Anton Bruckner’s Locus Iste

Anton Bruckner (+1896) composed the motet Locus iste in 1869, for the Votivkapelle, or the ‘votive chapel’ for the New Cathedral in Linz, Austria, as this first major section of the church, under construction at that point for seven years, to have been completed. For thirteen years, from 1855 to 1868, Bruckner had been the organist at the Old Cathedral.

New Cathedral, Linz, Austria.

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U.S. bishops pray for ‘full healing’ from coronavirus for Trump, Melania 


Washington D.C., Oct 4, 2020 / 08:14 pm (CNA).- The head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said Sunday that he is praying for a full recovery for President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, who both tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, Oct. 2.

“I am praying for President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. May God grant them full healing and may he keep their family safe and healthy,” Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. bishop’s conference, said in an Oct. 4 statement.

“Let us keep praying for all who are suffering because of the novel coronavirus, especially the sick and dying and their families, and all those who have lost loved ones. May God give them hope and comfort, and may He bring an end to this pandemic,” the bishop concluded.

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‘Click To Pray eRosary’: Intelligent Rosary to Pray for Peace in World

In the middle of the Extraordinary Missionary Month, established by the Hoy Father, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network has just launched Click To Pray eRosary, an intelligent Rosary that has a clear objective: to pray for peace in the world.

Click To Pray eRosary is an intelligent interactive device, which works through an application and is useful to learn to pray the Rosary. It can be used as a bracelet and is activated by making the sign of the Cross, reads a press release of the Worldwide Prayer Network.

It is synchronized with a free application of the same name, which gives access to an audio-guide, exclusive images, and personalized content on the Rosary prayer. Therefore, this spiritual proposal is within everyone’s reach.

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Jean-Luc Marion and Tracey Rowland Are the Laureates of the 2020 Ratzinger Prize

The two laureates of the 2020 Ratzinger Prize are French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion and Australian Tracey Rowland. The Pope will award them the Prize on November 14, announced Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., at a press conference on Thursday, October 1. This is the tenth edition of the Prize.

The 2020 edition was presented, in fact, by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture and member of the Scientific Committee of the Ratzinger Foundation, and by Father Lombardi, President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Father Lombardi said that the purpose of the press conference was to present the main activities of the Joseph Ratzinger- Benedict XVI Foundation in the course of this year 2020 and, in particular, to announce and present the two “laureates” of the 2020 Ratzinger Prize.

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Toward World Mission Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina

“As Pope Francis highlighted in his message for Mission Sunday 2020, I would like first of all to thank the Creator for the gift of the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019, which the Church around the world celebrated and which, personally, opened new horizons and deepened my missionary awareness”.

This is the testimony of Josipa Prskalo, layperson, collaborator of the magazine Katolički tjednik (Catholic weekly), and of the portal Nedjelja.ba, (Domenica.ba), presenter of the Zov misija column (Call of the missions), reported Fides News Agency.

Josipa is in frequent contact with missionaries from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, so he knows that their challenges have become more complicated with the pandemic. “I receive a particular strength, hope and faith from their steadfastness even watching the video message #WeAreStillHere – # JošSmoUvijekOvdje – he explains -. I got goosebumps and I felt a certain pride in discovering that there are people in the world who unconditionally put the needs of others before their own. ‘Idealists’ who, like Saint Mother Teresa, are a pencil in the hands of God and who clearly say: ‘we remain’.”

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True and False Guilt

Homily False guilt is the feeling of getting down on ourselves and feeling ashamed and discouraged because of our sin. We assume this is how we are supposed to feel.

However, true sorrow is an authentic feeling that our sin has offended God. True contrition is having the feeling of not wanting to sin again. We want to be convicted of our sin so we will turn back to the Lord. However, we don’t want to have this sense of condemnation.

The way we can tell is if we have a feeling of discouragement. ‘Am I discouraged by my sinfulness?’

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