Monday, May 3, 2021

NOVENA to Our Lady of Fatima - Powerful Novena MIRACLE Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima - Time to Begin!


Our Lady of Fatima Novena Prayer
This is one of the most beautiful novenas that can be said. 

DAY ONE
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be each day)
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DAY TWO
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be each day)
DAY THREE
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be each day)
DAY FOUR
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be each day)
DAY FIVE
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be each day)
DAY SIX
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times each)
DAY SEVEN
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times each)
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DAY EIGHT
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen. 
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be each day)
DAY NINE
Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, (mention your request) which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.  
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be each day)

Fátima Prayers

 The Pardon Prayer
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee. 
The Angel's Prayer
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners. 
Most Holy Trinity, I adore you! My God, my God, I love you in the Most Blessed Sacrament. 
The Sacrifice Prayer
 O Jesus, it is for the love of You, in reparation for the offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners [Some add here "that I pray/do this"].  "O Jesus, it is for your love, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary."Acts of Reparation. T
 Conversion and Salvation Prayers
 By your pure and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, obtain the conversion of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world! Sweet Heart of Mary, be the salvation of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world. 
Lucia said that Mary called for a series of devotions, including the Five Saturdays, frequent recitation of the Rosary, and prayers for the conversion of Russia – at the time viewed by the Church as a godless, Communist nation.

DEVOTION OF THE FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS

The following is an explanation of the conditions contained in Our Lady's request regarding the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays of the Month.
  1. Confess and receive Holy Communion
    On February 15, 1926 the Child Jesus alone came to visit Sr. Lucia and asked if the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was being propagated. Sr. Lucia spoke of a difficulty some people have in confessing on the first Saturday, and asked if they might be allowed eight days in order to fulfill Our Lady's requests. Jesus answered: "Yes, even more time still, as long as they receive Me in the state of grace and have the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
  2. Recite the Rosary
    Five decades of the Rosary may be recited at any time or place; yet, since one will be attending Mass in order to receive Holy Communion, a very desirable time and place would be before or after Mass in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Meditation on the mysteries according to one's capacity is an essential condition for praying the Rosary. Yet, involuntary distractions do not rob the Rosary of fruit if one is doing the best he can.
  3. "Keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary."
    The question is often asked: Does the meditation while reciting the Rosary fulfill this condition, or is there required an additional fifteen minutes of meditation? That an additional 15 minutes of meditation is required was recently confirmed by Sr. Lucia of Fatima. It is clear too from a statement by the first Bishop of Fatima.
    The last entry in the chronology of Fatima, published in the official Calendar of the Sanctuary for the year of 1940, and signed by Dom Jose Correia da Silva, the first Bishop of Fatima, gave a summary of Our Lady's requests concerning the Five First Saturdays. From that official statement in the Calendar of the Sanctuary, we read the Bishop's enumeration of the various items that pertain to the devotion of the five Saturdays:
      It consists in going to Confession, receiving Communion, reciting five decades of the Rosary and meditating for a quarter of an hour on the mysteries of the Rosary on the first Saturday of five consecutive months. The Confession may be made during the eight days preceding or following the first Saturday of each month, provided that Holy Communion be received in the state of grace. Should one forget to form the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, it may be formed at the next Confession, occasion to go to confession being taken at the first opportunity.

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - Eastertide



Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 286
Reading I
Acts 14:19-28
In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium
arrived and won over the crowds. 
They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,
supposing that he was dead.
But when the disciples gathered around him,
he got up and entered the city. 
On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.
After they had proclaimed the good news to that city
and made a considerable number of disciples,
they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.
They strengthened the spirits of the disciples
and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,
“It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
to enter the Kingdom of God.”
They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and,
with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord
in whom they had put their faith.
Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.
After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia.
From there they sailed to Antioch,
where they had been commended to the grace of God
for the work they had now accomplished. 
And when they arrived, they called the Church together
and reported what God had done with them
and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
Then they spent no little time with the disciples.
Responsorial Psalm
145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21
R.    (see 12)  Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
    and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might.
R.    Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
or:
R.    Alleluia. 
Making known to men your might
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.
R.    Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD,
    and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
R.    Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Alleluia
See Lk 24:46, 26
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead,
and so enter into his glory.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
Jn 14:27-31a
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you,
for the ruler of the world is coming.
He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father
and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”
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 May 4 : St. Florian the Patron of Firefighters who Refused to Persecute Christians


Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters, and many things associated with either fire or water. His feast day is celebrated on May 4. Saint Florian was born in the mid-third century A.D., perhaps around the year 250,somewhere around current-day Austria. He rose through the Roman army ranks to become a commander.
Besides his duties to the military, he was charged with leading the firefighting brigade of the day. Florian was a Christian in a time when the Roman emperors were trying to eliminate Christianity throughout their realm. At one point he was ordered to offer up a sacrifice to the Roman gods, something in which he did not believe.
Other stories state that he refused to participate in the ongoing persecution of Christians, in which the army had been ordered to participate. In either case, Florian's beliefs became known. When questioned, he again stated that he was a Christian.
The popular method of disposing of Christians in that day was to burn them to death, and it was suggested that Florian suffer the same fate. He, however, stated his intention to "climb to Heaven on the flames" of the funeral pyre being prepared for him. The soldiers decided at that point to dispense with him via another route: he was flogged, then flayed, then a large stone was tied around his neck and he was thrown into the Ennis River to drown.
 A faithful lady recovered and buried his body, which was later moved to the Augustinian Abbey of St. Florian, near current-day Linz, Austria. In 1138 some of St. Florian's relics were given to King Casimir of Poland and the Bishop of Cracow. Since his relics arrived in Poland, he has beenregarded as the patron saint of that country. Because of his association with fire, St. Florian is the patron saint of firefighters and chimney sweeps and has been invoked for protection from both fire and water. A statue of St. Florian installed at the front of the main firehouse in Vienna, Austria survived a 1945 bombing with barely a scratch.
Shared from st-florian-medal.com
Prayer to St. Florian for Firefighters (Recited by Firefighters) Dear God, through the intercession of our patron, Saint Florian, have mercy on the souls of our comrades who have made the supreme sacrifice in the performance of their duty, and on all who have gone before us after years of faithful discharge of their responsibilities which now rest on ourselves. Give us Grace to prepare each day for our own summons to Thy tribunal of justice. Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my Spirit, wherever Thou callest me, I am ready to go. Merciful Father of all men, save me from all bodily harm, if it be thy will, but above all, help me to be loyal and true, respectful and honorable, obedient and valiant. Thus fortified by virtue, I shall have no fear, for I shall then belong to Thee and shall never be separated from Thee. Amen. 

RIP - Over 200 Priests, Religious and Several Bishops Die from COVID-19 in Latin America but the Church Continues



The Catholic Church in Latin America has seen Over 200 of its Priests Die from COVID-19 virus.

The Catholic Church in Latin America, during 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, saw dozens of its priests die in different countries such as Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia.

The Venezuelan Bishops' Conference (CEV) announced in a recent statement to the international aid organization “Church in Need” that since the coronavirus began to spread in the country in March 2020 until today 201 of the priests living in Venezuela have contracted this virus and 24 died of it.

“10% of all Venezuelan clergy are infected with the coronavirus. The number of those who died from the virus makes up 11.9% of those infected and 1.2% of all priests in the country, ”according to the CEV statement.

The CEV continues: “Those who work for the church cannot avoid exposing themselves to the COVID-19 virus. The priests, who followed their vocation to serve others, their mission as "soul physicians", knew that despite all the precautionary measures in the churches and despite compliance with all hygiene rules, they ran the risk of becoming infected and even dying . "

The situation of the clergy in Mexico 

The Catholic Multimedia Center (CCM) reports that 245 clergy and religious have died from complications caused by the COVID-19 from the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 to March 2021. Among the dead are five bishops, 221 priests and religious, 11 deacons and eight nuns.

In a report circulated in February, the CCM said the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, the Archdiocese of Mexico, the Archdiocese of Puebla, the Archdiocese of Morelia, the Archdiocese of San Luis Potosi, the Archdiocese of Toluca and the Archdiocese of Tlalnepantla were most affected.

The situation in Peru 

In Peru, too, the situation of the Catholic Church in connection with the pandemic is very serious. Msgr. Luis Armando Bambarén Gastelumendi SJ, was the retired Bishop of Chimbote and former chairman of the Peruvian Bishops' Conference (CEP), who died on March 19. Also in March, Eduardo Peña Rivera, chaplain of the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) died of the coronavirus in Piura, a region in the north of the country. 

The most recent death occurred on April 16; Father Dergi Facundo, a young priest who brought comfort through the sacraments to those suffering from the disease in the north of the country.

Colombia laments the loss of a bishop

Colombia also laments the loss of a bishop: Bishop Luis Adriano Piedrahita of Santa Marta died on January 11, 2021. According to information available to the “Church in Need”, ten Jesuit priests who lived in the same house in the Chapinero district of Bogotá died within two weeks at the end of 2020. From April 2020 to January 2021, a total of 12 Jesuits died in the country.

The faithful in the Colombian capital were particularly hard hit by the death of the Franciscan monk Gabriel Gutiérrez Ramírez on April 2nd. The brother was known as the “angel of the marginalized” because of his apostolate with the homeless and for setting up the “Callejeros de la Misericordia” foundation (“Road Workers of Mercy”).

The Bolivian portal “Información de la Comunidad de Bolivia” (information from the Bolivian community Infodecom) stated in mid-2020 that 13 priests had died of COVID-19 by this time. Among them was Bishop Eugenio Scarpellini of El Salto. In February of this year, another five priests in the Archdiocese of Cochabamba died from the epidemic.

Don't Lose Hope 

"The life of the Church does not stand still," says Mgr. José Trinidad Fernández, Auxiliary Bishop of Caracas and General Secretary of the CEV, in the latest statement. The auxiliary bishop asked the people not to lose hope, because “God accompanies us in daily life because we are God's temple. God lives in the heart, there can be no place for sadness, disillusionment, disappointment. "

In its communication, the CEV goes on to say that amid the fear and pain caused by the pandemic, believers are looking to “draw near to God in order to comfort the soul. The priests therefore try to respond to this basic need by giving themselves completely in their humanity, being careful to observe the necessary precautions. "

"Despite so many deaths, the priests and religious continue their mission"

“Church in Need” project leader Regina Lynch expressed her grief and appreciation for the work of the church in her statement on the tragic outcome: “Despite so many deaths, the priests and religious continue their mission to accompany those suffering from the coronavirus and to give comfort to the faithful who suffer so much in these countries and in others around the world. ”She also recalled that“ often priests and nuns in their heroic work of devotion and service to those most in need or were infected by worrying about the health of the soul. This is also extremely important, because for us Christians it is not only the health of the body that matters. "

In 2020, the aid organization “Church in Need” supported a total of 146 projects with more than 1.5 million euros to help local churches to alleviate the consequences of COVID in Latin America. The relief organization increased aid for priests and the number of mass intentions and supported more than 7,200 priests.

Source: Aid to the Church in Need/Kath.net/CEV

RIP Fr. Aldino Amato - Death of Italian Dominican Missionary Priest who Helped the Poor of Pakistan for Almost 60 Years - at Age 90



The Dominican Priest and Missionary Father Aldino Amato, has died at age 90. He was born in Italy and died from COVID-19 after almost 60 years in Pakistan. 
 The priest died at Ittefaq Hospital in Lahore at the end of a long life spent serving the poor. Fr Amato arrived in Pakistan as a missionary in 1962. 
In 59 years he carried out his ministry in many cities, including Khushpur, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Chichawatni and Okara; he also built numerous churches, schools and hostels with particular care for the blind, many of whom received support for their studies until graduation. 
 His funeral was held last Saturday at Chak 6/4-L, a village in Okara district where the missionary built the Rosary Christian Hospital and a girls' college, as well as set up the Maria and Michele Modugno Foundation. 
Dr Sabir Michael, who was born blind, now lectures at Karachi University. He describes himself as one of the fruits of Fr Amato's work. “He was a great spiritual leader who inspired countless priests,” Prof Michael said. The priest “established a Christian school and home for the blind and school and college for the poor villagers of Chak 6 Okara. I am one of them who studied there,” the educator added. 
 Speaking at the funeral, Bishop Indrias Rehmat of Faisalabad said: “I thank God for the life and works of Fr Amato. He was a great priest and missionary in Pakistan.”
 
For the prelate, Fr Amato’s legacy will be his love for the poor, his dedication to his priestly ministry, his efforts to promote education, his care for the sick and blind children, and his availability for everyone. “When I heard the news of his death, I immediately remembered some verses from the Bible that sum up his life: ‘Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried’ (Ruth 1:16-17).” 
Edited from Asia News IT

10 Amazing Facts about St. Joseph to SHARE that you might not Know! #StJoseph

 
1. (May 1st is also the Feast of St. Joseph) March 19 is known as St. Joseph 
Day, or the Solemnity of St. Joseph (if celebrated in Lent you can break the 
Fast) 
 2. In Europe the people dedicate an altar to him, also known as “St. Joseph’s
 Table” or “la tavola di San Giuseppe.” People decorate it with flowers, 
candles, wine and “lucky” foods and feed the poor with their best foods
 from this table on his Feast days. 3. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the Apocryphal Date for Joseph's
 birth is 90 BC in Bethlehem and the Apocryphal Date of his death is July 
20, AD 18 in Nazareth.
4. The Church celebrates two feast days uniquely for Saint Joseph: March
 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1st for Joseph the Worker. 
In 1955 Pope Pius XII established the Feast of "St. Joseph the Worker" . 
This is also May Day (International Workers' Day) since he is the patron of workers.
5. Joseph has no recorded words in Scripture!
6. Veneration of St. Joseph goes back at least to the 9th century An early
 title used to honor him was nutritor Domini, meaning “guardian of the 
Lord.” But even earlier as there is a prayer composed to him which is from 
50 AD (See: https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2021/05/powerful-prayers-to-saint-joseph-novena.html )
 7.  He is the patron of the Universal Church, a happy death, families, 
unborn, fathers, expectant mothers, travelers, immigrants, craftsmen, 
engineers, carpenters, and workers. He’s also the patron of the Sicily, 
Americas, Canada, China, Croatia, Mexico, Korea, Austria, Belgium, Peru, 
the Philippines and Vietnam.
 8. Josephology sub-disciplines of theology, in the 20th century did some 
people start to gather the Church’s insights about him. In the 1950s, three 
centers dedicated to the study of St. Joseph.
9. It’s tradition to wear red on St. Joseph’s Day.
10. He is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass.
“St. Joseph was chosen among all men, to be the 
protector and guardian of the Virgin Mother of God;
 the defender and foster-father of the Infant-God, a
nd the only co-operator upon earth, the one 
confidant of the secret of God in the work of the redemption of mankind.” -- St. Bernard of Clairvaux
 

Pope Francis says "You have the example of the saints who found nourishment in the Eucharist for their path of perfection..." FULL TEXT to Altar Servers



Pope Francis Message to the acolytes of Portugal for the 25th national pilgrimage.
To my Brother
D. JOS É MANUEL GARCIA CORDEIRO
Bishop of Bragança-Miranda and President of
Portuguese Episcopal Commission of Liturgy and Spirituality
Beloved Brother!
I gladly welcome the request for a greeting to the acolytes of Portugal on the occasion of their twenty-fifth National Pilgrimage, which will take place on May 1, 2021 with their (virtual) meeting point with Our Lady at the Shrine of Fátima. She will be happy to see them around her, cover them with her protective cloak and whisper to them as to the servants at the wedding at Cana, unexpected collaborators of Jesus' first miracle just because they followed her mother's recommendation: «Do what He tells you ”(Jn 2: 5). This is the first thing that Jesus says to each one: "be holy". Dear acolyte, you have been taught - and it is true - that, at Holy Mass, that little speck of bread becomes the Body of Christ and the wine in the cup becomes the Blood of Christ. Every time you approach the Altar, you have the fortune to collaborate closely for this miracle. Your eyes do not see Jesus, but the heart and the lips adore Him, as our little mothers and catechists made us repeat: “My Lord and my God, I adore Your Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, as real and perfectly as it is in Heaven ». It is true! Jesus is there as real and perfectly as he is in Heaven; and, seeing you, he must recognize an angel. You will behave as you should in the service of holy things. Your inner and outer attitude is in accordance with what you do, especially when you are at the altar, when you make the sign of the cross, when you kneel, when you are seated or when you participate in prayer and in common songs. Excited with respect and inner recollection, your service as an acolyte will become a profession of faith for the community. To do this, put all the enthusiasm of your age in the encounter with Jesus hidden under the Eucharistic veil. Offer Jesus your hands, your thoughts and your time, and He will not fail to reward you, granting you true joy and making you feel where the most complete happiness is found. You have the example of the saints who found food in the Eucharist for their path of perfection, if not their bodily life: have you never heard of Blessed Alexandrina of Balazar? Fourteen years fed only on Communion ... How many times have they been moved to tears in the experience of such a great mystery: that the Holy Cure d'Ars says. They lived indescribable hours of joy in front of the Blessed Sacrament, like the little shepherd of Fatima, Saint Francisco Marto, whom you chose as a model and heavenly protector. «Be holy»: this is the first thing that Jesus asks of you. And the second: «be original». Dear acolyte, as I wrote to you in 2019 (I do not know if it has already reached your hands, but I wrote to you ...) in the Apostolic Exhortation Christ lives, “you will not be holy nor will you be fulfilled by copying others. When it comes to imitating the saints, it does not mean copying their way of being and living holiness: there are testimonies that are useful to stimulate and motivate us, but not to try to copy them, because that could even get us out of the way , unique and specific, that the Lord has predisposed for us. You have to find out who you are and develop your personal way of being holy, regardless of what others say and think. To make yourself holy is to become more fully yourself, the one that God wanted to dream and create, not a photocopy. Your life must be a prophetic stimulus that inspires others, that leaves a mark on this world, that unique mark that only you can leave. Whereas, if you copy, you will deprive this land and also Heaven of what no one else will be able to offer in your place ”(no. 162). Anyway, dear acolyte, be holy, be original! «All are born as originals, but many die as photocopies»: observed Blessed Carlos Acutis. He wanted to say that, “although they look different, in fact they end up being the same as others, chasing what the powerful impose on them through the mechanisms of consumption and stun. Thus, they do not let the gifts that the Lord gave them spring up, they do not make available to this world the abilities so personal and unique that God sowed in each one ”(No. 106, of the Exhortation Christ lives). Please, dear acolyte, do not let yourself fall into mediocrity, which demeans and makes us gray. But life is not gray, life must bet on great ideals. Do not follow negative people, but continue to radiate the light and hope that come from God around you! As you know, this hope does not disappoint; never disappoints! With God, nothing is lost, but without Him everything is lost. Do not be afraid, then, to throw yourself into the arms of the Father in Heaven, and trust Him, who will see to it that He will make you the original saint.
To conclude and summarize in some way what is said, I leave you a holy and original figure of Jesus' acolyte: Saint Joseph! You may have difficulty seeing him help Mass, but if you think about how it was done in four so that the Son of God could descend from heaven to earth, become man and grow until he became food for the life of the world, you will see that was a great acolyte. And even when you need to run to make up for last-minute forgetfulness or surprises, you will have no difficulty recognizing yourself in St. Joseph in distress in search of the twelve-year-old Son who was lost in the Jerusalem temple. For the world, I wanted to lose Jesus! For nothing in the world, he wanted to lose Maria de Nazaré, the bride that was already promised to him and now appears as a baby: Joseph sets aside his plans to follow God's, grabbing the Virgin Mother with the Son he brings in her bosom and taking them to your home. And for nothing in the world, Saint Joseph wants to lose you, generous and good acolyte; he confidently invokes and zealously imitates St. Joseph, to always serve with dignity the miracle of Jesus' descent into the land that takes place daily in our altars. Guardian of the Holy Family and Patron of the Universal Church, São José guard and protect all the acolytes of Portugal with those who accompany, energize and instruct them, from families and catechists to diocesan and national structures, under the paternal gaze of parish priests and priests. I gladly recall this call of St. John Paul II (in his Letter to Priests on the occasion of Holy Thursday 2004): “in regular Sunday and holiday celebrations, the acolytes find you, in your hands they see“ doing the Eucharist, in your face you read the reflection of the mystery, in your heart the intuition of a call to greater love. Be parents, teachers and witnesses of Eucharistic piety and holiness of life for them! » My Blessing arrives to all, bearer of grace and joy. Pray for me.
Rome, Saint John of Lateran, April 16, 2021.
Franciscus

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