Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Saint October 31 : St. Wolfgang a Bishop and Patron of Apoplexy, Carpenters, and Strokes


924 in Swabia
31 October 994 at Pupping, Linz (modern Austria)
1052 by Pope Leo IX
Patron of:
apoplexy; carpenters and wood carvers; paralysis; stomach diseases; strokes
Bishop of Ratisbon (972-994), born about 934; died at the village of Pupping in upper Austria, 31 October, 994. The name Wolfgang is of early German origin. St. Wolfgang was one of the three brilliant stars of the tenth century, St. Ulrich, St. Conrad, and St. Wolfgang, which illuminated the early medieval period of Germany with the undying splendour of their acts and services. St. Wolfgang sprang from a family of Swabian counts of Pfullingen (Mon. Germ. His.: Script., X, 53). When seven years old he had an ecclesiastic as tutor at home; later he attended the celebrated monastic school on the Reichenau. Here he formed a strong friendship with Henry, brother of Bishop Poppo of Würzburg, whom he followed to Würzburg in order to attend at the cathedral school there the lectures of the noted Italian grammarian, Stephen of Novara. After Henry was made Archbishop of Trier in 956, he called his friend to Trier, where Wolfgang became a teacher in the cathedral school, and also laboured for the reform of the archdiocese, notwithstanding the enmity with which his efforts were met. Wolfgang's residence at Trier greatly influenced his monastic and ascetic tendencies, as here he came into connection with the great reformatory monastery of the tenth century, St. Maximin of Trier, where he made the acquaintance of Ramwold, the teacher of St. Adalbert of Prague. After the death (964) of Archbishop Henry of Trier, Wolfgang entered the Order of St. Benedict in the Abbey of Maria Einsiedeln, Switzerland, and was ordained priest by St. Ulrich in 968. After their defeat in the battle of the Lechfeld (955), a victory gained with the aid of St. Ulrich, the heathen Magyars settled in ancient Pannonia. As long as they were not converted to Christianity they remained a constant menace to the empire. At the request of St. Ulrich, who clearly saw the danger, and at the desire of the Emperor Otto the Great, St. Wolfgang, according to the abbey annals, was "sent to Magyars" as the most suitable man to evangelize them. He was followed by other missionaries sent by Bishop Piligrim of Nassau, under whose jurisdiction the new missionary region came. After the death of Bishop Michael of Ratisbon (23 September, 972) Bishop Piligrim obtained from the emperor the appointment of Wolfgang as Bishop of Ratisbon (Christmas, 972). Wolfgang's services in this new position were of the highest importance, not only for the diocese, but also for the cause of civilization. As Bishop of Ratisbon, Wolfgang became the tutor of Emperor St. Henry II, who learned from him the principles which governed his saintly and energetic life. Poppe, son of Margrave Luitpold, Archbishop of Trier (1016), and Tagino, Archbishop of Magdeburg (1004-1012), also had him as their teacher. St. Wolfgang deserves credit for his disciplinary labours in his diocese. His main work in this respect was connected with the ancient and celebrated Abbey of St. Emmeram which he reformed by granting it once more abbots of its own, thus withdrawing it from the control of the bishops of Ratisbon, who for many years had been abbots in commendam, a condition of affairs that had been far from beneficial to the abbey and monastic life. In the Benedictine monk Ramwold, whom St. Wolfgang called from St. Maximin at Trier, St. Emmeram received a capable abbot (975). The saint also reformed the convents of Obermunster and Niedermunster at Ratisbon, chiefly by giving them as an example the convent of St. Paul, Mittelmunster, at Ratisbon, which he had founded in 983. He also co-operated in the reform of the ancient and celebrated Benedictine Abbey of Altach (Nieder-altach), which had been founded by the Agilolf dynasty, and which from that time took on new life. He showed genuine episcopal generosity in the liberal manner with which he met the views of the Emperor Otto II regarding the intended reduction in size of his diocese for the benefit of the new Diocese of Prague (975), to which St. Adalbert was appointed first bishop. As prince of the empire he performed his duties towards the emperor and the empire with the utmost scrupulousness and, like St. Ulrich, was one of the mainstays of the Ottonian policies. He took part in the various imperial Diets, and, in the autumn of 978, accompanied the Emperor Otto II on his campaign to Paris, and took part in the great Diet of Verona in June, 983.
St. Wolfgang withdrew as a hermit to a solitary spot, now the Lake of St. Wolfgang, apparently on account of a political dispute, but probably in the course of a journey of inspection to the monastery of Mendsee which was under the direction of the bishops of Ratisbon. He was discovered by a hunter and brought back to Ratisbon. While travelling on the Danube to Pöchlarn in Lower Austria, he fell ill at the village of Pupping, which is between Efferding and the market town of Aschach near Linz, and at his request was carried into the chapel of St. Othmar at Pupping, where he died. His body was taken up the Danube by his friends Count Aribo of Andechs and Archbishop Hartwich of Salzburg to Ratisbon, and was solemnly buried in the crypt of St. Emmeram. Many miracles were performed at his grave; in 1052 he was canonized. Soon after his death many churches chose him as their patron saint, and various towns were named after him. In Christian art he has been especially honoured by the great medieval Tyrolese painter, Michael Pacher (1430-1498), who created an imperishable memorial of him, the high altar of St. Wolfgang. In the panel pictures which are now exhibited in the Old Pinakothek at Munich are depicted in an artistic manner the chief events in the saint's life. The oldest portrait of St. Wolfgang is a miniature, painted about the year 1100 in the celebrated Evangeliary of St. Emmeram, now in the library of the castle cathedral at Cracow. A fine modern picture by Schwind is in the Schak Gallery at Munich. This painting represents the legend of Wolfgang forcing the devil to help him to build a church. In other paintings he is generally depicted in episcopal dress, an axe in the right hand and the crozier in the left, or as a hermit in the wilderness being discovered by a hunter. The axe refers to an event in the life of the saint. After having selected a solitary spot in the wilderness, he prayed and then threw his axe into the thicket; the spot on which the axe fell he regarded as the place where God intended he should build his cell. This axe is still shown in the little market town of St. Wolfgang which sprang up on the spot of the old cell. At the request of the Abbey of St. Emmeram, the life of St. Wolfgang was written by Othlo, a Benedictine monk of St. Emmeram about 1050. This life is especially important for the early medieval history both of the Church and of civilization in Bavaria and Austria, and it forms the basis of all later accounts of the saint. The oldest and best manuscript of this "Life" is in the library of the Abbey of Maria Einsiedeln in Switzerland (manuscript No. 322), and has been printed with critical notes in "Mon. Germ. His.: Script.", IV, 524-542. It has also been printed in, "Acta SS.", II November, (Brussels, 1894), 529-537; "Acta SS. O. S. Ben.", V, 812-833; and in P.L., CXLVI, 395-422.
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Pope Francis says "...the light of Christ shines and defeats darkness: the chains of the heart fall and a joy...Thus the Holy Spirit is doing the mission" Full Text


St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles - 14. "Come to Macedonia and help us" (Acts 16: 9). The Christian faith arrives in Europe

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Reading the Acts of the Apostles we see how the Holy Spirit is the protagonist of the Church's mission: it is he who guides the path of the evangelizers showing them the way to follow.

We see this clearly when the apostle Paul, having reached Troas, receives a vision. A Macedonian begs him: "Come to Macedonia and help us" (Acts 16: 9). The people of Northern Macedonia are proud of this, they are so proud to have called Paul to be Paul to announce Jesus Christ. I remember so much that beautiful people who welcomed me with such warmth: let them keep this faith that Paul preached to them! The Apostle did not hesitate and left for Macedonia, certain that it was God himself who sent him, and he arrived at Philippi, "Roman colony" (Acts 16:12) on the Egnatia way, to preach the Gospel. Paolo stops there for several days. There are three events that characterize his stay in Filippi, during these three days: three important events. 1) Evangelization and the baptism of Lidia and her family; 2) the arrest he suffers, together with Sila, after having exorcised a slave woman exploited by her masters; 3) the conversion and baptism of his jailer and his family. We see these three episodes in the life of Paul.

The power of the Gospel is addressed, first of all, to the women of Philippi, in particular to Lydia, a merchant of purple, of the city of Thyatira, a believer in God to whom the Lord opens his heart "to adhere to the words of Paul" (Acts 16 , 14). Lidia, in fact, welcomes Christ, receives baptism together with her family and welcomes those who are of Christ, hosting Paul and Silas in her home. Here we have the testimony of the landing of Christianity in Europe: the beginning of a process of inculturation that lasts even today. He entered from Macedonia.

After the heat experienced at Lidia's home, Paolo and Sila then find themselves dealing with the harshness of the prison: they pass from the consolation of this conversion of Lidia and her family, to the desolation of the prison, where they are thrown for having freed in the name of Jesus "a slave who had a spirit of divination" and "brought much gain to her masters" with the trade of guess (Acts 16:16). His masters earned so much and this poor slave did this that they make the fortune-tellers: she guessed the future, she read your hands - as the song says, "take this hand, gypsy", and for this the people paid. Even today, dear brothers and sisters, there are people who pay for it. I remember in my diocese, in a very large park, there were more than 60 tables where there were soothsayers and soothsayers, who read your hand and people believed these things! And he paid. And this also happened at the time of Saint Paul. His masters, in retaliation, denounce Paul and lead the Apostles to magistrates on charges of public disorder.

What's happening? Paolo is in prison and during his imprisonment, however, a surprising event occurs. It is in desolation, but instead of complaining, Paolo and Sila sing a praise to God and this praise releases a power that frees them: during the prayer an earthquake shakes the foundations of the prison, the doors open and everyone's chains fall ( see Acts 16,25-26). Like the prayer of Pentecost, even that done in prison causes prodigious effects.

The jailer, believing that the prisoners had fled, was about to commit suicide, because the jailors paid with their lives if they fled a prisoner; but Paul shouts to him: "We are all here!" (Acts 16:27-28). Then he asks: "What must I do to be saved?" (V. 30). The answer is: "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your family will be saved" (v. 31). At this point the change takes place: in the middle of the night, the jailer listens to the word of the Lord with his family, welcomes the apostles, washes his wounds - because they had been beaten - and together with his parents receives baptism; then, "full of joy with all his people for having believed in God" (v. 34), he prepares the table and invites Paul and Silas to stay with them: the moment of consolation! In the middle of the night of this anonymous jailer, the light of Christ shines and defeats darkness: the chains of the heart fall and a joy never felt in him and in his family. Thus the Holy Spirit is doing the mission: from the beginning, from Pentecost onwards He is the protagonist of the mission. And it carries us forward, we need to be faithful to the vocation that the Spirit moves us to do. To bring the Gospel.
We also ask the Holy Spirit today for an open heart, sensitive to God and hospitable to his brothers, like that of Lydia, and a bold faith, like that of Paul and Silas, and also an opening of heart, like that of the jailer who lets himself be touched by the Holy Spirit.
Greetings in Various Languages:
Je salue cordialement les personnes de langue française, en particulier ceux qui participent au pèlerinage des élus et autres acteurs du monde politique de Martinique, accompagnés par Monseigneur David Macaire ; les Missionnaires de Jésus Sauveur qui célèbrent leur premier jubilé. La prédication et le témoignage de Paul, sous la mouvance de l’Esprit Saint, font jaillir au cœur des ténèbres illuminées par le Christ l’espérance du salut. Demandons la grâce d’être remplis de l’Esprit Saint, pour vivre dans l’hospitalité et pour avoir une foi audacieuse qui brise les barrières et libère la joie du vivre ensemble.
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially the groups from England, Ireland, Denmark, Australia, Korea, Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, Canada and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!
Ein herzliches Willkommen den Pilgern deutscher Sprache, insbesondere der Gruppe aus der Pfarrei Sankt Martin Deggendorf in Begleitung von Weihbischof Josef Graf. Bitten wir den Heiligen Geist um ein offenes Herz, das empfänglich für Gott und gastfreundlich gegenüber den Brüdern und Schwestern ist. Bitten wir auch um einen mutigen Glauben, der uns wirklich frei macht.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española, venidos de España y de Latinoamérica. Pidamos al Espíritu Santo que nos dé un corazón abierto a Dios y acogedor con los demás, con una fe audaz capaz de romper las cadenas que nos oprimen a nosotros y a los demás. Que Dios los bendiga.
Dirijo uma cordial saudação aos peregrinos de língua portuguesa, nomeadamente aos fiéis brasileiros de São Bernardo do Campo, Santo André e Sorocaba. Agradeço a vossa presença e encorajo-vos a continuar a dar o vosso fiel testemunho cristão na sociedade. Deixai-vos guiar pelo Espírito Santo para crescerdes repletos dos seus frutos. De bom grado abençoo a vós e aos vossos entes queridos.
[I extend a cordial greeting to the Portuguese-speaking pilgrims, in particular to the Brazilian faithful of São Bernardo do Campo, Santo André and Sorocaba. In thanking you for your presence, I encourage you to continue your faithful Christian witness in society. Let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit to grow full of its fruits. I gladly bless you and your loved ones!]أرحبُ بالحاضرينَ الناطقينَ باللغة العربية، وخاصةً بالقادمينَ من الأراضي المقدسة وتحديدًا من مدرسة راهبات الناصرة في حيفا، ومنَ الشرقِ الأوسط.  إن الروحَ القدسَ هو مَن يُحيي الكنيسةَ ويرشِدَها في رسالتِها. وقد نِلناهُ نحنُ أيضًا في سِرّي المعموديّة والتثبيت. إن فتَحنا قلبَنا له وأصغَينا لإرشادِهِ، فسوف يقودُنا إلى خلاصِ نفوسِنا ويمنَحَنا القوّةَ لإعلانِ البشارةِ من أجل خلاصِ النفوسِ أجمَعين. ليُبارِكْكُم الربُّ جميعًا ويَحرُسْكُم دائمًا من الشرير!
[I extend a cordial welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, in particular to the school group of the Sisters of Nazareth of Haifa in the Holy Land, and to all those coming from the Middle East. It is the Holy Spirit that animates the Church and guides it in its mission. We also received this Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation. If we open our hearts to him and allow him to guide us, he will lead us to the salvation of our souls and give us the strength to announce the Gospel for the salvation of all souls. May the Lord bless you all and always protect you from the evil one!]
Serdecznie pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Drodzy bracia i siostry, zbliżamy się do uroczystości Wszystkich Świętych i do wspomnienia wszystkich wiernych zmarłych. Jak mówił św. Jan Paweł II, te dni „zachęca nas, byśmy skierowali wzrok ku niebu, które jest celem naszej ziemskiej pielgrzymki. Tam oczekuje nas radosna wspólnota świętych. Tam spotkamy się z naszymi drogimi zmarłymi”, za których teraz zanosimy modlitwę. Przeżywajmy tajemnicę świętych obcowania z nadzieją, która rodzi się ze zmartwychwstania Pana naszego Jezusa Chrystusa. Z serca wam błogosławię.

[I cordially greet the Polish pilgrims. Dear brothers and sisters, we are approaching the solemnity of All Saints and the memory of all the faithful departed. As Saint John Paul II said, these days "invite us to turn our gaze to Heaven, the goal of our earthly pilgrimage. There awaits the festive community of saints. There we will meet with our dear departed ", for which our prayer is now raised. We live the mystery of the communion of saints with the hope that springs from the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I bless you heartily!]


Dear brothers and sisters, my thoughts turn to the beloved Iraq, where protests during this month have caused numerous deaths and injuries. While I express my condolences for the victims and closeness to their families and the wounded, I invite the Authorities to listen to the cry of the population that asks for a dignified and peaceful life. I urge all Iraqis, with the support of the international community, to pursue the path of dialogue and reconciliation and to seek the right solutions to the challenges and problems of the country. I pray that those battered people will find peace and stability after so many years of war and violence, where they have suffered so much.

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I warmly welcome the Italian-speaking pilgrims. In particular, I greet the Maestre Pie Venerini, who celebrate their general chapter and encourage them to follow the charism of Christian teaching with renewed enthusiasm, especially for the little ones. I greet the novices of the Sacred Family Congregation of Nazareth; and the parish groups, especially those of Quarto di Grossolengo, with the Bishop of Piacenza-Bobbio, Mons. Gianni Ambrosio, and those of Fondi. I greet the boys and girls of Teramo, who came today with their parish priest: welcome. I also greet the Municipal Council of Mileto, accompanied by the Bishop, Mons. Luigi Renzo; the San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital in Rome; the Italian Union blind and partially sighted; and the Liceo Galilei of Mondragone. Finally, I greet the young, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds. We see that they are many ... At the end of October we invoke Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother. Learn to address yourself by praying to her with the prayer of the Rosary. May Our Lady be your support on the path of following her Son, Jesus Christ.

Wow Hauntingly Beautiful Gregorian Chant "Dies Irae" - "Day of Wrath" about the Last Judgement - Listen and Share!

Dies irae is a Latin hymn attributed to either Thomas of Celano of the Franciscans (1200 – c. 1265)or to Latino Malabranca Orsini (d. 1294), lector at the Dominican studium at Santa Sabina.The hymn dates from at least the thirteenth century, though it is possible that it is much older, with some sources ascribing its origin to St. Gregory the Great (d. 604), Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153), or Bonaventure (1221–1274). The poem describes the Last Judgment, trumpet summoning souls before the throne of God, where the saved will be delivered and the unsaved cast into eternal flames. It is used as a sequence in the Requiem (Mass for the Dead or Funeral Mass). The FULL Lyrics are below the video: 
Last Judgement Triptych by Hans Memling triptych (Image above) (c. 1467 – 1471)
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Lyrics in Latin-English: The Day Of Wrath

Dies irae, dies illa,
solvet saeculum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.
Thatday of wrath, that dreadful day,
shall heaven and earth in ashes lay,
as David and the Sybil say.
Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando iudex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!
What horror must invade the mind
when the approaching Judge shall find
and sift the deeds of all mankind!
Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulcra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum.
The mighty trumpet's wondrous tone
shall rend each tomb's sepulchral stone
and summon all before the Throne.
Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
iudicanti responsura.
Now death and nature with surprise
behold the trembling sinners rise
to meet the Judge's searching eyes.
Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus iudicetur.
Then shall with universal dread
the Book of Consciences be read
to judge the lives of all the dead.
Iudex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet apparebit:
nil inultum remanebit.
For now before the Judge severe
all hidden things must plain appear;
no crime can pass unpunished here.
Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
quem patronum rogaturus?
cum vix iustus sit securus.
O what shall I, so guilty plead?
and who for me will intercede?
when even Saints shall comfort need?
Rex tremendae maiestatis,
qui salvandos salvas gratis,
salva me, fons pietatis.
O King of dreadful majesty!
grace and mercy You grant free;
as Fount of Kindness, save me!
Recordare Iesu pie,
quod sum causa tuae viae:
ne me perdas illa die.
Recall, dear Jesus, for my sake
you did our suffering nature take
then do not now my soul forsake!
Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:
redemisti crucem passus:
tantus labor non sit cassus.
In weariness You sought for me,
and suffering upon the tree!
let not in vain such labor be.
Iuste iudex ultionis,
donum fac remissionis,
ante diem rationis.
O Judge of justice, hear, I pray,
for pity take my sins away
before the dreadful reckoning day.
Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
culpa rubet vultus meus:
supplicanti parce Deus.
Your gracious face, O Lord, I seek;
deep shame and grief are on my cheek;
in sighs and tears my sorrows speak.
Qui Mariam absolvisti,
et latronem exaudisti,
mihi quoque spem dedisti.
You Who did Mary's guilt unbind,
and mercy for the robber find,
have filled with hope my anxious mind.
Preces meae non sunt dignae:
sed tu bonus fac benigne,
ne perenni cremer igne.
How worthless are my prayers I know,
yet, Lord forbid that I should go
into the fires of endless woe.
Inter oves locum praesta,
et ab haedis me sequestra,
statuens in parte dextera.
Divorced from the accursed band,
o make me with Your sheep to stand,
as child of grace, at Your right Hand.
Confutatis maledictis,
flammis acribus addictis.
voca me cum benedictis.
When the doomed can no more flee
from the fires of misery
with the chosen call me.
Oro supplex et acclinis,
cor contritum quasi cinis:
gere curam mei finis.
Before You, humbled, Lord, I lie,
my heart like ashes, crushed and dry,
assist me when I die.
Lacrimosa dies illa,
qua resurget ex favilla.
iudicandus homo reus:
huic ergo parce Deus.
Full of tears and full of dread
is that day that wakes the dead,
calling all, with solemn blast
to be judged for all their past.
Pie Iesu Domine,
dona eis requiem. Amen.
Lord, have mercy, Jesus blest,
grant them all Your Light and Rest. Amen.

#BreakingNews 29 Deaths and Thousands Displaced by Floods in Kenya, Africa

NAIROBI, OCTOBER 25, 2019 (CISA)-29 people have died, 6 injured and about 11,700 displaced by flooding and related incidents by the ongoing heavy rains in parts of the country.
Speaking to journalists in Nairobi on October 24, the Government’s spokesperson, Cyrus Oguna said that 25 counties across the country have been affected.
“We regret the loss of lives and destruction of property that have been occasioned by these floods. The countries that have been affected up to now are 25 mainly from the asal and non-asal regions basically across the entire country,” he said.
Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Turkana, Garissa, lamu and Kwale Counties have been adversely affected by the floods.
Speaking to CISA on the situation in Marsabit Fr Ibrahim Racho, Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Marsabit described the situation as “severe” calling on well-wishers to help avert the situation.
“People are really suffering, they are displaced, animals are dying,” he said, adding that “…going by the weather predictions we are not sure how many more will be affected because the rains have displaced so many people.”
The Church through the caritas office is appealing to Christians and people of good will to come in and help by donating funds, food and non-food items to help save the lives of those affected.
According to Fr Racho, the affected areas have for a long time been prone to flooding whenever there are heavy rains, but unfortunately people haven’t learnt how to anticipate and manage the disaster.
He says it is difficult to control the settlement in the area since it is dominated by pastoralist communities who mainly settle in places with pasture and water.
“When the rains come heavily like they do it is not easy to make a long-term plan but with early warnings people can be moved to safer grounds,” he said.
With the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination due for Tuesday October 29, thousands of candidates will be affected after schools which also serve as examination centers were closed following floods.
Full Text Source: CISA News Africa

RIP Bishop Richard Gerard Lennon of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, USA - 10th Bishop of the Diocese Dies at the Age of 72

Dioceseofcleveland Release: Bishop Richard Lennon dies; served as the 10th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
 News of the Diocese  October 29, 2019
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The Most Rev. Richard Gerard Lennon, bishop emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, died on Tuesday morning, October 29 after having received the prayerful support and consolation of the sacraments. He was 72.

Bishop Lennon was installed as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio on May 15, 2006 after His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named him to the leadership position over nearly 800,000 Catholics in eight counties of Northeast Ohio on April 4, 2006.

The Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez, the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland who succeeded Bishop Lennon, called his predecessor a man with a great love for the Church. “In his service to the diocese, Bishop Lennon showed a deep dedication to the faithful governance of the diocese and a tremendous love of the Church and the people he shepherded. May the Lord grant him eternal rest.”

A native of the Boston area, Bishop Lennon was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Catholic high school and attended Boston College before entering St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts where he received an M.A. in Church history and a M.TH in sacramental theology.

Bishop Lennon was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1973 and served in the Archdiocese of Boston as a parish priest, fire department chaplain, an assistant for canonical affairs and rector of St. John’s Seminary. Ordained as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston on Sept. 14, 2001, Bishop Lennon also was called upon to serve as apostolic administrator for the archdiocese from December 2002 to July 2003 when the Vatican appointed a new archbishop to lead in Boston.

Among the special recognitions Bishop Lennon received were being named as a domestic prelate in April 1998, and his installation as a Knight of Malta and as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in June 2001.

During his episcopacy in Cleveland, Bishop Lennon established a vision for the diocese focusing upon evangelization with an emphasis on the Gospel. He also determined that the presence of the Church remain in every setting where consolidation would reduce the number of parishes. The Church would be present in the Eucharist in liturgy, in Catholic education, or in social service.

Upon taking office, the bishop immediately set out to visit all of the parishes and schools in the diocese. At the same time, the inherited reconfiguration process continued with careful assessment by the parish clusters, then by the 31-member diocesan-wide Vibrant Parish Life Committee, the 13-member bishop’s staff and the 25-member Diocesan Presbyteral (priests) Council. Their recommendations to the bishop resulted in the closing of 50 parishes and the establishment of 17 merged new parishes.

Bishop Lennon also prioritized the institution of parish internal audits, diocesan school internal audits and the establishment of norms on models for Catholic schools and catechetical models for children. Under his leadership, the Rooted in Faith capital campaign resulted in the donation of approximately $170 million to strengthen multiple facets of the diocese including parishes, the clergy retirement fund, evangelization efforts, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and Catholic schools.

On Dec. 28, 2016, Pope Francis granted Bishop Lennon early retirement status, accepting his resignation from the pastoral governance of the diocese. Bishop Lennon made the request for early retirement in a letter to the pope in late November citing his ongoing health challenges as the reason for his decision to retire.Funeral arrangements are pending.
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He was succeeded by Bishop Nelson J. Perez who was installed as the 11th Bishop of Cleveland on September 5, 2017.

Pope Francis explains Hope is in fact "like throwing an anchor to the other shore " and clinging to the rope at Mass - Video

Pope at Mass: Christian hope is like the air we breathe
To be men of hope we must not be attached to anything; and live, instead, "in tension" towards an encounter with the Lord. If we lose this perspective, life becomes static and immobile. Those were Pope Francis’ words this morning during his homily at the Casa Santa Marta, all centered on Christian hope.
by : Debora Donnini - Vatican City

Hope is like throwing an anchor to the other shore. Pope Francis uses this image at morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta to exhort people to live "in tension" towards an encounter with the Lord, otherwise they will end up corrupted and Christian life will risk becoming a "philosophical doctrine". His reflection begins with the First Reading of today's Liturgy, taken from St Paul's letter to the Romans (Rom 8:18-25) in which the Apostle "sings a hymn to hope". Certainly "some of the Romans" have come to complain and Paul exhorts us to look ahead. "I believe that the sufferings of the present time are not comparable to the future glory that will be revealed in us," he says, speaking also of Creation as "waiting with eager longer” for revelation. "This is hope: to live prostrated towards the revelation of the Lord, towards an encounter with the Lord", stresses the Pope. There may be suffering and problems but "this is tomorrow", while today "you have the security" of the promise that it is the Holy Spirit who "awaits" us and "works" already from this moment. Hope is in fact "like throwing an anchor to the other shore " and clinging to the rope. But "not only we", but of all Creation "in hope will be freed", will enter into the glory of the children of God. And we too, who possess the "firstfruits of the Spirit", the security deposit, "groan inwardly waiting for adoption".
Hope is this living in tension, always; knowing that we cannot make a nest here: the life of the Christian is "in ongoing tension". If a Christian loses this perspective, his life becomes static and things that do not move are motionless. Let's think of water: when the water is still, it doesn't run, it doesn't move, it stagnates. A Christian who is not capable of being out stretched, of being in tension, is missing something: he will end up stagnant. For him, the Christian life will be a philosophical doctrine, he will live it like that, he will say that it is faith but without hope it is not.
Pope Francis then notes how "it is difficult to understand hope". If we speak of faith, we refer to "faith in God who created us, in Jesus who redeemed us; and to reciting the Creed and to knowing concrete things about faith". If we speak of charity, it concerns "doing good to one's neighbour, to others, many works of charity that are done to others". But hope is difficult to understand: it is "the most humble of virtues" that "only the poor can have".

If we want to be men and women of hope, we must be poor, poor, not attached to anything. Poor. And open. Hope is humble, and it is a virtue that we work at - so to speak - every day: every day we have to take it back, every day we have to take the rope and see that the anchor is fixed there and I hold it in my hand; every day we have to remember that we have the security, that it is the Spirit who works in us with small things.

In order to make it clear how to live in hope, the Pope then refers to the teaching of Jesus in the passage from today's Gospel (Lk 13:18-21) when He compares the Kingdom of God to the mustard seed thrown into the field. "Let's wait for it to grow". We don't go every day to see how it goes, because otherwise "it will never grow", the Pope points out, referring to "patience" because, as Paul says, "hope needs patience". It is "the patience of knowing that we sow, but it is God who gives growth". "Hope is artisanal, small," he continues, "it is sowing a grain and letting the land give growth.”

To talk about hope, Jesus, in today's Gospel, also uses the image of the "yeast" that a woman took and mixed in three portions of flour. Yeast not kept in the fridge but "kneaded in life", just as the grain is buried underground.

For this reason, hope is a virtue that cannot be seen: it works from below; it makes us go and look from below. It is not easy to live in hope, but I would say that it should be the air that a Christian breathes, the air of hope; on the other hand, he cannot walk, he cannot go on because he does not know where to go. Hope - yes, it's true - gives us security: hope does not disappoint. Never. If you hope, you will not be disappointed. We must open ourselves up to that promise of the Lord, leaning towards that promise, but knowing that there is the Spirit that works in us. May the Lord give us, to all of us, this grace of living in tension, in tension but not through nerves, problems, no: in tension through the Holy Spirit who throws us to the other shore and keeps us in hope.
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 481

Reading 1ROM 8:26-30

Brothers and sisters:
The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.
And the one who searches hearts
knows what is the intention of the Spirit,
because he intercedes for the holy ones
according to God's will.

We know that all things work for good for those who love God,
who are called according to his purpose.
For those he foreknew he also predestined
to be conformed to the image of his Son,
so that he might be the firstborn
among many brothers.
And those he predestined he also called;
and those he called he also justified;
and those he justified he also glorified.

Responsorial PsalmPS 13:4-5, 6

R.(6a) My hope, O Lord, is in your mercy.
Look, answer me, O LORD, my God!
Give light to my eyes that I may not sleep in death
lest my enemy say, "I have overcome him";
lest my foes rejoice at my downfall.
R. My hope, O Lord, is in your mercy.
Though I trusted in your mercy,
Let my heart rejoice in your salvation;
let me sing of the LORD, "He has been good to me."
R. My hope, O Lord, is in your mercy.

AlleluiaSEE 2 THES 2:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God has called us through the Gospel
to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 13:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
"Lord, will only a few people be saved?"
He answered them,
"Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
'Lord, open the door for us.'
He will say to you in reply,
'I do not know where you are from.'
And you will say,
'We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.'
Then he will say to you,
'I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!'
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last."