Saturday, September 28, 2019

Pope Francis tell Young "Always be Christ's in prayer, in the care of your little brothers. Do not be afraid to participate in the revolution...of tenderness." Full Text

"Father David de Oliveira Martins"

Paul VI Room
Saturday September 28, 2019


Dear brothers and sisters!

I greet you all and thank you to Don Jorge for the kind words of greeting and presentation of this beautiful gift of God, of this wonder that is the Social Center of RuĆ­lhe. This is especially the result of the oblation offered by the humble and generous people in response to the call of Father David de Oliveira Martins. He didn't ask for himself; He would ask his brothers, who would reach out for help. God has given him the grace to touch the hearts of the poor and humble, setting off the revolution of tenderness everywhere under the banner of "The Children of Father David!" From Rome, take a hug from me to the assistants and assistants of the institution in its various roles in the service of children, youth, the poor and the elderly. As ambassadors of your love for the Church and the good you want me, you have sent the little ones. Thank you, Father Manuel Joaquim!

Your path leads you to look together into the future: not to look alone, not even to yourself. As Paul teaches, “the present or the future, everything is yours. But you are of Christ, and Christ is of God ”(1 Cor 3:21, 23). You are of Christ! It is the deep meaning of your story to this day, but it is above all the key to facing the future. Always be Christ's in prayer, in the care of your little brothers. Do not be afraid to participate in the revolution to which he calls you: the revolution of tenderness (cf. Exort. Ap. Evangelii gaudium, 88). Christ walks with you and will guide you.

Before greeting you more personally, I want to assure each and every one of my affectionate solidarity. Never let the past determine your life. Always look forward. Work and strive to achieve the things you want. And let none of you ever feel alone; indeed, it is for every man, created in the image of Christ, to be near his neighbor. God grant you to be to each other bearers of His mercy, tenderness, and love. And may He bless the Father David Social Center, with all who house it and all who run it, energize and support it. I pray for you; and pray for me! Thanks.
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday, September 28, 2019 - #Eucharist

Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 454

Reading 1ZEC 2:5-9, 14-15A

I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked:
there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.
I asked, "Where are you going?"
He answered, "To measure Jerusalem,
to see how great is its width and how great its length."

Then the angel who spoke with me advanced,
and another angel came out to meet him and said to him,
"Run, tell this to that young man:
People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country,
because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst.
But I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD,
and I will be the glory in her midst."

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you.

Responsorial PsalmJEREMIAH 31:10, 11-12AB, 13

R.(see 10d)  The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd guards his flock.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the LORD's blessings.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

AlleluiaSEE 2 TM 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 9:43B-45

While they were all amazed at his every deed,
Jesus said to his disciples,
"Pay attention to what I am telling you.
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men."
But they did not understand this saying;
its meaning was hidden from them
so that they should not understand it,
and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

Pope Francis explains "Together you can better engage in singing as an integral part of the Liturgy, inspired by the first model, Gregorian chant." to Scholae


Paul VI Hall
Saturday, 28 September 2019

Dear brothers and sisters,

I welcome all of you: to the president, Mgr. Tarcisio Cola, whom I thank for his words, to the Board of Directors and to you singers, choir directors, organists, gathered from various parts of Italy.

You are part of the worthy Italian Association of Santa Cecilia, an ancient foundation - 140 years - and still alive and active and eager to serve the Church. The affection and esteem of the Popes for this Association are known, in particular of Saint Pius X, who gave the people of God organic provisions on sacred music (see Motu Proprio Between the solicitudes, 22 November 1903). Saint Paul VI wanted you renewed and active for a music that is integrated with the liturgy and that derives its fundamental characteristics from it. Not just any music, but holy music, because the rites are holy; endowed with the nobility of art, because to God one must give the best; universal, because everyone can understand and celebrate. Above all, very distinct and different from that used for other purposes. And he recommended that you cultivate the sensus ecclesiae, the discernment of music in the liturgy. He said: "Not everything is valid, not everything is lawful, not everything is good. Here the sacred must unite with the beautiful in a harmonious and devoted synthesis "(Address to the religious involved in the liturgical chant, 15 April 1971). Benedict XVI urged you not to forget the musical heritage of the past, to renew it and increase it with new compositions.

Dear friends, I also encourage you to continue on this path. Being an Association is a resource: it helps you to generate movement, interest, commitment to better serve the liturgy. Association that is not the protagonist or owner of any music, but whose program is love and fidelity to the Church. Together you can better engage in singing as an integral part of the Liturgy, inspired by the first model, Gregorian chant. Together you take care of the artistic and liturgical preparation, and promote the presence of the schola cantorum in every parish community. The choir in fact guides the assembly and - with its specific repertoires - is a qualified voice of spirituality, communion, tradition and liturgical culture. I recommend that you help to sing the whole people of God, with conscious and active participation in the Liturgy. This is important: closeness to the people of God.

The fields of your apostolate are various: the composition of new melodies; promote singing in seminaries and houses of religious formation; support parish choirs, organists, schools of sacred music, young people. Singing, playing, composing, directing, making music in the Church are among the most beautiful things for the glory of God. It is a privilege, a gift from God to express musical art and help participate in the divine mysteries. A beautiful and good music is a privileged instrument for the approach to the transcendent, and often it helps to understand a message even those who are distracted.

I know that your preparation involves sacrifices linked to the availability of time to devote to rehearsals, to the involvement of people, to executions on feast days, when perhaps friends invite you to go "for a walk". A lot of times! But your dedication to the liturgy and its music represents a way of evangelization at all levels, from children to adults. The liturgy is in fact the first "teacher" of catechism. Do not forget this: the Liturgy is the first "teacher" of catechism.

Sacred music also fulfills another task, that of uniting Christian history together: in the Liturgy, Gregorian chant, polyphony, popular and contemporary music resound. It is as if at that moment all past and present generations were praising God, each with their own sensitivity. Not only that, but sacred music - and music in general - creates bridges, brings people together, even the most distant; he knows no barriers of nationality, ethnicity, skin color, but involves everyone in a superior language, and always manages to tune people and groups of very different backgrounds. Sacred music reduces distances even with those brothers who sometimes feel not close. This is why in every parish the singing group is a group where there is a sense of availability and mutual help.

For all this, dear brothers, I thank you and encourage you. May the Lord help you to be constant in your commitment. The Church values the service you provide in the communities: you help them feel the attraction of beauty, which detoxifies from mediocrity, elevates upwards, towards God, and unites hearts in praise and tenderness. I bless you and all the members of the Santa Cecilia Association. Our Lady protect you. And since the singer prays twice, I trust that you will also pray for me. Thanks!
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