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Divine Mercy

Mother Teresa a Model of Divine Mercy in action

 

 

 

Easter: click here>>>

 EASTER SUNDAY 21 April 2019

Holy Mass - at 10:00
Urbi et Orbi - at 12:00

HOLY SATURDAY 20 April 2019

Easter Vigil - at 20:30  

HOLY FRIDAY 19 April 2019 Passion of the Lord - at 17:00
Way of the Cross at the Colosseum - at 21:15

HOLY THURSDAY 18 April 2019

Chrism Mass - at 9:30 Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper - at 16:30

PALM SUNDAY 14 April 2019 Holy Mass and Procession - at 10:00

Pentecost

 

 

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Stations of the Cross that Blessed Teresa prayed almost every day >>> 
Stations of the Cross in PowerPoint >>> 

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Ash Wednesday, 1st Week, 2nd Week, 3rd Week , 3rd Week-A ,
4th Week, 4th Week-A, 5th Week, 5th Week-A, HOLY WEEK:

Solemnity of Saint Joseph , Feast day of the Annunciation, "Life, the most beautiful gift of God. " -The presence of God

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I asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment
to celebrate and experience God’s mercy”.
By calling for an attentive listening to the word of God ... .The pointed words of Abraham apply to them and to all of us:
“They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them” (Lk 16:29).
Such attentive listening will best prepare us to celebrate the final victory over sin and death of the Bridegroom,
now risen, who desires to purify his Betrothed in expectation of his coming.
Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favourable a time for conversion! - Pope Francis read >>
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Daily Reading

The study of the sacred Scriptures must be a door opened to every believer.[136]
 
 It is essential that the revealed word radically enrich our catechesis and all our efforts to pass on the faith.[137]  
Evangelization demands familiarity with God’s word, which calls for dioceses, parishes and Catholic associations to provide for a serious, ongoing study of the Bible,
while encouraging its prayerful individual and communal reading.[138]  We do not blindly seek God, or wait for him to speak to us first, for “God has already spoken, and there is nothing further that we need to know, which has not been revealed to us”.[139]  Let us receive the sublime treasure of the revealed word
. - P. Francis Evangelii-Gaudium #175.

 

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“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rm 8: 19).
The celebration of the Paschal Triduum of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, the culmination of the liturgical year, calls us yearly to undertake a journey of preparation, in the knowledge that our being conformed to Christ (cf. Rom 8:29) is a priceless gift of God’s mercy...Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain! Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion. Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them. In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation. read >>> 

Holy Father's Message for the 33th WYD 2019 ” ("“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30)) >>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday 2016 >>> 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent Lent >>>

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Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent >>> 

Third Sunday of Lent >>>

Fourth Sunday of Lent  >>>

Fifth Sunday of Lent  >>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday >>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass   >>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper
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Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday >>> 

 

 


 

"Everyone can open themselves to the action of God, to His love. With our evangelical testimony, we Christians must be a living message; indeed, in many cases, we are the only Gospel that the men and women of today still read. ... One further reason to live Lent properly is to offer a witness of lived faith to a world in difficulty, a world which needs to return to God, a world which needs conversion". - Pope Benedict XVI 

"The pointed words of Abraham apply to them and to all of us: “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them” (Lk 16:29). Such attentive listening will best prepare us to celebrate the final victory over sin and death of the Bridegroom, now risen, who desires to purify his Betrothed in expectation of his coming. Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favourable a time for conversion! We ask this through the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, who, encountering the greatness of God’s mercy freely bestowed upon her, was the first to acknowledge her lowliness (cf. Lk 1:48) and to call herself the Lord’s humble servant (cf. Lk 1:38)."- Pope Francis 

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Ash Wednesday click here>>>
Today we begin the liturgical period of Lent with the emblematic ritual of the imposition of the ashes by which we intend to take on the task of turning our hearts towards the horizons of Grace ... This is not some superficial or transitory conversion, but a spiritual itinerary which has a profound effect on our conscience and involves a sincere intention to amend our lives". ... This means undertaking an authentic conversion to God - returning to Him - recognising His sanctity, His power, His majesty...Such conversion is possible because God is rich in mercy and great in love. His mercy is regenerating. ... God, in fact, does not want the death of sinners but their conversion to life. ... He offers us His forgiveness, ... so as to give us a new heart purified from the evil that oppresses it, so as to lead us to participate in His joy. Our world needs to be converted by God, it needs His pardon, His love, it needs a new heart". -Pope Benedict XVI

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Ash Wednesday as a flash movie click here>>>

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1st Week of Lent click here >>> 

The Gospel for this First Sunday of Lent illustrates it for us with the account of the temptations of Jesus in the desert. The Evangelist St Luke recounts that after receiving Baptism from John, "Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil" (Lk 4: 1). There is a clear insistence on the fact that the temptations were not just an incident on the way but rather the consequence of Jesus' decision to carry out the mission entrusted to him by the Father to live to the very end his reality as the beloved Son who trusts totally in him. Christ came into the world to set us free from sin and from the ambiguous fascination of planning our life leaving God out. He did not do so with loud proclamations but rather by fighting the Tempter himself, until the Cross. This example applies to everyone: the world is improved by starting with oneself, changing, with God's grace, everything in one's life that is not going well. The first of the three temptations to which Satan subjects Jesus originates in hunger, that is, in material need: "If you are the Son of God command this stone to become bread". But Jesus responds with Sacred Scripture: "Man shall not live by bread alone" (Lk 4: 3-4; cf. Dt 8: 3). Then the Devil shows Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth and says: all this will be yours if, prostrating yourself, you worship me. This is the deception of power, and an attempt which Jesus was to unmask and reject: "You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve" (cf. Lk 4: 5-8; Dt 6: 13). Not adoration of power, but only of God, of truth and love. Lastly, the Tempter suggests to Jesus that he work a spectacular miracle: that he throw himself down from the pinnacle of the Temple and let the angels save him so that everyone might believe in him. However, Jesus answers that God must never be put to the test (cf. Dt 6: 16). We cannot "do an experiment" in which God has to respond and show that he is God: we must believe in him! We should not make God "the substance" of "our experiment". Still referring to Sacred Scripture, Jesus puts the only authentic criterion obedience, conformity to God's will, which is the foundation of our existence before human criteria. This is also a fundamental teaching for us: if we carry God's word in our minds and hearts, if it enters our lives, if we trust in God, we can reject every kind of deception by the Tempter. Furthermore, Christ's image as the new Adam emerges clearly from this account. He is the Son of God, humble and obedient to the Father, unlike Adam and Eve who in the Garden of Eden succumbed to the seduction of the evil spirit, of being immortal without God. Lent is like a long "retreat" in which to re-enter oneself and listen to God's voice in order to overcome the temptations of the Evil One and to find the truth of our existence. It is a time, we may say, of spiritual "training" in order to live alongside Jesus not with pride and presumption but rather by using the weapons of faith: namely prayer, listening to the Word of God and penance. In this way we shall succeed in celebrating Easter in truth, ready to renew our baptismal promises. May the Virgin Mary help us so that, guided by the Holy Spirit, we may live joyfully and fruitfully this Season of grace. May she intercede in particular for me and for my collaborators of the Roman Curia, who begin the Spiritual Exercises this evening.
P. Benedict VXI >>>

On this First Sunday of Lent, the Gospel of speaks of Jesus being led into the desert by the Holy Spirit, tempted by Satan and assisted by the angels. Let us pray that our Lenten journey will strengthen us in the struggle against all forms of temptation.  Let us invoke them frequently, so that they may sustain us in our commitment to follow Jesus to the point of identifying with him P. Benedict VXI >>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2nd Week of Lent click here >>> 

The Transfiguration of Jesus was essentially an experience of prayer (cf. Lk 9: 28-29). Indeed, prayer reaches its culmination and thus becomes a source of inner light when the spirit of the human being adheres to that of God and their respective wills merge, as it were, to become a whole .I urge you to find in this Lenten Season  prolonged moments of silence, possibly in retreat, in order to review your own lives in the light of the loving plan of the heavenly Father. Let yourselves be guided in this more intense listening to God by the Virgin Mary, a teacher and model of prayer.  To listen to Christ, like Mary. To listen to him in the word, preserved in Sacred Scripture. To listen to him in the very events of our lives, trying to read in them the messages of providence. To listen to him, finally, in our brothers, especially in the little ones and the poor, for whom Jesus himself asked our concrete love. To listen to Christ and to obey his voice. This is the only way that leads to joy and love." Even in the thick darkness of Christ's Passion, she did not lose the light of her divine Son but rather treasured it in her heart. P. Benedict VXI

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3rd Week of Lent click here>>>

The Liturgy of this Third Sunday of Lent presents to us the topic of conversion. In the First Reading from the Book of Exodus, Moses, while tending his flock, sees a burning bush that is not consumed by the flames. He goes closer to look at this miracle when a voice calls him by name and, reminding him of his unworthiness, orders him to take off his sandals because that place is holy. The voice says to him, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob". And he adds, "I am who am" (Ex 3: 6a, 14). God likewise shows himself in various ways in each of our lives. To be able to recognize his presence, however, we must approach him with an awareness of our wretchedness and with deep respect. Otherwise we would make ourselves incapable of encountering him and entering into communion with him. As the Apostle Paul writes, this event is also recounted as a warning to us: it reminds us that God does not reveal himself to those in whom are entrenched self-sufficiency and frivolity but rather to those who are poor and humble before him. In today's Gospel passage, Jesus is questioned on certain distressing events: the killing of several Galileans in the temple, on the orders of Pontius Pilate, and the collapse of a tower on some passers by (cf. Lk 13: 1-5). In the face of the easy conclusion of considering evil as an effect of divine punishment, Jesus restores the true image of God who is good and cannot desire evil. And guarding us against believing that misfortunes are the immediate effect of the personal sins of those whom they afflict, says: "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered thus? I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish" (Lk 13: 2-3). Jesus asks us interpret these events differently, putting them in the perspective of conversion: misfortunes, sorrowful events must not awaken curiosity in us or the quest for presumed sins; instead they must be opportunities for reflection, in order to overcome the illusion of being able to live without God and to reinforce, with the Lord's help, the commitment to change our way of life. With regard to sin, God shows himself to be full of mercy and never fails to remind sinners to avoid evil, to grow in love for him and to offer practical help to our neighbour in need, to live the joy of grace and not to go towards eternal death. However, the possibility of conversion demands that we learn to read the events of life in the perspective of faith, animated, that is, by holy fear of God. In the presence of suffering and bereavement, the true wisdom is to let ourselves be called into question by the precarious state of existence and to see human history with the eyes of God who, desiring always and only the good of his children, through an inscrutable design of his love sometimes permits us to be tried by suffering in order to lead us to a greater good. Dear friends, let us pray Mary Most Holy, who accompanies us on our Lenten journey, that she may help every Christian to return to the Lord with his whole heart. May she sustain our firm decision to renounce evil and to accept the will of God in our lives with faith. P. Benedict VXI

 

 

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3rd Week of Lent click here>>>

Watch the Meditation as a flash movie>>>part 1 >>>part 2 The question that Jesus puts to the Samaritan woman: “Give me a drink” (Jn 4: 7), is presented to us in the liturgy of the third Sunday; it expresses the passion of God for every man and woman, and wishes to awaken in our hearts the desire for the gift of “a spring of water within, welling up for eternal life” (Jn 4: 14): this is the gift of the Holy Spirit, who transforms Christians into “true worshipers,” capable of praying to the Father “in spirit and truth” (Jn 4: 23). Only this water can extinguish our thirst for goodness, truth and beauty! Only this water, given to us by the Son, can irrigate the deserts of our restless and unsatisfied soul, until it “finds rest in God”, as per the famous words of St. Augustine.  P. Benedict VXI

 

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4th Week of Lent click here>>>

On this Fourth Sunday of Lent, the Gospel of the father and the two sons better known as the Parable of the "Prodigal Son" (Lk 15:11-32) is proclaimed. This passage of St Luke constitutes one of the peaks of spirituality and literature of all time. Indeed, what would our culture, art and more generally our civilization be without this revelation of a God the Father so full of mercy? It never fails to move us and every time we hear or read it, it can suggest to us ever new meanings. Above all, this Gospel text has the power of speaking to us of God, of enabling us to know his Face and, better still, his Heart. After Jesus has told us of the merciful Father, things are no longer as they were before. We now know God; he is our Father who out of love created us to be free and endowed us with a conscience, who suffers when we get lost and rejoices when we return. For this reason, our relationship with him is built up through events, just as it happens for every child with his parents: at first he depends on them, then he asserts his autonomy; and, in the end if he develops well he reaches a mature relationship based on gratitude and authentic love. In these stages we can also identify moments along man's journey in his relationship with God. There can be a phase that resembles childhood: religion prompted by need, by dependence. As man grows up and becomes emancipated, he wants to liberate himself from this submission and become free and adult, able to organize himself and make his own decisions, even thinking he can do without God. Precisely this stage is delicate and can lead to atheism, yet even this frequently conceals the need to discover God's true Face. Fortunately for us, God never fails in his faithfulness and even if we distance ourselves and get lost he continues to follow us with his love, forgiving our errors and speaking to our conscience from within in order to call us back to him. In this parable the sons behave in opposite ways: the younger son leaves home and sinks ever lower whereas the elder son stays at home, but he too has an immature relationship with the Father. In fact, when his brother comes back, the elder brother does not rejoice like the Father; on the contrary he becomes angry and refuses to enter the house. The two sons represent two immature ways of relating to God: rebellion and childish obedience. Both these forms are surmounted through the experience of mercy. Only by experiencing forgiveness, by recognizing one is loved with a freely given love a love greater than our wretchedness but also than our own merit do we at last enter into a truly filial and free relationship with God. Dear friends, let us meditate on this parable. Let us compare ourselves to the two sons and, especially, contemplate the Heart of the Father. Let us throw ourselves into his arms and be regenerated by his merciful love. May the Virgin Mary, Mater Misericordiae, help us to do this.   P. Benedict VXI

 

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4th Week of Lent click here>>>


Watch the Meditation as a flash movie  click here>>>

The Sunday of the man born blind presents Christ as the light of the world. The Gospel confronts each one of us with the question: “Do you believe in the Son of man?” “Lord, I believe!” (Jn 9: 35. 38), the man born blind joyfully exclaims, giving voice to all believers. The miracle of this healing is a sign that Christ wants not only to give us sight, but also open our interior vision, so that our faith may become ever deeper and we may recognize him as our only Savior. He illuminates all that is dark in life and leads men and women to live as “children of the light”.  P. Benedict VXI

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5th Week of Lent click here>>>

The Fifth Sunday of Lent in which the Liturgy this year presents to us the Gospel episode of Jesus who saves an adulterous woman condemned to death (Jn 8: 1-11). While he is teaching at the Temple the Scribes and Pharisees bring Jesus a woman caught in the act of adultery for which Mosaic law prescribed stoning. Those men ask Jesus to judge the sinful woman in order "to test him" and impel him to take a false step. The scene is full with drama: the life of that person and also his own life depend on Jesus. Indeed, the hypocritical accusers pretend to entrust the judgement to him whereas it is actually he himself whom they wish to accuse and judge. Jesus, on the other hand, is "full of grace and truth" (Jn 1: 14): he can read every human heart, he wants to condemn the sin but save the sinner, and unmask hypocrisy. St John the Evangelist highlights one detail: while his accusers are insistently interrogating him, Jesus bends down and starts writing with his finger on the ground. St Augustine notes that this gesture portrays Christ as the divine legislator: in fact, God wrote the law with his finger on tablets of stone (cf. Commentary on John's Gospel, 33,5). Thus Jesus is the Legislator, he is Justice in person. And what is his sentence? "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her". These words are full of the disarming power of truth that pulls down the wall of hypocrisy and opens consciences to a greater justice, that of love, in which consists the fulfilment of every precept (cf. Rom 13: 8-10). This is the justice that also saved Saul of Tarsus, transforming him into St Paul (cf. Phil 3: 8-14). When his accusers "went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest", Jesus, absolving the woman of her sin, ushers her into a new life oriented to good. "Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again". It is the same grace that was to make the Apostle say: "One thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3: 13-14). God wants only goodness and life for us; he provides for the health of our soul through his ministers, delivering us from evil with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, so that no one may be lost but all may have the opportunity to convert. ... I would like to urge Pastors to imitate the holy Curé d'Ars in the ministry of sacramental pardon so that the faithful may discover its meaning and beauty and be healed by the merciful love of God, who "even forces himself to forget the future so that he can grant us his forgiveness!" (Letter to Priests for the Inauguration of the Year for Priests, 16 June 2009). Dear friends, let us learn from the Lord Jesus not to judge and not to condemn our neighbour. Let us learn to be intransigent with sin starting with our own! and indulgent with people. May the holy Mother of God, free from all sin, who is the mediatrix of grace for every repentant sinner, help us in this.  P. Benedict VXI

 

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5th Week of Lent click here>>>

On the fifth Sunday, when the resurrection of Lazarus is proclaimed, we are faced with the ultimate mystery of our existence: “I am the resurrection and the life… Do you believe this?” (Jn 11: 25-26). For the Christian community, it is the moment to place with sincerity – together with Martha – all of our hopes in Jesus of Nazareth: “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world” (Jn 11: 27). Communion with Christ in this life prepares us to overcome the barrier of death, so that we may live eternally with him. Faith in the resurrection of the dead and hope in eternal life open our eyes to the ultimate meaning of our existence: God created men and women for resurrection and life, and this truth gives an authentic and definitive meaning to human history, to the personal and social lives of men and women, to culture, politics and the economy. Without the light of faith, the entire universe finishes shut within a tomb devoid of any future, any hope.  P. Benedict VXI

 

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Watch the Meditation: "We want to see Jesus" click here>>>_________________________________________

 

 


 

 

HOLY WEEK

PalmSunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday Holy Saturday

The Lenten journey finds its fulfillment in the Paschal Triduum, especially in the Great Vigil of the Holy Night: renewing our baptismal promises, we reaffirm that Christ is the Lord of our life, that life which God bestowed upon us when we were reborn of “water and Holy Spirit”, and we profess again our firm commitment to respond to the action of the Grace in order to be his disciples.  P. Benedict VXI

 

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Palm Sunday: click here>>>
Watch the Meditation as a flash moviclick here>>>

Palm Sunday:… if we want to encounter Jesus and then to walk with him on his path, we must ask: on what path does he want to lead us? What do we expect of him? What does he expect of us? To understand what happens on Palm Sunday and to know what this means, not only for that hour but for all time, one detail has proved to be important; it also became the key to understanding the event for his disciples too, when they looked back after Easter with new eyes at those tumultuous days. Jesus entered the Holy City riding on a donkey, that is, the animal of the simple, common country people, and moreover, it was an ass that did not belong to him but one he had asked to borrow for the occasion. He did not arrive in an ostentatious royal carriage or on horseback like the great figures of the world, but on a borrowed donkey. John tells us that at first the disciples did not understand his action. Only after Easter did they realize that Jesus, by so acting, was fulfilling what the prophets had foretold: that his action derived from God's Word and was bringing it to fulfilment. … P. Benedict VXI

 

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Holy Thursday: click here>>>
Watch the Meditation as a flash movie click here>>>

Qui, pridie quam pro nostra omniumque salute pateretur, hoc est hodie, accepit panem: hese words we shall pray today in the Canon of the Mass. “Hoc est hodie”–the Liturgy of Holy Thursday places the word “today” into the text of the prayer, thereby emphasizing the particular dignity of this day. It was “today” that He did this: he gave himself to us for ever in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. This “today” is first and foremost the memorial of that first Paschal event. Yet it is something more. With the Canon, we enter into this “today”. Our today comes into contact with his today. He does this now. With the word “today”, the Church’s Liturgy wants us to give great inner attention to the mystery of this day, to the words in which it is expressed. We therefore seek to listen in a new way to the institution narrative, in the form in which the Church has formulated it, on the basis of Scripture and in contemplation of the Lord himself. . ...In the Upper Room, Christ gives his Body and Blood to the disciples, that is, he gives himself in the totality of his person. But can he do so? He is still physically present in their midst, he is standing in front of them! The answer is: at that hour, Jesus fulfils what he had previously proclaimed in the Good Shepherd discourse: “No one takes my life from me: I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again …” (Jn 10:18). No one can take his life from him: he lays it down by his own free decision. At that hour, he anticipates the crucifixion and resurrection. What is later to be fulfilled, as it were, physically in him, he already accomplishes in anticipation, in the freedom of his love. He gives his life and he takes it again in the resurrection, so as to be able to share it for ever. Lord, today you give us your life, you give us yourself. Enter deeply within us with your love. Make us live in your “today”. Make us instruments of your peace!   P. Benedict VXI

 

In Christ, God revealed himself as Love (cf. 1Jn 4: 7-10). The Cross of Christ, the “word of the Cross”, manifests God’s saving power (cf. 1Cor 1: 18), that is given to raise men and women anew and bring them salvation: it is love in its most extreme form (cf. Encyclical Deus caritas est, n. 12).  P. Benedict VXI

 

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Good Friday: click here>>>

Today starts the Novenafor the feast of Divine Mercy !!!: click here>>>

In Christ, God revealed himself as Love (cf. 1Jn 4: 7-10). The Cross of Christ, the “word of the Cross”, manifests God’s saving power (cf. 1Cor 1: 18), that is given to raise men and women anew and bring them salvation: it is love in its most extreme form (cf. Encyclical Deus caritas est, n. 12) .

When we touch the Cross, or rather, when we carry it, we touch the mystery of God, the mystery of Jesus Christ. The mystery that God so loved the world – us – that he gave his only-begotten Son for us (cf. Jn 3:16). We touch the marvelous mystery of God’s love, the only genuinely redemptive truth. But we also touch the fundamental law, the constitutive norm of our lives, namely the fact that without this “yes” to the Cross, without walking in communion with Christ day by day, life cannot succeed. The more we can make some sacrifice, out of love for the great truth and the great love, out of love for the truth and for God’s love, the greater and richer life becomes. Anyone who wants to keep his life for himself loses it. Anyone who gives his life – day by day in small acts, which form part of the great decision – that person finds it. This is the challenging, but also profoundly beautiful and liberating truth that we wish to enter into, step by step… May the Lord bless this journey. Amen. P. Benedict VXI

 


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Holy Saturday: click here>>>

"The Mystery of Holy Saturday". . .Holy Saturday is the day when God remains hidden... Holy Saturday: this day's darkness challenges all who are wondering about life and it challenges us believers in particular. We too have something to do with this darkness ... Holy Saturday is a "no man's land" between the death and the Resurrection, but this "no man's land" was entered by One, the Only One, who passed through it with the signs of his Passion for man's sake: Passio Christi. Passio hominis. ... God, in Jesus Christ, not only shared our dying but also our remaining in death the most radical solidarity. ... Jesus Christ "descended into hell" What do these words mean? They mean that God, having made himself man, reached the point of entering man's most extreme and absolute solitude, where not a ray of love enters, where total abandonment reigns without any word of comfort: "hell". Jesus Christ, by remaining in death, passed beyond the door of this ultimate solitude to lead us too to cross it with him. We have all, at some point, felt the frightening sensation of abandonment, and that is what we fear most about death, just as when we were children we were afraid to be alone in the dark and could only be reassured by the presence of a person who loved us. Well, this is exactly what happened on Holy Saturday: the voice of God resounded in the realm of death. The unimaginable occurred: namely, Love penetrated "hell". Even in the extreme darkness of the most absolute human loneliness we may hear a voice that calls us and find a hand that takes ours and leads us out. Human beings live because they are loved and can love; and if love even penetrated the realm of death, then life also even reached there. In the hour of supreme solitude we shall never be alone: Passio Christi. Passio hominis. This is the mystery of Holy Saturday! Truly from there, from the darkness of the death of the Son of God, the light of a new hope gleamed: the light of the Resurrection... P. Benedict VXI

 

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Daily Readings

The study of the sacred Scriptures must be a door opened to every believer.
[136]  It is essential that the revealed word radically enrich our catechesis
and all our efforts to pass on the faith.[137]  Evangelization demands
familiarity with God’s word, which calls for dioceses, parishes and Catholic
associations to provide for a serious, ongoing study of the Bible,
while encouraging its prayerful individual and communal reading.[138]  
We do not blindly seek God, or wait for him to speak to us first,
for “God has already spoken, and there is nothing further that we need to know,
which has not been revealed to us”.[139]  Let us receive the sublime treasure
of the revealed word. - P. Francis Evangelii-Gaudium #175.

 

 

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"“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13).

Holy Father's Homiles during Lent snd Easter
2018, 2017, 2016,2015,
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

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2018

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2018"

Holy Father's Message for the 19th WYD 2018

Holy Father Ash Wednesday 2018 >>> 

PALM SUNDAY
25 March 2018

Holy Mass and Procession

HOLY THURSDAY
29 March 2018

Chrism Mass 
Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

HOLY SATURDAY
31 March 2018

Easter Vigil 

HOLY WEDNESDAY
28 March 2018

General Audience - at 10:00

 HOLY FRIDAY
30 March 2018

Passion of the Lord 
Way of the Cross at the Colosseum 

 

2017

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2017"

Holy Father's Message for the 19th WYD 2017

Holy Father Ash Wednesday 2017 >>> 

HOLY THURSDAY
13 April 2017

Holy Chrism Mass 
Mass of the Lord's Supper 

HOLY SATURDAY
15 April 2017

Easter Vigil 

HOLY WEDNESDAY 
12 April 2017

General Audience - at 10:00

2016

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2016"

Holy Father's Message for the 19th WYD 2016

Holy Father Ash Wednesday 2016 >>> 

PALM SUNDAY 
20 March 2016

Blessing of the Palms, Procession and Holy Mass 

HOLY THURSDAY
24 March 2016

Holy Chrism Mass 
Mass of the Lord's Supper 

HOLY SATURDAY
26 March 2016

Easter Vigil 

HOLY WEDNESDAY 
23 March 2016

General Audience 

2015

 

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2015 "Make your hearts firm” (Jas 5:8)
During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference..
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Holy Father's Message for the 19th WYD 2015 ” ("Blessed are they pure of heart" ) >>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday 2015 >>> 

PALM SUNDAY 
29 March 2015

Blessing of the Palms, Procession and Holy Mass 

HOLY THURSDAY
2 April 2015

Holy Chrism Mass 
Mass of the Lord's Supper

HOLY SATURDAY
4 April 2015

Easter Vigil 

HOLY WEDNESDAY 
1st April 2015

General Audience 

2014

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2014 "He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich
Charity, love, is sharing with the one we love in all things. Love makes us similar, it creates equality, it breaks down walls and eliminates distances. God did this with us. ... God did not let our salvation drop down from heaven, like someone who gives alms from their abundance out of a sense of altruism and piety. Christ’s love is different! ...
So what is this poverty by which Christ frees us and enriches us? It is his way of loving us, his way of being our neighbour, just as the Good Samaritan was neighbour to the man left half dead by the side of the road (cf. Lk 10:25ff ). What gives us true freedom, true salvation and true happiness is the compassion, tenderness and solidarity of his love. Christ’s poverty which enriches us is his taking flesh and bearing our weaknesses and sins as an expression of God’s infinite mercy to us. Christ’s poverty is the greatest treasure of all..... read >>> 

Holy Father's Message for the 19th WYD 2014 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3)>>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 5th March 2014 >>> 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2014 Lent >>>

Holy Father's Homily on Second Sunday of Lent 2014 >>> 

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent 2014  >>> 

Third Sunday of Lent 2014 >>>

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2014 >>>

Fifth Sunday of Lent 2014 >>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday
2014 
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Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass
2014 
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Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper
2014 
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Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2014 >>> 

2013

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2013 
The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable opportunity to meditate on the relationship between faith and charity: between believing in God – the God of Jesus Christ – and love, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and which guides us on the path of devotion to God and others. charity. ... Everything begins from the humble acceptance of faith (“knowing that one is loved by God”), but has to arrive at the truth of charity (“knowing how to love God and neighbour”), which remains for ever, as the fulfilment of all the virtues (cf. 1 Cor 13:13).. more: 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 13th february 2013 >>>: 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2013 Lent >>>

Holy Father's Homily on Second Sunday of Lent 2013 >>>

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent 2013 >>>

Third Sunday of Lent 2013...>>>

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2013 read>>>

Fifth Sunday of Lent 2013 read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper 2013read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass 2013 read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday 2013 read>>> 

Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2013read>>> 

"Urbi et Orbi" Message 2013>>>

Regina Coeli Easter Monday 2013  read>>>: 

Holy Father's Homily during the Easter vigile 2013  read>>>: 

Regina Coeli P. FRANCISCO 2013

Homilies of P. FRANCISCO during the Easter season 2013

 

"Urbi et Orbi" Message 2014>>>

Regina Coeli Easter Monday 2014  read>>>: 

Holy Father's Homily during the Easter vigile 2014  read>>>: 

Regina Coeli P. FRANCISCO 2014

Homilies of P. FRANCISCO during the Easter season 2014

 

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2012

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2012  P. Benedict VXI
The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. ... "We should never be incapable of 'showing mercy' towards those who suffer. Our hearts should never be so wrapped up in our affairs and problems that they fail to hear the cry of the poor" "Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works" (Heb 10:24). more: 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 22th february 2012 >>>: 

Benedict XVI meets with the clergy of the Diocese of Rome:>>>:

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2012 Lent >>>

Holy Father's Homily on Second Sunday of Lent 2012  ...>>>

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent 2012 
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Holy Father Third Sunday of Lent 2012...  >>>

Holy Father Fourth Sunday of Lent 2012 ... >>>

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass 2012 . read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2012 . read>>> 

Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2012. read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass 2012 >>>

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2012  >>> 

Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2012 >>> 

 

EASTER SUNDAY-Holy Father's Homily >>> 

"Urbi et Orbi" Message>>>   

Meeting with the youth World Youth Day>>> 

Holy Father's Message for the 27th World Youth>>>

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2011

 

Holy Father Fifth Sunday of Lent 2011 ... read

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass 2011 read>>>: 

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2011read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2011. read>>> 

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2011 
Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of the teachings of the Gospel. This year, I would like to offer you some reflections on the great theme of justice, beginning from the Pauline affirmation: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22). read>>> 

Holy Father's Message to Youth 2011 
“Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf. Col 2:7) . read>>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 9th March 2011  "Everyone can open themselves to the action of God, to His love. "read>>> 

Holy Father Meeting with the Parish Priests of the Rome Diocese: 2011  read>>> 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2011 Lent,   read>>> 

Holy Father Second Sunday of Lent 2011  ... read>>> 

Holy Father Third Sunday of Lent 2011 . ..  read>>> 

Holy Father Fourth Sunday of Lent 2011 .. read>>>

Holy Father Fifth Sunday of Lent 2011 ... read>>>

Meeting with the youth World Youth Day>>> 

 

 

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2010


Holy Father's Lenten Message 2010 
Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of the teachings of the Gospel. This year, I would like to offer you some reflections on the great theme of justice, beginning from the Pauline affirmation: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22). click here>>> 

Holy Father's Message to Youth 2010 
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17). click here>>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 17 February 2010  "Lord, you are merciful to all, and hate nothing you have created. You overlook the sins of men to bring them to repentance. You are the Lord our God" click here>>> 

Holy Father Meeting with the Parish Priests of the Rome Diocese: 2010 
Lectio divina of His Holiness Benedict XVI  click here>>> 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2010 
Lent, a Season of spiritual renewal  click here>>> 

Holy Father Second Sunday of Lent 2010 
 the episode of the Transfiguration which in Luke's Gospel immediately follows the Teacher's invitation: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Lk 9: 23). ... click here>>> 

Holy Father Third Sunday of Lent 2010 
"Repent', says the Lord, "for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand' click here>>> 

Holy Father Fourth Sunday of Lent 2010 
The father and the two sons better known as the Parable of the "Prodigal Son" (Lk 15:11-32) is proclaimed. ... click here>>> 

Holy Father Fifth Sunday of Lent 2010 
Jesus who saves an adulterous woman condemned to death (Jn 8: 1-11). ... click here>>> 

Meeting with the youth World Youth Day

Holy Father's Message to Youth in PowerPoint 
"Dare to love” by following the example of the saints"click here>>> 
  

 

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass
2011 
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Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2011 . read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2011. read>>> 

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2011 
Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of the teachings of the Gospel. This year, I would like to offer you some reflections on the great theme of justice, beginning from the Pauline affirmation: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22). read: 

Holy Father's Message to Youth 2011 
“Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf. Col 2:7) . read: 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 9th March 2011  "Everyone can open themselves to the action of God, to His love. "read: 

Holy Father Meeting with the Parish Priests of the Rome Diocese: 2011  read

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2011 
Lent,   read

Holy Father Second Sunday of Lent 2011 
 " . ... read

Holy Father Third Sunday of Lent 2011 
" "...  more: 

Holy Father Fourth Sunday of Lent 2011 
" " ... read

Holy Father Fifth Sunday of Lent 2011 
". ... read

Meeting with the youth World Youth Day(Video) 

 


Holy Father's Lenten Message 2010 
Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of the teachings of the Gospel. This year, I would like to offer you some reflections on the great theme of justice, beginning from the Pauline affirmation: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22). more: 

Holy Father's Message to Youth 2010 
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17). more: 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 17 February 2010  "Lord, you are merciful to all, and hate nothing you have created. You overlook the sins of men to bring them to repentance. You are the Lord our God" more: 

Holy Father Meeting with the Parish Priests of the Rome Diocese: 2010 
Lectio divina of His Holiness Benedict XVI  more: 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2010 
Lent, a Season of spiritual renewal  more: 

Holy Father Second Sunday of Lent 2010 
 the episode of the Transfiguration which in Luke's Gospel immediately follows the Teacher's invitation: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Lk 9: 23). ... more: 

Holy Father Third Sunday of Lent 2010 
""Repent', says the Lord, "for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand'"...  more: 

Holy Father Fourth Sunday of Lent 2010 
The father and the two sons better known as the Parable of the "Prodigal Son" (Lk 15:11-32) is proclaimed. ... more: 

Holy Father Fifth Sunday of Lent 2010 
Jesus who saves an adulterous woman condemned to death (Jn 8: 1-11). ... more: 

Meeting with the youth World Youth Day(Video) 


Holy Father's Message to Youth in PowerPoint 
"Dare to love” by following the example of the saints"click here>>>