Saturday, August 3, 2019

Sunday Mass Online : Sunday August 4, 2019 - #Eucharist - Readings + Video - 18th Ord. Time - C


Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 114

Reading 1ECC 1:2; 2:21-23

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
vanity of vanities!  All things are vanity!

Here is one who has labored with wisdom and knowledge and skill,
and yet to another who has not labored over it,
he must leave property.
This also is vanity and a great misfortune.
For what profit comes to man from all the toil and anxiety of heart
with which he has labored under the sun?
All his days sorrow and grief are his occupation;
even at night his mind is not at rest.
This also is vanity.

Responsorial PsalmPS 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 AND 17

R. (1) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
You turn man back to dust,
saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
 are as yesterday, now that it is past,
 or as a watch of the night.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
You make an end of them in their sleep;
 the next morning they are like the changing grass,
Which at dawn springs up anew,
but by evening wilts and fades.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Teach us to number our days aright,
 that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
 Have pity on your servants!
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
 that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
And may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
 prosper the work of our hands for us!
 Prosper the work of our hands!
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Reading 2COL 3:1-5, 9-11

Brothers and sisters:
If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died,
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:
immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire,
and the greed that is idolatry.
Stop lying to one another,
since you have taken off the old self with its practices
and have put on the new self,
which is being renewed, for knowledge,
in the image of its creator.
Here there is not Greek and Jew,
circumcision and uncircumcision,
barbarian, Scythian, slave, free;
but Christ is all and in all.

AlleluiaMT 5:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves
but are not rich in what matters to God.”

Saint August 4 : St. John Vianney the Patron of Confessors and Parish Priests

CURE OF ARS, PATRON SAINT OF PARISH PRIESTS


Born:
May 8, 1786, Dardilly, France
Died:
August 4, 1859, Ars-sur-Formans, France
Canonized:
1925, Rome by Pope Pius XI
Major Shrine:
Shrine of St. John Vianney; Ars-sur-Formans, France
Patron of:
parish priests; confessors Curé of Ars, born at Dardilly, near Lyons, France, on 8 May, 1786; died at Ars, 4 August, 1859; son of Matthieu Vianney and Marie Beluze."

In 1806, the curé at Ecully, M. Balley, opened a school for ecclesiastical students, and Jean-Marie was sent to him. Though he was of average intelligence and his masters never seem to have doubted his vocation, his knowledge was extremely limited, being confined to a little arithmetic, history, and geography, and he found learning, especially the study of Latin, excessively difficult. One of his fellow-students, Matthias Loras, afterwards first Bishop of Dubuque, assisted him with his Latin lessons.
But now another obstacle presented itself. Young Vianney was drawn in the conscription, the war with Spain and the urgent need of recruits having caused Napoleon to withdraw the exemption enjoyed by the ecclesiastical students in the diocese of his uncle, Cardinal Fesch. Matthieu Vianney tried unsuccessfully to procure a substitute, so his son was obliged to go. His regiment soon received marching orders. The morning of departure, Jean-Baptiste went to church to pray, and on his return to the barracks found that his comrades had already left. He was threatened with arrest, but the recruiting captain believed his story and sent him after the troops. At nightfall he met a young man who volunteered to guide him to his fellow-soldiers, but led him to Noes, where some deserters had gathered. The mayor persuaded him to remain there, under an assumed name, as schoolmaster. After fourteen months, he was able to communicate with his family. His father was vexed to know that he was a deserter and ordered him to surrender but the matter was settled by his younger brother offering to serve in his stead and being accepted.
Jean-Baptiste now resumed his studies at Ecully. In 1812, he was sent to the seminary at Verrieres; he was so deficient in Latin as to be obliged to follow the philosophy course in French. He failed to pass the examinations for entrance to the seminary proper, but on re-examination three months later succeeded. On 13 August, 1815, he was ordained priest by Mgr. Simon, Bishop of Grenoble. His difficulties in making the preparatory studies seem to have been due to a lack of mental suppleness in dealing with theory as distinct from practice -- a lack accounted for by the meagreness of his early schooling, the advanced age at which he began to study, the fact that he was not of more than average intelligence, and that he was far advanced in spiritual science and in the practice of virtue long before he came to study it in the abstract. He was sent to Ecully as assistant to M. Balley, who had first recognized and encouraged his vocation, who urged him to persevere when the obstacles in his way seemed insurmountable, who interceded with the examiners when he failed to pass for the higher seminary, and who was his model as well as his preceptor and patron. In 1818, after the death of M. Balley, M. Vianney was made parish priest of Ars, a village not very far from Lyons. It was in the exercise of the functions of the parish priest in this remote French hamlet that as the "curé d'Ars" he became known throughout France and the Christian world. A few years after he went to Ars, he founded a sort of orphanage for destitute girls. It was called "The Providence" and was the model of similar institutions established later all over France. M. Vianney himself instructed the children of "The Providence" in the catechism, and these catechetical instructions came to be so popular that at last they were given every day in the church to large crowds. "The Providence" was the favourite work of the "curé d'Ars", but, although it was successful, it was closed in 1847, because the holy curé thought that he was not justified in maintaining it in the face of the opposition of many good people. Its closing was a very heavy trial to him.
But the chief labour of the Curé d'Ars was the direction of souls. He had not been long at Ars when people began coming to him from other parishes, then from distant places, then from all parts of France, and finally from other countries. As early as 1835, his bishop forbade him to attend the annual retreats of the diocesan clergy because of "the souls awaiting him yonder". During the last ten years of his life, he spent from sixteen to eighteen hours a day in the confessional. His advice was sought by bishops, priests, religious, young men and women in doubt as to their vocation, sinners, persons in all sorts of difficulties and the sick. In 1855, the number of pilgrims had reached twenty thousand a year. The most distinguished persons visited Ars for the purpose of seeing the holy curé and hearing his daily instruction. The Venerable Father Colin was ordained deacon at the same time, and was his life-long friend, while Mother Marie de la Providence founded the Helpers of the Holy Souls on his advice and with his constant encouragement. His direction was characterized by common sense, remarkable insight, and supernatural knowledge. He would sometimes divine sins withheld in an imperfect confession. His instructions were simple in language, full of imagery drawn from daily life and country scenes, but breathing faith and that love of God which was his life principle and which he infused into his audience as much by his manner and appearance as by his words, for, at the last, his voice was almostinaudible.
The miracles recorded by his biographers are of three classes:
* first, the obtaining of money for his charities and food for his orphans;
* secondly, supernatural knowledge of the past and future;
* thirdly, healing the sick, especially children.
The greatest miracle of all was his life. He practised mortification from his early youth. and for forty years his food and sleep were insufficient, humanly speaking, to sustain life. And yet he laboured incessantly, with unfailing humility, gentleness, patience, and cheerfulness, until he was more than seventy-three years old.
On 3 October, 1874 Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney was proclaimed Venerable by Pius IX and on 8 January, 1905, he was enrolled among the Blessed. Pope Pius X proposed him as a model to the parochial clergy.
[Note: In 1925, Pope Pius XI canonized him. His feast is kept on 4 August.]Shared from the Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis to 5,000 Scouts "I would like to tell you: trust Jesus. Trust Jesus." FULL Text + Video


SPEECH OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE "EUROMOOT" PARTICIPANTS
OF THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF GUIDES AND SCOUTS OF EUROPE (UISGE)

Paul VI Hall
Saturday, 3 August 2019

Dear friends, good morning and welcome!

I thank Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco for his words and I also thank all of you for being here, and because you have come a long way to get there! You have come a long way. You are a little tired, certainly. Of one thing I am sure: that inside you feel freer than before. I'm sure about this. And what does this tell us? That freedom is conquered on the way, not bought at the supermarket. You conquer on the way. Freedom does not come from being closed in a room with a mobile phone or even getting high to escape from reality. No, freedom comes on the way, step by step, together with others, never alone.

On your journey you have had five stages, five meetings with great saints who have traveled throughout Europe in different eras: Paul of Tarsus, Benedict of Norcia, Cyril and Methodius, Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Siena. These people, these saints, what did they have in common? They did not wait for something from life or from others, but they trusted God and risked it, they put themselves into play, on their way to realize dreams so great that after centuries they have done good for us too, for you, for everyone. They gave their lives, they didn't keep it for themselves. Then, after these five meetings, I would like to leave you five words. You have had five meetings, I would like to leave you five words. Not mine, but of the Gospel that accompanied you on the journey and that I invite you to always keep with you, as your navigator - the Gospel is the true navigator for the road of life - and to open it every day, because the Gospel is the map of life. Here are the five words of Jesus, they are five words, easy to remember: "Give and it will be given to you" (Lc 6,38). Five words, but a whole message, a life program. Simple words that set a clear course. Give and it will be given to you.

First of all dates. Today we immediately think of having. Many live with the sole purpose of possessing what they like. But they are never satisfied, because when you have one thing you want another and then another one and so on, without end. There is no satiety of having. Having more causes more hunger, more desire to have, without finding one that is good for the heart. The heart trains not with having, but with the gift. Having the heart bigger, it does it heavy, it makes it worldly. The gift makes it light. It's an everyday workout. This is why Jesus sets the starting point not to have it, but to give: give, that is, start to put life into play! To give means to get up from the armchair, from the comforts that make you fall back on yourself, and start walking. Giving means to stop being subjected to life and take the field to give the world a little good. Please do not leave life on the bedside table, do not settle for watching it on television, do not believe it will be the next app to download to make you happy. "The most beautiful dreams are won with hope, patience and commitment, renouncing haste" (Esort. Ap. Postsin. Christus vivit, 142). God accompanies you on this journey and encourages you to give your best. There is also another thing in the desire to have: alienation. You lose your originality and you will become a photocopy. But God created each original, with the proper name. We do not make our originality - as that 16-year-old Carlo Acutis said - a photocopy. How many young people today, it is sad, they are a photocopy, they have lost their originality and they copy the identity of any other originality. You say: "All right, I give the best of me, but around there is so much indifference, so many think only of themselves. Is it not that I do the figure of the naive and lose myself and with giving I become a naive which everyone will laugh at? " I would like to tell you: trust Jesus. Trust Jesus. After saying dates, he adds: and it will be given to you. God is Father and will give you more than you imagine. God does not leave empty-handed. When it seems to take something away from you, it is only to make room and give you more and better, to make you progress on the path. It frees you from the false promises of consumption to make you free inside. Jesus makes you happy inside, not outside. Jesus does not make you the make-up, no: reality makes you inside, makes you beautiful from within, makes you beautiful from within! Not from outside. It gives you what no thing can give you; because the last smartphone, the fastest car or the fashionable dress, besides never being enough, will never give you the joy of feeling loved and also the joy of loving. This is the true joy: to feel yourself loved and to love.
So the first thing, to give. It is the secret of life. Do you know why? Because life is a special reality: "I want to possess life, possess my life. What should I do? ”Life is possessed only by giving it, giving it. So you will own your life! But you can say: "Even if I do my best, reality will not change for the better". It's not true. Do you know why? Because you are unique. Because nobody in the world can give the world what you are called to give. The same thing someone said to Mother Teresa of Calcutta: "But she is a nun, she does these things with the poor, with the dying ... She does many beautiful things ... But what does this do in a world so pagan, so atheist, so wicked, with so many wars? ". And she said: "One more drop in the sea. If I don't give it, nobody will give it. " No one can give what I, the only one, can give. No one in the world can give what you are called to give you! Each of you is unique and - please never forget it - is precious in the eyes of God. You are precious to the Church, you are precious to me. I would like to tell each of you: for me you are precious. You are precious to God. It would be nice to say from the heart every time you are together, to everyone, from the heart: "You are precious, you are precious ...". This is the gift. Even with regard to others the invitation of Jesus dates and will be given to you. I like to think of what in Scout parlance you call Departure, that is when you choose to make service your lifestyle. Open up to others, live to do good to others, live - to use your words - the scout brotherhood: if you live like this, it will be given to you. Yes, because if you build bridges to others you will see others walk those bridges towards you. When, on the other hand, you are alone in the air, losing yourself in your fantasies, you live in soap bubbles. But a life that wanders in the air evaporates instead of moving forward. Look at your hands, made to build, to serve, to give and to give to others and tell yourself: "I care, the other concerns me".

Dates and will be given to you also applies to creation. If we continue to exploit it, it will give us a terrible lesson. We are already seeing it. If we take care of it, we will have a home tomorrow. On your journey you have immersed yourself in nature. Beautiful! Have you noticed that creation has no borders? Creation has no borders: it belongs to everyone and to everyone. Plants, woods, animals grow without borders, without customs. Creation is an open book that gives us a precious teaching: we are in the world to meet others, to create communion, because we are all connected. Creation is made to connect us with God and between us, it is the social of God. But if we start from preconceptions about others, from predetermined ideas, we will always see limits and barriers. If instead we begin to meet the other, with his story, with his reality, we will discover a brother with whom to inhabit the common house, to inhabit the creation that has no borders.

Dear friends, you have walked this far following the motto Parate viam Domini. I encourage you to prepare the way of the Lord wherever you are. The way of the Lord is easy to recognize: it is the one that as a sense of walking has the gift, which makes the world go on; not possession, which brings back. Don't forget: possession is like this. Giving is like this. Possession makes you go back. Giving keeps you going. By choosing the way of the gift, you become an active citizen, as your founder Baden Powell said. It is so important today: the Lord seeks not only good people - not only this - but the Lord is looking for people who do good! Also the love for Europe, which unites you, requires not only attentive observers, but active builders: builders of reconciled and integrated societies, which give life to a renewed Europe; not protector of spaces, but generating meetings. Europe needs to meet. You, rovers and carvers from all over Europe have this historic task. With your journey and your dreams you are already forging the European spirit. The badge of all scouts is a lily. It is the symbol that indicates the north on compasses and ancient nautical charts. Remember that scouting wants to form men and women who open roads to the High and keep the right course, that of good. Do not forget: give, always like this, forward; not with the desire to possess that always brings back. "Give and it will be given to you". It will be the gift to fill your desire. I wish you, dear sculptors and rovers of Europe, to be open-roads on the way of the gift, open-road on this path of giving, of giving. Give and it will be given to you. I thank you, I ask you to pray for me and I wish you a good way!
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Wow ESPN story on Basketball Star Shelly Pennefather who left $200K contract to be a Cloistered Nun

A star basketball player from Villanova, the oldest Catholic university in Pennsylvania, celebrates an anniversary as a cloistered Nun. ESPN captured the inspiring story of a 6-foot-1 star basketball player who gave everything for Jesus as a cloistered nun.

SHE LEFT WITH the clothes on her back, a long blue dress and a pair of shoes she'd never wear again. It was June 8, 1991, a Saturday morning, and Shelly Pennefather was starting a new life. She posed for a family photo in front of her parents' home in northern Virginia.

All six of her brothers and sisters were there.

Twenty-five years old and not far removed from her All-America days at Villanova, Pennefather was in her prime. She had legions of friends and a contract offer for $200,000 to play basketball in Japan that would have made her one of the richest players in women's basketball.
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 She had talked about having lots of them with John Heisler, a friend she'd known most of her life. Heisler nearly proposed to her twice, but something inside stopped him, and he never bought a ring.

That Saturday morning in 1991, Pennefather drove her Mazda 323 to the Monastery of the Poor Clares in Alexandria, Virginia. She loved to drive. Fifteen cloistered nuns waited for her in two lines, their smiles radiant.
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She turned to her family. "I love you all," she said.

The door closed, and Shelly Pennefather was gone.


IT'S BEEN 28 YEARS since Pennefather left home to become Sister Rose Marie of the Queen of Angels, and I'm standing outside the family's house in Manassas, Virginia, on a warm June day, searching for answers.

I spent eight years in Catholic schools, with lessons in history from Sister Agnes Marie and kindness from Sister Rosetta. We knew that on Sundays, if you're breathing, you'd better be at Mass.

 The Poor Clares are one of the strictest religious orders in the world. They sleep on straw mattresses, in full habit, and wake up every night at 12:30 a.m. to pray, never resting more than four hours at a time. They are barefoot 23 hours of the day, except for the one hour in which they walk around the courtyard in sandals.

They are cut off from society. Sister Rose Marie will never leave the monastery, unless there's a medical emergency. She'll never call or email or text anyone, either.
She gets two family visits per year, but converses through a see-through screen. She can write letters to her friends, but only if they write to her first. And once every 25 years, she can hug her family.
That's why we are here in early June 2019, to witness the 25-year anniversary of her solemn profession and the renewal of her vows.

The Poor Clare nuns enter this radical way of life because they believe that their prayers for humanity will help the suffering, and that their sacrifice will lead to the salvation of the world.
 Mike, died of skin cancer, which had spread too far when doctors found it, but he went quickly, which Mary Jane considers a blessing. Sister Rose Marie couldn't go to her father's funeral back in 1998. She was in the monastery. But she wrote a letter that they read out loud, and her brother Dick says it was probably the most touching part of the service.

 The 2018 Official Catholic Directory lists 45,100 sisters in the United States. But cloistered nuns, with all of their combined orders, account for only a fraction of that number. The Poor Clare Colettines, according to the directory, have about 160 sisters in this country.


At nighttime, Mary Jane would gather the whole family together to pray the rosary. It didn't matter if it was midnight; she waited until everyone was home.

The rosary is considered one of the most powerful symbols in Catholicism.


 Pennefather did have the most beautiful shooting touch in all of women's basketball. She scored 2,408 points, breaking Villanova's all-time record for women and men. She did it without the benefit of the 3-point shot, and the record still stands today.

In 1987, she won the Wade Trophy, given to the best women's college basketball player.

Sports Illustrated did a story on Pennefather's rare sacrifice in the late 1990s, but her boyfriend Heisler's name wasn't mentioned.

 Eight years later, he was ordained and is now Father John Heisler.

She was in Japan that first year and wanted to go home. "So I made this deal with God," she said. She told them that the missionary work moved her so much that she went back every summer after that. One year, she was invited to a retreat, where she was asked to read a Bible verse, John 6:56: "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him."


"I love this life," she told them. "I wish you all could just live it for a little while just to see. It's so peaceful. I just feel like I'm not underliving life. I'm living it to the full."


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Care for Families - No purges at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute - @PagliaAbp


“L’AVVENIRE”
(the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops’ Conference)
Care for Families - No purges at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute
 by: Luciano Moia, Tuesday, July 30, 2019
No purges, no wanting to erase what was built by Pope Wojtyla, no strategy for sidelining moral theology and replacing it with a confused postmodernist sociology. The back and forth of rumors these days on social media and some other outlets—no matter how specious or how illinformed!—have tried to paint the renewal of the Pontifical Theological Institute “John Paul II,” (which was called for by Pope Francis in his Motu Proprio Summa Familiae Cura) as a strategy for watering down highly specialized family studies. How much is true in this story line? Nothing at all. Most of the teachers who were already on the faculty of the predecessor institution will be with the new one. As required by the new Charter, letters were sent out some days ago announcing— as set forth in the Motu Proprio—the dissolution of the predecessor institution and therefore, in accordance with canon law, the expiry of its faculty appointments. And now corresponding letters of appointment are being sent to almost all the same faculty members.
Likewise, new members will be added. The only two cases of the non-renewal of full professors could not have been handled otherwise. The first concerned Father José Noriega Bastos who, as superior general of the Religious Institute “Discípulos de los Corazones de Jesús y María,” cannot be at the same time the holder of a Chair in a Pontifical institution. The provisions of Veritatis Gaudium (n. 29) and Canon 152 of the Code of Canon Law are clear on this point. A bishop, a superior general, and even a parish priest, cannot be full professors while holding those offices. This was the reason for the non-renewal of Father Noriega. The second case concerned Father Livio Melina, one of the founders of Communion and Liberation in the Veneto Region, the former President of the John Paul IIInstitute and Professor of Fundamental Moral Theology. His non-renewal results from the fact that that Chair has been divided into two new Chairs, one dealing with the Moral Theology of Marriage and the Family, and one dealing with the Theological Ethics of Life, as the “John Paul II” Institute explained in its Press Release. Thus, Moral Theologyis in the curriculum of the Institute, but it is Moral Theology “of Marriage and the Family,” just as what is studied will no longer be generic Sacramental Theology but rather Sacramental Theology of Marriage and the Family. And all the new course offerings, consistent with the fact that the new Institute, unlike its predecessor, is empowered to grant its own academic degrees, will be designed to illuminate “...the events of history, [through which] the Church can...be guided to a
more profound understanding of the inexhaustible mysteryof marriage and the family,...” as St. John Paul II wrote in Familiaris Consortio (Art. 4). And, with respect to St. John Paul II and the Chair named after him, there will be no “firing” of Professor Stanislaw Grygiel, who was first a student of the Polish Pope, and then his friend and advisor. Notwithstanding his 85 years, and precisely because of the historical memory he represents, he will continue to hold the Chair named after Karol Wojtyla. As provided in the new Institute’s Charter, the choice of faculty pursuant to open competitions (apart from the special circumstances of the first appointments), will make it possible for the Institute to find teachers of the highest quality. Likewise, the rumors about students not being able to finish their studies are entirely misleading. Article 89 of the Charter provides that all students “enrolled in the Institute's courses of study, may, as allowed by the Charter and Bylaws, choose to continue the training provided therein, or proceed with the transition to the new order.” So, here too, much ado about nothing!
But, does this description of a reorganization that is very normal from a canonical and academic perspective tell the whole story about the changes in the John Paul II Institute?
Probably not. No one can forget that during the intense period of the two Family Synods, and in the months following the publication of Amoris laetitia, some of the senior representatives of the Institute as well as some professors, were extremely active, in publications, declarations, and speeches at congresses and conferences, in efforts to minimize the importance of the new directions called for by Pope Francis. So much exaggerated criticism of the work of the two Synods, and of the Post-synodal Exhortation! Attacks that were all the more regrettable because they came from deep within the institution that was supposed to represent, in the world of specialized training, one of prime movers of renewal, not a sort of fifth column. If someone boasts the title of “Pontifical,” and accepts the honors and responsibilities that go with it—as well as the salary—shouldn’t that person behave in a manner consistent with that choice? But on this point both Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the Grand Chancellor of the “John Paul II,” and its President, Monsignor Pierangelo Sequeri, prefer to ignore personal polemics and instead concentrate on the continuity of the inspiration that expands the horizon of research in order to give new life to the family and to its mission and vocation in today's world.
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Wow the Most Beautiful Ave Maria that sounds like Heaven! #AveMaria

This Breathtaking Motet was by composer Josquin des Prez in the 15th century.
Lyrics: Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, Virgo serena.

Ave cujus conceptio, solemni plena gaudio, celestia, terrestria, nova replet letitia.


Ave cujus nativitas, nostra fuit solemnitas, ut lucifer lux oriens verum solem preveniens.


Ave pia humilitas, sine viro fecunditas,cuius annunciatio nostra fuit salvatio.


Ave vera virginitas,immaculata castitas,cuius purificatio nostra fuit purgatio.


Ave preclara omnibus, angelicis virtutibus, cuius fuit assumptio nostra glorificatio.


O Mater Dei, memento mei. Amen.
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Translation
Hail Mary, full of grace, The Lord is with thee, serene Virgin.
Hail, thou whose Conception, Full of great joy,
Fills heaven and earth With new gladness. Hail, thou whose Nativity
Became our great celebration, As the light-bearing Morning Star
anticipates the true Sun. Hail, faithful humility, Fruitful without man,
Whose Annunciation Was our salvation. Hail, true virginity,
Immaculate chastity, Whose Purification Was our cleansing.
Hail, glorious one In all angelic virtues, Whose Assumption
Was our glorification. O Mother of God,
Remember me. Amen.

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Pope Francis tells Youth to be, like Mary: “witnesses of His Resurrection...so that many other young people may discover the presence of the Lord Jesus, listen to His call.."


Pope encourages young Cuban Catholics to become missionary disciples
Pope Francis sends a message of greeting and encouragement to participants in Cuba’s 2nd National Youth Day.
By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis has sent a message to participants of Cuba’s Second National Youth Day which is celebrated, this year, on August 1.

In a letter signed on his behalf by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Pope refers to the theme of the event urging young people to go forward following the example of Our Lady.

The theme, he noted, which is “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, may it be done to me according to your word,” from the Gospel according to Luke, invites all “to continue to firmly uphold the example of Mary, the faithful handmaid of the Lord, and to experience the joy that is born of having met Jesus Christ.”

Thus, the Pope encouraged Youth Day participants to be, like Mary: “witnesses of His Resurrection” and willing to let themselves be transformed into missionary disciples, “so that many other young people may discover the presence of the Lord Jesus, listen to His call, grow in His friendship, and, in this way, live an existence founded on faith and mercy.”

“With these sentiments”, the message concludes, “the Holy Father prays to God our Lord, through the intercession of the Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, to protect all young Cubans with His infinite love, accompanying them in all moments of their lives.”

Cuba’s Second National Youth Day is celebrated throughout the island in all of its Catholic dioceses.
FULL TEXT Release from Vatican News.va

Today's Mass Readings and Video : #1stSaturday, August 3, 2019 - Eucharist

Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 406

Reading 1LV 25:1, 8-17

The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,
"Seven weeks of years shall you count–seven times seven years–
so that the seven cycles amount to forty-nine years.
Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, let the trumpet resound;
on this, the Day of Atonement, the trumpet blast shall re-echo
throughout your land.
This fiftieth year you shall make sacred
by proclaiming liberty in the land for all its inhabitants.
It shall be a jubilee for you,
when every one of you shall return to his own property,
every one to his own family estate.
In this fiftieth year, your year of jubilee,
you shall not sow, nor shall you reap the aftergrowth
or pick the grapes from the untrimmed vines.
Since this is the jubilee, which shall be sacred for you,
you may not eat of its produce,
except as taken directly from the field.

"In this year of jubilee, then,
every one of you shall return to his own property.
Therefore, when you sell any land to your neighbor
or buy any from him, do not deal unfairly.
On the basis of the number of years since the last jubilee
shall you purchase the land from your neighbor;
and so also, on the basis of the number of years for crops,
shall he sell it to you.
When the years are many, the price shall be so much the more;
when the years are few, the price shall be so much the less.
For it is really the number of crops that he sells you.
Do not deal unfairly, then; but stand in fear of your God.
I, the LORD, am your God."

Responsorial PsalmPS 67:2-3, 5, 7-8

R.  (4)  O God, let all the nations praise you!
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation.
R.  O God, let all the nations praise you!
May the nations be glad and exult
 because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the earth you guide.
R.  O God, let all the nations praise you!
The earth has yielded its fruits;
God, our God, has blessed us.
May God bless us,
and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
R.  O God, let all the nations praise you!

AlleluiaMT 5:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 14:1-12

Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus
and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist.
He has been raised from the dead;
that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”

Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison
on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip,
for John had said to him,
“It is not lawful for you to have her.”
Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people,
for they regarded him as a prophet.
But at a birthday celebration for Herod,
the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests
and delighted Herod so much
that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for.
Prompted by her mother, she said,
“Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests who were present,
he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison.
His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl,
who took it to her mother.
His disciples came and took away the corpse
and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

Saint August 3 : St. Lydia Purpuraria - Mentioned in the Book of Acts and the Patroness of Dyers

The name, "Lydia", mean that she was from Lydia in Asia Minor. She is also known as “St. Lydia” or even more simply “The Woman of Purple,” Lydia is given other titles: “of Thyatira,” “Purpuraria,” and “of Philippi (‘Philippisia’ in Greek).” . The second comes from the Latin word for purple and relates to her connection with purple dye. Philippi was the city in which Lydia was living when she met St. Paul and his companions. Acts 16 describes Lydia : A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one who worshiped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened to listen to the things which were spoken by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and stay." So she persuaded us. — Acts 16:14-15 World English Bible. Lydia was hospitable to Saint Paul and his companions in Philippi. They stayed with her until their departure, through Amphipolis and Apollonia, to Thessalonica (Acts 16:40-17:1). Paul, Silas, and Timothy traveled through Philippi when they met “a reputable businesswoman and possibly a widow… [who] was a righteous Gentile or ‘God-fearer’ attracted to Judaism”. “[S]he was one of a large group [considered]…sympathizers with Judaism, believers in the one God, but who had not yet become ‘proselytes’ or taken the final step to conversion to Judaism”. “Thyatira in the province of Lydia (located in what is now western Turkey) was famous for the red [variety of purple] dye”. Lydia of Thyatira is most known as a “seller” or merchant of purple cloth. She is known as the “patroness of dyers.” There is a church located in Philippi, which is considered to have been built in St. Lydia’s honor.
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