Pope Francis' Homily at the General Assembly of Synod on the Family
This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self. It is the same plan which Jesus presents in today’s Gospel: “From the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female’. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh” (Mk 10:6-8; cf. Gen 1:27; 2:24).
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Pope Francis asks the UN to Uphold the Right to Life and the Natural Family
“Consequently, the defense of the environment and the fight against exclusion demand that we recognize a moral law written into human nature itself, one which includes the natural difference between man and woman (cf. Laudato Si’, 155), and absolute respect for life in all its stages and dimensions"(cf. ibid., 123, 136)."
In concluding his address, Pope Francis again invoked the sanctity of all human life.
“The common home of all men and women must continue to rise on the foundations of a right understanding of universal fraternity and respect for the sacredness of every human life,” he said, “of every man and every woman, the poor, the elderly, children, the infirm, the unborn, the unemployed, the abandoned, those considered disposable because they are only considered as part of a statistic.
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"We are a witness to the Light of Christ"
The Mighty God: In Jesus, God himself became Emmanuel, God-with-us, the God who walks alongside us, who gets involved in our lives, in our homes, in the midst of our “pots and pans,” as St. Teresa of Jesus liked to say.
The Everlasting Father: No one or anything can separate us from his love. Go out and proclaim; go out and show that God is in your midst as a merciful Father who himself goes out, morning and evening, to see if his son has returned home and, as soon as he sees him coming, runs out to embrace him: an embrace which wants to take up, purify and elevate the dignity of his children; a Father who, in his embrace, is “glad tidings to the poor, healing to the afflicted, liberty to captives, comfort to those who mourn” (Isaiah 61:1-2).
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THE BODY OF ST. MARIA GORETTI TO VISIT BATON ROUGE
IN CELEBRATION OF ALL SAINTS DAY AT OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH
OCTOBER 31ST- NOVEMBER 1ST
A solemn Mass in honor of St. Maria Goretti will be celebrated at noon on Saturday, Oct. 31. A public veneration will follow until 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, All Saints Day.
A special Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. that day.
St. Maria Goretti, Italian virgin-martyr and patron saint of mercy, is one of the youngest canonized saints of the church. She died July 6, 1902 at the age of 11 after she was stabbed 14 times during an attempted rape. As she lay dying in the hospital, her last words were of mercy toward her attacker: “I forgive Alessandro Serenilli … and I want him with me in heaven forever.”
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St. Maria Goretti’s body is not incorrupt. It experienced natural degradation when it was interred in the cemetery of Nettuno, Italy, following her murder. Thus, making this pilgrimage is not her flesh but simply her skeletal remains.
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