Monday, April 1, 2019

Saint April 2 : St. Francis of Paola : Founder of the Order of #Minims

1416 at Paola, Calabria, Italy
2 April 1507 at Plessis, France
1512 by Pope Julius II
Founder of the Order of Minims; b. in 1416, at Paula, in Calabria, Italy; d. 2 April, 1507, at Plessis, France. His parents were remarkable for the holiness of their lives. Remaining childless for some years after their marriage they had recourse to prayer, especially commending themselves to the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi. Three children were eventually born to them, eldest of whom was Francis. When still in the cradle he suffered from a swelling which endangered the sight of one of his eyes. His parents again had recourse to Francis of Assisi, and made a vow that their son should pass an entire year in the "little habit" of St Francis in one of the convents of his order, a not uncommon practice in the Middle Ages. The child was immediately cured. From his early years Francis showed signs of extraordinary sanctity, and at the age of thirteen, being admonished by a vision of a Franciscan friar, he entered a convent of the Franciscan Order in order to fulfil the vow made by his parents. Here he gave great edification by his love of prayer and mortification, his profound humility, and his prompt obedience. At the completion of the year he went with his parents on a pilgrimage to Assisi, Rome, and other places of devotion. Returning to Paula he selected a retired spot on his father's estate, and there lived in solitude; but later on he found a more retired dwelling in a cave on the sea coast. Here he remained alone for about six years giving himself to prayer and mortification. In 1435 two companions joined him in his retreat, and to accommodate them Francis caused three cells and a chapel to be built: in this way the new order was begun. The number of his disciples gradually increased, and about 1454, with the permission of Pyrrhus, Archbishop of Cosenza, Francis built a large monastery and church. The building of this monastery was the occasion of a great outburst of enthusiasm and devotion on the part of the people towards Francis: even the nobles carried stones and joined in the work. Their devotion was increased by the many miracles which the saint wrought in answer to their prayers. The rule of life adopted by Francis and his religious was one of extraordinary severity. They observed perpetual abstinence and lived in great poverty, but the distinguishing mark of the order was humility. They were to seek to live unknown and hidden from the world. To express this character which he would have his disciples cultivate, Francis eventually obtained from the Holy See that they should be styled Minims, the least of all religious. In 1474 Sixtus IV gave him permission to write a rule for his community, and to assume the title of Hermits of St. Francis: this rule was formally approved by Alexander VI, who, however, changed their title into that of Minims. After the approbation of the order, Francis founded several new monasteries in Calabria and Sicily. He also established convents of nuns, and a third order for people living in the world, after the example of St. Francis of Assisi. He had an extraordinary gift of prophecy: thus he foretold the capture of Otranto by the Turks in 1480, and its subsequent recovery by the King of Naples. Also he was gifted with discernment of consciences. He was no respecter of persons of whatever rank or position. He rebuked the King of Naples for his ill-doing and in consequence suffered much persecution. When Louis XI was in his last illness he sent an embassy to Calabria to beg the saint to visit him. Francis refused to come nor could he be prevailed upon until the pope ordered him to go. He then went to the king at Plessis-les-Tours and was with him at his death. Charles VIII, Louis's successor, much admired the saint and during his reign kept him near the court and frequently consulted him. This king built a monastery for Minims at Plessis and another at Rome on the Pincian Hill. The regard in which Charles VIII held the saint was shared by Louis XII, who succeeded to the throne in 1498. Francis was now anxious to return to Italy, but the king would not permit him, not wishing to lose his counsels and direction. The last three months of his life he spent in entire solitude, preparing for death. On Maundy Thursday he gathered his community around him and exhorted them especially to have mutual charity amongst themselves and to maintain the rigour of their life and in particular perpetual abstinence. The next day, Good Friday, he again called them together and gave them his last instructions and appointed a vicar-general. He then received the last sacraments and asked to have the Passion according to St. John read out to him, and whilst this was being read, his soul passed away. Leo X canonized him in 1519. In 1562 the Huguenots broke open his tomb and found his body incorrupt. They dragged it forth and burnt it, but some of the bones were preserved by the Catholics and enshrined in various churches of his order. The Order of Minims does not seem at any time to have been very extensive, but they had houses in many countries. The definitive rule was approved in 1506 by Julius II, who also approved a rule for the nuns of the order. The feast of St. Francis of Paula is kept by the universal Church on 2 April, the day on which he died. The Catholic Encyclopedia

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#BreakingNews 200 Extremists Beat Catholic Nuns in Attack of Catholic School in Tamil Nadu, India - Please Pray

Chinnasalem (Agenzia Fides) - A crowd of over 200 extremists attacked and devastated a Catholic school in Tamil Nadu, beating up the nuns present. The reason for the attack, which took place on March 26th, was the suicide of a 15-year-old Hindu girl, a student of the school. As reported to Agenzia Fides by Father Arputharaj, diocesan Secretary of the Archdiocese of Pondicherry-Cuddalore, a group of villagers and other militants arrived at 9 am on March 26 and attacked the Catholic secondary school of Little Flower High, in Chinnasalem, where the girl studied.

The young girl took her own life in her village of Kallakurichi, near Chinnasalem, on the afternoon of March 25th. The police was informed by her parents. It seems that the girl told her schoolmates that she feared she did not do well in her school exams and as a consequence her parents would get angry.
Angrily, the girl's parents and members of the "Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh" (RSS) extremist Hindu formation went to the school and attacked the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who run the school in the archdiocese of Pondicherry-Cuddalore, insulting and beating them. Four sisters and two members of the school staff were admitted to hospital, says to Fides Sister Asir, the local Provincial of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The school is located near the police station, but so far no action has been taken by the police. A committee of lawyers and priests has been established to study the issue. It seems that the parents asked the sisters for money as "compensation" and then they contacted the RSS activists. Sister Asir asks the police to speed up the investigation. The local Church is ready to organize protests so that the attack does not go unpunished. (SD) (FULL TEXT Release from Agenzia Fides, 30/3/2019)

How to Go to Confession - An Easy Guide so You can Go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation - Explained

What is Confession?
By Confession the Church means: to tell your sins (or wrong things you have done) to a Priest, receive a penance (usually a prayer) and receive forgiveness. Confession, also known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance, is a sacrament of the Catholic Church; it was instituted by Christ as mentioned in the Bible: 
"Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:21 NIV

How often should I go to Confession?
Catholics are obliged to go to Confession at least once per year. However, many people go more often 1 per week, every 2 weeks or every month. The priest is not permitted to reveal your sins to anyone. 
How Should I Make a Confession?
Usually, parishes have scheduled confession times that are written in their bulletins. Or, you might have to approach and ask a priest for a scheduled day and time. If there are regularly scheduled confessions, you might have to line up with others before a confessional and enter when it is your turn. You might enter through a curtain or a small room and kneel down. When you approach as a penitent, the priest might welcome you with words or be silent. Remember: Jesus, the merciful Lord, is present spiritually. 
When ready say "Bless me Father for I have sinned" and make the sign of the cross, saying,
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Then say how long it has been since your last confession.
The priest might say these or similar words or be silent:
May God, who has enlightened every heart, help you to know your sins and trust in his

At this point you confess your sins. (say what you have done wrong; for example sins that are common include: hatred, anger, lust, jealousy, greed, pride, gluttony, laziness, etc.)
If necessary, the priest helps you with questions and suitable advice. He will ask you to perform a penance, which is usually a prayer.
The priest, then, invites the penitent to manifest repentance by reciting the Act of Contrition or another similar formula:
O my God, I am sorry with all my heart for having offended you, and I detest all my sins because of your just punishments, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to amend my life, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Amen.
Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Lord, remember your love,
your faithfulness enduring forever.
Do not bear in mind my sins:
remember me in your mercy,
for the sake of your goodness, Lord. (Ps 24:6-7)
The priest, might place his hands upon the head of the penitent, or raise his hands in the penitent's direction.
He says, God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church
may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins
in the name of the Father and of the Son + and of Holy Spirit.
You respond: Amen.
After absolution the priest continues: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
You respond: His mercy endures forever.
The priest then takes leave of you, saying: The Lord has freed you from your sins. Go in peace. You can say: Thank-you, Fr.
How Should I Prepare for Confession?
When asked about what counsels he would give penitents for a good confession, Pope Francis replied, “They should consider the truth of their lives before God, what they feel, what they think. They should be able to observe themselves and their sin with sincerity. And they should feel themselves to be sinners and let themselves be surprised, amazed by God” (Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy,
pp. 58-59).

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Questions to Ask Yourself before you Go to Confession also known as an "Examination of Conscience"
It consists of asking ourselves about the evil committed and the good omitted in relation to God, our neighbor, and ourselves.
In Relation to God
Do I address God only when I am in need?
Do I take part in the Mass on Sundays and days of obligation?
Do I begin and end my day with prayer?
Have I taken the name of God, Mary, or the saints in vain?
Have I been ashamed to be seen as a Christian?
What do I do to grow spiritually? How? When?
Do I rebel against God’s designs?
Do I expect Him to do my will?
In Relation to Our Neighbor
Am I able to forgive, show compassion for, and help my neighbor?
Have I defamed, robbed, or disdained children and the defenseless?
Am I envious, wrathful, or biased?
Do I take care of the poor and the sick?
Am I ashamed of the humanity of my brother or my sister?
Am I honest and just to everyone or do I foster the “culture of casting aside”?
Have I incited others to do wrong?
Do I observe the Gospel’s moral teaching on marriage and the family?
How do I handle my educational responsibilities towards my children?
Do I honor and respect my parents?
Have I refused newly-conceived life?
Have I extinguished the gift of life?
Have I helped to do so?
Do I respect the environment?
In Relation to Ourselves
Am I a bit worldly and a bit of a believer?
Do I exaggerate in eating, drinking, smoking, and entertainment?
Am I too concerned about my physical health and my possessions?
How do I use my time?
Am I lazy? Do I want to be served?
Do I love and cultivate purity of heart and in thoughts and actions?
Do I think about revenge or hold grudges?
Am I meek and humble, a builder of peace?

Pope Francis In-Flight Press Conference from Morocco "Building bridges is for me something that goes almost beyond human..." FULL TEXT

[30-31 MARCH 2019]


Papal Flight
Sunday, March 31, 2019

Alessandro Gisotti

Good evening Holy Father, good evening to you all. We have a shorter flight than planned, but I think it will please you to make it easier to return home and therefore the press conference will be a little shorter. So I do not add anything else in the introduction, if not this, Holy Father: yesterday we said "servant of hope", we saw the joy, the hope, so many young people, and it is beautiful a few days after the signing of Christus vivit, which among two days is published; so this is also a nice sign that came from Morocco. I don't know if you also want to add something before giving space to the questions.

I thank you for the company, the journey, your work, it was so challenging because in a day and a half there were so many things. Thank you for your work. And now I'm at your service.

Alessandro Gisotti
Clearly, as is tradition, we start with the local media. Siham Toufiki, vouz voulez poser la question en français ou en anglais?


En français. The y a des moments qui sont très forts de cette visite and des messages touchants. Cette visite est un événement exceptionnel et historique pour le peuple marocain… The question est quont sont les fruits au future de la visit pour la paix au monde e pour la coexistence de dialogue et de culture?

[There were very strong moments in this visit and incisive messages. This visit was an exceptional, historic event for the Moroccan people. The question is what will be the fruits of this visit for the future, for peace in the world, for coexistence in the dialogue between cultures?]

I would say that now there are flowers, the fruits will come later! But the flowers are promising. I am happy, because in these two trips [United Arab Emirates and Morocco] I have been able to talk about this reality that is so dear to me, so much, that is peace, unity, fraternity. With our Muslim brothers and sisters we sealed this fraternity in the Abu Dhabi Document, and here in Morocco with what we all saw: a freedom, a fraternity, a welcome; all brothers with such great respect. And this is a beautiful "flower", a beautiful flower of coexistence that promises to bear fruit. We must not give up! It is true that there will still be difficulties, there will be many difficulties because unfortunately there are hard-line groups. Even this I would like to reiterate clearly: in every religion there is always a fundamentalist group that does not want to go on and lives of bitter memories, of past struggles and rather seeks war and sows fear. We have seen that it is more beautiful to sow hope, to sow hope and to walk holding hands, always ahead. We have seen that in the dialogue with you here in Morocco we need bridges, and we are saddened when we see people who prefer to build walls. Why are we grieved? Because those who build walls will end up being prisoners of the walls they build. Instead those who build bridges will go so far. Building bridges is for me something that goes almost beyond human, because it takes a very big effort. I was very struck by the words of the writer Ivo Andrić, in Romando Il ponte sulla Drina: he says that the bridge is made by God with the wings of angels so that men communicate, between the mountains and the banks of a river, so that men can communicate with each other. The bridge is for human communication. This is beautiful and I saw it in Morocco. Instead the walls are against communication, they are for isolation, and we become prisoners of those walls ... So, to sum up: the fruits are not seen but we see so many flowers that will bear fruit. Let's go on like this.

Alessandro Gisotti

Holy Father, another question from the Moroccan media, Nadia Hammouchi


Votre Sainteté, Vous vê êtes rendu pendant deux jours en lands of Islam. Vous êtes chef de l'Eglise Catholique, vous avez rencontrez le Roi du Maroc est est aussi Commandeur des croyants. Vous ave donc eu le temps de changer, de dialoguer dans le cadre de ce nécessaire rapprochement entre les religions, entre le cultures, et vous avez aussi signé quelque chose de concret concerning Jérusalem. Dans that sens cette visite avec tous les moments forts qu'elle a comporté peux renforcer ce dialogue, cet élan et puis la relation which the Chefs de l'Eglise entretien avec la Commanderie des croyant au Maroc?
Your Holiness, you went to the land of Islam for two days. She is the head of the Catholic Church and has met the King of Morocco who is the Commander of the believers. You have thus had the time for an exchange, to dialogue within the framework of this necessary rapprochement between religions, between cultures, and you have also signed something concrete regarding Jerusalem. In what sense can this visit with all the strong moments it entailed strengthen this dialogue, this impetus and this relationship between the Head of the Catholic Church and the Commandment of the believers in Morocco?


Always, when there is a fraternal dialogue, there is a relationship at various levels. Allow me an image: dialogue cannot be "laboratory", it must be human, and if it is human it is with the mind, with the heart and with the hands, and so agreements are made and signed. For example, the Common Appeal on Jerusalem was a step forward not made by an authority of Morocco and by an authority of the Vatican, but made by believing brothers who suffer seeing this "City of Hope" not yet be as universal as we all want: Jews, Muslims and Christians. We all want this. And for this we have signed this wish: more than an agreement it is a wish, an appeal to the religious fraternity that is symbolized by that city that is all "ours". We are all citizens of Jerusalem, all believers. I don't know if this was the question you wanted to ask me. I also liked the meeting with some religious leaders who were respectful and eager to talk. Your religious leaders are fraternal, they are open and this is a grace. Let's go on this road.

Alessandro Gisotti

Holy Father, Nicolas Senèze, from La Croix, now asks you the question.


Good evening, Holy Father. Yesterday the King of Morocco said he will protect Moroccan Jews and Christians from other countries living in Morocco. I ask the question about Muslims who convert to Christianity: I wanted to know if he is worried about these men and women who risk prison or - in some Muslim countries like the Emirates, which you visited - death? And also a question - a bit crafty! - on Cardinal Barbarin who was born in Rabat and visited two days ...

Alessandro Gisotti

A question!


... it's a bit crafty, I know. This week the Council of the Diocese of Lyon voted almost unanimously that a lasting solution be found to its withdrawal. Setting aside the judicial fate of the Cardinal, I wanted to know if it is possible for you, who is very attached to the synodality of the Church, to hear this appeal of a diocese in such a difficult situation?

I can say that in Morocco there is freedom of worship, there is religious freedom, there is freedom of belonging to a religious belief. Then freedom always develops, grows ... Think of us Christians, 300 years ago, if there was this freedom we have today. Faith grows in awareness, in the ability to understand itself. A fifth-century French monk, Vincenzo di Lerins, coined a beautiful expression to explain how one can grow in faith, explain things better, grow in morality too but always being faithful to the roots. He said three words but they mark the way: he says that growing in explicitation and in the awareness of faith and morals must be ut annis consolidetur, dilatetur tempore, sublimetur aetate, that is, growth must be consolidated over the years, extended over time , but it is the same faith that is sublimated over the years. Thus we understand, for example, that today we have removed the death penalty from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 300 years ago, heretics burned alive. Because the Church has grown in moral conscience, with respect for the person. And the freedom of worship also grows, we too must continue to grow. There are Catholics who do not accept what Vatican II said about freedom of religion, about freedom of conscience. There are Catholics who do not accept it. We too have this problem. But even the Muslim brothers grow in consciousness, and some countries do not understand well or do not grow like others. In Morocco there is this growth. In this context there is the problem of conversion: some countries still do not foresee it. I don't know if it's forbidden, but in practice it is. Other countries such as Morocco do not pose a problem, are more open, more respectful and seek a certain way of proceeding with discretion. Other countries, with whose representatives I have spoken, say: we have no problem but we prefer baptism to do so outside the country and return as Christians. They are ways of progressing in freedom of conscience and freedom of worship. But I am worried about something else: the regression of us Christians when we remove freedom of conscience: think of doctors and Christian hospital institutions that do not have the right to conscientious objection, for example for euthanasia. Such as? The Church has moved on and you Christian countries go backwards? Think of this because it is a truth. Today we Christians have the danger that some governments will take away our freedom of conscience, which is the first step to freedom of worship. The answer is not easy, but we do not accuse Muslims, we also accuse ourselves of these countries where this happens and must make us feel ashamed.

Then, on Cardinal Barbarin. He, a man of the Church, resigned, but I cannot morally accept them because legally, even in classical world jurisprudence, there is the presumption of innocence, during the time in which the cause is open. He appealed and the case is open. When the second court gives the sentence, let's see what happens. But there is always the presumption of innocence. This is important because it goes against the superficial media condemnation: "He did this ...". But look carefully: what does the law say? That if a cause is open there is the presumption of innocence. Perhaps he is not innocent but there is presumption. I once spoke of a case in Spain, of how the media condemnation ruined the lives of some priests who were later found innocent. Before making a media sentence, think twice. I don't know if I answered. He [the Cardinal] honestly preferred to say: "I withdraw, I take a voluntary leave and I leave it to the vicar general to manage the archdiocese until the court gives the final sentence". I got it? Thank you.

Alessandro Gisotti

Please, let us briefly ask you one question, just to respect all language groups. There is Cristina Cabrejas of Efe.


Buenas tardes, Papa Francisco. The question is in Italian. In yesterday's speech to the authorities he said that the migration phenomenon is not resolved with physical barriers, but here in Morocco Spain has built two barriers with sharp blades to cut those they want to overcome. He met some of them at some meeting. And President Trump these days has said that he wants to completely close the borders and in addition suspend aid to three Central American countries. What would you like to say to these rulers, to these politicians who still defend these decisions? Thank you.


First of all, what I said a moment ago: the builders of walls, whether they are made of wire with sharp blades or bricks, will become prisoners of the walls they make. First. History will tell. Second: Jordi Évole, when he gave me the interview, showed me a piece of that thread with the blades. I tell you sincerely, I was moved and then when he left I cried. I cried because not so much cruelty enters my head and my heart. It does not enter my head and my heart to see it drown in the Mediterranean and make a wall to the ports. This is not the way to solve the serious immigration problem. I understand: a government with this problem has the hot potato in its hands, but it must solve it otherwise, humanly. When I saw that thread, with the blades, it looked incredible. Then once I had the chance to see a movie made in a prison, of refugees who are turned back. Unofficial prisons, traffickers' prisons. If you want, I can send it to you. They hurt ... they hurt. Women and children sell them, men remain. And the tortures that are seen filmed there are unbelievable. It was a film made in secret, with services. Here, I do not let in, it is true, because I have no place, but there are other countries, there is the European Union. We must speak, the whole European Union. Do not let them enter and let them drown or send them away knowing that so many of them will fall into the hands of these traffickers who will sell women and children and kill or torture to enslave men? This video is at your disposal. Once I talked to a ruler, a man I respect and I will say the name, with Alexis Tsipras. And speaking of this and the agreements to not let them in, he explained the difficulties to me, but in the end he spoke to me with his heart and said this sentence: "Human rights are before agreements". This sentence deserves the Nobel Prize.

Alessandro Gisotti

The question is addressed by Michael Schramm, ARD, German.


I have to apologize, my Italian is not good, sorry. My question: You have been fighting for many years to protect and help migrants, as you have done in the last few days in Morocco. European politics goes exactly in the opposite direction. Europe becomes a bastion against migrants. This policy reflects the opinion of voters. The majority of these voters are Catholic Christians. How do you feel with this sad situation?

It is true that so many people of good will, not only Catholics, but good people, of good will is a little taken by fear, which is the usual "sermon" of populism: fear. Sowing fear and then making decisions. Fear is the beginning of dictatorships. Let's go to the last century, to the fall of the Weimar Republic, I repeat this often. Germany needed a way out and, with promises and fears, Hitler went ahead. We know the result. Let's learn from history! This is nothing new: to sow fear is to make a collection of cruelty, closures and even sterility. Think of the demographic winter of Europe. Even we who live in Italy: below zero. Think of the lack of historical memory: Europe was made up of migrations and this is its wealth. Let us think of the generosity of so many countries, which are now knocking on Europe's door, with European migrants from 84 upwards, the two post-war years, en masse, North America, Central America, South America. My dad went there in post-war reception. Europe could also have a little gratitude ... I would say two things. It is true that the first job we need to do is to try to ensure that people who migrate for war or hunger do not have this need. But if such generous Europe sells the weapons that kill children to Yemen, how can Europe be coherent? This is an example, Europe sells weapons. Then there is the problem of hunger, thirst. Europe, if it wants to be the "mother" of Europe and not the "grandmother" of Europe, must invest, must seek intelligently to help grow with education, with investments. And this is not mine, Chancellor Merkel said. It is something that you carry on enough: to prevent emigration not by force but by generosity, educational, economic investments, and so on, and this is very important. Second, how to act: it is true that a country cannot receive everyone, but there is all of Europe to distribute migrants, there is the whole of Europe. Because hospitality must be with an open heart, then it is a matter of accompanying, promoting and integrating. If a country cannot integrate it must immediately think of speaking with other countries: "how much can you integrate?", To give a dignified life to the people. Another example - that I lived on my skin during the time of dictatorships, of the Condor operation in Buenos Aires - in Latin America: Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. It was Sweden that welcomed with an impressive generosity. They immediately learned the language, at the expense of the state, they found work, home. Now Sweden is feeling a little in trouble integrating, but says it and asks for help. When I was in Lund, last year or the other I don't remember, the Prime Minister welcomed me, but then in the farewell ceremony there was a Minister, a young Minister, I believe in education, it was a little brunette because she was the daughter of a Swede and an African migrant: thus integrates a country that I bring as an example, Sweden. But this requires generosity, we need to move forward. With fear we will not go ahead, with the walls we will remain closed in these walls ... I am making a sermon, sorry!


There is the question now of Cristiana Caricato, of TV2000.


Holy Father, you have just talked about fears and the risk of dictatorships that these fears can generate. Just today, an Italian minister, referring to the Verona conference, said that more than the family, one must be afraid of Islam. You, on the other hand, have been saying something else for years now. Do you think we are at risk of dictatorship in our country? Is it the result of the prejudice of non-knowledge? What do you think? And then a curiosity: you often denounce the devil's action, he did so also in the recent summit on the protection of minors. It seems to me that in the last period it is very active, the devil has done much to do lately, also in the Church ... What to do to counter it, especially with regard to pedophilia scandals, are laws enough? Why is the devil so active right now?


Very well, thanks for the question. A newspaper, after my speech at the end of the meeting on the protection of minors of the Presidents of the Bishops' Conferences, said: "The Pope was smart, first he said that pedophilia is a world problem, a world scourge; then he said something about the Church, in the end he washed his hands and blamed the devil ". A bit simplistic, isn't it? That speech is clear. A French philosopher, in the seventies, had made a distinction that gave me a lot of light, called Roqueplo [Philippe], and gave me a hermeneutical light. He said: to understand a situation you have to give all the explanations and then look for meanings, what does it mean socially ?, what does it mean personally, or religiously? I try to give all the explanations, even the measures of the explanations, but there is a point that cannot be understood without the mystery of evil. Think of this: virtual child pornography. There were two important meetings, one in Rome and the other in Abu Dhabi. I wonder why this phenomenon has become a reality of everyday life? Why? And I'm talking about serious statistics. How come if you wanted to see a sexual child abuse live, you can connect with virtual child pornography and they show it to you. Look, I don't tell lies, it's in statistics. I wonder: can the public order makers do nothing? We in the Church will do everything to end it with this plague, we will do everything. And in that speech I gave concrete measures. There were already even before the summit, when the Presidents of the Conferences gave me that list I gave to all of you. But are the perpetrators of this filth innocent? Those who earn with this? In Buenos Aires, once, with two parliamentarians from the city, not from the national government, we made an "order", a provision, not a law, a non-binding provision for luxury hotels, in which it was said to put at the reception [ this warning]: "In this hotel you do not allow amusement with minors". No one wanted to put it. "No, but you know, you can't ... It looks like we're dirty ... We know we don't, but without the sign". Can a government, for example, not identify where these things are done with children? All live footage. To say that the world plague is great, but to say also that this is not understood without the spirit of evil, is a concrete problem. We must solve it concretely, but also say that it is the spirit of evil. And to solve this there are two publications that I recommend: an article by Gianni Valente, I believe in "Vatican Insider", where he talks about the Donatists. The danger of the Church today of becoming a Donatist by making human prescriptions, which must be done, but limiting oneself to these and forgetting the other spiritual dimensions, prayer, penance, the accusation of oneself, which we are not used to doing. It takes both! Because in order to overcome the spirit of evil one must not "wash one's hands" by saying: "it is the work of the devil". No. We must also fight against the devil, how we must fight against human things. The other publication is from the "Civiltà Cattolica". I had written a book, in 1987, the Letters of Tribulation, which were the letters of Father General of the Jesuits of the time when the Society was about to be dissolved. I did a prologue, and they did a study on the letters I wrote to the Chilean episcopate and the people of Chile, on how to act on this problem: the two aspects, the human, scientific, and even legal, to counteract the phenomenon ; and then the spiritual aspect. I did the same with the Bishops of the United States because the proposals were too centered on organization, on methodologies, and this second spiritual dimension was neglected unintentionally. With the laity, with everyone ... I would like to tell you: the Church is not a "congregationist" church, it is a Catholic Church, where the bishop must take matters in hand as a pastor. The Pope must take it in hand as a pastor. Such as? With disciplinary measures, with prayer, penance, with the accusation of oneself. And in that letter I wrote before they [the Presidents of the Bishops' Conferences] began the Spiritual Exercises, this dimension is also well explained. I would be grateful if you studied the two things: the human aspect and also the spiritual struggle. Thank you.

Alessandro Gisotti
We've really pushed the times and I'm sorry but it's a press conference that has become long ...


[regarding the other question of C. Caricato] I really don't understand Italian politics. I don't understand ... I read something about a "Family day" on the Espresso. I do not know what it is, I know that it is one of the many "days" that are made ... I have read the letter that Cardinal Parolin has sent and I agree. A pastoral letter, educated, of a pastor's heart. But don't ask me about Italian politics, I don't understand. Thank you.
Alessandro Gisotti

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There is only one minute for a small surprise for two colleagues who turned out yesterday: Phil Pullella and Gerard O'Connell, two great colleagues, and this is a small gift from the community of your colleagues and all of us .

You tell me he is older than me ... But this makes him 45 and this 50! Best wishes! Thank you and have a good trip, have a nice dinner and pray for me please. Thank you!
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Sudden Death of Catholic Priest Rector of Cathedral at age 70 - RIP Fr. Jay Matthews

Diocese Release: Very Rev. James V. Matthews, beloved rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Light and longtime pastor of St. Benedict Church in Oakland, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack early on the evening of March 30. He was 70.
Emergency services were called to the cathedral Rectory about 7 p.m. Saturday, after other priests and Chancery staff members found him unresponsive. He was taken to Alta Bates Summit hospital.
"Father Matthews' infectious love for his faith, his parishioners and his community was a source of joy and inspiration for me," said Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, in a statement. "He truly lived what St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, described the priesthood to be: 'the love of the heart of Jesus.' I shall really miss him."
Father Matthews — known as Father Jay to more than one generation of Oakland Catholics — was ordained in 1974. He was the first African American to be ordained in Northern California.
"I'm a native guy," Father Matthews said in a 2015 interview with The Catholic Voice. He was born in 1948 in Berkeley and raised in Oakland. "Oakland is my home," he said in the interview.
His family moved there in 1960, and it was at his confirmation in 1962 that Bishop Floyd Begin, the first bishop of Oakland, invited him to consider the priesthood.
Four years later, after his graduation from Skyline High School, he entered the seminary. He returned to St. Benedict to celebrate his first Mass; he came back to become pastor in 1989. Father Matthews was graduated with a bachelor's degree from St. Patrick's College, Mountain View, and a master's degree from St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park. He did post-graduate work at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
In recognition of his standing in the community, in 2014 the Oakland City Council proclaimed May 6 as Father Jay Matthews Day.
"As far back as I can remember I have cherished all things religious," he wrote on his 40th anniversary as a priest in 2014. "As a little tyke I was captivated by the stained glass windows of our home parish, St. Ambrose in Berkeley. The artwork depicted scenes of our salvation history and I felt good about being a part of that history."
He credited "three beautiful women who moved me along towards priesthood:" his two grandmothers and a Holy Cross Sister.
In his 44 years of priestly ministry, Father Matthews has served in several diocesan roles including as vicar for Black Catholics, a member of the diocesan Pastoral Council and as a chaplain for the Oakland police and fire departments.
"I grew to appreciate the uniqueness of my heritage coupled with Catholicism," he wrote.
Funeral services are pending.
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday, April 1, 2019 - #Eucharist in Lent

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Lectionary: 244

Reading 1IS 65:17-21

Thus says the LORD:
Lo, I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
The things of the past shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness
in what I create;
For I create Jerusalem to be a joy
and its people to be a delight;
I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and exult in my people.
No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there,
or the sound of crying;
No longer shall there be in it
an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not round out his full lifetime;
He dies a mere youth who reaches but a hundred years,
and he who fails of a hundred shall be thought accursed.
They shall live in the houses they build,
and eat the fruit of the vineyards they plant.

Responsorial PsalmPS 30:2 AND 4, 5-6, 11-12A AND 13B

R. (2a)  I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the nether world;
you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
but with the dawn, rejoicing.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
"Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me;
O LORD, be my helper."
You changed my mourning into dancing;
O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

Verse Before The GospelAM 5:14

Seek good and not evil so that you may live,
and the LORD will be with you.

GospelJN 4:43-54

At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee.
For Jesus himself testified
that a prophet has no honor in his native place.
When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him,
since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast;
for they themselves had gone to the feast.

Then he returned to Cana in Galilee,
where he had made the water wine.
Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum.
When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea,
he went to him and asked him to come down
and heal his son, who was near death.
Jesus said to him,
"Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe."
The royal official said to him,
"Sir, come down before my child dies."
Jesus said to him, "You may go; your son will live."
The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.
While the man was on his way back,
his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live.
He asked them when he began to recover.
They told him,
"The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon."
The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him,
"Your son will live,"
and he and his whole household came to believe.
Now this was the second sign Jesus did
when he came to Galilee from Judea.