Saturday, May 23, 2015

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#BreakingNews #German Woman age 65 gives Birth to Quadruplets and has 13 Children already...

Annegret Raunigk, a 65-year-old German woman with 13 children has given birth to quadrulets. She told media while pregnant 'I'm Not Afraid'  Raunigk, is a Russian and English elementary school teacher from the Spandau borough of Berlin. She was implanted with four embryos which is illegal in Germany. They allow this only for women under 40. So she traveled to Ukraine to have the procedure. Raunigk made news in 2005, when she gave birth at age 55 to her 13th child, a daughter named Lelia. She told RTL that she sought the baby because all of Lelia's siblings are adults. The three boys and one girl were born premature at 26 weeks in a Berlin hospital and have "good chances of surviving." Annegret Raunigk, is close to retirement and is also grandmother to seven. This birth makes her the world's oldest mother of quadruplets. Her oldest daughter is reportedly 44. She is quoted as saying, "After the doctor discovered there were four, I had to give it some thought to begin with." According to reports she did not consider reducing the number of embryos and said she had no reservations.
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#Novena to the #HolySpirit for Pentecost SHARE this Prayer

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. / I adore the brightness of Your purity the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength / and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart! To be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light: and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You / by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds / and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart / I implore You / Adorable Spirit I Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere / “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul / the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth / the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You I and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God find know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable / the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples / and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!
The Gift of Wisdom
Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written "all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands." It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Saviour: "Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.
Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.
(Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father 7 TIMES. Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts) 

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Wow #Twin Brothers who are both #Monks make New TV Show - SHARE

ICONS Release: Real People. Real Presence. is a bold new experience in Catholic television. We’re taking Catholic TV out of the studio and into the streets to meet people where they live and show how God is working through them to bring peace, love, joy and compassion to people who need it most.
We’ve always been the kind of guys who love action. We love stories. We love Christ. And we love it when all those things come together.
We are inspired by the many young people we meet who aren’t afraid to give their lives to Christ and step up to feed the poor, care for the sick and work for peace and justice in the world. We want to celebrate those who celebrate life by seeing a need in our world and filling it in an amazing way. That is the spirit of ICONS. We want to share these remarkable stories with everyone! Shared from

About the Brothers:
We’re members of the Catholic order of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR). We are also twins! Actually, we’re triplets. We have a beautiful sister named Katie (no, she’s not a nun!) who is a great mom and hardworking coordinator of many of the exciting initiatives at the Live Greater Foundation. We also have an older brother, Bob, who is a devoted husband and father and businessman. Our parents are our biggest supporters and we love them dearly. They have done so much to help our dreams for our mission work come true. Their work with the Live Greater Foundation is truly inspiring.
We are both studying to be priests at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, New York. It’s a whole different world from our childhood roots growing up in Nebraska, but we love being here. We consider it a great gift to be members of the CFR's and to be able to live, pray and work with such a dedicated group of men that God is using in a powerful way.
Between our studies and our ministries (Brother Innocent works at a homeless shelter for men in the Bronx, Brother Angelus works at a youth center in the Bronx ), we spend a lot of time brainstorming ideas for ICONS and new ways to use media to reach out to God’s people.
We both like to kid around, but in all seriousness, we are completely devoted to spreading the Gospel messages of Jesus Christ and eager to find ways to help people live more like Christ — by living in faith and taking action to help create a better, kinder and more peaceful world. 


• 2 minutes older than Brother Angelus. (This is super important! I am the BIG BROTHER!)
• Had a childhood dream to be a veterinarian, instead he joined the Franciscans!
- Likes to play sports, read and hang out with his “Bros” at the friary
• Loves his nieces and nephews (They are my favorite people in the world!)
• Joined the CFR order in 2007
• Inspired to work with men who struggle with addiction. (Teaches "Spirituality of the 12 Steps" class to homeless men every week)
• Has a favorite superhero: Captain America. (He’s my favorite because he is virtuous and super COOL at the same time)


• Officially the "baby" brother. (They never let me forget it!)
• Had a childhood dream to be the press secretary for the President (Now, I hope to be one for the Lord!)
• Joined CFR's in 2009. (Born 2 minutes after my Bro and joined the order 2 years after he did, story of my life!)
• Has a secret love for politics. (and is fervently praying for conversion!)
• Works at the St. Francis Youth Center in the Bronx. (I love walking with young people as they encounter Christ).
• Likes to play sports, read and cook a nice meal for his Bro’s. (they enjoy it most of the time!)
• Thinks the coolest little people in the whole world are his nieces and nephews. (They are the BEST!)
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#PopeFrancis "When we defend the right to life, we do so in order that each life – from conception to its natural end – may be a dignified life..." Full Text

Pope Francis speaks during an audience - AFP
23/05/2015 13:
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis sent a letter on Friday to Cardinal Turkson – President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace – on occasion of the International Conference held on the theme ‘Women and the post-2015 Development Agenda: the Challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’. 
The conference is being held in Rome from 22 to 24 May 2015 by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, together with the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO), and the World Women’s Alliance for Life and Family (WWALF) to reflect on women’s issues as reflected in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
In his letter, Pope Francis acknowledges the many difficulties and challenges faced by women, including discrimination in the workplace, sexual exploitation, and domestic violence.
He writes, ‘Issues relating to life are intrinsically connected to social questions.  When we defend the right to life, we do so in order that each life – from conception to its natural end – may be a dignified life, one free from the scourge of hunger and poverty, of violence and persecution.’
He closed his letter by encouraging Cardinal Turkson, and all present at the assembly, to be ‘constantly guided by the spirit of humanity and compassion’, so that the ‘feminine genius’ may nuture life at every level of society.
Please find below Pope Francis’ letter to Cardinal Turkson:
To His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson
President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Your Eminence,
            I offer cordial greetings and encouragement to the participants of the Second International Conference on Women, meeting in Rome from 22 to 24 May 2015.  This Conference, organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in cooperation with the World Union of Women’s Catholic Organizations and the World Women’s Alliance for Life and Family, has for its theme Women and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: The Challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals.
            I was pleased to learn of this timely initiative, which highlights the concerns of Catholic women’s organizations in the international discussions leading to the drafting of a new Post-2015 Development Agenda at the level of the United Nations.  Many women and men wish to contribute to this Agenda, as they work to defend and promote life, and to combat the poverty, the forms of enslavement and the many injustices which women of all ages, and throughout the world, too often experience.
            Women face a variety of challenges and difficulties in various parts of the world.  In the West, at times they still experience discrimination in the workplace; they are often forced to choose between work and family; they not infrequently suffer violence in their lives as fiancées, wives, mothers, sisters and grandmothers.  In poor and developing countries, women bear the heaviest burdens: it is they who travel many miles in search of water, who too often die in childbirth, who are kidnapped for sexual exploitation or forced into marriages at a young age or against their will.  At times they are even denied the right to life simply for being female.  All of these problems are reflected in the proposals for the Post-2015 Development Agenda presently being discussed in the United Nations.
            Issues relating to life are intrinsically connected to social questions.  When we defend the right to life, we do so in order that each life – from conception to its natural end – may be a dignified life, one free from the scourge of hunger and poverty, of violence and persecution.  Pope Benedict XVI, in his encyclical Caritas in Veritate, highlighted how the Church “forcefully maintains this link between life ethics and social ethics, fully aware that a society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized” (No. 15).
            I encourage you, who are engaged in defending the dignity of women and promoting their rights, to allow yourselves to be constantly guided by the spirit of humanity and compassion in the service of your neighbour.  May your work be marked first and foremost by professional competence, without self-interest or superficial activism, but with generous dedication.  In this way you will manifest the countless God-given gifts which women have to offer, encouraging others to promote sensitivity, understanding and dialogue in settling conflicts big and small, in healing wounds, in nurturing all life at every level of society, and in embodying the mercy and tenderness which bring reconciliation and unity to our world.  All this is part of that “feminine genius” of which our society stands in such great need.
            With renewed gratitude for your work, I send cordial good wishes for the Conference that you have organized and whose theme is so urgent.  I pray for all of you, and I ask you to pray for me and my intentions.  To you and your loved ones, I willingly impart my Apostolic Blessing.
From the Vatican, 22 May 2015

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday May 23, 2015

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Lectionary: 302

Reading 1ACTS 28:16-20, 30-31

When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,
with the soldier who was guarding him.

Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.
When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers,
although I had done nothing against our people
or our ancestral customs,
I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.
After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,
because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.
But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar,
even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation.
This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you
and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel
that I wear these chains.”

He remained for two full years in his lodgings.
He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance
and without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God
and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Responsorial PsalmPS 11:4, 5 AND 7

R. (see 7b) The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
R. Alleluia.
The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes behold,
his searching glance is on mankind.
R. The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
R. Alleluia.
The LORD searches the just and the wicked;
the lover of violence he hates.
For the LORD is just, he loves just deeds;
the upright shall see his face.
R. The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 16:7, 13

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
he will guide you to all truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 21:20-25

Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved,
the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper
and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?”
When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come?
What concern is it of yours?
You follow me.”
So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die.
But Jesus had not told him that he would not die,
just “What if I want him to remain until I come?
What concern is it of yours?”

It is this disciple who testifies to these things
and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.
There are also many other things that Jesus did,
but if these were to be described individually,
I do not think the whole world would contain the books
that would be written.

Saint May 23 : St.John Baptiste de Rossi : #Missionary and #Catechist : Died in 1764

St.John Baptiste de Rossi
Feast: May 23

Feast Day:May 23
Born:February 22, 1698, Voltaggio, Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, Duchy of Savoy
Died:May 23, 1764, Rome, Papal States
Canonized:December 8, 1881, Rome by Pope Leo XIII
Major Shrine:Church of San Giovanni Battista de Rossi, Rome
Born at Voltaggio in the Diocese of Genoa, 22 February, 1698; died at Rome, 23 May, 1764; feast on 23 May. His parents, Charles de Rossi and Frances Anfossi, were not rich in earthly goods, but had solid piety and the esteem of their fellow-citizens. Of their four children, John excelled in gentleness and piety. At the age of ten he was taken to Genoa by friends for his education. There he received news of the death of his father. After three years he was called to Rome by a relative, Lorenzo de Rossi, who was canon at St. Mary in Cosmedin. He pursued his studies at the Collegium Romanum under the direction of the Jesuits, and soon became a model by his talents, application to study, and virtue. As a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin and of the Ristretto of the Twelve Apostles established at the college, he led the members in the meetings and pious exercises, in visits to the sick in the hospitals and in other works of mercy, and merited even then the name of apostle. At the age of sixteen he entered the clerical state. Owing to indiscreet practices of mortification he contracted spells of epilepsy, notwithstanding which he made his course of scholastic philosophy and theology, in the college of the Dominicans, and, with dispensation, was ordained priest on 8 March, 1721. Having reached the desired goal, he bound himself by vow to accept no ecclesiastical benefice unless commanded by obedience. He fulfilled the duties of the sacred ministry by devoting himself to the labourers, herds, and teamsters of the Campagna, preaching to them early in the morning, or late in the evening, at the old Forum Romanum (Campo Vaccino), and by visiting, instructing, and assisting the poor at the hospital of St. Galla. In 1731 he established near St. Galla another hospital as a home of refuge for the unfortunates who wander the city by  night ("Rom. Brev.", tr. Bute, Summer, 573). In 1735 he became titular canon at St. Mary in Cosmedin, and, on the death of Lorenzo two years later, obedience forced him to accept the canonry. The house belonging to it, however, he would not use, but employed the rent for good purposes.

For a number of years John was afraid, on account of his sickness, to enter the confessional, and it was his custom to send to other priests the sinners whom he had brought to repentance by his instructions and sermons. In 1738 a dangerous sickness befell him, and to regain his health he went to Cività Castellana, a day's journey from Rome. The bishop of the place induced him to hear confessions, and after reviewing his moral theology he received the unusual faculty of hearing confessions in any of the churches of Rome. He showed extraordinary zeal in the exercise of this privilege, and spent many hours every day in hearing the confessions of the illiterate and the poor whom he sought in the hospitals and in their homes. He preached to such five and six times a day in churches, chapels, convents, hospitals, barracks, and prison cells, so that he became the apostle of the abandoned, a second Philip Neri, a hunter of souls. In 1763, worn out by such labours and continued ill-health, his strength began to ebb away, and after several attacks of paralysis he died at his quarters in Trinità de' Pellegrini. He was buried in that church under a marble slab at the altar of the Blessed Virgin. God honoured his servant by miracles, and only seventeen years after his death the process of beatification was begun, but the troubled state of Europe during the succeeding years prevented progress in the cause until it was resumed by Pius IX, who on 13 May, 1860, solemnly pronounced his beatification. As new signs still distinguished him, Leo XIII, on 8 December, 1881, enrolled him among the saints.

(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)

Friday, May 22, 2015

#Novena Prayer to St. Rita - Patron of Impossible Cases - SHARE Miracle Prayer

O holy protectress of those who art in greatest need, thou who shineth as a star of hope in the midst of darkness, blessed Saint Rita, bright mirror of God's grace, in patience and fortitude thou art a model of all the states in life. I unite my will with the will of God through the merits of my Savior Jesus Christ, and in particular through his patient wearing of the crown of thorns, which with tender devotion thou didst daily contemplate. Through the merits of the holy Virgin Mary and thine own graces and virtues, I ask thee to obtain my earnest petition, provided it be for the greater glory of God and my own sanctification. Guide and purify my intention, O holy protectress and advocate, so that I may obtain the pardon of all my sins and the grace to persevere daily, as thou didst in walking with courage, generosity, and fidelity down the path of life. [Mention your request.]
Saint Rita, advocate of the impossible, pray for us.
Saint Rita, advocate of the helpless, pray for us. 
Pray 3 times: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be

Also See Today's Saint: ST. RITA
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