Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Saint March 17 : St. Patrick the Patron of: Ireland, Nigeria, New York, Engineers, Against Snakes - VIDEO

Feast Day:
March 17
between 387 and 390 
between 461 and 464 at Saul, County Down, Ireland
Patron of:
Ireland, Nigeria, Montserrat, New York, Boston, Engineers, against snakes
March 17 is one of the most widely recognized feast days throughout the Church, the feast of Saint Patrick (387-493), patron saint of Ireland. 

Saint Patrick was born in Kilpatrick, Scotland, where he lived the first 14 years of his life with his family, Christians.  
 In late adolescence, Patrick was captured from his family’s home by Irish raiders, and taken back to Ireland as a slave. There, he would spend the next six years in captivity, learning Celtic customs and language, and spending significant periods of time alone, tending sheep in the fields. It was here that Patrick’s’ love of God deepened and his faith took root and bloomed. He prayed incessantly, writing, “the love of God, and His fear increased in me more and more, and the faith grew in me, and the spirit was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers, and in the night nearly the same, so that whilst in the woods and on the mountain, even before the dawn, I was roused to prayer and felt no hurt from it, whether there was snow or ice or rain; nor was there any slothfulness in me, such as I see now, because the spirit was then fervent within me.”
After six years of contemplation, Patrick was visited by an angel who encouraged him to return home to Scotland by escaping his slavery and walking 200 miles to the coast where he would find a ship awaiting him. Patrick did as instructed, finding the crew of s ship willing to take him to Scotland, and returned home to his grateful family. After a few years, Patrick experienced a second call from God, this time in the form of a visitor from Ireland. In his Confessions, he wrote:
I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: "The Voice of the Irish". As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea—and they cried out, as with one voice: "We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us!
Patrick felt called to return to Ireland, but wished to be ordained prior to his departure. He undertook rigorous religious study, lasting approximately 14 years, during which time he was first ordained a priest, and later a bishop. Only upon becoming bishop did Patrick feel prepared to return to Ireland. While some legend suggests that Saint Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland, it is far more likely that some small Christian communities existed before his second arrival. His dual mission was that of ministering to the existing Christian communities and converting others to the faith.
Saint Patrick had great success on both accounts, drawing from his familiarity of Celtic and Druid religious beliefs and language. He introduced natural elements into his teaching, including placing the sun on the Celtic Cross as symbolization of the Godhead, illustrating the Resurrection of Christ through the use of bonfires (symbols familiar to the Druids), and most famously, explaining the Holy Trinity through comparison to the shamrock.
Many were converted by his works, and monasteries and convents established (although their formal structure and organization would not be complete until centuries after his death). During his ministry in Ireland, Saint Patrick lived a poor and austere life, accepting only what he needed to live. He was repeatedly arrested and imprisoned, threatened and attacked by chieftains of warring tribes, and suffered great peril. Throughout all struggles, he remained fearless, looking to the Lord for guidance and comfort, and demonstrating great love, humility, and charity towards all he encountered. Numerous miracles and intercessions are reported in his name.
Saint Patrick’s ministry in Ireland spanned over 40 years, during which he laid the foundation for the seat of the Church during the Dark Ages, when Christianity survived in Irish monasteries. He died in Saul, Ireland, where he is believed to be buried. He is reported to have composed the following prayer, referred to as “Saint Patrick’s Breastplate:”
I bind to myself today The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity: I believe the Trinity in the Unity The Creator of the Universe.
I bind to myself today The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism, The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial, The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension, The virtue of His coming on the Judgment Day.
I bind to myself today The virtue of the love of seraphim, In the obedience of angels, In the hope of resurrection unto reward, In prayers of Patriarchs, In predictions of Prophets, In preaching of Apostles, In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins, In deeds of righteous men. I bind to myself today The power of Heaven, The light of the sun, The brightness of the moon, The splendor of fire, The flashing of lightning, The swiftness of wind, The depth of sea, The stability of earth, The compactness of rocks.
I bind to myself today God's Power to guide me, God's Might to uphold me, God's Wisdom to teach me, God's Eye to watch over me, God's Ear to hear me, God's Word to give me speech, God's Hand to guide me, God's Way to lie before me, God's Shield to shelter me, God's Host to secure me, Against the snares of demons, Against the seductions of vices, Against the lusts of nature, Against everyone who meditates injury to me, Whether far or near, Whether few or with many.
I invoke today all these virtues Against every hostile merciless power Which may assail my body and my soul, Against the incantations of false prophets, Against the black laws of heathenism, Against the false laws of heresy, Against the deceits of idolatry, Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids, Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.
Christ, protect me today Against every poison, against burning, Against drowning, against death-wound, That I may receive abundant reward.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort, Christ in the chariot seat, Christ in the deck of ships, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
I bind to myself today The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity: I believe the Trinity in the Unity The Creator of the Universe.
Text shared from 365 Rosaries Blog 

Feminists in Columbia Vandalize Cathedral and Write "Rapists" on Walls with Paint - VIDEO

Another Cathedral was vandalized on International Women's Day.
In Columbia, a group of women on Monday, after arriving in the center of the city of Ibagué, with the aim of holding a supposedly peaceful day of demonstration, committed a clear act of vandalism. CNW previously reported of the Cathedral in Mexico which was also vandalized on the same day. They wrote on the walls of the Cathedral with aerosol paint, writing "rapists" and "we want each other alive."
Not satisfied with vandalizing the religious temple, some of the young women kicked against the doors of the Cathedral, while the others encouraged them with songs alluding to their feminist movement.
Finally, it was learned that the photojournalist for the newspaper El Nuevo Día, Jorge Cuellar, was also beaten and mistreated by some women, arguing that the day could only be covered by women.
Source: Ecosdelcombeima

Pope Francis Authorizes use of Buildings Attached to St. John Lateran for Culture and Museum

Pope Francis wrote a letter to the Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, authorizing the use of the buildings attached to the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran for museum and culture-related purposes. 



To Venerable Brother
Cardinal Angelo DE DONATIS, Vicar for the diocese of Rome

Throughout the centuries, the Church has always worked to promote the fruit of the genius and mastery of artists, often as a testimony to experiences of faith and as instruments for honouring God. This has been done not only out of love for art, but also to safeguard cultural heritage in the face of challenges and dangers that would deprive it of its function and value.

This special responsibility, accompanied by a careful concern to consider places, buildings and works as expressions of the human spirit and an integral part of the culture of humanity, has enabled my Predecessors to hand them down to several generations and to work to preserve them and make them available to visitors and scholars. Today, too, the Bishop of Rome is engaged in this task of rendering available the beauty and meaning of the goods and artistic heritage entrusted to his protection.

For these reasons, I also designate for this purpose the buildings annexed to the Papal Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the See of my Episcopal Cathedra, well aware of the nature that the course and events of history attribute to that complex, together with the provisions of the Lateran Treaty (cf. Art. 13 and Annex II, 1).

I entrust to Your Eminence, my Vicar for the diocese of Rome, the task of realising, in the complex of what has been known for centuries as the Lateran Patriarchate, museum and cultural activities in the various forms and contents, making the necessary arrangements, “relying entirely on the high artistic traditions of the Catholic Church" (Lateran Treaty, Art. 16).

To this end, Your Eminence will work with the cooperation of the Governing Bodies of the Vatican City State and, where appropriate, the operational bodies of the Governorate, considering the provisions in force for extraterritorial areas in the context of their specific juridical status (cf. Law on the Government of Vatican City State, No. CCLXXIV, 6 December 2018, Art. 1).

In thanking Your Eminence for your demanding daily service, I invoke every heavenly blessing upon you and upon the entire community of the Vicariate of Rome.

Rome, at Saint John Lateran, 20 February 2021


Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office, 16 March 2021

Bishops in Equatorial Guinea Express Sympathy and Solidarity after 105 Killed in Explosions in Bata

AFRICA/EQUATORIAL GUINEA - Explosions in Bata: the solidarity of African Bishops
Tuesday, 16 March 2021bishops   solidarity  

Priorities for the Bishops of Equatorial Guinea: evangelisation ad gentes, family pastoral, ongoing formation for clergy and laity
Malabo (Agenzia Fides) - "To the families of all those who have lost their loved ones, we the Catholic Bishops of Africa express our heartfelt sympathy. To all the wounded and those affected in any way by the explosions, we express our spiritual closeness and solidarity with you", says a note sent to Agenzia Fides by the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) on the series of explosion that shocked Bata on Sunday, 7 March, the economic capital of Equatorial Guinea and the most populous city in the country (see Fides, 8/3/2021).
SECAM members say they are "deeply saddened" by "the tragic and deplorable situation" caused by the tragedy "aggravated by the current coronavirus pandemic".
According to the latest reports, in the series of explosions that occurred in the Enkoantoma military barracks in Bata 105 people lost their lives and 615 were injured, of whom 482 were discharged from the hospitals of the city, which has just over 250,000 inhabitants.
"Moments like this raise doubts about God's omnipotence and omnipresence, especially, for those in the grip of anguish and sorrow", says SECAM's Message. "But as we read from Psalm 34:18: "The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and helps those whose spirit is crushed".
"We invite Church and civil organizations and all people of goodwill in Africa and beyond to come to the assistance of our brothers and sisters in Equatorial Guinea", ask the Bishops of SECAM.
"Dear brothers and sisters in Equatorial Guinea, be assured that the Church-Family-of God in Africa is close to you and carries you in her daily prayers and addresses supplications to Jesus Christ to comfort and strengthen you. Look up to God with hope; he suffers with you and has not abandoned you. Courage! May the Virgin Mary, Queen of Africa, ensure the maternal protection for her children!" concludes the Message.
Various countries have sent rescue teams and aid to Bata, including Spain, Venezuela, Israel and France. It is not excluded that the rescue services find other victims at the epicenter of the explosions, which destroyed the powder magazine of the barracks and destroyed more than 100 houses. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 16/3/2021)

U.S. Bishop Chairmen Reaffirm Protections for Faith-Based Foster Care and Adoption Providers - FULL TEXT

U.S. Bishop Chairmen Reaffirm Protections for Faith-Based Foster Care and Adoption Providers

WASHINGTON — Three committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are affirming their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2021. The Act would prevent the federal government and any state receiving federal funds for child welfare services from taking adverse action against a provider that declines to conduct its services in a manner that would violate its religious or moral principles.  
“Child welfare providers, who serve the needs and rights of children regardless of background, enjoy the cherished freedom of religious liberty like all Americans,” wrote the bishops in a letter of support to Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who introduced identical bills in their respective chambers.
Some faith-based child welfare providers, including those operating in Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Philadelphia, New York, and the District of Columbia, have been excluded from carrying out adoption and foster care services because the providers act on their belief that children deserve to be placed with a married mother and father. The chairmen said, “The Inclusion Act would remedy this unjust discrimination, and maximize the benefit to thousands of children in need, by enabling all foster care and adoption providers to serve the needs of parents and children in a manner consistent with the providers’ religious beliefs and moral convictions.”
Stressing that the Inclusion Act also respects the importance of a parent’s choice, the chairmen remarked, “Adoptive and foster care parents, as well as women and men who want to place their children, ought to be able to choose an agency that shares their religious beliefs or convictions about the best interests of their children.”
The letter of support was signed by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty; Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; and Bishop David A. Konderla of Tulsa, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and is available here.
Source: USCCB

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Lectionary: 245
Reading I
Ez 47:1-9, 12
The angel brought me, Ezekiel,
back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,
and I saw water flowing out
from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,
for the façade of the temple was toward the east;
the water flowed down from the right side of the temple,
south of the altar.
He led me outside by the north gate,
and around to the outer gate facing the east,
where I saw water trickling from the right side.
Then when he had walked off to the east
with a measuring cord in his hand,
he measured off a thousand cubits
and had me wade through the water, 
which was ankle-deep.
He measured off another thousand
and once more had me wade through the water,
which was now knee-deep.
 Again he measured off a thousand and had me wade;
the water was up to my waist.
Once more he measured off a thousand,
but there was now a river through which I could not wade;
for the water had risen so high it had become a river
that could not be crossed except by swimming.
He asked me, “Have you seen this, son of man?”
Then he brought me to the bank of the river, where he had me sit.
Along the bank of the river I saw very many trees on both sides.
He said to me,
“This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah,
and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh. 
Wherever the river flows,
every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live,
and there shall be abundant fish,
for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.
Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow;
their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.
Every month they shall bear fresh fruit,
for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.
Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”
Responsorial Psalm
46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
R.    (8)  The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. 
God is our refuge and our strength,
    an ever-present help in distress.
Therefore we fear not, though the earth be shaken
    and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea.
R.    The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. 
There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God,
    the holy dwelling of the Most High.
God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed;
    God will help it at the break of dawn.
R.    The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. 
The LORD of hosts is with us;
    our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
Come! behold the deeds of the LORD,
    the astounding things he has wrought on earth.
R.    The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. 
Verse before the Gospel
Ps 51:12a, 14a
A clean heart create for me, O God;
give me back the joy of your salvation.
Jn 5:1-16
There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate
a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes.
In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled.
One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there
and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him,
“Do you want to be well?”
The sick man answered him,
“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool
when the water is stirred up;
while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.
Now that day was a sabbath.
So the Jews said to the man who was cured,
“It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” 
He answered them, “The man who made me well told me,
‘Take up your mat and walk.’“
They asked him,
“Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk’?”
The man who was healed did not know who it was,
for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there.
After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him,
“Look, you are well; do not sin any more,
so that nothing worse may happen to you.”
The man went and told the Jews
that Jesus was the one who had made him well.
Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus
because he did this on a sabbath.
 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