Second Monday of Eastertide

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 24, 2017 SECOND MONDAY OF EASTERTIDE     WORD of the DAY  Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.  What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit.  Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.  The wind  blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”       (John 3: 5-8) How shall I live this Word? The Resurrection of Christ is the great Event that opens us to newness.  Today, the Gospel text tells of the meeting between Jesus and Nicodemus.  We too marvel at Jesus’ words and question how we can be born again.  We repeat the same thing today when looking at our world that is doing very badly.  There are wars, injustices impossible to stop; human evil arrives to unthinkable levels; there is no hope; do we seriously think that something can still be done, something new? Jesus responds with the newness of the Spirit.  The Spirit blows where it will, as it will.  Have you not heart His voice?  Close your eyes, let the Spirit’s breath enter your heart and listen to God who speaks to you.  The Spirit breathes without us knowing where it comes from, but we know He brings us toward love if we let ourselves be guided by... read more

Coins in Trevi Fountain

At Rome’s Trevi Fountain, the coin you toss in goes to help the needy, and it’s no drop in the bucket. Last year, more than $1.5 million collected went to Rome’s poor. For tourists visiting Rome, t… Source: Coins in Trevi... read more

Road To Cana: A Marriage Readiness Program for Catholics

Click to open expanded view     Road To Cana: A Marriage Readiness Program for Catholics Anthony Buono (Actor), Rev. Edward B. Connolly (Actor), Tim Brown and Anthony Buono (Director) Rated: PG-13 Format: DVD 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews DVD $49.98 Additional DVD options Edition Discs Price New from Used from DVD (Jul 03, 2006)Season 12$49.98$49.98 $39.95 | Try Fast, Free Shipping Source: Road To Cana: A Marriage Readiness Program for Catholics: Anthony Buono, Rev. Edward B. Connolly, Fr. C. John McCloskey, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, Patricia Wrona, Susan Gertz, Tim Brown and Anthony Buono: Movies &... read more


  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 23, 2017 SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTERTIDE DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY       WORD of the DAY  Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”  Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20: 26-28) How shall I live this Word? The Lord is risen!  Today He is beside me and offers me and you His mercy.  Alleluia!  Easter, the day of light without setting gives meaning to our life.  On that day, the Lord made Himself present and His presence is forever. The Living Jesus appears in the midst of His disciples and they experience a new encounter, one that is true, beautiful, great; one that fills their heart with joy and peace.  Only Thomas is not present and merely listens to the account of faith from his friends, but he wants to experience Jesus himself. We too, like Thomas, have heard tell of Jesus; we have listened to the witnesses that have transmitted the truths of the faith in His name, but like Thomas, we want to experience the encounter that transforms and opens us to the precious mystery of recognizing Jesus as our Lord and God. Jesus, my Lord and my God, I remain with You, only You and Your mercy are... read more


  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 22, 2017 EASTER SATURDAY – JESUS LIVES!     WORD of the DAY When he had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene.  She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.  When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.  After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country.  They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either. [But] later, as the eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised.   He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.      (Mark 16: 9-15) How shall I live this Word? In today’s Gospel there is a refrain that is repeated and that creates in the reader a certain surprising and unsettling effect.  Mary Magdalene arrives to tell the disciples she had seen the Risen Lord: “They did not believe her”.  The two disciples of Emmaus return and tell them all they had seen and heard along the way and how they had recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread but “they did not believe them either”.  Finally, Jesus appears to the eleven while they were at table and He scolds them for their incredulity and hardness of heart “because they had not believed those who saw Him after... read more

Venezuela – Two Salesian past pupils victims of violence

Let us pray for them, their parents, families, friends, and loved ones – and those who perpetrated the violence… that they may have a conversion of heart! Venezuela – Two Salesian past pupils victims of violence 21 April 2017 (ANS – Caracas) – Venezuela has been going through a very difficult political and social situation in recent times. Pope Francis recently said, referring to Venezuela: “I pray for this people, who are very dear to me, and I urge everyone to persevere without growing tired, avoiding any violence and seeking political solutions.” On 19 April, peaceful demonstrations took place in the country to deliver to the ‘Defensoría del Pueblo’, the state agency that oversees human rights, a document accusing the government of President Nicolás Maduro of a coup d’état against the National Assembly.  On the margins of the events, two Salesian past pupils were killed.Carlos José Moreno Barón, 19, was not taking part in the protest march. He was on his way to a football field at Chuao, but he did not reach his destination.It was about 10:15 in the morning when Carlos José’s plans for the future were shattered near Estrella de San Bernardino Square. A motor-driven group linked to the collective supporting the government opened fire against opponents. The doctors did all they could but Carlos José had been struck by a bullet in the head and nothing could be done. He had been a student at the St Francis de Sales Institute in the Sarría district, and was a member of the Salesian Youth Movement.On the same day of protests, in San Cristóbal in the State of... read more


  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 21, 2017 EASTER FRIDAY – JESUS LIVES!     WORD of the DAY  After this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberius. … Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.  When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.”  So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish.  So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea.  The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish.  When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.  Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.”  So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three  large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.  Jesus said to them, “Come, have... read more

RMG – International Congress on Youth and Family Ministry introduced by Fr Attard

You can find the video in 3 languages and much more on family ministry, Amoris Laetitia, and Strenna 2017 here RMG – International Congress on Youth and Family Ministry introduced by Fr Attard 20 April 2017 (ANS – Rome) – An International Congress on Youth and Family Ministry will be held in Madrid, Spain, from 27 November to 1 December 2017. It will involve delegations from all the Provinces of the Salesian Congregation. How did the initiative for this International Congress come about? In what context will it take place and what are the objectives? Fr Fabio Attard, Councillor General for Salesian Youth Ministry, answers these questions in a short video.By Renato CursiThe Congress is the centre piece of a wider process of reflection and discernment which the Congregation is undertaking in tune with the whole Church.In 2014, Pope Francis convened the 3rd Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the topic “Pastoral Challenges for the Family in the Context of Evangelization”. This followed one year after his 14th Ordinary Assembly on the theme “Vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.”For the next Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 2018), the Holy Father finally chose the theme “Young people, faith and vocational discernment”.From the point of view of chronology and content, the International Congress is therefore halfway between these recent Assemblies of the Synod of Bishops which called for reflection not only on the care of families in Salesian pastoral ministry, but above all on the involvement of families in Salesian youth ministry.Pope Benedict XVI, when he addressed the... read more


  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 20, 2017 EASTER THURSDAY – JESUS LIVES!       WORD of the DAY  The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread. While they were still speaking about this he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you. “But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.”  And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.  While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish;  he took it and ate it in front of them.  He said to them,  “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”  Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.        (Luke 24: 35-45) How shall I live this Word? Today’s Gospel brings us to the end of Easter day.  The two disciples of Emmaus have just arrived at the Cenacle and recount to the apostles what had happened to them along the way... read more
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