Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Saint August 8 : St. Mary Mackillop the 1st Saint of Australia Foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart

ST. MARY MACKILLOP was born on January 15, 1842 and died on August 8, 1909. She is also known as St. Mary of the Cross. She founded the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart with Father Julian Tenison Woods. They focus on education for the poor. She was canonized on October 17, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. (Image: She is the first Australian Canonized Saint. Mary Helen MacKillop was born in Fitzroy, Victoria. Her parents lived in Roybridge, Inverness-Shire, Scotland before their emigration to Australia. Her father was Alexander MacKillop and her mother was Flora MacDonald. They arrived in Melbourn in 1840. They had eight children: Margaret, 1843–1872, John 1845–1867, Annie 1848–1929, Alexandrina 1850–1882, Donald 1853–1925, Alick died at 11 months and Peter 1857–1878. Mary was the eldest. Her brother Donald became a Jesuit priest and her sister Alexandrina a nun. She was educated in private schools and became a teacher. She went to Penola, in 1866, with her sisters Annie and Lexie to open a Catholic school. Fr. Woods was made director of education and was the founder, along with MacKillop, of a school they opened in a stable. 

In 1867, MacKillop became Mother Superior of the new order Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. (Image Cultural They moved to the convent in Adelaide. Since then her order has grown and she is famous among Australians for her work.

Novena to Our Lady : Official for Assumption Solemnity with Plenary Indulgence


To all faithful Christians who, in private or public, in church or in their own houses, shall keep any of the following Novenas, in preparation for the principal feasts of most holy Mary, Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of several holy persons, granted, by Rescripts issued through his Eminence the Cardinal-Vicar, Aug. 4 and Nov. 24, 1808, and Jan. 11, 1800 (all of which are kept in the Segretaria of the Vicariate) -
i. An indulgence of 300 days, daily.
ii. A plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which each Novena respectively has reference, or on some one day in its Octave, after Confession and Communion, pray to our Lord and to the Blessed Virgin ac cording to the pious intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
 O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
O gloriosa Virginum,
Sublimis inter sidera,
Qui te creavit, parvulum
Lactente nutris ubere.
Quod Heva tristis abstulit,
Tu reddis almo germine:
Intrent ut astra flebiles,
Coeli recludis cardines.
Tu regis alti janua,
Et aula lucis fulgida:
Vitam datam per Virginem,
Gentes redemptae plaudite.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Cum Patre, et almo Spiritu
In sempiterna saecula. Amen.
O Queen of all the Virgin choir,
Enthroned above the starry sky;
Who with pure milk from thy own breast
Thy own Creator didst supply.
What man hath lost in hapless Eve,
Thy sacred womb to man restores;
Thou to the sorrowing here beneath
Hast open’d Heaven’s eternal doors.
Hail, O refulgent Hall of light!
Hail, Gate sublime of Heaven’s high King!
Through thee redeem’d to endless life,
Thy praise let all the nations sing.
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.

In her Assumption into heaven.
Let us meditate how glorious Mary is in heaven, because she is enthroned there as Queen of the universe, and is ever receiving homage and veneration from countless hosts of angels and of saints; and assisting at her royal throne, let us implore her aid:
i. Sovereign Queen of the universe, who for thy incomparable merit art raised to such high glory in the heavens; in thy pity look upon our miseries, and rule us with the gentle sway of thy protection.
Three Ave Marias.
ii. Sovereign Queen of the universe, who art ever receiving the worship and homage from all the heavenly hosts; accept, we pray thee, these our invocations, offered with such reverence as befits thy dignity and greatness.
Three Ave Marias.
iii. Sovereign Queen of the universe; by that glory which thou hast by reason of thy high place in heaven, vouchsafe to take us into the number of thy servants, and obtain for us grace that, with quick and ready will, we may faithfully keep the precepts of our God and Lord.
Three Ave Maria’s.
Let us take part in the joy of the angels praising Mary, and rejoice because we know that she is raised to the dignity of Queen of the universe; while with the seventh choir we sing:

The Litany of Our Lady :

Lord, have mercy on us. (Christ have mercy on us.) 
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. (Christ graciously hear us.) 
God, the Father of heaven, (have mercy on us.)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us.)
God the Holy Ghost, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Trinity, one God, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Mary,
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renouned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary.
Queen of the family,
Queen of Peace,


Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.) 

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. (That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.)

Let us pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body; and, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through Christ our Lord. (Amen.)
V. Exaltata est Sancta Dei Genitrix.
R. Super choros angelorum ad coelestia regna.
Famulorum tuorum, quaesumus Domine, delictis ignosce: ut qui tibi placere de actibus nostris non valemus, Genitricis Filii tui Domini nostri intercessione salvemur.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen
V. The holy Mother of God is exalted.
R. Into the heavenly kingdom above the angel choirs.
Let us pray.
We beseech thee, Lord, pardon the shortcomings of Thy servants; that we who by our own works are not able to please Thee, may be saved by the intercession of the Mother of thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ.. Who, & c.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. AMEN

Miracle Attributed to Father Capodanno’s Intercession bringing him closer to Sainthood - Woman cured of MS

Miracle Attributed to Father Capodanno’s Intercession
August 1, 2019 After a yearlong investigation of a miracle attributed to Father Vincent Capodanno, the Diocese of Palm Beach has presided over the case’s closing session at the Pastoral Center in Palm Beach Gardens. In early July, Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, the postulator of Father Capodanno’s case, came from Rome to meet with the bishop and judicial vicar of Palm Beach as well as the medical expert used by the diocese to investigate alleged miracles. The miracle in question was brought to the Diocese of Palm Beach’s attention in August 2018, with information detailing the alleged healing of a local woman who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had fought a long battle with the disease since the mid-2000s. Her identity will remain anonymous, as per her request. After hearing about Father Capodanno’s virtuous life and heroic death, the woman prayed for his intercession in healing throughout her illness. In 2017, her latest MRI showed that the lesions in her brain were gone. She attributes this miraculous healing to the intercession of Father Capodanno.
This is an exciting time for Father Capodanno’s Cause for Sainthood.  Should Father Capodanno be deemed worthy to carry on with canonization by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, he will next be beatified and then declared a saint.
Edited from - Image source: Google Images
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Pope Francis explains "...when we are in bad times, in moments of sin, in moments of sadness...Jesus who tells us: "Look at me: I am here!" Full Text

Pope Francis at 

Paul VI Hall
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles: 5. "In the name of Jesus Christ, the Nazarene, stand up and walk" (Acts 3: 6). The invocation of the Name that frees a living and working presence.

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

In the Acts of the Apostles the preaching of the Gospel does not rely only on words, but also on concrete actions that bear witness to the truth of the announcement. These are "prodigies and signs" (Acts 2:43) that occur by the work of the Apostles, confirming their word and demonstrating that they act in the name of Christ. It so happens that the Apostles intercede and Christ works, acting "together with them" and confirming the Word with the signs that accompany it (Mk 16:20). So many signs, so many miracles that the Apostles did were just a manifestation of the divinity of Jesus.

Today we find ourselves before the first healing story, before a miracle, which is the first healing story in the Book of Acts. It has a clear missionary purpose, which aims to arouse faith. Peter and John go to pray at the Temple, the center of Israel's experience of faith, to which the first Christians are still strongly linked. The first Christians prayed in the Temple in Jerusalem. Luke records the time: it is the ninth hour, that is, three in the afternoon, when the sacrifice was offered in holocaust as a sign of the communion of the people with his God; and also the hour in which Christ died offering himself "once for all" (Heb 9:12; 10:10). And at the door of the Temple called "Bella" - the Bella door - they see a beggar, a paralyzed man from birth. Why was he at the door, that man? Because the Mosaic Law (see Lv 21:18) prevented offering sacrifices to those who had physical disabilities, considered a consequence of some fault. We remember that when faced with a blind person from birth, the people had asked Jesus: "Who sinned, he or his parents, why he was born blind?" (Jn 9: 2). According to that mentality, there is always a fault at the origin of a malformation. And later they were even denied access to the Temple. The cripple, paradigm of the many excluded and discarded of society, is there to ask for alms as every day. He couldn't go in, but he was at the door. When something unexpected happens: Peter and John arrive and a game of looks is triggered. The cripple looks at the two to ask for alms, but the apostles stare at him, inviting him to look towards them in a different way, to receive another gift. The cripple looks at them and Peter tells him: "I have neither silver nor gold, but what I have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ, the Nazarene, rise up and walk!" (Acts 3.6). The apostles have established a relationship, because this is the way in which God loves to manifest himself, in the relationship, always in dialogue, always in apparitions, always with the inspiration of the heart: they are relationships of God with us; through a real encounter between people that can only happen in love.
The Temple, in addition to being the religious center, was also a place of economic and financial exchanges: against this reduction the prophets and even Jesus himself (cf. Lk 19: 45-46) had been hurled several times. But how many times do I think of this when I see some parishes where it is thought that money is more important than the sacraments! Please! Poor Church: let us ask the Lord for this. That beggar, meeting the Apostles, finds no money but finds the Name that saves man: Jesus Christ the Nazarene. Peter invokes the name of Jesus, orders the paralytic to stand up, in the position of the living: standing up, and touches this patient, that is, he takes him by the hand and raises him, a gesture in which St. John Chrysostom sees "an image of the resurrection »(Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles, 8). And here appears the portrait of the Church, which sees those in difficulty, does not close their eyes, knows how to look at humanity in the face to create meaningful relationships, bridges of friendship and solidarity instead of barriers. The face of "a Church without borders that feels the mother of all" appears (Evangelii gaudium, 210), who knows how to take by the hand and accompany to lift - not to condemn. Jesus always holds out his hand, always trying to lift, to make people heal, to be happy, to meet God. It is the "art of accompaniment" that is characterized by the delicacy with which we approach the "Sacred land of the other", giving to the journey "the healthy rhythm of closeness, with a respectful and full of compassion but at the same time healthy, free and encourage to mature in the Christian life" (ibid., 169). And this is what these two apostles do with the cripple: they look at him, they say "look at us", they stretch out their hands, they raise him and they heal him. This is what Jesus does with all of us. We think this when we are in bad times, in moments of sin, in moments of sadness. There is Jesus who tells us: "Look at me: I am here!" Let's take Jesus' hand and let us get up.

Peter and John teach us not to trust in the means, which are also useful, but in the true wealth that is the relationship with the Risen One. We are indeed - as St. Paul would say - «poor, but capable of enriching many; as people who have nothing and instead possess everything "(2 Cor 6:10). Ours all is the Gospel, which manifests the power of the name of Jesus who performs wonders.

And we - each of us -, what do we own? What is our wealth, what is our treasure? What can we make others rich with? We ask the Father for the gift of a grateful memory in remembering the benefits of his love in our lives, to give everyone the witness of praise and gratitude. Let us not forget: the outstretched hand always to help the other to stand up; it is the hand of Jesus that through our hand helps others to stand up.

Greetings in Various Languages:
Je suis heureux de saluer les pèlerins venus de France et d’autres pays francophones, en particulier les jeunes de Toulouse, ainsi que des fidèles de la paroisse de Russ. Demandons au Père le don d’une mémoire reconnaissante pour les bienfaits de son amour dans notre vie. Et que l’Esprit Saint nous aide à en témoigner dans la louange et dans le service des autres. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from Malta, China, Japan and the United States of America. Upon you and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of the Lord. May God bless you!
Herzlich heiße ich die Pilger deutscher Sprache willkommen. Liebe Brüder und Schwestern, danken wir dem Herrn für die Wohltaten seiner Liebe in unserem Leben. Seid stets Zeugen und Apostel der Nähe Gottes zu uns Menschen, die wir seines Heils bedürfen. Einen schönen Aufenthalt in Rom und eine gute Urlaubszeit!
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española provenientes de España y Latinoamérica. En particular saludo a la Hermandad Nuestro Padre Jesús Hospitalario, de Ciempozuelos, acompañados de su obispo Mons. Ginés García Beltrán. Pidamos al Señor que nunca olvidemos que la verdadera riqueza de nuestra vida está en su amor infinito, y que nos esforcemos en compartirlo también con los demás. Que Dios los bendiga.
Com grande afeto, saúdo os peregrinos de língua portuguesa, em particular o grupo de escuteiros de Paranhos e os fiéis da paróquia de Rio Tinto, com votos de que possais, vós todos, dar-vos sempre conta do dom maravilhoso que é a vida. Vele sobre o vosso caminho a Virgem Maria e vos ajude a ser sinal de confiança e esperança no meio dos vossos irmãos. Sobre vós e vossas famílias desça a Bênção de Deus.
أرحب بالحاضرين الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصة بالقادمين من الإمارات العربية المتحدة، والعراق ومصر والشرق الأوسط. كم من مرة نتوجه لله طالبين منه الخيرات المادية، لكنه يعلمنا أن نطلب أولا ملكوته، والباقي سيعطى لنا في وقته. إن الله بذلك يفتح قلبنا على الثروة الحقيقية ويشفينا من أمراضنا المادية والروحية. ليبارككم الرب جميعا ويحرسكم دائما من الشرير!
[I warmly welcome the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, in particular those from the Arab Emirates, Iraq, Egypt and the Middle East. How many times we turn to God asking him to have material goods, but He teaches us to first ask for His Kingdom, and all the rest will be given to us in due time. He thus opens our hearts to true wealth and heals us from our material and spiritual infirmities. May the Lord bless you and always protect you from the evil one!]
Serdecznie pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Bracia i siostry, życzę wam dobrych wakacji. Niech będą dla was nie tylko możliwością odpoczynku, ale również okazją do ożywienia więzi miłości z Bogiem i z ludźmi. Nie zaniedbujcie codziennej modlitwy, uczestnictwa w niedzielnej Eucharystii i dzielenia czasu z innymi. Kontemplujcie piękno stworzenia, wielbiąc wszechmoc, mądrość i miłość Stwórcy. Niech Jego błogosławieństwo stale wam towarzyszy! Niech będzie pochwalony Jezus Chrystus!
[I cordially greet the Polish pilgrims. Brothers and sisters, I wish you happy holidays. May you not only be able to rest, but also the opportunity to rekindle the bonds of love with God and with men. Do not neglect daily prayer, participation in the Sunday Eucharist and sharing time with others. Contemplate the beauty of creation, glorifying the omnipotence, wisdom and love of the Creator. May his blessing always accompany you. Praised be Jesus Christ!]
I warmly welcome the Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the participants in the General Chapter of the Missionary Daughters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and the Daughters of the Passion of Jesus Christ and the sorrows of Mary.

I greet the parishes, in particular that of San Martino in Chieti; groups of faithful and participants in the "Latium World Folkloric Festival" of Cori. And with affection I greet the refugee children who are guests of the "Auxilium" Cooperative.

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

The day after tomorrow we will celebrate the feast of Saint Teresa Benedetta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Virgin and Martyr, Co-patron of Europe. I invite everyone to look at his courageous choices, expressed in an authentic conversion to Christ, as well as in the gift of his life against all forms of intolerance and ideological perversion.
FULL TEXT + Image Source: - Unofficial Translation

Wow Pro-Life Runners A-Cross America - with 5,359-miles - and LIFE Runners around the Globe! #ProLife

Pat Castle, the founder,  leads the LIFE Runners  a 5,359-mile symbolic A-Cross America run up and down and back and forth the nation, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border.
Invitation from their Website:
Join the largest spanning Pro-Life event with 1,528 legs covering 5,359 miles (12 million steps)!  Register to run or walk 5K legs on the Relay course or from anywhere in the world, anytime from Jul 4th kickoff to Aug 11th finish line.  Wear “REMEMBER The Unborn” jersey as a public witness, impacting hearts and minds for saving lives!  Invite others.  

These distance runners, committed to their faith and to life. They call themselves LIFE Runners.

They have raised thousands of dollars for the pro-life cause.
Here is video from their 2017 relay:

Chanting their slogan, “All in Christ! For pro-life!”
They also pray before, after and during their runs.

You don’t have to be a trained marathoner to join the cause.

According to the organizers, “Whatever ability you have, if you can move, you can be a LIFE Runner.”

You can Join and become a LIFE Runner! More information about LIFE Runners can be found online at

Watch Beautiful Singing of the "Our Father" in Aramaic - the Language of Jesus - Sung at the Vatican

This video is from a Christmas Charity Concert at Campo Santo, Vatican. Sarah Ego (Eliyo) is singing the "Our Father / Pater noster" in Aramaic, the mother tongue of Jesus.

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Here are the words:
 The Prayer To Our Father
(translated into first century Aramaic)
Our Father,
who art in heaven
  Nethkâdasch schmach
Hallowed be thy name
 Têtê malkuthach
Thy Kingdom come
 Nehwê tzevjânach aikâna d'bwaschmâja af b'arha
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
 Hawvlân lachma d'sûnkanân jaomâna.
Give us this day our daily bread
Waschboklân chaubên wachtahên aikâna daf chnân schwoken l'chaijabên
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
Wela tachlân l'nesjuna
and lead us not into temptation
ela patzân min bischa
but deliver us from evil
Metol dilachie malkutha wahaila wateschbuchta l'ahlâm almîn.
For thine is the power, and the glory forever and ever.
Sealed in trust, faith and truth. (I confirm with my entire being)

Novena to Saint Cajetan for Work - Patron of #Unemployed - Share this Miracle Prayer

Novena to Saint Cajetan Patron of the Unemployed.    This Priest founded a bank to help the poor and offer an alternative to usurers (loan sharks). It later became the Bank of Naples. His concern for the unemployed, giving them the necessary financial help in their time of need, made him their patron. His feast is celebrated on August 7.
 Daily Prayer O glorious St. Cajetan, you studied to be a lawyer, but when you felt that the Lord was calling you to his service, you abandoned everything and became a priest. You excelled in virtues, shunning all material rewards for your labor, helping the many unemployed people of your time. You provided loans without interest and you attracted a lot of benefactors who donated to your resources so that you could go on with your activities. Look on us with mercy. We wish to find employment that could help us and our families live with dignity. Listen to our petitions, dear saint; you, who could easily give up the food on your table for the needy, bring our petitions to Jesus (here make your request). Amen.
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 First Day You were a model of virtue among the priests of your time, O St. Cajetan. You sought not to receive payments from your ministry, and you taught people how to pray the rosary and develop devotions to saints. You were truly a spiritual shepherd, and your concern was always focused on the salvation of souls. But despite this, you were also aware that with hungry stomachs, the faithful would have difficulty in understanding God’s Word. You embarked to help them, not just by giving them bread but helping them gain their living by work. Look on us with pity, O glorious saint. We have many unemployed people in our midst and their families go hungry. We ask you to guide the fathers and mothers who are looking for work. Amen. Daily Prayer (3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be (3) St. Cajetan, pray for us.
  Second Day Despite your busy schedule, dear saint, you spent eight hours a day in prayer. Your happiness consists in being united with Jesus, to savor his presence in the Eucharist. Guide us to be like you by giving priority to prayer in our life. Enable us to savor Jesus’ presence and help us become contemplatives like you. Inspire us to understand that prayer is not just asking Jesus for our needs, but being with him, delighting in his presence. We ask you, dear saint, to lead us in this direction that we may learn to delight in Jesus’ presence. Amen. Daily Prayer (3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be (3) St. Cajetan, pray for us.
 Third Day Since your death, dear St. Cajetan, the unemployed people of the world had sought your intercession. Work is the key to a happy life. Look with pity on the millions of people in our country who wake up each morning without certainty of finding food because they don’t have work. These people become victims of desperation and some even resort to crimes to survive. Help our government leaders formulate policies that will bring about employment. You who established a bank for the needy inspire our leaders to extend loans for the poor so that they may provide for the needs of their families. Amen. Daily Prayer (3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be (3) St. Cajetan, pray for us.
 Fourth Day O glorious St. Cajetan, like the society where you lived, we are also beset by the same economic set up where the poor are becoming poorer and the rich, richer. You fasted so that the money you saved could be used to buy food for the poor, you did not accept any payment for your ministries because you wanted people to help the needy. You lived very frugally because you wanted to teach the rich about the need to share. Look with pity on our society where resources are wasted in buying useless goods, while the poor and the needy among us have not received the basic necessities. Inspire us to share that nobody among us would go hungry, and that everybody may live with dignity. Amen. Daily Prayer (3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be (3) St. Cajetan, pray for us.
Fifth Day O glorious St. Cajetan, you spent long hours helping the sick and worked yourself to exhaustion in helping victims of plagues which were frequent in your time. You cared for the sick not just to heal them, but to guide them to a happy death. You wanted their souls, not their bodies. Help us to understand that we have to prepare ourselves to a happy death. May we likewise see that the most terrible sickness is our sinfulness, and we always have to examine ourselves for the sins we commit daily. Inspire us to have repentant hearts that we may always be prepared to meet the Lord. Amen. Daily Prayer (3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be (3) St. Cajetan, pray for us.
 Sixth Day O humble St. Cajetan, you spoke with rulers and kings, but you never gave them much importance. You know that prestige, honor, and positions in society could only be good if they are use to help the needy and the poor. For this reason, you also confronted tyrants and stood against armies that looted, killed, and raped. Your humility did not prevent you from becoming a prophet. You only feared Jesus. Help us to remain humble and self-effacing, knowing that before God, we remain nothing. We can only be someone if we stand close to Jesus. Inspire us to follow your footsteps so that we, too, may fight for justice and help stop corruption in our government. Amen. Daily Prayer (3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be (3) St. Cajetan, pray for us.
 Seventh Day O glorious St. Cajetan, your unceasing fasting and penance help people understand that God must be loved above all things and above all persons. You sacrificed anything or anyone that could block you from loving God with your whole soul, mind, heart and body. By eating little, you showed to others that man does not live on bread alone. You renewed the faith of many people, touched their hearts, and helped much in the reformation of the Church. Inspire us to fast and do penance for our sins. Instill on us the spirit of sacrifice that we, too, may love God intensely as you did. Amen. Daily Prayer (3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be (3) St. Cajetan, pray for us.
 Eight Day O glorious St. Cajetan, it pained you to see the Catholic Church divided into hostile groups. You always prayed for unity in the Church, asking laypersons, priests, and bishops to support the Pope through preaching, prayer, and sacrifices. You see the Church as the bride of Christ, the sacrament by which men and women can become holy. You worked hard for the return of the Protestants to the Catholic Church, and you preached against Protestant reformers who were attacking the heart of Catholic teachings. Teach us then to work for unity in our Church and at the same time, to defend her from sects and religious movements that attack her. Inspire us to follow your path. Amen. Daily Prayer (3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be (3) St. Cajetan, pray for us.
 Ninth Day O glorious St. Cajetan, you received many special blessings from Jesus, visions and mystical experiences because of your union with him. While contemplating the mystery of incarnation, Mary appeared to you and put on your lap the baby Jesus. You held on to the baby and made your heart his dwelling place. Jesus truly loved you and his Mother trusted you. Listen then to our petitions on this last day of our novena and bring them to Jesus. Prove to us that now in heaven you are closer to Jesus and he listens to you. Amen. Daily Prayer (3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be (3) St. Cajetan, pray for us.
 For all the unemployed -- even if you aren't Catholic -- I would encourage you to say this prayer for nine days.
OUR FATHER Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
 HAIL MARY Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
 GLORY BE Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Violence against Christians in India with 158 incidents in 6 months in 23 States - Please Pray

ASIA/INDIA - Violence against Christians in 23 States of India: 158 incidents in six months
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) - The first six months of 2019 witnessed 158 incidents of violence against Christians in 23 states of India, in which 110 women and 89 children were also injured: this is stated in a note sent to Agenzia Fides, by the United Christian Forum (UCF), an organization that has activated a specific helpline and assistance in cases of violence.
According to the note, among the 158 incidents recorded by "Helpline", 130 relate to attacks or intimidation and threats by violent mobs that beat up faithful assembled peacefully in church or house-church for prayer. This means that "practicing one’s faith is becoming dangerous to life in over 90 percent of the Indian territory", bemoans the forum.
"Mob violence has become a norm in the country with no political party taking strong position against such acts of violence against religious minorities", regrets a UCF press release.
Another disturbing trend is the refusal of police file "First Information Record" (FIR) against violence perpetrators. "Only 24 incidents out of 158 have FIRs registered against them", the press release says. It also notes that "the police inaction" was noted in 11 states are under the rule of so-called secular parties as against 12 states under the rule of the pro-Hindu National Democratic Alliance. Among the States in which violence against Christians is reported: Uttar Pradesh continues to witness highest number of incidents with 32 incidents of violence reported against Christians followed by 31 incidents in Tamil Nadu.
"Modus operandi followed in all these incidents is almost same. A mob accompanied by the police arrives at the prayer service shouts slogans, beats up the congregations including women and children. Then the pastors are arrested or detained by the police under the false allegation of conversion", explains the note.
"Sadly, these incidents have become so common nobody has time to condemn them including political, civil society and religious leaders", notes the forum.
The UCF also notes a consistent increasing in the violence against Christians since 2014. "There were about 150 in 2014 which went closer to 200 in 2015 then over 200 in 2016. 2017 and 2018 touched 250 and 300 respectively. Year 2019 is already witnessing 26 incidents per month".
"Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith. It is worrying to see these horrendous acts of mobocracy still continuing even after a slew of directions to the government from the Supreme Court Bench. The police and local administration who are responsible for law and order, must take quick action against anyone who involves themselves in mob violence", says Tehmina Arora, director of the India unit of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an association committed to protecting Christian rights.
According to media reports, often these anti-Christian acts are carried out by Hindu extremist groups and fomented by "religious hate speeches" promoted on the web and on social networks. According to the ADF, anti-Christian sentiments and acts in India have increased since the federal government has been led by the Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who in 2019 started his second term.
In India there are 966 million Hindu citizens, that is 80% of the Indian population who on the whole touches 1.3 billion people. Muslims are 172 million (about 14%) while Christians are 29 million (2.3%). (SD) (Agenzia Fides, 7/8/2019)

Bishop says he is unable to promote the cause for Sainthood of G K Chesterton but Society hopes for a Miracle

G.K. Chesterton Should Be Numbered Among the Saints

Statement from Dale Ahlquist, President, Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (August 5, 2019 – Feast of Our Lady of the Snows)

On August 1, 2019, at the 38th Annual Chesterton Conference, held this year in Kansas City, I read to the 500 attendees the following letter from Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, England, a man who has always shown me the greatest kindness and respect:

Dear Dale,

… This is not a letter I find easy to write, and I know that you will not find it easy to receive.

As you know, Canon John Udris completed a preliminary investigation into the cause of G K Chesterton last summer. Since that time, I have consulted on John’s findings, a wonderfully thorough and supportive study, and I have prayed much about the issue. I also went with some of the Bishops of England and Wales to see the Congregation for the Cause of Saints during our Ad Limina visit in the last week of September 2018.

I am very conscious of the devotion to G K Chesterton in many parts of the world and of his inspiring influence on so many people, and this makes it difficult to communicate the conclusion to which I have come.

That conclusion is that I am unable to promote the cause of G K Chesterton for three reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, there is no local cult. Secondly, I have been unable to tease out a pattern of personal spirituality. And, thirdly, even allowing for the context of G K Chesterton’s time, the issue of anti-Semitism is a real obstacle particularly at this time in the United Kingdom.

As a very unworthy servant of the Church, I recognise Chesterton’s goodness and his ability to evangelise but, in my heart of hearts, I believe that he himself would not want any fuss other than asking his prayers for the Church today and praying for him.

I realise that this is very disappointing for you and for the vast number of people around the world who have such a high regard for Chesterton, and I think particularly of the American Chestertonian Society.

I have no doubt that you will seek new ways to promote Chesterton’s cause, and I would not want to stand in the way other than stating, as the local Bishop, my own conclusions.

Be sure of my prayers for you and your family and for the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton and the Chesterton Schools Network.

With every blessing

Yours sincerely in Christ

Bishop of Northampton

Although I had received this letter back in April, this was the first public mention of it. The next day the Catholic Herald in England reported the story, and the Catholic press around the world picked it up.

In my reply to the Bishop, I expressed my sympathy for the difficulty of his task and told him I was indeed disappointed but not discouraged. I added that Chestertonians would, as he predicted, continue to do everything we can to promote Chesterton’s canonization. I did add that no saint would ever endorse his own cause, least of all, the humble bard of Beaconsfield. The bishop immediately responded agreeing with that last point.

Just before the conference, I wrote to him and told him that we would be discussing this issue at our conference, and I asked for his prayers. He responded and said he would say a Mass for the conference and the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

I would like – as succinctly as possible – to address the Bishop’s objections because they will be important to others as well.

First, there is a local cult. It was the Senior Deacon (now deceased) of the Diocese of Northampton who first appealed to the Bishop to open Chesterton’s cause, saying, “We need his holiness.” There is a group based in London called The Catholic Chesterton Society, led by Stuart McCullough, whose conversion story is told in our recent book My Name is Lazarus – 37 Stories of Converts Whose Path to Rome was Paved by G.K. Chesterton. Every June, pilgrims walk and pray from London to Beaconsfield, culminating at Chesterton’s grave. The Catholic Chesterton Society has translated the prayer for Chesterton’s intercession into more than 20 languages.

There is also a universal cult. We have distributed over 25,000 prayer cards, and we get daily requests for more. The cult is growing and does not show any signs of slowing down. People all over the world are devoted to Chesterton, asking for his intercession because they have been touched and transformed by his wisdom and goodness. He brings people to Christ.

The second objection – the lack of a clear pattern of spirituality – reveals the difficulty of getting a lay person canonized. At the conference I stumped the audience when I gave them five names and asked what the five people had in common. It turns out they all had lived during Chesterton’s time, they had all been Catholic priests, they had all founded religious orders, and they were all canonized within the last 30 years. And no one knew who they were. Clearly, there is little difficulty in discerning the spiritual pattern, as it were, of the founder of a religious order. But G.K. Chesterton did not write about his own spiritual life, and he did not found a religious order, telling his followers how they should live. Rather, he revealed his spirituality in his writings and in his life, in his love for the Sacraments, in his abiding sense of wonder and joy, and in his tireless labor for social and political reform. He lived a theology of thanks. He is the model of lay spirituality.

I might add that I have been giving retreats based on Chesterton’s very coherent spirituality for some years.

The third objection is the most disappointing because it has been addressed repeatedly, including by great scholars of Chesterton and his time. Chesterton was not anti-Semitic. A man who not only physically defended the Jews when they were attacked (read his Autobiography) but repeatedly spoke out against their persecution in Germany, in Russia, and in England, who said “The world owes God to the Jews,” and “I will die defending the last Jew in Europe,” should not have this poisonous epithet anywhere near his good name. I am pleased that the Bishop does not make the accusation, but he says that there is an “issue.” While Chesterton’s writings are amazingly fresh and vital, there is no question that he occasionally says things that are awkward by our modern standards of political correctness (and the Bishop makes this allowance as well). However, an issue being “sensitive” should not stand in the way of proceeding with the Cause. It simply needs to be dealt with honestly, fairly, courageously and charitably. In addition to the fact that there are many Jewish converts, drawn to the faith by none other than G.K. Chesterton, I wish to emphasize that there is not a wisp of hostility toward the Jews in our Apostolate. We are saddened when anyone repeats the falsehood that Chesterton was anti-Semitic.

It is fitting that Chesterton, who made a living as a controversialist, should continue to find himself controversial. But if anything, that is proof of his abiding presence. It is also evidence that he belongs in that controversial group, the Communion of the Saints.

My recent book Knight of the Holy Ghost – A Short History of G.K. Chesterton addresses these issues more fully and makes a strong case for Chesterton’s sanctity. I have previously sent both this book and My Name is Lazarus to the Bishop.

While Bishop Peter Doyle was always gracious and kind to me, I was aware of the fact that he did not have any enthusiasm for Chesterton and by his own admission did not really know much about him. Although I tried to give him the knowledge, I could not give him the enthusiasm. It was my hope that the Prophet would be honored in his own country. Although it is clear Bishop Doyle will not be opening the Cause of Canonization for G.K. Chesterton, this does not mean the cause is dead. We are confident that, in time, it will open, under a different ordinary and perhaps in a different diocese, which is a possibility under canon law.

In the meantime, we ask that those who are disappointed by the announcement to be charitable and supportive of the Bishop of Northampton. He is praying for us. Let us return the favor.

Dr. Dale Ahlquist
President, Society of Gilbert Keith Cheserton

Note: this statement may be reprinted elsewhere without modification.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 409
Reading 1NM 13:1-2, 25–14:1, 26A-29A, 34-35
The LORD said to Moses [in the desert of Paran,]
"Send men to reconnoiter the land of Canaan,
which I am giving the children of Israel.
You shall send one man from each ancestral tribe,
all of them princes."

After reconnoitering the land for forty days they returned,
met Moses and Aaron and the whole congregation of the children of Israel
in the desert of Paran at Kadesh,
made a report to them all,
and showed the fruit of the country
to the whole congregation.
They told Moses:  "We went into the land to which you sent us.
It does indeed flow with milk and honey, and here is its fruit.
However, the people who are living in the land are fierce,
and the towns are fortified and very strong.
Besides, we saw descendants of the Anakim there.
Amalekites live in the region of the Negeb;
Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites dwell in the highlands,
and Canaanites along the seacoast and the banks of the Jordan."

Caleb, however, to quiet the people toward Moses, said,
"We ought to go up and seize the land, for we can certainly do so."
But the men who had gone up with him said,
"We cannot attack these people; they are too strong for us."
So they spread discouraging reports among the children of Israel
about the land they had scouted, saying,
"The land that we explored is a country that consumes its inhabitants.
And all the people we saw there are huge, veritable giants
(the Anakim were a race of giants);
we felt like mere grasshoppers, and so we must have seemed to them."

At this, the whole community broke out with loud cries,
and even in the night the people wailed.

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron:
"How long will this wicked assembly grumble against me?
I have heard the grumblings of the children of Israel against me.
Tell them: By my life, says the LORD,
I will do to you just what I have heard you say.
Here in the desert shall your dead bodies fall.
Forty days you spent in scouting the land;
forty years shall you suffer for your crimes:
one year for each day.
Thus you will realize what it means to oppose me.
I, the LORD, have sworn to do this
to all this wicked assembly that conspired against me:
here in the desert they shall die to the last man."

Responsorial PsalmPS 106:6-7AB, 13-14, 21-22, 23

R.(4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
We have sinned, we and our fathers;
we have committed crimes; we have done wrong.
Our fathers in Egypt
considered not your wonders.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
But soon they forgot his works;
they waited not for his counsel.
They gave way to craving in the desert
and tempted God in the wilderness.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They forgot the God who had saved them,
who had done great deeds in Egypt,
Wondrous deeds in the land of Ham,
terrible things at the Red Sea.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
Then he spoke of exterminating them,
but Moses, his chosen one,
Withstood him in the breach
to turn back his destructive wrath.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

AlleluiaLK 7:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A great prophet has arisen in our midst
and God has visited his people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 15: 21-28

At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
"Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!
My daughter is tormented by a demon."
But he did not say a word in answer to her.
His disciples came and asked him,
"Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us."
He said in reply,
"I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
But the woman came and did him homage, saying, "Lord, help me."
He said in reply,
"It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs."
She said, "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters."
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
"O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish."
And her daughter was healed from that hour.