"Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest." Mt 9: 35 - 38
Saint of the Day
Saint Timothy Disciple of St Paul
St. Timothy was Paul's companion in many of his journeyings. His mother, Eunice, and his grandmother, Lois, are mentioned as eminent for their piety (II Timothy 1:5). We know nothing of his father but that he was a Greek (Acts 16:1). He is first brought into notice at the time of Paul's second visit to Lystra (Acts 16:2), where he probably resided, and where it seems he was converted during Paul's first visit to that place (I Timothy 1:2; II Timothy 3:11). The apostle having formed a high opinion of his "own son in the faith," arranged that he should become his companion (Acts 16:3), and took and circumcised him, so that he might conciliate the Jews.
In the Baptism of Christ, his humble love and a manifestation of the Trinity
January 08, 2021. “His will to redeem humanity from within”.
“With the wish to understand that Jesus’ decision to be in solidarity with sinners, confusing himself with them and asking for John’s Baptism, expresses his will to redeem humanity from within.”
In the Baptism of Christ we contemplate his humble love and a manifestation of the Trinity.
Epiphany: ‚ÄúThe manifestation of the Lord to all peoples‚Äô
January 08, 2021. “To allow ourselves to be fascinated, attracted, guided, illuminated and converted by Christ”.
POPE FRANCIS angelus Library of the Apostolic Palace Wednesday, 6 January 2021
JUST IN: Vatican Lays Out 20 Points for ‚ÄėUniversal & Fair Destination of Vaccines‚Äô
December 29, 2020. A Joint Venture of Vatican’s COVID-19 Commission & Pontifical Academy for Life (FULL TEXT).
‘Vaccine for all. 20 points for a fairer and healthier world’
National Youth Day in Philippines Postponed to 2022
December 28, 2020. Specifics to be Determined.
The National Youth Day festivities, set to take place in Naga City next year, has been postponed due to the raging coronavirus pandemic, according to CBCP News.
Feast of the Holy Innocents
December 28, 2020. Celebrated today, December 28, is the feast of the Holy Innocents and Father Rafael Mosteyrin, priest of the Opus Dei, offers the following article.
We are all capable of the best and of the worst. On Palm Sunday, the majority of those in Jerusalem celebrated Jesus’ entrance. Three days later, many who acclaimed Him on His arrival, shout and cried out for His crucifixion.
Better Oversight of Spending & Investments at Heart of Pope‚Äôs New Motu Proprio
December 28, 2020. “A Better Organization” establishes a greater control and a better visibility of Saint Peter’s Pence and of the funds that come from donations of the faithful.
As Pope Francis works toward greater financial transparency and accountability in the Vatican, he has given a new mandate to improve oversight of spending and investments, including of Peter’s Pence.
Pastoral Letter for Feast of Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
December 27, 2020. By Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.
These days we hear a great deal about ecology, and rightly so. We must take care of the created world in its beauty and resources.
Pope Francis Has Advice for Families on Feast of Holy Family
December 27, 2020. Please, Thank You, I am Sorry.
Pope Francis offered some common sense but profound advice for families during his Angelus Address on December 27, 2020, the Feast of the Holy Family.
Full Text of Holy Father‚Äôs Angelus Commentary on Feast of Holy Family
December 27, 2020. Announces Year of Reflection on Amoris Laetitia
Pope Francis in his Angelus commentary on the Feast of the Holy Family — December 27, 2020 — noted the upcoming anniversary of Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, promulgated five years ago this coming March 19, 2021. In that context, he announced a year of reflection on the document and said reflections will be available to communities and families throughout the world.
Full Text of Holy Father‚Äôs 2020 Urbi et Orbi Message
December 25, 2020. ‘The Child born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem was born for everyone: he is the son that God has given to the entire human family’.
Pope Francis delivered the traditional Urbi et Orbi (“To the City [of Rome] and the World”) on Christmas Day. This year, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, he spoke in the Hall of Benediction of St. Peter’s Basilica, the upper area just behind the central loggia where he would usually have delivered his message, with a limited gathering of the faithful.
Archbishop Follo: Pilgrimage to Holy Family in Nazareth
December 25, 2020. With the invitation to contemplate the Son of God who makes himself a pilgrim for us and lives in a Holy Family.
Sunday of the Holy Family – Year B – December 27, 2020
Roman Rite: Jan 15.1 to 6; 21.1-3; B 11, 8.11-12.17-19; Luke 2, 22-40
Full Text of Holy Father‚Äôs Homily for Midnight Mass on Solemnity of Nativity of the Lord
December 24, 2020. ‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given’.
Here is the homily Pope Francis presented on the eve of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord in the Vatican Basilica.
‚ÄėTo Beloved People of Lebanon, Whom I Hope to Visit As Soon As Possible‚Äô ‚ÄĒ Pope Sends Christmas Letter (FULL TEXT)
December 24, 2020. “Let Us Help Lebanon Surmount This Grave Crisis…. Providence Will Never Abandon Lebanon… Trust in God’s Presence and Faithfulness’.
I express “my affection for the beloved people of Lebanon, whom I hope to visit as soon as possible…”
‚ÄėThe Psalms: A Doorway to Jewish-Catholic Dialogue‚Äô
December 23, 2020. Released by Catholic and Jewish Leaders of Canada.
On the recommendation of the Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews and Interfaith Dialogue of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), and the approval of the Conference’s Executive Committee, the CCCB – Canadian Rabbinic Caucus bilateral dialogue released a new resource entitled: “The Psalms: A Doorway to Jewish-Catholic Dialogue.”
‚ÄėThis Christmas, May Jesus Be Born Anew in Each of Us, So Our Lives Bring Joy & Hope to All‚Äô
December 23, 2020. Christmas and Tenderness of Baby Jesus at Heart of Pope Francis’ General Audience (FULL TEXT).
“This Christmas, may Jesus be born anew in each of us, so that by our lives we may bring joy and new hope to all.”
Cardinal Tagle‚Äôs 2020 Christmas Message
December 23, 2020. President of Caritas Internationalis.
As 2020 draws to a close, our world needs more than ever the promise of God’s presence among us through the birth of His son.
Archbishop Follo: Christmas 2020
December 23, 2020. With the invitation to contemplate the Son of God who becomes a pilgrim for us and lives in a Holy Family.
CHRISTMAS 2020: Christmas: birth of the Heart of our heart, amazed by Light, Joy, and Simplicity
Mass of the night, dawn, and of Christmas day.
Pope Tells Curia a Crisis a Time of Testing and Renewal
December 21, 2020. ‘This is the Christmas of the pandemic, of the health, economic, social, and even ecclesial crisis that has indiscriminately struck the whole world’.
Pope Francis on December 21, 2020, gathered the Roman Curia in the Vatican’s Benediction Hall for their annual Christmas message and minced no words about the crisis facing the world. But he lit a light at the end of the tunnel.
JUST IN: Vatican Publishes Note on Morality of Using COVID-19 Vaccines
December 21, 2020. In Pope Approved Letter, Explains What Would or Could Be Moral Acceptability & Why.
The Vatican has published a note about the morality of COVID-19 vaccines.
Pope at Angelus Recalls Mary‚Äôs Response at Annunciation (Full Text)
December 20, 2020. ‘Let it be to me According to Your Word.
Pope Francis in his December 20, 2020, Angelus address recalled Mary’s acceptance of God’s will when the angel called on her to “rejoice” at the Annunciation.