Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Greg Burke, Vatican Communication Adviser: 2014 has a lot of changes in ...

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS

30//12//2013
Fr Peter Chung, new auxiliary bishop of Seoul.

The Holy Father has appointed Fr Peter Chung OCD as the new Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese of Seoul. At present, Fr Peter, 52 years old, is the Order's VI General Definitor and is in charge of Asia and East Oceania.
Fr Peter Chung was born in Seoul in 1961. He entered the novitiate of the Korean Province of the Discalced Carmelites in 1987, making his first profession the following year in February 1988. He made his solemn profession in 1992 and was ordained priest on 16th July the same year.
The Archdiocese of Seoul, which is considered the first in South Korea, currently has nearly a million and a half baptized. In addition, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Seoul is also the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Pyongyang in North Korea.
Fr Peter will be the fifth auxiliary bishop in the history of the Archdiocese and replaces in office Bishop Basil Cho Kyu-man. The present Archbishop of Seoul is Monsignor Andrew Yeom Soo-Jung.
Our General, Fr Saverio Cannistrà, has described the news as a great joy for the Order, which should feel proud to offer this assistance, in the person of Fr Peter, to the Church established in Korea, although his fraternal presence in the General House and his generous dedication to work as a Definitor will be missed. Fr General also invites all the OCD and OCDS brothers and sisters, as well as the members of the Teresian family, to pray particularly for Fr Peter and the Catholics of Korea.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.


Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.


Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again 
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.


Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful 
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.


Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.


+ Pope Francis
29 December 2013




Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen: The Holy Family by a Fire


Friday, December 27, 2013

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Mad at everyone else, Muslim immigrants in Rome trust the pope | National Catholic Reporter

Mad at everyone else, Muslim immigrants in Rome trust the pope | National Catholic Reporter

John Allen interviews Italian Fr. Emanuele Giannone - who runs the local branch of the Catholic charity Caritas - the priest who offered to carry a letter from detainees on a hunger strike to Pope Francis describing their lives and explaining their demands.

A very Franciscan Christmas after all | National Catholic Reporter

A very Franciscan Christmas after all | National Catholic Reporter

John Allen writes: "His calculus, however, seems to be that the world has heard the church’s judgment quite clearly, and now it’s time for the world to hear, and to experience, its mercy. That’s probably what Francis meant when he said back in July that the present time is a kairos, meaning a privileged moment, for mercy."

Pope Francis shows himself to be not just a devoté, but a true disciple of St. Thérèse...

Patriarch Twal: Jesus tells us "Peace is possible"

Patriarch Twal: Jesus tells us "Peace is possible"

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Lk 2:14)
President Mahmoud Abbas,
Prime Minister, Rami Al Hamadallah,Honorable Nasser Judeh, Jordan’s Foreign Minister,
Honorable Ambassadors and Consuls,My Brothers in the Episcopate and representatives of Churches
Dear Pilgrims and Faithful,
From the Grotto of Bethlehem, I express my best wishes for peace and joy!
Mr. President, thank you for coming tonight to celebrate Christmas with us. We pray for you and for your mission in finding a just and equitable solution to the present conflict, for Palestinian unity, for the peace and prosperity of your country. We ask God to grant you wisdom and courage. We also pray for all government leaders of the Middle East, especially for His Majesty King Abdullah Il Ben Al-Hussein of Jordan and guardian of the Holy Places in Palestine.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Christmas eve was a deep crisis for the Holy Family, “because there was no room for them in the inn” (Lk 2:7). That historic night reminds us of the long night into which our world and the Middle East are plunged....

Pope Francis: Angelus appeal on behalf of persecuted Christians

Pope Francis: Angelus appeal on behalf of persecuted Christians

"So today we pray especially for Christians who are discriminated against because of their witness to Christ and the Gospel. We are close to those brothers and sisters who, like St. Stephen, are unjustly accused and subjected to violence of various kinds. I am sure that, unfortunately, they are more numerous today than in the early days of the Church. There are so many! This happens especially where religious freedom is still not guaranteed or not fully realized. But it happens even in the countries and areas that on paper are protecting freedom and human rights, but where in fact the believers, and especially Christians, encounter restrictions and discrimination. I would like to ask you to pray for these brothers and sisters in a moment in silence..."

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Hodie Christus Natus Est! (Choir of King's College, Cambridge)

Christmas Midnight Mass: Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness

Christmas Midnight Mass: Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1).
This prophecy of Isaiah never ceases to touch us, especially when we hear it proclaimed in the liturgy of Christmas Night. This is not simply an emotional or sentimental matter. It moves us because it states the deep reality of what we are: a people who walk, and all around us – and within us as well – there is darkness and light. In this night, as the spirit of darkness enfolds the world, there takes place anew the event which always amazes and surprises us: the people who walk see a great light. A light which makes us reflect on this mystery: the mystery of walking and seeing....

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pope says Vatican shouldn't be 'bureaucratic customs house' | National Catholic Reporter

Pope says Vatican shouldn't be 'bureaucratic customs house' | National Catholic Reporter

In what amounts to his first “State of the Union” speech, Pope Francis warned Dec. 21 that without a spirit of service the Vatican risks becoming no more than a “heavy bureaucratic customs house,” and insisted that its personnel shouldn’t constantly be “inspecting and questioning.”
The pope did not roll out a specific reform plan, but laid out the basic values he believes curial personnel must have: professionalism and a dedication to service.
Francis also issued another strong call to resist gossip, calling on curia personnel to become “conscientious objectors” to the “unwritten law” of the Vatican, which is a temptation to gossip that’s “harmful to people, our work and our surroundings.”
Francis made the comments in the pope’s annual year-end speech to the Roman Curia....

MOVIES: "SAVING MR. BANKS"

MOVIES: "SAVING MR. BANKS" 

The Media Nun, Sister Helena Burns, explains why this film has the worst title ever...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

XMAS Flash Mob @ the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Missionary in South Sudan: climate of fear as many flee the capital

Missionary in South Sudan: climate of fear as many flee the capital

The inhabitants of the capital are taking “buses, lorries” or whatever form of transport is available, to leave the city and return to their ancestral villages.

McKinsey and KPMG hired to assess Vatican communications and accounting

Pope\'s Mass: With Humility comes Fruitfulness

The importance of brightness in Christmas

Pope Francis: Humility necessary for fruitfulness

Pope Francis: Humility necessary for fruitfulness

“Humility is necessary for fruitfulness,” Pope Francis said at Mass this morning in the Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father said that the intervention of God overcomes the sterility of our life and makes it fruitful. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pope on Christmas: A Christian that shows off is a pagan

Pope at General Audience: If we wan\'t to be like God, we must be more h...

Highlights of the year of two popes

A pope made for TV

USCCB announces Day of Prayer for Survivors/Victims of Human Trafficking

USCCB announces Day of Prayer for Survivors/Victims of Human Trafficking

(Vatican Radio) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that its Committee on Migration has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking.
In a communique, the USCCB explains that February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.
“On that day, we will lift our voices loudly in prayer, hope, and love for trafficking victims and survivors,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the Committee. “If just one person realizes from this day that they or someone they know is being trafficked, we will have made a difference.”

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pope canonizes Peter Faber, the co-founder of the Jesuits

Vatican Television gives Pope Francis a video greeting for his birthday

Pope celebrates his birthday with Santa Marta staff and four homeless pe...

Allegations cause Minnesota archbishop to remove himself from ministry | National Catholic Reporter

Allegations cause Minnesota archbishop to remove himself from ministry | National Catholic Reporter

The archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis has voluntarily removed himself from public ministry while local authorities investigate an accusation against him of inappropriate touching four years ago.
The Twin Cities archdiocese learned last week of an allegation that Archbishop John Nienstedt touched a young man's buttocks in 2009 during a group photo session following an area confirmation ceremony. The archdiocese said it directed the mandated reporter who first learned of the alleged incident to report it to St. Paul police.

Upon consulting with Carlo Maria Viganò, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, Nienstedt decided to step down from public ministry effective immediately while the investigation is ongoing, according to the archdiocese. Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché, the vicar general, will take the archbishop's place in public duties..... 

It's official: Jesuit Fr. Peter Faber is a saint | National Catholic Reporter

It's official: Jesuit Fr. Peter Faber is a saint | National Catholic Reporter

ROME
Pope Francis on Tuesday essentially set aside the normal process for canonizing a saint and extended sainthood to arguably his favorite Jesuit, Fr. Peter Faber, a Frenchman who was an early member of the Society of Jesus and who died in 1547.
A statement issued by the Vatican press office at roughly 6 p.m. Rome time said Francis met today with the head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Italian Cardinal Angelo Amato, and decided to "extend to the universal church the liturgical cult" of Faber, "inscribing him in the catalogue of saints."
In other words, as of Tuesday, Catholics around the world can refer to St. Peter Faber....

Saturday, December 14, 2013

300 American athletes join forces to make the world a better place

10 phrases by Pope Francis that have changed the world

MOVIES: "GIMME SHELTER"

MOVIES: "GIMME SHELTER"

Sister Helena Burns reviews:

"Vanessa Hudgens puts in a gritty performance as a castoff pregnant teen named Apple. Based on the true story of Kathy DiFiori who opened a home for young mothers in New Jersey...."

St. John of the Cross | THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CARMELITE ORDER

St. John of the Cross | THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CARMELITE ORDER

"John of the Cross was not the inventor of a new doctrine, but a wise man who framed his doctrine in principles so diaphanous that their ultimate consequences are seen at a glance to follow from them."

Influence of St. John of the Cross in the 17th Century | THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CARMELITE ORDER

Influence of St. John of the Cross in the 17th Century | THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CARMELITE ORDER

The first disciples of St. John of the Cross, unaffected by the scholasticism which was to prevail afterward, follow his Trinitarian schema. José de Jesús Maria (Quiroga) wrote Subida del alma a Dios (Madrid  1656-59) and Inocencio de San Andrés  (d.1620) wrote  Teologiá  mística y espejo de la vida eterna.Cecilia del Nacimiento  (1570-1646) wrote De la transformación del alma en Dios. 
There were others who did not depend as closely on John of the Cross but who were nevertheless outstanding and influential in their own right. Among these were Juan de Jesús Maria (Aravalles  d. 1609)  who redacted the Instrucción de Novicios for the Discalced Carmelites. The great mystic Juan de Jesús Maria (Sampedro 1564-1615)  played an important role in the spiritual formation in the Italian Discalced congregation.........

Friday, December 13, 2013

Pope\'s Mass: Rejecting the message because you reject the messenger doe...

Neige à Jérusalem 2013


My Door Is Always Open: A Conversation on Faith, Hope and the Church in a Time of Change

by Pope Francis (Author) , Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Author) , Antonio Spadaro (Commentary)

Pre-order this definitive hardcover edition of the September, 2013 interview that turned the world's attention to the Vatican and started a dialogue with the Catholic Church that is still going strong.

From the publisher:

The book contains the complete text of a multi-hour interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro, editor of the Italian Jesuit journal. Excerpts from this interview, on release to the press, caused a sensation around the world. The topics included the Church's need to find a stronger role for women and less punitive attitudes toward sexuality (including that of gay Christians). Here at last is the full interview with detailed, interpretive commentary by Fr. Spadaro, a longtime observer of the Vatican.


Pre-order now for release March 4, 2014!



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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Soweto Gospel Choir - Nkosi Sikelel (South African National Anthem)

Pope\'s Mass: A Christian without hope lives life without meaning


+ Fidelity to the Gospel, lest we run in vain

We incarnate the duty of hearing the cry of the poor when we are deeply moved by the suffering of others. Let us listen to what God’s word teaches us about mercy, and allow that word to resound in the life of the Church. The Gospel tells us: “Blessed are the merciful, because they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). The apostle James teaches that our mercy to others will vindicate us on the day of God’s judgment: “So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy, yet mercy triumphs over judgment” (Jas 2:12-13). Here James is faithful to the finest tradition of post-exilic Jewish spirituality, which attributed a particular salutary value to mercy: “Break off your sins by practising righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your tranquillity” (Dan 4:27). The wisdom literature sees almsgiving as a concrete exercise of mercy towards those in need: “Almsgiving delivers from death, and it will purge away every sin” (Tob 12:9). The idea is expressed even more graphically by Sirach: “Water extinguishes blazing fire: so almsgiving atones for sin” (Sir 3:30). 




The same synthesis appears in the New Testament: “Maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Pet 4:8). This truth greatly influenced the thinking of the Fathers of the Church and helped create a prophetic, counter-cultural resistance to the self-centred hedonism of paganism. We can recall a single example: “If we were in peril from fire, we would certainly run to water in order to extinguish the fire… in the same way, if a spark of sin flares up from our straw, and we are troubled on that account, whenever we have an opportunity to perform a work of mercy, we should rejoice, as if a fountain opened before so that the fire might be extinguished”. [St. Augustine De Catechizandis Rudibus, I, XIX, 22: PL 40, 327]

This message is so clear and direct, so simple and eloquent, that no ecclesial interpretation has the right to relativize it....
_________
Pope Francis
Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium
No. 193-194



Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pope to Christians: Don't just talk the talk, walk the walk

Press conference on the Meeting of the Council of Cardinals

Pope Francis establishes commission on protection of minors

Pope Francis establishes commission on protection of minors

Continuing decisively along the lines undertaken by Pope Benedict XVI, and accepting a proposal presented by the Council of Cardinals, the Holy Father has decided to establish a specific Commission for the protection of minors, with the aim of advising Pope Francis on the Holy See’s commitment to the protection of children and in pastoral care for victims of abuse.... 

ASIA/SYRIA - Conflicting statements on the issue of the Sisters of Maalula - Fides News Agency

ASIA/SYRIA - Conflicting statements on the issue of the Sisters of Maalula - Fides News Agency

The story of the nuns of Santa Tecla taken from the convent after the occupation of the city of Maalula by anti-Assad militias remains unclear. 
According to sources in Damascus confirmed to agencies also by the Apostolic Nuncio Mario Zenari, the Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf was able to speak over the phone with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch on Wednesday, December 4, confirming that the nuns are fine. While Musab al Jair, spokesman for the Military Council in Damascus (body of the rebels) reported to Efe agency that the nuns could be released somewhere in the region of Qualamun, in response to requests from Christians around the world. The nuns currently find themselves in the city of Yabrud, controlled by the rebels.
On the other hand....

Advent in Carmel — Watching and Waiting!

Advent in Carmel — Watching and Waiting!

"This is a good image of Advent in Carmel. To sit quietly at the window, to pull back the curtain and to begin and continue a four week wait right there – close to the window, waiting for Christ. Advent in Carmel is Christo-centric, which means that it is centered in Christ. We listen once again to the ancient prophecies foretelling His coming. As we chant the Divine Office morning, early evening, and at night, we hear the ancient psalms prepare us anew for the Christmas mystery."

 - See more at: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2013/12/carmelite-sisters-advent-in-carmel/#sthash.YGSe0qOd.dpuf

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Advent begins with Pope Francis for one Roman parish

Pope\'s Mass: Jesus didn\'t just preach and heal. He also smiled and lau...

ASIA/SYRIA - Patriarch Gregory III: "True martyrs in Maalula"

ASIA/SYRIA - Patriarch Gregory III: "True martyrs in Maalula"

"We are determined to remain in this blessed land even at the cost of martyrdom and martyrdom of blood." The Patriarch expressed strong concern regarding the new invasion of the Christian village of Maalula by armed Islamist groups, who terrorized the population and took hostage 12 Orthodox nuns in the monastery of Santa Tecla.

THE ROMAN CURIA: KEY THEME OF THE SECOND ROUND OF THE COUNCIL OF CARDINALS

THE ROMAN CURIA: KEY THEME OF THE SECOND ROUND OF THE COUNCIL OF CARDINALS

“This morning work began immediately on the examination of the Roman Curia and in particular on the dicastery of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; or rather, they entered fully into what, as has already been stated, will be an in-depth task, not limited to retouches or minor improvements. The revision of Pastor bonus is substantial, to the extent that it may be considered as a new constitution for the Curia.” - Fr. Federico Lombardi

Gospel of the plow Part II

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pope's prayer intentions for December: Abandoned kids and Christmas prep...

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for December

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for December

Pope Francis' general prayer intention for December is: "That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need".
 
His mission intention is: "That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Saviour's coming".

Monday, November 25, 2013

ASIA/SYRIA - The village of Deir Atieh invaded by Islamists: Christians identified and detained

ASIA/SYRIA - The village of Deir Atieh invaded by Islamists: Christians identified and detained

Militants of Islamist factions have invaded the town of Deir Atieh, north of Damascus, spreading terror, death and destruction. As Fides sources in the Greek Orthodox Church report, the attack took place on 22 November. The militants entered the municipal hospital and took hostage the sick. The museum of Deir Atieh that welcomed thousands of works and precious archaeological finds was devastated. Mosques and churches were hit and damaged. Numerous homes were looted and civilians captured and used as human shields.
The situation is particularly worrying for Christians. The population, about 25 thousand people, have begun to flee. The militiamen examine the identification documents of those who intend to leave the city and retain those who have Christian names. To be able to leave the village, a Greek Orthodox priest had to say he was married and present himself with a woman: he was allowed to go just because he had an Arab name and had no ancestry or Christian reference......

Pope meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin, urging him to protect ...

Pope's Mass: Just like martyrs, parents also make important choices on f...

Pope Francis venerates St. Peter's bones

Pope Francis makes secular media his messenger

Friday, November 22, 2013

Pope's Mass: Have we lost our sense of Worship?

Pope's Mass: Have we lost our sense of Worship?

“I think that, and I say this humbly, that perhaps we Christians have somewhat lost our sense of Worship. We'll say: 'Let's go to the parish and  meet everyone there.' This is good and beautiful, but the core focus should be God. We Worship God.” 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Praying in the path of a tornado

Bishop Paprocki's Homily for Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage

Bishop Paprocki's Homily for Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage

Since the legal redefinition of marriage is contrary to God's plan, those who contract civil same-sex marriage are culpable of serious sin. Politicians responsible for enacting civil same-sex marriage legislation are morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin. We must pray for forgiveness of these sins and deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our Church. The Church stands ready to extend God's mercy to those who confess their sins with true repentance and a firm purpose of amendment in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. - Bishop Thomas Paprocki, Diocese of Springfield, Illinois.

Pope Francis: "I confess"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Vatican announces three highlights before the Year of Faith comes to a close

Vatican announces three highlights before the Year of Faith comes to a close

The Year of the Faith is coming to an end and the Vatican has revealed three major highlights that will take place before the closing Mass on November 24th, which is the Feast of Christ the King.   

MSGR. RINO FISICHELLA 
President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization  
“The goal of the Year of the Faith was to recover the so called 'taste for the Faith.' It was meant as a moment of deep reflection and as a way to rediscover the encounter between Christ and His Church.” 

The Symphony and the Static

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pope's Mass: Our Lady doesn't work in a post office, She doesn't mail out letters every day

Pope's Mass: Our Lady doesn't work in a post office, She doesn't mail out letters every day

SUMMARY IN ENGLISH:
(Source: Vatican Radio)
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The spirit of curiosity generates confusion and distances a person from the Spirit of wisdom, which brings peace, said Pope Francis in his homily during this morning's morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta.

The Pope began his homily by commenting on the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, which describes “the state of the soul of the spiritual man and woman”, of true Christians, who live “in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. And this wisdom carries them forward with this intelligent, holy, single, manifold and subtle spirit”.

“This is journeying in life with this spirit: the spirit of God, which helps us to judge, to make decisions according to the heart of God. And this spirit gives us peace, always! It is the spirit of peace, the spirit of love, the spirit of fraternity. And holiness is exactly this. That which God asked of Abraham—‘Walk in my presence and be irreproachable’—is this: this peace. To follow the movement of the Spirit of God and of this wisdom. And the man and woman who walk this path, we can say they are wise men and women… because they follow the movement of God’s patience.”

In the Gospel, the Pope underlined, “we find ourselves before another spirit, contrary to the wisdom of God: the spirit of curiosity”.
“And when we want to be the masters of the projects of God, of the future, of things, to know everything, to have everything in hand… the Pharisees asked Jesus, ‘When will the Kingdom of God come?’ Curious! They wanted to know the date, the day… The spirit of curiosity distances us from the Spirit of wisdom because all that interests us is the details, the news, the little stories of the day. Oh, how will this come about? It is the how: it is the spirit of the how! And the spirit of curiosity is not a good spirit. It is the spirit of dispersion, of distancing oneself from God, the spirit of talking too much. And Jesus also tells us something interesting: this spirit of curiosity, which is worldly, leads us to confusion.”

Curiosity, the Pope continued, impels us to want to feel that the Lord is here or rather there, or leads us to say: “But I know a visionary, who receives letters from Our Lady, messages from Our Lady”. And the Pope commented: “But, look, Our Lady is the Mother of everyone! And she loves all of us. She is not a postmaster, sending messages every day.”

Such responses to these situations, he affirmed, “distance us from the Gospel, from the Holy Spirit, from peace and wisdom, from the glory of God, from the beauty of God.”

“Jesus says that the Kingdom of God does not come in a way that attracts attention: it comes by wisdom.”

“‘The Kingdom of God is among you,’ said Jesus, and it is this action of the Holy Spirit, which gives us wisdom and peace. The Kingdom of God does not come in (a state of) confusion, just as God did not speak to the prophet Elijah in the wind, in the storm (but) he spoke in the soft breeze, the breeze of wisdom.”

“Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus would say that she had always to stop herself before the spirit of curiosity," he said. "When she spoke with another sister and this sister was telling a story about the family, about people, sometimes the subject would change, and she would want to know the end of the story. But she felt that this was not the spirit of God, because it was a spirit of dispersion, of curiosity.

“The Kingdom of God is among us: do not seek strange things, do not seek novelties with this worldly curiosity. Let us allow the Spirit to lead us forward in that wisdom, which is like a soft breeze," he said. "This is the Spirit of the Kingdom of God, of which Jesus speaks. So be it.”

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS

The Discalced Carmelite nuns in the Philippines are all right. Despite the terrible catastrophe that beset the country, they have not been harmed. Specifically, the Discalced Carmel does not have a foundation in Tacloban, where there is total devastation.
The Discalced Carmelite nuns did witness the strong typhoon: they experienced the very high-velocity winds.
Many of the Carmelites were in the Carmel of Jaro, which was celebrating its 90th year of foundation, the first foundation in that country.
The sisters ask us to, "pray with and for us, since our entire nation is desolated. Help the victims of the typhoon. Thank you very much."

U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops elects Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, as president

U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops elects Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, as president

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, from Galveston-Houston was elected vice president. Both will serve a three year term.

Pope meets with representative of the Russian Orthodox Patriarch

Pope meets with representative of the Russian Orthodox Patriarch

Metropolitan Hilarion gave the Pope this cross made with corals, with a special dedication.  

“With the prayer: 'May the Lord watch over you in your path.'” 
“Thank you for your fraternity. And may the Lord bless you and bless me.” 
“God bless you.” 

Dialogue brought Metropolitan Hilarion to Rome. In the next few days he will participate in a music concert for peace. A Roman orchestra will play pieces composed by the Orthodox Metropolitan. 

Archbishop Kurtz to lead U.S. bishops

USCCB head pushes for religious freedom

Westminster Cathedral Choir - 'Funeral Ikos' by John Tavener.wmv

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Forget about '.com' domains: The Church is getting ready to launch '.catholic'

Forget about '.com' domains: The Church is getting ready to launch '.catholic'

MSGR. PAUL TIGHE
Secretary, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
“At the beginning the Holy See was inclined to say 'You shouldn't open these up for religious related names, because there could be contentions that owns '.Christ', who owns  '.religion.' But there was an argument, a counterargument, that said 'No, it has to be free speech, you have to allow complete liberalization and freedom.'”

The hope is that the domain will only be available for those communities and institutions recognized by the Vatican, like dioceses or religious orders. The goal of the '.catholic' domain is to give the Church a more visible presence on the web

MSGR. PAUL TIGHE
Secretary, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
“We then have to develop a clear policy to decide to whom we will give the address and who will  be authorized then to further offer the domain name to people at lower levels. I think we are looking at something about 18 months to two years before we have an actual delegation, before we have websites functioning, using the '.catholic' name.” 

With the Vatican as the new .catholic owner, the Council for Social Communication hopes users will recognize reliable Catholic sources, when they see that domain name. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Auto Tune the Church Episode 3: Mother Angelica Sings Hey Ya

Pope talks about marriage annulments, as he addresses the Church's highest court

Pope talks about marriage annulments, as he addresses the Church's highest court

On Friday, Pope Francis talked about marriage annulments at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, as he addressed the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, which is the highest court in the Catholic Church and the department that ultimately oversees these type of cases...   

Pope's Mass: Parents who feed their children 'unclean bread' lose their dignity

Pope's Mass: Parents who feed their children 'unclean bread' lose their dignity

SUMMARY OF POPE'S HOMILY 
(Source: Vatican Radio) 

Parents who feed their children on “unclean bread”, earned through bribes and corruption, are starving their children of dignity, because dishonest work robs us of our dignity. These were the words of Pope Francis during his homily at Mass on Friday morning in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta. 

Pope Francis focused his homily on the parable of the dishonest steward, in order to talk about the dangers “of worldliness, of mundane affairs”. Jesus “prayed to the Father that his disciples might not fall into the trap of worldliness”, which is “the enemy”. 

“When we think of our enemies, we really think of the devil first, because it’s the devil that harms us. The devil enjoys the atmosphere, the lifestyle of worldliness. And this steward is an example of worldliness. Some of you might say: “But this man only did what everyone does!”. But no, not everyone! Some company administrators, some public administrators, some government administrators… perhaps there are not even very many. But it’s that attitude of the shortcut, of the most comfortable way to earn a living.” 

In the parable, the master praises the dishonest steward for his cunning. “This is praise for bribes! And the habit of bribes is a mundane and extremely sinful habit. It’s a habit that does not come from God: God has commanded us to bring bread home through our own honest work! And this man, this steward, he brought bread home, but how? He fed his children unclean bread! And his children – perhaps educated in expensive colleges, perhaps raised in learned environments – were fed dirt by their father, because their father, by bringing home unclean bread, had lost his dignity! And this is a grave sin. Because we might start with a small bribe, but it’s like a drug!”  

So, Pope Francis affirmed, we become dependent on the habit of bribes. But if there is a “mundane cunning”, the Pope continued, there is also a “Christian cunning, of doing things not in the spirit of worldliness”, but of honesty. That’s what Jesus says when he asks us to be cunning as serpents and simple as doves: being able to combine the two “is grace from the Holy Spirit”, a gift which we must ask for. 

Pope Francis concluded with a prayer. “Perhaps it will be good for us all today to pray for the many children and young people who are fed unclean bread by their parents: they are hungry too, they are starved of dignity! Let us pray that the Lord may change the hearts of these people who are faithful to the goddess of bribes. Let them realize that dignity comes from dignified work, from honest work, from daily work, and not from these shortcuts. 

And let us conclude by thinking about that other man in the Gospel who had a lot of granaries, a lot of silos, so full that he didn’t know what to do with them, and the Lord said to him: “You must die tonight”. These poor people who have lost their dignity in the habit of bribes take with them not the money they have earned, but only their lack of dignity! Let us pray for them!” 

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pope's Mass: God is constantly searching for His lost sheep

Pope's Mass: God is constantly searching for His lost sheep

SUMMARY OF POPE'S HOMILY 
(Source: Vatican Radio) 

“He replies to this murmuring with a joyful parable. The words ‘joy’ and ‘happiness’ appear in this short text four times: three times joy, and once happiness. “And you” – it’s as if he were saying – “you are scandalized by this, but my Father rejoices”. That is the most profound message of this story: the joy of God, a God who doesn’t like to lose. God is not a good loser, and this is why, in order not to lose, He goes out on his own, and He goes, He searches. He is a God who searches: He searches for all those who are far away from Him, like the shepherd who goes to search for the lost sheep.”

“He can’t stand losing one of His own. And this is the prayer of Jesus, too, on Holy Thursday: “Father, may none get lost, of those You have given to me”. He is a God who walks around searching for us, and has a certain loving weakness for those who are furthest away, who are lost. He goes and searches for them. And how does he search? He searches until the end, like the shepherd who goes out into the darkness, searching, until he finds the sheep. Or like the woman, when she loses a coin, who lights a lamp and sweeps the house, and searches carefully. That’s how God searches. “I won’t lose this son, he’s mine! And I don’t want to lose him.” This is our Father: he always comes searching for us.” 

“The joy of God is not the death of the sinner, but the life of the sinner. And how far from this were those who murmured against Jesus, how far from the heart of God! They didn’t know Him. They thought that being religious, being good people meant always being well-mannered and polite, and often pretending to be polite, right? This is the hypocrisy of the murmuring. But the joy of God the Father, in fact, is love. He loves us. “But I’m a sinner, I’ve done this and that and the other!” “But I love you anyway, and I go out searching for you, and I bring you home.” This is our Father. Let’s reflect on this.” 

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Pope's prayer intentions for November: Priests and vocations in Latin America

Pope's prayer intentions for November: Priests and vocations in Latin America

The general prayer intentions will be dedicated to priests so that, “those who face difficulties can find comfort in their suffering, supported through their doubts and validated in their fidelity.” 

The Pope's missionary prayer intentions for the month are so that, “as a result of the Continental Mission, the Churches in Latin America can send missionaries to other Churches.” 

Original Manuscript of Fatima's 'Third Secret' will soon be part of an exhibit

Original Manuscript of Fatima's 'Third Secret' will soon be part of an exhibit

November 1, 2013. (Romereports.com) The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, will soon have Sister Lucia's handwritten letter, where she describes the third secret Our Lady revealed back on June 1917. The exhibit, titled 'Secret and Revelation' will open to the public on November 30th.   

Since 1957 the document has been stored at the Vatican, as part of the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It has only left those quarters twice before: Once, at the request of John Paul II after his 1981 assassination attempt and then in the year 2000, when Tarcisio Bertone, who at that point served as the secretary of the Congregation, met with Sister Lucia in Coimbra, Portugal to confirm that the document was in fact the original. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pope to visit Roman cemetery for All Saints Day

Pope to visit Roman cemetery for All Saints Day

It's been over 20 years since a Pope had visited a Roman cemetery. But that streak ends with Pope Francis. He will resume this tradition to celebrate All Saints Day.   

The Pope is expected to celebrate Mass on Friday at the Campo Verano Cemetery. Once finished, he will then pray for a few moments and bless the tombs of all people buried there. 

On Saturday, Pope Francis will also visit another cemetery, the one of his predecessors. This is more commonly known as the Vatican Grotto, where many Popes, including St. Peter himself, are buried

Since November is a month the Church dedicated to those who have died, on Monday, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in honor of all bishops and cardinals that have passed awaythis past year. It will take place inside St. Peter's Basilica. 

Pope Francis celebrates surprise Mass before John Paul II tomb

Pope Francis celebrates surprise Mass before John Paul II tomb

EXCERPT FROM POPE'S HOMILY 
Source: Vatican Radio

“He always had at the center of his life, as a point of reference the love of Christ. And without the love of Christ, without living out this love, recognizing it, and nurturing that love, one cannot be a Christian. A Christian is one who feels looked after by the Lord, with that beautiful look, love by the Lord and loved toward the end. He feels... a Christian feels that his life was saved by the blood of Christ. And this build love: this rapport of love.” 

They did not understand the love of God, with that beautiful image that Jesus said. Not understanding the love of God: the opposite of what Paul felt. But yes, God loves me, God loves us, but it is an abstract thing. It is something that does not touch my heart and I deal with it in life as I can. There is no fidelity there. And the tears of Jesus for Jerusalem is this. 'Jerusalem, you did not allow yourself to be loved; and you have entrusted yourself to so many idols, that promised you everything. They said they would give you everything, and then they abandoned you.' The heart of Jesus, the suffering of the love of Jesus: a love that was not accepted, nor received.” 

Let us look at the faithfulness of Jesus and the unfaithfulness of Jerusalem, and at the center let us look at Jesus, his heart, which loves us so much. What can we do about this? The question: Am I more like Paul of Jerusalem? Is my love for God as strong as Paul's or is my heart tepid like that of Jerusalem? May the Lord, with the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, help us answer this question. And so be it!”