: people raised their arms with their children. When the Popemobile passed everyone with the children: they raised them as saying: "Behold my pride, here is my future!". And they showed the children. But they were so many! And the fathers or mothers are proud of that child. I thought: how much dignity in this gesture, and how much is eloquent for the demographic winter we are living in Europe! The pride of that family is the children. The safety for the future is children. The demographic winter, without children, is hard!

The reason for this trip was the World Youth Day, but the meetings with young people have intertwined with the reality of the country: the Authorities, the Bishops, young prisoners, consecrated persons and a family home. Everything has been like "infected" and "amalgamated" by the joyful presence of the young: a party for them and a party for Panama, and also for all of Central America, marked by so many dramas and in need of hope and peace, and pure of justice.

This World Youth Day was preceded by the meeting of young people from native and African-American peoples. A nice gesture: they made five days of meeting, young indigenous people and young descendants. They are many in that region. They opened the door to World Day. And this is an important initiative that has shown even better the multifaceted face of the Church in Latin America: Latin America is mixed. Then, with the arrival of groups from all over the world, the great symphony of faces and languages ​​was formed, typical of this event. Seeing all the flags parade together, dancing in the hands of the joyful young people to meet is a prophetic sign, a mark against the current trend of today's conflicting nationalisms, which raise walls and close to universality, to the encounter between peoples. It is a sign that young Christians are leaven in peace in the world.

This WYD had a strong Marian imprint, because its theme was the words of the Virgin to the Angel: "Behold the servant of the Lord; let it come to me according to your word "(Lk 1:38). It was strong to hear these words spoken by the representatives of the youths of the five continents, and above all to see them show on their faces. As long as there are new generations able to say "here I am" to God, there will be a future in the world.

Between the stages of the WYD there is always the Way of the Cross. Walking with Mary behind Jesus carrying the cross is the school of Christian life: there you learn patient, silent, concrete love. I make you a confidence: I really like to do the Way of the Cross, because it is to go with Mary behind Jesus. And always carry with me, to do it at any time, a pocket-sized Way of the Cross, which gave me a very apostolic person in Buenos Aires. And when I have time I take and follow the Way of the Cross. Take the Way of the Cross too, because it is to follow Jesus with Mary on the path of the cross, where He gave his life for us, for our redemption. In the Way of the Cross one learns patient, silent and concrete love. In Panama, young people brought with Jesus and Mary the burden of the condition of so many suffering brothers and sisters in Central America and in the whole world. Among these there are many young victims of different forms of slavery and poverty. And in this sense, the penitential liturgy that I celebrated in a Rehabilitation home for minors and the visit to the "Buon Samaritano" Family Home, which houses people living with HIV / AIDS, were very significant moments.
The culmination of the WYD and the journey were the Vigil and Mass with the young. In the Vigil - in that camp full of young people who did the Vigil, they slept there and at 8 am they participated in the Mass - in the Vigil the living dialogue was renewed with all the boys and girls, enthusiastic and even capable of silence and listening. They passed from enthusiasm to listening and silent prayer. To them I proposed Mary as the one who, in her smallness, more than any other, has "influenced" the history of the world: we have called it the "influencer of God". In his "fiat" the beautiful and strong testimonies of some young people have been reflected. On Sunday morning, in the great final Eucharistic celebration, the Risen Christ, with the power of the Holy Spirit, spoke again to the young people of the world calling them to live the Gospel in today, because young people are not "tomorrow"; no, I am the "today" for the "tomorrow". They are not "in the meantime", but they are today, now, of the Church and of the world. And I have appealed to the responsibility of adults, so that new generations do not lack education, work, community and family. And this is the key right now in the world, because these things are missing. Education, that is, education. Work: how many young people are without. Community: feel welcomed, in the family, in society.

The meeting with all the Bishops of Central America was for me a moment of special consolation. Together we let ourselves be taught by the testimony of the holy bishop Oscar Romero, to better learn how to "feel with the Church" - it was his episcopal motto -, in the proximity of the young, the poor, the priests, the holy faithful people of God.

And a strong symbolic value has had the consecration of the altar of the restored Cathedral of Santa Maria La Antigua, in Panama. It has been closed for seven years for the restoration. A sign of rediscovered beauty, for the glory of God and for the faith and the feast of his people. The Chrism which consecrates the altar is the same as anointing the baptized, confirmed, priests and bishops. May the family of the Church, in Panama and in the whole world, draw from the Holy Spirit ever new fruitfulness, so that the pilgrimage of the young missionary disciples of Jesus Christ may continue and spread on the earth.
Greetings in Various Languages:
Je salue cordialement les pèlerins francophones, en particulier les prêtres du diocèse de Versailles, accompagnés de leur Evêque Monseigneur Aumonier. Je vous invite, chers frères prêtres, à la suite de ces journées Mondiales de la Jeunesse, à toujours sentir avec l’Eglise, dans la proximité des jeunes, des pauvres et de tout le peuple fidèle, afin de puiser dans l’Esprit Saint, une fécondité toujours nouvelle. Que Dieu vous bénisse.
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the Lord’s blessings of joy and peace. God bless you!
Mit Freude heiße ich die Pilger aus den Ländern deutscher Sprache willkommen. Besonders grüße ich die vielen Jugendlichen bei dieser Audienz. Der Herr ruft uns, das Evangelium im Heute zu leben. Die Jungfrau Maria helfe uns, unser „Ja zu sagen, um Gott und seine Hoffnung zu unseren Mitmenschen zu bringen. Schönen Aufenthalt in Rom. Von Herzen segne ich euch alle.

Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española  provenientes de España y de América Latina. Encomendemos a la Virgen María de modo especial a los jóvenes, para que el Espíritu Santo los llene con la gracia de sus dones y caminando como auténticos discípulos misioneros de Cristo sean en el mundo fermento de paz y alegría. Que Dios los bendiga. Muchas gracias.

Saúdo os peregrinos de língua portuguesa, particularmente o grupo do Colégio São José de Coimbra. Queridos amigos, o mundo precisa de uma Igreja jovem, alegre e acolhedora: renovemos o nosso compromisso para que as nossas comunidades se convertam em lugares onde se faz a experiência do amor de Deus, que não exclui a ninguém. E a próxima Jornada será em português! Que o Senhor vos abençoe a todos!
أُرحّبُ بالحجّاجِ الناطقينَ باللّغةِ العربيّة، وخاصةً بالقادمينَ من الشرق الأوسط. أيّها الإخوةُ والأخواتُ الأعزّاء، إذ تقفون أمام يسوع لا تخافوا من أن تفتحوا له قلوبكم لكي يجدد فيكم نار محبّته، ويدفعكم لكي تعانقوا الحياة بهشاشتها وإنما بعظمتها وجمالها أيضًا. لا تخافوا من أن تقولوا ليسوع إنّكم ترغبون أيضًا في أن تشاركوا في قصّة محبّته للعالم وبأنّكم قد خلقتم "لشيء أكبر!". ليبارككم الرب!
[Rivolgo un cordiale benvenuto ai pellegrini di lingua araba, in particolare a quelli provenienti dal Medio Oriente! Cari fratelli e sorelle, stando di fronte a Gesù, non abbiate paura di aprirgli il cuore, perché rinnoviin voi il fuoco del Suo amore, perché vi spinga ad abbracciare la vita con tutta la sua fragilità, ma anche con tutta la sua grandezza e bellezza. Non abbiate paura di dire a Gesù che anche voi desiderate partecipare alla sua storia d’amore nel mondo, che siete fatti per un “di più”! Il Signore vi benedica!]
Serdecznie witam polskich pielgrzymów. W sposób szczególny pozdrawiam studentów z kościoła św. Stanisława w Rzymie. Drodzy bracia i siostry, dziękuję, że towarzyszyliście mi w modlitwie podczas mojej podróży do Panamy. Pięknie było spotkać młodych ze świata, dzielić ich radość i entuzjazm wiary, świętując, ale także medytując nad ich życiem w świetle Maryi, młodej Matki Boga, która – przez swoje „fiat” – wpłynęła na losy świata. W Panamie miałem radość spotkać fregatę młodych Polaków – bardzo dzielnych! – którzy opływają świat i przybyli na Światowy Dzień. Matczyna opieka Maryi niech stale wam towarzyszy! Niech Bóg wam błogosławi!
I extend a cordial welcome to Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the Nuns of the Passion of Jesus Christ (Passionists), on the occasion of their General Chapter; the Religious of the "Talitha Kum" World Network; the Brothers of Charity and the Members of the Missio Christi Institute.

I greet the Families of the Traveling Show: it is certain that there is Sister Geneviève there !; the European Solidarity Volunteer Association; the "Salvadè for Africa" ​​group and the school institutes, in particular that of Cisterna di Latina and Ginosa.

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

Tomorrow we will celebrate the memory of St. John Bosco, father and teacher of the young: a good priest this! Don Bosco knew how to make God's embrace felt to all the young people he met, offering them hope, a home, a future. His testimony helps us all to consider how important it is to educate the new generations to authentic human and spiritual values.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday January 30, 2019 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 319

Reading 1HEB 10:11-18

Every priest stands daily at his ministry, 
offering frequently those same sacrifices 
that can never take away sins.
But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, 
and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; 
now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.
For by one offering he has made perfect forever 
those who are being consecrated.
The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying:

This is the covenant I will establish with them
after those days, says the Lord:
"I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them upon their minds,"

he also says:

Their sins and their evildoing
I will remember no more.

Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer offering for sin.

Responsorial PsalmPS 110:1, 2, 3, 4

R.  (4b)  You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
till I make your enemies your footstool."
R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion:
"Rule in the midst of your enemies."
R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
"Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor;
before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you."
R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent:
"You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek."
R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.


R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;
all who come to him will live for ever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 4:1-20

On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea.
A very large crowd gathered around him 
so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down.
And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land.
And he taught them at length in parables, 
and in the course of his instruction he said to them, 
"Hear this!  A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, 
and the birds came and ate it up.
Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep.
And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots.  
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it 
and it produced no grain.
And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit.
It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold."
He added, "Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear."

And when he was alone, 
those present along with the Twelve 
questioned him about the parables.
He answered them, 
"The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you.
But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that

they may look and see but not perceive,
and hear and listen but not understand,
in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven."

Jesus said to them, "Do you not understand this parable?
Then how will you understand any of the parables?
The sower sows the word.
These are the ones on the path where the word is sown.
As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once 
and takes away the word sown in them.
And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, 

when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy.
But they have no roots; they last only for a time.
Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, 
they quickly fall away.
Those sown among thorns are another sort.
They are the people who hear the word, 
but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, 
and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, 
and it bears no fruit.
But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it
and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold."