Saturday, July 6, 2019

Pope Francis "...preserve its beauty and integrity for the good of all the living, ad maiorem Dei gloriam." Full Text


Amatrice, 6 July 2019

I extend a cordial greeting to the organizers and participants of the II Forum of the Laudato Si communities, which is celebrated in an area devastated by the earthquake that struck central Italy in August 2016 and which more than others paid a very high price in number of victims.

It is a sign of hope that we find ourselves in Amatrice, whose memory is always present in my heart, focusing on the imbalances that devastate our "common home". Not only is it a sign of closeness to so many brothers and sisters who still live in the ford between the memory of a terrible tragedy and the reconstruction that is slow to take off, but also expresses the desire to make loud and clear resound that the poor pay for the higher price than environmental devastation. The wounds inflicted on the environment are inexorably wounded to the most defenseless humanity. In the Encyclical Laudato si ’I wrote:« There will not be a new relationship with nature without a new human being. There is no ecology without adequate anthropology "(n. 118).

After having dealt with the issue of plastic that is suffocating our planet last year, today you reflect on the grave and no longer sustainable situation of the Amazon and the peoples who inhabit it. You are thus inspired by the theme of the Synod of Bishops that will be celebrated next October for the Pan-Amazon region and of which the Instrumentum laboris was recently presented.

The situation in Amazonia is a sad paradigm of what is happening in many parts of the planet: a blind and destructive mentality that prefers profit to justice; highlights the predatory attitude with which man relates to nature. Please don't forget that social justice and ecology are deeply interconnected! What is happening in the Amazon will have repercussions on a planetary level, but it has already prostrated thousands of men and women robbed of their territory, who have become foreigners in their own land, depleted of their own culture and traditions, breaking the millennial balance that united those peoples to their land. Man cannot remain an indifferent spectator in the face of this destruction, nor can the Church remain silent: the cry of the poor must resound in his mouth, as St. Paul VI already pointed out in his Encyclical Populorum progressio.

Promoted by the Church of Rieti and Slow Food, the Laudato Communities are committed not only to sound the teaching proposed in the homonymous Encyclical, but to foster new lifestyles. In this pragmatic perspective, I wish to give you three words.

The first word is doxology

In the face of the good of creation and especially before the good of man who is the summit of creation, but also guardian, it is necessary to assume the attitude of praise. In the face of so much beauty, with renewed wonder, with childlike eyes, we must be able to appreciate the beauty we are surrounded by and of which man is also woven. Praise is the fruit of contemplation, contemplation and praise lead to respect, respect becomes almost veneration before the goods of creation and its Creator.

The second word is the Eucharist

The Eucharistic attitude before the world and its inhabitants knows how to grasp the gift status that every living being carries within itself. Everything is delivered to us for free, not to be plundered and swallowed up, but to become in turn a gift to be shared, a gift to be given so that joy can be for everyone and, therefore, be greater.

The third word is asceticism

Every form of respect arises from an ascetic attitude, that is, from the capacity to know how to renounce something for a greater good, for the good of others. Asceticism helps us to convert the predatory attitude, always lurking, to take the form of sharing, of ecological, respectful and polite relationship.

I hope that the Laudato Communities will be the germ of a renewed way of living the world, to give it future, to preserve its beauty and integrity for the good of every living, ad maiorem Dei gloriam.

I thank you and I bless you heartily. Pray for me!

From the Vatican, 6 July 2019

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Wow Kidnapped Archbishop says "I spent the whole night reciting the rosary" and was Released the Next Day!

AFRICA/CAMEROON - "I spent the whole night reciting the rosary", says the Archbishop of Bamenda kidnapped by separatists
Saturday, 6 July 2019  Yaoundé (Agenzia Fides)
- "I told them they cannot achieve their goals by practicing evil, because evil can only lead to evil", said His Exc. Mgr. Cornelius Fontem in an interview on Cameroon's national television Esua, Archbishop of Bamenda, in the north-west of Cameroon, who had been kidnapped on June 25 and released the next day. Mgr. Cornelius Fontem Esua was returning from a pastoral tour for a few days when his car was blocked by a group of secessionist rebels (amba-boys), near the village of Belo-Njikwe. Bishop Esua tried to explain to the separatists that he had to return to the archdiocese after 5 days of absence and tried to physically remove the barrier placed on the road, as he had done with four other rebel checkpoints. "Suddenly a group of secessionists on motorbikes came screaming and started to threaten. They wanted to brutalize my driver. I told them not to touch him and that if they wanted to take it out on someone, they would have to take it out on me", the Archbishop said, who was kidnapped but said that he was treated well. "I spent the whole night reciting the Rosary", said Archbishop Esua, who was released the next day after having had a telephone conversation with the "general" who led the rebel group. "I told him that they cannot achieve their goals by practicing evil, because evil can only lead to evil. And God will not be able to hear their prayers if they continue to do evil, because we must not do to others what we do not want to be done to us", said the Archbishop. Since 2016 the north-west and south-west of Cameroon are in the throes of a secessionist crisis born from the request of the local English-speaking populations to be able to use the English language instead of the French language at school and in courts. The protest degenerated into an independence movement that clashes with the regular army. So far, attempts to resolve the crisis have failed. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 6/7/2019)

Pope Francis Officially Recognizes Miracle of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen bringing him closer to Sainthood

Fulton Sheen
Pope Francis also authorized a decree recognizing a miracle through the intercession of Venerable Servant of God Fulton Sheen of the United States, known for his preaching, especially on television and radio.

The Titular Archbishop of Newport and former Bishop of Rochester was born to an Irish family in El Paso, Illinois, on 8 May 1895.  He discovered his call to the priesthood at the age of 24 and was ordained a priest in 1919.  He pursued higher studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington (US),  the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

He returned to the US in 1926 and began teaching at the Catholic University of America until 1950.

A gifted teacher and speaker, Sheen’s homilies were much appreciated.  In 1930, he began participating in the Sunday radio programme entitled “The Catholic Hour”, which reached an estimated four million listeners at the height of its popularity.

In 1951, he began hosting a weekly television series, “Life is Worth Living”, on matters of faith that attracted some 30 million viewers. 

He died in New York at the age of 84, on 9 December 1979.
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : #1stSaturday, July 6, 2019 - Eucharist

Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 382

Reading 1GN 27:1-5, 15-29

When Isaac was so old that his eyesight had failed him,
he called his older son Esau and said to him, "Son!"
"Yes father!" he replied.
Isaac then said, "As you can see, I am so old
that I may now die at any time.
Take your gear, therefore–your quiver and bow–
and go out into the country to hunt some game for me.
With your catch prepare an appetizing dish for me, such as I like,
and bring it to me to eat,
so that I may give you my special blessing before I die."

Rebekah had been listening
while Isaac was speaking to his son Esau.
So, when Esau went out into the country
to hunt some game for his father,
Rebekah [then] took the best clothes of her older son Esau
that she had in the house,
and gave them to her younger son Jacob to wear;
and with the skins of the kids she covered up his hands
and the hairless parts of his neck.
Then she handed her son Jacob the appetizing dish
and the bread she had prepared.

Bringing them to his father, Jacob said, "Father!"
"Yes?" replied Isaac.  "Which of my sons are you?"
Jacob answered his father:  "I am Esau, your first-born.
I did as you told me.
Please sit up and eat some of my game,
so that you may give me your special blessing."
But Isaac asked, "How did you succeed so quickly, son?"
He answered,
"The LORD, your God, let things turn out well with me."
Isaac then said to Jacob,
"Come closer, son, that I may feel you,
to learn whether you really are my son Esau or not."
So Jacob moved up closer to his father.
When Isaac felt him, he said,
"Although the voice is Jacob's, the hands are Esau's."
(He failed to identify him because his hands were hairy,
like those of his brother Esau;
so in the end he gave him his blessing.)
Again he asked Jacob, "Are you really my son Esau?" 
"Certainly," Jacob replied.
Then Isaac said, "Serve me your game, son, that I may eat of it
and then give you my blessing."
Jacob served it to him, and Isaac ate;
he brought him wine, and he drank.

Finally his father Isaac said to Jacob,
"Come closer, son, and kiss me."
As Jacob went up and kissed him,
Isaac smelled the fragrance of his clothes.
With that, he blessed him saying,

"Ah, the fragrance of my son
is like the fragrance of a field
that the LORD has blessed!

"May God give to you
of the dew of the heavens
And of the fertility of the earth
abundance of grain and wine.

"Let peoples serve you,
and nations pay you homage;
Be master of your brothers,
and may your mother's sons bow down to you.
Cursed be those who curse you,
and blessed be those who bless you."

Responsorial PsalmPS 135:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6

R.(3a) Praise the Lord for the Lord is good!
R. Alleluia.
Praise the name of the LORD;
Praise, you servants of the LORD
Who stand in the house of the LORD,
in the courts of the house of our God.
R. Praise the Lord for the Lord is good!
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
sing praise to his name, which we love;
For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself,
Israel for his own possession.
R. Praise the Lord for the Lord is good!
R. Alleluia.
For I know that the LORD is great;
our LORD is greater than all gods.
All that the LORD wills he does
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and in all the deeps. 
R. Praise the Lord for the Lord is good!
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 10:27

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 9:14-17

The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
"Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus answered them, "Can the wedding guests mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast.
No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth,
for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.
People do not put new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.
Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved."