Monday, April 6, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - #Eucharist in Holy Week - Your Virtual Church

Tuesday of Holy Week
Lectionary: 258
Reading 1IS 49:1-6
Hear me, O islands,
listen, O distant peoples.
The LORD called me from birth,
from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.
He made of me a sharp-edged sword
and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
He made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me.
You are my servant, he said to me,
Israel, through whom I show my glory.
Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
Yet my reward is with the LORD,
my recompense is with my God.
For now the LORD has spoken
who formed me as his servant from the womb,
That Jacob may be brought back to him
and Israel gathered to him;
And I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
and my God is now my strength!
It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,
to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
and restore the survivors of Israel;
I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

Responsorial Psalm71:1-2, 3-4A, 5AB-6AB, 15 AND 17

R.    (see 15ab)  I will sing of your salvation.
In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, and deliver me;
incline your ear to me, and save me.
R.    I will sing of your salvation.
Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.
R.    I will sing of your salvation.
For you are my hope, O LORD;
my trust, O God, from my youth.
On you I depend from birth;
from my mother’s womb you are my strength.
R.    I will sing of your salvation.
My mouth shall declare your justice,
day by day your salvation.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
R.    I will sing of your salvation.

Verse Before The Gospel

Hail to you, our King, obedient to the Father;
you were led to your crucifixion like a gentle lamb to the slaughter.

GospelJN 13:21-33, 36-38

Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant.
One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved,
was reclining at Jesus’ side.
So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant.
He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him,
“Master, who is it?”
Jesus answered,
“It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.”
So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas,
son of Simon the Iscariot.
After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him.
So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”
Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him.
Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him,
“Buy what we need for the feast,”
or to give something to the poor.
So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.
When he had left, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself,
and he will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
You will look for me, and as I told the Jews,
‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”
Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?”
Jesus answered him,
“Where I am going, you cannot follow me now,
though you will follow later.”
Peter said to him,
“Master, why can I not follow you now?
I will lay down my life for you.”
Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me?
Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow
before you deny me three times.”
Prayer to make spiritual communion:

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At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint April 7 : St. John Baptist de la Salle the Patron of Teachers, Educators, School principals with Prayer

Born:1651 at Rheims, France

1719 at Rouen, France
24 May 1900 by Pope Leo XIII
Major Shrine:
Sanctuary of John Baptist de La Salle, Casa Generalizia, Rome, Italy.
Patron of:
educators, school principals, teachers

This saint is the patron of teachers, his great achievement having been to provide a system of education for the common people at a time when the poor were grossly neglected; not mercy by founding charity schools, a cling which had been attempted countless times before only to end in repeated failure, but by creating a body of trained teachers, and thus setting them on the only possible basis which guaranteed success.

It was not by inclination, but solely by chance chat he was led to take up this work. Indeed his family background and early training seemed hardly to have prepared him for it. Born in Rheims on April 30th, 1651, the eldest son of an aristocratic family, he inherited the rank and fortune of his parents, which set a gulf between him and the teeming masses of the poor. At sixteen, while he was pursuing a course of classical studies at the College des Bons Enfants, he became a canon of Rheims, and seemed to be marked out for a successful career in the church. He subsequently studied at Saint Sulpice and the Sorbonne for the priesthood, and was ordained at the age of twenty-seven. Up to this point nothing denoted what his mission was to be, and he himself had no inkling of it. But it was shortly after this that he was asked to co-operate in establishing some charity schools in his native town, and this led him to take charge of the teachers, to bring them into his own home and to train them. Little by little he became further involved in the work until he began to realize that everything pointed to his being the chosen instrument of Providence for the creation of a system of Christian education for the poor, whose ignorance and depravity were the disgrace of this 'splendid century', so remarkable for its achievements in every other sphere.
As he had made the will of God the guiding principle of his life, he decided to give himself up completely to this task, resigning his canonry and giving away his fortune in order to be on the same footing as the teachers with whom he lived. In so doing he aroused the anger of his relatives and incurred the derision of his class-minded compatriots, but this in no way made him alter his resolution. In 1684 he transformed his group of schoolmasters into a religious community, under the name of Brothers of the Christian Schools, and this was the origin of the order which continues to this day and is spread all over the world. So chat his order might confine itself solely to the work of teaching, he laid down that no brother might become a priest and that no priest might join the order. This rule is still observed. The first years were marked by poverty and hardship, but these were cheerfully endured, thanks to the  example of self-abnegation and extraordinary power of leadership shown by de la Salle, who vowed chat he would live on bread alone, if necessary, rather than abandon the work he had begun.
The religious and professional training of his brothers became his chief care, but he saw that he would never be able to satisfy all the requests he received for teachers unless he undertook the formation of secular schoolmasters as well, so he organized a training college for some forty youths in Rheims in 1687; the first instance of such an institution in the history of education.
After opening schools in a number of neighboring towns, in addition to chose in Rheims itself, he went to Paris in 1683 to take over a school in the parish of St. Sulpice, and there he established his headquarters. In the capital his work spread rapidly, and before long the brothers were teaching over 1,100 pupils. In Paris, too, he founded another training college, with a charity school attached, and organized a Sunday academy, or continuation school for youths already employed. When the exiled monarch, James II, entrusted fifty Irish youths to his care, he arranged for special courses to be given them to suit their needs.
The scope of his work was now such that it aroused the bitter antagonism of the writing masters and the teachers of the Little Schools, who saw their fee-paying pupils drifting into his free schools, and they brought law-suits against him. His schools were pillaged, and he found himself condemned and forbidden to open training colleges or charity schools anywhere in the Paris area. As a result he was excluded for a time from the capital, but by now his brothers were established in other localities, notably in Rouen, Avignon and Chartres, so that the decrees against him failed to ruin his work. Indeed from this time on, his communities multiplied all over France: in Marseilles, Calais, Boulogne, Mende, Grenoble, Troyes and other places. In Rouen he founded two important institutions: a fee-paying boarding school for the sons of bourgeois, who desired an education superior to that of the primary school but more practical than that of the 'classical' colleges; and a reformatory school for youthful delinquents and young men detained under <lettres de cachet.> Both proved very successful, and were significant forerunners of modern institutions of a similar kind.
In 1709 he established a third training college, at St. Den, but this lasted only a couple of years, after which it had to be closed as a result of an unfortunate law-suit.
De la Salle spent the last years of his life in Rouen, completing the organization of his institute, writing the Rule of the brothers in its definitive form, and composing <Meditations> and a <Method of Mental Prayer.> On Good Friday, April 9th, 1718, he died.
His brothers, already established in twenty-two towns of France and in Rome, now expanded their work rapidly. In 1725 they received a bull of approbation of their institute from the pope and letters patent from the king granting them legal recognition. The Revolution ruined their work in France, but they were by now established in Switzerland and Italy, so that they were able to survive this catastrophe and returned to France when more favorable conditions prevailed under Napoleon. Today they number over 15,000 and conduct educational institutions of every kind all over the world. In the United States alone there are some 2,000 brothers in five different Provinces.
De la Salle's pedagogical system is outlined in <The Conduct of Schools>, which he composed in 1695, and which is now considered an educational classic. It shows clearly his practical turn of mind and his essentially religious approach to the education of children. He wrote also several school manuals, notably <The Rules of Good Behaviour> and <The Duties of a Christian>, which proved very popular and went through over a hundred editions.
Shortened from "The Saints: A concise Biographical Dictionary", edited by John Coulson, published by Hawthorn Books, Inc. 1960. - Image Source : Google Images
Prayer for Teachers:
You, O Lord,
are my strength, my patience, my light, and my counsel.
It is you who touch the hearts of the children entrusted to my care.
Abandon me not to myself for one moment.
For my own guidance and that of my students,
grant me the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety,
the spirit of a holy fear of you and an ardent zeal to procure your glory.
I unite my efforts to those of Jesus Christ, and I beg the Most Blessed Virgin, Saint Joseph, the Guardian Angels, and Saint John Baptist de La Salle to protect me this day in the performance of my duties. Amen 
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Bishops of Latin America to make Consecration to Our Lady of Guadalupe on Easter Sunday to End the Pandemic

AMERICA - On Easter Sunday the consecration of Latin America to Our Lady of Guadalupe, to invoke the end of the pandemic Wednesday, 1 April 2020\
 Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) - The Presidency of the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), together with the Bishops of Mexico, on Easter Sunday, April 12, will celebrate at 12 noon (Mexico time), the Act of consecration of Latin America and the Caribbean to Our Lady of Guadalupe, "to invoke the end of the pandemic". As the President of CELAM, Archbishop Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, Archbishop of Trujillo, writes, "the present moment requires us, as Pastors, to see and listen to the afflictions of our peoples, to instill hope by looking at our Mother of Heaven". He therefore invites all the countries of the continent to join, through the media, the celebration to be held in the Mexican National Basilica. At noon on April 12, the bells of all the churches of Latin America and the Caribbean will ring, which will mark the beginning of the prayer of the missionary Rosary, offered for the health of the people of the five continents, followed by the resurrection Easter Mass which will conclude with the act of consecration to Our Lady of Guadalupe. (SL) (Full Text Source: Agenzia Fides, 1/4/2020)

Wow Latest Statistics show Percentage of Catholics in the World has Grown to 1.329 Billion People Globally

AsiaNews report: Catholics increasing worldwide, reaching 1.329 billion
According to data from the 2018 Statistical Yearbook, the number of permanent bishops and deacons is growing, but priests, seminarians and religious are decreasing. In Asia, Catholics go from 10.9 to 11.1 percent.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Catholics are increasing worldwide, reaching 1,329 million, the number of permanent bishops and deacons is growing, but priests, seminarians and religious are decreasing. These are the figures released by the Churches’ Central Statistics Office which drafts the Pontifical Yearbook 2020 and the Annuarium Statisticum Eccleasiae 2018.

Between 2013 and 2018, there was an increase of about 6 percent of Catholics worldwide, which went from almost 1,254 to 1,329 million, for an increase of 75 million people. Of the total number of Catholics, 48 ​​percent live in America, 21.5 in Europe and 11.1 in Asia, where there was a particular increase. As of 2018, Catholics are just under 18 percent of the world's population.

The number of Catholics in Asia grew slightly from 10.9 to 11.1 percent, but it is considerably less than what the continent has per population (about 60% in 2018).

In the same period, the bishops increased by more than 3.9 percent, from 5,173 to 5,377, with a very marked increase in Oceania (+4.6 percent), followed by America and Asia (both with +4, 5 percent), Europe (+4.1 percent) and Africa (+1.4 percent). From the beginning of 2019, then, 4 new diocese, an eparchy, 2 territorial prelatures, an apostolic exarchate and an apostolic administration were erected.

On the other hand, the number of priests fell, decreasing by 0.3 percent. Between 2013 and 2014 they increased by 1,400 units, but they decreased between 2016 and 2018. In contrast, vocations in Africa and Asia grew, respectively by 14.3 and 11 percent. In America the number of priests is stationary, there are about 123 thousand of them, in Europe and Oceania the drops are respectively over 7 percent and just over 1 percent.

The distribution of priests across the continents is characterized in 2018 by a strong prevalence of European priests (41.3%) 40% American clergy; the Asian clergy accounts for 16.5%, the African clergy for 11.5% and that of Oceania for 1.1%.

Across the five years, there has been a growth in the number of Asian clergy (from 14.8 to 16.5 per cent) and African clergy (from 10.1 to 11.5 per cent), while for the European clergy there has been a dramatic drop from 44.3% to 41.3%. The situation is identical for the American clergy (29.6%) in the two years considered.

The number of seminarians is also in decline: from 118,251 units in 2013 to 115,880 in 2018, with a decrease of -2 percent. The drop, with the exception of Africa, affects all continents with far-reaching reductions for Europe (-15.6 percent) and America (-9.4 percent). Africa, with a positive variation of 15.6 percent, is confirmed as the geographical area with the greatest potential to cover the needs of pastoral activities.

On the other hand, the number of permanent deacons is growing, increasing by 10 percent. They went from 43,195 units in 2013 to 47,504.

The number of consecrated men religious continues to decline (-8 percent), the number passing from over 55,000 to less than 51,000. The downward trend is common to the various continents with the exception of Africa and Asia which recorded +6.8 percent and +3.6 percent.

Even for professed women religious there is a strongly downward trend with a 7.5% contraction. The total number of professed women religious, in fact, decreased from almost 694 thousand units in 2013 to less than 642 thousand units five years later. The decline affects three continents (Europe, Oceania and America), with significant negative variations (-15% in Europe, -14.8% in Oceania and -12% in America). In Africa and Asia, however, the increase is decidedly strong, exceeding 9% for Africa and + 2.6% for Asia.Consequently, the fraction of the religious professed in Africa and Asia goes from 34.6% of the world total to 39%, to the detriment of Europe and America, whose incidence decreases overall from 64.3 to 59.9 per one hundred.
Source: Asia News IT

Quote to SHARE by St. John Paul II - "Where, if not in the Divine Mercy, can the World find Refuge and the Light of Hope?" #JP2

"Where, if not in the Divine Mercy, can the world find refuge and the light of hope?" 
Saint Pope John Paul II
(Homily April 18, 1993)

Pope Francis Reminds Us to Help the Poor saying Jesus is "..with you in the poor.." and Prays for Prisoners in Homily + Video



"Seeking Jesus in the poor"

Monday, April 6, 2020


I think of a serious problem that exists in many parts of the world. I would like us to pray today for the problem of overcrowding in prisons. Where there is an overcrowding - so many people there - there is a danger, in this pandemic, that it will end in a serious disaster. We pray for those responsible, for those who have to make decisions in this, to find a right and creative way to solve the problem.


This step ends with an observation: "The chief priests then decided to kill Lazarus too, because many Jews left because of him and believed in Jesus" (Jn 12: 10-11). The other day we saw the steps of temptation: the initial seduction, the illusion, then grows - second step - and third, grows and is infected and justified. But there is another step: go ahead, don't stop. For these it was not enough to put Jesus to death, but now also Lazarus, because he was a witness of life.

But today I would like to dwell on a word of Jesus. Six days before Easter - we are right at the door of the Passion - Mary makes this gesture of contemplation: Martha served - like the other step - and Mary opens the door to contemplation. And Judas thinks of money and thinks of the poor, but "not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief and, since he kept the cash, he took what they put into it" (Jn 12.6). This story of the non-faithful administrator is always current, there always are, even at a high level: we think of some charitable or humanitarian organizations that have many employees, many, who have a very rich structure of people and in the end it comes to poor forty percent, because sixty is to pay the salary to so many people. It is a way of taking money from the poor. But the answer is Jesus. And here I want to stop: "In fact, you always have the poor with you" (Jn 12,8). This is a truth: "In fact, you always have the poor with you". The poor are there. There are many: there is the poor man we see, but this is the least part; the great quantity of the poor are those whom we do not see: the hidden poor. And we do not see them because we enter this culture of indifference which is negationist and we deny: "No, no, there are not many, they do not see each other; yes, that case ... ", always diminishing the reality of the poor. But there are many, many.

Or also, if we do not enter into this culture of indifference, there is a habit of seeing the poor as ornaments of a city: yes, there are, like statues; yes, there are, they are seen; yes, that old woman asking for alms, the other one ... But as if it were a normal thing. It is part of the city's ornamentation to have poor people. But the vast majority are the poor victims of economic policies, of financial policies. Some recent statistics make the summary like this: there is a lot of money in the hands of a few and a lot of poverty in many, in many. And this is the poverty of many people who are victims of the structural injustice of the world economy. And there are many poor people who are ashamed to show that they are not making ends meet; many poor of the middle class, who secretly go to Caritas and secretly ask and feel ashamed. The poor are much more [numerous] than the rich; very, very ... And what Jesus says is true: "In fact, you always have the poor with you". But do I see them? Do I notice this reality? Especially the hidden reality, those who are ashamed to say that they do not make ends meet.

I remember that in Buenos Aires I was told that the building of an abandoned factory, empty for years, was inhabited by about fifteen families who had arrived in the last few months. I went there. They were families with children and each had taken part of the abandoned factory to live. And, looking, I saw that each family had good furniture, furniture that has a middle class, they had television, but they went there because they could not pay the rent. The new poor who have to leave the house because they cannot pay it go there. It is that injustice of the economic or financial organization that brings them so. And there are many, many, to the point that we will meet them in the judgment. The first question Jesus will ask us is: “How are you helping the poor? Did you feed them? When he was in prison, did you visit him? In the hospital, did you see him? Did you assist the widow, the orphan? Because I was there. " And on this we will be judged. We will not be judged for the luxury or the trips we make or the social importance we will have. We will be judged for our relationship with the poor. But if I, today, ignore the poor, leave them aside, I believe they are not there, the Lord will ignore me on the day of judgment. When Jesus says: "You always have the poor with you", it means: “I, I will always be with you in the poor. I will be present there. " And this is not being a communist, this is the center of the Gospel: we will be judged on this.
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