Saturday, September 5, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, September 6, 2020 - Virtual Church - 23rd Ord. Time A





FIRST READING

A reading from the book of the Prophet Ezekiel          33:7-9
The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows: ‘Son of man, I have appointed you as sentry to the House of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, warn them in my name. If I say to a wicked man: Wicked wretch, you are to die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked man to renounce his ways, then he shall die for his sin, but I will hold you responsible for his death. If, however, you do warn a wicked man to renounce his ways and repent, and he does not repent, then he shall die for his sin, but you yourself will have saved your life.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 94: 1-2. 6-9. R: v8
Response                                O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.

1. Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the.rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.                                 Response

2. Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.                               Response

3. O that today you would listen to his voice!
‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.’   Response

SECOND READING   

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans    13:8-10
Love is the answer to every one of the commandments.

  I meant thatAvoid getting into debt, except the debt of mutual love. If you love your fellow men you have carried out your obligations. All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbour as yourself. Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.

The Word of the Lord.


Gospel Acclamation             Jn 17: 17
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth.
Alleluia!

Or                                                2 Cor 5:19
Alleluia, alleluia!
God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself,
and he has entrusted to us the news that they are reconciled
Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew       18:15-20
If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.
‘If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, is between your two selves.
If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.
If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you:
the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain any charge.

But if he refuses to listen to these,
report it to the community;
and if he refuses to listen to the community,
treat him like a pagan or a tax collector.

‘I tell you solemnly, whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.

‘I tell you solemnly once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven.
For where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them.’
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 6 : St. Eleutherius the Bishop of Tournai who Died 585

(French ELEUTHERE). Bishop of Tournai at the beginning of the sixth century. Historically there is very little known about St. Eleutherius, but he was without doubt the first Bishop of Tournai. Theodore, whom some give as his immediate predecessor, was either a bishop of Tours, whose name was placed by mistake on the episcopal list of Tournai, or simply a missionary who ministered to the Christians scattered throughout the small Frankish Kingdom of Tournai. Before he became bishop, Eleutherius lived at court with his friend Medardus, who predicted that he would attain the dignity of a count and also be elevated to the episcopate. After Clovis, King of the Franks, had been converted to Christianity, in 496, with more than 3000 of his subjects, bishops took part in the royal councils. St. Remigius, Bishop of Reims, organized the Catholic hierarchy in Northern Gaul, and it is more than likely that St. Eleutherius was named Bishop of Tournai at this time.His cult, however, is well established; there is record of a recovery of his relics during the episcopate of Hedilo in 897 or 898, and a translation of them by Bishop Baudoin in 1064 or 1065, and another in 1247. Relics of this saint were also preserved in the monastery of St. Martin at Tournai, and in the cathedral at Bruges. His feast is given in martyrologies on 20 or 21 July, but is usually celebrated on the former date. The translation of his relics is commemorated 25 August. Shortened bio from the Catholic Encyclopedia Image source : http://full-of-grace-and-truth.blogspot.ca/

The Modern World met a Mother who Loved...10 ways Mother Teresa of Calcutta changed the World to SHARE


Mother Teresa has touched the hearts of Millions around the world with her love....
 Mother Teresa's real name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu and she was born Aug. 26, 1910, in Macedonia. Agnes' father died when she was 8.  When she was 18, Agnes left home and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland. Agnes never saw her mother or sister again after she left for Ireland.  Sister Teresa transferred to the Sisters of Loreto convent in Darjeeling, India.  Sr. Teresa took her vows in 1931, and choose the name Teresa to honor Saints Therese of Lisieux and Teresa of Avila.  She taught for  for 15 years with the Sisters of Loreto. In 1946 Teresa traveled to Darjeeling for a retreat. Mother Teresa was Canonized a Saint on September 4, 2016.
1. Mother Teresa obeyed the voice of God: “I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve him among the poorest of the poor.” She obtianed permission from the Sisters of Loreto to leave the order – permission of the Archbishop of Calcutta to live and work among the poor. She also prepared by taking a nursing course.
2. In 1948 Sister Teresa changed her nun’s habit – using a simple sari and sandals worn by the poor women. She moved to the slums to begin her work. She obtained food and supplies by begging.
3. She taught the children of the poor to read and write by writing in the dirt with sticks. She also taught the children basic hygiene. She visited families, finding their needs and helped them with supplies.
4.In 1950 she started the Mission of Charity. This congregation is dedicated to caring for “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.”
5. Mother Teresa opened hospices for the poor, a home for sufferers of leprosy, and a home for orphans and homeless youths.
6. Mother Teresa's Sisters spend 1 hour in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each day.Their day begins with prayer and Mass where they encounter Jesus the source of their strength.
7 . Mother Teresa was honored with many awards throughout her life, from the Indian Padma Shri in 1962 to the inaugural Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971  most famously, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
8. She refused the traditional Nobel honor banquet, instead requesting that the $192,000 budget be given to help the poor of India.  She continued her work with the poor for the rest of her life, leading the Missionaries of Charity until just months before her death Sept. 5, 1997.
9. Her Sisters have hundreds of houses throughout the world. They have helped millions of people.
10. Mother Teresa was Officially Canonized as a Saint by Pope Francis on Sept. 4, 2016.

#BreakingNews 2 Religious Sisters Missing after Attack on Catholic Convent in Mozambique


AID to the Church in Need reports that the whereabouts of two religious sisters of the congregation of Saint Joseph of Chambéry is still unknown and nothing has been heard of them since the violent attack by rebel jihadist groups on the port of Mocímboa da Praia in early August this year.

Father Kwiriwi Fonseca, of the diocese of Pemba in northern Mozambique, has been in contact with the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation ACN and has informed them that so far the authorities have not given any explanation as to what has happened to these two religious and the more than 60 individuals who were present in their convent at the time of the attack.

Father Fonseca explained that the region around Mocímboa da Praia is to all intents cut off and that “nobody can travel there”. He recalled that the attack “began on 5 August” and was followed by “several continuous days” of fighting, “up to the 11th”. “During this time the rebels attacked and occupied the port city of Mocímboa da Praia”.

It was during this attack that contact was lost with the two religious, Sister Inés Ramos and Sister Eliane da Costa. “They are Brazilian and one of them (Sister Inés) is over 70 years old”, Father Kwiriwi explained later.

“When the town was occupied”, he explained to ACN, “there was no phone signal and so we were unable to make contact with the sisters, and we thought they might have lost their mobile phones… So, we are trying to look on the bright side… We are hoping that they are still alive but have no means of communication. At any rate, we are comforting ourselves with this thought, because we still don’t exactly know the official version of events. We have not had any official notification.”

At the time of the attack there were “around 60 people” in the convent, mostly elderly people and a few children. Exactly what happened, no one knows. “If the sisters have returned to the convent, we have no way of knowing it, because there is no place there where they can buy a new mobile phone… Without any news of these (60) people we have no idea whether they have disappeared, died or been abducted. We don’t know anything…”

The diocese of Pemba was informed of the attack on the sisters’ convent in a phone call from another member of the community. “It was he who told us that the sisters’ convent had been attacked. Their silence since then makes us think that they must have lost their phones and are perhaps hiding out somewhere. Hence we have to assume that Sister Inés and Sister Eliane are ‘whereabouts unknown’ and therefore among the “disappeared”. We have no information, so we can’t make it up.”

The humanitarian crisis that is afflicting the province of Cabo Delgado in the far north of Mozambique is the result of the terrorist attacks, the scourge of this region. It is a crisis that has taken on a terrible dimension in terms of the number of people killed and made homeless, and in the complete lack of resources provided to support the population.

Father Cantífula de Castro, the assistant director of Radio Encontro, the radio station of the archdiocese of Nampula, in the neighbouring province, has sent a message to the Portuguese ACN’s office in which he explained that “in the archdiocese of Nampula around 5,000 refugees have arrived in the districts around Meconta, Nampula and Rapale. Most of them are young women and children in need of humanitarian aid. And they have no housing, food or clothing, including any protection against Covid-19”.

According to Father Cantífula, in a video message sent to ACN, “the province of Cabo Delgado has been embroiled in war for the past three years. The people are going through unbearable suffering on account of the terrorism.” He continues, “It is a deplorable situation. It is estimated that there have been a little over 1000 deaths, with houses burned, villages abandoned, people reduced to living in the hills and others fleeing with absolutely nothing and seeking protection in places of relative safety.”

Ever since October 2017 the province of Cabo Delgado has been the scene of attacks by armed insurgents who some months ago openly declared allegiance to the so-called Islamic State, or Daesh, as it is also known. Indeed, the attacks have been growing in intensity in the last few months, and especially since the beginning of this year.

Father Cantífula de Castro nonetheless insisted that, despite the complexity of the situation and the lack of resources, “the Church is not abandoning these people, but remaining by their side, giving them whatever material aid and spiritual support it can.”
Source: https://www.acnmalta.org/
Image Source: http://www.csjchambery.org/en/destaque/732/visitaaochaosagradodemocambique

Novena to Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta - Official Prayer #Novena from the Missionaries of Charity



Shared from the Missionaries of Charity
Official Novena Prayer to Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Prayed each day of the Novena

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all. Obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request). Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.
“Jesus is my All in All”


First Day – Know the Living Jesus 
Thought for the day:“Don’t search for Jesus in far lands; He is not there. He is close to you; He is in you.”

Ask for the grace of an intimate knowledge of Jesus.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Second Day –Jesus Loves You
Thought for the day:
“Do not be afraid - you are precious to Jesus. He loves you.”
Ask for the grace to be convinced of Jesus’ unconditional and personal love for you.


Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Third Day – Hear Him Say to You: “I Thirst”
Thought for the day:
“Just think! God is thirsting for you and me to come forward to satiate His thirst.”
Ask for the grace to understand Jesus’ cry of thirst.


Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Fourth Day – Our Lady Will Help You
Thought for the day:
“How close we must keep to Our Lady who understood what depth of Divine Love was being revealed as she stood at the foot of the Cross and heard Jesus cry out: ‘I thirst.’ 
Ask for the grace to learn from Our Lady to quench Jesus’ thirst as she did.


Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Fifth Day – Trust Jesus Blindly
Thought for the day:
“Confidence in God can do all things. It is our emptiness and lowliness that God needs and not our plenitude.
Ask for the grace to have an unshakeable trust in the God’s power and love for you and for all.


Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Sixth Day - True Love is Surrender
Thought for the day: “Allow God to use you without consulting you.”
Ask for the grace to surrender your whole life to God.


Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Seventh Day – God Loves a Cheerful Giver
Thought for the day:“Joy is the sign of union with God, of God’s presence. Joy is love, the normal result of a heart burning with love.”
Ask for the grace to find joy in loving and to share this joy with all you meet.


Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Eighth Day – Jesus Made Himself the Bread of Life and the Hungry One
Thought for the day: “Believe that He, Jesus, is in the appearance of Bread and that He, Jesus, is in the hungry, naked, sick, lonely, unloved, homeless, helpless and hopeless.”
Ask for the grace of a deep faith to see Jesus in the Bread of Life and to serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poor.


Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa
Ninth Day – Holiness is Jesus Living and Acting in Me
Thought for the day: “Charity for each other is the surest way to great holiness.”
Ask for the grace to become a saint.


Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

UN Concludes that Hong Kong Security Law Violates Fundamental Rights


Asia News It report: UN: Hong Kong security law violates fundamental rights
The reprimand is contained in a letter sent to the Chinese government. China must appoint an independent authority to check whether the legislation is in line with its international obligations. A request that the traditional citizen freedoms be respected. Concern for the extraterritorial measures provided for by the provision.


Hong Kong (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The new national security law imposed by Beijing on the territory violates fundamental rights, according to the United Nations Office for Human Rights.

The body sent a letter sent to the Chinese government on 2 September, published today on the Office's website. In the missive UN experts ask China to appoint an independent authority to check whether the legislation is in line with its international obligations on respect for human rights.

The provision, which entered into force on June 30, introduces the crimes of separatism, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. The Chinese Communist Party claims to have adopted it to restore order; the anti-Beijing front, which for a year has been demonstrating for democracy in Hong Kong and to safeguard its liberal system, accuses the Chinese leadership of wanting to stifle the democratic aspirations of the population.

The UN has already criticized China for the arrest of some pro-democracy exponents under the new law. On August 10, Hong Kong authorities arrested the pro-democracy tycoon, and owner of the Apple Daily newspaper, Jimmy Lai.

The businessman was jailed - only to be released on bail - along with nine other people, including two of his children. Lai and the others are accused of having "collaborated with foreign forces" and "conspired for the purpose of fraud."

According to Fionnuala Ni Aolain, UN special envoy for the protection of human rights, and the other six signatories of the document, the law is contrary to the international agreements signed by Beijing. They stress that the measures introduced by the Asian giant should not be used to "restrict and limit fundamental freedoms, including those of opinion, speech and peaceful assembly".

The UN Office also expresses concern that the draconian legislation considers illegal many activities carried out by human rights lawyers, which are instead to be considered "legitimate". It also invites the Beijing executive to explain how it intends to implement the extraterritorial measures contained in the provision.
Source: Asia News IT
See Also: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/07/1067682

RIP Fr. Paul V. Mankowski, SJ - Death of Beloved Jesuit Priest due to Brain Aneurysm at Age 66



In Memoriam: Fr. Paul V. Mankowski, SJ

September 3, 2020 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Paul V. Mankowski, SJ, who died on September 3, 2020 in Evanston, Illinois. He was 66 years old. May he rest in peace. Father Mankowski died due to a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Paul was born on November 15, 1953, in South Bend, Indiana. Before entering the Society of Jesus, he earned an AB in classics and philosophy from the University of Chicago. Paul entered the Society on September 5, 1976, at Berkley, Michigan. He was ordained on June 13, 1987, and he professed final vows on December 12, 2012, in the Chapel of Ignatius House on the campus of Loyola University Chicago.

Paul earned a MA in classics from Oxford University (1983). He earned a master of divinity and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology (1987). Paul earned a PhD in comparative Semitic philology from Harvard University (1997).

During regency, Paul studied at Oxford University (1979-1983) before teaching at Xavier University (1983-1984). After doctoral studies, Paul was a professor of Old Testament languages at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, Italy (1994-2009). He returned to the states, made tertianship, and taught at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School (2010) and at Graham School of General Studies at the University of Chicago (2010-2011). Paul spent a year as acting pastor of Sacred Heart Church English Language Parish in Amman, Jordan, before, in 2012, becoming a Scholar-in-Residence at Lumen Christi Institute, University of Chicago.

Paul loved his college years at the University of Chicago where he deeply appreciated the "great books" classical approach to education. During some of those years, Paul worked in the nearby steel mills to help support himself. In the Society, Paul did the "PPE" program at Oxford: philosophy, politics and economics. These early years laid the foundation for Paul's lifelong devotion to learning, reading widely in theology, biblical studies, philosophy, and political thought. Paul was always knowledgeable about contemporary events in church, politics, and culture, and ready to offer his perspective when engaged on these subjects, always rooted in his devotion to tradition and orthodoxy. He was very devoted to his family, and he cherished Sunday dinners, frequently at the home of one his sisters, who was married to a college friend of Paul's. Paul was deeply devoted to the Mass and the sacraments. He was generous with his supply work to Calvert House, the Newman Center at the University of Chicago, various parishes, as well as for communities of women religious around the world.

Paul's years in Rome at Pontifical Biblical Institute found him teaching ancient biblical languages to eager students from around the world. At the same time, he regularly read widely in contemporary theology and was sought after by many important church leaders to offer his advice and perspective. Paul had firm opinions about things such as the most recent translations of the lectionary and Roman Missal which he regarded as improvements. From time to time, Paul would offer book reviews and articles to the noted review, First Things.

The past eight years when Paul was missioned to the Lumen Christi Institute, located amidst the University of Chicago, was a homecoming for Paul. His prodigious and wide-ranging intellect found a home there. Paul taught widely appreciated non-credit courses to undergraduates on a wide range of subjects in theology and the classics. Through Lumen Christi, Paul also offered regular "great books" seminars to accomplished professional men and women downtown in the "classics." For those going through RCIA at nearby Calvert House, Paul would offer supplementary sessions for those eager to deepen their knowledge of the faith. (With his customary understatement and tongue-in-cheek humor, Paul would describe these sessions as offering "vitamins" to the catechumens!) Paul was deeply loved and respected by the community of scholars involved in the Lumen Christi Institute, and his death will leave a huge void.

In Jesuit community, Paul was a quiet, but kind and caring presence for his brothers, and he was known for his quick wit and sense of humor. You could set your watch by his morning walks and prayer time. When men in formation would live at Woodlawn, Paul would offer to celebrate Mass for them. When needed, Paul would cook, clean, and care for the sick. Paul would not call attention to himself when he did these quiet acts of service. For all his tremendous intellectual and linguistic gifts, Paul wore them all lightly and was, deep down, a humble man who never forgot where he came from and who he belonged to and who he loved. While Paul had his theological, philosophical and political differences with many of his Jesuit brothers and—at times—superiors, Paul's deep love of the church, the Society of Jesus, and his Jesuit vocation was the bedrock of his life, as he was convinced that fidelity to this vocation was his way to salvation.

Information about the wake and funeral Mass will be forthcoming.

Source- Midwestjesuits