Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Saint March 13 : St. Roderic and St. Salomon : Martyrs in Spain - #EspaƱa

Sts. Roderic and Salomon MARTYRS OF SPAIN 
Feast: March 13 Born: 9th century southern Spain 
Died: 857   Roderic, also called Rudericus and Rodrigo, was a priest at Cabra who was assaulted by his two brothers, one a Musliand the other a lapsed Catholic. He was denounced by the Muslim brother and imprisoned for falling away from the Islamic faith. Roderic proclaimed that he had always been a Christian but was charged with apostasy. In prison, he met Salomon, a man under the same charge. They were beheaded at Cordoba after a long period of imprisonment. (Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia )

Find Peace in a Busy World with this Easy Prayer to Our Lady of Silence to Help your Journey in Life...

Oh! beloved Mother, I come to you, tonight, Seeking for rest? To find, in silence, the serenity
For which my heart thirsts? After the weariness of the day, And the fever of action,
I come to you, Our Lady!

Haven of silence, Fountain of peace, Abyss of gentleness! I come to you, to renew my soul
To forget my cares, To flee from speech, And to escape from the hectic life, Of which, tonight, I am weary?

I come to you, Our Lady, Teacher of silence and of shaded retreats, Of wisdom and of joy, I come to You! I want but one thing: To remain in your sight, To think of You, Virgin of silence.
And if I am too broken to think, And too weary to pray, Too wounded even to smile, To simply be there at your feet, In your silence. To savour your silence, your calm,
To plunge into it, to quench my thirst in it!

To be at your feet, O Mary! To love you with all my heart, Without words, without discourses,
In silence! Oh! Our Lady, I come to you? May my heart contemplate, In your silence, The silence of adoration! Amen
Source of Prayer: http://www.sjsh.org
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#BreakingNews Catholic Priest and Nun among Victims Killed in Plane Crash - RIP Fr. Mukua and Sr. Wangari

It has been released that among the 157 people were killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday, 10 March, 2019 there was a priest, a religious sister, and four staff members with Catholic Relief Services.
Fr George Kageche Mukua CMM, belonged to the Congregation of Mariannhill Missionaries, he was from Kenya. He was working as a minister in Rome.

The Boeing 737 Max 8, operated by Ethiopian Airline and en route to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed six minutes after take-off in Addis Ababa. Reportedly all 149 passengers and eight crew members died in the crash. There were several member of the UN onboard. The flight crash has been defined by the UN "the most serious commercial plane crash that has involved the UN staff in recent decades".

Fr Mukua was born on January 1, 1979. He made his first profession in the congregation on February 2, and was ordained to the priesthood on November 30, 2017.

 Sr. Florence Wangari, a Notre Dame de Angers Sister was in her early 30s, was also on board. She was on her way to Nairobi.
Sister Wangari, was a missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The nun was originally from the diocese of Nakuru and was returning to Kenya to renew her passport.
The four members of the CRS (Sara Chalachew, Getnet Alemayehu, Sintayehu Aymeku, and Mulusew Alemu) were traveling to Nairobi to attend a training course.
Edited from Fides

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Lent - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
Lectionary: 225

Reading 1IS 55:10-11

Thus says the LORD:
Just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
And do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.

Responsorial PsalmPS 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19

R. (18b)  From all their distress God rescues the just.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.
The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

Verse Before The GospelMT 4:4B

One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

GospelMT 6:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
"In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

"This is how you are to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

"If you forgive men their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions."

Saint March 12 : St. Theophanes the Chronicler

St. Theophanes
Feast: March 12
758, Constantinople

Chronicler, born at Constantinople, about 758; died in Samothracia, probably 12 March, 817, on which day he is commemorated in the Roman Martyrology. He was the son of Isaac, imperial governor of the islands of the White Sea, and of Theodora, of whose family nothing is known. After the early death of his parents he came to the Court of Constantine Copronimus. He was married at the age of twelve, but induced his wife to lead a life of virginity, and in 799, after the death of his father-in-law, they separated with mutual consent to embrace the religious state, she choosing a convent on an island near Constantinople, while he entered the monastery called Polychronius in the district of Sigriano near Cyzicus. Later he built a monastery on his own lands on the island of Calonymus (now Calomio). After six years he returned to Sigriano, founded an abbey known by the name "of the great acre", and governed it as abbot. As such he was present at the second General Council of Nicaea, 787, and signed its decrees in defense of the sacred images. When the emperor Leo the Armenian again began his iconoclastic warfare, he ordered Theophanes to be brought to Constantinople and tried in vain to induce him to condemn what had been sanctioned by the council. Theophanes was cast into prison and for two years suffered cruel treatment; he was then banished to Samothracia, where, overwhelmed with afflictions, he lived only seventeen days and wrought many miracles after death.
At the urgent request of his friend George Syncellus (d. 810), Theophanes undertook the continuation of his chronicle, during the years 810-15 (P. G., CVIII, 55). He treated of the time from the year 284-813, and made use of material already prepared by Syncellus, probably also the extracts from the works of Socrates, Sozomenus, and Theodoret, made by Theodore Lector, and the city chronicle of Constantinople. The work consists of two parts, the first giving the history, arranged according to years, the other containing chronological tables, full of inaccuracies, and therefore of little value. It seems that Theophanes had only prepared the tables, leaving vacant spaces for the proper dates, but that these had been filled out by someone else (Hurter, "Nomencl." I, Innsbruck, 1903, 735). The first part, though lacking in historical precision and criticism, which could scarcely be expected from a man of such ascetical disposition, greatly surpasses the majority of Byzantine chronicles (Krumbacher, "Gesch. der byz. Litt., 1897, 342). The chronicle was edited at Paris in 1655 by Goar; again at Venice in 1729 with annotations and corrections by Combefis. A Latin version was made by Anastasius Bibliothecarius, and both were ably edited by de Boor (Leipzig, 1883).

(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)