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By Sajith Cyriac 4 months ago 43 Views No comments
An Albanian turned Indian became a citizen of the world! A petite woman with twisted feet and gnarled hands became a gigantic personality; a soft-spoken voice with poorly constructed and halting delivery style became a powerful advocate of the voiceless; a poor and penniless nun, dressed in a hand-woven sari with three blue stripes became the hope and succour of the poor and the rejected; un unknown person from a small corner of the world, with no exceptional qualities or lineage became a charismatic figure, a phenomenal legend across the globe. Yes, she is Mother Teresa who became a household name all over the world even before she was declared a ‘saint’ by the Catholic Church on 4 September 2016. Born on August 27, 1910 in the town of Skopje, Yugoslavia (now Macedonia), Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa) was one of the three children to her parents. At the age of 18, Agnes left her family to become a missionary in India. She joined the Sisters of Loreto. There Agnes took her first vows as a nun in 1929 and changed her name to Sister Mary Teresa. Sister Teresa began her missionary work in Darjeeling, India where she worked in a school. In 1946, while she was going to Darjeeling to make her annual retreat, she received ‘a call within call’ to serve the poorest of the poor. In 1948, she set out to the slums of Calcutta to respond to the Divine call she received. The young Teresa had no human and material resources to start with. With no blackboard, chalk, books or desks, Mother Teresa took a stick and used it to write in the mud. As the children squatted and watched, she traced the letters of the Bengali alphabet with the stick. She made a start, and the rest is history. Over the years, the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa is established homes all over the world for the dying, the sick, orphaned children, lepers, the aged, the disabled, and AIDS victims. Mother Teresa saw beauty in all of each individual who were abandoned and rejected by others and became an angel to them with the motto of ‘give until it hurts.’ Simply, no person was beyond her capacity for love and assistance. When she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she accepted it on behalf of the unwanted, unloved and uncared for. Her constant message to all was love and care for one another – a much needed message in this fiercely competitive age. When Mother Teresa died in 1997, the defeated of this world lost their greatest champion. The words of French president Jacques Chirac voiced out soon after her death sum up her legacy best, “This evening, there is less love, less compassion, less light in the world.” What sets Mother Teresa of Calcutta apart from the rest of the world’s personalities and celebrities is the legacy of a life lived to the full! The world remembers her today not for the titles and awards she won, or for the followers or enterprises that she left behind, but for the words and actions that sum up the quality of a life that outshines everything else. Her legacy continues to outlive the past and the present as it inspires the hearts of many around the world. – FR SAJITH CYRIAC, SSP

Best gifts for 2017

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“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of Our God will stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8). ST PAULS is ready with God's Word 2017, My Daily Gospel 2017, Sunday Missal 2017 and the Liturgical Calendar 2017. An ideal gift for 2017. Celebrate! Worship! Live! GOD'S WORD 2017: DAILY REFLECTIONS GOD'S WORD 2017 is designed to help you to keep the Word of God close to your heart in your daily life. Pray with it, share it and make your life a daily celebration with the word of God. Grow in God's love, being nourished daily by His word, the bread of life. God's Word 2017: Daily Reflections brings you: • Liturgical readings of the day from the New Jerusalem Bible • Inspiring reflection of the Gospel of the day by eminent homilists • Liturgical information for the day—Liturgical colours, Psalter Week and Saint of the day • Space to note down important events and reflections of the day • National Feasts and Solemnities • Message from Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham • Artistically illustrated His excellency Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham writes in his message to the UK edition of GOD’S WORD 2017: “this popular publication offers a very helpful and accessible opportunity to follow the word of God proclaimed through the pattern of readings at Mass for the liturgical year, together with a short reflection that draws the reader into a deeper understanding of what the Scriptures are saying to us.” ST PAUL SUNDAY MISSAL 2017 ST PAUL'S popular two-colour annual Missal contains the New Order of Mass, with all the prayers and Scripture readings for every Sunday of the Year in calendar sequence, together with the complete Easter Liturgy and a treasury of prayers. Every parish will find this new missal an effective means for encouraging the congregation to participate actively in the celebration of the Eucharist. Main Features of Sunday Missal: Handy format (43/8" x 63/4") The Order of Mass Printed in two colours throughout All Masses with Propers and Readings for Sundays and Feast Days National feasts Liturgy of Holy Week A collection of prayers and devotions MY DAILY GOSPEL 2017 My Daily Gospel 2017 brings you: Gospel reading of the day from the New Jerusalem Bible Inspiring reflection of the Gospel of the day by eminent homilists Liturgical information for the day—Liturgical colours, Psalter Week and Saint of the day Space to note down important events and reflections of the day National Feasts and Solemnities Message from Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham Artistically illustrated ST PAUL LITURGICAL CALENDAR 2017 A pocket size calendar, indicating readings and themes of Mass for every day of the year. Presented in full-colour format. Main Features: •Handy format (33/8" x 61/2") •Two weeks at a glance •Liturgical colours •National Calendars for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland •Daily Readings •Psalter Week •Saint of the day THE NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE - ZIPPED EDITION A great resource for all those who wish to have a deeper understanding of the scriptures, and a great help for all those who make use of Scripture in daily prayer or in Bible study groups in schools, parishes and in small communities. Key features: • Simple yet faithful English translation • Commentary on the Sacred Text • Authoritative introductions • Easy cross-references • Compact lexicon of people, places, terms and expressions • Printed in readable type • Blue Flexibound Cover • Quality Zip • Thumb Index • Gilt Edge • Three Marker Ribbons • Presentation page Copies are available in all leading Catholic Bookcentres. You could also order online by visiting www.stpauls.org.uk CONTACT: ST PAULS by Westminster Cathedral Morpeth Terrace, Victoria, London SW1P 1EP 020-7828 5582 sales@stpauls.org.uk

GOD’S WORD 2017: A Valuable Resource and Companion

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GOD’S WORD 2017 A Valuable Resource and Companion The Word of God is powerful. The Letter to the Hebrews asserts that the “word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb 4:12). Anyone who encounters it comes under its influence. God is present when we read His Word and His Spirit begins to stir us. His Word renews our spirit and helps us change our attitudes and values. Slowly but steadily, His Word reshapes and transforms our lives. Once again ST PAULS is ready with GOD’S WORD 2017 (daily reflections). GOD'S WORD 2017 is designed to help you to keep the Word of God close to your heart in your daily life. Pray with it, share it and make your life a daily celebration with the word of God. Grow in God's love, being nourished daily by His word, the bread of life. His excellency Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham writes in his message to the UK edition of GOD’S WORD 2017: “this popular publication offers a very helpful and accessible opportunity to follow the word of God proclaimed through the pattern of readings at Mass for the liturgical year, together with a short reflection that draws the reader into a deeper understanding of what the Scriptures are saying to us.” GOD’S WORD 2017 brings you the following features: * Liturgical readings of the day from the New Jerusalem Bible * Inspiring reflection of the Gospel of the day by eminent homilists * Liturgical information for the day - Liturgical colours, Psalter Week and Saint of the day * Space to note down important events and reflections of the day * National Feasts and Solemnities * Artistically illustrated His excellency Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin writes in his message to the Ireland edition of GOD’S WORD 2017: “Our ability to access the truth of Christ's message is not always easy, we are sometimes hindered by our own weakness and limitation, we sometimes need the help of others to break down the barriers we ourselves build, to allow the word of God to become an active force in our lives. To allow us to be free! This publication by St Paul's allows Christ's faithful to do just that – Laudetur Jesus Christus!” May His Word find in your heart a fertile soil and produce abundant harvest. Copies of GOD’S WORD 2017 is available in all leading Catholic Bookcentres. You can also order online by visiting www.stpauls.org.uk CONTACT: ST PAULS by Westminster Cathedral Morpeth Terrace, Victoria, London SW1P 1EP 020-7828 5582 sales@stpauls.org.uk www.stpauls.org.uk

Brother Giovanni Pio Rizzo: one who spoke little and did much

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Brother Giovanni Pio Rizzo: one who spoke little and did much One of the last witnesses of the Pauline foundational era has just left us, one who would leave for the mission in distant countries and build from nothing banking only on the word of the Founder. Tenacious and lively faith, in the face of adversities of every type and combined with a capacity of service and silent sacrifice, has supported the vocation journey of Brother Pio until his call to eternity. We saw him that way, just 26 years old, living out his first obedience to Primo Maestro (founder, Blessed JamesAlberione) and embarking on the ship named Duilio. It was November 1948 and the ship was headed to Mumbai (Bombay at that time). Arriving at the port, on 6 December, Fr. Alfonso Ferrero was there to welcome him, who himself arrived in India in 1937, two years after the first Paulines, Fr. Domenico Ambrosio and Fr. Guido Paganini, were sent by Fr. Alberione. After 26 hours of journey by train from Mumbai, Brother Pio arrived with Fr. Alfonso at Allahabad where, with Brother Bernardino Ruffoli, they rolled up their sleeves and helped to the growth of the work just started without great means. He was transferred from Allahabad to Mumbai where he began his apostolate of the Book Centre in the then Examiner Press Book Shop. The story of the life of Brother Pio, after 33 years in India, then continued from 1981 to 2008 in Ireland as Director of the Athlone book centre until, in 2010, his return to the Mother House in Alba due to poor health, recommended his repatriation so he could enjoy a better health care. Let us make a flash back: Brother Pio, baptized as Giovanni, was born into a peasant family in Torre Bormida (Cuneo), on 12 July 1922. Papa Carlo and Mama Teresa were the parents of nine children, including himself. Giovanni felt his vocation since as a child and was insistent with his parents to follow Primo Maestro. So he entered, just 12 years old, in the Mother House on 8 September 1934. Here, in those first exciting years, he made the initial formation and made his first profession on 8 April 1939, which was later confirmed in perpetuity on 9 April 1944, at the height of the war. In two successive years we saw him engaged at the paper mill in the Mother House and, before moving himself until his embarkation for India, he was in Turin to carry out the apostolate at the warehouse and the shipping department of SAIE. As his companion of apostolate for 22 years, Brother Vincent Alemcheril, who left us for eternal life on 13 January, recalled the figure of Brother Pio in 2014, on the occasion of his 75th anniversary of religious profession: “For me he was an ideal Pauline in every sense. His exceptional patience and kindness with each person have always impressed on everyone. His fidelity to the daily spiritual life has been extraordinary. I have never heard him grumbling about the food, the climate or culture”. Other Indian brothers who have known him closely defined him in the same happy occasion as “one who spoke little and did much”, “hidden and generous”, excellent interpreter of that “Pauline symbol” who comes from our healthier tradition, model and inspirer of many who, in past decades until now, have followed in his footsteps. Since 2010, Brother Pio lived as always, in humility and silent hard work, this time with the holy ministry of intercession and reparation. He breathed his last on 29 August 2016. Eternal rest give unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Uniqueness of the Gift Editions of The New Community Bible

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Uniqueness of the Gift Editions of The New Community Bible Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Papal Apostolic Nuncio to UK launched the international gift editions of The New Community Bible (NCB) at meeting in London with the publishers, St Paul Publications. Speaking on the occasion, his excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini said, “As a Nuncio in Great Britain I am delighted to recommend the new gift editions of The New Community Bible, produced by Saint Pauls Publishing. They are beautifully produced and elegant, while also being economic and hard wearing. The texts are clear and in easily understood language. I commend them warmly to every reader. I hope that the new editions may help many people to know and to love the word of God better”. NCB published by St Pauls Publishing is a revised edition of the popular Christian Community Bible translated by Late Bernardo Hurault, a French Priest, from original languages to Spanish in 1971. Since then it has been translated into many languages and millions of copies have been distributed. The English translation of the Christian Community Bible was jointly published by St Pauls Publications, Divine Word Publications and Claretian Publications from Philippines. One of the unique features of the Christian Community Bible is said to be the pastoral commentary that accompanied the text which has helped the faithful to understand, assimilate and live the word of God in their day to day life. The Preface and the Presentation of The New Community Bible states that it is the fruit of a challenging project undertaken by the Society of St Paul who brought together a competent team of Bible scholars who worked hard over a decade and undertook the responsible task of “completely re-writing the introduction and the commentary of each book of the Bible based on sound exegesis and relevant pastoral application” and has done a ‘careful revision of the test’ wherever it was required. Another unique feature of the NCB mentioned is “its many references to the deep spiritual message and biblical values found in the scriptures of other great world religions”. In the words of Bishop John Arnold, bishop of Salford diocese the NCB is a very useful resource for anyone looking for greater and deeper understanding of the scriptures. He says, “‘The New Community Bible’, published by St Paul’s makes an important and accessible contribution to the study of Scripture. Simply from a material point of view, it is beautifully produced and easily navigable but it is the introduction and the notes contained in each book which offer an invitation and a challenge to the reader as well as providing important information about the text and its cultural and historical setting. Taking the Gospel of St Mark as an example, the reader has the context of teaching, the miracles and the signs of the ministry of Jesus explained, with clear indications as to the emerging themes. Providing such scholarship, this new edition of the Bible will be a welcome and very useful resource for anyone wishing to find new depths of understanding and a context for prayer and action.” The first international edition of the NCB was published by St Pauls based Sydney, London and New York was sold over a million copies after it was first launched. In the general Introduction to the NCB Dr Augustine Mulloor OCD underlines the fact that “The New Community Bible is an adequate and relevant response to the needs of the Church today in the spirit of the Secnd Vatican Council and the further magesterial teachings regarding the bible Apostolate, and it is approved by the Hierarchy. It provides a new version of the Bible in English, in a language that is adapted and understandable to all English-speaking readers and the believers can safely grow familiar with the Sacred Scriptures and read them fruitfully and experience a transformation of life”. Assessing the book of Exodus in the NCB, especially in regard to the accuracy of translation, Rev Dr Mark Kenney SM, lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Catholic Institute of Sydney says, “The entire text of Exodus was compared with the Hebrew and found to be an accurate, readable translation.” In addition to the Book of Exodus and the three introductory articles, Dr Mark also read the introductions to the Pentateuch, Genesis, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, the Historical Books, the Wisdm Books, the Psalms, the Prophetic Books, the Gospels, the Letters of Paul, and the Book of Revelation and says, “all of these present good, concise summaries of the contents and theology of these groups of books using good scholarship.” Dr Michele A. Connolly, RSJ, Academic Dean of Catholic Institute of Sydney says, “From what I have read in the Gospel of Mark in the NCB, I would be happy to recommend this translation for anyone looking for a text for personal prayer and reflection, that reads in accessible English.” Referring to the accuracy of the translation she says, “I think the translation is quiet accurate, given that it chooses to adopt a fairly free rendition that reads like conversational English. It is the kind of translation that would read well for personal or group prayer and reflection. While the translation is often quite close to the Revised Standard Version, it does vary from that translation in very small ways that for the sake of fluent English. The various editions of NCB are available in all leading Catholic Bookcentres. You could also order online by visiting www.stpauls.org.uk NCB has the following editions: The New Community Bible - Standard Edition Our Bible for Our Wedding: NCB Gift Edition My Bible for My First Communion: NCB Gift Edition My Bible for My Confirmation: NCB Gift Edition The New Community Bible - Gift/Deluxe Edition The New Community Bible - Zipped Edition https://stpauls.org.uk/bibles/catholic-bibles/christian-community-bible-new-ncb.html CONTACT: ST PAULS by Westminster Cathedral Morpeth Terrace, Victoria, London SW1P 1EP 020-7828 5582 sales@stpauls.org.uk

Being Passionate

By Fr Joshy Joseph ssp 1 years ago 44 Views No comments
Being Passionate Passion! Does this word ring a bell in your brains? It should, if you are serious about your life. Passion is the magic key to success in your life not only as a Christian but also if you want to make it big in life, so teach the lives of saints and the examples of all great achievers of the world. Be passionate about being a Christian and about what you do, of course, with due respect for fellow human beings, and success will follow. Mother Teresa who will be declared a saint shortly, had to undergo a lot of hardships and resistance in her attempt to reach out to poorest of the poor and the needy. But she persevered in her efforts and was passionate to proclaim Christ by her good deeds. Because she saw Christ's face in everyone! Laura Trott, the first British woman to win 4 Olympic medals bears witness to this this fact that it was sheer dedication, hard work coupled with right motivation that led her to success. And this wasn't an easy ride as she had to undergo grueling training sessions day after day. But being passionate about her dream she endured it all and as a result she has won four Oympic golds, seven world golds, ten European golds and one commonwealth gold, at the time this blog is posted. Usain Bolt, the Jamaican athlete who keeps breaking his own records, is yet another living legend who proves how passionate dedication to one’s dream can bring success after success in life. Remember the words of our Saviour, “I am with you always, until the end of time” (Matthew 28:20). With trust and confidence in Jesus our Saviour that he will never let us down and with persistence and hard work, we are certain to succeed in our endevours. by Fr Joshy Joseph ssp Director, St Pauls Publications, UK

The Pope to officially convoke the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy tomorrow

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Vatican City, 10 April 2015 (VIS) – At 5.30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday 11 April, the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday, in St. Peter's Basilica, the Pope will officially convoke the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with the publication of the Bull of Indiction, “Misericordiae vultus”. The Jubilee Bull, aside from indicating the duration, opening and closing dates, and the main ways in which the Holy Year will unfold, constitutes the basic document for understanding the spirit in which it was convoked, as well as Pope Francis' intentions and the fruit he hopes the Year will bear. For the proclamation, the Holy Father, accompanied by the cardinals, will proceed to the entrance of the Vatican Basilica. At the side of the Holy Door the Bull of Indiction will be handed to the four cardinal archpriests of the papal basilicas of Rome: Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican; Cardinal Agostino Vallini, archpriest of the Basilica of St. John Lateran; Cardinal James Michael Harvey, St. Paul Outside-the-Walls; and Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major. To express his wish that the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy will be celebrated in Rome and throughout the world, Pope Francis will consign a copy of the Bull, to present it symbolically to all bishops, to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; to Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples; and to Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. A copy will be received by Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, born in Hong Kong and now secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, on behalf of all the East. The African continent will be represented by Archbishop Bartolome Adoukonou, from Benin and currently secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture. For the Oriental Churches, the Holy Father will present the Bull to Msgr. Khaled Ayad Bishay of the Patriarchal Church of Alexandria of the Copts. The Regent of the Papal Household, Msgr. Leonardo Sapienza, as apostolic protonotary, will read various extracts from the official document convoking the extraordinary Holy Year. Finally, the Holy Father will preside at the celebration of First Vespers of Divine Mercy Sunday.

Blessing of St Pauls Website and Online Store

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The Website and Online Store of ST PAULS, UK, (www.stpauls.org.uk) was blessed and launched by His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, on Thursday 19 February. In his words of welcome Fr Francis Kochupaliath, Director of ST PAULS, London, said “Our Founder Blessed Alberione was a diocesan priest, and he observed that people coming for the Mass were gradually diminishing. As a pastoral strategy he asked himself: how can we reach these people who are no longer coming to the Church so that we can reach them where they are with the message of God’s love? By launching the new Website and Online Store we commit ourselves to reach out to people in places where they live, work and spend their lives.” “Today there is a greater need to reach out to people, as Blessed Alberione envisioned 100 years ago, with the fastest and most effective means of communication, to bring them the message of Christ’s love”, said the Archbishop in his homily. He stressed the great need for practical resources for living and learning our faith, and thanked St Pauls for providing such resources through their publications, book centres, and now through the Website and Online Store, as these are the most effective means of reaching out not only to people in their families, parishes, youth groups and schools but also to those who drift away from the Church. Fr Michael Raj, the Provincial Superior, in his concluding remarks said that there is a gradual decline all over the world in people visiting retail book shops. Hence there is a need for us Paulines to share the Joy of the Gospel by using the new languages of communication. He also reminded all present at the event that St Pauls Book Centre is not another commercial/business centre, but it is our pulpit, our Church from where we proclaim the love of Jesus; visitors are not our customers but collaborators in our mission. He also thanked Dr Christopher Shell, Manager of ST PAULS, London, and all the staff for their collaboration in reaching out people with the modern means of communication. Fr Siji Jose, Director of St Pauls Distribution, gave a demo of the new website to those present on the occasion.

Superior General of the Society of St Paul receives Pope Francis

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Fr Valdir Jose de Castro, Superior General of the Society of St Paul, welcomed Pope Francis to Divine Master House in Ariccia (Rome) on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Pope Francis along with members of the Curia are to make their annual Lenten retreat for the second time in the Divine Master House, in the hillside town of Ariccia, breaking from the tradition of holding it inside the Vatican. The Divine Master House was built by Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family, and has 124 rooms, 5 chapels, a large dining area, gardens, and various meeting rooms. The site is suitable for retreats, prayer meetings, conferences, and meetings of the General and Provincial Chapters. The five-day spiritual exercise at the Divine Master House is guided by Fr Bruno Secondin, on the theme "Servants and Prophets of the Living God".

St Pauls Website and Online store Launch

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ST PAULS cordially invite you for the Blessing and Launchof St Pauls Website and Online Store by His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini (Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain) on Thrusday, 19th February 2015, @ 5.30 pm at St Pauls by Westminster Cathedral, Morpeth Terrace, Victoria, London All are welcome! Light refreshments provided.