Saturday, November 16, 2019

Pope Francis tells Children's Hospital " are helping the sick little ones to feel the tender and reassuring presence of Jesus next to them." Full Text


Paul VI Hall
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Dear brothers and sisters!

I am happy to meet you as a great family of the "Bambino Gesù" Hospital, to celebrate together the 150th anniversary of the foundation of this worthy Institute belonging to the Holy See, which will never cease to pay great attention to it. I greet you all with affection and I thank the President, Mrs. Mariella Enoc, for her words. I greet the members of the Board of Directors, the doctors, the paramedical and nursing staff, the chaplains, the volunteers, the benefactors; but above all, my greeting goes to the little patients and their families, to all of you.

In her story of the origins, which I will read with other testimonies, the Duchess Maria Grazia Salviati presented us with the birth of the Hospital as intuition and as a gift. Intuition of a woman and a mother of great intelligence, culture and faith: Arabella Salviati, lived in the fruitful season of social Catholicism. It is the gift of a generous family that has made a gesture of immense sensitivity to children around the world. In fact, that initial seed had its development beyond the boundaries of the city of Rome, thanks to its donation to the Pope, whose pastoral concern extends wherever the Church is present. Thus the pediatric hospital has become a patrimony not only of the Roman community, but of the Italian and international.

Thus a great and precious reality was born, avant-garde and still projected towards the future today. I really like the message you have chosen for your anniversary: ​​"The future is a story of children". And being with the children we learn to attend the future, which is a very important attitude. It takes courage to attend the future. The moral authority of sick and suffering children is the truest identity of the "Bambino Gesù" Hospital. This awareness is the engine of your action together, in agreement and with a community spirit, overcoming obstacles and divergences. The moral authority of children can always be a reminder of fidelity to the original vocation of this hospital, and a criterion of discernment for future choices. But we can say, a little simplistically, that they are the ones who command: they are the ones who command our jobs, our thoughts, our research, our actions. The children.

With emotion and gratitude I know of the story of the Venezuelan mother and her son Jerson, who was able to find the care she needed at the "Baby Jesus". I thank the Hospital for its openness to the world, for having decided to take on this suffering and these children from many countries. They told me that more than once a week, helicopters landed in the Vatican heliport carrying children from elsewhere for the "Bambino Gesù". I know well that this requires a lot of economic resources, and I therefore thank those who are generously contributing with their donations to the "Bambino Gesù" Foundation. I hope that international institutions will be able to find ways to promote these health corridors more and more, while waiting for the capacity to respond to basic health needs to grow in each country.

I want to dwell on an expression used by the mother of Venezuela: she wrote about God's blessing and "blessed and wonderful hands" that welcomed and cared for her son. You doctors, surgeons and nurses use your hands as a tool of care. Always be aware of this blessing of God on your hands. Your ability to heal like this is a gift for you and the people entrusted to you. And at the same time, dear doctors and nurses, do not miss your professional contribution and your zeal so that the typicality of this institution is preserved. We need the commitment of everyone because the "Bambino Gesù" Pediatric Hospital continues to show the special predilection of the Holy See for children, with its own style of loving care for the little patients, offering a concrete testimony of the Gospel, in full harmony with what the Church teaches.

I like to bless the hands of doctors and nurses. Now I pause a bit in this talk, which is long. I stop for a while to bless the hands of all the doctors and nurses who are here, and also the hands of the doctors and nurses of the "Baby Jesus". Lord, bless the hands of the doctors and nurses, so that they can help the children on their path of illness and hospitalization to get out of the disease.
The testimony of the nurse, who carried out a long series of training missions in Syria with her colleagues, showed me another aspect of the humanitarian activity of the Hospital and its openness to the world: the willingness to share one's knowledge and their skills with the health personnel of the most disadvantaged countries. It is "the charity of knowledge that builds peace", as Saint John Paul II said (Speech to the Pont. Academy of Sciences, 12 November 1983). It is a question, for you professionals of the "Bambino Gesù", of giving back what has been given to you in abundance and of receiving so much wealth of humanity in return. Everyone teaches something else. This is what happens in these "Baby Jesus" missions abroad.

Your scientific director reported in your paper with great enthusiasm how assistance and research are the cornerstones of the Hospital's activity: the better the research, the better the assistance. There is no cure without research. And there is no future in medicine without research. From this point of view, the "Bambino Gesù" has long been projected into the future, with important results in the field of diagnostics of rare diseases and the treatment of complex diseases, with the development of precision therapies. I admire the passion and enthusiasm that you put into your work of care and research, and I would like you never to lose the ability to see the suffering face of a child even behind a simple sample to be analyzed, and to hear the cry of parents too within your laboratories. The mystery of children's suffering does not stop talking to your consciences and motivating your human and professional commitment. I am reminded of that question, to which it is difficult to find an answer, of the great Dostoevsky: "Why do children suffer?" Always have this question alive: why does a child suffer? There is no answer: only the service to the suffering child and the look to the Father of all, so that he may do something.

Dear brothers and sisters, I am very happy with what I heard this morning, with what I saw, and more generally with the journey made in these years by the "Bambino Gesù". I am delighted with the good performance of the hospital and its constant growth, despite many difficulties, because it is appropriate that in the coming years we can continue to offer every patient the best care, and that no one is refused. This activity requires adequate resources and space. The needs of scientific research and the growing demand for assistance, even from abroad, will make new investments in structures and technologies necessary in the coming years. It is a difficult balance, but it is important that sustainability and efficiency are always guaranteed, because the hospital continues to be an extraordinary work of charity of the Church.

I therefore ask all of you for courageous and rigorous choices that are both generous and prudent. And I urge you to move forward, faithful to the Gospel and obedient to the moral authority of suffering children. For my part, I am especially grateful to you because you are helping the sick little ones to feel the tender and reassuring presence of Jesus next to them. And let's not forget his words: «Everything you did to one of these my little brothers, the "you have done to me" (Mt 25:40). From the whole community of the "Bambino Gesù" Hospital I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing. And please, I ask you not to forget to pray for me.

Novena to St. Gertrude the Great with Litany and Famous Prayer for Souls in Purgatory

Antiphon: Lord Jesus! in union with that love which drew Thee down upon earth, and caused Thee to fulfill the work of our Redemption, I offer Thee this prayer.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
Pray for us.*
All ye holy Choirs of Angels,*
All ye Saints and Elect of God,*
Saint Gertrude,*
Thou chaste virgin,*
Thou beloved daughter of the Heavenly Father,*
Thou chosen bride of Jesus Christ,*
Thou temple of the Holy Ghost,*
Thou joy of the Holy Trinity,*
Thou fragrant flower in the hand of Jesus Christ,*
Thou ever-blooming spring flower,*
Thou rose without thorns,*
Thou chaste dove without the stain of sin,*
Thou earthly seraph,*
Thou living sanctuary,*
Thou strong protection of all who venerate thee,*

Jesus Christ, Spouse of Saint Gertrude,
Have mercy on us.**
Through her humility,**
Through her charity,**
Through her untiring patience,**
Through the ardent love she bore Thee,**
Through the delight with which Thou didst dwell in her heart,**
Through the love Thou hast for her,**
Through the love with which Thou hast chosen her from eternity,**
Through the love with which Thou didst so sweetly attract her to Thyself,**
Through the love with which Thou so delightfully didst unite her to Thyself,**
Through the love with which Thou so complacently dwelt in her heart,**
Through the love with which Thou didst end her life with a happy death,**
Through the love with which Thou hast conferred on her eternal life,**
Through the love with which Thou lovest and rejoicest all the Blessed,**
Jesus Christ,**

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O holy virgin Saint Gertrude:
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus, by the love Thou didst bear to the virginal heart of Saint Gertrude, and by which Thou hast promised that no sinner, who would honor and love her, should die a sudden and unprovided death: grant me, I beseech Thee, this grace, and let me so love Thee, and repent of my sins, that with faith and confidence I may expect a happy death.

O God, Who in the heart of the holy virgin Gertrude didst provide for Thyself a pleasing abode: through her merits, do Thou cleanse from our hearts every stain of sin, and grant that we may enjoy fellowship with her for evermore. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.


Novena to St. Gertrude
O blessed St. Gertrude! permit us to choose thee as a perfect model of those virtues which God requires, especially from all religious, that assisted by thy prayers, we may correspond with the grace of our vocation. O seraphic spouse of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, thou didst early select that adorable sanctuary for thy dwelling and refuge. There thy angelic soul was purified, and raised by sublime contemplation to an intimate union with thy Divine Spouse. In that furnace of Eternal Love, where thy heart was consumed, and all thy sacrifices rewarded, thou didst enjoy a foretaste of Paradise, and such sweet consolations as seemed rather the portion of the blessed in Heaven, than the elect on Earth! O favorite of Heaven! well didst thou feel how sweet it is to serve God, despising the World! O teach us, what thou didst so perfectly practice, that holy poverty of spirit, that perfect obedience, and that ardent devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which sanctified thee on Earth, and now glorifies thee in Heaven. Present us now, dear saint, and our earnest petition to Jesus, and ask Him to unite us in life and death to His Adorable Heart. Who with the Father, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen

Prayer of Saint Gertrude the Great
for the Souls in Purgatory (said to release 1000 souls)
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen

Pope Francis says "...teach children, young people, married couples to have a life of prayer, a daily newspaper and familiar conversation with God." Full Text

the Dicastery for the LAITY, THE FAMILY AND LIFE

Sala Clementina
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Dear brothers and sisters,

I welcome you, who are taking part in this first Plenary Assembly of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life. I thank Cardinal Farrell for his kind words to me.

In this meeting of ours I would like to reflect on a few points, without going into the specific problems you are dealing with, trying rather to indicate some basic attitudes that inspire your work for the coming years. I will use an image for each of these points that I hope will help you.

As a first point, your role as Members and Consultors. The image I propose to you is to feel with the heart of the Church. Here is the future of the laity: to feel with the heart of the Church.

All of you have been called to collaborate with the Holy See to help this new Dicastery, which began its activity a little over two years ago, on its way, collecting the legacy of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and of the Pontifical Council for the Family , both. All together, priests, consecrated persons and lay people, you are side by side to carry out a service to the universal Church, committing yourselves to promoting and supporting the laity, families and life; and therefore it is essential that each of you make the heart of the Church your own. Make the heart of the Church your own. This involves an effort to get out of yourself and enter a new perspective, perhaps unusual for some of you.

In the first place it is a matter of moving from a local perspective to a universal one: the Church does not identify with my diocese of origin, or with the ecclesial movement to which I belong, or with the theological school or spiritual tradition to which I formed myself . These small closures, we are sometimes used to this. The Church is Catholic, it is universal and it is much broader, it is of a greater soul, that is it is "magnanimous", compared to my individual point of view. "Feeling with the heart of the Church" therefore means feeling catholic, universal, looking at the whole of the Church and the world and not just a part.

Moreover, there is the effort to go beyond one's own personal competences, as a theologian, professor, doctor, lecturer, pastoral trainer and so on, to take on the perspective of the Church-mother. The Church is a mother. So, you too, as Members and Consultors, while using all the knowledge and experience you have accumulated over the years, are called to take one more step and ask yourself, before a pastoral project, a challenge, a problem: how does the mother church "see" this reality? How do you "feel" it? In doing so you will be of assistance to the Dicastery, because you will know how to give voice to the Church, having already purified and elevated in you the personal thinking and feeling until it becomes fully ecclesial.

I try to list some characteristics of this ecclesial feeling. The Church, as a true mother, wants above all the harmony between all her children and does not favoritism and preferences. Therefore, also for you, it is important to always propose positive models of collaboration between lay people, priests and consecrated persons, between pastors and the faithful, between diocesan and parish bodies, movements and lay associations, between young and old, avoiding sterile and encouraging oppositions and antagonisms always a fraternal collaboration in view of the common good of the one family which is the Church. The Church, like every mother, also wants her children to grow up becoming autonomous, creative and enterprising, and not that they remain childish. In the same way, all the lay faithful, children of the Church, should be helped to grow and become "adults", overcoming resistance and fear and coming out into the open, in a bold and courageous way, putting their talents at the service of new missions in society, in culture, in politics, facing the challenges that the contemporary world poses without fear and without complexes. The Church, then, as a true mother, knows how to preserve the family's history and living tradition; this means for you to know how to hold the past together - all the good that has been done by the two Pontifical Councils, Lay and Family - with the present, that is, the current challenges, and with the future. The Church lives today with memory and hope - past and future: memory and hope, the Church lives in this tension - always throwing the seeds of the Kingdom and without being beset by immediate successes.

A second point. The theme of your Assembly concerns the formation of the lay faithful aimed at strengthening their identity and their mission in the world. The image I would like to use here is to have a look like brothers.
You are not "social engineers" or "ecclesial", who plan strategies to be applied throughout the world to spread a certain religious ideology among the laity. You are called to think and act as "brothers in the faith", remembering that faith always comes from a personal encounter with the living God and draws nourishment from the sacraments of the Church. Any Christian formation must always rest on this fundamental experience of the encounter with God and on the sacramental life.

You also know, from "brothers in the faith", that formation cannot concentrate exclusively on doing: it is more necessary than ever in our days to teach children, young people, married couples to have a life of prayer, a daily newspaper and familiar conversation with God. In this regard, we should not be afraid to entrust the accompaniment of other lay people in the spiritual life to the laity themselves. Then I'll come back to this point.

Looking "as brothers" at the multitude of lay faithful throughout the world, you will understand better that your task is not primarily to create initiatives that aim to insert the laity into ecclesial structures and programs, but it is to make them aware of to be witnesses of Christ in private life and in society; I would almost say "visible signs" of the presence of Christ in every environment. At the base is Baptism. Therefore the Dicastery of which you are a part should, above all else, help the many disciples of Christ to live in daily life in conformity with the baptismal grace they have received. There are so many lay faithful in the world who, living their faith with humility and sincerity, become great lights for those who live next to them.

In this sense, to avoid the risk of having a too detached and disincarnate gaze on reality, I invite you to always think about the challenges and difficulties that you encounter when you try to live as Christians in your families, in your work, in the neighborhood in where you live. Starting from your experience and your difficulties, you will better understand the daily effort of the lay faithful throughout the world, whose difficulties are often increased by conditions of poverty and social instability, by religious persecution, by anti-Christian ideological propaganda.
Try also to identify yourself with those Christians who live different experiences from yours: those who do not belong to any particular ecclesial reality; those who live in the most remote regions of the earth and who have few opportunities for formation and human and spiritual growth; those who represent a small minority in their country and live in multi-religious contexts; those who nourish their faith exclusively through popular religiosity; those who are evangelized by the single life of prayer lived in the family. Widening our gaze to all the brothers in the faith, of every social category and every region of the world, will help you a great deal to think creatively and realistically of how the Dicastery can be of support to the Churches to accompany the baptized to live with joy, conviction and fidelity belonging to Christ, becoming missionary disciples, protagonists in the promotion of life, in the defense of right reason, justice, peace, freedom, in fostering healthy coexistence between peoples and cultures.

Feel with the heart of the mother Church and have a look of brothers. These are the two images that I leave you and that I hope will help you reflect on the path ahead. These are two images that make us turn our gaze to Mary, the one who perfectly embodies the Church-mother and who teaches all the disciples of her Son to live as brothers. That icon of the Madonna in prayer, waiting for the Holy Spirit: it is the Mother who makes us live as brothers.

And, before finishing, I would like to return to two points that were implicit here. First of all, the danger of clericalizing the laity. You are secular, you must work with the laity, not clericalize the laity. So many times it happened in the other diocese [Buenos Aires], a parish priest came and told me: “I have a wonderful lay person, he knows how to do everything, everything. Do we make him a deacon? ... ". I also see this phenomenon in deacons: they become permanent deacons and instead of being the custodians of the service in the diocese, they immediately look at the altar and end up being "lost priests", halfway priests. I advise bishops: "Remove the deacons from the altar", who go to the service. They are the custodians of the service, not first-class altar boys or second-class priests. This of clericalization is an important point.

Then, the second thing that came to mind when reading is this: your Dicastery, after a difficult struggle - the Prefect knows it - has the grace of having two Undersecretaries, of having included women right in the structure. And two are few! We need to move forward to include women in council positions, including government ones, without fear. Always keeping in mind a reality: the place of women in the Church is not only for functionality. Yes, of course, he can also be head of a department. In the appointment of the head of the Economy Department, the other day, there were two women on the final list; they could be head of the department. This is the functionality. But women's advice is very important. One of your Undersecretaries, in the meeting of the Presidents of the Bishops' Conferences in February on the abuse, made another music heard, another way of seeing and thinking. And this has enriched. Places of governance, of advice, but that does not end only in functionality. And we haven't worked on this yet. The role of women in ecclesial organization, in the Church goes further, and we must work on this as well, because the woman is the image of the mother Church, because the Church is a woman; it is not "the" Church, it is "the" Church. The Church is a mother. The Church is able to carry on this reality and the woman has another function. He doesn't have to have functional work, but the work goes further. It is that Marian principle proper to women; a woman in the Church is the image of the Church as bride and as Our Lady.

I recommend these two things: do not clericalize the laity and open this new horizon to understand well what the woman in the Church is.

I ask Mary for help and protection. I thank you for the service you have accepted to carry out and I hope that your collaboration with the Holy See, in aid of the Pope's ministry, will be a source of personal growth for you and of great fruitfulness for the universal Church. I cordially bless you, trusting even in your prayers for me. Don't forget to do it. Thanks.

Magnificent Hymn to St. Margaret of Scotland sung by Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Composed by Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams OM was born on the 12th of October 1872 and died on the 26th August 1958 and he was an English composer. Williams composed this magnificent Hymn for St. Margaret of Scotland. This version is sung by the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. It is from the album Earth & Sky: Vaughan Williams Choral Premières which was released on: 2018-09-14 with the conductor William Vann. Saint Margaret of Scotland, was also known as Margaret of Wessex. She was an English princess and a Scottish queen. Margaret was called "The Pearl of Scotland". She was born in exile in the Kingdom of Hungary, she was the sister of Edgar Ætheling, the uncrowned Anglo-Saxon King of England. She was born in 1045, Mecseknádasd, Hungary and died on November 16, 1093, in Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Her husband was Malcolm III of Scotland (m. 1070–1093) and they had eight children together.

Video Message of Pope Francis for his Journey to Thailand "I hope that my visit will help to highlight the importance of interreligious dialogue..."

[19 - 23 NOVEMBER 2019]

Dear friends,
On the eve of my apostolic trip to Thailand, I greet you with affection.
I know that, as a multi-ethnic and diverse nation with rich spiritual and cultural traditions, Thailand has worked hard to promote harmony and peaceful coexistence, not only among its people but throughout the Southeast Asian region. In this world that too often experiences discord, division and exclusion, this commitment to forge a unity respectful of the dignity of every man, woman and child can serve as an inspiration for the efforts that people of goodwill around the world are making to promote a great, true development of our human family in solidarity, in justice and in living in peace.
During my trip, I will have the opportunity to meet with the Catholic community in Thailand to encourage them in their faith and in the contribution they make to the whole of society. They are Thais and must work for their homeland. I also hope to strengthen the bonds of friendship that we share with many Buddhist brothers and sisters who bear eloquent witness to the values of tolerance and harmony that are so characteristic of your people. I hope that my visit will help to highlight the importance of interreligious dialogue, mutual understanding and fraternal cooperation, especially in the service of the poor, those most in need, and in the service of peace: at this time we must work so much for peace.
I know that many people are working to prepare for my visit, and I thank you with all my heart. In these days, I remember you all, dear friends, in my prayers. I pray for you, for your families, for your country; and please pray for me as well. Thank you very much.

Saint November 16 : St. Margaret of Scotland the Patron of death of Children, Queens, Scotland, Widows

St. Margaret of Scotland

1045, Castle Réka, Mecseknádasd, in the region of Southern Transdanubia, Hungary
16 November 1093, St Margaret's Chapel in Edinburgh Castle, Midlothian, Scotland
1251 by Pope Innocent IV
Major Shrine:
Dunfermline Abbey
Patron of:
death of children, large families, learning, queens, Scotland, widows

c. 1045 - 1093

Margaret, despite her appellation, was born a Saxon in 1046 and raised in Hungary. She came to England in 1066 when her uncle, King Edward the Confessor, died and Margaret's brother, Edgar Atheling, decided to make a claim to the English throne. The English nobles preferred Harold of Wessex over Edgar, but later that year Duke William of Normandy made it all rather a moot point by invading England and establishing himself as King. Many members of the English nobility sought refuge in the court of King Malcolm III Canmore of Scotland, who had himself been an exile in England during the reign of Macbeth. Among the English refugees were Margaret and Edgar. While King Malcom was hospitable to all his new guests, he was rather more hospitable to Margaret, marrying her in 1070 to make her Queen of Scotland.
Margaret impressed not only Malcolm but many other members of the Scottish Court both for her knowledge of continental customs gained in the court of Hungary, and also for her piety. She became highly influential, both indirectly by her influence on Malcolm as well as through direct activities on her part. Prominent among these activities was religious reform. Margaret instigated reforms within the Scottish church, as well as development of closer ties to the larger Roman Church in order to avoid a schism between the Celtic Church and Rome. Further, Margaret was a patroness both of the c�lid�, Scottish Christian hermits, and also the Benedictine Order. Although Benedictine monks were prominent throughout western continental Europe, there were previously no Benedictine monasteries known to exist in Scotland. Margaret therefore invited English Benedictine monks to establish monasteries in her kingdom.
On the more secular side, Margaret introduced continental fashions, manners, and ceremony to the Scottish court. The popularization of continental fashions had the side-effect of introducing foreign merchants to Scotland, increasing economic ties and communication between Scotland and the continent. Margaret was also a patroness of the arts and education. Further, Malcolm sought Maragret's advice on matters of state, and together with other English exiles Margaret was influential in introducing English-style feudalism and parliament to Scotland.
Margaret was also active in works of charity. Margaret frequently visited and cared for the sick, and on a larger scale had hostels constructed for the poor. She was also in the habit, particularly during Advent and Lent, of holding feasts for as many as 300 commoners in the royal castle.
King Malcolm, meanwhile, was engaged in a contest with William the Conqueror over Northumbria and Cambria. After an unsuccessful 1070 invasion by Malcom into Northumbria followed by an unsuccessful 1072 invasion by William into Scotland, Malcom paid William homage, resulting in temporary peace. William further made assurance of this peace by demanding Malcolm's eldest son Donald (by Malcolm's previous wife Ingibjorg) as a hostage. Time passed, William the Conqueror died, and The Conqueror's son William Rufus took the throne of England. Hostilities again arose between Scotland and England, and in the ensuing unpleasantness Malcolm was killed along with Edward, the eldest son of Malcom and Margaret.
Margaret had already been ill when Malcolm and Edward went off to battle. Her surviving children tried to hide the fact of their deaths, for fear of worsening her condition. But Margaret learnt the truth, and whether due to her illness or a broken heart, Margaret died four days after her husband and son, on November 16, 1093.
The death of both King and Queen led, unfortunately, to yet another unpleasant disagreement, this time over who should take their places on the throne. The most likely candidate was Malcom's eldest son Donald, the one who had been taken hostage by William the Conqueror. This was also the favorite candidate of William Rufus, for during his stay in England Donald had developed a favorable view of the Normans. However, Donald's claim to the throne was contested by Malcom's brother, Donald B�n, together with Malcom and Margaret's son Edmund. Donald B�n was opposed to having a Norman sympathizer on the throne of Scotland, and claimed the throne for himself. Both Donald MacMalcom and Donald B�n held the throne briefly, and lost it violently, before Edgar, son of Malcom and Margaret, came to the throne. He was succeeded by his brothers, Alexander and David. Alexander smoothed over relations with England by marrying the daughter of King Henry I and arranging for Henry to marry Alexander's sister Matilda. Edgar and David carried on their mother's reputation for sanctity, both in their service to the poor and their patronage of religious orders, and David was later canonized. Quite a celebrated family when you consider that Margaret's uncle is also known as Saint Edward the Confessor.
Margaret herself was declared a saint in 1250, particularly for her work for religious reform and her charitable works. She herself was considered to be an exemplar of the just ruler, and also influenced her husband and children to be just and holy rulers. She was further declared Patroness of Scotland in 1673.
Feast Day: June 10 (celebrated November 16 in Scotland)
Image Artist : Cecilia Lawrence - Source: Google Images

Sources - Barrow, G.W.S. The Kingdom of the Scots. Edward Arnold, London, 1973. 

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Pope Francis meets with Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheik of Al-Azhar at Vatican and they Discuss House of Abraham - Video

This morning, 15th November 2019, Pope Francis received in Audience the Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheik of Al-Azhar, accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, H.E. Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and by the Ambassador of the Republic of Egypt to the Holy See, H.E. Mahmoud Samy. Also present were some figures and representatives of Al-Azhar University and of the Higher Committee for achieving the goals contained in the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, created in August this year. His Eminence Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and Mons. Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, Secretary of the Holy Father, attended on behalf of the Holy See.

During the cordial discussions, the issue of the protection of minors in the digital world was mentioned, as well as the recent journey of His Holiness to the United Arab Emirates, and the initiatives put into place by the Higher Committee for achieving the goals of the Document on Human Fraternity during these months since its foundation.

Finally, the members of the Committee introduced its most recent member to the Holy Father, Ms Irina Georgieva Bokova, and they presented to the Pope the project for the “House of Abraham”, inaugurated in New York in September.
(According to RomeReports this project would build a large complex for the three Abrahamic religions in Abu Dhabi. It includes two museums and three buildings: a mosque, a synagogue, and a church dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi.)
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Saint November 16 : St. Giuseppe Moscati - Medical Physician to the Poor with Novena Prayer


Giuseppe Moscati was born on 25 July 1880 in Benevento, seventh of the nine sons of magistrate Francesco Moscati and Rosa De Luca, of the Marquesses of Roseto. He was baptized on July 31, 1880.
In 1881 the Moscati family moved to Ancona and then to Naples, where Giuseppe made his first communion on the feast of the Immaculate Conception of 1888. From 1889 to 1894 Giuseppe completed his secondary studies and then the high school students at the "Vittorio Emanuele". with high marks the high school diploma in 1897, at the age of just 17 years. A few months later, he began his university studies at the medical school of the Neapolitan University.

It is possible that the decision to choose the medical profession was partly influenced by the fact that during the adolescence Giuseppe was confronted, in a direct and personal way, with the drama of human suffering. In 1893, in fact, his brother Alberto, lieutenant of artillery, was brought home after suffering an incurable trauma following a fall from a horse. For years Joseph lavished his caring care on his beloved brother, and then he had to experience the relative impotence of human remedies and the efficacy of religious comforts, which alone can give us true peace and serenity. However, it is a fact that, from an early age, Giuseppe Moscati demonstrates an acute sensitivity to the physical suffering of others; but his gaze does not stop at them: it penetrates to the last recesses of the human heart. He wants to heal or soothe the wounds of the body, but he is, at the same time, deeply convinced that soul and body are one and ardently desires to prepare his suffering brothers for the saving work of the Divine Physician.

On 4 August 1903, Giuseppe Moscati graduated in medicine with full marks and right to the press, thus crowning the "curriculum" of his university studies in a worthy way. Five months after graduation, Dr. Moscati takes part in the public competition held for the office of ordinary assistant in the Riuniti Hospitals of Naples; almost simultaneously he is supporting another competition for extraordinary coadjutor in the same hospitals, based on tests and titles. In the first of the competitions, out of twenty-one ranked, he succeeds second; in the other he succeeds first absolute, and this in such a triumphal way that - as one reads in a qualified judgment - "amazed examiners and comrades".

Since 1904, Moscati has been serving as a coadjutor at the Hospital of the Incurabili, in Naples, and among other things organizes the hospitalization of those affected by rabies and, through a very courageous personal intervention, saves the patients in the hospital of Torre del Greco , during the eruption of Vesuvius in 1906.

In the following years Giuseppe Moscati obtained the suitability, in a competition for exams, at the laboratory service at the infectious diseases hospital "Domenico Cotugno". In 1911 he took part in the public competition for six posts of ordinary help in the Ospedali Riuniti and won him in a sensational way. The appointments are made to ordinary coadjutor, in hospitals and then, following the competition for ordinary doctor, the appointment as director of the room, that is to primary. During the First World War he was director of the military departments in the Riuniti Hospitals. This hospital "curriculum" is flanked by the different stages of the university and science: from the university years until 1908, Moscati is a volunteer assistant in the physiology laboratory; from 1908 onwards he is an ordinary assistant in the Institute of Physiological Chemistry. A study place in the zoological station follows for the competition. Following this, he was nominated as volunteer preparator for the III Medical Clinic, and in charge of the chemical department until 1911. At the same time, he covered the different levels of teaching.

In 1911 he obtained, for titles, the Free Teaching in Physiological Chemistry; has the task of leading scientific and experimental research in the Institute of Biological Chemistry. Since 1911 he has been teaching, without interruption, "Laboratory investigations applied to the clinic" and "Chemistry applied to medicine", with practical exercises and demonstrations. On a private basis, during some school years, he teaches numerous graduates and students in hospital, clinical and anatomy-pathological semeiology and casuistry. For several academic years he completed the substitution in the official courses of Physiological Chemistry and Physiology. In 1922, he obtained the Free Teaching in General Medical Clinic, with dispensation from the lesson or from the practical test to unanimity of votes of the commission.
Famous and sought after in the Neapolitan environment when he is still very young, Professor Moscati soon won a reputation of national and international importance for his original research, the results of which are published by him in various Italian and foreign scientific journals. This pioneering research, which focuses mainly on glycogen and related topics, assures Moscati a place of honor among the medical researchers of the first half of the century.

However, it is not solely or even principally the genius skills and resounding successes of Moscati - its sure innovative methodology in the field of scientific research, its diagnostic out of the ordinary glance - that arouse the wonder of those who approach it. More than anything else is his own personality that leaves a profound impression on those who meet him, his limpid and coherent life, all imbued with faith and charity towards God and men. Moscati is a first-rate scientist; but for him there are no contradictions between faith and science: as a researcher he is at the service of truth and truth is never in contradiction with himself nor, much less, with what the eternal Truth has revealed to us. The acceptance of the Word of God is not, moreover, a simple intellectual, abstract and theoretical act for Moscati: for him faith is, instead, the source of all his life, unconditional acceptance, warm and enthusiastic. of the reality of the personal God and of our relations with him. Moscati sees in his patients the suffering Christ, he loves and serves him in them. It is this impulse of generous love that impels him to give himself without pause for those who suffer, not to wait for the sick to go to him, but to look for them in the poorest and most abandoned districts of the city, to take care of them free of charge, or rather, to help them with his own earnings. And all of them, but in a special way those who live in misery, perceive the divine strength that animates their benefactor. Thus the Moscati becomes the apostle of Jesus: without ever preaching, he announces, with his charity and the way in which he lives his profession as a doctor, the Divine Shepherd and leads to him the oppressed and thirsty men of truth and goodness . As the years progress, the fire of love seems to devour Giuseppe Moscati. The external activity grows constantly, but his hours of prayer are prolonged and his encounters with the sacramental Jesus are progressively internalized.

When, on April 12, 1927, Moscati died suddenly, struck down in full swing, at the age of 46, the news of his death was announced and spread by word of mouth: "The Saint Doctor died". These words, which sum up the whole life of the Moscati, today receive the official seal of the Church.

Prof. Giuseppe Moscati was beatified by St. Paul VI during the Holy Year on November 16, 1975.

Novena to obtain Graces through St. Guiseppe Moscati, doctor and miracle worker
St. Guiseppe, let us pray for all interns beginning residency this year. May we have courage and humility as we learn to become compassionate physicians.
 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
 Prayer to Saint Guiseppe Moscati
 O Saint Joseph Moscati, doctor with a huge heart, in the exercise of your profession you cured the body and spirit of your patients, turn towards us too who now run to you with faith in your intercession. Give us physical and spiritual health, so that we can serve our brothers with generosity. Alleviate the pain of those that suffer, give comfort to the sick, consolation to the afflicted, and hope to the hopeless. Make that the sick might encounter doctors like you: human and Christian. The youth find in you a model of life, the workers, an example, the old, comfort, and the dying, hope in eternal salvation. Be for all of us a sure guide: teach us to work with serenity, honesty and charity, to be able to complete in a Christian way our everyday tasks.
 Our Father…. Hail Mary…. Glory Be…
Lord thou great physician, we kneel before thee. Since every good and perfect gift must come from thee, we pray: Give skill to our hands, clear vision to our minds, kindness and sympathy to our hearts. Give us singleness of purpose, strength to lift at least part of the burden of our suffering fellowmen, and a true realization of the rare privilege that is ours. Take from our hearts all guile and worldliness, that with the simple faith of a child, we may rely on thee.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday, November 16, 2019 - #Eucharist

Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 496

Reading 1WIS 18:14-16; 19:6-9

When peaceful stillness compassed everything
and the night in its swift course was half spent,
Your all-powerful word, from heaven's royal throne
bounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land,
bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree.
And as he alighted, he filled every place with death;
he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the earth.

For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew,
serving its natural laws,
that your children might be preserved unharmed.
The cloud overshadowed their camp;
and out of what had before been water, dry land was seen emerging:
Out of the Red Sea an unimpeded road,
and a grassy plain out of the mighty flood.
Over this crossed the whole nation sheltered by your hand,
after they beheld stupendous wonders.
For they ranged about like horses,
and bounded about like lambs,
praising you, O Lord! their deliverer.

Responsorial PsalmPS 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43

R.(5a) Remember the marvels the Lord has done!
R. Alleluia.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!
R. Alleluia.
Then he struck every first born throughout their land,
the first fruits of all their manhood.
And he led them forth laden with silver and gold,
with not a weakling among their tribes.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!
R. Alleluia.
For he remembered his holy word
to his servant Abraham.
And he led forth his people with joy;
with shouts of joy, his chosen ones.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!
R. Alleluia.

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 18:1-8

Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, "There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.'
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.'"
The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"