Pope prays for victims of Mexican earthquake

Pope Francis at his weekly General Audience on Wednesday expressed his closeness to the people of Mexico after the country was hit Tuesday by a powerful earthquake. “Here among you (in St Peter’s Square), the Pope said, there are many Mexicans; the earthquake has caused casualties and material damage and in this moment of pain I express my closeness to the whole Mexican population “. He continued, “I ask Almighty God to welcome all those who lost their lives”, and he also remembered the rescue workers involved in helping those affected. Finally, the…

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REFLECTION FOR THE 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A (1). TOPIC: GOD’S GENEROSITY

REFLECTION FOR THE 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A. TOPIC: GOD’S GENEROSITY BY: Fr Mike Lagrimas Gospel: Mt 20:1-16 Message # 515: “Let Yourselves Be Possessed by His Love” 1. The Marian Message a) The Blessed Mother reminds all her children, especially the priests, of the immense love of Jesus for all of them: “How much Jesus loves you!” She enumerated the proofs of this love: the Incarnation, his public mission, his sufferings and death, and most especially the institution of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the…

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TWO THINGS TO AVOID

TWO THINGS TO AVOID Good should be done while evil should be avoided. There are many instances of evil to be avoided as there are several goods to be done. However, in this reflection, I reflect on two evils all and sundry must desist from. 1. Never raise someone’s hope when you know you are not willing and will never be ready to fulfilling your promise concerning the realization of the hope raised in another. If you will not assist someone in any good the person requests from you, it…

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HOMILY FOR FEAST OF SAINT MATTHEW THE APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST (1). HOMILY THEME: THE CALL OF MATTHEW

HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A. FEAST OF ST MATTHEW THE APOSTLE HOMILY THEME: THE CALL OF MATTHEW BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon HOMILY (Mt. 9:9-13) In the day’s Gospel Jesus called Matthew, a tax collector, to follow Him. It was a call to become His disciple. This should have cone as a surprise to the people, Jesus’ followers, and Matthew himself. A tax collector in Israel during the time of Jesus was considered a grave sinner. They took advantage of the trust by the…

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Reading for Thursday Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Feast: Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. Liturgical Colour: red First Reading: (Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11-13) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 19: 2-3, 4-5) Gospel: (Matthew 9: 9-13)

First Reading: (Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11-13) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 19: 2-3, 4-5) Gospel: (Matthew 9: 9-13)   First Reading: (Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11-13) I therefore, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called, With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity. Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. One body and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God…

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Pope Francis creates new Pontifical Institute for marriage and family

Pope Francis has announced the creation of a new Pontifical Institute for the study of marriage and the family to carry forward the work of the two recent synods and Amoris Laetitia. In a motu proprio published Tuesday, the Vatican announced the new John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences will replace the original organisation founded by his predecessor in 1981. The Pope said the recent synods on the family had brought a new awareness of the “new pastoral challenges to which the Christian community is called…

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Mexican bishops offer prayers for earthquake victims

The Mexican bishops’ conference have offered their prayers for those affected by the earthquake that hit Mexico City and the state of Puebla on Tuesday. “We unite ourselves with the pain for the victims of the earthquake that happened today, September 19, 2017, in various places in our country,” they said in a statement. “Thousands of hands have formed chains of life to rescue, feed and do their bit in these emergencies.” The number of fatalities has climbed to over 200, with one of the most desperate rescue efforts at…

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Canada to be consecrated to Immaculate Heart of Mary to mark the 150th anniversary

As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation with fireworks and block parties, Catholic faithful will be celebrating spiritually, with the consecration of the nation to Mary. Bishops across Canada will be consecrating their dioceses and eparchies to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, July 1. The bishops of Canada will also gather together in Ottawa in September to make the act of consecration collectively. In Edmonton, Archbishop Smith will lead the 5 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph’s Basilica, in which the people of the Archdiocese…

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HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A (1). HOMILY THEME: THE ATTITUDE OF THE CROWD TOWARDS THEIR LEADERS

HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE TWENTY-FOURTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A. HOMILY THEME: THE ATTITUDE OF THE CROWD TOWARDS THEIR LEADERS BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon HOMILY: (Lk. 7:31-35) In the day’s Gospel Jesus addressed the inconsistencies of the leaders and the crowds in treating John the Baptist and Himself. In Filipino we call it, “Sala sa init, sala sa laming.” Their attitudes to both were neither here nor there. John came like a hermit and was accused of being possessed by demons. Jesus was the complete opposite yet He…

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Reading for Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Memorial: Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs. Liturgical Colour: red First Reading: (1Timothy 3: 14-16) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 111: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6) Gospel: (Luke 7: 31-35)

First Reading: (1Timothy 3: 14-16) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 111: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6) Gospel: (Luke 7: 31-35)   First Reading: (1Timothy 3: 14-16) These things I write to thee, hoping that I shall come to thee shortly. But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And evidently great is the mystery of godliness, which was manifested in the flesh, was justified in the spirit, appeared unto…

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