Thursday, May 7, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Friday May 8, 2020 - #Eucharist in Eastertide - Your Virtual Church

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 283
Reading 1ACTS 13:26-33
When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue:
 “My brothers, children of the family of Abraham,
and those others among you who are God-fearing,
to us this word of salvation has been sent.
The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him,
and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophets
that are read sabbath after sabbath.
For even though they found no grounds for a death sentence,
they asked Pilate to have him put to death,
and when they had accomplished all that was written about him,
they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb.
But God raised him from the dead,
and for many days he appeared to those
who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.
These are now his witnesses before the people.
We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you
that what God promised our fathers
he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus,
as it is written in the second psalm,
You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.”

Responsorial Psalm2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11AB
R.    (7bc)  You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
R.    Alleluia.
“I myself have set up my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
this day I have begotten you.”
R.    You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
R.    Alleluia.
“Ask of me and I will give you
the nations for an inheritance
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
You shall rule them with an iron rod;
you shall shatter them like an earthen dish.”
R.    You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
R.    Alleluia.
And now, O kings, give heed;
take warning, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice before him;
with trembling rejoice.
R.    You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 14:6
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 14:1-6
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.
Where I am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him,
“Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Prayer to make spiritual communion:

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.
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
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Saint May 8 : Blessed Catherine of St. Augustine a Missionary and Augustinian in Canada

Blessed Catherine of Saint Augustine (Catherine de Longpré, 1632-1668) “Think only of His Service”
Feast Day: May 8
Her Life Catherine of Saint Augustine was born on May 3, 1632, in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, Normandy, France. She was raised primarily by her maternal grandparents. They made a practice of offering hospitality to the poor and sick, and taught Catherine the virtue of charity. As early as age three, she expressed a strong desire to do God’s will. She always remembered the lesson of a Jesuit who told her that “it is certain that one does God’s will more in affliction, humiliation, and suffering than when one has everything one wants.” At age five, she had strong mystical prayer experiences where she felt direct contact with God. When she was only eight, she understood that the Holy Spirit was calling her to be a saint, and at age 10 she wrote a note giving herself to “Lady Mary”. Catherine was a witty and attractive and had a naturally cheerful character and a pleasant voice. She was also determined and liked to show off and be noticed. She was attracted by pretty things, but despite her enjoyment of worldly life, when she was 12 she decided to enter the community of Hôtel-Dieu of Bayeux, which was directed by Augustinian nuns, Hospital Sisters of the Mercy of Jesus. She entered their novitiate on October 24, 1646, taking the name in religion of Catherine of St. Augustine. When she was 15, she offered herself for the Canada mission and promised “to live and die in Canada if God would open its door” for her. She made solemn profession as a nun at age 16 on May 4, 1648, in Nantes and set sail for Canada on May 27. The ship arrived in Quebec on August 19. Catherine set about learning the languages of the First Nations people, and looked after the sick. In the spring of 1649, she adopted as her model Saint Jean de Brébeuf, who had just been martyred. Between 1654 and 1668, she filled one after the other the offices of treasurer, director of the hospital, and novice director for her community. Sister Catherine continued to experience deep prayer and at the same time, inner temptations caused her great turmoil. She often had health difficulties. In 1654, she promised to remain in Canada, and, in 1658, she offered herself in a spirit of reparation for the salvation of New France. Therefore, she is considered a co-founder of the Church in Canada. In 1665, she promised to work for “everything that I know to be most perfect and for the greater glory of God.” She fell sick and died on May 8, 1668, at 36 years of age. At the time of her death, she had a reputation as a holy person in both Canada and France. Three years later, Father Paul Rageneau, S.J., published a memoir on her life and her spiritual combats, based on her correspondence and on the journal she wrote at the request of her spiritual directors. She was beatified on April 23, 1989, by Pope (now Saint) John Paul II. Her Spirituality As early as three years of age, Catherine de Longpré showed a precocious inclination to follow the will of God absolutely. This characterizes her entire spiritual journey. A Jesuit helped her understand how accepting suffering as God’s will has a redemptive value for the Church. Her spirituality was marked by her times. She was influenced by the rigour of the Jesuits and Saint John Eudes, who emphasized the demands of divine justice. In this spirit, she offered herself as a voluntary hostage of divine justice for the salvation of the people in New France: “I offered myself to the Divine Majesty to serve him as a victim whenever it pleased him; I took no care for my life or my possessions. I only want God to dispose of them according to his holy will.” Catherine was very sensitive to the evil of sin and felt solidarity with sinners: “I found myself overwhelmed by the intolerable weight of all the crimes I witnessed. … I let it draw me into being helpful to souls.” She prayed for an end to the sale of alcoholic beverages in Quebec, because of the violence it gave rise to among First Nations people. She offered her suffering to Jesus with a prayer it would evoke God’s mercy on the colony. Catherine’s personal prayer conformed to the movement of the liturgical seasons and their great feasts: Easter, the Ascension, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, All Saints’ Day, Christmas. “On June 12, 1664, the eve of Pentecost,” she wrote, “I saw the Holy Spirit in the form of a heavy cloud which only wanted to empty itself.” She had a particular devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist, the main source of her strength against temptation, and to the Virgin Mary, to Saint Joseph, and to her protector, the Jesuit martyr Jean de Brébeuf. Catherine was extremely discreet about her trials and her intense prayer experiences. She was a decisive woman of action, and, with great tenderness, she spread joy and consolation among the people she looked after. Her writings reveal her common sense, clear judgment, openmindedness, frankness, generosity and detachment. She could be firm and she could look at things objectively. She loved her land of adoption and vowed to die there, should it be God’s will for her to do so. She wanted to remain in Canada to serve the sick and the poor, even if the other nuns returned to France. Saint François de Laval, Quebec’s first Bishop, was well aware of Catherine’s inner life, her trials, and her gifts. When she died, he said, “I don’t need to see any extraordinary signs from her to be convinced of her holiness, because her virtues made me perfectly aware of it.”
Source: CCCB.CA

At Mass, Pope Francis Prays for Artists "because artists make us understand what beauty is, and without beauty the Gospel cannot be understood" Full Text

"To be Christian is to belong to the people of God"
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Yesterday I received a letter from a group of artists: they thanked them for the prayer we did for them. I would like to ask the Lord to bless them because artists make us understand what beauty is, and without beauty the Gospel cannot be understood. Let us pray again for the artists.
When Paul is invited to speak to the synagogue of Antioch [in Pisidia] to explain this new doctrine, that is, to explain Jesus, to proclaim Jesus, Paul begins by talking about the history of salvation (cf Acts 13 : 13-21). Paul stood up and began: "The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers and raised the people during his exile in the land of Egypt" (v. 17) ... and [told] all the salvation, the history of the salvation. Stephen did the same before the martyrdom (cf. Acts 7 : 1-54) and also Paul, another time. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews does the same, when he tells the story of Abraham and of "all our fathers" (cf. Eb11.1 to 39). We sang the same today, we: "I will sing the love of the Lord forever, I will make your faithfulness known with my mouth" ( Ps 88: 2). We sang the story of David: "I have found David, my servant" (v. 21). Matthew (cf Mt 1,1-14) and Luke (cf Lk 3,23-38) do the same: when they start talking about Jesus, they take the genealogy of Jesus.
What is behind Jesus? There is a story. A story of grace, a story of election, a story of promise. The Lord chose Abraham and went with his people. At the beginning of the Mass, in the opening song, we said: "When you advanced, Lord, before your people and you opened the way and walked beside your people, near your people". There is a story of God with his people. And for this reason, when Paul is asked to explain the reason for faith in Jesus Christ, it does not start from Jesus Christ: it begins from history. Christianity is a doctrine, yes, but not only. It's not just the things that we believe in, it's a story that brings this doctrine which is God's promise, God's covenant, to be elected by God.
Christianity is not just an ethics. Yes, it is true, it has moral principles, but one is not a Christian only with a vision of ethics. And more. Christianity is not an elite of people chosen for truth. This elitist sense that then goes on in the Church, doesn't it? For example, I am from that institution, I belong to this movement which is better than yours, to this, to that other ... It is an elitist sense. No, Christianity is not this: Christianity is belonging to a people, to a people chosen by God freely. If we do not have this consciousness of belonging to a people, we will be ideological Christians, with a small doctrine of affirmation of truth, with an ethics, with a morality - it is fine - or with an elite. We feel part of a group chosen by God - the Christians - and the others will go to hell or if they are saved it is for the mercy of God, but they are the discarded ... And so on. If we do not have an awareness of belonging to a people, we are not true Christians.
This is why Paul explains Jesus from the beginning, from belonging to a people. And many times, many times, we fall into these partialities, be they dogmatic, moral or elitist, don't we? The sense of the elite is what hurts us so much and we lose that sense of belonging to the holy faithful people of God, which God has chosen in Abraham and promised, the great promise, Jesus, and made him go with hope and he made alliance with him. People's conscience.
I am always struck by that passage from Deuteronomy, I think it is the 26th chapter, when it says: “Once a year when you go to present the offerings to the Lord, the firstfruits, and when your son will ask you: 'But dad why do you do this? ', you must not say to him:' Because God commanded him ', no:' We were a people, we were like this and the Lord freed us ... '"(cf Dt 26,1-11). Tell the story, as Paolo did here. Transmitting the history of our salvation. The Lord in Deuteronomy himself advises: "When you come to the land that you have not conquered, which I have conquered, and you will eat the fruits that you have not planted and you will inhabit the houses that you have not built, at the moment of giving the offer "(Cf. Dt26.1), says - the famous deuteronomic creed -: "My father was a wandering Aramaean, he went down to Egypt" ( Dt 26.5) ... "He stayed there for 400 years, then the Lord freed him, carried him forward ..." . Sing the story, the memory of the people , of being a people.
And in this history of the people of God, up to Jesus Christ, there were saints, sinners and many ordinary people, good, with virtues and sins, but all of them. The famous "crowd" that followed Jesus, who had the sense of belonging to a people. A self-styled Christian who does not have this flair is not a true Christian; it is a bit particular and a little feels justified without the people. Belonging to a people, to remember the people of God. And this is taught by Paul, Stephen, another time Paul, the apostles ... And the advice of the author of the Letter to the Hebrews: "Remember your ancestors" (cf. Heb 11 , 2), that is, those who preceded us on this path of salvation.
If someone asked me: “What is the deviation of Christians for you today and always? What would be the most dangerous deviation of Christians for you? ”, I would say without doubting: the lack of memory of belonging to a people. When this is lacking, dogmatisms, moralisms, ethics, elitist movements come. The people are missing. A sinful people, always, we all are, but who do not make mistakes in general, who have the sense of being an elected people, who walk behind a promise and who made an alliance that he perhaps does not make, but knows.
Ask the Lord for this conscience of the people, which Our Lady beautifully sang in her Magnificat (cf. Lk 1,46-56), that Zacharias sang so beautifully in her Benedictus (cf. Lk 1,67-79), songs that we all pray during day, in the morning and in the evening. People's conscience: we are the holy faithful people of God who, as Vatican Council I , then II , says , in its totality has the flair for faith and is infallible in this way of believing.
Prayer for spiritual communion
At your feet, O my Jesus, I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart that abysses itself in its nothingness and in your holy presence. I adore you in the sacrament of your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor abode that my heart offers you; waiting for 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.

FULL TEXT + Image Source: - Translation from Italian

Catholic Church in Iraq Opens Seminary Rooms to COVID-19 Infected Patients to Undergo Treatment

ASIA/IRAQ - Syrian Catholic Church makes the seminary in Mosul available for the treatment of the infected with COVID-19
Thursday, 7 May 2020
Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - 48 single rooms, made available to accommodate people infected with Coronavirus who do not need to undergo intensive care or have to spend a quarantine isolation period after recovery. The Syro-Catholic Archdiocese of Mosul offered the political and health authorities of the Nineveh Province, called to manage the Covid-19 emergency, the premises and structures that in the past hosted the patriarchal seminary, at a Syro-Catholic parish in the North Iraqi city that remained under the control of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Daesh) for many years. The Syro Catholic archdiocese has also made a commitment to provide food and logistical assistance to the sick and convalescents who will be hospitalized in the structure, receiving the gratitude of the director of the public health department of the province of Nineveh, who in recent days verified in person the suitability of the premises made available. In particular, the infected from Qaraqosh, a city on the Nineveh Plain once inhabited mostly by Christians, should be hospitalized.
In April 2020, as reported by Agenzia Fides (see Fides, 19/2/2020), the works of reconstruction and restoration of the church of St Thomas in Mosul should have begun, devastated - but not completely destroyed - in the time when the Iraqi metropolis was under the control of the jihadists. The reconstruction of the Christian place of worship, should have received support by UNESCO, thanks above all to a substantial funding provided by the United Arab Emirates.
After the years of the jihadist occupation of Mosul and more than a year and a half since its release, the church of St. Thomas, still full of rubble, hosted a "Mass for peace" on Thursday 28 February 2019 celebrated by Syrian Catholic Archbishop Boutros Moshi. After the liberation from jihadist rule, the return of IDPs to their traditional settlement areas has always been indicated as a priority for Iraqi local authorities. Nonetheless, even before the explosion of the health emergency, several researches and investigations into the counter-exodus processes agreed in indicating how the percentage of Christian IDPs who returned to their homes in Mosul and the Province of Nineveh was rather low. (GV) (FULL TEXT Source: Agenzia Fides, 7/5/2020)