Sunday, June 6, 2021

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Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 359
Reading I
2 Cor1:1-7
Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
and Timothy our brother,
to the Church of God that is at Corinth,
with all the holy ones throughout Achaia:
grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement,
who encourages us in our every affliction,
so that we may be able to encourage
those who are in any affliction
with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.
For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us,
so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.
If we are afflicted,
it is for your encouragement and salvation;
if we are encouraged,
it is for your encouragement,
which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
Our hope for you is firm,
for we know that as you share in the sufferings,
you also share in the encouragement.
Responsorial Psalm
34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
    the lowly will hear me and be glad. 
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Glorify the LORD with me,
    let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
    and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
    and from all his distress he saved him. 
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
The angel of the LORD encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
    blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Mt 5:12a
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad;
for your reward will be great in heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Mt 5:1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 
He began to teach them, saying:
    “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
        for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are they who mourn,
        for they will be comforted.
    Blessed are the meek,
        for they will inherit the land.
    Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
        for they will be satisfied.
    Blessed are the merciful,
        for they will be shown mercy.
    Blessed are the clean of heart,
        for they will see God.
    Blessed are the peacemakers,
        for they will be called children of God.
    Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
        for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

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 June 7 : St. Robert of Newminster a Cistercian Abbot who Died in 1159

St. Robert of Newminster CISTERCIAN ABBOT
Born: 1100 at Gargrave, Craven district, Yorkshire county, England
Died: 7 June 1159 at Newminster England

He was a native of Yorkshire, and even in his childhood an enemy to the usual amusements of that age, loving only prayer, serious reading, and useful and pious employments. Having finished his studies, he was ordained priest, and instituted to a rectorship of a parish in the diocese of York; but after discharging that office some time with great assiduity and zeal, he resigned that living, and took the religious habit in the Benedictine monastery of our Lady in York. Richard, the prior of this house, and twelve others, desiring to serve God according to the primitive institute of the Benedictine Order, left the monastery, with leave of the abbot, and endeavoring to execute their project, struggled with incredible hardships; till Thurstan, the pious archbishop of York, gave them a desert valley, called Scheldale, with the town of Sutton, where, in the midst of winter, and in extreme poverty they founded the celebrated abbey which, from certain springs, was called Fountains, in 1132. The Cistercian Order, which had been lately introduced into England, and settled at Rievalle, was perfectly agreeable to the fervent dispositions of this holy colony; and at their request the monastery of Fountains was received into it by St. Bernard, who in his letters extols the perfection and sanctity of this new nursery of saints, which, from the beginning, was a model to the whole order for devotion, austerity in fasts, labor, by which all the monks procured their subsistence, fervor in all religious exercises, and cheerfulness in singing assiduously the divine praises. No murmur or sadness was known among them; nor any strife or contention ever heard of, unless of charity or humility: they never yielded to rest, till fatigued with labor; and always came hungry from their slender table, which was chiefly furnished with pulse and roots from their garden. St. Robert seemed so far to eclipse the rest of this holy company by the lustre of his piety, that they all had their eyes on him in their religions duties, and studied to transcribe his fervor in their actions. Ranulph of Merley, baron of Morpeth, paying a visit to the monastery of Fountains five years after its foundation, was so struck with the edifying deportment of the terrestrial angels who inhabited it, that he obtained of the abbot Richard a certain number of those monks, and built for them a monastery called Newminster, near Morpeth, in Northumberland, in 1137, of which St. Robert was appointed abbot.

The saint in his new dignity thought it his duty not only to walk before his brethren, but to go beyond them all in every religious observance; and all his virtues seemed to receive new vigor, and a new degree of perfection in this eminent station. His affection to holy prayer is not to be expressed. He recommended to God continually those committed to his care, and with many tears poured forth his soul for them night and day. He was favored with the gift of prophecy and miracles. He founded another monastery a Pipinelle, or Rivebelle, in Northamptonshire, and lived in the strictest union of holy friendship with St. Bernard; also with St. Godric, a holy hermit in those parts, illiterate as to secular learning, but a most spiritual man. St. Robert finished his course by a happy death on the 7th of June, 1159. Miracles attested his sanctity to the world. He is named in the Roman Martyrology.

Alban Butler - Lives of the Saints 

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St. Peter's Basilica - Sunday, 6 June 2021

Jesus sends his disciples to go and prepare the place to celebrate the Passover meal. It was they who asked: "Master, where do you want us to go to prepare so that you can eat Easter?" Mk 14:12). As we contemplate and adore the presence of the Lord in the Eucharistic Bread, we too are called to ask ourselves: in what "place" do we want to prepare the Lord's Passover?  What are the "places" of our life where God asks us to be hosted? I would like to answer these questions by focusing on three images of the Gospel that we have heard ( Mk 14: 12-16.22-26).

The first is that of the man carrying a pitcher of water (cf. v. 13). It is a detail that would seem superfluous. But that completely anonymous man becomes the guide for the disciples who are looking for the place that will later be called the Cenacle. And the jug of water is the sign of recognition: a sign that makes us think of thirsty humanity, always looking for a source of water that quenches and regenerates it.  We all walk through life with a pitcher in hand: all of us, each of us thirst for love, for joy, for a successful life in a more human world. And for this thirst, the water of worldly things is useless, because it is a deeper thirst, which only God can satisfy.

We still follow this symbolic "signal". Jesus tells his followers that where a man with a pitcher of water will lead them, they can celebrate the Passover Supper. To celebrate the Eucharist, therefore, we must first of all recognize our own thirst for God: feel in need of him, desire his presence and his love, be aware that we cannot do it alone but we need a food and a drink. eternal life that sustain us on the way. Today's drama - we can say - is that thirst has often been extinguished. Questions about God have been extinguished, the desire for Him has faded, seekers of God are becoming more and more rare. God no longer attracts because we no longer feel our deep thirst. But only where there is a man or a woman with a water jug - we think of the Samaritan woman, for example (cf. Jn4,5-30) - the Lord can reveal himself as the One who gives new life, who nourishes our dreams and aspirations with reliable hope, a presence of love that gives meaning and direction to our earthly pilgrimage. As we already noted, it is that man with the pitcher who leads the disciples to the room where Jesus will institute the Eucharist. It is the thirst for God that leads us to the altar. If thirst is lacking, our celebrations become dry . Even as a Church, then, the small group of the usual ones who gather to celebrate the Eucharist cannot be enough; we must go to the city, meet the people, learn to recognize and awaken the thirst for God and the desire for the Gospel.

The second image is that of the great room on the upper floor (see v. 15). It is there that Jesus and his people will have the Passover supper and this room is located in the house of a person who hosts them. Don Primo Mazzolari said: «Here is a man without a name, a landlord, is lending him his most beautiful room. […] He gave what he had greatest because everything around the great sacrament is great, room and heart, words and gestures ”( La Pasqua , La Locusta 1964, 46-48).

A large room for a small piece of Bread. God makes himself as small as a piece of bread and for this very reason a big heart is needed to be able to recognize, adore, welcome him. God's presence is so humble, hidden, sometimes invisible, that it needs a prepared, awake and welcoming heart to be recognized. Instead if our heart, more than a large room, resembles a closet where we keep old things with regret; if it looks like an attic where we have long ago placed our enthusiasm and our dreams; if it looks like a cramped room, a dark room because we live only on ourselves, our problems and our bitterness, then it will be impossible to recognize this silent and humble presence of God. We need a large room. The heart must be enlarged. It is necessary to leave the small room of our self and enter the great space of amazement and adoration. And we miss this so much! We lack this in so many movements that we do to meet, reunite, think together about pastoral care… But if this is lacking, if there is no amazement and adoration, there is no road that leads us to the Lord. There will not even be a synod, nothing. This is the attitude before the Eucharist, this is what we need: adoration. The Church must also be a great hall. Not a small and closed circle, but a Community with open arms, welcoming towards all. Let us ask ourselves this: when someone who is hurt, who has made a mistake, who has a different life path, approaches, the Church, this Church, is it a large room to welcome him and lead him to the joy of the encounter with Christ? The Eucharist wants to nourish those who are tired and hungry along the way, let's not forget that! The Church of the perfect and the pure is a room in which there is no room for anyone; the Church with open doors, which celebrates around Christ, is instead a large room where everyone - everyone, righteous and sinful - can enter.

Finally, the third image, the image of Jesus breaking the BreadIt is the Eucharistic gesture par excellence, the identity gesture of our faith, the place of our encounter with the Lord who offers himself to make us be reborn to a new life. This gesture is also shocking: up until then lambs were sacrificed and offered as a sacrifice to God, now it is Jesus who makes himself lamb and immolates himself to give us life. In the Eucharist we contemplate and adore the God of love. It is the Lord who does not break anyone but breaks Himself. It is the Lord who does not demand sacrifices but sacrifices Himself. It is the Lord who asks for nothing but gives everything. To celebrate and live the Eucharist, we too are called to live this love. Because you cannot break the Sunday Bread if your heart is closed to the brothers. You cannot eat this Bread if you do not give bread to the hungry. You cannot share this Bread if you do not share the sufferings of those in need. At the end of everything, even of our solemn Eucharistic liturgies, only love will remain. And from now on, our Eucharists transform the world to the extent that we allow ourselves to be transformed and become bread broken for others.

Brothers and sisters, where to "prepare the Lord's supper" today too? The procession with the Blessed Sacrament - characteristic of the feast of Corpus Domini, but for the moment we cannot yet do - it reminds us that we are called to go out carrying Jesus. To go out with enthusiasm carrying Christ to those we meet in everyday life. We become a church with the jug in hand, which awakens thirst and brings water. Let us open our hearts in love, to be the spacious and hospitable room where everyone can enter to meet the Lord. Let's break our life in compassion and solidarity, so that the world sees through us the greatness of God's love. And then the Lord will come, he will surprise us again, he will make himself food for the life of the world. And it will satisfy us forever, until the day when, in the banquet of Heaven, we will contemplate his face and rejoice without end.


Hauntingly Beautiful Gregorian Chant "Pange Lingua" Written by St. Thomas Aquinas for Corpus Christi with Lyrics

"Pange lingua gloriosi corporis mysterium" is a hymn written by Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) for the Feast of Corpus Christi and it is also sung on Holy Thursday. (Listen on Video below lyrics)
The last two verses (are known as the "Tantum ergo") which are sung at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Latin Lyrics with English translation.
Pange, lingua, gloriósi
Córporis mystérium,
Sanguinísque pretiósi,
Quem in mundi prétium
Fructus ventris generósi
Rex effúdit géntium.

Nobis datus, nobis natus
Ex intácta Vírgine,
Et in mundo conversátus,
Sparso verbi sémine,
Sui moras incolátus
Miro clausit órdine.

In suprémæ nocte coenæ
Recúmbens cum frátribus
Observáta lege plene
Cibis in legálibus,
Cibum turbæ duodénæ
Se dat suis mánibus.

Verbum caro, panem verum
Verbo carnem éfficit:
Fitque sanguis Christi merum,
Et si sensus déficit,
Ad firmándum cor sincérum
Sola fides súfficit.

Tantum ergo sacraméntum
Venerémur cérnui:
Et antíquum documéntum
Novo cedat rítui:
Præstet fides suppleméntum
Sénsuum deféctui.

Genitóri, Genitóque
Laus et jubilátio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedíctio:
Procedénti ab utróque
Compar sit laudátio.
Amen. Alleluja.
Sing, my tongue, the Saviour's glory,
Of His Flesh, the mystery sing;
Of the Blood, all price exceeding,
Shed by our Immortal King,
Destined, for the world's redemption,
From a noble Womb to spring.

Of a pure and spotless Virgin
Born for us on earth below,
He, as Man, with man conversing,
Stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;
Then He closed in solemn order
Wondrously His Life of woe.

On the night of that Last Supper,
Seated with His chosen band,
He, the Paschal Victim eating,
First fulfils the Law's command;
Then as Food to all his brethren
Gives Himself with His own Hand.

Word-made-Flesh, the bread of nature
By His Word to Flesh He turns;
Wine into His Blood He changes:
What though sense no change discerns.
Only be the heart in earnest,
Faith her lesson quickly learns.

Down in adoration falling,
Lo, the sacred Host we hail,
Lo, o'er ancient forms departing
Newer rites of grace prevail:
Faith for all defects supplying,
When the feeble senses fail.

To the Everlasting Father
And the Son who comes on high
With the Holy Ghost proceeding
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty.
Amen. Alleluia

Pope Francis Explains "This is the logic of the Eucharist: we receive Jesus who loves us and heals..." and Prays for Indigenous in Canada - FULL TEXT + Video



St. Peter's Square - Sunday, 6 June 2021

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today, in Italy and in other countries, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is celebrated. The Gospel presents us with the account of the Last Supper ( Mk  14: 12-16.22-26). The Lord's words and gestures touch our hearts: He takes the bread in his hands, pronounces the blessing, breaks it and hands it to the disciples, saying: "Take, this is my body" (v. 22).


 It is thus, with simplicity, that Jesus gives us the greatest sacrament. His is a humble gesture of gift, a gesture of sharing. At the height of his life, he does not distribute bread in abundance to feed the crowds, but breaks himself at the Passover meal with the disciples. In this way Jesus shows us that the goal of life lies in giving oneself, that the greatest thing is to serve. And today we find the greatness of God in a piece of Bread, in a fragility that overflows with love, overflows with sharing. Fragility is the very word I would like to emphasize. Jesus becomes fragile like bread that breaks and crumbles. But precisely there lies its strength, in its fragility. In the Eucharist , fragility is strength: strength of love that becomes small in order to be accepted and not feared; strength of love that breaks and divides to nourish and give life; strength of love that fragments to bring all of us together in unity.

And there is another strength that stands out in the fragility of the Eucharist: the strength to love those who make mistakes. It is on the night when he is betrayed  that Jesus gives us the Bread of life. He gives us the greatest gift as he feels the deepest abyss in his heart: the disciple who eats with him, who dips the morsel in the same dish, is betraying him. And betrayal is the greatest pain for those who love. And what does Jesus do? It reacts to evil with greater good. To Judas' "no" he answers with the "yes" of mercy. He does not punish the sinner, but gives his life for him, pays for him. When we receive the Eucharist, Jesus does the same with us: he knows us, he knows that we are sinners , he knows we are so wrong, but he does not give up joining his life with ours. He knows that we need it, because the Eucharist is not the reward of the saints, no, but the Bread of sinners . This is why he exhorts us: “Do not be afraid!  Take and eat ” .

Every time we receive the Bread of life, Jesus comes to give a new meaning to our frailties. He reminds us that in his eyes we are more precious than we think. He tells us that he is happy if we share our frailties with him. He repeats to us that his mercy is not afraid of our miseries. The mercy of Jesus is not afraid of our miseries. And above all it heals us with love from those frailties that we cannot heal by ourselves. What frailties? We think. That of feeling resentful towards those who have hurt us  - from this alone we cannot heal - ; that of distancing ourselves from others and isolating ourselves  -  from that alone we cannot heal -that of weeping over ourselves and complaining without finding peace; even from this, we alone cannot heal. It is he who heals us with his presence, with his bread, with the Eucharist. The Eucharist is an effective medicine against these closures. Indeed, the Bread of Life heals rigidities and transforms them into docility.

The Eucharist heals because it unites with Jesus: it makes us assimilate his way of life, his ability to break and give himself to the brothers, to respond to evil with good. It gives us the courage to come out of ourselves and to bend down with love towards the frailties of others. As God does with us. This is the logic of the Eucharist: we receive Jesus who loves us and heals our frailties in order to love others and help them in their frailties. And this, throughout life. Today in the Liturgy of the Hours we have prayed a hymn: four verses that are the summary of the whole life of Jesus. And thus they tell us that when Jesus was born, he became a traveling companion in life. Then, in the supper it is given as food. Then, on the cross, in his death, he made a price: he paid for us. And now, reigning in Heaven is our prize,Hymn of the praises of Corpus Domini Verbum Supernum Prodiens ].

May the Holy Virgin, in whom God became flesh, help us to welcome the gift of the Eucharist with a grateful heart and also to make our life a gift. May the Eucharist make us a gift for everyone else.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters ,

I follow with pain the news coming from Canada about the shocking discovery of the remains of 215 children, pupils of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, in the province of British Columbia. I join the Canadian bishops and the entire Catholic Church in Canada in expressing my closeness to the Canadian people, traumatized by the shocking news. The sad discovery further raises awareness of the pains and sufferings of the past. May the political and religious authorities of Canada continue to collaborate with determination to shed light on that sad story and to humbly commit themselves to a path of reconciliation and healing.

These difficult moments represent a strong appeal for all of us, to move away from the colonizing model, and also from today's ideological colonizations, and walk side by side in dialogue, in mutual respect and in the recognition of the rights and cultural values ​​of all the daughters. and the children of Canada.

We entrust to the Lord the souls of all the deceased children in residential school in Canada and pray for Canadian indigenous families and communities in pain. Let us pray in silence.

I wish to assure my prayers for the victims of the massacre carried out on the night between Friday and Saturday in a small town in Burkina Faso. I am close to my family and to the entire Burkinabé people who are suffering greatly from these repeated attacks. Africa needs peace and not violence!

Today in Chiavenna, in the Diocese of Como, Sister Maria Laura Mainetti, of the Daughters of the Cross, is beatified, killed 21 years ago by three girls influenced by a satanic sect. Cruelty. She who loved young people more than anything, and loved and forgiven those same girls who are prisoners of evil, leaves us her program of life: to do every little thing with faith, love and enthusiasm. May the Lord give all of us faith, love and enthusiasm. A round of applause for the new blessed!

The day after tomorrow, Tuesday 8 June, at 13.00, International Catholic Action invites you to dedicate a minute to peace, each according to their own religious tradition. Let us pray in particular for the Holy Land and for Myanmar.

I cordially greet all of you from Rome, Italy and other countries. In particular, I greet the boys of the Progetto Contatto in Turin and the Devotees Group of the Madonna dei Miracoli of Corbetta, the families of Cerignola and the National Ambulanti Association, with numerous workers from the fairs and street artists. Thank you very much for the gifts you have brought. And I also greet the Salento people from southern Puglia who are dancing the pizzica there! Well done! I wish everyone a happy Sunday.

Please don't forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye!