Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Saint June 27: Our Lady of Perpetual Help - who Never gives up helping You!

June 27, is the feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, and the Madonna di San Matteo. We are reminded that Our Blessed Mother constantly intercedes for us with Jesus, Our Lord—in our times of struggle, pain, and difficulty.
Mother of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favored by God. You became not only the Mother of the Redeemer but the Mother of the redeemed as well. We come to you today as your loving children. Watch over us and take care of us. As you held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so take us in your arms. Be a mother ready at every moment to help us. For God who is mighty has done great things for you, and His mercy is from age to age on those who love Him. Our greatest fear is that in time of temptation, we may fail to call out to you, and become lost children. Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to call upon you, Mother of Perpetual Help.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a title and devotion given to Our Blessed Mother, following an association with a Byzantine painting originating as early as the 13th century. Since that time, this golden image has inspired Catholics to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary for intercession with her beloved Son, Jesus Christ. The painting, as interpreted by art historians and theologians, represents a message of salvation and reparation: “You can come to me.” The icon, possibly painted in Crete by an unknown artist, depicts Our Blessed Mother, holding the infant Christ. To her right is the Archangel Michael, carrying the lance and sponge of the crucifixion. On her left is the Archangel Gabriel carrying the cross and nails used in the crucifixion. Also known as the Theotokos of the Passion, the icon suggests that Christ, even as an infant, knew of His passion and death, and is seeking the comfort of his mother.
The origins and early history of the painting are lost to record, but in the fifteenth century, the icon was first venerated at the Church of San Matteo. Prior to that, history suggests that the painting was stolen in Crete, and brought to Italy by a pious merchant, who eventually (possibly following an apparition of the Blessed Mother to his daughter) bequeathed the painting to the church, which was served for a time by the Hermits of Saint Augustine. The picture remained in the church for nearly three hundred years.
In 1812 the French invaded Rome and destroyed the church. The picture disappeared. Between 1863 and 1865 it was discovered in an oratory of the Augustinian Fathers at Santa Maria in Posterula. Under the direction of Pope Pius XI, the original icon was displayed for public veneration under the care of the Redemptorist Fathers at the Church of Saint Alphonsus (built on the original site of the destroyed Church of San Matteo), where it remains today.
Text shared from 365 Rosaries Blog
Powerful Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
O MOTHER of Perpetual Help, Grant that I may ever invoke Your most powerful name, Which is the safeguard of the living And the salvation of the dying.
O purest Mary! O sweetest Mary! Let your name henceforth Be ever on my lips.
Delay not, O Blessed Lady, To succor me Whenever I call on you.
In all my temptations, In all my needs, I will never cease To call on you Ever repeating Your sacred name, Mary, Mary!
Oh, what consolations, What sweetness, What confidence, What emotion fills my soul When I utter your sacred name, Or even only think of you!
I thank the Lord For having given you, For my good, So sweet, so powerful, So lovely a name.
But I will not be content With merely uttering your name. Let my love for you prompt me Ever to hail you, Mother of Perpetual Help.
Mother of Perpetual Help, Pray for me And grant me the favor I confidently ask of you.

RIP Fr. Giuseppe Ungaro - Death of Franciscan who celebrated Mass with Pope JP II and went to Confession with Padre Pio - Video

On the morning of Wednesday 22 May 2019,  Fr. Giuseppe Ungaro, Franciscan priest, died at the age of 99. He concluded his earthly journey, at the Hospital of Padua,

His funeral was celebrated in Padua at the Basilica del Santo on Friday 24 May, 2019.

Fr. Giuseppe, who was baptized in the shrine of Arcella (the place where St. Anthony passed away), was born on May 27, 1919. 
 In 1972 he created the Wardrobe for the Poor, a sort of charity outlet consisting of a large hall filled with shelves with items, all free for the poor. 
In his long life Fr. Giuseppe has had the great privilege of knowing seven saints: St. Padre Pio, St. Leopold Mandić, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Pope John Paul I, St. Pope John XXIII and St. Pope John Paul II, as well as St. Pope Paul VI. (according to the video below)
The St. Anthony Messenger quoted him, “I wanted to become a missionary,” Fr. Giuseppe recalls, “but it was actually Padre Pio, during confession, who predicted that my destiny was to remain in Italy. Padre Pio could be abrupt at times, but this was only with those who approached him out of mere curiosity; with people of genuine faith he was a gentle, fatherly figure. I remember that I once took his hands and kissed them, asking if the stigmata were painful, and he replied, ‘Well, God didn’t give them to me as an enjoyment!’”
Fr. Giuseppe also has definite memories of Fr. Maximilian Kolbe. He was impressed by the Polish friars’ meekness when he met him during his stay in the friary of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua. “He had just returned from Japan, and was very sad because of a humiliation he had experienced there. Despite this he still had great faith and a great love for Our Lady. It was Maximilian who encouraged me to make a vow to Our Lady: that of giving up smoking, and from that day I quit forever.”
Fr. Giuseppe also had a personal relationship with Pope John XXIII. This occurred when he was parish priest in the famous Frari Basilica in Venice, and Roncalli was Patriarch of the city. “One day I was asked to confess an Orthodox priest I knew, who was dying. After confession that priest asked me to give him Holy Communion. Not knowing what to do I turned to the Patriarch, who told me, “Some things are done without permission because the sacraments are there to serve humanity. If you ask permission from Rome you’ll get a response in maybe three years from now. By that time the poor priest will be dead and the response from Rome may even be a negative one!”
Fr. Giuseppe also preached to and celebrated Mass with Popes Paul VI and John Paul II.

Pope Francis explains "The fruit of Pentecost, the powerful outpouring of the Spirit of God..." Full Text + Video


St. Peter's Square

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Greetings to the sick in the Paul VI Hall before the General Audience

Today you came here because it's too hot outside, too hot ... It's quieter here and you can see the Audience well on the screen. There will be two communities: that of the Piazza and you together. You attend the Audience. Surely they will fix you well to be able to see the screen well. And now, I give you a blessing, to everyone.


Pray for me. And have a good day!

Catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles: 4. "Persevering in the teaching of the apostles and in communion, in breaking bread and in prayers" (Acts 2:42). The life of the primitive community between love for God and love for the brothers.

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

The fruit of Pentecost, the powerful outpouring of the Spirit of God on the first Christian community, was that many people felt their hearts pierced by the happy announcement - the kerygma - of salvation in Christ and adhered to Him freely, converting, receiving baptism in his name and in turn accepting the gift of the Holy Spirit. About three thousand people become part of that fraternity which is the habitat of believers and is the ecclesial ferment of the work of evangelization. The warmth of the faith of these brothers and sisters in Christ makes their lives the scenario of God's work which is manifested through miracles and signs through the Apostles. The extraordinary becomes ordinary and everyday life becomes the space of the manifestation of the living Christ.

The evangelist Luke tells it to us by showing us the church of Jerusalem as the paradigm of every Christian community, as the icon of a fraternity that fascinates and that should not be mythologized but not even minimized. The account of the Acts allows us to look within the walls of the domus where the first Christians gather as a family of God, a space of koinonia, that is, of the communion of love between brothers and sisters in Christ. It can be seen that they live in a precise way: they are "persevering in the teaching of the apostles and in communion, in breaking bread and in prayers" (Acts 2:42). Christians assiduously listen to the didache that is apostolic teaching; they practice a high quality of interpersonal relationships also through the communion of spiritual and material goods); they remember the Lord through the "breaking of the bread", that is, the Eucharist, and they dialogue with God in prayer. These are the attitudes of the Christian, the four traces of a good Christian.

Unlike human society, where there is a tendency to make one's own interests regardless or even at the expense of others, the community of believers banishes individualism to foster sharing and solidarity. There is no place for selfishness in the soul of a Christian: if your heart is selfish you are not a Christian, you are a worldly person, who only seeks your favor, your profit. And Luke tells us that believers are together (see Acts 2:44). Proximity and unity are the style of believers: neighbors, worried for one another, not to talk about others, no, to help, to get closer.

The grace of baptism therefore reveals the intimate bond between the brothers in Christ who are called to share, to identify themselves with others and to give "according to the need of each one" (Acts 2:45), that is, generosity, almsgiving, caring for others, visiting the sick, visiting those in need, who need consolation.

And this fraternity, precisely because it chooses the path of communion and attention to the needy, this fraternity which is the Church can live a true and authentic liturgical life. Luke says: "Every day they were persevering together in the temple and, breaking bread in the houses, they took food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people" (Acts 2,46-47).

Finally, the account of the Acts reminds us that the Lord guarantees the growth of the community (see 2:47): the perseverance of believers in the genuine covenant with God and with the brothers becomes an attractive force that fascinates and conquers many (see Evangelii gaudium, 14), a principle by which the believing community of all times lives.

We pray the Holy Spirit to make our communities places where we can welcome and practice new life, works of solidarity and communion, places where liturgies are an encounter with God, which becomes communion with our brothers and sisters, places that let them be open doors on the heavenly Jerusalem.

Greetings in Various Languages:

Je suis heureux de saluer les pèlerins venus de France et d’autres pays francophones, en particulier les jeunes de Neuilly, ainsi qu’un groupe de femmes catholiques du Burkina Faso. Demandons à l’Esprit Saint de nous aider à faire de nos communautés des lieux où la vie nouvelle en Christ est accueillie et pratiquée par le partage et la solidarité. Qu’il nous aide aussi à vivre dans nos communautés des liturgies qui soient une vraie rencontre avec Dieu et une source de communion entre frères et sœurs. Que Dieu vous bénisse !

[I would like to welcome pilgrims from France and other French-speaking countries, in particular to the young people of Neuilly, I am not a Burmese women's group of Burmese women. Call me Spiritual Holy Spirit to help our community, places in which the new life in Christ is welcomed and practiced, through sharedness and solidarity. You also have to live in our community, liturgies you will be a vero encounter with God and a source of communion among brothers and sisters. God bless you!]

I welcome all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today's Audience, especially those from England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Japan, Guam and the United States of America. I greet in particular those taking part in the course translating Latin liturgical texts sponsored by the Pontifical Atheneum of Sant'Anselmo. Upon all of you I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!

Einen herzlichen Gruß richte ich an die Pilger deutscher Sprache. Beten wir zum Heiligen Geist, dass er in uns Glauben Herzen, immer lebendig erhalte, damit wir wie die ersten Christen freudige Zeugen seiner Wahrheit sein können.

[I am glad to say hello to my sisters in the German language. I prevailed the Holy Spirit, because we always keep our hearts alive in our lives for being, eat the first Christians, joyful testimony of their truth.]

Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española provenientes de España y América Latina. En particular saludo a la Asociación Española de canonistas, en su 50 aniversario, y al grupo de peregrinos de Tlalnepantla, acompañados de su arzobispo Mons. José Antonio Fernández Hurtado. Pidamos al Espíritu Santo para que nuestras comunidades sean acogedoras, sean solidarias, viviendo la liturgia como encuentro de Dios y con los hermanos. Y yo quiero felicitar a los mexicanos porque son tan acogedores, tan acogedores con los migrantes. Que Dios se los pague. Gracias.

[Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini di lingua portoghese, in particolare i fedeli di Jundiaí e Fortaleza, augurando di crescere sempre più nell’amore e nell’adorazione dell’Eucaristia, affinché questo Sacramento possa continuare a plasmare le vostre comunità nella carità e nella comunione, secondo il cuore del Padre. Volentieri benedico voi e i vostri cari!]
أُرحّبُ بالحجّاجِ الناطقينَ باللّغةِ العربيّة، وخاصةً بالقادمينَ من الشرق الأوسط. أيّها الإخوةُ والأخواتُ الأعزّاء، "كانَ جَميعُ الَّذينَ آمنوا جماعةً واحِدة، يَجعَلونَ كُلَّ شَيءٍ مُشتَرَكًا بَينَهم، يَبيعونَ أَملاكَهم وأَمْوالَهم، ويَتَقاسَمونَ الثَّمَنَ على قَدْرِ احتِياجِ كُلٍّ مِنْهُم"، تذكّروا على الدوام أنَّ هذا هو أسلوب عيش الجماعة المسيحية: تناغم وشهادة، فقر واعتناء بالفقراء. ليبارككم الرب!
[Rivolgo un cordiale benvenuto ai pellegrini di lingua araba, in particolare a quelli provenienti dal Medio Oriente! Cari fratelli e sorelle, “tutti i credenti stavano insieme e avevano ogni cosa in comune; vendevano le loro proprietà e sostanze e le dividevano con tutti, secondo il bisogno di ciascuno”. Ricordatevi sempre che questo è il modo di vivere di una comunità cristiana: armonia, testimonianza, povertà e avere cura dei poveri. Il Signore vi benedica!]

Pozdrawiam serdecznie pielgrzymów polskich. W piątek przypada uroczystość Najświętszego Serca Pana Jezusa. Przypomina nam ona, że Chrystus żyje nieustannie; kocha nas, ofiaruje nam siebie, jako źródło miłosierdzia, przebaczenia, odkupienia. W Nim możemy odnaleźć pokój ducha, który często zakłóca w nas niepewność, smutek, poczucie grzechu. Ofiarujmy Bożemu Sercu samych siebie, całe nasze życie, czas rozpoczętych wakacji. Życzę wszystkim dobrego wakacyjnego wypoczynku. Niech będzie pochwalony Jezus Chrystus.

[I cordially greet the Polish pilgrims. Next Friday marks the solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This feast reminds us that Christ is always alive; he loves us, he offers himself to us as a source of mercy, of forgiveness, of redemption. In him we can find the peace of the spirit, often disturbed in us by uncertainty, sadness, a sense of sin. We offer the Divine Heart ourselves, our whole life, the time for holidays just begun. I wish you all a good summer rest. Praised be Jesus Christ.]

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I warmly welcome the Italian-speaking pilgrims.

This Audience, the last before the summer break, is done in two groups: you who are in the Piazza, and a group of sick people who are in the Paul VI Hall and follow in the big screen, because it is so hot that it is better than the sick are sheltered. Let us greet the group of the sick!

I am pleased to welcome the participants in the General Chapters: of the Daughters of the Church; of the Missionary Sisters of the Incarnation; of the Sisters of the Child Jesus and of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the apparition. I greet those who take part in the Convention promoted by the Congregation for the Clergy, for the Rectors and Formators; and the Course for Formators, promoted by the International Union of Superiors General.

I greet the faithful from Genoa, accompanied by the auxiliary Bishop, Mons. Nicolò Anselmi; the parish groups, in particular that of Recanati; and the Ad Limina Petri Association of Ranica.

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

Next Friday we will celebrate the solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. I invite everyone to look at that Heart and to imitate its truest feelings. Pray for all the Priests and for my Petrine Ministry, so that every pastoral action may be based on the love that Christ has for every man.

FULL TEXT + Image  shared from - Unofficial Translation

As National Holiday in most of Germany Corpus Christi with Processions are still Popular with Thousands on the Streets

In Germany, Corpus Christi, known as Fronleichnam, has traditionally/historically(see video below) been celebrated with large processions on the streets.  Even today, Corpus Christi is still a national holiday in most parts of Germany and thousands gather around the country to honor Jesus. The videos below show the crowds at a Corpus Christi procession just after WWII and today.
Where does the word "Fronleichnam" come from?  The word comes from Middle High German. It contains "fron" and "lichnam". That means "Lord" and "Body". Corpus Christi means as much as the "Feast of the Body of Christ".
At the Corpus Christi processions, the faithful accompany the monstrance with a host in a procession through the flower petal covered streets.  Corpus Christi is a solemnity in the Catholic Church. The feast is related to the Last Supper, which Jesus held with his disciples shortly before his crucifixion. During the meal, he gave his followers the living body of the Lord in the form of bread and wine. On Corpus Christi, the Catholics celebrate with festive processions that with the bread and the wine Jesus is really with them. This festival dates back to the Augustinian nun Juliana of Liège, who had a vision in 1209. Pope Urban IV made it a feast for the universal Church. Corpus Christi is always the second Thursday after Pentecost.

US Bishops and Pope Francis express Sadness over Death of Migrant Father and Baby Daughter at Border

U.S. Bishops’ President and Committee Chairman Say Horrific Death of Father and Daughter at Border and Appalling Conditions for Children are Cries that Reach Heaven Itself

June 26, 2019
WASHINGTON—The cry of a father and his baby daughter who drowned crossing the Rio Grande reaches heaven itself. This unspeakable consequence of a failed immigration system, together with growing reports of inhumane conditions for children in the custody of the federal government at the border, shock the conscience and demand immediate action. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, joins Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, in calling on the federal government to hear the cry of the poor and vulnerable.
Their joint statement follows:
“We join with our Holy Father Pope Francis in immense sadness, having seen the horrific images of Oscar Martinez and his daughter Angie Valeria who drowned in the Rio Grande Valley while attempting to flee persecution and enter the United States. This image cries to heaven for justice. This image silences politics. Who can look on this picture and not see the results of the failures of all of us to find a humane and just solution to the immigration crisis? Sadly, this picture shows the daily plight of our brothers and sisters. Not only does their cry reach heaven. It reaches us. And it must now reach our federal government.
All people, regardless of their country of origin or legal status, are made in the image of God and should be treated with dignity and respect. Recent reports of overcrowded and unsanitary conditions are appalling and unacceptable for any person in U.S. custody, but particularly for children, who are uniquely vulnerable. Such conditions cannot be used as tools of deterrence. We can and must remain a country that provides refuge for children and families fleeing violence, persecution, and acute poverty.
Congress has a duty to provide additional funding to address the needs of children in federal custody. Their supplemental appropriations bill should also increase protections for immigrant children, including heightened standards and oversight for border facilities. It is possible and necessary to care for the safety of migrant children and the security of our citizens. By putting aside partisan interests, a nation as great as ours is able to do both.”
Above: FULL TEXT Release by USCCB 
Vatican News also commented that the Holy Father, Pope Francis was saddened by the Deaths:
“With immense sadness, the Holy Father has seen the images of the father and his baby daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande River while trying to cross the border between Mexico and the United States.”
Alessandro Gisotti, the ad interim Director of the Holy See Press Office, gave that statement Wednesday in response to journalists’ questions.
“The Pope is profoundly saddened by their death, and is praying for them and for all migrants who have lost their lives while seeking to flee war and misery,” he added.

Corpus Christi in Washington, DC in Reparation and Prayer for the USA and the Church

On Sunday, June 23,2019, a Corpus Christi procession went through the heart of the Capitol Hill area in Washington, D.C. It was named it “Corpus Christi in the Capital.” The procession went about one mile, past the Capitol and Supreme Court, ending at St. Joseph’s Church (313 2nd St. NE).

According to Msgr. Charles Pope who led the procession they sang and prayed, with testimony being more visual than verbal.  Jesus in the Eucharist was carried by priests of the Church with great solemnity, under a canopy of honor, surrounded by six torchbearers, and accompanied by the sounds of praise and adoration and the smell of incense.

Msgr. Pope wrote: “He who loves you and died for you is passing by. He is calling you now to the repentance that gives joy. His power is not worldly and passing but heavenly and eternal. Yes, let us praise and adore Him, who alone can save us. In a city of potentates here is the true King, without whom nothing is possible!”

They passed by the Capitol and the Supreme Court, begging that His blessing and truth be established there.

Pope explained they did not march in a triumphalist manner but in reparation for the sins and shortcomings of the members of the Church, both clergy and lay.
 Msgr. Pope said they cried for God’s mercy on us and on our nation. Without grace and mercy, we do not stand a chance, but with the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

He also asked those who could not join to unite with in prayer and purpose. Pope wrote: We pray for ourselves and our nation, we make reparation for our sins and those of this land, and we remind others that Christ is King, Lord, Savior, and our only hope. May the heart of Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored, and loved with great affection at every moment in all the tabernacles of the world even unto the end of time.
Edited from the Archdiocese of Washington Blog by Msgr. Charles Pope

Vatican Women's Soccer Team Cancels Game when Austrian Team protests Pro-Life views of Church

Catholic News Service reports that the members of the Vatican's women's soccer team decided not to play their first foreign match June 22, 2019 when a couple members of the opposing team lifted their shirts to reveal slogans protesting the Catholic Church's opposition to abortion.

Austrian women's football team apologized over cancelled game with Vatican club
Vienna's Mariahilf women's team had invited the new Vatican team to Austria as part of the Vienna team's 25th anniversary celebrations.

But during the playing of the Vatican anthem just before the match was to begin, several members of the Mariahilf team lifted their shirts to show protests painted on their bellies and backs. One said, "My body, my rule."

At the same time, in the stands, someone unfurled a banner reading, "Against homophobia."

"The protest took by surprise the Vatican players who simply expected a celebration of sports," said Vatican News. Along with their coaches, it added, the women "made the difficult decision not to play the match so as to prevent the manipulation of an event they had prepared with joy."

Just over half of the team members are Vatican employees, the others are the wives or daughters of employees. Male Vatican employees have had teams and an intramural tournament for decades; the women formed their team early in the spring to play five-a-side games, but the match in Vienna was to be a regulation game with 11 players on each team.
Edited from Catholic News Service

Crowds at Corpus Christi Procession in Brisbane, Australia with Many Youth and young Families

According to the Catholic Leader crowds of Brisbane Catholics in Australia were on the streets to celebrate the Real Presence on the Feast of Corpus Christi. The people were publicly adoring and testifying the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) last Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Oratory Father Adrian Sharp said it was a great day with an impressive crowd.

He said it was nice to see different parish and ministry groups flying their banners, and the significance of the occasion wasn’t lost.

“It’s a chance to give thanks to God for the gift of the Eucharist,” Fr Sharp said.

“It allows us to thank God for that but also give a public witness to our faith in the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament.

“And (it was) also sort of a visible sign of prayer for the city – the archdiocese – to honour our Lord in that way and to ask Him to be with everyone and guide everyone.”

Fr Sharp said it was pleasing to see a good number of people also took the opportunity to go to Reconciliation (Confession) in the afternoon.

Corpus Christi organising committee member Michelle Adeney said it was a beautiful experience as it always was.

Mrs Adeney echoed Fr Sharp’s comments, saying lots of people enjoyed the opportunity to witness to their faith publicly and in the Real Presence.

“I think it helps people’s faith to build – it’s a faith-building thing to do it,” she said.

“It’s one of those traditions that is good to have that makes people feel warm about their faith and makes them pleased to be a Catholic and faith-building, increases devotion I’d say.

“I think it’s because you’re doing something other than attending Mass that supports your attendance at Mass.

Mrs Adeney said there were also “heaps of youth”, saying the parade was predominantly teenagers and young families.
And it wasn’t only Catholics who got something out of the event, as Mrs Adeney said it was a great chance to do some “street evangelisation”.

“It certainly draws a lot of attention,” she said, “not hordes and hordes but there were quite a lot of people taking photos and watching.

“Part of the procession is we always have some people handing out information if people are asking what they’re doing – it’s a chance to do a bit of street evangelism, literally.

“We have the guard of honour on the sides of the Blessed Sacrament, but all the way up on either side there are people who are happy to talk about what’s happening today and share and witness.”

The Feast of Corpus Christi dates back to St Juliana of Mont Cornillon, in the 13th Century, who had a vision eluding to the need for the feast.

Fr Sharp recalled a story he was told on the feast this year, which discussed the origin of the Office for the occasion.

It was said when the feast was decreed to become a universal feast, Pope Urban IV requested a new Mass be composed and he called upon St Thomas Aquinas and St Bonaventure to write one each.

Fr Sharp said they both composed a text for the Mass and brought it before the pope. “Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure both presented their text to the pope and the pope must’ve asked Thomas Aquinas to present his first,” he said.

“And upon hearing it, Bonaventure ripped his up.”

Devotion: Catholics from across Brisbane archdiocese gathered to march and profess their faith in the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 23.
Fr Sharp said the text that St Thomas wrote was still the one we used today.

“I hadn’t heard (the story) before,” he said, “We’ll never know what Bonaventure actually wrote because he tore it up.”

Adeney said there were also “heaps of youth”, saying the parade was predominantly teenagers and young families.

Fr Sharp said it was a celebration that belonged to the whole diocese, full of music from the cathedral and the parishes, and full of the colours of the wide Church.
Edited and Shortened from a report by the Catholic Leader by Joe Higgins with image share from the Catholic Leader - Photo: Alan Edgecomb

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 373

Reading 1GN15:1-12, 17-18

The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision:

"Fear not, Abram!
I am your shield;
I will make your reward very great."

But Abram said,
"O Lord GOD, what good will your gifts be,
if I keep on being childless
and have as my heir the steward of my house, Eliezer?"
Abram continued,
"See, you have given me no offspring,
and so one of my servants will be my heir."
Then the word of the LORD came to him:
"No, that one shall not be your heir;
your own issue shall be your heir."
He took him outside and said:
"Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.
Just so," he added, "shall your descendants be."
Abram put his faith in the LORD,
who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.

He then said to him,
"I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans
to give you this land as a possession."
"O Lord GOD," he asked,
"how am I to know that I shall possess it?"
He answered him,
"Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old she-goat,
a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon."
Abram brought him all these, split them in two,
and placed each half opposite the other;
but the birds he did not cut up.
Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses,
but Abram stayed with them.
As the sun was about to set, a trance fell upon Abram,
and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him.

When the sun had set and it was dark,
there appeared a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch,
which passed between those pieces.
It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant with Abram,
saying: "To your descendants I give this land,
from the Wadi of Egypt to the Great River the Euphrates."

Responsorial PsalmPS 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9

R.(8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations—
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 15:4A, 5B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Remain in me, as I remain in you, says the Lord;
whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 7:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,
but underneath are ravenous wolves.
By their fruits you will know them.
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Just so, every good tree bears good fruit,
and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down
and thrown into the fire.
So by their fruits you will know them."