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The Importance Of Silence In The Church 

The Importance Of Silence In The Church 

I thought it would be a nice present to Jesus: improved behavior in church; please forward.

‘I exhort you in the Lord to practice the following. Enter the church in silence and with great respect, considering yourself unworthy to appear before the Lord’s Majesty. Then take Holy Water and make the Sign of the Cross carefully and slowly. As soon as you are before God in the Blessed Sacrament, devoutly genuflect’. (St. Pio, aka Padre Pio).

Why There Should Be Silence In Church.

1. The church says so. Paragraph 45 of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.

Even before the celebration itself, it is commendable that silence be observed in the church, in the sacristy, in the vesting room, and in the adjacent areas, so that all may dispose themselves to carry out the sacred action in a devout and fitting manner.”

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2. Talking in church is disrespectful of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We are in the house of God, in the Presence of God Himself in the Tabernacle, not in a coffee shop. All our thoughts should be directed to Him.

4. It is the Lord’s house, which Jesus taught was “a house of prayer” (Mt 21:13) and thus be used according to its purpose. It is not commendable to turn the Holy House of God into a man-made place of socializing and gossiping. The House of God, where dwells the Real Presence of God, must be treated with ongoing reverence. 

5. Talking in Church, if disruptive, can be a violation of justice against actual neighbors who are trying to pray.

Image result for silence church6. Talking in church is a violation of charity, since as Christians we should be going “out of ourselves” to look after others first. Unnecessary talk in the church is a total disrespect for one’s own brothers and sisters in Christ who are trying to pray, and against the faithful who seek to grow in their spiritual lives. Talking in Church falls short of manifesting love, charity, kindness and self-control, which are fruits of the holy spirit. (Gal 5:22) If a person crassly and knowingly disregards others trying to pray, or worst of all does so with malice or contempt, it could even be a mortal sin against charity.




Glenn Olsen.

Philippine Catholic Priest Shot And Killed In The Church Before Mass… As Blood Flows Beneath The Statue Of The Blessed Virgin Mary 

Philippine Catholic Priest Shot And Killed In The Church Before Mass… As Blood Flows Beneath The Statue Of The Blessed Virgin Mary 

Fr. Richmond Nilo of the Diocese of Cabanatuan was shot to death by unidentified gunmen on Sunday in the Nuestra Señora de la Nieve Chapel in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija, according to a spot report from the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Provincial Office.

Rev. Fr. Nilo, 40-year-old parish priest of Zaragoza, was behind the altar getting ready to start Mass at around 6:05 p.m. when two unidentified men shot him through a window four times.

A Twittter post by CBCP News, the news service of the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, broke the news via Twitter.

“We condemn the attack on Father Nilo as we Christians condemn all killings and violence and all forms of impunity,” said Fr. Jetts Jetanove, vicar general of the Diocese of Cabanatuan.

Nilo is the third priest to be murdered following the April 29 attack on 37-year-old Fr. Mark Ventura and the Dec. 5, 2017 ambush of 72-year-old Fr. Marcelito Paez at Jaen town in Nueva Ecija province.

Ventura was killed by a gunman at a gymnasium after he concluded Mass in Gattaran town at Cagayan province. He was a known anti-mining activist.

The government recently drew flak from priests and over social media when President Duterte nonchalantly linked his death to an illicit affair during a talk he gave in Cebu.

Paez, a retired priest, was attacked as he drove through Jaen after dropping off a political detainee and his family shortly after he was released.

Paez had been a political activist since the martial law years under then President Ferdinand Marcos.

Official Statement Of The Diocese Of  Cabanatuan On The Murder Of Father Richmond Nilo. 

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”
(John 15.18)

No priest, and no human being for that matter, deserves to be killed with utter brutality, disrespect and impunity. Every priest, however imperfect, is God’s gift to His Church and we are duty-bound to respect them asambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor 5:20). To kill a priest then, for whatever motive or cause, is not only unchristian and inhuman, it is also un-Filipino.

It is therefore with great pain and profound sadness that we convey to you the sudden demise of our beloved Fr. Richmond V. Nilo, the parish priest of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija, and Financial Administrator of the Diocese of Cabanatuan. He was treacherously gunned down yesterday evening by still unidentified hired killers as he was about to celebrate the community’s Sunday Mass inside Nuestra Senora dela Nieve Chapel in Brgy Mayamot, Zaragoza.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms and deeply mourn the brutal murder of Fr. Richmond V. Nilo, and the escalating violence and culture of impunity in the country even against helpless clergymen. We earnestly call on our people to pray for the soul of our beloved Fr Richmond, for peace, healing and security of our communities, and for the Clergy and Religious especially in our diocese.

We demand for justice, for thorough and impartial investigation of the case and for its swift resolution, as we likewise appeal to those who might have material knowledge on this matter to please cooperate with police authorities.

Indeed, it is a tragic day and an irreparable loss for the local Church of Cabanatuan and for all people of goodwill. May his death lead us to love and live the Catholic faith which Fr. Richmond, in his nearly 17 years in the priesthood, undoubtedly loved, courageously preached and staunchly defended. May our Blessed Mother, La Virgen Divina Pastora, protect and intercede for us.

Bishop of Cabanatuan
June 11, 2018.

‘Serving God And The Poor, Not In Competition With Each Other’ – Fr. Jerabek

‘Serving God And The Poor, Not In Competition With Each Other’ – Fr. Jerabek

Beauty in Our Churches and Institutions

Note: This article is an explanation by Father Jerabek, regarding the last Post titled ‘Do you have a home chapel’, also originally published by him.

Is the beauty in our churches and other institutions ultimately depriving the poor of something that is rightfully theirs?

The question presents a proposition that is perhaps initially appealing. There is a certain facile logic to it. But when we dig into it a little more, we see how superficial it really is.

I took this picture.

“The poor, you always have with you.” – John 12:8

We can start to answer this question by asking some of our own: After we sell everything we have and buy food for the poor with the proceeds, then what? What happens when they get hungry again? What happens when a new generation of poor is born? I suppose the answer is: then the people that bought all of the stuff will be obligated to sell it and give the money to the poor. And so on, ad infinitum… Oh, but there’s another way we can approach it: Why should the Church have to sell its stuff? Shouldn’t the people with the money give it to the poor instead of buying works of art?… You see how the original question isn’t quite as facile as it might first seem.

We can also go deeper into the issue.

I have taken photos of this famous painting in the Vatican, but this photo is someone else’s I think.

First, we could raise the point that it was often poor people who made heroic sacrifices to build the churches that now stand as treasured monuments of beauty in so many places throughout the world. Apparently they thought that God should be given their best and finest, even as they themselves went without. The gospel passage about the Widow’s Mite comes to mind (Mark 12:42-43).

Second, if the Church did not patronize the arts and foster beauty in our world, it would deprive the poor of a great consolation. Consider the fact that all are welcome in the Church; that each Sunday – sitting in the very same pew – there could be a famously wealthy person, and not far away, a person wondering how he will feed his family that day. In the Church we all stand before God as equals, as his sons and daughters; we are all children of the King and have access to the royal palace. The fact that beauty is a consolation in a difficult world is self-evident, and to rid our churches of beauty would make an already-difficult life even harder to bear for the destitute and suffering.

Thank you, Google Image Search.

Third, people who ask this question need to be challenged to examine their own standard of living. It is easy enough to point fingers, especially at an institution as conspicuous as the Church. But to the person who poses the question, I ask in return: How are you living? Do you have a comfortable home? Do you have luxuries? What sacrifices of your own resources have you made to support the poor? It is often the case that the person is pointing while forgetting about the three fingers pointing back at him or herself.

Fourth, at what point did we start looking at artwork and beautiful things and seeing dollar signs? Is this not a terrible commentary on our modern culture, that we see everything as a commodity? Beautiful things that are to be enjoyed because of their beauty stand as a reminder to us that there is far more to life than money.

Finally, to claim that the beauty and expense of our churches deprives the poor is to forget or ignore that the Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization in the world. With her network of hospitals, shelters, crisis pregnancy centers, Catholic Charities, centers for assistance, and so forth, the Church provides a plethora of services daily to millions of people throughout the world. We must always do more: we must always be more generous in sharing the love of Christ and reaching out to those in need. Pope Francis has recently reminded us so many times about this. But it does not mean that to help the poor we must make the world an ugly place in the process.

After all, isn’t heaven going to be beautiful? Isn’t the Church preparing us now on earth so that we can spend eternity in that beautiful heaven? All of the beauty of this world combined does not compare with the beauty of heaven: “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9). The beautiful things of this world open our souls to the Lord more and more – they “warm us up”.  So that at the end of our lives, please God, all of us – rich and poor alike – will see him face to face in the glorious beauty of heaven, for ever.  Amen.

This type of wonderful line art used to be very common in prayer books and missals.

Pope Francis Institutes A New Memorial Into The Catholic Calendar – ‘Mary, Mother Of The Church ‘ 

Pope Francis Institutes A New Memorial Into The Catholic Calendar – ‘Mary, Mother Of The Church ‘ 

The Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, has been inserted into the Roman Calendar on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday.

On March 3, Pope Francis decreed that the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Mother of the Church, be inserted into the Roman Calendar. 

The liturgical celebration, Beata Mariæ Virginis, Ecclesiæ Matris, is to be celebrated annually, as a Memorial. From this year, all the dioceses and parishes will celebrate this Feast the Monday following Pentecost. This official celebration underlines a characteristic of the Virgin Mary, who is both mother of Christ and of the Church.

Being a Memorial, this celebration includes its own readings. All calendars and liturgical books will thus include this memorial for both the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. The reading of the breviary, in fact, includes the text of Paul VI’s proclamation of Mary as Mother of the Church.

The Decree was released Saturday 3 March by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, its Prefect, explained the Pope’s decision is based on the ancient tradition built around the devotion to Mary as Mother of the Church. Cardinal Sarah also explained Pope Francis wishes to promote this devotion in order to “encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety,” Devin Watkins explained in an article published by Vatican News.

The decree itself revisits and explains the history of Marian theology in the Church’s liturgical tradition and the writings of the Church Fathers. It quotes Saint Augustine and Pope Saint Leo the Great’s reflections on the importance of the Virgin Mary not only in the life of the Church but also in the life of Christ Himself:

“In fact the former [St. Augustine] says that Mary is the mother of the members of Christ, because with charity she cooperated in the rebirth of the faithful into the Church, while the latter [St. Leo the Great] says that the birth of the Head is also the birth of the body, thus indicating that Mary is at once Mother of Christ, the Son of God, and mother of the members of his Mystical Body, which is the Church.”

The decree explains such reflections are a result of the “divine motherhood of Mary and from her intimate union in the work of the Redeemer,” and explains Mary became Mother of the Church when, at the foot of the Cross (cf. Jn 19:25), she “accepted her Son’s testament of love and welcomed all people in the person of the beloved disciple as sons and daughters to be reborn unto life eternal.”

This decree was signed on February 11, 2018, feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The liturgical texts, as well as their translations approved by the episcopal conferences, will be published after the confirmation of the Dicastery.

~Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us! 

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