Thanks Offering (Blessed Are You, Lord, God Of All Creation)

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1. Blest are you, Lord, God of all creation,
thanks to your goodness this bread we offer:
fruit of the earth, work of our hands,
it will become the bread of life.

Blessed be God! Blessed be God!
Blessed be God forever! Amen!
Blessed be God! Blessed be God!
Blessed be God forever! Amen!

2. Blest are you, Lord, God of all creation,
thanks to your goodness this wine we offer:
fruit of the earth, work of our hands,
it will become the cup of life.

Blessed be God! Blessed be God!
Blessed be God forever! Amen!
Blessed be God! Blessed be God!
Blessed be God forever! Amen!

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#ShortNews: Spanish Jesuit beatified

“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God” (Lk 12: 8).

Dear brothers and sisters,

These words we have heard in the Gospel remind us of our responsibility to be witnesses to Jesus. While He was surrounded by the crowd that followed Him, Jesus, before speaking to the thousands of people, addresses His disciples and reminds them of an event that will happen at the end of time: the final judgment. This will be pronounced by God the Father, a just judge, surrounded by angels, and in the decisive presence of the Son of man. This is none other than Jesus himself. He, while speaking to the disciples, is aware that the Father has intended Him to act as the Son of man on the last day, when He will act as the advocate of the just, that is, the One Who has the power to decide for each person before God’s tribunal. And this is what will happen: whoever is recognized by Him will be saved; whoever is not recognized by Him will be condemned. The intervention of the Son of man in our favour will depend on a specific fact: have we recognized Jesus or not in the course of our life? To recognize or deny him in this world will be decisive for our final destiny. The position we assume before Christ will be decisive for our eternal destiny; everything will be played out in two phrases: “he will acknowledge me” or “he will deny me”.

Click here to read more Homily of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints during Mass for the Beatification of Tiburcio Arnáiz Muñoz, by Cardinal Angelo Becciu; http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/10/20/181020a.html

#ShortNews: Stay close to the suffering Christ and bring Him to a suffering world, Pope tells Passionists

At 11.45 this morning, in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the participants in the 47th General Chapter of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ (Passionists), taking place in Rome from 6 to 27 October 2018.

The following is the Pope’s address to those present:

Address of the Holy Father

Dear brothers,

I am pleased to meet you on the occasion of your General Chapter and I thank the Superior for his words. In these days, your reflections have been guided by the theme “Renewing our mission: Gratitude, Prophecy and Hope”. These three words: gratitude, prophecy and hope, express the spirit with which you wish to stimulate your Congregation towards a renewal in the mission. Indeed, in addition to electing the government of the Institute, you propose to undertake a new path of ongoing formation for your communities, rooted in the experience of daily life; and you also intend to carry out discernment on pastoral methodology in your approach to the younger generations.

Continue to read the full holy address: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/10/22/181022c.html

#ShortNews: Sunday Mass attendance in the Netherlands falls to 6%

51% of Dutch people over 15 years of age do not belong to any Church or to any religion whatsoever. Just released by the National Statistics Bureau (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek) as part of a survey of “social cohesion and welfare”, this figure shows a further decrease in the religious belonging of the Dutch: in 2016, 49% of them stated they did not belong to any religion, in 2012 they were 46%.

The believing minority is composed of 24% Catholics, 6% belonging to the reformed Church and as many to the Protestant Church, 6% to other confessions, 5% to Islam. 78% of Dutch people have never or hardly ever attended a religious service, 10% of them attend once a week (6% for Catholics), 3% go 2 to 3 times a month, and the same proportion attends one religious celebration/meeting a month; 7% go less than once a month.

The figures change depending on the age range and sex: 71% of Dutch people over 75 years of age stated they are religious, 34% that they regularly attend a celebration in a place of worship. The less religious ones are young people aged 18 to 25: 32% of them are somehow connected to a religious group, and 13% of them regularly see their group. As to men, 46% of them belong to a religious group, while 52% of women do.

Source: https://www.agensir.it/quotidiano/2018/10/22/netherlands-religious-belonging-and-attendance-still-decreasing-only-6-of-those-who-say-they-are-catholic-attend-sunday-mass/

How To Walk On Water Or Fly Like A Butterfly

The reading from Matthew 14:22-36 teaches us that to stay above water we have to keep our eyes on Jesus instead of the problems that are drowning us. Have you ever wondered why just believing in Jesus isn’t enough?

The problem lies in not knowing who we really are. How can we follow Jesus by walking on storm-tossed waves if we don’t realize that we are the Father’s precious loved ones? We sink because we doubt that God will protect us. Doubt comes from being uncertain about his love for us or about his generosity or his dreams for us. We think that since we’re not good enough to deserve his caring support, he withholds his compassion from us. Storms and waves seem to be evidence that he doesn’t care about us or approve of us.

So, of course we sink in troubled waters!

What we don’t realize is that as God’s children, we have his love and concern whether we deserve it or not. And as followers of Jesus, we belong on the waves. As followers of Jesus, we have to get out of the boat and walk on water, following him wherever he goes, doing whatever he tells us. For Christians, life is quite an adventure.

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Saint Hedwig of Silesia

Hedwig was born in Andechs Castle in the Duchy of Bavaria, Germany, the daughter of Count Berthold IV of Andechs and his second wife Agnes of Wettin. She was the aunt of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

At the age of twelve, Hedwig was married to Duke Henry of Silesia, the head of the Polish Royal family. As soon as Henry succeeded his father in 1201, he had to struggle with his Piast relatives, at first with his uncle Duke Mieszko IV Tanglefoot who immediately seized the Upper Silesian Duchy of Opole.  In 1229 Henry was captured and arrested at Płock Castle by rivaling Duke Konrad I of Masovia. Hedwig proceeded to Płock pleading for Henry and was able to have him released.

Her actions promoted the reign of her husband: Upon the death of the Polish High Duke Władysław III Spindleshanks in 1231, Henry also became Duke of Greater Poland and the next year prevailed as High Duke at Kraków. In 1238, upon his death, Henry was buried at a Cistercian monastery of nuns, Trzebnica Abbey (Kloster Trebnitz), which he had established in 1202 at Hedwig’s request. Hedwig accepted the death of her beloved husband with faith. She said:

Would you oppose the will of God? Our lives are His.

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