Pope’s World Day of Sick message: Nearness, charity for those who suffer – Vatican News

Pope Francis releases his message for the 30th World Day of the Sick, and urges Catholics and Church-run institutions to continue efforts to heal and soothe the wounds of those suffering illness. By Devin Watkins “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36): Standing beside those who suffer on a path of charity.” Those words formed the theme of Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of the Sick—scheduled for 11 February—which was released on Tuesday. The Pope noted that this year’s occurrence marks 30 years since Pope St. John Paul II instituted the World Day to encourage all members of the Church to “be increasingly attentive to the sick and to those who care for them.” He also expressed his gratitude for the great advances in healthcare and pastoral care of the sick in the intervening three decades, while recalling that many people still live in areas that are poorly served by healthcare systems and pastoral outreach. READ ALSO 03/01/2022 Pope praying for health of Argentine Nobel laureate Perez Esquivel He noted that the annual celebration of the World Day of the Sick is taking place in St. Peter’s Basilica, rather than in Arequipa, Peru, as...

To All Teachers, with Thanks

An old man meets a young man who asks: “Do you remember me?” And the old man says no.   Then the young man tells him he was his student, And the teacher asks: “What do you do, what do you do in life?”   The young man answers: “Well, I became a teacher.”   “Ah, how good, like me?” Asks the old man. “Well, yes. In fact, I became a teacher because you inspired me to be like you.”   The old man, curious, asks the young man at what time he decided to become a teacher. And the young man tells him the following story:   “One day, a friend of mine, also a student, came in with a nice new watch, and I decided I wanted it and I stole it, I took it out of his pocket. Shortly after, my friend noticed the flight and immediately complained to our teacher, who was you. Then you went to the class: ‘This student’s watch was stolen during classes today. Whoever stole it, please return it.’   I didn’t give it back because I didn’t want to. Then you closed the door and told us all to get...

Save Babies in NJ from Gov. Murphy’s Abortion Sentence

Save Babies in NJ from Gov. Murphy’s Abortion Sentence     Your help is needed immediately to stop the Reproductive Freedom Act, the most radical abortion bill ever proposed in this state. NJ already holds the infamous status of the most unsafe state in the nation for a baby in the womb, as abortion facilities outnumber pro-life pregnancy centers, 50 -37. As the life movement continues to win the public debate regarding protections for babies in the womb, Gov. Murphy, Sen. Loretta Weinberg, Sen. Linda Greenstein and 14 Assembly members have put forth a bill that would seal the fate of the unborn for decades to come in our state. Currently, NJ has no restrictions on abortion. Any abortion regulations that passed the legislative process in previous decades were found to be unconstitutional by activist judges in our state. Therefore, our abortion laws reflect those of Communist China and North Korea. The Reproductive Freedom Act will now codify into law the extreme anti-life policies practiced in only a handful of nations. This includes: Babies can be aborted up to the point of birth. Pregnant teenage moms can abort their children without the abortionist or school officials ever notifying parents....

New Film (SP) on Bl. Artemides Zatti, SDB

En esta oportunidad es para compartirles e invitarlos al estreno de manera virtual del cortometraje  “Zatti, hermano nuestro”, el próximo jueves 11 de junio a las 8:00 pm de Argentina desde el canal de You Tube del Boletín Salesiano.  Este tiempo histórico que nos toca atravesar nos invita a ser creativos y a no bajar los brazos. La figura del salesiano coadjutor Artémides Zatti cobra una dimensión especial por su carisma y atención a los enfermos más pobres. Y su historia nos inspira a enfrentar las dificultades con fe y esperanza. Para aquellos que el horario les quede en la madrugada de sus países, el cortometraje va a estar disponible  desde las 10:00 pm. por el mismo canal de You Tube. Este, ya sin el material adicional del estreno. Que Don Zatti, el enfermero de los más pobres, acompañe a todos los que hoy están sufriendo la crisis que nos toca transitar, y a todos nosotros a tener más firme la esperanza puesta en nuestro Dios bueno.  Quienes deseen conocer sobre la figura de Artémides Zatti, pueden ingresar a la...

Fifth Monday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Monday of LENT March 30, 2020 WORD of the DAY Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. …Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin anymore.” (John 8: 3-7/10-11) How shall I live this Word? What strikes us in this passage is the long reticence of Jesus before He speaks. He is repeatedly provoked...