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Sunday, October 17, 2010

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD: SUN. OCT. 17, 2010


CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD: SUN. OCT. 17, 2010: HEADLINES-
AMERICA: CANADA: BROTHER ANDRE CANONISED -
AUSTRALIA: FIRST AUSTRALIAN SAINT MARY MACKILLOP -




VATICAN: POPE CANONISES 6 SAINTS
RADIO VATICANA: Ten’s of thousands of people joined Pope Benedict in St Peter’s Square today as he canonized six new Saints of the Church. Australia’s first native born saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop, was one of those canonized in the solemn Eucharistic liturgy. Some 5,000 pilgrims, along with Cardinal Archbishop George Pell of Sydney, came to Rome to see St Mary, a nineteenth century nun, raised to the “honor of the altar” at Sunday’s Canonization. A daughter of Scottish Catholic Immigrants, she overcame many obstacles in founding a religious institute of women dedicated to St Joseph of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.Once excommunicated by the bishops of Australia because of malicious accusations which fuelled their suspicion of the new form of religious life she founded – which was independent of the auspices of a single diocesan ordinary – St Mary remained steadfast in her trust in Divine Providence and in her selfless concern for the marginalized."She dedicated herself as a young woman to the education of the poor in the difficult and demanding terrain of rural Australia, inspiring other women to join her in the first women’s community of religious sisters of that country. She attended to the needs of each young person entrusted to her, without regard for station or wealth, providing both intellectual and spiritual formation. Despite many challenges, her prayers to Saint Joseph and her unflagging devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to whom she dedicated her new congregation, gave this holy woman the graces needed to remain faithful to God and to the Church. Through her intercession, may her followers today continue to serve God and the Church with faith and humility! She dedicated herself as a young woman to the education of the poor in the difficult and demanding terrain of rural Australia, inspiring other women to join her in the first women’s community of religious sisters of that country. She attended to the needs of each young person entrusted to her, without regard for station or wealth, providing both intellectual and spiritual formation. Despite many challenges, her prayers to Saint Joseph and her unflagging devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to whom she dedicated her new congregation, gave this holy woman the graces needed to remain faithful to God and to the Church. Through her intercession, may her followers today continue to serve God and the Church with faith and humility!"The event also saw the canonization of Canada’s first native male saint, André Bessette, a lay brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross.A delegation of over 5,000 pilgrims came from Canada and the United States to participate in his official declaration as a saint of the Universal Church.St André spent over 40 years as the porter of Notre Dame College in Montréal after he entered religious life. He was known as an affable, simple and devout religious who inspired countless persons to integrate their faith into their daily lives and seek the face of Christ in the poor.During his lifetime, many miracles were attributed to the intercessory prayer of this humble and loving religious brother.Motivated by his devotion to St Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary, he received permission to found a simple oratory in the Canadian city.Today, the Oratory of St Joseph in Montréal, is an enormous sanctuary and the destination of many North American pilgrims who are in search of healing and reconciliation and venerate St André’s mortal remains. Along with St Mary and St André four other blessed became officially recognized as saints on Sunday.The Fifteenth Century, St Stanislaw Soltys, a polish Canon Regular of the Lateran, St Cándida María de Jesús Cipitria y Barriola (foundress of the 19th century Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus in Spain), St Giulia Salzano, (foundress of the 19th century Congregation of the Catechetical Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Italy), and St Battista Camilla Varano, a 15th century reformer of the Order of St Clare in Italy.The pope reminded the tens of thousands gathered in St Peter’s Square on a beautiful autumn morning that Jesus also invites each of us to follow Him in order to inherit eternal life. Let us be drawn by these shining examples, let us be guided by their teachings, so that our existence might be a canticle of praise to God, he said.Let the Virgin Mary and the intercession of the six new Saints whom we venerate with joy today obtain for us this grace.
http://www.radiovaticana.org/en1/Articolo.asp?c=431506
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AMERICA: CANADA: BROTHER ANDRE CANONISED
CBC REPORT:
Brother André Bessette, the humble Canadian monk credited with healing thousands of sick, has been recognized as a saint during ceremonies at the Vatican.The Montrealer and five others — including a nun is who now Australia's first saint — were canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Square on Sunday.CBC Digital ArchivesThe Miracle on Mount RoyalIn Montreal, the faithful crowded around a big-screen television at St. Joseph's Oratory to watch the ceremonies. All night, the church was packed with people in prayer, and the crowd swelled as events were broadcast live from Rome, starting at 4 a.m. ET.Men and women spilled out into the hallway, decorated with hundreds of votive candles and the cast-off crutches of the faithful who believed they were healed by André, who died more than 70 years ago and is buried in the Church of the Crypt at the Oratory.Some said they appreciated the fact that he was a simple man. They were impressed with his humility, that he said he wasn't a healer, but that it was St. Joseph who was really behind any miraculous recoveries.Supporters of Brother Andre credit him with thousands of healings during and after his lifetime. (St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal)Pope Benedict noted that Brother André was poorly educated but understood what was essential to his faith."Doorman at the Notre Dame College in Montreal, he showed boundless charity and did everything possible to soothe the despair of those who confided in him," Benedict said.Brother André founded St. Joseph's Oratory in 1904 — although it was a modest chapel and far from the grand landmark that looms over Montreal today on the northern slope of Mount Royal.Healer came from humble beginningsHe was born Alfred Bessette on Aug. 9, 1845, in St-Gregoire-d'Iberville, Que. — a small town southeast of Montreal — and was orphaned when he was 12 years old.Before joining the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1870, he worked in the textile mills of the northeastern United States.Once he took his vows, he gave comfort to people who came to him at College Notre-Dame for solace, and many credited him with curing their illnesses.He was declared "venerable" by Pope Paul VI in 1978 and beatified — declared "blessed" — by Pope John Paul II in 1982 after a case of healing in 1958 was recognized officially by the Vatican as a miracle.Two miracles attributed to Brother AndréThe canonization campaign for the man many faithful call the "Miracle Man of Montreal" began soon after his death in 1937 at age 91.Over the years, millions of people have signed petitions asking for his sainthood.Before such recognition, the Vatican must accept that someone is responsible posthumously for two miracles. The first miracle attributed to the Canadian came to the Vatican's attention in 1958, when New York businessman Joseph Audino said he had recovered from terminal cancer after asking for André's spiritual guidance.The second case involved a young Quebec boy who in 1999 recovered from severe head injuries suffered when he was riding his bike and was struck by a car. Relatives said they prayed to Brother André.Benedict announced Brother André's canonization in February after recognizing the second miracle attributed to him.The monk is the first saint born in modern-day Canada.The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops says Canada now has 11 saints.Marguerite d'Youville was the first saint born on Canadian territory, in 1701.Canada's other saints include Marguerite Bourgeoys, who was born in France in 1620 and is considered the co-founder of Montreal, and eight French-born Jesuit martyrs who were killed during wars in the 1640s.The other new saints canonized Sunday include Mother Mary MacKillop, the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Australia's outback, Stanislaw Soltys, a 15th-century Polish priest, Italian nuns Giulia Salzano and Battista Varano and Spanish nun Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola.Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/10/17/saint-andre-canonization.html#ixzz12dUiGiC3
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AUSTRALIA: FIRST AUSTRALIAN SAINT MARY MACKILLOP
NEWS.COM.AU REPORT:POPE Benedict XVI says he hopes Saint Mary MacKillop, the nation's first saint, will continue to inspire Australians.Saint Mary of the Cross, as she is officially known, was canonised in Rome tonight.Up to 8000 Australian pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square to watch the rite of canonisation and mass led by the Pope.The Pope said that for years, countless young Australians had been blessed with teachers inspired by Saint Mary."She attended to the needs of each young person entrusted to her... providing both formation and spiritual formation," he told a huge crowd at the Vatican."May her followers today continue to serve God and the church with faith and humility."Saint Mary founded the order of Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, with Father Julian Tenison Woods, to help educate and care for poor children in rural areas.Her path to sainthood has taken 85 years, church recognition of two healing miracles, the personal attention of popes, years of research, countless prayers and patience.'Mary Mary Mary, Oi Oi Oi'Australians were out in force in Vatican City today to see Mary recognised as a saint.In between angelic singing and the ringing of church bells, there was another sound echoing around St Peter's Square: "Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi."Aussies were estimated to make up between 6000 and 8000 of the 50,000-strong crowd for the canonisation ceremony.But what they lacked in overall numbers they made up for by being colourful and loud.Australian and Aboriginal flags were dotted throughout the crowd, some pilgrims adorned themselves in fake tattoos representing the Aussie flag, and the Sisters of St Joseph in their bright blue scarves waved Mary MacKillop balloons.Sister Jeanette from Sydney and Sister Mary from Adelaide said they were thrilled to hear the cries of "Aussie Aussie Aussie" and "Mary Mary Mary"."Isn't that fun? Join in!," said Sister Jeanette."It's a real sense of unity, that's what happening. It's bigger than us."After a sprinkling of rain early on, the skies cleared and the sun broke through by the time the crowds were let into St Peter's Square at 8am Rome time (5pm AEDT).Sister Jeanette said they had prayed everything would go smoothly for Saint Mary's big day."We prayed to St Joseph, that's what you do, and he fixed it up," she said.Among the pilgrims from Italy, Canada, Poland, Spain and other nations, there was bemusement at the enthusiasm of the Aussies, mutterings of "Australiana" and smiles.Teacher Brendan Kiely from Lismore said it was an emotional, joyful and celebratory mood among his friends."It's a spiritual awakening for us all," he said."We are very proud."Josephite nun Carmel Hanson from Newcastle said the canonisation ceremony was the culmination of days, weeks, months and years of work and anticipation."I'm out of my skin with excitement. It's electric," she said, waving her Mary MacKillop balloon."It's so easy to forget there are other people being canonised other than Mary MacKillop."It's been a long time coming. I think it's wonderful for the older sisters here. They keep saying, 'We didn't think in our lifetime we'd see this', and of course they have."Sister Carmel said she thought Saint Mary would be a little overwhelmed by all the fuss being made of her."I think she'd die of embarrassment," she laughed.A humble childhoodSaint Mary was born in Melbourne on January 15, 1842, the first child of Scottish immigrants Flora and Alexander.Baptised Maria Ellen MacKillop, her second name is a form of Helen, the name of the saint credited by the early church with finding the cross of Jesus.Her childhood was humble and she grew up knowing what it was like to be poor.In 1866 she founded the order of Sisters of St Joseph with Father Julian Woods to help educate and care for poor children in rural areas.However, her journey was not easy.She was accused of alcoholism and in 1871 she was excommunicated for five months from the church by her Archbishop.Later in life she suffered from ill health and was confined to a wheelchair.Saint Mary died in 1909.Writings from each of the Blesseds, including Saint Mary, were read out in an introduction prior to today's ceremony.Saint Mary's letters to her mother described her devotion to God and to caring for and educating the young, the poor and the disadvantaged.She also described the meaning for her of the name she now bears."My name in religion is Mary of the Cross," she wrote in 1867."No name could be dearer to me, so I must endeavour, not to deserve it — for I cannot — but at least I must try not to disgrace it."Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world/theres-something-special-about-our-mary/story-e6frfkyi-1225939672883#ixzz12dTNa3c0
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EUROPE: ENGLAND: CONFERENCE ON THE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE DISABLED
Ind. Cath News report: A London conference heard last week that recognising common humanity and respecting difference are central to a Christian theology on disability. The Enabling Church: Disability, Wholeness and Christian Theology event organised by Churches for All and Premier Media Groupin London on 7 October drew over 400 delegates to hear theologians and church leaders - most with an experience of disability themselves or within their families - explore fresh thinking about disability and the place of disabled people in the church.Ethicist, author and lecturer Roy McCloughry said that recognising common humanity and respecting difference, which was part of being human, were crucial to understanding theology on disability. He said: "We are given this basis: being made in the image of God - not only in myself as a person but together between us showing the love of God in the recognition of common humanity and the respect for difference. All too often that is not the case, even in the church it may be overlooked."Human beings are interdependent by design: "Because we're people in community, people in relationship, and not individuals, we are interdependent. We need one another, we depend on one another and that is part, not of something that's gone wrong in life, but part of what it means to be God's original intended human beings."All too often in society that has not been the case. In the history of this society, there have been many shameful times in which people with various impairments have been put away, in institutions, out of sight And it's still the case in many parts of the world that that can be true."The Right Revd Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter, who gave the opening and closing addresses, said the issue was not an 'agenda of rights' but a 'mission of God.'He added: "If each and every one of us is imprinted with the image of God, there's only one label that ought to be pinned on us and that is 'Made in the image of God.' That has enormous consequences. You can know that your life will be safer in His hands."Bishop Langrish shared his own experience with disability after his younger daughter was born with Down's Syndrome: "Our beautiful daughter with her learning disabilities brought into our family an emotional openness and an emotional directness."The Revd John Naudé, chair of Churches Together, said that disabled people were not seconds or rejects but of equal worth to everybody: "We bring something into the church because of who we are."For more information see: http://www.churchesforall.org/
http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=16910
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AFRICA: SUDAN: BISHOP SAYS PRAY TO ST. COMBONI FOR PEACE
ALL AFRICA REPORT: The bishop of Rumbek, Caesar Mazzolari, has urged Sudanese people to turn to St. Daniel Comboni to plead for them before God to obtain a peaceful referendum.Speaking to Good News Radio regarding this year's feast of St. Comboni in Sudan, Bishop Mazzolari of Rumbek said that Comboni day is celebrated with what he described as a "deep, deep emotion" because of the love the Sudanese people have for Comboni as the founder of the Church in Sudan.Bishop Mazzolari cited St. Comboni's consecration of Sudan to Our Lady of Sacred Heart in Khartoum in 1867, explaining that by this act, St. Comboni manifested his awareness of "the struggling, poor, suffering people of Sudan" and asked the Virgin Mary "to bring peace, light, freedom, and healing upon the mission of Sudan."Bishop Mazzolari, a Comboni Missionary, encouraged the Sudanese people to turn to Comboni as they prepare for the referendum, imploring him to obtain for each Sudanese person what he described as "a peaceful mind, a heart which is at peace, healed from the many wounds" caused by many years of war, poverty, and the many other struggles of life.Meanwhile, Moses Mapuor Maker, a faithful of Holy Family Rumbek yesterday told Good News Radio that Comboni is the patron of not only Sudanese people, but all Africans, citing Comboni's deep conviction that Africans would be saved through the sharing of the word of God by Africans themselves.Mapuor further said that he found inspiration in the life of Comboni who endured many hardships, adding that anyone who suffers with faith and hope in God will be rewarded with eternal life like St. Comboni.The Church in Sudan owes much to the Comboni Missionaries, taking a lead in direct evangelization, establishment of formal learning institutions, health services, among other Church ministries.The Sudan Catholic Radio Network is the latest of the many initiatives of the Comboni Missionaries in Sudan, a project that was conceived at the time of the canonization of St. Daniel Comboni's in October 2003.http://allafrica.com/stories/201010130528.html
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ASIA: PHILLIPPINES: MURDER OF BAPTIST PASTOR
UCAN REPORT: The search for leads surrounding the murder of a Baptist pastor in a Metro Manila suburb is ongoing.“There is no indication that the killing is related to the victim being a church worker,” said Inspector Emil Raymond Celis of the Quezon City Police Department.Celis is among the authorities handling the case of Joseph Saliba, a Baptist pastor in Pangasinan province, Northern Philippines who was murdered on Oct. 13. Saliba was working as a human resource director and was living in Quezon City, Metro Manila at the time of the incident.“The killer was very angry at the victim,” Inspector Celis added. Witnesses reported hearing the lone gunman cursing while shooting Saliba.Saliba died from neck and head gunshot wounds, the police reported.“The victim was in his car at an intersection when the killer approached and fired a .45 caliber pistol,” officer Archie Buctuan said.Buctuan dismissed reports by the international Catholic Fides news agency linking the murder to illegal gambling syndicates Saliba might have crossed.He said the police has no leads indicating such a connection and that they could not verify Fides reports, which cited that the pastor “was known for his work in the field of justice, human rights,” and that his advocacies “could be the reasons for the murder.”No Church, human rights or anti-gambling groups have issued a statement regarding Saliba’s murder as of Oct. 14. http://www.ucanews.com/2010/10/15/police-clueless-in-pastors-murder/
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TODAY'S SAINT: ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH: OCT. 17





St. Ignatius of AntiochBISHOP, MARTYRFeast: October 17Information:Feast Day:October 17Born:50 in SyriaDied:between 98-117, RomeMajor Shrine:Relics are in St. Peter's Basilica, RomePatron of:against throat diseases, Church in eastern Mediterranean; Church in North AfricaAlso called Theophorus (ho Theophoros); born in Syria, around the year 50; died at Rome between 98 and 117.More than one of the earliest ecclesiastical writers have given credence, though apparently without good reason, to the legend that Ignatius was the child whom the Savior took up in His arms, as described in Mark, ix, 35. It is also believed, and with great probability, that, with his friend Polycarp, he was among the auditors of the Apostle St. John. If we include St. Peter, Ignatius was the third Bishop of Antioch and the immediate successor of Evodius (Eusebius, "Hist. Eccl.", II, iii, 22). Theodoret ("Dial. Immutab.", I, iv, 33a, Paris, 1642) is the authority for the statement that St. Peter appointed Ignatius to the See of Antioch. St. John Chrysostom lays special emphasis on the honor conferred upon the martyr in receiving his episcopal consecration at the hands of the Apostles themselves ("Hom. in St. Ig.", IV. 587). Natalis Alexander quotes Theodoret to the same effect (III, xii, art. xvi, p. 53).All the sterling qualities of ideal pastor and a true soldier of Christ were possessed by the Bishop of Antioch in a preeminent degree. Accordingly, when the storm of the persecution of Domitian broke in its full fury upon the Christians of Syria, it found their faithful leader prepared and watchful. He was unremitting in his vigilance and tireless in his efforts to inspire hope and to strengthen the weaklings of his flock against the terrors of the persecution. The restoration of peace, though it was short-lived, greatly comforted him. But it was not for himself that he rejoiced, as the one great and ever-present wish of his chivalrous soul was that he might receive the fullness of Christian discipleship through the medium of martyrdom. His desire was not to remain long unsatisfied. Associated with the writings of St. Ignatius is a work called "Martyrium Ignatii ", which purports to be an account by eyewitnesses of the martyrdom of St. Ignatius and the acts leading up to it. In this work, which such competent Protestant critics as Pearson and Ussher regard as genuine, the full history of that eventful journey from Syria to Rome is faithfully recorded for the edification of the Church of Antioch. It is certainly very ancient and is reputed to have been written by Philo, deacon of Tarsus, and Rheus Agathopus, a Syrian, who accompanied Ignatius to Rome. It is generally admitted, even by those who regarded it as authentic, that this work has been greatly interpolated. Its most reliable form is that found in the "Martyrium Colbertinum" which closes the mixed recension and is so called because its oldest witness is the tenth-century Codex Colbertinus (Paris).According to these Acts, in the ninth year of his reign, Trajan, flushed with victory over the Scythians and Dacians, sought to perfect the universality of his dominion by a species of religious conquest. He decreed, therefore, that the Christians should unite with their pagan neighbors in the worship of the gods. A general persecution was threatened, and death was named as the penalty for all who refused to offer the prescribed sacrifice. Instantly alert to the danger that threatened, Ignatius availed himself of all the means within his reach to thwart the purpose of the emperor. The success of his zealous efforts did not long remain hidden from the Church's persecutors. He was soon arrested and led before Trajan, who was then sojourning in Antioch. Accused by the emperor himself of violating the imperial edict, and of inciting others to like transgressions, Ignatius valiantly bore witness to the faith of Christ. If we may believe the account given in the "Martyrium", his bearing before Trajan was characterized by inspired eloquence, sublime courage, and even a spirit of exultation. Incapable of appreciating the motives that animated him, the emperor ordered him to be put in chains and taken to Rome, there to become the food of wild beasts and a spectacle for the people.That the trials of this journey to Rome were great we gather from his letter to the Romans (par. 5): "From Syria even to Rome I fight with wild beasts, by land and sea, by night and by day, being bound amidst ten leopards, even a company of soldiers, who only grow worse when they are kindly treated." Despite all this, his journey was a kind of triumph. News of his fate, his destination, and his probable itinerary had gone swiftly before. At several places along the road his fellow-Christians greeted him with words of comfort and reverential homage. It is probable that he embarked on his way to Rome at Seleucia, in Syria, the nearest port to Antioch, for either Tarsus in Cilicia, or Attalia in Pamphylia, and thence, as we gather from his letters, he journeyed overland through Asia Minor. At Laodicea, on the River Lycus, where a choice of routes presented itself, his guards selected the more northerly, which brought the prospective martyr through Philadelphia and Sardis, and finally to Smyrna, where Polycarp, his fellow-disciple in the school of St. John, was bishop. The stay at Smyrna, which was a protracted one, gave the representatives of the various Christian communities in Asia Minor an opportunity of greeting the illustrious prisoner, and offering him the homage of the Churches they represented. From the congregations of Ephesus, Magnesia, and Tralles, deputations came to comfort him. To each of these Christian communities he addressed letters from Smyrna, exhorting them to obedience to their respective bishops, and warning them to avoid the contamination of heresy. These, letters are redolent with the spirit of Christian charity, apostolic zeal, and pastoral solicitude. While still there he wrote also to the Christians of Rome, begging them to do nothing to deprive him of the opportunity of martyrdom.From Smyrna his captors took him to Troas, from which place he dispatched letters to the Christians of Philadelphia and Smyrna, and to Polycarp. Besides these letters, Ignatius had intended to address others to the Christian communities of Asia Minor, inviting them to give public expression to their sympathy with the brethren in Antioch, but the altered plans of his guards, necessitating a hurried departure, from Troas, defeated his purpose, and he was obliged to content himself with delegating this office to his friend Polycarp. At Troas they took ship for Neapolis. From this place their journey led them overland through Macedonia and Illyria. The next port of embarkation was probably Dyrrhachium (Durazzo). Whether having arrived at the shores of the Adriatic, he completed his journey by land or sea, it is impossible to determine. Not long after his arrival in Rome he won his long-coveted crown of martyrdom in the Flavian amphitheater. The relics of the holy martyr were borne back to Antioch by the deacon Philo of Cilicia, and Rheus Agathopus, a Syrian, and were interred outside the gates not far from the beautiful suburb of Daphne. They were afterwards removed by the Emperor Theodosius II to the Tychaeum, or Temple of Fortune which was then converted into a Christian church under the patronage of the martyr whose relics it sheltered. In 637 they were translated to St. Clement's at Rome, where they now rest. The Church celebrates the feast of St. Ignatius on 1 February.The character of St. Ignatius, as deduced from his own and the extant writings of his contemporaries, is that of a true athlete of Christ. The triple honor of apostle, bishop, and martyr was well merited by this energetic soldier of the Faith. An enthusiastic devotion to duty, a passionate love of sacrifice, and an utter fearlessness in the defense of Christian truth, were his chief characteristics. Zeal for the spiritual well-being of those under his charge breathes from every line of his writings. Ever vigilant lest they be infected by the rampant heresies of those early days; praying for them, that their faith and courage may not be wanting in the hour of persecution; constantly exhorting them to unfailing obedience to their bishops; teaching them all Catholic truth ; eagerly sighing for the crown of martyrdom, that his own blood may fructify in added graces in the souls of his flock, he proves himself in every sense a true, pastor of souls, the good shepherd that lays down his life for his sheep.
http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/I/stignatiusofantioch.asp
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TODAY'S MASS READINGS: 29TH SUN. ORD. TIME YEAR C
Exodus 17: 8 - 138Then came Am'alek and fought with Israel at Reph'idim.9And Moses said to Joshua, "Choose for us men, and go out, fight with Am'alek; tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand."10So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Am'alek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.11Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Am'alek prevailed.12But Moses' hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat upon it, and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.13And Joshua mowed down Am'alek and his people with the edge of the sword.











Psalms 121: 1 - 81I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come?2My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.3He will not let your foot be moved, he who keeps you will not slumber.4Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.5The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.6The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.7The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.8The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and for evermore.2 Timothy 3: 14 - 1714But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it15and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.16All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,17that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.











2 Timothy 4: 1 - 21I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:2preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching.











Luke 18: 1 - 81And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.2He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man;3and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, `Vindicate me against my adversary.'4For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself, `Though I neither fear God nor regard man,5yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming.'"6And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says.7And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?8I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
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