Thursday, August 27, 2015

From Pope Francis - August 26, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 26 August 2015 -


Make time for prayer. Pray with your family

Pope Francis led his 100th general audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, where he reflected on the power of prayer. The Pope highlighted that it's within the family that one learns to pray and to embrace the  Holy Spirit. 

He called on Christians to read the Gospel every day, describing it as good bread that feeds the heart. Parents, he added, have the responsibility of teaching the faith to their children, starting with learning the sign of the cross. 


SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

In our continuing catechesis on the family, today we reflect on the importance of devoting time to prayer.  We all know how important prayer is, yet it seems so difficult to find time for it.  

Perhaps we need to ask if we truly love God, as he asks us to, with all our heart, and all our mind and all our strength.  For the heart of prayer is the love of God, the source of our life, who constantly "caresses” us with his own love. 

 A heart filled with the love of God can make even a silent thought or a small gesture of devotion a moment of prayer.  The Holy Spirit teaches us to pray, to call God our Father, and to grow daily in his love.  Our families need to ask for the gift of the Spirit!  Through prayer, even in the busiest times, we give time back to God, we find the peace that comes from appreciating the important things, and we encounter the joy of God’s unexpected gifts.  

Through daily prayer may our homes become, like the house of Martha and Mary, places where Jesus always finds a warm welcome.

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Speaker: I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England, Denmark, Malta, China, Dubai, Nigeria, Canada and the United States of America.  Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke an abundance of joy and peace in the Lord Jesus.  God bless you all!



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Thursday, August 20, 2015

From Pope Francis - August 19, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 19 August 2015 -

Pope's General Audience: Work hard! Don't be mediocre, give your best

In his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis reflected on the value of work.

Referencing today's Gospel readings, the Pope explained that having a good work ethic is a must. It's not just essential for the family, but also a key component of a positive society. 

The importance of work is evident in the Gospel, explained the Pope, for even Jesus is described as the son of a carpenter and a carpenter Himself. 

SUMMARY OF CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH: 

We continue our Catechesis today by reflecting on work, which complements our moments of celebration and which is also a part of God’s creative design. 

Through work, the family is cared for and children are provided with a dignified life.  So too the common good is served, as witnessed by the example of so many fathers and mothers who teach their children the value of work for family life and society. 

The Scriptures speak of this in the Holy Family, describing Jesus as the son of a carpenter and a carpenter himself.  As Christians we know that work and the spiritual life are not opposed, but in harmony, as work expresses the dignity of the person, created in God’s image. 

When we engage in work, we share in creation by caring for the earth and cultivating it.  If, however, we reduce work to profit and disregard its effects on humanity and the world, the environment and our lives suffer.  This especially hurts the poor and families.

God has given Christian families the challenge and mission to make present the foundations of his creation: a true understanding of the identity of man and woman and the bond they share, their call to bring children into the world, and the gift of work in making the world ever more fruitful and hospitable.  May God help us to embrace this call in joy and hope, especially amidst the many challenges we face today. 

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Speaker: I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from Japan.  May Jesus Christ strengthen you and your families in faith, so that you may be a sign to the world of his love and mercy.  May God bless you all!



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Thursday, August 13, 2015

From Pope Francis - August 12, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 12 August 2015 - 

Celebration, work and prayer are all needed for a balanced life.


On Wednesday, Pope Francis began series of catechesis based on three facets of a balanced life: celebration, work and prayer. The Pope emphasized why all three are important for a healthy family life. 

He also explained that despite the social obsession with economic profit, one should not be a slave to work, but rather its master. 

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS: 

We begin now a series of catecheses on three facets of family life: celebration, work and prayer.  Let us turn first to celebrations which, as we see from the Story of Creation, are the invention of God, who on the seventh day rested from his work.  

It is God himself who teaches us the importance of dedicating time to contemplating and enjoying the fruits of our labours, not only in our employment or profession, but through every action by which we as men and women cooperate in God’s creative work, even in times of difficulty. 

In the workplace too, we celebrate – a birthday, a marriage, a new baby, a farewell or a welcome.  True moments of celebration make us pause from our work, because they remind us that we are made in the image and likeness of God, who is not a slave to work, but the Lord of work!  And so we must never be slaves to work but rather its master!  Yet we know that millions of men and women, even children, are slaves to work.  The obsession with economic profit and technical efficiency puts the human rhythms of life at risk.  Moments of rest, especially on Sunday, are sacred because in them we find God.  

The Sunday Eucharist brings to our celebrations every grace of Jesus Christ: his presence, his love and his sacrifice; his forming us into a community, and his way of being with us.  Everything is transfigured by his grace: work, family, the joys and trials of each day, even our sufferings and death.  May we always recognize the family as the privileged place to understand, guide and sustain the gifts which arise from our celebrations, especially the Sunday Eucharist.   

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Speaker: I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from Malta, Zimbabwe, the Philippines, and Trinidad and Tobago.  May your families celebrate daily the Lord’s love and mercy, and be a sign of his abiding presence in the world.  May God bless you all! 



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Monday, August 10, 2015

Resorts Casino, Atlantic City - August 20th, 2015

The next trip Resort Casino is Thursday, August 20th, 2015 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!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

From Pope Francis - August 5, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 5 August 2015 -

Pope addresses divorced and re-married Catholics 
in his weekly general audience.


In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis talked about divorced and re-married Catholics. He explained that even though these second unions are contrary to the Sacrament of marriage, the doors of the Church, he explained,  are always open. 

The Pope also highlighted that in these irregular situations, it's often children who suffer the most. He called on the Church and Christian communities,  to reach out to these couples and to support their children. 


READ SUMMARY OF CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH:  

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

We return now to our catechesis on the family, by reflecting on the situation of our brothers and sisters who have divorced and entered a second union.  Though their unions are contrary to the Sacrament of marriage, the Church, as a Mother, seeks the good and salvation of all her children. 

As these situations especially affect children, we are aware of a greater urgency to foster a true welcome for these families in our communities.  For how can we encourage these parents to raise their children in the Christian life, to give them an example of Christian faith, if we keep them at arm’s length?  I am especially grateful to the many pastors, guided by my Predecessors, who have worked diligently to let these families know they are still a part of the Church.  

There is no easy solution for these situations, but we can and must always encourage these families to participate in the Church’s life, through prayer, listening to the Word of God, the Christian education of their children, and service to the poor.  

As the Good Shepherd gives his life for the sheep, so the Church as a Mother gives her life for all her children, by being always the "house of the Father, with doors wide open”.  May everyone, especially Christian families, imitate the Good Shepherd, who knows all his sheep and excludes no one from his infinite love.    
   
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Speaker: I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, South Africa, China and the United States.  May your stay in the Eternal City confirm you in love for our Lord, and may he make you his witnesses, especially for families who feel separated from the Church.  May God bless you all!



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