Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Liturgy in the New Evangelisation

Liturgy in the New Evangelisation
(Vatican Radio) The Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, France, has organised a conference to study, promote and renew the appreciation of liturgical formation and celebration and its foundation for the mission of the Church, particularly in the light of the teaching and example of Pope Benedict XVI.
The Sacra Liturgia Conference is taking place during the Year of Faith to commemorate 50 years since the start of the Second Vatican Council, in accordance with the pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
“This conference is in June, in Rome, and the subject is the place of the liturgy, and liturgical formation for the New Evangelisation,” says Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon. He says, “I had the joy of participating in the Synod for the New Evangelisation, I have seen . . . the essential place of the liturgy for the New Evangelisation. Because in the liturgy we receive the grace of God, and in the liturgy there is the association between the Sacrament, and the transmission of faith, the content of faith, and the meeting of all the community during this sacred moment.”
This is why “the liturgy is the source and the goal of the mission of the Church.” The Sacra Liturgia Conference, says Bishop Rey, is primarily concerned with the “place of liturgy for the New Evangelisation.”
Listen to the full interview of Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon with Vatican Radio: 

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.

Remaining in Communion is so very important when you have been Baptized and Confirmed you become a disciple with a mission. Without the Church there is little hope of truly being a part of Jesus mission. There are many levels that need to be incorporated into the faith and of course 'love' is always expressed as charity and true charity is something that is given by the work of the Holy Spirit. The Gifts are what we need to show to others, including other people even if they are wrong or annoying.

The Church is not an NGO says Pope Francis

The Church is not a bureaucratic organization, it is a story of love, if "it creates offices and becomes somewhat bureaucratic, the Church loses its main substance and is in danger of turning into an NGO. And the Church is not an NGO". The statement was repeated at Mass this morning by Pope Francis celebrated in the chapel of St. Martha's residence. Among those present, were employees of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR).


Pope Francis: The Value of Confession - YouTube. The confessional is not a “laundromat”

Pope Francis: The Value of Confession - YouTube

(Vatican Radio) The Confessional is not a ‘dry cleaners’ where our sins are automatically washed away and Jesus is not waiting there to ‘beat us up’, but to forgive us with the tenderness of a father for our sins. Moreover, being ashamed of our sins is not only natural, it’s a virtue that helps prepare us for God's forgiveness. 

Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/29/pope:_shame_is_a_true_christian_virtue/en1-687330 
of the Vatican Radio website 

Be open. Conceal nothing. Once you reeled off all the sins, infidelities, faults, mistakes and inclinations to Father. Forget them. In all your confessions from now on take them as from the last confession. You begin afresh. A clean slate. As the old sailor said after a good confession. “The pilot is aboard now Father, no chance of being bashed on the rocks”.

MP3 To listen to the text. 

Walking in darkness means being overly pleased with ourselves, believing that we do not need salvation. That is darkness! 

Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/29/pope:_shame_is_a_true_christian_virtue/en1-687330
of the Vatican Radio website 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Fr. Anthony Kadavil’s homilies

Source: Fr. Anthony Kadavil’s homilies   home parish

"Already in the first Christian century, believers understood that catechesis is a cradle-to-grave endeavor."

Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/25/5th_sunday_of_easter_-_28_april,_2013/in2-686246
of the Vatican Radio website 

Reflections: This is the truth about 'The Faith' and patience is on of the hardest things to control especially with the zeal that comes with the grace of Confirmation. When Pope Francis Confirmed the blessed last Sunday the 28th April is was obvious the faith was something that part of the New Evangelization, not that is really 'new' Vatican II is entering into a phase and it is exciting but challenging. 

In the second part of Jesus’ farewell discourse, he gives his followers a new commandment: they must love one another as he has loved them. They would be known, not by the sign of the fish, or even of the cross, but by their mutual love, the fruit of their conversion. Just as Solomon was able to discern the identity of the true mother by her love in the story of the disputed child, so will the world be able to identify the true disciples of Jesus by their love for one another. The command of Jesus is both new and old. It repeats the precept of Lev. 19:18 to love one’s neighbor as one’s self. What is new is that this love characterizes the new life inaugurated by Jesus and is proof of one’s love for God (1 Jn. 4:7). Jesus’ new commandment calls for love without limits, conditions, or prerequisites. This love opens our eyes to facts that we might otherwise overlook: that the poor in the world belong to our family; that those who live in despair might be saved by our care of them; that peace can come to the world through our efforts

Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/25/5th_sunday_of_easter_-_28_april,_2013/in2-686246
of the Vatican Radio website 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pope Francis' Mass in the Casa Sanctae Marthae 28 April

Mass of Pope Francis at Mass in the Casa Sanctae Marthae

Pope Francis speaks about the dangers of gossip and the med for openness in Christian communities.

Exert from Fr Norris opus in fides

Meditation. 27/12/42. Throw overboard all this ridiculous vanity.

How your funny little self gets in the road, obscuring the infinite. And how full of human respect you are – what is man that you should fear his opinion? Why should you fear to have the truth about yourself known among men? You are only a frail human being and a sinner. Ah! Throw overboard all this ridiculous vanity and consideration of earthly things. Please men only because by so doing you shall please God. Die to yourself. Care not what men think of you – good or bad reports. Work only for God, trusting in Him. He will never leave you. Don’t think of yourself – no matter what God does to you. You must appear before men as the manifestation of God’s goodness – as a shining light and a beacon showing your Christ.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Church cannot accept violence,

37. The Church cannot accept violence, especially the force of arms- which is uncontrollable once it is let loose- and indiscriminate death as the path to liberation, because she knows that violence always provokes violence and irresistibly engenders new forms of oppression and enslavement which are often harder to bear than those from which they claimed to bring freedom. We said this clearly during our journey in Colombia: "We exhort you not to place your trust in violence and revolution: that is contrary to the Christian spirit, and it can also delay instead of advancing that social uplifting to which you lawfully aspire."[63] "We must say and reaffirm that violence is not in accord with the Gospel, that it is not Christian; and that sudden or violent changes of structures would be deceitful, ineffective of themselves, and certainly not in conformity with the dignity of the people."[64]EVANGELII NUNTIANDI 

39. The necessity of ensuring fundamental human rights cannot be separated from this just liberation which is bound up with evangelization and which endeavors to secure structures safeguarding human freedoms. Among these fundamental human rights, religious liberty occupies a place of primary importance.. EVANGELII NUNTIANDI 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

EVANGELII NUNTIANDI What is the New Evangelization? Has it changed?


Sequela Christi


The following of Christ is a Latin phrase ( Continuation of Christ ) that, especially from the Middle Ages , has come to mean in Christian spirituality , and especially monastic-religious commitment to religious life. It is often associated with the Imitatio Christi '.
POPE PAUL VI  10. This kingdom and this salvation, which are the key words of Jesus Christ's evangelization, are available to every human being as grace and mercy, and yet at the same time each individual must gain them by force - they belong to the violent, says the Lord,[24] through toil and suffering, through a life lived according to the Gospel, through abnegation and the cross, through the spirit of the beatitudes. But above all each individual gains them through a total interior renewal which the Gospel calls metanoia; it is a radical conversion, a profound change of mind and heart.[25]
 And how can one wish to love Christ without loving the Church, if the finest witness to Christ is that of St. Paul: "Christ loved the Church and sacrificed himself for her"?[45]

What is the New Evangelization?

The New Evangelization calls all followers of Christ to be formed in the faith, celebrate the faith, and be witnesses to the ends of the earth, proclaiming the Good News to all people everywhere, starting with those in our own Church.
The work of the Church is to bring all people into relationship with God, and also to transform and sanctify the society in which we live (U.S. Catholic bishops, Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization). Thus, "the Church teaches that social justice is an integral part of evangelization, a constitutive dimension of preaching the Gospel, and an essential part of the Church's mission" (U.S. bishops, Communities of Salt and Light).http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/new-evangelization-social-justice.cfm

"Three kinds of conversation

1. To divert us from serious occupations in which we should not be too engrossed.
2. Conversations of politeness.
3. Conversations with devout persons – about God and holy things.
“In all conversations, sincerity, simplicity, meekness and modesty are ever to be preserved.”
“Let a moderate cheerfulness be ordinarily predominant in our conversations.” Don’t split up your life into sections, in this sense – that, as a member of the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, you must always be doing the will of Mary and your heavenly Father, this is the only essential. This must be the principle which actuates all your eternal activities. Faith, Hope and Charity are necessary for the perfect performance of this work of submission and love. Want of love shows that there is something wrong with something in your life. It may be over attachment to some creature e.g. your own good name among men it will be self will or self love of some sort."

Quote from Fr Norris OPUS IN FIDES "


Between evangelization and human advancement- development and liberation- there are in fact profound links. These include links of an anthropological order, because the man who is to be evangelized is not an abstract being but is subject to social and economic questions. They also include links in the theological order, since one cannot dissociate the plan of creation from the plan of Redemption. The latter plan touches the very concrete situations of injustice to be combated and of justice to be restored. We ourself have taken care to point this out, by recalling that it is impossible to accept "that in evangelization one could or should ignore the importance of the problems so much discussed today, concerning justice, liberation, development and peace in the world. This would be to forget the lesson which comes to us from the Gospel concerning love of our neighbor who is suffering and in need."[61]

“The Christian who would bring the Gospel must go down this road: [must] listen to everyone! But now is a good time in the life of the Church: the last 50 or 60 years have been a good time - for I remember when as a child one would hear in Catholic families, in my family, ‘No, we cannot go to their house, because they are not married in the Church, eh!’. It was as an exclusion. No, you could not go! Neither could we go to [the houses of] socialists or atheists. Now, thank God, people do not says such things, right? [Such an attitude] was a defense of the faith, but it was one of walls: the LORD made bridges. First: Paul has this attitude, because it was the attitude of Jesus. Second, Paul is aware that he must evangelize, not proselytize. VATICAN NEWS

The Holy Spirit and the eucharistic celebration
13. Against this backdrop we can understand the decisive role played by the Holy Spirit in the eucharistic celebration, particularly with regard to transubstantiation. An awareness of this is clearly evident in the Fathers of the Church. Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, in his Catecheses, states that we "call upon God in his mercy to send his Holy Spirit upon the offerings before us, to transform the bread into the body of Christ and the wine into the blood of Christ. Whatever the Holy Spirit touches is sanctified and completely transformed" (25). Saint John Chrysostom too notes that the priest invokes the Holy Spirit when he celebrates the sacrifice: (26) like Elijah, the minister calls down the Holy Spirit so that "as grace comes down upon the victim, the souls of all are thereby inflamed" (27). The spiritual life of the faithful can benefit greatly from a better appreciation of the richness of the anaphora: along with the words spoken by Christ at the Last Supper, it contains the epiclesis, the petition to the Father to send down the gift of the Spirit so that the bread and the wine will become the body and blood of Jesus Christ and that "the community as a whole will become ever more the body of Christ" (28). The Spirit invoked by the celebrant upon the gifts of bread and wine placed on the altar is the same Spirit who gathers the faithful "into one body" and makes of them a spiritual offering pleasing to the Father (29).


Unity is superior to conflict

Unity is superior to conflict

2013-04-26 L’Osservatore Romano
Yesterday afternoon, 24 April, at around 6:00 p.m. Pope Francis telephoned Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. The Pontiff thanked him for his telegram of good wishes on his nameday and expressed his appreciation for the President’s willingness to accept his reelection as head of state. “Mr President, I have telephoned you to thank you” , he said, “for your example. You have set an example for me. With your actions you have brought to life the fundamental principle of coexistence: that unity is superior to conflict. I am moved by your decision”

The fundamentalism principle of co existence is caritas with true charity towards the poor we learn that love is not an emotion or a lawful contract but a way of living with others who not only have a different way of thinking and behaving but are human brothers and sisters.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pope celebrates his saint's day with cardinals: 'absurd' to look for Jesus without the Church - YouTube

Pope celebrates his saint's day with cardinals: 'absurd' to look for Jesus without the Church - YouTube

Pope Francis uses Parresia to describe the way a disciple should behave when evanglizing, again it becomes clear this New Evangelization is forming into a drive to reinvigorate the missionary acts of the Church.


This Greek word is often used in the writings of the New Testament to describe the attitude that Jesus’ disciples should have when doing evangelization.
 Parresia means: “confidence”, “courage”, “boldness”, “fearless public speaking”, “free speaking”, “bold speaking”, “assurance”. 
1.Jesus had trained His disciples to be courageous. “Do not fear”, “Take courage”, “I am with you” are encouraging words that Jesus continously said to his disciples. “When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, they thought he was a ghost. They were terrified and cried out. Immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.’” (Mark 6:49-50) “Dear friends, don't be afraid of those who want to kill you… So don't be afraid…  And when you are brought to trial in the synagogues and before rulers and authorities, don't worry about what to say in your defense, for the Holy Spirit will teach you what needs to be said even as you are standing there.” (Luke 12:4,7,11-12) “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
2.Parresia is courage to evangelize. St Paul can be taken as a model of a courageous and fearless evangelizer. “You know how badly we had been treated at Philippi just before we came to you and how much we suffered there. Yet our God gave us the courage to declare his Good News to you boldly, even though we were surrounded by many who opposed us.” (1 Thessalonians 2:2) While Paul was waiting for his trial in Rome, he was allowed to live in a rented house, where he could meet people. There Paul lived his parresia of evangelization. “For the next two years, Paul lived in his own rented house. He welcomed all who visited him, proclaiming the Kingdom of God with all boldness and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.” (Acts 28:30-31) 
3.Parresia is God’s gift. “And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” (Ephesians 6:19-20) 
4.Parresia puzzles both the persecutors and the crowds“When the members of the Sanhedrin saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13) “Some of the people who lived there in Jerusalem said among themselves, ‘Isn't this the man they are trying to kill? But here he is, speaking in public, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that our leaders know that he really is the Messiah?’” (John 7:25-26)
5.Parresia gives glory to Jesus Christ. “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:20) 
6.Parresia is a mark of the whole Christian community. “On their release, Peter and John went back to their brethren and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.   When the brethren heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. ‘Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’   After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”(Acts4: 23-24,29-31) 
7.Parresia makes believers confident in approaching God. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1John 5:14) “Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.” (Hebrews 4:16) “In Christ and through faith in Him, we have boldness and confident access to God.” (Ephesians 3:12) “We are God’s house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.” (Hebrews 3:6) “Dear friends, if our conscience is clear, we can come to God with bold confidence.” (1John 3:21)  “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’.”   (Romans 8:15) “And now, dear children, continue to live in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.” (1 John 2:28)

paradigmatic programmatic mission

"Above all, I ask you to have a special concern for the continental mission grow in its two aspects: paradigmatic programmatic mission and mission. That all is in a missionary pastoral. We get out of ourselves to all the regions and grow in parresia existential."


Decree on the Apostolate of Laity - Apostolicam Actuositatem

Decree on the Apostolate of Laity - Apostolicam Actuositatem
"This apostolate becomes more imperative in view of the fact that many areas of human life have become increasingly autonomous. This is as it should be, but it sometimes involves a degree of departure from the ethical and religious order and a serious danger to Christian life. Besides, in many places where priests are very few or, in some instances, deprived of due freedom for priestly work, the Church could scarcely exist and function without the activity of the laity."


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Jesus is the GATE

The earliest known icon of Jesus
So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate.
Whoever enters through me will be saved,
and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

Jesus is the gate. When you receive the grace of the Sacraments a different level of faith occurs; a trans-formative faith, a new sense of faith, the realism of  the Kingdom of God grows from a willingness to learn about the many different aspects to faith; knowledge, understanding, piety, counsel, fortitude, fear of the Lord, wisdom.

Holy Mass on the occasion of Priestly Ordinations

The 'call' to holy orders is one of the most challenging events in a persons life , the time becomes one of intense temptations, just as when Jesus was in the desert with satan. Celibacy itself is a big challenge but very necessary so a Priest can be focused on serving God and his sheep. like in the reading today.


Christ Has No Body  http://www.United States Bishops Conference

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
-- St. Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Familiaris Consortio - John Paul II - Apostolic Exhortation (November 22, 1981)

Study- Familiaris Consortio - John Paul II - Apostolic Exhortation (November 22, 1981)

"Evangelical Discernment
5. The discernment effected by the Church becomes the offering of an orientation in order that the entire truth and the full dignity of marriage and the family may be preserved and realized.
This discernment is accomplished through the sense of faith,(10) which is a gift that the Spirit gives to all the faithful,(11) and is therefore the work of the whole Church according to the diversity of the various gifts and charisms that, together with and according to the responsibility proper to each one, work together for a more profound understanding and activation of the word of God The Church, therefore, does not accomplish this discernment only through the Pastors, who teach in the name and with the power of Christ but also through the laity: Christ "made them His witnesses and gave them understanding of the faith and the grace of speech (cf. Acts 2:17-18; Rv. 19:10), so that the power of the Gospel might shine forth in their daily social and family life."(12) The laity, moreover, by reason of their particular vocation have the specific role of interpreting the history of the world in the light of Christ, in as much as they are called to illuminate and organize temporal realities according to the plan of God, Creator and Redeemer."

Pope John Paul II writes of the dignity of marriage and hints at the degradation of the holy sacrament, what I find interesting is the 'sense of faith' this grace is a mystery that blesses us with diversity of charisms however the challenge is to be able to illuminate and ORGANIZE TEMPORAL REALITIES. I believe marriage was created for companionship and procreation with the entry of sin/chaos into the perfect world; murder, jealousy pride and all the other evils soon became abundantly obvious, the problem faced by Catholics today is scruples in the temporal world and a lack of understanding of humanities problems when it comes to holiness and our sins hinder true evangelization.

The "supernatural sense of faith"(13) however does not consist solely or necessarily in the consensus of the faithful. Following Christ, the Church seeks the truth, which is not always the same as the majority opinion. She listens to conscience and not to power, and in this way she defends the poor and the downtrodden. The Church values sociological and statistical research, when it proves helpful in understanding the historical context in which pastoral action has to be developed and when it leads to a better understanding of the truth. Such research alone, however, is not to be considered in itself an expression of the sense of faith.

Holy Land: International family centre to be built in Nazareth on Independent Catholic News

Holy Land: International family centre to be built in Nazareth on Independent Catholic News

Maybe this needs a Little discernment but Nazareth may be a stop over when in Israel?

Misericordia Domini Gregorian chants for 3rd Sunday

Mosteiro de São Bento: A jóia Beneditina do Centro de São Paulo
Hebdomada tertia paschæ 

Plain chants are beautiful prayers. 



[Article in Folha de São Paulo, Illustrated F-3 Sunday, August 20, 1989 ]

by José Ramos Sachetta
Assistant editor of the Illustrated

First Year of Gregorian Chant and Gregorian Semiology - two books of Dom Eugène Cardine OSB in one volume. Co-editing Attar Editorial and Pallas Athena. Translation Eleanor Florence Dewey (Mother Mary of the Redeemer CSA), 349 pages, out of print today.

Two key works for understanding of Gregorian chant were translated into Portuguese and released in a single volume:"First Year of Gregorian Chant" and "Gregorian Semiology" result of the most advanced research in the area, conducted by Bishop Eugène Cardine OSB (1905 - 1988), a Benedictine monk of Solesmes Gregorian study center near Paris.

The book fills a gap in the market absolute editorial in Portuguese. The few publications in the area have been made for decades and are exhausted. Its importance is even greater. The research findings of Dom Cardine revolutionized the understanding and as a result, the teaching and practice of plainsong - the word is synonymous with Gregorian chant, but gregorianistas do not.

Dom Cardine tips rhythmic notions hitherto accepted, denying, for example, the existence of binary and ternary rhythms in Gregorian. For him the rhythmic movement obeys the set melody and meaning of the text.

"First Year of Gregorian Chant" is a basic book for beginners. Until its publication, in 1970, in Italy, all of the teaching material was based on the Gregorian method that restored in the last century. From the eleventh century the plainchant experienced decay and the heyday of this, in the eighteenth century, the authentic repertoire was almost nonexistent.

There are about 150 years the Benedictines began recovering the Gregorian, but in the twentieth century that research paleographic Dom Cardine allow closer parts and original way of singing.

In "Semiology of Gregorian Chant" analyzes the language of the original manuscripts of the tenth and eleventh centuries from the study and the significance of the signs neumáticos melodic. The "neumes" are symbols "of musical notation in the Middle Ages. Dom Cardine seeking the authentic interpretation of Gregorian comparing the various neumes employed by medieval copyists.
Dom Cardine says the old spellings determined the interpretive expression that a piece of music and disassembles required a complicated set of meanings hitherto ignored.

The works of Dom Cardine not discuss the history of the formation of the Gregorian. There is no reference to the influence of music in the liturgy franca of the empire of Charlemagne (742-814), which effectively ordered 'the music he believed to be the time of Gregory I (540-604). But this was not the direction of research Dom Cardine, confined to strictly musical development. Almost all its conclusions are now officially accepted by the Church. And interest to every student of ancient music.

Friday, April 19, 2013

A snippet from the Fr Norris OPUS

Sayings worth remembering.

 Remember “No man is a judge in his own case.” And from hour to hour we ripe and ripe, we rot and rot, and thereby hangs a tale. (Shakespeare). Time is a flash between two eternities. Consistency, thou art a jewel. Whatever has an end is short. Our life fixes our eternity no second innings. St. Theresa said she would walk on live coals all the days of her life, if it would gain her a little more merit. Everything is more durable than the dust out of which mankind is made. We are painting a picture and one day we must lay down the brush and gaze on it for eternity.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The White Fathers' community at St Anne's, Jerusalem

The White Fathers' community at St Anne's, Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Nazareth, is the location we are researching for our foundation; St Josephs House is a project using the Fr Norris OPUS IN FIDES as a formation program  for novices who experience a disability.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Marriage is unique for a reason

Interview: Head of Pontifical Council for the Family talks about the importance of the family for society, and more | Marriage Unique for a Reason

Marriage is unique for a reason

John Paul II MARRIAGE the start of Nazareth family


 Speculum Justitiae
Mirror of Justice

The various symbolic meanings of the mirror highlight: (1) purity of the soul, (2) self-knowledge and moral integrity, as well as (3) its ability to reflect reality.  Mary's soul is holy and pure.  She reflects the Sun of Justice, meaning God's perfection and holiness.  She is the mirror without blemish of God's majesty (Wisdom 7:6).  The Sun of Justice is reflected in the image of Mother and Child.  The angel with balance and sword, usually a symbol of justice, signifies God's perfection.  There is a second and oval mirror whose surface is tainted and marred.  In it, three shadowy silhouettes can be barely perceived, featuring Adam or sinful humanity between Good and Evil, that is Satan, beckoning and tempting, and the guardian angel watching over his protégé.  This mirror does not reflect light and perfection but darkness and sin, or at least the blurred human vision of God and eternity.
Thus Paul reminds us that "at present we see indistinctly as in a mirror, but then face to face" (1 Corinthians 13:12).


Justice is something that is Gospel

The 'rule' of St Josephs  house is to bring about Gospel Justine in our house.

SEE BLOG sample
1.      A Trail period of 6 months work under the guidance of the Paraclete. Discernment prayer and contemplation are our primary work.
2.      Bring only luggage you can carry yourself!  
3.      [1]Our work is God’s will for us and it is the means He has given us to sanctify our souls. The work of the House is primarily to sanctify our own souls, secondly to prepare our minds for the work of ‘The Church’ Body of Christ.
4.      “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and the acceptable and the perfect will of God.”  (Romans 12:1-2)
5.      [2]What is our purpose in life? To praise reverence and serve God and to attain salvation.

[1] Fr Jim Norris personal diary pg 85
[2] Fr Jim Norris personal diary pg 14'

Monday, April 15, 2013

Pope Francis meets with Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

Pope Francis meets with Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
Fouad Boutros Ibrahim Twal was born on October 23, 1940 in Madaba, Jordan. He entered the Latin Patriarchal seminary in Beit Jala in 1959, was ordained priest on June 29,1966 and served in the parishes of the Latin Patriarchate.
The Fr Norris OPUS IN FIDES is 256 pages long and is mitigated from St Ignatius spiritual exercises. In 1941 Fr. James Norris went to the Seminary in Essedon, Australia and after Ordination he then did missionary work in Japan until retirement, returning to Rotorua his hometown in 2004.  Fr Norris handed on his diary to Mark Baird in 2004 and I decided to type up his notes and study his work because I believe it has great merit for the average person.

Fr Norris: Thoughts “For to me, to live is Christ.” “Ah Christ if there were no hereafter it still were best to follow thee.” Tears are nobler gift than laughter. Whoever wears the yoke alone is free.
What we need most in our career is the one who can liberate within us that lifelong prisoner whose doom it is to remain captive until another sets it free, our best. For we can never set our best free by our own hands; that must be done by another. Aim at the highest to be a faithful copy of Christ. You have only one life to lead.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Bishop of Rome Francis presides over the celebration of the Eucharist during which he takes possession of the St. Paul's Basilica

Mass learn Latin

Latin booklet to follow the Mass

With Seqilla Christii the use of media is indescribable when it means you cannot get to Mass you can follow the Latin with the booklet It means you can concentrate more without distractions of other people shuffling about or coughing.  If you have a disability you can use technology not for entertainment but education. The use of technology is a big part of OPUS IN FIDES (The Fr Norris diary) If we ever get a house in Jerusalem technology will br essential in catechesis.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Pope Francis: Learning to take life as it comes, the good with the bad

Pope Francis: Learning to take life as it comes, the good with the bad

Pope Francis: Looking back at his first month in office

Pope Francis: Looking back at his first month in office

Vatican Connection - Apr. 12, 2012 Tradition

An interview with Fr Rosica CSB about the tradition of the Church, what small changes are likely with Pope Francis and how effective they may be in missionary work                tradition a Salt and L


"{9. Because the Christian Faith is universal and missionary, the events and words revealed by God must be each time rethought, reformulated, and lived anew within each human culture, if we wish them to inspire the prayer, the worship, and the daily life of the people of God. Thus, the Gospel of Christ leads each culture toward its. fullness and at the same time submits it to a creative criticism. "

I belive this the way inculturation works to bring many people to a understanding of the true Christiam message however one must never forget the primacy of sacramental grace.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Homily of Most Rev. Gerhard L. Müller A missionary homily.

The Holy See
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Bischof-GL-Müller.JPGThursday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time
Moreau Seminary
South Bend, IN
February 7, 2013

Homily of Most Rev. Gerhard L. Müller

I wonder what thoughts passed through the minds of the Twelve as they started out, two by two, on their first mission? Imagine it: these men had abandoned jobs and family and had by now spent a good deal of time with Jesus, privileged to be in daily, constant companionship with him. Now he was sending them out, and I suspect they went on their way with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. How would they be received? How effective would they be, especially without Jesus himself present? And (questions that might occur to any seminarian), where would they be sent … and with whom? Did Our Lord separate the sets of brothers? Did he, with perhaps a twinkle in his eye, pair up Matthew the tax collector with Simon the zealot?
We might describe their experience today as a "ministry placement"; they were to hone their teaching and pastoral skills with hands-on training. What were the distinguishing characteristics of their assignment? I would suggest three: First, they were to preach repentance, drive out demons, heal the sick; secondly, they were to travel light, unencumbered by what was unnecessary; thirdly, they were to carry out their mission in company with another disciple. Their model was Christ himself. They had watched him preach, expel demons and heal, and that was to be their mission, too. They had shared in his poverty and had learned from him how to get by with very little, so that his mission could be carried out more effectively. And they had seen him form his followers into a family, sharing in the joys and frustrations of his mission.
This was a short-term placement – the Twelve would soon return to Christ’s company, hopefully more intent on what they could learn from him. So it is with you: however interesting or instructive your pastoral placements may be, your seminary formation is first and foremost a privileged time to live intensely in Christ’s company and allow him to shape you to be his disciple. How do we come to know him? With our mind and with our heart.
We come to know Christ with our mind by the study of the Scriptures and theology. This, of course, must be lifelong learning, but your time of formation provides a unique opportunity for you to devote yourself to a sustained exploration of the truth of the faith. For a period of years, you have the luxury of focusing your energies almost entirely on the study of theology; your courses and the very structure of your daily routine are geared to this. While this is the perennial purpose of seminary formation, it takes on an even greater significance as we celebrate the Year of Faith. As our Holy Father pointed out in his Apostolic Letter announcing this Year, "

To a greater extent than in the past, faith is now being subjected to a series of questions arising from a changed mentality which, especially today, limits the field of rational certainties to that of scientific and technological discoveries." Leaders in the Church will have these questions posed to them, especially those whose ministry is dedicated to teaching. I encourage you not to squander this opportunity: it is likely that you will never again have such freedom to study.
And, we come to know Christ with our heart through prayer; indeed, the study of theology should be as much a romance as a discipline. The Holy Father speaks eloquently of this in his Letter: "Only through believing, then, does faith grow and become stronger; there is no other possibility for possessing certitude with regard to one’s life apart from self-abandonment, in a continuous crescendo, into the hands of a love that seems to grow constantly because it has its origin in God." It is in our spiritual life that we abandon ourselves into the hands of a love that seems to grow constantly, and your formation is geared to help you develop a deep relationship with Christ through both personal and communal prayer. Spiritual direction, retreats, days of recollection, group prayer and community liturgy all provide means to nurture an ongoing conversation with Christ, and to form habits of prayer that will sustain you throughout the rest of your life.
So, I invite you to see your time of formation as an invitation from Jesus to spend time in his company. Many crowds heard his teaching, witnessed his miracles, and came to believe in him; but not everyone shared in the intimacy that the Twelve enjoyed of being with him day in and day out. That, to my mind, is the essence of seminary formation. At the same time, Christ was preparing his friends to carry his Gospel to the whole world; similarly, your formation is geared to prepare you for service outside the walls of Moreau Seminary. Blessed Basil Moreau describes eloquently the various virtues needed by teachers, and from these I would choose one that should be nurtured by continuous, intimate communion with Christ: zeal. Of this virtue, Moreau writes: "Since the zeal of these teachers is guided by love, they do everything with strength and with gentleness: with strength because they are courageous and unshakable in the midst of any difficulties they face; with gentleness because they are tender and compassionate like Jesus Christ, the model for all teachers, who loved to be bothered by young people."
Christ loved to be bothered by young people. Judging from the Gospels, this was a trait that did not come easily to the Twelve, who as often as not seem to be trying to chase off people who were "bothering" their Master. They learned patience, as they learned everything else, by spending time with the Lord and the other disciples, watching him, listening to him, questioning him. May your formation give you both the mind and the heart of Christ, so that you will be strong and gentle teachers.