Sunday, December 22, 2019

Saint December 23 : St. John of Kanty of Poland who distributed to the poor all the money and clothes he had, retaining only what was absolutely necessary

23 June 1390, Kęty, Oświęcim, Poland
24 December 1473, Kraków Academy
1767 by Pope Clement XIII
Born at Kenty, near Oswiecim, Diocese of Krakow, Poland, 1412 (or 1403); died at Krakow, 1473, and was buried there under the church of St. Anne; his feast is on 20 October. He was the son of Stanislaus and Anne who were pious country people; he received his primary education at his native town, and then being sent by his parents to the Academy of Krakow, he soon impressed his professors and colleagues with his pleasant and amiable disposition; always happy, but serious, humble, and godly, he won the hearts of all who came in contact with him. Having made excellent progress in the study of philosophical and theological sciences, he was graduated first as bachelor, then as master and doctor, was ordained priest and then appointed professor of theology at the Academy of Krakow, from where he was sent, after a short time, by his superiors to Olkusz, Diocese of Krakow, to be parish priest. Being afraid of the great responsibility of parish work, he very soon left the parish, and was again appointed professor of Sacred Scripture at the Academy of Krakow, which position he held without interruption until his death. As testified by Michael Miechowita, the medieval Polish historian and the saint's first biographer, extreme humility and charity were conspicuous in his life; he took as his motto:
Conturbare cave: non est placare suave,
Infamare cave; nam revocare grave.
He distributed to the poor all the money and clothes he had, retaining only what was absolutely necessary to support himself. He slept but little, and on the floor, ate very sparingly, and was a total abstainer from meat after he became a doctor. He made one pilgrimage to Jerusalem with the desire of becoming a martyr among the Turks, and four pilgrimages to Rome on foot. During his life he performed various miracles, which were multiplied after his death at his tomb. He was canonized by Clement XIII in 1767. The Roman Breviary distinguishes him with three hymns; he is the only confessor not a bishop who is thus honoured.
Source: The Catholic Encyclopedia

Wow Opera Company Sings Handel's "Hallelujah" Chorus in Macy's Mall in Philadelphia - #HallelujahChorus

Shoppers at Macy’s surprise rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah chorus in Philadelphia.  When the 650 choristers, accompanied by the Wanamaker organ -- the largest organ in the world .
 Video has been viewed millions of times.  “We are all drawn a little bit closer to heaven when we hear this played and sung,” said one listener.
 “The Church at one time used to be in the center of the marketplace. The Church was central to the culture with various forms of art. So as you look at what took place at Macy’s, it is not a far cry from how the Church used to be accepted.”
A shopper noted: “There is a certain lack of beauty in much of today’s music, as well as a lack of dignity. By the way, have you noticed how little of today’s music is beautiful? It’s cool, funky, raw, radical, jazzy, upbeat -- but not beautiful.”

A tradition originated when the Messiah premiered in London in the presence of King George II.  When the first chords of the chorus began, the king rose and remained standing.

Royal protocol has it that whenever a monarch stands, those in his or her presence should also stand as a sign of respect.  Therefore, on this occasion, both the audience and the orchestra stood with the king; this continues today.
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At Angelus, Pope Francis says St. Joseph, "..does not speak, but tries to do the will of God; and he does it in the style of the Gospel and the Beatitudes."


St. Peter's Square
Sunday, December 22, 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

On this fourth and last Sunday of Advent, the Gospel (cf Mt 1,18-24) guides us towards Christmas through the experience of St. Joseph, an apparently secondary figure, but in whose attitude all Christian wisdom is enclosed . He, together with John the Baptist and Mary, is one of the characters that the liturgy offers us for the time of Advent; and of the three it is the most modest. One who does not preach, does not speak, but tries to do the will of God; and he does it in the style of the Gospel and the Beatitudes. We think: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, because of them is the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 5: 3). And Joseph is poor because he lives on the essentials, works, lives on work; it is the typical poverty of those who are aware that they depend entirely on God and place their trust in Him.

Today's Gospel story presents a humanly embarrassed and conflicting situation. Joseph and Mary are betrothed; they do not live together yet, but she is expecting a child by God's work. Joseph, in the face of this surprise, naturally remains troubled but, instead of reacting in an impulsive and punitive way - as was customary, the law protected him - , seek a solution that respects the dignity and integrity of his beloved Mary. Thus says the Gospel: "Joseph, her husband, because he was a righteous man and did not want to accuse her publicly, thought of secretly repudiating her" (v. 19). In fact, Joseph knew well that, if he had denounced his betrothed, he would have exposed her to serious consequences, even to death. He has full confidence in Mary, whom he has chosen as his bride. He does not understand but looks for another solution.

This inexplicable circumstance leads him to question their bond; therefore, with great suffering, he decides to detach himself from Mary without creating scandal. But the Angel of the Lord intervenes to tell him that the solution he proposes is not the one willed by God. Indeed, the Lord opens a new path for him, a path of union, love and happiness and says to him: «Joseph, son David, do not be afraid to take your wife Mary with you. In fact, the child who is generated in her comes from the Holy Spirit "(v. 20).

At this point, Joseph totally trusts God, obeys the Angel's words and takes Mary with him. Precisely this unwavering trust in God allowed him to accept a humanly difficult and, in a certain sense, incomprehensible situation. Joseph understands, in faith, that the child born in Mary's womb is not his son, but is the Son of God and he, Joseph, will be its custodian, fully assuming his earthly paternity. The example of this mild and wise man urges us to look up and push him further. It is a matter of recovering the surprising logic of God who, far from small or large calculations, is made of openness to new horizons, towards Christ and his Word.

May the Virgin Mary and her chaste husband Joseph help us to listen to Jesus who comes, and who asks to be welcomed in our projects and choices.


Dear brothers and sisters!

I greet all of you, faithful from Rome and pilgrims from Italy and various countries.

In particular, I greet the delegation of Italian citizens who live in severely polluted territories and who aspire to a better quality of the environment and fair health protection.

In three days it will be Christmas and my thoughts go especially to the families, to your families, who reunite in these holidays: those who live far from their parents leave and go home; the brothers try to find each other. May Christmas be an occasion for all for fraternity, growth in faith and gestures of solidarity towards those in need. And that St. Joseph accompanies us on this journey towards Christmas.

I wish you a happy Sunday. Please don't forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye.

Quote to SHARE by St Mother Teresa "At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving.."

"At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern."
Saint Mother Teresa

Christmas Novena : Day 6 : Official with Plenary Indulgence - Prayers to Share!

Opening Prayer:

V. O God, come to my assistance.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to
the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now
and ever shall be, world without

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Day 6 Prayers

The Adoration of the Kings
O most sweet infant Jesus, who was made known
to the three kings, who worshipped you as you lie on
Mary's breast, and offered you the mystical presents
of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

Have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us, 0 Lord. Have mercy on us.
Hail Mary...

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NOVENA PREPARATORY TO CHRISTMAS In order to the devout preparation of ourselves for the glorious Birthday of our most loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, which the holy Church recalls to our memory every year on the 25th of December, and at the same time to render Him thanks for this great benefit, Pope Pius VII., by a Rescript of the Segretaria of the Memorials, dated August 12th, 1815 (which said Rescript is preserved in the Segretaria of the Vicariate), granted to all faithful Christians who, being contrite in heart, should prepare themselves for that great solemnity by a novena, consisting of pious exercises, prayers, acts of virtue, &c. -
i. An indulgence of 300 days each day of the said novena, and -
ii. A plenary indulgence to be gained on Christmas day, or on some day in its octave, by those who, after Confession and Communion, shall have made the said novena every day, and who shall pray according to the intentions of the Sovereigns Pontiff: and note that the Confession and Communion may be made on any one of the days of the said novena, provided the novena is correctly kept. This was declared by Pope Pius VIII., of holy memory, by means of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, July 9, 1830. These indulgences were extended by the above-named Pius VII. to one other time in the year, besides the the specified, when any one should make the aforesaid novena in honour of the Child Jesus.

Pope Francis meets with Children of the Santa Marta Dispensary and Receives a Birthday Cake from them!


Paul VI Hall
Sunday, December 22, 2019

Goodmorning everyone!

These kids, these kids do wonderful things! I'm happy, I'm glad to see you do this! You too sing well, very well! You're good. And the cake looks like it's good ... Can we eat it? Yup? All together ... Or are we waiting? Let's wait, it's more prudent ...

You too, thank you for bringing the children here. Giving children joy is a very big thing. Even parents when they know how to play with children do a very big thing. Playing with children, the expression of children who are innocence, promise, many good things ... Thanks for this meeting.

And now one thing. I read in these three boxes that the Magi brought, three words: Hope, Love and ... what was it? ... [the children shout: Peace!] Ah, there was no war written? ... [ the children say: No!] Are you sure? [the children answer: Yes!] What is more beautiful, war or peace? [the children shout: Peace!] Are you sure? Isn't war more beautiful? What does war do? Strong, you! [a child says: Destroys] Kills, kills ... War kills life, kills old people, young people, children, kills everything. But to defeat the war, love is needed. How can you live without war? With love. All together! How can you live without war? [all: With love]. Like? [all: With love]. Peace, love ... and what was the third? [the children say: Hope]. Here, go on with hope. Always looking to the future, looking to the horizon, with the hope that a better world will always come from the Lord, and also from our work. Let's say the three words: Hope, Love, war ... ah, no! How was it? [the children say: Peace!] Ah, sorry. Hope, Love and Peace. Another time, everyone! [the children shout: Hope, Love and Peace!]

You have been good. Thanks! Congratulations! Thanks to you parents for being here and to everyone who helped with this party. Now I have to go to the Angelus and I will pray for you, and you pray for me. Agree? Bye! Thank you.
Source: - Unofficial Translation