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......

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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!” 

Choeur des Moniales de Pecs - Marie, Fleur du Carmel

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.” 

Synod questionnaire not opinion survey

Eucharistic Adoration - From the Visible to the Invisible (Trailer)

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.