Pope Francis

Monday, 23 November 2015


O que prescreve o sétimo mandamento?

O sétimo mandamento prescreve o respeito dos bens alheios, mediante a prática da justiça e da caridade, da temperança e da solidariedade. Em particular, exige o respeito das promessas e dos contractos estipulados; a reparação da injustiça cometida e a restituição do mal feito; o respeito pela integridade da criação mediante o uso prudente e moderado dos recursos minerais, vegetais e animais que há no universo, com especial atenção para com as espécies ameaçadas de extinção.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

19/11/2015 Pope Francis (@Pontifex): All human persons are important

China’s Catholic Priests put faith in recruitment drive

A priest baptizes a villager during a Christmas Day mass

"Roman Catholics are rapidly increasing in larger cities across China, but efforts to train more priests have been held back by the lack of applicants for seminaries, according to the Shanghai-based China Daily newspaper.
Zou Yunlong, a 32-year-old student at the National Seminary of the Catholic Church in Beijing, told China Daily of the cost of being a Roman Catholic priest, including being forbidden to get married and have children, living and possibly dying alone, and constant readiness to serve his parishioners at any hour of the day for the rest of his life.
“Your parents will lose the person they should rely on in the future,” he said. “It’s a process of constant self-reflection to see if I am fit for the priesthood.”"


Christian pop music - Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell, The Only Thing, 2015

The only reason why I continue at all
Faith in reason, I wasted my life playing dumb
Signs and wonders: sea lion caves in the dark
Blind faith, God’s grace, nothing else left to impart

Qual é o fim da propriedade privada?

O fim da propriedade privada é a garantia da liberdade e da dignidade de cada uma das pessoas, ajudando-as a satisfazer as necessidades fundamentais próprias daqueles por quem se tem a responsabilidade e dos outros que vivem em necessidade.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Calma, deixa correr o tempo

Estás intranquilo. – Olha: aconteça o que acontecer na tua vida interior ou no mundo que te rodeia, nunca te esqueças de que a importância dos acontecimentos ou das pessoas é muito relativa. – Calma. Deixa correr o tempo; e, depois, olhando de longe e sem paixão os factos e as pessoas, adquirirás a perspectiva, porás cada coisa no seu lugar e de acordo com o seu verdadeiro tamanho. Se assim fizeres, serás mais justo e evitarás muitas preocupações. (Caminho, 702)

São Josemaría Escrivá

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Eucharistic meet mourns Paris carnage

Cardinal Oswald Gracias invites the delegates to spend a few moments of silence to pray for the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris (Facebook photo)

Mumbai: Friday’s carnage in Paris cast a shadow over the ongoing Eucharistic Congress in Goregaon as well.
Archbishop Oswald Cardinal Gracias, of of Bombay  led the 850 delegates in observing a few moments of silence to pray for the victims who perished in the serial attacks.
Later in the evening, a mass pilgrimage was undertaken to the shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni in Uttan, and here too, the congregation mourned the innocent loss of lives.


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Agarathala diocese witnesses a record gathering

Eucharistic Procession at Agarthala diocese

Agartala 8 Nov, 2015: More than nine thousand faithful from all parts of the state converged at Agartala today to be part of the The 7th Annual Eucharistic Procession, making it a record of sorts in the 19 year old diocese.

The quieter you become, the more you can hear

14 - Humildade e gratidão

Pensa sempre que tens e sempre tiveste mais do que mereces.

Baseado no livro “A Prática da Humildade”, de Gioacchino Pecci (Papa Leão XIII), Paulus Editora, 2014, pag 24

13 - Procura sempre o último lugar

Procura sempre o último lugar com a convicção sincera de que, precisamente por ser o último, é o mais adequado para ti. Do mesmo modo, nas necessidades da vida quotidiana, não aspires às coisas mais sofisticadas, preferindo antes as mais simples e modestas.

Baseado no livro “A Prática da Humildade”, de Gioacchino Pecci (Papa Leão XIII), Paulus Editora, 2014, pag 23

Sunday, 8 November 2015

A Healthy Self-esteem

Developing a strong Christian personality: "If we are to judge ourselves truthfully, we need to acquire self-knowledge. This is not at all an easy job and is in some sense a never-ending learning process."

The light of faith enables us to rightly judge our achievements and failures. The serene acceptance of our own identity shapes our way of being and acting in society. It also fosters self-confidence and lessens fear and shyness, and helps prevent us from acting rashly; it makes it easier for us to be open to others and to new situations while fostering optimism and cheerfulness.
The positive or negative view we have of ourselves depends on self-knowledge and the fulfilment of the goals we each set for ourselves. To a great extent these goals take as their point of departure the role models we choose of men or women we hope to emulate. These models are presented to us in many different ways, for example through the education we receive at home, through the influence of our friends or acquaintances, and through the ideas prevalent in our particular social milieu. And so it is important to define our reference points, for if they are high and noble, they will foster a healthy self-esteem. It is also helpful to be aware of the role models prevalent in our society as a whole, as they can more or less consciously influence our own self-evaluation.

Sometimes we can form a distorted judgment about ourselves by adopting standards of success that can in fact be unrealistic or even harmful: professional success at any price, self-centered sentimental relationships, pleasure-based lifestyles. We might overvalue ourselves after attaining goals that some people seem to appreciate. Or the reverse is also possible: we might undervalue ourselves for not having reached certain goals or because some people don’t seem to appreciate us. These mistaken appraisals are due in large measure to paying too much attention to those who evaluate people exclusively in terms of what they achieve or possess.

To avoid such risks, it is worthwhile asking ourselves what our reference points are in our professional, family and social life and whether these are compatible with a Christian perspective. We also know that, in the end, Christ is the only complete and fully coherent model for our life. Looking at our life in the light of his is the best way to evaluate ourselves, for we know that Jesus is our closest role model, with whom we have a personal and loving relationship.

If we are to judge ourselves truthfully, we need to acquire self-knowledge. This is not at all an easy job and is in some sense a never-ending learning process. If it is impossible for us to even know exactly what our own voice sounds like or what our physical appearance is for others, how much more do we need to admit that we are not the best judges in assessing our own personality traits.

Besides personal reflection, self-knowledge comes from what others teach us about ourselves. This requires learning how to open up to those who can truly help us: what a wonderful means we have in personal spiritual direction! There we receive another person’s advice and consider it in relation to a truly worthwhile ideal for our life. Self-knowledge is also gained by our interaction with those around us, although we have to be on guard against a superficial environment that can hinder self-reflection and make it harder for us to get to know ourselves truly.

Therefore we need to foster personal reflection and ask ourselves how God sees us. Prayer is the best moment for this, since while getting to know God we also get to know ourselves with the help of his light. Among other things, we will seek his help to understand better the comments and advice we receive from others. In some cases, we will see the need to distance ourselves from other people’s judgements that are not very objective or perhaps given thoughtlessly, above all when they judge according to criteria incompatible with God’s will. We need to be selective in who we pay more attention to.

Moreover, since we are all partly responsible for the self-esteem of those around us, we need to do all we can to make sure our words reflect consideration for each person we encounter, seeing each as a child of God. This is especially so if we have a position of authority or guidance over others (a parent-child or teacher-student relationship, etc.), trying to ensure that our advice and suggestions help to reaffirm the conviction of their own worth, even when the need arises to correct with clarity. By doing so, we provide others with the “oxygen,” the hope they need to breathe and grow on their own.

Self-acceptance: God loves us as we are
When we reflect upon our own way of being in God’s light, we are helped to accept ourselves as we are: with our talents and virtues, but also with the defects that we humbly acknowledge. True self-esteem implies recognizing that we are not all equal and that other people may be more intelligent, more musical, more athletic.... We all possess good qualities we can develop, and even more importantly, we are all God’s children. Here lies the key to genuine self-acceptance, the positive sense of the self-esteem we need, rejecting any undue comparisons with others that could lead to sadness.

In the final analysis, we will accept ourselves as we are if we do not lose sight of the fact that God loves us with our limitations, which form part of our path to holiness and are the raw material for our personal struggle. 

Facing success and failure
This supernatural vantage point gives us a better grasp of our own way of being and life story, and enables us to understand its full meaning. Temporal events and achievements are seen in their true perspective, in the light of eternity. Thus, while happy to see we have been successful in some area, we also know that what is truly important is how it has helped us grow in holiness. This is Christian realism, human and supernatural maturity. Just as we should not be carried away by our own success or the praise received from others, neither should we fall into pessimism when facing failure.

At the same time, admitting that external obstacles and our own imperfections limit our achievements helps shape our self-esteem, grounds personal maturity and opens the door to genuine learning. Growing in true knowledge requires recognizing our deficiencies and being ready to glean positive experiences from whatever happens to us. “You say you’ve failed! We never fail. You placed your confidence wholly in God. And you did not neglect any human means. Convince yourself of this truth: your success—this time—was to fail. Give thanks to our Lord, and try again!” (Saint Josemaría Escrivá, The Way, no. 404). We are now ready to set out upon the way of the Cross, which teaches us the paradox of strength in weakness, greatness in poverty, growth in humiliation, with all its extraordinary effectiveness.

Acting with confidence and a readiness to rectify
Self-confidence is more secure when it rests on knowing we are God’s beloved children and not on the certitude of attaining a success that often eludes us. This conviction enables us to accept the risk involved in any decision, to overcome the paralysis of insecurity and to be open to new situations. “A person is prudent not because he never makes a mistake, but because he corrects his errors. He shows his prudence in preferring to miss the mark twenty times rather than give in to an easy-going ‘do nothing’ attitude. He won’t rush into things foolishly or behave with absurd rashness. He will run the risk of his decisions. Fear of failure will not make him give up in his effort to do good.”(Saint Josemaría Escrivá, Friends of God, no. 88).
Given our human limitations and our need to grow in self-knowledge, rectifying means a personal enrichment that leads both to an increase in our self-confidence and in our trust in those around us. 

An indispensable virtue
Self-esteem ultimately flourishes under the shelter of humility, “for this is the virtue which helps us to recognize, at one and the same time, both our wretchedness and our greatness.” When this attitude is missing, problems related to self-esteem may easily arise. But when humility is present, it brings with it a realism that enables us to evaluate ourselves correctly. While we are not impeccable, neither are we totally corrupt! We are children of God, and our shortcomings rest on an unimagined dignity.

Humility engenders an interior atmosphere that allows us to know ourselves as we truly are. And it moves us to sincerely seek the support of others and also to lend them ours. In the end, each and every one of us needs God.

Cada um é um lugar para os outros

«Não acredito que cada um tenha o seu lugar. Acredito que cada um é um lugar para os outros.» [Daniel Faria, in O Livro do Joaquim]

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Ordination of Oskari: de Google a la entrega a Dios

12 - Respeito, reverência, estima, consideração e bondade

Mostra sempre um grande respeito, reverência, estima, consideração e bondade para com os teus superiores, os teus iguais e os teus subordinados. Convence-te de que qualquer desvio a este imperativo apenas é o resultado de uma alma dominada pela soberba.

Baseado no livro “A Prática da Humildade”, de Gioacchino Pecci (Papa Leão XIII), Paulus Editora, 2014, pag 22

Friday, 6 November 2015

Dialogue with all

Join the St. Josemaria Institute in praying through the intercession of St Josemaria for the Holy Father’s intentions for the month of November:

That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.  And, that pastors of the Church, with profound love for their flocks, may accompany them and enliven their hope.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

11 - Esforça-te por saber qual é o teu dever

Reprime com toda a energia a curiosidade vã e inútil. Não te afadigues por ver as coisas que o mundo tem por belas, raras e magníficas. Esforça-te pelo contrário por saber qual é o teu dever e aquilo que é benéfico para tua salvação.

Baseado no livro “A Prática da Humildade”, de Gioacchino Pecci (Papa Leão XIII), Paulus Editora, 2014, pag 21

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

After death you will be welcomed by Love itself

The spirit of penance consists mainly in the fulfillment of the duty of each moment, however costly it may be. (The Way of the Cross, Ninth Station, 5)

Saint Josemaría

10 - Foge de tudo o que lembra o espírito mundano

Nas conversas, não te rias dos outros nem os reprendas com palavras e sarcasmos; foge de tudo o que lembra o espírito mundano. Não fales das coisas espirituais em tom magistral ou à maneira de repreensão, a não ser que a isso sejas obrigado pelo teu cargo ou pela caridade. Contenta-te em consultar os que delas entendem e que sabes que te podem dar conselhos oportunos, porque o quereres armar-te em mestre sem necessidade é acrescentar lenha ao fogo que se consome em fumaça de soberba.

Baseado no livro “A Prática da Humildade”, de Gioacchino Pecci (Papa Leão XIII), Paulus Editora, 2014, pag 20

Monday, 2 November 2015

The Pope on Blessed Oscar Romero: his impact is still felt in our time

"Vatican City, 30 October 2015 (VIS) – This morning five hundred pilgrims from El Salvador, in Rome to give thanks for the beatification of the bishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, met with the Holy Father in the Paul VI Hall. The Pope defined the Salvadoran bishop martyr as a “good pastor, full of love for God and close to his brothers who, living the dynamism of the Beatitudes, gave his life in a violent way while celebrating the Eucharist, the supreme sacrifice of love, sealing with his own blood the Gospel that he announced”.
“From the very beginning of the life of the Church, Christians have always believed that the blood of martyrs is a seed for Christians, as Tertullian said. Today too, in a dramatic way, the blood of a great number of Christian martyrs continues to be shed on the field of the world, with the certain hope that will bear fruit in a rich harvest of holiness, justice, reconciliation and love of God. But we must remember that one is not born a martyr. Archbishop Romero remarked, 'We must be willing to die for our faith, even if the Lord does not grant us this honour. ... Giving life does not only mean being assassinated; giving life, having the spirit of martyrdom, means offering it in silence, in prayer, in the honest fulfilment of one's duty; in this silence of everyday life, giving life a little at a time'”.
“Indeed, the martyr is not someone relegated to the past, a beautiful image that adorns our churches and which we recall with a certain nostalgia. No, the martyr is a brother, a sister, who continues to accompany us in the communion of saints and who, united with Christ, does not ignore our earthly pilgrimage, our sufferings, our anxieties. In the recent history of this beloved country, the witness of Msgr. Romero has joined that of the other brothers and sisters … who are a treasure and well-founded hope for the Church and for Salvadoran society. The impact of his commitment can still be felt in our times”.
Just a few weeks before the beginning of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the example of Msgr. Romero constitutes, for his beloved nation, a “stimulus to a renewed proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to announce it in a way that all people can understand, so that the merciful love of the Divine Saviour enters the heart and the history of this good people. The holy people of God in pilgrimage in El Salvador have a series of difficult tasks ahead of them, which require, as in the rest of the world, an evangelising announcement that allows witness, in the communion of Christ's one Church, of authentic Christian life”.
“On this occasion, I make my own the sentiments of the Blessed Msgr. Romero, who with the well-founded hope longed to see the happy time when the terrible suffering of many of our brothers, due to hate, violence and injustice, would disappear. May the Lord, with a shower of mercy and goodness and a torrent of grace convert all hearts, and may the beautiful homeland He has given you, that bears the name of the Divine Saviour, be transform into a country where all are redeemed and all are brothers, without differences, since we are all one in Christ our Lord”.
The Holy Father concluded with some unscripted remarks. “I wish to add something we are forgetting”, he said. “The martyrdom of Msgr. Romero was not fulfilled at the moment of his death – it was a martyrdom of witness, of prior suffering and prior persecution, up to his death. But even afterwards, following his death – I was a young priest and a witness to this – he was defamed, slandered, his memory despoiled, and his martyrdom continued also for his brethren in the priesthood and in the episcopate. This is not hearsay, but rather things I have heard. Or perhaps it is best to see it thus: a man who continues to be a martyr. After having given his life, he continues to give it by allowing himself to be assailed by all this misunderstanding and slander. This gives me strength. Only God knows the stories of those people who have given their lives, who have died, and continue to be stoned with the hardest stone that exists in the world: language”."


Beauté intérieure - Loué sois-tu mon Seigneur

Loué sois-tu mon Seigneur
Pour la Beauté.
Beauté humaine,
reflet de ta beauté divine.
Beauté intérieure,
beauté des coeurs sublimes.

Loué sois-tu mon Seigneur
Pour la beauté des sourires d'espérance,
des visages radieux de paix,
des hommes et des femmes
aux actions audacieuses.

Loué sois-tu mon Seigneur
Pour la beauté des amoureux de Dieu,
des vies généreusement données.
Beauté des paroles lumineuses,
des gestes infinis de compassion
à la douce miséricorde.

Loué sois-tu mon Seigneur
Pour la beauté joyeuse de la prière,
pour les souffrances transfigurées,
les croix douloureuses devenues des croix

Unis aux saints d'hier et d'aujourd'hui,
puissent nos vies, par la sève de la foi,
fleurir de la beauté qui colore notre monde.

Fr Benjamin Kabongo ofm
Toussaint 2015 

9 - Nada faças com o objectivo de granjear honra e louvor

Toma toda a atenção em evitar proferir palavras altaneiras, orgulhosas, ou que de algum modo indiquem pretensão de superioridade, como também qualquer frase afectada ou irónica. Cala sempre em ti tudo aquilo que possa levar a que te considerem uma pessoa engraçada ou inteligente. Numa palavra, nunca fales de ti sem justo motivo, e nada faças com o objectivo de granjear honra e louvor.

Baseado no livro “A Prática da Humildade”, de Gioacchino Pecci (Papa Leão XIII), Paulus Editora, 2014, pag 19

Sunday, 1 November 2015

The Best Indian Catholic Posts - Lord, give us the grace to live fully in the present moment

Give us the grace not to have any regrets about the past or to be obsessed with the future, but to live fully in the present moment.

In this great battle of love no one fights alone

"…in this great battle of love no one fights alone. None of us, I like to say, is a floating line of verse. In some way we are always either helping or hindering each other. We are all links in the same chain. Join with me now in asking Our Lord to grant that this chain may anchor us to his Heart until that day comes when we shall contemplate him face to face for ever in Heaven." (Friends of God, no 76)

Saint Josemaría

Father, we pray

Always pray

Dear God, revive Peace and Love

8 - Silêncio, recolhimento, contenção, modéstia, simplicidade, paciência e tranquilidade

Tanto quanto possível, observa o silêncio e o recolhimento, desde que isso não cause prejuízo a outrem, e, quando fores obrigado a falar, fala sempre com contenção, com modéstia e simplicidade. E se por acaso não fores ouvido, por simples desprezo ou por outra razão, não te mostres ressentido, mas aceita essa situação com paciência e tranquilidade.
Baseado no livro “A Prática da Humildade”, de Gioacchino Pecci (Papa Leão XIII), Paulus Editora, 2014, pag 18

Friday, 30 October 2015

Look at things with a supernatural perspective

There is a remedy for those anxieties of yours. Be patient, have rectitude of intention and look at things with a supernatural perspective. (Furrow, 853)
Let us try, therefore, never to lose our supernatural outlook. Let us see the hand of God in everything that happens to us: both in pleasant and unpleasant things, in times of consolation and in times of sorrow, as in the death of someone we love. (Friends of God, 247)

Saint Josemaría

Thursday, 29 October 2015

7 - O reino do amor-próprio, esse terreno abominável onde se aninham e crescem desmedidamente o orgulho e a presunção

Não penses que adquirirás a humildade sem as práticas que a ela estão ligadas: os actos de mansidão, de paciência, de obediência, de mortificação, de ódio a ti mesmo, de renúncia ao teu sentimento e às tuas opiniões, de arrependimento dos teus pecados, etc. porque somente estas armas poderão vencer em ti o reino do amor-próprio, esse terreno abominável de onde brotam todos os vícios e onde se aninham e crescem desmedidamente o teu orgulho e a tua presunção.

Baseado no livro “A Prática da Humildade”, de Gioacchino Pecci (Papa Leão XIII), Paulus Editora, 2014, pag 17

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Christian pop music - Sufjan Stevens, The Only Thing, Carrie & Lowell, 2015

Blind faith, God’s grace, nothing else left to impart

How many obstacles vanish…

The majority of people who have personal problems ``have them'' because they selfishly think about themselves. (The Forge, 310)

Most of the obstacles to our happiness come from our pride, which may be hidden to a greater or less degree. We had thought we were worth a great deal and had a lot of exceptional qualities; then, when others didn't agree, we felt humiliated. This is a good time to pray and to correct our mistaken attitude. We can be sure it is never too late to change our course. But it's wise to start changing it as soon as possible. (Friends of God, 249)

Saint Josemaría