Once a fox was roaming around in a forest looking for food. Suddenly, he saw a pig rubbing his tusks against the trunk of a tree.
The fox looked about carefully but couldn’t see any danger for the pig anywhere. Despite being so clever, he couldnât understand why, the pig was doing that.
He couldn’t control himself, went to the pig and asked, “The hunters are not out today, nor can I see any other danger, then why are you doing that?”
The pig replied, “Dear! We live in a forest where enemies are there at every step. Who knows when I’ll have to face them and use my tusks against them? So, if I don’t do it now, I may not get time to sharpen my tusks when I need them the most.”
This story teaches us that always be ready for the bad times to come.
Soul of my Savior sanctify my breast,
Body of Christ, be thou my saving guest,
Blood of my Savior, bathe me in thy tide,
wash me with waters gushing from thy side.
Strength and protection may thy passion be,
O blessed Jesus, hear and answer me;
deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me,
so shall I never, never part from thee.
Guard and defend me from the foe malign,
in death’s dread moments make me only thine;
call me and bid me come to thee on high
where I may praise thee with thy saints for ay.
On Wednesday morning 21/11/18 General Audience took place at 9.20 a.m. in Saint Peter’s Square, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and all over the world.
In his address in Italian the Pope continued his cycle of catechesis on the Ten Commandments, focusing on the theme “You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife; or anything that belongs to your neighbour” (Bible reading: from the Book of Exodus, 17).
After summarising his catechesis in several languages, the Holy Father addressed special greetings to the groups of faithful present. He then invited those present to remember cloistered religious communities today, Pro Orantibus Day.
The General Audience concluded with the recital of the Pater Noster and the Apostolic Blessing.
To read full Pope’s reflection here: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/11/21/181121a.html
The social action arm of the Catholic Church in the Philippines says it has spent about US$60 million building houses for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the central part of the country in 2013. Aside from shelters, Caritas Philippines has also trained 2,653 local artisans, 16,354 people in safe building awareness, and formed 147 homeowners’ associations.
The church project was implemented by Caritas Philippines with the help of the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid and Caritas Internationalis member organizations in the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Canada, and Austria.
The priest said building more than 30,000 houses “speaks of the dedication and commitment of the Catholic Church to better the lives and restore the dignity of the most vulnerable communities and families affected by typhoon Haiyan.”
Read full article here: https://www.ucanews.com/news/caritas-philippines-builds-30-000-homes-for-typhoon-victims/83898
Thanksgiving DAY, in Rome, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will launch its 2018 Religious Freedom in the World report. Accompanying the publication of the report—which examines the state of religious freedom in each of the world’s 196 countries—will be a host of prayer meetings and special gatherings around the world, organized by the various national offices of ACN.
“As an organization committed to helping persecuted Christians, ACN has a particular duty to uphold the basic human right of religious freedom,” said George Marlin, chairman of ACNUSA. He added: “Sadly, there are more and more infringements of this basic human right, which affect all religions. Though, by far, most of the victims of religious persecution are Christians.”
“We are therefore inviting people throughout the world to stand up together with ACN in defense of religious freedom and make a visible gesture of solidarity,” Marlin said.
Read full article here: https://www.churchinneed.org/churches-around-the-world-go-red-in-support-of-religious-freedom/
In Northeast India, the Catholic Church is still relatively young. In 2016, she celebrated 120 years of ministry here, but in many parts of this region, Catholic missionaries were only able to enter during the second half of the 20th century. This is an isolated and underdeveloped area, marked by political unrest and conflicts, by deep poverty and many other problems. But the Church here is very much alive and vital; now there are almost 2 million Catholics in the region, while the number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life is growing.
The Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod have been working in Northeast India for 37 years now, and recently they established a new regional province for the congregation in the city of Guwahati, in the state of Assam. The congregation has 18 convents in the region, with 96 professed Sisters. They care particularly for physically and mentally handicapped children and for sick people generally.
The Sisters also help young girls from poor family backgrounds who are unable to continue their school education, teaching them useful practical skills such as needlework, sewing and darning, including handmade decorations, so they can later support themselves financially. They also help families and women, giving encouragement and counseling, and striving to convey the love of God for all by their lives. Given that the Church in this region is still so relatively young, there is a great deal still to be done to help the faith become deeply rooted in people‘s hearts and souls.
At present there are 28 religious Sisters still in formation. Like most of the Catholics in this region, they, too, come from poor families and from the ethnic minorities. The congregation needs financial help in order to provide them with a solid spiritual and vocational formation. Some of them will even pursue university studies, to help them better confront the many challenges they face. ACN is proposing a contribution of $19,300.
Will you give to help these future religious Sisters in India? We are sure they will gratefully remember you in their prayers.