Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Saint May 16 St. Simon Stock - Patron of the Brown Scapular

Feast: May 16

Feast Day:
May 16
1165 in Aylesford, County Kent, England
16 May 1265 in the Carmelite monastery at Bordeaux, France
Major Shrine:
Aylesford, England
Patron of:
Bordeaux, FranceHe was descended of a good family in Kent. From his infancy he turned all his thoughts and affections to attain to the most perfect love of God, and studied to devote all his moments to this glorious pursuit. In this earnest desire, in the twelfth year of his age, he retired into a wilderness, and chose for his dwelling a great hollow oak tree; whence the surname of Stock wee given him. While he here mortified his flesh with fasting and other severities, he nourished his soul with spiritual dainties in continual prayer. His drink was only water; and he never touched any other food but herbs, roots and wild apples. While he led this course of life, he was invited by a divine revelation to embrace the rule of certain religious men who were coming from Palestine into England. Albert, the holy patriarch of Jerusalem, having given a written rule to the Carmelite friars about the year 1205, some brothers of this order were soon after brought over from mount Carmel by John lord Vescy and Richard lord Gray of Codnor, when they returned from the Holy Land. These noblemen some time after settled them, the latter in the wood of Aylesford, near Rochester in Kent, the former in the forest of Holme, near Alnewick in Northumberland; which houses continued the two most famous convents of this order in England till their dissolution in the thirty-third year of the reign of Henry VIII. But we are assured by Bale, who before his apostacy was himself a friar of the English province of this order, and by Lambert and Weaver in their accurate descriptions of the Antiquities of Kent, that the first or most ancient convent of these friars in England was that at Newenden in Kent, which was founded for them by Sir Thomas Archer or Fitz-Archer, whose family flourished for many centuries upon that manor. The first arrival of these friars in England is placed in the annals of the order, quoted by F. Cosmas de Villiers, in 1212. Simon, who had then lived a recluse twenty years, imitating the Macariuses and Arseniuses in the most heroic practices of penance and contemplation, was much affected with the devotion of these servants of God to the blessed Virgin, their edifying deportment, and their eremitical austere institute, and joined their holy company before the end of the year 1212. After his admission he was sent to Oxford to finish his studies; and having run through his academical course he returned to his convent, where so bright was the example of his piety, that the virtue of the rest seemed to suffer an eclipse by the extraordinary lustre of his sanctity. Such was his reputation, that in 1215 Brocard, prior of mount Carmel, and general of the order, appointed him vicar-general, with full power over all the western provinces. Many clamors being raised against this institute, St. Simon repaired to Rome in 1226, and obtained from pope Honorius III. a confirmation of the rule given to this order by Albertus; and another from Gregory IX. in 1229. Some years after, St. Simon paid a visit to his brethren on mount Carmel, and remained six years in Palestine, where, in 1237, he assisted at the general chapter of the order held by Alanus the fifth general. In this assembly it was decreed, that the greatest part of the brethren should pass into Europe, their settlements in the east being continually disturbed by the persecutions, oppressions, or threats of the Saracens. In 1240 many were sent to England, and in 1244, Alanus himself, with St. Simon, having nominated Hilarion his vicar on mount Carmel, and in Palestine, followed them  thither, there being already five monasteries of the order erected in this island.

 In a general chapter held at Aylesford in 1245, Alanus resigning his dignity, St. Simon was chosen the sixth general, and in the same year procured a new confirmation of the rule by pope Innocent IV., who at the saint's request received this order under the special protection of the Holy See, in 1251. St. Simon established houses in most parts of Europe; but this institute flourished nowhere with so great splendor and edification as in England, and continued so to do for several ages, as the annals of the order take notice. St. Simon, soon after he was promoted to the dignity of general, instituted the confraternity of the Scapular, to unite the devout clients of the Blessed Virgin in certain regular exercises of religion and piety. Several Carmelite writers assure us that he was admonished by the Mother of God in a vision, with which he was favored on the 16th of July, to establish this devotion." This confraternity has been approved, and favored with many privileges by several popes. The rules prescribe, without any obligation or precept, that the members wear a little scapular, at least secretly, as the symbol of the order, and that they recite every day the office of our Lady, or the office of the church; or, if they cannot read, seven times the Pater, Ave, and Gloria Patri, in lieu of the seven canonical hours; and lastly, that they abstain from flesh-meat on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; or if this cannot be done, that they double for each of these days the seven Paters, &c. St. Simon cured several sick persons by giving them the scapular; the reputation of which miracles moved Edward I., king of England, St. Louis of France, and many others, to enrol their names in this confraternity.

St. Simon governed the order with great sanctity and prudence during twenty years, and propagated it exceedingly from England over all Europe being himself  famous for his eminent virtue, and a great gift of miracles and prophecy. He wrote several hymns and decrees for his order, and several other useful things for its service, says Leland. At length, in the hundredth year of his age, having a call to France, he sailed to Bordeaux, where God put an end to his labors some months after his arrival, in 1265, on the 16th of July. He was buried in the cathedral of that city, and was honored among the saints soon after his death. Pope Nicholas III. granted an office to be celebrated in his honor at Bordeaux on the 16th of May, which Paul V. extended to the whole order. SOURCE: Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler

Pope Francis Invites 8 Refugee Children to Ride on his Popemobile at the Vatican - Video

Pope Francis often gives a ride in his popemobile (special car he uses) on his way to his Wednesday audiences. However, at this audience Pope Francis invited eight migrant children who  arrived in Italy from Libya to take a ride with him through St. Peter’s Square for the General Audience.

According to Alessandro Gisotti, the interim Director of the Holy See Press Office some of the childrens reached shore on a migrant boat a few months ago.

They were wearing T-shirts that said “Welcome, protect, promote and integrate” the which Pope Francis suggested in his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

The children were Syrian, Nigerian and Congolese, and they are currently living, together with their families, with an association in Rome.
‘Humanitarian corridors’
The self-funded “Humanitarian Corridors” project, which Pope Francis has supported, is carried out by the Community of Sant’Egidio in collaboration with the Federation of Evangelical Churches and the Waldensian and Methodist Churches.

Once in Italy, the refugees are welcomed in houses at the expense of the associations involved and are offered Italian language lessons, school enrolment for the children, and activities that promote integration and the search for employment.  Edited from - Image Share from

Historic Pro-Life Bill to Ban Abortion signed by Governor in Alabama, USA - FULL TEXT

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Signed a historic Bill banning abortion and which would make killing unborn babies a felony.

The bill represents the views of Alabama voters. Last year Alabamans voted 6-40 for a ballot amendment that says unborn babies have a right to life. 55% of the voters were women, according to figures from the Alabama Secretary of State.

State House Bill 314, would make an abortion and attempted abortion a felony. Exceptions would be allowed if the mother’s life is at risk. Mothers would not be punished for having an abortion under the legislation, which would make killing a baby in an abortion a Class A felony — punishable by life or 10 to 99 years in prison for abortionists who kill them.

Lawmakers approved the ban on a 25-6 vote late Tuesday. The legislation will take effect six months unless a court.

The bill is clear : “This bill would provide that a woman who receives an abortion will not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable for receiving the abortion.”

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 6,768 abortions in 2017.

Text above edited from LifeNews

FULL TEXT Statement from Governor Ivey Issues  After Signing the Alabama Human Life Protection Act
Posted on May 15, 2019
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law the 
Alabama Human Life Protection Act, after both houses of the Alabama Legislature 
passed HB314.
Upon signing the bill, Governor Ivey released the following statement:

“Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by 
overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature. To the bill’s many supporters, 
this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every 
life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.

To all Alabamians, I assure you that we will continue to follow the rule of law.

In all meaningful respects, this bill closely resembles an abortion ban that has been a part of 
Alabama law for well over 100 years. As today’s bill itself recognizes, that longstanding abortion 
law has been rendered “unenforceable as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.”

No matter one’s personal view on abortion, we can all recognize that, at least for the short term, 
this bill may similarly be unenforceable. As citizens of this great country, we must always respect
 the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court even when we disagree with their decisions.  
Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. 
The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit 
this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur.

I want to commend the bill sponsors, Rep. Terri Collins and Sen. Clyde Chambliss, for their strong
 leadership on this important issue.

For the remainder of this session, I now urge all members of the Alabama Legislature to continue
 seeking the best ways possible to foster a better Alabama in all regards, from education to public safety. We must give every person the best chance for a quality life and a promising future.”

St. Dymphna : Virgin and Martyr : Patron of #Mental Illness and Incest - Novena Prayers and Litany to Share!

(Also known as Dympna and Dimpna). Virgin and martyr. Her feast is celebrated on May 15.
Patron of : mental disorders, neurological disorders, runaways, victims of incest, depression
The earliest historical account of the veneration of St. Dymphna dates from the middle of the thirteenth century. Under Bishop Guy I of Cambrai (1238-47), Pierre, a canon of the church of Saint Aubert at Cambrai, wrote a "Vita" of the saint, from which we learn that she had been venerated for many years in a church at Gheel (province of Antwerp, Belgium), which was devoted to her. The author expressly states that he has drawn his biography from oral tradition.
According to the narrative, Dymphna — the daughter of a pagan king of Ireland — became a Christian and was secretly baptized. After the death of her mother, who was of extraordinary beauty, her father desired to marry his own daughter, who was just as beautiful, but she fled with the priest Gerebernus and landed at Antwerp. Thence they went to the village of Gheel, where there was a chapel of St. Martin, beside which they took up their abode. The messengers of her father however, discovered their whereabouts; the father betook himself thither and renewed his offer. Seeing that all was in vain, he commanded his servants to slay the priest, while he himself struck off the head of his daughter. The corpses were put in sarcophagi and entombed in a cave where they were found later. The body of St. Dymphna was buried in the church of Gheel, and the bones of St. Gerebernus were transferred to Xanten.
This narrative is without any historical foundation, being merely a variation of the story of the king who wanted to marry his own daughter, a motif which appears frequently in popular legends. Hence we can conclude nothing from it as to the history of St. Dymphna and the time in which she lived. That she is identical with St. Damhnat of Ireland cannot be proved. There are at Gheel fragments of two simple ancient sarcophagi in which tradition says the bodies of Dymphna and Gerebernus were found. There is also a quadrangular brick, said to have been found in one of the sarcophagi, bearing two lines of letters read as DYMPNA. The discovery of this sarcophagus with the corpse and the brick was perhaps the origin of the veneration. In Christian art St. Dymphna is depicted with a sword in her hand and a fettered devil at her feet. Her feast is celebrated 15 May, under which date she is also found in the Roman martyrology.
From time immemorial, the saint was invoked as patroness against insanity. The Bollandists have published numerous accounts of miraculous cures, especially between 1604 and 1668. As a result, there has long been a colony for lunatics at Gheel; even now there are sometimes as many as fifteen hundred whose relatives invoke St. Dymphna for their cure. The insane are treated in a peculiar manner; it is only in the beginning that they are placed in an institution for observation; later they are given shelter in the homes of the inhabitants, take part in their agricultural labours, and are treated very kindly. They are watched without being conscious of it. The treatment produces good results. The old church of St. Dymphna in Gheel was destroyed by fire in 1489. The new church was consecrated in 1532 and is still standing. Every year on the feast of the saint and on the Tuesday after Pentecost numerous pilgrims visit her shrine. In Gheel there is also a fraternity under her name. Text: Catholic Encyclopedia
Prayers Below are from the National Shrine of St. Dymphna
 Lord have mercy on us. 
 Lord have mercy on us.
 Christ hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,  have'mercy'on'us. 
God the son, Redeemer of the world,  have'mercy'on'us. 
God the Holy Ghost,  have'mercy'on'us. 
Holy Trinity, one God,  have'mercy'on'us. 
Holy Mary, Virgin and Mother of God,  conceived without sin,  pray'for'us. 
St. Dymphna,  pray'for'us. 
St.Dymphna,noble by birth but more noble in virtue, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna,docile to the lessons of your pious mother, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna,obedient to your saintly confessor, Gerebran, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna,who abandoned the court of your father, to escape the  danger of impurity, pray'for'us. St. Dymphna,who chose a life of poverty on earth so that you might lay up Treasure in Heaven, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna, who sought consolation in prayer and devout attendance of  Holy Mass, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna, brilliant example of Christian youth, pray'for'us. St. Dymphna,who died a martyr, beheaded by your own father, pray'for'us. So that we may carefully preserve the virtue of chastity according to our  state by avoiding all dangerous occasions of sin. pray'for'us. So that we may persevere in our Faith, pray'for'us. So that we may learn to have confidence in the Lord during our afflictions, pray'for'us. So that we may obtain the spirit of prayer, the source of all graces, pray'for'us. So that we may love our Lord and God with all our hearts and above all  things, pray'for'us. So that we may receive the grace of final perseverance, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna, Patroness of Gheel, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna,Protectressagainst all nervous disorders, pray'for'us. St. Dymphna, renowned for many miracles,particularly in Gheel, pray'for'us. In monents of emptation, pray'for'us. In times of contagious diseaseds, in time of war and persecution against  the faith, pray'for'us. In our last illness, pray'for'us. At the hour of death, pray'for'us. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Spare'us,'O'Lord. 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously'hear'us,'O'Lord
 Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have'mercy'on'us. 
Christ hear us, Christ'graciously'hear'us. 
Lord have mercy on us,  
Our Father Who art  in heaven,hallowed be Thy name;Thy kingdom come; Thy Will be done on earth as  it  is  in heaven.  Give us  this day  our  daily  bread;  and  forgive  us  our  trespasses  as  we  forgive  those  who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver  us from evil. Amen.
 Pray for us, St. Dymphna, That'we'may'be'made'worthy'of'the'promises'of'Christ. 
Let Us Pray O God, Who gave St. Dymphna to the infant Church in Brabant as a model  perfect  in  all  virtues,  and  Who  ordained  that  Thy  handmaid  should  seal  with her innocent blood and with numerous miracles the teachings of the  Gospels for the spread of the true faith, grant we beseech Thee that those  especially who honor the Holy Relics may continue to enjoyher powerful  protection so that being fortified in faith and gratefully imitating her other  virtues  may  be  able  to  gain   new  glory  from  Thy  infinite  and  supreme  majesty, through Christ our Lord. Amen. 
9 Day NOVENA to St. Dymphna
First Day Intention ~ Faith O God, Source of our salvation, Who in  the midst of a pagan people didst  enlighten  St.  Dymphna  by  the  faith,  which  she  professed  under  the  guidance  of  her  holy  confessor,  Gereberne,  with  such  constancy  that  she  suffered  martyrdom,  we  beseech  Thee  through  the  intercession  of  these  two  saints  that  Thou  wouldst  deign  to  strengthen  our  faith  which  Thou  hast  given  to  us  so  that  by  wisely  subjecting  our  souls  to  Thy  Supreme  Authority and by faithfully regulating our lives by our faith we may honor  Thee with  our whole  heart and  soul  until  the  hour  of  our  death,  through  Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father ~~~~~ 
Second Day Intention ~ Hope O Almighty and Infinitely Good God, Who hast promised eternal salvation  to  those  who  obey  Thy Commandments  and  profit  by  Thy  grace,  we  beseech Thee, through the intercession of St. Dymphna, who fled from the  danger of sin by quitting the palace of her father and who hoping thereby  to gain eternal  salvation  fled  to Brabant  to live in  poverty, grant  that we  also who are striving for eternal happiness may overcome all obstacles in  the  pathway  of  virtue  and  may  attain  eternal  salvation  through  Jesus  Christ, Our Lord. Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father 
Third Day Intention ~ Charity O  God  of  Love,  Most  Perfect  Being,  Creator  of  All  That  is  Good  and  Beautiful, deign to help us by Thy powerful grace through the intercession  of St. Dymphna, who in her youth loved Thee above all Creatures and loved  her neighbor as herself for Thy Sake as the Image and Likeness of Thee, as  the  price  of  the  Blood  of  Jesus  and  as  coheir  of  heaven,  so  that  we  may  faithfully  adhere  to  the  two  great  commandments  of  charity  not  only  in  word, but in action and in truth, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father ~~~~~ 
Fourth Day Intention ~ Piety O  God,  Our  Creator  and  Supreme  Master,  we  beseech  Thee  through  the  intercession of St. Dymphna, who served Thee with great zeal even in her  childhood,  hearing  Thy  word  with  great  delight,  assisting  at  Holy  Mass  with  great  respect,  and  receiving  Holy  Communion  from  the  hand  of  St.  Gerebran with tender devotion that Thou wouldst grant us the same virtue  of piety so that having honored Thee during this life as our Creator we may  possess Thee hereafter as our final reward through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father
 Fifth Day Intention ~ Prudence O  God,  Ruler  of  the  universe,  Who  allowed  St.  Dymphna  to  discover  an  efficacious means of avoiding the criminal intentions of her father, deign to  grant through the merits of Thy Holy  servant, that we may become simple  as doves and wise as serpents so  that  through prudent advice and sound  judgment we may perceive that which is to be avoided and that which is to  be  followed  in  order  to  happily  achieve  the  great  work  of  our  salvation  through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father ~~~~~ 
Sixth Day Intention ~ Justice O  God,  Source  of  eternal  justice,  we  supplicate  Thee  through  the  intercession of St. Dymphna, who in order to render to Thee that which is  Thine,  fled  from  her  country  and  her  father,  that  Thou  wouldst  deign  to  make  us  seek  after  justice  so  that  we  may  perform  rightly  our  duties  toward Thee as we see them, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father ~~~~~ 
Seventh Day Intention ~ Fortitude O  God,  rewarder  of  those  who  remain  firm in  their  good  resolutions,  we  beseech  Thee  through  the meditation  of  the merits  of  St. Dymphna,  who  through love of virtue had the courage to suffer privation, persecution and  even  martyrdom,  that  Thou  wouldst  grant  us  fortitude  so  that  we  may  courageously  and  perseveringly  overcome  ourselves  and  finally  conquer  the enemy of our salvation through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father 
Eighth Day Intention ~ Temperance O  God,  who  hast  made  St.  Dymphna  resplendent  in  the  virtue  of  temperance so that she mastered sensual inclination and tempered the use  of earthly goods, uniting with this the beautiful virtues of modesty, docility  and humility which is called  the  foundation of all virtue because humility  banishes  from  the  soul  pride  which  is  an  obstacle  to  grace,  we  beseech  Thee through the intercession of St. Dymphna that Thou wouldst deign to  guide and direct us so that being preserved from all nervous disorders we  may  come  to   happy  end in  the good  counsels  Thou  hast given  through  Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father ~~~~~ 
Ninth Day Intention ~ Chastity O  God,  Lover  of  innocent  souls,  Who  gave  to  St.  Dymphna  the  virtue  of  angelic purity which rendered her reserved in all her actions, so modest in  her dress, so attentive in her conversation, so circumspect in her bearing  that she shed her blood to preserve this precious virtue, we beseech Thee  that  Thou  bestow  upon  us  the  virtue  of  chastity  so  that  we  may  enjoy  peace  of  conscience  in  this  life  and  the  pure  eternal  joys  of  heaven  hereafter through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"b

#BreakingNews Another Attack against Catholics in Prayer Procession leaves 4 Killed in Burkina Faso - Please Pray

Another attack against Catholics: 4 faithful killed at the end of a procession; statue of the Virgin destroyed
 Tuesday, 14 May persecutions Ouagadougou (Agenzia Fides) - New attack against Catholics in Burkina Faso. On May 13, four faithful who were bringing the statue of the Virgin back to church after participating in a Marian procession were killed in Singa, in the municipality of Zimtenga (25 km from Kongoussi), in the central northern region of the Country. This is the same region to which the province of Sanmatenga belongs, where on Sunday 12 May, Fr. Siméon Yampa, parish priest of Dablo, was killed along with five faithful in the attack on the church during Sunday mass (see Fides 13/5/2019). According to information sent to Fides, the Catholic faithful of the village of Singa, in the municipality of Zimtenga, after having participated in a procession from their village to that of Kayon, located about ten kilometers away, were intercepted by armed men. The terrorists let the minors go, but they executed four adults and destroyed the statue. On May 13, His Exc. Mgr. Séraphin François Rouamba, Archbishop of Koupéla and President of the Bishop’s Conference Burkina Faso-Niger, made an appeal for peace and peaceful coexistence during the funeral of the victims of Dablo. The funeral was attended by Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and representatives of traditional religions. (L.M.) (FULL TEXT Release : Agenzia Fides, 14/5/2019)

Pope Francis explains "From the forgiveness of Jesus on the cross comes peace, true peace.." FULL TEXT + Video


St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Catechesis on the "Our Father": 15. But deliver us from evil

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Here we are finally arrived at the seventh question of the "Our Father": "But deliver us from evil" (Mt 6,13b).

With this expression, the one who prays is not only asking not to be abandoned in the time of temptation, but also begging to be freed from evil. The original Greek verb is very strong: it evokes the presence of the evil one who tends to grasp and bite us (see 1 Pt 5: 8) and from which we ask God for liberation. The apostle Peter also says that the evil one, the devil, is around us like a furious lion, to devour us, and we ask God to deliver us.

With this double plea: "do not abandon us" and "deliver us", an essential characteristic of Christian prayer emerges. Jesus teaches his friends to put the invocation of the Father before everything, even and especially at times when the evil one makes his threatening presence felt. In fact, Christian prayer does not close its eyes on life. It is a filial prayer and not a childlike prayer. She is not so infatuated with the paternity of God that she forgets that the path of man is fraught with difficulties. If there were not the last verses of the "Our Father" how could sinners, the persecuted, the desperate, the dying pray? The last petition is the petition of us when we are in the limit, always.

There is an evil in our life, which is an indisputable presence. History books are the desolate catalog of how much our existence in this world has been an often failed adventure. There is a mysterious evil, which is certainly not the work of God but which penetrates silently into the folds of history. Silent like the snake that carries the poison silently. At times he seems to take over: on certain days his presence seems even sharper than that of God's mercy.
The person praying is not blind, and sees this evil that is so cumbersome and so at odds with the mystery of God itself before his eyes. He sees it in nature, in history, even in his own heart. Because there is no one among us who can say that they are exempt from evil, or not at least tempted. We all know what evil is; we all know what temptation is; all of us have experienced the temptation of any sin on our flesh. But it is the tempter that moves us and pushes us to evil, telling us: "do this, think this, go that way".

The last cry of the "Our Father" is hurled against this evil "with wide brims", which holds under its umbrella the most diverse experiences: the mourning of man, innocent pain, slavery, the exploitation of the other, the cry of innocent children. All these events protest in the heart of man and become a voice in the last word of Jesus' prayer.

It is precisely in the stories of the Passion that some expressions of the "Our Father" find their most striking echo. Jesus says: «Abba! Father! Everything is possible to you: remove this cup from me! But not what I want, but what you want "(Mk 14:36). Jesus fully experiences the piercing of evil. Not only death, but death on the cross. Not only loneliness, but also contempt, humiliation. Not only malice, but also cruelty, ruthlessness against Him. That's what man is: a being devoted to life, who dreams of love and good, but who then continually exposes himself to evil and his fellows, to the point that we can be tempted to despair of man.

Dear brothers and sisters, so the "Our Father" resembles a symphony that asks us to fulfill ourselves in each of us. The Christian knows how overwhelming the power of evil is, and at the same time he experiences how much Jesus, who has never succumbed to his flattery, is on our side and comes to our aid.

Thus the prayer of Jesus leaves us the most precious of inheritances: the presence of the Son of God who has freed us from evil, struggling to convert it. In the hour of the final fight, Peter intimates to put the sword back in its sheath, to the repentant thief secures heaven, to all the men around him, unaware of the tragedy that was taking place, offers a word of peace: "Father, forgive them because they do not know what they are doing "(Lk 23:34).

From the forgiveness of Jesus on the cross comes peace, true peace comes from the cross: it is a gift of the Risen One, a gift that Jesus gives us. Think that the first greeting of the risen Jesus is "peace to you", peace to your souls, to the your hearts, to your lives. The Lord gives us peace, gives us forgiveness but we must ask: "deliver us from evil", so as not to fall into evil. This is our hope, the strength that gives us the risen Jesus, who is here, among us: he is here. It is here with that strength that gives us to move forward, and promises to free us from evil.
Greetings in Various Languages:
Je salue cordialement les pèlerins venant des pays francophones, en particulier les jeunes de plusieurs collèges et écoles de France et les paroissiens de Sées et de Montélimar ! En ce temps pascal accueillons le don de la paix du cœur qui nous est fait par Jésus Ressuscité. C’est un don plus fort que le mal ! Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Ghana, Namibia, Australia, India, Indonesia, Korea, China, Canada and the United States of America. I greet the representatives of university centres and institutes for studies on the family, gathered from different countries for the first Family International Monitor meeting, sponsored by the John Paul II Pontifical Institute. This meeting takes place on the occasion of the International Day of Families, which this year recalls the role of families in the care of creation, our common home. In the joy of the Risen Christ, I invoke upon you and your families the loving mercy of God our Father. May the Lord bless you all!
Einen herzlichen Gruß richte ich an alle Pilger und Besucher deutscher Sprache. Jesus lädt uns im Evangelium ein, das Böse durch das Gute zu besiegen. Folgen wir seinem Beispiel, bitten wir den himmlischen Vater um seine Gnade und arbeiten wir gemeinsam für eine bessere Welt. Der Herr segne euch und eure Familien!
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española venidos de España y de Latinoamérica, en modo particular saludo a los sacerdotes participantes en el curso de actualización promovido por el Pontificio Colegio Español de San José. Los animo a que recen con espíritu renovado la oración que el Señor nos dejó, y a que la enseñen a cuantos los rodean, para que, reconociendo a Dios como Padre, nos conceda la paz, el más preciado don del Resucitado, más fuerte que ningún mal. Que el Señor los bendiga.
Queridos peregrinos de língua portuguesa, de coração saúdo a todos, especialmente aos grupos de Aragoiânia e Curitiba, com votos de que brilhe sempre nos vossos corações a luz de Jesus ressuscitado. Encontramo-nos a meio do «Mês de Maria», que tradicionalmente chama o povo cristão a multiplicar os seus gestos diários de veneração e imitação da Mãe de Deus. Procuremos rezar o terço todos os dias, dedicando a Deus aquele mínimo de tempo que Lhe devemos. Assim aproximaremos dos homens o Céu. Sede para todos a bênção de Deus!
أُرحّبُ بالحجّاجِ الناطقينَ باللّغةِ العربيّة، وخاصةً بالقادمينَ من الشرق الأوسط. أيّها الإخوةُ والأخواتُ الأعزّاء، عندما ترك لنا يسوع "صلاة الأبانا" أرادنا أن نختتمها طالبين من الآب أن ينجِّنا من الشرّير. لا نفكِّرنَّ إذًا بأن الشرير هو مجرّد خرافة لأنّ هذا الأمر سيحملنا على عدم التيقُّظ، وهكذا، فيما نُضعِف دفاعنا، يستفيد هو من الوضع ليدمِّر حياتنا. لنُحافظ إذًا على "مصابيحنا مشتعلة" ولنستعمل الأسلحة القويّة التي يعطينا الربّ إياها: الإيمان الذي نعبّر عنه بالصلاة، والتأمّل في كلمة الله، سرّ المصالحة وأعمال المحبّة. ليبارككم الرب!
[I warmly welcome the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, especially those from the Middle East! Dear brothers and sisters, when Jesus left us the "Our Father" he wanted us to finish by asking the Father to free us from the Evil One. We do not think therefore that it is a myth; such deception leads us to lower our guard, and so, while we reduce our defenses, he takes advantage of it to destroy our life, we are therefore with "the lamps lit", and we use the powerful weapons that the Lord gives us: the faith that is expresses in prayer, meditation on the Word of God, sacramental Reconciliation and works of charity.The Lord bless you!]
Przedwczoraj obchodziliśmy wspomnienie Matki Bożej Fatimskiej. 13 maja, to dzień Jej pierwszego objawienia i zamachu na życie św. Jana Pawła II. Pamiętamy jego wyznanie: „We wszystkim, co się wydarzyło, zobaczyłem… szczególną matczyną opiekę Maryi”. Wspomnijmy także słowa Matki Bożej: „Przyszłam upomnieć ludzkość, aby zmieniła życie i nie zasmucała Boga ciężkimi grzechami. Niech ludzie odmawiają różaniec i pokutują za grzechy”. Podejmijmy to polecenie, prosząc Maryję o Jej matczyną opiekę, o dar nawrócenia, ducha pokuty i pokój dla całego świata. Niepokalane Serce Maryi módl się za nami. Z serca wam błogosławię.
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I warmly welcome the Italian-speaking faithful.

I am pleased to welcome the Capitulars of the Daughters of Jesus; the Religious of the Missionary College "Mater Ecclesiae" and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy.

I greet the parish groups; refugees from Libya, welcomed to Mondo Migliore; the Save the Children Italy Delegation; the Hannibal Mary of France Association; the extraordinary Casilina 1 and 2 reception centers in Rome; the Delegation of the municipality of Sacrofano; the Beyond Art Cooperative, from Matera; the Fiamme Gialle sports club; the Vailati School of Crema and schools, particularly those of Acireale and Castellamare di Stabia.

I am particularly interested in young people, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds.

In this month of May dedicated to the Madonna, I invite you to imitate her. Be courageous and capable of opening your heart to God and to your brothers, to be instruments of God's mercy and tenderness.

[At the end of the Audience the Holy Father delivered a written greeting to the participants in the 24th Conference of the "International Catholic Jewish Liaison Committee"]

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