Sunday, April 14, 2019

Saint April 15 : St. Hunna of Strasbourg : Patron of Laundry and #Maids

April 15: Saint Hunna of Strasbourg
Posted by Jacob Today, April 15 marks the feast day of a lesser known saint, but one no less important. (She is so "lesser known" that no definitive portraits or pictures were able to be found of her-- therefore, the posted pictures are simple images representing her holy life, but do not necessarily depict the saint herself). Saint Hunna (born, unknown; died 679) is remembered for her love of and service to those less fortunate than herself, despite prevailing prejudice. Hunna’s actions, at a time when the class system was firmly entrenched, created difficulties for herself in her daily life, and embarrassment for her noble husband. Yet, she did not shy away from her service to the poor, as she understood it to be her duty as a Christian.
Saint Hunna was born into a privileged life, the daughter of a duke in Alsace. She matured and married Huno of Hunnaweyer, a nobleman, and together they settled in the diocese of Strasbourg (now France). Together, they produced one son, Saint Deodatus, who eventually became a monk (and then a saint!). Saint Hunna was devoted to the Lord, raising her son with constant teaching, and living the virtues of the faith. She spent her days caring for her home and estate, and in prayer, while her husband traveled on diplomatic and political missions.
But this didn’t seem to be enough for Saint Hunna. In her prayer, she felt called to do more, to serve others. By the Lord, her eyes were opened to the poverty and general squalor that the peasants and servants lived in… and she felt moved to assist. Hunna began making daily trips from the estate into the local villages and fields, visiting her poor neighbors, offering them religious instruction, and working for them. At first, she simply offered to do their laundry, earning her the title, “holy washerwoman.” Hunna would travel from home to home, collecting soiled clothing, and then spend the better part of each day washing and scrubbing the clothing clean. When the clothing was too dirty, or too threadbare to mend, she would replace it with a new article.
As time went on, her washing service expanded to any task that her neighbors needed help with—cooking, cleaning, childcare, even more demanding physical labor. She also instructed in ways of cleanliness, assisting with hygiene. Saint Hunna regularly performed the greatest act of service, bathing those who were unable to bathe themselves.
Saint Hunna demonstrates to us great selflessness, borne out of love for the Lord. She willingly left her life of privilege on a daily basis, eventually being shunned by those of her class and station, to intercede in the lives of those who had no one to care for them. She treated the poor, the sick, the forgotten as equals to herself, offering them basic human respect, love, and charity. Saint Hunna welcomed all into her life as the family of God. The life of Saint Hunna provides a gentle reminder of our own hesitancy to venture beyond our comfortable lives, to actively engage in community service to those in need. We are mindful of the fact that we are called to service and social justice, and that embarking on that mission may be difficult or even painful. We look to Saint Hunna as inspiration—inspiration to embody the love of Christ, and to share that love with others in service. Shared from 365 Rosaries

Most Famous Hymn for Palm Sunday "All Glory, Laud, and Honor" sung by King's College Choir

All Glory, Laud, and Honor Triumphantly
Refrain.All glory, laud, and honor To thee, Redeemer, King, To whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas ring.
1. Thou art the King of Israel, Thou David's royal Son, Who in the Lord's name comest, The King and Blessed One.
2.The company of angels Are praising thee on high, And mortal men and all things Created make reply. The people of the Hebrews With palms before thee went; Our praise and love and anthems Before thee we present.
3.To thee, before thy passion, They sang their hymns of praise; To thee, now high exalted, Our melody we raise. Thou didst accept their praises; Accept the love we bring, Who in all good delightest, Thou good and gracious King.
Text: Theodulph of Orleans, ca. 760–821
Psalm 148 John 12: 12–13

Pope Francis says "Jesus shows us how to face moments of difficulty and the most insidious of temptations by preserving in our hearts a peace.." at Palm Sunday Mass - FULL TEXT Homily + Video

St Peter's Square
34th World Youth Day
Sunday, 14 April 2019

Joyful acclamations at Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, followed by his humiliation.  Festive cries followed by brutal torture.  This twofold mystery accompanies our entrance into Holy Week each year, as reflected in the two characteristic moments of today’s celebration: the initial procession with palm branches and the solemn reading of the Passion.
Let us enter into this movement, guided by the Holy Spirit, and thus obtain the grace we sought in our opening prayer: to follow in faith our Saviour’s example of humility, to heed his lesson of patient suffering, and thus to merit a share in his victory over the spirit of evil.
Jesus shows us how to face moments of difficulty and the most insidious of temptations by preserving in our hearts a peace that is neither detachment nor superhuman impassivity, but confident abandonment to the Father and to his saving will, which bestows life and mercy.  He shows us this kind of abandonment by spurning, at every point in his earthly ministry, the temptation to do things his way and not in complete obedience to the Father.  From the experience of his forty days in the desert to the culmination of his Passion, Jesus rejects this temptation by his obedient trust in the Father.
Today, too, by his entrance into Jerusalem, he shows us the way.  For in that event, the evil one, the prince of this world, had a card up his sleeve: the card of triumphalism.  Yet the Lord responded by holding fast to his own way, the way of humility.
Triumphalism tries to make it to the goal by shortcuts and false compromises.  It wants to jump onto the carriage of the winner.  It lives off gestures and words that are not forged in the crucible of the cross; it grows by looking askance at others and constantly judging them inferior, wanting, failures...  One subtle form of triumphalism is spiritual worldliness, which represents the greatest danger, the most treacherous temptation threatening the Church (De Lubac).  Jesus destroyed triumphalism by his Passion.
The Lord truly rejoiced with the people, with those young people who shouted out his name and acclaimed him as King and Messiah.  His heart was gladdened to see the enthusiasm and excitement of the poor of Israel.  So much so, that, to those Pharisees who asked him to rebuke his disciples for their scandalous acclamations, he replied: “If these were silent, the very stones would cry out” (Lk 19:40).  Humility does not mean denying reality: Jesus really is the Messiah, the King.
Yet at the same time the heart of Jesus was moving on another track, on the sacred path known to him and the Father alone: the path that leads from “the form of God” to  “the form of a servant”, the path of self-abasement born of obedience “unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:6-8).  He knows that true triumph involves making room for God and that the only way to do that is by stripping oneself, by self-emptying.  To remain silent, to pray, to accept humiliation.  There is no negotiating with the cross: one either embraces it or rejects it.  By his self-abasement, Jesus wanted to open up to us the path of faith and to precede us on that path.
The first to follow him on that path was his mother, Mary, the first disciple.  The Blessed Virgin and the saints had to suffer in walking the path of faith and obedience to God’s will.  Responding with faith to the harsh and painful events of life entails “a particular heaviness of heart (cf. Redemptoris Mater, 17).  The night of faith.  Yet only from that night do we see the dawn of the resurrection break forth.  At the foot of the cross, Mary thought once more of the words that the angel had spoken about her Son: “He will be great…  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Lk 1:32-33).  On Golgotha, Mary faced the complete denial of that promise: her Son was dying on a cross like a criminal.  In this way, triumphalism, destroyed by the abasement of Jesus, was likewise destroyed in the heart of his Mother.  Both kept silent.
In the footsteps of Mary, countless holy men and women have followed Jesus on the path of humility and obedience.  Today, World Youth Day, I would like to mention all those young saints, especially the saints “next door” to us, known only to God; sometimes he likes to surprise us with them.  Dear young people, do not be ashamed to show your enthusiasm for Jesus, to shout out that he is alive and that he is your life.  Yet at the same time, do not be afraid to follow him on the way of the cross.  When you hear that he is asking you to renounce yourselves, to let yourselves be stripped of every security, and to entrust yourselves completely to our Father in heaven, then rejoice and exult!  You are on the path of the kingdom of God.
Festive acclamations and brutal torture; the silence of Jesus throughout his Passion is profoundly impressive.  He also overcomes the temptation to answer back, to act like a “superstar”.  In moments of darkness and great tribulation, we need to keep silent, to find the courage not to speak, as long as our silence is meek and not full of anger.  The meekness of silence will make us appear even weaker, more humble.  Then the devil will take courage and come out into the open.  We need to resist him in silence, “holding our position”, but with the same attitude as Jesus.  He knows that the battle is between God and the prince of this world, and that what is important is not putting our hand to the sword but remaining firm in faith.  It is God’s hour.  At the hour that God comes forth to fight, we have to let him take over.  Our place of safety will be beneath the mantle of the holy Mother of God.  As we wait for the Lord to come and calm the storm (cf. Mt 4:37-41), by our silent witness in prayer we give ourselves and others “an accounting for the hope that is within [us]” (1 Pet 3:15).  This will help us to live in the sacred tension between the memory of the promises made, the suffering present in the cross, and the hope of the resurrection.
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Pope Francis asks Young " to all to pray the Rosary for peace, especially for peace in the Holy Land and in the Middle East." at Angelus

ANGELUS - (Remembrance of 34th Annual World Youth Day)
St. Peter's Square
Palm Sunday and Passion of the Lord, 14 April 2019

Dear brothers and sisters,

I greet all of you who have participated in this celebration and those who have joined us through the various media. This greeting extends to all the young people who today, around their Bishops, celebrate Youth Day in every diocese of the world. Dear young people, I invite you to make the indications of the recent Apostolic Exhortation Christus vivit, fruit of the Synod that also involved many of your peers, yourselves and live in everyday life. In this text each of you can find fruitful cues for your life and your journey of growth in faith and in service to your brothers.

In the context of this Sunday I wanted to offer all of you gathered in St. Peter's Square a special crown of the Rosary. These olive wood crowns were made in the Holy Land expressly for the World Youth Meeting in Panama last January and for Today's Day. I therefore renew my appeal to the young and to all to pray the Rosary for peace, especially for peace in the Holy Land and in the Middle East.

And now we turn to the Virgin Mary, to help us live Holy Week well.

Angelus Domini ...

Palm or Passion Sunday Explained with Awesome Video that shows Jesus died for You! #PalmSunday

PALM SUNDAY OR PASSION SUNDAY is the Sunday before Easter. It commemorates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. The donkey was a symbol of peace. The biblical account can be found in the Gospels:
Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: Tell ye the daughter of Sion: Behold thy king cometh to thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of her that is used to the yoke.

 And the disciples going, did as Jesus commanded them. And they brought the ass and the colt, and laid their garments upon them, and made him sit thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way: and others cut boughs from the trees, and strewed them in the way: And the multitudes that went before and that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, the whole city was moved, saying: Who is this? (Matt. 21: 4-10) Palm leaves are blessed and given out to the congregation at Church. This is a Solemnity in the Church Calendar and the liturgical colors are red for this day. The palms are kept and burned the next year for Ash Wednesday.(Image Share : Google) 

How to fold a Palm into a Cross:
1. Take a palm frond about 1/2 inch wide and 13 inches and hold upright
2. Fold the top down, away from you, and the bottom up, away from you, to form the shaft of a cross of desired length
3. Turn the end down and twist around to the right and across the front of the shaft to make a crossbar in proportion to the length.
4. Fold the end around behind the shaft.
5. Bring the end from behind, under the centre. Fold from the bottom right to the top left and under again from the bottom left to the top right.

6. Fasten the end through the back loops to lock.