Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - #StJerome Memorial - Your Virtual Church

Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 457

Reading 1
JB 9:1-12, 14-16
Job answered his friends and said:I know well that it is so;
but how can a man be justified before God?
Should one wish to contend with him,
he could not answer him once in a thousand times.
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;
who has withstood him and remained unscathed?

He removes the mountains before they know it;
he overturns them in his anger.
He shakes the earth out of its place,
and the pillars beneath it tremble.
He commands the sun, and it rises not;
he seals up the stars.

He alone stretches out the heavens
and treads upon the crests of the sea.
He made the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south;
He does great things past finding out,
marvelous things beyond reckoning.

Should he come near me, I see him not;
should he pass by, I am not aware of him;
Should he seize me forcibly, who can say him nay?
Who can say to him, “What are you doing?”

How much less shall I give him any answer,
or choose out arguments against him!
Even though I were right, I could not answer him,
but should rather beg for what was due me.
If I appealed to him and he answered my call,
I could not believe that he would hearken to my words.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 88:10BC-11, 12-13, 14-15
R. (3) Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
Daily I call upon you, O LORD;
to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work wonders for the dead?
Will the shades arise to give you thanks?
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
Do they declare your mercy in the grave,
your faithfulness among those who have perished?
Are your wonders made known in the darkness,
or your justice in the land of oblivion?
But I, O LORD, cry out to you;
with my morning prayer I wait upon you.
Why, O LORD, do you reject me;
why hide from me your face?
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.

PHIL 3:8-9
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I consider all things so much rubbish
that I may gain Christ and be found in him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
LK 9:57-62
As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding
on their journey, someone said to him,
 “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him,
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
And to another he said, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.”
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 30 : St. Jerome the Patron of Librarians, Translators, Archeologists and Bible Scholars


340-342, Stridon, on the border of Dalmatia and Pannonia
420, Bethlehem, Judea
Major Shrine:
Basilica of Saint Mary Major, Rome, Italy
Patron of:
archeologists; archivists; Bible scholars; librarians; libraries; schoolchildren; students; translators
Born at Stridon, a town on the confines of Dalmatia and Pannonia, about the year 340-2; died at Bethlehem, 30 September, 420. He went to Rome, probably about 360, where he was baptized, and became interested in ecclesiastical matters. From Rome he went to Trier, famous for its schools, and there began his theological studies. Later he went to Aquileia, and towards 373 he set out on a journey to the East. He settled first in Antioch, where he heard Apollinaris of Laodicea, one of the first exegetes of that time and not yet separated from the Church. From 374-9 Jerome led an ascetical life in the desert of Chalcis, southwest of Antioch. Ordained priest at Antioch, he went to Constantinople (380-81), where a friendship sprang up between him and St. Gregory of Nazianzus. From 382 to August 385 he made another sojourn in Rome, not far from Pope Damasus. When the latter died (11 December, 384) his position became a very difficult one. His harsh criticisms had made him bitter enemies, who tried to ruin him. After a few months he was compelled to leave Rome. By way of Antioch and Alexandria he reached Bethlehem, in 386. He settled there in a monastery near a convent founded by two Roman ladies, Paula and Eustochium, who followed him to Palestine. Henceforth he led a life of asceticism and study; but even then he was troubled by controversies which will be mentioned later, one with Rufinus and the other with the Pelagians.
The literary activity of St. Jerome, although very prolific, may be summed up under a few principal heads: works on the Bible; theological controversies; historical works; various letters; translations. But perhaps the chronology of his more important writings will enable us to follow more easily the development of his studies.
A first period extends to his sojourn in Rome (382), a period of preparation. From this period we have the translation of the homilies of Origen on Jeremias, Ezechiel, and Isaias (379-81), and about the same time the translation of the Chronicle of Eusebius; then the "Vita S. Pauli, prima eremitae" (374-379).
A second period extends from his sojourn in Rome to the beginning of the translation of the Old Testament from the Hebrew (382-390). During this period the exegetical vocation of St. Jerome asserted itself under the influence of Pope Damasus, and took definite shape when the opposition of the ecclesiastics of Rome compelled the caustic Dalmatian to renounce ecclesiastical advancement and retire to Bethlehem. In 384 we have the correction of the Latin version of the Four Gospels; in 385, the Epistles of St. Paul; in 384, a first revision of the Latin Psalms according to the accepted text of the Septuagint (Roman Psalter); in 384, the revision of the Latin version of the Book of Job, after the accepted version of the Septuagint; between 386 and 391 a second revision of the Latin Psalter, this time according to the text of the "Hexapla" of Origen (Gallican Psalter, embodied in the Vulgate). It is doubtful whether he revised the entire version of the Old Testament according to the Greek of the Septuagint. In 382-383 "Altercatio Luciferiani et Orthodoxi" and "De perpetua Virginitate B. Mariae; adversus Helvidium". In 387-388, commentaries on the Epistles to Philemon, to the Galatians, to the Ephesians, to Titus; and in 389-390, on Ecclesiastes.
Between 390 and 405, St. Jerome gave all his attention to the translation of the Old Testament according to the Hebrew, but this work alternated with many others. Between 390-394 he translated the Books of Samuel and of Kings, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Canticle of Canticles, Esdras, and Paralipomena. In 390 he translated the treatise "De Spiritu Sancto" of Didymus of Alexandria; in 389-90, he drew up his "Quaestiones hebraicae in Genesim" and "De interpretatione nominum hebraicorum." In 391-92 he wrote the "Vita S. Hilarionis", the "Vita Malchi, monachi captivi", and commentaries on Nahum, Micheas, Sophonias, Aggeus, Habacuc. In 392-93, "De viris illustribus", and "Adversus Jovinianum"; in 395, commentaries on Jonas and Abdias; in 398, revision of the remainder of the Latin version of the New Testament, and about that time commentaries on chapters 13-23 of Isaias; in 398, an unfinished work "Contra Joannem Hierosolymitanum"; in 401, "Apologeticum adversus Rufinum"; between 403-406, "Contra Vigilantium"; finally from 398 to 405, completion of the version of the Old Testament according to the Hebrew.
In the last period of his life, from 405 to 420, St. Jerome took up the series of his commentaries interrupted for seven years. In 406, he commented on Osee, Joel, Amos, Zacharias, Malachias; in 408, on Daniel; from 408 to 410, on the remainder of Isaias; from 410 to 415, on Ezechiel; from 415-420, on Jeremias. From 401 to 410 date what is left of his sermons; treatises on St. Mark, homilies on the Psalms, on various subjects, and on the Gospels; in 415, "Dialogi contra Pelagianos".
Text shared from The Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis Chooses Theme for 55th World Day of Communications - “Come and see” from the Gospel of John

“Come and see” (Jn 1,46). Communicating, encountering people as and where they are

“Come and see”. These words of the apostle Philip are central to the Gospel. The Christian proclamation, before words, is made up of looks, testimonies, experiences, encounters, closeness. In a word, life. These very words, from the Gospel of John (1, 43-46) were chosen by Pope Francis as the theme of the 55th Message for the Day of Social Communications, which will be held in May 2021. “Communicating, encountering people as and where they are”, is the subtitle.

This is the Gospel passage: “The next day, after Jesus had decided to leave for Galilee, He met Philip and said, ‘Follow me’. Philip came from the same town, Bethsaida, as Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth’. Nathanael said to him, ‘From Nazareth? Can anything good come from that place?’ Philip replied, ‘Come and see’”.

In the epochal change we are experiencing, in a time that obliges us to social distance due to the pandemic, communication can make possible the closeness that is necessary to recognize what is essential, and to understand truly the meaning of things.

We do not know the truth if we do not experience it, if we do not meet people, if we do not participate in their joys and sorrows. The old saying “God meets you where you are” can be a guide for those engaged in media or communications work in the Church. In the call of the first disciples, with Jesus who went to encounter them and to invite them to follow Him, we also see the invitation to use all media, in all their forms, to reach people as they are and where they live.

[01130-IT.01] [Testo originale: Plurilingue]
FULL TEXT Source: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2020/09/29/0494/01130.html

#BreakingNews Catholic Seminary in Texas Vandalized as Crucifix and Doors Damaged - Video

Discernment house, crucifix vandalized at Assumption Seminary
Assumption Seminary received damage to an outdoor crucifix and five glass doors of the discernment house on campus during an act of vandalism which occurred at just after 10 p.m. Thursday night, September 24. San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) officers are currently investigating the incident and are searching for a suspect.
According to Father Hy Nguyen, PSS, seminary rector, at 10:05 p.m. last night an unidentified man was observed walking up to a dormitory building holding a baseball bat, and the individual began striking the glass doors repeatedly. Law enforcement was immediately notified, but the suspect fled the area before the police arrived.
In addition to the damage done to the doors during last night’s attack, a San Antonio Spurs NBA jersey was placed around the head of an image of Jesus and a foot was broken on the corpus of that same outdoor crucifix adjacent to Our Lady’s Chapel. The chapel is beside the discernment house.
No one was injured, and clean-up and repairs were underway this morning, September 25.
“First and foremost, all of our seminarians and all the people at the seminary are safe,” Father Nguyen said. “We ask for your prayers for this misguided person, and for the safety of the Assumption community.”
Archbishop Gustavo GarcĂ­a-Siller, MSpS, expressed his gratitude to the Father Nguyen and Father Daniel Villarreal, director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, for their attentiveness to this unexpected situation.
He added, “This disturbing event can lead us to know that Jesus on the Cross gave us His Body and Blood, His whole being, for our salvation. It is a reminder that we are called to love one another as He loved us. We pray for the person who committed this painful act; he is in our prayers. As with many other things that have been happening in this regard, may our hurt lead us to love even more, and even better. We assure our seminarians of our prayers and our support as we seek resolution to this.”
FULL TEXT Source: Facebook Page of the Archdiocese of San Antonio

Novena to the Archangels : Powerful Prayers to the Angels St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

September 29th is the Feast of the Archangels. 
Here are three novenas to the archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael. Novena to St. Michael the Archangel

Feast Day September 29

St. Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His people, I turn to you with confidence and seek your powerful intercession. For the love of God, Who made you so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer. You know the value on my soul in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty. Help me to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me. I desire to imitate your loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and your great love for God and people. And since you are God's messenger for the care of his people, I entrust to you this special request: (Mention your request).

St. Michael, since you are, by the Will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians, I have great confidence in your prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God's holy Will, my petition will be granted.

Pray for me, St. Michael, and also for those I love. Protect us in all dangers of body and soul. Help us in our daily needs. Through your powerful intercession, may we live a holy life, die a happy death, and reach heaven where we may praise and love God with you forever. Amen.

Novena to St. Gabriel the Archangel
Feast Day September 29

St. Gabriel the Archangel, I venerate you as the "Angel of the Incarnation," because God has specially appointed you to bear the messages concerning the God-Man to Daniel, Zechariah, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Give me a tender and devoted Mother, more like your own.

I venerate you also as the "strength from God," because you are the giver of God's strength, consoler and comforter chosen to strengthen God's faithful and to teach them important truths. I ask for the grace of a special power of the will to strive for holiness of life. Steady my resolutions, renew my courage, comfort and console me in the problems, trials, and sufferings of daily living, as you consoled our Savior in His agony and Mary in her sorrows and Joseph in his trials. I put my confidence in you.

St. Gabriel, I ask you especially for this favor: (Mention your request). Through your earnest love for the Son of God-Made-Man and for His blessed Mother, I beg of you, intercede for me that my request may be granted, if it be God's holy Will.

Pray for us, St. Gabriel the Archangel. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray. Almighty and ever-living God, since You chose the Archangel Gabriel from among all the Angels to announce the mystery of Your Son's Incarnation, mercifully grant that we who honor him on earth may feel the benefit of his patronage in heaven. You live and reign for ever. Amen.

Novena to St. Raphael the Archangel
Feast Day September 29

Holy Archangel Raphael, standing so close to the throne of God and offering Him our prayers, I venerate you as God's special Friend and Messenger. I choose you as my Patron and wish to love and obey you as young Tobiah did. I consecrate to you my body and soul,all my work, and my whole life. I want you to be my Guide and Counselor in all the dangerous and difficult problems and decisions of my life.

Remember, dearest, St. Raphael, that the grace of God preserved you with the good Angels in heaven when the proud ones were cast into hell. I entreat you, therefore, to help me in my struggle against the world, the spirit of impurity, and the devil. Defend me from all dangers and every occasion of sin. Direct me always in the way of peace, safety, and salvation. Offer my prayers to God as you offered those of Tobiah, so that through your intercession I may obtain the graces necessary for the salvation of my soul. I ask you to pray that God grant me this favor if it be His holy Will: (Mention your request).

St. Raphael, help me to love and serve my God faithfully, to die in His grace, and finally to merit to join you in seeing and praising God forever in heaven. Amen.
A Novena is a Prayer to be said for 9 Days - Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be each day.

President of India Gives Award to Catholic Carmelite Nun for Social Work - Her Motto "Not me, but you"

Asia News reports that the Indian president gave an award to Carmelite nun from Manipur
by Biju Veticad
Sister William Parmar, a member of the Carmelites of Charity of Vedruna, received the recognition for her work with the National Service Scheme. Her projects include public toilets, sewage canals, and waste treatment plants. Her work is inspired by the motto "Not me, but you".

New Delhi (AsiaNews) – A nun from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur received a special award from the President of India for her work on social issues and environmental protection within the government's National Service Scheme (NSS).

Active in the Swachh Bharath (Clean India) campaign, Sister William Parmar, a member of the Carmelites of Charity of Vedruna, received the award last Thursday from the hands of President Ram Nad Kovindh and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju. The award was also given to 42 other recipients.

Sister Parmar, 39, is in charge of projects drafted and developed within the NSS, a government programme launched in 1969 under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to develop the personality of students through community service.

The nun works at the Don Bosco Salesian College in Maram, Senapati district (Manipur) and has promoted several leading projects for the institute, such as public toilets, urinals, waiting sheds, sewage canals, waste treatment plants and ponds, and much more. One of the best projects is the manufacture of dust bins from bamboo and tin.

Her work is inspired by the motto "Not me, but you,” defined by a sense of altruism and the desire to serve one’s neighbours first of all, as her colleagues and teaching staff at the Don Bosco Salesian college can attest.

The nun has promoted activities in the fields of literacy among the poorest students, environmental protection by promoting the planting of 19,000 trees, health and personal hygiene, as well as the fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria.

Speaking to AsiaNews, Don Bosco Salesian College Dean Fr K O Sebastian stressed that "this is the third time that our college gets an award from the central government of India for valuable services rendered by the NSS unit of our college.”

In 2018, he explained, Sister Pramar was one of three winners of the Swachh Bharath Hero award, awarded by the Indian Prime Minister. The college "is located in a rural area, where some indigenous Manipur tribes predominate.”

The school plans to teach "with a missionary approach, keeping access to higher education equitable and affordable to the underprivileged, the marginalised and the deserving”.

"Sister Pramar,” Fr Sebastian noted, “was able to go beyond normal working conditions to provide dedicated community service to the tribal people living near the college, along with her teaching.”
Source: Asia News IT

Thousand of Migrants from Venezuela Face Great Sufferings and Human Trafficking

AMERICA/VENEZUELA - Migrants: a reality of suffering for many Venezuelans
Monday, 28 September 2020

Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - On the occasion of the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees celebrated yesterday, Sunday 27 September, Red Clamor published a message addressed to "the holy people of God who are pilgrims in Latin America and the Caribbean".
The text sent to Fides by the Bishops' Conference of Venezuela (CEV), relaunches the invitation of the Holy Father: "The Pope proposes the theme of this Day starting from his knowledge of the reality of the suffering and pain of so many migrants in the world and, mainly, from Latin America and the Caribbean ... Thousands and thousands of people have had to flee their homeland to go to other places in search of a better standard of living and even to save their lives", reads the text.
"Given the lack of protection, fear and uncertainty for thousands of displaced people (...), the Church, that in her prophecy is also a mother, invites everyone to come closer to the displaced to know and understand" the message continues.
In America there is a very particular reality also with regard to integral ecology, because there have been vast movements due to natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes), for large-scale human accidents, such as the contamination of water, land and air, as in the last case of Brumadinho, in Brazil, where almost 300 people died (see Fides, 7/02/2019).
Red Clamor is an organization that brings together men and women committed to accompanying, defending, promoting and including displaced persons, migrants and refugees in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Promoted by the Latin American and Caribbean Episcopal Council (CELAM), inspired by an embodied spirituality of communion and participation, it seeks to listen to the cry (clamor) of people forced to move and strives to enhance charisms, resources and experiences of committed ecclesial realities and institutions to accompany migrants, refugees, displaced persons and victims of human trafficking.
The situation in Venezuela was followed by the members of Red Clamor in a particular way: about 4 million Venezuelans were spread out in Latin American countries. According to UNHCR (UN refugee agency) data, Colombia has 1.3 million presences, Peru 768,000, Chile 288,000, Ecuador 263,000, Argentina 130,000 and Brazil 168,000. But the local press reports that these figures are lower than reality. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 28/9/2020)

US Bishops' Conference Pro-Life Chair Praises President Trump's Order Protecting Babies Born Alive

U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chair Applauds President’s Executive Order Ensuring
WASHINGTON - Last night, President Trump released an executive order to ensure that federally-funded hospitals are aware of, and compliant with, current legal protections intended to ensure that babies born prematurely or with disabilities receive a medical assessment and appropriate care. The executive order also calls for more funding for research to improve outcomes for babies born prematurely or with disabilities.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement:

“We applaud this action by President Trump to ensure that babies born prematurely or with disabilities receive a basic medical assessment and appropriate care as required by our federal laws.  In addition to our laws, basic human rights demand that no baby born alive should be abandoned and left to die due to being disabled or premature.  Every human life, regardless of its stage of development or condition, is precious and irreplaceable and deserves a shot at life.”