Monday, September 9, 2019

Saint September 10 : St. Nicholas of Tolentino the Patron of Babies, Animals, and the Dying

Born at Sant' Angelo, near Fermo, in the March of Ancona, about 1246; d. 10 September, 1306. He is depicted in the black habit of the Hermits of St. Augustine — a star above him or on his breast, a lily, or a crucifix garlanded with lilies, in his hand. Sometimes, instead of the lily, he holds a vial filled with money or bread. His parents, said to have been called Compagnonus de Guarutti and Amata de Guidiani (these surnames may merely indicate their birth-places), were pious folk, perhaps gentle born, living content with a small substance. Nicholas was born in response to prayers, his mother a model of holiness. He excelled so much in his studies that even before they were over he was made a canon of St. Saviour's church; but hearing a sermon by a hermit of St. Augustine upon the text: "Nolite diligere mundum, nec ea quae sunt in mundo, quia mundus transit et concupiscentia ejus", he felt a call to embrace the religious life. He besought the hermit for admittance into his order. His parents gave a joyful consent. Even before his ordination he was sent to different monasteries of his order, at Recanati, Macerata etc., as a model of generous striving after perfection. He made his profession before he was nineteen. After his ordination he preached with wonderful success, notably at Tolentino, where he spent his last thirty years and gave a discourse nearly every day. Towards the end diseases tried his patience, but he kept up his mortifications almost to the hour of death. He possessed an angelic meekness, a guileless simplicity, and a tender love of virginity, which he never stained, guarding it by prayer and extraordinary mortifications. He was canonized by Eugene IV in 1446; his feast is celebrated on 10 September. His tomb, at Tolentino, is held in veneration by the faithful.
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#BreakingNews Massive Pro-Life March in Northern Ireland with 20,000 from all Religions defending Unborn Babies - Video

Belfast gridlocked as more than 20,000 MARCHED for their LIVES!
Tens of thousands of people have taken part in the March For Their Lives in Belfast city centre to protest the Westminster Government's abortion law, which would force abortion up to 28 weeks on Northern Ireland. The March was the last major public event before Westminster's cruel and extreme law is set to be forced on Northern Ireland.
Precious Life, who organised the March, said they were "heartened and encouraged by the turnout, which showed that the pro-life majority of Northern Ireland are fighting back against this undemocratic law. The pro-life majority of Northern Ireland came out in their thousands today to say loud and clear 'Abortion? Not In Our Name!'" 
Bernadette Smyth of Precious Life said, "More than 20,000 people, from every tradition, attended the March because people are outraged that Westminster has hijacked our democratic process and has sought to impose abortion on Northern Ireland right up to 7 months and in certain circumstances, right up to birth." 
The March For Their Lives was organised by Precious Life, Life Institute, Youth for Life NI and a coalition of other pro-life groups.
Video starts at 1:50

100,000 at Mass with Pope Francis who says "We need to foster this missionary momentum..." and "..invite them to find their happiness in Jesus.." Full Text + Video

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass at the Monument to Mary Queen of Peace during his Apostolic visit to Mauritius. The full text of his prepared homily is below:
Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis
Holy Mass
Mary Queen of Peace Monument, Port-Louis
Monday, 9 September 2019

Here, before this altar dedicated to Mary Queen of Peace, on this mountain from which we can see the city and the sea beyond, we are part of a great multitude, a sea of faces come from Mauritius and other islands of this Indian Ocean region to hear Jesus preach the Beatitudes.  We have come to hear that same word of life that today, as two thousand years ago, has the power and the fire able to warm the coldest of hearts.  Together we can say to the Lord: We believe in you, and with the light of faith and every beat of our hearts, we know the truth of the words of the prophet Isaiah: Proclaim peace and salvation, bring the good news… that our God already reigns.

The Beatitudes “are like a Christian’s identity card.  So if anyone asks: ‘What must one do to be a good Christian?’, the answer is clear.  We have to do, each in our own way, what Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount.  In the Beatitudes, we find a portrait of the Master, which we are called to reflect in our daily lives” (Gaudete et Exsultate, 63).  So it was with the “apostle of Mauritian unity”, Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval, so greatly venerated in these lands.  Love for Christ and for the poor so marked his life that he could not conceive of an “aloof and sanitized” preaching of the Gospel.  He knew that evangelization entails becoming all things to all people (cf. 1 Cor 9:19-22), and so he learned the language of the recently freed slaves and taught them the Good News of salvation in simple language.  He was able to gather the faithful, to train them for mission and to establish small Christian communities in the neighbourhoods, towns and nearby villages: small communities, many of which gave rise to present-day parishes.  His pastoral solicitude earned the trust of the poor and outcast, and made them the first to come together and find responses to their sufferings.

Through his missionary outreach and his love, Father Laval gave to the Mauritian Church a new youth, a new life, that today we are asked to carry forward.

We need to foster this missionary momentum, because it can happen that, as the Church of Christ, we can yield to the temptation to lose our enthusiasm for evangelization by taking refuge in worldly securities that slowly but surely not only affect the mission but actually hamper it and prevent it from drawing people together (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 26).  Missionary momentum always has a young and invigorating face.  For it is the young who, by their vitality and generosity, can give it the beauty and freshness of youth, when they challenge the Christian community to renewal and urge us to strike out in new directions (cf. Christus Vivit, 37).

This is not always easy.  It means learning to acknowledge the presence of the young and to make room for them in our communities and in our society.

It is a hard thing to say, but, despite the economic growth your country has known in recent decades, it is the young who are suffering the most.  They suffer from unemployment, which not only creates uncertainty about the future, but also prevents them from believing that they play a significant part in your shared history.  Uncertainty about the future makes them feel that they are on the margins of society; it leaves them vulnerable and helpless before new forms of slavery in this twenty-first century.  Our young people are our foremost mission!  We must invite them to find their happiness in Jesus; not by speaking to them in an aloof or distant way, but by learning how to make room for them, “learning their language”, listening to their stories, spending time with them and making them feel that they too are blessed by God.  Let us not deprive ourselves of the young face of the Church and of society.  Let us not allow those who deal in death to rob the first fruits of this land!

Father Laval tells our young people, and all those who, like them, feel voiceless, simply living from day to day, to take up Isaiah’s proclamation: “Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem!” (Is 52:9).  Even though we may feel overwhelmed and trapped, our hope in Jesus invites us to a renewed certainty in God’s victory, not only beyond history but also within the hidden thread of all those little “histories” that intertwine and convince us of the victory of the One who has given us the kingdom.

Living the Gospel message means that we cannot keep hoping that everything around us will be perfect, for all too often the thirst for power and worldly interests work against us.  Saint John Paul II noted that: “a society is alienated if its forms of social organization, production and consumption make it more difficult to offer [the] gift of self and to establish solidarity between people” (Centesimus Annus, 41c).  In such a society, it becomes difficult to live the Beatitudes: any attempt to do so will be viewed negatively, regarded with suspicion, and met with ridicule (cf. Gaudete et Exsultate, 91).  This is true, yet we must not let ourselves yield to discouragement.

At the foot of this mountain, which today I would like to be the Mount of the Beatitudes, we must also discover anew Christ’s call to be “blessed”.  Only joyful Christians awaken in others the desire to follow this path.  The word “blessed” means “happy”.  It becomes a synonym for “holy”, for it expresses the fact that those faithful to God and his word, by their self-giving, gain true happiness (cf. ibid., 64).

When we hear the threatening prognosis that “our numbers are decreasing”, we should be concerned not so much with the decline of this or that mode of consecration in the Church, but with the lack of men and women who wish to experience happiness on the paths of holiness.  We should be concerned with the lack of men and women who let their hearts burn with the most beautiful and liberating of all messages.  Indeed, “if anything should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life” (Evangelii Gaudium, 49).

When young people see the project of a Christian life being carried out with joy, this excites and encourages them.  They too feel a desire to say, in so many words: “I too want to climb this Mount of the Beatitudes; I too want to meet the gaze of Jesus and to learn from him the path to true joy”.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us pray for our communities, that they may testify to the joy of Christian life and see a flowering of the call to holiness in the many and varied forms of life that the Spirit proposes to us.  Let us pray to him for this diocese and for all those who have made the effort to come here today.  Blessed Father Laval, whose relics we venerate, also experienced moments of disappointment and difficulty with the Christian community, but in the end, the Lord triumphed in his heart.  For he had put his trust in the Lord’s power.  Let us pray that that same power may touch the hearts of many men and women of this land, and our hearts as well, so that its newness may always be capable of renewing our lives and our communities (cf. ibid., 11).  Let us not forget that the one who summons with power, who builds up the Church, is the Holy Spirit.

The statue of Mary, the Mother who protects and accompanies us, reminds us that she herself was called “blessed”.  Let us ask her for the gift of openness to the Holy Spirit.  Our Lady experienced a sorrow that pierced her heart like a sword, and crossed the most painful threshold of grief as she beheld the death of her Son.  May she obtain for us that persevering joy that never falters or fades.  The joy that constantly leads us to experience and proclaim that “the Most High has done great things, and holy is his name”.
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#BreakingNews 2 Catholic Priests and Catechist Arrested for Conversions - Vicar calls this "abuses against priests and Christians..."

ASIA/INDIA - Two Catholic priests and a catechist arrested for "proselytism": for the church it is an abuse Monday, 9 September 2019
Bhagalpur (Agenzia Fides) - Police in the state of Jharkhand, in eastern India, took into custody two Catholic priests and a catechist on charges of having led the conversion of religious faith to the people of a village. As reported to Agenzia Fides by father N.M. Thomas, vicar general of the diocese of Bhagalpur, the diocese where the village is located, the police arrested Fr. Arun Vincent and Fr. Benoy John and catechist Munna Hansda from the Rajdaha mission on 6 September accusing them of having carried out "forced conversions" to Christianity in the village of Deodar and also of "illegal occupation of land". The police subsequently released Father Vincent, while Fr. Benoy John and the catechist will probably be released after September 11, the Vicar general said. According to Father Thomas, these arrests are nothing more than "abuses against priests and Christians and cases of intimidation, politically motivated, to cloud the work of missionaries for the poor, the marginalized and the suffering".
A local Catholic Augustine Hembrom told Fides: "We totally condemn this action. It is known that we Catholics believe in freedom of conscience and we would never force anyone to change his faith. Government authorities are aware of this. Therefore, the arrests are certainly instrumental, and they intend to hit Christians". Speaking of the incident, John Dayal, a Catholic human rights activist and secular leader, told Fides: "What is happening in Jharkhand, in particular, and in the tribal belt in central India, is a cause for deep concern. There is a state sponsored by the federal government, which acts against religious minorities, affecting Muslims on the one hand and Christian clergy and educational institutions on the other".
"The most worrying fact is the attempt to divide people according to religious affiliation. We are all Indian citizens. This policy of division must be defeated if peace and unity are to be maintained and democracy and development strengthened", said Dayal. (SD) (Agenzia Fides, 9/9/2019)

Thousands of Workers meet with Pope Francis who Recites a Special Prayer "Father, in your mercy, take pity..." Full Text + Video

(4 - 10 SEPTEMBER 2019)
Mahatzana Worksite (Antananarivo)
Sunday, 8 September 2019
The Mahatazana quarry is run by the Akamasoa “City of Friendship” Association, which is a community founded by Fr Pédro Opeka to give Malagasy poor a way to provide for their families. Pope Francis recites a prayer for workers at the Mahatazana Quarry in Antananarivo, on the second day of his Apostolic Journey to Madagascar. ( exert) 

God our Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
we thank you for gathering us as brothers and sisters in this place.
Before this rock, split by human labour,
we pray to you for workers everywhere.
We pray for those who work with their hands
and with immense physical effort:
soothe their wearied frames,
that they may tenderly caress their children
and join in their games.
Grant them unfailing spiritual strength and physical health,
lest they succumb beneath the burden of their labours.
Grant that the fruits of their work
may ensure a dignified life to their families.
May they come home at night to warmth, comfort and encouragement
and together, under your gaze, find true joy.
May our families know that the joy of earning our daily bread
becomes perfect when that bread is shared.
May our children not be forced to work,
but receive schooling and continue their studies,
and may their teachers devote themselves fully to their task,
without needing other work to make a decent living.
God of justice, touch the hearts of owners and managers.
May they make every effort
to ensure that workers receive a just wage
and enjoy conditions respectful of their human dignity.
Father, in your mercy, take pity on those who lack work.
May unemployment - the cause of such great misery –
disappear from our societies.
May all know the joy and dignity of earning their daily bread,
and bringing it home to support their loved ones.
Father, create among workers a spirit of authentic solidarity.
May they learn to be attentive to one another,
To encourage one another, to support those in difficulty
and to lift up those who have fallen.
Let their hearts not yield to hatred, resentment
or bitterness in the face of injustice.
May they keep alive their hope for a better world,
and work to that end.
Together, may they constructively defend their rights.
Grant that their voices and demands may be heard.
God our Father, you have made Saint Joseph,
foster father of Jesus and courageous spouse of the Virgin Mary,
protector of workers throughout the world.
To him I entrust all those who labour here, at Akamasoa,
and all the workers of Madagascar,
especially those experiencing uncertainty and hardship.
May he keep them in the love of your Son
and sustain them in their livelihood and in their hope.


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#BreakingNews Crowds of Children and Students form Human Chain in Hong Kong in ongoing Protests - Watch Video

Human chain of students. Hong Kong police violence questioned
Asia News report: by Paul Wang
Many Catholic and Protestant school students took part in the human chain. Police officers accused of "selling out" (to China) and "mafiosi". Chinese agents suspected of having infiltrated  Hong Kong law enforcement. A petition to the US to "free Hong Kong". Joshua Wong freed yet again.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Students from dozens of secondary schools in different areas of Hong Kong have formed human chains this morning between the various branches to support the five questions that the anti-extradition movement has put to the government (see photo 1 and video ).

Boys and girls from Catholic and Protestant schools participated in the event (photo 2). Many of them arrived in class five minutes later, again to draw attention to the five demands. The head of the executive responded only to the first one, permanently canceling the extradition law, but not to the other four.

Among these, the most urgent is the opening of an independent investigation into the excessive use of force by the police.

Hong Kong police forces are accused of firing rubber bullets at point blank range, throwing thousands of canisters of tear gas, beating defenseless demonstrators and ordinary citizens, using pepper spray against unsuspecting passers-by.

In addition, they are accused of collusion with local mafia groups that threaten and intimidate young people participating in demonstrations with acts of hooliganism. Parents and friends of those affected open disputes against police officers.

The general distrust of the police in also mounting because in these three months of demonstrations many cases have been discovered of policemen in uniform without a recognition code; others who speak in Mandarin (the language of popular China, and not the Cantonese used in Hong Kong); others who refuse to present their identity card; still others that have a China police badge. Protesters suspect that policemen in China are now infiltrated among the Hong Kong law enforcement agencies.

Yesterday, during a demonstration in Chater Garden, in the center, which was attended by tens of thousands of people, slogans such as "sold out" or "Mafiosi" were brandished against policemen.

Towards the end of the demonstration, in the afternoon, a hundred protesters went to the US consulate. Waving stars and stripes flags banners praising democracy, they asked the United States for help in ensuring respect for human rights for the people of Hong Kong.

Late in the evening there were clashes between police and extremist protesters in different parts of the city. Some metro stations were closed.

This morning, one of the leaders of the student riots, Joshua Wong, was released on bail again. He had been arrested yesterday when he returned from a trip to Taiwan and was to leave for Germany and then for the USA.

Wong was arrested at the end of August for leading an unauthorized demonstration and released on bail. Although he was subjected to a curfew and could not leave Hong Kong, the court had allowed him to make trips already planned before his arrest.
(Video credit: Guardians of Hong Kong).
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Pope Francis tells Religious "...remain in the heart of the Lord and in the heart of our people!" Full Text + Video in Madagascar

(4 - 10 SEPTEMBER 2019)
Collège de Saint Michel (Antananarivo)
Sunday, 8 September 2019

Dear brothers and sisters,
When they brought me this table, I thought it was time to eat, but no, it is to speak!
I thank you for your warm welcome. I would like before all else to greet all those priests and consecrated persons who could not be with us today due to poor health, advanced age or other reasons. Let us say a little prayer for them in silence…
I conclude my visit to Madagascar here with you. As I witness your joy, and think of everything else that I have seen during my brief stay on your island, my heart echoes the words spoken by Jesus in Luke’s Gospel. Filled with joy, he exclaimed: “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to little ones” (Lk 10:21). My joy has been confirmed by your testimonies, for even those things you see as problems are signs of a Church that is alive, a dynamic Church that strives each day to be a sign of the Lord’s presence. A Church that, as Sister Suzanne said, tries each day to be close to people, not to be removed from people, but to walk always with the people of God!
This leads us to remember with gratitude all those who in past years were unafraid to stake their lives on Jesus Christ and his kingdom. Today you share in their legacy. Before you, there were roots here: the roots of evangelization. You are their fruit. And you too will leave something behind for those yet to come. I think of the Vincentians, the Jesuits, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny, the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the La Salette Missionaries and so many other pioneer bishops, priests and consecrated men and women. I think too of the many lay persons who kept alive the flame of the faith in this land during the difficult days of persecution, when many missionaries and religious had to leave. This reminds us that our baptism is the first great sacrament that marked and consecrated us as God’s children. Everything else is an expression and a manifestation of that first love, which we are constantly called to renew.
The words of the Gospel that I cited above are part of the Lord’s prayer of praise as he welcomed back the seventy-two disciples from their mission. Like yourselves, those disciples accepted the challenge of being a Church that “goes forth”. They came back with their bags full, to share everything that they saw and heard. You too dared to go forth, and you accepted the challenge of bringing the light of the Gospel to the different parts of this island.
I know that many of you live in difficult conditions and lack such essential services as water, electricity, roads and means of communication, or the financial resources needed for your life and pastoral activity. More than a few of you feel the burden of your apostolic labours and their effect on your health. Yet you have chosen to stand beside your people, to be close to your people, to remain in their midst. I thank you for this. I thank you for your witness of closeness to your people, for choosing to stay and not make your vocation a “stepping stone to a better life”. Thank you for this. To remain there in the awareness, as Sister Suzanne said, that, “for all our difficulties and weaknesses, we remain fully committed to the great mission of evangelization”. Consecrated persons, in the broad sense of the term, are women and men who have learned how to keep close to the Lord’s heart and to the heart of their people. This is the key: to remain in the heart of the Lord and in the heart of our people!
Welcoming back his disciples and hearing of their joy, Jesus immediately praises and blesses his heavenly Father. This makes us see something basic about our vocation. We are men and women of praise. Consecrated persons are able to recognize and point out the presence of God wherever they find themselves. Even better, they are able to dwell in God’s presence because they have learned how to savour, enjoy and share that presence.
In praise, we discover the beauty of our identity as part of a people. Praise frees disciples from obsessing about “what ought to be done” that can eat away at us. Praise restores our enthusiasm for mission and for being in the midst of our people. Praise helps us refine the “criteria” by which we take stock of ourselves and others, and all our missionary projects. In this way, it keeps us from losing our evangelical “flavour”.
Often we can yield to the temptation of wasting our time talking about “successes” and “failures”, the “usefulness” of what we are doing or the “influence” we may have in society or elsewhere. These discussions end up taking over and, not infrequently, make us, like defeated generals, dream up vast, meticulously planned apostolic projects. We end up denying our own history – and the history of your people – which is glorious because it is a history of sacrifices, hope, daily struggle, a life consumed in fidelity to work, tiring as it may be (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 96).
In praising, we learn not to become “inebriated”, turning means into ends or the superfluous into the important. We gain the freedom to initiate processes rather than seeking to occupy spaces (cf. ibid., 233), the freedom to foster whatever brings growth, development and fruitfulness to God’s people, instead of priding ourselves on pastoral “gains” that are easy and quick, but short-lived. Much of our life, our joy and our missionary fruitfulness have to do with Jesus’ invitation to praise. As that wise and holy man, Romano Guardini, often said: “The one who worships God in the depths of his heart and, when possible, by his concrete actions, lives in the truth. He might be mistaken about many things; he can be overwhelmed and dismayed by all his cares, but when all is said and done, his life rests on a sure foundation” (R. GUARDINI, Glaubenserkenntnis, Mainz, 3rd ed., 1997, p. 17), in praise, in adoration.
The seventy-two realized that the success of their mission depended on its being carried out “in the name of the Lord Jesus”. That was what amazed them. It had nothing to do with their own virtues, names or titles… There was no need to pass out their own propaganda; it was not their fame or their vision that stirred and saved other people. The joy of the disciples was born of their certainty that they were acting in the name of the Lord, sharing in his plan and participating in his life, which they loved so much that they wanted to share it with others.
It is interesting to see how Jesus sums up his disciples’ work by speaking of victory over the power of Satan, a power that we, by ourselves, could never overcome, if not in the name of Jesus! Each of us can testify to battles fought… including a few defeats. In all those situations that you mentioned when you spoke of your efforts to evangelize, you fight this same battle in the name of Jesus. In his name, you triumph over evil whenever you teach people to praise our heavenly Father, or simply teach the Gospel and the catechism, or visit the sick and bring the consolation of reconciliation. In Jesus’ name, you triumph whenever you give a child something to eat, or save a mother from despair at being alone in the face of everything, or provide work to the father of a family. The battle is won whenever you overcome ignorance by providing an education. You bring God’s presence whenever any of you helps show respect for all creatures, in their proper order and perfection, and prevents their being misused or exploited. It is a sign of God’s victory whenever you plant a tree or help bring drinkable water to a family. What a great sign of victory over evil it is, whenever you work to restore thousands of persons to good health!
Continue to fight these battles, but always in prayer and in praise.
There are also battles that we fight within ourselves. God circumvents the influence of the evil spirit, the spirit that very often inspires in us “an inordinate concern for our personal freedom and relaxation, which leads us to see our work as a mere appendage to our life, as if it were not part of our very identity. At the same time, the spiritual life comes to be identified with a few religious exercises which can offer a certain comfort, but which do not encourage encounter with others, engagement with the world or a passion for evangelization” (Evangelii Gaudium, 78). As a result of this, instead of being men and women of praise, we become “professionals of the sacred”. Let us instead conquer the spirit of evil on its own terrain. Whenever it tells us to put our trust in financial security, spaces of power and human glory, let us respond with the evangelical responsibility and poverty that inspires us to give our lives for the mission (cf. ibid., 76). Please, let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of missionary joy!
Dear brothers and sisters, Jesus praises the Father for having revealed these things to the “little ones”. We are indeed little, for our joy, our happiness, is found in precisely his revelation that those who are simple can “see and hear” what neither the intelligent nor prophets and kings were able to see and hear. It is God’s presence in those who are suffering and afflicted, those who hunger and thirst for justice, those who are merciful (cf. Mt 5:3-12; Lk 6:20-23). Happy are you, happy as a Church of the poor and for the poor, a Church imbued by the fragrance of her Lord, a Church that lives joyfully by preaching the Good News to the marginalized of the earth, to those who are closest to God’s heart.
Please convey to your communities my affection and my closeness, my prayers and my blessing. As I now bless you in the name of the Lord, I ask you to think of your communities and your places of mission, that the Lord may continue to speak of goodness to all, wherever they find themselves. May you continue to be a sign of his living presence in our midst!
Please, don’t forget to pray for me, and to ask others to do the same!
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Before finishing I would like to perform a duty of justice and of gratitude. This is the last of the nine addresses that were translated by Father Marcel. I am going to make him uncomfortable because I am also going to ask him to translate this words of thanks for Father Marcel [he turns to him] for the work that you did, and to thank you for clear but also free way that you interpreted my words. I thank you very much, and may the Lord bless you.
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday, September 9, 2019 - #Eucharist

Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest
Lectionary: 437

Reading 1COL1:24–2:3

Brothers and sisters:
I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,
and in my flesh I am filling up
what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ
on behalf of his Body, which is the Church,
of which I am a minister
in accordance with God’s stewardship given to me
to bring to completion for you the word of God,
the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past.
But now it has been manifested to his holy ones,
to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory
of this mystery among the Gentiles;
it is Christ in you, the hope for glory.
It is he whom we proclaim,
admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
For this I labor and struggle,
in accord with the exercise of his power working within me.

For I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for you
and for those in Laodicea
and all who have not seen me face to face,
that their hearts may be encouraged
as they are brought together in love,
to have all the richness of assured understanding,
for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Responsorial PsalmPS 62:6-7, 9

R.(8) In God is my safety and my glory.
Only in God be at rest, my soul,
for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.
R. In God is my safety and my glory.
Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge!
R. In God is my safety and my glory.

AlleluiaJN 10:27

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

GospelLK 6:6-11

On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught,
and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely
to see if he would cure on the sabbath
so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
But he realized their intentions
and said to the man with the withered hand,
"Come up and stand before us."
And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them,
"I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?"
Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
"Stretch out your hand."
He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.