Sunday, June 16, 2019

Saint June 17 : St. Avitus an Abbot who Died in 530 AD

St. Avitus

ST. AVITUS was a native of Orleans, and, retiring into Auvergne, took the monastic habit, together with St. Calais, in the abbey of Menat, at that time very small, though afterward enriched by Queen Brunehault, and by St. Boner, Bishop of Clermont. The two Saints soon after returned to Miscy, a famous abbey situated a league and a half below Orleans. It was founded toward the end of the reign of Clovis I. by St. Euspicius, a holy priest, honored on the 14th of June, and his nephew St. Maximin or Mesnim, whose name this monastery, which is now of the Cistercian Order, bears. Many call St. Maximin the first abbot, others St. Euspicius the first, St. Maximin the second, and St. Avitus the third. But our Saint and St. Calais made not a long stay at Miscy, though St. Maximin gave them a gracious reception. In quest of a closer retirement, St. Avitus, who had succeeded St. Maximin, soon after resigned the abbacy, and with St. Calais lived a recluse in the territory now called Dunois, on the frontiers of La Perche. Others joining them, St. Calais retired into a forest in Maine, and King Clotaire built a church and monastery for St. Avitus and his companions. This is at present a Benedictine nunnery, called St. Avy of Chateaudun, and is situated on the Loire, at the foot of the hill on which the town of Chateaudun is built, in the diocese of Chartres. Three famous monks, Leobin, afterwards Bishop of Chartres, Euphronius, and Rusticus, attended our Saint to his happy death, which happened about the year 530. His body was carried to Orleans, and buried with great pomp in that city.

(Taken from Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler)

Happy Father's Day! Special Prayers to Say for Fathers to Share! #FathersDay

God, Our Father God, our Father Bless these men, that they may find strength as fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. -
 Author Unknown - Source: Xavier Univ.
St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect all the fathers who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done.
St. John XXIII
A Prayer for a Father to say to St. Joseph
Saint Joseph look I am tired tonight,
But somehow I think that you care;
For being a father and one who works
Are things that both of us share.
It tires a man, yet the heart is high,
For, Patron Saint, it’s all worthwhile.
Its rich reward is a loving wife,
And joyous light in a child’s smile.
O, father, worker, bear with me,
Help me, Saint Joseph, to do my best,
To love and protect my family
‘Til work shall cease and heaven is rest.

Pope Francis at Mass says "Everyone can do a little good, without waiting for others to start." Full Text Homily




Piazza Cavour (Camerino)
Sunday, June 16, 2019

"What is man ever because you remember him?" We prayed in the Psalm (8.5). These words came to my mind thinking of you. Faced with what you have seen and suffered, in front of collapsed houses and buildings reduced to rubble, comes this question: what is man ever? What is it, if what you raise can collapse in an instant? What is it if its hope can end in dust? What is man ever? The answer seems to come from the continuation of the sentence: what is the man because you remember him? Of us, as we are, with our frailties, God remembers. In the uncertainty that we feel outside and inside, the Lord gives us a certainty: He remembers us. He is re-corded, that is, he returns with his heart to us, because we care about Him. And while too many things are quickly forgotten here, God does not leave us in oblivion. No one is contemptible in his eyes, each has an infinite value for him: we are small under heaven and powerless when the earth trembles, but for God we are more precious than anything.

Remember is a key word for life. We ask for the grace to remember every day that we are not forgotten by God, that we are his beloved children, unique and irreplaceable: remembering it gives us the strength not to give up before the setbacks of life. We remember how much we are worth, in front of the temptation to be sad and to continue to dig up the worst that seems to never end. Bad memories arrive, even when we don't think about them; but they pay badly: they leave only melancholy and nostalgia. But how difficult it is to free yourself from bad memories! That saying is valid, according to which it was easier for God to get Israel out of Egypt than Egypt from the heart of Israel.

To free the heart from the past that returns, from the negative memories that keep prisoners, from the regrets that paralyze, you need someone to help us carry the weights that we have inside. Today Jesus says that we are not "capable of bearing the burden" of many things (see Jn 16:12). And what does it do in the face of our weakness? It does not take away the burdens, as we would like, that we are always looking for quick and superficial solutions; no, the Lord gives us the Holy Spirit. We need Him because he is the Comforter, the One who does not leave us alone under the burdens of life. It is He who transforms our slave memory into free memory, the wounds of the past into memories of salvation. He does in us what he has done for Jesus: his wounds, those ugly wounds carved by evil, by the power of the Holy Spirit have become channels of mercy, luminous wounds in which God's love shines, a love that rises, that resurrects. This is what the Holy Spirit does when we invite Him into our wounds. He anoints bad memories with the balm of hope, because the Holy Spirit is the reconstructor of hope.

Hope. What hope is this? It is not a passing hope. Earthly hopes are fleeting, they always have the expiration date: they are made of earthy ingredients, which sooner or later go bad. That of the Spirit is a long-lasting hope. It does not expire, because it is based on the fidelity of God. The hope of the Spirit is not even optimism. Born deeper, it rekindles at the bottom of the heart the certainty of being precious because loved. It instills the confidence of not being alone. It is a hope that leaves peace and joy inside, regardless of what happens outside. It is a hope that has strong roots, which no storm of life can uproot. It is a hope, says St. Paul today, that "does not disappoint" (Rom 5: 5) - hope does not disappoint! -, which gives the strength to overcome all tribulations (see vv. 2-3). When we are troubled or wounded - and you know well what it means to be troubled, wounded -, we are led to "nest" around our sadness and our fears. The Spirit, on the other hand, frees us from our nests, makes us take flight, discloses to us the wonderful destiny for which we were born. The Spirit feeds us with living hope. Invite him. Let us ask him to come to us and he will come near. Come, Comforter Spirit! Come give us some light, give us the sense of this tragedy, give us the hope that does not disappoint. Come, Holy Spirit!
Proximity is the third and final word I would like to share with you. Today we celebrate the Holy Trinity. The Trinity is not a theological puzzle, but the splendid mystery of God's closeness. The Trinity tells us that we do not have a solitary God up there in heaven, distant and indifferent; no, he is the Father who gave us his Son, who became man like us, and who, to be even closer to us, to help us carry the burdens of life, sends us his own Spirit. He, who is Spirit, comes into our spirit and so consoles us from within, brings us the tenderness of God within us. With God the burdens of life do not remain on our shoulders: the Spirit, whom we name every time we make the sign of the cross just as we touch our backs, comes to give us strength, to encourage us, to support the weights. In fact, he is a specialist in resurrecting, raising, rebuilding. It takes more strength to repair than to build, to start over and start again, to reconcile and to agree. This is the strength that God gives us. Therefore whoever comes close to God does not come down, he goes on: he starts again, he tries again, he rebuilds. He also suffers, but manages to start over, to try again, to rebuild.

Dear brothers and sisters, I have come today simply to be near you; I am here to pray with you, God who remembers us, because no one forgets who is in trouble. I pray to the God of hope, because what is unstable on earth does not shake the certainty we have inside. I pray to the Near God, to stir up concrete gestures of proximity. Almost three years have passed and the risk is that, after the first emotional and media involvement, the attention will drop and the promises will end up on the back burner, increasing the frustration of those who see the territory becoming more and more crowded. The Lord instead pushes to remember, to repair, to rebuild, and to do it together, without ever forgetting those who suffer.
What is the man because you remember him? God who remembers us, God who heals our wounded memories by anointing them with hope, God who is close to us to rise from within, this God helps us to be builders of good, consolers of hearts. Everyone can do a little good, without waiting for others to start. "I'll start, I'll start, I'll start": everyone has to say this. Everyone can console someone, without waiting for his problems to be solved. Even carrying my cross, I try to get closer to console others. What is man ever? It is your big dream, Lord, that you always remember. Man is your great dream, Lord, of which you always remember. It is not easy to understand this in these circumstances, Lord. Men forget about us, they don't remember this tragedy. But you, Lord, do not forget yourself. Man is your great dream Lord, which you always remember. Lord, let us also remember that we are in the world to give hope and closeness, because we are your children, "God of all consolation" (2 Cor 1: 3).
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RIP Director Franco Zeffirelli who made the film "Jesus of Nazareth" - Death at age 96

The director Franco Zeffirelli died in his home in Rome on June 15, 2019. Many Italians know the Gospel thanks to the great work of Zeffirelli: his 'Jesus of Nazareth'. Vatican News paid tribute to Zeffirelli noting that the film "Jesus of Nazareth" had a spiritual conception behind it. They noted that this film brought the Gospel message to many people.

 Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli KBE, Grande Ufficiale OMRI was born on the 12th of February 1923. The famous director and producer died on 15 June 2019. He was also an Italian senator (1994–2001) for the Italian centre-right Forza Italia party.
He directed the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He also made the film "Brother Sun and Sister Moon", which brings us back to the life of Francis of Assisi. His 1967 version of The Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton remains the best-known film adaptation of that play. His miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (1977) won acclaim.  Zeffirelli also received an honorary knighthood from the British government in 2004 when he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Zeffirelli was born Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli in the outskirts of Florence, Tuscany, Italy. He was the child of an affair between Florentine Alaide Garosi, a fashion designer and Ottorino Corsi, from Vinci. As both were married, Alaide did not give her surname or Corsi's for her child. She came up with "Zeffiretti" which are the "little breezes" however, it was misspelled in the register and became Zeffirelli. Zeffirelli was a descendent of one of Leonardo da Vinci's siblings. Zeffirelli graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze in 1941 and, following his father's advice, entered the University of Florence to study art and architecture.

Pope Francis asks the Holy Virgin Mary "...with her motherly presence, also help the Church today to give good witness to the Gospel."



Sunday, June 16, 2019

Yesterday, in Pozzomaggiore, in Sardinia, Blessed Edvige Carboni was proclaimed, a simple woman of the people who embraced the Cross in her humble everyday life, bearing witness to faith and charity. We give thanks for this faithful disciple of Christ, who spent all his life in the service of God and neighbor. A round of applause for the new Blessed, all!

We want to remember the refugees in particular, on the occasion of the World Day that the United Nations dedicates to them. This anniversary invites everyone to solidarity with men, women and children fleeing wars, persecution and violations of fundamental rights. May our ecclesial and civil communities be close to them and attentive to their needs and sufferings.

I am also following with concern the growing tensions in the Persian Gulf. I urge everyone to use diplomacy tools to solve the complex problems of conflicts in the Middle East. I also renew a heartfelt appeal to the international community to make every effort possible to foster dialogue and peace.

At the end of this celebration, I cordially greet all of you present here. I extend my greeting with affection to the sick, to the elderly, to prisoners, and to all those who, through radio and television, have united spiritually to this Holy Mass. I express my heartfelt thanks to all those - institutions, organizations, associations and individuals - who have worked for my brief but intense visit, generously collaborating with the Archdiocese of Camerino-San Severino Marche. I would like to send a special greeting and encouragement to the inhabitants of San Severino Marche, who will greet their city from above by helicopter.

Dear brothers and sisters, may you walk together in the path of faith, hope and charity, faithful to the many testimonies of holiness your land is rich with. I think, among others, of San Venanzio, San Severino, Sant’Ansovino, San Nicola da Tolentino, San Pacifico, and Beata Battista Varano. I am also thinking of the numerous figures of "saints next door" who are not beatified or canonized, but who have supported - and argue - and transformed families and communities with the strength of their Christian life.

And now let us recite together the prayer of the Angelus. I entrust the entire Diocesan Community to the Holy Virgin, whom you venerate in numerous Shrines and whom you invoke especially with the title of Santa Maria in Via. May she, who animated the first community of Jesus' disciples with her motherly presence, also help the Church today to give good witness to the Gospel.

Angelus Domini ...

Watch the 1st Mass Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris since the Fire - a Re-dedication by Archbishop Aupetit

Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, France, on Saturday June 15, 2019 held its first mass since a damaging fire two months ago on April 15. Archbishop Michel Aupetit, of Paris, presided over the Mass. French Minister of Culture Franck Riester said that only 9% of the $955 million in donations that had been promised to Notre Dame’s reconstruction had actually been received, according to Agence France-Press. According to reports the billionaires that pledged large monetary support have not provided the money they promised.  The mass was held a day before an annual celebration of the consecration of the church’s altar, known as the feast of the Dedication of Our Lady, and Aupetit prayed before the statue of the Virgin Mary, saying that he was thankful to be there. A small group of about 30 people attended the mass, including the church’s clergy, worshipers, media and construction workers. The mass was also transmitted live on a French Catholic TV station, and dozens of other Catholics attended the service from outside the cathedral, watching on their phones. The small group convened in a chapel behind the large gold-covered cross that was miraculously found intact after the fire. For safety reasons, those attending the mass were asked to wear hard hats inside the church. With information from ABC news

Pope Francis on Visit to People of Camerino " I am close to each of you." Full Video



Changing room
Sunday, June 16, 2019


After visiting some families, the Holy Father addressed the following words to the people gathered outside.

Good morning!

Good morning to all of you. I would have liked to visit all the houses, every house ... But it is not possible and for this I greet you from here and I give the blessing to all of you. I am close to each of you. I'm close. And I pray for you, because this situation will be resolved as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and courage. You pray for me. Now I will come down to greet you.
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Powerful Novena to the Most Holy Trinity with Litany and Chaplet Prayers to Share!

The Litany of the Most Holy Trinity
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Blessed be the holy Trinity and undivided Unity;  We will give glory to Him, because He hath shown His mercy to us.
V. O Lord our Lord, how wonderful is Thy Name in all the earth!  R. O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God!
Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.  Blessed Trinity, hear us.  Adorable Unity, graciously 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, etc.  Holy Trinity, One God,  Father from Whom are all things,  Son through Whom are all things,  Holy Ghost in Whom are all things,  Holy and undivided Trinity,  Father everlasting,  Only-begotten Son of the Father,  Spirit Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,  Co-eternal Majesty of Three Divine Persons,  Father, the Creator,  Son, the Redeemer,  Holy Ghost, the Comforter,  Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts,  Who art, Who wast, and Who art to come,  God Most High, Who inhabitest eternity,  To Whom alone are due all honor and glory,  Who alone doest great wonders,  Power infinite,  Wisdom incomprehensible,  Love unspeakable,
Be  merciful,  Spare us, O Holy Trinity.  Be  merciful,  Graciously hear us, O Holy Trinity.
From all evil,  Deliver us, O Holy Trinity.  From all sin,  Deliver us, O Holy Trinity.  From all pride, etc.  From all love of riches,  From all uncleanness,  From all sloth,  From all inordinate affection,  From all envy and malice,  From all anger and impatience,  From every thought, word, and deed contrary to Thy holy law,  From Thine everlasting malediction,  Through Thine almighty power,  Through Thy plenteous loving kindness,  Through the exceeding treasure of Thy goodness and love,  Through the depths of Thy wisdom and knowledge,  Through all Thy unspeakable perfections,  We sinners  Beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may ever serve Thee alone,  We beseech Thee, hear us.  That we may worship Thee in spirit and in truth,  We beseech Thee, hear us.  That we may love Thee with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength, etc.  That, for Thy sake, we may love our neighbor as ourselves,  That we may faithfully keep Thy holy commandments,  That we may never defile our bodies and souls with sin,  That we may go from grace to grace, and from virtue to virtue,  That we may finally enjoy the sight of Thee in glory,  That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to hear us,
O Blessed Trinity,  We beseech Thee, deliver us.  O Blessed Trinity,  We beseech Thee, save us.  O Blessed Trinity,  Have mercy on us.  Lord, have mercy,  Christ, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.
Our Father [silently]. Hail Mary [silently].
V. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in the firmament of Heaven,  R. And worthy to be praised, and glorious, and highly exalted forever.
Let Us Pray. Almighty and everlasting God, Who hast granted Thy servants in the confession of the True Faith, to acknowledge the glory of an Eternal Trinity, and in the power of Thy majesty to adore a Unity: we beseech Thee that by the strength of this faith we may be defended from all adversity. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. R. Amen. 
 Litany from Catholic Tradition
NOVENA to the Most Holy Trinity
( Say for 9 days - Each day Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be)
God Eternal Father, bless me through the love with which You have begotten Your only Son from all eternity and shared with Him the fullness of Your Divinity. Bless me through the love which has adopted us as children, and made us partakers of the treasures of Your Divinity. Bless me through the love which sent us Your Son and the Holy Spirit to work the miracles of Your power and mercy in us. Grant that I may always revere and honor You as my great God, and love You with my whole heart as the best of fathers. Eternal Father, grant my petition:
(Mention your request)
God Eternal Son, image of the splendor of the Father, bless me through the love with which You surround us, Your poor creatures. You have become our Brother according to the flesh to make us Your brothers according to Your Divinity, and an image of Your splendor. Bless me through the marvelous goodness of Your Sacred Heart which chose death to bring us life. Bless me through the love with which You plead for us before the throne of God, in the Blessed Sacrament, and with which You give Yourself to us in Holy Communion. Grant that all this love and bitter pain may not be lost on me. Eternal Son, grant my petition:
(Mention your request)
God Holy Spirit, mutual Love of the Father and the Son, bless me through the love with which You proceed from the Father and the Son and unite Them in eternal unity. Bless me through the love with which You give Yourself to us as our greatest Gift, dispensing Your Divine graces to us and transforming sinners into children of God. Bless me through the love with which You dwell in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through Whose merits the earth is filled with grace, and made a dwelling place for the God of heaven. Grant that I, Your faithful servant, may always allow You to lead me so I may advance in virtue and reach eternal happiness. Eternal Holy Spirit, grant my petition:
(Mention your request)
Most Holy Trinity, Godhead indivisible, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, our first beginning and our last end, You have made us after Your own image and likeness. Grant that all the thoughts of my mind, all the words of my mouth, all the affections of my heart, and all my actions be always conformed to Your holy Will. After having seen You here below in Your manifestations and by faith, may I come at last to see You face to face in the perfect possession of You forever in heaven. Amen.
Prayer: Almighty and Everlasting God, by the profession of the true faith, You have given us, Your servants, grace to acknowledge the glory of the Eternal Trinity, and in the power of Your Divine Majesty to worship the Unity. We beg You to grant that, by our fidelity in this same faith, we may always be defended from all dangers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Novena from American Needs Fatima
+ In the name of the Father,  and of the Son,  and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. V. Lord, open my lips. R. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. V. God, come to my assistance. R. Lord, make haste to help me. V. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, R. As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen. The decade below is recited three times, once for each member of the Trinity.  All: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon 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. The following is repeated nine times:      V. O Blessed Trinity, to you be praise, and glory, and thanksgiving, for ever and ever! R. Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of hosts. Heaven and earth are filled with your glory. After the ninth time is said: V. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, R. As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen. After the three decades: With all our heart and voice we acknowledge you,  we praise you, and we bless you, O God the Unbegotten Father,  the Only-begotten Son,  and Holy Spirit, the Comforter;  one,  holy and undivided Trinity. Glory to you forever. V. Let us bless the Father, and the Son with the Holy Spirit. R. Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.  Let us pray God our Father,  who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery, grant us, we pray,  that in professing the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. R.  Amen All: O Blessed Trinity, free us, save us, and enliven us. + May God the Father,  who has granted us salvation in Christ, his Son,  and in the Holy Spirit, and has given joy to the whole world, shower  us with his graces and his love. R. Amen.
Chaplet from Ibreviary