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#BreakingNews US Vice-President son Beau Biden dies of Cancer at age 46 - RIP

The son of Joe Biden, the US Vice-President, has died. Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III (February 3, 1969 – May 30, 2015) was an American attorney, an officer in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG), and politician from Wilmington, Delaware. He died of brain cancer, at age 46 on 30 May 2015. Beau Biden was a rising star of US politics but suffered health problems in recent years. He had intended to run for Delaware state governor in 2016. "The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words", the vice-president said. In a statement, President Barack Obama said: "Michelle and I are grieving tonight." "Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched - and he lives on in their hearts." Beau Biden was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2013 and underwent treatment. However, the cancer returned earlier this year. Announcing the death in a statement, the vice-president said: "It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life." Beau served in Iraq in 2009. He was in office January 2, 2007 – January 6, 2015. His wife was Hallie Biden and they had two children Natalie and Hunter.
Beau's parents were Joseph Biden, Jr. and Neilia Hunter.  He served the United States Army from 2002–2015 Rank Army-USA.
He was a member of the Democratic Party and the older son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and older step-son of Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden. In his early life his mother and younger sister, Naomi Christina Biden, (pictured below) were killed in an automobile accident in 1972.
Beau and his brother Hunter were seriously injured. He and his brother encouraged his father to marry again, and Jill Jacobs became their stepmother in 1977. His half-sister Ashley was born in 1981. Joe Biden took oath of office as senator for Delaware by his son Beau's hospital bed in 1973. Joe Biden has said, "Beau embodied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did," he said, adding: "We know that Beau's spirit will live on in all of us." "Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known," the statement ended. 

#PopeFrancis “capable of reflecting the splendor of the Trinity and of evangelizing, not with words alone, but with the strength of God’s love...


Pope Francis during Angelus prayer - AP
31/05/2015 13:41


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says that Holy Trinity Sunday exhorts us to live “one with the other”, to “welcome the beauty of the Gospel message” and to learn to ask forgiveness.
Speaking on Sunday morning during the Angelus to some 50,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope also spoke of the need of ecclesial communities to become ever more “family”.Marking the liturgical feast of Holy Trinity Sunday, the Pope reminded those present that it is celebrated in honor of the most fundamental of Christian beliefs, the mystery of the three Persons of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, — who are all equally God, and cannot be divided, the Pope said this solemnity renews in us “our own mission to live in communion with God and with each other”.
He said: “We are not called to live without the other, above or against the other, but with the other, for the other and in the other”.
This – the Pope said - means welcoming and bearing witness to the beauty of the Gospel; loving each other, sharing joy and suffering, learning how to forgive”.
And referring specifically to ecclesial communities, he said they are called to be ever more family, “capable of reflecting the splendor of the Trinity and of evangelizing, not with words alone, but with the strength of God’s love that lives within us”.
Explaining to those present that the Holy Spirit “guides us towards full knowledge of Christ’s teachings”, and that Jesus “came to the world to acquaint us with the Father”, everything in Christian life – he said – revolves around the mystery of the Trinity”:
“So let’s pitch our lives high, remembering for which glory we exist, we work, we fight, we suffer; and in which immense prize we are called to participate in”.
And the Pope invited all those present to make the sign of the cross together saying out loud: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”.
Concluding, Pope Francis prayed to Our Lady to help the Church “to always be a hospitable community where every person, especially the poor and the marginalized, may find a warm welcome”.
After the Angelus Prayer the Pope recalled that the traditional Corpus Domini procession will be held in Rome this coming week.
He invited everyone to join in this “solemn act of public faith and love for Jesus” on Thursday, when the procession will take place between the Rome Basilicas of St. John Lateran and Saint Mary Major.

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Sunday Mass Online : Sun. May 31, 2015 - Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Lectionary: 165


Reading 1DT 4:32-34, 39-40

Moses said to the people:
"Ask now of the days of old, before your time,
ever since God created man upon the earth;
ask from one end of the sky to the other:
Did anything so great ever happen before?
Was it ever heard of?
Did a people ever hear the voice of God
speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live?
Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himself
from the midst of another nation,
by testings, by signs and wonders, by war,
with strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors,
all of which the LORD, your God,
did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
This is why you must now know,
and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God
in the heavens above and on earth below,
and that there is no other.
You must keep his statutes and commandments that I enjoin on you today,
that you and your children after you may prosper,
and that you may have long life on the land
which the LORD, your God, is giving you forever."

Responsorial PsalmPS 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22

R. (12b) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made;
by the breath of his mouth all their host.
For he spoke, and it was made;
he commanded, and it stood forth.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Reading 2ROM 8:14-17

Brothers and sisters:
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you received a Spirit of adoption,
through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!”
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if only we suffer with him
so that we may also be glorified with him.

AlleluiaREV 1:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
to God who is, who was, and who is to come.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
"All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

Feast May 31 Visitation of Mary to her Cousin Elizabeth #BlessedVirgin

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin
Feast: May 31
Information:Feast Day:
May 31
Assuming that the Annunciation and the Incarnation took place about the vernal equinox, Mary left Nazareth at the end of March and went over the mountains to Hebron, south of Jerusalem, to wait upon her cousin Elizabeth, because her presence and much more the presence of the Divine Child in her womb, according to the will of God, was to be the source of very great graces to the Blessed John, Christ's Forerunner. The event is related in Luke 1:39-57. Feeling the presence of his Divine Saviour, John, upon the arrival of Mary, leaped in the womb of his mother; he was then cleansed from original sin and filled with the grace of God. Our Lady now for the first time exercised the office which belonged to the Mother of God made man, that He might by her mediation sanctify and glorify us. St. Joseph probably accompanied Mary, returned to Nazareth, and when, after three months, he came again to Hebron to take his wife home, the apparition of the angel, mentioned in Matthew 1:19-25, may have taken place to end the tormenting doubts of Joseph regarding Mary's maternity.

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)

Saint May 31 St. Mechtildis of Edelstetten : #Miracle Worker : Died 1160

St. Mechtildis was born around 1125 in Bavaria. Here parents were Count Berthold of Andechs and Sophia. When Mechtildis was five, her parents placed her in the Monastery they had founded on their estate at Diessen, Bavaria. The Nuns brought her up, and Mechtildis grew up to be a devout and prayerful young lady.
 She grew in piety and eventually became a Benedictine Nun. She was elected Abbess at a young age after her Superior died. Although her parents founded the Monastery, she felt God chose her calling to become a Nun. Her holiness and reputation spread, and when she was twenty eight, the Bishop of Augsburg appointed her Abbess of Edelstetten and told her to reform the Convent. Despite her protests that she was not old enough for the task and could be unable to cope with the problems of the Convent, she accepted the appointment.
 She received instructions from Pope Anastasius IV about the reform that he desired. She received a warm welcome at first, but soon into her new position she was met with a great deal of resistance. When she began to enforce discipline, they were not cooperative with her. The measures that she took were that the Nuns start observing the Benedictine Rule, that the enclosure of the Convent be followed, especially the rule denying admission to visitors who came to spread gossip. She was only able to succeed after the Bishop expelled the main troublemakers. Soon she won over the other Sisters. In addition to her reputation for holiness, she had strong administration skills. She became well know for her miracles of healing, restoring speech and vision, and her mystical trances and ecstasies that would often last for hours. She was considered a model of Religious life. Shortly before her death in 1160,
St. Mechtildis resigned as Abbess and returned to Diessen, where she died on May 31. Her life is an example that reminds us, whether we are Religious, Married or Single, we are all called to enter into the holiness and love of God, and to be of service to others. Shared from Newman Connection

#BreakingNews Thousands of Parents in #Canada Protest Gov. Sex Ed. of Ontario - SHARE

Parents of many faiths including Christians and Muslims, and others have united to protest the graphic sexual education program which was written by a child pornography producer. It is being forced on students from elementary school to highschool. In fact, this issue has touched the hearts of so many parents across so many religions that many have pulled out their children from school.
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Parents have organized rallies in various parts of the province of Ontario with thousands in attendance. In fact, parents and students have even organized strikes against this new program.
JOIN http://parentsstrike.com/join/
In a massive initiative by Parents, students and educators 2 Facebook Pages have been created:
LIKE https://www.facebook.com/parentsstrike
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There will be 2 upcoming events in Ottawa on Fri. June 5 from 10am-12pm in front of MPPs offices and from 1pm-3pm at Parliament Hill in Ottawa with parents and students from many faiths.
One event in Toronto on June 7 from 2pm -7pm in Queen's Park:
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