Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
 Lectionary: 239
 Reading I Dt 4:1, 5-9
 Moses spoke to the people and said: “Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decrees as the LORD, my God, has commanded me, that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy. Observe them carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations, who will hear of all these statutes and say, ‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’  
For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him? Or what great nation has statutes and decrees that are as just as this whole law which I am setting before you today? “However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.”

 Responsorial Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20 R. (12a) 
 Praise the Lord, Jerusalem. Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion. For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you.
 R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem. He sends forth his command to the earth; swiftly runs his word! He spreads snow like wool; frost he strews like ashes. R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem. He has proclaimed his word to Jacob, his statutes and his ordinances to Israel. He has not done thus for any other nation; his ordinances he has not made known to them.
 R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem. Verse before the Gospel See Jn 6:63c, 68c Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.
 Gospel Mt 5:17-19
 Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”
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 March 10 : St. John Ogilvie a Jesuit Priest of Scotland who was Martyred for his Faith - #Jesuits

St John Ogilvie was a Jesuit priest, martyred for his faith at Glasgow on 10th March 1615. He is the only canonized martyr of the Scottish Reformation.
The year 2015 is the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie.
The Life of St John Ogilvie
John Ogilvie is born on 4th July at Drum-na-Keith, on the north east coast of Scotland . His father, Sir Walter Ogilvie, conformed to the state religion of Calvinism (established by act of parliament in 1560) and later known as Presbyterianism. His mother, Agnes Elphinstone, was a Catholic with two brothers in the Society of Jesus.
John's mother dies when he is three. Walter Ogilvie is remarried, to Mary Douglas.
Travels to Helmstedt (an illustrious Lutheran school founded in 1570) to begin his formal education, age 13.
Enrols at the Scots College (which had moved from Douai to Louvain), undergoes instruction from Cornelius a Lapide SJ and shortly becomes a Roman Catholic. Then continued his studies at the Jesuit university at Olmütz (Olomouc, founded 1570) in Bohemia because of the poverty of the Scots College.
Continues studies with the Benedictines at the Schottenkloster (Irish Monastery) Sankt JakobRatisbon (Regensburg).
Returns to Olmütz. Enters the novitiate of the Society of Jesus on 5 th November at Brno in Moravia.
Takes his first vows as a Jesuit on 26 th December at Graz in Austria and then teaches grammar in the Jesuit school (founded 1573) while studying philosophy at the Jesuit university (founded 1585/6).
Teaches grammar and humanities at Vienna (Jesuit college and university founded 1551).
Returns to study at Olmütz to study theology. Appointed Prefect of the Sodality of Our Lady.
Ordained priest at Paris and appointed confessor to the students of the Jesuit college at Rouen (founded 1593).
Returns to Scotland, landing at Leith, under the alias John Watson, horse dealer. He is accompanied by James Moffat SJ and the Capuchin Franciscan, John Campbell.
Ogilvie travels to London and on to France on a secret mission, seemingly under the protection of the King. He returns to Scotland in June. On 14th October, he is betrayed by Adam Boyd and arrested in Glasgow. Imprisoned and tortured for five months in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
John Ogilvie is executed at the Mercat Cross, Glasgow, on 10th March and is buried outside the city walls.
Ogilvie's Relatio (his own account of his arrest, imprisonment and torture, written in prison) is printed in various cities in Europe and circulated secretly in England and Scotland.
The process to have John Ogilvie declared 'Blessed' is begun but not completed for another 400 years.
22nd December - Declared 'Blessed' by Pope Pius XI.
17th October - Declared a 'Saint' by Pope Paul VI.
400th Anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie SJ.
Feast Day
The feast day of St John Ogilvie SJ is celebrated on 10th March (the day of his martyrdom in 1615) in the Jesuit calendar of the British Province and in the dioceses of Scotland, and on14th October (the date of his arrest in 1614 and the beginning of his martyrdom) in the rest of the universal Church.
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#BreakingNews Feminists in Mexico Attack and Desecrate Cathedral and Church in Mexico - VIDEO

On March 8, International Women's Day, several feminists caused damage to churches, businesses and offices, and the Cathedral in Oaxaca, Mexico. They vandalized churches; namely, the Cathedral of Oaxaca and the historic church of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damián. They also smashed the windows of the building of the Oaxaca Health Secretariat (SSO), from which they took documents and burned them in the street. They broke the doors to the churches down, damaged the interior and sprayed graffiti on the walls. They even broke a statue.
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 In a series of Tweets the news agency Quadratin showed video of the attacks: 

Archbishop of Minneapolis Asks All to Pray before Trial saying "God calls us to be people of peace...." FULL TEXT + Video #GeorgeFloyd

 March 5, 2021     
From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda
With the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin beginning Monday, there is a certain level of anxiety permeating the Twin Cities. For many, the beginning of the trial brings back memories of the anger that erupted last Spring after the death of George Floyd. We recall the violence and unrest that accompanied the calls for justice. Many now are fearful about what may happen during the trial and in its aftermath – no matter what the jury’s verdict will eventually be. And all of that emotion is heightened by the ongoing pandemic that has brought additional death, illness and sadness to our world, country, state, communities and families.
On this third Sunday of Lent, we join with the Church around the world in praying Psalm 95: “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” God is always asking us to listen for his voice and to allow that voice to penetrate our hearts.  
 We cannot let our hearts harden. God calls us to be people of peace, hope and love. He also calls us to be people of justice – not revenge.
I hope you will join me during the trial by blocking-out time in our busy lives to stop and pray. Whether we can take 30 seconds or 30 minutes, let us commit to praying each day for peace in our communities, peace for the Floyd family and peace for our first responder sisters and brothers working to protect us. Please join me as well in praying for an end to the scourge of racism in our country.
We have seen time and again that we do not have the power to bring peace, equality and justice to our world on our own. If there was ever a time to join together and ask our merciful God for his help, this is it. “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”


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Sister Ann Brings More Catholic Nuns to Pray for Peace at Protests as 2 Young Protestors Killed near Church in Myanmar

Agenzia Fides reports that Sr. Ann and other religious try stop the military from violence, saying,  "Every life is precious. Do not kill"

Myitkyina (Agenzia Fides) - "We ask not to kill. This is why we have turned to the military. We fear that police officers will kill more young demonstrators. Our presence as people of faith, peacemakers, may help them stop.  

 This is why we are here on the street", said Catholic nuns in the city of Myitkyina, capital of Kachin State, where in the last two days young demonstrators, who took refuge in the complex of the Catholic Church were killed by the police (see Fides, 8/3/2021).

Yesterday, 8 March, two young demonstrators were killed and at least 7 injured and the police, who surrounded the Church, arrested 91 people during the night, as local Fides sources report. The nuns and Bishop emeritus Mgr. Francis Daw Tang took to the streets and tried to reassure and convince the police not to use force against unarmed young people.


 According to Fides sources, the military junta has ordered increasingly serious repressive measures on the streets, while several independent mass media have been blacked out. It is also feared that the junta could impose a strict curfew at any time to prevent all forms of protest.

In Myitkyina, the intervention of Catholic religious prevented a massacre, but the killing of the two young people caused outrage, sadness and bitterness. Despite the ongoing violence, Catholic faithful and people from various religious communities gathered in silence in front of the Catholic Church of St. Columban and prayed for the two young people who were killed and their families. Among them was the bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Myitkyina, Mgr. Francis Daw Tang, who told Fides: "I am retired, but charity does not retire. In this difficult moment for our country, we as Christians are called to offer our contribution of peace, mercy, forgiveness".

Christians in Myanmar are living their Lent, in a time of tension and instability, with faith and with prayer that becomes an action of charity. Sister Ann Nu Tawng, the nun who has become an "icon of peace", for having kneeled down in front of the advancing security forces, repeated the heartfelt appeal and said: "We preach and bear witness to the choice of evangelical non-violence. Our mission is to announce and live the love of Christ fully, even towards the enemy".

As Fides has learned, even in the city of Loikaw, capital of the Burmese state of Kayah, where the baptized are 90% of the state population, hundreds of young demonstrators marched today, 9 March, on their way to the Catholic Church of Christ the King. The police tried to stop the demonstrators with street blocks. At that point, the Catholic priest Father Celso Ba Shwe, who has administered the diocese since the bishop's death, and a Protestant pastor, tried to avoid the clash.

They asked the security officers not to shoot the marching demonstrators. "We will convince them to go home. Give us some time. We do not want any more blood to be shed", said Father Celso Ba Shwe while trying to prevent the violence. His heartfelt and courageous attempt at mediation had an effect: the military only used water cannons and firecrackers to disperse the crowd and there were no victims.

"Every life is precious. This is what we want to say today with our actions that are only inspired by faith", Father Celso Ba Shwe told Fides. (PA) (Report from Agenzia Fides, 9/3/2021) Image Twitter - Screenshot

Health Care Civil Rights Task Force Announces Nationwide Initiative - to Protect Human Dignity Amidst Public Health Crisis


Health Care Civil Rights Task Force Announces Nationwide Initiative

To Protect Human Dignity Amidst Public Health Crisis


            The whole health of each person – spirit, mind, and body – are inseparably intertwined; however, this pandemic has widened an already troubling chasm where the wholeness and dignity of an individual or group of people are being torn apart.  The spiritual is increasingly being forgotten, ignored, and trampled. Religious services are being curtailed and Sacraments being forbidden. The fundamental rights of vulnerable patients to have advocates or to receive life-sustaining care are being denied.

            As a result, the Health Care Civil Rights Task Force was born and today releases its first statement, Defending the Fundamental Dignity and Health Care Civil Rights of All.


Defending the Fundamental Dignity and

Health Care Civil Rights of All


The member organizations of the Health Care Civil Rights Task Force are publishing this statement to protect the health, dignity, civil rights, and religious freedoms of patients and families during this COVID-19 public health crisis and beyond. Our cherished human and civil rights must be protected to save lives and protect human dignity during this serious public health crisis.


The Natural and Civil Right to Religious Freedom Must Be Preserved

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion.  The U.S. Department of Justice has affirmed that there is no public health exception to the First Amendment, and the vital obligation to balance public safety with the preservation of civil rights: “… the First Amendment and federal statutory law prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers.” Furthermore, under the natural law, the right to the free exercise of religion, which has never been and should never be limited to the right of worship alone, is a gift from God.  The natural and constitutional rights of the faithful to access spiritual care, including the Sacraments and spiritual counseling, and of churches to provide such access, must always be preserved.[i]  


The Pastoral Responsibility of Church Leaders to Provide Spiritual Care

We strongly encourage all church leaders to courageously provide their faithful with spiritual care, seeing that the needs of the soul are primary.  The right to religious freedom is fatally undermined if those responsible for spiritual care do not conscientiously discharge their duty of making the means of salvation available to the faithful.


Faith-based health care is vital to the capacity of the American health care system to combat the ongoing public health crisis. The whole health of each person – spirit, mind, and body – are inseparably intertwined and Church leaders must never forget their solemn duty to provide spiritual care.


Lockdowns Cannot Unjustly Abrogate Fundamental Rights[ii]

In determining the morality of lockdowns, it is important to have a proper view of the human person. Such a proper view must recognize the limitations and negative consequences of lockdowns which even recent statements from the World Health Organization (WHO), an organization opposed to the culture of life on key issues, acknowledge.  A secular view sees saving the physical life of a person as the only goal that matters. Additionally, this radical secular perspective frequently is paired with a utilitarian or consequentialist philosophy that inevitably leads to injustices like sacrificing the disabled, vulnerable, or “less productive” members of society. Faith and reason recognize that both care for spiritual health and care for emotional health are essential parts of health care. Faith and reason obligate us to strongly reject any form of “the end justifies the means” reasoning. We may not do evil or injustice to achieve a good goal.


Morally we are called to use ordinary means and reasonable precautions to preserve our lives without ceasing to fulfill our daily responsibilities. It is vitally important to reiterate this almost self-evident point because a desire to reduce the risk of disease transmission to almost zero has led to fundamental rights being violated.[iii] As Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Samuel Alito recently said, “[a]ll sorts of things can be called an emergency or disaster of major proportions. Simply slapping on that label cannot provide the ground for abrogating our most fundamental rights.”


The Civil Rights of Patients and Families Must Be Preserved

The liberty of visiting loved ones in the hospital or other health care settings is among the unalienable rights with which all people have been endowed by their Creator (The Declaration of Independence).  The First Amendment of the US Constitution expressly says that Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble.  However much government and courts want to keep people safe, the rights of the family are preeminent above the rights of the state. There is no reason that PPE (personal protective equipment) cannot be used to allow reasonable visitation from loved ones in health care settings during this pandemic.


Draconian COVID-19 restrictions on hospital and nursing home visitation do not only deprive patients of time spent with loved ones; they also deprive patients of essential advocacy. Family members and friends often serve as zealous patient advocates for their loved ones.  In-person visits are especially critical for patients who are incapacitated or otherwise not able to speak. It is difficult for advocates to discern a patient’s condition and comfort level without spending time with them. Moreover, patient advocates serve to facilitate communication between patients and health care providers to ensure that patients’ needs are addressed. For this reason, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have issued guidance urging health care facilities to allow in-person visits for particularly vulnerable patients, including those with chronic or prolonged illnesses, patients with cognitive or developmental disabilities, and patients who are receiving end-of-life care.


The health care civil rights of all Americans, particularly the vulnerable, must be protected. The American Bar Association reports that many health care providers hold negative views of disabled patients that compromise those patients’ care and treatment. Hospital visitation and patient advocacy are essential to protect patients from being denied medical care because of this pervasive bias.  Prohibiting visitation for vulnerable patients is tantamount to denying access to medical care and services. Federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibit discrimination in federally funded health care settings, yet many hospitals have refused to accommodate the need for disabled and other vulnerable patients to have a patient advocate who can communicate their health care needs and ensure that they receive the same quality of care as other patients. These laws remain in full effect during COVID-19. 


No patient should be denied suitable medical care due to disability or because their life is deemed less valuable.  Triage and rationing of health care, where necessary, should use objective clinical criteria to determine who is in greatest need and who can still benefit from rationed medical resources.  Using age, disability, or perceived quality of life as considerations for access to care is immoral.


The Right of Clergy to Administer Spiritual Care in Health Care Settings Must be Preserved

The right to religious freedom and the right to visitation intersect in health care when clergy visit patients to provide spiritual care.  Denial of visitation from clergy is a violation of both the right to religious freedom and the right of visitation.  To prohibit a patient from receiving spiritual healing from clergy and from receiving the Sacraments of eternal life during their last moments on this earth is a cruelty completely unjustified by the pandemic and is symptomatic of the radical secularization of modern society.


The Health Care Civil Rights Task Force

·    Michael A. Vacca, J.D., Task Force Chairman, The Christ Medicus Foundation

·         Father James Bromwich, R.N., M.A., S.T.L.

·         Jordan Buzza, J.D., The Christ Medicus Foundation

·  Julie Grimstad, Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization (HALO)

·         Terry McKeegan, J.D., Law Office of Terrence McKeegan

·    Joseph Meaney, Ph.D., The National Catholic Bioethics Center

·  Anne O’Meara, Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization (HALO)

·         Alexandra Snyder, J.D., Life Legal Defense Foundation

·         Bobby Schindler, The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network

·         Louis Brown, J.D. The Christ Medicus Foundation


The Health Care Civil Rights Task Force was formed to help defend and protect the dignity and civil rights of the human person in health care:

Providing advocacy, accompaniment, education, and assistance to those seeking ethical medical care.

Promoting respect for the sanctity of life in medical decisions, patient visitation, protection of parental rights in health care decisions.

Protecting access to religious sacraments and to clergy of a patient’s choice during medical incidents and treatment, and for moral guidance in making health care decisions.



[i] “Both powers originate in God. Therefore the secular power is subordinate to the spiritual power in matters that concern the salvation of souls.” St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Sent. II, Dist. 44. Q. 2, 5, ad 3, 4.

[ii] This section adopted from Joseph Meaney, “The Right Not to Be Forced to Die Alone,” (https://www.ncbcenter.org/messages-from-presidents/forcedtodiealone .

#BreakingNews Religious Freedom Victory for Christian College Student Chike at Supreme Court

ADF release: This all started in July 2016 when Chike was handing out pamphlets in a plaza on campus and talking about the Gospel with interested students as they passed. Not long after he began, some college officials approached Chike. They informed him that he was not allowed to distribute materials or talk to other students about his beliefs unless he had reserved a time in a campus “speech zone.”

Georgia Gwinnett College had two speech zones—but don’t be fooled into thinking the college broadly encouraged free expression. Combined, the two spaces made up about 0.0015% of campus. If the entire campus were the size of a football field, these “speech zones”—the only places students could exercise their First Amendment rights—would be the size of a piece of notebook paper. On top of that, they were only open for student use for 10% of the week—just 18 hours on weekdays and closed on the weekends.

Despite having already been silenced once, Chike did what the officials asked, reserved a time, and even received approval from college officials for the literature he intended to distribute. But when he began sharing his faith in the speech zone during the time he had reserved, campus police approached him. The officers took his ID card and told him to stop speaking because someone had complained.

According to these officers, Chike's speech violated the speech code in the Student Code of Conduct, which allowed the college to stop speech if someone complained. As a result of the college's policies, Chike was not allowed to speak his message anywhere. After seeing how officials shut down Chike, Joseph decided not to speak on campus at all.

Because public officials silenced these two students on their campus, ADF filed a lawsuit on their behalf.

This was an open-and-shut case involving clear First Amendment violations. But Georgia Gwinnett College doubled down. The college argued that Chike peacefully sharing his religious beliefs should receive no constitutional protection.

The college eventually abandoned this argument and amended its speech policies to allow for speech in any outdoor area of campus—consistent with the U.S. Constitution. Because of this and the fact that Chike graduated, two courts dismissed the case. But that doesn’t change the fact that college officials violated Chike’s right to free speech by silencing him twice and intimidated Joseph into silence.

That's why ADF asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear this case.

Today, on March 8, 2021, the Court ruled 8-1 that Georgia Gwinnett College officials shouldn't be able to violate the constitutional rights of their students and walk away as if nothing happened. This is great news for anyone who values our constitutional freedoms! Our government officials have a duty to protect our rights, and when they violate them, there should be consequences. 

And, thankfully, the Supreme Court made that clear.
FULL TEXT Source: ADF Legal 

Saint March 9 : St. Frances of Rome a Mystic who Could See her Guardian Angel and Patron of Benedictine Oblates; Automobile Drivers

1384, Rome
March 9, 1440, Rome
1608, Rome by Pope Paul V
Major Shrine:
Santa Francesca Romana Church, Romea
Patron of:
Benedictine oblates; automobile drivers

One of the greatest mystics of the fifteenth century; born at Rome, of a noble family, in 1384; died there, 9 March, 1440. Her youthful desire was to enter religion, but at her father's wish she married, at the age of twelve, Lorenzo de' Ponziani. Among her children we know of Battista, who carried on the family name, Evangelista, a child of great gifts (d. 1411), and Agnes (d. 1413). Frances was remarkable for her charity to the poor, and her zeal for souls. She won away many Roman ladies from a life of frivolity, and united them in an association of oblates attached to the White Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria Nuova; later they became the Benedictine Oblate Congregation of Tor di Specchi (25 March, 1433) which was  approved by Eugene IV (4 July, 1433). Its members led the life of religious, but without the strict cloister or formal vows, and gave themselves up to prayer and good works. With her husband's consent Frances practiced continency, and advanced in a life of contemplation. Her visions often assumed the form of drama enacted for her by heavenly personages. She had the gift of miracles and ecstasy, we well as the bodily vision of her guardian angel, had revelations concerning purgatory and hell, and foretold the ending of the Western Schism. She could read the secrets of consciences and detect plots of diabolical origin. She was remarkable for her humility and detachment, her obedience and patience, exemplified on the occasion ofher husband's banishment, the captivity of Battista, her sons' death, and the loss of all herproperty.
On the death of her husband (1436) she retired among her oblates at Tor di Specchi, seeking admission for charity's sake, and was made superior. On the occasion of a visit to her son, she fell ill and died on the day she had foretold. Her canonization was preceded by three processes (1440, 1443, 1451) and Paul V declared her a saint on 9 May, 1608, assigning 9 March as her feast day. Long before that, however, the faithful were wont to venerate her body in the church of Santa Maria Nuova in the Roman Forum, now known as the church of Santa Francesca Romana.

(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)

Prayer to St. Frances of Rome
(Can be said as a Novena for 9 Consecutive Days)
Bright jewel of the Order of Saint Benedict, illustrious Saint Frances of Rome, thou who wast led by divine Providence through various stations in life, that thou mightest be a pattern of every virtue, to maidens, to matrons and to widows, pray for us to our divine Savior that we may be detached from the vanities of the world and may be able, under the guiding hand of our Guardian Angel, to grow daily in the love of God, of His Church and of our neighbor, and finally to be made partakers in heaven of the Felicity. Amen.
An Indulgence of 300 days