Mother Teresa on listening and prayerThere are a number of prayers used by Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Here are some of them.
Jesus is the Word made Flesh.Jesus is the Bread of Life.Jesus is the Victim offered for our sins on the Cross.Jesus is the Sacrifice at Holy Mass for the sins of the world and mine.Jesus is the Life – to be loved.Jesus is the Joy – to be shared.Jesus is the Hungry – to be fed.Jesus is the Thirsty – to be satiated.Jesus is the Naked – to be clothed.Jesus is the Homeless – to be taken in.Jesus is the Sick – to be healed.Jesus is the Lonely – to be loved.Jesus is the Unwanted – to be wanted.Jesus is the Leper – to wash his wounds.Jesus is the Beggar – to give him a smile.Jesus is the Drunkard – to listen to him.Jesus is the Little One – to embrace him.Jesus is the Drug Addict – to befriend him.Jesus is the Prostitute – to remove from danger.Jesus is the Prisoner – to be visited.Jesus is the Old – to be served.Jesus is my Everything. Amen.
Give us a heart as beautiful, pure, and spotless as yours.A heart like yours, so full of love and humility.May we be able to receive Jesus as the Bread of Life,to love Him as you loved Him,to serve Him under the mistreated face of the poor.We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
On a wall in one of St Teresa’s Children’s Homes
People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centred; forgive them anyway.If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kindanyway.If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies; succeed anyway.If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you; be honest and sincere anyway.What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight; create anyway.If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous; be happy anyway.The good you do today, will often be forgotten; do good anyway.Give the best you have, and it will never be enough; give your best anyway.In the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.But more profound is answers given in an interview
Interviewer: How do you pray to God?Mother Teresa: I listen.Interviewer: What does he say?Mother Teresa: He listens.
Silence, listening, is important to prayer.
Amen The Holy House of Loreto is traditionally believed to be the house that Our Lady was born and raised, and the same home where the Annunciation took place. It is in this house located in Nazareth where Our Lady said, “Yes” and consented to be the Mother of God when the Angel Gabriel appeared to her. It is also believed that this is the home that Our Lord lived with his holy parents.The question that always comes up with the House of Loreto is – how did the house in Nazareth end up in Loreto, Italy? Traditionally, it is said to have been carried by angels from Nazareth to Italy during the early years of the Crusades. It was removed from the Holy Land because Christians feared that the Muslim invaders would destroy the home like they did the Basilica in Nazareth. The basilica was built on top of the home by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century.Before it came to its final resting place in Loreto, it was first brought to Tersatto, a hill located in Dalmatia, now present-day Croatia. It remained here for three years, however, when the Muslims invaders ran over and took control of Albania, the Holy House fled again to avoid the same fate many feared would happen in the Holy Land – destruction by the Islamic conquerors. It arrived in Loreto, Italy on December 10, 1294.Although the carrying of the home by angels is a nice spiritual notion, the reality is that a noble and holy family by the name of “Angeli” assisted in the transportation of the Holy House by boat from its original location to Italy. This family is believed to have been part of the Christian Crusaders who went to defend the Holy Land. They also brought back with them many relics and sacramentals to be kept out of harms ways.Because the Holy House of Loreto traveled across great lengths from Nazareth to Loreto, Our Lady of Loreto has been marked as the Universal Patroness of Aviators. The feast of Our Lady of Loreto celebrated on December 10, is now part of the General Roman Calendar as an optional memorial. It was designated as such through a proclamation by the Holy Father on October 7, 2019. This feast, mostly known in Europe, now has a worldwide audience.It is said that countless saints have visited the Holy House of Loreto over the years, including St. Francis of Assisi, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and St. Maximillian Kolbe as well as many popes. After visiting Loreto, St. Therese of Lisieux said (in her autobiography) – “I am not at all surprised the Blessed Virgin chose this spot to transport her blessed house, for here peace, poverty, and joy reign supreme; everything is primitive and simple. […] Loreto really charmed me!”Our Lady of Loreto…Pray for UsTagged as: Emperor Constantine, Feast of Our Lady of Loreto, Holy House of Loreto, Loreto Italy, Our Lady of Loreto, Universal Patron of Aviators, What is the Holy House of LoretoTreća srijeda Velike devetnice u čast sv. Josipu (29.1.2020.)5m agoSv. Josip (San svetoga Josipa – Philippe de Champaigne)TREĆA SRIJEDA VELIKE DEVETNICE SV. JOSIPUOSLUŠKIVATI BOŽJI GLASTreći je dan (tjedan) naše devetnice svetom Josipu koji nas vuče u svetost i prijanjanje uz Boga, prijanjanje uz Njegovu Riječ, uz Njegovu Crkvu i sakramente. Moleći njegovim posredstvom napredujmo u vjeri, ljubavi, strpljivosti, ustrajnosti i brojnim drugim krepostima koje nam se otkrivaju promatrajući život ovog milog sveca.Danas razmišljajmo o Josipovom osluškivanju Božjeg glasa, njegovoj poslušnosti Bogu i njegovom odlučivanju za Božju volju, za Božji plan. Trenutak kad Josip saznaje za Marijinu trudnoću bio je jedan od trenutaka kada se u njemu očituju unutarnje borbe i ljudska slabost. Upravo nam takva situacija, teška, komplicirana i zbunjujuća, otkriva koliko je važno osluškivati Boga i unatoč svemu odlučiti se za Njega.“A Josip, muž njezin, pravedan, ne htjede je izvrgnuti sramoti, nego naumi da je potajice napusti.” Mt 1, 19Josip nije mogao shvatiti situaciju u kojoj se našao, bio je izgubljen i smušen. Želio je zaštiti Mariju od svijeta, od ljudi, od kamenovanja, iako ni sam nije znao što se i zašto događa. Želio je učiniti ono najbolje, ono što je po njegovom ljudskom srcu i razumu bilo najbolje. Odlučio se za bijeg. Kasnije, kad mu se u snu javio anđeo Gospodnji, uočavamo kako mu Svevišnji nudi potpuno drugačije rješenje. Bog od Josipa traži da uzme Mariju za svoju ženu i da njenom Sinu nadjene ime Isus. (Usp. Mt 1, 20)Mnogo puta u našem životu Bog progovara nudeći nam oprečno rješenje, rješenje koje nam je totalno neshvatljivo, rješenje koje nije u skladu s odlukom koju smo mi donijeli, rješenje koje se ne slaže s nekim našim rješenjem. Kako ćemo čuti Božji glas, kako ćemo znati da nam On progovara, kad je naš glas toliko teško nadglasati, kad mi uvijek znamo najbolje. Tražimo od Boga izvanredne znakove, a ne želimo odlutati u tišinu i mir kako bi Ga zaista čuli. Kako nam je teško osloniti se na Boga! On uvijek nekako traži da se odlučimo za nešto teže, nešto zahtjevnije, a mi baš želimo prečicom.Učimo od svetog Josipa čija se veličina ogleda upravo u tome što je napustio svoje rješenje i prihvatio ono što je bilo najteže, ono što je prvo isključio. Prihvatio je Božji plan. Odricajući se svog rješenja i prihvaćajući Božju volju i plan, pa i kad nam se čini da je najteži i najkompliciraniji, priznajemo da je Bog taj koji vodi ljudski život i cijelu ljudsku povijest. Upravo nam situacije u kojima smo pritiješnjeni otkrivaju da Bog nikad ne ostavlja svoju djecu, uvijek se pojavi kad nam je to najpotrebnije, odmah intervenira i juri nam u pomoć i upućuje svoju riječ kako bi se svaki problem riješio. Bog progovara i zato je važno osluškivati!U Josipovom životu Bog je uglavnom progovarao preko posrednika, u njegovim sumnjama pomagao mu je preko anđela. I nama danas često pomaže preko posrednika, preko ljudi, preko naših bližnjih, preko prijatelja, preko svećenika. Važno je osluškivati druge, prihvaćati savjete, a onda prebirati u srcu kako bi prepoznali Božju volju.Jesmo li Ga spremni potražiti u braći i sestrama? Jesmo li Ga sposobni čuti u braći i sestrama? Jesmo li ga sposobni čuti u svom srcu?Molimo danas Gospodina da nam udjeli snagu i jakost kako bi otvorili svoje srce i čuli Njegov glas i poticaje, da ne moramo tražiti izvanredne znakove, nego da Ga u ljudima pronalazimo i da Ga u ljudima ljubimo. Dopustimo Mu da nam progovori, da nas iznenadi, da nas osvoji. Odlučimo ga čuti!MOLITVASveti Josipe, koji si uvijek osluškivao Božju volju i prihvaćao Njegova rješenja, molimo te, prinesi svome Sinu naša tvrda srca koja u strci i buci ovog svijeta ne mogu čuti Božji glas i prepustiti se Njegovim planovima. Zamoli svog svetog Sina da vikne glasnije i nadglasa svu buku našeg srca kako bismo mogli slijediti Njegove poticaje i Njegovu volju te tako mijenjati naše osobne živote, našu Domovinu i cijeli svijet.Oče naš…Zdravo Marijo…Slava Ocu…LITANIJE SV. JOSIPUGospodine, smiluj se!Kriste, smiluj se!Gospodine, smiluj se!Kriste, čuj nas!Kriste, usliši nas!Oče nebeski, Bože, smiluj nam se!Sine, Otkupitelju svijeta, Bože, smiluj nam se!Duše Sveti, Bože, smiluj nam se!Sveto Trojstvo, jedan Bože, smiluj nam se!Sveta Marijo, moli za nas!Sveti Josipe, moli za nas!Slavni porode Davidov, moli za nas!Svjetlosti patrijarha, moli za nas!Zaručniče Bogorodice, moli za nasStidljivi čuvaru Djevice, moli za nas!Hranitelju Sina Božjega, moli za nas!Brižni branitelju Kristov, moli za nas!Glavaru slavne obitelji, moli za nas!Josipe pravedni, moli za nas!Josipe prečisti, moli za nas!Josipe premudri, moli za nas!Josipe jaki, moli za nas!Josipe poslušni, moli za nas!Josipe vjerni, moli za nas!Ogledalo strpljivosti, moli za nas!Ljubitelju siromaštva, moli za nas!Uzore radnika, moli za nas!Uresu domaćega života, moli za nas!Čuvaru djevica, moli za nas!Potporo obitelji, moli za nas!Utjeho bijednih, moli za nas!Ufanje bolesnih, moli za nas!Zaštitniče umirućih, moli za nas!Strahu zlih duhova, moli za nas!Pokrovitelju svete Crkve, moli za nas!Jaganjče Božji, koji oduzimaš grijehe svijeta,oprosti nam, Gospodine!Jaganjče Božji, koji oduzimaš grijehe svijeta,usliši nas, Gospodine!Jaganjče Božji, koji oduzimaš grijehe svijeta,smiluj se nama!Postavio ga je gospodarom doma svojega.I poglavarom sveg imanja svojega.Pomolimo se. Bože, koji si se neiskazanom providnosti udostojao izabrati blaženoga Josipa za zaručnika presvetoj Majci svojoj, daj molimo da koga kao pokrovitelja častimo na zemlji, zavrijedimo imati zagovornikom na nebu. Koji živiš i kraljuješ u sve vijeke vjekova.Amen.Moli za nas, Sveti Josipe,Da dostojni postanemo obećanja Kristovih.Pomolimo se. Molimo Te Gospodine, neka nam budu na pomoć zasluge zaručnika presvete Majke Tvoje, da zadobijemo njegovim zagovorom, što svojom slaboćom ne možemo postići. Koji živiš i kraljuješ u vijeke vjekova.Amen.PRVO ČITANJE:Iz Knjige Ponovljenog zakona 29, 1-5. 9-28Prokletstvo nad prekršiteljima SavezaU one dane Mojsije sazva sav Izrael pa im reče: “Vidjeli ste na rođene oči sve što je Gospodin učinio u zemlji egipatskoj faraonu, svim službenicima njegovim i svoj zemlji njegovoj: velike kušnje što su ih vidjele tvoje oči, silne znakove i čudesa! Ali vam ne dade Gospodin do danas razuma da shvatite, očiju da vidite ni ušiju da čujete.Vodio sam vas pustinjom četrdeset godina; odjeća se na vama nije izderala niti su se sandale na vašim nogama raskidale. Kruha niste jeli; vina ni drugoga opojnog pića niste pili, da biste znali da sam ja Gospodin, Bog vaš.Danas stojite svi pred Gospodinom, Bogom svojim: vaši plemenski glavari, vaše starješine i vaši nadglednici, svi muževi Izraela, djeca vaša, žene vaše i došljak koji je u tvome taboru – od onoga koji ti siječe drva do onoga koji ti nosi vodu – da stupite u Savez s Gospodinom, Bogom svojim, u Savez zakletvom potvrđen, što ga Gospodin, Bog tvoj, danas s tobom sklapa da danas od tebe učini svoj narod i da ti on bude Bog, kako ti je rekao i kako se zakleo tvojim ocima: Abrahamu, Izaku i Jakovu.I ne sklapam danas ovaj Savez sa zakletvom samo s vama nego i sa svakim koji danas stoji ovdje s nama pred Gospodinom, Bogom našim, i sa svakim koji danas nije ovdje s nama. Sami znate kako smo boravili u zemlji egipatskoj i kako smo prošli posred naroda kroz koje ste morali proći. Vidjeli ste njihove rugobe, njihove kumire od drveta i kamena, srebra i zlata što ih imaju.Neka ne bude među vama čovjeka ni žene, roda ni plemena kojemu bi se srce danas odvratilo od Gospodina, Boga našega, pa da ide iskazivati štovanje bogovima onih naroda. Neka ne bude među vama korijena koji rađa otrovom i pelinom. Neka se nitko, čuvši riječi ovog prokletstva, ne nada blagoslovu kazujući u svome srcu: Bit će mi dobro ako poživim i po prohtjevima srca svoga. Neka povodanj utaži žeđ! Takvome neće Gospodin nikad oprostiti, nego će se gnjev i ljubomornost Gospodinova izliti na tog čovjeka, tako da će se sve prokletstvo zapisano u ovoj knjizi na nj oboriti te će Gospodin izbrisati ime njegovo pod nebom. Prema svim prokletstvima ovog Saveza, zapisanima u knjizi ovoga Zakona, Gospodin će ga odstraniti, na njegovu propast, od svih plemena izraelskih.Kasniji naraštaj, sinovi vaši poslije vas, i stranci koji dođu iz daleke zemlje, kad vide zla ove zemlje i bolesti što će ih Gospodin pustiti na nju, reći će:Sva je zemlja njegova samo sumpor i sol; niti se što sije niti što klija; nikakva travka na njoj ne raste; jednaka je srušenoj Sodomi i Gomori, Admi i Sebojimu, što ih Gospodin sruši u svojoj ljutini i gnjevu.I svi će narodi pitati: Zašto učini Gospodin ovako ovoj zemlji? Kakva je morala biti žestina toga silnoga gnjeva?Onda će im se reći:Jer su ostavili Savez što ga je Gospodin, Bog otaca njihovih, bio sklopio s njima kad ih je izveo iz zemlje egipatske; i jer su otišli da iskazuju štovanje drugim bogovima i njima se klanjali, bogovima kojih nisu poznavali i kojih im on nije odredio. Zato se Gospodinov gnjev izlio na ovu zemlju i palo na nju sve prokletstvo zapisano u ovoj knjizi. Gospodin ih je iščupao iz njihove zemlje u ljutini, srdžbi i velikom gnjevu te ih bacio u drugu zemlju. Tako je i danas.`Što je sakriveno, pripada Gospodinu, Bogu našemu, a objava nama i sinovima našim zauvijek da vršimo sve riječi ovoga Zakona.Otpjev Gal 3. 13-14: usp. Pnz8, 14R. Krist je postao za nas proklet da na pogane dođe blagoslov Abrahamov, * da Obećanje, Duha, primimo po vjeri.O. Bog nas je izveo iz zemlje egipatske i oslobodio nas iz kuće ropstva. * Da Obećanje.DRUGO ČITANJE:Iz Propovijedi o Pjesmi nad pjesmama, svetoga Bernarda, Opata (Prop. 61, 3-5; Sabrana djela, 2, 150-151)Krivica je bila velika, a milost još većaGdje je slabim ljudima jaka i čvrsta sigurnost i pokoj, ako ne u ranama Spasiteljevim? Ja tu toliko sigurnije prebivam, koliko više shvaćam njegovu spasiteljsku moć. Neka viče svijet, neka smeta tijelo, neka zasjeda đavao! Ne bojim se da ću pasti, jer je moj temelj na čvrstoj stijeni. Ako sam možda i teško sagriješio, ako me i savjest tišti, neću očajavati, nego ću se sjećati rana Gospodnjih, jer je Gospodin izranjen zbog bezakonja naših. Ima li išta što vodi u smrt, da to Kristova smrt ne bi uništila. Ako se samo sjetim da imam tako snažan i djelotvoran lijek, ne treba mi se bojati ni od kakve opasne bolesti.Očigledno je da je pogriješio onaj koji je rekao: Moja je zloća tako velika da ne zaslužujem oproštenja. Tako može govoriti samo onaj koji ne pripada udovima Kristovim, tko nema zajedništva u zaslugama Kristovim onako kao što su udovi u jedinstvu s glavom, nego računa i govori da je njegovo samo ono što je sam učinio.A ja bez straha iz Srca Gospodnjega prisvajam sebi ono čega nemam, jer je njegovo Srce prepuno milosrđa, a i probodeno je da milosrđe razlije. Proboli su njegove ruke i noge, a prsi mu kopljem otvorili. Kroz te rane mogu slobodno dohvatiti med što curi s litice i ulje što se prelijeva ispod tvrdog kamena, to jest kušati i vidjeti kako je sladak Gospodin. On je mislio misli mira, a ja to nisam znao. Tko može spoznati misao Gospodnju? Ili tko mu je bio savjetnik? Čavao koji je otvorio rane postao je ključ koji mi otvara vrata da upoznam volju Gospodnju. A što mogu vidjeti kroz otvor? Govori mi čavao, govori mi rana da je Bog doista u Kristu svijet sa sobom pomirio. Koplje je probolo dušu njegovu i približilo se Srcu njegovu, tako da može dobro suosjećati s mojim slaboćama. Otvoreno je skrovište Srca ranama tijela. Otvoreno je veliko otajstvo, otvoreno je milosrđe Srca Boga našega, po kome nas je pohodilo Mlado Sunce s visine. Zašto srce ne bi bilo otvoreno po ranama? U čemu bi se drugom jasnije negoli u tvojim ranama moglo vidjeti da si ti, Gospodine, sladak i blag i bogat milosrđem? Doista, nitko nema veće ljubavi od ove da položi život svoj za osuđene na smrt i odbačene. Stoga Božje smilovanje postaje meni zasluga. Nisam sasvim bez zasluga dok god u njega ima smilovanja. Pa kad u njega obiluje smilovanje, i ja, unatoč svemu, obilujem zaslugama. A što ako sam svjestan svojih mnogih krivica? Utjeha mi je da je krivica bila velika a milosrđe još veće. Ako je milosrđe Gospodnje od vijeka do vijeka, i ja ću o milosrđu Gospodnjem uvijek pjevati. A što mogu misliti o svojoj pravednosti? Gospodine, samo ću se tvoje pravednosti spominjati. No to je ujedno i moja pravednost, jer ti si postao moja pravednost pred Bogom Ocem.Otpjev Iz 53, 5; 1 Pt 2, 24R. Za naše grijehe probodoše njega, za opačine naše njega satriješe. Na njega pade kazna — radi našeg mira, * njegove nas rane iscijeliše.O. On u tijelu svom grijehe naše ponese na drvo da, umrijevši grijesima, pravednosti živimo. * Njegove nas.MolitvaSvemogući, milosrdni Bože, tvoja je milost da ti dostojno i uzorno služimo. Daj da bez zapreke težimo za obećanim dobrima. Po Gospodinu.O. Amen.Blagoslivljajmo Gospodina.O. Bogu hvala.– SRIJEDA03. NKG – SvagdanPOVEČERJER. Bože, u pomoć mi priteci.O. Gospodine, pohiti da mi pomogneš.Slava Ocu i Sinu i Duhu Svetomu.Kako bijaše na početku, tako i sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.ISPIT SAVJESTIKod zajedničkog ali i pojedinačnog moljenja može se obaviti pokajnički čin jednim od slijedećih obrazaca:Ispovijedam se Bogu svemogućemu i vama, braćo, da sagriješih vrlo mnogo mišlju, riječju, djelom i propustom: moj grijeh, moj grijeh, moj preveliki grijeh.Zato molim blaženu Mariju vazda Djevicu, sve anđele i svete, i vas, braćo,da se molite za me Gospodinu, Bogu našemu.iliSmiluj nam se GospodineO. Jer smo sagriješili tebi.Pokaži nam, Gospodine, milosrđe svojeO. I spasenje svoje daj nam.Smilovao nam se svemogući Bog,otpustio nam grijehe našei priveo nas u život vječni.O. AmenHIMANVeć mrak se hvata, gine dan,O Stvoritelju, čuj nam glas,Po beskrajnoj ti blagostiIznad nas bdij i štiti nas.Nek srca naša mirujuI tebe kroz noć sanjaju,Nek slavu tvoju vječituDo zore, tiha, pjevaju.Za život čestit molimo,Obnovi našu gorljivost.Nek tvoja svjetlost obasjaZle sjene što ih tama tka.Podijeli, Oče milostivPo Kristu našem IsusuU vijeke koji sa TobomI Duhom vlada Presvetim. AmeniliO Kriste, sjajna svjetlosti,Ti zlo i tminu razgoniš.Od Svjetla Svjetlo blaženo,Ti radost budi vjernima.Sad primi našu molitvu:I ove noći čuvaj nas,Udijeli mir nam spokojanDa slatki san sad usnimo.Dok tako snili budemo,Nek srce za Te bdije nam,A svojom vjernom desnicomZakrili svoje vjernike.Ti štite naš i obrano,Obuzdaj ljude zasjedneI staze naše upravljajK nebeskim divnim dverima.Sva slava Ocu višnjemu,I Tebi Kriste, Spasu naš,Sa Duhom, našom utjehom,I sad i vječnost čitavu. Amen1^ AntifonaBože, budi mi hrid zaštitei tvrđava spasenja.PSALAM 31 (30), 1-6. Molitva u nevolji i zahvala za uslišanjeOče, u ruke tvoje predajem duh svoj (Lk 23,46).Tebi se, Gospodine, utječem,o, da se ne postidim nikada: *u svojoj me pravdi izbavi!Prikloni k meni uho svoje, *pohiti da me oslobodiš!Budi mi hrid zaštite, *tvrđava spasenja.Jer ti si hrid moja, tvrđava moja, *radi svoga imena vodi me i ravnaj.Izvuci me iz mreže koju mi zapeše, *jer ti si moje utočište.U tvoje ruke duh svoj predajem: *otkupi me, Gospodine, Bože vjerni.Slava Ocu. Kako bijaše.1^ AntifonaBože, budi mi hrid zaštitei tvrđava spasenja.2^ AntifonaIz dubine, Gospodine, vapijem tebi.PSALAM 130 (129). Pouzdanje u BogaOn će spasiti narod svoj od grijeha njegovih (Mt 1, 21)Iz dubine, Gospodine, vapijem tebi: *Gospodine, čuj glas moj!Neka pazi uho tvoje *na glas moga vapaja!Ako se, Gospodine, grijehâ budeš spominjao, *Gospodine, tko će opstati?Al’ u tebe je praštanje, *da bismo ti služili.U Gospodina ja se uzdam, *duša se moja u njegovu uzda riječ.Duša moja čeka Gospodina *više no zoru straža noćna;više no zoru straža noćna *nek’ Izrael čeka Gospodina.Jer je u Jahve milosrđe *i obilno je u njega otkupljenje;on će otkupiti Izraela *od svih grijeha njegovih.Slava Ocu. Kako bijaše.2^ AntifonaIz dubine, Gospodine, vapijem tebi.Kratko čitanjeEf 4,26-27.31-32Srdite se, ali ne griješite! Sunce nek ne zađe nad vašom srdžbom i ne dajte mjesta đavlu. Daleko od vas svaka gorčina, i srdžba, i gnjev, i vika, i hula sa svom opakošću!OtpjevR. U ruke tvoje, Gospodine, * predajem duh svoj.U ruke tvoje, Gospodine, predajem duh svoj.O. Otkupio si nas, Gospodine, Bože vjerni. Slava Ocu.U ruke tvoje, Gospodine, predajem duh svoj.AntifonaBrani nas, Gospodine,dok bdijemo, čuvaj nas dok spavamo,da bdijemo s Kristomi počivamo u miru.ŠIMUNOV HVALOSPJEV Lk 2, 29-32Krist svjetlost naroda i slava IzraelovaSad otpuštaš slugu svoga, Gospodaru, *po riječi svojoj u miru.Ta vidješe oči moje, *spasenje tvoje,koje si pripravio *pred licem sviju naroda.Svjetlost na prosvjetljenje naroda, *i slavu puka svoga izraelskoga.Slava Ocu. Kako bijaše.AntifonaBrani nas, Gospodine,dok bdijemo, čuvaj nas dok spavamo,da bdijemo s Kristomi počivamo u miru.MolitvaGospodine Isuse Kriste, ti si blag i krotak te daješ slatki jaram i lako breme onima koji idu za tobom. Primi, molimo te, naše današnje naume i naš rad i udijeli nam počinak koji će nam pomoći da ti još spremnije služimo. Po KristuNato se reče:O. Mirnu noć i sretan svršetak udijelio nam svemogući Gospodin.O. AmenANTIFONE BLAŽENE DJEVICE MARIJESlavna Majko Spasitelja,Rajska dveri milostivna,Koja vjerne vodiš k sreći,Iznad mora zvijezdo divna!O pomozi palom svijetu,Koji želi ozdravljenje,Ti, što rodi Stvorca svogaPrirodi na udivljenje.Čuvši pozdrav GabrielaDonese nam život svima,Djevom zače, Djevom osta:Smiluj nam se grešnicima.ili:Rajska kruno, rajska slavo,Anđeoska Gospo, zdravo.Ti si korijen, ti si vrata,S kojih sinu svjetlost zlata.Ti si ljiljan djevičanstva,Ti si nakit čovječanstva.Zdravo, puno svih milina,Moli za nas svoga Sina.ili:Zdravo Kraljice, majko milosrdna,Živote, slasti i ufanje naše, zdravo.K tebi vapijemo prognani sinovi Evini.K tebi uzdišemo tugujući i plačućiu ovoj suznoj dolini.Svrni, dakle, zagovornice naša,one svoje milostive oči na naste nam poslije ovoga progonapokaži Isusa, blagoslovljeni plod utrobe svoje,O blaga, o mila, o slatka djevice Marijo!ili:Pod obranu se tvoju utječemo, sveta Bogorodice,ne odbij nam molbe u potrebama našim,nego nas od svih pogibli uvijek oslobodi,Djevice slavna i blagoslovljena,Gospođo naša, posrednice naša,zagovornice naša!Sa svojim nas Sinom pomiri,svojemu nas Sinu preporuči,svojemu nas Sin izruči! AmenIt’s important to end your day giving thanks for God’s bountiful mercy.We don’t always end our days on the right note. We could be angry at our spouse, disappointed by what happened at work, or simply exhausted.However, it’s important to surrender all that we are into God’s hands; he knows how to draw good out of our suffering.In particular, we should meditate on God’s bountiful mercy and how he has taken care of us throughout the day. It’s not easy to remember these moments, but when we give time to reflect on it, our lives will benefit from it.Here is a short meditation from the Golden Manual and prayer that can help end our day in a positive way, remembering how God is always present in our lives.O almighty and eternal God, whose majesty fills heaven and earth, I firmly believe that you are here present; that your adorable eye is on me; that you see and know all things, and are most intimately present in the very center of my soul.I give you thanks, from the bottom of my heart, for all your mercies and blessings bestowed upon me and upon your whole Church; and particularly for those I have received from you this day, in your watching over me, and preserving me from so many evils, and favoring me with so many graces and inspirations, [Here pause, and meditate on God’s mercies from today] Oh, let me never more be ungrateful to you, my God, who are so good and gracious to me.Saint Peter Nolasco
In the early thirteenth century the Moors still held much of Spain, and in sudden raids from the sea they carried off thousands of Christians, holding them as slaves in Granada and in their citadels along the African coast. A hero of these unfortunates was Saint Peter Nolasco, born about the year 1189 near Carcassonne in France. When he went to Barcelona to escape the heresy then rampant in southern France, he consecrated the fortune he had inherited to the redemption of the captives taken on the seas by the Saracens. He was obsessed with the thought of their suffering, and desired to sell his own person to deliver his brethren and take their chains upon himself. God made it known to him how agreeable that desire was to Him.
Because of these large sums of money he expended, Peter became penniless. He was without resources and powerless, when the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and said to him: Find for Me other men like yourself, an army of brave, generous, unselfish men, and send them into the lands where the children of the Faith are suffering. Peter went at once to Saint Raymond of Pennafort, his confessor, who had had a similar revelation and used his influence with King James I of Aragon and with Berengarius, Archbishop of Barcelona, to obtain approbation and support for the new community. On August 10, 1218, Peter and two companions were received as the first members of the Order of Our Lady of Ransom, dedicated to the recovery of Christian captives. To the three traditional vows of religion, its members joined a fourth, that of delivering their own persons to the overlords, if necessary, to ransom Christians.
The Order spread rapidly. Peter and his comrades traveled throughout Christian Spain, recruiting new members and collecting funds to purchase the captives. Then they began negotiations with the slave-owners. They penetrated Andalusia, crossed the sea to Tunis and Morocco, and brought home cargo after cargo of Christians. Although Peter, as General of the Order, was occupied with its organization and administration, he made two trips to Africa where, besides liberating captives, he converted many Moors. He died after a long illness on Christmas night of 1256; he was canonized by Pope Urban VIII in 1628. His Order continues its religious services, now devoted to preaching and hospital service.
Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894); Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 2https://youtu.be/2CGufEAOFic
St. John of the Cross is so attuned to the human heart, he knows just how to beg God for what we need.Among the many deeply spiritual joys available to devoted Catholic Christians are these grace-filled endeavors: sitting in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament at Eucharistic Adoration and spending time alone in silent, contemplative prayer.Alas, entering into those moments doesn’t necessarily happen smoothly.
Yes, the two prayer experiences can happen simultaneously, but they don’t have to.
Adoration requires the physical presence of bread consecrated and changed into the Body of Christ. It also could feature vocal prayer and music; it might involve a group of fellow worshipers.
Our own personal time of contemplation can be enjoyed anywhere solitude might be found. St. Teresa of Avila said contemplative prayer is “a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.”
That implies words aren’t necessarily needed.
What is needed? Quite simply: peace. Or, more specifically, “stillness of soul.”
Easier said than done, right? People often walk into a holy hour in an adoration chapel during the course of an active day, then try to quiet their thoughts to focus on the Lord and His Presence. But there always has to be a transition period of time for leaving lingering memories of the drive to church or that conversation with a child or the unfinished work project in order to pay particular attention to God alone.
Those same mental obstacles can hinder finding the peace desired for holy contemplation.
Anything that could trouble the soul clearly would benefit from a divinely peaceful attitude.
That level of peace can be helpful in other endeavors, beyond prayer.
Imagine such calmness and serenity as you enter into the busy-ness of the day — going to work, tackling an important task or assignment, facing a difficult conversation with a friend or family member. Anything that could trouble the soul clearly would benefit from a divinely peaceful attitude.
St. John of the Cross, one of St. Teresa’s closest friends, has served as one of my most admired spiritual guides and provided a prayer that I’ve found beneficial in entering any of these situations and much, much more. The 16th-century Spanish Carmelite priest, mystic, and Doctor of the Church spoke these words that resonate when peace is desired.
O blessed Jesus,Grant me stillness of soul in Thee.Let Thy mighty calmness reign in me;Reign in me, O Thou King of gentleness, King of peace.Give me control, great power of self-control,Control over my words, thoughts, and actions.From all irritability, lack of meekness, lack of gentleness, O dear Lord, deliver me.By Thine own deep patience, give me patience, Stillness of soul in Thee.Make me in this and all things more and more like Thee.
Read more:7 Inspiring truths from St. John of the Cross
SACRAE DISCIPLINAE LEGES
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
POPE JOHN PAUL II
FOR THE PROMULGATION
OF THE NEW CODE OF CANON LAW TO THE REVERED BROTHERS, CARDINALS, ARCHBISHOPS, BISHOPS, PRIESTS,
DEACONS, AND TO THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD,
BISHOP SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD AS A PERPETUAL RECORD During the course of the centuries, the Catholic Church has been accustomed to reform and renew the laws of canonical discipline so that, in constant fidelity to her divine Founder, they may be better adapted to the saving mission entrusted to her. Prompted by this same purpose and fulfilling at last the expectations of the whole Catholic world, I order today, January 25, 1983, the promulgation of the revised Code of Canon Law. In so doing, my thoughts go back to the same day of the year 1959, when my Predecessor of happy memory, John XXIII, announced for the first time his decision to reform the existing corpus of canonical legislation which had been promulgate on the feast of Pentecost in the year 1917.Such a decision to reform the Code was taken together with two other decisions of which the Pontiff spoke on that same day, and they concerned the intention to hold a Synod of the Diocese of Rome and to convoke the Ecumenical Council. Of these two events, the first was not closely connected with the reform of the Code, but the second, that is, the Council, is of supreme importance in regard to the present matter and is closely connected with it.If we ask ourselves why John XXIII considered it necessary to reform the existing Code, the answer can perhaps be found in the Code itself which was promulgated in the year 1917. But there exists also another answer and that is the decisive one, namely, that the reform of the Code of Canon Law appeared to be definitely desired and requested by the same Council which devoted such great attention to the Church.As is obvious, when the revision of the Code was first announced, the Council was an event of the future. Moreover, the acts of its magisterium and especially its doctrine on the Church would be decided in the years 1962-1965; however, it is clear to everyone that John XXIII’s intuition was very true, and with good reason it must be said that his decision was for the good of the Church in the long term.Therefore, the new Code, which is promulgated today, necessarily required the previous work of the Council; and although it was announced together with the Ecumenical Council, nevertheless it follows it chronologically, because the work undertaken in its preparation, since it had to be based upon the Council, could not begin until after completion of the latter.Turning our mind today to the beginning of this long journey, that is, to that January 25, 1959, and to John XXIII himself who initiated the revision of the Code, I must recognize that this Code derives from one and the same intention, which is that of the renewal of the Christian life. From such an intention, in fact, the entire work of the Council drew its norms and its direction.If we now pass on to consider the nature of the work which preceded the promulgation of the Code, and also the manner in which it was carried out, especially during the Pontificates of Paul VI and of John Paul I, and from then until the present day, it must be clearly pointed out that this work was brought to completion in an outstandingly collegial spirit; and this not only in regard to the material drafting of the work, but also as regards the very substance of the laws enacted.This note of collegiality, which eminently characterizes and distinguishes the process of origin of the present Code, corresponds perfectly with the teaching and the character of the Second Vatican Council. Therefore the Code, not only because of its content but also because of its very origin, manifests the spirit of this Council, in the documents of which the Church, the universal “sacrament of salvation” (cf. Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen gentium, nos. 1, 9, 48), is presented as the People of God and its hierarchical constitution appears based on the College of Bishops united with its Head.For this reason, therefore, the bishops and the episcopates were invited to collaborate in the preparation of the new Code, so that by means of such a long process, by a method as far as possible collegial, there should gradually mature the juridical formulas which would later serve for the use of the entire Church. In all these phases of the work there also took part experts, namely, specialists in theology, history, and especially in canon law, who were chosen from all over the world.To one and all of them I wish to express today my sentiments of deep gratitude.In the first place there come before my eyes the figures of the deceased Cardinals who presided over the preparatory commission: Cardinal Pietro Ciriaci who began the work, and Cardinal Pericle Felici who, for many years, guided the course of the work almost to its end. I think then of the secretaries of the same commission: Very Rev. Mons. Giacomo Violardo, later Cardinal, and Father Raimondo Bidagor, S.J., both of whom in carrying out this task poured out the treasures of their doctrine and wisdom. Together with them I recall the Cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops and all those who were members of that commission, as well as the consultors of the individual study groups engaged during these years in such a difficult work, and whom God in the meantime has called to their eternal reward. I pray to God for all of them.I am pleased to remember also the living, beginning with the present Pro – President of the commission, the revered brother, Most Rev. Rosalío Castillo Lara, who for a very long time has done excellent work in a task of such great responsibility, to pass then to our beloved son, Mons. Willy Onclin, whose devotion and diligence have greatly contributed to the happy outcome of the work, and finally to all the others in the commission itself, whether as Cardinal members or as officials, consultors and collaborators in the various study groups, or in other offices, who have given their appreciated contribution to the drafting and the completion of such a weighty and complex work.Therefore, in promulgating the Code today, I am fully aware that this act is an expression of pontifical authority and, therefore, it is invested with a “primatial” character. But I am also aware that this Code in its objective content reflects the collegial care of all my brothers in the episcopate for the Church. Indeed, by a certain analogy with the Council, it should be considered as the fruit of a collegial collaboration because of the united efforts on the part of specialized persons and institutions throughout the whole Church.A second question arises concerning the very nature of the Code of Canon Law. To reply adequately to this question, one must mentally recall the distant patrimony of law contained in the books of the Old and New Testament from which is derived, as from its first source, the whole juridical – legislative tradition of the Church.Christ the Lord, indeed, did not in the least wish to destroy the very rich heritage of the Law and of the Prophets which was gradually formed from the history and experience of the People of God in the Old Testament, but He brought it to completion (cf. Mt. 5:17), in such wise that in a new and higher way it became part of the heritage of the New Testament. Therefore, although St. Paul, in expounding the Paschal Mystery, teaches that justification is not obtained by the works of the Law, but by means of faith (cf. Rom. 3:28; Gal. 2:16), he does not thereby exclude the binding force of the Decalogue (cf. Rom. 13:28; Gal. 5:13-25; 6:2), nor does he deny the importance of discipline in the Church of God (cf. 1 Cor. chapters 5, 6). Thus the writings of the New Testament enable us to understand still more the importance itself of discipline and make us see better how it is more closely connected with the saving character of the evangelical message itself.This being so, it appears sufficiently clear that the Code is in no way intended as a substitute for faith, grace and the charisms in the life of the Church and of the faithful. On the contrary, its purpose is rather to create such an order in the ecclesial society that, while assigning the primacy to faith, grace and the charisms, it at the same time renders easier their organic development in the life both of the ecclesial society and of the individual persons who belong to it.The Code, as the principal legislative document of the Church, founded on the juridical – legislative heritage of Revelation and Tradition, is to be regarded as an indispensable instrument to ensure order both in individual and social life, and also in the Church’s activity itself. Therefore, besides containing the fundamental elements of the hierarchical and organic structure of the Church as willed by her divine Founder, or as based upon apostolic, or in any case most ancient, tradition, and besides the fundamental principles which govern the exercise of the threefold office entrusted to the Church itself, the Code must also lay down certain rules and norms of behavior.The instrument, which the Code is, fully corresponds to the nature of the Church, especially as it is proposed by the teaching of the Second Vatican Council in general, and in a particular way by its ecclesiological teaching. Indeed, in a certain sense, this new Code could be understood as a great effort to translate this same doctrine, that is, the conciliar ecclesiology, into canonical language. If, however, it is impossible to translate perfectly into canonical language the conciliar image of the Church, nevertheless, in this image there should always be found as far as possible its essential point of reference.From this there are derived certain fundamental criteria which should govern the entire new Code, both in the sphere of its specific matter and also in the language connected with it. It could indeed be said that from this there is derived that character of complementarily which the Code presents in relation to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, with particular reference to the two constitutions, the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen gentium and the Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et spes.Hence it follows that what constitutes the substantial “novelty” of the Second Vatican Council, in line with the legislative tradition of the Church, especially in regard to ecclesiology, constitutes likewise the “novelty” of the new Code.Among the elements which characterize the true and genuine image of the Church, we should emphasize especially the following: the doctrine in which the Church is presented as the People of God (cf. Lumen gentium, no. 2), and authority as a service (cf. ibid., no. 3); the doctrine in which the Church is seen as a “communion,” and which, therefore, determines the relations which should exist between the particular Churches and the universal Church, and between collegiality and the primacy; the doctrine, moreover, according to which all the members of the People of God, in the way suited to each of them, participate in the threefold office of Christ: priestly, prophetic and kingly. With this teaching there is also linked that which concerns the duties and rights of the faithful, and particularly of the laity; and finally, the Church’s commitment to ecumenism.If, therefore, the Second Vatican Council has drawn from the treasury of Tradition elements both old and new, and the new consists precisely in the elements which we have enumerated, then it is clear that the Code also should reflect the same note of fidelity in newness and of newness in fidelity, and conform itself to that in its own field and in its particular way of expressing itself.The new Code of Canon Law appears at a moment when the bishops of the whole Church not only ask for its promulgation, but are crying out for it insistently and almost with impatience.In actual fact the Code of Canon Law is extremely necessary for the Church. Since, indeed, it is organized as a social and visible structure, it must also have norms: in order that its hierarchical and organic structure be visible; in order that the exercise of the functions divinely entrusted to her, especially that of sacred power and of the administration of the sacraments, may be adequately organized; in order that the mutual relations of the faithful may be regulated according to justice based upon charity, with the rights of individuals guaranteed and well defined; in order, finally, that common initiatives, undertaken for a Christian life ever more perfect may be sustained, strengthened and fostered by canonical norms.Finally, the canonical laws by their very nature must be observed. The greatest care has therefore been taken to ensure that in the lengthy preparation of the Code the wording of the norms should be accurate, and that they should be based on a solid juridical, canonical and theological foundation.After all these considerations it is to be hoped that the new canonical legislation will prove to be an efficacious means in order that the Church may progress in conformity with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, and may every day be ever more suited to carry out its office of salvation in this world.I am pleased to entrust to all with a confident spirit these considerations of mine in the moment in which I promulgate this fundamental body of ecclesiastical laws for the Latin Church.May God grant that joy and peace with justice and obedience obtain favor for this Code, and that what has been ordered by the Head be observed by the members.Trusting therefore in the help of divine grace, sustained by the authority of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, with certain knowledge, and in response to the wishes of the bishops of the whole world who have collaborated with me in a collegial spirit; with the supreme authority with which I am vested, by means of this Constitution, to be valid forever in the future, I promulgate the present Code as it has been set in order and revised. I command that for the future it is to have the force of law for the whole Latin Church, and I entrust it to the watchful care of all those concerned, in order that it may be observed.So that all may more easily be informed and have a thorough knowledge of these norms before they have juridical binding force, I declare and order that they will have the force of law beginning from the first day of Advent of this year, 1983.And this notwithstanding any contrary ordinances, constitutions, privileges (even worthy of special or individual mention) or customs.I therefore exhort all the faithful to observe the proposed legislation with a sincere spirit and good will in the hope that there may flower again in the Church a renewed discipline; and that consequently the salvation of souls may be rendered ever easier under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.Given at Rome, from the Apostolic Palace, January 25, 1983, the fifth year of our Pontificate. © Copyright 1983 – Libreria Editrice Vaticana
The False Prophet and his treatment of Our Lady.
This man (the FP) has a history of blasphemies and mockery against the Mother of God. Examples are:
To celebrate the Feast of the immaculate Conception on Dec 8th 2015, a pagan light show was displayed on the Vatican
Our Lady was deceived. DECEMBER 20, 2013 – VATICAN RADIO)
In Nov. 2017 Mary at the foot of the Cross was replaced by Luther on a postage stamp.
Pagan blood runs in Mary’s and Jesus’ veins
Dec 2017 – Evil Vatican Nativity scene
Jesus had to ask forgiveness of his Mother
Co-redemptrix is “foolishness”
Our Lady is Mestiza
2019 Xmas concert at Vatican
A new ‘egalitarian’ Mariology
As with all that true Catholics hold dear, Our Lady is also a target of this “uncanonically elected” pope. Heresy, blasphemy and mockery spew from his mouth. There is no love for the True Faith. His record in terms of Our Lady, has been a bit slower, but be prepared – I am sure that the avalanche is still to come.
Our Lady was deceived
Pope Francis said about Our Lady: “‘She was silent, but in her heart, how many things she told the Lord! ‘You, that day, this and the other that we read, you had told me that he would be great, you had told me that you would have given him the throne of David, his forefather, that he would have reigned forever and now I see him there!’ Our Lady was human! And perhaps she even had the desire to say: ‘Lies! I was deceived!‘ (Vatican Radio. 20th Dec.2013)
Pagan Light show on Feast of Immaculate Conception
On December 8, 2015, the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, there was a light show displayed on the façade of the Vatican buildings. The display showed pictures of pagan gods and goddesses, as well as elephants and tigers. This was to showcase his new encyclical at the time – “Laudato Si”. Not many questioned the pagan elements shown. This “encyclical” was all about the environment, but there was hardly any mention of God in it. There were strange things uttered by the FP such as “sins against creation”. We now know that this was the forerunner of the recent Amazonian synod, where the Pachamama idol was venerated and promoted by the FP. Some even suggested that these idols represented the Virgin Mary. So this light show was supposed to honour Our Lady on this special feastday? Instead, it desecrated the sacred walls and space of the Vatican itself.
This event is described by The Wild Voice: “…the dark eclipsing of the Immaculate Conception was unveiled through a direful succession of images projected unto a now-dark Saint Peter’s Basilica and depicting a wide variety of animals, insects, and pagan tribes. This most dreadful light show, which was sponsored by none other than the tentacular financial creature known by many as the World Bank, reverses the order of things established by God: it is no longer the Catholic Church that is to cast God’s Light upon a dark world, but it is the false light of the world that is being cast upon an obscured Temple.
Filled with occult symbolism and accompanied by the dreadful sounds of this earth’s beasts, the show unfolded in such unexpected frightful fashion, it seemed to cast an infernal spell upon the confused faces of those spectators who, trapped by the giant pincers of columns framing St. Peter’s Square, started to resemble some lost lambs destined to be slaughtered.
In this light show of most abyssal darkness, the title “FIAT LUX” is not meant to be interpreted as the widely known phrase “Let There Be Light” found in the Book of Genesis, but rather as the masonic expression indicating the false light. Indeed, the word lux as it is misunderstood in freemasonry, refers to Freemasonry itself as the light which takes the initiated out of the darkness of ignorance. Since Freemasonry is the religion of Lucifer, those who follow the path of the 33 degrees come to the erroneous idea of becoming the “morning stars”, the light bearers, the Lucifers, in this realm. Through knowledge imparted according to a hierarchy which comes not from God, they are told that Lucifer is the true God all must serve. …
“…FIAT LUX is the light of the morning star Venus attributed to Lucifer over the Catholic Morning Light whom is Our Blessed Mother, Mary Most Holy. This is the motive behind the choice of releasing such demonic event on December 8, the very day in which we celebrate the Immaculate Conception. It is not mere coincidence that the same event took place at night so that the artificial light produced by men could cast into darkness the statues of Jesus Christ and of His Twelve Apostles while projecting the images of mortal men, of reptiles and of other earthly beasts…”
Mary replaced by Luther on postage stamp
In Nov. 2017, the Vatican issued a postage stamp in honour of Luther. The stamp shows Luther and his co-conspirator at the foot of the Cross – replacing Our Lady and St John. We know that the evil one, twists and turns everything that is Holy upside down and back to front. St Pio said of Luther: “Martin Luther is in Hell and Christians who follow him will meet the same end.” He also said:
“Those who do not submit themselves to the pope and the teachings of the Catholic Church are also going to Hell” The FP/PF has praised and lifted to great heights one of the greatest enemies of the Church and its teachings.
Genealogy of Jesus: pagan blood
SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 – Pope Francis, in commenting on the Gospel, said: ‘In the Gospel, we have heard the genealogy of Jesus, which is not a “simple list of names”, but rather a “living history”, the history of the people that God journeyed with; by making himself one of us, God wanted to announce that the history of the just and of sinners runs through his blood, … The mention of women –… allows us a particular rapprochement: it is they, in the genealogy, who tell us that pagan blood runs through the veins of Jesus, and who recall the stories of scorn and subjugation.‘ – VATICAN RADIO
Jesus in the temple needed to beg forgiveness
27 Dec. 2015, the FP commented on a Gospel Reading about the fInding of the child Jesus in the temple:
“…At the end of that pilgrimage, Jesus returned to Nazareth and was obedient to his parents (cf. Lk 2:51). This image also contains a beautiful teaching about our families. A pilgrimage does not end when we arrive at our destination, but when we return home and resume our everyday lives, putting into practice the spiritual fruits of our experience. We know what Jesus did on that occasion. Instead of returning home with his family, he stayed in Jerusalem, in the Temple, causing great distress to Mary and Joseph who were unable to find him. For this little “escapade”, Jesus probably had to beg forgiveness of his parents. The Gospel doesn’t say this, but I believe that we can presume it. Mary’s question, moreover, contains a certain reproach, revealing the concern and anguish which she and Joseph felt. Returning home, Jesus surely remained close to them, as a sign of his complete affection and obedience. Moments like these become part of the pilgrimage of each family; the Lord transforms the moments into opportunities to grow, to ask for and to receive forgiveness, to show love and obedience. (From HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS, Vatican Basilica
Sunday, 27 December 2015 Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph) See: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2015/documents/papa-francesco_20151227_omelia-santa-famiglia.html
Evil Nativity Scene – Dec. 2017
The Great Nativity Scene Deception
Above, you see the official Nativity Scene erected outside the Vatican.
You might think that it is all about the Corporal works of Mercy. Corporal Works of Mercy are very Christian- they are all about doing good to our neighbour, being merciful, being humble, giving of ourselves…. Wouldn’t Jesus be proud of us?
But when you look at the scene, there is a mess of figures and buildings – all of which distract from what the scene is meant to be. There are “close to 20 life-size images, making it very difficult to find Jesus, Mary and Joseph”.
The next thing I noticed is that all the figures are ugly or angry. Mary is displayed in a not too lady-like manner. Close-ups make her look like a transvestite.
There are figures of a person being visited in prison, burying the dead, clothing the naked. The latter depicts a man who is naked. This is what attracts your attention! It is designed to take the focus away from Jesus, Mary and Joseph. They are completely crowded out.
On the left of the picture is a wall with a picture of Mary on it. The wall is cracked, and the crack goes right through Mary’s image.
It seems to be trying to remove Christ from Christmas – to remove Christ from our consciousness completely. It is a great betrayal by the man who sits in the chair of Peter, to further remove any thought of Christ. He is paving the way to remove Christ completely – paving the way for the new One World Religion.
Notice, for your discernment:
1) the destroyed copula, with the real cupola of St Peter’s in the background, represents the destruction of the Catholic Church,
2) the Star of Bethlehem which looks more like a falling nuclear missile/meteorite
So the distorted copola/star combination of this “nativity scene” is a message about the upcoming one world religion.”
The whole scene is a gross insult, mockery and even blasphemy of Mary and our great Saviour’s birth.
Mary is mestizo
On Dec 23, 2019 Antonio Socci’s article entitled “A Christmas Marked by Desecration, with Bergoglio as Chief Desecrator” named some horrible desecrations, some of which involved our blessed Mother, and others about Jesus – posters, mo9vies, etc. I will not detail them here, because they are too horrible, and you have probably heard of them (It can be found here: https://onepeterfive.com/christmas-bergoglio-desecration/ )
On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday 12th 2019, in his homily, the FP/PF said that Our Lady wanted to be seen as a “mestiza”, “not only with Juan Diego. She became a mestizo to show that she is everyone’s mother.” Mary speaks to us just as she spoke with Juan Diego, tenderly, maternally. The Pope concluded his homily noting that Mary appears as a person of mixed race in order to communicate that her Son too is a “mestizo”: that is, He is God, and He is man. (https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-12/pope-guadalupe-mass.html )
De Mattei tells us:
“Whether Pope Francis is aware of it or not, the origin of this “mestizo” vision regarding the Mystery of the Incarnation is in the heresy of Eutyches (378-454, Archimandrite, of a monastery in Constantinople,); according to Eutyches, after the hypostatic union, the humanity and Divinity of Christ, was fused to form a tertium quid, a hybrid coalescence that would actually be neither God nor man. ‘Eutycheanism’ is a rough form of Monophysitism because it admits in the Son of God Incarnate, one single nature, resulting from this confused union of divinity with humanity.
De Mattei concludes his article with
“ Pope Francis’ theology is “mestizo” because he mixes truth and errors, forming a muddled amalgamation in which nothing is clear, determined and distinct. Everything escapes definition and contradiction seems to be the soul of the thought and language. Francis, along with Our Lady, would like to make the Church mestizo so that it steps out of itself to mix with the world, immerging itself in the world and being absorbed by it.
But the Church is Holy and Immaculate, as Mary is Holy and Immaculate, Mother and model of the Mystical Body.
Our Lady is not mestizo, in the sense Francis gives to Her, as nothing, hybrid, obscure or confused exists in Her. Mary is not mestizo as She is light with no shadow, beauty with no imperfections, truth uncorrupted, forever whole and without stain.
Let us ask help from the Most Blessed Virgin Mary to ensure that our faith is not mestizo, but that it remain always pure and uncontaminated, resplendent before God and men, as the Word Incarnate was resplendent on Christmas night when He manifested Himself to the world.”
Read his complete article here: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2019/12/de-mattei-mestizo-theology-of-pope.html
Mary as Co-Redemptrix is “foolishness”
Abp. Carlo Vigano Champions Virgin Mary After Pope Francis Smear .
“Speaking of Mary Most Holy, Pope Francis criticized the titles that the Magisterium of the Church and the devotion of the faithful have lovingly bestowed on the Mother of God, saying they do not reflect the essence of Our Lady’s role, which he minimized to “mother” and “disciple.” In short, “Mary woman, Mary mother, with no other essential title.”
Abp. Carlo Vigano blasted Pope Francis after the pontiff scorned the concept of Mary as co-redemptrix as “foolishness.” He said “On the liturgical memorial of the Virgin of Guadalupe,” Francis “gave vent once again to his evident Marian intolerance,”
To attack Mary is to pounce against Christ Himself.
Those who profane Mary “show that they are on the side of the Enemy,” he warned. “To attack Mary is to pounce against Christ Himself; attacking the Mother is rising up against the Son and rebelling against the very mystery of the Holy Trinity.”
“The tactic of affirming what one wants to destroy, using vague and imprecise terms, promoting error without ever clearly formulating it, is also typically modernist,” Viganò said, pointing to Pope Francis’ frequent ambiguity.
“The result of this abuse is now before our eyes,” he reflected. “A Catholic Church that is no longer Catholic; a container emptied of its authentic content … .”
Peering beyond the crisis, Viganò continued: “The triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary — Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces” will come through the prayers and penances of those “little” and “fragile” faithful Catholics consecrated to her.
The consecrated will serve as Mary’s heel, he said, and “together with her,” they “will crush the head of the infernal monster.”
Read the whole article and his condemnation of this papacy at:
To read what the church truly teaches about this title see:https://www.tfp.org/having-worshipped-pachamama-pope-francis-now-disparages-marys-co-redeeming-role/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Pope+Francis+criticized+traditional+devotion+to+Mary&utm_campaign=TFP191227m+-+Pope+Francis+criticized+traditional+devotion+to+Mary
Christmas Concert (2019) at the Vatican
On Dec. 27th 2019, ChurchMilitant.com described a concert sponsored by the Holy See’s Congregation for Catholic Education. In it the “Mother Earth goddess, worshipped by the indigenous people of the Amazon, was invoked by a Latin American woman before an audience of 5,000, while two million watched on television in Italy and around the world on Christmas Eve and the afternoon of Christmas day.
The Mother Earth goddess, worshipped by the indigenous people of the Amazon, was invoked by a Latin American woman before an audience of 5,000, while two million watched on television in Italy and around the world on Christmas Eve and the afternoon of Christmas day.
At the live Dec. 14 charity performance titled “Let’s network for the Amazon,” an indigenous woman dressed in native garb asked the audience to cross their arms over their chest and to feel a strong vibration, explaining that this is “your heart” but also “the heart of Mother Earth.” …
Cardinals and bishops seated in the front row, followed by the entire audience, responded enthusiastically by crossing their arms and listening reverently to the spiel on Pachamama.
“On the other side, where there is silence, is the Spirit,” the indigenous woman explained. “The Spirit who allows you to feel the message of the Mother.” She continued:
For us indigenous peoples, Mother Earth, the Hicha Gueia, is everything. It is the Mother who gives us food, sacred water, medicinal plants; and what we offer to the earth is to pay homage to her, the placenta and the first hair we cut. For us, Mother Earth is fundamental, our connection with her is constant, how the pulse feels, how the heart feels….”
So here we have paganism being promoted by the Vatican, with clerics joining in – it was meant to be a “Christmas” concert – but once again, Our Lady and her Son were mocked and the historical event of Our Saviour’s birth deliberately ignored and replaced with evil (for paganism is evil).
A new egalitarian Mariology
The TFP, in an article states that
“Pope Francis has once again confused, scandalized and disoriented the flock he is called to teach, guide and sanctify.
This time he has done it with the shocking statement—contrary to the Gospels, the Tradition of the Church and the common feeling of the faithful—that Mary Most Holy was a common, “normal girl” just like any young woman of today.” He says the Blessed Virgin Mary was “a normal girl, a girl of today …. normal, normally educated, open to marrying, to having a family. …. Then, after conceiving Jesus, [she was] still a normal woman. …. Nothing was exceptional in her life, [she was] a normal mother…”
The key to understanding this minimization of the Mother of God and ours is found in Liberation Theology’s Marxist-inspired egalitarianism. The article explains what Francis meant by the “sin of the elite” and how this pertains to our Blessed Mother
The article explains in detail what this all means in terms of our Blessed Mother.
For Pope Francis, nothing special happened in the life of the Blessed Mother: “Then, after conceiving Jesus, [she was] still a normal woman. …. Nothing was exceptional in her life.”
Nothing exceptional! Really? For Mary Most Holy to continue life as the Most Beloved Daughter of God the Father, Most Admirable Mother of God the Son, and Most Faithful Spouse of God the Holy Ghost—the titles Saint Louis de Montfort lists in True Devotion to Mary—is not something exceptional? Is being part of the Holy Family with her Divine Son and Saint Joseph, following Jesus’s preaching and interceding with Him to obtain the miracle at the wedding at Cana, to participate in His Passion and Death at the feet of the Cross as our co-redemptrix, to be the Immaculate Conception, the Mediatrix of All Graces, our Advocate, Mother of the Church, and Queen of Angels and Saints, is there nothing exceptional in all this? All of it is just being a “normal woman”?
Read all the details at: https://www.tfp.org/pope-franciss-sin-of-the-elite-and-new-egalitarian-mariology/
What Abp. Vigano thinks of the FP’s antics:
“On the occasion of the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Pope Bergoglio (sic) once again gave vent to his evident impatience with Mary, which evokes the impatience of the Serpent in the story of the Fall(!),in that Proto-Gospel that prophesies the radical enmity established by God between the Woman and the Serpent, and the declared hostility of the latter who, until the consummation of the world, will try to undermine the heel of the Woman and to triumph over her and her posterity. What the pontiff said is a manifest aggression toward the sublime prerogatives and attributes that make the Immaculate Ever-Virgin Mother of God the feminine complement to the mystery of the incarnate Word, intimately associated with Him in the Economy of Redemption.”
Viganò continued: “With a couple of jokes, he [Pope Francis] struck at the heart of the Marian dogmas, and of the Christological dogmas connected to it.”
And he added: “The Marian dogmas are the seal affixed to the Catholic truths of our faith, defined in the Councils of Nicaea, Ephesus and Chalcedon; they are the unbreakable bulwark against the Christological heresies and against the furious unleashing of the Gates of Hell. Those who ‘hybridize’ and profane them [that is, these Marian dogmas] show that they are on the side of the Enemy. Attacking Mary is attacking Christ himself. Attacking the Mother is rising up against the Son and rebelling against the very mystery of the Holy Trinity. The Immaculate Theotokos, ‘terrible as hosts and unfolded banners’ — acies ordinata (‘terrible as an army drawn up in battle array,’ Song of Songs 6:9) — will give battle to save the Church and will destroy the army of the Enemy who, released from the chains that held him, has declared war on her, and with his defeat, all the demonic pachamamas will return definitively to hell.”
All this makes true Catholics very sad. It is almost too painful to bear.
Would you be surprised to hear that this is only the beginning? That the Hail Mary prayer will no longer be heard in Churches? References to her will be frowned upon? That Our Lady will be forgotten about and despised? Well it seems that the False prophet (pope) already despises her as is evident by the some of the claims listed above; and how he manages to do something awful on her feastdays, how he calls people who pray the rosary Rosary counters”. He is already displacing our dearest Mother with “Mother Earth/Pachamama”. He installed these pagan idols in a church dedicated to Our Lady and daily prayers were being offered to them (before they were taken and thrown into the River Tiber). Marian places and shrines are already disapproved of – e.g. Garabandal, Medjugorje, Fatima is ignored by most bishops and priests.
Message from the Book of Truth, dated 12 February 2014 @ 10:45pm
Mother of Salvation: Soon, the “Hail Mary” prayer will not be heard inside or outside of my Son’s Church
“My child, just as my Son’s Image, His Word and His Promise to come again will be ignored and then eradicated, so also will every reference to me, your beloved Mother be.
Soon, the “Hail Mary” prayer will not be heard inside or outside of my Son’s Church. Much disapproval will be shown to those who visit my holy Shrines and Marian groups will be criticised for many reasons, all without cause. Any admission regarding the authenticity of apparitions involving me, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, will not be heard. All references to me will soon be frowned upon by a newly revamped shell of my Son’s Church on Earth. Devotions to me will be stopped in many churches, under the newly appointed regime to be introduced in the future. I will be forgotten about and then despised, by those who will claim to represent a new modern, all-inclusive church, which will bear little resemblance to the Church created upon the Rock, by my Son’s beloved apostle Peter.
When you see all devotions to me, the Holy Mother of God, dealt with in this way please be aware that these new rules will be at the behest of the evil one. The evil one despises me, just as much as he is frightened by me. He knows that devotion to me, by souls, keeps his evil ways at bay and that the recital of my Most Holy Rosary scourges him and renders him powerless. Those days ahead will have to be faced by those who love me and there will come a time when the Church’s association with my Shrines will be cut off. When that happens, you will know that this will be to separate God’s children from my influence, which in those times will be necessary, if I am to help you draw towards my Son.
My role is to prepare you for the Great Day of my Son’s Second Coming. I intend to continue to call out to my children, until that Day arrives. I only desire to bring souls before my Son, so that He can give them Eternal Salvation. It is all about the salvation of souls, but every effort will be made by the evil one to prevent this from happening.
Your beloved Mother
Mother of Salvation”
Imate problema u braku? Možda je to zato što niste oprostili svojim roditeljima
- srpnja 2019.Liki
Isus je naveo riječi Zakona: „Tko prokune oca ili majku, smrću neka se kazni“ (Mk 7,10, navodeći Izl 21,17).
Imate problema u braku? MoÅ¾da je to zato Å¡to niste oprostili svojim roditeljima!
Pun ljubavi i milosrđa kakav je već bio, Isus je znao kako neiskazivanje poštovanja prema roditeljima donosi smrt. Ta smrt ne mora biti tjelesna, ali svakako može narušiti život u izobilju. Čak i ako dijete nije svjesno ovoga zakona te potiskuje svoju srdžbu, zakon se i dalje primjenjuje. Imat će teškoća razmjerno stupnju svoje pobune. To je problem s kojim se dušebrižnici uvijek iznova susreću. Kao što se suncokret okreće prema suncu kako bi primio život, tako se i dijete, unutarnjim poticajima duha, okreće svojim roditeljima kako bi primilo ljubav koja mu donosi život Naime, u takvim je slučajevima lakše prepoznati potrebu za opraštanjem. No, rane djece dobrih roditelja koji im, unatoč tome, nisu pružili dovoljno ljubavi, iznimno je teško zapaziti. Kako dijete može znati što nije u redu? Kao što se suncokret okreće prema suncu kako bi primio život, tako se i dijete, unutarnjim poticajima duha, okreće svojim roditeljima kako bi primilo ljubav koja mu donosi život.
Upravo je na to spremno pouzdanje, to traženje ljubavi i nježnosti, Isus najvjerojatnije mislio kada je rekao: „(…) ako se ne obratite i ne postanete kao djeca, nećete ući u kraljevstvo nebesko“ (Mt 18,3). Ljudi koji pripadaju Božjemu kraljevstvu, baš poput dječice, umrli su svakoj oholosti te su spremni u poniznosti se obraćati drugima za ljubav i zajedništvo. Vraćajući se našoj analogiji, ako prekrijemo suncokret te se više nije u stanju okretati prema suncu, on će tražiti svjetlost. Ako je ne pronađe, uvenut će. Djeca koja od svojih roditelja ne primaju ljubav nalik su na suncokret: iznutra venu i umiru. U normalnim okolnostima djetetov um nije kadar pojmiti takav gubitak. Ono vjerno štiti svoje roditelje. No, njegov je duh, naprotiv, toga obično svjestan te se počinje buniti, kao posljedica srdžbe. Tada se u dušu uvlače zamjeranje i gorčina te napokon svoj pogubni utjecaj stanu širiti na sveukupan život osobe o kojoj je riječ. Kad nam se netko požali na probleme u braku, upitamo ga: ‘Kakav su brak imali vaši roditelji?’ Neki se mogu usprotiviti kako je sve to vrlo nepravedno. Objasnimo stoga kako žrtva u ovom slučaju ima mogućnost izbora. Čak i kao mala djeca vršimo izbore. Kada potiskujemo rane, odlučujemo lagati samima sebi. Kada svojoj svijesti propustimo priznati nešto na što nas duh vjerno potiče, stvaramo mrežu prijetvornosti.
Naposljetku nam se duh umori od upozoravanja gdje se stvarno nalazimo te nam prestaje slati poruke. Nevolja nastaje tek onda kada predugo govorimo „mir“ ondje gdje mira nema (usp. Jer 6,14; 8,11). Tek u tom trenutku srce više nema pristupa umu, kako bi postiglo ozdravljenje. Gorčina koja je posljedicom našega osuđivanja teče poput podzemne rijeke, bez ikakva nadzora, da bi negdje poslije u životu puninom snage izbila na površinu. Upravo su zbog toga djeca koja nisu primila ljubav sklona tada, ili poslije u životu, početi činiti zlo. Na neki će način grijesi osuđivanja u određenome trenutku prizvati osudu na tu djecu, ako na scenu ne stupi Križ Kristov. Zakon je u tom smislu neumoljiv. „Ne sudite da ne budete suđeni! Jer sudom kojim sudite bit ćete suđeni. I mjerom kojom mjerite mjerit će vam se“ (Mt 7,1-2). Najgore svojstvo ovoga problema jest činjenica što je nevidljiv. Kada god nam se netko požali na probleme u braku, naše prvo pitanje glasi: „Kakav su brak imali vaši roditelji?“ Čak i ako vrsta problema nije ista, s lakoćom možemo prepoznati slične korijene. Svaki put kada pogrešno odaberemo, čak i kao sasvim mala djeca, ne možemo umaći Zakonu, jer je on uistinu determinističan. To je Božja Riječ. No, pomislite samo koliki se nebrojeni blagoslovi postižu djelovanjem toga istoga Zakona.
UPRAVO JE ZATO DOŠAO ISUS… Budući da su zakoni Gospodnji do te mjere stvarni i djelotvorni, ljudi nam nerijetko kažu: „To znači da sam pun krivnje. Što mogu poduzeti? Što li sam već učinio (učinila) svojoj jadnoj djeci?“ Slava Bogu – upravo zato i imamo Isusa. Upravo je stoga On i došao: da bi nam oprostio grijehe, zavidao rane, ponio naše boli i uzeo naše bolesti (usp. Iz 53,4). Možemo Ga pozvati neka uđe u naš život, kao i živote naše djece i sve naše pogreške preobrazi u slavu. Svatko tko se osjeća odbačenim neka podigne glavu: Isus je stvaran i Njegovo je oproštenje dostupno svima.
Saint Francis de Sales
Bishop, Doctor of the Church
Saint Francis de Sales was born in 1567 near Annecy, of noble and pious parents, and studied with brilliant success at Paris and Padua. On his return from Italy he gave up the grand career which his father had destined for him in the service of the state, and became a priest.
When the duke of Savoy resolved to restore the shattered Church in the Chablais, Francis offered himself for the work and set out on foot with his Bible and breviary, accompanied by one companion, his cousin Louis of Sales. It was a work of toil, privation and danger. Every door and every heart was closed against him. He was rejected with insult and threatened with death, but nothing could daunt him or resist him indefinitely. And before long the Church blossomed into a second spring. It is said that he converted 72,000 Calvinists.
He was compelled by the Pope to become Coadjutor Bishop of Geneva, and succeeded to that see in 1602. Saint Vincent de Paul said of him, in praise of his gentleness, How good God must be, since the bishop of Geneva, His minister, is so good! At times the great meekness with which he received heretics and sinners almost scandalized his friends, and they protested when he received insults in silence. One of them said to him, Francis of Sales will go to Paradise, of course; but I am not so sure about the Bishop of Geneva: I am almost afraid his gentleness will play him a shrewd turn! Ah, said the Saint, you would have me lose in one instant all the meekness I have been able to acquire by twenty years of efforts? I would rather account to God for too great gentleness than for too great severity. God the Father is the Father of mercy; God the Son is a Lamb; God the Holy Ghost is a Dove; are you wiser than God? When a hostile visitor said to him one day, If I were to strike you on the cheek, what would you do? Saint Francis answered, with his customary humility, Ah! I know what I should do, but I cannot be sure of what I would do.
With Saint Jane Frances of Chantal, Saint Francis founded at Annecy the Order of the Visitation nuns, which soon spread over Europe. Though poor, he refused provisions and dignities, and even the great see of Paris. He died at Avignon in 1622.
Reflection. You will catch more flies, Saint Francis used to say, with a spoonful of honey than with a hundred barrels of vinegar. If there were anything better or more beautiful on earth than gentleness, Jesus Christ would have taught it to us; and yet He has given us only two lessons to learn of Him — meekness and humility of heart.
Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894); Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 2
What does it mean to be “a Veronica?”
Was there actually a St. Veronica? It is an important question, and a very personal one to me, as Veronica was my chosen patron Saint for Confirmation as a child; the name is part of my own identity and life’s devotion to the Face of Jesus Christ. “Bernice Veronica” is a family name–both names referring to the Woman who wiped the Face of Jesus, commonly depicted in every Catholic church, at the Sixth Station of the Cross. Veronica is now also the name of one of my granddaughters. So, whether there is an actual person, a saint named “Veronica” who wiped the Face of Jesus, is a question that I have sought to know the truth about for most of my life. Did she exist? And what does it mean to be “a Veronica?”
The Catholic Church tells us that a veil bearing a miraculous image of the Face of Jesus has existed since the earliest centuries, recorded in history and in art. Explanations for the existence of such a veil were all different (see “Four Stories, One Face“). About the time this miraculous veil first appeared in Rome, in the Middle Ages, the name “Veronica” referred to the veil itself–“Veronica” meaning “vera” or true, and “icon” meaning image, or even more precisely, “to be present.” Those who gazed upon the veil bearing the true Face of Jesus stood in God’s presence. They were turned toward His Face.
Legends sprang up sometime later about a woman named “Veronica,” who was sometimes associated with the woman “Berenice” or “Bernice,” the bleeding woman who touches the hem of Jesus’s garment in the Gospel. There is a version, written in 1191 by Robert de Boron, that tells of a woman named “Veronica” wiping sweat from the Face of Jesus. The stories are many and varied, but the legend that most people are familiar with today is traced to a version by Roger d’Argenteuil in the 1300s, which tells of a woman “Veronica,” associated with the sixth station of the Cross–the compassionate woman, wiping the Face of Jesus on the way to Calvary with a cloth, upon which He leaves an image of His Face.
“These pious traditions cannot be documented, but there is no reason why the belief that such an act of compassion did occur should not find expression in the veneration paid to one called Veronica.” —The Catholic Encyclopedia
Pope St. John Paul II expressed the answer to the question of Veronica most beautifully in his poem, “The Name:”
In the crowd walking towards the place
[of the Agony]–
did you open up a gap at some point or were you
[opening it] from the beginning?
And since when? You tell me, Veronica.
Your name was born in the very instant
in which your heart
became an effigy: the effigy of truth.
Your name was born from what you gazed upon.
Miraculous Holy Face Veil Photo: Paul Badde (see “Manoppello Image” tab)
Since the detailed historical facts about the veil itself cannot be verified with absolute certainty in this life, the more important and answerable question is, “What does it mean to be a Veronica?”
“Your name was born from what you gazed upon.”
When a soul performs an “act of compassion,” Jesus leaves His image on the “veil” of the soul. In other words, while contemplating the Face of Jesus in an image, in the Word of God in the Scriptures, in a person made in the image and likeness of God, or above all, in the Eucharist, the soul places itself in the Presence of God. When we are turned completely toward the Face of God, through a daily face-to-face encounter in prayer–by the power of the Holy Spirit–God gradually transforms the soul into the “True Image” of His Son, Jesus Christ. As Pope St. John Paul II says, our hearts must become an “effigy of truth,” a “true icon.” Then our name too will be born from what we gaze upon. It will be “Veronica.”
The Deepest Truth About St. Veronica
Within the center of St. Peter’s Basilica are four massive niches. In each niche there are four titanic statues of saints, standing 10 meters high: St. Andrew, the first disciple called by Christ, St. Longinus, the soldier who pierced Jesus’s side with his lance, St. Helena, who discovered the True Cross. The fourth statue depicts “St. Veronica,” an unknown woman, not mentioned in the Bible, yet immortalized in every Catholic church at the Sixth Station of the Cross, for her act of compassion to Jesus who left the image of His Face on her veil.
Pope St. John Paul II wrote this beautiful meditation on St. Veronica in 2000, the same year in which he dedicated the millennium to the Face of Christ:
Veronica does not appear in the Gospels. Her name is not mentioned, even though the names of other women who accompanied Jesus do appear.
It is possible, therefore, that the name refers more to what the woman did. In fact, according to tradition, on the road to Calvary a woman pushed her way through the soldiers escorting Jesus and with a veil wiped the sweat and blood from the Lord’s face. That face remained imprinted on the veil, a faithful reflection, a “true icon”. This would be the reason for the name Veronica.
If this is so, the name which evokes the memory of what this woman did carries with it the deepest truth about her.
One day, Jesus drew the criticism of onlookers when he defended a sinful woman who had poured perfumed oil on his feet and dried them with her hair. To those who objected, he replied: “Why do you trouble this woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me . . . In pouring this ointment on my body she has done it to prepare me for burial” (Mt 26:10, 12). These words could likewise be applied to Veronica. Thus we see the profound eloquence of this event.
The Redeemer of the world presents Veronica with an authentic image of his face. The veil upon which the face of Christ remains imprinted becomes a message for us.
In a certain sense it says: This is how every act of goodness, every gesture of true love toward’s one’s neighbor, strengthens the likeness of the Redeemer of the world in the one who acts that way. Acts of love do not pass away. Every act of goodness, of understanding, of service leaves on people’s hearts an indelible imprint and makes us ever more like the One who “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant” (Phil 2:7). This is what shapes our identity and gives us our true name.
This is the deep meaning and call to every Christian revealed in the presence of the unknown woman we call “St. Veronica”– each act of charity, every act of compassion will leave the imprint of the Face of Jesus in our souls, transforming us into His own Image.