Saturday, March 2, 2019

Saint March 3 : St. Katharine Drexel : Patron of Philanthropists, Racial justice


November 26, 1858, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 3, 1955, Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania
2000 by Pope John Paul II
Major Shrine:
Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania
Patron of:
philanthropists, racial justice
 Saint Katharine Drexel was born in Philadelphia on November 26, 1858, the second child of Hannah and Francis Anthony Drexel. Hannah died five weeks after her baby’s birth. For two years Katharine and her sister, Elizabeth, were cared for by their aunt and uncle, Ellen and Anthony Drexel. When Francis married Emma Bouvier in 1860 he brought his two daughters home. A third daughter, Louise, was born in 1863. The children grew up in a loving family atmosphere permeated by deep faith. The girls were educated at home by tutors. They had the added advantage of touring parts of the United States and Europe with their parents. By word and example Emma and Francis taught their daughters that wealth was meant to be shared with those in need. Three afternoons a week Emma opened the doors of their home to serve the needs of the poor. When the girls were old enough, they assisted their mother.  When Francis purchased a summer home in Torresdale, Pa., Katharine and Elizabeth taught Sunday school classes for the children of employees and neighbors. The local pastor, Rev. James O’Connor (who later became bishop of Omaha), became a family friend and Katharine’s spiritual director.
She inherited a vast fortune from her father and step-mother, and spent her wealth to helping these disadvantaged people.  In audience with Pope Leo XIII, she asked him to recommend a religious congregation to staff the institutions which she was financing. 
In 1891, with a few companions, Mother Katharine founded the  Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. In 1935 Mother Katharine suffered a heart attack. She spent her last years to Eucharistic adoration. She died at the age of 96 at Cornwell Heights, Pennsylvania, on 3 March 1955. 

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Pope Francis to Hospital "Remember: in the sick person there is Christ and in the love of someone..."


Dear friends of the Bangui Pediatric Hospital,

with joy I greet all of you on the festive occasion of the inauguration of the new health facility dedicated to the children of the Central African Republic. This site was founded with the support of the "Bambino Gesù" Pediatric Hospital, engaged since spring 2016 in the training of medical personnel and more. I hope that it can become a center of excellence, where children can find answers and relief to their suffering, with tenderness and love. I do not forget! I keep in my heart the painful eyes of the many malnourished children I met during my brief visit to the hospital on the occasion of your trip to your country.

And I still remember the words of the doctor who was next to me: "These will mostly die, because they have malaria, strong, and they are malnourished." I heard it. No, this no longer has to happen! The suffering of children is undoubtedly the hardest to accept. The great Dostoevsky asked the question: "Why do children suffer?". So many times I ask myself the same thing: why do children suffer? And I can not find an explanation. I only look at the Crucified and invoke the merciful love of the Father for so much suffering.

This structure that is inaugurated today is a concrete sign of mercy, which finds its origin in the Holy Year that I wanted to open early - November 29, 2015 - right in Bangui. The first door of a cathedral to open was that of Bangui, not that of St. Peter. It was a gesture that the Lord inspired. Crossing the Holy Door of the Cathedral, I said: «Bangui becomes the spiritual capital of prayer for the Father's mercy. We all ask for peace, mercy, reconciliation, forgiveness, love ". I like to think that the Holy Door is still open and that the river of mercy gives life to this Pediatric Hospital and to all those who work there. Always remember: "There are many concrete signs of goodness and tenderness for the smallest and most defenseless, the most alone and abandoned. There really are charity protagonists who do not want to lack solidarity with the poorest and most unhappy people "(Letter apex Misericordia et Misera, 17).

Therefore I encourage all of you to carry out your work of caring for children, driven by charity, always thinking of the "Good Samaritan" of the Gospel: be attentive to the needs of your little patients, bend with tenderness on their frailties, and in them you can see the Lord. Who serves the sick with love serves Jesus who opens the kingdom of heaven to us. This hospital reminds all of us that what we are experiencing "is the time of mercy so that those who are weak and defenseless, far away and alone can grasp the presence of brothers and sisters who support them in need" (ibid., 21).

Dear brothers and sisters, by practicing your medical profession, be artisans of mercy!

A deferential greeting to Mr. President Faustin-Archange Touadéra. I also greet the Apostolic Nuncio, mgr. Santiago De Wit Guzmán and the President of the Bambino Gesù Hospital, Mrs. Mariella Enoc, who have spent so much for this work. And a greeting to Cardinal Konrad [Krajewski], who makes the charity of the Pope present in the world. Who takes care of the little ones is on God's side. Do not forget: those who take care of the little ones are on the side of God and win the culture of the gap! May this new hospital become a model and point of reference for the whole country. Remember: in the sick person there is Christ and in the love of someone bending over his wounds there is the way to meet him!

I bless you! And please, do not forget to pray for me! Thank you.

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Pope Francis to Sick and Health Workers "Like Mary, left at the foot of the Cross of Jesus, the volunteers also "stand at the bed of the suffering..." FULL TEXT + Video


Paul VI Hall
Saturday, 2 March 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

I am pleased to meet you on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Italian Association against Leukemia-Lymphomas and Myeloma (AIL). I greet you all with affection; in particular I greet the sick here gathered, with a special thought for those who could not be present. I thank your President, Professor Sergio Amadori, for his words, as well as doctors, health workers, those involved in research, volunteers and those who share the aims of your praiseworthy Association.

In today's liturgy, the Church invites us to read in the book of Sirach (cf. 17: 1-13) the great gifts that the Lord has given to men. After having created them, "he filled them with knowledge and intelligence and showed them both good and evil" (v. 7), and "set before them knowledge and gave them the law of life" (v. 11). Science, as I have already recalled, "is a powerful means to better understand both the nature around us and human health. Our knowledge progresses and with it the most refined means and technologies are increased, allowing not only to look at the most intimate structure of living organisms, including humans, but even to act on them in such a profound and precise way that even the modification of our own DNA "(Address to the IV International Conference promoted by the Pontifical Council for Culture on regenerative medicine, 28 April 2018).

The Church praises and encourages every effort of research and application aimed at the care of the suffering persons. Therefore, I am pleased to express my appreciation for what your Association has done in these decades. Through its precious activity, it has become an important presence on the national territory, placing itself at the service of the sick and collaborating with the various specialized centers. Your main lines of action are very effective in scientific research, health care and staff training. In particular, in these three areas you fulfill the roles to which the man himself is called.

With scientific research, investigate the biological dimension of man, to be able to alleviate the disease, with actions aimed at prevention and with increasingly effective therapies. With health care you are close to the suffering, to accompany them in time of suffering, because no one ever feels alone or has the feeling of being now a 'gap' with respect to the social context. Finally, with the care and training of qualified personnel, your action to promote the overall care of the sick person, so that the therapeutic alliance necessary for the patient and the health workers themselves, called to live every day involved in the experience of suffering.

In these tasks you are accompanied by the extraordinary testimony of generous voluntary service, of many men and women who offer their time to stay close to the sick. I would like to tell you something. One of the things that touched me most when, six years ago, I arrived in Rome, is the Italian voluntary service. That is great! You have three great things, which imply an organization among you: volunteering - which is very important -, cooperativism, which is another capacity that you have, of making cooperatives to go ahead, and the speakers in the parishes. Three great things. Thanks for this. Like Mary, left at the foot of the Cross of Jesus, the volunteers also "stand at the bed of the suffering and realize that accompaniment that brings so much consolation: it is the presence of tenderness and comfort, which fulfills that commandment to love. reciprocal and fraternal that Jesus has given us (cf. Mk 12:31). This attitude of considerate proximity is all the more necessary in relation to the haematological patient, whose situation is complex due to the very perception of the disease, in its specificity. Proximity, proximity, like Mary at the foot of the Cross. And there are many stories, many stories of cross among you. I would just like to mention one: let me remember here today - one of many - Marilena and Silvano Bellato, as an example. They suffered a double "blow" from life with the death of their sons Fabio and Sara. They had the courage to stand with suffering, like Mary at the foot of the Cross. And from that pain they managed to move forward thinking about the "resurrection" of many children with the foundation of the Provincial Section [AIL]. Thank you so much to them and to many who are like them. Thank you.
Sometimes the prolonged stay in isolation departments turns out to be really heavy to bear; the person feels on his own flesh the impression of feeling separated from the world, from relationships, from everyday life. The same trend of the disease and the therapies forces her to question her own future. I want to assure to all the sick people who live this experience that they are not alone: ​​the Lord, who has experienced the hard experience of pain and the cross, is there beside them. The presence of many people who share these difficult moments with them is a tangible sign of the presence and consolation of Jesus and his mother, the Virgin Mary, Mother of all the sick.

I am thinking, in particular, of those who express the sharing of the Church with those who suffer from these pathologies: the chaplains, the deacons, the extraordinary ministers of communion. Through their spiritual and fraternal witness, it is the whole community of believers who assists and consoles, becoming a healing community that makes Jesus' desire concrete so that all may be one flesh, one person, starting from the weakest and most vulnerable.

The role of doctors, nurses, biologists, laboratory technicians is increasingly crucial, not only in terms of professionalism and scientific training, but also in the spiritual field, where they are called to care for people in their totality of body and spirit. The cure is not of the disease, of an organ or of cells; the care is of the people, in their totality. The person in his spirituality does not exhaust himself in the corporeity; but the fact that the spirit transcends the body causes it to be included in a greater vitality and dignity, which is not proper to biology, but that proper to the person and the spirit.

Dear brothers and sisters, your history, your work lavished in these 50 years, the results achieved by research and scientific progress are a stimulus for a renewed impetus aimed at healing and improving the lives of sick people. Your commendable commitment can make every person more aware of the culture of giving and caring for the other, essential food for the life of every human community.

I invoke the assistance of the Holy Spirit on your work and, as I ask you to pray for me, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing to you.
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : #1stSaturday March 2, 2019 - #Eucharist

Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 346

Reading 1SIR 17:1-15

God from the earth created man,
and in his own image he made him.
He makes man return to earth again,
and endows him with a strength of his own.
Limited days of life he gives him,
with power over all things else on earth.
He puts the fear of him in all flesh,
and gives him rule over beasts and birds.
He created for them counsel, and a tongue and eyes and ears,
and an inventive heart,
and filled them with the discipline of understanding.
He created in them knowledge of the spirit;
With wisdom he fills their heart;
good and evil he shows them.
He put the fear of himself upon their hearts,
and showed them his mighty works,
That they might glory in the wonder of his deeds
and praise his holy name.
He has set before them knowledge,
a law of life as their inheritance;
An everlasting covenant he has made with them,
his justice and his judgments he has revealed to them.
His majestic glory their eyes beheld,
his glorious voice their ears heard.
He says to them, "Avoid all evil";
each of them he gives precepts about his fellow men.
Their ways are ever known to him,
they cannot be hidden from his eyes.
Over every nation he places a ruler,
but God's own portion is Israel.
All their actions are clear as the sun to him,
his eyes are ever upon their ways.

Responsorial PsalmPS 103:13-14, 15-16, 17-18

R. (see 17)  The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him,
For he knows how we are formed;
he remembers that we are dust.
R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
Man's days are like those of grass;
like a flower of the field he blooms;
The wind sweeps over him and he is gone,
and his place knows him no more.
R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
But the kindness of the LORD is from eternity
to eternity toward those who fear him,
And his justice toward children's children
among those who keep his covenant.
R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

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.

Gospel MK 10:13-16

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
"Let the children come to me; do not prevent them,
for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it."
Then he embraced the children and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.