- Catechism of the Catholic Church online with search engine (Catholic Website of the week-by the laptop computer)
- Pope Francis and Children in Hospital Exchange Greetings (Diocesan News and BEYOND)
- PRAY First Thing Every Morning (Helpful Hints for Life)
Receiving the Gospel, Serving God and Neighbor
"Does the LORD so delight in holocausts and sacrifices as in
obedience to the command of the LORD?
Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission than the fat of rams.”
I Samual 15:22
Obedience (see Catholic Term section) is a word you do not hear often today, but it may be more important for us Roman Catholics inAmerica than ever before. Jesus was obedient to the Father so that sins could be forgiven and death be destroyed. Jesus is obedient to you and me in the Holy Eucharist as He comes in so vulnerable a form that He risks sacrilege and dishonor. When priests are ordained they place their hands into the hands of their Bishop and take a solemn promise of obedience and respect to their Bishop.
All this is done so that God’s goodness and mercy may come into the world. Remember, sin and death entered the world through the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, and continue to spread through any disobedience we commit today. Remember Christ was obedient to the Father, even unto Death, and because He was we can all be saved from sin, and saved for Heaven.
From now one, let you and I be obedient to legitimate authority, Mom and Dad, and ultimately to Christ and His Bride, the Church, when He speaks through her. Then God's Love and Mercy can reach us and indeed the whole world!
Peace and prayers in Jesus through Mary, loved by Saint Joseph,
P.S. This coming Sunday is the Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings can be found atif
P.S.S. Readings and questions for reflection on them at the end of the email.
For a Sunday homily click the blue lines below (6 minutes):
- the moral virtue that inclines the will to comply with the will of another who has God-given authority
[We listen to our parents, legitimate civil authority (when it does not contradict the laws of God), and to the Church because God has given them their authority.]
Pray First Thing Every Morning
The early morning hours are the best part of any day. To use them well and to make sure the rest of the day is wrapped in prayer, pray as soon as you get out of bed. Either kneel down or sit on edge of bed and pray for all the graces you will need that day (i.e. the Morning Offering Prayer found in prayer section below)!
"Jesus' obedience to his mother and legal father fulfills the fourth commandment perfectly and was the temporal image of his filial obedience to his Father in heaven. The everyday obedience of Jesus to Joseph and Mary both announced and anticipated the obedience of Holy Thursday: "Not my will. . ." The obedience of Christ in the daily routine of his hidden life was already inaugurating his work of restoring what the disobedience of Adam had destroyed." -Catechism of the Catholic Church #532
Catechism of the Catholic Church
See what the Church teaches by reading here. There is also a very good search engine to search the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church can be found every week in green throughout the Roman Catholic Good News e-weekly.
[For those traveling and needing to get to the Holy Mass.]
MASS TIMES AND CATHOLIC CHURCHES throughout the US
Rome, Italy, Jul 10, 2021 / 05:00 am
During his hospitalization, Pope Francis has exchanged affectionate messages with the young patients in the nearby pediatric oncology and children’s neurosurgery wards, according to the Vatican.
The pope, who has been recovering from intestinal surgery in Gemelli University Hospital this week, also received handwritten get well cards from children staying in other hospitals in Rome.
“Dear Pope Francis, feel my prayer like I felt yours when I was sick,” wrote a girl named Giulia, who has undergone treatment at the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital.
Below the message, Giulia drew a picture of her holding Pope Francis’ hand while he is in a hospital bed.
Card for Pope Francis from Children in Gemelli Hospital July 2021 / Vatican MediaPope Francis was hospitalized on July 4 to undergo an operation to relieve stricture of the colon caused by diverticulitis, a common condition that involves the formation of small bulges or sacs on the wall of the colon.
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said July 5 that the pope was expected to spend seven days recovering in the hospital, “barring complications.”
“At this particular moment, [Pope Francis] looks toward all those who suffer, expressing his closeness to the sick, especially those most in need of care,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in one of the Holy See’s daily health bulletins.
In the latest health update released July 10, the Vatican said that the pope’s clinical progress is as “expected” and that “his blood tests are satisfactory.”
“He is gradually resuming work and continues to stroll in the corridor of the apartment,” Bruni said.
“In the afternoon, he celebrated Holy Mass in the private chapel and in the evening he dined with those who have been assisting him during these days.”
A 10-person medical team was involved in Francis’ surgery, which was carried out under general anesthesia, lasted about three hours and included a left hemicolectomy, the removal of one side of the colon.
The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will lead the noon Angelus prayer from his hospital room on Sunday.
The Catholic hospital and medical school has treated other popes and Catholic figures, including John Paul II after he was shot in an assassination attempt and Mother Teresa, who was treated in the clinic’s cardiology department.
I piccoli pazienti con le loro famiglie e tutta la comunità del Bambino Gesù, il suo ospedale, pregano affinché @Pontifex_it possa guarire presto e continuare ad aiutare i bambini. pic.twitter.com/6RzCuUORYE
— Bambino Gesù (@bambinogesu) July 5, 2021
“The Holy Father, experiencing first-hand the human dedication of the medical and health personnel assisting him, has addressed a special thought to all those who with care and compassion choose the face of suffering, engaging in a personal relationship with the sick, especially the most fragile and vulnerable,” the Vatican spokesman said.
The agreement was announced July 17th by the hospital and the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, and is part of a bigger initiative to use the helicopter within a regional network for emergency management.
“We are grateful to the Holy See, the Secretary of State and the Governatorate in particular, in the person of the SCV's Secretary General, Bishop Fernando Vergez Alzaga, for this opportunity, which is given to the Bambino Gesù hospital, and especially to the many young patients from all over Italy, who unfortunately need urgently to reach our hospital,” Bambino Gesu President Mariella Enoc said Friday, according to Vatican Radio.
“It is an important gesture of charity that responds to a basic health need: the physical proximity between the Vatican City State and our seat on the Janiculum Hill, in fact, will significantly shorten transport times, contributing in many cases to saving the lives of children,” she added.
The helicopter, also known as the Vatican City Heliport, is kept on a small, rectangular landing pad in the Vatican Gardens and is sometimes used to transport the Pope and other heads of state on short trips away from the Vatican, and to Castle Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. It was first used in 1976 by Pope Paul VI.
Bambino Gesu (which translates to the child Jesus) is the largest pediatric hospital and research center in Europe. It has a child-centered, welcoming approach and operates on the moral and ethical principles of the Catholic faith.
The hospital was built in 1869 and is the oldest pediatric hospital in Italy. Owned by the Holy See and known as the Pope’s hospital, Bambino Gesu also serves children from all over the world. The Holy
Father is a popular figure at the hospital, where children write him letters and know many details of his life, including words from his homilies and facts about his home country and favorite soccer team.
In December 2013, Pope Francis visited the hospital for Christmas, after receiving drawings from the children at the hospital asking for a visit. Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI were all known to visit the hospital. During his first visit in September 2005, during the first three months of his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI said he came in order “to bear witness to the love of Jesus for children.”
In 2010, Bambino Gesu doctors performed the world’s first transplant of a permanent artificial heart into a 15-year old boy, and since 2013 has been conducting research on a rare heart condition known as Long QT syndrome.
POPE FRANCIS WRITES LETTER TO FAMILIES
CWN - Pope Francis has written a letter to families asking them to pray for the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will be devoted to “pa...storal challenges to the family in the context of evangelization.”
“In our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family,” the Pope said in his four-paragraph letter, which was dated February 2 and released on February 25.
“This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church,” he continued. “I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task.”
“In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support,” Pope Francis added. “Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus.”
At a press conference presenting the document, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, noted that Christianity spread during the early centuries through families.
“The Pope calls on Christian families to feel the responsibility of their mission in our time, so confused and restless,” he said. “The Pope suggests that the beautiful testimony of believing families” can “deeply touch the hearts of many.”
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With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of "pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization". Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.
This important meeting will involve all the People of God – bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world – all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer. Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever. This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church. I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task. As you know, this Extraordinary Synodal Assembly will be followed a year later by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. In that context, there will also be the World Meeting of Families due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015. May we all, then, pray together so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel.
I am writing this letter to you on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. The evangelist Luke tells us that the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in keeping with the Law of Moses, took the Baby Jesus to the temple to offer him to the Lord, and that an elderly man and woman, Simeon and Anna, moved by the Holy Spirit, went to meet them and acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah (cf. Lk 2:22-38). Simeon took him in his arms and thanked God that he had finally "seen" salvation. Anna, despite her advanced age, found new vigour and began to speak to everyone about the Baby. It is a beautiful image: two young parents and two elderly people, brought together by Jesus. He is the one who brings together and unites generations! He is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of self-absorption, solitude, and sadness. In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey.
Dear families, your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church. I thank you, and I ask you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of God in truth and in love. May the protection of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph always accompany all of you and help you to walk united in love and in caring for one another. I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord.
From the Vatican, 2 February 2014
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
POPE FRANCIS'S WORDS TO THE NEW CARDINALS AND YOU AND ME
“May all of us avoid, and help others to avoid, habits and ways of acting typical of a court: intrigue, gossip, cliques, favoritism, and partiality,” the Pope said as he calle...d upon all the faithful, and especially the cardinals, to be holy. “Christian holiness is not first and foremost our own work, but the fruit of docility-- willed and cultivated-- to the Spirit of God thrice holy.”
“My brother cardinals, Jesus did not come to teach us good manners, how to behave well at the table,” he continued. “To do that, he would not have had to come down from heaven and die on the Cross. Christ came to save us, to show us the way, the only way out of the quicksand of sin, and this way of holiness is mercy, that mercy which he has shown, and daily continues to show, to us. To be a saint is not a luxury. It is necessary for the salvation of the world. This is what the Lord is asking of us.”
“Whenever the least of our brothers and sisters finds a place in our hearts, it is God himself who finds a place there,” Pope Francis added. “When that brother or sister is shut out, it is God himself who is not being welcomed. A heart without love is like a deconsecrated church, a building withdrawn from God’s service and given over to another use.”
"By his obedience to Mary and Joseph, as well as by his humble work during the long years in Nazareth, Jesus gives us the example of holiness in the daily life of family and work." -Catechism of the Catholic Church #564
SUNDAY MASS READINGS AND QUESTIONS
for Self-Reflection, Couples or Family Discussion
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, July 11th, 2021
The First Reading- Amos 7:12-15
Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos, “Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah! There earn your bread by prophesying, but never again prophesy in Bethel; for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.” Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor have I belonged to a company of prophets; I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores. The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”
You just never know to what God is going to call you. Have you ever been minding your own business, going through your life pretty smoothly and then, BAM! Something changes drastically, taking you completely off guard? It could be a good thing, it could be something that appears, or even something bad. But all of a sudden, you’re different. That’s what happened to Amos. He was a pretty successful businessman. The first readings says that he was a “dresser of sycamores.” That means he tended these little mini fig trees, pruning them to make sure they didn’t have bugs and that they would grow fruit. He also kept herds. Then, one day, God told him to go to the nations of the world and tell them that they were doing everything wrong. He had to go and accuse all of the rich people (remember, he was one of them) of abusing the poor, and getting rich on the backs of the vulnerable. Like most of the prophets, that meant trouble for Amos. He had to leave his business and get into everyone else’s business. Generally speaking, people don’t like that. So, he had a really hard time of it; and it was never what he had planned for his life.
Adults -Have you ever had a shake-up moment like Amos did? What difficult thing did God call you to? Did you go without hesitation? Did you meet a lot of trouble along the way? How did you get through it?
Teens - Do you think it’s easy to follow God’s will? How do you discern whether something is being asked of you by God?
Kids - Try five minutes of silent prayer this week and listen for God to speak in your heart.
Responsorial- Psalm 85: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD —for he proclaims peace.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and prepare the way of his steps.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
-Be extra aware of God’s kindness this week.
The Second Reading- Ephesians 1: 3-14
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth. In him we were also chosen,destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.
The second reading tells us that our being chosen in ways like Amos experienced, and the Apostles experienced in today’s Gospel, is the first installment of our inheritance from Jesus. We receive the Holy Spirit, and then we’re sent out to tell people all about God. Sometimes you might want to tell God to keep that inheritance, but when it comes down to it, that’s why we were baptized. We were baptized not for comfort and ease of life, but for the discomfort of the Gospel.
-Consider ways that God might ultimately use the struggles in your life for good in the long run.
The Holy Gospel according to Mark 6: 7-13
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick— no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
We’re not in it alone! Jesus sent the Apostles out two by two for a reason. We’re meant to have companions for our journey, to help us be accountable and not get discouraged. Jesus told them not to take lots of provisions for the journey, but to trust that God will care for them as they go. It’s the same with us. We get the call to go out (which could be comforting someone who needs it, visiting a lonely person, telling the truth in a difficult situation, giving material goods to someone in need … ) and we go. We should not worry about how we will have what we need to accomplish it, but know that if God called us to it, he’ll give us what we need to get through it.
Adults -Take some time this week to thank the person you are going two by two with through this life. They are a gift from a loving God.
Teens -Who are your companions on your journey — with whom has God sent you “two by two”? How do you help one another?
Kids - What is your favorite way to help people?
LIVING THE WORD OF GOD THIS WEEK! – “God's mercy and love can reach into the darkest corners and produce fruit from the most unlikely and apparently most neglected of orchards. While we thank God from our hearts today for having been put on the road to heaven, let us remember in our prayers our fellowmen, God's other children, who are trudging along through the fields and hedges. May God continue to show his mercy and divine understanding toward them!” -Excerpted from The Sunday Readings by Fr. Kevin O'Sullivan, O.F.M.