Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review - The Angel of Portugal at Fatima

Adoration Chapel - World Apostolate of Fatima, NJ


I recently had the pleasure of reading a short book on the Angel of Portugal appearance at Fatima written by Father William Wagner, ORC (Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross.  This angel is more commonly known as the Angel of Peace.

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima, we are seeing many books published on the subject of the apparitions and our lady's messages.  Some books are controversial in nature and should be read with care.

The Angel of Portugal at Fatima is different.  It tells the history of the angel's apparition to the three shepherd children prior to the Blessed Mother's appearance.  Since the book comes from Opus Angelorum, much is learned about the angel's appearance to these little children.

The angel appeared to the three children, six times just like our Lady did.  Each time the angel appeared, he taught the children with many lessons.  The spiritual growth and maturity of the children is quite remarkable in how little time they grew in sanctity and understanding.  They progressed from fun-loving children to deeply reverent, with a mission to accomplish for the salvation of souls.  These lessons are also applicable today, for all of us.

It is quite interesting how much one learns about the angel, the Biblical connection, and even the Islamic connection.  The emphasis on a loving God, Holy Communion, the Holy Eucharist is an important part of this book. You will read how the angel taught the children certain prayers and how to pray.  He taught them how to make sacrifices for sinners and how the youngest of them all, really embraced this way of saving sinners.  You will learn how little Francisco had a love our our Eucharistic Lord and was happiest during adoration.

This is a book you want to read slowly and while taking notes.




The release date for the book is July 12, 2016.

To order more booklets contact:
Opus Sanctorum Angelorum
164 Apollo Rd SE
Carrollton, OH 44615

Or via our websitewww.opusangelorum.org

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Friday, June 17, 2016

ACN News - Pope calls faithful around the world to join ACN in ‘Be God’s Mercy’ campaign



By Marta Petrosillo


International Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has launched a worldwide campaign that calls on the faithful to help the sick and suffering around the world with acts of charity.

The “Be God’s Mercy” campaign has the Church’s most important backing—that of Pope Francis, who personally endorses the four-month-long initiative that will conclude Oct. 4, 2016. On that day, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, ACN officials will present the Pope with the “first fruits” of the campaign.

At a press conference formally launching the campaign, the Pope—in a video message—called on Catholics around the world to “carry out works of mercy together with ACN, in every part of the world, in order to meet the many, many needs of today.”

Projects that will benefit from the unprecedented fundraising effort—driven by all of the 22 national offices of ACN—will include pastoral ministry in prisons, drug rehabilitation centers, the funding of support groups for battered women, and aid for refugees.

The very first benefactor of the campaign is Pope Francis himself who—prior to a recent visit by an Italian delegation of ACN to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan—entrusted a donation to the organization earmarked for Iraqi Christians.

The papal gift will be presented to St. Joseph’s Clinic in Erbil, which offers free medical care to some 2,800 refugees of various religious backgrounds.

Present at the press conference were ACN’s international President Cardinal Mauro Piacenza and General Secretary Philipp Ozores. Along with other members of the ACN delegation, the officials were received in a private audience by the Pope just prior to the press conference.

The press conference—which was moderated by the Vatican’ media spokesperson Father Federico Lombardi, SJ—featured an account by Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw of Lahore, Pakistan on how local Christian communities have reacted to the Easter bomb attack on a local park that killed 76 Christians, including 30 children.

Three projects in the “Be God’s Mercy” campaign will support the Church in Lahore, partly to aid victims of an earlier March 2015 attack on two churches in the city’s Christian quarter and partly to improve security measures for one of these churches, the Church of St. John, as well as for the nearby diocesan seminary of St. Francis Xavier

The relationship between Pope Francis and ACN goes back a long way. As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, then-Cardinal Bergoglio carried out a number of projects with the help of ACN, which he described, in a letter written to mark the 60th anniversary of the charity, as a “symbol of communion and fraternity with the suffering Church.”

For more information about the Be God’s Mercy Campaign, please consult the multi-lingual website www.acnmercy.org


With picture of Pope Francis (© ACN)


Editor’s Notes:



Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.


For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org

Fine Arts Friday - Father's Day

Biblical fathers and sons depicted in art is this week's theme.

Happy Father's Day to all you father's!


1.  God the Father and God the Son

The Holy Trinity by Hendrick von Balen I

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2.  St. Joseph and the Child Jesus

Saint Joseph and the Child Jesus by Jusepe de Ribera

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3.  The Prodigal Son and his loving Father.

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt van Rijn

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4.  Adam and his sons.

Adam and Eve with Cain and Abel by Giovanni David


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5.  Abraham and Isaac.


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Thursday, June 16, 2016

ACN News - ‘Mother Teresa was the best missionary of the millennium’



By Eva-Maria Kolmann


An Indian prelate has described Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, who will be canonized by Pope Francis Sept. 4, 2016, as the “best missionary of the millennium.”

Bishop Salvadore Lobo of Baruipur, who headed the canonization committee, reported that Christ had said to Mother Teresa in a vision: “Go into the houses, I cannot go alone, you be my face.” Indeed, “for the world today she has become the face of Christ,” the bishop said.

Bishop Lobo said that Hindus are also convinced that she was a saint. He said: “Some Hindus wonder why the Church needs to go through a canonization process. They say, ‘Mother Teresa was a saint anyway. But if the Church needs these formalities, then so be it.’”

Hindus also understand, Bishop Lobo added, that “service to the poor is service to God.” The bishop reported that during the beatification process as well, a large number of witnesses had come forth, including many Hindus and Muslims. He described the canonization as “a great joy” for all of India.

Bishop Lobo, who met Mother Teresa as a young seminarian and worked with the dying at her “Kalighat” hospice in Calcutta as a volunteer, described his first impression of her as that of a “transformative saint” who “emanated the personification of Christ.”

“She taught the world a lesson: Jesus lives in the hearts of the poor. We shall find His face in them,” the prelate said.

Mother Teresa was born Anjezë (Agnes) Gonxha Bojaxhiu Aug. 26, 1910, in Skopje (at the time it was part of the Ottoman Empire, today it is part of Macedonia). Her family was Albanian. At age 18, she entered the Order of the Loreto Sisters.

Soon thereafter she was sent to India, where she worked as a teacher until 1946, when she felt the calling to serve the poor.

At first she went alone into the slums of Calcutta, but was then joined by several former fellow students. She founded the order of the “Missionaries of Charity,” which continues to take care of the poorest of the poor all over the world today.

Mother Teresa was already considered a saint during her lifetime and became famous the world over as the “Angel of the Poor.” She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

She died Sept. 5, 1997 in Calcutta, India. Pope John Paul II beatified her on Oct. 19, 2003, only six years after her death. Her liturgical feast day will be 5th of September.


With picture of Mother Teresa and ACN founder Father Werenfried van Straaten (© ACN)


Editor’s Notes:



Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.


For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Christian Film Festival Winner of Best Short Film 2016

We are very proud of Hawaii's own Bonnie Moore and her team. Their short film Yehudah (Judah) won Best Short Film at the Christian Film Festival in Orlando.

The article in the Hawaii Catholic Herald has all the details. It can be read HERE

You can watch the film HERE.

Their hard work really paid off.  Yehudah is a well done movie.

Those of you in Hawaii will recognize a few familiar faces too.

 Congratulations Bonnie!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

ACN News - Thousands of children in Syria pray for peace



By Eva-Maria Kolmann


On June 1, thousands of Christian children of all denominations gathered in several Syrian cities to celebrate “International Children’s Day” as a day of prayer for peace.

In Homs, the occasion marked the first public event held with children since the liberation of the city by the Syrian regime. Christian television network Tele Lumière broadcast the proceedings there all over the Middle East.

More than 700 children dressed in white gathered together with Catholic and Orthodox bishops in what was for several years once a city under siege—an ancient Christian center where Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt was murdered in April of 2014.

Children and prelates made their way through the city in a procession, stopping to pray at the churches of the various Christian denominations.

Bishop Abdo Arbach, the Melkite Greek Catholic bishop of Homs, gave a talk, the text of which was obtained by international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

He said, “We have had enough of war, of destruction, of child trafficking. We want to live, we want to enrich our children with a good upbringing.”

“We will never accept that they have to live without hope and far away from their homes!”

He appealed to the international community, asking “that this war may end and that they act as per [the UN] human and children’s rights charter. God, give us peace!”

The destroyed Melkite Greek Catholic cathedral, which is consecrated to “Our Lady, Queen of Peace,” was adorned with a giant poster of the Infant Jesus of Prague.

In the Melkite cathedral, the bishops joined the children in a prayer to the Infant Jesus. Bishop Arbach said that the Infant Jesus is “the source of peace for our children and our country because His greeting is ‘Peace be with you.’” They also lit candles before a statue of the Infant Jesus.

Throughout the day, simultaneous events were held in Damascus, Tartus, Marmarita and Aleppo.

“We hope that the initiative of these children spreads and many other children all over the world pray for peace,” the Maronite bishop of Latakia and Tartus, Mons. Antoine Chbeir, told ACN.

In Tartus, children also showed posters they had drawn, bearing their prayers for peace as well as calls for the end of terrorism and the war in Syria.

The Pope had put things in motion during the Angelus prayer on May 29, when he invited children all over the world to join the children in Syria in their prayer for peace.

Subsequently, the Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of the country issued a joint message calling upon children to observe this day of prayer, the impetus for which was an initiative of Aid to the Church in Need.


With picture of children in Homs praying for peace in Syria (© ACN)


Editor’s Notes:



Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.


For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384.  www.churchinneed.org

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Thought for the Day: Reflection on the Three Signs of a Faithful Catholic, the Four Last Things and God's Perfect Number




I thought about the following today:

Three signs that a Catholic is faithful:

1.  Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
2.  Devotion to the Blessed Mother.
3.  Loyalty to the Holy Father and the Magisterium

I read today that Saint John Paul II recommended that the faithful meditate often on the Four Last Things:

1.  Death - "We are all going to die someday."
2.  Judgement - "Each one of us will then be judged by Jesus on whether our actions have been good or evil, and whether or not we cooperated with His grace during our stay on earth.
3.  Heaven - "The place and condition of perfect and eternal joy, love and peace with God in His Kingdom.
4.  Hell - The place and state of eternal punishment created for the angels who rebelled against God and those human beings who die resisting God's mercy." **

Finally, it is clear that the three signs and the four things equal to God's perfect number, seven.

**Fatima for Today, by Father Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.


Friday, June 03, 2016

Sister Lucia's Monthly Novena to Our Lady of Fatima

Sister Lucia's Monthly Novena to
Our Lady of Fatima

     On the 4th day of every month, Sister Lucia would pray a special Novena to Our Lady of Fatima in anticipation of the 13th day. The novena included the Memorare and three Hail Marys.
 
   This month the Novena begins on the FirstSaturday, June 4,  which is also the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We hope you will begin praying the Novena every month!  Your First Saturday devotion also consoles Our Lady's heart and helps bring graces for salvation to those most in need of God's mercy.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
  
3 Hail Marys...Amen

Catholic Academy Posthumously Awards Its Highest Honor To EWTN’s Mother Angelica

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals posthumously honored EWTN Foundress Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A., with its President’s Medallion Thursday night, June 2, during the annual Gabriel Awards gala at the Catholic Media Conference in St. Louis, Mo. EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw accepted the award, the Academy’s highest membership honor, in recognition of Mother’s lifetime achievements and contributions to Catholic communications.

Warsaw thanked the Academy members for honoring Mother Angelica and told the audience that he had once asked Mother what she thought her legacy and the legacy of EWTN would be.

“She said her legacy, and the legacy of the Network, would not be what had been done, but how it had been done – by relying totally and completely on the Providence of God,” recalled Warsaw. "So I would encourage everyone, particularly those in Catholic media, to follow Mother’s example of relying upon God’s Providence in your own lives as you work to spread the Gospel.”

The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals is an organization of broadcasters, communications directors, public relations personnel, and other professionals involved in using media to serve the Church. The Academy honored Mother Angelica in 1984 with its Personal Achievement Award for her efforts in founding EWTN.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 265 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN also includes radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Thought for Today - Futility in Worrying About the Future



Why do we worry about the future?

If we trusted in God as we are supposed to do, there would be need to worry.

There are three things that can happen:

1.  He will remove the problem;

2.  He will help us bear whatever problems or pain He permits to happen.

3.  If the problem is not removed, let us rest assure something good will come out of that suffering.

Whatever happens in the future is really God's will and it is our duty to trust in Him.