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    Roman Catholic News Volume 8, Issue 53 WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL 2008 * * * ... . ST. BENEDICT: FATHER OF MONASTICISM, PATRON SAINT OF EUROPE ... . POPE MENTIONS
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 8, Issue 53
      WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL 2008


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      IN THIS ISSUE :
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      . ST. BENEDICT: FATHER OF MONASTICISM, PATRON SAINT OF EUROPE
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      . POPE MENTIONS RELIGIOUS KILLED IN A SATANIC RITUAL
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      . TOMORROW'S HOMILY
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      . LECTIO DIVINA
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      . CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      . EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY
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      . DAILY REMINDER
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      . ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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      . COPYRIGHT NOTICES
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      . ST. BENEDICT: FATHER OF MONASTICISM, PATRON SAINT OF EUROPE
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      VATICAN CITY, 9 APR 2008 (VIS) - Benedict XVI dedicated his catechesis during this morning's general audience to St. Benedict of Nursia, "the father of western monasticism, who with his life and work exercised a fundamental influence on the development of European civilisation and culture". The audience, held in St. Peter's Square, was attended by 20,000 people.

      The most important source for the life of the saint, the Pope explained, is the second book of "Dialogues" written by St. Gregory the Great, in which Benedict features as the "shining star" who shows the way out of the "dark night of history", in other words, the crisis of values and institutions caused by the fall of the Roman empire.

      St. Benedict's work and his Rule led to "a true spiritual ferment which over the course of the centuries - well beyond the confines of his homeland and his time - changed the face of Europe and created, with the collapse of political unity, a new spiritual and cultural unity, that of the Christian faith shared by the people of the continent".

      St. Benedict was born to a wealthy family around the year 480. He went to school in Rome but before completing his studies retired to a monastic community in Enfide. Subsequently he spent three years in a cave at Subiaco where he "underwent the three fundamental temptations that all human beings face: self-affirmation and the desire to place oneself at the centre, ... sensuality, ... and anger and revenge". This, said the Holy Father, was because "St. Benedict was convinced that only by overcoming these temptations would he be able find the right words to give others in their situations of need".

      In the year 529 the founder of the Benedictine Order moved to Monte Cassino, "a height that dominates the surrounding plains and is visible from a distance". This was a symbolic decision on the saint's part, said the Pope, because "monastic life has its raison d'etre in withdrawal and concealment, but a monastery also has a public role in the life of the Church and of society".

      Throughout his life St. Benedict "was immersed in an atmosphere of prayer, the main foundation of his existence. Without prayer there is no experience of God, but Benedict's spirituality was not an interior life divorced from reality. In the disquiet and confusion of his time, he lived under the gaze of God and with his own gaze fixed upon God, though without losing sight of his daily duties and the concrete needs of mankind".

      St. Benedict died in 547. His famous Rule "provides useful advice not only to monks but to everyone seeking guidance on their journey to God. For its precision, its humanity, and its sober discernment between what is essential and what is secondary in spiritual life, the Rule has maintained its illuminating power up to today".

      In 1964, Paul VI named Benedict as patron saint of Europe. "Having just emerged from a century profoundly marked by two world wars and following the collapse of the great ideologies, ... Europe today is searching for its own identity", remarked Pope Benedict.

      "In order to create a new and lasting unity", the Pope concluded, "political, economic and juridical measures are necessary, but it is also necessary to generate an ethical and spiritual renewal which draws on the continent's Christian roots. Without this vital lifeblood, man remains exposed to the danger of succumbing to the ancient temptation of seeking redemption alone, a utopia which in 20th century Europe ... caused a retrocession without precedent in human history".

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      . POPE MENTIONS RELIGIOUS KILLED IN A SATANIC RITUAL
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      VATICAN CITY, 9 APR 2008 (VIS) - Greeting Italian pilgrims at the end of today's general audience, which was held in St. Peter's Square, the Pope addressed some remarks to nuns of the Daughters of the Cross and to lay people who share their charism, who had come to honour the memory of Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti.

      That Italian sister, said the Holy Father, "with a total giving of self, sacrificed her life while praying for those who were attacking her". Sr. Maria Laura was stabbed to death on the night of 6-7 June 2000 in the Italian town of Chiavenna by three underage girls in the course of a Satanic ritual. As she died she found the strength to pray for her killers and forgive them.

      The Congregation for the Causes of Saints recently recognised the death of the religious as martyrdom, thus opening the way to her beatification.

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      . TOMORROW'S HOMILY
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      Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

      "They shall all be taught by God."

      This is the hallmark of the Roman Catholic Church, who is taught everything by Jesus Christ who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

      The Church is empowered by Jesus Christ to teach the faithful the truth as He so wishes, as He wishes, whenever He so wishes, and as much as He wishes.

      Through the course of human history the Church has been guided by Jesus Christ and enlightened by the power of The Holy Spirit.

      The Church is given within herself The Holy See, that is, all of the bishops in harmony and in one mind and voice declaring the sacred truths of faith to the faithful and to the world.

      Here, in today's reading we see St. Philip and Apostle, and ordained bishop explain the meaning of sacred scripture. He then baptizes the man, since both teaching the faith and dispensing the sacraments are reserve to the Catholic clergy, the priesthood, and the college of bishops.

      Listen to the voice of the Church. The Church teaching faith and morals is the voice of God. As people of faith we walk in the light without fear of human deception and error. The Church, pure, immaculate and infallible is Jesus Christ Himself, with the power of The Father and The Holy Spirit. We are the members of His sacred body as members of His Church. He guides and directs us to this day and until He returns. Listen to the voice of the Church. Her voice is the voice of God. Be obedient to the Holy Father, our dearly beloved Pope Benedict XVI. Listen to him. Do not find fault in him but begin looking at yourself in the mirror. First pluck out the plank from your own eye before attempting to remove the tiny little splinter in your neighbors eye. Listen to your bishop of your diocese. Be obedient to your local ecclesiastical authority and enjoy peace and harmony as one united loving family.

      Listen to the Church for her voice is the voice of God.

      In just seven days, on Wednesday April 16, 2008, the National Shrine, Washington, D.C., will be graced by the presence of Pope Benedict XVI as he celebrates vespers in the Crypt Church with the United States Bishops.

      His fellow priests are busy making the final preparations. After months of planning, it is hard to believe the visit is only a week away.

      The Shrine is being cleaned from top to bottom so that it will be sparkling when the Holy Father arrives.

      The Pope’s visit will also include a walk through of the Great Upper Church with a stop at the statue of Our Lady of Altötting, from his native Bavaria.

      Everyone is encouraged to pray for the success of the papal visit to the United States. Pray for the Pope and his bishops so that God may empower them as His servants to command at His bidding and enrich the world.


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      . LECTIO DIVINA
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      PART ONE : GOD

      Chapter III : THE GOD OF FAITH AND THE GOD OF THE PHILOSOPHERS (94-104)

      This chapter is divided into three parts.

      1. THE DECISIONS OF THE EARLY CHURCH IN FAVOR OF PHILOSOPHY (93-99)

      The early Church rejected all of the gods of pagan religion by simply asserting the God discussed in philosophy, the highest being in all of existence. Since this greatness and transcendence is exclusive to the One, True God of the Church it is simple to make the association in the pagan world through the writings of pagan philosophy, not pagan religion.

      The choice thus made meant opting forr the logos as against any kind of myth; it meant the definitive demythologization of the world and of religion." (page 95)

      It is neither the Church, nor the Sacred Authors of the New Testament who mythologized Jesus, His teachings, or anything ever mentioned in Sacred Scripture, but rather, it is the unbelieving world that mythologizes out of fear and ignorance that which it cannot grasp or understand. So too it is with blind guides of sacred scripture who falsely claim that the scriptures need demythologization. It is the blind guides who corrupt in their teaching basing everything on a warped view alien to the Catholic faith and opposed to the Catholic Church.

      Joseph Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity (New York : Herder and
      Herder, 1970)



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      3. Today's Lectionary Readings Text
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      <http://www.alingilalyawmi.org>
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      Biblica Online
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      THE LITANY OF HUMILITY
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      LITANY OF ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL (Latin & English)
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      7. THE BEATIFICATION OF MAMA GILI

      Color Photograph of Mama Gili, Biography and Prayers
      <http://holyfaceofjesus.com/dolores_immacolata.htm>

      Testimonial of Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, SDB
      <http://holyfaceofjesus.com/testimonial_of_fr.htm>

      Testimonial of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR
      http://www.franciscanfriars.com/fr.%20glenn%20letters/frglenn575.htm


      New Jersey State Senate Honors Mama Gili
      http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r109:E25OC5-0009:


      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 1)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/33>

      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 2)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/37>

      Need a Miracle?
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/55>

      Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili (1892-1985)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/117>



      . MAMA GILI GUILD

      The Mama Gili Guild was established several years ago to gather,
      collect, and publish information on Dolores Immacolata Gili
      (1892-1985) for an investigation into her cause as a Servant of God,
      as well as to promote her cause and to perpetuate her cult by
      directing prayer groups assembled in her honor. It has continuously
      enjoyed the ecclesiastical approval of Theodore Cardinal McCarrick,
      and the Most Reverend John Joseph Myers, Archbishop of Newark, New
      Jersey.

      Get a copy of the book about Mama Gili written by her eldest daughter
      Claudia (now deceased). Claudia Gili Phaneuf, Dolores Immacolata Gili:
      Mama Gili (Mama Gili Guild, 1989). The 2005 Edition is available from
      the Mama Gili Guild by contacting Fr. Dante: address and phone number
      below. The cost of the book, last time I checked, was $5.00 plus
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      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the intercession
      of Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili," or, for more information about the
      book and the cause of her investigation for canonization to:

      Rev. Dante DiGirolamo, Director
      Mama Gili Guild
      P. O. Box 455
      Kearny, New Jersey 07032
      Phone (973) 412-1170
      Fax (973) 412-7011
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      9. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ. English Trans. Online

      <http://www.ccel.org/ccel/kempis/imitation.html>

      Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi. Latin Text Online

      <http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/kempis.html>
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      10. Catechism of the Catholic Church online

      <http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/entiretoc1.htm>
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      . EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY

      When the Eucharistic host is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I
      offer you the crucified Body of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ,
      in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for the
      conversion and salvation of the whole world."

      When the Eucharistic chalice is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I
      offer you the precious Blood of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ,
      in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for the
      conversion and salvation of the whole world."
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      . DAILY REMINDER
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      "during this important time, as the eve of the new millennium
      approaches unity among all Christians of the various confessions will
      increase until they reach full communion." John Paul II, Tertio
      Millennio Adveniente, 16

      "Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus
      clinging to her robes while walking down a dusty and busy crowded
      street and you will always be safe."
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