Sunday, September 16, 2012


Vatican City, 16 September 2012 (VIS) - At midday yesterday, before having lunch with patriarchs and bishops of Lebanon, and the members of the Special Council for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, in the headquarters of the Armenian Catholic Patriarchate at Bzommar, the Pope expressed his thanks for the invitation to His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians, and to the superior of the Institute of the Patriarchal Clergy.
"Divine Providence has allowed our meeting to take place here in this convent of Bzommar, which is so emblematic for the Armenian Catholic Church. Its founder, the monk Hagop, more commonly known as Meghabarde - the sinner - is an example for us of prayer, of detachment from material things and of faithfulness to Christ the Redeemer. Five hundred years ago, he promoted the printing of the Friday Book, thus establishing a bridge between Christians of East and West. From his example, we can learn the meaning of mission, the courage of truth and the value of fraternity in unity. As we prepare to replenish our strength with this meal which has been lovingly prepared and generously offered, the monk Hagop also reminds us that the spiritual thirst and the quest for higher things must remain always alive in our hearts, for “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God'".
"Dear friends", the Pope added, "through the intercession of the Apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus, and of St. Gregory the Illuminator, let us ask the Lord to bless the Armenian community, so sorely tried down through the ages, and to send to its harvest numerous saintly workers who, because of Christ, are enabled to change the face of our societies, to heal hearts that are broken and to offer courage, strength and hope to those who despair. Thank you!"

Vatican City, 16 September 2012 (VIS) - Yesterday evening the Holy Father paid a visit to the Maronite Patriarchate at Bkerke. Since 1832, Bkerke has been the winter residence of the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, while his summer residence is located at Dimane in northern Lebanon, The current Patriarch is His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Rai, O.M.M.
At Bkerke, which stands on the hillside of Harissa and is dominated by the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, the Holy Father met with young people of the Middle East.
"You are living today in this part of the world which witnessed the birth of Jesus and the growth of Christianity", the Holy Father told his youthful audience. "It is a great honour! It is also a summons to fidelity, to love of this region and, above all, to your calling to be witnesses and messengers of the joy of Christ. ... Many of the Apostles and saints lived in troubled times and their faith was the source of their courage and their witness. Find in their example and intercession the inspiration and support that you need!
"I am aware of the difficulties which you face daily on account of instability and lack of security, your difficulties in finding employment and your sense of being alone and on the margins. In a constantly changing world you are faced with many serious challenges. But not even unemployment and uncertainty should lead you to taste the bitter sweetness of emigration, which involves an uprooting and a separation for the sake of an uncertain future. You are meant to be protagonists of your country’s future and to take your place in society and in the Church.
"You have a special place in my heart and in the whole Church, because the Church is always young! The Church trusts you, ... (she) needs your enthusiasm and your creativity! Youth is the time when we aspire to great ideals, when we study and train for our future work. ... Seek beauty and strive for goodness! ... Open the doors of your minds and hearts to Christ! ... Christ says to you: My peace I give to you! This is the true revolution brought by Christ: that of love.
"The frustrations of the present moment must not lead you to take refuge in parallel worlds like those, for example, of the various narcotics or the bleak world of pornography. As for social networks, they are interesting but they can quite easily lead to addiction and confusion between the real and the virtual. Look for relationships of genuine, uplifting friendship. Find ways to give meaning and depth to your lives; fight superficiality and mindless consumption! ... Seek out good teachers, spiritual masters, who will be able to guide you along the path to maturity, leaving behind all that is illusory, garish and deceptive".
"Meditate on God’s word! Discover how relevant and real the Gospel can be. Pray! Prayer and the Sacraments are the sure and effective means to be a Christian and to live rooted and built up in Christ. ... In Him, all men and women are our brothers and sisters. The universal brotherhood which He inaugurated on the cross lights up in a resplendent and challenging way the revolution of love. “Love one another as I have loved you”. This is the legacy of Jesus and the sign of the Christian".
"Christ asks you, then, to do as He did: to be completely open to others, even if they belong to a different cultural, religious or national group. Making space for them, respecting them, being good to them, making them ever more rich in humanity and firm in the peace of the Lord. ... Experiencing together moments of friendship and joy enables us to resist the onset of division, which must always be rejected! ... Be heralds of the Gospel of life and life’s authentic values. Courageously resist everything opposed to life: abortion, violence, rejection of and contempt for others, injustice and war. In this way you will spread peace all around you. Are not “peacemakers” those whom in the end we admire the most? Is it not a world of peace that, deep down, we want for ourselves and for others? ... Truly discovering God’s forgiveness and mercy always enables us to begin a new life. It is not easy to forgive. But God’s forgivenessgrants the power of conversion, and the joy of being able to forgive in turn. Forgiveness and reconciliation are the paths of peace; they open up a future".
"Young people of Lebanon, you are the hope and the future of your country. You are Lebanon, a land of welcome, of openness, with a remarkable power of adaptation. At this moment, we cannot forget those millions of individuals who make up the Lebanese diaspora and maintain solid bonds with their land of origin. Young people of Lebanon, be welcoming and open, as Christ asks you and as your country teaches you.
"I should like now to greet the young Muslims who are with us this evening. I thank you for your presence, which is so important. Together with the young Christians, you are the future of this fine country and of the Middle East in general. Seek to build it up together! And when you are older, continue to live in unity and harmony with Christians. For the beauty of Lebanon is found in this fine symbiosis.
It is vital that the Middle East in general, looking at you, should understand that Muslims and Christians, Islam and Christianity, can live side by side without hatred, with respect for the beliefs of each person, so as to build together a free and humane society.
"I understand, too, that present among us there are some young people from Syria. I want to say how much I admire your courage. Tell your families and friends back home that the Pope has not forgotten you. Tell those around you that the Pope is saddened by your sufferings and your griefs. He does not forget Syria in his prayers and concerns, he does not forget those in the Middle East who are suffering. It is time for Muslims and Christians to come together so as to put an end to violence and war".
At the conclusion of his meeting with the young people, the Pope greeted Catholic patriarchs of Lebanon in chapel of the Assumption inside the Patriarchal Palace.

Vatican City, 16 September 2012 (VIS) - This morning in Beirut, Lebanon, Benedict XVI celebrated Mass at the City Centre Waterfront, a coastal area reclaimed from the sea using the debris of buildings in the old centre of Beirut, which were demolished at the end of the Civil War prior to the reconstruction.
The Holy Father travelled by car from the apostolic nunciature in Harissa, then covered the final stretch along the seafront from Jounieh in popemobile. He was greeted on arrival by the mayor of Beirut who presented him with the keys to the city. The Mass was attended by many thousands of faithful, the Lebanese authorities and 300 bishops from all over the Middle East. The liturgy was celebrated in Arabic, French and Latin.
In his homily the Pope commented on today's reading from the Gospel of St. Mark in which the true identity of Jesus is revealed. In Mark's narrative, Jesus is walking with His disciples along the road leading to the villages in the region of Caesarea Philippi when He asks them: "Who do people say that I am?"
"The moment He chose to ask this question is not insignificant", the Holy Father explained. "Jesus was facing a decisive turning-point in His life. He was going up to Jerusalem, to the place where the central events of our salvation would take place: His crucifixion and resurrection. In Jerusalem too, following these events, the Church would be born".
In the episode, after Peter has proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah, Christ tells the disciples that He must suffer and be put to death before rising again. "He realises that people could use this answer to advance agendas which are not His, to raise false temporal hopes in His regard. He does not let Himself be confined to the attributes of the human saviour which many were expecting", the Pope said.
"Jesus wants to make them understand His true identity. He is a Messiah Who suffers, a Messiah Who serves, and not some triumphant political saviour. He is the Servant Who obeys His Father’s will, even to giving up His life. ... Jesus thus contradicts the expectations of many. What He says is shocking and disturbing. We can understand the reaction of Peter who rebukes Him, refusing to accept that his Master should suffer and die! Jesus is stern with Peter; He makes him realise that anyone who would be His disciple must become a servant, just as He became Servant".
Therefore, the Pope went on, "following Jesus means taking up one’s cross and walking in His footsteps, along a difficult path which leads not to earthly power or glory but, if necessary, to self-abandonment, to losing one’s life for Christ and the Gospel in order to save it. We are assured that this is the way to the resurrection, to true and definitive life with God". In this context, Benedict pointed out that the Year of Faith, due to begin on 11 October is an invitation to "each member of the faithful to renew his or her commitment to undertaking this path of sincere conversion. Throughout this Year, then, I strongly encourage you to reflect more deeply on the faith, to appropriate it ever more consciously and to grow in fidelity to Christ Jesus and His Gospel.
"Brothers and sisters, the path on which Jesus wishes to guide us is a path of hope for all. Jesus’ glory was revealed at the very time when, in His humanity, He seemed weakest, particularly through the incarnation and on the cross. This is how God shows His love; He becomes our servant and gives Himself to us".
Benedict XVI then turned his attention to the second reading, in which St. James states that, if our adherence to Jesus is to be authentic, it requires "concrete actions. ... It is an imperative task of the Church to serve and of Christians to be true servants in the image of Jesus", he said. "Consequently, in a world where violence constantly leaves behind its grim trail of death and destruction, to serve justice and peace is urgently necessary for building a fraternal society, for building fellowship! ... I pray in particular that the Lord will grant to this region of the Middle East servants of peace and reconciliation, so that all people can live in peace and with dignity. This is an essential testimony which Christians must render here, in cooperation with all people of good will. I appeal to all of you to be peacemakers, wherever you find yourselves".
Likewise, the Pope went on, "service must also be at the heart of the life of the Christian community itself. Every ministry, every position of responsibility in the Church, is first and foremost a service to God and to our brothers and sisters. This is the spirit which should guide the baptised among themselves, and find particular expression in an effective commitment to serving the poor, the outcast and the suffering, so that the inalienable dignity of each person may be safeguarded.
"Dear brothers and sisters who are suffering physically or spiritually", the Holy Father added concluding his homily, "your sufferings are not in vain! Christ the Servant wished to be close to the suffering. ... Along your own path, may you always find brothers and sisters who are concrete signs of His loving presence which will never forsake you! Remain ever hopeful because of Christ!".
"May God bless Lebanon; may He bless all the peoples of this beloved region of the Middle East, and may He grant them the gift of His peace".

Vatican City, 16 September 2012 (VIS) - At the end of today's Eucharistic celebration, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, arose and invited the Holy Father to consign the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Ecclesia in Medio Oriente" to Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East, presidents of the episcopal conferences of Turkey and Iran, and a number of lay faithful. The Exhortation is the final document of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, which was held in October 2010 on the theme: "The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and witness. 'The company of those who believed were of one heart and soul'".
Benedict XVI expressed his hope that the Exhortation would be "be a guide to follow the various and complex paths where Christ goes before you. May communion in faith, hope and charity be strengthened in your countries and in every community so as to make credible your witness to the Triune God, Who has drawn close to each one of us", he said.
"Dear Church in the Middle East, draw from the source of salvation which became a reality in this unique and beloved land! Follow in the footsteps of your fathers in faith, who by tenacity and fidelity opened up the way for humanity to respond to the revelation of God! Among the wonderful diversity of saints who flourished in your land, look for examples and intercessors who will inspire your response to the Lord's call to walk towards the heavenly Jerusalem, where God will wipe away every one of our tears! May fraternal communion be a support for you in your daily life and the sign of the universal brotherhood which Jesus, the first born of many, came to bring! Thus, in this region which saw His actions and heard His words, may the Gospel continue to resonate as it did 2000 years ago, and may it be lived today and forever!"

Vatican City, 16 September 2012 (VIS) - Having consigned the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, and before praying the Angelus, the Holy Father pronounced some words in which he called on "Mary, Our Lady of Lebanon, around whom both Christians and Muslims gather", to intercede "for the people of Syria and the neighbouring countries, imploring the gift of peace".
Benedict XVI went on: "You know all too well the tragedy of the conflicts and the violence which generates so much suffering. Sadly, the din of weapons continues to make itself heard, along with the cry of the widow and the orphan. Violence and hatred invade people’s lives, and the first victims are women and children. Why so much horror? Why so many dead? I appeal to the international community! I appeal to the Arab countries that, as brothers, they might propose workable solutions respecting the dignity, the rights and the religion of every human person! Those who wish to build peace must cease to see in the other an evil to be eliminated. It is not easy to see in the other a person to be respected and loved, and yet this is necessary if peace is to be built, if fraternity is desired.
"May God grant to your country, to Syria and to the Middle East the gift of peaceful hearts, the silencing of weapons and the cessation of all violence! May men understand that they are all brothers! Mary, our Mother, understands our concern and our needs. Together with the patriarchs and bishops present, I place the Middle East under her maternal protection. May we, with God’s help, be converted so as to work ardently to establish the peace that is necessary for harmonious coexistence among brothers, whatever their origins and religious convictions".


by Xin Yage
Young people participated in defiance of the typhoons that hit the island this week. The initiative entitled: "camp to the discover life" is now in its second edition. Its aim is to develop young people's creativity and help them share their experiences of daily life with each other in the light of the teachings of the Gospel.

Taipei (AsiaNews) - More than one hundred young people between the ages of 15 and 22 took part in a summer camp called "shen ming his tan ying" (生命 探索 营), "a camp to discover life", in its second edition. The initiative was proposed for the first time in August 2011. This year's experience was offered three times to different groups of young people. The first week, gathered about eighty people and coincided with the arrival of typhoons. But even the winds and torrential rain failed to stop activities. Heavy rainfall hit Tainan and Kaohsiung, but the weather remained stable on the Mount of Beatitudes "(" Zen was shan "真 福山), the place where the initiative was held.

The "Mount of Beatitudes" is a special place built by Cardinal Shan Kuo-hsi, bishop emeritus of Kaohsiung who died on August 22 last.
Throughout his life as a priest and bishop, he was an experienced educator and promoter of many initiatives for young people in Taiwan and conceived the Mount of the Beatitudes as a meeting place where young and old could develop their creative activities. With this new structure, first the cardinal and now his colleagues hope to especially help the youth from the south of the island. Card. Shan was personally promoted participation in the camp in schools across the country. Courses include: communicating with others (人际关系 中 重要 的 沟通), trusting in others (信任), forgiveness (宽恕), empathy with people (体谅), working with one's neighbors (合作等 元素).

The 2011 edition was a great success eve among high profile Taiwanese personalities. One of his main sponsors Lian Chan (连战), former vice-president, supports the initiative with enthusiasm, helping many young people with financial difficulties to take part.



Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese REPORT
14 Sep 2012

Tent city set up on Nauru
The Gillard Government has created a recipe for disaster, warns Father Jim Carty as between 40 to 50 male asylum seekers landed in Nauru this morning, the first arrivals under the Gillard Government's version of off-shore processing.
Father Carty, Coordinator of Marist Asylum Seekers and Refugee Services says putting men who are already traumatised into crowded non-air conditioned tents on Nauru where they will sleep on a palliasse, or straw-filled mattress, on a duckboard floor enduring oppressive heat, tropical storms combined with the island's remote isolated location makes for a toxic cocktail.
Although the initial group that arrived in Nauru today numbers less than 50, within a few months more than 1500 asylum seekers will be detained on Nauru with a further 600 detained on the reopened detention facilities on Manus Island.
While women including those who are pregnant along with their children and unaccompanied minors are expected to be housed in another part of Nauru until permanent accommodation can be built, for at least six months male detainees sent to the Island will be housed in army-issue tents.

Fr Jim Carty has worked with refugees and asylum seekers for more than 35 years
Fr Carty describes tents as "incubators for disease" and predicts outbreaks of fungal infections and tropical diseases for those forced to live in tents with no air conditioning and subject to constant heat, humidity and muddy wet floors from the rains.
"The Government may think it is solving a problem by putting asylum seekers out of sight on a remote island, but it is also creating a multitude of other human-related issues as well as breaking United Nations Conventions on Refugees and the Rights of the Child."
With its stifling heat and tropical rain, Nauru which lies only one degree south of the equator combined with indefinite detention which may see many remaining on the Island for 10 or even 20 years under the Government's much-touted "No Advantage Policy," Fr Carty has no doubt that even in the first few months on the Island, detainees will suffer adverse long term effects to their physical, mental and emotional health.
"We know suicide, self-harm and long term damaged to mental health were issues for asylum seekers held on Nauru during the Howard era. Yet under the Gillard Government's policy asylum seekers have even fewer protections and far more uncertainty," he says.
The frustration, anger and despair felt by asylum seekers, particularly among young men who will comprise a large proportion of those held on Nauru, may well erupt into violence, he warns.

New accommodation for the asylum-seekers
"The Island only has a small population of around 9,000. But once the government's off-shore processing plan is fully implemented, asylum seekers will comprise more than 13% of the Island's population, and if conditions become so dire for many of these asylum seekers, it is difficult to see how the small isolated community will be able to cope."
While the Government is playing details of this morning's flight from Christmas Island to Nauru close to its chest, it is believed that as many as 90 APF were on board with the first load of asylum seekers and will remain on the Island for several weeks as more asylum seekers arrive.
But so far the Government has given no indication how long the police will remain on Nauru, or whether more AFP will be needed as the numbers of asylum seekers swell and the detention centre on the Island fills to capacity.
Fr Carty who has worked with refugees and asylum seekers for more than 32 years, says while there are many issues to be addressed, the Government's decision to house men in tents is rash.
Tents are totally inadequate as housing on a tropical island, he says and points to the riots on Christmas Island in February 2011 which were triggered when men were forced to live in overcrowded marquees.
Asylum seekers to be housed in tents until Nauru detention centre can be rebuilt
"The marquees were sodden each day by tropical rains. The floors were muddy and although the marquees had air conditioning, the roar of the generators gave those housed there, no peace and no respite from the noise," he says and recalls the explosion of misery and despair that had detainees setting the tents and buildings on Christmas Island ablaze with Molotov cocktails.
"The army issue tents on Nauru may be quieter as they are not equipped with air conditioning despite the Island being only a couple of hundred kilometres south of the equator," Fr Carty says and describes living in these tents "like living in a permanent sauna."
The priest is also concerned about unaccompanied minors being sent to Nauru.
"Under Australian law a minor is anyone under 18. At 17 some of accompanied minors who are asylum seekers are already physically mature and built like full-backs. But by age they are considered minors and will be housed with other minors some of whom will be as young as 7 or 8. Who is going to maintain a vigil for caring for this wide age range and to ensure they are well looked after?"
Despite Government assurances that children held in detention will be able to attend Nauru's schools, Fr Carty doubts this will be possible. Not only would the numbers overwhelm the Island's small number of schools but there is also the issue of language with teachers on Nauru ill-equipped or trained to educate asylum seeker children most of whom do not speak English.

Nauru has no regular water supply, little infrastructure and could expose detainees to malaria, dengue fever and other tropical diseases
"But bottom line is that the Government's new policy has failed. Just one month after it was legislated in Parliament it is dead in the water," he says. "Since 13 August when the Government announced its intention to reopen Nauru and Manus Island detention centres for off-shore processing, more than 2100 asylum seekers have landed on our shores. Still unfinished, Manus Island detention centre has the capacity for 600 while Nauru is planned to eventually hold 1500. So what happens to others who arrive here next week or the week after?" he asks.
Over the next 12 months he says rather than easing, the numbers of desperate displaced people trying to reach safety in countries like Australia is set to increase as Syrian Christians flee the bloody civil war in their homeland and US and Coalition troops pull out of Afghanistan.
"The Taliban will take its revenge on anyone who aided the US and Coalition and resume its terrible slaughter," he predicts.
For Fr Carty and many others involved with asylum seekers and refugees, the issue is becoming increasingly complex and more and more difficult to solve. Hopes for a regional solution which many, including Fr Carty believe is the only long term answer, were dealt a severe blow this week when five members of the Indonesian military charged with people smuggling, named a member of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's security staff as one of the master minds.


Agenzia Fides REPORT - This week, La Paz has become the home of three events organized by Caritas Latin America and the Caribbean. In the first case it is a meeting, with the participation of representatives of Caritas Bolivarian countries, to examine what affects the work of Caritas in the promotion and defense of human rights. This event, which takes place from September 10 to 16 at the headquarters of Pastoral Caritas Boliviana in La Paz, sees the participation of Mgr. José Luis Azuaje Ayala, President of the Latin American and Caribbean Secretariat for Pastoral Social Caritas, several experts in the field, as well as directors of Caritas in five Bolivarian countries (Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia).
In a second meeting, on September 13, the Bishops Presidents and Directors of the Pastoral Social Caritas of the five countries will meet to discuss and define the institutional agenda of the Bolivarian area.
For the weekend (from Friday 14th to Sunday, September 16) a regional meeting on human rights involving experts and leaders of institutes for the promotion of human rights, and representatives of the Department of Justice and Solidarity of CELAM will take place.
From the note sent to Fides Agency by the Episcopal Conference of Bolivia, we learn that Juan Carlos Velasquez, Executive Secretary of Caritas Boliviana, recalled that the foundation of the love of God is the human person, created in His image and likeness, and clearly this reality involves human dignity. "The Church cannot ignore the field of human rights, because it is linked to the recognition of the centrality of human dignity," the statement concludes. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 14/09/2012)


NAIROBI, September 14, 2012 (CISA) –The Catholic church in Kenya has strongly condemned the recent killing of more than 30 people including nine policemen at an attack in the country’s Tana River Delta and have at the same time urged the Government to ensure that the badly needed humanitarian resources are provided to the victims of the attack.
In a statement issued on September 12, the Church also called on the Government to ensure that both sides of conflict (local communities of the Orma and Pokomo) were disarmed.
The statement, read and signed by John Cardinal Njue and entitled: A Call for peace and Harmony: Thou Shall not Kill also called on the Government to initiate peace and reconciliation programmes within the two communities.
“Politicians should stop pointing fingers at one another and should avoid issuing inflammatory statements,” emphasized the Cardinal.
The Church appealed to the Government to immediately act and ensure that the Constitutional rights of a person to human dignity, freedom and security of the human person and the inherent right to life are upheld.
The Cardinal also urged the Government to set up a commission to find the root cause of the clashes.
“We call upon the communities living in the region and across the country to embrace peace and live harmoniously with each other. As Kenyans, we should refrain from any acts of violence against our fellow brothers and sisters,” said the Cardinal on behalf of the Church.
The Church sent its deepest condolences to all the communities and families in the region who have lost their loved ones in the tragic attacks and wished a quick recovery to those who are still nursing injuries.
Meanwhile the country’s Parliament on Thursday, September 13 asked the police to act decisively and end clashes in the affected region of Tana Delta.
It also agreed to form a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the conflict that has so far claimed more than 100 lives.
The Parliament also approved the deployment of additional security officers to maintain peace and order.


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The iBreviary, which is already available on most mobile phones and tablets: among them iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, and Android, is now also on Kindle Fire and the new Kindle Fire HD.
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23rd Sun Ordinary Time
Isaiah 50: 5 - 9
5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward.
6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
7 For the Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been confounded; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me.
9 Behold, the Lord GOD helps me; who will declare me guilty? Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.
Psalms 116: 1 - 6, 8 - 9
1 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I beseech thee, save my life!"
5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.
6 The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;
9 I walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
James 2: 14 - 18
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?
17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
18 But some one will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.
Mark 8: 27 - 35
27 And Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesare'a Philip'pi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that I am?"
28 And they told him, "John the Baptist; and others say, Eli'jah; and others one of the prophets."
29 And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Christ."
30 And he charged them to tell no one about him.
31 And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.
33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men."
34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
35 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.


St. Cyprian
Feast: September 16
Feast Day:
September 16
3rd century AD, North Africa
September 14, 258, Carthage, Africa Province, Roman Empire
Patron of:
Algeria, North Africa

CYPRIAN was an African of noble birth, but of evil life, a pagan, and a teacher of rhetoric. In middle life he was converted to Christianity, and shortly after his baptism was ordained priest, and made Bishop of Carthage, notwithstanding his resistance. When the persecution of Decius broke out, he fled from his episcopal city, that he might be the better able to minister to the wants of his flock, but returned on occasion of a pestilence. Later on he was banished, and saw in a vision his future martyrdom. Being recalled from exile, sentence of death was pronounced against him, which he received with the words "Thanks be to God." His great desire was to die whilst in the act of preaching the faith of Christ, and he had the consolation of being surrounded at his martyrdom by crowds of his faithful children. He was beheaded on the 14th of September, 258, and was buried with great solemnity. Even the pagans respected his memory.

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