Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Saint November 14 : St. Lawrence O'Toole of Ireland who Died in 1180 - a Confessor who founded an Austin Nunnery

 St. Lawrence O'Toole


1128, Castledermot, Kildare, Ireland
November 14, 1180, Normandy, France
1225 by Pope Honorius III
Major Shrine:
St Lawrence's church in Chorley, England

Confessor, born about 1128, in the present County Kildare; died 14 November, 1180, at Eu in Normandy; canonized in 1225 by Honorius III.
His father was chief of Hy Murray, and his mother one of the Clan O'Byrne. At the age of ten he was taken as a hostage by Dermot McMurrogh, King of Leinster. In 1140 the boy obtained permission to enter the monastic school of Glendalough; in that valley-sanctuary he studied for thirteen years, conspicuous for his piety and learning. So great was his reputation in the eyes of the community that on the death of Abbot Dunlaing, early in 1154, he was unanimously called to preside over the Abbey of St. Kevin. Dermot, King of Leinster, married Mor, sister of St. Lawrence, and, though his character has been painted in dark colours by the native annalists, he was a great friend to the Church. He founded an Austin nunnery, of the reform of Aroaise, in Dublin, with two dependent cells at Kilculliheen (County Kilkenny) and at Aghade (County Carlow), in 1151. He also founded an abbey for Cistercian monks at Baltinglass, and an abbey for Austin canons at Ferns.
St. Lawrence, through humility, declined the See of Glendalough in 1160, but on the death of Gregory, Archbishop of Dublin (8 October, 1161), he was chosen to the vacant see, and was consecrated in Christ Church cathedral by Gilla Isu (Gelasius), Primate of Armagh, early in the following year. This appointment of a native-born Irishman and his consecration by the successor of St. Patrick marks the passing of Scandinavian supremacy in the Irish capital, and the emancipation from canonical obedience to Canterbury which had obtained under the Danish bishops of Dublin. St. Lawrence soon set himself to effect numerous reforms, commencing by converting the secular canons of Christ Church cathedral into Aroasian canons (1163). Three years later he subscribed to the foundation charter of All Hallows priory, Dublin (founded by King Dermot), for the same order of Austin canons. Not content with the strictest observance of rules, he wore a hair shirt underneath his episcopal dress, and practised the greatest austerity, retiring for an annual retreat of forty days to St. Kevin's cave, near Glendalough. At the second siege of Dublin (1170) St. Lawrence was active in ministration, and he showed his political foresight by paying due deference to Henry II of England, during that monarch's stay in Dublin. In April, 1178, he entertained the papal legate, Cardinal Vivian, who presided at the Synod of Dublin. He successfully negotiated the Treaty of Windsor, and secured good terms for Roderic, King of Connacht. He attended the Lateran Council in 1179, and returned as legate for Ireland. The holy prelate was not long in Dublin till he deemed it necessary again to visit King Henry II (impelled by a burning charity in the cause of King Roderic), and he crossed to England in September of that year. After three weeks of detention at Abingdon Abbey, St. Lawrence followed the English King to Normandy. Taken ill at the Augustinian Abbey of Eu, he was tended by Abbot Osbert and the canons of St. Victor; before he breathed his last he had the consolation of learning that King Henry had acceded to his request.
SOURCE The Catholic Encyclopedia

Easy Novena to Saint Frances Cabrini the Patron of Immigrants - a Powerful Prayer!

Novena to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini 
Almighty and Eternal Father, Giver of all Gifts, show us Your mercy, and grant, we beseech You, through the merits of Your faithful Servant, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, that all who invoke her intercession may obtain what they desire according to the good pleasure of Your Holy Will.
 [Mention your request]
 O Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, mindful of Your bountiful goodness and love, deign, we implore You, through the tender devotion of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini for Your Sacred Heart, to hear our prayers and grant our petitions.
 O God, the Holy Spirit, Comforter of the afflicted, Fountain of Light and Truth, through the ardent zeal of Your humble handmaid, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, grant us Your all-powerful aid in our necessities, sanctify our souls and fill our minds with Divine Light that we may see the Holy Will of God in all things. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, beloved spouse of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, intercede for us that the favor we now ask may be granted.

 Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be (Each Day for 9 Days)

Pope Francis explains "...the Gospel of Christ which is "the power of God for the salvation of whoever believes" Full Text + Video


St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Greetings to the sick in the Paul VI Hall

Goodmorning everyone!

Raining outside. Here you will be quiet, you can follow the hearing from the big screen, quiet, in peace, without getting wet. This is good. Thank you for this visit. For me it is a joy when I see that you come this way, with so many difficulties, but out of love for the Church, to say that you love the Church. This is good for all those who see you; it's good for me. Thanks.

And now I go to the other group that is in the square; it will be a little wet, but you stay here. We are united through the big screen. now I would like to give you all the blessing. Everyone, let's pray to Our Lady first. [Recites Hail Mary and Blessing]

Pray for me and thank you for coming!

Catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles - 16. "Priscilla and Aquila took him with them" (Acts 18:26). A couple at the service of the Gospel

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

This audience is held in two groups: the sick are in the Paul VI Hall - I have been with them, I have greeted them and blessed them; will be around 250. There they will be more comfortable for the rain - and us here. But they look at us from the big screen. Let us greet both groups with applause.

The Acts of the Apostles narrate that Paul, as a tireless evangelizer as he is, after the stay in Athens, carries on the Gospel race in the world. New stage of his missionary journey is Corinth, capital of the Roman province of Achaia, a commercial and cosmopolitan city, thanks to the presence of two important ports.

As we read in chapter 18 of the Acts, Paul finds hospitality with a married couple, Aquila and Priscilla (or Prisca), forced to move from Rome to Corinth after the emperor Claudius had ordered the expulsion of the Jews (see At 18, 2). I would like to make a parenthesis. The Jewish people have suffered so much in history. He was chased away, persecuted ... And, in the last century, we saw so many, so many brutalities that they did to the Jewish people and we were all convinced that this was over. But today, the habit of persecuting Jews begins to be reborn here and there. Brothers and sisters, this is neither human nor Christian. Jews are our brothers! And they should not be persecuted. I got it? These spouses prove to have a heart full of faith in God and generous towards others, capable of making room for those who, like them, experience the condition of a foreigner. This sensitivity of theirs leads them to decentralize themselves to practice the Christian art of hospitality (see Rom 12: 13; Heb 13.2) and open the doors of their home to welcome the Apostle Paul. Thus they welcome not only the evangelizer, but also the proclamation that he brings with him: the Gospel of Christ which is "the power of God for the salvation of whoever believes" (Rom 1:16). And from that moment their home is imbued with the fragrance of the "living" Word (Heb 4:12) that vivifies the hearts.

Aquila and Priscilla also share the professional activity with Paolo, that is the construction of tents. Paul, in fact, greatly valued manual labor and considered it a privileged space of Christian witness (see 1 Cor 4:12), as well as a just way of maintaining oneself without being a burden to others (see 1 Thess 2: 9; 2 Thess 3: 8) to the community.

The house of Aquila and Priscilla in Corinth opens its doors not only to the Apostle but also to the brothers and sisters in Christ. In fact, Paul can speak of the "community that gathers in their home" (1Cor 16,19), which becomes a "house of the Church", a "domus ecclesiae", a place to listen to the Word of God and to celebrate the Eucharist. Even today in some countries where there is no religious freedom and there is no freedom for Christians, Christians gather in a home, a little hidden, to pray and celebrate the Eucharist. Even today there are these houses, these families that become a temple for the Eucharist.

After a year and a half in Corinth, Paul leaves that city with Aquila and Priscilla, who stop at Ephesus. There, too, their home becomes a place of catechesis (see Acts 18:26). Finally, the two spouses will return to Rome and will be recipients of a splendid eulogy that the Apostle inserts in the letter to the Romans. His heart was grateful, and so Paul wrote about these two spouses in the letter to the Romans. Listen: "Greet Prisca and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. To save their lives, they risked their heads, and I am not only grateful to them, but all the churches of the pagan world" (16,4). How many families in times of persecution risk their heads to keep the persecuted hidden! This is the first example: family hospitality, even in bad times.
Among the many collaborators of Paul, Aquila and Priscilla emerge as "models of a conjugal life responsibly committed to the service of the whole Christian community" and remind us that, thanks to faith and commitment to the evangelization of so many lay people like them, the Christianity has come down to us. In fact "in order to take root in the land of the people, to develop strongly, the commitment of these families was necessary. But think that from the beginning Christianity was preached by the laity. You too are responsible for your baptism to carry on the faith. It was the commitment of many families, of these spouses, of these Christian communities, of lay faithful who offered the "humus" to the growth of faith "(Benedict XVI, Catechesis, 7 February 2007). This phrase of Pope Benedict XVI is beautiful: the laity give humus to the growth of faith.
Let us ask the Father, who has chosen to make the spouses his "true living" sculpture "(Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, 11) - I believe that here there are new spouses: listen to your vocation, you must be the true living sculpture - to pour out his Spirit on all Christian couples so that, following the example of Aquila and Priscilla, they will be able to open the doors of their hearts to Christ and to their brothers and transform their homes into domestic churches. Beautiful word: a house is a domestic church, where to live communion and offer the cult of life lived with faith, hope and charity. We must pray to these two saints Aquila and Prisca, so that they teach our families to be like them: a domestic church where there is humus, so that faith may grow.
Full Text + Image Source: - Unofficial Translation

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles Elected as President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

U.S. Bishops Vote for USCCB President and Vice President at Annual General Assembly in Baltimore

November 12, 2019
BALTIMORE—Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during the Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Archbishop Gomez has served as vice president of the Conference since 2016. Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit was elected as USCCB vice president. Both the new president and vice president terms begin at the conclusion of this year’s General Assembly.
Archbishop Gomez was elected president on the first ballot with 176 votes. Archbishop Vigneron was elected vice president on the third ballot by 151 to 90 in a runoff vote against Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Military Services, USA. The president and vice president are elected by a simple majority from a slate of 10 nominees. If no president or vice president is chosen after the second round of voting, a third ballot is a run-off between the two bishops who received the most votes on the second ballot. Archbishop Vigneron has served as the Conference secretary since 2018, a position that he will vacate upon assuming the vice presidency. Therefore, the bishops will vote in their afternoon session for a Conference secretary to fill the vacancy left as Archbishop Vigneron assumes the vice presidency.
Read President-elect Archbishop Gomez’s biography. . . .
Read Vice President-elect Archbishop Vigneron’s biography.. . .

Full Text Source: USCCB

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - #Eucharist

Lectionary: 493
Reading 1WIS 6:1-11
Hear, O kings, and understand;
learn, you magistrates of the earth's expanse!
Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude
and lord it over throngs of peoples!
Because authority was given you by the Lord
and sovereignty by the Most High,
who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels.
Because, though you were ministers of his kingdom, you judged not rightly,
and did not keep the law,
nor walk according to the will of God,
Terribly and swiftly shall he come against you,
because judgment is stern for the exalted–
For the lowly may be pardoned out of mercy
but the mighty shall be mightily put to the test.
For the Lord of all shows no partiality,
nor does he fear greatness,
Because he himself made the great as well as the small,
and he provides for all alike;
but for those in power a rigorous scrutiny impends.
To you, therefore, O princes, are my words addressed
that you may learn wisdom and that you may not sin.
For those who keep the holy precepts hallowed shall be found holy,
and those learned in them will have ready a response.
Desire therefore my words;
long for them and you shall be instructed.

Responsorial PsalmPS 82:3-4, 6-7

R. (8a) Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.
Defend the lowly and the fatherless;
render justice to the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the lowly and the poor;
from the hand of the wicked deliver them.
R. Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.
I said: "You are gods,
all of you sons of the Most High;
yet like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince."
R. Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth.

Alleluia1 THES 5:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
In all circumstances, give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,
"Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!"
And when he saw them, he said,
"Go show yourselves to the priests."
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
"Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"
Then he said to him, "Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you."