Thursday, September 3, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : 1st Friday, September 4, 2020 - Your Virtual Church


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians       4:1-5

People must think of us as Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God. What is expected of stewards is that each one should be found worthy of his trust. Not that it makes the slightest difference to me whether you, or indeed any human tribunal, find me worthy or not.secrets
I will not even pass judgement on myself. True, my conscience does not reproach me at all, but that does not prove that I am acquitted: the Lord alone is my judge.

There must be no passing of premature judgement. Leave that until the Lord comes; he will light up all that is hidden in the dark and reveal the secret intentions of men’s hearts. Then will be the time for each one to have whatever praise he deserves, from God.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 36:3-6, 27-28, 39-40 R/v 39
Response                                The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

1. If you trust in the Lord and do good,
then you will live in the land and be secure.
If you find your delight in the Lord;
he will grant your heart’s desire.                    Response

2. Commit your life to the Lord,
trust in him and he will act,
so that your justice breaks forth like the light,
your cause like the noon-day sun.                 Response

3 Then turn away from evil and do good
and you shall have a home for ever;
for the Lord loves justice
and will never forsake his friends.                 Response

4. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord,
their stronghold in time of distress.
The Lord helps them and delivers them
and saves them: for their refuge is in him.   Response

Gospel  Acclamation         Ps 18: 9
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words gladden the heart, O Lord, they give light to the eyes.
Alleluia !

Or                                             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 !


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke           5:33-39

 lovely JesusThe Pharisees and the Scribes said to Jesus, ‘John’s disciples are always fasting and saying prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees too, but yours go on eating and drinking’. Jesus replied, ‘Surely you cannot make the bridegroom’s attendants fast while the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come, the time for the bridegroom to be taken away from them; that will be the time when they will fast.’

He also told them this parable, ‘No one tears a piece from a new cloak to put it on an old cloak; if he does, not only will he have torn the new one, but the piece taken from the new will not match the old.

And nobody puts new wine into old skins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and then run out, and the skins will be lost. No; new wine must be put into fresh skins. And nobody who has been drinking old wine wants new. “The old is good” he says.’

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 September 4 : St. Rose of Viterbo a 3rd Order Franciscan who Raised Her Aunt from the Dead

Virgin, born at Viterbo, 1235; died 6 March, 1252. The chronology of her life must always remain uncertain, as the Acts of her canonization, the chief historical sources, record no dates. Those given above are accepted by the best authorities.

Born of poor and pious parents, Rose was remarkable for holiness and for her miraculous powers from her earliest years. When but three years old, she raised to life her maternal aunt. At the age of seven, she had already lived the life of a recluse, devoting herself to penances. Her health succumbed, but she was miraculously cured by the Blessed Virgin, who ordered her to enroll herself in the Third Order of St. Francis, and to preach penance to Viterbo, at that time (1247) held by Frederick II of Germany and a prey to political strife and heresy. Her mission seems to have extended for about two years, and such was her success that the prefect of the city decided to banish her. The imperial power was seriously threatened. Accordingly, Rose and her parents were expelled from Viterbo in January, 1250, and took refuge in Sorriano. On 5 December, 1250, Rose foretold the speedy death of the emperor, a prophecy realized on 13 December. Soon afterwards she went to Vitorchiano, whose inhabitants had been perverted by a famous sorceress. Rose secured the conversion of all, even of the sorceress, by standing unscathed for three hours in the flames of a burning pyre, a miracle as striking as it is well attested. With the restoration of the papal power in Viterbo (1251) Rose returned.

She wished to enter the monastery of St. Mary of the Roses, but was refused because of her poverty. She humbly submitted, foretelling her admission to the monastery after her death. The remainder of her life was spent in the cell in her father's house, where she died. The process of her canonization was opened in that year by Innocent IV, but was not definitively undertaken until 1457. Her feast is celebrated on 4 September, when her body, still incorrupt, is carried in procession through Viterbo.

Source The Catholic Encyclopedia 

Saint September 4 : St. Boniface I a Pope who Died in 422

St. Boniface I
Feast: September 4
Information: Feast Day: September 4
Died: September 4, 422
Elected 28 December, 418; d. at Rome, 4 September, 422. Little is known of his life antecedent to his election. The "Liber Pontificalis" calls him a Roman, and the son of the presbyter Jocundus. He is believed to have been ordained by Pope Damasus I (366-384) and to have served as representative of Innocent I at Constantinople (c. 405).
At he death of Pope Zosimus, the Roman Church entered into the fifth of the schisms, resulting from double papal elections, which so disturbed her peace during the early centuries. Just after Zosimus's obsequies, 27 December, 418, a faction of the Roman clergy consisting principally of deacons seized the Lateran basilica and elected as pope the Archdeacon Eulalius. The higher clergy tried to enter, but were violently repulsed by a mob of adherents of the Eulalian party. On the following day they met in the church of Theodora and elected as pope, much against his will, the aged Boniface, a priest highly esteemed for his charity, learning, and good character. On Sunday, 29 December, both were consecrated, Boniface in the Basilica of St. Marcellus, supported by nine provincial bishops and some seventy priests; Eulalius in the Lateran basilica in the presence of the deacons, a few priests and the Bishop of Ostia, who was summoned from his sickbed to assist at the ordination. Each claimant proceeded to act as pope, and Rome was thrown into tumultuous confusion by the clash of the rival factions. The Prefect of Rome, Symmachus, hostile to Boniface, reported the trouble to the Emperor Honorius at Ravenna, and secured the imperial confirmation of Eulalius's election. Boniface was expelled from the city. His adherents, however, secured a hearing from the emperor who called a synod of Italian bishops at Ravenna to meet the rival popes and discuss the situation (February, March, 419). Unable to reach a decision, the synod made a few practical provisions pending a general council of Italian, Gaulish, and African bishops to be convened in May to settle the difficulty. It ordered both claimants to leave Rome until a decision was reached and forbade return under penalty of condemnation. As Easter, 30 March, was approaching, Achilleus, Bishop of Spoleto, was deputed to conduct the paschal services in the vacant Roman See. Boniface was sent, it seems, to the cemetery of St. Felicitas on the Via Salaria, and Eulalius to Antium. On 18 March, Eulalius boldly returned to Rome, gathered his partisans, stirred up strife anew, and spurning the prefect's orders to leave the city, seized the Lateran basilica on Holy Saturday (29 March), determined to preside at the paschal ceremonies. The imperial troops were required to dispossess him and make it possible for Achilleus to conduct the services. The emperor was deeply indignant at these proceedings and refusing to consider again the claims of Eulalius, recognizedBoniface as legitimate pope (3 April, 418). The latter re-entered Rome 10 April and was acclaimed by the people. Eulalius was madeBishop either of Nepi in Tuscany or of some Campanian see, according to the conflicting data of the sources of the "Liber Pontificalis". The schism had lasted fifteen weeks. Early in 420, the pope's critical illness encouraged the artisans of Eulalius to make another effort. On his recovery Boniface requested the emperor (1 July, 420) to make some provision against possible renewal of the schism in the event of his death. Honorius enacted a law providing that, in contested Papal elections, neither claimant should be recognized and a new election should be held.
Boniface's reign was marked by great zeal and activity in disciplinary organization and control. He reversed his predecessor's policy of endowing certain Western bishops with extraordinary papal vicariate powers. Zosimus had given to Patroclus, Bishop of Arles, extensive jurisdiction in the provinces of Vienna and Narbonne, and had made him an intermediary between these provinces and the Apostolic See. Boniface diminished these primatial rights and restored the metropolitan powers of the chief bishops of provinces. Thus he sustained Hilary, Archbishop of Narbonne, in his choice of a bishop of the vacant See of Lodeve, against Patroclus, who tried to intrude another (422). So, too, he insisted that Maximus, Bishop of Valence, should be tried for his alleged crimes, not by a primate, but by a synod of the bishops of Gaul, and promised to sustain their decision (419). Boniface succeeded to Zosimus's difficulties with the African Church regarding appeals to Rome and, in particular, the case of Apiarius. The Council of Carthage, having heard the representations of Zosimus's legates, sent to Boniface on 31 May, 419, a letter in reply to the commonitorium of his predecessor. It stated that the council had been unable to verify the canons which the legates had quoted as Nicene, but which were later found to be Sardican. It agreed, however, to observe them until verification could be established. This letter is often cited in illustration of the defiant attitude of theAfrican Church to the Roman See. An unbiased study of it, however, must lead to no more extreme conclusion than that of Dom Chapman: "it was written in considerable irritation, yet in a studiously moderate tone" (Dublin Review. July, 1901, 109-119). TheAfricans were irritated at the insolence of Boniface's legates and incensed at being urged to obey laws which they thought were not consistently enforced at Rome. This they told Boniface in no uncertain language; yet, far from repudiating his authority, they promised to obey the suspected laws thus recognizing the pope's office as guardian of the Church's discipline. In 422 Boniface received the appeal of Anthony of Fussula who, through the efforts of St. Augustine, had been deposed by a provincial synod of Numidia, and decided that he should be restored if his innocence be established. Boniface ardently supported St. Augustine in combating Pelagianism. Having received two Pelagian letters calumniating Augustine, he sent them to him. In recognition of this solicitude Augustine dedicated to Boniface his rejoinder contained in "Contra duas Epistolas Pelagianoruin Libri quatuor".
In the East he zealously maintained his jurisdiction over the ecclesiastical provinces of Illyricurn, of which the Patriarch of Constantinople was trying to secure control on account of their becoming a part of the Eastern empire. The Bishop of Thessalonica had been constituted papal vicar in this territory, exercising jurisdiction over the metropolitans and bishops. By letters to Rufus, the contemporary incumbent of the see, Boniface watched closely over the interests of the Illyrian church and insisted on obedience to Rome. In 421 dissatisfaction expressed by certain malcontents among the bishops, on account of the pope's refusal to confirm the election of Perigines as Bishop of Corinth unless the candidate was recognized by Rufus, served as a pretext for the young emperor Theodosius II to grant the ecclesiastical dominion of Illyricurn to the Patriarch of Constantinople (14 July, 421). Boniface remonstrated with Honorius against the violation of the rights of his see, and prevailed upon him to urge Theodosius to rescind his enactment. The law was not enforced, but it remained in the Theodosian (439) and Justinian (534) codes and caused much trouble for succeeding popes. By a letter of 11 March, 422, Boniface forbade the consecration in Illyricum of any bishop whom Rufus would not recognize. Boniface renewed the legislation of Pope Soter, prohibiting women to touch the sacred linens or to minister at the burning of incense. He enforced the laws forbidding slaves to become clerics. He was buried in the cemetery of Maximus on the Via Salaria, near the tomb of his favorite, St. Felicitas, in whose honor and in gratitude for whose aid he had erected an oratory over the cemetery bearing her name.
source Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis says "...have our gaze turned to Jesus Christ. He is God, the Creator himself, who..." Full Text

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Ladies, Gentlemen
I am pleased to welcome you and extend a cordial welcome to Rome. I thank Monsignor de Moulins Beaufort for taking the initiative of this meeting, following the reflections that the Conference of Bishops of France made regarding the Encyclical Laudato si ' , reflections in which a number of experts committed to the cause took part. ecological .

We are part of a single human family, called to live in a common home whose disquieting degradation we note together. The health crisis that humanity is currently experiencing reminds us of our fragility. We understand to what extent we are linked to each other, inserted in a world whose evolution we share, and that mistreating it can only have serious consequences, not only environmental, but also social and human.
It rejoices that an awareness of the urgency of the situation is now found almost everywhere, that the theme of ecology increasingly permeates the ways of thinking at all levels and begins to influence political and economic choices, even if much remains to be done and if we still see too many slowness and even steps backwards. For its part, the Catholic Church intends to participate fully in the commitment to protect the common home. It has no ready-made solutions to propose and does not ignore the difficulties of the technical, economic and political issues at stake, nor all the efforts that this commitment entails. But he wants to act concretely where this is possible, and above all he wants to form consciences in order to favor a profound and lasting ecological conversion., which alone can respond to the important challenges we face.
Regarding this ecological conversion, I would like to share with you the way in which the convictions of faith offer Christians great motivations for the protection of nature, as well as of the most fragile brothers and sisters, because I am certain that science and faith, which propose different approaches to reality, can develop an intense and fruitful dialogue (cf. Enc. Laudato si ' , 62).
The Bible teaches us that the world was not born of chaos or chance, but of a decision of God who called it and always calls it into existence, out of love. The universe is beautiful and good, and contemplating it allows us to glimpse the infinite beauty and goodness of its Author. Every creature, even the most ephemeral, is the object of the tenderness of the Father, who gives it a place in the world. The Christian can only respect the work that the Father has entrusted to him, like a garden to cultivate, to protect, to grow according to his potential. And if man has the right to make use of nature for his own ends, he cannot in any way consider himself its owner or despot, but only the administrator who will be accountable for its management. In this garden that God offers us, human beings are called to live in harmony in justice,LS , 82). And when nature is considered solely as an object of profit and interest - a vision that consolidates the will of the strongest - then harmony is broken and serious inequalities, injustices and suffering occur.
Saint John Paul II affirmed: “Not only has the earth been given by God to man, who must use it respecting the original intention of good, according to which it was given to him; but man is given to himself by God and must therefore respect the natural and moral structure with which he was endowed "(Enc. Centesimus annus, 38). Everything is therefore connected. It is the same indifference, the same selfishness, the same greed, the same pride, the same claim to be the master and despot of the world that lead human beings, on the one hand, to destroy species and plunder natural resources, from other, to exploit misery, to abuse the work of women and children, to overturn the laws of the family cell, to no longer respect the right to human life from conception to natural end.
Therefore, "if the ecological crisis is an emergence or an external manifestation of the ethical, cultural and spiritual crisis of modernity, we cannot deceive ourselves to heal our relationship with nature and the environment without healing all fundamental human relationships" ( LS , 119). So there will be no new relationship with nature without a new human being, and it is by healing the heart of man that one can hope to heal the world of both its social and environmental disorders.
Dear friends, I renew my encouragement for your efforts in favor of environmental protection. While conditions on the planet may appear catastrophic and certain situations even seem irreversible, we Christians do not lose hope, because we have our gaze turned to Jesus Christ. He is God, the Creator himself, who came to visit his creation and to dwell among us (cf. LS , 96-100), to heal us, to make us rediscover the harmony we have lost, harmony with our brothers and sisters and harmony with nature. "He does not abandon us, he does not leave us alone, because he is definitively united with our land, and his love always leads us to find new paths" ( LS , 245).

I ask God to bless you. And I ask you, please, to pray for me.

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The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.
Saint Gregory the Great 

US Bishops Lament Federal Executions “The Church’s opposition to the death penalty is clear... " Full Text

U.S. Bishop Chairmen Lament Additional Federal Executions
WASHINGTON —Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement in light of additional federal executions this week and new executions set in September:

“The Church’s opposition to the death penalty is clear, and we have made many requests that the federal government should not resume these executions. Yet, not only has the government done so, they have scheduled even more executions. After the first three in July, there are two this week, and two more at the end of September.

“We know from scripture that God created each of us in his image (Gen. 1:26-27). This gives each person an irrevocable dignity, despite their sinfulness.  When the Pharisees wanted to put to death the adulterous woman, they put the question to Jesus in this way: ‘Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?’ (Jn. 8:5). We must not forget the Lord’s answer! Remembering the Lord’s call for mercy, we renew our plea: stop these executions!”

For additional USCCB statements and resources on the death penalty and the recent resumption of federal executions:

  • In July of 2019, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, then-chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the administration to abandon plans to resume federal executions. 
  • In October 2019, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane participated in a roundtable discussion for the World Day Against the Death Penalty.
  • Archbishop Coakley, Archbishop Gregory, and Bishop Dewane co-authored an op-ed in America Magazine in December 2019. 
  • The USCCB restated its opposition to the death penalty in an amicus curiae brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2020.  
  • Archbishop Coakley called on Attorney General Barr and President Trump to reverse course on the executions after the Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of the death row inmates in June 2020.
  • A USCCB action alert continues to allow Catholics to raise their voices in opposition to the death penalty. 

Bishops in Kenya Call on Government to Shut Down All Abortion Clinics

AFRICA/KENYA - Bishops call on government to shut down abortion clinics
Thursday, 3 September 2020   

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - " We cannot claim God is in our midst when in fact we are allowing the evil of some individuals who may have killed their conscience to legislate for the killing of our unborn children", say the Bishops of Kenya, who asked the government to close all clinics and health units that are procuring abortions and administering contraceptives to minors and teenagers in the name of protecting them. In a joint statement read by the Chairman of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Most Rev. Philip Anyolo, on 29th August 2020, during the Episcopal Consecration of the new Bishop of Kitui, Rt. Rev. Joseph Mwongela, the bishops termed abortion as evil and expressed concern over the Reproductive Health Bill whose basic intention, they pointed out, is to introduce disguised abortion on demand.
"It is of utmost concern that in a Country which believes in the sanctity of human life and human dignity, certain entities will be allowed to propagate ideologies that degrade that very dignity in the name of freedom of choice", they say.
The Bishops urged parents to recall their primary responsibility of instilling good morals and habits in their children by spending sufficient time with them.
"Parenting is the biggest investment any parent can make and it requires skill, effort, commitment and patience", they said.
"As a moral duty, families must take full responsibility over the education of their children as a virtue and in morality, especially on sexual education" recall the Bishops. They appealed to parents to teach their children the correct doctrine and to shun other doctrines, condemning the aggressive anti-family agenda being peddled such as the “gender ideology” that is contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 3/9/2020)

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz Denied Entry into Belarus - his own Country

Lukashenko: Archbishop Kondrusiewicz 'persona non grata' in Russia and Belarus
by Vladimir Rozanskij
For the Belarusian president, he is part of "a list of undesirable people", shared by the two nations. He claims the metropolitan left the country "unexpectedly" to "receive particular directives" in Poland. Archbishop Kondrusiewicz participated in Marian celebrations in Częstochowa. Orthodox Church: "Strange and incomprehensible" the refusal of entry to Kondrusiewicz.

Moscow (AsiaNews) - The President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko has justified refusal to allow Archbishop Kondrusiewicz’s to enter his country, declaring that the metropolitan "has ended up on a list of unwanted people, shared by Russia and Belarus".

This is an agreement between the two countries, to block undesirable people at the first western border of the "Russian world". Lukashenko said he “does not have all the information, because it changes constantly. We now check very carefully on all those who enter and leave the country”.

The president added that the head of the Catholic Church in Belarus left the country “unexpectedly" to "receive particular directives" in Poland, and then returned to Belarus ending up on the unwanted list.

His words attempt to imply that Kondrusiewicz was on an espionage mission (which explains why the list of unwanted persons is compiled. In reality, the Metropolitan of Minsk had been to some Marian celebrations in Częstochowa.

"He is not the only one on the list, but he is a very well-known person," said Lukashenko, adding that Kondrusiewicz has multiple nationalities, without specifying which ones. In fact, when he was Archbishop of Moscow, Msgr. Kondrusiewicz was in possession of a Russian passport, but this shouldn't be a problem for returning to Belarus; another matter for his Polish or Vatican passports.

“For us it doesn't matter whether he is the leader of the Catholics, the Orthodox or the Muslims; the important thing is that everything is regular according to the law. Of course, if you then get involved in politics and try to influence believers, Catholics - who are wonderful people - then you have a dual responsibility ", Lukashenko said, adding "we do not close Catholic churches, on the contrary, we seek to help and protect them. You have seen in Independence Square (where the "red church" is located - ed), even if they then reported fake news, as if we had forbidden entry into the church ", continued the president. "We allow entry of the most diverse people, Kondrusiewicz or Lukashenko and others, but the churches work and will continue to work, because prayer, believers, their path to the church, are the most sacred things for us, and we venerate them”.

The head of state promised that "the state will not threaten the Catholic or Orthodox Church, or Muslims or Jews, whoever they are, we will not allow it, because our pride is the interfaith world, our national world, and we will always be proud of it”.

The head of the information office of the Orthodox Church in Belarus, Priest Sergij Lepin, defined the refusal of Kondrusiewicz's entry as "strange and incomprehensible", and hoped for "a positive solution to the unexpected situation", assuring "the fraternal support for the entire Catholic community of Belarus ”. Lepin also wished that "a confessional opposition will not be created in our country, because some provocateurs would also like to open this front ... there is a great lack of love, against the background of an excess of gossip and incessant prophecies", wrote Lepin on his blog.

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz sent a request to the Belarusian Customs Committee after spending the night in a parish of Bialystok in Poland, and a similar request for clarification was sent today by the Archdiocese of Minsk. If there is no reply, a request will be made directly to the presidential administration, as explained by the diocesan spokesman Jurij Sanko. The customs administration has so far refused to comment on the incident. According to lawyers, to refuse entry to a regular citizen of Belarus, it is first necessary to deprive him of his citizenship.

The metropolitan did not want to speculate on the reasons for the refusal of entry, stating that "he does not want to guess at answers from reading tea leaves" and to wait for an official explanation, "cell phones and e-mails exist today, but so far no one has replied ... I am sorry, but everything that I have done is for the good of the whole country, and not only on the spiritual level, even in the past years, like when in 2017 I gathered all the presidents of the European Bishops' Conferences in Minsk".

"I hope it is only an unfortunate misunderstanding", concluded the Archbishop, asking all the Catholic faithful of Belarus to pray for him and for peace in the country, so that "even this episode does not fuel discord, and everyone is still capable of forgiveness".
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