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Thursday, February 3, 2011

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD: TUES. FEB. 1, 2011









AUSTRALIA: BISHOP FISHER WARNS AGAINST EUTHANASIA

TODAY'S GOSPEL: FEB. 1: MARK 5: 21- 43

MESSAGE TO LATIN-AMERICAN CONGRESS FOR VOCATIONS

VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2011 (VIS REPORT) - Made public today was a Message from Benedict XVI to the second Latin-American Continental Congress for Vocations, which is being held in Cartago, Costa Rica, from 31 January to 5 February. The first congress, organised by the Holy See and the Latin-American Confederation of Religious, was celebrated seventeen years ago, while the current gathering is the result of an initiative by bishops responsible for the pastoral care of vocations in Latin America and the Caribbean. IMAGE SOURCE- RADIO VATICANA

"The great task of evangelisation requires an ever increasing number of people to respond generously to the call of God and make a lifelong commitment to the cause of the Gospel", the Pope writes. "One precious fruit of incisive missionary action, along with a general strengthening of Christian life, is the increase in vocations of special consecration. In some way, the abundance of vocations is an eloquent sign of ecclesial vitality, and of a faith that is deeply experienced by all members of the People of God".

"In this second congress - which has as its theme "Master, in Your Name will I Cast my Nets" - those who work in the field of the pastoral care of vocations in Latin America and the Caribbean have come together with the aim of strengthening vocational pastoral care, that baptised people may answer the call to become disciples and missionaries of Christ. ... Pastoral care of vocations must be fully integrated into more general pastoral care, and should have a capillary presence in all fields of pastoral work. ... Experience shows us that, where vocational pastoral care is well planned and constantly practiced, vocations are not lacking. God is generous, and our own commitment to vocational pastoral care in all particular Churches must be equally generous".

"Vocations", Benedict XVI continues his Message, "are not the result of any human project, or of some efficient organisational strategy. At the deepest level, they are a gift of God. ... It is important to recall the primacy of the life of the spirit as the basis of all pastoral planning. The young generations must be given the chance to open their hearts to a greater reality: to Christ, the only One Who can give meaning and fullness to their lives. ... Yet at the same time, the strengthening of our spiritual life must lead us increasingly to identify ourselves with the will of God, and to offer a clearer and more transparent testimony of faith, hope and charity".

"Faithful and joyful witness of one's own vocation has been and remains an excellent way to awaken in young people the desire to follow the footsteps of Christ. This must be accompanied by the courage to propose to them, with delicacy and respect, the possibility that God may be calling them too. Often, the divine vocation opens its way through human words, or thanks to an environment in which people experience a living faith. ... The world needs God", the Pope concludes, "and for this reason it will always need people who live for Him and announce Him to others".

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BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY

VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2011 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for February is: "That all may respect the family and recognise it for its unmatched contribution to the advancement of society".

His mission intention is: "That Christian communities may witness to the presence of Christ in serving those who suffer from disease in those mission territories where the fight against disease is most urgent".

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POPE TO CONFER EPISCOPAL ORDINATION ON FIVE PRELATES

VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2011 (VIS) - In the Vatican Basilica at 10 a.m. on Saturday 5 February, Benedict XVI will confer episcopal ordination on the following priests:

- Msgr. Savio Hon Tai-Fai S.D.B., born on 21 October 1950, ordained a priest on 17 July 1982, appointed as secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples on 23 December 2010.

- Msgr. Marcello Bartolucci of the clergy of the diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, Italy, born on 9 April 1944, ordained a priest on 9 November 1968, appointed as secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on 29 December 2010.

- Msgr. Celso Morga Iruzubieta of the clergy of the diocese of Calahorra y La Calzada - Logrono, Spain, born on 28 January 1948, ordained a priest on 24 June 1972, appointed as secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy on 29 December 2010.

- Msgr. Antonio Guido Filipazzi of the clergy of the diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo, Italy, born on 8 October 1963, ordained a priest on 10 October 1987, appointed as apostolic nuncio on 8 January 2011.

- Msgr. Edgar Pena Parra of the clergy of the archdiocese of Maracaibo, Venezuela, born on 6 March 1960, ordained a priest on 23 August 1985, appointed as apostolic nuncio on 8 January 2011.

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CARDINALS TAKE POSSESSION OF DIACONATE, TITULAR CHURCHES

VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2011 (VIS) - A note published today by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff announces details of forthcoming ceremonies in which cardinals will take possession of their titular or diaconate churches:

At 6.30 p.m. on Saturday 5 February, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, will take possession of the diaconate of St. Agatha of the Goths, in Via Mazzarino 16, Rome.

At 6 p.m. on Friday 11 February, Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will take possession of the diaconate of St. Mary in Aquiro, in Piazza Capranica, Rome.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday 12 February, Cardinal Francesco Monterisi, archpriest of the papal basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls, will take possession of the diaconate of St. Paul alla Regola, in Via San Paolo alla Regola 6, Rome.

At midday on Sunday 13 February, Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don of Colombo, Sri Lanka, will take possession of the title of St. Lawrence in Lucina, Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina 16/A, Rome.

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OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father erected the new military ordinariate of Bosnia Herzegovina, appointing Fr. Tomo Vuksic as first military ordinary of the country.

EUROPE: GREAT BRITAIN: DEATH OF CARMELITE SISTER PEGUS- AGE 80

IND. CATH. NEWS REPORT: Sister Teresa-Joseph Pegus, O.Carm, of the Corpus Christi Carmelites, died peacefully in Leicester yesterday, 1 February, aged 80. She was one of the best-known sisters of her congregation, and much loved by the people whom she served in a variety of apostolates. In 2008 her contribution to society was noted by the Queen who bestowed on her the MBE. In 2010 her contribution was noted by the Vatican, which gave her the highest honour available to a lay-person, the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (as previously reported on this website).Sister Teresa-Joseph Pegus RIP | Sister Teresa-Joseph Pegus, O.Carm, Corpus Christi Carmelites,

Sister Teresa-Joseph joined the Corpus Christi Carmelites - a congregation of apostolic sisters affiliated to the Carmelite Order - in Trinidad at the age of 17. After her profession three years later, she taught in Guyana for the next decade, before returning to Trinidad to serve as Assistant Novice Mistress for three years.

In 1973 she was sent to England, where she worked for ten years at the children's home run by the Corpus Christi Carmelites in Kirby Muxloe, on the outskirts of Leicester. When the home closed she did pastoral work in various parishes, serving as the Regional Superior for her religious congregation in England.

Eventually Teresa-Joseph became involved in outreach to young people at Glen Parva, a Young Offenders' Institute near Leicester. For 20 years she loved working at Glen Parva, and she in turn was much loved by the young people she served, who - inspired by the film Sister Act - referred to her affectionately as "Sister Whoopi". Sister Teresa-Joseph was greatly admired by inmates and staff at Glen Parva, who nominated her to received the MBE from the Queen in 2008. In the same year Sister Teresa-Joseph joined her congregation in celebrating its centenary. The Corpus Christi Carmelites were established in Leicester in 1908 and affiliated to the Carmelite Order in 1927.

In 2009 - shortly after celebrating her Diamond Jubilee of religious profession - Sister Teresa-Joseph's health took a turn for the worse. She spent several months at the Corpus Christi Carmelite Community in York, convalescing from a leg amputation. Whilst in York she came to be known and loved by the various branches of the Carmelite Family in the city.

A highlight for Sister Teresa-Joseph during her time in York was the visit of the relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. With her birthday being 1st October, the feast of Saint Thérèse, she was delighted that the relics of the Carmelite saint nicknamed "The Little Flower" were brought to York Minster on that day.

By the end of 2009 Sister Teresa-Joseph was preparing to return to the Corpus Christi Carmelite Community in Leicester. However, a diagnosis of cancer meant that she had to spend long periods in hospitals and a hospice. It was in hospital that in October 2010 Teresa-Joseph was presented with the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice ("For the Church and the Pope"), a rarely-bestowed recognition of distinguished service to the Church.

Sister Teresa-Joseph spent her final days in a nursing home just round the corner from her convent and parish church of St Thomas More, receiving many visitors and well-wishers.

Speaking the day after Teresa-Joseph's death, the superior of the Corpus Christi Carmelites in York, Sister Ann Parker, O.Carm., said: "We are greatly saddened by Sister Teresa-Joseph's passing, but glad that her suffering is now over, and I am sure that there's a great party going on in Heaven. In many ways Teresa-Joseph's whole life was that of a missionary. She lived in various different places and cultures, but wherever she went she touched so many lives. She had a real zest for living, and a great love for people. She could make friends with anybody. She'll be greatly missed, especially by the folk of Leicester. She had such love for Jesus, for Carmel, and the Carmelite Family, and was particularly pleased to meet regularly with lay members of the Carmelite Order in York and in Leicester."

Sister Teresa-Joseph's funeral will take place at St Thomas More parish church in Leicester, provisionally on 14 February (tbc).

May she rest in peace, and rise in glory.

ASIA: CHINA: CATHOLICS CELEBRATE NEW YEAR WITH PRAYERS

ASIA NEWS REPORT: The vigil for the New Year begins this evening. The community of Taiyuan (Shanxi) braves the cold and a procession to bring Jesus among the people.

Taiyuan (AsiaNews)-Despite the bitter cold of the New Year, Msgr. Ningyou Meng, coadjutor bishop of Taiyuan (Shanxi) and his community, prepared a candle-light procession to symbolize the witness to Jesus among people.

Chinese zodiac is based on a cycle of 12 years and each year is assigned an animal. 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which starts tomorrow and ends in 2012.

Msgr. Meng was ordained a bishop in September 2010. The prelate told AsiaNewsthat this evening, the diocese will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving for the past year. It will start at 6pm with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a torchlight procession through the streets of the city and ends with the celebration of the Eucharist in the cathedral.

"Tomorrow, the first day of Lunar New Year, we will celebrate five Masses - says the prelate - Many Catholics will go to church to give thanks for the new year and exchange greetings." It 's always nice to meet our people - he adds - especially those working or studying in other cities. "

Msgr. Meng has been bishop for about five months and admits that his new life so far has been full of joy, happiness and difficulties. The prelate says that the responsibilities are heavy, but he is determined to address all issues. In recent months, five formation courses for priests and lay people were carried out and many others will be held in the new year.

"I only do my best to provide formation for young priests and lay people - the bishop - hoping that the seeds planted now will develop better in the future. Moreover, unity and communion among priests and lay Catholics is very important for the Church even if it is not easy. "

Many dioceses, including Taiyuan, have organized teams of volunteers these days to visit the sick and poor, by distributing food and clothes. Other communities have also visited the parents of priests, seminarians and nuns, thanking them for giving their children to serve the Church.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-Catholics-celebrate-the-Year-of-the-Rabbit-with-candlelight-vigils-and-prayer-20672.html

AUSTRALIA: BISHOP FISHER WARNS AGAINST EUTHANASIA

CATH NEWS REPORT: Euthanasia is contrary to the ideals of justice and charity and would corrupt society, Bishop Anthony Fisher warned the legal fraternity who gathered for the 81st annual Red Mass in Sydney, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.


''Even were such a proposal to gain a parliamentary majority this would not make it right,'' he said.Bishop Fisher, of Parramatta, said during the Mass held at St Mary's Cathedral yesterday to mark the start of the legal year, that ''state-sanctioned killing'' undermined the legitimacy of the state and its criminal law.

''Bad laws are mostly made by bad people and in turn make people bad.''

Bishop Fisher called on those gathered - including NSW Attorney-General, John Hatzistergos, the shadow attorney-general, Greg Smith, and leading judges and barristers - to resist efforts to legalise voluntary euthanasia.

Bishop Fisher, a former lawyer, said the proposed legislation was ''the killing of those who suffer by those who are comfortable, of the vulnerable by the powerful, of the sick by those professed to heal them''.

In NSW the Greens intend to introduce a private member's bill in support of legalising euthanasia after the election in March.

A NSW Greens MP, Cate Faehrmann, criticised the bishop's comments, saying it was an example of an ''out-of-touch commentator driven by out-of-touch ideology''.

''The vast majority of people support voluntary euthanasia as long as it's with appropriate safeguards, which is what the legislation I am proposing is about.''

http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=24873

AMERICA: USA: PRE-ORDERS FOR NEW ROMAN MISSAL

USCCB REPORT: Pre-Orders for New Roman Missal Editions Accepted as of March 1

New Missal to be implemented in parishes Nov. 27, first Sunday of Advent
Latest in USCCB high quality liturgical books

WASHINGTON (February 1, 2011)—Pre-orders for the Altar and Chapel editions of the new Roman Missal will be accepted starting March 1, by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Both the larger Altar edition and the more versatile and compact Chapel edition are highly readable and beautifully designed and bound, consistent with USCCB versions of previous liturgical books.

Both editions will be printed on fine paper and feature striking four-color artwork from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

Monsignor Anthony Sherman, executive director of the USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worship, praised the new Roman Missal.

“This Missal is a source of strength and spiritual development for Catholics throughout the United States,” he said. “The prayers within it lift up our hearts and minds to the Lord in song and prayer.”

The new Roman Missal will be used for the first time in U.S. parishes on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27.

The USCCB Roman Missal, Third Edition books will be available for pre-order starting March 1, atwww.usccbpublishing.org. Pre-orders can also be placed by telephone, e-mail, U.S. mail or fax. More details can be learned by contacting a Customer Service representative toll free at 800-235-8722 or through e-mail: Customer Service at CSS@usccb.org. (Roman Missal Altar Edition, Pub. No. 7-100; Roman Missal Chapel Edition, Pub. No. 7-192)

Other ritual books also available from USCCB include the Rite of Penance, Rite of Confirmation, and the Rites of Baptism and Marriage in Spanish.

http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2011/11-025.shtml

AFRICA: CENTRAL AFRICA: ELECTIONS ARE VALID BUT BIASED

Agenzia Fides report - “The elections are valid, even if biased by irregularities” affirms the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Episcopal Conference of Central Africa, defining the presidential and legislative elections of 23 January (see Fides 22/1/2011). A message sent to Fides states that, on the basis of reports by 504 Central African observers (and five international observers) from Justice and Peace, various irregularities took place: delays, delayed distribution of election material, not displaying the voter lists in some polling stations, intimidation by the administrative authorities and military towards voters and scrutineers, attempted fraud, etc....
“Despite these reports, we believe that the vote has retained its credibility because we are convinced that the ways of recourse under the law will do justice to the irregularities, especially since all parties concerned have recourse to legal action by the competent court,” the statement said. The document also addresses a number of recommendations to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC): to improve the quality of its work before the second round of voting takes place; to rapidly announce the provisional results; to improve training for election officials.
The outcome of the elections of 23 January has not yet been announced. The Commission for Justice and Peace thus calls “Christians - and all citizens - to wait patiently for the results.”

TODAY'S SAINT: FEB. 1: ST. BRIDGID OF IRELAND

St. Bridgid of Ireland

VIRGIN, PATRONESS OF IRELAND

Feast: February 1



Information:

Feast Day:February 1
Born:

451 or 452 at Faughart, County Louth, Ireland

Died:1 February 525 at Kildare, Ireland
Patron of:babies; blacksmiths; boatmen; cattle; chicken farmers; children whose parents are not married; dairymaids; dairy workers; fugitives; infants; Ireland; mariners; midwives; milk maids; newborn babies; nuns; poets; poultry farmers; poultry raisers; printing presses; sailors; scholars; travellers; watermen

Born in 451 or 452 of princely ancestors at Faughart, near Dundalk, County Louth; d. 1 February, 525, at Kildare. Refusing many good offers of marriage, she became a nun and received the veil from St. Macaille. With seven other virgins she settled for a time at the foot of Croghan Hill, but removed thence to Druin Criadh, in the plains of Magh Life, where under a large oak tree she erected her subsequently famous Convent of Cill-Dara, that is, "the church of the oak" (now Kildare), in the present county of that name. It is exceedingly difficult to reconcile the statements of St. Brigid's biographers, but the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Lives of the saint are at one in assigning her a slave mother in the court of her father Dubhthach, and Irish chieftain of Leinster. Probably the most ancient life of St. Brigid is that by St. Broccan Cloen, who is said to have died 17 September, 650. It is metrical, as may be seen from the following specimen:


Ni bu Sanct Brigid suanach
Ni bu huarach im sheire Dé,
Sech ni chiuir ni cossens
Ind nóeb dibad bethath che.

(Saint Brigid was not given to sleep,
Nor was she intermittent about God's love;
Not merely that she did not buy, she did not seek for
The wealth of this world below, the holy one.)


Cogitosus, a monk of Kildare in the eighth century, expounded the metrical life of St. Brigid, and versified it in good Latin. This is what is known as the "Second Life", and is an excellent example of Irish scholarship in the mid-eighth century. Perhaps the most interesting feature of Cogitosus's work is the description of the Cathedral of Kildare in his day: "Solo spatioso et in altum minaci proceritate porruta ac decorata pictis tabulis, tria intrinsecus habens oratoria ampla, et divisa parietibus tabulatis". The rood-screen was formed of wooden boards, lavishly decorated, and with beautifully decorated curtains. Probably the famous Round Tower of Kildare dates from the sixth century. Although St. Brigid was "veiled" or received by St. Macaille, at Croghan, yet, it is tolerably certain that she was professed by St. Mel of Ardagh, who also conferred on her abbatial powers. From Ardagh St. Macaille and St. Brigid followed St. Mel into the country of Teffia in Meath, including portions of Westmeath and Longford. This occurred about the year 468. St. Brigid's small oratory at Cill- Dara became the centre of religion and learning, and developed into a cathedral city. She founded two monastic institutions, one for men, and the other for women, and appointed St. Conleth as spiritual pastor of them. It has been frequently stated that she gave canonical jurisdiction to St. Conleth, Bishop of Kildare, but, as Archbishop Healy points out, she simply "selected the person to whom the Church gave this jurisdiction", and her biographer tells us distinctly that she chose St. Conleth "to govern the church along with herself". Thus, for centuries, Kildare was ruled by a double line of abbot-bishops and of abbesses, the Abbess of Kildare being regarded as superioress general of the convents in Ireland.

Not alone was St. Bridget a patroness of students, but she also founded a school of art, including metal work and illumination, over which St. Conleth presided. From the Kildare scriptorium came the wondrous book of the Gospels, which elicited unbounded praise from Giraldus Cambrensis, but which has disappeared since the Reformation. According to this twelfth- century ecclesiastic, nothing that he had ever seen was at all comparable to the "Book of Kildare", every page of which was gorgeously illuminated, and he concludes a most laudatory notice by saying that the interlaced work and the harmony of the colours left the impression that "all this is the work of angelic, and not human skill". Small wonder that Gerald Barry assumed the book to have been written night after night as St. Bridget prayed, "an angel furnishing the designs, the scribe copying". Even allowing for the exaggerated stories told of St. Brigid by her numerous biographers, it is certain that she ranks as one of the most remarkable Irishwomen of the fifth century and as the Patroness of Ireland. She is lovingly called the "Queen of the South: the Mary of the Gael" by a writer in the "Leabhar Breac". St. Brigid died leaving a cathedral city and school that became famous all over Europe. In her honour St. Ultan wrote a hymn commencing:


Christus in nostra insula
Que vocatur Hivernia
Ostensus est hominibus
Maximis mirabilibus
Que perfecit per felicem
Celestis vite virginem
Precellentem pro merito
Magno in numdi circulo.

(In our island of Hibernia Christ was made known to man by the very great miracles which he performed through the happy virgin of celestial life, famous for her merits through the whole world.)


The sixth Life of the saint printed by Colgan is attributed to Coelan, an Irish monk of the eighth century, and it derives a peculiar importance from the fact that it is prefaced by a foreword from the pen of St. Donatus, also an Irish monk, who became Bishop of Fiesole in 824. St. Donatus refers to previous lives by St. Ultan and St. Aileran. When dying, St. Brigid was attended by St. Ninnidh, who was ever afterwards known as "Ninnidh of the Clean Hand" because he had his right hand encased with a metal covering to prevent its ever being defiled, after being he medium of administering the viaticum to Ireland's Patroness. She was interred at the right of the high altar of Kildare Cathedral, and a costly tomb was erected over her. In after years her shrine was an object of veneration for pilgrims, especially on her feast day, 1 February, as Cogitosus related. About the year 878, owing to the Scandinavian raids, the relics of St. Brigid were taken to Downpatrick, where they were interred in the tomb of St. Patrick and St. Columba. The relics of the three saints were discovered in 1185, and on 9 June of the following year were solemnly translated to a suitable resting place in Downpatrick Cathedral, in presence of Cardinal Vivian, fifteen bishops, and numerous abbots and ecclesiastics. Various Continental breviaries of the pre-Reformation period commemorate St. Brigid, and her name is included in a litany in the Stowe Missal. In Ireland today, after 1500 years, the memory of "the Mary of the Gael" is as dear as ever to the Irish heart, and, as is well known, Brigid preponderates as a female Christian name. Moreover, hundreds of place-names in her honour are to be found all over the country, e.g. Kilbride, Brideswell, Tubberbride, Templebride, etc. The hand of St. Brigid is preserved at Lumiar near Lisbon, Portugal, since 1587, and another relic is at St. Martin's Cologne.

Viewing the biography of St. Brigid from a critical standpoint we must allow a large margin for the vivid Celtic imagination and the glosses of medieval writers, but still the personality of the founder of Kildare stands out clearly, and we can with tolerable accuracy trace the leading events in her life, by a careful study of the old "Lives" as found in Colgan. It seems certain that Faughart, associated with memories of Queen Meave (Medhbh), was the scene of her birth; and Faughart Church was founded by St. Morienna in honour of St. Brigid. The old well of St. Brigid's adjoining the ruined church is of the most venerable antiquity, and still attracts pilgrims; in the immediate vicinity is the ancient mote of Faughart. As to St. Brigid's stay in Connacht, especially in the County Roscommon, there is ample evidence in the "Trias Thaumaturga", as also in the many churches founded by her in the Diocese of Elphim. Her friendship with St. Patrick is attested by the following paragraph from the "Book of Armagh", a precious manuscript of the eighth century, the authenticity of which is beyond question: "inter sanctum Patricium Brigitanque Hibernesium columpnas amicitia caritatis inerat tanta, ut unum cor consiliumque haberent unum. Christus per illum illamque virtutes multas peregit". (Between St. Patrick and St. Brigid, the columns of the Irish, there was so great a friendship of charity that they had but one heart and one mind. Through him and through her Christ performed many miracles.) At Armagh there was a "Templum Brigidis"; namely the little abbey church known as "Regles Brigid", which contained some relics of the saint, destroyed in 1179, by William Fitz Aldelm. It may be added that the original manuscript of Cogitosus's "Life of Brigid", or the "Second Life", dating from the closing years of the eighth century, is now in the Dominican friary at Eichstätt in Bavaria.

SOURCE: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/B/stbridgidofireland.asp

TODAY'S GOSPEL: FEB. 1: MARK 5: 21- 43

Mark 5: 21 - 43
21And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him; and he was beside the sea.
22Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Ja'irus by name; and seeing him, he fell at his feet,
23and besought him, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live."
24And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.
25And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years,
26and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.
27She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.
28For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well."
29And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
30And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, "Who touched my garments?"
31And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, `Who touched me?'"
32And he looked around to see who had done it.
33But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.
34And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."
35While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"
36But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."
37And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
38When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly.
39And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping."
40And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.
41Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Tal'itha cu'mi"; which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."
42And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.
43And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
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