Monday, November 2, 2020

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 Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 486
Reading 1
PHIL 2:5-11
Brothers and sisters:
Have among yourselves the same attitude 
that is also yours in Christ Jesus,
Who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and, found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 22:26B-27, 28-30AB, 30E, 31-32
R. (26a) I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
I will fulfill my vows before those who fear him.
The lowly shall eat their fill;    
they who seek the LORD shall praise him:
“May your hearts be ever merry!”
R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
All the ends of the earth
shall remember and turn to the LORD;
All the families of the nations
shall bow down before him.
R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people. 
For dominion is the LORD’s,
 and he rules the nations.
To him alone shall bow down
all who sleep in the earth.
R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
To him my soul shall live;
my descendants shall serve him.
Let the coming generation be told of the LORD
that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born
the justice he has shown.
R.  I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
MT 11:28
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
LK 14:15-24
One of those at table with Jesus said to him,
“Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.”
He replied to him,
“A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many.
When the time for the dinner came,
he dispatched his servant to say to those invited,
‘Come, everything is now ready.’
But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves.
The first said to him,
‘I have purchased a field and must go to examine it;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen
and am on my way to evaluate them;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have just married a woman,
and therefore I cannot come.’
The servant went and reported this to his master.
Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant,
‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town
and bring in here the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
The servant reported, ‘Sir, your orders have been carried out
and still there is room.’
The master then ordered the servant,
‘Go out to the highways and hedgerows
and make people come in that my home may be filled.
For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.’”
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 November 3 : Saint Martin de Porres a Dominican and Patron of Black people, Social Justice, Hair Stylists, Public Education

St. Martin de Porres DOMINICAN MYSTIC

December 9, 1579, Lima, Peru
November 3, 1639, Lima, Peru
May 6, 1962 by Pope John XXIII
Major Shrine:
Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, Lima, Peru
Patron of:

black people, hair stylists, innkeepers, mixed-race people, Peru, poor people, public education, public health, public schools, race relations, social justice, state schools, television, Peruvian Naval Aviators

Pope John 23rd chose to remember St. Martin de Porres when he canonized him in 1962. The humble servant of God whose feast day we celebrate on November 3rd, was born in Peru in 1579. He was the son of a nobleman and a young freed slave, and grew up in poverty. Aged 11 he became a sevant in the Dominican priory in Lima, and promoted to almoner, he begged money from the rich to support the poor and sick. Placed in charge of the Dominican's infirmary; known for his tender care of the sick and for his spectacularcures, his superiors dropped the stipulation that "no black person may be received to the holy habit or profession of the and Martin took vows as a brother. He established an and 's for the of the slums. He set up a for the stray and . Martin lived in self-imposed austerity and spent much time in prayer and meditation. He knew St. Rose of Lima. (
Prayer to St. Martin de Porres
To you Saint Martin de Porres
we prayerfully lift up our hearts
filled with serene confidence and devotion.
Mindful of your unbounded
and helpful charity to all levels of society
and also of your meekness and humility of heart,
we offer our petitions to you.
Pour out upon our families
the precious gifts of your solicitous and generous intercession;
show to the people of every race and every colour
the paths of unity and of justice;
implore from our Father in heaven the coming of His kingdom,
so that through mutual benevolence in God
men may increase the fruits of grace
and merit the rewards of eternal life. Amen. ( Source:

Pope Francis at Mass for the Dead Says " will do us good to look at the cemeteries and look up. And repeat, like Job: "I know that my Redeemer is alive..." FULL TEXT Homily + Video

Celebration of the Holy Mass in the Church of the Pontifical Teutonic College of Santa Maria in Camposanto, 02.11.2020

In the afternoon today, in the commemoration of all the faithful departed, the Holy Father Francis presided at the Holy Mass in the Church of the Pontifical Teutonic College of Santa Maria in Camposanto.

At the end of the Eucharistic celebration, the Pope paused in prayer at the graves of the cemetery.

We publish below the transcription of the homily that the Holy Father gave spontaneously after the proclamation of the Gospel:

Homily of the Holy Father

Defeated Job, indeed, finished in his existence, due to illness, with the skin torn off, almost on the point of dying, almost without flesh, Job has a certainty and says: "I know that my Redeemer is alive and that, last, it will rise on the dust! " (Job 19:25). At the moment when Job is further down, down, down, there is that embrace of light and heat that assures him: I will see the Redeemer. With these eyes I will see it. "I will see him, myself, my eyes will contemplate him and not another" (Job 19:27).

This certainty, in the very near final moment of life, is Christian hope. A hope that is a gift: we cannot have it. It is a gift that we must ask: "Lord, give me hope". There are so many bad things that lead us to despair, to believe that everything will be a final defeat, that after death there is nothing ... And Job's voice returns, returns: «I know that my Redeemer is alive and that, last, it will rise on the dust! […] I will see it, myself », with these eyes.

"Hope does not disappoint" (Rom 5: 5), Paul told us. Hope attracts us and gives meaning to our life. I do not see the afterlife, but hope is the gift of God that draws us to life, to eternal joy. Hope is an anchor that we have on the other side, and we, clinging to the rope, support each other (cf. Heb 6: 18-20). “I know that my Redeemer is alive and I will see him”. And this, to repeat it in moments of joy and in bad moments, in moments of death, so to speak.

This certainty is a gift from God, because we can never have hope with our own strength. We have to ask for it. Hope is a free gift that we never deserve: it is given, it is given. It is grace.

And then, the Lord confirms this, this hope that does not disappoint: "All that the Father gives me will come to me" (Jn 6:37). This is the purpose of hope: to go to Jesus. And "he who comes to me, I will not cast out because I came down from heaven not to do my will, but the will of him who sent me" (Jn 6, 37-38). The Lord who receives us there, where the anchor is. Life in hope is living like this: hold on, rope in hand, strong, knowing that the anchor is there. And this still does not disappoint, it does not disappoint.

Today, in the thoughts of so many brothers and sisters who have left, it will do us good to look at the cemeteries and look up. And repeat, like Job: "I know that my Redeemer is alive, and I will see him, myself, my eyes will contemplate him and not another". And this is the strength that gives us hope, this free gift which is the virtue of hope. May the Lord give it to all of us.

Vatican Clarifies that Statements by Pope Francis in Film were Taken Out of Context - The Pope had affirmed “Marriage is between a man and a woman." - FULL TEXT Release

At the request of the Holy Father, the Secretariat of State of the Vatican, (Cardinal Parolin) has prepared an explanatory document (in Italian) in response to the release of the documentary entitled, Francesco. The document clarifies the context of certain statements made by His Holiness and contained in the documentary.Here below is the CCCB’s (Canadian Catholic Bishops) unofficial translation in English. The original words in Spanish were not translated because they are textual in the documentary. 
Some statements, contained in the documentary “Francesco” by director Evgeny Afineevsky, have given risen to different reactions and interpretations in recent days. Therefore, here are some useful points in order to bring about, at his request, a correct understanding of the words of the Holy Father. Over a year ago, in an interview, Pope Francis answered two distinct questions at two different times which, in the aforementioned documentary, were drafted and published as a single answer without due contextualization, which led to confusion. 
The Holy Father had firstly made a pastoral reference on the need that, within the family, the son or daughter with a homosexual orientation should never be discriminated against. These are the words in reference to it: “Las personas homosexuales tienen derecho a estar en familia; son hijos de Dios, tienen derecho a una familia. No se puede echar de la familia a nadie ni hacerle la vida imposibile por eso”. The following paragraph of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family Amoris Laetitia (2016) can illuminate these expressions: 
“During the Synod, we discussed the situation of families whose members include persons who experience same-sex attraction, a situation not easy either for parents or for children. We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration, while ‘every sign of unjust discrimination’ is to be carefully avoided,276 
particularly any form of aggression and violence. Such families should be given respectful pastoral guidance, so that those who manifest a homosexual orientation can receive the assistance they need to understand and fully carry out God’s will in their lives.” (n. 250). A subsequent question in the interview was instead inherent to a local law of ten years ago in Argentina on “matrimonios igualitarios de parejas del mismo sexo" and to the opposition to it by the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires. In this regard, Pope Francis affirmed that "es una incongruencia hablar de matrimonio homosexual”, adding that, in this precise context, he had spoken of the right of these persons to have legal protection: “lo que tenemos que hacer es una ley de convivencia civil; tienen derecho a estar cubiertos legalmente. Yo defendí eso”. The Holy Father expressed himself in the following way during an interview in 2014: “Marriage is between a man and a woman. Secular States want to justify civil unions to regulate different situations of living together, driven by the need for regulate economic aspects between persons, such as ensuring health care. These are living together agreements of various kinds, of which I cannot list the different forms. It is necessary to see the different cases and evaluate them case by case”. It is therefore evident that Pope Francis was referring to particular State measures, certainly not to the doctrine of the Church, which has been reiterated numerous times over the years.
Source: Release from Archbishop Prendergast of Ottawa (

Wow Soul Stirring Choir Sings "Requiem Aeternam - "Eternal Rest Grant them" about the Holy Souls - Listen and Share!

Gabriel Fauré composed the Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, between 1887 and 1890. It comes from the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin.
  Lyrics in Latin:
Requiem æternam dona eis,
Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
 Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion,
 et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam;
ad te omnis caro veniet.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Listen & SHARE this Beautiful Music which is like a Prayer to God!
English Translation
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
A hymn becomes you, O God, in Zion,
and to you shall a vow be repaid in Jerusalem.
Hear my prayer;
to you shall all flesh come.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”

Pray for the Souls in Purgatory - 6 things to SHARE about All Souls and How to gain an Indulgence

 Indulgences for the Poor Souls

Current regulations:
On All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2) a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite one Our Father and one Credo.
II On all the days from November I though November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray even if only mentally for the departed.
(Due to the "covid-19" pandemic, the plenary indulgences for the deceased faithful will be extended for the entire month of November)
The elderly, the sick and all those who for serious reasons cannot leave the house, for example due to restrictions imposed by the competent authority for the time of a pandemic, in order to prevent numerous faithful crowding into sacred places, will be able to achieve Plenary indulgence provided that, spiritually uniting with all the other faithful, completely detached from sin and with the intention of complying as soon as possible with the three usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the intentions of the Holy Father), in front of an image of Jesus or of the Blessed Virgin Mary, recite pious prayers for the deceased, for example Lauds and Vespers of the Office of the Dead, the Marian Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, other prayers for the deceased dearest to the faithful, or entertain themselves in the meditated reading of one of the Gospel passages proposed by the liturgy of the dead, or perform a work of mercy by offering pain and discomfort to God of one's life. 

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Conditions for both indulgences:

1. Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.

2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.

3. Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; otherwise the indulgence is only partial. (By this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general.)

4. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.

5. Prayers must he recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. (No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our Father and one Hail Mary suffice, or other suitable prayers.

6. A sacramental concession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. (One confession made during the week, made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, suffices.)

Short Prayer of Saint Gertrude the Great for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

A prayer which would release many souls from Purgatory each time it is recited.

O Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere - for sinners in the Universal Church, for those in my own home and for those within my family. Amen.

The Chaplet(Rosary) of the Holy Souls

This can be prayed on a set of normal Rosary beads.

Sign of the Cross.

The Apostle's Creed

Our Father (x1)

Hail Marys (x3)

Glory be (x1)

On the large beads, pray: "O Holy Souls draw the fire of God's Love into my soul, to reveal Jesus crucified in me here on earth, rather than hereafter in Purgatory."

On the small beads, pray: "Crucified Lord Jesus, have mercy on the souls in Purgatory."

When completed all (5) Five decades, pray Glory be (x3).

Deadly Typhoon Goni Hits the Philippines Killing 16 People and Hundreds of Thousands Evacuated

Asia News Reports that 16 people have died and 370 thousand were evacuated due to the Goni super typhoon in the Philippines.
It’s the most powerful to hit the country since 2013, when Haiyan killed more than 6,300 people. About 50,000 homes are without electricity. In recent days, the area had been lashed by cyclone Molave, which caused 22 deaths. Another new cyclone is on its way, the 19th of the season.
Manila (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The passage of the Goni super typhoon yesterday caused 16 deaths in the provinces south of the capital, reported the Philippine National Civil Protection this morning. It added that three people are still missing; 370,000 were evacuated from disaster areas.
After yesterday's peaks, in which it reached 370 km / h, Goni has been downgraded to a tropical storm, and is moving towards the coasts of central Vietnam. It is the 18th typhoon to hit the country this year: the most powerful in the world in 2020, and the most devastating for the Philippines since 2013, when Haiyan killed more than 6,300 people.
Albay and Catanduanes are the worst affected provinces. According to the local Red Cross, 80-90% of buildings in Virac (70,000 inhabitants) have been damaged. In the entire island of Luzon, which produces more than a third of the national GDP, 2.1 million residents are affected; 50,000 homes are without electricity. In recent days, the area had been lashed by cyclone Molave, which caused 22 deaths.
Atsani, a new typhoon, is approaching Philippine territory. The island nation is hit by around 20 violent tropical storms each year. The climate emergency is further worsened by the ongoing health emergency of Covid-19; so far the infected in the country are almost 381 thousand; more than 7,200 deaths.
Full Text Source: Asia NewIT

Cardinal-designate Tomasi Special Delegate to Order of Malta Appointed by Pope Francis

Vatican News reports that the Pope appointed  Cardinal-designate Tomasi Special Delegate to Order of Malta.
Pope Francis appoints soon to be Cardinal, Silvano Maria Tomasi, Special Delegate to the Sovereign Order of Malta. He succeeds Cardinal Angelo Becciu who resigned in October.
By Vatican News staff writer
Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi was appointed by Pope Francis on Sunday to be his Special Delegate to the Sovereign Order of Malta. It will be his responsibility to act as interlocutor for the Order’s government in the reform process of its Constitutional Charter and Code.
Archbishop Tomasi, who will be raised to the rank of Cardinal during the Consistory on 28 November, has also been instructed to receive the oath of the person who will be elected Grand Master of the Order of Malta on 8 November, at the end of the Council Complete of State.
80-year-old Tomasi, a naturalized American citizen, is a Scalabrinian priest with a long experience in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. He is the former Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva and he collaborates with the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.
In his letter to Archbishop Tomasi on Sunday, 1 November, Pope Francis writes: “I nominate you as my Special Delegate to the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta (S.M.O.M.), with the task of collaborating, for the greater good of the Order.”
He continued saying “You will “enjoy all the powers necessary to decide any questions that may arise for the implementation of the mandate entrusted to you, to receive the oath of the next Grand Master, and you will be my exclusive spokesperson for all that pertains to relations between this Apostolic See and the Order.”
The Sovereign Order of Malta is a lay religious order of the Catholic Church since 1113 and a subject of international law. It has diplomatic relations with over 100 states and the European Union, and permanent observer status at the United Nations.
Today, the Order of Malta is active in 120 countries caring for people in need through its medical, social and humanitarian works. It is especially involved in helping people living in the midst of armed conflicts and natural disasters by providing medical assistance, caring for refugees, and distributing medicines and basic equipment for survival.
FULL TEXT Release: