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THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Church Hails Two New Priests In a Rite of Ordination full of joy and beauty, Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D. ordained Father Luis Venancio Benavente Camacho Jr. and Father Michael Vincent Jucutan to the sacred priesthood Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna. Here, Father Michael, left, and Father Luis, right, give Holy Communion to seminarians of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary where they themselves studied to be servants of Christ in the priesthood on Guam. PHOTOS, PAGE 2 AND STORY, PAGE 3. Photo for U Matuna Si Yu’os by Ric Eusebio.
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His Excellency, Most Rev. Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M. Cap., D.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Agaña, announces the following appointments:
Effective Nov. 15, 2013
Effective Dec. 8, 2013
Effective Dec. 8, 2013
Rev. Fr. Paul A.M. Gofigan is assigned as Priest in-residence at the Parish of Saint Anthony in Tamuning.
Rev. Fr. Luis V.B. Camacho as Parochial Vicar of the Parish Churches of San Dimas in Merizo and San Dionisio in Umatac.
Rev. Fr. Michael V. Jucutan as Vice Rector of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica, Hagatña.
Now We Call You Father
RIGHT: Father Luis Venancio Benavente Camacho Jr. has a touching moment with his mom Mrs. Antonette Manibusan Celis during his and Father Michael Vincent Jucutan’s ordination to the priesthood Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica. Father Luis had just presented a special linen cloth called the manutergium to his mom after his hands were anointed with the Oil of Chrism by Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D. and wrapped with the cloth. Photos for U
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Guam blessed with two new priests By Benjamin and Heather Leon Guerrero For the U Matuna Si Yu’os
Deacon Luis Venancio Benavente Camacho, Jr. of Guam and Deacon Michael Vincent Jucutan of Hawaii, took the final step in their vocation, as they were ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Agana Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron OFM Cap., D.D. ordained the two islanders in a stirring Rite of Ordination attended by more than a thousand friends, family members and supporters who witnessed this momentous occasion for our island and for the Church. Joined by 36 priests from Guam, Saipan and Hawaii, six deacons, and numerous seminarians, Camacho and Jucutan became the 14th and 15th priests ordained from the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Guam. Father Luis, 28, became the first man from Guam ordained a priest from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary. Father Michael, 36, is the first from Hawaii. As Mass began, Archbishop Anthony greeted the families of Deacon Luis and Deacon Michael in their native languages – Chamorro and Hawaiian. In his homily, Archbishop Anthony told the congregation that “the good news of God’s creation is packaged in hundreds of different ways.” “The role of the priesthood is to unwrap that package so as to make manifest in others the power and the presence of God’s love,” Archbishop Anthony said. He explained that the day’s second reading presented two challenges to priests: The first is their motivation as a priest — choosing to become a priest is a difficult decision, and St. Peter recognizes that. When some-
one takes the vocation path of Holy Orders, he must do so in a Godly manner. From that point on, God asks them to “tend the flock”. Just as Christ is often compared to a shepherd, priests are now charged with taking care of Christ’s flock for him, the archbishop said. It is an important part of priests’ earthly mission. Second, St. Peter challenges their leadership style. Archbishop Anthony said that while there are many ways to go about being a leader, St. Peter is specific on how it should be done. Priests should not lead as authoritarian figures. They should not make decisions and enforce the Gospel from the “throne of the pulpit.” “Instead,” the archbishop said, “just as Christ came down to be an example for us, they too, are to be examples in our lives. The way they live, the choices they make should serve as an example of the good Christian life.” Archbishop Apuron reminded Jucatan and Camacho that, “just as Christ breathed the Holy Spirit on the disciples in the Gospel, ‘God’s peace and the presence of the Holy Spirit will come to you, Palé Michael and Palé Luis.’ ” “This peace that God gives you does not mean the absence of problems and challenges in your lives,” the archbishop told them. “It means that amidst these problems and challenges, you will still be calm and peaceful because you know that God, the Holy Spirit, is with you.” He told them that they shall be
“consecrated as true priests of the New Testament, to preach the Gospel, to shepherd God’s people, and to celebrate the sacred liturgy, especially the Lord’s sacrifice.” Archbishop Anthony further instructed the two young men, “See that you believe what you read, that you teach what you believe, and that you practice what you teach. In this way, let what you teach be nourishment for the people of God, let the holiness of your lives be a delightful fragrance to Christ’s faithful, so that by word and example, you may build up the house which is God’s Church.” “Remember, when you gather others into the people of God through Baptism, and when you forgive sins in the name of Christ and the Church in the sacrament of Penance, when you comfort the sick with holy oil and celebrate the sacred rites, when you offer prayers of praise and thanks to God throughout the hours of the day — not only for the people of God, but for the world — remember that you are taken from among men and appointed on their behalf for those things that pertain to God,” the archbishop said. After the homily, both deacons declared before the people their intention to take this office in what is called “The Promise of the Elect”. They prostrated themselves on the floor of the sanctuary during the Litany of Supplication. According to Fr. Pablo Ponce, Rector of the Seminary, prostration is a Christian sign that Christ himself did in the Gar-
You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” - Herbrews 7:17
den of Olives. In the liturgy, there are two times when this sign is done – one is in the Ordination of Priesthood and the other is in the Liturgy of Holy Friday (Good Friday).
Lord I am not worthy “The meaning in this celebration of the Ordination is that they lower themselves to the level in which they know they are not worthy to receive this ordination,” Father Pablo said. “They understand and realize that they are unworthy, that it’s not a right to receive ordination, it’s only something that we can ask, and as sinners, we say ‘Lord, I recognize this’.” At that moment, the entire Church is asking for the prayers of the saints, which is why the Litany of Saints is sung during the prostration. “This is a very important sign in preparation for the ordination,” explained Father Pablo. “It is in this moment that we are asking the saints and all the Church to intercede… so that these brothers may become faithful stewards to the Church.” Following the Promise of the Elect, each of the concelebrating priests, led by the archbishop, laid their hands upon both Camacho and Jucutan. Father Pablo said this is one of two signs that are the center of the ordination. It is a sign that the Lord told the apostles to do – to lay their hands upon those who are instituted for the ministry. The Laying of Hands was followed by the Investiture, during which the two new priests changed into their new garments. Father Pablo explained that the investiture is an “explanatory rite”. They become part of the clergy. They are dressed with new garments, and See PRIESTS, Page 5
Father Michael Vincent Jucutan of Hawaii, seated far right, and Father Luis Venancio Benavente Camacho, Jr. of Guam, seated next to Jucutan, face Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap. D.D. during their ordination Nov. 9 at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica. Photo for U Matuna Si Yu’os by Ric Eusebio.
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Sunday Gospel and Reflection Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M. Cap., D.D.
The times and trials of our lives all lead to Jesus Sisters and Brothers: Today’s gospel must be taken in the context of apocalyptism, such as found in the books of Daniel and Revelation. Apocalypses deal with the “last things” — death, resurrection, judgment, eternal life, and the kingdom of God. Jesus’ discourse deals first with the destruction of the temple and the terrible upheavals that attend it. But the destruction does not inaugurate the “end” nor will it culminate in the return of the Son of Man. The Church, too, will experience severe crises: the persecution of believers and the rise of false prophets, even from the
ranks of believers. But these do not mean the end. When the New Testament apocalyptic writings were being written, Christians were already undergoing persecution for their faith. Apocalyptic literature which deals with cataclysm and the battle of the forces of evil was meant to encourage the early Christians to hold on to the end. Victory has been reserved for them through the victory of Christ. They needed only to be faithful. As the liturgical season comes to a close, the apocalyptic readings invite us to reflect on the cosmic and supernatural dimensions of our faith. Our trials
and difficulties, the upheavals in nature and history remind us that the life of faith is a struggle, a drawing of lines between good and evil. Although we experience a certain rhythm of pain and gladness, of bad times and of good, of war and peace, history points to a sure direction—the final manifestation of God’s kingdom. History is not a circle but a journey toward fulfillment. This gospel reflection is taken from St. Paul’s 365 Days with the Lord. May your day be filled with love and may Almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Pinagat Atsubispo Anthony Sablan Apuron, Kapuchinu
pre ha ekspiriensia este na mahatot sinusedi siha: i ma petsigen i manmanhongge yan i kinahulu’ i mandakkon na mamprofeta siha, kun todu ginen i inetnon i manmanhongge. Lao este siha ti kumeke-ilek-na i “uttimu.” Annai manmatutugi i Nuebu na Testamento put i finakpo’ i mangilisyanu esta ha manmapetsisigi put i hinenggen-niha. I tinige’ put finakpo’ ya mana’sasaonao put i yinamak i tano’ yan i mini’mun i fuetsan tinailayi ha intietiende para u u’ga’ i mantaftaf na mangilisyanu para ufanmesngon asta i uttimu. I ginanna’ para iyon-niha ginen i ginannan Jesu Kristo. Hokkok ha manisisita i para u fanmesngon. Mientras mamakpo’ i tiempon liturgikat, i tinaitai put finakpo’ ha kombibida hit para ta gef hassuyi i inanchon i
hinengge-ta ni hakukubre i tano’ yan i espirituat na lina’la’. I manmachagi-ta yan minappot-ta, i tinalabiran i natura yan i istoria hana’hahasso hit na i lina’la’ hinengge lina’la’ minimu, i ma’istiran i tali’ entre i minaolek yan i tinailayi. Ya maseha guaha tenga na ta ekspirieriensia i pininiti yan i minagof, i baba na tiempo yan i maolek na tiempo, i gera yan i pas, i istoria-ta ha tatanchu’ un siguru na hinanao— i uttimu na umannok i rainon Yu’os. Sa i istoria ti un aridondo na hinanao in lugat un hinanao para i makumple-na. Este na pinagat machuchule’ ginen i Lepblon San Papblo 365 Dihas yan i Saina. Ohalara ya u bula guinaiya i ha’anen-miyu ya i todu hana’sina na Yu’os infambinendisi gi na’an i Tata yan i Lahina yan i Espiritu Santo. Amen.
Mane’lu-hu, i Ibangheliun pa’go na Damenggo ha nisisita para ma kunsidera yan i para finakpo’ i tano’ taiguihi i ma sosoda’ gi lepblon Daniel yan Rebelasion. I finakpo’ ha kunsidedera i “man uttimu siha” tat komu i finatai, resureksion, hinesga, taihinekkok na lina’la’ yan i rainon Yu’os. I sinangan Jesu Kristo kumuekuentos put i ma destrosan i templo yan i na’ma’anao siha na sinusedi despues di ayu. Lao i dinestrosa ti ha tutuhon i “uttimu” ya ti unina’fakpo i para i finatto’-na ta’lo i Lahen i Taotao. I Gima’yu’os, lokkue, siem-
Mina’ Trentai Tres Damenggon Otdinariu Na Tiempo C Nubembre 17, 2013 Ibangheliu (Lukas 21:5-19) Guaha mangombetsasiosion put i templo na ma’adotna ni manguaguan siha na acho’ yan i inifresen i taotao siha. Ilek-na si Jesus, “Put este siha i inhahasso—siempre u fatto i ha’ane ya taya’ ni un acho’ u mana’sopbla gi hilu’ otro acho’, lao todu u fanmayulang papa’.” Pues mafaisen gue’ “Ma’estro, ngai’an nai para u masusedi este?” Manoppe si Jesus, “Gof adahi hamyo ya cha’-miyu fanmafa’baba. Meggai para u fanmatto ma’u’usa i na’an-hu ilekniniha, ‘Guahu ennao’ ya ‘Matto esta i ha’ane.’ Cha’-miyu dalalaki siha. Cha’-miyu lokkue nina’fanatburotatao yanggen in hingok put gera pat rebulasion. Este siha debi di u fanmasusedi insigidas.” Ilek-na nu siha ta’lo, “U fanmumu i nasion kontra otro nasion yan i raino kontra otro
raino. Siempre guaha mandangkulo na linao, peste yan ha’ilas gi todu i lugat ya u fanannok gi langet manna’ma’anao yan mandangkulo na sinat siha. Lao antes di u masusedi este, siempre manma’ana yan manmapetsigi hamyo, manmasita hamyo gi sinagoga yan gi kalabosu, siempre manmakonne’ hamyo guatu gi kotte gi me’nan manrai yan maga’lahi siha put i na’an-hu. Siempre manmakonne’ hamyo para in fantestigu put i na’an-hu. Lao gof kumprende este ya cha’-miyu fanchachathinasso kao hafa para in sangan, sa’ guahu bai hu na’i hamyo ni palabras yan minalate’ ni taya’ gi akontran-miyu siha u ginanna para u kinentra. Siempre mantrinaiduti hamyo ni manainan-miyu, ya guaha giya hamyo siempre u fanmapunu’. Todu siempre chumatli’e’ hamyo put guahu, lao ti u mana’lamen ni un gapot ulu gi ilon-miyu. Ginen i mesngon na pinasiensia nai siempre in satba i lina’la’-miyu.”
Bringing home ‘dirty money’ starves one’s family of dignity, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Despite the perks and high living they may bring, bribery, corruption and dishonest work are serious sins that rob people and their children of their dignity, Pope Francis said. “Devotees of the goddess of kickbacks” bring home “dirty bread” for their children to eat, the pope said Nov. 8 during his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives. “Their children, perhaps educated in expensive colleges, perhaps raised in well-educated circles, have received filth as a meal from their father,” rendering them “starved of dignity,” he said in his homily, according to Vatican Radio. The number one enemy is the devil, the pope said, because “it is he who causes harm” with his love for a worldly atmosphere, values and lifestyles.
Worldly habits, taking short cuts and choosing the easiest way to make money are part of “the habit of bribery;” a way of living that is “intensely sinful,” he said. “God commanded us to bring home bread (made) with our honest work,” the pope said. But when people engage in dishonesty, they “give their children dirty bread” and “filth” to eat because they have lost their dignity. “And this is a serious sin!” he said. “Perhaps it starts out with a small envelope (of cash), but it’s like a drug,” he said, and “the bribery habit becomes an addiction.” The pope asked that people pray “for the many children and young people who receive dirty bread from their parents: They too are hungry, starved of dignity.” “Pray so that the Lord brings a change of heart to these devotees of the goddess of kickbacks and that they realize dignity comes from dignified work, honest work, from working day in and day out and not from taking the easy way, which in the end, take everything from you.”
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Priests CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 this is signified in the moment they receive the garments. The priests that do this are welcoming them into the order, and usually, the candidate will ask the pastor or a priest that was important to them to do the investiture. Asked why they chose the priests who vested them, Palé Luis said he selected Msgr. James Benavente, Rector of the Cathedral-Basilica, because he wanted someone who was “there since the beginning.” A parishioner and long-time altar server of the Cathedral, Palé Luis noted that his memories of his time at the Cathedral have always included Msgr. James, and that was important to him. Palé Michael chose Fr. Fabio, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Rita, because “Fr. Fabio has played an important role in my formation and growth as I prepared for the priesthood.” Once both were clothed in their new garments, Archbishop Anthony administered the Anointing of the Hands, another explanatory rite. Fr. Pablo explained, “With those hands, they will consecrate, they will forgive sins, so it is very important.” When the priest’s hands are anointed, they are also wrapped and bound. The wrapping of hands is an older sign. “To say that it is not more my work, but the work of the Lord. And so, our work of sanctification is bound to Christ” explained Fr. Pablo. After the anointing, their hands were unwrapped and the cloths were given to the newly ordained priests’ mothers, which, as the archbishop mentioned, the
moms could take with them to the gates of Heaven. As Mass concluded, Archbishop Anthony congratulated the two new priests and announced their appointments. Palé Luis will
be the Parochial Vicar at San Dimas and San Dionicio Parish in Malesso and Umatac. Palé Michael will be the Vice Rector at the Cathedral Basilica. Both appointments are effective Sunday, Dec. 8. In interviews afterward, both new priests expressed their unworthiness to receive this gift from God. They remarked how God manifests Himself through poor instruments, so that others may see that it is by the grace of God, that His grace is sufficient. Asked what went through his mind during the prostration, Palé Michael said that “it gave me an awe in front of the Lord…that this is a true position of prayer, that in front of the Lord, I can do nothing, that it is He that works.” “I see my life anew, that it wasn’t all in vain…there is a responsibility to be holy and that I need to listen to the Lord, so that I may bring others to Christ, and not bring others to me,” Palé Michael said. Palé Luis described his nervousness that morning, knowing that before the Mass and after the Mass, things would be different. “Not too much emotions, just butterflies,” he said. “The feeling is surreal. Now I can say ‘I am a priest’.” During the prostration, Palé Luis said he thought about something that a priest had told him years ago, while in mission. While he lay prostrated, the priest told him he had asked for the sincerity always to be open whenever he messed up. “I prayed for the same thing, that if in my priesthood I mess up, that I may be able to have the sincerity, the willingness to bring it to the light,” Palé Luis said. During the litany, there is a line that says “God, make these men holy…” Palé Luis said, “When I heard those words, I was very consoled, because it was then that I realized that it was not on my strength; that the whole Church was asking God that He make me holy.” When asked how he feels about being the first Chamorro to be ordained from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Palé Luis replied, “I’ve never felt I was the first of anything. I’ve always felt like I’m standing on the shoul-
ABOVE: Fr. Michael Vincent Jucutan, 36, left, and Fr. Luis Venancio Benavente Camacho, Jr., 28, prostrate themselves on the sanctuary floor of the Cathedral-Basilica during the Litany of Supplication at their Nov. 9 ordination. Archbishop Anthony and other clergy kneel before the altar and a crucifix above. Photo for U Matuna Si Yu’os by Ric Eusebio. ders of those who came before me. The first to come out of the seminary was Fr. Alberto (Pastor of San Vicente/San Roke Parish in Barrigada) and there were many others after him. I’m entering into a work that is not my own, that has been started by others before me. I’ve simply entered into the vineyard that the Lord has prepared.” Palé Luis had done missionary work in Israel and Washington, D.C. He finished his studies and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sacred Theology from the Blessed Diego Luis De San Vitores Theological Institute for Oceania. Palé Michael evangelized in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Missouri before he returned to Guam and finished his studies with a Bachelor’s Degree also in Sacred Theology from the Blessed Diego Luis De San Vitores Theological Institute for Oceania. Palé Luis celebrated his first Mass 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 at Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey in Chalan Pago. He flew to Saipan to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Cathedral in Chalan Kanoa. Palé Michael celebrated his first Mass also on Sunday, Nov. 10 but at 11 a.m. in San Dimas Church, Malesso. May we continue to pray for these two new priests as they embark on their new journeys. In the words of Archbishop Anthony: “…carry out the ministry of Christ the priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns, but to those of Jesus Christ….keep always before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd, who came not to be served, but to serve, and He came to seek out and save what was lost.” Congratulations Palé Luis and Palé Michael!
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The Three I’s and the Resurrection B-I-A-S of Jesus Father Dan Ferrandiz For the U Matuna Si Yu’os
he resurrection of the dead is a belief unacceptable to the Sadducees because it runs contrary to their reason. To discredit Jesus they set up a trap using an exaggerated example of the application of the law about a woman who married seven brothers in succession after each died, leaving her childless. They asked: “Whose wife will she be since she married seven brothers?” It was a trap. If Jesus said she would be a wife to all, they would accuse him of teaching Polyandry (woman with many husbands). If Jesus said she does not belong to any of them, then the teaching of resurrection of the body does not exists. How did Jesus answer them? Resurrection of the body is reasonable because of the unity of body and soul. Man is a composite of body and spirit/soul. In death the soul leaves the body but the separation is temporary because the normal destiny of the spirit is to unite again with the body at the resurrection. The difference however is that at the resurrection the body becomes a glorified body. By glorified we mean that our bodies will be different from our earthly bodies because they will carry some characteristics of a spirit. Jesus explained this when he said: “For they will become like angels.” A glorified body is not subject to the senses, or desires therefore there is no need for intimate union in Heaven. In Heaven the sexual identities of people as male and female will remain but the sexual union is no longer pres-
ent. In marriage we say that the union of man and wife points to the union of Christ and the Church. In Heaven sexual union as a sign is no longer needed because it will give way to the greater union of Christ and the Church. At the resurrection our bodies will be purified from the “desires” of the flesh that are connected to the senses. We will be completely free of all bodily lusts and passions. Those raised in glory will experience happiness far greater than sexual pleasures because our senses will experience something greater than our imaginations. This is the vision that St. Paul spoke when he said: “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard what God has ready for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2: 9). Therefore, Jesus teaches that in the context of SEXUAL MARRIAGE, the woman neither belongs to any of the seven husbands. However, she can recognize all of them because as a “glorified body” it will have distinct characteristics of IDENTITY, INTEGRITY AND IMMORTALITY. How is this?
banquet. Good relationships remain and bad memories are healed. A wife who marries seven times can still recognize her husbands but she will not belong to any of them anymore. Since the body will be incorruptible and immortal, there is no use of food or of marriage relations like sexual intimacy. “The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage. But they who are judged worthy of Heaven in the resurrection of the dead neither marry, nor are given in marriage. Neither can they die any more: for they are like angels”. (Luke 20:34-36). In the resurrection of the bodies there will be no need for marriage and procreation because in Heaven desires for the flesh is gone. And like angels, we will always be engaged in the suitable, gratifying service of our great God in worship and praise beholding the face of God. “They do always behold the face of God.” “They shall see his face!” (Psalms 17:15).
At the resurrection our bodies will be purified from the “desires” of the flesh that are connected to the senses. We will be completely free of all bodily lusts and passions. Those raised in glory will experience happiness far greater than sexual pleasures because our senses will experience something greater than our imaginations.
It means that at the resurrection it will be the same body. The scripture says that by the power of God, this same body shall rise to life. “And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God” (Job 19:25-26). This also means that at the resurrection our souls carry with them all the memories of God and others except SIN. It means that at the resurrection, wife and husband will recognize each other and will be sharing Godly life together not as husband and wife but as people who will be united with God in the heavenly wedding
When God created the universe everything was good and perfect. But sin corrupted this perfect creation. In the resurrection, this perfection and goodness of creation will be restored in its INTEGRITY, in its original state of purity. After the resurrection, all of us will have our own same bodies except for imperfections (No physical defects) St. Paul says: “The Dead shall Rise again Incorruptible” (1 Cor.15:42). This means wholly free from the defects of the present life. There is no privation. Everything will be restored according to the plan of creation and the mind of God.
IMMORTALITY In the preface for the Mass of the dead, it says that at the resurrection, our bodies will be changed but not ended. Talking about the resurrection, St. Paul said: “Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all fall asleep but we will all be changed” (1 Cor. 15:51-57). At the resurrection, the immortal body after resurrection shall be distinguished by four transcendent gifts called the Resurrection B-I-A-S. First, the glorified body will shine with the BRIGHTNESS or glory. The bodies of saints shall glow in glory in varying degrees. Some like the stars, others like moon. Second, the glorified body is IMPASSABLE - The bodies of the good shall not be subjected to heat and cold and all manner of pain and inconvenience (uncorrupted bodies of the saints) whereas those in hell suffer the torment in heat. Their bodies are passable because they shall never deteriorate and, although burning eternally in fire, they shall never be consumed. “Their Worm shall not die and their Fire shall not be quenched” (Isaiah 66:24). The third quality is that of “AGILITY” by which the body shall be freed from its slowness of motion and endowed with the capability of moving with the utmost facility and quickness wherever the soul pleases. The fourth quality is “SUBTILITY” by which the body becomes subject to the absolute control of the soul. We see this quality exemplified in the fact that the resurrected Jesus Christ passed through material objects. The glorified Jesus passes through walls like light through a window. But most of all, at the resurrection, we will all received a new BIRTH CERTIFICATE (the Lord God will give us a new nature — 2 Cor. 5:17); A new VISA (we have the right to enter Heaven by the blood of Jesus because we are robed in his righteousness); a new, clean RECORD. “Jesus Christ has purged away all my sins with his own precious blood. Therefore God will never charge me with any sin (Rom. 4:8). When I stand before God and he searches the books for iniquity and sin under my name, he will find none” (Jer. 50:20).
Archbishop invites all to Year of Faith Closing Celebration, 8th Eucharistic Congress Nov. 24 Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap. D.D. has extended an invitation to Guam Catholics young and old to join the Church as the Archdiocese of Agana officially closes the Year of Faith Sunday, November 24 with a huge celebration at Ypao Beach in Tumon. Everyone is invited to take part in the Year of Faith Closing Celebration and 8th Annual Eucharistic Congress which will take place all day — 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – during the feast of Christ the King. The theme for the event is “One in Christ.” Archbishop Anthony urged Archdiocesan-wide participation during a special meeting held this week with pastors, rectors, parish administrators, Catholic School administrators and members of the planning committee, Organizers originally planned to have participants gather from four different sites
– according to their regions – and then do a Pilgrim Walk down to Ypao. Now, all registered pilgrims are asked to assemble at John F. Kennedy High School in upper Tumon by Archbishop Anthony 11:30 a.m. Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap. At JFK, pilD.D. grims should look for the designated meeting spots for their respective parish/school/organization for the Northern, Central I, Central II, and Southern regions of the Archdiocese of Agana. A bagged lunch
will be provided to all registered participants at this staging site. Water will be provided but please be mindful of the heat. From JFK, they will proceed on the Pilgrim Walk downhill toward Ypao starting at about 12 noon. When the pilgrims arrive at the amphitheater, the celebration will open with Eucharistic Adoration and an opportunity for Confession. Holy Mass will be celebrated at about 1:30 p.m. followed by talks on the Eucharistic, a vocation call, and praise and worship. Everyone is invited! On-line registration is on-going and has been extended to Nov. 20. Representatives from the group irecycle will be present at the event and are urging all participants to practice and promote recycling and cleaning up of their debris.
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Santa Barbara students celebrate United Nations Day
Representing Mexico, second graders dance the very colorful and festive “El Jarabe Tapatio.” Photos courtesy of Santa Barbara Catholic School.
Students depict Japanese dress, customs and food. For the U Matuna Si Yu’os Santa Barbara Catholic School buzzed with life and excitement as the school marked the annual United Nations Day Celebration Oct. 24, 2013. The all-day colorful event kicked off with a parade of nations around Iglesias Circle. It was followed by a presentation of dances from around the world by the classes from pre-K to third grade. After the lively and very entertaining program, students, parents, and teachers spent the rest of the day "travelling" around the world to experience the culture, history, food, language, and heritage of different countries prepared by the fourth grade to 8th grade classes. Armed with "passports" that were stamped upon entering a classroom, students got to visit the following countries:
Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, and Greece. Organized by the Social Studies department led by Ms. Margarita Pangelinan, this year's United Nations Day celebration was another fun and educational school activity to celebrate the cultural diversity of countries around the world. It was also an opportunity to highlight one important work of the United Nations i.e. promoting peace and unity in the world. In support of the United Nations’ "International Year of Water Cooperation" project, an outreach activity was planned alongside the United Nations Day program. Students were taught the value of water and donated monies to purchase recyclable water tumblers and water bottles for the homeless and less fortunate around the island under the care of Kamalen Karidat.
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St. Anthony students celebrate All-Saints Day U Matuna Si Yu’os staff St. Anthony Catholic School students observed the Solemnity of All Saints and honored our beatified holy men and women Thursday, Oct. 31, the day before All Saints Day. Students dressed up as their favorite saint or a saint they’ve learned about at the Tamuning school. They said prayers and also showed artwork and writings about the saints. Students and faculty dressed as saints and participated in a parade on school grounds. One day earlier, to close the Month of the Holy Rosary in October, the entire school community gathered and prayed a Living Rosary.
St. Anthony students march around the courtyard during their All-Saints parade Oct. 31, a day before All-Saints Day.
St. Anthony student Byron Blas portrays Jesus ascending into Heaven as the school prays a “Living Rosary” Oct. 30.
St. Anthony Catholic School students in Mr. John Capulong's 6-C class present information and images of St. Josephine Bakhita. Students shared what they learned about St. Josephine, an African woman who suffered kidnapping and slavery in the late 1800s. She was canonized on Oct. 1st, 2000. Photos courtesy of St. Anthony Catholic School.
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Advent: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord Carmel-on-the-Hill Retreat Center to hold Advent gatherings For the U Matuna Si Yu’os Carmel-on-the-Hill Retreat Center invites the faithful to come and spend a few hours of listening, reflecting, and sharing during the first three Sundays of Advent. For all Catholics, the new Liturgical Year commences with the first Sunday of Advent. The Church not only wishes to indicate the beginning of a period, but the beginning of a renewed commitment to the faith by all those who follow Christ, the Lord. This time of prayer and penance that is so powerful, rich, and intense, endeavors to give us a renewed impetus to truly welcome the message of the One who was incarnated for us. In fact, the entire Liturgy of the Advent Season will spur us to an awakening in our Christian life and will put us in a vigilant disposition, to wait for Our Lord Jesus who is coming. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI,
during the First Vespers of Advent had called all the faithful to “Awaken! Remember that God comes! Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today, now! The one true God, ‘the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,’ is not a God who is there in Heaven unconcerned with us and our history, but he is the-God-who-comes.” Advent calls us to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ. True, historically speaking, Jesus Christ came some 2000 years ago, but his coming to us individually and as a community of Christian believers is not of the past. It is of the present. This is what Advent is all about. It is a time of preparation for the great feast of Christmas. Advent is a time of longing for a personal coming of Jesus into our lives — a deepening of our faith in the God-made flesh, Jesus Christ, our Emmanuel – God-with-us. Advent is about waiting. Not for Santa, or for Christmas gifts and festivities, but for a renewed coming of Jesus into our lives. Everyone is invited to the Advent gatherings at Carmel-on-theHill on the First, Second and Third Sundays of Advent to take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 respectively.
Advent at CarmelOn-The-Hill Carmel-on-the Hill Retreat Center welcomes everyone during the first three Sundays of Advent. The schedule is as follows: yy First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 1: “Let Us Walk in the Light” yy Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 8: “Grow in the Spirit of Christ Jesus” yy Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 15, “See the Goodness of the Lord.” Gathering is from 1 to 5 p.m. at Carmel Retreat Center in Malojloj. Everyone is welcome! Call Sister Francine at 7970852 for registration and more information. No fee. Donations are accepted.
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Pope leads prayers, calls for aid for people hit by deadly typhoon Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis led prayers for people hit by a deadly typhoon in the Philippines and surrounding region, and asked that concrete aid be sent soon. During the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Nov. 10, the pope expressed his concern and prayers for the estimated tens of thousands of people dead and others affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated parts of the central Philippines Nov. 8. "I wish to express my closeness to the people of the Philippines and that region that has been hit by a terrible typhoon. Unfortunately the victims are many and the damage is enormous," he said. He asked the tens of thousands of people gathered in the square to join him in a moment of silent prayer "for these brothers and sisters and let's try also to make our concrete help reach them." In response to the tragedy, Pope Francis made an initial donation of $150,000 for the relief efforts through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. The money, sent through the local churches hardest hit by the storm, was earmarked to support "assistance for the displaced and those impacted by the flooding," the Vatican said in a written statement. The pope also sent a telegram to Philippine President Benigno Aquino saying he was "deeply pained by the destruction
Archbishop Organizes Local Catholic help Archbishop Anthony appeals to the Faithful to help victims of Supertyphoon Haiyan. A collection will begin Sat., Nov. 16 through the First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 1. Pls. submit all monetary collections to the Chancery by Friday, Dec. 6. Checks should be payable to the “Archdiocese of Agana” with a note: “Typhoon Haiyan Relief”. PLEASE SEE PAGE 16 FOR COMPLETE INFO.
and loss of human lives." In the message, he also encouraged civil authorities and rescue workers in their efforts and prayed that God would offer "the nation strength and consolation." Caritas Internationalis, the Vaticanbased confederation of humanitarian agencies of the Catholic Church, reported Nov. 11 that more than 9.5 million people are in need of aid and 600,000 people have been forced from their homes. Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines, said, "The casualties are increasing day by day. There are dead bodies everywhere. People are traumatized. The most urgent needs are for food and water."
A resident places laundry on an umbrella to dry in the typhoon-battered city of Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 13. Hundreds of thousands of people in Leyte province have been displaced by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst storms to hit land. CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters
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Bishops elect new leaders, approve liturgical texts, discuss relief aid BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops at their fall general assembly in Baltimore elected new leaders, discussed taking a second collection in their dioceses for typhoon relief in the Philippines and reviewed efforts to defend traditional marriage and religious liberty. They also passed a number of liturgical items, including the use of a Mexican translation of the Roman Missal, and OK'd a budget for 2014 and a 3 percent increase in the diocesan assessment for 2015. The actions came during the first two days of their Nov. 11-14 meeting. The bishops were to meet behind closed doors in executive session Nov. 13-14. On Nov. 12, the bishops by a wide margin elected Archbishop
Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., to succeed N.Y. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The archbishop had been USCCB vice president. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected vice president. After his election, Archbishop Kurtz spoke of seeing the example of Pope Francis as a model for outreach, listening and collegiality. "He's asking us to go beyond what we've been doing," he said. Cardinal DiNardo had been set to begin a three-year term as chairman of the Committee on Divine Worship, but he had to vacate that seat when he was elected vice president. The bishops nearly unanimously approved several steps toward adapting the Mexican Misal Romano for use in the U.S. The bishops also approved adaptations for the Order of Celebrating Marriage and OK'd a new translation of the Order of Confirmation for use in U.S. dioceses. In his final address Nov. 11 as USCCB president, Cardinal Dolan
stressed the importance of protecting religious freedom around the world and outlined action steps the bishops could take on the issue. He urged the bishops to create an awareness of "today's new martyrs" persecuted for their beliefs by writing and talking about the issue in diocesan newspapers, blogs, speeches and pastoral letters. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, reflected on Pope Francis' call to have a church built on Christ's love.
Defense of Marriage at “critical point” The same day the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage said the legal defense of marriage is "at a critical point in this country." Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco discussed the Supreme Court's ruling that rendered the federal Defense of
Bishops OK plan to address pornography in new statement BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops Nov. 12 approved the development of a pastoral statement on the dangers pornography poses to family life that would serve as a teaching tool for church leaders. At their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore, the bishops voted 226 to 5 to allow the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth to develop the statement. Developing such a statement falls in line with an objective of the U.S. Conference of catholic Bishops' 2013-16 strategic plan to address pornography and its dangerous effects on family life. The committee planned to bring a draft to the bishops in 2015. It would be the first formal statement on pornography
issued by the bishops as a body. In presenting the case for such a statement, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, N.Y. (and current administrator of the Diocese of Portland, Maine), the incoming chair of the committee, said that pornography poses continuing pastoral challenges for the clergy and the faithful. "The more pornography spreads, the more violent and debased it becomes and the more it exploits the men and women who are part of the industry," he explained. Citing the explosion of pornography on the Internet and its exploitation of women, men and children, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., outgoing
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chairman of the bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, said prior to the meeting that committee members felt it was time for the USCCB to bring its moral voice to the worldwide debate. "There's a lot of concern about the increasing availability and consumption of pornography and its effect on marriages and families and on youth," Bishop Rhoades explained. "Pornography has become more pervasive than it's ever been in history. "Pornography is having such a detrimental effect that we thought it would be good to have the bishops as a whole body address this issue. It's not been before that whole body. It's risen to that level of concern, I
umatuna.org Marriage Act unconstitutional and Senate passage Nov. 7 of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He said the DOMA decision is being used to judicially challenge marriage laws in more than a dozen states. He also noted that "ENDAlike laws have contributed to the erosion and redefinition of marriage at the state level." The bishops voted to extend through 2016 a "Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Freedom," originally intended to coincide with the Year of Faith, which began October 2012 and will end Nov. 24.
A report on the work of Catholic Relief Services highlighted what the agency is doing for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The agency has already committed $20 million in emergency aid, with the funds expected to come from a second collection the agency asked U.S. bishops to undertake in their dioceses before the end of the
year. Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., chairman of the CRS board, said the collection could be taken in dioceses the weekends of Nov. 16-17 or Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Bishop Kicanas said it was expected that some funds will be set aside for the reconstruction of Catholic churches, schools and agencies, but the immediate need was for relief efforts. The cardinal also confirmed the U.S. bishops will also take up a special collection in U.S. dioceses to aid in relief efforts. In a report on the U.S. bishops' priorities for 2013-16, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle said the bishops continued to "make important progress" in their efforts to protect the life and dignity of the human person, to strengthen marriage and family life, to promote religious liberty, and to improve faith formation and sacramental practice. The council also suggested the bishops review the federal government's Common Core State Standards initiative and consider a recommendation for mentoring and training programs for newly ordained priests.
think," he said. Family Safe Media, an online service offering families tips for dealing with profanity, promiscuity and violence in the media, estimates that 4.2 million websites — 12 percent of the all websites worldwide — feature pornography. It projects that the industry generates $57 billion annually through a variety of media. Bishop Rhoades cited several concerns arising from pornography's pervasiveness, including children facing increasing exposure to it, addiction, and marital infidelity and divorce. "Another factor is priests reporting as confessor the growing number of those confessing pornography use," the bishop added. "Priests are seeking assistance on how to council people. There's a
growing number of women viewing it, but the vast majority is still men," Bishop Rhoades said. "It has destroyed that trust and the intimacy between a husband and wife. That can be very tragic." Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, N.Y. and apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Portland, Maine, will succeed Bishop Rhoades as committee chair and will oversee the drafting of the statement. "I think it's a very opportune time, in my opinion, for the bishops as a whole to address this, to invite people to freedom in Christ and his mercy. That's part of the whole healing of this, the spiritual aspect," Bishop Rhoades said. "There needs to be that pastoral outreach to those affected by it, those addicted by it, and providing practical help."
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God may scold, but he never slaps, Pope Francis says By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God's hands are never used for violence, Pope Francis said. "I can't imagine God slapping us," the pope said. "Scolding us, yes, that I see, because he does do that, but he never, ever hurts us." God shows love and tenderness, "even when he must scold us; he does it with a caress because he is (our) father," the pope said in his homily Nov. 12 during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. "Let us put ourselves in the hands of God, like a child puts himself in his daddy's hands. That is a hand that is sure," the pope said, according to a report in Vatican Radio. People should put their trust in God, who is reliable, loving and firm, and brings people life and healing, Pope Francis said. "Many times we hear from peo-
ple who don't know whom to trust: 'I put myself in God's hands,'" which is good because it offers "maximum security," he said. "It's the security of our father who loves us very much." "We have been in God's hands since the beginning," the pope said. The Bible gives "a beautiful image" of God fashioning man from clay with his hands — "God the artisan," who created humanity and will never abandoned his creation. And the Bible stories show how, like a father, God accompanied his children, walking with them, holding their hands, he said. God, "our father, like a father with his child, teaches us to walk. He teaches us to take the path of life and salvation." God also uses his hands to comfort people, the pope said. "He caresses us in times of pain" because "he loves us very much." That love came with a price when Jesus died for the sins of hu-
manity, he said; "the hands of God are hands wounded out of love and this gives us much consolation." "We think about Jesus' hands when he touched the sick and healed them. They are the hands of God: They heal us," even healing people's "spiritual sickness."
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Making sense of supertyphoon’s carnage in the Philippines Father Joel de los Reyes
A man in Cebu, Philippines, takes a break from salvaging reusable wood from his destroyed house Nov. 11 after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit Nov. 8. The typhoon, one of the strongest storms in history, is believed to have killed at least 10,000 people, but aid workers were still trying to reach remote areas.
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s “climate change” responsible for the killer typhoon that plastered central Philippines? I’ve heard different opinions around clashing furiously for the real answer. Yolanda, the Philippine female name of international Supertyphoon Haiyan, packed wind strengths of 250 kilometers per hour with a radius some 600 miles wide. It made its landfall in central Philippines particularly in Tacloban City on Nov. 8, 2013 and continued wreaking havoc on its way to the neighboring provinces and cities in the Visayas, Bicol, Mindoro and Calamian islands of Palawan in Southern Luzon. The result has been staggering devastation of epic proportions to lands, properties, houses, buildings, businesses, power, water and communication systems, and loss of at least 10,000 human lives and still counting as of this writing. It was hellish and described by international and local media as, “the strongest typhoon on earth” known in decades. But why the Philippines, the only Christian country in Asia to be ravaged by such a powerful typhoon? Is this what we Filipinos get for our nation whose population is 80 % Catholic? These are some of the questions many people ask nowadays either loudly or in silence. Hard questions indeed with no ready answers and perhaps none at all in our earthly terms and time. There are many things that happen that badly affect our lives which we can’t control nor find solutions and answers. We just swallow the bitter pill of fate with reluctant submission and water it down with tears. We too have experienced personal, moral and spiritual calamities in our lives. Some survived with courage while others succumbed in despair. After having set our sights downward with pity, concern, compassion, mercy, love, heartaches and heartbreak over tragic situations and conditions of victims suffering in stunning magnitude, maybe it’s time to look up to Heaven to affirm and confirm our faith and trust in God that in spite of natures’ devastating fury,
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He is still in control and in charge of our life come what may. Here’s my take as I see things in a horizontal perspective. Everything that happens in life, whether bad or good has a purpose and an end. God knows our situation and despises nothing of what He made. He loves us and has mercy on our weaknesses and sins. The Book of Wisdom 11: 23-25 has this to say: “But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things and you overlook people’s sins that they may repent. For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated you would not have fashioned…” I look at the recent tragedy in the Philippines not as a divine fist of fury, but a cleansing process of a people loved by God despite many previous natural calamities and manmade disasters. In the face of situations like these the best thing to do is turn to God in prayer for help when our human fortifications are futile. Furthermore, He is testing and strengthening our faith and trust in Him. He is like a parent who doesn’t enjoy disciplining a child with a few spanks, but
does it anyway for a higher purpose of forming a better character, stronger resilience, and a more wholesome personhood. Sometimes, struggles and pain make a person sharper and wiser, and out of our worst experiences and weakest moments are written our best stories. Whereas in classroom settings lessons are taught first and then a test is given afterward, in real life, a test is given first and lessons are learned afterward. Isn’t it that sparkling diamonds are made out of intense friction, while glittering gold passed through intense heat? Let’s pray for our people — especially those affected by the calamity — and let’s hope that with God’s help they can emancipate from their present tragedy and move forward with life. Easier said than done, but not impossible with His guidance. On the flip side, take note that your struggle today is developing the strength you’ll need tomorrow. Don’t give up. One day a tired man downhearted with life’s trials and hardships asked God: “Why are there so many hills and mountains to climb in my life? God answered: “For you to have
a better view.” Let us bear in mind that God doesn’t spare us trials but He helps us overcome them and that He will make a way when there seems to be no way. The Book of Psalm 120:1 says: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me.” Sometimes out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls and the most important characters are seamed with scars. And if you learn from defeat, then you haven’t really lost. It’s nice to remember that when we are lost in sin, Jesus finds us, and when we are tired and exhausted, He carries us. Amen on that folks! In her Diary entry no. 742, St. Faustina wrote Jesus words, “I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me.” Tune in to KOLG 90.9 FM for the Divine Mercy prayer every 3 p.m. Recite the Chaplet of Mercy for peace in the world and conversion of sinners. To arrange for Divine Mercy home presentation, prayer and veneration of the sacred relic of St. Faustina, please contact Amy Borja at 472-7778. Thank you.
Like Zacchaeus, seeking to grow closer and see Our Lord more clearly
The sycamore tree is a great share tree with full, leafy branches. Although is provides a good place in the top-most branches to watch the world go by, it also can be a very
dangerous place. Especially if you are obvious to those who would like to put you “out-ofbusiness” – if you know what I mean. I hope I haven’t touched too many sore spots or offended folks with opinions other than my own. The “observations” I have recorded here are not necessarily only mine. Many of these same sentiments have appeared in print, in newspapers, magazines, even on radio and television, as well as in “official” documents and backed by competent, trustworthy authority. All I am saying is: “If the shoe fits, it’s probably yours.” Otherwise, simply pass on to other concerns. However,
all is not lost! The Roman Catholic Church is alive and well and growing in the U.S. of A.! As I stated in my column of July 14, Zacchaeus was a short, unpopular person among the people during the time of Our Lord and His disciples. He merely wanted to see what the fuss was all about one day when a large crowd of people was following Our Lord through the streets. Zacchaeus climbed a tall sycamore tree at the side of the road to get a better view. Our Lord saw him on the branches and called: “Zacchaeus, come down! I must speak with you in your house.”
Of course Zacchaeus joined Jesus and His disciples for supper and heard from Our Lord’s mouth what the fuss was all about. I also want to get close to the truth of the matter – not just what the mob says He said. “He who hears Peter (the Pope, the Church), hears Christ.” “Zacchaeus” is the pen name 91-year-old Guam Catholic Daniel Bradley has chosen for his “View from the Sycamore Tree” weekly column. The views expressed by Bradley are his and do not necessarily reflect those of the U Matuna or the Archdiocese of Agana.
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Church beatifies German nun who founded order for perpetual adoration PADERBORN, Germany — A Catholic nun who was born into a poor rural family and founded a religious order has been beatified in her native Germany more than a century after her death. "It is written in the Bible that love of neighbor is linked inseparably to love of God," Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker of Paderborn said at the Nov. 10 beatification of Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel. "We can see here a woman who put this nonrenounceable relationship into practice in an exemplary, ideal manner through her life. For this reason, she has been raised to the altars." Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes, celebrated the Mass in the city's cathedral. Archbishop Becker said love of neighbor was generally considered a "core Christian message" and reflected the "indestructible dignity and value of human life" enshrined in Germany's constitution, or Basic Law. However, he added that sup-
port for abortion, euthanasia and human genome manipulation suggested human dignity was often viewed as "insignificant and uninteresting," and he said Blessed Maria Theresia's life offered a "vivid message" that "only those who love God with their whole heart can interact fully with other people without making them an instrument of their own self-assertion." "We talk a lot in the church — but mostly to each other, and rarely with or about God," the archbishop said. "Given the present church's many polarizations, we should recognize the remarkable advice offered by her life witness: Do not lose track by disputing whether love of God or neighbor, piety or charity, should take priority." Born Regina Christine Wilhelmine Sept. 17, 1830, in what is now Olpe, Germany, she was sent to a Cologne school run by Ursuline nuns and became a Franciscan tertiary, aged 20, taking the name Maria Theresia. In 1857, she became local head of Germany's Association of Women and Girls for Helping the Poor, setting up the first house of what would become a new order, with two friends, in 1859. In July 1863, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration were approved by the local bishop; their mission was to care for children while adoring Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Blessed Maria Theresia became
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013 American order members attending the beatification, said that the Mass was "especially poignant" for nuns from the province in the Philippines, which was battered by Typhoon Haiyan two days earlier. The president of the order's University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Sister Elise Kriss, said the Mass "truly gave us a sense of the international nature of our congregation." She said, "We became aware that our charism of perpetual adoration is actually taking place somewhere in the world every hour of the day and night." Blessed Maria Theresia's feast will be celebrated Feb. 9.
Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel, foundress of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration. CNS photo/courtesy St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration Motherhouse
first mother superior in 1865; and by her death on Feb. 6, 1905, the 1,500-strong order had 73 communities in Germany and 49 in North America, which she visited three times. In February 1999, a miracle was attributed to her intercession: the recovery of a 4-year-old, Luke Burgie, from a gastro-intestinal problem in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sister Anita Holzmer, one of 48
Sainthood cause of N.Y. founder of religious order to proceed BALTIMORE — The sainthood cause for the founder of a U.S. religious order devoted to person-toperson ministry can move forward with the approval of the U.S. bishops Nov. 11. In a vote during their fall general assembly in Baltimore, the bishops agreed to a request from New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan to proceed with the next step in the canonization process for Mother Mary Teresa Tallon. In April, Cardinal Dolan, acting as the archbishop of
New York, signed the edict officially opening the diocesan inquiry into Mother Tallon's life, heroic virtues, reputation for holiness and events attributed to her intercession. She is buried on the grounds of the order's motherhouse is in Monroe, N.Y., which is in the Archdiocese of New York. Mary Teresa Tallon was born in Hanover, N.Y., on May 6, 1867, to Irish immigrants. At age 19, she joined the Holy Cross Sisters, in South Bend, Ind., working for 33 years in the order, as a teacher in Catholic schools, with poor and neglected children. In 1920, she founded a new order, the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, as a community focused on contemplation and door-to-door, personal ministry. A biography of Mother Tallon on her order's website said she particularly wanted to "reclaim lapsed and uninstructed Catholics for the heart of the Good Shepherd." It said that "even as a young girl, she was seen to be magnetic, compelling and persuasive. People were drawn to her and held by her fervor and enthusiasm, especially for the things of God." She died in 1954, leaving behind a community that continues its person-to-person ministry in New York, New Jersey, the Diocese of Phoenix and in dioceses in Nigeria and the Philippines.
CHURCH & SOCIETY
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013
Pope asks parishes to be inclusive of the sick, value their gifts VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Parishes and Catholic organizations must be "pastorally inclusive" of the fragile and sick, who are a "spiritual resource" and not simply the object of Christian charity, Pope Francis said. Especially at a time when modern societies seem so intent on "hiding physical frailty and seeing it only as a problem," he said, Catholic parishes and associations must help the sick and physically challenged feel "fully part of the life and mission of the church." The pope made his comments Nov. 9 as he met with several thousand people involved in an Italian Catholic pilgrimage association. The group, known by its Italian acronym UNITALSI, brings the sick and volunteers together for prayer and pilgrimages to Lourdes and
other Marian shrines. "We must truly value the presence and witness of fragile and suffering people, not only as the objects of evangelization work but also as active subjects of apostolic activity," the pope said. "You have a place, a specific role in the parish and in every sphere of the church," Pope Francis told the sick and those with disabilities. "Your presence, which is silent but more eloquent than most words, your prayers, your daily offering of your suffering in union with that of Christ crucified for the salvation of the world, and your patient and even joyful acceptance of your condition, are a spiritual resource." "Never be ashamed of being a precious treasure for the church," the pope said. He spent more than an hour talking to and blessing in-
Holy Father: Marriage tribunals must provide justice and pastoral care VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Members of a marriage tribunal, including the official responsible for defending the bond of marriage, must aim to provide justice but also pastoral care to the couples involved, Pope Francis said. "Workers involved in the ministry of church justice" act "in the name of the church," the pope said Nov. 8 during a meeting with members of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, the church's highest tribunal. "The service of justice is a commitment of apostolic life," he said, and "must be exercised with one's gaze kept fixed on the icon of the Good Shepherd, who bends down toward the lost and wounded sheep."
The Apostolic Signature, in addition to hearing appeals of lower court decisions and administrative decisions by Vatican congregations, oversees the functioning of church tribunals and procedures. Part of that responsibility, Pope Francis said, is to help diocesan bishops identify and train "ministers of justice," including the marriage tribunal official known as the "defender of the bond." The advocates of those seeking annulment must present evidence that the marriage was null from the beginning; the defender of the bond, on the other hand, seeks to prove that an indissoluble marriage bond exists. While Pope Francis has been seeking advice from bishops on
dividual members of the group. Pope Francis said UNITALSI volunteers don't turn away when they see someone in pain or difficulty. "On the contrary, you try to be a gaze that welcomes, a hand that helps and accompanies, a word of comfort and an embrace of tenderness." "Continue to give your time, your smile and your love to brothers and sisters in need," the pope said. "May every sick and fragile person see the face of Jesus in your face, and may you recognize the body of Christ in those who are suffering." Children involved in UNITALSI drew portraits of Pope Francis, which they copied, enlarged and bound into two supersized books. During the audience, he autographed the copy they will keep. making the annulment process quicker and more merciful, he told members of the Apostolic Signature that truth and justice must be protected. "The defender of the bond who wants to serve well cannot stop at a quick reading of the acts, or at bureaucratic and generic responses," the pope said. "In his delicate task, he is called to harmonize the prescriptions of the Code of Canon Law with the concrete situations found in the church and society." Pope Francis asked members of the Apostolic Signature, which is headed by U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, to "persevere in the search for a transparent and correct exercise of justice in the church in response to the legitimate desires that the faithful address to their pastors, especially when they ask for an authoritative clarification of their status."
Pope Francis looks at a book during a meeting with UNITALSI, an Italian Catholic association for the transportation of sick people to Lourdes and other Marian shrines at the Vatican Nov. 9. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters
Catholics described as eager to give input as church prepares for synod BALTIMORE (CNS) — The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, called by Pope Francis for next October, is drawing great interest from everyday Catholics, many of whom are anxious to weigh in on questions the Vatican has sent out in preparation for the session. In a brief report to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 11, New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said he's awaiting clarification from the Holy See about how preparatory material such as the answers to a questionnaire sent to the world's bishops' conferences, will be used. In the meantime, several bishops said they are already consulting with their priests' councils or other diocesan organizations. Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., suggested the U.S. bishops create several ways that everyday Catholics can respond to
the questions the Vatican posed. He suggested using a website such as Survey Monkey, for example, to solicit input, as well as have a way for people who don't use computers to participate. Cardinal Dolan said he didn't think it would constitute skating on thin ice to say that any bishop could rework the questions from the Vatican so that they are clear to the general public. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said he has asked for the questionnaire to be made available on the archdiocesan website. "I think it will be finished Wednesday," he added. Archbishop Chaput observed that the bishops of Great Britain have created a website to be used nationwide for people to weigh in on the questions for the synod. "I've had emails saying people expect to do this," Archbishop Chaput said.
'Putrid' hypocrisy worse than mere sin, Pope Francis says
and putrefaction," the pope said. "We all know someone in this situation, and how much harm they do to the church," he said. "Corrupt Christians, corrupt priests. How much harm they do to the church, because they don't live in the spirit of the Gospel, but in the spirit of worldliness." The pope took as his text the day's Gospel reading (Lk 17:1-6), in which Jesus enjoins his disciples to forgive those who wrong them, but says of someone who leads others to sin, "it would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea." Pope Francis posed the question of the difference between mere sin and scandal. "The difference is that one who sins and repents, asks forgiveness, recognizes his weakness, feels like a child of God, humbles himself and asks Jesus for salvation," he said.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God loves and forgives sinners but abhors and condemns "putrid" hypocrites who lead others to sin, Pope Francis said. The pope spoke Nov. 11 during a morning Mass he celebrated in the Vatican guesthouse, where he lives. "We should all call ourselves sinners, yes, all of us," he said, but "not corrupt people. The corrupt man is stuck in a state of self-importance, he doesn't know what humility is," Pope Francis said. "Jesus spoke to these corrupt men of the 'beauty of being whitewashed tombs' (Mt 23: 27), which appear beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead bones
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013
Appeal for Monetary Donations for Philippines Typhoon Relief Dear Brothers and Sisters: In solidarity with our Holy Father Pope Francis and as Archbishop of Agaña, I am asking that a voluntary collection be taken up in all of our Catholic Churches and entities, Catholic Schools and Catholic Organizations in the Archdiocese of Agaña, for the immediate relief and assistance to the victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The news of the extent of the devastation of the winds, storm surges, destruction, the deaths of thousands of people and the displacement of thousands left homeless as a result of Typhoon Haiyan continues to unfold before our eyes in the news media. The survivors who are left homeless and who have lost their loved ones in this natural disaster are asking the world for our mercy and generosity. This collection will begin on Saturday, Nov. 16 and will end on the First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 1, 2013. All monetary collections should be turned in to the Chancery Office by Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 and checks should be made payable to the “Archdiocese of Agana” with a note: “Typhoon Haiyan Relief”. Individual monetary donations will be accepted at the Chancery Office also. After all the monetary donations have been turned in to the Chancery Office, a check from the Archdiocese of Agana will be sent to Catholic Relief Services who in turn, will channel it through Caritas Philippines to assist the victims and survivors of this devastating typhoon. I also ask that during this time, we as a people come together in prayer for our unfortunate brothers and sisters in the Philippines who were affected by the typhoon. This tragedy calls for not only our prayers, but also for our generosity to ease the pain and suffering and sustain them during this difficult time of recovery and rebuilding. For more information, please call the Chancery Office at 472-6116 or 562-0000. Si Yu’os ma’ase’ and God bless! Servus tuus, /s/Most Rev. Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D. Metropolitan Archbishop of Agaña Nov. 13, 2013
Young residents in Cebu, Philippines, hold signs asking for help and food along the highway Nov. 11 after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit. The typhoon, one of the strongest storms in history, is believed to have killed tens of thousands, but aid workers were still trying to reach remote areas. CNS photo/Charlie Saceda, Reuters
Published on Nov 18, 2013