Monday, March 25, 2019

Ancient Prayer that is Said Every Day in Honor of the Annunciation - The Angelus : Explained

The Annunciation honors the moment when Jesus became flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary after she accepted. Some call this a "Little Christmas," and it is celebrated on March 25; exactly 9 months before Christmas. The Angelus prayer, which commemorates this moment, was first mentioned in the 1200s by a Franciscan. This ancient prayer is now recited at 6am, 12pm and 6pm daily in honor of the Annunciation. King Louis the XI of France ordered it to be recited 3 times daily, in the year 1472. The Holy Father, recites the Angelus publicly almost every Sunday at 12pm at the Vatican.  Pope Paul VI promoted this devotion in his Apostolic Exhortation - Marialis Cultus http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_p-vi_exh_19740202_marialis-cultus.html
Image: 1644 (ca) Philippe de Champaigne : Annunciation 

Here is how to pray the Angelus:
V/. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
R/. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us, sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen
V/. Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
R/. Be it done unto me according to your Word.
Hail Mary…

V/. And the Word was made flesh,
R/. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary…

V/. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts: that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

#BreakingNews Catholic Priest commits Suicide as Investigation begins into Alleged Abuse



Father Joseph Tran was under investigation for alleged child abuse before he was found dead.

Police are urging victims of sexual abuse to come forward in the wake of allegations a high-profile Catholic priest suspected of abusing  a young girl for several years, who took his own life.

It is understood Father Joseph Tran, who worked as a chaplain at several Catholic Perth schools, died of self-inflicted wounds.

He was found dead on Thursday, the same day WA Police launched an investigation of allegations he had abused the girl, who is now 13, over several years.

It is understood her mother confronted the priest last week after the alleged abuse came to light but police had not had a chance to question him before he was found dead.

The 49-year-old had been the parish priest at Armadale’s St Francis Xavier for the past year after 15 years at Our Lady of the Mission church in Craigie.

Hundreds of parishioners attended services at the church. Many were in tears and dozens lined up to sign a book of condolences.

“I made sure we checked through all of our files in our office, in the professional standards office and the Catholic education and there’s never been any other complaints,” Archbishop Costelloe said.
Edited and Shortened from Source: https://thewest.com.au - Image source: Google Images of Fr. Tran
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FULL TEXT Statement by Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Perth in Australia


Statement
Rev Fr Joseph Tran

The Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB
Archbishop of Perth
23 March 2019
Download the full text in PDF
Following the sudden death of Fr Joseph Tran, and reports in the media that Fr Tran took his own life after being confronted by accusations of his sexual abuse of a young girl, many questions have been put to me about the circumstances surrounding this tragedy.
Late on Thursday evening, I received a text message from the Vicar General of the Archdiocese asking me to contact him urgently. I rang him immediately. 
The Vicar General informed me that Fr Tran had died earlier that day and that it appeared he may have taken his own life after being confronted by allegations of the sexual abuse of a young teenage girl. I did not know at that time who had confronted him - the police, the complainant's family or someone else - but I was informed that the police had been at the Armadale presbytery at some time during the day and had searched Fr Tran's room. My understanding now is that this took place after Fr Tran's body had been found. My immediate concern was Fr Tran's family. I was assured that they would be informed that night by the police. I am not sure if this was done. 
On Friday morning Auxiliary Bishop, Donald Sproxton, went to the Armadale parish to provide support to the assistant priest and to the parish and school communities. After informing the staff in my own office of Fr Tran's death, I went to the Whitford parish to provide what support I could there. Because the facts surrounding this tragic event were not clear to me at that time, we simply informed people that Fr Tran had died suddenly the day before and that we presumed his death would be investigated by the Coroner, which is the normal practice in these circumstances.  I was not seeking to hide anything.  I could not share information which I had not yet been able to verify.
I instructed that a search of our files be made to ascertain if there had ever been any complaints of this kind against Fr Tran before. Nothing was found. I requested our Professional Standards Office to do the same. Again, nothing was found. I contacted the Catholic Education Authorities to ascertain if they had also received any complaints. They assured me that there was nothing in their files. The first I heard of the allegation against Fr Tran was after I was informed of his death. The police have never contacted me about these allegations; I presume this is because they had just begun their investigations. 
The policy of the Archdiocese of Perth is that any complaints of sexual abuse are best dealt with by the police. The family of the young girl involved have done the right thing in ensuring this matter was investigated by the police.  Had we been contacted by the police we would have cooperated fully, as we always do. Had the family contacted us, our Professional Standards Office would have advised them to go to the police and would have offered any assistance required to help them do so. Any incidents of sexual abuse by clergy, religious or other Church workers are terrible, destructive crimes. The Church in the Archdiocese of Perth has very clear protocols and procedures for dealing with these matters, and we follow them.
This news is heart-breaking for everyone involved. The young girl who with her family found the courage to go to the police must be supported in every way, and the Archdiocese stands ready to help in whatever way we can. Fr Tran's family will be devastated by his death and horrified by the circumstances. They are a family of strong faith and they will be supported by the Vietnamese Catholic community and the wider Catholic community. The parish communities of Armadale and Whitford, and the school communities with which Fr Tran was involved, will be especially dismayed and disoriented following this news. Fr Tran was much loved and greatly respected. The clergy of the Archdiocese, already suffering so much because of the terrible sexual abuse crisis in the Church, will struggle to know how to manage their own shock and disappointment while trying to provide what support they can for their people. 
I wish to reiterate once again that I would encourage anyone with a complaint of sexual abuse by any member of the Catholic Church to go to the police. If someone needs assistance in doing so, the Director and staff of our Professional Standards Office are ready and willing to help. All complaints which come to the Archdiocese are dealt with in an objective, independent, professional and compassionate manner by the Professional Standards Office with no interference from the Office of the Archbishop.
The sexual abuse of the young is a serious and terrible crime. When perpetrated by someone representing the Church, it is also a shocking betrayal of trust. It goes against everything the Church proclaims. 
I remain committed to doing everything I can to eradicate this evil from the Church in this Archdiocese.
 +Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB
Archbishop of Perth
23 March 2019


Have an Impossible Request? Try this 9 Months Novena for the Annunciation of Mary - honoring Jesus' months in the Womb















9 MONTH NOVENA FOR

IMPOSSIBLE REQUESTS

(This Novena honours the nine months during which Our Lady carried Our Blessed Lord in her womb.)


"Hail, Holy Queen, 
Mother of Mercy, 
our life, our sweetness and our hope! 
To thee do we cry, 
poor banished children of Eve; 
to thee do we send up our sighs, 
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. 
Turn then, most gracious advocate, 
thine eyes of mercy towards us; 
and after this our exile, 
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus. 
O clement, O loving, 
O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen." 

V - Pray for us, most holy mother of God.
R - That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

"Virgin of the Incarnation, 
a thousand times we greet thee, 
a thousand times we praise thee 
for thy joy when God was incarnated in thee. 
Because thou art so powerful 
a Virgin and Mother of God, 
grant what we ask of thee for the love of God." 

State your first intention.
Repeat above and then state your second intention. 
Repeat above and then state your third intention. 


CONCLUSION:

After the above prayers and intentions, say the Memorare. Remember, O most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my mother. To thee do I cry, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. Hail Mary... Blessed and praised be the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, in Heaven, on earth and everywhere. AMEN.

Pope Francis "Mary is the model of every vocation and the inspirer of every vocation ministry..." FULL TEXT in Loreto + Video


VISIT OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCESCO A LORETO
[MARCH 25, 2019]

MEETING WITH THE FAITHFUL

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

Churchyard of the Sanctuary of Loreto
Monday, March 25, 2019


Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

And thank you for your warm welcome! Thank you.

The words of the angel Gabriel to Mary: "Rejoice, full of grace" (Lk 1:28), resound in a singular way in this Shrine, a privileged place to contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. In fact, here they are guarded the walls that, according to tradition, come from Nazareth, where the Holy Virgin pronounced her "yes", becoming the mother of Jesus. Since what is called the "house of Mary" has become a venerated and loved presence on this colle, the Mother of God does not cease to obtain spiritual benefits in those who, with faith and devotion, come here to pause in prayer. Among these, today I also put myself, and I thank God who granted it to me precisely on the feast of the Annunciation.

I greet the Authorities, with gratitude for the welcome and collaboration. I greet Archbishop Fabio Dal Cin, who expressed the feelings of all of you. With him I greet the other prelates, priests, consecrated persons, with a special thought for the Capuchin Fathers, who are entrusted with the custody of this distinguished shrine so dear to the Italian people. These Capuchins are good! Always in the confessional, always, to the point that you enter the sanctuary and there is always at least one there, or two or three or four, but always, both during the day and at the end of the day, and this is a difficult job. They are good and I thank them especially for this precious ministry of the confessional, which continued throughout the day. Thank you! And to all of you, citizens of Loreto and pilgrims gathered here, I extend my cordial greeting.

In this oasis of silence and pity, there are many, from Italy and from all over the world, to draw strength and hope. I am thinking in particular of young people, families and the sick.

The Holy House is the home of the young, because here the Virgin Mary, the young woman full of grace, continues to speak to the new generations, accompanying each one in the search for his own vocation. This is why I wanted to sign here the Apostolic Exhortation, fruit of the Synod dedicated to young people. It is titled "Christus vivit - Christ lives". In the event of the Annunciation the dynamic of the vocation appears, expressed in the three moments that marked the Synod: 1) listening to God's Word-project; 2) discernment; 3) decision.

The first moment, that of listening, is manifested by those words of the angel: "Do not fear Mary, [...] you will conceive a child, you will give birth to him and you will call him Jesus" (vv. 30-31). It is always God who takes the initiative to call to follow him. It is God who takes the initiative, He always precedes us, He precedes, He leads the way in our life. The call to faith and to a coherent path of Christian life or special consecration is a discreet but strong break in of God in the life of a young person, to offer him his love as a gift. It is necessary to be ready and willing to listen and accept the voice of God, who does not recognize himself in the noise and agitation. His design on our personal and social life is not perceived remaining on the surface, but descending to a deeper level, where moral and spiritual forces act. It is there that Mary invites the young to come down and be in tune with the action of God.

The second moment of every vocation is discernment, expressed in the words of Mary: "How will this be?" (V. 34). Maria does not doubt; her question is not a lack of faith; indeed, she expresses her desire to discover God's "surprises". In her, there is the attention to grasping all the needs of God's plan for her life, to know him in the its facets, to make its collaboration more complete and more responsible. It is the attitude proper to the disciple: every human collaboration with God's gratuitous initiative must be inspired by a deepening of his own abilities and attitudes, conjugated with the awareness that it is always God who gives, to act; so too the poverty and the smallness of those whom the Lord calls to follow him on the way of the Gospel is transformed into the richness of the manifestation of the Lord and into the power of the Almighty.
The decision is the third passage that characterizes every Christian vocation, and is made explicit by Mary's response to the angel: "Let it be for me according to your word" (v. 38). His "yes" to God's plan of salvation, implemented through the Incarnation, is the delivery to him of his whole life. It is the "yes" of full trust and total availability to the will of God. Mary is the model of every vocation and the inspirer of every vocation ministry: young people who are in search or wonder about their future, can find in Mary She who helps them to discern God's plan for themselves and the strength to adhere to it.

I think of Loreto as a privileged place where young people can come in search of their vocation, at Maria's school! A spiritual center at the service of vocation ministry. I therefore hope that the "John Paul II" Center will be relaunched at the service of the Church in Italy and internationally, in continuity with the indications emerging from the Synod. A place where young people and their educators can feel welcomed, accompanied and helped to discern. For this reason I also warmly ask the Capuchins an additional service: the service of extending the opening hours of the Basilica and of the Holy House during the late evening and also the beginning of the night when there are groups of young people who come to pray and to discern their vocation. The Sanctuary of the Holy House of Loreto, also because of its geographical location at the center of the Peninsula, lends itself to become, for the Church in Italy, a place of proposal for a continuation of the global meetings of young people and the family. It is necessary, in fact, that the enthusiasm of the preparation and celebration of these events correspond then to the pastoral actualization, which gives substance to the richness of the contents, through proposals for deepening, prayer and sharing.

The House of Mary is also the home of the family. In the delicate situation of today's world, the family founded on marriage between a man and a woman assumes an essential importance and mission. It is necessary to rediscover the plan drawn by God for the family, to reaffirm its greatness and irreplaceability in the service of life and society. In the house of Nazareth, Maria lived the multiplicity of family relationships as a daughter, girlfriend, bride and mother. For this reason, every family, in its different components, finds a welcome here, an inspiration to live its own identity. The Holy Virgin's domestic experience indicates that family and young people cannot be two parallel sectors of the pastoral care of our communities, but they must walk closely together, because very often young people are what a family has given them in the growing season. This perspective recomposes a vocation ministry that is attentive to expressing the face of Jesus in its many aspects, as a priest, as a groom, as a pastor.
The House of Mary is the home of the sick. Here they find welcome those who suffer in body and spirit, and the Mother brings to all the mercy of the Lord from generation to generation. The disease hurts the family and the sick must be welcomed into the family. Please do not fall into the culture of waste that is proposed by the multiple ideological colonizations that attack us today. The home and family are the first care of the sick in loving him, supporting him, encouraging him and caring for him. This is why the sanctuary of the Holy House is the symbol of every welcoming home and sanctuary of the sick. From here I send to them, all, anywhere in the world, an affectionate thought and I tell them: you are at the center of Christ's work, because you share and carry the cross of every day more concretely behind Him. Your suffering can become a decisive collaboration for the coming of the Kingdom of God.

Dear brothers and sisters! To you and to those who are linked to this Shrine, God, through Mary, entrusts a mission in our time: to bring the Gospel of peace and life to our often distracted contemporaries, taken by earthly interests or immersed in a climate of aridity spiritual. There is a need for simple and wise people, humble and courageous, poor and generous. In short, people who, at Mary's school, welcome the Gospel without reserve in their lives. Thus, through the sanctity of the people of God, testimonies of holiness in every state of life will continue to spread in Italy, in Europe and in the world, to renew the Church and animate society with the leaven of the Kingdom of God.

May the Blessed Virgin help everyone, especially the young, to walk the path of peace and fraternity founded on acceptance and forgiveness, on respect for others and on love which is a gift of self. Our Mother, bright star of joy and serenity, gifts to families, sanctuaries of love, blessing and the joy of life. Mary, source of all consolation, bring help and comfort to those in the trial.

With these intentions, we now join together in the prayer of the Angelus.
FULL TEXT Source: Vatican va - Unofficial Translation

Breaking News 134 People Killed in Mali by Fulani - Including Women and Children - Please Pray

134 people were killed and dozens more wounded, in attack carried out by the ethnic Dogon militia who descended on Ogossogou village, in Mali, Africa. The attack occurred on Saturday March 23, 2019.. François Delattre, the president of the U.N. Security Council who spoke in Mali capital on Saturday, condemned the massacre as an unspeakable attack.
United Nations Release:
The scene shortly after a violent attack that left at least 134 people dead and dozens more wounded, which according to witnesses was carried out by the ethnic Dogon militia who descended on Ogossogou village, Mali, early Saturday March 23, 2019.&nbsp; François Delattre, the president of the U.N. Security Council who spoke in Mali&amp;#39;s capital on Saturday, condemned the massacre as an<br />
The United Nations has strongly condemned the armed attack on a village in restive central Mali which reportedly left at least 134 people dead and dozens wounded early on Saturday.

“We condemn in the strongest terms this unspeakable attack,” said François Delattre, France’s UN Ambassador speaking as President of the UN Security Council at a press conference Saturday evening in the Malian capital, Bamako.

A Council delegation has been in the country since late last week as part of a mission to Africa’s troubled Sahel region. The trip will wrap up tomorrow in Burkina Faso.

Located in Mali’s central Mopti region, the village of Ogossou-Peulh was attacked on Saturday morning, reportedly by armed men dressed as traditional hunters.

Calling the attack an act of “unspeakable barbarity,” Kakou Houadja Leon Adom, the Ambassador of Côte d'Ivoire to the UN and co-organizer with France and Germany of the Council’s Mali visit, expressed condolences to the families of the victims , as well as to the people and the Government.

Meanwhile, a UN spokesperson said Secretary-General António Guterres was “shocked and outraged” by reports that at least 134 civilians, including women and children, were killed and at least 55 had been injured in the attack.

“The Secretary-General condemns this act and calls on the Malian authorities to swiftly investigate it and bring the perpetrators to justice,” according to a statement, which added that the UN chief expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, the Malian people and Government, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

 The Secretary-General called on the Malian authorities to “redouble their efforts to bring back peace and stability to central Mali.”

In a separate statement condemning the attack, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Head of UN integrated mission, MINUSMA, called for an end to the spiral of violence in Mali and reported that as part of the mission’s civilian protection mandate, a rapid response force had been deployed to the scene. The mission was also working to ensure the wounded were evacuated to the nearby town of Sévaré, he added.

“This unspeakable tragedy…unfortunately reminds us that the challenges [in central Mali] are many,” he said, calling on the Malian authorities to launch an investigation “so that justice is done and the perpetrators of this atrocity answer for their actions.”

Deadly violence on the rise in Mopti region
The Mopti region has been the scene of deadly violence since the beginning of the year.

Last Sunday, the camp of the Malian Armed Forces (FAMAs) in the village of Dioura suffered an attack in which several of its soldiers were killed. On 26 February, 10 people from the Dogon community were killed in an attack on the village of Gondogourou. Further, on 1 January, 37 people were executed in the Fulani village of Kulogon by unidentified armed elements.

At the press conference, Ambassador Delattre recalled, in the context of a recent Security Council resolution extending MINUSMA until the end of June, that the question of central Mali was an integral part of the mandate of the UN peace operation.....
Shortened Source: https://news.un.org

Pope Francis "Pray with the heart, pray before the Lord, talk with the Lord" to Youth - FULL Text


MEETING OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
WITH STUDENTS OF THE BARBARIGO COLLEGE OF PADUA
IN THE 100TH YEAR OF FOUNDATION

Paul VI Hall
Saturday, March 23, 2019

SOFIA, III Media

Dear Pope Francis, I am Sofia and I am in middle school, in these months I have had to make an important choice, that is to decide which high school I want to enroll for. It was a complex choice, perhaps the first of my life. I admit I was a bit scared, even though I was accompanied by my parents and my teachers, who urged me to look for what was really important to me, what was my dream of good. Sometimes for us kids it's not easy to find adults who are reference points, yet we need them so much! Could you help us understand how to do it and who can we really trust? Thank you.

POPE FRANCIS

Thanks for the question. I would like to tell you that I knew the questions. When you talk I take note of something. But I had also prepared a draft of how to respond, but I will not always follow these drafts.

The most important reference point for choices, you will find it in yourself. It is the reference to one's conscience; and then how your personality is expressed, your conscience, especially in youthful enthusiasm. Is very important! Never will you be able to make a good choice without this spirit of enthusiasm, to look to the future with joy! Because if you made this decision by saying: "Well, yes, I have to choose ... I don't know what to do ... It's so boring ...", it's better to go to sleep and then think about it. Enthusiasm: having hope, even risk, knowing how to risk in life. "What if I'm wrong?" But it's a risk! And this is the beauty of life. Proportionate risk, I would say, isn't it? But it's a risk. Who does not know how to risk well in life will hardly arrive. One step after another, but always looking at the horizon in yourself.

Youth is not passivity for you. Many times I have spoken - I always repeat myself, because young people are always the same - "young people from the couch", those who are passive, sitting, who are watching how the story goes. But it is the story that must look like you go! It is bad to find a young man "in retirement". It's ugly. And there are! And this is the end of youth, it's growing old. At 22, 23, 24, you're retired. Youth, I said, is not passive, but it is a tenacious effort to reach important goals. The young man must look at the goal, ahead, an important goal, even if it costs. In youth one learns that in life nothing is free. You must earn goals, reach goals. Only the love of God, the grace of God, is free. That is free, because He will always love us. Always. But to move forward we need the effort, the effort of every day. And we must not close our eyes to the difficulties, but reject the compromises that lead you to mediocrity. Put this word in your heart: mediocrity. I said before: a passive young man is a young man who will end in failure. A mediocre young man will end up being lukewarm, neither hot nor cold: lukewarm, without taste, nothing, without having fought.

So first, you will find security in yourself, not in passivity, but in the desire to move forward, in the joy of moving forward, with the effort to move forward.

Then, there is one thing in youth: young people are those capable of bigger leaps, are they not? And we expect this. In order not to isolate and help you, dialogue with your chaplains, your priests, your parents, your brothers, your friends is important. To dialogue. Don't talk only to myself, no, no. This, of course, must be done a little to reflect, but we must dialogue with others, because life is a continuous dialogue. And this is done in society, because in life you are not alone: ​​you are in a community, a community of people who move forward, in the community of a city, of a family, even of a nation. The community sense of moving forward, of following a path; the community sense of risks. And this is so important. There is an African proverb, I am not sure, that says: "If you go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk with others ". It is very important in the choices, in difficult moments, when you have to make decisions, have friends, a community, to talk to them and not go alone.
And finally, what you asked in the question: "Could you help us understand how to do it and who can we really trust?". They are the parents, because parents, when there is dialogue in the family, will also give you a life experience. But I allow myself one more thing: more than parents, grandparents. You must talk to the grandparents. It's important! Why? Because grandparents are the roots. If you don't go to your roots, you will be an uprooted young man. And when there are no roots, there is no growth, there are no flowers, there is no fruit. Grow, but rooted. And the grandparents will be those who will help you, the elderly. Ask them. "But, father, the elders are boring! ...". Maybe at the beginning, but start talking to them and they won't be boring, because they will touch you with things that will give you hope, pleasure and even safety. It's not to go back to the past, no! It is to be sure of having roots, of not being uprooted, of not being too "gaseous", liquid ... The young gaseous, liquid, have no roots, but they have no future either. So, talk with friends, talk to the trainers - professors, chaplains of the college -, talk with parents and above all - this I emphasize - talk to the old people who have the wisdom of life. I don't know if you need this ... Yes? Thank you.

ALDO (II Superiore)

Holy Father, the "Barbarigo" is a school where one not only studies but often also confronts oneself with the big questions of life: there are plenty of occasions in which the teachers invite us to ask ourselves questions about truth, justice and beauty; proposals that allow us to experience the joy of putting ourselves at the service of others, such as the Lunch with the needy people of our City that we offer on the third Sunday of Advent, together with Caritas and the Community of Sant Egidio. We live moments in which together with the spiritual animator or teachers of religion we take the Gospel in hand and let ourselves be provoked by the teaching of Jesus. Yet, especially at our age it is difficult to pass to listening to consider that Jesus is a person with the which I can relate to, even more accept the fact that it was not just a great man, a great teacher but God who made himself present in the history of each of us. When you, Holy Father, had our age, did you also encounter the same difficulties on the level of faith? How did you overcome them? Who helped her in finding answers?

POPE FRANCIS

Thanks Aldo, it is important that you say that the "Barbarigo" college is a school where not only are we studying but often we are confronted with the big questions of life. Because we have inherited from the age of Enlightenment a concept of education that was more or less filling the head with ideas and nothing more, and this is not education. Education is dealing with the problems of life; and certainly also having ideas in mind, studying theoretical things, but always confronting - it is an important word - with the real problems of life. And confront not only with the problems, even with the beauties of life, confronting oneself with art, confronting oneself with the good things that happen in life, this is a very important thing. A school is a great opportunity where questions about the meaning of life are faced, trying to confront the culture of life. Because right now, in humanity, where there are so many wars, we are experiencing a culture of death or a culture of silence, which is an ignoring the things that happen. And this is death is not life. Or a culture of indifference: "I don't care what happens there, I am indifferent, I look at my things, my opportunities, my pockets and nothing else". Against this culture of death, of complicit silence and the culture of waste, you must always assume the problems of real life. Even that service you do in Lent is to approach a real problem, not a theoretical one, because these people are hungry, and you are not hungry and this should make you think: what should I do that I am not hungry and I have this opportunity to grow ? What could I do in the future or even now for people who are hungry, for people who suffer, people who are at war? Think of the statistics that tell us how many children a year in the war zones are starving to death, and those far away in war zones. This would be a good task to do at home, I challenge you to do it. Look at the statistics, how many children die a year in the war zones due to hunger, and thirst, because they don't even have water. This makes you think, and makes you study with another attitude, with an opening of the heart different from the purely intellectual interest. The intellect is valid and necessary, but it is one of the languages ​​that you must have. In education there are three languages, I have said this many times and perhaps you have heard it. The language of the head, that is the language of ideas and intellect, of thought; then the language of the heart: learn to feel good, because even if you go to the people who need but have no heart and your heart does not know how to hear well, you will say: "Yes, they are poor people, they are so many percent so, so many per cent so ...", but your heart is still, and instead the language of the heart is needed; and third, the language of the hands: to do. Think, feel and do. This is the comparison with life, and this makes us grow, to the point that you think what you feel and what you do; you feel what you think and what you do; you do what you think and what you feel. A harmony of the three languages. To educate is to grow these dimensions of life in harmony. And so many times, when you face reality with these three languages, you will return home not with an answer but with a question. A young person must have the capacity to question himself, to ask himself the questions that come when he looks at reality, not only when he studies a mathematical theorem. For example: how can this be solved? Okay, but also with reality: if you don't come home with a new question, a new question to yourself, you are missing something. Ability to question oneself, and this is so important. And you, you are lucky because these experiences that you do are also the experiences of the Gospel. And this will help you grow.

You asked me how I lived at your age. When I finished the first part of the school, that is at the end of the 12 years (in Argentina I am 7 years old, called the primary school), I was happy to start studying at the technical school to become a chemist ... In those holidays, Dad gave me said: "Look, there's one thing you'll have to learn: learn to work". And starting the thirteenth year, I started working on vacations, and that made me so good. And what did I do? I cleaned in a factory of a friend of my father's, I cleaned the workshops; the holidays were three months; two and a half months of work and half a month of vacation. Concrete work has done me good, it has opened my eyes. Then I did the first, second and third years of the technical school, double shift: practical morning, theoretical afternoon, or backwards, he was demanding. But from the fourth, fifth and sixth years until the age of 19, the practical part was not done in school, everyone had to go to work in a laboratory, in a factory, in the chemical office of a factory, and so on. I was sent to work in a laboratory, I had to enter at 7 am until one o'clock, and there I hurried to get to the two at the college to do the theoretical school, until six, seven, it depended on the days ... This has helped, the effort to get up early to catch the bus and go to work at 7, this helps, it helped me, so I lived it. Then I had friends in the parish, we went to the hospital, to visit the sick or other things like that ... This is what I want to tell you about how I lived studying with work ... And then the weekend, with friends, friends, the party, go dancing ..., at that time there was no "movida", this came later! At that time there was not, but yes, we went to the bar or had parties ... I don't know if I answered, my experience was like this. I got it? Work is important.

JOHN (V ^ Superior)

Arriving at the last year of Liceo, I feel that I have to make important choices for my future: my school has helped me understand that it is through the commitment of every day that I build what I am and what I will be, in these years I was educated to open my mind and my heart, not to be afraid to spend myself for others. However, faced with the choice, sometimes I feel alone and lost because in the current context there are no certainties and our tomorrow seems uncertain. Holy Father, what do you feel you can recommend to a young man who would like to be prepared to face tomorrow with responsibility and passion? How can I understand what God dreams for me?

POPE FRANCESCO

Thanks John. The first thing I advise you to do what God wants from you is to pray. But pray not like the parrots: "bla bla bla bla ...". Pray with the heart, pray before the Lord, talk with the Lord. And say, "Lord, let me know this: what should I do". Prayer that comes from the heart, true prayer is important right now, before making choices. And to you young God entrusts a decisive task in facing the challenges of our time. You are preparing the future. There are certainly material challenges, but first they concern the vision of man. What do you want to do in the future? "I would like to become an aeronautical engineer" - "Ah, and why do you like it?" - "Because I like aeronautics, I like this ..." - "Ah, how nice, beautiful!" - "And then there aren't too many engineers aircraft, and so I will have the opportunity to have a safe place and earn lots of money ... ". This reasoning is sick from the beginning, it doesn't work. I would like to be an aeronautical engineer, but not to fill my pockets with money! To better serve others. Do not forget that your future work must be a service to society, a service that depends not only on the things you do, but also on the example. You will get married: the example in the family. You will have a job: the example in the work. The example in society. It's not just doing a job to emerge, no, it's all about putting it into that. That Italian way of saying that I like so much: "I'll put it all out". In Argentina we say this in another way: "Having meat on the grill": playing it all. Put the meat, all the meat, on the grill. It is a way of saying that I cannot separate myself and in two or three make laboratory choices.

So first: pray. Second: do not make laboratory choices. The choices must be made with the language of the head, of the heart, of the hands, of which I spoke. And this is a very important thing.

Then you said, "Sometimes I feel lonely." Do not be under illusions: before a decision there is always a moment, a space of solitude. One cannot make life decisions on behalf of another: everyone must take them alone. Loneliness at the time of the greatest decision. When you get married: when choosing your future bride, getting married, there is a moment of solitude. Realize that I have to go on like this: I feel it, only you and me. Don't be afraid of these moments of loneliness. Someone gets scared, seeks advice, has lots of tests done to see ... Yes, but you miss the moment of solitude. "But this is bad, it makes me feel bad ...". Feel bad, but you will have the certainty that you have chosen well.

Then: "What do you feel you can recommend to a young man who would like to be prepared to face tomorrow with responsibility and passion?" Lastly I replied: "How can I understand what God dreams for me?" Praying. I would recommend to a young person like this: don't lose the passion. Young people must be restless, not "sofa", but on the move, always looking for something more, with the memory of the roots but looking at the horizon, and fans. It is bad to meet young people withered. The young people withered are those who put their joy in the superficial things of life and do not go in depth, to the big questions. Passionate: life is played with passion. You definitely do sports ... When you watch a football team, what do players do? They play with passion, because they want to win. Passion is also important in the life of a young person. A life without passion is like white pasta without salt. You like it? No! Then go on enthusiasts.

I thank you for these questions, because when I hear them from young people, I too get a bit excited and I want to "pass on fire". You also do me good with this fire that you carry in your heart. Go ahead, always united, never alone. Always together. The old Romans, who inhabited this land, said: "Vae soli!", Woe to the man or woman who goes alone or alone. Always with family, friends, school, community: always in company. With passion, risking, and praying. Prayer in risk helps a lot. Don't retire ahead of time, always keep going.

Thanks, boys and girls, for this visit, and on! Courage!

[applause]

Now, I invite you all together to pray to Our Lady, so that she may accompany us all on this journey of life: "Hail Mary!"
FULL TEXT Source: Vatican va - Unofficial Translation

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Solemnity of the Annunciation - Monday March 25, 2019


Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Lectionary: 545

Reading 1IS 7:10-14; 8:10

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
"I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!"
Then Isaiah said:
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people,
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel,
which means "God is with us!" 

Responsorial PsalmPS 40:7-8A, 8B-9, 10, 11

R. (8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, "Behold I come."
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
"In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!"
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Your justice I kept not hid within my heart;
your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of;
I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth
in the vast assembly.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Reading 2HEB 10:4-10

Brothers and sisters:
It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats
take away sins.
For this reason, when Christ came into the world, he said:

"Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, 'As is written of me in the scroll,
behold, I come to do your will, O God.'"

First he says, "Sacrifices and offerings,
holocausts and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in."
These are offered according to the law.
Then he says, "Behold, I come to do your will."
He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this "will," we have been consecrated
through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Verse Before The GospelJN 1:14B

The Word of God became flesh and made his dwelling among us;
and we saw his glory.

GospelLK 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end."
But Mary said to the angel,
"How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?"
And the angel said to her in reply,
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word."
Then the angel departed from her.