Thursday, January 30, 2020

Saint January 31 : St. John Bosco the Patron of: Editors, Publishers, School children, Young people

 Today, January 31, we celebrate the feast day of Saint John Bosco (1815-1888), Salesians Father, Founder, Confessor, and teacher and patron saint of youth. Saint John worked tirelessly throughout his life to provide education and spiritual instruction to the poor and orphaned children of the world. The orders he founded continue to pursue that mission today. Saint John is remembered for accepting anyone, loving everyone, saying: “A piece of Heaven fixes everything.”

John was born in Turin, in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, to a peasant family. His father died when John was only two years old, leaving he and his two brothers in the solitary care of his mother. The family, quite poor, struggled to make ends meet, and John began to work as soon as he was old enough to correctly manipulate tools. He also demonstrated piety and devotion to the Lord from an early age, and professed his wish to become a priest at the age of nine, following a dream. His goal, even from that early age, was to assist youth who suffered in the same manner in which he did. John wished to spread the word of the Gospel, even as a child. He demonstrated great initiative and creativity and learned magic tricks and acrobatics in an attempt to gather an audience so that he could later evangelize and catechize the children and adults of his town. He would begin with a prayer, and while he still had a crows, would often repeat the homily he had heard in church earlier in the week.
His mother approved his wish to become a priest, but to make that happen, John would have to leave home to receive an education in the city. Being larger than his peers, and noticeably more impoverished, John was the constant focus of his classmates’ ridicule and teasing. To pay for his education, John spent his evenings working in whatever capacity he could—as a tailor, cobbler, and a waiter—returning back to his small room to study through the night be candlelight. Upon graduation, he began his studies for the priesthood.
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Like most things he set his mind to, John Bosco was ordained a priest at only twenty-six. During his time as a seminarian, he devoted his spare hours to looking after the urchins who roamed the slums of the city. Every Sunday he taught them catechism, supervised their games and entertained them with stories and tricks. He spent weekdays recruiting the roughest and dirtiest he could find, inviting them to the Sunday gatherings. Before long, his kindness had won their confidence, and his “Sunday School” became a ritual with them.
Upon ordination, Saint John immediately sought to formalize his ministry to the poor boys of the city, opening a hospice. When he was unable to secure a building in a “good” section of town, he took one in the slums. This first “oratory” was soon joined by three others, as educators and religious sought to join him in his ministry. His mother joined him as well, serving as housekeeper. Saint John fed and clothed the boys, but also spent long hours providing them with a basic education, and teaching them skills to obtain employment. Within the hospice was a tailoring and shoemaking room, as well as a printing press. Above all, he instructed the boys in the Gospel, modeling by example the life of Jesus Christ, and creating the atmosphere of a Christian family built on trust and love.
Noting the transformation of the youth he ministered to, Don (Father) Bosco began to gather followers to him, who accepted him as their spiritual advisor, leader, and guide. As their number grew, the Salesian Society of priests and lay brothers was formed. Named after Saint Francis de Sales, noted for his gentleness and kindness, Saint John Bosco dedicated this new society to the saint. Saint John traveled to Rome in 1858, and met with Pope Pius IX who encouraged his new religious community. Four years later, he founded an order for women, The Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, to care for abandoned girls in the same manner.
By 1868, over 800 boys were being cared for in the Salesian oratories. Along with this, Saint John oversaw the writing, printing and distribution countless pamphlets that popularized Catholic teaching and answered the objections of anti-Catholics. Moreover, he was reported to receive supernatural guidance from the Lord, it the form of vivid dreams and visions, many of which he recounted. At times, he was able to predict the deaths of those he was close to, revealed by God, so that he might provide Last Rites. He also received a vivid vision of Hell, which he shared with all he encountered. Saint John is also remembered for working miracles, especially the multiplication of food when funds were short.
Saint John Bosco reformed the manner in which children were educated. Rather than the punitive system which was common at the time, John enacted a preventative system which rejected corporal punishment. By tending to basic needs, educational needs, and spiritual needs, the Salesians sought to put children in an environment which reduced the likelihood to commit sin. He advocated frequent reception of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion. He combined catechetical training and fatherly guidance, seeking to unite the spiritual life with his boys’ work, study and play. He is remembered for saying to those he ministered to: "It is enough to know that you are young and abandoned for me to love you very much." Saint John Bosco died on January 31, 1888. His incorrupt relics are frequently taken on pilgrimage around the world, to visit the faithful. The work begun by Saint John continues today, with thousands dedicated to education youth at risk. The international society of the Salesians of Don Bosco administers over 3,000 schools, colleges, technical schools, and youth centers throughout the world (in 125 countries). All at risk children are served, regardless of religion or social inequalities. The mission of this tireless ministers is to be “signs and bearers of God’s love to the young.”
Saint John Bosco, you reached out to children whom no one cared for despite ridicule and insults. Help us to care less about the laughter of the world and care more about the joy of the Lord. Amen
Admirable apostle of youth, founder of religious Congregations, catechist, educator, writer, and a light that shone brightly in our time, you know that one of the greatest powers today is the power of the Press. Prompt editors to be always truthful and to work for the good of human beings, thus serving the greater glory of God. Amen. Text shared from 365 Rosaries - Image Google  

At Mass, Pope Francis explains ‘God will judge us with the same measure we have for others’

Pope at Mass: ‘God will judge us with the same measure we have for others’

Pope Francis urges the faithful to relate to others in a truly “Christian” way which is generous and full of love, and he explains that we will be judged with the same measure with which we measure others.

By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis reflected on the liturgical reading from the Gospel of Mark on Thursday morning during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta noting that it is full of advice for the faithful.

The Christian ‘measure’

Highlighting the passage that says "The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,” the Pope said that at some point of our lives, and especially at the end of our existence, we are all called to account for how we have lived our life.

These words, he explained, "tell us exactly what that moment will be like”, that is how we will be judged.

He noted that while in chapter 25 of Matthew’s Gospel, the evangelist tells us "what we have to do”, today’s passage indicates the "style with which we have to live.

“By what measure do I measure others? By what measure do I measure myself? Is it a generous measure, full of God's love? Or is it a low level measure?” he said, underscoring the need to take stock not only of the bad or the good things we do, but of our daily lifestyle.

Jesus is our model

Each one of us - the Pope continued - has a style, "a way of measuring himself, things and others" and it will be the same measure the Lord will use with us.

Those who judge others with selfishness, will be judged in the same way; those who have no pity and in order to climb in life "are capable of trampling on everyone's head", will be judged "without pity", he said.

But Christians have a different model, Pope Francis insisted, and must ask themselves whether our parameters are those that Jesus asks of us.

A Christian who lacks the capacity to be humble, is not a true Christian, he explained recalling that Jesus “humbled himself unto death – even the death of the cross.”

“He was God, but he didn’t cling to that: he humbled Himself. This is the model,” he said.

Never fear the cross

Pope Francis went on to consider the example of a lifestyle he defined as "worldly" and thus incapable of following Jesus' model.

He mentioned how sometimes bishops complain to him when they find it difficult to transfer priests to parishes that “are considered of a lower category” because they think they are being punished, and said that they use a worldly measure to evaluate and judge rather than a Christian one.

Concluding, the Pope invited those present to live their lives with compassion and mercy and to ask the Lord for the grace to live in Christian way, never fearing the cross of humbleness “because this is the path that He has chosen to save us.”
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Cardinal Tagle says "Welcoming the other as a gift. Being ourselves a gift..." at Philippine Conference for the New Evangelization with over 10,000 Faithful

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Cardinal Tagle: "To be a gift for the other, following the example of Christ"
Thursday, 30 January 2020
Archidiocese Manila, Office Comunication

Manila (Agenzia Fides) - "Welcoming the other as a gift. Being ourselves a gift for the other, following the example of Jesus Christ who is a gift for humanity. He is the greatest gift we have received, and that gift bears fruit: we ourselves are the fruit of his Spirit and his presence, we are those who testify and bring this gift of inestimable value to the world": said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, at the conclusion of the "Philippine Conference for the new evangelization", held in Manila on 28 and 29 January 2020. The event brought together over ten thousand faithful among priests, religious, young people, adults from the parishes of the archdiocese, gathered at the Araneta Coliseum, sports hall of Quezon city, one of the cities that make up the "MetroManila", to give a tangible sign of "community communion" and also to greet Cardinal Tagle, about to begin his work in the Vatican, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples.
As Fides learns, the Cardinal - focusing on the central theme of gathering, proximity - spoke of the interpersonal relationship, using an image, that of the "weaver": "The Christian - he remarked - is he who weaves with patience, wisdom and grace a human relationship. It is a delicate work, easy to destroy (simply pull a thread) and tiring to carry out. In this sense, dialogue is part of this relationship that means having an open, trustworthy, respectful and brotherly lifestyle towards others, seeing the good that is in him, the seed of God in him". This style, he continued, "is also nourished thanks to human factors such as the simple sharing of a meal; or by listening and playing music, which teaches harmony, as happens in the three notes of a chord. Kindness and friendship towards each person are threads of this fabric and so is a smile, a typical element of Filipino culture, which knows how to see the good, the positive, the action of God even in painful events". "In this work - underlined Cardinal Tagle - the main weaver is the Holy Spirit, who unites people of different languages, cultures, traditions, in his love. We are agents and collaborators of the Holy Spirit, when we participate in this work of weaving among men". In this perspective, he explained, the Church in the Philippines is experiencing the special Year of ecumenism, interreligious dialogue and indigenous peoples that the Filipino Bishops proclaimed in 2020, in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of faith in the archipelago (1521-2021).
To answer the question "Who is my neighbor?" - continued the Cardinal addressing the vast assembly that listened to him in religious silence - "we must then start by recognizing ourselves as neighbors for others. We can build a world in which the other is my neighbor, to be welcomed and preserved; and I am close to the other. It is an experience that leads us to recognize the uniqueness and preciousness of each person, to recognize oneself as a gift and to see one's neighbor as a gift from God".
"Why does it not often happen?" he asked. "Because there is fear - he said - that feeds violent attitudes, prejudices, hostilities, which can last for generations or have collective recipients, entire peoples. The fear of the other, of the non-Christian is often deduced. It is only by starting from the truth about ourselves, by gestures of humility and repentance, that we can open up to the other and recognize him as a gift. From here comes gratitude to God, for giving us the gift of the other person. This gratitude produces communion, solidarity and responsibility, in taking care of each other. We all carry a need and we are all a gift. You are the gift that responds to the other's need", he noted, quoting the attitude of the Good Samaritan, compassion. And he concluded: "Christ understands and knows our needs and made himself a gift for all of us, offering his body, his blood, all of himself for our humanity. Christ is the greatest gift that inspires our being gift for others". (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 30/1/2020) (Google Images Photo of Pope Francis' Visit to the Philippines)

Pope Francis gives St. Mother Teresa's "recognition and respect for human dignity" as an Example to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - Full Text


Clementine room
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Dear brothers in the episcopate and in the priesthood,
dear brothers and sisters,

I welcome you on the occasion of your Plenary Assembly. I thank the prefect for his kind words; and I greet all of you, Superiors, Officers and Members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. I am grateful to you for all the work you do in the service of the universal Church, in aid of the Bishop of Rome and the Bishops of the world in promoting and protecting the integrity of Catholic doctrine on faith and morals.

Christian doctrine is not a rigid and closed system in itself, but neither is it an ideology that changes with the passing of the seasons; it is a dynamic reality which, remaining faithful to its foundation, is renewed from generation to generation and summarized in a face, in a body and in a name: the Risen Jesus Christ.

Thanks to the Risen Lord, faith opens us up to others and their needs, from the smallest to the largest. Therefore, the transmission of faith requires that its recipient be taken into account, that he is known and actively loved. In this perspective, your commitment to reflect, during this Plenary, on the care of people in the critical and terminal stages of life is significant.

The current socio-cultural context is progressively eroding awareness of what makes human life precious. In fact, it is increasingly evaluated on the basis of its efficiency and usefulness, to the point of considering "rejected lives" or "unworthy lives" those that do not meet this criterion. In this situation of loss of authentic values, the mandatory duties of solidarity and human and Christian brotherhood also fail.

In reality, a company deserves the status of "civil" if it develops antibodies against the culture of waste; if it recognizes the intangible value of human life; if solidarity is actively practiced and safeguarded as the foundation of coexistence.

When illness knocks on the door of our life, the need to have someone looking at us in the eye, holding our hand, showing his tenderness and taking care of us, like the Good Samaritan of evangelical parable (cf. Message for the XXVIII World Day of the Sick, 11 February 2020).

The theme of the care of the sick, in the critical and terminal stages of life, calls into question the task of the Church to rewrite the "grammar" of taking charge and taking care of the suffering person. The example of the Good Samaritan teaches that it is necessary to convert the gaze of the heart, because many times the viewer does not see. Why? Because there is no compassion. It occurs to me that, many times, the Gospel, speaking of Jesus before a person who suffers, says: "he had compassion", "he had compassion" ... A refrain of the person of Jesus. Without compassion, the beholder does not get involved in what he observes and goes beyond; instead those who have a compassionate heart are touched and involved, stop and take care of them.

Around the patient, it is necessary to create a real human platform of relationships that, while promoting medical treatment, open to hope, especially in those borderline situations in which physical evil is accompanied by emotional discomfort and spiritual anguish.

The relational - and not merely clinical - approach to the patient, considered in the uniqueness and integrity of his person, imposes the duty to never abandon anyone in the presence of incurable evils. Human life, because of its eternal destination, retains all its value and dignity in all conditions, including precariousness and fragility, and as such is always worthy of the utmost consideration.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, who lived the style of proximity and sharing, preserving, up to the end, the recognition and respect for human dignity, and making dying more human, said thus: "Who on the path of life has also turned on only a torch in someone's dark hour has not lived in vain. "

In this regard, I think about how well hospices do for palliative care, where terminally ill people are accompanied with qualified medical, psychological and spiritual support, so that they can live with dignity, comforted by the closeness of loved ones, the final phase of their earthly life. I hope that these centers continue to be places where "therapy of dignity" is practiced with commitment, thus nurturing love and respect for life.
I also appreciate the study you have undertaken regarding the revision of the rules on delicta graviora reserved for your Dicastery, contained in the Motu proprio "Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutelage" of Saint John Paul II. Your commitment is in the right direction to update the legislation with a view to greater effectiveness of the procedures, to make it more orderly and organic, in light of the new situations and problems of the current socio-cultural context. At the same time, I urge you to continue firmly in this task, to offer a valid contribution in an area in which the Church is directly involved in proceeding with rigor and transparency in protecting the sanctity of the sacraments and the human dignity violated, especially of the little ones.

Finally, I congratulate you on the recent publication of the document drawn up by the Pontifical Biblical Commission on the fundamental themes of biblical anthropology. It deepens a global vision of the divine plan, which began with creation and which finds its fulfillment in Christ, the new man, who constitutes "the key, the center and the end of all human history" (Conc. Ecum. Vatican II, Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et spes, 10).

I thank all of you, Members and Collaborators of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, for your precious service. I invoke upon you an abundance of the blessings of the Lord; and I ask you, please, to pray for me. Thank you!
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday, January 30, 2020 - #Eucharist

Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 320 Reading 12 SM 7:18-19, 24-29
After Nathan had spoken to King David,
the king went in and sat before the LORD and said,
“Who am I, Lord GOD, and who are the members of my house,
that you have brought me to this point?
Yet even this you see as too little, Lord GOD;
you have also spoken of the house of your servant
for a long time to come:
this too you have shown to man, Lord GOD!
“You have established for yourself your people Israel as yours forever,
and you, LORD, have become their God.
And now, LORD God, confirm for all time the prophecy you have made
concerning your servant and his house,
and do as you have promised.
Your name will be forever great, when men say,
‘The LORD of hosts is God of Israel,’
and the house of your servant David stands firm before you.
It is you, LORD of hosts, God of Israel,
who said in a revelation to your servant,
‘I will build a house for you.’
Therefore your servant now finds the courage to make this prayer to you.
And now, Lord GOD, you are God and your words are truth;
you have made this generous promise to your servant.
Do, then, bless the house of your servant
that it may be before you forever;
for you, Lord GOD, have promised,
and by your blessing the house of your servant
shall be blessed forever.”

Responsorial Psalm132:1-2, 3-5, 11, 12, 13-14

R.    (Lk 1:32b)  The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
LORD, remember David
and all his anxious care;
How he swore an oath to the LORD,
vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob.
R.    The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
“I will not enter the house where I live,
nor lie on the couch where I sleep;
I will give my eyes no sleep,
my eyelids no rest,
Till I find a home for the LORD,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
R.    The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
The LORD swore an oath to David
a firm promise from which he will not withdraw:
“Your own offspring
I will set upon your throne.”
R.    The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
“If your sons keep my covenant,
and the decrees which I shall teach them,
Their sons, too, forever
shall sit upon your throne.”
R.    The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
For the LORD has chosen Zion,
he prefers her for his dwelling:
“Zion is my resting place forever;
in her I will dwell, for I prefer her.”
R.    The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

AlleluiaPS 119:105

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A lamp to my feet is your word,
a light to my path.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 4:21-25

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

BREAKING Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to 170 people and 7,711 infections -

Coronavirus now widespread throughout China: 170 deaths and 7,711 infections
The World Health Organization (WHO) meets today to discuss whether or not the virus represents a "global health crisis". In these hours, the voluntary evacuations of hundreds of foreign citizens residing in the epicenter of the emergency are underway.
Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The death toll of the virus identified as "2019-nCoV" in China has risen to 170, while 7,711 people who have contracted pneumonia. The last 38 deaths since yesterday mark the biggest jump in one day. This is what emerges from the latest data of the National Health Commission. With a confirmed case of contagion in Tibet, the virus has now spread to all regions of the country. The outbreak has reached at least 16 other nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) meets today to discuss whether or not the virus represents a "global health crisis".
Voluntary evacuations of hundreds of foreign citizens residing in Wuhan - the capital of the Chinese province of Hubei and the epicenter of the emergency - are underway . Two flights to Japan have already landed at Tokyo's Haneda airport and passengers are being screened at medical institutions. So far, three have tested positive for the virus, according to Japanese media reports.
About 200 U.S. citizens have been taken away from Wuhan and are now being monitored in the US. A group of Singaporean citizens have already been repatriated, while people from Wuhan stuck in Singapore due to flight cancellations have been brought back to China. Flights to bring British and South Korean citizens out of Wuhan were both delayed after the Chinese authorities failed to issue relevant authorizations. According to the UK government, arriving passengers must be placed in "supported isolation" for 14 days with "all necessary medical assistance".
Australia plans to quarantine its citizens on Christmas Island, 2,000 km from the mainland. Two planes are expected to bring European Union (EU) citizens home, with 250 French nationals departing on the first flight. Canada, the Philippines and Malaysia have also announced plans to move their citizens out of Wuhan. A growing number of countries are advising their citizens to avoid all unnecessary travel to China.
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