Sunday, August 30, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Monday, August 31, 2020 - Virtual Church


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians           2:1-5
The only knowledge I claimed to have was about  the crucified Christ.

Paul writing1Brothers, when I came to you, it was not with any show of oratory or philosophy, but simply to tell you what God had guaranteed. During my stay with you, the only knowledge I claimed to have was about Jesus, and only about him as the crucified Christ. Far from relying on any power of my own, I came among you in great ‘fear and trembling’ and in my speeches and the sermons that I gave, there were none of the arguments that belong to philosophy;
only a demonstration of the power of the Spirit And I did this so that your faith should not depend on human philosophy
but on the power of God.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 118
Response                              Lord, how I love your law!

1. Lord, how I love your law!
It is ever in my mind.
Your command makes me wiser than my foes;
for it is mine for ever.                               Response

2. I have more insight than all who teach me
for I ponder your will.
I have more understanding than the old
for I keep your precepts.                         Response

3. I turn my feet from evil paths
to obey your word.
I have not turned away from your decrees;
you yourself have taught me.                Response

Gospel  Acclamation       Jn 8: 12
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord,
anyone who follows me will have the light of life.
Alleluia !

Or                                              Lk 4: 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord has sent me to bring the Good News to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives.
Alleluia !


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke     4:16-30
Jesus came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written:

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
for he has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives
and to the blind new sight,
to set the downtrodden free,
to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.

He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to speak to them, ‘This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen’. And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips

They said, ‘This is Joseph’s son, surely?’ But he replied, ‘No doubt you will quote me the saying, “Physician, heal yourself” and tell me, “We have heard all that happened in Capernaum, do the same here in your own countryside”‘. And he went on, ‘I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country.

‘There were many widows in Israel, I can assure you, in Elijah’s day, when heaven remained shut for three years and six months and a great famine raged throughout the land, but Elijah was not sent to any one of these: he was sent to a widow at Zarephath, a Sidonian town. And in the prophet Elisha’s time there were many lepers in Israel, but none of these was cured, except the Syrian, Naaman.’

When they heard this everyone in the synagogue was enraged. They sprang to their feet and hustled him out of the town; and they took him up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw him down the cliff, but he slipped through the crowd and walked away.
Prayer to Make a 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 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 31 : St. Raymond Nonnatus - a Pro-Life Saint and the Patron of Pregnant, Midwives and Newborns with Novena Prayer

(In Spanish SAN RAMON). Born 1200 or 1204 at Portello in the Diocese of Urgel in Catalonia; died at Cardona, 31 August, 1240. His feast is celebrated on 31 August. He is pictured in the habit of his order surrounded by ransomed slaves, with a padlock on his lips. He was taken from the womb of his mother after her death, hence his name. Of noble but poor family, he showed early traits of piety and great talent. His father ordered him to tend a farm, but later gave him permission to take the habit with the Mercedarians at Barcelona, at the hands of the founder, St. Peter Nolasco. Raymond made such progress in the religious life that he was soon considered worthy to succeed his master in the office of ransomer. He was sent to Algiers and liberated many captives. When money failed he gave himself as a hostage. He was zealous in teaching the Christian religion and made many converts, which embittered the Mohammedan authorities. Raymond was subjected to all kinds of indignities and cruelty, was made to run the gauntlet, and was at last sentenced to impalement. The hope of a greater sum of money as ransom caused the governor to commute the sentence into imprisonment. To prevent him from preaching for Christ, his lips were pierced with a red-hot iron and closed with a padlock. After his arrival in Spain, in 1239, he was made a cardinal by Gregory IX. In the next year he was called to Rome by the pope, but came only as far as Cardona, about six miles from Barcelona, where he died. His body was brought to the chapel of St. Nicholas near his old farm. In 1657 his name was placed in the Roman martyrology by Alexander VII. He is invoked by women in labour and by persons falsely accused. The appendix to the Roman ritual gives a formula for the blessing of water, in his honour, to be used by the sick, and another of candles. Text shared from The Catholic Encyclopedia
Glorious St. Raymond, filled with compassion for those who invoke you
and with love for those who suffer heavily burdens
with the weight of my troubles,
I cast myself at your feet
and humbly beg of you to take my present concerns
which I recommend to you under your special protection.

[Mention your intention(s) here...]

Promise to recommend these to the Blessed Virgin Mary
and lay them before the Throne of Jesus,
so that He may bring it to a happy ending.
Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted.
Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day
coming face to Face with God,
and with you, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints
praising and blessing together for all eternity.


Good St. Raymond,
pray for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Raymond,
pray for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Raymond,
pray for us and obtain our request.

Say 1 Our Father..., Say 1 Hail Mary..., Say 1 Glory Be... (Say these prayers for 9 days)

Watch a Beautiful Ave Maria Sung at the White House by Christopher Macchio during the RNC

A Beautiful Ave Maria sung at the White House by Christopher Macchio during the Republican National Convention.

Pope Francis says "..let us make sure that the cross hanging on the wall of the house, or ...around our necks, The cross is a holy sign of God's love.."

St. Peter's Square
Sunday, 30 August 2020

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
Today's Gospel passage (cf. Mt 16 : 21-27) is linked to that of last Sunday (cf. Mt 16 : 13-20). After Peter, also in the name of the other disciples, professed faith in Jesus as Messiah and Son of God, Jesus himself begins to speak to them about his passion. On the way to Jerusalem, he openly explains to his friends what awaits him at the end in the holy city: he foretells his mystery of death and resurrection, humiliation and glory. He says that he will have to "suffer a great deal from the elders, the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed and rise again on the third day" ( Mt 16:21). But his words are not understood, because the disciples have a faith that is still immature and too tied to the mentality of this world (cf.Rom 12.2). They think of a victory that is too earthly, and for this reason they do not understand the language of the cross.

Faced with the prospect that Jesus could fail and die on the cross, Peter himself rebels and says to him: «God forbid, Lord; this will never happen to you! " (v. 22). He believes in Jesus - Peter is like that - he has faith, he believes in Jesus, he believes; he wants to follow him, but does not accept that his glory passes through passion. For Peter and the other disciples - but also for us! - the cross is an uncomfortable thing, the cross is a "scandal", while Jesus considers fleeing from the cross "scandal", which would mean withdrawing from the will of the Father, from the mission that He has entrusted to him for our salvation. For this reason Jesus replies to Peter: «Get behind me, Satan! You are a scandal to me, because you do not think according to God, but according to men! " (v. 23). Ten minutes earlier, Jesus praised Peter, promised him to be the foundation of his Church, the foundation; ten minutes later he says "Satan". How come this is understood? It happens to all of us! In moments of devotion, fervor, good will, closeness to our neighbor, let us look at Jesus and go forward; but in the moments when the cross comes, we flee. The devil, Satan - as Jesus says to Peter - tempts us. It is proper to the bad spirit, it is proper to the devil to distance ourselves from the cross, from the cross of Jesus.
Then addressing everyone, Jesus adds: "If anyone wants to follow me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me" (v. 24). In this way He points the way of the true disciple, showing two attitudes. The first is "renouncing oneself", which does not mean a superficial change, but a conversion, a reversal of mentality and values. The other attitude is to take up one's cross. It is not just a question of bearing the daily tribulations with patience, but of bearing with faith and responsibility that part of the effort, that part of suffering that the struggle against evil entails. The life of Christians is always a struggle. The Bible says that the believer's life is a militia: to fight against the bad spirit, to fight against Evil.
Thus the commitment to "take up the cross" becomes participation with Christ in the salvation of the world. Thinking about this, let us make sure that the cross hanging on the wall of the house, or the small one we carry around our necks, is a sign of our desire to join Christ in lovingly serving our brothers, especially the smallest and most fragile. The cross is a holy sign of God's love, it is a sign of the Sacrifice of Jesus, and should not be reduced to a superstitious object or an ornamental jewel. Every time we fix our gaze on the image of Christ crucified, we think that he, as a true Servant of the Lord, fulfilled his mission by giving his life, shedding his blood for the remission of sins. And let us not allow ourselves to be led to the other side, into the temptation of the Evil One. Consequently, if we want to be his disciples, we are called to imitate him,
May the Virgin Mary, united with her Son to Calvary, help us not to retreat in the face of the trials and sufferings that the witness of the Gospel entails for all of us.

After the Angelus
Dear brothers and sisters ,
the day after tomorrow, September 1st, is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. From this date, until 4 October, we will celebrate the "Jubilee of the Earth" with our Christian brothers of various Churches and traditions, to commemorate the institution, 50 years ago, of Earth Day. I greet the various initiatives promoted all over the world and, among these, the Concert which is taking place today in the cathedral of Port-Louis, capital of Mauritius, where unfortunately an environmental disaster has recently occurred.
I am following with concern the tensions in the eastern Mediterranean area, undermined by various outbreaks of instability. Please, I appeal to constructive dialogue and respect for international law to resolve the conflicts that threaten the peace of the peoples of that region.
And I greet all of you gathered here today from Rome, Italy and various countries. I see the flags there, and I greet the Religious Community of East Timor in Italy. Well done, with flags! The pilgrims of Londrina and Formosa, in Brazil; and the young people of Grantorto, diocese of Vicenza. Welcome! I also see Polish flags, I greet the Poles; Argentine flags, even the Argentines. Welcome everyone!

I wish everyone a happy Sunday. Please don't forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye!

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