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NEW YORK/DUBLIN, May 23, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- In just two weeks' time you can share in a world at prayer at over 100 locations in some 50 countries. Join the seventh Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests -- 3 June 2016
The clock is ticking as the countdown begins for the start of the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests, which will take place this year as usual on the feast of the Sacred Heart. On the stroke of midnight on 3 June, the biggest-ever prayer relay will start, continuing all around the world for a full twenty-four hours. It will begin in Siberia and end in Guatemala.
World Priest has been working hard during the year to ensure that this huge event, involving millions of the laity along with their priests, will participate in this rapid growing global prayer relay. Its purpose is clear - to pray for the sanctification of the priests who serve the needs of humanity on a daily basis.
'What makes this year different is the extent of local involvement,' says World Priest founder, Marion Mulhall. 'There is a significant trend now for things to intensify on a local level, as people find ways to increase participation. In a way you could say that the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests goes local.'
This is the second year that Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian is leading his people in prayer in Guatemala, Central America. Last year, commenting on the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests he stated that 'Guatemala could be the opening door for this event to spread within Central America and the rest of Latin America.' Not too far away in the Caribbean a new shrine is participating at La Gruta de Lourdes at Trujillo Alto. Another newcomer -- one of many this year -- is a shrine at Basilica Svaty Hostyn in the Czech Republic.
The Children's Rosary prayer group movement will participate again, with groups from some twelve countries either attending local shrines or joining the event in their homes, where children will pray with their parents and friends.
Once again there will be strong media interest in this massive support for priests through prayer. This will include a number of television broadcasts relayed via EWTN, the global Catholic network. Events will be broadcast on national television by TelevizeNoe in the Czech Republic and Televisión Arquidiocesana in Guatemala.
So remember the date -- 3 June. If you have any questions about this unique prayer event in your area or if you want to see the full list of participating shrines visit www.worldpriest.com
Follow this prayer relay via Facebook and Twitter.
For full details or any questions Phone 646 355 4106

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May 23

(Mass of preceding Sunday)

[Requiem or Votive Mass allowed]


St. John Baptist de Rossi, Confessor, 'The Apostle of the Abandoned'

John was born in Voltaggio, diocese of Genoa, Italy, in 1698. He was one of four children of Carlo de Rossi and Francesca Anfosi, who were poor, but pious parents. At the age of ten, he was taken in by wealthy friends of the family who saw to it that he was well-educated.

At the suggestion of his uncle, Lorenzo de Rossi, a Church Canon, John travelled to Rome to study at the Collegium Romanum, under the Jesuits. He entered the Roman College at 13 and completed the classical course of studies but began practicing severe mortification. This practice, combined with a heavy course load and a bout of epilepsy, led to a breakdown, and he was forced to leave the college. He recuperated and completed his training at Minerva but never fully regained his former strength.

At the age of 23 he was ordained (with dispensation, due to his poor health),and celebrated his first Mass in the Roman College. He was assigned to Rome, where he worked with the poor and the sick. He concentrated especially on the hospice of Saint Galla, an overnight shelter for paupers that had been founded by Pope Celestine III. John also helped start a nearby hospice for homeless women, which he placed under the protection of St. Aloysius Gonzaga - one of his favorite saints.

For many years, John avoided hearing confessions for fear he would have a seizure in the confessional, but the bishop of Civitá Castellana convinced him it was part of his vocation; he relented, and soon became one of the most sought after confessors in Rome. He worked tirelessly, spending many hours a day hearing confessions, particularly those of prisoners, the poor and illiterate in the hospitals or in their homes. He preached to them five and six times a day in churches, chapels convents, hospitals, barracks, and prison cells, so that he became known as "the apostle of the abandoned", a second Philip Neri.

John's frail health compelled him in 1763 to move to the Trinita dei Pellegrini, where he suffered a stroke that same year and received the last sacraments. He recovered enough to resume celebrating Mass, but, in 1764, he had another stroke and died at the age of 66. He was buried at the altar of the Blessed Virgin in the Church of Trinita de Pelleghrini. He was canonized by Pope Leo XIII on December 8,1881.

Virgin, Martyr
Patron of Corsica

(Fifth century)

Saint Julia was a noble virgin of Carthage, who, when the city was taken by Genseric in 439, was sold for a slave to a pagan merchant of Syria. In the most mortifying employments of her station, by cheerfulness and patience she found a happiness and comfort which the world could not give. Whenever she was not employed in household affairs, her time was devoted to prayer and reading books of piety.

Her master, who was charmed with her fidelity and other virtues, thought proper to take her with him on one of his voyages to Gaul. When he reached the northern part of Corsica, he cast anchor and went ashore to join the pagans of the place in an idolatrous festival. Julia was left at some distance, because she would not be defiled by the superstitious ceremonies, which she openly spurned. The governor of the island, Felix, a bigoted pagan, asked who this woman was who dared to insult the gods. The merchant informed him that she was a Christian, and that all his authority over her was too weak to prevail upon her to renounce her religion; nonetheless, he found her so diligent and faithful he could not part with her. The governor offered him four of his best slaves in exchange for her. But the merchant replied, “No; all you are worth will not purchase her; for I would lose the most valuable thing I have in the world rather than be deprived of her.”

Nonetheless Felix, while the inebriated merchant was asleep, attempted to compel her to sacrifice to his gods. He offered to procure her liberty if she would comply. The Saint made answer that she was as free as she desired to be, as long as she was allowed to serve Jesus Christ. The pagan, offended by her undaunted and resolute air, in a transport of rage caused her to be struck on the face, and the hair of her head to be torn off. Finally he ordered her to be hanged on a cross until she expired. Certain monks from the isle of Gorgon transported her relics there, but in 763 the king of Lombardy transferred them to Brescia, where her memory is celebrated with great devotion.

(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016
May 23, 2016
Day 26
Dear Family of Mary!
We have reached the end of Week Two, Knowledge of the Blessed Virgin. Today we will consider the Novena that Our Lady prayed with the Apostles in the upper room after Jesus ascended into heaven. Here is the account in the Acts of the Apostles:
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away; and when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. (Acts 1: 12-14)
After the Resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days instructing the Apostles. Then He left them, at the Ascension, with these words: "And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high." (Lk 24:49) So the Apostles stayed in the upper room with Our Lady to wait for the power from on high to come.
It says that they were devoted to prayer, all of one accord! They were totally united in their desire to wait for the Power to come upon them. They prayed and prayed. And Our Lady prayed in their midst. She prayed for them. She prayed with them. She waited with them and she loved them as her own sons. And she most assuredly gave them instructions on how to pray. She was their Mother! And she herself had been instructed by her Son, during His years with her in Nazareth, and also during His public ministry. Mary knew Jesus better than anyone. And she knew how to pray better than anyone as well.
Imagine having Mary with you for nine days, praying with her, eating with her, listening to her tell you stories about Jesus that you never knew! Imagine her silently in prayer, interceding for you, listening to you and helping you to pray with all your heart. Imagine her guiding you as you seek the Lord. Imagine how she could explain all the wonders of God! What a wonderful nine days that would be! Incredible.

The fruit of those nine days with Our Lady, those nine days in united prayer, was incredible!

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2: 1-4)
We know the rest of the story. The Apostles were transformed by the Holy Spirit. They emerged from the upper room on fire with evangelical zeal. They were not afraid. They spoke with power, and in tongues, to thousands of people about Jesus, the Christ. They were unstoppable. It was Love, on fire within them that empowered them. They were ready to take the Gospel to the ends of the world.
Nine days with Our Lady! Look what happened! Nine days of prayer with Mary!! May our 33 days of preparation for consecration fill us with the fire of Love as well. Mary can do it!
Our Lady has often urged us to pray to the Holy Spirit:

June 2, 1984 (Saturday) "Dear children! Tonight I wish to tell you during the days of this Novena to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on your families and on your parish. Pray, and you shall not regret it. God will give you gifts by which you will glorify Him till the end of your life on this earth. Thank you for having responded to my call."

May 25, 1993"Dear children! Today I invite you to open yourselves to God by means of prayer so the Holy Spirit may begin to work miracles in you and through you. I am with you and I intercede before God for each one of you because, dear children, each one of you is important in my plan of salvation. I invite you to be carriers of good and peace. God can give you peace only if you convert and pray. Therefore, my dear little children, pray, pray, pray and do that which the Holy Spirit inspires you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Pray, pray, pray, and do that which the Holy Spirit inspires you!!!!

Let us pray:

(Totally Yours)
Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always. © 1956, Mother Immaculata, OCD

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2016

"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
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All life begins in the Trinity, comes from the Trinity, and is destined to seek eternal rest in the Trinity. Even damned souls, by suffering punishment for having rejected love, finally do glorify God's justice.

The life of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, mystery of divine mysteries, is a mutual giving so complete that the Divine Persons do not exist except in relation to one another. The divine life They share with Christ's members through Baptism is meant to be shared with all peoples through the apostolic zeal of Christians.

INTROIT Tobit 12:6

Blessed be the Holy Trinity and undivided Unity. We will give glory to Him, because He has shown mercy to us.

Ps. 8:2. O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is Your name over all the earth!

V. Glory be . . .

Almighty and ever-living God, to You we owe the grace of our true faith, which enables us to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and to adore the blessed Unity through the power of Your majesty. Grant that by holding fast to that faith we may always be guarded against all afflictions. Through our Lord . . .


O God, the strength of all who place their trust in You, graciously hear our prayers. Because of our weak human nature, we can do nothing without You. Help us by Your grace that we may fulfill Your commands and please You in will and action. Through our Lord . . .

EPISTLE Rom. 11:33-36

O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and recompense shall be made him? For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen.

GRADUAL Dan. 3:55-56

Blessed are You, O Lord, who behold the depths and are enthroned upon the Cherubim.

V. Blessed are You, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven, and worthy of praise forever.

Alleluia, alleluia! V. Dan. 3:52

Blessed are You, O Lord the God of our fathers, and worthy of praise forever. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Matt. 28:18-20

At that time, Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: "All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world."


Blessed be God the Father, and the only-begotten Son of God, and the Holy Spirit, because He has shown mercy to us.


Bless this Sacrificial Offering as we call upon Your holy name, O Lord our God, and through it let us too become an eternal offering to You. Through our Lord . . .


Graciously accept the offerings we dedicate to You, O Lord, and let them win for us Your unending assistance. Through our Lord . . .


We bless the God of heaven, and we will praise him before all men, because He has shown mercy to us.


O Lord, our God, let us be made strong in body and soul by the reception of this Sacrament and by acknowledging the Holy, Eternal Trinity and its undivided Unity. Through our Lord . . .


We have received Your exceedingly great Gifts in all their fullness, O Lord. Grant that we may use these graces for our salvation and never cease to sing Your praises. Through our Lord . . .

Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016
May 22, 2016
The Most Holy Trinity
Day 25
Dear Family of Mary!
Holy God!
Holy Mighty One!
Holy Immortal One!
Have mercy on us and on the whole world!
Day 25 of our Consecration!
But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Mag'dalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. (Jn 19: 25-27)
With these few words, Jesus gave us all that we would need to follow Him and enter eternal life. He gave us His Mother to be our Mother. This is the essence of consecration to Jesus through Mary. Jesus has given us His Mother to be the sure way to Him.
Our Lady has been sent to Medjugorje by Jesus, in order to rescue us in these latter days. She has always been with us, but now she is with us in a dramatic way. She said in 2012:

"Dear children! With motherly love I implore you to give me your hands, permit me to lead you. I, as a mother, desire to save you from restlessness, despair and eternal exile. My Son, by His death on the Cross, showed how much He loves you; He sacrificed Himself for your sake and the sake of your sins. Do not keep rejecting His sacrifice and do not keep renewing His sufferings with your sins. Do not keep shutting the doors of Heaven to yourselves. My children, do not waste time. Nothing is more important than unity in my Son. I will help you because the Heavenly Father is sending me so that, together, we can show the way of grace and salvation to all those who do not know Him. Do not be hard hearted. Have confidence in me and adore my Son. My children, you cannot be without the shepherds. May they be in your prayers every day. Thank you."  (May 2, 2012)

Mary is with us to rescue us. Thank you, O Blessed Trinity, for giving us such a Mother!
Let us pray:

(Totally Yours)
Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always. © 1956, Mother Immaculata, OCD

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2016

"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
Be connected!

Mary TV, P.O. Box 899, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Judie Brown

Judie Brown
May 21, 2016
Just because words are printed doesn't mean they are the truth. Beware of lies.

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The thoughts of many hearts shall be revealed
(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016
May 21, 2016
St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions
Day 24
Dear Family of Mary!
We continue to get to know Mary through Scripture. This day Mary doesn't speak, but she is spoken to!
And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord") and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons." Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to thy people Israel."
And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." (Luke 2: 22-34)
Elizabeth had prophesied to Mary at the Visitation. This time it is Simeon who prophesies. He recognizes Jesus as the Savior sent by God to redeem the world. He rejoices that the time has come. And He tells Mary that not only will Jesus suffer as a sign of contradiction, but that her own heart will be pierced so that the thoughts of many hearts would be revealed.
Simeon could see that no other mother on earth would suffer as much as Mary would suffer during Jesus' public life and especially during the Passion. Her Son would go the way of the Passion, and she would be a witness to it. In her witness, her terrible suffering, those who saw her would understand the truth about Jesus. In that moment their own thoughts (the truth about themselves) would be revealed to them and they would have a chance to repent.
Our Lady has come to us in Medjugorje to draw us back to the truth about Jesus. She has come to turn our hearts back to God. She stands before us with her suffering heart, to reveal our own thoughts to us. Now is the time of conversion.
December 25, 2005
The apparition began at 2:45pm and lasted seven minutes. Our Lady gave the following message:

"Dear children! Today, with Jesus in my arms, in a special way I call you to conversion. Children, through all this time which God permitted me to be with you, I continuously called you to conversion. Many of your hearts remained closed. Little children, Jesus is peace, love and joy; therefore, now decide for Jesus. Start to pray. Pray to Him for the gift of conversion. Little children, only with Jesus can you have peace, joy and a heart filled with love. Little children, I love you. I am your mother and give you my motherly blessing."

Let us pray:

(Totally Yours)
Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always. © 1956, Mother Immaculata, OCD

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2016

"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
Be connected!




Pentecost is the climax of Easter, and this is the last day of the Easter season. The extra lessons in today's Mass allow for the conferring of one of the four minor orders or one of the three major orders after each lesson. Priesthood is conferred before the last verse of the Sequence. The ordained priest combines in himself the powers and the responsibilities of each distinct order.

INTROIT Rom. 5:5

The charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, alleluia! by His Spirit dwelling within us, alleluia, alleluia!
Ps. 102:1. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let all my being bless His holy name.
V. Glory be . . .

O Lord, graciously fill our hearts with Your Holy Spirit, who wisely created us and so carefully governs us. Through our Lord . . .

FIRST LESSON Joel 2:28-32
Thus says the Lord God: "I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy: your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Moreover, upon my servants and handmaids in those days I will pour forth my spirit. And I will shew wonders in heaven; and in earth, blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood: before the great and dreadful day of the Lord doth come. And it shall come to pass, that every one that shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved."

ALLELUIA! V. John 6:64
It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing.

May the Holy Spirit, O Lord, influence us with that same fire which Our Lord Jesus Christ sent upon the earth to burn brightly; who lives and rules with You, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit.

SECOND LESSON Lev. 23:9-11, 15-17, 21
In those days, the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: 'When you shall have entered into the land which I will give you, and shall reap your corn, you shall bring sheaves of ears, the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. Who shall lift up the sheaf before the Lord, the next day after the sabbath, that it may be acceptable for you, and shall sanctify it. You shall count therefore from the morrow after the sabbath, wherein you offered the sheaf of firstfruits, seven full weeks. Even unto the morrow after the seventh week be expired, that is to say, fifty days: and so you shall offer a new sacrifice to the Lord. Out of all your dwellings, two loaves of the firstfruits, of two tenths of flour leavened, which you shall bake for the firstfruits of the Lord. And you shall call this day most solemn, and most holy. You shall do no servile work therein. It shall be an everlasting ordinance in all your dwellings and generations.' " says the Lord Almighty.

ALLELUIA! V. Job 26:13
His Spirit has adorned the heavens.

O God, who commanded us to discipline our bodies by fasting in order to heal our souls, grant that we may always be ardently attached to You in body and soul. Through our Lord . . .

THIRD LESSON Deut. 26:1-3, 7-11
In those days, Moses said to the children of Israel: "Hear, O Israel, the things that I command you today. When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God will give thee to possess, and hast conquered it, and dwellest in it: Thou shalt take the first of all thy fruits, and put them in a basket, and shalt go to the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, that his name may be invocated there: And thou shalt go to the priest that shall be in those days, and say to him: 'I profess this day before the Lord thy God, who heard us, and looked down upon our affliction, and labour, and distress: And brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand, and a stretched out arm, with great terror, with signs and wonders: And brought us into this place, and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey. And therefore now I offer the firstfruits of the land which the Lord hath given me.' And thou shalt leave them in the sight of the Lord thy God, adoring the Lord thy God. And thou shalt feast in all the good things which the Lord thy God hath given thee."

ALLELUIA! V. Acts 2:1
When the days of Pentecost were drawing to a close, they were all sitting together.

FOURTH LESSON Lev. 26:3-12
In those days, the Lord said to Moses: "Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them from Me 'If you walk in my precepts, and keep my commandments, and do them, I will give you rain in due seasons. And the ground shall bring forth its increase: and the trees shall be filled with fruit. The threshing of your harvest shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land without fear. I will give peace in your coasts: you shall sleep, and there shall be none to make you afraid. I will take away evil beasts: and the sword shall not pass through your quarters. You shall pursue your enemies: and they shall fall before you. Five of yours shall pursue a hundred others: and a hundred of you ten thousand. Your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. I will look on you, and make you increase: you shall be multiplied, and I will establish my covenant with you. You shall eat the oldest of the old store: and, new coming on, you shall cast away the old. I will set my tabernacle in the midst of you: and my soul shall not cast you off. I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be My people,' " says the Lord Almighty.

ALLELUIA! (All kneel.) V.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your love.

O Almighty God, grant that by abstaining from food we may also abstain from sin that surrounds us. Through our Lord . . .

FIFTH LESSON Dan. 3:47-51
In those days, the angel of the Lord went down with Azarias and his companions into the furnace: and he drove the flame of the fire out of the furnace, And made the midst of the furnace like the blowing of a wind bringing dew. And the flame mounted up above the furnace nine and forty cubits; and it broke forth, and burnt such of the Chaldeans as it found near the furnace, the servants of the king, who were heating it and the fire touched them not at all, nor troubled them, nor did them any harm. Then these three, as with one mouth, praised and glorified and blessed God, in the furnace, saying:
The response Deo gratis is not made.

ALLELUIA! V. Dan. 3:52
Blessed are You, O Lord the God of our fathers, and worthy of praise forever.

O God, who protected the three young men from the flames of fire, grant that the flames of sin may not consume us, Your servants. Through our Lord . . .

EPISTLE Rom. 5:1-5
Brethren: Having been justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access through faith into this grace wherein we stand: and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God. And not only so: but we glory also in tribulation, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience trial; and trial hope; And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost who is given to us.

TRACT Ps. 116:1-2
Praise the Lord, all you nations; praise Him in unison, all you peoples!
V. For His mercy is steadfast toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.

Holy Spirit, come and shine

On our souls with beams divine
Issuing from your radiance bright.

Come, O Father of the poor,
Ever bounteous of your store,
Come, our heart's unfailing light.

Come, Consoler, kindest, best,
Come our bosom's dearest guest,
Sweet refreshment, sweet repose.

Rest in labor, coolness sweet,
Tempering the burning heat,
Truest comfort of our woes.

O divinest light, impart
Unto every faithful heart
Plenteous streams from love's bright flood.

But for your blest Deity,
Nothing pure in man could be;
Nothing harmless, nothing good.

Wash away each sinful stain;

Gently shed your gracious rain
On the dry and fruitless soul.

Heal each wound and bend each will,
Warm our hearts benumbed and chill,
All our wayward steps control.

U nto all your faithful just,
Who in you confide and trust,

Deign the sevenfold gift to send.

Grant us virtue's blest increase,
Grant a death of hope and peace,
Grant the joys that never end.

GOSPEL Luke 4:38-44
At that time, Jesus rising up out of the synagogue, went into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever: and they besought him for her. And standing over her, he commanded the fever: and it left her. And immediately rising, she ministered to them.
And when the sun was down, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them to him. But he, laying his hands on every one of them, healed them. And devils went out from many, crying out and saying: "Thou art the son of God." And rebuking them he suffered them not to speak; for they knew that he was Christ. And when it was day, going out he went into a desert place: and the multitudes sought him, and came unto him. And they stayed him that should not depart from them. To whom he said: "To other cities also I must preach the kingdom of God: for therefore am I sent." And he was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.

O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and by night in Your presence. Let my prayer come before You, O Lord, alleluia!

May our hearts, which we offer You, O Lord, be made clean by this sacred rite, so that our fasting may also become acceptable to You. Through our Lord . . .

The wind blows where it will, and you hear its sound, alleluia, alleluia! but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


O Lord, may Your Sacrament fill us with holy fervor so that we may delight in the celebration and grace of this Sacred Rite. Through our Lord . . .

Ordination of a subdeacon
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Your Support Helps HLI Defend Life & Family Around the World!

The Family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state. - Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 16
Shortly after returning from very productive mission trips to Rome and Malta, I traveled to New York last Sunday to participate in a one-day event at the United Nations focused on defending the natural family. Twenty-five Member States and over 100 Civil Society Groups forming the Group of the Friends of the Family participated in the program. I was honored to be among those who were asked to address the full body of participants.
Fr. Boquet at the UNOne of the most moving moments of the program occurred when seven children read A Declaration on the Rights of Children and Their Families, which garnered a standing ovation. One thousand children representing every continent of the world signed the declaration. The declaration is based on existing international state treaty obligations and foundational United Nations agreements. Each stressed the primary role of the natural family and the environment in which children are to be raised. Let me highlight two in particular:
We call upon State Parties and the United Nations system to respect family autonomy and the responsibilities, rights, and duties of parents to direct the upbringing of their children. - Convention of the Rights of Children Art. 3, 5, & 18; ICPD 1994, II, Principle 11
We call upon State Parties and the United Nations system to respect the rights of children with regard to thought, conscience, and religion, and to respect the rights of parents to guide the moral and religious education of their children. - Convention on the Rights of Children, Art. 14
Regardless of creed, national origin, or cultural background, a nation's strength fundamentally depends on the stability of the family. We must emphasize this immutable role of the natural family in cultivating and sustaining a Culture of Life.
The common good requires that laws recognize, promote, and defend the institution of marriage, an indissoluble and exclusive union between one man and woman, as the basis of the family, the primary unit of society. Within natural marriage, man and woman give themselves completely to one another, begetting and raising children. Within this sacred environment children learn love, goodness, care, responsibility toward their neighbors, forgiveness, mercy, and charity. Society owes its health and continued survival to the natural family.
This is also why HLI participated this week in the tenth World Congress of Families in Tbilisi, Georgia. As presenters in this historic event, Stephen Phelan represented our headquarters along with Dr. Ligaya Acosta from the Philippines and Lech and Ewa Kowalewski from Poland. With other leaders from over 20 nations, we were very pleased to help plant a flag for life and family in this crucial part of the world at a crucial time. Despite decades of Soviet occupation and further provocations from Russia, Georgia itself has a strong pro-family culture and great support for the Georgian Orthodox Church, whose patriarch is internationally renowned for his stalwart defense of life and family. We pray that this event will help stir into flame a movement to fight pressure from the West to place Georgia and the region under occupation again, though this time it would be under a different form.
The Church stands strongly with those who would fight what she understands as an "ideological colonization" originating from wealthy nations. As Pope Francis stated:
You were given a role to recognize the dangers to our families and protect them from new ideologies. There is an ideological colonization for which we have to be careful of those trying to destroy the family. Challenged by the redefinition of marriage and openness to life, as families we have to be very wise with fortitude to this colonization which will destroy the family. - Encounter with Families, Philippines, Jan. 2015
We see this ideological colonization vividly in the attempt by the State and its agencies in their overarching desire to monopolize the education of children - usurping the role of fathers and mothers. Compulsory sex education programs violently and disrespectfully expose children to pornography, sexual promiscuity, gender ideology, and homosexuality. Parents, the primary educators of their children, are ignored, or worse yet, are threatened with having their children removed from their custody if they prevent their children from participation in so-called "educational" programs.
This ideological colonization is not only exported to the developing world, it is being inflicted upon our own nation from our highest political office. A recent declaration by the Obama Administration has unlawfully mandated that public schools allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex. The Administration even threatens to remove Title IX monies if a given State refuses to comply.
This is not democracy, it is the edict of a corrupt dictator, or one who thinks himself a king. Such tactics are expected from banana republics, not the United States. Mr. Obama's unjust mandate jeopardizes the safety of children while potentially creating a public education-funding crisis. Without any demonstrable evidence of benefit, these irresponsible tactics place the well-being of children at risk.
We are so grateful when the Church speaks clearly against such evil. In his keynote presentation at the Catholic National Prayer Breakfast in DC on Tuesday, His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah told the more than one thousand participants, "Do not be afraid to proclaim the truth with love, especially about marriage according to God's plans." Referring to Pope Francis' comments about ideological colonization, he chastised those promoting gender ideology and homosexual unions, as well as attacking religious freedom. Those of us in the room were moved when he stirringly called out the society that rejects God while trying to build its own utopia:
This is why it is so important to fight to protect the family, the first cell of the life of the Church and every society.  It is not about abstract ideas.  It is not an ideological war between competing ideas.  This is about defending ourselves, children, and future generations from a demonic ideology that says children do not need mothers and fathers.  It denies human nature and wants to cut off entire generations from God.
At times I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone. Sadly, this is not a dream or television program that we can turn off. Our very way of life and the values we hold precious concerning life and family are being threatened at every level of society. The challenges require a heroic response from civil and spiritual leaders, as well as each citizen.
We cannot say this task belongs to others, for the task belongs to each of us. I believe Cardinal Sarah states it best when he says that in order to combat the ideologies and agendas threatening life and family we must "be prophetic, be faithful, and above all, pray."
Along with our missionaries from Rome, Malta, the Philippines, Poland, and around the world, I am deeply grateful for your prayers and support of our mission. Let us all follow Cardinal Sarah's call in our own lives as well as in the higher level fights around the world, and let us pray that our efforts are truly in line with the will of the only One who can win this battle, the One who has already defeated sin and death.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
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In 1972, Mr. Franciszek Gajowniczek proclaimed his thanks to the recently beatified Maximilian Kolbe for saving his life in Auschwitz. "I want to express my thanks, for the gift of life," he said to 150,000 attendees. Kolbe's courageous action spoke volumes about how he cherished human life, made in the image and likeness of God. But furthermore, this courageous and selfless act shows how he directly interceded on the behalf of Mr. Gajowniczeck to prevent him from being forced to die by starvation and dehydration, a now common method to euthanize those with brain injuries today. - continue -
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In an April 26th declaration, Luis Almagro, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), advocated for abortion in cases where an unborn child at risk of microcephaly due to his mother's infection with the Zika virus. In the declaration, which has yet to be translated by OAS into English, Almagro also announced that he will call for a regional forum to discuss the connection between "epidemics and equal rights." - continue -
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HLI invites all interested stakeholders to a special high-level event at the UN ECOSOC Chamber in New York City on May 16th, the International Day of Families. The Friends of the Family-hosted event will feature excellent speakers who will argue for the irreplaceable role of the family as society's most important institution. - continue -
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