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Daily Homily: Return, O Israel, to the Lord Your God

Zenit - Thu, 2014-07-10 19:00
-- Hosea 14:2-10 Psalm 51:3-4,8-9,12-13,14 and 17 Matthew 10:16-23 Like the Book of Amos, the Book of Hosea concludes on a positive note. Amos foresaw the day when God would raise up the fallen hut of David, bring new wine to the people, and restore the fortunes of Israel (Amos 9:13-15). Hosea concludes with ...

Inside look at Pope's meeting with abuse survivors: 'most striking was the atmosphere' (Video)

Zenit - Thu, 2014-07-10 19:00
For Fr. Hans Zollner, the Mass Pope Francis celebrated for victims of sexual abuse, and his lengthy one-on-one meetings, were more than kind gestures. To view the video click here URL:

Rebels attack Bambari's Cathedral, leaving at least 20 people dead, dozens injured (Video)

Zenit - Thu, 2014-07-10 19:00
In the city of Bambari, Central African Republic, a group of armed men reportedly attacked dozens of refugees housed in the Saint Joseph Cathedral.  To view the video click here URL:

A house divided as Popes' teams face off in World Cup championship (Video)

Zenit - Thu, 2014-07-10 19:00
Germany against Argentina, the teams from the Pope's and Pope Emeritus' home countries will battle it out for the World Cup title. But, who will end up on top? To view the video click here URL:

De Franssu Discusses the Numbers, Jobs, and Sins of the 'Vatican Bank'

Zenit - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:07
The numbers, the jobs and the sins of the IOR: no doublespeak for Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, who this morning answered Jean-Pierre Elkabbach’s questions "on the microphone" of the French broadcaster, Europe 1. Now the second day of his new job as President of the Vatican’s commercial bank, the Institute for the Work...

Who Is Jean-Baptiste de Franssu?

Zenit - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:07
Jean-Baptiste de Franssu will be the new head of the 'Vatican bank', officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR). The 51-year-old French businessman succeeds German lawyer Ernst Von Freyberg, who, since February 2013, has run the institution. The married father of four says he is ready to take...

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI 'Unlikely' to Watch World Cup Final Together

Zenit - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:06
Pope Francis “may” watch the World Cup final on Sunday between his native Argentina and Germany but is unlikely to do so alongside his German predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the Vatican has said. “He might want to watch the final,” said Vatican spokesman Father Lombardi, but added the late kick-off would...

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: July 10, 2014

PCM Province - Thu, 2014-07-10 13:00

A brief, Catholic, daily prayer experience of simple faith in the Carmelite tradition. The Daily Disconnect is a daily podcast focusing on the exercise of prayer from a Catholic Carmelite perspective.

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In Praise of Narrowness

Zenit - Thu, 2014-07-10 11:55
In Matthew 7:13-14 and in Luke 13:24, we read about a person who comes to Jesus and asks, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” The question anticipates a numerical type of answer and is one that is raised more out of curiosity than out of a genuine concern for moral guidance. The response Jesus gives is more pr...

Concerns Over Religious Intolerance as Indonesia Elects New President

Zenit - Thu, 2014-07-10 11:10
Indonesians went to the polls yesterday to elect a new president as concerns grow over rising religious intolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim state. Although the elections could strengthen the country’s young democracy, its tradition of religious pluralism and tolerance has come under increasing threat ...

Pope to Visit Italian City of Caserta Later This Month

Zenit - Thu, 2014-07-10 09:34
The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will visit the Italian city of Caserta later this month. In an unannounced briefing in the Vatican Press Office this afternoon, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, announced the Pope will be making a “private visit” to this city in the C...

Catholic Union of Great Britain Calls on Catholics to Write to Peers to Oppose Assisted Dying Bill

Zenit - Thu, 2014-07-10 07:55
The British parliament is facing a crucial debate on Friday 18th July when legislation on assisted dying will be voted on in the House of Lords at second reading. Observers say there won't be enough parliamentary time for this private members bill to progress through both houses, but there can be no doubt that if...

Carmelite Chronicles: Trial and Sentence

PCM Province - Thu, 2014-07-10 07:23

Meanwhile, on June 1, 1596, the unfortunate Chizzola had arrived in Rome. About a month later, the record of the inquest arrived from Spain and the trial could begin. Clement VIII with his customary passion for detail insisted on examining the record personally. Chizzola was suspended from office and on August 4 imprisoned in Castel Sant’Angelo next to Traspontina. A young friar, Bartholomew Franceschini, of the province of Romandiola, charitably volunteered to share his imprisonment and care for his needs. Letters arrived from leading members and superiors of Portugal and all the provinces of Spain except Andalusia, attesting to the general’s conduct of the visitation. Chizzola’s defense more or less followed the lines pursued in his original interrogation: some points he admitted but attempted to attenuate, others he denied outright. On August 18, 1597, sentence was passed. After listing his transgressions – accepting and bestowing gifts, adultery, disobeying the pope’s express instructions (regarding the number of socii during the visitation, offering Mass daily if possible, frequenting choir and refectory) and failure to keep accounts as required by the acts of the visitation of Traspontina – the court declared the prior general guilty of transgressing the orders of the pope, the sacred constitutions and regular observance, and of adultery. He was condemned to two years of detention in a monastery in Sicily. He was to give an account of his resources as general and apply the value of the gifts received from his own subjects to the construction of Traspontina.

On August 26, Chizzola was released from prison. On September 20, 1597, he left Rome for Trapani. He did not long survive his disgrace, dying there a broken man on November 24, 1599. His early death suggests that in fact he suffered from chronic ill health.

In the present state of knowledge of the case, it would be hazardous to attempt a definitive conclusion, at least with regard to the most serious charge of adultery. Although Chizzola seems to have been rather easygoing, it would appear unlikely that a man of his station could so grievously forget his obligations. The friars of Seville were obviously speaking from hearsay, but the evidence of Andrew de Castro is disconcerting. Yet, if he was as dissolute as he is accused of being, his word need not be taken seriously. Of the other charges Chizzola was no doubt guilty. It was his misfortune to have his slackness coincide with the reforming zeal of Clement VIII. He was a casualty of the initiative of the Holy See in the matter of religious reform.

Implacable to the end, Gaetani expressed his satisfaction to Albobrandini: “All have been edified at the justice His Beatitude rendered in the case of the general. It will serve as an incentive to the heads of religious Orders to comport themselves in their offices with the prudence and exemplary life required of them.” Exemplary life and prudence were two elements lacking in Chizzola. His remiss ways, his readiness to excuse himself from the common life no longer sufficed and would not be forgiven in the church of the Counter-Reformation. His lack of prudence exposed him to the attacks of the invidious. Gaetani laid his finger on a vital error of the general when he noted that Chizzola had paid too little heed to the pope’s instructions before he left for Spain. Gaetani made another canny observation to his fellow Italian, Pinelli: “He failed to gauge properly the mood of these Spanish friars, who led him to the edge of the precipice and then gave him a push.”

Carmelite Chronicles are taken from The Mirror of Carmel by Joachim Smet, O. Carm.

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God’s GardenJuly 10, 2014

PCM Province - Thu, 2014-07-10 06:23

The geographic Mount Carmel that we take our Carmelite name from is a mountain range along the Mediterranean in Israel. It is a green oasis surrounded by desert; hence, its name “Carmel,” which means “the Garden of God” in Hebrew. The metaphorical Carmel is a way of life, our disposition as we make our spiritual path up Mount Carmel.

The images and insights presented here represent a small sampling of what has bloomed in “God’s Garden” over the course of our 800-year existence. Welcome to our Carmelite garden; we hope you are nourished by what grows here and invite you to comment and share it with others.

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Thursday July 10, 2014

PCM Province - Thu, 2014-07-10 06:13

Thursday, July 10, 2014. Totally focused on God’s love for us in Jesus, Therese is aware only of this LOVE that pierces through time and eternity. Let God’s love alone guide you in your prayer today!

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The Good and the Beautiful, Novena–Day 3

PCM Province - Thu, 2014-07-10 06:02

Mary, the mother who clothes us with the Scapular

Listening to the Word: The birth (Lk 2: 1-20)

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrolment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Reflection: Luke, the Evangelist, relates the affectionate and motherly gesture of Mary who wraps little Jesus in swaddling clothes. A gesture made by every mother as a sign of protection and care. We too are wrapped in swaddling clothes by Mary, our Mother and Sister; through the Scapular she looks after us and protects us. She wraps us so that we may grow strong and robust in the school of her Son.

Prayer: Virgin Mary, you who wrap your Jesus in swaddling clothes, teach us to be always small so that we may “be carried in God’s arms”.
Virgin Mother, who warp your Jesus in swaddling clothes, help us to clothe ourselves with your Son, so that each day we may be a sign of God’s love.
Virgin Mary, Splendour of heaven, hold us tight under your mantle.

My commitment is to clothe myself with the Scapular so that I may witness, even externally, to my love for Jesus and Mary. Above all, I wish that the Scapular may remind me to live every day in the school of Jesus, after the example of the Virgin.

Flower of Carmel
Vine blossom-laden,
splendour of heaven,
Child-bearing yet maiden,
None equals thee.
Mother so tender,
whom no man didst know,
On Carmel’s children
thy favours bestow,
Star of the sea.

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7 Causes Advance Closer to Beatification

Zenit - Wed, 2014-07-09 18:19
Pope Francis has paved the way for several founders of religious orders and laypeople to move closer to beatification, declaring them "venerable". At an audience Tuesday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the Pope authorized the congregation to promulgate decrees of "heroi...

Vatican Statement on Press Conference Concerning New Economic Framework for the Holy See

Zenit - Wed, 2014-07-09 18:19
At 12 noon today, in the Aula Giovanni Paolo II of the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held on the theme: "New economic framework for the Holy See". Speakers: Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy; Joseph F.X. Zahra, Deputy Coordinator of the Council for the Economy; Jean-...

Motu Proprio on the Transfer of Competencies to the Secretariat for the Economy

Zenit - Wed, 2014-07-09 18:19
The following is the Apostolic Letter issued 'Motu proprio' by Pope Francis on the transfer of the Ordinary Section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See to the Secretariat of the Economy. *** Confirming a centuries-old tradition, the last Vatican Council II reaffirmed the need for the org...

Vatican Announces Widespread Reform Plans

Zenit - Wed, 2014-07-09 16:00
Pope Francis’ first substantial reforms to the Roman Curia were revealed at the Vatican today. The initial changes focus on four areas: the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) which handles assets belonging to the Holy See, the Vatican’s pension fund, the Holy See’s media operations, and t...
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