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Catholic #Quote to SHARE "Anyone who goes to Mary and prays the Rosary cannot be touched by Satan."



"Anyone who goes to Mary and prays the Rosary cannot be touched by Satan." Fr. Gabriel Amorth - Chief Exorcist of the Vaitcan

#Republican Dr. Ben Carson tells Americans We can talk about God! #Ccot


Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was at the Iowa State Fair Sunday and called Americans to talk about God.

“We have to stop listening to these people who tell us that we cannot talk about God, we cannot talk about our faith,” GOP candidate Dr. Carson.
“I wonder, do they realize that our founding document, our Declaration of Independence, talks about certain inalienable rights given to us by our Creator – aka God?” he asked.
Carson explained the references to God in the pledge of allegiance, in U.S. courtrooms, and on currency.
“So, if it’s in our founding documents, it’s in our pledge, it’s in our courts and it’s on our money, but we’re not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that?” he said. “In medicine we call it schizophrenia, a form of craziness.”
Carson said it was time for Americans “to realize that there’s nothing wrong with living by godly principles – of loving your fellow man, caring about your neighbor, developing your God-given talents to the utmost so that you become valuable to the people around you, having values and principles that govern your life.”
“And if we do that,” he concluded, “not only will we remain a pinnacle nation, but we will truly have one nation, under God.”
“They are American problems versus un-American, and we have got to remember that we are Americans first,” he said. Edited from CNS news.

#BreakingNews Priest Killed in #Nigeria RIP Claretian Missionary Fr. Dennis Osuagwu

AFRICA/NIGERIA - Claretian Missionary priest killed in road ambush Abuja (Agenzia Fides)- A Claretian father in Nigeria has been killed. Fr Dennis Osuagwu was murdered in Nekede on 15 August, according to news sent to Fides by the General House of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, known as the Claretians after founder St Anthony Claret. “At the moment we have no further information regarding the circumstances of our brother’s death” the general house told Fides. According to the Nigerian press, Fr. Osuagwu was ambushed and killed while travelling on the Nekede Avu Road. The Claretian Missionary who was serving in the archdiocese of Owerri, in southern Nigeria, was also on the staff of Imo Polytechnic School, in Enwerem. Reportedly the local police are considering some sort of internal dispute at the School as possible motivation for Fr. Osuagwu’s brutal murder. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 17/8/2015) Image Source: genechy.com

#BreakingNews World's Tallest Statue of Our Lady in Central Java - 42 Meters- SHARE

Central Java unveils "world's tallest" statue of Our Lady: 42 meters
The monument located near "gua Maria" Marian shrine in a cave of Central Java. At least 30 thousand people came to the blessing of the statue, officiated by the Archbishop of the diocese of Ambarawa. A week ago, the Sanctuary hosted an interfaith conference.

Ambarawa (AsiaNews) - At least 30 thousand people, from hundreds of parishes, gathered Sunday to "gua Maria" (the grotto of Mary) in Ambarawa for the blessing of the world’s tallest statue of Our Lady. The unveiling marked the 61st anniversary of the Marian shrine, the second most important of Central Java. Seven bishops presided over the Mass, along with 15 priests of the Archdiocese of Semarang. At the end of the liturgy, Archbishop Johannes Pujasumarta, using a crane, sprinkled holy water the statue of Our Lady of the Assumption, which is 42 meters high.


Three local religious who are sculptors - Kuncoro (45), Adi Nugroho (40) and Agung Hartanto (38) - designed the monument, which is located near the sanctuary. The trio is famous for having created dozens of statues with a religious theme throughout the country.

Veronica Angkatirta, a Catholic woman from Jakarta, told AsiaNews: "It was a spectacular view thousands of Catholics from all over Java and other islands, who came here to celebrate their faith in Jesus through Mary" . The pilgrims were much more than those predicted by the organizers. The distribution of the sacraments was possible only for 20 thousand people and the food packages were prepared 6 thousand.

A week before the celebration, the Archbishop of Semarang and Fr. Aloysius Budi Purnomo, head of the interfaith archdiocese, organized an interfaith meeting with authorities at "gua Maria". The conference, also supported by all political parties of the government of Ambarawa, included  some Muslim leaders, along with their students, who performed a Sufi dance in the shadow of the statue of the Assumption.

In a public statement, the bishop thanked those who made it possible that "tens of authorities of all religions come together from a week before the inauguration of the statue of the Assumption. The local government of Ambarawa has encouraged citizens to welcome the thousands of pilgrims who will come to visit Gua Karep Ambrawa in the coming days".

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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Mon. August 17, 2015


Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 419


Reading 1JGS 2:11-19

The children of Israel offended the LORD by serving the Baals.
Abandoning the LORD, the God of their fathers,
who led them out of the land of Egypt,
they followed the other gods of the various nations around them,
and by their worship of these gods provoked the LORD.

Because they had thus abandoned him and served Baal and the Ashtaroth,
the anger of the LORD flared up against Israel,
and he delivered them over to plunderers who despoiled them.
He allowed them to fall into the power of their enemies round about
whom they were no longer able to withstand.
Whatever they undertook, the LORD turned into disaster for them,
as in his warning he had sworn he would do,
till they were in great distress.
Even when the LORD raised up judges to deliver them
from the power of their despoilers,
they did not listen to their judges,
but abandoned themselves to the worship of other gods.
They were quick to stray from the way their fathers had taken,
and did not follow their example of obedience
to the commandments of the LORD.
Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, he would be with the judge
and save them from the power of their enemies
as long as the judge lived;
it was thus the LORD took pity on their distressful cries
of affliction under their oppressors.
But when the judge died,
they would relapse and do worse than their ancestors,
following other gods in service and worship,
relinquishing none of their evil practices or stubborn conduct.

Responsorial PsalmPS 106:34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43AB AND 44

R. (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They did not exterminate the peoples,
as the LORD had commanded them,
But mingled with the nations
and learned their works.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They served their idols,
which became a snare for them.
They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to demons.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They became defiled by their works,
and wanton in their crimes.
And the LORD grew angry with his people,
and abhorred his inheritance.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
Many times did he rescue them,
but they embittered him with their counsels.
Yet he had regard for their affliction
when he heard their cry.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

AlleluiaMT 5:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 19:16-22

A young man approached Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”
He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good?
There is only One who is good.
If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He asked him, “Which ones?”
And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother;
and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

The young man said to him,
“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go,
sell what you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.

Saint August 17 : St. Hyacinth : #Dominican : Patron of #Poland

  

Information:
Feast Day:
August 17
Born:
1185 at Lanka Castle, Kamin, Silesia, Poland
Died:
15 August 1257 at Krakow, Poland
Canonized:
17 April 1594 by Pope Clement VIII
Patron of:
Poland
Dominican, called the Apostle of the North, son of Eustachius Konski of the noble family of Odrowaz; born 1185 at the castle of Lanka, at Kamin, in Silesia, Poland (now Prussia); died 15 August, 1257, at Cracow. Feast, 16 Aug. A near relative of Saint Ceslaus, he made his studies at Cracow, Prague, and Bologna, and at the latter place merited the title of Doctor of Law and Divinity. On his return to Poland he was given a prebend at Sandomir. He subsequently accompanied his uncle Ivo Konski, the Bishop of Cracow, to Rome, where he met St. Dominic, and was one of the first to receive at his hands (at Santa Sabina, 1220) the habit of the newly established Order of Friars Preachers. After his novitiate he made his religious profession, and was made superior of the little band of missionaries sent to Poland to preach. On the way he was able to establish a convent of his order at Friesach in Carinthia. In Poland the new preachers were favourably received and their sermons were productive of much good. Hyacinth founded communities at Sandomir, Cracow, and at Plocko on the Vistula in Moravia. He extended his missionary work through Prussia, Pomerania, and Lithuania; then crossing the Baltic Sea he preached in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. He came into Lower or Red Russia, establishing a community at Lemberg and at Haletz on the Mester; proceeded into Muscovy, and founded a convent at Dieff, and came as far as the shores of the Black Sea. He then returned to Cracow, which he had made the centre of his operations. On the morning of 15 August he attended Matins and Mass, received the last sacraments, and died a saintly death. God glorified His servant by numberless miracles, the record of which fills many folio pages of the Acta SS., August, III, 309. He was canonized by Pope Clement VIII in 1594. A portion of his relics is at the Dominican church in Paris.


#PopeFrancis " Communion is assimilation: eating Him, we become Him." at #Angelus - FULL TEXT/VIDEO

Below is a translation of Pope Francis’ address before and after the recitation of the Angelus prayer today at noon to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square:
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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
In these Sundays, the Liturgy proposes to us, from the Gospel of John, Jesus' discourse on the Bread of Life, that is He Himself and that is also the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Today's passage (Jn. 6, 51-58) presents the last part of that discourse, and refers to some of those among the people who are scandalized because Jesus said: "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day" (Jn. 6,54).
The astonishment of those listening is understandable; in fact, Jesus uses the typical style of the prophets to provoke in the people – and also in us – questions and, in the end, to make a decision. The first of the questions is: What does "eat Jesus' flesh and drink his blood" mean? Is it only an image, a way of saying, a symbol, or does it indicate something real? To answer this, one needs to guess what is happening in Jesus' heart while he breaks the bread for the hungry crowd. Knowing that He must die on the cross for us, Jesus identifies Himself with that broken and shared bread, and that becomes for Him the "sign" of the Sacrifice that awaits Him. This process culminates in the Last Supper, where the bread and wine truly become His Body and His Blood.
It is the Eucharist where Jesus leaves us a precise purpose: that we can become one with Him. In fact, he says: "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him" (v.56). To remain: Jesus in us and us in Him. Communion is assimilation: eating Him, we become Him. But this requires our "yes", our adherence to the faith.
At times, during the Holy Mass, it may happen to feel this objection: "What is the purpose of the Mass? I go in Church when I feel like it, and I pray better alone." But the Eucharist is not a private prayer or a beautiful spiritual experience, it is not a simple commemoration of what Jesus has done in the Last Supper: we say, to understand well, that the Eucharist is a "memorial", that is, an act that actualizes and makes present the event of the death and resurrection of Jesus: the bread is truly His Body given to us; the wine is truly His Blood that has been shed.
The Eucharist is Jesus who gives Himself entirely to us. By nourishing ourselves from Him and remaining in Him through the Eucharistic Communion, if we do it with faith, it transforms our life; it transforms it into a gift to God and a gift to our brothers. To nourish ourselves from that "bread of life" means being in tune with the heart of Christ, to assimilate His choices, His thoughts, His behavior. It means entering into a dynamic of sacrificial love and become a person of peace, of forgiveness, of reconciliation of sharing in solidarity. It is the same as Jesus has done.
Jesus concludes his discourse with these words; "Whoever eats this bread will live forever" (Jn. 6,58). Yes, living in a concrete, real communion with Jesus on this earth makes us pass from death to life. The heavens begin precisely in this communion with Jesus.
In Heaven, Mary our Mother awaits us – yesterday we celebrated this mystery. May She obtain for us the grace of nourishing ourselves always with faith in Jesus, the Bread of Life.
Following the Angelus, the Pope said the following:
Dear brothers and sisters,
I greet you all with affection, Romans and pilgrims: the families, the parish groups, the associations, the youth.
I greet the folkloric group: "Organization of Mexican Art & Culture", the youth of Verona who are living an experience of faith in Rome, and the faithful of Beverare.
I give a special greeting to the numerous youth of Salesian Youth Movement, gathered in Turin, in the places of Saint John Bosco to celebrate the bicentenary of his birth; I encourage them to live daily the joy of the Gospel, to generate hope in the world.
To all I wish a good Sunday. And please, do not forget to pray for me! Have a good lunch and goodbye.
Text Shared from Zenit:
[Translation by Junno Arocho Esteves]

Sunday Mass Online : Sunday August 16, 2015 - 20th Ord. Time


Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 119


Reading 1PRV 9:1-6

Wisdom has built her house,
she has set up her seven columns;
she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine,
yes, she has spread her table.
She has sent out her maidens; she calls
from the heights out over the city:
“Let whoever is simple turn in here;
To the one who lacks understanding, she says,
Come, eat of my food,
and drink of the wine I have mixed!
Forsake foolishness that you may live;
advance in the way of understanding.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Reading 2EPH 5:15-20

Brothers and sisters:
Watch carefully how you live,
not as foolish persons but as wise,
making the most of the opportunity,
because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not continue in ignorance,
but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.
And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery,
but be filled with the Spirit,
addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts,
giving thanks always and for everything
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

AlleluiaJN 6:56

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 6:51-58

Jesus said to the crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.”

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

Saint August 16 : St. Stephen of Hungary

  

Information:

Feast Day:
August 16
Born:
975, Hungary
Died:
August 15, 1038, Esztergom or Székesfehérvár, Kingdom of Hungary
Canonized:
August 20, 1083, Esztergom, Hungary by Pope Gregory VII
Major Shrine:
Saint Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary
Patron of:
Hungary


First King of Hungary, b. at Gran, 975; d. 15 August, 1038.
He was a son of the Hungarian chief Géza and was baptized, together with his father, by Archbishop St. Adalbert of Prague in 985, on which occasion he changed his heathen name Vaik (Vojk) into Stephen. In 995 he married Gisela, a sister of Duke Henry of Bavaria, the future Emperor St. Henry II, and in 997 succeeded to the throne of Hungary. In order to make Hungary a Christian nation and to establish himself more firmly as ruler, he sent Abbot Astricus to Rome to petition Pope Sylvester II for the royal dignity and the power to establish episcopal sees. The pope acceded to his wishes and, in addition, presented him with a royal crown with which he was crowned at Gran on 17 August, 1001 (see HUNGARY.--History). He founded a monastery in Jerusalem and hospices for pilgrims at Rome, Ravenna, and Constantinople. He was a personal friend of St. Bruno of Querfurt and corresponded with Abbot St. Odilo of Cluny.
The last years of his life were embittered by sickness and family troubles. When on 2 September, 1031, his only son, St.   Emeric, lost his life on a bear hunt, his cherished hope of transferring the reins of government  into the hands of a pious Christian prince were shattered. During his lifetime a quarrel arose among his various nephews concerning the right of succession, and some of them even took part in a conspiracy against his life. He was buried beside his son at Stuhlweissenburg, and both were canonized together in 1083. His feast is on 2 September, but in Hungary his chief festival is observed on 20 August, the day on which his relics were transferred to Buda. His incorrupt right hand is treasured as the most sacred relic in Hungary.






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