Thursday, July 18, 2019

Saint July 19 : St. Arsenius the Great a Hermit and Anchorite who died in 450 AD in Egypt


Anchorite; born 354, at Rome; died 450, at Troe, in Egypt. Theodosius the Great having requested the Emperor Gratian and Pope Damasus to find him in the West a tutor for his son Arcadius, they made choice of Arsenius, a man well read in Greek literature, member of a noble Roman family, and said to have been a deacon of the Roman Church. He reached Constantinople in 383, and continued as tutor in the imperial family for eleven years, during the last three of which he also had charge of his pupil's brother Honorius. Coming one day to see his children at their studies, Theodosius found them sitting while Arsenius talked to them standing. This he would not tolerate, and caused the teacher to sit and the pupils to stand. On his arrival at court Arsenius had been given a splendid establishment, and probably because the Emperor so desired, he lived in great pomp, but all the time felt a growing inclination to renounce the world. After praying long to be enlightened as to what he should do, he heard a voice saying "Arsenius, flee the company of men, and thou shalt be saved." Thereupon he embarked secretly for Alexandria, and hastening to the desert of Scetis, asked to be admitted among the solitaries who dwelt there. St. John the Dwarf, to whose cell he was conducted, though previously warned of the quality of his visitor, took no notice of him and left him standing by himself while he invited the rest to sit down at table. When the repast was half finished he threw down some bread before him, bidding him with an air of indifference eat if he would. Arsenius meekly picked up the bread and ate, sitting on the ground. Satisfied with this proof of humility, St. John kept him under his direction. The new solitary was from the first most exemplary yet unwittingly retained certain of his old habits, such as sitting cross-legged or laying one foot over the other. Noticing this, the abbot requested some one to imitate Arsenius's posture at the next gathering of the brethren, and upon his doing so, forthwith rebuked him publicly. Arsenius took the hint and corrected himself. During the fifty-five years of his solitary life he was always the most meanly clad of all, thus punishing himself for his former seeming vanity in the world. In like manner, to atone for having used perfumes at court, he never changed the water in which he moistened the palm leaves of which he made mats, but only poured in fresh water upon it as it wasted, thus letting it become stenchy in the extreme. Even while engaged in manual labour he never relaxed in his application to prayer. At all times copious tears of devotion fell from his eyes. But what distinguished him most was his disinclination to all that might interrupt his union with God. When, after long search, his place of retreat was discovered, he not only refused to return to court and act as adviser to his former pupil the Emperor Arcadius, but he would not even be his almoner to the poor and the monasteries of the neighbourhood. He invariably denied himself to visitors, no matter what their rank and condition and left to his disciples the care of entertaining them. His contemporaries so admired him as to surname him "the Great". Shared from The Catholic Encyclopedia

Largest Religious Freedom Event in Washington, DC gathers over 1000 Leaders with Vatican Delegates

The second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, from July 16 to 18, is the largest religious freedom event of its kind in the world. With more than 1,000 civil society and religious leaders, and more than 100 foreign delegations invited, this year’s gathering marks the first time a Secretary of State has convened back-to-back Ministerials on the same human rights issue. Last year’s inaugural Ministerial was the first-ever to focus solely on the unalienable human right of religious freedom. (

The Religious Freedom and Interfaith Dialogue Exchange also kicked-off in Washington, D.C. to coincide with the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The three-week exchange program aims to create a network of spiritual and community leaders prepared to use media tools to promote moderation, build tolerance, and prevent conflict.

Officially opening the Ministerial gathering, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed more than 1,000 participants from 100 countries, saying that the event was designed to open a global discussion on guaranteeing religious freedom.
On July 16, we convened civil society, religious leaders and government officials to discuss the opportunities and challenges for promoting and defending religious freedom globally. Through a series of plenary sessions, participants discussed the necessary building blocks and emerging trends in advancing religious freedom, as well as how religious freedom, international development, and humanitarian aid can work together to advance mutual interests.
First Session The first session opened with welcoming remarks by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and by Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. Following their remarks, came a presentation by three survivors of religious persecution (Pittsburgh, Jewish; Sri Lanka, Christian; and New Zealand, Muslim). This session concluded with a General Session on “Working Together to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief.”Rabbi Myers' presentation was one of three that opened the ministerial, made up of a series of events held over several days at the Department of State. The main event was supplemented by side meetings on Capitol Hill, at universities and at nongovernmental organizations to discuss strategies related to protecting religious freedom.
According to Catholic News Service, Maronite Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of Brooklyn, New York, who chairs Catholic Relief Services' board of directors, was among a broad contingent of Catholic Church leaders attending the ministerial. He said the event allowed people to come together to learn from each other.
"You have evangelicals advocating for Uyghur Muslims. You have Muslims advocating for Christians in Iraq. You have Jews advocating for evangelicals," he said. "It's beautiful. It's what government ought to do: enable the people not to solve the problems of government, (but to) allow the people to connect with each other and say, 'Enough is enough. Religious freedom is a right.'"
Pompeo said, "We all agree that fighting so that each person is free to believe, free to assemble and to teach the tenets of his or her own faith is not optional. Indeed, it is a moral imperative that this be permitted.
"All people from every place on the globe must be permitted to practice their faith openly, in their homes, in their places of worship, in the public square, and believe what they want to believe," he added.
Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom, urged the attendees to start what he called religious freedom roundtables in their local communities. Such groups would bring together people of faith, nongovernmental organizations and political leaders to discuss how to expand understanding of religious freedom.
He described the ministerial as the largest such gathering ever held to address religious freedom.
Brownback said, "But the situation is grim. Although most of the world is religious, 80% of the world's population lives in a religiously restricted place. It's time to bring down these religious restrictions so that the iron curtain of religious persecution can come down for one and all and it comes down now," said Brownback, a one-time Methodist who became Catholic. 

#BreakingNews 2 Catholic Priests arrested with 2 Pro-Life Leaders while protesting Peacefully for Life

Two Catholic priests, along with 2 pro-life leaders were arrested on Saturday, July 13, 2019 inside an abortion facility in New Jersey.

In total the police arrested four pro-life advocates amid a "Red Rose Rescue": Father Fidelis Moscinski, Father Dave Nix, William Goodman and another unnamed individual. This took place in the morning at the Garden State Gynecology, in Morristown, New Jersey.
They gave each mother a red rose with a card attached. On it was the message: “You were made to love and to be loved… your goodness is greater than the difficulties of your situation. Circumstances in life change. A new life, however tiny, brings the promise of unrepeatable joy.” It also included the phone numbers of local pregnancy help centers.
According to the "Red Rose Rescue" Facebook page: After entering a abortion clinic peacefully and sitting down and talking quietly, offered assistance respectfully. 2 Catholic priests and 2 pro-life leaders were arrested by police. They sang Silently Night to carol the babies, mothers, fathers, mill workers, and police. They were involved in what they call "an emergency rescue operation to directly defend lives in the most immediate mortal danger, and rescue according to the command of Proverbs 24:11."
Police charged the two priests and other two pro-life advocates with trespassing.

 Some pro-life advocates refuse to leave believing that refusing to leave is an act of solidarity with the unborn babies who are scheduled for abortions.

* According to the Pro-Life "Red Rose Rescue" Facebook page:
 Every Red Rose Rescuer must be committed to non-violence or they may not be part of the organization. Violence has absolutely no place in our efforts, or any efforts, to help pregnant mothers and their babies. This is why we peacefully enter the facilities-- to prevent the horrific violence of abortion through our peaceful witness of non-violent solidarity. We confront the violence of abortion with respect, dignity, mercy and peace.
Second of all, each Red Rose Rescuers is forbidden to harass or intimidate anyone... ever. Such actions are completely inimical to our mission to share Christ's love and truth in a humane way with those tempted to kill innocent children in the womb. We are always gentle, compassionate, caring, soft-spoken, empathetic and wholly non-threatening.

When police officers arrived, some of the pro-life advocates were talking with women, while others were praying quietly and singing hymns, according to the pro-life group.

About a dozen other pro-lifers stood outside witnessing during the "rescue".

There have been more than a dozen similar demonstrations in the United States since 2017, according to the pro-life "Red Rose Rescue" group.

Edited from and - Red Rose Rescue

Pope Francis appoints Matteo Bruni as New Director of Holy See Press Office

Pope makes appointments in Vatican media
Pope Francis has appointed Matteo Bruni as Director of the Holy See Press Office. Alessandro Gisotti and Sergio Centofanti have been appointed deputy directors of the Editorial Directorate at the Dicastery for Communication.
Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a new Director of the Holy See Press Office.  British-born Matteo Bruni is the new spokesperson of the Holy See, with effect from 22 July.

Born on 23 November 1976 in Winchester, Bruni graduated in modern and contemporary foreign languages and literature from Rome’s La Sapienza University.  He has been working since July 2009 at the Holy See Press Office, where he has been overseeing the accreditation of journalists and operational communications as coordinator of the Accreditation Section.

In this role, he has organized reporters accompanying the Holy Father on papal trips outside Italy.

Bruni has coordinated the participation of the press in the various events during the Jubilee of Mercy 2016.  He has long been involved in ecclesial projects of humanitarian cooperation and programmes to support the elderly.

The new spokesman of the Holy See is married and has a daughter. Besides Italian, he is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Bruni takes over from Alessandro Gisotti, whom the Pope had appointed ‘ad interim’ Director of the Holy See Press Office on 30 December.

Also on Thursday, Pope Francis appointed Gisotti and Sergio Centofanti deputy directors of the Editorial Directorate of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.

All three take office on 22 July.

A graduate of political science from Rome’s La Sapienza University and a professional journalist, Gisotti, 45, is married with two children.  After a stint at the United Nations Information Office in Rome, he began working at Vatican Radio in 2000.  From 2011 to 2016 he was deputy editor-in-chief at the Pope’s radio.   In 2017 he became the coordinator of the Social Media of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.

He has taught journalism at the Jesuit Maximus Institute in Rome and theories and techniques of journalism at the Pontifical Lateran University. He has written several articles and essays on communication in the Church, in particular, the volume "The Decalogue of Good Communicator according to Pope Francis", published in 2016 with a preface by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

Born in Naples (Italy), Sergio Centofanti, 59,  is married with three children and has three grandchildren. He graduated in literature from Rome’s La Sapienza University in 1986.

Starting his career as a journalist in the early ‘80s, he worked with several newspapers and magazines.

He joined Vatican Radio in 1986, working for the first 10 years with the morning edition of world news in Italian.  He was gradually put in charge of other editions of the news service.   He has followed Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis on various Italian and international trips.

In 2017 he was called to be part of the Multimedia Editorial Centre, in charge of coordinating the activities of the various language units of Vatican Radio-Vatican News.
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#BreakingNews Popular Catholic Priest shoved off Stage during Youth Mass in Brazil

A woman pushed a priest, Fr. Marcelo Rossi, off a stage during a Mass Sunday in Brazil,  in front of 50,000 people.
A woman ran onstage and violently shoved a famous priest  in Cachoeira Paulista, near São Paulo, Brazil.
The 32-year-old woman ran toward Padre Marcelo Rossi, who is a popular preacher in the country, and shoved him off the stage.

The incident happened shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday during the closing Mass of a youth retreat. Around 50,000 young Catholics were in attendance, the Brazilian news site reported.

According to the police, the woman was one of the participants in the retreat. She was accompanied by a group who had traveled from Rio de Janeiro to attend. They reportedly told the police that she suffers from mental health problems.

The newspaper O Dia reported that the woman, who was at the event with her 3-year-old son, told reporters Monday that what happened was “between [Rossi] and I.”

The priest, who decided not to press charges, wasn’t seriously hurt.

A former physical education teacher, Rossi was ordained as a priest in 1994.
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Christians in Pakistan Live in Fear with reports of over 1,000 Girls Annually being Forcibly Converted

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Forced conversions to Islam: an ad hoc measure is urgently needed to protect religious minorities

Karachi (Agenzia Fides) - "Civil society cannot ignore the responsibility of governors to guarantee all citizens equal access to civil freedom and justice. Today it is essential to introduce ad hoc legislation for the protection of religious minorities in Pakistan, especially to counter the phenomenon of forced conversions to Islam": says the Catholic Peter Jacob, activist for human rights and president of the Center of social justice (CSJ) in Pakistan, to Agenzia Fides, commenting on the recent episodes of violence and abuse committed on young Christian women and other members of minority communities in the nation.
The family of Saima Sardar, a Christian nurse from Faisalabad, who refused to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim, Muhammad Idrees, who killed her, is still in shock. 
According to data collected by Agenzia Fides sources in Pakistan, the phenomenon of forced conversions officially touches over a thousand girls, Hindus and Christians every year, but these are only the cases reported, which come to light.
While the outrage of the population for the phenomenon of forced conversions is growing, the Parliament of the province of Sindh yesterday, July 16, unanimously adopted a resolution calling for "this practice to be stopped and for action to be taken against the people involved".
In his conversation with Fides, Jacob notes: "The Commission for minorities in the province of Sindh is still inactive while the federal government and other provincial governments have not yet approved the law to set up special commissions for minority rights", ignoring the provision of the Supreme Court of 19 June 2014. "The federal government should consider issuing anti-conversion laws to curb the sad phenomenon of kidnappings and forced conversions to Islam of Hindu and Christian girls", he said, noting that, for the protection of religious minorities "the political will of decision-makers and institutions is lacking, due to indifference or incompetence".
Lawyer Ali Palh, a well-known human rights activist, expresses to Agenzia Fides his concern about the uncontrolled increase in the incidence of forced conversions and says: "It is time for the government to introduce concrete legal guarantees to prevent marriages and conversions of forced, manipulated or imposed faith", hoping for more careful intervention by the courts. Kalpana Devi, a Hindu activist, agrees and calls for "inter-ministerial coordination and to prevent violence, investigate and prosecute the phenomenon of forced conversions".
Chaman Lal, Hindu activist and scholar of the phenomenon, told Fides: "Forced conversions of minority young women are often accompanied by crimes involving economic injustices, gender-based violence and crimes related to religious freedom. Some influential people promote or facilitate this phenomenon, manipulating the legal procedures with impunity. In addition, in court trials, the outcome of the hearings is in favor of the perpetrators of the violence rather than the victims". (AG-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 17/7/2019)

Dr. Ryan Topping's Enlightening Talk on Religion & Philosophy in today's Post Christian Society - Video

At the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Conference in October, Dr. Ryan Topping spoke on  "Religion & Philosophy in today's Post Christian Society." Topping offers 3 ways to promote the faith using the intellectual apostolate with a special emphasis on culture. Discussing the current cultural crisis he offers ways to penetrate society with grace with the aid of philosophy. His entire talk, in the video below, is very enlightening and worth every minute.

Biography: Ryan Topping, PhD, Vice President & Academic Dean, Newman Theological College, Edmonton Ryan N.S. Topping earned a doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford and is Academic Dean at Newman Theological College, Edmonton. He has published widely on Catholic culture and education. His most recent book is The Gift of the Church, Volume 1: How the Catholic Church Transformed the History and Soul of the West. He and his wife have eight children.

Novena to St. Camillus de Lellis - Prayers for the Sick and Cancer patients to Share!

St Camillus de Lellis is patron saint of the sick, hospitals and nurses. He dedicated his life to the sick and to organising hospitals. He founded the Order of the Camillians, priests and brothers who work in the area of health. He considered the sick to be Jesus Himself.
Glorious St Camillus, turn your merciful eyes upon those who suffer and those who care for them. Grant to the sick Christian resignation and trust in the goodness and power of God. Make those who take care of the sick be generous and lovingly dedicated. Help me to understand the mystery of suffering as a means of redemption and the way to God. May your protection comfort the sick and their families and encourage them to live together in love. Bless those who dedicate themselves to the infirm. And may the good God grant peace and hope to all. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be. St Camillus de Lellis, pray for us.
“Blessed are those who suffer because they will be consoled.” “I was sick and you visited me.” “Come, blessed of my Father, and take possession of heaven.” “Everything you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me.” Novena prayers, day 1 to 9 – always begin with the Sign of the Cross. 
End with the “Prayer of the Sick”, at the end of this post. 
Dear St Camillus, knowing that there is no greater love than to give your life for another, you patiently put up with many infirmities during your life without ceasing to work on behalf of the sick. Intercede with God so that I (or mention name(s) of the person(s) instead of “I” during the course of these novena prayers) may have the strength necessary to overcome the troubles that afflict my life and the life of my family and friends. Help me to spiritually benefit from everything that happens. Do a good deed to someone in need. Optional Reading Mark 5:21-43.
 SECOND DAY: Dear St Camillus, shocked by the abandonment in which the sick lived, you received from Jesus the inspiration to create an organisation for caring for the sick with love. Help me to understand that it is important before God to treat those who suffer with love. In the difficult moments of life, give me courage not to become disheartened. Pray for someone who suffers more than you do.
Optional Reading Mark 10:46-52.
 THIRD DAY: Dear St Camillus, inspired by the example of the Good Samaritan, you vowed to improve the treatment of the sick. In all countries, may there be more concern and responsibility in helping the sick and in all health services. Give those who are in good health more joy in taking care of the sick. May everyone believe in the immense riches that God reserves for those who love Him and their brothers and sisters.
Ask God for the help needed by those who are not taken care of.
Optional Reading Luke 10:29-38.
Dear St Camillus, because of your extraordinary love of the infirm, the Church declared you patron saint of hospitals, the sick and nurses. Intercede with God in favour of doctors, the sick and all who take care of them so that they may be good hearted, enthusiastic and competent in their work. Make them remember that Jesus said that ‘everything you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me’.
Pray for those who take care of the sick.
Optional Reading Matthew 25:31-46.
Dear St Camillus, meditating on the words of Jesus (everything you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me), you received from God such great faith that you considered the sick as if they were Jesus Himself. Help me to grow in faith in order to always increase my love of the sick and to be ready to help them like a loving mother cares for her only sick child.
Make an effort to have more faith.
Optional Reading John 5:1-18.
Dear St Camillus, in a moment of great difficulty, you heard from the open-armed crucifix: “Courage, do not become downhearted, this work is not for you, but for me.” Give me always the strength not to become disheartened before the problems of my life and that of others. May everything I suffer convince me of the immense power of God in my favour.
Never desist of doing good.
Optional Reading John 9:1-41.
Dear St Camillus, you had great devotion to the Mother of Jesus. May I have greater trust in the power of intercession of Mary with God and be able to imitate her virtues. Help me understand the meaning of suffering and not consider it a punishment. Lord, You helped Camillus in his struggles, help me in the difficulties I face to remain at peace and not get disheartened.
Peace must be worked at every day.
Optional Reading John 2:1-12.
Dear St Camillus, even in the most difficult situations, you always trusted entirely in Divine Providence. Increase my faith in the goodness and power of God in favour of His creatures. May I always put myself in His hands in order to be strong in trials and suffering. Help me remember the last words of Jesus: “I will be with you until the end of time.”
Never lose hope. God is there.
Optional Reading Matthew 6:25-34.
 NINTH DAY: Dear St Camillus, inspired by the words of Jesus (“I was sick and you visited me”), you dedicated your life and all your strength to help the sick, and to improve hospitals and health conditions in the most difficult circumstances. Arouse everyone’s conscience to be more interested in health problems and to diminish the suffering of the people. Commit yourself to doing good and being with the good.
Optional Reading John 13:1-17.
Lord, I come before You in prayer. I know that You hear me, You know me. I know that I am in You and that Your strength is in me. Look at my body racked with infirmity. You know, Lord, how much it hurts me to suffer. I know that You are not pleased with the suffering of Your children.
Give me, Lord, the strength and courage to overcome moments of desperation and exhaustion. Make me patient and understanding. I offer up my worries, anxiety and suffering to be more worthy of You.
Let me, Lord, unite my sufferings with those of Your Son Jesus who for love of men gave His life on the Cross. Furthermore, I ask You, Lord: Help doctors and nurses take care of the sick with the same dedication and love that St Camillus had.

Saint July 18 : St. Camillus de Lellis the Patron of Nurses , Hospitals and the Sick and Founder


1550 at Bocchiavico, Abruzzi, kingdom of Naples, Italy
14 July 1614 at Genoa, Italy
1746 by Pope Benedict XIV
Major Shrine:
Church of Mary Magdalene, Rome, Italy
Patron of:
against illness, hospitals, hospital workers, nurses, sick people
THE early years of Camillus gave no sign of sanctity. At the age of nineteen he took service with his father, an Italian noble, against the Turks, and after four years’ hard campaigning found himself, through his violent temper, reckless habits, and inveterate passion for gambling, a discharged soldier, and in such straitened circumstances that he was obliged to work as a laborer on a Capuchin convent which was then building. A few words from a Capuchin friar brought about his conversion, and he resolved to become a religious. Thrice he entered the Capuchin novitiate, but each time an obstinate wound in his leg forced him to leave. He repaired to Rome for medical treatment, and there took St. Philip as his confessor, and entered the hospital of St. Giacomo, of which he became in time the superintendent. The carelessness of the paid chaplains and nurses towards the suffering patients now inspired him with the thought of founding a congregation to minister to their wants. With this end he was ordained priest, and in 1586 his community of the Servants of the Sick was confirmed by the Pope. Its usefulness was soon felt, not only in hospitals, but in private houses. Summoned at every hour of the day and night, the devotion of Camillus never grew cold. With a woman's tenderness he attended to the needs of his patients. He wept with them, consoled them, and prayed with them. He knew miraculously the state of their souls; and St. Philip saw angels whispering to two Servants of the Sick who were consoling a dying person. One day a sick man said to the Saint, "Father, may I beg you to make up my bed? it is very hard." Camillus replied, "God forgive you, brother! You beg me! Don't you know yet that you are to command me, for I am your servant and slave." "Would to God," he would cry, "that in the hour of my death one sigh or one blessing of these poor creatures might fall upon me!" His prayer was heard. He was granted the same consolations in his last hour which he had so often procured for others. In the year 1614 he died with the full use of his faculties, after two weeks' saintly preparation, as the priest was reciting the words of the ritual, "May Jesus Christ appear to thee with a mild and joyful countenance!"

Lives of the Saints: With Reflections for Every Day in the Year, A. Butler

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday, July 18, 2019 - #Eucharist

Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 392

Reading 1EX 3:13-20

Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to him,
"When I go to the children of Israel and say to them,
'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,'
if they ask me, 'What is his name?' what am I to tell them?"
God replied, "I am who am."
Then he added, "This is what you shall tell the children of Israel:
I AM sent me to you."

God spoke further to Moses, "Thus shall you say to the children of Israel:
The LORD, the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob,
has sent me to you.

"This is my name forever;
this my title for all generations.

"Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and tell them:
The LORD, the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
has appeared to me and said:
I am concerned about you
and about the way you are being treated in Egypt;
so I have decided to lead you up out of the misery of Egypt
into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites,
Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites,
a land flowing with milk and honey.

"Thus they will heed your message.
Then you and the elders of Israel
shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him:
"The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent us word.
Permit us, then, to go a three-days' journey in the desert,
that we may offer sacrifice to the LORD, our God.

"Yet I know that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go
unless he is forced.
I will stretch out my hand, therefore,
and smite Egypt by doing all kinds of wondrous deeds there.
After that he will send you away."

Responsorial PsalmPS 105:1 AND 5, 8-9, 24-25, 26-27

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.
Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
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.
He greatly increased his people
and made them stronger than their foes,
Whose hearts he changed, so that they hated his people,
and dealt deceitfully with his servants.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
He sent Moses his servant;
Aaron, whom he had chosen.
They wrought his signs among them,
and wonders in the land of Ham.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaMT 11:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 11:28-30

Jesus said:
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

Saint July 18 : St. Frederick the Patron of the Deaf and a Bishop Martyr who Died in 838

365 RosariesBlog: Today, July 18, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Frederick (died 838), bishop of Utrecht and Martyr of the faith. What we know of Saint Frederick was recorded by his contemporaries, who praised his wisdom, prudence, piety, and virtues. Poems and hymns were written in his honor. Saint Frederick composed a prayer to the Holy Trinity, which was used in the Netherlands for centuries.  While little is known of Saint Frederick’s early life, his Acts record that he was trained among the clergy of the Church of Utrecht, where he excelled in piety and sacred learning. Having been ordained, he was charged by Bishop Ricfried with the care and instruction of the newly converted to the faith, and in 825, was selected to assume the bishopric. With great zeal, Frederick worked for reform and order throughout the diocese, and expanded the faith by sending Saint Odulf and other acclaimed preachers into the northern parts of Holland to work against the paganism that had taken root there.
Given his reach and reputation, Saint Frederick was soon embroiled in the political matters of the times. Saint Frederick found himself in the position to admonish the Empress Judith, after her sons raised charges against her, citing immorality. While Frederick spoke to her with patience, prudence, and charity, she became irate, and worked to undermine him. Similarly, he raised the ire of many of those throughout the land who did not ascribe to the Christian faith, enforcing marriages, and spreading the Gospel. Through his labors, he found himself greatly disliked by many dangerous and powerful individuals. Saint Frederick refused to be intimidated, however, certain in the power of the Lord.
On July 18, 838, following celebration of the Mass, Saint Frederick was stabbed by two assassins. He died only minutes later, reciting Psalm 144, “I will praise the Lord in the land of the living.” It is unclear as to who had ordered the assassination, but historians agree it was due to his preaching and enforcing of the tenets of the faith. As such, the Church considers Saint Frederick a holy Martyr, having given his life to the faith, and suffered death as a consequence. 
Grant, we beseech You, Almighty God, that poor in spirit after the example of Your abbot Saint Frederick, we may imitate Him who handed Himself over for the salvation of the world: Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
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