Thursday, June 18, 2015

From Pope Francis - June 17, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 17 June 2015 -


Pope Francis: The loved ones who die are not in darkness, 
they are in the hands of God


he summer heat has come to Rome, but it didn't stop thousands of pilgrims from coming to see Pope Francis during his general audience. The Pope energetically moved through St. Peter's Square, kissing children and waving to pilgrims. He even traded his hat.

Once again, the Pope focused his remarks on the family. This week he discussed a more difficult topic: how to cope with the death of a relative. He said that it was especially difficult when parents lose their children or when parents of small kids die. 

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"When a family in terrible mourning finds the strength to keep the faith and love that bind us to those who we love, it prevents death from taking everything. The darkness of death is faced with an intense labor of love.”

He explained that death doesn't seem natural and it is normal to be angry with God. However, the Pope added that because of the Resurrection of Christ, death doesn't have the final word. 

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"In this faith we can console ourselves and each other, knowing that the Lord has conquered death once and forever. Our loved ones have not disappeared in the darkness of nothingness. Hope assures us that they are in the good, strong hands of God.”

Death is even more incomprehensible when it's caused by hatred and indifference, said the Pope. He urged no one to accept hate and apathy as normal.

The Pope referred to refugees as an example of indifference. Saturday is a day of remembrance specifically for them. So the Pope called for their dignity to be respected. He also had another message.

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"I invite all of you to ask for forgiveness for people and institutions who close the door to people who are searching for a home, who are searching for a family, who are searching for protection.”

Toward the end of his remarks, Pope Francis mentioned that he would be publishing his ecology encyclical tomorrow. He will call on people to be responsible as they care for Creation.



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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Resorts Casino, Atlantic City - June 18, 2015

The next trip Resort Casino is Thursday, June 18 16th, The bus will leave at 9:30 am sharp and will return after six hours at the casino. Please make check payable to St. Columba in the amount of $30. Payments can be dropped off at the rectory during office hours or can be put through the slot at the convent door. Because of the need to pay for the bus in advance, anyone deciding to go on the trip on the day it occurs will be charged $35

Please spread the word to all you think may be interested. See you on the bus!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Paulina Arancibia lecture on climate change & global warming.

Paulina Arancibia, a Chilean Fulbright scholar at Rutgers University, gives an illustrated lecture on climate change, global warming, and our appropriate response. The audience is the congregation of the Church of St. Columba in New York City, USA.



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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

From Pope Francis - June 10, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 10 June 2015 -

Pope reflects on illnesses during his general audience: 
Families are the First Hospitals


In his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis reflected on illnesses, specifically on families who deal with a sick loved one, day in and day out. 

Reflecting on the Gospel readings, the Pope said Jesus can heal all ills, but families, he explained, are the first hospitals. He then added that children should be taught to show solidarity early on, so they are not anesthetized before the suffering of the sick. 

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

Today we consider one of the conditions common to all families, namely, illness.  Many times in the Gospels Jesus meets the sick and heals them.  His desire to cure suffering is a central part of his ministry, coming even before observance of the law.  

He sends his disciples to do the same, giving them the power to heal, and to draw close to the sick, touching their deepest wounds and bringing them peace.  The illness of one person can be a severe trial for all family members. As followers of Christ, we are called to pray without ceasing for the sick and dying, and to support families where this is being experienced. 

 So too we must educate children to solidarity with the sick so that they are not anesthetized to the sufferings of others, but rather are capable of helping the ill and of living fully each human experience. 

 May we always give thanks to the Lord for the support of the Church shown to families in times of illness, especially between families themselves.”


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Sunday, June 7, 2015

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

From Pope Francis - June 3, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 3 June 2015 -

Pope Francis at the general audience: 
We should kneel before poor families


Speaking in front of a large crowd of pilgrims in St. Peters Square, Pope Francis announced the start of a new cycle of teachings focusing on the problems that families face.

The Pope began by speaking about poverty. He mentioned the poor families who populate the outskirts of megacities; those who suffer because of unemployment; and those who feel the consequences of war, which he called "the mother of all poverty.”

The Pope said it's very admirable when families are able to stay together despite these difficult situations.

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"This lesson must not justify our indifference but increase our shame. There is so much poverty. We should kneel before these families, which are a true school of humanity that save society from barbarism.”

Pope Francis harshly criticized individualistic culture and consumerism. He said that societies today promote selfish individualism, contrary to what the family promotes. In families, everything is shared. People make sacrifices for each other and the weaker members find protection. He said that those who promote individual wellbeing only just don’t understand.

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"This irritates those well being planners who consider affection, heritage, and family ties a secondary variable of life. They do not understand anything.”

Governments should help promote civil ethics that protect the family from poverty, said the Pope. He added that the Church must also set an example.

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"The Church is a mother and must not forget the drama of her children. Also, she must be poor to be fruitful and respond to misery.”

At the conclusion of the general audience Pope Francis expressed his closeness with families who lost loved ones in the recent cruise ship disaster in China. The passenger ship "Eastern Star" with more than 400 people aboard capsized in rough weather on Monday while navigating the Yangtse river. Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims and their families.


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