Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pope Francis sets theme for next World Day of Peace

Pope Francis Announces Theme of Message for 48th World Day of Peace on January 1

Its Title to Be: "Slaves No More, But Brothers and Sisters"

Vatican City, (Zenit.org) |
Below is the communique issued this morning by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace which, on behalf of the Holy Father, announces the theme of the message for the 48th World Day of Peace, Jan. 1, 2015:


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POPE FRANCIS ANNOUNCES THE THEME OF THE MESSAGE
FOR THE 48th WORLD DAY OF PEACE (1 JANUARY 2015)

"Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters" will be the title of the Message for the 48th World Day of Peace, the second of the papacy of Pope Francis.
Many people think that slavery is a thing of the past. In fact, this social plague remains all too real in today’s world.
Last year’s Message for 1 January 2014 was dedicated to brotherhood: "Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace". Being children of God gives all human beings equal dignity as brothers and sisters.
Slavery deals a murderous blow to this fundamental fraternity, and so to peace as well. Peace can only exist when each human being recognizes every other person as a brother or sister with the same dignity.
Too many abominable forms of slavery persist in today’s world: human trafficking, trade in migrants and prostitutes, exploitation, slave labour, and the enslavement of women and children.
Shamefully, individuals and groups around the world profit from this slavery. They take advantage of the world’s many conflicts, of the economic crisis and of corruption in order to carry out their evil.
Slavery is a terrible open wound on the contemporary social body, a fatal running sore on the flesh of Christ!
To counter slavery effectively, the inviolable dignity of every person must be recognized above all. Moreover, this acceptance of dignity must be anchored solidly in fraternity. Fraternity requires us to reject any inequality which would allow one person to enslave another. It demands instead that we act everywhere with proximity and generosity, thus leading to liberation and inclusion for everyone.
Our purpose is to build a civilization based on the equal dignity of every person without discrimination. To achieve this will also require the commitment of the media, of education and of culture to a renewed society pledged to freedom, justice and therefore peace.
The World Day of Peace, initiated by Pope Paul VI, is celebrated each year on the first day of January. The Holy Father’s Messageis sent to all the world’s Foreign Ministers and also indicates the Holy See’s diplomatic line during the coming year.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

20th century Pope who warned of the heresy of modernism



Image of St. Pius X

Facts

Feastday: August 21
Birth: 1835

On June 2, 1835, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto saw the light of earth at Riesi, Province of Treviso, in Venice; on August 20, 1914, he saw the light of heaven; and on May 29, 1954, he who had become the two hundred fifty-ninth pope was canonized St. Pius X.
Two of the most outstanding accomplishments of this saintly Pope were the inauguration of the liturgical renewal and the restoration of frequent communion from childhood. He also waged an unwavering war against the heresy and evils of Modernism, gave great impetus to biblical studies, and brought about the codification of Canon Law. His overriding concern was to renew all things in Christ.
Above all, his holiness shone forth conspicuously. From St. Pius X we learn again that "the folly of the Cross", simplicity of life, and humility of heart are still the highest wisdom and the indispensable conditions of a perfect Christian life, for they are the very source of all apostolic fruitfulness.
His last will and testament bears the striking sentence: "I was born poor, I have lived in poverty, and I wish to die poor." His feast day is August 21.

Archbishp goes to court to stop the evil in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma archbishop brings suit to stop Black Mass


Catholic World News - August 20, 2014
Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City has filed a lawsuit in an Oklahoma court to stop the Black Mass scheduled for the Oklahoma City Civic Center in September. The lawsuit argues that the organizers of the Black Mass, who have claimed to have possession of a consecrated host, can only have obtained it by fraud. “Our legal theory is very simple,” explained Michael Caspino, a lawyer for the archdiocese: “A consecrated Eucharist belongs to the Church.” Archbishop Coakley told the National Catholic Register that if the organizers of the Black Mass are truthful in saying that they obtained a consecrated host, then they are holding stolen property. “They cannot complete their satanic ritual without a consecrated host, and they have no means of acquiring one except through theft,” he said.

The Archbishop of St. Louis on the situation in Ferguson Missouri

Archbishop Carlson Issues Letter Regarding Ferguson


August 18, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557
ST. LOUIS – Today, His Excellency, Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, issued the following letter to the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing. The residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are struggling to find peace in the chaos. As people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest.
I have personally visited Ferguson and Michael Brown's memorial to offer my prayers for everyone affected by this tragedy. As I have been observing this situation and reflecting on it through much prayer, I find strength in the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace." In all circumstances, but especially in these difficult times, we are all called to be instruments of peace through our words and actions. Pope Francis recently stated that, "All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace."
To that end, I invite the Catholic faithful to attend a Mass for Peace and Justice which I will celebrate at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, on Wednesday, August 20th, at 5 p.m. During the Mass a special collection will be taken to assist food pantries and parishes in the Ferguson area that offer assistance to those who have been affected by the looting and destruction of property. Additionally, I encourage all parishes to offer Masses for peace in our community. The Office of Worship will contact pastors to provide the appropriate resources. Additional parish activities could include Holy Hours, a parish rosary, or a special collection this week to assist in the effort.
Because many Catholic schools are beginning classes both this and in the coming weeks, I have asked our Catholic schools to begin a daily rosary for peace and to offer special intentions during all school Masses. Catholic Family Services, an agency of Catholic Charities, has made counselors available to any Catholic school that requests assistance. Catholic Family Services has also publicized tips for parents and schools when dealing with crisis situations.
Pope Francis has encouraged us again and again to ask Our Lady, the Undoer of Knots, to intercede for us in difficult circumstances. So too, I ask all the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to join me in praying to Our Blessed Mother and to her son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, for peace and justice in our community.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis

The faith of a martyr; executed in Iraq because of the hate of ISIS



James Foley, Marquette ’96, Writing On The Power Of Prayer

James_foley_marquette The reports are flooding in that journalist James Foley has been beheaded by the terrorists of the Islamic State. He had been kidnapped while on assignment in Syria several years ago.
If the reports, and video, released today are true, then this heinous act is meant to threaten the United States, and all people who recognize the dignity of human persons, into leaving ISIS unmolested as they perpetrate further crimes against humanity, and enslave populations under their particular brand of jihadist tyranny.
I doubt that this tactic will be effective.
I also believe that if Mr. Foley has indeed been killed, LORD have mercy on his soul, then he has joined the ranks of the Christian martyrs, as have all the Christians that ISIS has slain up to this point.
Back in 2011, see, while on assignment in Libya, Foley and a colleague had been imprisoned and held in a military detention center in Tripoli. He wrote of his imprisonment, and of the solace he found in praying the rosary during his incarceration there, in the Marquette alumni magazine.
Phone call home
A letter from James Foley, Arts ’96, to Marquette.
Marquette University has always been a friend to me. The kind who challenges you to do more and be better and ultimately shapes who you become.
With Marquette, I went on some volunteer trips to South Dakota and Mississippi and learned I was a sheltered kid and the world had real problems. I came to know young people who wanted to give their hearts for others. Later I volunteered in a Milwaukee junior high school up the street from the university and was inspired to become an inner-city teacher. But Marquette was perhaps never a bigger friend to me than when I was imprisoned as a journalist.
Myself and two colleagues had been captured and were being held in a military detention center in Tripoli. Each day brought increasing worry that our moms would begin to panic. My colleague, Clare, was supposed to call her mom on her birthday, which was the day after we were captured. I had still not fully admitted to myself that my mom knew what had happened. But I kept telling Clare my mom had a strong faith.
I prayed she’d know I was OK. I prayed I could communicate through some cosmic reach of the universe to her.
I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed. 
I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused.
Clare and I prayed together out loud. It felt energizing to speak our weaknesses and hopes together, as if in a conversation with God, rather than silently and alone.
Later we were taken to another prison where the regime kept hundreds of political prisoners. I was quickly welcomed by the other prisoners and treated well.
One night, 18 days into our captivity, some guards brought me out of the cell. In the hall I saw Manu, another colleague, for the first time in a week. We were haggard but overjoyed to see each other. Upstairs in the warden’s office, a distinguished man in a suit stood and said, “We felt you might want to call your families.”
I said a final prayer and dialed the number. My mom answered the phone. “Mom, Mom, it’s me, Jim.”
“Jimmy, where are you?”
“I’m still in Libya, Mom. I’m sorry about this. So sorry.”
“Don’t be sorry, Jim,” she pleaded. “Oh, Daddy just left. Oh … He so wants to talk to you. How are you, Jim?” I told her I was being fed, that I was getting the best bed and being treated like a guest.
“Are they making you say these things, Jim?”
“No, the Libyans are beautiful people,” I told her. “I’ve been praying for you to know that I’m OK,” I said. “Haven’t you felt my prayers?”
Read it all.
Lord Jesus, Holy Son of the Father, have mercy on the soul of James Foley, and all of the departed faithful. Bring him, and all those martyred by ISIS, into the light of your Presence, Oh Lord. Comfort his family and friends as they mourn his loss, and remember the strength of his faith. Amen.
(H/T  Catholic Vote)
(H/T Frank Weathers)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Why I hate August

Something to keep an eye on:




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Abbot & Doctor of the Church, preached the 2nd crusades



    

Image of St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Facts

Feastday: August 20
Death: 1153

St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church St. Bernard was born of noble parentage in Burgundy, France, in the castle of Fontaines near Dijon. Under the care of his pious parents he was sent at an early age to a college at Chatillon, where he was conspicuous for his remarkable piety and spirit of recollection. At the same place he entered upon the studies of theology and Holy Scripture. After the death of his mother, fearing the snares and temptations of the world, he resolved to embrace the newly established and very austere institute of the Cistercian Order, of which he was destined to become the greatest ornament. He also persuaded his brothers and several of his friends to follow his example. In 1113, St. Bernard, with thirty young noblemen, presented himself to the holy Abbot, St. Stephen, at Citeaux. After a novitiate spent in great fervor, he made his profession in the following year. His superior soon after, seeing the great progress he had made in the spiritual life, sent him with twelve monks to found a new monastery, which afterward became known as the celebrated Abbey of Clairvaux. St. Bernard was at once appointed Abbot and began that active life which has rendered him the most conspicuous figure in the history of the 12th century. He founded numerous other monasteries, composed a number of works and undertook many journeys for the honor of God. Several Bishoprics were offered him, but he refused them all. The reputation of St. Bernard spread far and wide; even the Popes were governed by his advice. He was commissioned by Pope Eugene III to preach the second Crusade. In obedience to the Sovereign Pontiff he traveled through France and Germany, and aroused the greatest enthusiasm for the holy war among the masses of the population. The failure of the expedition raised a great storm against the saint, but he attributed it to the sins of the Crusaders. St. Bernard was eminently endowed with the gift of miracles. He died on August 20, 1153. His feast day is August 20.

Pope Francis: 2 maybe 3 more years to live

Pope Francis estimates that he only has two-three years to live before he goes to God
       
Death premonition ... Pope Francis says he thinks he only has two or three years left to
Death premonition ... Pope Francis says he thinks he only has two or three years left to live. Source: AFP



POPE Francis has estimated that he only has two to three years to live before he goes to God and hinted that he may possibly retire.
The 77-year-old made the premonition aboard his jet on the way back from South Korea. While he had a lung removed as a teenager due to infection, Pope Francis is not known to be suffering any health issues except for some nerve problems.
“Must treat them well, these nerves, give them mate (an Argentine stimulant tea) every day,” he said. “One of these neuroses, is that I’m too much of a homebody,” he said, recalling that he had not taken a holiday outside of his native Argentina since 1975.
Plane press conference ... Pope Francis and Father Federico Lombardi (R) give a press con
Plane press conference ... Pope Francis and Father Federico Lombardi (R) give a press conference aboard of the plane carrying them back to Rome at the end of a five-day trip to South-Korea. Source: AFP

Francis said he would consider doing what his predecessor Benedict XVI did last year and retire if he felt he could no longer do the job, saying he would step aside “even if it does not appeal to some theologians.”
“I see it as the generosity of the people of God. I try to think of my sins, my mistakes, not to become proud. Because I know it will last only a short time,” he said.
He then, apparently lightheartedly, suggested his time on Earth was limited.
“Two or three years and then I’ll be off to the Father’s House,” he said.
It comes as three relatives of Pope Francis, two great nephews and their mother, were killed in a traffic accident in Argentina.
The dead include a baby of eight months and a two-year-old toddler, police commissioner Carina Ferreyra said.
Their father, the pope’s nephew, is in serious condition, she said.

Pope Francis loses three members of his family in Argentinian car crash

Pope Francis grieving for relatives killed in Argentina crash

Reuters

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    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Pope Francis was deeply grieved, the Vatican's official broadcasting service said on Tuesday, after the deaths of three relatives killed when their car slammed into the back of a truck on a highway in central Argentina.
    A nephew of the pope, Emanuel Bergoglio, who was driving the car was in serious condition following the accident just after midnight on Monday. The nephew's wife, 35, and two children aged 2 years and 8 months died.
    "The pope has been informed and is deeply grieved by the tragic news. He asks all those who share his pain to join with him in prayer," said a statement on the website of Radio Vaticana.
    The driver of the grains truck, Raul Pombo, told local television stations he felt the impact and found Bergoglio's vehicle wedged under the rear of his vehicle.
    "I began stopping passing cars to ask for their fire extinguishers because the car was on fire," Pombo said.
    The region's highway patrol chief, Jorge Rainieri, called the impact "powerful" and television pictures showed the mangled wreckage of the compact car. The accident occurred in Argentina's central Cordoba province.