Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Saint June 2 : Sts. Marcellinus & Peter : Martyrs who Died in 304

Feast Day:
June 2
304 AD, Rome
Marcellinus was a priest, and Peter an exorcist, both of the clergy of Rome, and eminent for their zeal and piety. In the persecution of Dioclesian, about  the year 304, they were condemned to die for their faith: and by a secret order of the judge, the executioner led them into a forest, that the holy men being executed privately, no Christians might be acquainted with the place of their sepulchre. When he had brought them into a thicket overgrown with thorns and briers, three; miles from Rome, he declared to them his sanguinary commission. The saints cheerfully fell to work themselves, grubbed up the brambles, and cleared a spot fit for their sepulchre. After they were beheaded, their bodies were buried in the same place. Some time after, Lucilla, a pious lady, being informed by revelation, and assisted by another devout lady named Firmina, took up their bodies and honorably interred them near that of St. Tiburtius on the Lavican road in the Catacombs. Pope Damasus assures us, that, when a child, he learned all these particulars from the mouth of the executioner himself, and he has inserted them in a Latin epitaph with which he adorned their tomb. Anastasius the librarian testifies from ancient registers, that Constantine the Great built here a church in honor of these martyrs, in which he caused his mother St. Helena to be buried under a porphyry tomb, on the Lavican road, three miles from Rome, and that he gave to this church a paten, weighing thirty-five pounds, of pure gold, with many other rich presents; which is also mentioned by Bede, Ado, and Sigebert. The porphyry mausoleum of St. Helena is still shown among other antiquities near the Lateran basilica. Honorius I. and Adrian I. repaired this church and cemetery of St. Tiburtius, and SS. Marcellinus and Peter, as Anastasius mentions. Not long after, the bodies of SS. Marcellinus and Peter were translated into Germany on the following occasion. Eginhard, a German, the favorite secretary of Charlemagne, and his wife Emma, by mutual consent, made a vow of perpetual continency; and becoming a monk, was chosen abbot of Fontenelle, and, in 819, abbot of Ghent. Emma died in 836, to his great affliction, as appears from the letters of Lupus, abbot of Ferrieres, to him. This great man, in 827, sent his secretary to Rome, to procure from pope Gregory IV. some relies of martyrs to enrich the monasteries which he had founded or repaired. The pope sent him the bodies of SS. Marcellinus and Peter, which Eginhard translated to Strasburg. But soon after he deposited them first at Michlenstad; and afterwards at Malinheim, since called Selgenstad, three leagues from Frankfort, and two from Achaffenburg; where, in 829, he built to their honor a church and monastery, of which he died the first abbot. Besides the life of Charlemagne, and the annals of France, during the reigns of Pepin, Charlemagne, and Louis Debonnaire, he wrote four books in prose, and one in verse, on the translation of SS. Marcellinus and Peter. This translation is also mentioned by Sigebert, Aymoinus, Rabanus Maurus, &c. Pope Gregory the Great preached his twenty homilies on the gospels in the church of SS. Marcellinus and Peter at Rome; as appears from some of them, and from the testimony of John the Deacon.4 See their acts and the history of their translation in Papebroke, t. 1, Junij, p. 170, and Laderchius, Diss. de Basilicis, SS. Marcellini and Petri; Romae, 1705

SOURCE: Lives of the Saints - Butler

June is Dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Consecrate your Family to Jesus for Protection! Special Prayers Included

The Month of June is Dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and is especially celebrated on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart (the Friday after the second Sunday following Pentecost) is celebrated on June 11, 2021. Jesus heart is the source of Divine love therefore, a devotion arose to increase love for Jesus through prayers. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been evident for many centuries under different forms.

Traditionally, “enthronement,” or “consecration” prayers of your house (family and heart) to Jesus are said. Jesus promised to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque that, “I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.” Thus, enthronement consists of reciting the prayer and placing an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in one's home.  This is especially powerful against Evil which can attack the people of God in their homes.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque wrote this special prayer of consecration
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials, and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee.
I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O Most Merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite Goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee.
I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite Goodness, grant that my name be engraved upon Thy Heart, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants. Amen. 

12 Promises of Jesus given in the Vision to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
1. I will give them graces necessary for their state in life.
2. I will give peace in their families.
3. I will console them in all their troubles.
4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.
12. I promise thee in the excess of the mercy of My Heart, that its all-powerful Love will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of Nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

  Another Form: Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (by Pope Pius Xi)
Most sweet Jesus,  Redeemer of the human race, 
look down upon us, 
humbly prostrate before Thine altar.

We are Thine and Thine we wish to be; 
but to be more surely united with Thee, 
behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today 
to Thy Most Sacred Heart.

Many, indeed, have never known Thee; 
many, too, despising Thy precepts, 
have rejected Thee.

Have mercy on them all, 
most merciful Jesus, 
and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.

Be Thou King, O Lord, 
not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, 
but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee, 
grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house, 
lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, 
or whom discord keeps aloof 
and call them back to the harbour of truth and unity of faith, 
so that soon there may be but one flock and one shepherd.

Be Thou King of all those who even now sit in the shadow of idolatry or Islam, 
and refuse not Thou to bring them into the light of Thy kingdom. 
Look, finally, with eyes of pity upon the children of that race, 
which was for so long a time Thy chosen people; 
and let Thy Blood, which was once invoked upon them in vengeance, 
now descend upon them also in a cleansing flood of redemption and eternal life.

Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church, 
assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; 
give peace and order to all nations, 
and make the earth resound 
from pole to pole with one cry:
Praise to the Divine Heart
that wrought our salvation:
to it be glory 
and honour forever. Amen

In 1899 Pope Leo XIII approved this Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for public use. 
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty,
Heart of Jesus, Sacred Temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity,
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,
Heart of Jesus, obedient to death,
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
Heart of Jesus, our peace and our reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints,

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,

V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

have mercy on us.
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spare us, O Lord.

graciously hear us, O Lord.

have mercy on us, O Lord.

R. Make our hearts like to Thine.
Let us pray;

Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever. Amen.

Pope Francis’ June Prayer intention: ‘The beauty of Marriage.’ "Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community..." FULL TEXT + Video

Pope Francis’ June prayer intention: ‘The beauty of Marriage.’
Pope Francis released his prayer intention for the month of June:
"The beauty of marriage Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience."

Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the Sacrament of Marriage, and its centrality in the life of the Church and of those who undertake this path.
The announcement recalls that the Church is celebrating the “Special Year of the Family”, which started on March 19th, 2021.
Marriage rates, explains the statement, have plummeted around the world since 1972, while divorce rates have skyrocketed and the age at which people marry has grown steadily.
In this context, the Church is called to accompany young people as they discover their vocation to marriage.

The full text of the Pope's prayer intention is below:
Is it true, what some people say—that young people don’t want to get married, especially during these difficult times? Getting married and sharing one’s life is something beautiful.
It’s a demanding journey, at times difficult, and at times complicated, but it’s worth making the effort. And on this life-long journey, the husband and wife aren’t alone; Jesus accompanies them. Marriage isn’t just a “social” act; it’s a vocation that’s born from the heart; it’s a conscious decision for the rest of one’s life that requires specific preparation.
Please, never forget this. God has a dream for us —love— and He asks us to make it our own. Let us make our own the love which is God’s dream for us.
And let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience. Because a great deal of patience is necessary in order to love. But it’s worth it, eh?

#BreakingNews 8 Christians Killed and Christian Church Burned Down

Gunmen Burn Down Church, Kill Eight Christians in Kaduna State

International Christian Concern reports that eight Christians were killed and a church was burned down on May 19th, during an attack in the Chikun area of Kaduna State, Nigeria.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the news in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the “bandits” also burned down several homes during the attack, which consisted of unknown gunmen shooting sporadically at civilians.

Recently, in The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2021 annual report, Commissioner Gary L. Bauer described Nigeria as a “killing field” of Christians, and warns that the nation is moving toward a Christian genocide.

“All too often this violence is attributed to mere “bandits” or explained away as hostility between farmers and herdsmen.” States Bauer, “While there is some truth in these assertions, they ignore the main truth: radical Islamists are committing violence inspired by what they believe is a religious imperative to “cleanse” Nigeria of its Christians. They must be stopped.”

Please pray for peace in Nigeria, and for the Lord to comfort those grieving the loss of loved ones due to violence.  Please also pray for the perpetrators of this attack, that they will be blessed with knowing the truth of the gospel and accept Jesus as their savior.

Source: https://www.persecution.org/

Another Catholic Church Hit by Rockets in Myanmar by the Army

According to Fides sources, some rockets were fired by the soldiers of the Burmese regular army that hit the Catholic church of St. Joseph in the city of Demoso, in the Kayah state, in the eastern part of Myanmar. It is there that intense fighting between the military and local resistance groups is underway. It is the second Catholic church hit by bombings, after the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart in the village of Kayanthayar, in the Loikaw area. As confirmed to Agenzia Fides by Father Philip Aung Nge, procurator of the diocese of Loikaw, the mortar rounds hit the church in Demoso which, like all four Catholic churches in the city of Demoso, had also become a place of protection for the internally displaced, defenseless civilians. In addition to the damage to the building, there were no victims because, with the increase in clashes, the parish priest had already decided to move people to a smaller and more isolated chapel. As reported to Fides, the fighting continues in the areas of Demoso (Kayah state) and in the areas of Pekhon, in the nearby Shan state. "We are in a situation of urban warfare that has not been seen in Myanmar since 1948", he points out.

"We cannot say that the churches are a desired target but we see that the military artillery fires indiscriminately on the city without sparing civilian targets such as monasteries, churches, schools, houses", notes the parish priest. The churches are full of displaced people, mostly Christians, as about one third of the population in Kayah state professes faith in Christ. The local Catholic Church, thanks to the tireless work of local priests, religious and laity, provides for the reception but also for nourishment.
"In all the churches in the state we give assistance with food, medicine, but also consolation and spiritual comfort", says Father Philip Aung Nge. The civil resistance fighters in Kayah state have organized themselves into the "Karenni People's Defense Force" (KPDF) which is opposing the militarization of the area, while the military junta has also ordered a strengthening of intelligence measures, controlling the telephone networks, Internet and residents' mobile phones. The military of Tatmadaw (the Burmese army) suffered casualties in the districts of Demoso, Loikaw and Pekhon. As a result of these clashes, in the last five days approximately 70,000 civilians have been displaced from about 150 villages in Demoso, Loikaw and Pekhon: 50,000 in Kayah state and 20,000 in Shan state. Many villagers have fled their homes and have gone to the hills or woods. City residents seek refuge in monasteries, churches and homes for the elderly, schools, but even there they are not safe, given the bombings.

Source: Fides.org

Pope Francis Reforms Code of Canon Law's Penal Sanctions for Correction - FULL TEXT

Pope Francis had reformed penal sanctions in the Church: Mercy requires correction With the Apostolic Constitution “Pascite Gregem Dei,” Pope Francis reforms Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, continuing a revision begun by Benedict XVI and applying penal sanctions to more criminal offenses. The new text is a more agile tool for correction, which is to be applied promptly to “avoid more serious evils and to soothe the wounds caused by human weakness.”




 "Feed the flock of God, watching over them not because they are forced but willingly, as God pleases" (cf. 1 Pt 5: 2). The inspired words of the Apostle Peter echo in those of the rite of episcopal ordination: "Our Lord Jesus Christ, sent by the Father to redeem men, in turn sent the twelve apostles into the world, so that, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, the Gospel to all peoples and bringing them together under the one shepherd, sanctify them and guide them to salvation. (...) It is Christ who, in the wisdom and prudence of the Bishop, guides the people of God on their earthly pilgrimage to eternal happiness "(cf. Ordination of the Bishop, Priests and Deacons, second "typical" edition for the Italian language, 1992, n. 42). And the Pastor is called to exercise his task "with advice, persuasion, example, but also with authority and sacred power" ( Lumen gentium , n. 27), since charity and mercy require that a Father also undertake to straighten what sometimes becomes wrong.

Proceeding on her earthly pilgrimage, since apostolic times, the Church has given herself rules of conduct which over the centuries have composed a cohesive body of binding norms which unite the People of God and whose observance the Bishops are responsible for. These norms reflect the faith that we all profess, from which they draw their binding strength, and based on it, they manifest the maternal mercy of the Church, which knows that it always has the salvation of souls as its goal. Having to regulate the life of the community over time, it is necessary that these norms are closely correlated with the social changes and the new needs of the People of God, which makes it sometimes necessary to modify them and adapt them to changed circumstances.

Among the rapid social changes we are experiencing, aware that "what we are experiencing is not simply an era of change, but a change of era" ( Audience with the Roman Curia on the occasion of the presentation of Christmas greetings , 21 December 2019), for adequately meet the needs of the Church throughout the world, the need to revise it was clear even criminal law promulgated by St. John Paul II, January 25, 1983 , the Code of Canon Law, and that it was necessary to modify it in order to allow Shepherds to use it as a more agile salvific and corrective tool, to be used promptly and with pastoral charity to avoid more serious evils and soothe the wounds caused by human weakness.

To this end, Benedict XVI , my venerable Predecessor, in 2007, gave a mandate to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to start the study for a revision of the penal legislation contained in the 1983 Code. in concretely examining the new needs, in identifying the limits and shortcomings of current legislation and in indicating possible, clear and simple solutions. The study was carried out in a spirit of collegiality and cooperation, also with the help of experts and pastors and correlating possible solutions to the needs and character of the various local churches.

A first draft of the new Book VI of the Code of Canon Law was therefore drawn up, sent to all the Episcopal Conferences, the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, the Major Superiors of Religious Institutes, the Faculties of Canon Law and other ecclesiastical institutions, to collect the observations. At the same time, numerous canonists and experts in criminal law from all over the world were also consulted. The responses of this first consultation, duly ordered, were then transmitted to a special group of experts, who reviewed the draft in the light of the suggestions received, and then submitted it again to the scrutiny of the consultors. Finally, after further revisions and comparisons, the final draft was examined in the Plenary Session of the Members of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.Finally, having made the corrections inserted by the Plenary, the text was sent to the Roman Pontiff in February 2020.

The observance of penal discipline is a duty for the entire People of God, but the responsibility for its correct application - as stated above - belongs specifically to the Pastors and Superiors of the individual communities. It is a task that cannot in any way be separated from the pastoral munus entrusted to them, and that must be carried out as a concrete and inalienable need for charity not only towards the Church, the Christian community and any victims, but also towards of one who has committed a crime, which needs both mercy and correction by the Church.

In the past, the lack of perception of the intimate relationship existing in the Church between the exercise of charity and the recourse - where circumstances and justice so require - to sanctioning discipline has caused much damage. This way of thinking - experience teaches us - runs the risk of leading to behaviors contrary to the discipline of morals, whose remedy only exhortations or suggestions are not enough. This situation often carries with it the danger that with the passage of time, such behaviors become consolidated to the point of making it more difficult to correct and in many cases creating scandal and confusion among the faithful. This is why the application of penalties becomes necessary on the part of Pastors and Superiors.As a loving mother of June 4, 2016 and Vos estis lux mundi of May 7, 2019).

Indeed, charity requires that Pastors have recourse to the penal system as often as necessary, bearing in mind the three purposes that make it necessary in the ecclesial community, namely the restoration of the demands of justice, the amendment of the offender and the reparation of scandals.

As I said recently, the canonical sanction also has a restorative and salvific function and above all seeks the good of the faithful, for which "it represents a positive means for the realization of the Kingdom, for rebuilding justice in the community of the faithful, called to the personal and common sanctification "( To Participants in the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts , 21 February 2020).

Therefore, in compliance with the continuity with the general features of the canonical system, which follows a tradition of the Church consolidated over time, the new text introduces various kinds of changes to the current law and sanctions some new criminal figures, which respond to the increasingly widespread need in the various community to see restored the justice and order that the crime has broken.

The text has also improved from a technical point of view, especially as regards fundamental aspects of criminal law, such as the right of defense, the prescription of criminal prosecution, a more precise determination of penalties, which responds to the requirements of criminal law. and offers the Ordinaries and Judges objective criteria in identifying the most appropriate sanction to be applied in the specific case.

The principle of reducing the cases in which the imposition of a sanction is left to the discretion of the authority was also followed, so as to favor ecclesial unity in the application of penalties, servatis de iure servandis , especially for crimes. that greater damage and scandal cause in the community.

Having said all this, with the present Apostolic Constitution, I promulgate the revised text of Book VI of the Code of Canon Law as ordered and revised, in the hope that it will prove to be an instrument for the good of souls, and that its prescriptions will be applied by Pastors, when necessary, with justice and mercy, in the awareness that it belongs to their ministry, as a duty of justice - an eminent cardinal virtue - to impose penalties when the good of the faithful so requires.

Finally, so that everyone can easily understand the provisions in question in depth, I establish that this revision of Book VI of the Code of Canon Law be promulgated through the publication in L'Osservatore Romano , enter into force starting from December 8, 2021 and is subsequently inserted in the Official Commentary Acta Apostolicae Sedis.

I also establish that with the entry into force of the new Book VI, the current Book VI of the Code of Canon Law is abrogated , despite anything to the contrary, even if worthy of particular mention.

Given in Rome, at St. Peter's, Solemnity of Pentecost, May 23, 2021, the ninth year of my Pontificate.



FULL TEXT Source: Vatican va