Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Saint June 26 : St. Josemaria Escriva the Founder of Opus Dei and Patron of Diabetics and Ordinary Life

Josemaria Escriva was born in Spain on January 9, 1902 and died in Rome on June 26, 1975. On 2 October 1928, by divine inspiration, he founded Opus Dei.
1902 - 1975

A brief biography

Saint Josemaria Escriva was born in Barbastro, Spain, on 9 January 1902. He was ordained to the priesthood in Saragossa on 28 March 1925. On 2 October 1928, by divine inspiration, he founded Opus Dei.
Saint Josemaria Escriva was born in Barbastro, Spain, on 9 January 1902. He was ordained to the priesthood in Saragossa on 28 March 1925. On 2 October 1928, by divine inspiration, he founded Opus Dei. On 26 June 1975, he died unexpectedly in Rome in the room where he worked, after a last affectionate glance at a picture of Our Lady. Opus Dei had by then spread to five continents, with over 60.000 members of 80 nationalities, serving the Church with the same spirit of complete union with the Pope and the Bishops which characterised Saint Josemaría. His Holiness Pope John Paul II canonised the Founder of Opus Dei on 6 October 2002. His feast is celebrated on 26 June. The body of Saint Josemaría rests in the prelatic Church of Our Lady of Peace, Viale Bruno Buozzi 75, Rome.

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1902 - 0

A Christian Family

St Josemaria recalled gratefully how his parents introduced him step by step to the Christian way of life
1914 - 1918

Footprints in the Snow

It may seem surprising that a little thing like some footprints in the snow was enough to make a teenager take the great decision to give his life to God. But that is the language God often uses to call people, and that is how generous souls who seek God sincerely are capable of responding, with faith.
1918 - 1925

The Seminary Years

Why am I becoming a priest? Our Lord wants something: what is it? And in Latin — not very elegant Latin — … I kept repeating Domine, ut videam! Ut sit! Ut sit! The thing that you want, and that I don’t know — make it happen!”
1925 - 1928

Among the Poor and the Sick

Among the poor, the sick, and the children, he sought the strength needed to set in motion the immense project that God had placed on his shoulders that day. It was a school of suffering where his soul would be tempered to its mission.

The Founding of Opus Dei

“I was 26, had God’s grace and good humor and nothing else. And I had to do Opus Dei”.
It was October 2, 1928, the feast of the Guardian Angels. Father Josemaría would never forget the sound of the church bells…
He was doing a retreat during these first few days of October.
1928 - 1936

The First Years of Opus Dei

1928, 1929, 1930… St Josemaria had to fulfil God’s will, but had no trained assistants, no money, and no patrons.
1936 - 1939

The Civil War

The Spanish Civil War has broken out, together with one of the most violent periods of religious persecution in the history of the Church
1938 - 1945

Beginning Again

After escaping to the other side of Spain and staying briefly in Pamplona, St Josemaria settled in Burgos. From there, in conditions of great deprivation, in a country devastated by war, he carried out an intense apostolate.
1939 - 1946

Helping Priests

“I began to give many, many retreats — they used to last seven days at that time — in a number of Spanish dioceses. I was very young and it embarrassed me."

Traveling to Rome

Christ, Mary, and the Pope had always been the great loves of his life. And now at last he was there, very close to the Vicar of Christ, on the night of June 23-24, 1946.
1946 - 1951

Joy, Sorrow, Hope

“Do you know why the Work has developed so much? Because it’s been treated like a sack of wheat; it’s been beaten and battered about. But the seeds are so small that they haven’t broken. On the contrary, they’ve been scattered to the four winds...”
Hence the Father’s joy when he discovered the canonical way for married people to join Opus Dei.
1946 - 1951


Between 1946 and 1960 Opus Dei began its apostolate in several new countries, including Portugal, Italy, Great Britain, France, Ireland, the US, Kenya, and Japan.
These were years of physical suffering. The Father’s diabetes was the cause of great discomfort: he lived with a constant headache, suffered chronic thirst, and gained too much weight, in addition to the other problems that can arise in connection with this illness.
1952 - 1970

Of a hundred souls, we are interested in a hundred

On October 2, 1928, St Josemaria had seen that Opus Dei was for all kinds of people.
1962 - 1965

Vatican II

On January 25, 1959, on hearing that an ecumenical council had been convened, the founder of Opus Dei welcomed the news with great hope and asked everyone to pray “for the happy outcome of this great initiative of an ecumenical council.”
1970 - 1971

Difficult Times

“If we all pray together, if we add just a bit of good will, our Lord will give us his grace and end this dark, terrible night. Then will come the dawn, the morning filled with sunlight.”
1970 - 1975

Catechetical Trips

St Josemaria decided to put his shoulder to the wheel in the task of strengthening people’s faith. Starting in 1970, he went on long catechetical trips to various countries around the world.

I Seek Your Face

St Josemaria’s soul burned with the desire to see God’s face. “Lord, I long to see your face, to contemplate you in wonder!”

I Will Help You More

On June 26, 1975, at 12 noon, St Josemaria died in his office. The news of his death traveled quickly round the world.
Shared from josemariaescriva.info

#BreakingNews Catholic group's Bus crashes Killing Seminarian and Driver with other Youth injured in Colorado

Fox news reports that a charter bus carrying 15 members of a Catholic church group ran off a highway after striking a bridge support Sunday in southern Colorado, killing two people and injuring 13 others, a state patrol official said.
One of the people killed was a Seminarian named Jason Paul Marshall. The Denver Channel reported that Officials with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico identified one of the victims as seminarian Jason Paul Marshall, 53. He was training to be a priest and was with the youth group at the time of the accident. The 36-year-old male driver of the charter bus was also killed. The University of New Mexico's Aquinas Newman Center identified him as Anthony Padilla.
Colorado State Patrol confirmed Tuesday that Padilla is 36 years old.

The bus was carrying a charter group from a church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was traveling southbound on Interstate 25 when it struck the bridge structure and veered off the highway about 10 miles north of Pueblo, state Patrol Cpl. Ivan Alvarado said.

The driver, a 22-year-old man, may have had an unspecified medical issue that contributed to the crash, Alvarado said. The driver, whose identity wasn't released, was ejected from the bus and died, he said.
 Thirteen other people sustained injuries varying from minor to critical, the state patrol said.

The bus was returning to New Mexico from a convention in Denver, The Pueblo Chieftain reported , citing Colorado State Police officials.

The group included high-schoolers who were returning from a meeting from the Steubenville of the Rockies Youth Conference in Denver, according to the Archdiocese of Denver.

Three medical helicopters and dozens of ambulance and fire crews responded to the 2:40 p.m. accident, the Chieftain reported. Six of those injured were taken to St. Mary Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo and six others to Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo West.
Edited from Fox News

Appeals Court rules that Disabled Woman's Baby can Live despite Government plans to Forcibly Abort in UK

A British had court ordered an abortion for a mentally disabled woman against her and her mother's wishes. However, on June 24, 2019 it was released that in an appeal a higher court ruled that Doctors must not abort mentally-ill woman's baby. Many pro-life groups protested in the UK in support of the wishes of the disabled woman to keep her baby.
The unidentified woman is 22 weeks pregnant and lives in London. She is in her 20s.
Press Release:
Mon 24 Jun 2019
By Press Association
Doctors must not be allowed to perform an abortion on a pregnant mentally-ill woman, Court of Appeal judges have ruled.

A judge on Friday concluded that a pregnancy termination was in the woman's best interests.

Mrs Justice Lieven had analysed evidence at a hearing in the Court of Protection, where issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions are considered, in London.

But three appeal judges on Monday over-ruled that decision after the woman's mother, a former midwife, mounted a challenge.

Lord Justice McCombe, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Peter Jackson had considered the challenge at a Court of Appeal hearing in London.

They said they would give reasons for their decision at a later date.

Lawyers said they thought the circumstances of the case were unique.
FULL TEXT Release from Press Association

Cardinal Tagle leads Faithful in Corpus Christi Procession in the Philippines with Powerful Homily

June 23, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The head of Manila’s Roman Catholic Church of Manila berated Catholics who go to church but don’t live out to God’s teachings.

On the feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle spoke about hypocrisy, especially those who are active in the church but don’t do good deeds.

“Some people go to Mass but are traitors. They go to adoration but are indifferent and don’t share with others,” Tagle said in his homily at the Sta. Cruz Church.

The cardinal said that the feast is a special opportunity for people to revive their faith in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

“Through our sharing, hopefully the presence of Jesus will be more felt, seen, and experienced by people who go through dark nights of betrayal and indifference,” he said.

The cardinal also lamented many people’s indifference to ecological protection, which he described as “God’s gifts”.

He cited, for instance, the piles of trash that devotees left on the streets during huge religious events.

“When we are supposed to give thanks to God, we also show our lack of care to His gifts,” Tagle said.

“I’m appealing to everyone to protect our environment because it’s God’s gifts to us. Gifts are appreciated and should not be destroyed,” he said.

Following the Mass, a procession with the Blessed Sacrament was held from Sta. Cruz to the Manila Cathedral.

The solemnity of the “Body of Christ” is traditionally celebrated on the Sunday following the Trinity Sunday or, in some countries on the Thursday following that feast.

Cardinal Tagle said the feast provides an opportunity for the faithful to focus on Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist.
FULL TEXT Source: By Roy Lagarde
CBCP News - Bishops of the Philippines 

Council of Europe removes Sanctions against Russia - representatives can now participate and vote in the Council

Asia News reports that the Council of Europe has removed sanctions against Russia.
Russian representatives will be able to participate and vote. The European body is interested in human rights and the rule of law, and gathers parliamentarians from 47 nations. The exit of Russia would have meant that Russian citizens could no longer appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, linked to the Council of Europe. But some suspect that the sanctions have been lifted so that Moscow will continue to pay its participation fee each year: 33 million euros.

Strasbourg (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Last night, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted for the listing of sanctions against Russia, allowing its representatives to return to speak and vote in the Assembly.

The Council of Europe, distinct from the European Union, is an institution that is interested in human rights and the rule of law, and gathers parliamentarians from 47 nations. The sanctions - none of them economic - had been applied in Moscow in 2014, after the annexation of the Crimea and the Donbass war. They had led Russia to suspend its participation in the Assembly, threatening its permanent exit and also halting the participation fees, which are around 33 million euros, 10% of the total budget of the institution.

The permanent exit of Russia would have the effect of making it impossible for Russian citizens to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, linked to the Council of Europe.

The current French minister Amélie de Montchalin, explained that the institution - which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary - has human rights at heart and this is why the sanctions had to be lifted. The motion on the cancellation had 118 votes in favor, 62 against and 10 abstentions.

Opponents include Ukrainian, British and Eastern European parliamentarians.

According to Russian media, the end of sanctions is a "symbolic victory", which could foreshadow others, even the economic ones imposed by the European Union.

But the Council's decision has also received strong criticism. In Le Monde, the historian Antoine Arjakovsky, of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of Lviv (Ukraine), denounced the choice as a "collective suicide" of the ideals of the Council, at the price of 33 million euros.
Edited from Asia News IT

Pope Francis presides over Council of Cardinals meeting for Curia Reform and discussion of New Doc. "Praedicate Evangelium"

Vatican News reports that Pope Francis presided over a Council of Cardinals meeting on Curial reform.
The main focus of the six members of the Council, who are in session until Thursday, is the review of the new Apostolic Constitution on the reform of the Roman Curia whose provisional title is "Praedicate evangelium".
The 30th meeting of the Council of Cardinals that is advising the Pope on the reform of the central government of the Catholic Church began in the Vatican Tuesday morning in the presence of the Pontiff.

The main focus of the meeting that will conclude on Thursday, is the new Apostolic Constitution on the reform of the Roman Curia, the central government of the Catholic Church.

The draft text of the document, whose provisional title is "Praedicate Evangelium" (Preach the Gospel), was approved by the Council of Cardinals and sent to the presidents of the national bishops’ conferences, the Synods of the Eastern Churches, the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, the Conferences of Major Superiors and a few Pontifical Universities which were asked to send observations and suggestions.

"Praedicate Evangelium" is to replace the current Apostolic Constitution "Pastor Bonus" (The Good Shepherd) of Pope St. John Paul II which has been in force since June 28, 1988, and also includes modifications and additions by Popes Benedict XVI and Francis.

Vatican News reports that in the last meeting of the Council of Cardinals, April 8 to 10, the procedure for consultation on the new Apostolic Constitution was finalized. 

All the six cardinals of the Council participated in the April meeting: Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Coordinator, Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello and Cardinal Oswald Gracias.

Also present were the Secretary of the Council, Msgr. Marcello Semeraro, and the Assistant Secretary, Msgr. Marco Mellino. 

Among the issues that the April meeting discussed were the missionary orientation that the Curia must increasingly assume in the light of the new Apostolic Constitution, the commitment to strengthen the process of synodality in the Church at all levels and the need for a greater presence of women in leadership roles in the bodies of the Holy See.

Finally, it was reiterated that the Council of Cardinals is tasked with helping the Pope in the governance of the Universal Church and hence its function does not end with the publication of the Apostolic Constitution.
Edited from Vatican News va

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 372

Reading 1GN 13:2, 5-18

Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.

Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,
so that the land could not support them if they stayed together;
their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.
There were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock
and those of Lot's.
(At this time the Canaanites and the Perizzites
were occupying the land.)

So Abram said to Lot:
"Let there be no strife between you and me,
or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are kinsmen.
Is not the whole land at your disposal?
Please separate from me.
If you prefer the left, I will go to the right;
if you prefer the right, I will go to the left."
Lot looked about and saw how well watered
the whole Jordan Plain was as far as Zoar,
like the LORD's own garden, or like Egypt.
(This was before the LORD had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
Lot, therefore, chose for himself the whole Jordan Plain
and set out eastward.
Thus they separated from each other;
Abram stayed in the land of Canaan,
while Lot settled among the cities of the Plain,
pitching his tents near Sodom.
Now the inhabitants of Sodom were very wicked
in the sins they committed against the LORD.

After Lot had left, the LORD said to Abram:
"Look about you, and from where you are,
gaze to the north and south, east and west;
all the land that you see I will give to you
and your descendants forever.
I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth;
if anyone could count the dust of the earth,
your descendants too might be counted.
Set forth and walk about in the land, through its length and breadth,
for to you I will give it."
Abram moved his tents and went on to settle
near the terebinth of Mamre, which is at Hebron.
There he built an altar to the LORD.

Responsorial PsalmPS 15:2-3A, 3BC-4AB, 5

R. (1b) He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
He who walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.
R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
By whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.
R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
shall never be disturbed.
R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

AlleluiaJN 8:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 7:6, 12-14

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

"Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the Law and the Prophets.

"Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few."