Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Saint June 13 : St. Anthony of Padua the Famous Patron of Lost , Travellors, and #Sailors

St. Anthony of Padua

1195, Lisbon, Portugal
13 June 1231, Padua
30 May 1232, Spoleto, Italy by Pope Gregory IX
Major Shrine:
Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua in Padua, Italy
Patron of:
animals; barrenness; Brazil; elderly people; faith in the Blessed Sacrament; fishermen; Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land; harvests; horses; Lisbon; lost articles; lower animals; mail; mariners; American Indians; oppressed people; Padua, Italy; poor people; Portugal; pregnant women; sailors; seekers of lost articles; shipwrecks; starvation; sterility; swineherds; Tigua Indians; travel hostesses; travellers; watermen
St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most famous disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a famous preacher and worker of miracles in his own day, and throughout the eight centuries since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known throughout the world.
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St. Anthony's Youth & Conversion

St. Anthony was born in the year 1195 A. D. at Lisbon (Portugal) where his father was a captain in the royal army. Already at the age of fifteen years, he had entered the Congregation of Canons Regular of St. Augustine and devoted himself with great earnestness both to study and to the practice of piety in the Monastery at Coimbra (Portugal).

About that time some of the first members of the Order of Friars Minor, which St. Francis has founded in 1206 A. D. came to Coimbra. They begged from the Canons Regular a small and very poor place, from which by their evangelical poverty and simplicity they edified everyone in the region. Then in 1219 A. D. some of these friars, moved by divine inspiration, went as missionaries to preach the Gospel of Christ to the inhabitants of Morocco. There they were brutally martyred for the Faith. Some Christian merchants succeeded in recovering their remains; and so brought their relics in triumph back to Coimbra.
The relics of St. Bernard and companions, the first martyrs of the Franciscan Order, seized St. Anthony with an intense desire to suffer martyrdom in a like manner. So moved by their heroic example he repeatedly begged and petitioned his superiors to be given leave to join the Franciscan Order. In the quiet little Franciscan convent at Coimbra he received a friendly reception, and in the same year his earnest wish to be sent to the missions in Africa was fulfilled.

St. Anthony's Arrival in Italy

But God had decreed otherwise. And so, St. Anthony scarcely set foot on African soil when he was seized with a grievous illness. Even after recovering from it, he was so weak that, resigning himself to the will of God, he boarded a boat back to Portugal. Unexpectedly a storm came upon them and drove the ship to the east where it found refuge on coast of Sicily. St. Anthony was greeted and given shelter by the Franciscans of that island, and thus came to be sent to Assisi, where the general chapter of the Order was held in May, 1221 A. D..

Since he still looked weak and sickly, and gave no evidence of his scholarship, no one paid any attention to the stranger until Father Gratian, the Provincial of friars living in the region of Romagna (Italy), had compassion on him and sent him to the quiet little convent near Forli (also in Italy). There St. Anthony remained nine months as chaplain to the hermits, occupied in the lowliest duties of the kitchen and convent, and to his heart's content he practiced interior as well as exterior mortification.

St. Anthony, Preacher and Teacher

 But the hidden jewel was soon to appear in all its brilliance. For the occasion of a ceremony of ordination some of the hermits along with St. Anthony were sent to the town of Forli. Before the ceremony was to begin, however, it was announced that the priest who was to give the sermon had fallen sick. The local superior, to avert the embarrassment of the moment, quickly asked the friars in attendance to volunteer. Each excused himself, saying that he was not prepared, until finally, St. Anthony was asked to give it. When he too, excused himself in a most humble manner, his superior ordered him by virtue of the  vow of obedience to give the sermon. St. Anthony began to speak in a very reserved manner; but soon holy animation seized him, and he spoke with such eloquence, learning and unction that everybody was fairly amazed.

When St. Francis was informed of the event, he gave St. Anthony the mission to preach throughout Italy. At the request of the brethren, St. Anthony was later commissioned also to teach theology, "but in such a manner," St. Francis distinctly wrote, " that the spirit of prayer be not extinguished either in yourself or in the other brethren." St. Anthony himself placed greater value in the salvation of souls than on learning. For that reason he never ceased to exercise his office as preacher despite his work of teaching.

The number of those who came to hear him was sometimes so great that no church was large enough to accommodate and so he had to preach in the open air. Frequently St. Anthony wrought veritable miracles of conversion. Deadly enemies were reconciled. Thieves and usurers made restitution. Calumniators and detractors recanted and apologized. He was so energetic in defending the truths of the Catholic Faith that many heretics returned to the Church. This occasioned the epitaph given him by Pope Gregory IX "the ark of the covenant."

In all his labors he never forgot the admonition of his spiritual father, St. Francis, that the spirit of prayer must not be extinguished. If he spent the day in teaching and heard the confession of sinners till late in the evening, then many hours of the night were spent in intimate union with God.

Once a man, at whose home St. Anthony was spending the night, came upon the saint and found him holding in his arms the Child Jesus, unspeakably beautiful and surrounded with heavenly light. For this reason St. Anthony is often depicted holding the Child Jesus.

St. Anthony's Death

In 1227 A. D., St. Anthony was elected Minister Provincial of the friars living in northern Italy. Thus he resumed the work of preaching. Due to his taxing labors and his austere penance, he soon felt his strength so spent that he prepared himself for death. After receiving the last sacraments he kept looking upward with a smile on his countenance. When he was asked what he saw there, he answered: "I see my Lord." He breathed forth his soul on June 13, 1231 A. D., being only thirty six year old. Soon the children in the streets of the city of Padua were crying: "The saint is dead, Anthony is dead."

Pope Gregory IX enrolled him among the saints in the very next year. At Padua, a magnificent basilica was built in his honor, his holy relics were entombed there in 1263 A. D. From the time of his death up to the present day, countless miracles have occurred through St. Anthony's intercession, so that he is known as the Wonder-Worker. In 1946 A. D. St. Anthony was declared a Doctor of the Church.
(Taken from the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate)

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France 24 reports that the Notre-Dame cathedral will host its first Holy Mass this weekend since a fire ravaged the Paris landmark almost two months ago, the city’s diocese said Tuesday. The mass led by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit will be celebrated on a very small scale late Saturday, the diocese said. It will take place in a “side chapel with a restricted number of people, for obvious security reasons,” it said. Just 20 people are expected to take part, including priests and canons from the cathedral.  The Holy Mass will be broadcast live by a French television channel so that Christians from all over France can participate, the diocese added. The date has been chosen as it is the anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral’s altar, which is celebrated every year on June 16.
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Pope Francis explains "- Obedient to Jesus' command - Remain united, united and persevering in prayer."


St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles: 2. "He was associated with the eleven apostles" (Acts 1:26).

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

We have begun a journey of catechesis that will follow the "journey": the journey of the Gospel narrated by the book of the Acts of the Apostles, because this book certainly shows the journey of the Gospel, how the Gospel has gone beyond, beyond, beyond ... Everything starts from the Resurrection of Christ. This, in fact, is not an event among others, but is the source of new life. The disciples know this and - obedient to Jesus' command - remain united, united and persevering in prayer. They huddle to Mary, the Mother, and prepare to receive the power of God not in a passive way, but consolidating the communion between them.

That first community was formed by 120 brothers and sisters more or less: a number that carries within itself the 12, emblematic for Israel, because it represents the twelve tribes, and emblematic for the Church, because of the twelve Apostles chosen by Jesus. now, after the painful events of the Passion, the Apostles of the Lord are no longer twelve, but eleven. One of them, Judas, is no longer there: he has taken his life crushed by remorse.

He had already begun to separate himself from communion with the Lord and with others, to do alone, to isolate himself, to cling to money to the point of exploiting the poor, to lose sight of the horizon of gratuitousness and self-giving, up to to allow the pride virus to infect his mind and heart, transforming him from a "friend" (Mt 26,50) into an enemy and into "leader of those who arrested Jesus" (Acts 1:16). Judas had received the great grace of being part of the group of intimate people of Jesus and of participating in his own ministry, but at a certain point he pretended to "save" his own life with the result of losing it (see Lk 9:24 ). He has ceased to belong to Jesus with his heart and has placed himself outside of communion with him and his own. He stopped being a disciple and placed himself above the Master. He sold it and with the "price of his crime" he bought land, which produced no fruit but was imbued with his own blood (see Acts 1: 18-19).

If Judas preferred death to life (see Dt 30:19; Sir 15.17) and followed the example of the wicked whose way is like darkness and goes to ruin (see Pr 4.19; Ps 1, 6), the Eleven instead choose life, the blessing, they become responsible in making it flow in turn in history, from generation to generation, from the people of Israel to the Church.

The evangelist Luke shows us that in the face of the abandonment of one of the Twelve, who has created a wound to the community body, it is necessary that his assignment pass to another. And who could hire him? Peter indicates the requirement: the new member must have been a disciple of Jesus from the beginning, that is, from baptism in the Jordan, to the end, that is, to ascension to Heaven (see Acts 1: 21-22). The group of the Twelve needs to be reconstituted. At this point the practice of community discernment is inaugurated, which consists in seeing reality with the eyes of God, in the perspective of unity and communion.

There are two candidates: Giuseppe Barsabba and Mattia. Then the whole community prays as follows: "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two you have chosen to take the place ... which Judas has abandoned" (Acts 1: 24-25). And, by fate, the Lord indicates Mattia, who is associated with the Eleven. Thus the body of the Twelve is re-established, a sign of communion, and communion wins over divisions, isolation, the mentality that absolutizes the private space, a sign that communion is the first witness that the Apostles offer. Jesus had said it: "By this all men will know that you are my disciples: if you have love for one another" (Jn 13:35).

The Twelve manifest the style of the Lord in the Acts of the Apostles. They are the accredited witnesses of Christ's work of salvation and do not manifest their presumed perfection to the world but, through the grace of unity, they bring out an Other who now lives in a new way among his people. And who is this? It is the Lord Jesus. The Apostles choose to live under the lordship of the Risen One in the unity among the brothers, which becomes the only possible atmosphere of the authentic gift of self.

We too need to rediscover the beauty of witnessing to the Risen, emerging from self-referential attitudes, renouncing holding back the gifts of God and not yielding to mediocrity. The reunification of the apostolic college shows how in the DNA of the Christian community there is unity and freedom from oneself, which allow us not to fear diversity, not to attach ourselves to things and gifts and to become martyres, that is luminous witnesses of God alive and active in history.
Je salue cordialement les pèlerins de langue française, en particulier les personnes venues du Gabon et de France. Alors que reprend le temps liturgique ordinaire, après la Pentecôte, efforçons-nous de témoigner jour après jour du Christ ressuscité dans notre vie, dans le don de soi et en communion avec nos frères. Que Dieu vous bénisse.
[Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini di lingua francese, in particolare quelli venuti dal Gabon e dalla Francia. Nel momento in cui riprende il tempo liturgico ordinario, dopo la Pentecoste, sforziamoci di testimoniare Cristo risorto nella nostra vita, nel dono di noi stessi e in comunione con i nostri fratelli. Dio vi benedica!]
I welcome all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from England, Ireland, Finland, Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Vietnam and the United States of America.  I offer a special greeting to the Divine Word Missionaries from Indonesia and the interreligious delegation from Hong Kong, led by Cardinal John Tong Hon.  Upon all of you I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Upon all of you I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God bless you!
[Do il benvenuto ai pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti all’Udienza odierna, specialmente a quelli provenienti da Inghilterra, Irlanda, Finlandia, Australia, Hong Kong, Corea, Indonesia, Filippine, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Vietnam e Stati Uniti d’America. Rivolgo un saluto particolare ai Missionari Verbiti venuti dall’Indonesia e alla Delegazione interreligiosa di Hong Kong, accompagnata dal Cardinale John Tong Hon. Su tutti voi invoco la gioia e la pace del Signore Gesù Cristo. Dio vi benedica!]
Einen herzlichen Gruß richte ich an die Pilger und Besucher deutscher Sprache. Indem wir hier in Rom Christen aus der ganzen Welt treffen, können wir die Einheit in der Vielfalt wirklich leben, wie Jesus es uns gezeigt hat. Ich wünsche euch einen frohen und geistlich stimulierenden Aufenthalt in der Ewigen Stadt. Der Herr segne euch und eure Familien!
[Rivolgo un cordiale saluto ai pellegrini di lingua tedesca. Incontrando qui a Roma i fedeli di tutto il mondo, possiate vivere veramente l’unità nella diversità, come Gesù ci ha indicato. Vi auguro un soggiorno lieto e spiritualmente stimolante nella Città Eterna. Il Signore benedica voi e le vostre famiglie!]
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española venidos de España y Latinoamérica. Pidamos al Señor el don de vivir bajo la señoría de Cristo, en unidad y libertad, como testigos de su Resurrección, para manifestar al mundo el amor y la misericordia de Dios que está presente y actúa en la historia de la humanidad. Que Dios los bendiga.
Queridos amigos de língua portuguesa, que hoje tomais parte neste Encontro: obrigado pela vossa presença e sobretudo pelas vossas orações! A todos vos saúdo, especialmente os peregrinos de Leça da Palmeira, Chaves e os grupos vindos do Brasil, desejando-vos que esta peregrinação fortaleça, nos vossos corações, o sentir e o viver em Igreja, sob o terno olhar da Virgem Mãe. Sobre vós e vossas famílias, desça a Bênção do Senhor!
[Cari amici di lingua portoghese, che oggi prendete parte a quest’Incontro: grazie per la vostra presenza e soprattutto per le vostre preghiere! Saluto tutti voi, in particolare i pellegrini di Leça da Palmeira, Chaves e i gruppi venuti dal Brasile, augurandovi che questo pellegrinaggio rafforzi, nei vostri cuori, il sentire e il vivere nella Chiesa, sotto il tenero sguardo della Vergine Madre. Su di voi e sulle vostre famiglie, scenda la Benedizione del Signore.]
أرحب بالحاضرين الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصة بالقادمين من مصر، ومن لبنان، ومن الشرق الأوسط. إن القيامة هي الإيمان الذي من أحشائه ولدت الكنيسة. فنور القائم من بين الأموات انتصر، في الجماعة الأولى، على النزعة الفردية وعلى الخوف من الآخر ودفع الكنيسة للانطلاق حتى أقاصي الأرض لتشهد لمحبة الله عبر المشاركة والشهادة والإخوة. ليبارككم الرب جميعا ويحرسكم دائمًا من الشرير!
[I extend a cordial welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, in particular those from Egypt, Lebanon and the Middle East. The Church was born from the lap of the Resurrection. The light of the Risen One, in the first community, defeated individualism and the fear of the other and led the Church to go to the ends of the earth to witness God's love, through sharing, witness and brotherhood. May the Lord bless you and always protect you from the evil one!]

Pozdrawiam serdecznie pielgrzymów polskich. Wiem, że wielu z was i tysiące waszych rodaków uczestniczyło w niedzielę w Marszach dla Życia, niosąc przesłanie, że życie jest święte, ponieważ jest darem Boga. Jesteśmy wezwani, by go bronić i służyć mu, już od poczęcia w łonie matki, aż po to starcze, często schorowane i cierpiące. Nie wolno życia niszczyć, czynić przedmiotem eksperymentów lub fałszywych koncepcji. Proszę módlcie się o szacunek dla życia ludzkiego, o zachowanie wartości ewangelicznych i rodzinnych. Z serca błogosławię wam i waszym bliskim.

I heartily greet Polish pilgrims. I know that many of you and thousands of your countrymen attended Sunday in March for Life, bearing the message that life is holy because it is God's gift. We are called to defend and serve him, from the conception in the womb of the mother, until she is old, often sick and suffering. You must not destroy life, make experiments or false ideas. Please, pray for respect for human life, for the preservation of evangelical and family values. I bless you and your loved ones from my heart.
I warmly welcome the Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the Institutes that celebrate their respective General Chapters: the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and the Regular Third Order of St. Francis.

I welcome parish groups, especially those from Corridonia, Latina and Andria.

I affectionately greet the new priests of Brescia and the Delegation of the Russian Orthodox Priests.

I am particularly interested in young people, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds. Tomorrow is the liturgical memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, a distinguished preacher and patron of the poor and suffering. His intercession helps you to experience the help of divine mercy.

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#BreakingNews Catholic Underground Bishop Dies under house arrest by Government in China - RIP Bish. Stefano Li Side

No public funeral for Msgr. Stefano Li Side, bishop of Tianjin
by Wang Zhicheng
The underground bishop died on June 8. FHe had been exiled to a mountain village under house arrest since 1992. But many official priests have expressed obedience to him. Bishop Li suffered years of imprisonment for refusing to belong to the Patriotic Association and 17 years of forced labor camps.

Tianjin (AsiaNews) - No public funeral is scheduled for Msgr. Stefano Li Side, bishop of Tianjin, recognized by the Holy See, but not by the government. Bishop Li died Saturday, June 8, after a long illness, at the age of 92. The Patriotic Association, to which Msgr. Li had always refused to belong, has forbidden the burial of his body in the Catholic cemetery.

The faithful of the Tianjin underground community are currently negotiating with the local government for a possible funeral ceremony at the city level. One of the faithful told AsiaNews that "the local government is much more civil than the PA". Until now, permission has only been given to carry out masses and funeral orations in every church of the diocese. The body of the bishop, after his death, was placed in a funeral parlor (a lay mortuary) and not in the cathedral of St. Joseph (Xikai) in Tianjin.

Two days ago, some underground priests who wanted to pay homage to the bishops remains were allowed to enter the funeral parlor and hold a funeral prayer for only 10 minutes. This morning they were not allowed to take part in mass in church.

Msgr. Stefano Li Side was born on 3 October 1927 in Zunhua (Tangshan, Hebei), from a long-established Catholic family, with six brothers and sisters. From childhood he felt the vocation to consecrate himself to the Lord and in 1940 he entered the local minor seminary. In 1945 he moved to the minor seminary in Tianjin; in 1949 he entered the major seminary of Wen Sheng in Beijing and on July 10, 1955 he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Tianjin.

Following Mao Zedong's seizure of power and the launch of the Patriotic Association, to control the Church and create an "independent" community, he was arrested in 1958. Released on 16 February 1962, he returned to service in the cathedral of Saint Joseph in Tianjin, but was again arrested and imprisoned in 1963 until 1980, sentenced to forced labor camps.

Returning again to the Cathedral of St. Joseph, on June 15, 1982 he was ordained bishop of the Diocese of Tianjin in secret, but he was not recognized by the government. In 1989, after his participation in the Assembly of the Chinese Bishops' Conference at Zhang Er Ce - which asked the government for greater religious freedom - he was imprisoned for the third time. In 1991 he was released and returned to St. Joseph's Cathedral in Tianjin. In 1992 he was forced by the authorities to move to the village of Liang Zhuang Zi, in the mountains, in the Ji Xian district (Tianjin), under house arrest, where he remained until his death.

Since 1992, the government has succeeded in placing Msgr. Giuseppe Shi Hongchen as official bishop of Tianjin. Msgr. Shi Hongchen came from the underground Church and was ordained auxiliary bishop precisely by Msgr. Li in 1982. He died in 2006. Since 2007, most of the priests of the official Church have expressed obedience to Msgr. Li Side. Tianjin Church also has a coadjutor bishop (underground), Msgr. Melchiorre Shi Hongzhen, 92, also under house arrest in the region's mountains.

The Diocese of Tianjin has about 100 thousand faithful, cared for by 40 official and 20 underground priests. Over 40 official and 20 underground sisters are also present.

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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 361

Reading 12 COR 3:4-11

Brothers and sisters:
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.
Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit
for anything as coming from us;
rather, our qualification comes from God,
who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant,
not of letter but of spirit;
for the letter brings death, but the Spirit gives life.

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, was so glorious
that the children of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses
because of its glory that was going to fade,
how much more will the ministry of the Spirit be glorious?
For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious,
the ministry of righteousness will abound much more in glory.
Indeed, what was endowed with glory
has come to have no glory in this respect
because of the glory that surpasses it.
For if what was going to fade was glorious,
how much more will what endures be glorious.

Responsorial PsalmPS 99:5, 6, 7, 8, 9

R.(see 9c) Holy is the Lord our God.
Extol the LORD, our God,
and worship at his footstool;
holy is he!
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
and Samuel, among those who called upon his name;
they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
From the pillar of cloud he spoke to them;
they heard his decrees and the law he gave them.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
O LORD, our God, you answered them;
a forgiving God you were to them,
though requiting their misdeeds.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
Extol the LORD, our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for holy is the LORD, our God.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.

AlleluiaPS 25:4B, 5A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Teach me your paths, my God,
and guide me in your truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 5:17-19

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven."