Sunday, June 23, 2019

Saint June 24 : Birth of St. John the Baptist the Patron of Baptism , Epilepsy and Motorways

Birth of St. John the Baptist
Feast: June 24
THE birth of St. John was foretold by an angel of the Lord to his father, Zachary, who was offering incense in the Temple. It was the office of St. John to prepare the way for Christ, and before he was born into the world he began to live for the Incarnate God. Even in the womb he knew the presence of Jesus and of Mary, and he leaped with joy at the glad coming of the son of man. In his youth he remained hidden, because He for Whom he waited was hidden also. But before Christ's public life began, a divine impulse led St. John into the desert; there, with locusts for his food and haircloth on his skin, in silence and in prayer, he chastened his own soul. Then, as crowds broke in upon his solitude, he warned them to flee from the wrath to come, and gave them the baptism of penance, while they confessed their sins. At last there stood in the crowd One Whom St. John did not know, till a voice within told him that it was his Lord.
With the baptism of St. John, Christ began His penance for the sins of His people, and St. John saw the Holy Ghost descend in bodily form upon Him. Then the Saint's work was done. He had but to point his own disciples to the Lamb, he had but to decrease as Christ increased. He saw all men leave him and go after Christ. "I told you," he said, "that I am not the Christ. The friend of the Bridegroom rejoiceth because of the Bridegroom's voice. This my joy therefore is fulfilled." St. John had been cast into the fortress of Machærus by a worthless tyrant whose crimes be had rebuked, and he was to remain there till he was beheaded, at the will of a girl who danced before this wretched king. In this time of despair, if St. John could have known despair, some of his old disciples visited him. St. John did not speak to them of himself, but he sent them to Christ, that they might see the proofs of His mission. Then the Eternal Truth pronounced the panegyric of the Saint who had lived and breathed for Him alone: "Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist" (Taken from Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler)

Pope Francis at Corpus Christi Mass says "Before the Eucharist, Jesus made the Bread, this humble Bread that contains the whole of the Church, we praise God..." with Procession - Full Text




Parish of S. Maria Consolatrice in Casalbertone (Rome)
Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Word of God helps us today to rediscover two simple verbs, two essential verbs for everyday life: to say and to give.

To say. In the first reading, Melchizedek says: "Blessed be Abram of the Most High God, and blessed is the Most High God" (Gen 14,19-20). Melchisedek's saying is to bless. He blesses Abraham, in whom all the families of the earth will be blessed (see Gen 12: 3; Gal 3: 8). Everything starts from the blessing: the words of good generate a story of good. The same happens in the Gospel: before multiplying the loaves, Jesus blesses them: "he took the five loaves, raised his eyes to heaven, recited the blessing on them, broke them and gave them to the disciples" (Lk 9,16). The blessing makes food for a multitude of five loaves: it makes a waterfall of good flow.

Why is blessing good for you? Because it is turning the word into a gift. When you bless, you don't do something for yourself, but for others. To bless is not to say good words, it is not to use words of circumstance: no; it is to say well, to say with love. Thus did Melchizedek, spontaneously saying good of Abraham, without his having said or done anything for him. This is what Jesus did, showing the meaning of the blessing with the free distribution of bread. How many times we too have been blessed, in church or in our homes, how many times we have received words that have done us good, or a sign of the cross on the forehead ... We have become blessed on the day of Baptism, and at the end of each Mass we are blessed . The Eucharist is a school of blessing. God says well about us, his beloved children, and so encourages us to move forward. And we bless God in our assemblies (see Psalm 68:27), rediscovering the taste of praise, which frees and heals the heart. We come to Mass with the certainty of being blessed by the Lord, and we go out to bless in turn, to be channels of good in the world.

Also for us: it is important that we Pastors remember to bless God's people. Dear priests, do not be afraid to bless, bless the people of God; dear priests, go ahead with the blessing: the Lord wishes to speak well of his people, he is happy to make his affection felt for us. And only from blessed can we bless others with the same anointing of love. It is sad to see how easily the opposite is done today: he curses himself, despises himself, insults himself. Taken from too much frenzy, there is no holding and unleashing anger on everything and everyone. Often unfortunately those who cry louder and louder, those who are more angry seem to be right and to gather consensus. Let us not allow ourselves to be inflamed by arrogance, let us not be invaded by bitterness, we who eat the Bread that carries every sweetness in it. God's people love praise, they do not live by complaints; it is made for blessings, not for lamentations. Before the Eucharist, Jesus made the Bread, this humble Bread that contains the whole of the Church, we learn to bless what we have, to praise God, to bless and not to curse our past, to give good words to others.

The second verb is give. "To say" is followed by "giving", as for Abraham, who, blessed by Melchizedek, "gave him the tenth of everything" (Gen 14,20). As for Jesus who, after reciting the blessing, gave bread to be distributed, thus revealing the most beautiful meaning: bread is not just a consumer product, it is a means of sharing. In fact, surprisingly, in the story of the multiplication of the loaves we never talk of multiplying. On the contrary, the verbs used are "to break, to give, to distribute" (see Lk 9,16). In short, multiplication is not emphasized, but con-division. It is important: Jesus does not do magic, he does not transform the five loaves into five thousand and then say: "Now distribute them". No. Jesus prays, blesses those five loaves and begins to break them, trusting the Father. And those five loaves never end. This is not magic, it is trust in God and in his providence.

In the world we always try to increase profits, to increase turnover ... Yes, but what is the purpose? Is it giving or having? Sharing or accumulating? The "economy" of the Gospel multiplies sharing, nourishes, distributes, does not satisfy the voracity of a few, but gives life to the world (see Jn 6:33). Not to have, but to give is the word of Jesus.
The request that he makes to the disciples is peremptory: "You give them food" (Lk 9:13). Let's try to imagine the reasoning that the disciples will have done: "We have no bread for us and we must think of others. Why should we feed them, if they came to listen to our Master? If they haven't brought food, go home, it's their problem, or they give us money and we'll buy. " They are not wrong arguments, but they are not those of Jesus, who does not hear reasons: you give them food yourself. What we have brings fruit if we give it - this is what Jesus means -; and it doesn't matter whether it is little or a lot. The Lord does great things with our smallness, as with the five loaves. He does not perform miracles with spectacular actions, he does not have a magic wand, but he acts with humble things. That of God is a humble omnipotence, made only of love. And love does great things with little things. The Eucharist teaches us this: there is God enclosed in a piece of bread. Simple, essential, bread broken and shared, the Eucharist we receive transmits to us the mentality of God. And it leads us to give ourselves to others the antidote against "I am sorry, but it does not concern me", against the "I do not have time, I can't, it's not my business ”. Against looking the other side.

In our city hungry for love and care, which suffers from degradation and abandonment, in front of so many lonely elderly people, families in difficulty, young people struggling to earn their bread and feed their dreams, the Lord tells you: "You yourself give them food ”. And you can answer: "I have little, I am not capable for these things". It is not true, your little is so much in the eyes of Jesus if you do not keep it for yourself, if you put it into play. You too, get in the game. And you are not alone: ​​you have the Eucharist, the Bread of the journey, the Bread of Jesus. Also tonight we will be nourished by his given Body. If we welcome it with the heart, this Bread will unleash in us the power of love: we will feel blessed and loved, and we will want to bless and love, starting from here, from our city, from the roads that we will travel tonight. The Lord comes on our roads to say good, to say good about us and to give us courage, to give courage to us. He also asks us to be a blessing and a gift.

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Powerful Prayer to Jesus in the Eucharist - The Litany of the Blessed Sacrament to Share!

Lord, have mercy. – Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. – Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. – Lord, have mercy.
God our Father in heaven, – have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, – have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, – have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, – have mercy on us.
Word made flesh and living among us,
– Christ, have mercy on us. (Repeat after every line)
Pure and acceptable sacrifice,
Hidden manna from above,
Living bread that came down from above,
Bread of life for a hungry world,
Chalice of blessing,
Precious blood that washes away our sins,
Memorial of God’s undying love,
Food that lasts for eternal life,
Mystery of faith,
Medicine of immortality,
Food of God’s chosen,
Perpetual presence in our tabernacles,
Viaticum of those who die in the Lord,
Pledge of future glory,
Be merciful, – Spare us, O Lord
Be merciful, – Graciously hear us, O Lord.
By the great longing you had to eat the Passover with your disciples, –
O Lord, Deliver us. (Repeat after every line)
By your humility in washing their feet,
By your loving gift of this divine sacrament,
By the five wounds of your precious body,
By your sacrificial death on the cross,
By the piercing of your Sacred Heart,
By your rising to new life,
By your gift of the Paraclete Spirit,
By your return in glory to judge the living and the dead,
(Pause for silent prayer.)
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, – have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, – have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, – have mercy on us.
He gave them bread from heaven to be their food, – and this bread contains all goodness. Let us pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of your suffering and death. May our worship of this sacrament of your Body and Blood help us to experience the salvation you won for us and the peace of your kingdom, where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Pope Francis says " Whenever we approach the altar to receive the Eucharist, we must truly renew our "amen" to the Body of Christ." at Angelus

St. Peter's Square at Angelus
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today, in Italy and in other nations, the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Domini, is celebrated. The Gospel presents the episode of the miracle of the loaves (see Lk 9: 11-17) that takes place on the shore of the lake of Galilee. Jesus is intent on speaking to thousands of people, doing healing. At nightfall, the disciples approach the Lord and tell Him: "Give up the crowd to go to the villages and the surrounding countryside, to lodge and find food" (v. 12). Even the disciples were tired. In fact they were in an isolated place, and people had to walk and go to the villages to buy food. And Jesus sees this and answers: "You give them food" (v. 13). These words provoke the astonishment of the disciples. They did not understand, perhaps they were also angry, and they replied: "We have only five loaves and two fish, unless we go to buy food for all these people" (ibid.).

Instead, Jesus invites his disciples to make a true conversion from the logic of "each one for himself" to that of sharing, starting from the little that Providence makes available to us. And he immediately shows that he is clear about what he wants to do. He tells them: "Let them sit in groups of about fifty" (v. 14). Then he takes in his hands the five loaves and the two fishes, turns to the heavenly Father and pronounces the prayer of blessing. Therefore, he begins to break the loaves, to divide the fish, and to give them to the disciples, who distribute them to the crowd. And that food does not end until everyone has been satisfied.

This miracle - very important, so true that it is told by all the Evangelists - manifests the power of the Messiah and, at the same time, his compassion: Jesus has compassion on the people. That prodigious gesture not only remains as one of the great signs of Jesus' public life, but anticipates what will eventually be the memorial of his sacrifice, that is, the Eucharist, the sacrament of his Body and his Blood given for the salvation of world.

The Eucharist is the synthesis of the whole existence of Jesus, which was a single act of love for the Father and brothers. There too, as in the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, Jesus took the bread in his hands, raised the blessing prayer to the Father, broke the bread and gave it to the disciples; and he did the same with the wine glass. But at that moment, on the eve of his Passion, he wanted to leave in that gesture the Testament of the new and eternal Covenant, a perpetual memorial of his Easter of death and resurrection. Every year the feast of Corpus Christi invites us to renew the wonder and joy for this wonderful gift of the Lord, which is the Eucharist. Let us welcome him with gratitude, not in a passive, habitual way. We must not get used to the Eucharist and go and tell us as if by habit: no! Whenever we approach the altar to receive the Eucharist, we must truly renew our "amen" to the Body of Christ. When the priest tells us "the Body of Christ", we say "amen": but that it is an "amen" that comes from the heart, convinced. It is Jesus, it is Jesus who saved me, it is Jesus who comes to give me the strength to live. It is Jesus, living Jesus. But we must not get used to it: every time as if it were the first communion.

Expression of the Eucharistic faith of the holy people of God are the processions with the Blessed Sacrament, which take place everywhere in the Catholic Church on this Solemnity. This evening, in the Casal Bertone district of Rome, I will celebrate Mass, followed by a procession. I invite everyone to participate, even spiritually, through radio and television. May Our Lady help us to follow Jesus with faith and love whom we adore in the Eucharist.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

Yesterday, in Madrid, Beate Maria Carmen Lacaba Andía and 13 sisters of the Franciscan Order of the Immaculate Conception were proclaimed to have been killed in hatred of the faith during religious persecution between 1936 and 1939. These cloistered nuns, like the Virgins prudent, they awaited the arrival of the divine Spouse with heroic faith. Their martyrdom is an invitation for all of us to be strong and persevering, especially at the time of trial. We greet these new Blessed with applause!

I greet all of you, Romans and pilgrims. In particular, those from Brazil, the Isle of Guam (United States of America) and the Liverpool pilgrimage promoted by the Sisters of Our Lady of Namur.

I greet the faithful of Salerno, Crotone and Lanciano.

I wish you all a good Sunday. Please don't forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye!
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Hauntingly Beautiful Gregorian Chant "Pange Lingua" written by St. Thomas Aquinas for Corpus Christi

"Pange lingua gloriosi corporis mysterium" is a hymn written by Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) for the Feast of Corpus Christi and it is also sung on Holy Thursday.
The last two verses (are known as the "Tantum ergo") which are sung at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Latin Lyrics with English translation.
Pange, lingua, gloriósi
Córporis mystérium,
Sanguinísque pretiósi,
Quem in mundi prétium
Fructus ventris generósi
Rex effúdit géntium.

Nobis datus, nobis natus
Ex intácta Vírgine,
Et in mundo conversátus,
Sparso verbi sémine,
Sui moras incolátus
Miro clausit órdine.

In suprémæ nocte coenæ
Recúmbens cum frátribus
Observáta lege plene
Cibis in legálibus,
Cibum turbæ duodénæ
Se dat suis mánibus.

Verbum caro, panem verum
Verbo carnem éfficit:
Fitque sanguis Christi merum,
Et si sensus déficit,
Ad firmándum cor sincérum
Sola fides súfficit.

Tantum ergo sacraméntum
Venerémur cérnui:
Et antíquum documéntum
Novo cedat rítui:
Præstet fides suppleméntum
Sénsuum deféctui.

Genitóri, Genitóque
Laus et jubilátio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedíctio:
Procedénti ab utróque
Compar sit laudátio.
Amen. Alleluja.
Sing, my tongue, the Saviour's glory,
Of His Flesh, the mystery sing;
Of the Blood, all price exceeding,
Shed by our Immortal King,
Destined, for the world's redemption,
From a noble Womb to spring.

Of a pure and spotless Virgin
Born for us on earth below,
He, as Man, with man conversing,
Stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;
Then He closed in solemn order
Wondrously His Life of woe.

On the night of that Last Supper,
Seated with His chosen band,
He, the Paschal Victim eating,
First fulfils the Law's command;
Then as Food to all his brethren
Gives Himself with His own Hand.

Word-made-Flesh, the bread of nature
By His Word to Flesh He turns;
Wine into His Blood He changes:
What though sense no change discerns.
Only be the heart in earnest,
Faith her lesson quickly learns.

Down in adoration falling,
Lo, the sacred Host we hail,
Lo, o'er ancient forms departing
Newer rites of grace prevail:
Faith for all defects supplying,
When the feeble senses fail.

To the Everlasting Father
And the Son who comes on high
With the Holy Ghost proceeding
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty.
Amen. Alleluia.

Saint June 23 : St. Etheldreda of Ely the Patron of Widows and Sore Throat or Necks

St. Etheldreda of Ely
Feast: June 23

Feast Day:June 23
Died:23 June, 679
Patron of:neck ailments, throat ailments, widows
Queen of Northumbria; born (probably) about 630; died at Ely, 23 June, 679. While still very young she was given in marriage by her father, Anna, King of East Anglia, to a certain Tonbert, a subordinate prince, from whom she received as morning gift a tract of land locally known as the Isle of Ely. She never lived in wedlock with Tonbert, however, and for five years after his early death was left to foster her vocation to religion. Her father then arranged for her a marriage of political convenience with Egfrid, son and heir to Oswy, King of Northumbria. From this second bridegroom, who is said to have been only fourteen years of age, she received certain lands at Hexham; through St. Wilfrid of York she gave these lands to found the minster of St. Andrew. St. Wilfrid was her friend and spiritual guide, but it was to him that Egfrid, on succeeding his father, appealed for the enforcement of his marital rights as against Etheldreda's religious vocation. The bishop succeeded at first in persuading Egfrid to consent that Etheldreda should live for some time in peace as a sister of the Coldingham nunnery, founded by her aunt, St. Ebba, in what is now Berwickshire. But at last the imminent danger of being forcibly carried off by the king drove her to wander southwards, with only two women in attendance. They made their way to Etheldreda's own estate of Ely, not, tradition said, without the interposition of miracles, and, on a spot hemmed in by morasses and the waters of the Ouse, the foundation of Ely Minster was begun. This region was Etheldreda's native home, and her royal East Anglian relatives gave her the material means necessary for the execution of her holy design. St. Wilfrid had not yet returned from Rome, where he had obtained extraordinary privileges for her foundation from Benedict II, when she died of a plague which she herself, it is said, had circumstantially foretold. Her body was, throughout many succeeding centuries, an object of devout veneration in the famous church which grew up on her foundation. One hand of the saint is now venerated in the church of St. Etheldreda, Ely Place, London, which enjoys the distinction of being the first—and at present (1909) the only—pre-Reformation church in Great Britain restored to Catholic worship. Built in the thirteenth century as a private chapel attached to the town residence of the Bishop of Ely, the structure of St. Etheldreda's passed through many vicissitudes during the centuries following its desecration, until, in 1873-74, it was purchased by Father William Lockhart and occupied by the Institute of Charity, of whose English mission Father Lockhart was then superior.

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. June 23, 2019 - Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Lectionary: 169

Reading 1GN 14:18-20

In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine,
and being a priest of God Most High,
he blessed Abram with these words:
"Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
the creator of heaven and earth;
and blessed be God Most High,
who delivered your foes into your hand."
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Responsorial PsalmPS 110:1, 2, 3, 4

R.(4b) You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
till I make your enemies your footstool."
R. You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion:
"Rule in the midst of your enemies."
R. You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.
"Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor;
before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you."
R. You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent:
"You are a priest forever, according to the order of  Melchizedek."
R. You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

Reading 21 COR 11:23-26

Brothers and sisters:
I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,
that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over,
took bread, and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
"This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

Sequence Lauda Sion

Laud, O Zion, your salvation,
Laud with hymns of exultation,
 Christ, your king and shepherd true:

Bring him all the praise you know,
He is more than you bestow.
 Never can you reach his due.

Special theme for glad thanksgiving
Is the quick'ning and the living
 Bread today before you set:

From his hands of old partaken,
As we know, by faith unshaken,
 Where the Twelve at supper met.

Full and clear ring out your chanting,
Joy nor sweetest grace be wanting,
 From your heart let praises burst:

For today the feast is holden,
When the institution olden
 Of that supper was rehearsed.

Here the new law's new oblation,
By the new king's revelation,
 Ends the form of ancient rite:

Now the new the old effaces,
Truth away the shadow chases,
 Light dispels the gloom of night.

What he did at supper seated,
Christ ordained to be repeated,
 His memorial ne'er to cease:

And his rule for guidance taking,
Bread and wine we hallow, making
 Thus our sacrifice of peace.

This the truth each Christian learns,
Bread into his flesh he turns,
 To his precious blood the wine:

Sight has fail'd, nor thought conceives,
But a dauntless faith believes,
 Resting on a pow'r divine.

Here beneath these signs are hidden
Priceless things to sense forbidden;
 Signs, not things are all we see:

Blood is poured and flesh is broken,
Yet in either wondrous token
 Christ entire we know to be.

Whoso of this food partakes,
Does not rend the Lord nor breaks;
 Christ is whole to all that taste:

Thousands are, as one, receivers,
One, as thousands of believers,
 Eats of him who cannot waste.

Bad and good the feast are sharing,
Of what divers dooms preparing,
 Endless death, or endless life.

Life to these, to those damnation,
See how like participation
 Is with unlike issues rife.

When the sacrament is broken,
Doubt not, but believe 'tis spoken,
 That each sever'd outward token
 doth the very whole contain.

Nought the precious gift divides,
Breaking but the sign betides
 Jesus still the same abides,
 still unbroken does remain.

The shorter form of the sequence begins here.

Lo! the angel's food is given
To the pilgrim who has striven;
 see the children's bread from heaven,
 which on dogs may not be spent.

Truth the ancient types fulfilling,
Isaac bound, a victim willing,
 Paschal lamb, its lifeblood spilling,
 manna to the fathers sent.

Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,
Jesu, of your love befriend us,
 You refresh us, you defend us,
 Your eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see.

You who all things can and know,
Who on earth such food bestow,
 Grant us with your saints, though lowest,
 Where the heav'nly feast you show,
Fellow heirs and guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 6:51

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 9:11B-17

Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God,
and he healed those who needed to be cured.
As the day was drawing to a close,
the Twelve approached him and said,
"Dismiss the crowd
so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms
and find lodging and provisions;
for we are in a deserted place here."
He said to them, "Give them some food yourselves."
They replied, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have,
unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people."
Now the men there numbered about five thousand.
Then he said to his disciples,
"Have them sit down in groups of about fifty."
They did so and made them all sit down.
Then taking the five loaves and the two fish,
and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing over them, broke them,
and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
They all ate and were satisfied.
And when the leftover fragments were picked up,
they filled twelve wicker baskets.

Novena to Saint Thomas More - Prayers to the Patron Saint of Politicians, Lawyers and Religious Freedom with Litany

Novena Prayers to St. Thomas More, Martyr & Patron of Saint of Religious Freedom, Statesmen, Politicians & Lawyers ++++++
Please join in nine days of prayer
All are also encouraged to pray the daily Rosary and do some form of penance during this novena. ++++++
First Day
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a model of prudence. You never thrust yourself rashly into any serious undertaking; instead, you tested the strength of your powers and waited on God's will in prayer and penance, then boldly carried it out without hesitation. Through your prayers and intercession, obtain for me the virtues of patience, prudence, wisdom and courage. Our Father...
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a model of humility. You never allowed pride to lead you to take on enterprises beyond your abilities; even in the midst of earthly wealth and honor, you never forgot your total dependence on your Heavenly Father. Through your prayers and intercession, obtain for me the grace of an increase in humility, and the wisdom not to overestimate my own powers.
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be...
Repeat: Glorious St. Thomas More, I beg you… (From First Day)
Now is said the Litany of St. Thomas More.
Sixth Day
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a model husband and father. You were loving and faithful to both of your wives, and a diligent provider and example of virtue for your children. Through your prayers and intercession, obtain for me the grace of a happy home, peace in my family, and the strength to persevere in chastity according to my state of life. Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be...
Repeat: Glorious St. Thomas More, I beg you… (From First Day)
Now is said the Litany of St. Thomas More.
Seventh Day
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a model of Christian fortitude. You suffered bereavement, disgrace, poverty, imprisonment and a violent death; yet you bore all with the strength and good cheer for which you were known throughout your life. Through your prayers and intercession, obtain for me the grace to bear all the crosses that God sends me with patience and joy.
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... Repeat: Glorious St. Thomas More, I beg you… (From First Day)
Now is said the Litany of St. Thomas More.
Eighth Day
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a loyal child of God and a steadfast son of the Church, never taking your eyes off the crown for which you strove. Even in the face of death, you trusted in God to give you the victory, and He rewarded you with the palm of martyrdom. Through your prayers and intercession, obtain for me and mine the grace of final perseverance and protection from sudden and unprovided death, so that we may one day enjoy the Beatific Vision in your glorious company.
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... Repeat: Glorious St. Thomas More, I beg you… (From First Day)
Now is said the Litany of St. Thomas More.
Ninth Day
Dear St. Thomas More, you spent your whole earthly life preparing for the life to come. Everything you endured prepared you not only for the glory God wished to bestow upon you in heaven, but for your work as the patron of lawyers, judges and statesmen, and steadfast friend to all who call upon you. Through your prayers and intercession, obtain for us aid in all our necessities, both corporal and spiritual, an follow in your footsteps, until at last we are safely home with you in the mansions our Father has prepared for us in heaven. Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be...
Repeat: Glorious St. Thomas More, I beg you… (From First Day)
Litany of St. Thomas More
(To be prayed each day after the Novena prayers that follow)
V. Lord, have mercy R. Lord, have mercy.
V. Christ, have mercy R. Christ have mercy
V. Lord, have mercy R. Lord, have mercy.
V. Christ hear us R. Christ, graciously hear us
V. St. Thomas More, Saint and Martyr, R. Pray for us.
V. St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers. R. Pray for us.
V. St. Thomas More, Patron of Justices, Judges and Magistrates. R. Pray for us.
V. St. Thomas More, Model of Integrity and Virtue in Public and Private Life. R. Pray for us.
V. St. Thomas More, Servant of the Word of God and the Body and Blood of Christ. R. Pray for us.
V. St. Thomas More, Model of Holiness in the Sacrament of Marriage. R. Pray for us.
V. St. Thomas More, Teacher of his Children in the Catholic Faith. R. Pray for us.
V. St. Thomas More, Defender of the Weak and the Poor. R. Pray for us.
V. St. Thomas More, Promoter of Human Life and Dignity. R. Pray for us.
V. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world.
R. Spare us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world.
R. Graciously hear us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world.
R. Have mercy on us.
Let us pray: O Glorious St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, your life of prayer and penance and your zeal for justice, integrity and firm principle in public and family life led you to the path of martyrdom and sainthood. Intercede for our Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, that they may be courageous and effective in their defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life - the foundation of all other human rights. We ask this through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Pope Francis tells Doctors " I urge you to pray for those you care for and for colleagues who work with you." Full Texg


Sala Regia
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Mister President,
Dear brothers and sisters!

I welcome you and thank Cardinal Turkson for his kind words. I appreciated that, in this meeting of yours, you wished to perform a particular act of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and I assure you of my prayer that it may be fruitful for each of you. I would like to share some simple thoughts with you.

The first Christian communities often presented the Lord Jesus as a "doctor", highlighting the constant and compassionate attention he had for those suffering from all kinds of illnesses. His mission consisted first of all in getting close to the sick or those with disabilities, especially those who were despised and marginalized because of this. In this way Jesus breaks the judgment of condemnation that often labeled the sick person as a sinner; with this compassionate closeness, He manifests the infinite love of God the Father for his most needy children.

The care of sick people therefore appears as one of the constitutive dimensions of the mission of Christ; and for this reason it has remained so also in that of the Church. In the Gospels the strong link between the preaching of Christ and the gestures of healing that He performs for those who are "tormented by various diseases and pains, demon-possessed, epileptic and paralytic" - is thus Matthew (4.24).

Also important is the way in which Jesus takes care of the sick and the suffering. He often touches these people and lets himself be touched by them, even in cases where it would be forbidden. Thus he does for example with the woman who for years suffered from bleeding: He feels himself touched, he perceives the healing power that comes out of him, and when that person confesses on his knees what he has done, he says to her: «Daughter, your faith will you has saved. Go in peace! "(Lk 8:48).

For Jesus, healing means getting closer to the person, even if at times there are some who would like to prevent it, as in the case of the blind Bartimaeus, in Jericho. Jesus has him called and asks him: "What do you want me to do for you?" (Mk 10:51). It may be surprising that the "doctor" asks the suffering person what is expected of him. But this highlights the value of words and dialogue in the care relationship. For Jesus, healing means entering into dialogue to bring out the desire of the human being and the sweet power of the Love of God, operating in his Son. Because healing means starting a journey: a path of relief, consolation, reconciliation and healing. When a certain cure is given with sincere love for the other, the horizon of the person being treated is widened, because the human being is one: it is unity of spirit, soul and body. And this is clearly seen in the ministry of Jesus: He never heals a part, but the whole person, integrally. Sometimes starting from the body, sometimes from the heart - that is, forgiving his sins (see Mk 2: 5) - but always to heal everything.

Finally, Jesus' care coincides with raising the person and sending the one who has approached and cared for. There are many sick people who, after being healed by Christ, become his disciples and followers.

Therefore, Jesus approaches, cares, heals, reconciles, calls and sends: as we can see, the one with people oppressed by illness and infirmity is a personal, rich, non-mechanical, not distance relationship for Him.

And it is to this school of Jesus doctor and brother of the suffering that you are called you doctors believers in Him, members of his Church. Called to make you close to those who are going through trials because of the disease.

You are called to give care with delicacy and respect for the dignity and physical and mental integrity of people.

You are called to listen carefully, to respond with adequate words, that accompany care gestures making them more human and therefore also more effective.

You are called to encourage, to console, to raise, to give hope. It cannot be cured and healed without hope; in this we are all needy and grateful to God, who gives us hope. But also grateful to those working in medical research.

Over the past hundred years, progress has been enormous. There are new therapies and numerous treatments being tested. All these cures were unthinkable in past generations. We can and must alleviate suffering and educate everyone to become more responsible for their health and the health of neighbors and relatives. We must also remember that healing means respecting the gift of life from the beginning to the end. We are not the owners: life is entrusted to us, and doctors are its servants.
Your mission is at the same time a testimony of humanity, a privileged way of showing, of making us feel that God, our Father, takes care of every single person, without distinction. For this he also wants to use our knowledge, our hands and our heart, to heal and heal every human being, because he wants to give life and love to everyone.

This demands of you competence, patience, spiritual strength and fraternal solidarity. The style of a Catholic doctor combines professionalism with the capacity for collaboration and ethical rigor. And all this benefits both the sick and the environment in which you operate. Very often - as we know - the quality of a department is given not so much by the wealth of the equipment it is equipped with, but by the level of professionalism and humanity of the primary and the medical team. We see this every day, so many simple people who go to the hospital: "I would like to go to that doctor, to that doctor - Why? - Because they feel the closeness, they feel the dedication ".

By continually renewing yourself, drawing from the sources of the Word of God and the Sacraments, you will be able to carry out your mission well, and the Spirit will give you the gift of discernment to face delicate and complex situations, and to say the right words in the right way and silence right, at the right time.

Dear brothers and sisters, I know you already do it, but I urge you to pray for those you care for and for colleagues who work with you. And don't forget to pray for me too. Thank you!
FULL TEXT + Image  shared from - Unofficial Translation