“There is an ontological-sacramental bond between the priesthood and celibacy. Any curtailment of this bond would mean calling into question the magisterium of the council and of the popes Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI. I humbly beg Pope Francis to protect us definitively from such an eventuality, setting his veto against any weakening of the law of priestly celibacy, even if limited to one region or another.”

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A Bombshell Book. Ratzinger and Sarah Ask Francis Not to Make an Opening for Married Priests

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They met. They wrote to each other. Precisely while “the world rumbled with the uproar created by a strange synod of the media that took the place of the real synod,” that of the Amazon.

And they decided to break the silence: “It was our sacred duty to recall the truth of the Catholic priesthood. In these difficult times, everyone must be afraid that one day God will address to him this harsh reproof: ‘Cursed are you, who did not say anything’.” An invective, this latter, taken from Saint Catherine of Siena, a tremendous flogger of popes.

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI and Guinean cardinal Robert Sarah sent this book of theirs to the presses shortly before Christmas, and here it is coming out in France in mid-January, published by Fayard with the title: “From the depth of our hearts,” and thus even before Pope Francis has dictated the conclusions of that Amazonian synod which in reality, more than on rivers and forests, was a furious discussion on the future of the Catholic priesthood, if celibate or not, and if open in the future to women.

It will be a serious problem, in fact, for Francis to make an opening for the married priesthood and the female diaconate after his predecessor and a cardinal of profound doctrine and of radiant holiness of life like Sarah have taken such a clear and powerfully argued position in support of priestly celibacy, addressing themselves to the reigning pope almost in the words of an ultimatum, through the pen of the one but with the full agreement of the other:

“There is an ontological-sacramental bond between the priesthood and celibacy. Any curtailment of this bond would mean calling into question the magisterium of the council and of the popes Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI. I humbly beg Pope Francis to protect us definitively from such an eventuality, setting his veto against any weakening of the law of priestly celibacy, even if limited to one region or another.”

The book, 180 pages long, after a preface by editor Nicolas Diat, is divided into four chapters.

The first, entitled “What are you afraid of?”, is an introduction signed jointly by the two authors, dated September 2019.

The second is by Joseph Ratzinger, is of a biblical and theological slant and has the title: “The Catholic priesthood.” It bears the date of September 17, before the synod began.

The third is by Cardinal Sarah and is entitled: “To love right up to the end. An ecclesiological and pastoral look at priestly celibacy.” It has the date of November 25, one month after the end of the synod, in which the author participated assiduously.

The fourth is the joint conclusion of the two authors, with the title: “In the shadow of the cross,” and with the date of December 3.

In the chapter that he signed, Ratzinger mainly intends to bring to light “the profound unity between the two Testaments, through the passage from the Temple of stone to the Temple that is the body of Christ.”

And he applies this hermeneutic to three biblical texts, from which he derives the Christian notion of celibate priesthood.

The first is a passage from Psalm 16: “The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup…”

The third is these words of Jesus in the gospel of John 17:17: “Sanctify them in truth, your word is truth.”

While the second is two passages from Deuteronomy (10:8 and 18:5-8) incorporated into Eucharistic prayer II: “We give you thanks admitting us into your presence to perform the priestly service.”

To illustrate the meaning of these words, Ratzinger cites almost in its entirety the homily he gave at Saint Peter’s on the morning of March 20 2008, Holy Thursday, during the Mass of the sacred chrism with which priests are ordained.

A homily reproduced below, as a sample of the whole book and of its pages directly dedicated to the question of celibacy.

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“We do not invent the Church as we would like it to be”

by Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict XVI

Holy Thursday is an occasion for us to ask ourselves over and over again: to what did we say our “yes”? What does this “being a priest of Jesus Christ” mean? The Second Canon of our Missal, which was probably compiled in Rome already at the end of the second century, describes the essence of the priestly ministry with the words with which, in the Book of Deuteronomy (18: 5, 7), the essence of the Old Testament priesthood is described: astare coram te et tibi ministrare [“to stand and minister in the name of the Lord”]. There are therefore two duties that define the essence of the priestly ministry: in the first place, “to stand in his [the Lord’s] presence”.

In the Book of Deuteronomy this is read in the context of the preceding disposition, according to which priests do not receive any portion of land in the Holy Land – they live of God and for God. They did not attend to the usual work necessary to sustain daily life. Their profession was to “stand in the Lord’s presence” – to look to him, to be there for him. Hence, ultimately, the word indicated a life in God’s presence, and with this also a ministry of representing others. As the others cultivated the land, from which the priest also lived, so he kept the world open to God, he had to live with his gaze on him.

Now if this word is found in the Canon of the Mass immediately after the consecration of the gifts, after the entrance of the Lord in the assembly of prayer, then for us this points to being before the Lord present, that is, it indicates the Eucharist as the centre of priestly life. But here too, the meaning is deeper. During Lent the hymn that introduces the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours – the Office that monks once recited during the night vigil before God and for humanity – one of the duties of Lent is described with the imperative: arctius perstemus in custodia – we must be even more intensely alert. In the tradition of Syrian monasticism, monks were qualified as “those who remained standing”. This standing was an expression of vigilance.

What was considered here as a duty of the monks, we can rightly see also as an expression of the priestly mission and as a correct interpretation of the word of Deuteronomy: the priest must be on the watch. He must be on his guard in the face of the imminent powers of evil. He must keep the world awake for God. He must be the one who remains standing: upright before the trends of time. Upright in truth. Upright in the commitment for good. Being before the Lord must always also include, at its depths, responsibility for humanity to the Lord, who in his turn takes on the burden of all of us to the Father. And it must be a taking on of him, of Christ, of his word, his truth, his love. The priest must be upright, fearless and prepared to sustain even offences for the Lord, as referred to in the Acts of the Apostles: they were “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonour for the name” (5: 41) of Jesus.

Now let us move on to the second word that the Second Canon repeats from the Old Testament text – “to stand in your presence and serve you”. The priest must be an upright person, vigilant, a person who remains standing. Service is then added to all this.

In the Old Testament text this word has an essentially ritualistic meaning: all acts of worship foreseen by the Law are the priests’ duty. But this action, according to the rite, was classified as service, as a duty of service, and thus it explains in what spirit this activity must take place.

With the assumption of the word “serve” in the Canon, the liturgical meaning of this term was adopted in a certain way – to conform with the novelty of the Christian cult. What the priest does at that moment, in the Eucharistic celebration, is to serve, to fulfil a service to God and a service to humanity. The cult that Christ rendered to the Father was the giving of himself to the end for humanity. Into this cult, this service, the priest must insert himself.

Thus, the word “serve” contains many dimensions. In the first place, part of it is certainly the correct celebration of the liturgy and of the sacraments in general, accomplished through interior participation. We must learn to increasingly understand the sacred liturgy in all its essence, to develop a living familiarity with it, so that it becomes the soul of our daily life. It is then that we celebrate in the correct way; it is then that the ars celebrandi, the art of celebrating, emerges by itself. In this art there must be nothing artificial.

If the liturgy is the central duty of the priest, this also means that prayer must be a primary reality, to be learned ever anew and ever more deeply at the school of Christ and of the Saints of all the ages. Since the Christian liturgy by its nature is also always a proclamation, we must be people who are familiar with the Word of God, love it and live by it: only then can we explain it in an adequate way. “To serve the Lord” – priestly service precisely also means to learn to know the Lord in his Word and to make it known to all those he entrusts to us.

Lastly, two other aspects are part of service. No one is closer to his master than the servant who has access to the most private dimensions of his life. In this sense “to serve” means closeness, it requires familiarity. This familiarity also bears a danger: when we continually encounter the sacred it risks becoming habitual for us.

In this way, reverential fear is extinguished. Conditioned by all our habits we no longer perceive the great, new and surprising fact that he himself is present, speaks to us, gives himself to us. We must ceaselessly struggle against this becoming accustomed to the extraordinary reality, against the indifference of the heart, always recognizing our insufficiency anew and the grace that there is in the fact that he consigned himself into our hands. To serve means to draw near, but above all it also means obedience.

The servant is under the word: “not my will, but thine, be done” (Lk 22: 42). With this word Jesus, in the Garden of Olives, has resolved the decisive battle against sin, against the rebellion of the sinful heart. Adam’s sin consisted precisely in the fact that he wanted to accomplish his own will and not God’s. Humanity’s temptation is always to want to be totally autonomous, to follow its own will alone and to maintain that only in this way will we be free; that only thanks to a similarly unlimited freedom would man be completely man. But this is precisely how we pit ourselves against the truth. Because the truth is that we must share our freedom with others and we can be free only in communion with them.

This shared freedom can be true freedom only if we enter into what constitutes the very measure of freedom, if we enter into God’s will. This fundamental obedience that is part of the human being – a person cannot be merely for and by himself – becomes still more concrete in the priest: we do not preach ourselves, but him and his Word, which we could not have invented ourselves. We proclaim the Word of Christ in the correct way only in communion with his Body.

Our obedience is a believing with the Church, a thinking and speaking with the Church, serving through her. What Jesus predicted to Peter also always applies: “You will be taken where you do not want to go”. This letting oneself be guided where one does not want to be led is an essential dimension of our service, and it is exactly what makes us free. In this being guided, which can be contrary to our ideas and plans, we experience something new – the wealth of God’s love.

“To stand in his presence and serve him”: Jesus Christ as the true High Priest of the world has conferred to these words a previously unimaginable depth. He, who as Son was and is the Lord, has willed to become that Servant of God which the vision of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah had foreseen. He has willed to be the Servant of all. He has portrayed the whole of his high priesthood in the gesture of the washing of the feet.

With the gesture of love to the end he washes our dirty feet, with the humility of his service he purifies us from the illness of our pride. Thus, he makes us able to become partakers of God’s banquet. He has descended, and the true ascent of man is now accomplished in our descending with him and toward him. His elevation is the Cross. It is the deepest descent and, as love pushed to the end, it is at the same time the culmination of the ascent, the true “elevation” of humanity.

“To stand in his presence and serve him”: this now means to enter into his call to serve God. The Eucharist as the presence of the descent and ascent of Christ thus always recalls, beyond itself, the many ways of service through love of neighbour. Let us ask the Lord on this day for the gift to be able to say again in this sense our “yes” to his call: “Here am I! Send me” (Is 6: 8). Amen.Condividi:

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    ROME — Christian sites in Europe suffered a record number of attacks in the year 2019, with some 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments vandalized, looted, or defaced.

    Reports compiling the anti-Christian acts during the year document a range of profanation including arson, defecation, desecration, looting, mockery, Satanism, theft, urination, and vandalism.

    “Sadly, 2019 was punctuated by increasing incidents of desecration and vandalism of churches around Europe, along with the 2019 fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, which captured worldwide attention,” the director of The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, Ellen Fantini, told Breitbart News on Saturday.

    “In most instances the perpetrators of these acts were unidentified, but the Observatory has documented that churches and other symbols of Christianity in Europe are targets for many groups — from Islamists to radical feminists, LGBT activists to anarchists and self-proclaimed Satanists,” Ms. Fantini said.

    In all, some 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments were vandalized, looted or defaced in Europe during 2019, making it a record year for anti-Christian sacrilege.

    The greatest number of acts of violence against Christian sites have occurred in France, where churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments “are being vandalized, desecrated, and burned at an average rate of three per day,” according to reports citing government statistics.

    Germany is not far behind, with attacks against Christian churches happening at an average rate of two per day. Meanwhile, attacks on Christian churches and symbols regularly occurred in 2019 in Belgium, the UK, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, and Spain as well.

    While the violence overwhelmingly involves Roman Catholic sites and symbols, in Germany, Protestant churches have also been targeted.

    Police and mainstream media almost always censor information about the identities and ethnic backgrounds of the perpetrators, so it is difficult to get a clear idea as to who is committing the crimes and the motives behind them — especially when they are religiously driven.

    In France and Germany, the sharp rise in anti-Christian attacks has coincided with the recent mass immigration from the Muslim world, yet the lack of official statistics makes it impossible to know precisely how many attacks can be attributed to Islamic anti-Christian hostility.

    “European governments and politicians, with a few exceptions, seem reluctant to address this problem,” Ms. Fantini told Breitbart.

    Fantini said she agrees with former UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt that “the UK and other Western governments have not grappled with the issue perhaps because of a misguided political correctness or an instinctive reluctance to talk about religion.”

    In 2019, only nine European states reported hate crime data relating to Christians to the OSCE for their hate crime report, Fantini noted, which is fewer than the number of states that report hate crimes with an anti-Muslim or antisemitic bias.

    According to Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon, we are “witnessing the convergence of laicism – conceived as secularism, which relegates the faithful only to the private sphere and where every religious denomination is banal or stigmatized – with the overwhelming emergence of Islam, which attacks the infidels and those who reject the Koran.

    “On one hand, we are mocked by the media that discredit the action of the Church, in particular regarding sexual abuse, and on the other, there is the strengthening of Islamic fundamentalism. These are two joint realities,” he said.

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    CP&S comment: This shocking report demonstrates what many have seen coming ever since the Protestant revolution split Christendom apart, thus weakening the defences of the only Church Christ founded and that proclaims the fullness of Truth, the Catholic Church. This is the sorry outcome we are now witnessing today: uncontrolled vandalism with desecration of our Catholic patrimony, and a growing persecution and intolerance towards all Christianity here in its very “cradle” which is Europe. Are we going to sit back and let these enemies of Christ destroy what is left of our Christian heritage? Why is this horror taking place totally ignored by the secular media? Why is the Vatican under Francis silent on the matter?

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To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaGospodine, hridino moja, utvrdo moja, spase moj;Bože moj, pećino moja kojoj se utječem,štite moj, snago spasenja moga, tvrđavo moja! Zazvat ću Gospodina, hvale predostojna, i od dušmana bit ću izbavljen.Psalam 18,3–4Sada ovako govori Gospodin, koji te stvorio, Jakove,koji te sazdao, Izraele:“Ne boj se, jer ja sam te otkupio; imenom sam te zazvao: ti si moj!Kad preko vode prelaziš, s tobom sam; ili preko rijeke, neće te preplaviti. Pođeš li kroz vatru, nećeš izgorjeti, plamen te opaliti neće.Jer ja sam Gospodin, Bog tvoj,dragocjen si u mojim očima, vrijedan si i ja te ljubim. Ne boj se,jer ja sam s tobom.”Knjiga proroka Izaije 43,1–5Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Treći dan: Bog nas se uvijek spominjeUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaKličite, nebesa, veseli se, zemljo, podvikujte, planine, od veselja; jer Gospodin tješi narod svoj, on je milosrdan nevoljnima. Sion reče: “Gospod me ostavi, Gospod me zaboravi.”“Može li žena zaboravit’ svoje dojenče, ne imat’ sućuti za čedo utrobe svoje? Pa kad bi koja i zaboravila,tebe ja zaboraviti neću.Gle, u dlanove sam te svoje urezao, zidovi tvoji svagda su mi pred očima.”Knjiga proroka Izaije 49,13–16Mir vam ostavljam, mir vam svoj dajem.Dajem vam ga, ali ne kao što svijet daje. Neka se ne uznemiruje vaše srce i neka se ne straši.Evanđelje po Ivanu 14,27Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Četvrti dan: Bog poznaje naše potrebeUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaGospodin mi je svjetlost i spasenje:koga da se bojim?Gospodin je štit života moga:pred kime da strepim?Slušaj, o Gospodine, glas moga vapaja, milostiv mi budi, usliši me!Ne skrivaj lica svoga od mene. Ne odbij u gnjevu slugu svoga!Ti, pomoći moja, nemoj me odbaciti!I ne ostavi me, Bože, spasitelju moj!Ako me otac i mati ostave,Gospodin će me primiti.Psalam 27,1.7.9–10Zaista, zaista, kažem vam: što god zaištete u Oca, dat će vam u moje ime. Ištite i primit ćete.Evanđelje po Ivanu 16,23–24Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Peti dan: Bog se brine o namaUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaIštite i dat će vam se! Tražite i naći ćete! Kucajte i otvorit će vam se! Doista, tko god ište, prima; i tko traži, nalazi; i onomu koji kuca otvorit će se. Ta ima li koga među vama da bi svojemu sinu, ako ga zaište kruha, kamen dao? Ili ako ribu zaište, zar će mu zmiju dati? Ako dakle vi, iako zli, znate dobrim darima darivati djecu svoju, koliko li će više Otac vaš, koji je na nebesima, dobrima obdariti one koji ga zaištu!Evanđelje po Mateju 7,7–11Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Šesti dan: Povjeri Gospodinu sve svoje brigeUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaZato vam kažem: ne budite zabrinuti za život: što ćete jesti; ni za tijelo: u što ćete se obući. Ta život je vredniji od jela i tijelo od odijela. (…) Promotrite ljiljane, kako niti predu niti tkaju, a kažem vam: ni Salomon se u svoj svojoj slavi ne zaodjenu kao jedan od njih. Pa ako travu koja je danas u polju, a sutra se u peć baca Bog tako odijeva, koliko li će više vas, malovjerni!? Ne boj se, stado malo: svidjelo se Ocu vašemu dati vam Kraljevstvo.Evanđelje po Luki 12,22–23.27–28.32Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Sedmi dan: Bog je naša radostUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaČuvaj me, Bože, jer se tebi utječem. Gospodinu rekoh: “Ti si moj gospodar, nema mi blaženstva bez tebe!” Blagoslivljam Gospodina koji me svjetuje te me i noću srce opominje.Gospodin mi je svagda pred očima; jer mi je zdesna, neću posrnuti. Pokazat ćeš mi stazu u život, puninu radosti pred licem svojim, sebi zdesna blaženstvo vječno.Psalam 16,1–2.7–8.11Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Osmi dan: Bog nas ozdravljaUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaEvo, ja ću zaliječiti njihovu ranu, ja ću ih iscijeliti i ozdraviti i pružiti im obilje istinskoga mira. Promijenit ću udes zemlje Judine i Jeruzalema i podići ću ih da budu kao nekoć. Očistit ću ih od svakoga grijeha kojim sagriješiše protiv mene i oprostit ću im sve krivice koje mi skriviše odmetnuvši se od mene. I Jeruzalem će mi biti na radost, na hvalu i čast pred svim narodima svijeta: kad čuju za sve dobro kojim ću ih nadijeliti, divit će se i čuditi svoj onoj sreći i miru što ću im ja dati.Knjiga proroka Jeremije 33,6–9Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Deveti dan: Bog nas vodiUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaK tebi, Gospodine, uzdižem dušu svoju, u tebe se uzdam, Bože moj:ne daj da se postidim,da se ne vesele nada mnom dušmani! Pokaži mi, Gospodine, svoje putove, nauči me svojim stazama!Istinom me svojom vodi i pouči me, jer ti si Bog, moj Spasitelj:Ka Gospodinu su svagda oči moje upravljene, jer mi nogu izvlači iz zamke.Pogledaj na me i smiluj se meni, jer osamljen sam i nevoljan. Odagnaj tjeskobe srca moga, iz bojazni mojih izbavi me! Vidi nevolju moju i mukui oprosti sve grijehe moje!Psalam 25,2.4–5.15–18Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Tekst devetnice preuzet je iz knjižice “Devetnica u vrijeme tjeskobe”, o kojoj više možete saznati ovdje.Foundress of the Institute of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of JesusBorn Ignazia Verzeri++++++++++To you and your Institute Jesus Christ has given the precious gift of his heart, for from no one else can you learn holiness, he being the inexhaustible source of true holiness.
    –Saint Teresa Eustochio Verzeri, 1831
    ++++++++++Piety at home nurtured St. Teresa Eustochio Verzeri (born Ignazia Verzeri in Bergamo, Lombardy, on July 31, 1801). Our saint’s mother, Countess Elena Pedrocca-Grumelli, had considered entering the religious life. Elena heeded the advice of her sister, a Poor Clare nun, though; she decided to become a mother of holy children. Our saint’s father was Antonio Verzeri. The couple had seven children; Ignazia was the eldest one. A young brother, Girolamo de Conti Verzeri, served as the Bishop of Brescia from 1850 to 1853.Young Ignazia, educated at home and mentored spiritually by Giuseppe Benaglio, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Bergamo, became a Benedictine nun at Bergamo. She, focused on the education of young girls at first, expanded her work after founding the Institute of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on February 8, 1831. She, the author of the orders Constitutions and Book of Duties, presided over the education of young girls, of course. She also presided over care for orphans, the elderly, the sick, and the infirm, and supervised retreat centers.St. Teresa died in Brescia on March 3, 1852. She was 50 years old.Holy Mother Church recognized our saint formally. She became a Venerable (in 1922, by Pope Pius XI), a Blessed (1946, by Pope Pius XII), and a full saint (2001, by Pope John Paul II).
    O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we,inspired by the devotion of your servant Saint Teresa Eustochio Verzeri,may serve you with singleness of heat, and attain to the riches of the age to come,through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.Song of Songs 8:6-7Psalm 34Philippians 3:7-15Luke 12:33-37 or 9:57-62
    The band first performed at Pueblo, Colorado’s Sacred Heart Cathedral in 1970, and has been playing at Masses ever since.
    El Mariachi de Pueblo, a Mexican-styled band from Colorado that has exclusively performed at religious services, recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. The band, which has played in every Catholic Church in Pueblo, is made up of about 30 volunteer musicians, three of whom have been with them since their inception in 1970.
    The Pueblo Cheiftain spoke with one of these founding members, Jack Quinn, who explained that the band was formed after Fr. Bob Leach, from Sacred Heart Cathedral, invited a mariachi band to play during Mass. The service was such a hit that the parishioners called for the formation of a house band.

    Quinn told the Chieftain:

    “Everyone loved it. After the Mass, Father Leach invited Mass participants to consider creating a mariachi of its own. We started out with 75 singers and musicians, which consisted of trumpets, violins, guitars and a single marimba.

    “Throughout the years, the sounds of vihuela, guitarron (bass guitar), flutes, clarinets, cymbals and kazoo have added to the flavor of the music.”

    For 50 years El Mariachi de Pueblo has brought the church community together, drawing members from local parishes and families. The band is a staple of the Colorado state fair, and they never miss a Holy Day.

    If you’re in Colorado and would like to check out one of their performances, you can find them every Sunday at Holy Family Church (9:30 a.m.) and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (11 a.m.). Yes, that’s right, the band runs across town every week so they can play at two different churches.

    If you’re not in Colorado, check out their 2016 self-titled album.

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