Saturday, August 8, 2020

Sunday Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, August 9, 2020 - Virtual Church

Habakkuk 1.12 – 2.4
Are you not from of old, O Lord my God, my Holy One? You shall not die. O Lord, you have marked them for judgment; and you, O Rock, have established them for punishment. Your eyes are too pure to behold evil, and you cannot look on wrongdoing; why do you look on the treacherous, and are silent when the wicked swallow those more righteous than they?
You have made people like the fish of the sea, like crawling things that have no ruler. The enemy brings all of them up with a hook; he drags them out with his net, he gathers them in his seine; so he rejoices and exults.

Therefore he sacrifices to his net and makes offerings to his seine; for by them his portion is lavish, and his food is rich. Is he then to keep on emptying his net, and destroying nations without mercy?

I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint.

Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.

Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.

Psalm 9
R. You will never abandon those who seek you, Lord.

The Lord sits enthroned forever, he has established his throne for judgment. He judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with equity. R.

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. R.

Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion. Declare his deeds among the peoples. For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted. R.

Matthew 17.14-20
After the transfiguration, Jesus with Peter, James and John came down from the mountain. When they came to the crowd, a man came to Jesus, knelt before him, and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.”

And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”

Jesus said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
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 may 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 August 9 : St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross - Edith Stein a Jewish convert Martyred at Auschwitz

Edith Stein was born in Breslau on 12 October 1891, the youngest of 11, as her family were celebrating Yom Kippur, that most important Jewish festival, the Feast of Atonement. "More than anything else, this helped make the youngest child very precious to her mother." Being born on this day was like a foreshadowing to Edith, a future Carmelite nun.
Edith's father, who ran a timber business, died when she had only just turned two. Her mother, a very devout, hard-working, strong-willed and truly wonderful woman, now had to fend for herself and to look after the family and their large business. However, she did not succeed in keeping up a living faith in her children. Edith lost her faith in God. "I  consciously decided, of my own volition, to give up praying," she said.
In 1913, Edith Stein transferred to G6ttingen University, to study under the mentorship of Edmund Husserl. She became his pupil and teaching assistant, and he later tutored her for a doctorate. At the time, anyone who was interested in philosophy was fascinated by Husserl's new view of reality, whereby the world as we perceive it does not merely exist in a Kantian way, in our subjective perception. His pupils saw his philosophy as a return to objects: "back to things". Husserl's phenomenology unwittingly led many of his pupils to the Christian faith. In G6ttingen Edith Stein also met the philosopher Max Scheler, who directed her attention to Roman Catholicism. Nevertheless, she did not neglect her "bread-and-butter" studies and passed her degree with distinction in January 1915, though she did not follow it up with teacher training.
In 1916, she followed Husserl as his assistant to the German city of Freiburg, where she passed her doctorate summa cum laude (with the utmost distinction) in 1917, after writing a thesis on "The Problem of Empathy."
Edith Stein had been good friends with Husserl's Göttingen assistant, Adolf Reinach, and his wife.
When Reinach fell in Flanders in November 1917, Edith went to Göttingen to visit his widow. The Reinachs had converted to Protestantism. Edith felt uneasy about meeting the young widow at first, but was surprised when she actually met with a woman of faith.
Later, she wrote: "Things were in God's plan which I had not planned at all. I am coming to the living faith and conviction that - from God's point of view - there is no chance and that the whole of my life, down to every detail, has been mapped out in God's divine providence and makes complete and perfect sense in God's all-seeing eyes."
. One evening Edith picked up an autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila and read this book all night. "When I had finished the book, I said to myself: This is the truth." Later, looking back on her life, she wrote: "My longing for truth was a single prayer."
On 1 January 1922 Edith Stein was baptized. It was the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus, when Jesus entered into the covenant of Abraham. Edith Stein stood by the baptismal font, wearing Hedwig  Conrad-Martius' white wedding cloak. Hedwig washer godmother. "I had given up practising my Jewish religion when I was a 14-year-old girl and did not begin to feel Jewish again until I had returned to God."
After her conversion she went straight to Breslau: "Mother," she said, "I am a Catholic." The two women cried. Hedwig Conrad Martius wrote: "Behold, two Israelites indeed, in whom is no deceit!" (cf. John 1:47).
Immediately after her conversion she wanted to join a Carmelite convent.
In 1933 darkness broke out over Germany. "I had heard of severe measures against Jews before. But now it dawned on me that God had laid his hand heavily on His people, and that the destiny of these people would also be mine." The Aryan Law of the Nazis made it impossible for Edith Stein to continue teaching. "If I can't go on here, then there are no longer any opportunities for me in Germany," she wrote; "I had become a stranger in the world."
The Arch-Abbot of Beuron, Walzer, now no longer stopped her from entering a Carmelite convent. While in Speyer, she had already taken a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience. In 1933 she met with the prioress of the Carmelite Convent in Cologne. "Human activities cannot help us, but only the suffering of Christ. It is my desire to share in it."
Edith Stein went to Breslau for the last time, to say good-bye to her mother and her family. Her last day at home was her birthday, 12 October, which was also the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles. Edith went to the synagogue with her mother. It was a hard day for the two women. "Why did you get to know it [Christianity]?" her mother asked, "I don't want to say anything against him. He may have been a very good person. But why did he make himself God?" Edith's mother cried. The following day Edith was on the train to Cologne. "I did not feel any passionate joy. What I had just experienced was too terrible. But I felt a profound peace - in the safe haven of God's will." From now on she wrote to her mother every week, though she never received any replies. Instead, her sister Rosa sent her news from Breslau.
Edith joined the Carmelite Convent of Cologne on 14 October, and her investiture took place on 15 April, 1934. The mass was celebrated by the Arch-Abbot of Beuron. Edith Stein was now known as Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce - Teresa, Blessed of the Cross.
When she made her eternal profession on 21 April 1938, she had the words of St. John of the Cross printed on her devotional picture: "Henceforth my only vocation is to love." Her final work was to be devoted to this author.
On 9 November 1938 the anti-Semitism of the Nazis became apparent to the whole world.
Edith Stein was arrested by the Gestapo on 2 August 1942, while she was in the chapel with the other sisters. She was to report within five minutes, together with her sister Rosa, who had also converted and was serving at the Echt Convent. Her last words to be heard in Echt were addressed to Rosa: "Come, we are going for our people."
Together with many other Jewish Christians, the two women were taken to a transit camp in Amersfoort and then to Westerbork. This was an act of retaliation against the letter of protest written by the Dutch Roman Catholic Bishops against the pogroms and deportations of Jews. Edith commented, "I never knew that people could be like this, neither did I know that my brothers and sisters would have to suffer like this. ... I pray for them every hour. Will God hear my prayers? He will certainly hear them in their distress." Prof. Jan Nota, who was greatly attached to her, wrote later: "She is a witness to God's presence in a world where God is absent."
On 7 August, early in the morning, 987 Jews were deported to Auschwitz. It was probably on 9 August that Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce, her sister and many other of her people were gassed.
When Edith Stein was beatified in Cologne on 1 May 1987, the Church honoured "a daughter of Israel", as Pope John Paul II put it, who, as a Catholic during Nazi persecution, remained faithful to the crucified Lord Jesus Christ and, as a Jew, to her people in loving faithfulness."

#BreakingNews Priest Brutally Killed in El Salvador - RIP Ricardo Cortez, Rector of Seminary

The parish priest of Santiago de María, Ricardo Antonio Cortez, was murdered and his body was found on the Litoral highway, jurisdiction of San Vicente.

According to the first investigations, the priest was heading towards Santiago de María, in Usulután, where he was director and professor of philosophy at the local seminary.
He was the rector of the Major Seminary, of Santiago de María, of the Diocese of Zacatecoluca, La Paz.

The crime occurred during the early hours of this Friday morning, authorities said.

According to Father Felipe López, priest of the Zacatecoluca cathedral, his friend traveled from Olocuilta to Santiago de María where he served as director and professor of philosophy at the seminary in that town.

The religious was vicar of the Parish of the Candelaria canton and was rector major of the seminary of Santiago de María.
"When we arrived at the place, we actually found the vehicle belonging to the Zacatecoluca diocese and about three meters behind the vehicle a lifeless body that had bullet wounds," explained a police source.

"Apparently the priest was intercepted and then forced to get out of the vehicle, which had been assigned to him by the church, to shoot him, later the body was dragged until it was left in the brush on the side of the road," said an agent of the Policeman.

Father Ricardo Antonio Cortez had almost 20 years of dedicating himself to priestly life in the country.

"He was one of the most active and prepared priests that we had in the entire La Paz area," Father López said.

"He went to study philosophy in Rome where he graduated, this earned him to be appointed as director of the seminary in Santiago de María and give classes there, it really is a great loss for us," said the father.

The murdered priest leaves sadness and a great void between his parishioners, friends and the 35 students who were under his charge at the seminary.
Edited from El Salvador. com and Vatican News 

Pope Francis says "There are moments in the day that favor this union with God: Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration, meditation on the Word, the Rosary..."


Dear Sisters,
On 8 August 2021, the centenary of the birth to heaven of Blessed Maria Margherita Caiani will be celebrated, who in 1902 gave birth to the Institute of the Minimal Franciscans of the Sacred Heart. I am delighted that you, her spiritual daughters, want to prepare yourselves for this anniversary with the Jubilee year that begins today, in the liturgical memorial of the Blessed.
My hope is that this year may be an occasion for the whole Congregation to commemorate the life and teachings of the Foundress, as well as these nearly 120 years of journey, also looking at the challenges of the future. It is a grace to have a grateful heart reconciled with one's yesterday and eyes full of hope in tomorrow; woe betide, however, to take refuge in a past that is no longer or in a tomorrow that is not yet, fleeing the today in which we are called to live and work. This anniversary calls you to embody the specificities of your charism in our time. May the Holy Spirit, who awakened it at the beginning of the last century, give you the strength to rediscover its freshness and the ability to continue to perfume the world with the gift of your life.
You are the Minimal Franciscans of the Sacred Heart. I would like to focus briefly on this name.
Mother Caiani, calling you Minime , wanted to highlight what the style of your life must be: the style of littleness. This then received confirmation with the grafting of your Institute into the tree of the great Franciscan Family: you placed yourselves at the school of St. Francis to better follow the Lord, who was the first to “make himself small, he chose this path. That of humiliating oneself and humiliating oneself to death on the cross ”( Homily of the Mass at Casa Santa Marta , 23 June 2017).
It is a way to go every day. It is a narrow and tiring path, but if you follow it to the end, life becomes fruitful . As it was for the Virgin Mary, looked upon by the Most High precisely because she is humble and small (cf. Lk 1:47); and thus she became the Mother of God.
Franciscan, Minime, and specified " of the Sacred Heart ", to take root at the source of Charity. The love that Jesus has for us does not dazzle with great special effects that soon vanish, but it is a concrete and faithful love, made up of closeness, of gestures that lift us up and give us dignity and trust. Let us think of the two disciples of Emmaus who, confused and embittered, returned to their home on Easter evening (cf. Lk 24 : 13-35). The Lord approached them not as a hero but as a fellow traveler; walking he explained "to them in all the Scriptures what referred to him" ( v . 27), and their hearts burned with joy; and then he broke the bread, "then their eyes were opened and they recognized him" ( v . 31).
May you love with the Heart of Jesus, with gestures rich in tenderness. And the first place to live this simple and concrete love is your religious community.
Del Sacro Cuore " is not just a complement, but says much more: it speaks of belonging. The Lord has given you life, he has generated you to faith and has called you to himself in consecrated life by drawing you to his Heart. This belonging is manifested in a particular way in prayer . Our whole life is called, with the grace of the Spirit, to become prayer. For this we must allow the Lord to remain united with us always. And so He transforms us, day after day, making our heart more and more similar to his.
There are moments in the day that favor this union with God: Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration, meditation on the Word, the Rosary, spiritual reading. May it be your going to the Lord full of joy, the joy of the child running towards his parents to embrace and kiss them. This joy attracts and is contagious! Sometimes it seems that there are a thousand other more necessary things to do, or we feel the fatigue of being with Jesus; but, like the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus invites us to remain there, close to him (cf. Mk 14:38). Let us allow the Lord to remain united with us!
Pushed by the Sacred Heart, you will be mothers for the brothers and sisters you meet "from the cradle to the grave", as Blessed Maria Margherita used to say. You will announce joyfully that the Lord always looks at us with mercy, he has a merciful Heart.
Your charisma also has a restorative dimension This is a great service for the good of the world. Sin ruins the work that God created beautiful. You, with your prayers and your little gestures, sow in the field of the world the seed of God's love which makes all things new. When the seed falls to the ground, it makes no noise: so are the many works that you carry out in Italy, Brazil, Egypt, Sri Lanka and Bethlehem, especially in favor of children and young people. Gestures that are capable of making the world more beautiful, of illuminating it with a ray of God's love.
Dear Sisters, I wish you a holy and fruitful centenary! I assure you of my remembrance to the Lord, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary; and you too, please, don't forget to pray for me. To you and to those entrusted to your charity I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing.
Rome, San Giovanni in Laterano, 8 August 2020

Novena to St. Dominic the Founder of the Dominican Order - Order Preachers - #StDominic

Novena to St. Dominic
Say once a day for 9 days. Especially on the Feast of St. Dominic. 
 O renowned champion of the faith of Christ, most holy saint Dominic, who didst renounce the honour and dignity of an earthly principality to embrace the poor, laborious, and mortified life which should distinguish a disciple of Him Who has said: "If any man will come after Me, let him take up his cross and follow Me."
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 O burning torch, who being thyself consumed with the fire of divine love, didst incessantly labour to enkindle that sacred flame in the hearts of others, look down upon me from that throne of glory where thou enjoyest the reward of all thy labours, and obtain that some sparks of that blessed fire may be lighted in my soul, to animate and encourage me under any crosses or trials with which it shall please the divine goodness to visit me. Thou, O great Saint, regardest as nothing all the afflictions thou didst endure, and all the toils thou didst undergo for the promotion of God's holy cause; obtain, I beseech Thee, that the same ardent love which strengthened thee, may make sweet to me labours, humiliations, disgraces, or whatever other mortifications I may have to suffer for the Name of Jesus. May I ever bear in mind that nothing can happen to me but by the particular dispensation of a God Who is infinitely wise, and therefore knows what is best for my welfare; infinitely powerful, and consequently able to effect it; and above all, infinitely merciful and loving, Who has laid down His life for my redemption, and continues daily to give new proofs of His love and bounty. O tender Father of the poor who, when all other resources were exhausted, didst offer thyself for their relief, obtain for me that true spirit of compassion for the suffering members of Jesus Christ, which shone forth so conspicuously in thy holy life. May I, by charity to those whom Jesus so dearly loves, lay up for myself treasures in heaven, where thou now enjoyest that which the eye hath not seen, nor the ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, but which God has prepared for those who love Him, and who prove themselves His Disciples by the observance of His Divine precept "love one another." I praise and thank God for the high degree of sanctity to which He had raised thee, and the special privileges by which He has distinguished thee. I conjure thee, by that gratitude with which thou shalt for all eternity be penetrated for thy Divine Benefactor, implore for me the grace to root out of my heart whatever is not agreeable in His sight, especially that evil habit by which I most frequently offend Him.
Obtain likewise the favours I request in this Novena, through thy powerful intercession.
 (Mention your intentions here)
 O glorious Mother of God, Queen of the most sacred Rosary, thou who didst love Dominic with the affection of a mother, and were most tenderly loved and honoured by him, look upon me, for his sake, with an eye of pity, deign to join with him in presenting these petitions to thy most Blessed Jesus. I sincerely desire from this moment to love Him with all my heart, and serve Him with all my strength, and now place myself under thy powerful protection, as a sure means of obtaining all the graces necessary to serve Him faithfully here, that I may eternally rejoice with Him hereafter. Amen.

Novena to St. Mary Mackillop - Mother Mary of the Cross of Australia - #Mackillop

A novenea is a prayer repeated for nine consecutive days, or once a week for nine weeks. It can be prayed by individuals or groups. A Statement of Faith should precede the saying of the prayer each time.
 The following is an example of such a statement of faith: We believe in God’s everlasting love for all and through faith and great confidence in that love our petition will be granted. Therefore, in the desire to promote God’s greater honour and glory, we pray, through the intercession of St Mary of the Cross, for (insert intention) .
 The statement of faith is followed by this prayer: Most loving God, we thank you for the example of St Mary of the Cross, who, in her living of the gospel, witnessed to the human dignity of each person. She faced life’s challenges with faith and courage. We pray, through her intercession, for our need – (insert name)'s return to good health. We make this prayer through Jesus, the Lord. Amen.
Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be Each day for 9 Days
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