Sunday, October 3, 2010



Asia News report: On visit to Palermo Benedict XVI asks the faithful of the city to walk in holiness and to be shining witnesses even in “difficult situations”. The model of the saints who have gone before: Don Pino Puglisi, who was killed by the Mafia, Anna Maria Adorni, beatified today, known as the "Living Rosary" for her constant prayer, evangelizer of women's prisons. In an indirect reference to the problem of the mafia, the pope says that one should not be ashamed of witnessing to the Gospel, but of evil "that offends God and man," the evil inflicted on civil and religious communities, with actions that loath the light of day”. . "- "Mary is the model of Christian life. I ask her above all to help you all walk the path of holiness, briskly and with joy, in the footsteps of many shining examples of Christ” this was the Pope’s prayer before today's Angelus, at the end of Mass celebrated in Palermo where he is on pastoral visit, the occasion of the regional church gathering of families and young people. Recalling that October is traditionally the month dedicated to the Rosary, Benedict XVI added: "The daily meditation on the mysteries of Christ in union with Mary, the Virgin at prayer, strengthens us all in faith, hope and charity.""To the Virgin Mary - the pope observed - I wish to commend all the people of God living in this beloved land. May She support families in love and education; make fruitful the seeds of vocation that God amply sows among young people, instill courage in the face of trials, hope amidst difficulties, renewed energy in doing good. The Madonna comforts the sick and all the suffering, and helps the Christian communities so that no one in them is marginalized or needy, but everyone, especially the smallest and weakest, feels welcomed and valued. "Benedict XVI has also devoted part of his homily during the mass to the theme of "walking expediently and joyfully on the path of holiness in the footsteps of many shining examples of Christ". "Your beautiful island - he said - was among the first regions of Italy to accept the faith of the Apostles to receive the proclamation of the Word of God, to adhere to the faith so generously that even in the midst of difficulties and persecution, it has always seen the flourishing of the flower of holiness. Sicily was and is a land of saints, belonging to every walk of life, who lived the Gospel with simplicity and integrity. "Also in the homily, the pope urged Sicilian Catholics to "witness the faith in the various sectors of society, in many situations of human existence, especially in those that are difficult".Benedict XVI did not mention the word "mafia", but made indirect references when he asked Catholics not to be ashamed to be Christian witnesses: "One should be ashamed of that evil - he added - which offends God, that offends man, one should be ashamed of the evil that is inflicted on civil and religious communities with actions that loath the light of day”."The temptation to discouragement, resignation, comes to those who are weak in faith, to those who confuse evil with good, to those who believe that there is nothing to be done before evil, often of the deepest kind. Instead, those who are firmly founded in faith, who have full confidence in God and live in the Church are able to bring the uncontainable power of the Gospel. This is how the saints behaved, who flowered, over the centuries, in Palermo and in Sicily, as well as lay people and priests of today who are well-known to you all, such as, for example, Don Pino Puglisi. Tmay they always watch over you and keep you united and nurture in everyone the desire to proclaim, in word and deed, the presence and love of Christ. People of Sicily, look with hope to your future”.In his reflection before the Angelus, Benedict XVI also mentioned another great witness of lay faith: Anna Maria Adorni (1805-1893), beatified today in Parma. "In the nineteenth century - said the pope – she was exemplary wife and mother and when widowed, she devoted herself to charity for women in prison and in difficulty, for whose needs she founded two religious institutes. Mother Adorni, because of her constant prayer, was called the 'Living Rosary'".
Posted by JesusCaritasEst at 6:58 PM 0 comments

CNN REPORT: Vice President Joe Biden joined five Supreme Court justices to attend Sunday's annual Red Mass, the Roman Catholic service for the courts that has drawn criticism in recent years.Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Stephen Breyer and Clarence Thomas attended the service, held at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, on the eve of the court's new term.The Mass was started in 1952 by the John Carroll Society, a lay Catholic group of prominent lawyers and professionals, to celebrate the legal profession. But the event has drawn criticism in recent years for what many see as an unhealthy mix of politics, religion and the law.The mass is a Catholic service, but power brokers of other faiths are asked to attend the invitation-only event. Critics have called the attendance of leading decision-makers, including members of the highest court in the land, inappropriate.Past homilies by individual speakers have lamented the high court's ruling legalizing abortion and the constitutional separation of church and state, although most recent Red Mass ceremonies have avoided hot-button social and political issues to focus on universal themes. Church officials insist they do not attempt to lobby or seek to persuade anyone who attends the service.Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, who gave this year's sermon, told parishioners the church understands the "nearly overwhelming complexity of the climate which envelops the practice of law and the administration of justice today.""No informed observer can fail to acknowledge that the social and cultural pluralism of our times - not to mention the relentless and sometimes pitiless public scrutiny to which you are subjected - makes the work of judges and lawyers today very hard indeed," he said.The archbishop also asserted that laws are based upon certain principles: "the pursuit of the common good through respect for the natural law, the dignity of the human person, the inviolability of innocent life from conception to natural death, the sanctity of marriage, justice for the poor, protection of minors, and so on."Di Noia later decried a trend toward "exclusive humanism" and said, "That innocent human life is now so broadly under threat has seemed to many of us one of the signs of this growing peril." Washington archdiocese spokeswoman Susan Gibbs told CNN afterwards that the reference to "innocent human life" was meant "broadly," referring to "all life that is at risk, not just simply the unborn, but the fragility of all human life."All the justices who attended Sunday are Catholics except Breyer, who is Jewish. The court is currently made up of six Catholics and three Jews, including its newest member, Elena Kagan.One member of the court who no longer attends is Ruth Bader Ginsburg who, like Breyer and Kagan, is Jewish. Ginsburg has said she grew tired of being lectured by Catholic officials."I went one year, and I will never go again, because this sermon was outrageously anti-abortion," Ginsburg said in the book "Stars of David: Prominent Jews talk About Being Jewish" by author Abigail Pogrebin. "Even the Scalias - although they're much of that persuasion - were embarrassed for me."
Posted by JesusCaritasEst at 6:56 PM 0 comments

Catholic Bishops press release: Archbishops to travel to Rome in preparation for the Apostolic VisitationAt the invitation of the Congregation of Bishops, the four archbishops of Ireland will travel to Rome next week in preparation for the forthcoming Apostolic Visitation to the four archdioceses of Ireland.The archbishops: Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin; Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly; and, Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, will meet with the four Apostolic Visitors in advance of their visitation which was announced last March in the Pastoral letter of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland.The purpose of the Apostolic Visitation is to offer assistance and to contribute to the spiritual and moral renewal of the Church in Ireland. The Visitation will facilitate reflection, evaluation and review of Church life
Posted by JesusCaritasEst at 6:08 PM 0 comments

Asia News report: Promoted by the archbishop of Kirkuk, the initiative will involve all the faithful of the archdiocese until the eve of the Synod Assembly to be held in Rome October 10 to 24.Kirkuk (AsiaNews) - The archbishop of Kirkuk, Mgr. Louis Sako is inviting the faithful of his archdiocese to pray and fast for the successful outcome of the Synod of the Churches of the Middle East to be held in Rome, October 10 to 24. Today and tomorrow all masses in the churches of the archdiocese will be dedicated to the Synod. Instead the fast will be held on October 9, the eve of the event.In his request, the Archbishop stresses that "the Synod is very important for the Catholic Church in the Middle East and a unique opportunity of communion and solidarity among Christians, so they are not limited to mere survival, but instead become witnesses and a living presence. ""Let us pray - he continues - that this Synod will bring hope and comfort to all Christians and is a privileged moment of conversion, witness and faithfulness to Christ."The Christians of the Middle East are an important component in a region plagued by wars, terrorism and political instability of Muslim countries, which in recent years have endangered the very survival of the churches in the Middle East. Born of a request from local bishops, the Synod will analyze issues such as immigration, religious freedom, ecumenism and unity among Christians, as witnesses to the message of Christ in the Islamic and Jewish world. SOURCE
Posted by JesusCaritasEst at 6:06 PM 0 comments


Cath News report: Mike Brady, who wrote the famous football songs Up There Cazaly and One Day in September, has launched a song written in honour of Australia's first saint, called In Mary's Hands.Brady, who was commissioned to write the song and worked closely with the Sisters of St Joseph, the order Mother MacKillop founded, said it had been a lovely experience, reports the Herald Sun."Initially it was difficult because I didn't want it to sound like a pop song or a trite piece of jingoism but the more I read about her, the easier it was," Brady said."Even if you take the spirituality and religion out of it, she was still an amazing woman."
Posted by JesusCaritasEst at 6:05 PM 0 comments

All Africa report: Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, Archbishop Alain Paul Lebeaupin has urged the youth in the country to ensure that they excelled in their studies while they kept a high standard of discipline in their daily life.He said the two should march together for a bright future of the young people.The Apostolic Nuncio was addressing a huge gathering of young Catholics, who had converged at Mariapolis Piero Centre, Juja within the wider archdiocese of Nairobi on Sunday September 26, during a special Mass for Chiara Luce, whom Pope Benedict XVI had beatified in Rome the previous day, Saturday, September 25.The newly beatified Italian lady died at the age of 19 and was a strong and active member of the Catholic Church Movement of Focolare for both religious and lay people.The Pope's representative in Kenya urged the Catholic youth to always take Chiara Luce as their spiritual yardstick."At a tender age of 19 she was already performing pretty well in the vineyard through assisting the needy despite that fact that she was herself a needy case-she suffered from cancer," he further told over 1,000 youth, members of the Catholic Church Movement of Focolare, drawn from various parts of the country.During the long-day event, attendants were treated to video and film on the life of the now beatified Chiara Luce. A short film on what took place during the beatification ceremony was also re-played to the gathering.
Posted by JesusCaritasEst at 5:22 PM 0 comments


St. Gerard of BrogneABBOTFeast: October 1Information:Feast Day:October 1Born:895 at Staves, Namur, BelgiumDied:3 October 959 at Brogne, BelgiumMajor Shrine:Saint-Gérard, NamurPatron of:Saint-Gérard, NamurBorn at Staves in the county of Namur, towards the end of the ninth century; died at Brogne or St-Gérard, 3 Oct. 959. The son of Stance, of the family of dukes of Lower Austrasia, and of Plectrude, sister of Stephen, Bishop of Liège, the young Gérard, like most omen of his rank, followed at first the career of arms. His piety, however, was admirable amid the distractions of camp. He transformed into a large church a modest chapel situated on the estate of Brogne which belonged to his family. About 917, the Count of Namur charged him with a mission to Robert, younger brother of Eudes, King of France. He permitted his followers to reside at Paris, but himself went to live at the Abbey of St-Denis, where he was so struck by the deifying lives of the monks that, at the conclusion of his embassy, with the consent of the Count of Namur and Bishop Stephen, his maternal uncle, he returned to St-Denis, took the religious habit, and after eleven years was ordained priest. He then requested to be allowed to return to Brogne, where he replaced the lax clerics with monks animated by a true religious spirit. Thereupon he himself retired to a cell near the monastery for more austere mortification. From this retreat he was summoned by the Archbishop of Cambrai who confided to him the direction of the community of St-Ghislain in Hainault. Here also he established monks instead of the canons, whose conduct had ceased to be exemplary, and he enforced the strictest monastic discipline. Gradually he became superior of eighteen other abbeys situated in the region between the Meuse, the Somme, and the sea, and through his efforts the Order of St. Benedict was soon completely restored throughout this region. Weighed down by age and infirmities, he placed vicars or abbots in his stead, in the various abbeys with which he was charged, and retired to that of Brogne. He still had courage to take a journey to Rome in order to obtain a Bull confirming the privileges of that abbey. On his return he paid a final visit to all the communities which he had reorganized, and then awaited death at Brogne. His body is still preserved at Brogne, now commonly calledSt-Gérard.
Posted by JesusCaritasEst at 9:49 AM 0 comments

Habakkuk 1: 2 - 32O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and thou wilt not hear? Or cry to thee "Violence!" and thou wilt not save?3Why dost thou make me see wrongs and look upon trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.Habakkuk 2: 2 - 42And the LORD answered

me: "Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it.3For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end -- it will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.4Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall fail, but the righteous shall live by his faith.Psalms 95: 1 - 2, 6 - 91O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!2Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!6O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!7For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would hearken to his voice!8Harden not your hearts, as at Mer'ibah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,9when your fathers tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.2 Timothy 1: 6 - 8, 13 - 146Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;7for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.8Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of God,13Follow the pattern of the sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus;14guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.Luke 17: 5 - 105The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"6And the Lord said, "If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamine tree, `Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.7"Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come

in from the field, `Come at once and sit down at table'?8Will he not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall eat and drink'?9Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?10So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'"
Posted by JesusCaritasEst at 9:47 AM 0 comments

Post a Comment