Minn. young adults accompany, pray for bishops on ad limina visit to Rome

Vatican City, Jan 18, 2020 / 04:35 pm (CNA).- Young adults from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are accompanying their bishops on their ad limina visit to Rome this week, joining them at “the threshold of the apostles.”

The 25 young Catholics are in Rome Jan. 10-18, visiting the city as Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens make their “ad limina apostolorum” visit to the pope and Vatican with the other bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

“It’s really been incredible, it’s been fun to pray for [the bishops] as they meet with the Holy Father, to hear about their experiences,” Maddie Schulte, 23, told CNA.

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A note of thanks. Mass for Benefactors.

Today I received a very much needed item from my wish list. There was no slip in it to indicate who sent it!  Therefore, I will send out a public note of thanks.

Also, because tomorrow I don’t have a Mass at the parish, I will say Mass for my benefactors, which includes all of you who have donated and all of you who have sent items from my wish list.

It is an honor and duty to pray for benefactors and to remember also their own intentions when they are indicated.

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What is a Prophet? – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

The first reading today from Isaiah 49:3-6  speaks of some of the qualities of a prophet. Since, by our baptism we are called to be prophets, we do well to look at these qualities and seek to imitate them. Since it is also the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I will also supply some quotes from him that help to illustrate the qualities taught by Isaiah. As a pastor of a parish with a strong African American heritage, I often seek to include aspects of King’s life and message on this holiday weekend. Of course every American should be grateful for the leadership, sacrifices and ultimate cost he paid for summoning our nation to repentance.

What then are some of the qualities of a prophet?

A Prophet is a Servant– The text says,The LORD said to me: You are my servant.

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Roger Scruton, RIP

The world lost one of its greatest champions of the beautiful this week.

The philosopher Roger Scruton worked to restore a sense of beauty that was lost in the 20th century’s love of the brutal and the shocking, the flat and the banal.

The real-world results of abandoning beauty are utterly dehumanizing. In his classic BBC documentary “Why Beauty Matters,” Scruton spoke about architecture’s responsibility for urban decay: “This building is boarded up because no one has a use for it. Nobody has a use for it because nobody wants to be in it. Nobody wants to be in it because the thing is so…ugly.” Ironically, the result of a utilitarian ideal in architecture is block after block of abandoned buildings.

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Acies Ordinata: Munich Edition – An Interview with Roberto De Mattei

This morning, Saturday, January 18, 2020, Acies Ordinata, an assembly of prayer was held in Munich, Bavaria. Acies Ordinata is an international coalition of lay Catholics faithful to the Tradition of the Church. After the two preceding assemblies, which were held in Rome on February 19, 2019, and September 28, 2019, the city of Munich has been chosen for this assembly, because it is the episcopal see of Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and President of the German Bishops’ Conference.

The German Bishops, after promoting the Synod on the Amazon ideologically and financially, today constitute the most advanced place of the Revolution in the Church. This coming January 30 they will gather in plenary assembly in Frankfurt to discuss the “Synodal Way” to be undertaken after the Synod on the Amazon. For this reason, the participants in the Acies Ordinata, as done previously in the other assemblies, will stand for one hour, this time gathered in front of the Theatinerkirche, the great church of the Theatines in the center of Munich, which today is in the care of the Dominicans. They do so as a sign of respectful but firm protest against the German Episcopal Conference and its President.

OnePeterFive is pleased to present the following interview with Professor Roberto de Mattei, the promoter of these events.

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