Thursday, March 21, 2019

Saint March 22 : Blessed Clemens August von Galen - Cardinal in Germany

Feast Day:
March 22
16 March 1878 at Dinklage Castle, Lower Saxony, Germany
22 March 1946 at Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
9 October 2005, Saint Peter's Plaza, Vatican, by Pope Benedict XVI

Clemens August von Galen was born on 16 March 1878 in Dinklage Castle, Oldenburg, Germany, the 11th of 13 children born to Count Ferdinand Heribert and Elisabeth von Spee.
His father belonged to the noble family of Westphalia, who since 1660 governed the village of Dinklage. For over two centuries his ancestors carried out the inherited office of camerlengo of the Diocese of Münster.
Clemens August grew up in Dinklage Castle and in other family seats. Due to the struggle between Church and State, he and his brothers were sent to a school run by the Jesuits in Feldkirch, Austria.
He remained there until 1894, when he transferred to the Antonianum in Vechta. After graduation, he studied philosophy and theology in Frebur, Innsbruck and Münster, and was ordained a priest on 28 May 1904 for the Diocese of Munster by Bishop Hermann Dingelstadt

Pope Francis to Pediatricians "... Jesus meets and heals the sick often, you always draw new life for your being and your action." FULL TEXT


Hall of the Popes
Thursday, 21 March 2019

Speech of the Holy Father

 Dear brothers and sisters,

I give you my warm welcome and greet you all. I thank the President for the words he addressed to me.

With the experience gained in these forty years of activity, your Federation supports and protects more than 5,500 family pediatricians, offering them competence and support from a professional and moral point of view, in the sphere of welfare and social security, as well as in the legal field and in the economic one. What you provide is a wide-ranging assistance, necessary to follow your affiliates in all the steps of their professional life, and useful to ensure that they can carry out their delicate and essential task with more serenity, as well as with greater competence. .

Already in its first steps, the Federation has distinguished itself for the contribution given to the birth of the National Health Service, and over the years has implemented countless initiatives for the health of people and the improvement of services offered to citizens, stipulating public and private agreements, maintaining in an autonomous and non-partisan way an active comparison with the political and social parts, and ensuring a control over many essential aspects of the health of the child and adolescent.

The age you are dealing with, from birth to adolescence, is undoubtedly the most evolutionary of human life, and requires global knowledge about the human body and its pathologies. It can be about understanding and managing heart and circulatory problems in a newborn child, or the digestive system in a ten-year-old child, or physical and mental issues related to puberty, and so on.

This very wide range of skills requires both in-depth basic training and constant updating. This is the aim of the many training and research initiatives that you strive to prepare, with meetings, debates and conferences, which can provide you with pediatricians the elements to keep you updated and, at the same time, promote a culture more capable of protecting the health of people, especially the little ones. In our time, where the many comforts and technological and social developments are paid with an increasingly invasive impact on the natural dynamics of the human body, it becomes urgent to implement a serious program of health education and lifestyles that respects the body, so that progress does not come at the expense of the person.

Your constant commitment in the areas of training, prevention and research has been recognized with the accreditation of your Federation as a scientific society. May you always operate with seriousness and dedication, making you promoters of a culture of solidarity and inclusive health. In our time, in fact, more and more often prevention and treatment become the prerogative of those who enjoy a certain standard of living, and therefore can afford it. I encourage you to work to ensure that this inequality does not add up to the many who are already afflicting the weakest, but the health system provides everyone with assistance and prevention, such as personal rights. In fact, attention to people, together with scientific competence, is an essential feature of your professionalism, of which the ability to listen, to understand and to inspire trust is also an integral part.

By virtue of the faith you have received, you are always called to take the person of Jesus, source of closeness and tenderness, as a model of humanity and dedication to others. Reading and re-reading the Gospel texts in which Jesus meets and heals the sick often, you always draw new life for your being and your action.

Even more than with children, your work puts you in constant contact with parents, the first custodians and managers of your patients. They not only ask for your medical expertise, but they also seek human security, entrusting you with what they hold most dear.

As for the relationship with the children you visit, they have powerful antennas, and they catch on the fly if we are well disposed or if we are distracted, because maybe we would have already finished the shift, or hurry faster, or find a patient who screams less ... You too are men and women, with your worries, but we know that you are also trained to smile, necessary to give courage and open a gap of trust in the little ones; and even medicines are more effective.
In dealing with children, we always keep in mind precisely the words of Jesus who, in a world in which they were little considered, indicates them as a model for those who become part of the Kingdom of God, because they understand its secrets. We also remember his singularly attractive attitude towards them: although he did not call them to him with invitations or gifts, he recalled them with the strength and serenity that flowed from his person, so that the children went to him and he welcomed them.

Your illustrious colleague and teacher, Dr. Franco Panizon, spoke of this unconditional dedication. He said: "Never happen to put your head on the pillow, unless you have done everything in your power for them!" He urged pediatricians to have a small but very important part in writing about culture and therefore the history of our time. For this reason he invited you to look "beyond", that is beyond sickness and contingencies, beyond the present moment, beyond one's own person or one's own effort. He also said: "Don't just think about your patient's today, but also think about his tomorrow"; and again: "do not think only of your patients, but also think of all patients; do not think only of those present, but also think of those who are distant and future ".

Lived with this inspiration, the work you do represents a real mission, which involves both the mind and the heart, and somehow knows no detaches, because although there are periods of vacation and breaks from work, your profession will always accompanies, and involves you much longer and deeper than during the hours you are at work.

With this style, you give Christian witness, because you seek to practice gospel values ​​and your sense of belonging to the Church; but also for the breadth of your gaze, for the ability to imagine the social context and the health system most appropriate for the future, and for the desire to put you at the service, with humility and competence, of every person entrusted to you. In invoking God's blessing on your associative path and on each one of you, I ask you in turn a prayer for me. Thank you!
FULL TEXT Source: - Unofficial Translation

Death of Former Anglican Bishop who became Roman Catholic - RIP Mons. Edwin Barnes at age 84

Monsignor Edwin Barnes, (6 February 1935 – 6 February 2019), was a former Anglican bishop who became a Roman Catholic priest after converting.
Monsignor Edwin Barnes,  died at the age of 84. He was a celebrated Anglican priest and bishop from 1960 until his retirement in 2001.

Ten years later, however,  together with his wife he was received into the Roman Catholic Church.
On 21 January 2011 he and his wife, Jane, were received into the Catholic Church at the Church He was ordained to the priesthood on 5 March 2011 by the same bishop in the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. In June 2012 he was elevated to the rank of monsignor as a Chaplain of His Holiness.

Anglican ministry
Barnes was educated at Plymouth College and Pembroke College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1961 and began his ministry with a curacy at St Mark's North End, Portsmouth. In 1987 he became Principal of St Stephen's House, Oxford, an Anglican theological college. In 1995 he was chosen to be the first Bishop of Richborough, a provincial episcopal visitor in the Province of Canterbury. He retired in 2001.

Mons. Edwin died on 6 February 2019 on his 84th birthday, following a short illness.
Edited from the Telegraph UK and Revolvy - Image source: Google Images of Mons. Edwin

#BreakingNews Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Nigeria found Dead - RIP Fr. Clement Ugwu

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - Reverend Father Clement Rapuluchukwu Ugwu, the Catholic Priest of St. Mark Catholic Church, Obinofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu State was found dead yesterday, March, 20. He was reportedly abducted on March 13, 2019, in his parish.
It was gathered that the gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, had shot him before they took him away. His Exc. Mgr. Callistus Onaga, Bishop of Enugu, decried the spate of violent killings around the country, advising that Christians should intensify their prayers for the survival of the Country. Mgr. Onaga regretted that security agencies could not rescue Fr. Ugwu despite their assurances that they were closing on the kidnappers, while the abductors were making withdrawals from his account through his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card. "We reported it to the police and since then I have visited police station three times, yet they kept telling me ‘we are closing in on the kidnappers’. I doubt they were doing anything because where the deceased body of Father Ugwu was found is not up to 20 kilometres from his house", denounced Mgr. Onaga. (L.M.) (FULL TEXT Release by Agenzia Fides, 21/3/2019)

Listen to St. Benedict of Nursia's Good Advice for Lent "...during these days of Lent to keep its manner of life most pure..."

."...we urge the entire community during these days of Lent to keep its manner of life most pure 3 and to wash away in this holy season the negligences of other times.
4 This we can do in a fitting manner by refusing to indulge evil habits and by devoting ourselves to prayer with tears, to reading, to compunction of heart and self-denial.
5 During these days, therefore, we will add to the usual measure of our service something by way of private prayer and abstinence from food or drink, 6 so that each of us will have something above the assigned measure to offer God of his own will with the joy of the Holy Spirit (1 Thess 1:6).
7 In other words, let each one deny himself some food, drink, sleep, needless talking and idle jesting, and look forward to holy Easter with joy and spiritual longing."
The Rule of St. Benedict - Chapter 49

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday, March 21, 2019 - #Eucharist in Lent

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Lectionary: 233

Reading 1JER 17:5-10

Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.
More tortuous than all else is the human heart,
beyond remedy; who can understand it?
I, the LORD, alone probe the mind
and test the heart,
To reward everyone according to his ways,
according to the merit of his deeds.

Responsorial PsalmPS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6

R. (40:5a)Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so, the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Verse Before The GospelSEE LK 8:15

Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance.

GospelLK 16:19-31

Jesus said to the Pharisees:
"There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen
and dined sumptuously each day.
And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps
that fell from the rich man's table.
Dogs even used to come and lick his sores.
When the poor man died,
he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.
The rich man also died and was buried,
and from the netherworld, where he was in torment,
he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off
and Lazarus at his side.
And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me.
Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue,
for I am suffering torment in these flames.'
Abraham replied, 'My child,
remember that you received what was good during your lifetime
while Lazarus likewise received what was bad;
but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.
Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established
to prevent anyone from crossing
who might wish to go from our side to yours
or from your side to ours.'
He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him
to my father's house,
for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them,
lest they too come to this place of torment.'
But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets.
Let them listen to them.'
He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham,
but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
Then Abraham said,
'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded
if someone should rise from the dead.'"