Today Fr. Bonaventure preaches on the first reading where Paul and Barnabus must convince the people of Lystria from offering sacrifice to them after Paul miraculously cures a crippled man. He uses this to underline the need for the one true faith in the living God. Ave Maria! Mass: Monday 5th Week of Easter – – Form: Readings: 1st: act 14:5-18 Resp: psa 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16 Gsp: joh 14:21-26
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Did You Know? Saint Bernadette (Feast Day: April 16)
The second episode in an ongoing series of brief videos filled with interesting details regarding the lives and miracles of well-known and lesser-known saints, and the devotions and traditions that have developed around them over time.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, who was born in Lourdes, France on January 7, 1844, almost lived in a padded cell and did live in a jail cell…That’s right! Due to hard times for the Subirous family, Bernadette spent her youth in a single-room basement-level home that formerly housed prisoners, known as “the dungeon”. And the padded cell? Well, that was nearly the result of her fascinating story.
From February 11 to July 16, 1858, 14 year-old Bernadette experienced 18 visions of “a beautiful Lady” in a local grotto and by the time of her final apparition, as many as 20,000 people had traveled to witness the events. During one vision, the Lady asked Bernadette to drink from a spring in the ground, only there was no spring. So, a confused Bernadette used her bare hands to dig up the ground before finally splashing some damp mud to her mouth.
This prompted many locals, who could not see the Lady, to claim Bernadette had gone insane, but within days, a powerful spring began to flow from the muddy hole and reports of miraculous healings soon followed. Further vindicating the visions, the Lady revealed her name to Bernadette as “The Immaculate Conception”: an 1854 dogma defined by Pope Pius IX, and a phrase that Bernadette had never even heard before.
To escape her newfound and undesired fame, 22-year old Bernadette left Lourdes to join the Sisters of Charity convent in Nevers, but upon her arrival, even the mistress of novices complained: “If the Blessed Virgin wanted to appear on Earth, why would she choose a coarse and uneducated peasant, rather than a learned and virtuous religious?”
Bernadette spent the rest of her life there, working primarily as an infirmary assistant. But after years of difficult health issues, including asthma, Bernadette died from tuberculosis in 1879 at only 35 years old. Amazingly, Bernadette then joined a small group of saints, known as The Incorruptibles, whose bodies have refused to decompose after death.
St. Bernadette’s visions in Lourdes have inspired dozens of books, and four major motion pictures…including 1943′s Oscar-winning film, Song of Bernadette.
Today, in France, only Paris has more hotels than Lourdes, and more than 5 million pilgrims seeking healing and renewed faith visit the small town every year…To-date, 67 people have experienced cures that the Lourdes Medical Bureau has classified as inexplicable. But, St. Bernadette herself said that only faith and prayer can cure, which is probably why she was named the patron saint of the sick.
Bernadette was beatified in 1925, then canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1933…and while the Vatican declared the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes “worthy of belief”, Bernadette’s canonization was not founded on the visions, but rather on the holiness she exhibited in her life.
…and that’s how a shy, young French girl became the saint we know today.
51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
52 The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?”
53 Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.
54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.
55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
Today Jesus reacts to the Pharisees request for a sign when he has already given so many that they refused to accept. Fr. Bonaventure preaches on the need to embrace the signs Jesus gives us if we are to avoid Jesus leaving us as he did the Pharisees Ave Maria! Mass: Sts. Cyril and Methodius – Memorial – Form: Readings: Monday 6th Week of Ordinary Time 1st: gen 4:1-15, 25 Resp: psa 50:1, 8, 16-17, 20-21 Gsp: mar 8:11-13
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SAINTS FOR THE SICK is a book that reinforces our Catholic faith and gives renewed hope to those who are dealing with bodily struggles. Moreover, it puts us in touch with heavenly intercessors who will gladly help us for they know exactly what we are going through on earth.
In this intriguing new book, bestselling author Joan Carroll Cruz presents 76 mini-biographies highlighting saintly Catholics who faced intense, long-term suffering and disability with sweetness, peace and love for Jesus Christ.
These stories show the triumph of God s grace where the world finds only ugliness and approaching death. They describe some lives so recent that the saint s family members are still living today, with many causes for canonization being currently active in Rome.
Included here are Bl. Zelie Martin, who died of breast cancer; 14-year-old Bl. Isidore Bakanja, the Scapular martyr from Africa; the famous leper priest, St. Damien of Molokai; Venerable Matthew Talbot, the alcoholic; St. Germaine Cousin, rejected because of a birth defect; and little Nennolina Meo, who died from cancer of the bone, lungs and brain.
Also included are persons who suffered from paralysis, amputation, deformities, breathing problems, mental illnesses, kidney ailments, intestinal disorders, and more as well as from medical treatment itself.
Particularly remarkable are the children who suffered, including young people ages 15, 13, 12, 11 and even 6 ! For these there was no grasping at the remnants of earthly life but rather an eager anticipation of Heaven. These children showed unwavering resolve to suffer for the love of God and the conversion of sinners and they endeavored to console their parents.
Includes an Index of Ailments.
www.romereports.com The beatification of John Paul II is just one step away. The cardinals of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a miracle through the intercession of John Paul II.