Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Saint February 20 : Saints Jacinta and Francesco of Fatima - History with Special Prayers

Francisco Marto (June 11, 1908 – April 4, 1919) and his sister Jacinta Marto (March 11, 1910 – February 20, 1920),  together with their cousin, Lúcia dos Santos (1907–2005) were from Aljustrel near Fátima, Portugal. They saw three apparitions of an angel in 1916 and the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1917. They reported visions of Our Lady of Fatima.  The youngest children of Manuel and Olimpia Marto were Francisco and Jacinta. They were illiterate and they worked with cousin Lucia, tending sheep. Francisco preferred to pray alone, as he said "to console Jesus for the sins of the world". They saw terrifying vision of Hell at the third apparition. All three children practiced prayer and penance for sin as the lady asked. Jacinta told her parents ‘Oh, Mother! I saw Our Lady today!’. On 13th August, The Administrator, Santos, ‘kidnapped’ the children to prevent them going to the next Apparition, and threatened them with a cauldron of boiling oil. On Sunday, 19th August, the children witnessed their fourth Apparition. 
At the Apparitions in 1917 Francisco heard nothing and had to rely on Lucia and Jacinta to tell him what was said by the Lady. Jacinta and Francesco became very ill during the Spanish Influenza epidemic in October, 1918.  The priest heard Francisco’s confession on the evening of 2nd April and brought Communion to him the next morning.Opening his eyes, he asked: ‘When will you bring me the Hidden Jesus again?’ This was what he said when talking of the Host in the Tabernacle. 
Jacinta developed pneumonia and then tuberculosis. She died in hospital just before her 11th birthday. Visitors who saw Jacinta in her open coffin exclaimed that she seemed to be alive, with the loveliest colour. When Jacinta’s coffin was opened on 12th September, 1935 and her face was seen to be perfectly incorrupt. 

 Jacinta's relics and those of Francisco lie in the Basilica at Fatima, with the simple inscription: “Here lie the mortal remains of Francisco and Jacinta to whom Our Lady appeared.” Jacinta and her brother Francisco were beatified- declared ‘Blessed’, by Pope John Paul II on 13th May, 2000 at Fatima. 

Our Lady of Fatima:
My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee. O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.

O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners. The Angel's Prayer is an Act of Reparation to The Holy Trinity.
Edited from “The Message of Fatima” by Fr. Martindale, S.J. and other sources. (All Images Google )


Pope Francis lifts Suspension of Sick Elderly Priest who “accepted the canonical punishment" at age 94

Pope lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest Fr. Ernesto Cardenal
Pope Francis has lifted sanctions on Fr. Ernesto Cardenal of Nicaragua. The 94-year old priest was suspended from his priestly ministry and duties in 1984 by St. John Paul II because of his militancy and for being a minister in the government of Daniel Ortega.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis on Sunday lifted the sanctions “a divinis ” on Nicaraguan priest, Father Ernesto Cardenal, who was suspended from his priestly ministry 35 years ago because of his political militancy and for joining the Sandinista government of Daniel Ortega as Minister of Culture.

“With benevolence”, Pope Francis has granted Father Ernesto Cardenal absolution from "all canonical censorships" which he incurred in 1984, said Archbishop Waldemar Sommertag, the Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua, in a note.

When St. John Paul II visited Nicaragua in 1983, he sternly reprimanded Fr. Cardenal publicly at Managua airport. "You must fix your affairs with the Church," the Polish pope told him sternly.  A year later on Feb. 4, Pope John Paul suspended him "a divinis ".

Canon law (No. 285) forbids clerics from assuming public offices, an act that entails participation in the exercise of civil power.

However, in 1994 Cardenal abandoned the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), criticizing what he interpreted as an authoritarian drift of the party.

Archbishop Sommertag said the 94-year old priest “accepted the canonical punishment imposed" on him at that time, keeping "always to it", "without carrying out any pastoral activity", having abandoned "for many years all political commitment".

The blessing of Pope Francis
Archbishop Sommertag concelebrated Holy Mass with Father Cardenal in the hospital of Managua, where the priest has been in poor health since early February.   It was the first Eucharistic celebration by the priest in more than 30 years.  The apostolic nuncio communicated to him the measure of his full reintegration by the Holy Father, conveying to him the blessing of the Pope so that he may live this moment of his life in peace with the Lord and with the Church.

Visibly happy and serene, the elderly priest expressed his gratitude to the Holy Father and to the nuncio.

Nuncio’s initiative
Several times in recent weeks, Archbishop Sommertag visited the ailing priest and theologian, who is regarded as a poet throughout Latin America and beyond.   Fr. Cardenal is also known for his literacy drive in the 80s, in which at 500,000 Nicaraguans learned to read and write.

On February 2, Archbishop Sommertag went to meet Fr. Cardenal at his home Managua, during which the priest expressed the desire to "be readmitted to the exercise of the priestly ministry".  After hospitalization, the papal representative visited him in hospital on 11 February, on the occasion of the World Day of the Sick.  He visited him again on February 17, when he conveyed to him the decision of Pope Francis.
FULL TEXT Source: Vatican News va - Image Source Google Image of Fr. Cardenal

Wow Catholic FSSP Priest goes for Gold in Skiing while Playing Bagpipes - FULL Video to SHARE will make you laugh!

This Roman Catholic Priest, Fr. Daniel Nolan, FSSP, is skiing for a different kind of gold – the kind of gold needed to build a new parish church. Fr. Nolan is assistant pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, an apostolate in Denver, but he was previously assigned to St. Joan of Arc,  in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. According tot the FSSP website, "To raise funds for St. Joan of Arc’s building project, he invented a possible new Olympic sport: skiing and bagpiping…at the same time. (Editor’s Note: Potential names include Ski Piping, Alpine Piping, Alpiping and, when done on a snowboard, the Fullpipe)."
Here they suggest you can donate: If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile endeavor, or you are simply impressed with Father’s ability to play the bagpipes while skiing, click here (https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/156181) to donate to St. Joan of Arc’s fundraising project!

Pope Francis "Let us consider that the Lord is pained in His heart, and let us draw near to the Lord and speak to him..." Homily

Pope at Mass: ‘Cost of war weighs on the weak’
In his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Pope Francis reflects on the cost of war, calling it a ‘modern-day flood’ whose price is paid by the poorest among us.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis compared the Biblical flood of Noah’s time to the many wars being waged in today’s world.

Reflecting on the day’s reading from Genesis (6:5-8;7:1-5,10) in his homily, the Holy Father said there is a golden thread running through the story of the flood and modern-day conflicts.

He said we must ask God for the grace to cry and lament when faced with the world’s calamities and the victims of war, many of whom are starving children, orphans, and the poor who pay the highest price.

God has feelings
Faced with these realities, Pope Francis invited us to have a heart like God’s – capable of anger, pain, and closeness to others – one that is both human and divine.

The Pope highlighted God’s suffering when He sees the evil of men and women, and noted that God “regretted” having created people so much that He decided to erase us from the face of the earth.

This is a God with feelings, said Pope Francis, “who is not abstract” and who “suffers”, calling this “the mystery of the Lord”.

“[These are] the feelings of God, God the Father who loves us – and love is a relationship. He is able to get angry and to feel rage. It is Jesus who comes and gives us the path, with the suffering of the heart, everything… But our God has feelings. Our God loves us with the heart; He doesn’t love us with ideas but loves us with the heart. And when He caresses us, He caresses us with His heart, and when He disciplines us, like a good father, He disciplines us with His heart, suffering more than we do.”

Listen to our report
Our times are no better than those of the flood
Pope Francis said our relationship with God is one “of heart to heart, of son to Father who opens Himself, and if He is capable of feeling pain in His heart, then we, too, will be able to feel pain before Him.” The Pope said this is not sentimentalism, but the truth.

Our times, he said, are not so different from those of the flood. There are problems and calamities, poor, hungry, persecuted, and tortured people, “people who die in war because others throw bombs as if they were candy”.

“I don’t think our times are better than those of the flood; I don’t think so. Calamities are more or less the same; the victims are more or less the same. Let’s think about the example of the weakest: children. The many hungry children and children without education cannot grow in peace. [Many are] without parents because they have been massacred in war… child soldiers… Let us just think about those children.”

Cry as Jesus did
Pope Francis said we need to ask for the grace to have “a heart like the heart of God – one made in the likeness of God” that feels pain when witnessing others suffer.

“There is the great calamity of the flood; there is the great calamity of today’s wars, where the price of the party is paid by the weak, the poor, children, and those who have no resources to carry on. Let us consider that the Lord is pained in His heart, and let us draw near to the Lord and speak to Him, saying: ‘Lord, observe these things; I understand you.’ Let us console the Lord: ‘I understand you, and I am with you. I accompany you in prayer and intercede for all of these calamities which are the fruit of the devil who wants to destroy the work of God.’”
FULL TEXT Shared from Source Vatican News va

#BreakingNews Historic visit to North Korea by President of Catholic Bishops and Religious Leaders - Please Pray

ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - The President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference visits the North with a delegation of religious and civil leaders 
Seoul (Agenzia Fides) – To establish relationships of trust and launch various projects and cooperation in various areas such as tourism, culture, religion, education, sport, art with exchanges among students, educators: with this purpose yesterday, 12 February a delegation of religious leaders, government officials and representatives of civil society associations crossed the border and reached North Korea for a joint event on the occasion of the New Year. The delegation, made up of about 250 South Koreans, arrived at Mount Geumgang on the east coast of the north for a two-day stay. Leaders of the main religions of South Korea took part, as well as members of civil groups representing women, young people, agricultural communities, economy, environment, university, and peace movements.
As confirmed to Fides sources in the Korean Church, among them was Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong, President of the Episcopal Conference of Korea, and other leaders engaged in inter-Korean reconciliation movements. As Agenzia Fides learns, this is the first cross-border event of 2019 and is the result of meetings between members of the Northern Government and the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, active in the government of Seoul. As announced by the Ministry of Unification in Seoul, South Korea has approved more than a thousand requests of its citizens since mid-2017, giving permission to have contacts with North Korea, increasing cross-border contacts in the sports, cultural and religious sectors.
Kim Hong-gul, at the head of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, stressed the importance of dialogue and cooperation in the process of rapprochement between the two nations. The Council aims to support the policy of involvement and reconciliation already started in 2000 by former President Kim Dae-jung.
Several exchanges and meetings of inter-Korean civilians took place in 2018, when Presidents Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un met three times in April, May and September. (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 13/2/2019)

RIP Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Costello who Served Diocese of Syracuse, NY for 65 years - age 89

FULL TEXT Official Obituary from Diocese: Most Rev. Thomas J. Costello

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - Syracuse, NY
Most Rev. Thomas J. Costello, retired Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse, died on Friday, February 15, 2019, at the age of 89 years old. Bishop Costello served the people of the diocese as a Roman Catholic priest for nearly 65 years as well as serving as the auxiliary bishop for over 40 years.

A native of Camden, New York, Costello was the son of James and Ethel (Dupont) Costello. As an only child, he shared his vocation to the priesthood with his parents. His father’s response was, “If that is what you want to do, be a good one.” That was his father’s blessing and he lived up to that charge his entire life.
He graduated from St. Aloysius Academy in Rome, New York before continuing his studies at Niagara University, St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, Theological College in Washington, DC and Catholic University of America, School of Canon Law, in Washington, DC.  

He was ordained a priest on June 5, 1954, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Most Rev. Walter A. Foery, D.D. He was appointed an assistant pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Syracuse where he served from 1954-1959. He served as a secretary in the Diocesan Tribunal for one year before being named superintendent of Catholic Schools from 1960-1975. In 1975, he was named pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Syracuse where he served until 1978. He was named vicar general of the diocese in 1978 and served in that role until 2009.

Costello received many papal honors, including being named a papal chamberlain with a title of monsignor in 1965, elevated to honorary prelate in 1971 and Titular Bishop of Perdices and Auxiliary Bishop of Syracuse in 1978. He was appointed by Pope Paul VI and ordained auxiliary bishop on March 13, 1978 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse, choosing his Episcopal motto to be “As One Who Serves.”

Bishop Costello served on many boards in the community and across the country, including Jubilee Homes, Le Moyne College, the then Syracuse Interreligious Council, WCNY, Loretto and more. He was very active on the national scene, belonging to many committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, including time as chairman of the Communications Committee. 

Bishop Costello’s legacy will most notably be being a man of deep faith and a man of the people. He had no tolerance for any injustice. He was in the forefront of speaking against racism, poverty, inequality, violence and more. He marched in Selma, Alabama, with Dr. Martin Luther King, fought for employee rights, spoke against the death penalty, promoted the respect and dignity of all life, encouraged interfaith dialogue and equality for all. He very much believed that we are called to be peacemakers and he strived to live his life emulating that belief.

Bishop Costello will also be remembered for being a passionate preacher with a booming voice and being the man to get things done in the diocese and the greater community. He was a scholar who was consistently approachable to all.

Bishop Costello submitted his resignation as auxiliary bishop on his 75th birthday in 2004 and remained vicar general until 2009. In his retirement, he continued to serve the people of the diocese, confirming young people, offering spiritual direction and always taking a call from people in their time of need. He was a man who loved rooting for the Orange, both women and men. But most of all, Bishop Thomas Costello was a man who lived his faith each and every day, celebrated being a child of God and lived out every word of his motto, “As One Who Serves.”

He is survived by cousins, Sister Ruth Cecilia Dowd, CSJ, Sister Helene Daniel Courtney, CSJ, Sister Celine John Courtney, CSJ and Anne and John Scott of Texas; as well as very close friends whose company he thoroughly enjoyed. 

The Diocese of Syracuse is grateful for the tremendous care of Bishop Costello by St. Joseph’s Hospital, Loretto and Francis House.  
Reception of the body will take place on Thursday, February 21 at 4 p.m. in The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at which time the vigil service will take place.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 22 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Rome, New York.

Contributions in his name can be made to the Light a Child’s Future Fund, which provides tuition aid to Catholic school students in the diocese.

FULL TEXT Source: Diocese of Syracuse, NY

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 336

Reading 1GN 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10

When the LORD saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth,
and how no desire that his heart conceived
was ever anything but evil,
he regretted that he had made man on the earth,
and his heart was grieved.

So the LORD said:
“I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created,
and not only the men,
but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air,
for I am sorry that I made them.”
But Noah found favor with the LORD.

Then the LORD said to Noah:
“Go into the ark, you and all your household,
for you alone in this age have I found to be truly just.
Of every clean animal, take with you seven pairs,
a male and its mate;
and of the unclean animals, one pair,
a male and its mate;
likewise, of every clean bird of the air, seven pairs,
a male and a female,
and of all the unclean birds, one pair,
a male and a female.
Thus you will keep their issue alive over all the earth.
Seven days from now I will bring rain down on the earth
for forty days and forty nights,
and so I will wipe out from the surface of the earth
every moving creature that I have made.”
Noah did just as the LORD had commanded him.

As soon as the seven days were over,
the waters of the flood came upon the earth.

Responsorial PsalmPS 29:1A AND 2, 3AC-4, 3B AND 9C-10

R. (11b) The Lord will bless his people with peace.
Give to the LORD, you sons of God,
give to the LORD glory and praise,
Give to the LORD the glory due his name;
adore the LORD in holy attire.
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
 The voice of the LORD is over the waters,
the LORD, over vast waters.
The voice of the LORD is mighty;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
The God of glory thunders,
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
The LORD is enthroned above the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as king forever.
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

AlleluiaJN 14:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord;
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 8:14-21

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread,
and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out,
guard against the leaven of the Pharisees
and the leaven of Herod.”
They concluded among themselves that
it was because they had no bread.
When he became aware of this he said to them,
“Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread?
Do you not yet understand or comprehend?
Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?
And do you not remember,
when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand,
how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?”
They answered him, “Twelve.”
“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand,
how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?”
They answered him, “Seven.”
He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”