Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent
Lectionary: 177
Reading 1
IS 25:6-10A
On this mountain the LORD of hosts
will provide for all peoples
A feast of rich food and choice wines,
juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil that veils all peoples,
The web that is woven over all nations;
he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from all faces;
The reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.
On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”
For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6
R. (6cd) I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage. 
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Behold, the Lord comes to save his people;
blessed are those prepared to meet him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
MT 15:29-37
At that time:
Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee,
went up on the mountain, and sat down there. 
Great crowds came to him,
having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute,
and many others. 
They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. 
The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking,
the deformed made whole, 
the lame walking, 
and the blind able to see,
and they glorified the God of Israel.
Jesus summoned his disciples and said,
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
for they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat. 
I do not want to send them away hungry,
for fear they may collapse on the way.” 
The disciples said to him,
“Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place
to satisfy such a crowd?” 
Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” 
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.” 
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. 
Then he took the seven loaves and the fish,
gave thanks, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. 
They all ate and were satisfied. 
They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets full.
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 December 2 : St. Bibiana the Patron of Hangovers, Headaches, Mental illness, Torture Victims - With Prayer

St. Bibiana MARTYR
Born:4th century in Rome
Patron of:against epilepsy, against hangovers, against headaches, against insanity, against mental illness, epileptics, mentally ill people, single laywomen, torture victims
The earliest mention in an authentic historical authority of St. Bibiana (Vibiana), a Roman female martyr, occurs in the "Liber Pontificalis" where in the biography of Pope Simplicius (468-483) it is stated that this pope "consecrated a basilica of the holy martyr Bibiana, which contained her body, near the 'palatium Licinianum'" (ed. Duchesne, I, 249). This basilica still exists. In the fifth century, therefore, the bodily remains of St. Bibiana rested within the city walls. We have no further historical particulars concerning the martyr or the circumstances of her death; neither do we know why she was buried in the city itself. In later times a legend sprang up concerning her, connected with the Acts of the martyrdom of Sts. John and Paul and has no historical claim to belief. According to this legend, Bibiana was the daughter of a former prefect, Flavianus, who was banished by Julian the Apostate. Dafrosa, the wife of Flavianus, and his two daughters, Demetria and Bibiana, were also persecuted by Julian. Dafrosa and Demetria died a natural death and were buried by Bibiana in their own house; but Bibiana was tortured and died as a result of her sufferings. Two days after her death a priest named John buried Bibiana near her mother and sister in her home, the house being later turned into a church. It is evident that the legend seeks to explain in this way the origin of the church and the presence in it of the bodies of the above mentioned confessors. The account contained in the martyrologies of the ninth century is drawn from the legend.
Source The Catholic Encyclopedia
Dear Saint Bibiana, through your fasting and prayer you were given the grace to endure suffering and torment at the hands of your persecutors. Intercede for us, dear saint, that we also remember that our Lord is always there to strengthen us and give us the grace to persevere. Amen. 

Saint December 1 : Bl. Charles de Foucauld who Converted from a Selfish Life to the Life of a Hermit in the Desert

1. A child from a Christian home (1858 to 1873)
Charles de Foucauld and his family
Charles was born in Strasbourg, France on September 15 1858 and was baptized two days after his birth.
But his mother, father and paternal grandmother all died in 1864. The grandfather took the two children, Charles (6 yrs) and Marie (3 yrs) into his home.
On April 28 1872, Charles made his first Holy Communion. He was confirmed the same day.
2. A young man in a world without God (1874 to 1876)
Charles de Foucauld as a youth.

Charles was intelligent and studies were not difficult for him. He loved books, but read anything he could lay his hands on.
Little by little Charles distanced himself from his faith. He continued to respect the Catholic religion but he no longer believed in God.
He says, “at 17 I was totally selfish, full of vanity and irreverence, engulfed by a desire for what is evil. I was running wild.”
“I was in the dark. I no longer saw either God or men: There was only me.”
3. An unconvinced military man (1876 to 1882)
Charles de Foucauld in the military
After two years of studies at Military College, Charles became an officer. His grandfather had just died and Charles inherited everything. He was 20 years old.
For several years, Charles would seek his pleasure in food and parties. At that time he was called “Fats Foucauld”.
But in October 1880, Charles was sent to Algeria. He liked the country and the inhabitants interested him. However Charles’ refusal to listen to his superiors in an affair involving a woman eventually cost him his employment.
Having only just returned to France, he learned that his regiment was being sent to Tunisia.
In January 1882, the columns were disbanded and Charles was again back in the barracks.
On January 28 1882 he resigned from the army.
4. A Serious Traveller (1882 to 1886)
Charles de Foucauld voyageur
Charles then decided to settle in Algiers in order to prepare his trip.
Morocco was not far away but was forbidden to Europeans. Charles was attracted to this little known country. After a long preparation of 15 months, he left for Morocco with a Jew named Mordechai who would serve as his guide.
For 11 months, Charles often received insults and stones. Several times he was almost killed.
On May 23 1884, a poor beggar arrived at the Algerian border crossing. He was barefoot, thin and covered with dirt. 
The scientific world of the time was greatly impressed by Charles’ work: a true exploration! He had travelled 3000 km in an almost unknown country. It was glory!
5. A seeker of God (1886 to 1890)
Charles de Foucauld seeker of God
Such glory meant nothing to Charles. He left Algeria and settled in Paris, close to his family. He was 28 years old.
“At the beginning of October of the year 1886, after six months of family life, while in Paris getting my journey to Morocco published, I found myself in the company of people who were highly intelligent, highly virtuous and highly Christian. At the same time, an extremely strong interior grace was pushing me
 Even though I wasn’t a believer I started going to Church. It was the only place where I felt at ease and I would spend long hours there repeating this strange prayer: “My God, if you exist, allow me know you!”
“So I then spoke to Fr. Huvelin. I asked for religious lessons: he made me kneel down and made me go to confession, and sent me to communion right away…”
“If there is joy in heaven over one sinner who is converted, there was joy when I went into this confessional!”
“I wanted to be a religious and live only for God. My confessor made me wait three years.”
“The pilgrimage to the Holy Land, what a blessed influence it had on my life, although I did it in spite of myself, out of pure obedience to Fr. Huvelin …”
6. A Trappist Monk (1890 to 1897)
Charles de Foucauld moine a la trappe
Charles was very attached to his family and friends, but he felt called to leave everything so as to follow Jesus. On January 15 1890, he entered the Trappists.
Bl. Charles explained, “every person is a child of God who loves them infinitely: it is therefore impossible to want to love God without loving human beings: the more one loves God, the more one loves people. The love of God, the love of people, is my whole life; it will be my whole life I hope.”
Charles was happy as a Trappist. He learned a lot. He received a lot. But something more was missing.
7. Hermit in Jesus’ Land (1897 to 1900)
Charles de Foucauld hermit
On January 23 1897, the Superior General of the Trappists announced to Charles that he could leave the Trappe so as to follow Jesus, the poor workman of Nazareth.
Charles left for the Holy Land. He arrived in Nazareth where the Poor Clares took him in as a servant.
But Charles wanted to share this life of Nazareth with other brothers. This is why he wrote the Rule of the Little Brothers.
Bl. Charles wrote, “My rule is so closely linked to the cult of the Holy Eucharist that it cannot be followed by a group without there being a priest among them and a tabernacle; it is only when I am a priest and there is an oratory around which we can come together, that I will be able to have a few companions.”
In August 1900, Charles returned to France. Fr. Huvelin was in agreement that he be ordained a priest.
8. Brother to All in Beni Abbès (1901 to 1904)
Charles de Foucauld brother of all
On October 28 1901, Charles arrived in Beni Abbès.
“The Natives made me perfectly welcome and I am forming relationships with them, trying to do them a little good.”
Each day, Charles spent hours before the Tabernacle.
“The Eucharist is Jesus, it is all of Jesus.”
In this region, Charles discovered slavery. He was scandalized.
The fraternity was built, but Charles waited for brothers to come.
But the brothers did not come.
In June 1903, the Bishop of the Sahara spent several days in Beni Abbés. He came from the South where he had visited the Tuaregs. Charles felt attracted by these people who live in the heart of the desert. There were no priests available to go there, so Charles volunteered.
“For the sake of spreading the holy Gospel I am ready to go to the ends of the earth and to live until the final judgement…”
“My God, may all people go to heaven!”
9. A Friend to the Tuaregs (1904 to 1916)
Charles de Foucauld friend of Touaregs
On January 13 1904, Charles left to go live with the Tuaregs.
Departure from Akabli with Commander Laperrine so as to accompany him on his expedition. His intention is to visit newly conquered peoples and to then push on as far as Timbuktu…”
He wrote, “My work on the language is going well. The abridged dictionary is finished and its publication will begin in a few days’ time. The dictionary of proper names will be finished in 1914 along with the more complete Tuareg-French dictionary. I think that by 1916 I will finish the collection of poems and proverbs and by 1917 the texts in prose. The grammar book will be for 1918 if God gives me life and health.”
Tomorrow, it will be ten years that I have been saying Holy Mass in the hermitage in Tamanrasset and not a single conversion! It takes prayer, work and patience.”
For two years, war had been tearing Europe apart. It was beginning to come to the Sahara too.
But God did not stop them and Charles was violently killed December 1 1916.
Shortened from Source: https://www.charlesdefoucauld.org/en/biographie.php

Top Advent Songs of All Time to SHARE - Beautiful #Advent Music to Prepare your Heart for Christmas

Advent is a season in preparation for the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming". This is a translation of the Greek word parousia, referring to the Second Coming of Christ.
Some of the most beautiful music has been composed for this season. The following are some of the most popular of all time...
1."O come, O come, Emmanuel" is a hymn for Advent. The original Latin is "Veni, Veni, Emmanuel."  The hymn is a metrical paraphrase of the O Antiphons, a series of plainchant antiphons attached to the Magnificat at Vespers over the final days before Christmas. The verses, correspond to the seven standard O Antiphons, in the following order: "Veni, veni Emmanuel!" = "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" "Veni, O Jesse Virgula" = "O Come, Thou Rod of Jesse" "Veni, veni, O Oriens" = "O come, Thou Dayspring, from on high" "Veni, clavis Davidica" = "O come, Thou Key of David, come" "Veni, veni, Adonai" = "O come, Adonai, Lord of might"

2. "Gabriel's Message" or "The angel Gabriel from heaven came" (Basque: Birjina gaztetto bat zegoen) is a Basque Christmas folk carol about the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary by the archangel Gabriel. It uses the biblical account of that event (Luke, Chapter 1, verses 26-38) and Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1.46-55) with the opening lines. It was collected by Charles Bordes and then paraphrased into English by Sabine Baring-Gould.

3. O COME, DIVINE MESSIAH! Words: Abbé Simon J. Pellegrin, 1663-1745 English Translation of French Carol Venez Divin Messie Translator: Sister Mary of St. Philip, SND

4. The Advent of our God: Music: 16th Century French Carol MIDI / Noteworthy Composer Meter: 78.76.888 Often played as a processional during Advent Words: Charles Coffin, Paris Breviary, 1736 (Instantis adventum Dei); translated from Latin to English by John Chandler, Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837. Music: Doncaster Samuel Wesley, in Psalms and Hymns for the Service of the Church, 1837 . Alternate tunes: Franconia (König), Harmonischer Liederschatz, 1738  St. Thomas (Williams), Aaron Williams, 1770

5. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62. Bible text Revelation 3:20 Chorale Nun komm, der  (Now come, Savior of the heathens) is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed it in Weimar for the first Sunday in Advent and first performed it on 2 December 1714.

 6. "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (Awake, the voice is calling) is a Lutheran hymn written in German by Philipp Nicolai, first published in 1599 together with "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern". It appears in German hymnals and in several English hymnals in translations such as "Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying".

Wow Tens of Thousands at Huge Pro-Life March against Proposed New Law in Argentina - as Shown in Drone Video

Argentina: Tens of thousands of prolifers demonstrated against the laws allowing abortion which are planned.
Thousands of protesters wore light blue and carried signs that read “Save Both Lives” and “March for the Unborn” as they gathered outside the National Congress building in Buenos Aires. 

President Fernández presented plans to parliament that would allow an abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy.

 Tens of thousands of Argentine pro-life people demonstrated across the country, on Saturday, November 28th, against a planned weakening of the previously very prolife-oriented abortion legislation. So far, abortion has only been exempt from punishment for serious reasons (mortal danger to the mother, severe deformities in the unborn child, conception through rape). President Alberto Fernández presented plans to parliament that an abortion would remain unpunished until the 14th week of pregnancy. "

 Prolife marchers were Catholics, but also Christians from other denominations and even people without a religious background.
Watch the Drone Video below to see the Massive crowds:

Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Michael Fisher of Washington as New Bishop of the Diocese Buffalo, NY

 On December 1, 2020, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Michael William Fisher, Auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, as the 15th Bishop of Buffalo.

Bishop Fisher, aged 62, will take over leadership of Buffalo as the diocese deals with a new lawsuit.
“Today the Archdiocese of Washington is privileged to share a generous gift with the Diocese of Buffalo with Pope Francis’ appointment of Michael William Fisher to become the fifteenth Shepherd of that local Church,” said Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. 
Bishop Fisher’s installation will take place on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Buffalo. His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Metropolitan Archbishop of New York, will preside and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, will be in attendance.
Bishop Michael William Fisher was born on March 3, 1958 in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the eldest of five children, two sisters and two brothers. As a youth, he played Little League baseball, and wrestled, and was active in the Boy Scouts, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Bishop Fisher recalls always working, starting as an eight-year-old paperboy for The Baltimore Sun. Bishop Fisher attended the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute high school, and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting at the University of Maryland in 1984.

With his business and accounting degree, Bishop Fisher worked as a comptroller for a psychiatric practice in Bethesda. Feeling compelled to discern a vocation to the priesthood, he entered seminary at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland in 1986. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington by Cardinal James A. Hickey at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on June 23, 1990.
Bishop Michael William Fisher

Get to know the 15th Bishop of Buffalo
Upon ordination, Bishop Fisher was assigned to Sacred Heart parish, La Plata. He was appointed pastor at Holy Family parish in Hillcrest Heights in 1995 and then pastor at St. John Neumann parish in Gaithersburg in 1999. He was named a Chaplain to His Holiness, a distinction that comes with the title of “Monsignor,” by Pope John Paul II in 2005. Later that year, he was appointed Vicar General for the Apostolates, where he oversaw the archdiocesan
ministries for education, ethnic ministries, social justice and service, parish life and youth ministry. In 2006 Cardinal Donald Wuerl appointed him Vicar for Clergy and Secretary for Ministerial Leadership, a position he has held for the last twelve years. In this role, Bishop Fisher oversees the recruitment, formation and care of the clergy for the archdiocese.

He was named an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington by Pope Francis on June 8, 2018 and ordained to the episcopate on June 29, 2018 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Over his nearly thirty years in priestly ministry Bishop Fisher has served on various boards and committees of the archdiocese, including, College of Consultors, Priest Council, Administrative Board, Priest Retirement Board, Clergy Personnel Board, Deacon Review Board, Deacon Council, Needy Parish Committee, Forward in Faith Committee. He also serves as an Ecclesiastical Counselor to the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation. Much of Bishop Fisher’s ministry has involved the continuing education of priests, particularly in aiding new pastors in their roles and the planning and implementation of ongoing clergy training via convocations and retreats.

Bishop Fisher attributes much of his call to the priesthood to the love and sacrifices of his parents and family, the constant prayers of a grandmother, the encouragement and example of wonderful priests, and a life-long desire to serve and leave this world a better place. Bishop Fisher’s family has roots across Maryland and Washington D.C.: his father was a Baltimorean and his mother was a Washingtonian, and extended family reside throughout the region.

Pope Francis says "...from the Gospel, what God asks of us believers is to be God's people, not God's elite." on Social Rights of Africa and America - FULL TEXT



 Dear judges from the African and American continents:

For me it is a joy to share with you this virtual meeting of judges who are members of the Committees for Social Rights.

At such a critical time for all humanity, the fact that women and men who work to deliver justice come together to think about their work and build the new social justice is, without a doubt, excellent news.

I think that in order to build, to analyze the idea of ​​social justice from a full conceptual review, it is essential to resort to another set of ideas and situations that constitute, in my opinion, the bases on which it should be sustained.

The first has to do with the dimension of reality . The ideas that you will surely work on should not lose sight of the distressing picture in which a small part of humanity lives in opulence, while an increasingly numerous number is unknown dignity and their dignity is ignored or violated. most elementary rights. We cannot think disconnected from reality. And this is a reality that you must bear in mind.

The second refers us to the ways in which justice is created I think of a collective work, a joint work, where all well-intentioned people challenge utopia and assume that, as well as good and love, fairness is a task that has to be conquered every day, because the imbalance is a temptation of every minute. That is why every day is a conquest.

But it's not just about coming together to shape that new social justice. It is necessary to do it with an attitude of commitment , following the path of the Good Samaritan. And that is the third paradigm to keep in mind, recognizing the frequent temptation to ignore others, especially the weakest. We have to assume that we have become used to sidestepping, to ignoring situations until they hit us directly. Unconditional commitment is taking charge of the other's pain and not slipping into a culture of indifference. That everyday of looking the other way.

I cannot fail to mention, as a fundamental part of this construction of social justice, the idea of history as the guiding axis. And this is the fourth and obligatory reflection for those who intend to erect a new social justice for our planet, thirsty for dignity: to add to the proposal the perspective of the past, that is, historical, a historical reflection. There are the struggles, the triumphs and the defeats. There is the blood of those who gave their lives for a full and integrated humanity. In the past are all the roots of experiences, also those of that social justice that today we want to rethink, make grow and enhance.

And it is very difficult to build social justice without relying on the people. In other words, history takes us to the people, the towns. It will be a much easier task if we incorporate the gratuitous, pure and simple desire of wanting to be a people, without pretending to be an enlightened elite, but a people, being constant and tireless in the work of including, integrating and lifting up the fallen. The people are the fifth base to build social justice. And, from the Gospel, what God asks of us believers is to be God's people, not God's elite. Because those who go the way of the "elite of God", end up in the so-known elitist clericalisms that, out there, work for the people, but nothing with the people, without feeling like a people.

And finally, I suggest that, when rethinking the idea of ​​social justice, do so with solidarity and fairness . Solidarity in fighting against the structural causes of poverty, inequality, lack of work, land and housing. Roof, land and work, the three "T" that anoint us worthy. Fighting, in short, against those who deny social and labor rights. Fighting against that culture that leads to use others, to enslave others, and ends up taking away the dignity of others. Do not forget that solidarity, understood in its deepest sense, is a way of making history.

Righteous are those who do justice. Just knowing that, when deciding on the law, we give essential things to the poor, we do not give them our things, nor that of third parties, but we give them back what is theirs. We have lost many times this idea of ​​giving back what belongs to them.

Let us build the new social justice assuming that the Christian tradition never recognized the right to private property as absolute and untouchable and always emphasized the social function in any of its forms.

The property right is a secondary natural right derived from the right that everyone has, born of the universal destiny of created goods. There is no social justice that can be based on inequity, which involves the concentration of wealth.

Dear judges and judges, I wish you an excellent day of reflection. I also hope that everything you build on social justice is more than a mere theory, but rather a new and urgent judicial practice, which will help humanity, in the very near future, be integrated in fullness and peace.

I wish you the best. God bless you.