Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - Eastertide



 Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 287
Reading I
Acts 15:1-6
Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,
“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,
you cannot be saved.”
Because there arose no little dissension and debate
by Paul and Barnabas with them,
it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others
should go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbyters
about this question. 
They were sent on their journey by the Church,
and passed through Phoenicia and Samaria
telling of the conversion of the Gentiles,
and brought great joy to all the brethren.
When they arrived in Jerusalem,
they were welcomed by the Church,
as well as by the Apostles and the presbyters,
and they reported what God had done with them.
But some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers
stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them
and direct them to observe the Mosaic law.”
The Apostles and the presbyters met together to see about this matter.
Responsorial Psalm
122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5
R.    (see 1)   
 Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
I rejoiced because they said to me,
    “We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
And now we have set foot
    within your gates, O Jerusalem.
R.    Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Jerusalem, built as a city
    with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up,
    the tribes of the LORD.
R.    Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
According to the decree for Israel,
    to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats,
    seats for the house of David.
R.    Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Alleluia
Jn 15:4a, 5b
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Remain in me, as I remain in you, says the Lord;
whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
Jn 15:1-8
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
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 5 : St. Hilary of Arles a Bishop of France who Sold All He had for the Poor and Died in 449

St. Hilary of Arles - BISHOP

Born:
400 at Lorraine
Died:
449 This saint was nobly born about the year 401, and was related to St. Honoratus of Arles, and of the same country in Gaul, which was probably Lorraine, or some other part of Austrasia. He was brought up in a manner suitable to his birth, in the study of the liberal arts, and of every branch of polite learning. especially of eloquence and philosophy. But how little value we ought to set on all things that appear great in the eyes of the world, he himself has taught us. "We are all equal," says he, "in Jesus Christ; and the highest degree of our nobility is to be of the number of the true servants of God. Neither science, nor birth, according to this world, can exalt us, but in proportion to our contempt of them." Before God had put these sentiments into his heart, he seems to have been not altogether insensible to the advantages of this world, in which he was raised to the highest dignities. His kinsman, St. Honoratus, who had forsaken his country to seek Christ in the solitude of the isle of Lerins, where he had founded a great monastery, was the instrument made use of by the Almighty to open his eyes. This holy man had always loved Hilary, and thought he could not give him more solid proof of his friendship than by endeavoring to gain him entirely to God. He therefore left his retirement for a few days to seek him out, and endeavored to move him by the same powerful, weighty reflections, which had made the deepest impression on his own mind, and induced him to break the chains of the world. "What floods of tears," says St. Hilary, "did this true friend shed to soften the hardness of my heart! How often did he embrace me with the most tender and compassionate affection, to obtain of me that I would take into serious consideration the salvation of my soul! Yet, by an unhappy victory, I still remained conqueror." Honoratus, finding his endeavors to wean him from the charms of a deceitful world ineffectual, had recourse to prayer, his ordinary refuge. "Well," said he to Hilary, "I will obtain of God, what you will not now grant me." Upon which they took leave of each other. Hilary, reflecting on what Honoratus had said to him, was not long before he began to feel a violent conflict within himself. "On one side," says he, "me-thought I saw the Lord calling me; on the other the world offering me its seducing charms and pleasures. How often did I embrace and reject, will and not will the same thing! But in the end Jesus Christ triumphed in me. And three days after Honoratus had left me, the mercy of God, solicited by his prayers, subdued my rebellious soul." He then went in person to seek St. Honoratus, and appeared before him as humble and tractable as the saint had left him haughty and indocile. From this moment there appeared in Hilary that wonderful change which the Holy Ghost produces in a soul which he truly converts. His words, looks, and whole comportment breathed nothing but humility, patience, sweetness, mortification, and charity. Every one saw in him a man who began to labor in earnest to save his soul, and who had put his hand to the plough to look no more behind him, or to send a single thought alter v. hat he had left for Christ's sake. Aspiring to perfection, he sold all his several estates to his brother, and distributed all the money accruing from the sale among the poor, and the most indigent monasteries. Thus disengaged from the world, and naked, no less in the inward disposition of soul than in his exterior, he, like Abraham, took leave of his own country, and made the best of his way to Lerins; where from his first entrance he made it appear that he was worthy to live in the company of saints. He set out in the pursuit of monastic perfection with such zeal and fervor, as to become in a short time the pattern of those on whose instructions and example he came to form his own conduct. His application to prayer and mortification, and his watchfulness and care to avoid the smallest faults and imperfections, prepared him to receive the gift of tears. It is thought that his baptism was posterior to his retirement. St. Honoratus having been chosen archbishop of Arles, in 426, Hilary followed him to that city; but it was not long before his love of solitude occasioned his return to Lerins. All the holy inhabitants of that isle testified as great joy to receive him again,  as he felt to see himself among them. But God, who had other designs upon him, did not permit him to enjoy long his beloved retirement. St. Honoratus begged his assistance, and the comfort of his company, and as he did not yield to entreaties, went himself to fetch him from Lerins. Soon after God called St. Honoratus to himself, his death happening in 428 or 429. Hilary, though sensibly afflicted for the loss of such a friend, rejoiced however to see himself at liberty, and set out directly for Lerins. But no sooner were the citizens apprized of his departure, than messengers posted after him with such expedition, that he was overtaken, brought back, and consecrated archbishop, though only twenty-nine years of age.
In this high station the virtues which he had acquired in solitude shone with lustre to mankind. The higher he was exalted by his dignity, the more did he humble himself beneath all others in his heart. He reduced himself in every thing to the strictest bounds of necessity: and he had only one coat for winter and summer. He applied himself diligently to meditation on the holy scriptures, and preaching the word of God, was assiduous in prayer, watching, and fasting. He had his hours also for manual labor, with a view of gaming something for the poor; choosing such work as he could join with reading or prayer. He travelled always on foot, and had attained to so perfect an evenness of temper, that his mind seemed never ruffled with the least emotion of anger. He had an admirable talent in preaching. When he spoke before the learned of the world, his elocution, his accent, his discourse, his action, were such as the greatest orators justly admired, but despaired ever to come up to. Yet when he instructed the illiterate, he changed his manner of address, and proportioned his instructions to the capacities of the most simple and ignorant, though always supporting the dignity of the divine word by a maimer and expression suitable to its majesty. He preached the truth in its purity, without flattering the great. He had often in private admonished a certain judge in the province of a criminal partiality in the administration of justice, but without effect. One day the magistrate came into the church, attended by his officers, while the saint was preaching. The holy bishop broke off his sermon on the spot, and gave his surprised audience for reason, that he who had so often neglected the advice he had given him for his salvation, was not worthy to partake of the nourishment of the divine word. the judge no sooner heard his reflection, but withdrew in  confusion, and the saint resumed his discourse Observing one day that many went out of the church immediately after the reading of the gospel, just as he was going to preach, he prevailed with them to return, by saying: "You will not so easily get out of hell, if you are once unhappily fallen into its dungeons." He had such a love for the poor, that to have the more to bestow on them, he lived himself in the greatest poverty: he never kept a horse, and labored hard in digging and manuring the ground, though educated according to the dignity of his family. To redeem captives, he caused the church plate to be sold, not excepting the sacred vessels; making use of patens and chalices of glass ill the celebration of the divine mysteries. If his compassion for the corporal miseries of the faithful was so tender, we may judge how much more he was moved to pity at their spiritual necessities. He bore the weak with tenderness, but never indulged the passions or sloth of any. When he put any one in a course of penance he was himself bathed in tears; whereby he troth excited the penitent to the like, and with ardent sighs and prayer obtained for him of God the grace of compunction and pardon. He visited the bishops of his province, and endeavored to make them walk in the perfect spirit of Christ, the prince of pastors. He established many monasteries and took particular care to enforce a strict observance of monastic discipline among them. He had a close friendship with St. Germanus, whom he called his father, and respected as an apostle. He presided in the council of Ries in 439, in the first council of Orange in 441, in the council of Vaison in 442, and probably in 443, in the second council of Arles, in all which several canons of discipline were framed.
His zeal exasperated several tepid persons; and some of these, by misconstruing his actions, gave the holy pope St. Leo a disadvantageous character of him. His zeal, indeed, had been on some occasions too hasty and precipitate: but this was owing in him to mistake, not to passion; for the circumstances of his actions, and of his eminent piety, oblige us to interpret his intention by the same spirit by which he governed himself in his whole conduct. This disagreement between St. Leo and St. Hilary proved a trial for the exercise of zeal in the former, and of patience in the latter, for his greater sanctification by humility, submission, and silence. Chelidonius, bishop of Besancon, had been deposed by St. Hilary Upon an allegation, that, before he was consecrated bishop, he had married a widow, and had condemned persons to death as magistrate; both which were looked upon as irregularities or disqualifications for holy orders. Chelidonius hereupon set out for Rome, to justify himself to the pope, St. Leo, who received his appeal from his metropolitan, and acquitted him of the irregularity with which he stood charged. St. Hilary, upon hearing that his suffragan was gone for Rome, followed him thither on foot, and in the midst of winter. The pope having assembled a council to judge this affair, St. Hilary took his seat among the other bishops that composed it: but from his not attempting to prove the irregularity which had been alleged against Chelidonius, the saint seemed to own that he had been imposed on as to the matter of fact. But he pretended, that the cause ought not to be judged otherwise than by commissaries deputed by the pope to take cognizance of it in the country that gave it birth, a point for which some Africans had contended. This plea was overruled, the contrary having been frequently practiced, when both parties could appear at Rome: though the manner of judging appeals is only a point of discipline, which may vary in different places. Another affair brought St. Hilary into a greater difficulty. Projectus, a bishop of his province, being sick, St. Hilary, upon information, hastened to his see, and ordained a new bishop: after which Projectus recovering, there were two bishops contending for the same see, and Hilary supported the last ordained; perhaps because the first might remain disabled for his functions. The author of St. Hilary's life does not clear up his conduct in this particular: but we cannot doubt of the sincerity of his intention. Moreover the discipline of the church in such matters was not at that time so clearly settled by the canons as it has been since. St. Hilary therefore imagined a metropolitan might have a discretionary power in such matters. However St. Leo rightly judged such an ordination irregular, liable to great inconveniences, and productive of schisms. Wherefore he forbade St. Hilary to ordain any bishops for the future. Our holy prelate cancelled his mistakes by his patience, and St. Leo, writing immediately after the saint's death, to his successor Ravennus, calls him, <Hilary of holy memory>. Exhausted by austerities and labors, St. Hilary passed to a better life on the 5th of May, 449, being only forty-eight years old. St. Honoratus, the eloquent bishop of Marseilles, who has given us an abstract of his life, relates several miraculous cures wrought by the saint while he was living. His body lies in a subterraneous chapel, under the high altar, in the church of St. Honoratus at Arles, with an elegant ancient epitaph. The name of St. Hilary stands in the Roman Martyrology.
That this saint never gave in to the Semi-Pelagian doctrine, though it hard not been then condemned by any decree of the pastors of the church, is clearly shown by Tillemont and Dom. Rivet. This is proved from several passages in his life by St. Honoratus; and in the Martyrologies of Rabanus and Notker it is mentioned that he vigorously exerted his zeal in bringing a light and in correcting the Pelagian heresy, which is taught in the conferences of Cassian. His exposition of the creed, commended by the ancients, is now lost: his homilies on all the feasts of the year were much esteemed, but are not known at present. The best edition of his works is given by John Salinas, regular canon of St. John Lateran, in Italy, in 1731.
Source: Lives of the Saints - Alban Butler

What is the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven? Biblical Explanation of the #Ascension and Novena Prayer - Time to Begin!


The Feast of the Ascension is celebrated 40 Days after Easter - however, the celebration is often shifted to the nearest Sunday in many countries. In 2021, Ascension Thursday will be on May 13th. (It is time to begin the Novena prayer in honor of the Ascension see below) The Ascension of Jesus is told in the Bible in Acts 1:9-11. This teaching explains that the resurrected Jesus was taken up to Heaven 40 days after the resurrection. The Gospels also describe the ascension of Jesus in Luke 24:50-53 and Mark 16:19. The ascension of Jesus is included in the Nicene Creed and in the Apostles' Creed. The Feast of the Ascension, is celebrated on the 40th day of Easter (always a Thursday). In some countries this Feast is transferred to the Sunday following the Thursday. Jesus said unto them, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Jesus led the eleven disciples to Bethany, not far from Jerusalem.  Then he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. Acts 1:9 describes the Ascension: "And when he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight." The Ascension took place on Mount Olivet. The Chapel of the Ascension in Jerusalem today is venerated by Christians and Muslims. There is a 12x12 meter octagonal structure (called a martyrium—"memorial"—or "Edicule") that remains to this day. Russian Orthodox have a Convent of the Ascension on the top of the Mount of Olives. Christian theology[edit]  The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:"Christ's Ascension into heaven signifies his participation, in his humanity, in God's power and authority." CCC 668. In  John 20:17 Jesus told St. Mary Magdalene: "I have not yet ascended to the Father; go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God"
Ascension remembers the day when Jesus went up into heaven 40 days after He rose from the dead.  The Ascension is often transferred to the Sunday so that people can attend Mass.
(Image: Pietro Perugino, Ascension, between 1496 and 1500 Oil on wood Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Pérugin, l’Ascension, between 1496 and 1500, huile sur bois, musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.)
Novena Prayer (Say 9 Times)
Antiphon
Jesus, I honor You on the feast of Your Ascension into heaven. I rejoice with all my heart at the glory into which You entered to reign as King of heaven and earth. When the struggle of this life is over, give me the grace to share Your joy and triumph in heaven for all eternity.

I believe that You entered into Your glorious Kingdom to prepare a place for me, for You promised to come again to take me to Yourself. Grant that I may seek only the joys of Your friendship and love, so that I may deserve to be united with You in heaven.

In the hour of my own homecoming, when I appear before Your Father to give an account of my life on earth, have mercy on me.

Jesus, in Your love for me You have brought me from evil to good and from misery to happiness. Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness. May Your Humanity give me courage in my weakness and free me from my sins.

Through Your grace, give me the courage of perseverance for You have called and justified me by faith. May I hold fast to the life You have given me and come to the eternal gifts You promised.

You love me, dear Jesus. Help me to love You in return. I ask You to grant this special favor:

(Mention your request).

By Your unceasing care, guide my steps toward the life of glory You have prepared for those who love You. Make me grow in holiness and thank You by a life of faithful service. Amen.
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory be.

Pro-Life Victories as Oklahoma and Idaho Governors sign Bills banning abortions after an Unborn Baby Heartbeat is detected


Idaho Governor Brad Little signed an bill into law, on April 27, that would make it illegal for a woman to terminate her pregnancy after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can happen as early as six weeks.
The law could make most abortions illegal in the Republican-led state as many women don’t realize they’re even pregnant before they’re six weeks along. But the law won’t go into effect until a similar law is upheld by a federal appeals court.
It also makes exceptions for medical emergencies and rape and incest if women can provide a police report.  
"Idaho is a state that values the most innocent of all lives – the lives of babies," Little said in a statement Tuesday. "We should never relent in our efforts to protect the lives of the preborn. Hundreds and hundreds of babies lose their lives every year in Idaho due to abortion, an absolute tragedy. I appreciate Idaho lawmakers for continuing to protect lives by passing this important legislation, and I am proud to sign the bill into law today."
Supporters of the legislation say they would like it challenged in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and then decided at the U.S. Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority.
Under the law, a professional who provides an abortion could face five years in prison and the pregnant woman could sue the professional.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Still also signed a bill this week, outlawing abortions after a heartbeat is detected. 

 Gov. Kevin Stitt signed new laws this week, signifying a half-dozen policy wins for Republicans – including a heartbeat abortion ban and making the Sooner State a Second Amendment sanctuary.
Stitt had promised on the campaign trail to sign any pro-life legislation that reached his desk and tweeted Tuesday that he is "proud to be called the most pro-life governor."
"I will continue to keep my promise and sign every piece of pro-life legislation that hits my desk," he wrote.H.B. 2441 is the heartbeat bill, which bans abortions once a fetus has a detectable rhythm. Violating it could result in a murder charge against the doctor.
H.B. 1102 states that doctors who perform abortions that are not "medically necessary" can lose their medical licenses.
H.B. 1904 limits the types of doctors who can legally perform abortions, and S.B. 918 is set to immediately outlaw abortions in Oklahoma if the Supreme Court were ever to overturn the Roe v. Wade precedent.
With the coronavirus vaccine becoming more widely available, he also signed a new law blocking the government from shutting down places of worship. (Edited from LifeNews)
 

Wow Miraculous Liquification of the Blood of Saint Januarius in Naples, Italy - VIDEO



TRANSLATION OF THE RELICS OF SAINT JANUARIUS
At 5.18 pm on 2 May, 2021, during the second day of prayer, the miracle of the liquefaction of the blood of Saint Januarius was repeated. The blood of St. Januarius 1st began to liquefy in 1389. Last year, the blood did not liquefy in December 16; this was thought to be a warning from above of the pandemic.  The text of the homily delivered by Archbishop Don Mimmo Battaglia in the celebration of May 1st in the Cathedral is available below. Also this year, due to the health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the procession was not held which, according to tradition, on the Saturday afternoon preceding the first Sunday in May, always moved from the Duomo to the church of Saint Clare, with the Teca containing the blood and with the bust of the Patron Saint of Naples and Campania, together with the statues of some patron saints.
On this occasion, the prodigious event of the liquefaction of the blood of the martyr Gennaro (Januarius) took place (as it does almost always). The procession took place in memory of the Translation of the Relics of the Saint from the cemetery located in the countryside of Marciano, in the territory of Fuorigrotta, to the Catacombs of Capodimonte, then called, for this reason, of Saint Januarius.
This procession was also called «of the infrascati», due to the custom of the participating clergy to protect themselves from the sun, covering their heads with wreaths of flowers. The silver crown that dominates the canopy which, in public, holds the shrine with the blood of the saint and which bears in the center an enormous emerald, of Central American origin, a gift from the city of Naples, is a reminder of this.
For the reasons mentioned, even on this year's anniversary only the Eucharistic Celebration was celebrated in the Cathedral Church, with the overall presence of two hundred people and live TV and web coverage by Canale 21.
In the following days, from 2 to 9 May, from 9 to 12.30 and from 16.30 to 19, the faithful can go to the Cathedral, to the High Altar, to pray in front of the relics and venerate the patron saint. At 9, 10 and 12 on weekdays, as well as at 18.30 the celebration of Mass.
Here is the text of the homily delivered by the Archbishop :
Dear brothers and sisters,
today my first impression takes place - not in front of you but with you all - with what one would instinctively say "something", the blood, the blood guarded and jealously venerated for centuries, of a witness of Christ. I said with "something", something fascinating and mysterious, but in reality, it is the impact not with something, but the filial and devoted encounter, moved and anxious with Someone, with the martyr and bishop Gennaro, the Saint Januarius universally known in the world, as intensely and passionately kept, as well as in a display case, in the heart of every Neapolitan.
On this day our Church remembers the translation of the body of the bishop and martyr Saint Januarius and traditionally does so with a procession whose route winds through the streets of the city However, this year too it is not possible due to the pandemic emergency and that is why we find ourselves in the cathedral, with a contingent number of faithful, but with a clear certainty: if today's liturgy cannot unfold through the streets of Naples ... are the streets of Naples, with its inhabitants and the thousand stories of the alleys and neighborhoods which make their entrance into this cathedral church through our prayer and our remembrance .
In fact every time we sit at the Lord's table we bring with us " the joys and hopes, sadness and anguish of today's men, especially the poor and all those who suffer , in the awareness that we are all branches of only vine, guarded and blessed by the Father. ucarestia is the lifeblood, is the presence of the Lord who gives himself to us so that we learn to give ourselves for each other. Being united with him does not mean custing his love and life like a jealous treasure but rather letting them flow giving us fruits.to then donate them and share them with those who are close to us, with those we meet every day on the paths of our daily life, without turning the other way. Remain in Jesus means res tares in the motion of love not away from it, whatever the cost. Isn't that what martyrs do? Is this not what the martyr Gennaro did, captured to bring consolation and instill courage to the brothers imprisoned for their faith? And this love to his brothers and faith in the risen Lord have not perhaps driven to donate anch 'he lives to martyrdom?
Sisters and brothers like Gennaro we are called to be united with the Lord, to remain in His words , to listen, nourish and transmit His love. As L ui we are called to annunciar and to denounce and give up.
We proclaim the Gospel without fear with a prophetic witness, capable of affecting the whole of our life. The city, our city needs to receive the good news of the Gospel, it needs its lifeblood to return to hope, it needs all Christ's disciples to sprinkle with the lifeblood of trust and love the many deserts that are hidden behind its alleys, in its suburbs , in condominiums and houses.
We denounce what pollutes the social fabric, what makes the community inhuman, everything that distances the people from the dream of God which is peace, justice, communion. Our martyr with her getting close to suffering fellow to denounced the littleness of earthly powers, showed that a believer not retreat one millimeter before the good, but that it is also capable of giving life. As a community, will we be able to do the same by denouncing the underworld, the Camorra culture, the corruption that prevails in the name of the Gospel of justice?
We decisively renounce the idolatry of the self by learning to decline as a we. Waiver mo to the mentality of the small backyard garden for rediscovering the only farmers who has been entrusted: our city. Waiver mo to stop on the threshold of dreams and learn together they become signs concrete of the future of God Waiver mo to a fragmentation that serves only to our selfishness narcissistic but that has little ch and make the Kingdom of God and the common good. It is these verbs - announce, d enunciate, renounce - that must awaken the memo in us of our martyr today.
Brothers and sisters, today I beg you not to give in to the temptation to stand on the threshold of the surface, intrigued by the prodigy, seized by the desire to read in it good wishes or ominous omens for our future blood, whether it melts or remains in its unchanged sacredness, it refers us to the blood of Christ, in whose paschal mystery we still find ourselves and who is the only one that gives meaning to the great and intense icon of the blood that melts, for remind us that it is always alive in the suffering and in the hope of all of you - of all of us, I am there too, Neapolitans - and of all the men and women we know to be saved by Jesus, whose immense pact we will evoke and update of love today too, soon: "this is my blood, the blood for the new and eternal covenant, shed for you and for all" .
I will have the task of holding this case in my hands, with all the moving veneration that I feel towards a Great One in faith and with all the evocative devotion of this blood to the blood of every oppressed man, of every human being struck by the violence of other beings suddenly become inhuman, or simply by a misfortune, a disease or whatever else has poured it on the earth. Yes, on this earth and on earth in general, an earth that paradoxically becomes more human in receiving it. The earth itself, in fact, claims humanity and justice for the shed blood of every man, because, like Abel, "although dead, he still speaks" (Heb 11: 4).
Yes, dear friends, it is with the trepidation of those who have in their hands and in their hearts so much suffering and so much testimony, testimony of love and faith, proof of a disproportionate struggle against the adversities of life and of tenacity in carrying on their family that we all feel involved and moved by the blood of Saint Januiarius. We feel so involved that we hear the cry of justice, as well as the appeal to veneration, which comes to us from that blood and from that of any brother, because each of them brings us back to Christ, "to the Mediator of the New Covenant and to the blood of the sprinkling of the voice more eloquent than that of Abel "(Heb 11:24).
In fact, what is this cruetWhat treasure is it part of These are the questions that must dig our hearts every time the martyr Gennaro comes to meet us with the sign of his blood. The blood of the martyrs is not a museum piece or a simple relic to be cherished but it is a living sign for the today that is given to us, a clear indication for this time that we are called to live, a prophecy of the way in which we must live and a clear reference to what is worth dying for.Around this reliquary and with those who suffer in the first place, we are the Church of God, a people of witnesses and martyrs, because as he claims, recalling some fathers of the Church, even someone who was my theology teacher, the Church begins with the first sacrifice of an innocent, the first blood shed by a brother who gave him to drink to the earth which, while welcoming it, still does not resign itself, does not make it capable of it: the blood of Abel. As disciples of the Risen One, let us therefore learn to read together, without anachronistic fears, the powerful road signs that this blood shows us and to set out together with the martyrs of every place and every time, along the paths of evangelical witness.and of a fidelity to God that is made credible by the service to man lived without reserve and with "waste of generosity" .
The blood speaks and is alive, just as the thirst for justice and the need for a "normality" of closeness, proximity, a need made even more urgent by the current pandemic remain alive. This living blood tells us about Maurizio, who died in order to defend his daughter from the Camorra tradition of abuse; of Giovanni, who spent every day of his life to ensure a future for his disabled son and who died without the certainty of a community capable of looking after him. Today these ampoules lead us to Ornella and Fortuna who, due to male violence, have shed their blood struck by the hands of those they had loved. Today ,this blood introduces us to the peripheries of existence, at the feet of Concetta and the many invisible elderly people forgotten by all, left alone by the community that would have had to pay off the debt between generations with care Today this blood tells us about Salvatore and Tina and all the boys of Naples, from whom an economic system, a selfish lifestyle and the cancer of the Camorra are stealing the future. Today this blood tells us of the wounds of the many families of Whirlpool and of the many unemployed who ask for nothing more than a job capable of guaranteeing the dignity of themselves and their families: on this May 1st my thoughts and my closeness to them !
These names, these stories, the faces and the names of Naples are the deliveries of Saint Januarius whose testimony does not cease to echo the blessing sending of the wounds of the Risen One: adorned in the world to heal the wounds of the body and soul of every man and every woman and live with all your strength that more human blood is shed on the earth disassociate yourselves, however, at any cost, from those who still claim to get rich by shedding and making the blood of every human being shed ; be ready to take your commitments today and not tomorrow, responding to personally and not leaving it to others; is above all, love more, love always, love everyone, but especially those who need love most.
We are the Church of Christ, hurch suffering, but that is not resigned to suffering, because it seeks to overcome it in others and in themselves. It is not true that we were born to suffer. We were born to love. To love anyway and always even when this should involve suffering and personal involvement.
Brothers and sisters in these ampoules flow like perennial tributaries the streams of blood that gush from the open wounds of this city, from the vulnerabilities of its people, from the pains of its children. There is no social wound and community wound that does not have the right of citizenship in this precious reliquary, the marvelous apex of the entire treasure of Saint Januarius. But don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about precious stones, nor about the gems set between golden mitres, nor about the silver busts of the saints. The real treasure of Saint Januarius is its people, its people and in it those who sit on the edge of the vine , the last, the most fragile. ISthis treasure which as a Church, together with the institutions and all men and women of good will, we are called to safeguard with fidelity and courage, drawing on the immense patrimony hidden among the shadows and lights that compose it: I speak of the patrimony of humanity of this city, of the desire for redemption of its people, of the solidarity of its people. It is from this treasure that S. Gennaro asks us to leave together. It is this treasure that the Lord asks us to increase, making it bear fruit in everyday life, with generous enthusiasm and indomitable courage. This is the true “Saint Januarius operation” from which we must never give up, to which the Gospel itself invites us. In the film of the same name, one of the characters, Don Vincenzo, played by the great Tot ò, says: "To have a grace from Saint Januarius you have to talk to him from man to man."
And here is Bishop and Martyr Januarius, who as a man and in the name of the men and women of the Church of Naples , I turn to you !
The whirling us to discover and comprehend , and among the bright reflections of your ampoules
the drops of blood of the poor, the little ones, the least.
Help the Neapolitan Church , with the testimony of your faith,
to announce the beauty of the Gospel with fresh words and passionate gazes .
Support, with the example of your courage,
those who set out on the paths of justice and peace,
free them from the fear of the powers of death and remember the gold that the fragility of love
it is the only weapon capable of changing the world.
Help us all to give up the comfortable and superficial life,
made of indifference and selfishness
and remind us that the stage of the history of this city
it is not traced with the attitude of the spectator,
but with the enthusiasm of the protagonist .
And don't stop whispering to our hearts
that your most precious treasure is us,
your people of Naples,
your city kissed by the sea and caressed by the sun,
called to be for the whole world
a parable of welcome and communion,
people who despite so much darkness
it has never stopped and will never stop seeing, living and announcing
the light.
Your blood has split and will split time with love for the good.
Amen

Pope Francis' May Prayer Intention "Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens..." FULL TEXT + VIDEO



Pope’s May prayer intention: ‘For the world of finance’ - "Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers."
Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for the month of May 2021,
“The true economy, the one that creates work, is in crisis.”
 “The Pope Video”, was released on May 4th, 2021.
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, which prepares “The Pope Video” each month, released a press statement accompanying the prayer intention.
It explained the Holy Father’s concern for unstable markets with the inequalities worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Global GDP (Gross Domestic Product), noted the statement, has suffered its sharpest drop since the end of World War II, with millions of people out of work or on leave.

 

The full text of the Pope's prayer intention is below:
"The true economy, the one that creates work, is in crisis. How many people are now unemployed! — But the financial markets have never been as inflated as they are now.
How far away is the world of high finance from the lives of ordinary people!
If finance is unregulated, it becomes pure speculation driven by various monetary policies.
 This situation is unsustainable. And it is dangerous.
So that the poor do not suffer painful consequences from this system, financial speculation must be carefully regulated. 
Speculation. I want to underline that term. 
May finance be a form of service, and an instrument to serve the people, and to care for our common home!
We still have time to begin a process of global change to practice a different kind of economy, one that is more just, more inclusive and sustainable —and leaves no one behind.
We can do this! And let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate financial markets and protect citizens from its dangers."

Pope Francis says "You can count on my prayers" at Meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister of Iraq, Fuad Hussein - VIDEO



Pope Francis received in audience Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister, Fuad Hussein, on May 3rd, in the Vatican. Pope Francis met Monday with Mr. Fuad Hussein, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq. Matteo Bruni, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, said Pope Francis recalled with gratitude the welcome he received during his recent journey to Iraq, during the meeting which lasted around 30 minutes. The Pope also “addressed an affectionate greeting to Iraq and to all its people, reiterating his hope that all people may ‘grow in solidarity and in the ability to acknowledge themselves as responsible for the vulnerabilities of others’”. Pope Francis Apostolic Journey to Iraq took place from 5 – 8 March 2021. With the visit, he became the first-ever Pope to visit the Middle Eastern nation. (Edited from Vatican News)

Wow Bishops of the Philippines Consecrate the Nation to Saint Joseph on His Feast Day! VIDEO



CBCP Release: 
Philippine Catholic bishops have placed the nation under the special patronage of St. Joseph on May 1, his feast day.
Led by Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the bishops’ conference, the national act of consecration was live-streamed from the San Pedro Cathedral in Davao City.
The consecration began with a rosary led Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Midyphil Billones from the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City.
In addition to the thousands who viewed the live streaming, many cathedrals allowed for limited in-person attendance consistent with physical distancing and face mask requirements.
Masses were then held in different churches across the country to celebrate the feast of Jesus’ earthly dad.
Prior to the consecration, a 33-day spiritual preparation was set up in the country’s 86 dioceses.
In Cebu, Archbishop Jose Palma said that the consecration to St. Joseph is also asking him to help us love the virtues that strengthen families, churches and communities.
“We find meaning in coming to St. Joseph. In believing that just as he was called by God to be the guardian of the Holy Family, we plead for his intercession to journey with us, to assist us in difficult times,” Palma said.
“We come to St. Joseph in this Act of Consecration. It is our way of saying, ‘St. Joseph, just as God has appointed you to care for the Holy Family, make us as well your family,'” he said.
To foster more devotion to the spouse of the Blessed Virgin, Pope Francis had declared a year dedicated to St. Joseph in December 2020.
The consecration of the nation to St. Joseph is one of the initiatives launched on the occasion of the special year, which culminates on Dec. 8, 2021.
The celebration was also aimed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX.
FULL TEXT Release : CBCP
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Saint May 4 : St. Godehard of Hildesheim the Patron of Sick Children


St. Godehard of Hildesheim
BISHOP
Born:
960, Reichersdorf, Bavaria
Died:
May 4, 1038
Canonized:
1131, Rheims by Innocent II
Patron of:
ravelling merchants; invoked against fever, dropsy, childhood sicknesses, hailstones, the pain of childbirth, and gout; invoked by  those in peril of the sea
He was a native of Bavaria, and abbot of Altaich, in that country, and reformed likewise the abbeys of Hersfeld, in Hesse, of Tergensee, in the diocese of Frisinguen, and of Chremsmunster, in that of Passaw. In 1021, the episcopal chair of Hildesheim falling vacant by the death of St. Bernward, St. Godard was compelled by St. Henry to take upon him that pastoral charge. The relief of the poor, both spiritual and temporal, was everywhere the first object of his attention. He died on the 4th of May, 1038, and was canonized by Innocent II in 1131. Many places in Germany acknowledge him patron, and several bear his name. See his life by Wolfhert, his disciple, in Henschenius, p. 501, and in Mabillon: and more at large, with long histories of miracles, among the writers of the history of the most illustrious house of Brunswick-Hanover, t. 2, p. 483. Several very devout epistles of St. Godard, or Godehard, are given us by Dom. Pez, in his Codex Diplomatico-Historico-Epistolaris, p. 133, & c. Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler