Thursday, April 25, 2019

Feast April 26 : Our Lady of Good Counsel : History and Novena Prayer to Share!

Holy Virgin, moved by the painful uncertainty we experience in seeking and acquiring the true and the good, we cast ourselves at thy feet and invoke thee under the sweet title of Mother of Good Counsel. We beseech thee: come to our aid at this moment in our worldly sojourn when the twin darknesses of error and of evil that plots our ruin by leading minds and hearts astray.

Seat of Wisdom and Star of the Sea, enlighten the victims of doubt and of error so that they may not be seduced by evil masquerading as good; strengthen them against the hostile and corrupting forces of passion and of sin.

Mother of Good Counsel, obtain for us from thy Divine Son the love of virtue and the strength to choose, in doubtful and difficult situations, the course agreeable to our salvation. Supported by thy hand we shall thus journey without harm along the paths taught us by the word and example of Jesus our Savior, following the Sun of Truth and Justice in freedom and safety across the battlefield of life under the guidance of thy maternal Star, until we come at length to the harbor of salvation to enjoy with thee unalloyed and everlasting peace. Amen.

(By Pope Pius XII, 23 January 1953)

Records dating from the reign of Paul II (1464-71) relate that the picture of Our Lady, at first called "La Madonna del Paradiso" and now better known as "Madonna del Buon Consiglio", appeared at Genazzano, a town about twenty-five miles southeast of Rome, on St. Mark's Day, 25 April, 1467, in the old church of Santa Maria, which had been under the care of Augustinians since 1356. The venerated icon itself, which is drawn on a thin scale of wall-plaster little thicker than a visiting-card, was observed to hang suspended in the air without the slightest apparent support; thus early tradition, which furthermore tells how one might have passed a thread around the image without touching it. At once devotion to Our Lady inSanta Maria sprang up; pilgrim-bands began to resort thither; while miracles in ever-increasing numbers, of which a register was opened two days after the event, were wrought, as they still continue to be, at the shrine. In July following, Pope Paul deputed two bishops to investigate the alleged wonder-working image. Their report, however, is not known to be extant. The cult of Our Lady increased. In 1630 Urban VIII himself went to Genazzano on a pilgrimage, as didPius IX in 1864. On 17 November, 1682, Innocent XI had the picture crowned with gold by theVatican Basilica. In 1727 Benedict XIII granted the clergy of Genazzano an Office and Mass ofOur Lady for 25 April, anniversary of the apparition, elsewhere the feast being kept a day later so as not to conflict with that of St. Mark the Evangelist. On 2 July, 1753, Benedict XIVapproved of the Pious Union of Our Lady of Good Counsel for the faithful at large, and was himself enrolled therein as its pioneer member; Pius IX was a member, and also Leo XIII. On 18 December, 1779, Pius VI, while re-approving the cult of Our Lady, granted all Augustinians anOffice with hymns, lessons, prayer and Mass proper of double-major rite; with a plenary indulgence also for the faithful, to which Pius VIII added another for visitors to the shrine. On 18 December, 1884, Leo XIII approved of a new Office and Mass of second-class rite for allAugustinians, while on 17 March, 1903, he elevated the church of Santa Maria — one of the four parish churches at Genazzano — to the rank of minor basilica; and, on 22 April following, authorized the insertion in the Litany of Loreto of the invocation "Mater Boni Consillii" to follow that of "Mater Admirabilis". The same pontiff, ten years earlier (21 December, 1893) hadsanctioned the use of the White Scapular of Our Lady of Good Counsel for the faithful. In theUnited States there are many churches and institutions in honour of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Pope Francis tells Youth " always builders of bridges between people, trying to grow a culture of encounter and dialogue..." from France - FULL TEXT + Video


Hall of the Consistory
Thursday, 25 April 2019

Dear friends, good morning! Bonjour!

I am very happy to welcome you on the occasion of your pilgrimage to Rome. I thank your Bishop, Bishop Souchu, for his words. I greet you with affection and, through you, I express my spiritual closeness to the young people and to all the faithful of the Diocese of Aire and Dax.

I give thanks to God for the initiative of those responsible for youth ministry who, with the support of your Bishop, have proposed you to live these "Landes Youth Days". It is a beautiful occasion that is offered to you to revive in you the gift of faith, here, in Rome, with the apostles Peter and Paul and all those witnesses, including some young people, who suffered martyrdom for choosing to remain faithful to Jesus Christ. This is even more important because many people think that today it is more difficult to call themselves Christians and live faith in Christ. And you are certainly experiencing these difficulties, which sometimes become tests. In fact, the current context is not easy, also because of the painful and complex issue of abuses committed by members of the Church. However, I would like to repeat to you that today it is no more difficult than in other times of the Church: it is only different, but it is no longer difficult. Therefore, take advantage of this pilgrimage to rediscover that the Church, of which you are a member, "has been walking for two thousand years, sharing the joys and hopes, the sadness and the anguish of men. And he walks as he is, without resorting to any cosmetic surgery "(Esort. Ap. Postsin. Christus vivit, 101). In fact, looking at you, I recognize the work of the Lord Jesus who does not abandon his Church and who allows, thanks to your youth, your enthusiasm and the talents that he has entrusted to you, to renew himself and to rejuvenate in the various phases of his long story.

Dear friends, with the help and support of your Pastors, your elder brothers and sisters in the faith, and with the example of the saints who have faced the difficulties of their times, I encourage you to remain united to the Lord Jesus through the listening to the Word, sacramental practice, fraternal life and service to others. In the Church, holy and composed of sinners, may you recognize what that word is, that message of Jesus that God wants to address to the world through your life in what it has of its unique (see Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et exsultate, 24) . In the image of the emblematic tree of your region, the pine of the Landes, which has allowed us to restore marshy areas, be rooted in the love of God to ensure that, where you live, the Church is loved. Yes, let yourself be transformed and renewed by the Holy Spirit to bring Christ into every environment and witness to the joy and youth of the Gospel! And, following the example of St. Vincent de Paul, a landese like you, make visible the love that God has filled you with, loving "with the strength of your arms and the sweat of your brow"! In this sense, be always builders of bridges between people, trying to grow a culture of encounter and dialogue, to contribute to the advent of an authentic human fraternity. With your attention to the little ones and the poor, you can light up stars in the night of those who are tried in different ways. You can manifest, with gestures and words, that "God is always new, [...] [and that] leads us where humanity is most wounded and where human beings, below the appearance of superficiality and conformism, continue to seek the answer to the question of the meaning of life "(ibid., 135). I count on you. The Church needs your impetus, your intuitions, your faith, your courage!

With this hope, I entrust you to the Lord, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, the Madonna of Buglose, and of St. Vincent de Paul. I give the Apostolic Blessing to you and to all the faithful of the Diocese of Aire and Dax. And please pray for me as I pray for you! Thank you.
Source of Text and Image: - Unofficial Translation 

Pope Francis speaks to Deaf "...the presence of deaf people among pastoral workers....can really represent a resource and an opportunity for evangelization." FULL TEXT + Video


Sala Clementina
Thursday, 25 April 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

I greet everyone with affection and in a special way you deaf people, your family and friends present. I thank the President for the words with which she introduced our meeting.

For some years your Federation has been aggregating some Associations that, in Italy, are dedicated to facing the culture of waste, favoring greater inclusion in all environments. This work is necessary to ensure a better quality of life for the deaf person and the overcoming of this disability by valuing all the dimensions, including the spiritual one, in an integral vision of man.

Deaf people inevitably experience a condition of fragility; and this is part of life and can be accepted positively. What is not good, however, is that, like so many other people with different abilities and their families, they often experience situations of prejudice, sometimes even in Christian communities, as the President also recalled. Cities, countries and parishes, with their respective services, are increasingly called upon to overcome the barriers that do not allow us to grasp the potential of your active presence, going beyond your deficit. Instead, you teach us that only by inhabiting the limit and fragility can one be a builder, together with the leaders and all members of the civil and ecclesial community, of the culture of encounter, as opposed to widespread indifference. Thus, society and the community can be improved and deaf people can also be offered an existential fullness that takes into account all aspects of life in its various phases.

More than ever in the cultural and social context of today, even you deaf are a gift in the Church: "By virtue of the baptism received, every member of the People of God has become a missionary disciple. Every baptized person, whatever his function in the Church and the degree of education of his faith, is an active subject of evangelization "(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 120). Therefore, even the presence of deaf people among pastoral workers, naturally formed according to their inclinations and capacities, can really represent a resource and an opportunity for evangelization. I sincerely hope that you too, both as individuals and on an associative level, may participate ever more fully in the life of your ecclesial communities. In this way you will be able to rediscover and put to good use the talents that the Lord has given you, for the benefit of families and of all the people of God.

The presence of God is not perceived with the ears, but with faith; therefore I encourage you to rekindle your faith to feel ever more the closeness of God, whose voice resounds in the heart of each one, and everyone can hear it. In this way you can help those who do not "hear" the voice of God to be more attentive to it. This is a significant contribution that deaf people can make to the vitality of the Church.

I think of the many deaf people in Italy and in the world. Especially those living in conditions of marginalization and misery. I pray for them. And I pray for you so that you can make your unique contribution to society, being capable of a prophetic gaze, capable of accompanying processes of sharing and inclusion, capable of cooperating in the revolution of tenderness and proximity. Your presence is also necessary in the Church to help build communities that are welcoming and open to all, starting with the last.

Thank you for your kind visit; I encourage you to continue your journey with joy, and as I ask you to pray for me, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing. Source of Text and Image: - Unofficial Translation

#BreakingNews Man Throws Firecracker in Church at Easter Shouting “Allahu akbar” causing Panic in Germany

On Easter Sunday a Muslim man screaming “Allahu akbar” threw a firecracker in church during  mass. A panic ensued with 24 people injured.
This happened at Paul’s Church in Munich, Germany. The Croatian language Mass (Easter blessing), was going on when a man with a bottle of alcohol in hand, lit a firecracker and threw it in the middle of the church shouting “Allahu akbar.” Everyone panicked and threw the baskets that the Easter meal was in, and ran out screaming. This injured children and adults. The police came and arrested the man.
 According to the police, the "obviously mentally confused man" disturbed the Easter Mass  in Ludwigsvorstadt / Munich. The police report said the man "gesticulating and noisily shouting unclear words, which frightened the Mass visitors who were within earshot. Some of these worshipers then fled the church. Animated by this behavior, more visitors followed them in the direction of exits. "Because of these" uncontrolled reactions of several people at the same time "about 24 people suffered minimal injuries, but they could continue to attend the service after outpatient treatment on site. "The man was arrested and had been arrested by previously arrived police forces in the church.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday, April 25, 2019 - #Eucharist in the Octave of Easter

Thursday in the Octave of Easter
Lectionary: 264

Reading 1ACTS 3:11-26

As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John,
all the people hurried in amazement toward them
in the portico called “Solomon’s Portico.”
When Peter saw this, he addressed the people,
“You children of Israel, why are you amazed at this,
and why do you look so intently at us
as if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?
The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus
whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence,
when he had decided to release him.
You denied the Holy and Righteous One
and asked that a murderer be released to you.
The author of life you put to death,
but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.
And by faith in his name,
this man, whom you see and know, his name has made strong,
and the faith that comes through it
has given him this perfect health,
in the presence of all of you.
Now I know, brothers and sisters,
that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;
but God has thus brought to fulfillment
what he had announced beforehand
through the mouth of all the prophets,
that his Christ would suffer.
Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away,
and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment
and send you the Christ already appointed for you, Jesus,
whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration
of which God spoke through the mouth
of his holy prophets from of old.
For Moses said:

A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you
from among your own kin;
to him you shall listen in all that he may say to you.
Everyone who does not listen to that prophet
will be cut off from the people.    

“Moreover, all the prophets who spoke,
from Samuel and those afterwards, also announced these days.
You are the children of the prophets
and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors
when he said to Abraham,
In your offspring all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
For you first, God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you
by turning each of you from your evil ways.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 8:2AB AND 5, 6-7, 8-9

R.(2ab) O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
R. Alleluia.
O LORD, our Lord,
how glorious is your name over all the earth!
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
R. Alleluia.
You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet.
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
R. Alleluia.
All sheep and oxen,
yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaPS 118:24

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 24:35-48

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
"Peace be with you."
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have."
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?"
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them,
"These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled."
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
"Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things."