Vatican – A woman State Councilor of Vatican City: Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA

Vatican – A woman State Councilor of Vatican City: Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA 18 April 2019 (ANS – Vatican City) – The Holy Father has appointed Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, Councilor of the Vatican City State, of the Daughter of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), as Professor of Political Economy at the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences Auxilium. It was yesterday’s press release of the Holy See, Wednesday 17 April, to make public a decision of Pope Francis dated 5 March.”Her mandate, which is carried out collegially together with other councilors, reunited in the Pontifical Commission for the State of the Vatican City, is five years,” explains a note from Auxilium, where Sister Smerilli teaches. “The State Councilor provides assistance in the elaboration of the Vatican Laws and in other matters of particular importance.”The Pontifical Commission for the Vatican City State, composed of a General Councilor and five State Councilors, is the body that exercises legislative power in the Vatican City State. It is the dicastery that holds the de facto administration of the Vatican City State, overseeing most public functions and representing the state on behalf of the Pope.Prof. Alessandra Smerilli was born in Vasto in 1974, and graduated in Economics from the University of Roma Tre. She then specialized in Political Economics at the Sapienza University of Rome and at the School of Economics of the East Anglia University in Norwich.In addition to teaching in the “Auxilium” Faculty, she holds teaching positions in other university institutions, is a member of the Scientific and Organizing Committee of the Catholic Social Weeks, promoted by the Italian Episcopal Conference, and is... read more

Best Lent Ever | Lenten Reflections 2019 | The Biggest Mistake | Dynamic Catholic

  When we really decide to walk with God, when we really decide to become disciples of Jesus, when we really decide to allow God to transform us and transform our lives there’s always obstacles. Some of those obstacles are very human and very much “us.” I think about the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane on Holy Thursday, and they can’t even stay awake. That’s our humanity, right? #BestLentEver Source: Best Lent Ever | Lenten Reflections 2019 | The Biggest Mistake | Dynamic... read more


FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD GOOD FRIDAY April 19, 2019 WORD of the DAY After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. (John 19: 28-30) How shall I live this Word? Today the death of Jesus pervades the universe. The memorial of His passion collects all the passions, all the pain of the world and carries it on the cross. A crucifix, a thousand crucifixes. Jesus dies in full awareness of the injustice of His death, but He chose not to resist it; He knows He chose ‘lowliness’ to reach the human heart and the only elevation He was granted was on the cross. He knows that the ridicule and the derision suffered will not stop and it will be difficult to believe Him. His death is not glorious, edifying. But His death is for everyone, in the name of all the crucified, He dies with them, for them, in their place. Jesus obedient, until death and death on the cross … The Trinity takes shape on the cross. The incarnation has made visible the man Jesus, the Father and His voice are recognized, the Spirit finally spreads over humanity, enters them and keeps the divine presence alive in all people, thus realizing their new creation. Lord, increase... read more


HAPPY 150TH, ADMA!  GAUDETE! Eucharistic Adoration ADMA Youth: Education of the Heart is our Mission Don Bosco and Devotion to Mary, Help of Christians Documents to establish ADMA and much more! See also April Snippets on our homepage… or on the Snippets archive page after April 2019   Links to Rector Major’s Video and Transcripts in Spanish, with... read more

Sr. Carmen Palacios, FMA – RIP

Sr. Maria del Carmen Palacios, FMA, the second of 7 children, & a native of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, died peacefully at the age of 72, on April 16, 2019 at the Provincial House of the Salesian Sisters in San Antonio, TX. Sr. Carmen served the Lord and His children with contagious joy, unwavering enthusiasm and ardent passion as a teacher in several Eastern States, in Texas and in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Her last assignment was in Bellflower, CA as a Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation.  Her devotion to Jesus and Mary was life-giving for herself and for everyone who was blessed to have known her. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother. Sr. Carmen is survived by two brothers, two lay sisters and one sister who is also a Salesian Sister.  She is also survived by other relatives and her religious community, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians – Salesian Sisters. Visitation begins Monday, April 22, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.  The rosary will be at 7:00 P.M.  The Mass of the Resurrection will take place on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10:00 am.  Commitment services and interment will follow at San Fernando Cemetery No. 2, San Antonio.  All services will be held at the Salesian Sisters’ Provincial House, 6019 Buena Vista St., San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vocation Program of the Salesian Sisters, 6019 Buena Vista St., San Antonio, TX 78237.  Funeral arrangements are under the care of The Angelus Funeral Home. Leave a memory... read more

The Heroic Priest of the Notre-Dame Fire Gives Hope to A Wounded Laity

It’s been a devastating year for the Church. The never-ending reports of abuse scandals reaching into the highest levels of the hierarchy have been agonizing. Many Catholics have either considered (or are considering) leaving the fold. There is a lot of frustration. After months of dealing with each new scandal, the world was horrified to […] Source: The Heroic Priest of the Notre-Dame Fire Gives Hope to A Wounded... read more

18 April 2019: 150th Anniversary of the Foundation of ADMA

The youthful face of ADMA 150 years later By Our Own Correspondent Interview with RENATO VALERA, ADMA President   Turin, Italy, 18 April 2019 — Can you introduce yourself?   My name is Renato. I am 46 years old. I am of Neapolitan origin although I have lived since the age of 10 in Piossasco (Turin) where my family moved in 1984. I have been married to Barbara for 18 years. The Lord led us to meet and discover that we are really made for each other. He gave us four wonderful children – Matteo, 17, Caterina, 15, Sara, and little 5-year-old Margherita – and with this little troop we try to live everyday life, putting ourselves at the school of Mary and rediscovering the everyday joy of the Gospel. We have been members of the Association of Mary Help of Christians since 2013 and at the end of 2017, on the occasion of the renewal of the council of the association, I was appointed president of the Primary ADMA. For me this new experience is a way and an opportunity to give back some of the gifts I have received over many years of journeying and feeling a living part of the Salesian Family and of the whole Church.   Why did you join ADMA?   To say thank you! Joining the association was for me and for Barbara at the same time the culmination of one journey and the beginning of a new journey. For some time now – together with other families and accompanied by Salesian priests – we have been following a path of Christian formation,... read more

The First, Forgiving Word of Jesus on the Cross

At the Last Supper and on the way to the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus discoursed long and lovingly with His Apostles. During His Sacred Passion, however, He spoke rarely and briefly. Indeed, it may well be that the silences of Jesus during His Passion were as eloquent and impressive as His words. During the three […] Source: The First, Forgiving Word of Jesus on the... read more

Best Lent Ever | Lenten Reflections 2019 | Dirty Little Secret | Dynamic Catholic

  We all have a dirty little secret. But the dirty little secret of Christianity, the dirty little secret of most of our church communities, the dirty little secret of most Christians, and all Christians at some point in our spiritual journeys, is that we don’t actually want our lives to be transformed. We don’t actually want God all up in our business. We don’t actually want God turning our lives upside down, which, as it turns out, would be right side up. #BestLentEver Source: Best Lent Ever | Lenten Reflections 2019 | Dirty Little Secret | Dynamic... read more
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