Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Saint September 12 : Feast of the Holy Name of Mary the Mother of Jesus

by Mark Alessio (in the new calendar this is an optional memorial) Edited from Mark Alessio: In 1513, a feast of "The Holy Name of Mary" was granted by Papal indult  [Pope Julius II] to the diocese of Cuenta in Spain. It was assigned with proper Office on September 15, the octave day of Our Lady's Nativity. With the reform of the Breviary undertaken by Pope St. Pius V, the feast was abolished, only to be reinstituted by his successor, Pope Sixtus V, who changed the date to September 17. From there, the feast spread to the Archdiocese of Toledo [1622] and, eventually, to all of Spain and to the Kingdom of Naples [1671].

Litany to the Holy Name of Mary and Special Prayers to Share honoring Mary with Indulgences

 Throughout this time, permission to celebrate the feast was given to various religious orders in a prudent manner as has been the custom throughout Church history regarding feast-days, their dates, offices, liturgical expression, etc. However, this Feast of the Holy Name of Mary would one day be joyfully extended to the Universal Church, and this on account of rather dramatic circumstances involving one of Poland's great military heroes, John Sobieski [1629-1696].

While acting as field-marshal under King John Casimir, Sobieski had raised a force of 8,000 men and enough provisions to withstand a siege of Cossacks and Tartars, who were forced to retire unsuccessfully and at a loss. In 1672, under the reign of Michael Wisniowiecki, Sobieski engaged and defeated the Turkish army, who lost 20,000 men at Chocim.

"To the same Heavenly Queen, on Clear Mountain, the illustrious John Sobieski, whose eminent valor freed Christianity from the attacks of its old enemies, confided himself."
[Letter, Cum iam lustri abeat, 1951]

In September, the men joined with the German troops under John George, Elector of Saxony, and Prince Charles of Lorraine. On the eighth day of the month, the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, Sobieski prepared himself for the ensuing conflict by the reception of Holy Communion.

Battle was engaged before the walls of Vienna on September 12, 1683, with Sobieski seemingly put to flight by "the fierce Turkish forces. However, this retreat was a minor setback only. The Hussars renewed their assault and charged the Turks, this time sending the enemy into a retreat. The combat raged on, until Sobieski finally stormed the enemy camp. The Turkish forces were routed, Vienna was saved, and Sobieski sent the "Standard of the Prophet" to Pope Innocent XI along with the good news. In a letter to the Pontiff, Sobieski summed up his victory in these words: Veni, vidi, Deus vicit -----"I came, I saw, God conquered!" To commemorate this glorious victory, and render thanksgiving to God and honor to Our Lady for their solicitude in the struggle, Pope Innocent XI extended "The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary" to the Universal Church. Although the feast was originally celebrated on the Sunday after the Nativity of Mary, Pope St. Pius X [+1914] decreed that it be celebrated on September 12, in honor of the victory of the Catholic forces under John Sobieski. The history of this feast reminds us in some ways of that of "Our Lady of the Rosary," which was instituted to celebrate and commemorate the victory of the Catholic forces over the Turkish navy at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571: "And thus Christ's faithful warriors, prepared to sacrifice their life and blood for the welfare of their Faith and their country, proceeded undauntedly to meet their foe near the Gulf of Corinth; while those who were unable to join them formed a band of pious supplicants, who called on Mary and, as one, saluted Her again and again in the words of the Rosary, imploring Her to grant victory to their companions engaged in battle. Our sovereign Lady did grant Her aid." [Pope Leo XIII, Supremi Apostolatus, 1883]

Pondering the Meaning of "Mary"

In Hebrew, the name Mary is Miriam. Derived from the root, merur, the name signifies "bitterness."

Miryam was the name of the sister of Moses; and the ancient rabbinical scholars perceiving in it a symbol of the slavery of the Israelites at the hands of the Egyptians, held that Miryam was given this name because she was born during the time of the oppression of her people.
Miryam, the sister of Moses is a "type" of the Blessed Virgin. Miryam was a prophetess who sang a canticle of thanksgiving after the safe crossing of the Red Sea and the destruction of Pharaoh's army; Mary prophesied in Her Magnificat that all generations would honor Her, and She sang of how God would topple the proud and raise the lowly. Miryam supported her brother, Moses, the liberator of his people; as the Co-Redemptrix who united Her sufferings to those of the One Mediator on Calvary, Mary labored alongside the Redeemer, the true Liberator of His people. Just as Jesus was the "antitype" [i.e., fulfillment] of Moses, so was Our Lady the "antitype" of Miryam.
Image Source: Google Images - Religieuses de Jesus-Marie

1st meeting of the Higher Committee for achieving the goals contained in the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace

Today, 11th September 2019, at 8:30 a.m., the first meeting of the Higher Committee for achieving the goals contained in the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, established in August this year, took place in Casa Santa Marta. The date was chosen as a sign of the will to build life and fraternity where others sowed death and destruction.
The Committee is made up of 7 members. The Holy See is represented by H.E. Mons. Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and by Mons. Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, Personal Secretary of the Holy Father. The University of Al-Azhar participates with its Head, Prof. Dr Mohamed Husin Abdelaziz Hassan, and with Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, Judge and Ex Advisor to Grand Imam Al-Tayyib. The United Arab Emirates are represented by H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Culture, Yasser Saeed Abdulla Hareb Almuhairi, writer and journalist, and Sultan Faisal Al Khalifa Alremeithi, Secretary General of the Muslim Elders.
The Holy Father greeted the members and heads of the secretariat of the Committee and gave the members a copy of the Document on Human Fraternity realized by the Vatican Apostolic Library. He then expressed some words of gratitude and encouragement to the members of the Committee, “artisans of fraternity”, for them to be at the origin of new policies “not only of outstretched hands, but of open hearts”.
After being received by the Substitute of the Secretariat of State, H.E. Mons. Edgar Peña Parra, the Committee returned to Casa Santa Marta to start its works.
During the session, the members appointed the President of the Committee, H.E. Mons. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ, and the Secretary, Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, as well as the members of the Executive Office, Mons. Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, Yasser Saeed Abdulla Hareb Almuhairi and Sultan Faisal Al Khalifa Alremeithi. They also worked on the text of the Statutes that will regulate the Committee’s activity.
The Committee expressed its gratitude to Pope Francis, for his welcome and encouragement, to Grand Imam Al-Tayyib for his encouraging words, and to His Highness Muhamad Ben Zaid, for the support he has offered the Committee.
The Committee then identified some concrete steps to initiate its activity. These include the proposal, to be made to the United Nations, to define a date, between 3rd and 5th February, to be proclaimed Day of Human Fraternity, and the decision to invite representatives of other religions to be part of the Committee.
Finally, the members set the Committee’s next meeting on 20th September 2019, in New York.
The meeting ended at 1:00 p.m. and each member prayed, according to his own faith, for the victims of 11th September and of every act of terrorism.
Above Full Text Holy See communique
Vatican News - Background
The Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together was signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar during a Global Conference on Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi on 4 February 2019. A Committee was formed on 19 August by the United Arab Emirates to implement the Document. At that time, Pope Francis was "pleased to learn of the initiative" calling it part of the "hidden sea of goodness that is growing" making it possible to create a "world of fraternity and peace".

Pope Francis says "The Gospel and the Beatitudes are the antidote....the leaven of true happiness, imbued with mercy, justice and peace." Full Text at Audience


St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Catechesis on the Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Last night I returned from the Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. I thank God who has allowed me to make this journey as a pilgrim of peace and hope, and I renew the expression of my gratitude to the respective Authorities of these States, as well as to the Episcopates, who have invited me and welcomed me with so much affection and care , and the Apostolic Nuncios, who have worked so much for this journey.

The hope of the world is Christ, and his Gospel is the most powerful leaven of fraternity, freedom, justice and peace for all peoples. With my visit, in the footsteps of holy evangelizers, I tried to bring this leaven, the leaven of Jesus, to the Mozambican, Malagasy and Mauritian populations.

In Mozambique I went to spread seeds of hope, peace and reconciliation in a land that has suffered so much in the recent past due to a long armed conflict, and that last spring was hit by two cyclones that caused very serious damage. The Church continues to accompany the peace process, which has taken a step forward even on 1 August with a new agreement between the parties. And here I would like to pause to thank the Community of Sant Egidio who has worked so hard, both in this peace process.

In this sense I encouraged the Authorities of the country, urging them to work together for the common good. And I encouraged the young people, who gathered from different religious backgrounds, to build the country, overcoming resignation and anxiety, spreading social friendship and treasuring the traditions of the elderly. To the bishops, priests and consecrated persons, whom I met in the Cathedral of Maputo, named after the Immaculate Virgin, I proposed the path of Nazareth, the path of the "yes" generous to God, in the grateful memory of his call and of his origins . A strong sign of this evangelical presence is the Zimpeto Hospital, on the outskirts of the capital, built with the commitment of the Community of Sant Egidio. In this hospital I saw that the most important thing is the sick, and everyone works for the sick. Furthermore, not everyone has the same religious affiliation. The director of that hospital is a woman, a researcher, a good woman, a researcher on AIDS. She is Muslim, but she is the director and this hospital is a hospital made by the Community of Sant Egidio. But all, all together for the people, united, like brothers. My visit to Mozambique culminated in Mass, celebrated in the stadium in the rain, but we were all happy. The songs, the religious dances ... so much happiness. The rain didn't matter. And there resounded the appeal of the Lord Jesus: "Love your enemies" (Lk 6:27), the seed of true revolution, that of love, which extinguishes violence and generates fraternity.

From Maputo I moved to Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. A country rich in natural beauty and resources, but marked by so much poverty. I hoped that, driven by its traditional spirit of solidarity, the Malagasy people could overcome adversity and build a future of development by combining respect for the environment and social justice. As a prophetic sign in this direction, I visited the "City of Friendship" - Akamasoa, founded by a Lazarist missionary, Father Pedro Opeka: there we try to combine work, dignity, care for the poorest, education for children. All animated by the Gospel. In Akamasoa, near the granite quarry, I raised the Prayer for the workers to God.

Then I had a meeting with the contemplative nuns of different congregations, in the Carmelite monastery: in fact, without faith and prayer, a city worthy of man is not built. With the Bishops of the country we renewed our commitment to be "sowers of peace and hope", taking care of the people of God, especially the poor, and our presbyters. Together we venerated the Blessed Victoire Rasoamanarivo, first Malagasy raised to the altars. With the many young people - many young people in that vigil, but many, many -, I lived a vigil full of testimonies, songs and dances.

In Antananarivo i the Sunday Eucharist is celebrated in the great "diocesan Camp": large crowds gathered around the Lord Jesus. And finally, in the Saint-Michel Institute, I met the priests, consecrated men and women and seminarians of Madagascar. An encounter in the sign of praise to God.
Monday was dedicated to a visit to the Republic of Mauritius, a well-known tourist destination, but which I chose as a place of integration between different ethnic groups and cultures. In fact, over the last two centuries, different populations have landed in that archipelago, especially from India; and after independence it experienced a strong economic and social development. There is strong interreligious dialogue, and also friendship between the heads of different religious denominations. Something that would seem strange to us, but they thus experience the friendship that is natural. When I entered the bishopric, I found a beautiful bouquet of flowers, beautiful: it was sent by the Great Imam as a sign of brotherhood.

Holy Mass in Mauritius was celebrated at the Monument of Mary Queen of Peace, in memory of Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval, known as the "apostle of the Mauritian unity". The Gospel of the Beatitudes, the identity card of the disciples of Christ, in that context is an antidote against the temptation of selfish and discriminatory well-being. The Gospel and the Beatitudes are the antidote for this selfish and discriminatory well-being, and it is also the leaven of true happiness, imbued with mercy, justice and peace. I was struck by the work that the Bishops do for the evangelization of the poor. Later, in the meeting with the Authorities of Mauritius, I expressed my appreciation for the commitment to harmonize the differences in a common project, and I encouraged to continue the capacity of acceptance, as well as the effort of maintain and develop democratic life.

So, I arrived yesterday, in the evening, at the Vatican. Before starting a journey and returning, I always go to the Madonna, from the Salus Populi Romani, so that she may accompany me on the journey, as a Mother, to tell me what to do, to guard my words, my gestures. With the Madonna, I go safe.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us give thanks to God and ask him that the seeds thrown into this apostolic journey will bear abundant fruit for the peoples of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. Thank you!

Greetings in Various Languages:
Je suis heureux d’accueillir les pèlerins venant de France, en particulier l’Association Anuncio et les jeunes du lycée Saint-Augustin, de Paris. Je salue cordialement les pèlerins venus du Sénégal, accompagnés de Monseigneur André Gueye, évêque de Thiès. Que le Seigneur fasse de vous des artisans de fraternité, de liberté, de justice et de paix. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Malta, Norway, Sweden, Zimbabwe, India, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Canada and the United States of America. Upon you and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of the Lord. May God bless you!
Einen herzlichen Gruß richte ich an die Pilger deutscher Sprache. Bitten wir die selige Jungfrau Maria, Königin des Friedens, um ihr mütterliches Geleit, dass jeder von uns zum Wachstum des Friedens und der Gerechtigkeit in der Welt beitragen kann.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española venidos de España y Latinoamérica; en modo particular saludo a los “Universitarios para el desarrollo”, que trabajan en zonas carenciadas de Argentina y misionan en El Bolsón, Río Negro, y La Viña, en Salta. A todos los invito a rezar por los frutos de este Viaje apostólico, para que el Señor siga sosteniendo a los habitantes de Mozambique, Madagascar y Mauricio, y a la Iglesia le conceda la valentía de seguir llevando el consuelo y la alegría del Evangelio. Que Dios los bendiga a todos.
Saúdo cordialmente os peregrinos de língua portuguesa, em particular os sacerdotes do Pontifício Colégio Brasileiro de Roma, a Associação coral Unicanto, de Londrina, e os grupos de fiéis de Nova Friburgo, de Faro e Leça da Palmeira. Encorajo-vos a ser por todo o lado testemunhas de esperança e caridade. E, se alguma vez a vida fizer desencadear turbulências espirituais no vosso coração, ide procurar refúgio sob o manto da Santa Mãe de Deus; somente lá encontrareis paz. Sobre vós e vossas famílias, desça a Bênção do Senhor!
أُرحّبُ بالحجّاجِ الناطقينَ باللّغةِ العربيّة، وخاصةً بمجموعة "أخوية شبيبة العذراء" في الذكرى الخامسة والعشرين على تأسيسها، يرافقها أسقف جبيل المطران ميشال عون. أيّها الإخوةُ والأخواتُ الأعزّاء، إسعوا لكي تنموا في الصداقة حتى مع الذين يفكّرون بطريقة مختلفة عنكم، لكي ينمو التضامن بينكم ويصبح السلاح الأفضل لتغيير التاريخ. ليبارككم الرب!
[I cordially welcome the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, in particular the group of the "Marian Youth Brotherhood" on the twenty-fifth anniversary of their foundation, accompanied by the bishop of Jbeil, Monsignor Michel Aoun. Dear brothers and sisters, try to grow in friendship, even with those who think differently, so that solidarity grows among you and becomes the best weapon to transform history. The Lord bless you!]
Pozdrawiam serdecznie pielgrzymów polskich. W sobotę przypada święto Podwyższenia Krzyża Świętego. W waszym kraju będzie ono dniem akcji ewangelizacyjnej nazwanej „Polska pod Krzyżem”. Uczestnicząc w licznych nabożeństwach, spotkaniach modlitewnych, trwajcie wraz z Maryją, Matką Bolesną u stóp Krzyża Jej Syna, prosząc o potrzebne łaski dla was, waszych rodzin i Ojczyzny. Wypraszajcie łaskę nawrócenia i opamiętania dla wielu, a przede wszystkim dar zwycięstwa dobra nad złem, które łatwo wkrada się do serca człowieka. Z serca wam błogosławię.
[I cordially greet the Polish pilgrims. Next Saturday is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. In your country it will also be the day of the initiative for evangelization called "Poland under the Cross". By participating in numerous celebrations and prayer meetings, persevere together with Mary, the Sorrowful Mother under the Cross of her Son. Pray for the necessary graces for you, your families and your homeland. Beseech the grace of conversion and repentance for many, and above all for the gift of the victory of good over evil, which easily penetrates the human heart. I bless you from my heart.]
S láskou pozdravujem slovenských veriacich, osobitne účastníkov Štrnástej púte Ordinariátu ozbrojených síl a ozbrojených zborov Slovenskej republiky, vedených pánom biskupom Františkom Rábekom, ako aj pútnikov z farností Lozorno a Košice. Drahí bratia a sestry, zajtra budeme sláviť v liturgii spomienku presvätého Mena Panny Márie. Ona nech oroduje za vás a nech vás sprevádza na vašej ceste za Kristom. S týmto želaním zo srdca žehnám všetkých vás i vaše rodiny. Pochválený buď Ježiš Kristus!
[I greet with affection the Slovak faithful, in particular the participants in the Fourteenth Pilgrimage of the Military Ordinariate of the Slovak Republic, led by their Bishop, Bishop František Rábek, as well as the pilgrims from the parishes of Lozorno and Košice. Dear brothers and sisters, tomorrow we will celebrate the memory of the Most Holy Name of the Virgin Mary in the liturgy. May she intercede for you and accompany you on your journey to following Christ. With these vows I cordially bless you and your families. Praised be Jesus Christ!]
I warmly welcome the Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the capitulars of the Sisters of Saint Catherine; the participants in the General Assembly of the Movement for a Better World; as well as those at the International Meeting of Formators of Pallottine Spirituality.

I greet the Salesian Missionaries; the parish groups, especially those of Loseto, Uggiano la Chiesa and Montecosaro; and the Saint Francis of Assisi school in Rome.

I also greet the Autonomous Federation of Small Businesses; the national independent trade union workers school; the "La Mongolfiera" Association and the "Campioni del cuore" football team.

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

Tomorrow we celebrate the memory of the Most Holy Name of Mary. I invite everyone to look at Our Lady and let yourself be inspired by her Christian feelings, to live and imitate her Son Jesus more and more. Thank you.
FULL TEXT + Image Source: - Unofficial Translation from Italian

Canadian Bishops Issue Catholic Voting Guide saying "The principles of respect for life from conception to natural death and of the dignity of the human person should influence how Christians..."

Voting as Catholics: 2019 Federal Election Guide
The 2019 Federal Election Guide, prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' (CCCB) Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace and published in the name of the Permanent Council, has been formatted for online sharing and includes hyperlinks directing the reader to further resources on various issues important to Catholics. The Guide's content offers a reflection on key ethical and moral issues that voters, especially Catholics, may want to consider. Above is a Full Text Release from USCCB
Full Text Guide below: (also can be downloaded) 
Voting as Catholics: 2019 Federal Election Guide
2019 Federal Election Guide
Voting: A Right and Responsibility
Canadian Catholics are being called upon as citizens to
exercise their right to vote. The Church encourages and
reasserts its belief in “the political freedom and responsibility
of citizens.”1
 By exercising their right to vote, citizens fulfill
their duty of choosing a government and at the same time
send a clear signal to the candidates being presented by their
political parties for election. The important time leading up
to an election also provides Canadians with the opportunity
to interact with fellow voters, one’s neighbours, and the
candidates themselves (particularly during their visits to
neighbourhoods), raising awareness about the values, views,
and concerns shared by Catholics across the country.
Political candidates are citizens, too. In addition, they
assume responsibility for the well-being of the public. Their
commitment and dedication are a generous contribution to
society’s common good. Indeed, the purpose of the political
community is itself the common good, namely, “the sum of
those conditions of […] social life whereby people, families
and associations more adequately and readily may attain their
own perfection.”2
Working to Build a Better Society
While Christian beliefs do not constitute a political platform,
they can be seen as a prism through which to analyze and
evaluate government policies, laws, and programs. The
principles of respect for life from conception to natural death
and of the dignity of the human person should influence
how Christians assess a party’s position on key moral issues.
Choosing life also means being always concerned for the 
weakest among us – physically, economically, and socially.
It likewise implies the protection of the most fundamental
human rights, including the right to religious freedom and
freedom of conscience.
A more just society is also built when we live in solidarity and
dialogue with different social partners, including Indigenous
Peoples, as well as by supporting families and ensuring
adequate funding for education, healthcare, housing, and the
prevention and treatment of addictions.
Working with fellow citizens to address social concerns
is fundamentally built on a view of the person inherently
belonging to a community. To ensure our communities are
truly welcoming and humane, we must also combat all forms
of poverty, which inevitably result in the segregation and
isolation of individuals.
Canada in the World: Providing Leadership
for Justice and Peace
Believing in justice and peace includes daring to take a stand
against the arms trade and against human trafficking, which
exploits young people and workers. It means entering into
international treaties that respect the planet, our common
home, as well as tirelessly working for the expansion of peace
Voting Means Using Your Judgment
Exercising the right to vote means making informed and
discerning judgments about the options available. There are
times, however, when making a decision about who to vote
for may prove very difficult. The Church reminds us that “in
this context, it must be noted also that a well-formed Christian
conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program 
or an individual law in which the fundamental content of
faith and morals is replaced by the introduction of proposals
differing from this content or opposing it.”3
It is a sign of a healthy democratic community when informed
and responsible citizens engage in an ongoing dialogue on
major social issues with their political leaders. This is precisely
the kind of community we should strive to support and
develop. No less is expected of us, since all are called to take
an active part in morally shaping the societies we inhabit and,
Christians in particular, to defend the rights of those who are
most vulnerable.
1. Second Vatican Council, The Church in the Modern World, n. 76.3.
2. Second Vatican Council, The Church in the Modern World, n. 74.1.
3. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Doctrinal Note: On Some Questions Regarding
the Participation of Catholics in Political Life, 4. See also the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2242.

People of Hong Kong Cry for Freedom and Hope for Independence with New protest Anthem "Glory to Hong Kong" in Video

"Glory to Hong Kong", the new protest anthem (Video)
Asia News IT reports that the protesters gathered in several shopping centers and sang the new song. Chinese anthem drowned out in Stadium.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - The anti-extradition movement protests have a new anthem: "Gloria a Hong Kong" (see video). Yesterday evening, in various shopping centers in the area, in Ma On Shan, Wong Tai Sin, Mong Kok and others , hundreds of protesters gathered to sing the song.

"Glory to Hong Kong" was composed by a local musician, at the request of young people who asked for a song that would communicate the unity and courage of their actions. The text and music have resulted in great successes on social media.

In these months the movement has also used other songs. Among these, "Sing halleluja to the Lord", a Christian chant, for the chance to gather without the police permission: religious gatherings do not need it. Another very famous song is "Do you hear the people sing", taken from the musical of the "Les Miserables".

Many young people would like "Glory to Hong Kong" to become the official national anthem. Yesterday, during a football match between Hong Kong and Iran, many spectators disturbed the Chinese official anthem and sang the new anthem . Full Text Source: AsiaNewsIT

Beautiful Tribute to 9/11 tragedy - Pope John Paul II's words - Remembering the nearly 3000 that Died - RIP - #NeverForget

It has been 18 years since the tragic events that occurred in New York City. Sept. 11, 2001. The world witnessed the bombing of the "World Trade Center" by members of Al-Qaeda. The dead numbered
2, 996. Suicide attackers hijacked two airliners and crashed them into the center.
The attacks awakened the American conscience and brought them into a state of alert. Tightened security measures were set in place nation-wide. The event also triggered the religious sentiments of the nation. Priests provided absolution to firefighters who gave their lives in the rescue effort. Many survived and have begun to find God. It is hoped that peace can come of such a tragedy. We ask you, on this day, to pray for the souls of the dead from 9/11. We ask you to pray for peace in the world and among all men and women.
Pope John Paul II (Sept. 12, 2001) words from 9/11
Brothers and Sisters, in great dismay, before the horror of destructive violence, but strong in the faith that has always guided our fathers, we turn to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, salvation of his people, and with the confidence of children, pray that He will come to our aid in these days of mourning and innocent suffering.
1. For the Churches of the East and the West, and in particular for the Church in the United States of America so that, though humbled by loss and mourning, yet inspired by the Mother of the Lord, strong woman beside the cross of her Son, they may foster the will for reconciliation, peace, and the building of the civilization of love.
2. For all those who bear the name of Christian, so that, in the midst of many persons who are tempted to hatred and doubt, they will be witnesses to the presence of God in history and the victory of Christ over death.
3. For the leaders of nations, so that they will not allow themselves to be guided by hatred and the spirit of retaliation, but may do everything possible to prevent new hatred and death, by bringing forth works of peace.
4. For those who are weeping in sorrow over the loss of relatives and friends, that in this hour of suffering they will not be overcome by sadness, despair and vengeance, but continue to have faith in the victory of good over evil, of life over death.
5. For those suffering and wounded by the terrorist acts, that they may return to stability and health and, appreciating the gift of life, may generously foster the will to contribute to the well being of every human being.
6. For our brothers and sisters who met death in the folly of violence, that they find sure joy and life everlasting in the peace of the Lord, that their death may not be in vain but become a leaven bringing forth a season of brotherhood and collaboration among peoples.
O Almighty and merciful God, you cannot be understood by one who sows discord, you cannot be accepted by one who loves violence: look upon our painful human condition tried by cruel acts of terror and death, comfort your children and open our hearts to hope, so that our time may again know days of serenity and peace.
Through Christ our Lord.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 439

Reading 1COL 3:1-11

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.
Because of these the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient.
By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way.
But now you must put them all away:
anger, fury, malice, slander,
and obscene language out of your mouths.
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.

Responsorial PsalmPS 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13AB

R. (9) The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

AlleluiaLK 6:23AB

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Rejoice and leap for joy!
Your reward will be great in heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 6:20-26

Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:

"Blessed are you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.

"Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets
in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
But woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way."