What may come of beating a dead horse – or a seemingly uncooperative donkey!

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Read the latest from Monsignor Charles Pope 

Harley Davidson Bikers Receive Blessing from Pope Francis – but biker John Corapi/The Black Sheepdog is a no-show.

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The roar of over 1,400 motorcycles was heard in St. Peter’s Square as bikers from all over the world came to Rome to receive a blessing from Pope Francis. The bikers are celebrating the 110th anniversary of the famed motorcycle maker’s founding.

Throughout the week, some 35,000 Harley-Davidsons have been riding all over Rome to commemorate the event. During the week, the motorcycle company gave Pope Francis two white Harley Davidson motorcycles as a gift.

Prior to reciting the Angelus, Pope Francis greeted the bikers present in the Square.

“I greet the many participants in the Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally and the members of the Motorcycle Club of the Italian State Police,” the Pope said.

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Why does Pope Francis have his hand on that pretty lady’s tummy?

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Jesus is Risen … and now he’s coming to you

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The person distributing this image asked that we pray the following prayer,
and then pass this image of Jesus on, in order to bless others:
Oh God, please help all the unemployed, the hungry, the homeless, all who suffer from fear and hate, and especially some kind of disease, illness and are grieving for loss of loved ones. Be with our soldiers, please watch over them. We pray that our COUNTRY will, once again, return to “One Nation Under God”. –
Submitted by Ken K.

Pope Francis delivers “Urbi et Orbi” Apostolic Blessing to the whole world.

From the Catholic Encyclopedia

The term Urbi et Orbi (which means “for the city and for the world”) signifies that a papal document (or blessing)  is addressed not only to the City of Rome but to the entire Catholic world.

This phrase is applied especially to the solemn blessing with plenary indulgence which, before the occupation of Rome, the pope was accustomed to impart on certain occasions from the balcony of the chief basilicas of the city. This blessing was given annually at St. Peter’s on Holy ThursdayEaster, and the feast of Sts. Peter andPaul; at St. John Lateran on the Ascension; at St. Mary Major on the Assumption. It was imparted also on extraordinary occasions, as at St. Peter’s when the pope was crowned, at St. John’s when he was enthroned, at various times during the holy year, or jubilee, for the benefit of pilgrims.

The blessing Urbi et Orbi of Ascension Day was sometimes postponed till Pentecost on account of the inclemency of the weather, illness of the pope, etc. Innocent X in the jubilee of 1650 on the Ephiphany, Pentecost, and All Saints, as well as later popes, including Pope Pius IX, for special reasons, gave this solemn blessing from the balcony of the Quirinal Palace.

It will be a very eventful week in the nation’s capital – a week of tremendously sharp contrasts, as two opposing events occur at the beginning and end of the week.

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Tomorrow, at the beginning of the week, we will be observing the second inauguration of a President who has shown himself to be unflaggingly and aggressively pro-abortion {there are numerous examples of this, including his appearance at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser, indicating he supports their agenda}.

As is the custom for the office of President, he will spend the day with great fanfare.   Chauffeured around in limousines with endless press coverage and fine foods and wining and dining and speeches about how much he will do for the nation.

Contrast that with what will happen at the end of the week, on Thursday and Friday.  With almost no media publicity whatsoever, because of their self-imposed blackout, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of pro life people from around the nation will converge on Washington to observe with tremendous sorrow the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized the killing of children in the womb for virtually any reason at virtually any time in pregnancy.  To pray, to march, to witness.

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Editor’s note: Behold I set forth in your sight this day a blessing and a curse: A blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: A curse, if you obey not the commandments of the Lord your God, but revolt from the way which now I show you, and walk after strange gods which you know not.  (Deuteronomy 11:26-28)

The Chrism Mass: Three Types of Holy Oils, Three Specific Prayers of consecration.

35. The Chrism Mass which the bishop concelebrates with his presbyterium and at which the holy chrism is consecrated and the oils blessed, manifests the communion of the priests with their bishop in the same priesthood and ministry of Christ.38

The priests who concelebrate with the bishop should come to this Mass from different parts of the diocese, thus showing in the consecration of the chrism to be his witnesses and cooperators, just as in their daily ministry they are his helpers and counselors. The faithful are also to be encouraged to participate in this Mass, and to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Traditionally the Chrism Mass is celebrated on the Thursday of Holy Week. If, however, it should prove to be difficult for the clergy and people to gather with the bishop, this rite can be transferred to another day, but one always close to Easter.39 The chrism and the oil of catechumens is to be used in the celebration of the sacraments of initiation on Easter night.

36. There should be only one celebration of the Chrism Mass given its significance in the life of the diocese, and it should take place in the cathedral or, for pastoral reasons, in another church40 which has a special significance.

The holy oils can be brought to the individual parishes before the celebration of the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper or at some other suitable time. This can be a means of catechizing the faithful about the use and effects of the holy oils and chrism in Christian life.

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About the holy oils:

There are three kinds of sacred oils, all of which signify the work of the Holy Spirit and symbolize it in that oil “serves to sweeten, to strengthen, to render supple” (Catholic Encyclopedia). The three holy oils are:

  • The Oil of Catechumens (“Oleum Catechumenorum” or “Oleum Sanctum”) used in Baptism along with water, in the consecration of churches, in the blessing of Altars, in the ordination of priests (Editor’s note: This was pre-Vatican II. Now, chrism is used in priestly ordinations.) and, sometimes, in the crowning of Catholic kings and queens.
  • The Holy Chrism (“Sanctum Chrisma”) or “Oil of Gladness,” which is olive oil mixed with a small amount of balm or balsam. It is used in Confirmation, Baptism, in the consecration of a Bishop, the consecration of a various things such as churches, chalices, patens, and bells.
  • The Oil of the Sick (“Oleum Infirmorum”), which is used in Unction

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