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Pope Francis in Egypt – April 28 & 29

Pope Francis in Egypt – April 28 & 29

In his first international trip of the year, Pope Francis will be traveling to Cairo, Egypt on April 28 and 29, with the itinerary focusing on inter-faith dialogue, especially in hopes of combatting violence and Christian persecution in the area.

The pope arrived in Cairo April 28 for courtesy visits with both political and religious leaders.    While in Cairo, the Holy Father will deliver a speech to an international conference on peace along with the grand imam of al-Azhar University and Eastern Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.    He will celebrate Mass with the Catholic community in Cairo the next day and meet with bishops, clergy, religious and seminarians before returning to Rome on April 29.

The pope’s presence in Egypt comes as a welcome sign of hope as the region grieves from the Palm Sunday attacks on the Orthodox Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria.    The first of the attacks, a bomb at a Coptic Christian church in the northern city of Tanta, Egypt killed 27 people and wounded at least 71 more, according to BBC News.    A second blast took place at a Christian church in Alexandria, killing 17 and injuring another 35. ISIS has claimed responsibility for both attacks.     Coptic Christians are the largest religious minority in the Middle East, but are also the most persecuted.

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis’ trip to Egypt this weekend will go on as planned, despite the Palm Sunday terrorist attacks.    Pope Francis has voiced his closeness to the Coptic community and prayed for those affected during his Palm Sunday Mass. “To my dear brother, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II,” Pope Francis said, “to the Coptic Church and to all the dear Egyptian nation, I express my deep condolences. I pray for the dead and the injured, and I am close in spirit to the family members [of the deceased and injured] and to the entire community.”    Pope Francis went on to pray, “May the Lord convert the hearts of the people who are sowing terror, violence and death and also the hearts of those who make and traffic weapons.”

Prayer for Pope Francis

Please pray for the safety of Pope Francis during his travels to Egypt and for the success of his pastoral mission to foster peace and to help end the violence against Christians in Egypt.

O God, Shepherd and ruler of all the faithful,
Look favourably on Your servant Francis,
whom You have set at the head of Your Church as her shepherd;
grant, we pray, that, by word and example,
he may be of service to those over whom he presides
so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,
he may come to everlasting life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen

PRAYER FOR POPE FRANICIS

Pope Francis Schedule in Egypt

Times listed are local, with Central Daylight Time in parentheses.

Friday, April 28 (Rome, Cairo)

— 10:45 a.m. (3:45 a.m.), Departure from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport for Cairo.

— 2 p.m. (7 a.m.), Arrival at Cairo airport. Official welcoming ceremony at the Heliopolis presidential palace. Courtesy visits with el-Sissi and Sheik el-Tayeb. Speeches by the grand imam and the pope to participants in an international conference on peace.

— 4:40 p.m. (9:40 a.m.), Meeting with local authorities. Speeches by el-Sissi and Pope Francis. Courtesy visit to Pope Tawadros. Speeches by Pope Tawadros and Pope Francis.

Saturday, April 29 (Cairo, Rome)

— 10:00 a.m. (3:00 a.m.), Mass in Cairo. Homily by pope.

— 12:15 p.m. (5:15 a.m.), Lunch with Egypt’s bishops and the papal entourage.

— 3:15 p.m. (8:15 a.m.), Prayer gathering with clergy, men and women religious, and seminarians. Speech by pope. Farewell ceremony.

— 5 p.m. (10 a.m.), Departure from Cairo airport for Rome.

— 8:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m.), Arrival at Rome’s Ciampino airport.

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Novena to St Joseph the Worker – Day Seven – 28 April

Novena to St Joseph the Worker – Day Seven – 28 April

“Persevere in the exact fulfillment of the obligations of the moment. That work – humble, monotonous, small – is prayer expressed in action that prepares you to receive the grace of the other work – great and wide and deep – of which you dream.”
St Josemaria Escriva – The Way, 825

Let us Pray:

DAY SEVEN

day seven novena st joseph the worker

Good Saint Joseph,
ever watchful guardian of the Holy Family,
model of all those who are devoted to labour,
obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously,
putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations,
to work with gratitude and joy,
in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins,
considering it an honour to employ and develop
by means of labour the gifts received from God.
Keep us one and all under your continual protection,
so that by your help and example, we may lead a holy life,
die a happy death and come to possess eternal life in heaven.
Humbly we ask of you dear St Joseph,
to intercede for all workers, in the difficulties
of their daily lives especially for the unemployed,
in their anxieties for tomorrow,
so that through the guidance of God,
the great Architect and Builder, they all
may use their strength and talents
to make visible God’s new creation,
to offer a concrete service to society
and to earn wages worthy of their efforts.
With confidence and trust
we make our intention
(make your intention)
I pray to you, dear St Joseph, through our Lord,
Jesus Christ, your dearly beloved foster Son,
in union with the Father and the Holy ,
one God for ever and ever.
Amen

Posted in MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 28 April

Thought for the Day – 28 April

Success or failure is often not completely in our hands and sometimes, we have to face what seems almost certain failure.   But success is not required of us, only fidelity.   St Peter Chanel’s work ended in his own death in the face of what seemed total failure.   Out of that ‘failure’, God brought about the success Peter was seeking AND brought Peter himself to sainthood and eternal joy and sublime success!

St Peter Chanel, pray for us!

ST PETER CHANEL - APRIL 28

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Quote/s of the Day – 28 April

Quote/s of the Day – 28 April

“To go to Jesus, we must go to Mary.
She is our Mediatrix of intercession.
To go to God our Father,
we must go to Jesus, for He is our
Mediator of Redemption.”

TO GO TO JESUS-ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT

“The Son of God became man for our salvation
but only in Mary and through Mary.”

the son of god - st louise de montfort

“Take advantage of little sufferings
even more than of great ones.
God considers not so much what we suffer,
as how we suffer. . . Turn everything to profit
as the grocer does in his shop.”

take advantage of little sufferings - st l de montfort

St Louis de Montfort

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One Minute Reflection – 28 April

One Minute Reflection – 28 April

But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.……….1 Peter 2:9

REFLECTION – “Chosen soul, how will you bring this about?   What steps will you take to reach the high level to which God is calling you?   The means of holiness and salvation are known to everybody, since they are found in the Gospel; the masters of the spiritual life have explained them; the Saints have practised them…  These means are: sincere humility, unceasing prayer, complete self-denial, abandonment to Divine Providence, and obedience to the will of God.”…………………………St Louis de Montfort

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, through your saints we find inspiration to wonderfully enhance our way with light. Your great Apostle and son of Our Lady, St. Louis de Montfort’s only desire was to set aflame the world with the love of Jesus through Mary. Assist us too we pray, to reach our heavenly goal. St Louis pray for us, amen.

1 PETER 2-9CHOSEN SOUL - ST LOUIS DE MONFORTST LOUIS DE MONTFORT PRAY FOR US

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Our Morning Offering – 28 April

Our Morning Offering – 28 April – The Memorial of St Louis Marie Grignion de Monfort “Proposed Doctor of the Church” – The cause for his declaration as a Doctor of the Church is now far advanced.

PRAYER TO JESUS
By St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

Saint Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Jesus is a reflection of his philosophy of “total consecration to Jesus Christ through Mary.”   Although St Louis is perhaps best known for his Mariology and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, his spirituality is founded on the mystery of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ and is centred on Christ, as reflected in his collected works God Alone.

As the prayer suggests, St. Louis introduced the key concepts that underlie Roman Catholic Mariology today: that Jesus and Mary are son and mother, redeemer and redeemed and that the path to Jesus is through Mary. Theologically, the prayer reflects the inherent inclusion of Mariology in Christology.[3] This concept was echoed by Pope John Paul II about his reading of Montfort’s works:

“Then I understood that I could not exclude the Lord’s Mother from my life without neglecting the will of God-Trinity.”

LET US PRAY:
O most loving Jesus, deign to let me pour forth my gratitude before You,
for the grace You have bestowed upon me in giving me to Your holy Mother
through the devotion of Holy Bondage, that she may be my advocate
in the presence of Your majesty and my support in my extreme misery.
Alas, O Lord! I am so wretched that without this dear Mother
I should be certainly lost. Yes, Mary is necessary for me at Your side
and everywhere that she may appease Your just wrath,
because I have so often offended You; that she may save me from the eternal
punishment of Your justice, which I deserve; that she may contemplate You,
speak to You, pray to You, approach You and please You;
that she may help me to save my soul and the souls of others;
in short, Mary is necessary for me that I may always do Your holy will
and seek Your greater glory in all things.
Ah, would that I could proclaim throughout the whole world
the mercy that You hast shown to me!
Would that everyone might know I should be already damned,
were it not for Mary!
Would that I might offer worthy thanksgiving for so great a blessing!
Mary is in me.
Oh, what a treasure! Oh, what a consolation!
And shall I not be entirely hers?
Oh, what ingratitude! My dear Saviour, send me death rather than
such a calamity, for I would rather die than live without belonging entirely to Mary.
With St. John the Evangelist at the foot of the Cross,
I have taken her a thousand times for my own and as many times
have given myself to her but if I have not yet done it as You, dear Jesus, wishes,
I now renew this offering as You desire me to renew it.
And if You see in my soul or my body anything that does not belong to this august Princess,
I pray to You to take it and cast it far from me,
for whatever in me does not belong to Mary is unworthy of You.
O Holy Spirit, grant me all these graces.
Plant in my soul the Tree of true Life, which is Mary; cultivate it and tend it
so that it may grow and blossom and bring forth the fruit of life in abundance.
O Holy Spirit, give me great devotion to Mary, Your faithful spouse;
give me great confidence in her maternal heart and an abiding refuge in her mercy,
so that by her You may truly form in me Jesus Christ,
great and mighty, unto the fullness of His perfect age. Amen.

PRAYER TO JESUS - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT

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Saint of the Day – 28 April – St Peter Chanel

Saint of the Day – 28 April – St Peter Chanel SM- Protomartyr of Oceania – Priest, Missionary, Martyr (1803-1841 (martyred aged 37) Patron of Oceania – Attributes – Gentle, Kind, Encouraging.

Born on July 12th 1803 in the hamlet of La Botiere near Montrevel (Ain) of a small-farming family, Peter Chanel spent part of his schooling at Cras and there was noticed by the parish priest, M. Trompier who took him and a companion into the presbytery and began to teach them Latin.

When in 1815 he moved to Monsols the boys went with him and returned with him again a year later to Cras.    From here Peter went on to study at the minor seminary of Meximieux in 1819 and in 1824 after some months at the college in Belley entered the major seminary of the Diocese at Brou, being ordained priest on July 15th 1827.

His first posting was as curate to Amberieu where the seminarian Claude Bret, his later friend, fellow Marist and companion on the voyage to Oceania was active in the school.

Since the age of 14, Chanel had been intent on the foreign missions and his intention was strengthened by the letters that arrived at Amberieux from a former curate, now a missionary in India.

The following year he applied to the bishop of Belley for permission to go to the missions but was instead appointed parish priest of Crozet, where he found scope for missionary work.    The previous priest had alienated his parishioners and he had a hard struggle to win back their confidence and goodwill.

Having learnt of the Marists in the meanwhile, then the only alternative in the diocese to the diocesan clergy, he received permission in 1831 to join them at Belley and in September that year took with them a vow to work for the establishment of the Society of Mary.

In November of that year his sister Francoise who had been his housekeeper at Crozet joined the Marist Sisters at Bon-Repos. In 1832 Peter became spiritual director of the college, in 1833 accompanied Fathers Colin and Bourdin on their journey to Rome to promote the Society’s cause and after his return in 1834 became vice-superior and effective head of the college.    In this position he was not exactly a success, a fact of which he was himself painfully aware.

With the offer of the Oceania mission in 1836, he offered his name and was one of the first group of Marists who met for the retreat which culminated in the election of Jean-Claude Colin as General and the first professions on September 24th.

Having visited his family and slipped away in the early morning, he made for Lyons and on October 15th with his companions took part in a service of consecration to Mary before her statue in the shrine of Fourviere.    Finally, after a long wait in Le Havre, the band set forth on Christmas eve.

The journey took almost a year, round the Horn and up to Valparaiso on the Pacific coast of South America.    In March 1837, Peter’s friend Bret died off the Canary Isles and was buried at sea.

Having left Fr. Bataillon and Brother Joseph on the island of Wallis, Pompallier sailed 140 miles further to Futuna and there deposited Chanel and Brother Marie-Nizier (Jean-Marie Delorme, aged 21), trained like all the Brothers at that period by Father Champagnat.

The party was well received by the king of one of the two factions into which the islanders were split and they were allowed to stay.    Pompallier left, promising to return with another missionary in six months, a promise he proved unable to keep and which seriously undermined the missionaries’ position in the eyes of the islanders.

On the island were also some white English traders and they had the assistance of Thomas Boag an English Protestant and widower of a Futunan woman   . Progress was painfully slow and uncertain being mainly a running battle against sickness and malnutrition and later petty persecution.    They tried to help the islanders with primitive medicine, to discourage tribal warfare, such practices as abortion and to seize whatever opportunities arose for giving instruction; and administering baptism.    Some progress was registered however but the news that the king’s son had been won over proved Chanel’s death warrant and the king consented to his murder.

Brother Marie-Nizier escaped to bring the news to Pompallier who hastened from New Zealand with his schooner and a French frigate.    There they confronted the terrified islanders.    In the meantime, however, the atmosphere had changed, for the king and some others had died of a dreadful disease and in hindsight many recognized their debt to the murdered priest.    The whole island was converted.