Saturday, June 6, 2020

Sunday Mass Online the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity - Eucharist Readings + Video - Your Virtual Church

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Lectionary: 164
Reading 1EX 34:4B-6, 8-9
Early in the morning Moses went up Mount Sinai
as the LORD had commanded him,
taking along the two stone tablets. 
Having come down in a cloud, the LORD stood with Moses there
and proclaimed his name, "LORD."
Thus the LORD passed before him and cried out,
"The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity."
Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship.
Then he said, "If I find favor with you, O Lord,
do come along in our company.
This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins,
and receive us as your own."

Responsorial Psalm DN 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
R. (52b) Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;
And blessed is your holy and glorious name,
praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.
R. Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.
R. Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
R. Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you who look into the depths
from your throne upon the cherubim,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
R. Glory and praise for ever!

Reading 2 - 2 COR 13:11-13
Brothers and sisters, rejoice.
Mend your ways, encourage one another,
agree with one another, live in peace,
and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the holy ones greet you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

Alleluia CF. RV 1:8
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
to God who is, who was, and who is to come.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel JN 3:16-18
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Saint June 7 : St. Robert of Newminster a Cistercian Abbot who Died in 1159

St. Robert of Newminster CISTERCIAN ABBOT

Born: 1100 at Gargrave, Craven district, Yorkshire county, England
Died: 7 June 1159 at Newminster England

He was a native of Yorkshire, and even in his childhood an enemy to the usual amusements of that age, loving only prayer, serious reading, and useful and pious employments. Having finished his studies, he was ordained priest, and instituted to a rectorship of a parish in the diocese of York; but after discharging that office some time with great assiduity and zeal, he resigned that living, and took the religious habit in the Benedictine monastery of our Lady in York. Richard, the prior of this house, and twelve others, desiring to serve God according to the primitive institute of the Benedictine Order, left the monastery, with leave of the abbot, and endeavoring to execute their project, struggled with incredible hardships; till Thurstan, the pious archbishop of York, gave them a desert valley, called Scheldale, with the town of Sutton, where, in the midst of winter, and in extreme poverty they founded the celebrated abbey which, from certain springs, was called Fountains, in 1132. The Cistercian Order, which had been lately introduced into England, and settled at Rievalle, was perfectly agreeable to the fervent dispositions of this holy colony; and at their request the monastery of Fountains was received into it by St. Bernard, who in his letters extols the perfection and sanctity of this new nursery of saints, which, from the beginning, was a model to the whole order for devotion, austerity in fasts, labor, by which all the monks procured their subsistence, fervor in all religious exercises, and cheerfulness in singing assiduously the divine praises. No murmur or sadness was known among them; nor any strife or contention ever heard of, unless of charity or humility: they never yielded to rest, till fatigued with labor; and always came hungry from their slender table, which was chiefly furnished with pulse and roots from their garden. St. Robert seemed so far to eclipse the rest of this holy company by the lustre of his piety, that they all had their eyes on him in their religions duties, and studied to transcribe his fervor in their actions. Ranulph of Merley, baron of Morpeth, paying a visit to the monastery of Fountains five years after its foundation, was so struck with the edifying deportment of the terrestrial angels who inhabited it, that he obtained of the abbot Richard a certain number of those monks, and built for them a monastery called Newminster, near Morpeth, in Northumberland, in 1137, of which St. Robert was appointed abbot.

The saint in his new dignity thought it his duty not only to walk before his brethren, but to go beyond them all in every religious observance; and all his virtues seemed to receive new vigor, and a new degree of perfection in this eminent station. His affection to holy prayer is not to be expressed. He recommended to God continually those committed to his care, and with many tears poured forth his soul for them night and day. He was favored with the gift of prophecy and miracles. He founded another monastery a Pipinelle, or Rivebelle, in Northamptonshire, and lived in the strictest union of holy friendship with St. Bernard; also with St. Godric, a holy hermit in those parts, illiterate as to secular learning, but a most spiritual man. St. Robert finished his course by a happy death on the 7th of June, 1159. Miracles attested his sanctity to the world. He is named in the Roman Martyrology.

Alban Butler - Lives of the Saints 

Pope Francis' Message " this new crisis that humanity is facing today, where culture has shown that it has lost its vitality, I want to celebrate that Scholas, as a community that educates.." Full Text

Friday, June 5, 2020

Dear Scholas brothers and sisters :
Today, after all these years sharing the question that sets us up, it is a great joy to be able to call them "community": Community of friends, community of brothers, sisters.

I still remember the origin: two teachers, two teachers, in the midst of a crisis, with a little madness and a little intuition. An unplanned thing, lived as he walked.
When the crisis back then left a land of violence, that education brought young people together, generating meaning and, therefore, generating beauty.
Three images of this path come to my heart, which were three images that guided three years of reflection and encounter: the madman of "La strada" by Fellini, "The call of Matthew" by Caravaggio and "The idiot" by Dostoevskij.
The Sense —the madman—, the Call —Mateo— and the Beauty.
The three stories are the story of a crisis. And in all three, therefore, human responsibility is at stake. Crisis originally means "rupture", "cut", "opening", "danger", but also "opportunity".
When the roots need space to continue growing, the pot ends up breaking.
It is that life is bigger than our own life and, therefore, it breaks. But that's life! It grows, it breaks.
Poor mankind without crisis! All perfect, all tidy, all starchy. Poor. It would be, let's think about it, such a humanity would be a sick humanity, very sick. Thank God it doesn't happen. It would be a sleeping humanity.
On the other hand, just as the crisis founds us by calling us open, the danger happens when we are not taught to relate to that openness. So crises if they are not well accompanied are dangerous, because one can be disoriented. And the advice of the wise, even for small personal, marital, and social crises: "never go into the crisis alone, be accompanied."
There, in the crisis, fear invades us, we close ourselves as individuals, or we begin to repeat what very few are good for, emptying ourselves of meaning, covering up our own calling, losing beauty. This is what happens when one goes through a crisis alone, without reservation. This beauty that, as Dostoevskij said, will save the world.
Scholas was born from a crisis, but he did not raise his fists to fight with the culture, nor did he lower his arms to resign himself, nor did he go out crying: What a calamity, what terrible times! He went out to listen to the hearts of young people, to cultivate the new reality. "This is not working? Let's go look there. "
Scholas peeks through the fissures of the world —not with his head— with his whole body, to see if another answer comes back from the open.
And that is educating. Education listens, or does not educate. If you don't listen, you don't educate. Education creates culture, or does not educate. Education teaches us to celebrate, or it does not educate.
Can anyone tell me. "But how is educating not knowing things?" No. That is knowing. But educating is listening, creating culture, celebrating.
And so Scholas grew.
Not even these two madmen - the founding fathers, we can tell them laughing - imagined that that educational experience in the diocese of Buenos Aires, after twenty years would grow as a new culture, "poetically inhabiting this land", as Hölderlin taught us. Listening, creating and celebrating life. That new culture poetically inhabiting this earth.
Harmonizing the language of thought with feelings and actions. It is what you heard me several times: language of the head, heart and hands, synchronized. Head, heart and hands growing harmoniously.
I saw in Scholas Japanese teachers and students dancing with Colombians. It is impossible! I saw it. I saw the youth of Israel playing with those of Palestine. I saw it. To the students of Haiti thinking with those of Dubai. To the children of Mozambique painting with those of Portugal ... I saw, between East and West, an olive tree creating culture of encounter.
For this reason, in this new crisis that humanity is facing today, where culture has shown that it has lost its vitality, I want to celebrate that Scholas, as a community that educates, as an intuition that grows, opens the doors of the University of Sense. Because educating is looking for the meaning of things. It is teaching how to find the meaning of things.
Bringing together the dreams of children and young people with the experience of adults and old people. That meeting must always take place if there is no humanity, because there are no roots, there is no history, there is no promise, there is no growth, there are no dreams, there is no prophecy.
Students of all realities, languages ​​and beliefs, because nobody is left out when what is taught is not a thing, but Life. The same life that originates us and will always originate other worlds. Different, unique worlds, as we are also. In our deepest pains, joys, desires and nostalgias. Worlds of Gratitude, Meaning and Beauty. "The Idiot", the "call" by Caravaggio and the madman from "La strada".
Never forget these last three words, free, meaning and beauty. They may seem useless !, especially nowadays. Who starts to make a company looking for free, meaning and beauty? It does not produce, it does not produce. And yet, on this thing that seems useless depends the entire humanity, the future.
Go ahead, take that mystique that was given away, that no one invented it; and the first to be surprised were these two madmen who founded it. And that's why they deliver it, they give it, because it's not theirs. It is something that came as a gift. Keep on planting and harvesting, with the smile, with the risk, but all together and always hand in hand to overcome any crisis.

God bless you. And please don't forget to pray for me. Thank you.
FULL TEXT Source: - Translation from Spanish