Good News

 

Today’s Good News 07/16/2018


Thank you for starting your week with The Good News!

Old Testament: Elijah cooperated with God on Mt. Carmel to save Israel from idolatry (1 Kgs 18:19-40). After he was taken up to heaven at the end of his life, the Jews awaited Elijah’s return as a sign of the coming Messiah (2 Kgs 2:11Mt 17:10-13).

New Testament: Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, cooperated with God to save the world through Jesus (1 Jn 4:14Lk 1:28-38). She was assumed into heaven at the end of her life (CCC 966). And the Jews awaited the Virgin-Mother as a sign of the coming Messiah (Is 7:14).


BROWN SCAPULAR FROM OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL

In 1251, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel appeared with a multitude of angels to a Carmelite monk named St. Simon Stock and presented him a Brown Scapularsaying, “Whoever dies wearing with this Scapular shall be preserved from the eternal flames. It is a sign of salvation, a sure safeguard in danger, a pledge of peace and of my special protection until the end of the ages.”

The Scapular is not a “get out of hell free” card. It is a sacramental that prepares us to receive grace and helps us to be in a disposition to cooperate with that grace (CCC 1670).

Conditions Required to Obtain Mary’s Promise
1) The scapular must be brown, made of wool, and square or rectangular
2) Must be enrolled in the Scapular by a priest – any priest can easily enroll you
3) Must wear it continually

Indulgences Granted
1) A plenary indulgence on the day of receiving the Scapular. (with typical conditions)
2) Plenary indulgence at the moment of death. (with typical conditions)
3) Reciting the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary devoutly – 100 days indulgence.
4) Each time the Scapular is kissed – 500 days indulgence.

Fatima and the Scapular
At the last apparition of Fatima, Mary appeared as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel offering to the world the Brown Scapular as a sign of personal consecration and eternal salvation. Visionary Lucia dos Santos said “the Scapular and the Rosary are inseparable.”

DESPITE CHILE’S CRISIS, MARIAN FEAST IN THE DESERT STILL GOING STRONG

In a tiny northern Chilean town in the driest desert in the world, 200,000 people are gathering this week for one of the most remarkable, vibrant, and little-known Catholic celebrations in the world. Every year, for 10 days surrounding the feast of the Virgen del Carmen, devotees, mostly young people, dance in brilliant costumes as a sign of their devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Last night the patrons gathered in the town plaza for an outdoor Mass and counted down to midnight to begin the feast, which is today. Groups then performed dances before the Virgin until dawn this morning.

Chile is still reeling from a sexual abuse scandal involving leaders in the Church, including the former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago who was arrested last week for abuses and rape between 2002 and 2018.

Please say a pray to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel today, that she may help guide Chile though this very difficult time.


TRUMP MEETS PUTIN

President Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin today in Helsinki, Finland. It’s the first official US-Russian presidential summit since 2010, and the two have plenty to talk about including: 1) Friday’s indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democratic targets in 2016, 2) Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the corresponding US sanctions, 3) the Syrian war, and 4) Russia’s weapons production.


CHRISTIAN DOCTOR IN UK DENIED WORK BECAUSE OF TRADITIONAL GENDER BELIEFS

Dr. David Mackereth, a Reformed Baptist who has worked for 26 years at the National Health Service in the UK, has said he was denied employment at the Department for Work and Pensions because he would not refer to transgender people using their preferred pronouns. England’s Equality Act of 2010 includes anti-discrimination provisions sex, sexual orientation, and gender reassignment. “I don’t believe I should be compelled to use a specific pronoun. I am not setting out to upset anyone. But, if upsetting someone can lead to doctors being sacked then, as a society we have to examine where we are going,” Mackereth reflected.


ADORATION UNDER THE STARS

Wichita Adore Ministries’ “Adoration Under the Stars” drew more than 1300 people for an evening of outdoor Eucharistic adoration July 5th. An additional 500 people received absolution through confession during the event as well. WAM began hosting events six years ago to help Christians encounter Christ. Last year alone they hosted over 100 events.


FRANCE WINS WORLD CUP

France won its second World Cup in 20 years by defeating Croatia 4-2 yesterday.


WE ARE MISSIONARIES OF CHRIST THROUGH THE CHURCH

Pope Francis said yesterday that our Baptism “makes us missionaries,” adding, “a baptized person who does not feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, to announce Jesus, is not a good Christian.” Francis also said that sharing the Gospel “is not an initiative of individual believers, groups, or even large groups, but it is the Church’s mission inseparably united with her Lord.” He continued, “no Christian proclaims the Gospel ‘on his own,’ but [is] sent by the Church who received the mandate from Christ himself.” (Acts 15:22-31Rom 10:14-15CCC 875)


21 DEATHBED REGRETS YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO AVOID

Use these as inspiration to make changes in your life while you can. (Slideshow)

Today’s Readings

1st Reading: Isaiah 1:10-17
Summary: Formal worship from people who oppress the poor is rejected by God. Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.

Psalm: Ps 50:8-9, 16-17, 21 and 23
ResponsorialTo the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Gospel: Matthew 10:34-11:1
Summary: Jesus did not come to bring peace on earth. Rather, you must take up your cross and follow Him. Those who accept you accept the one who sent you.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel is the biblical site where Elijah challenged the priests of Baal and won the people to belief in the true God (1 Kgs 18:19-40). It is also where he told his servant 7 times to look for rain that would quench the drought; on the 7th time “behold a little cloud arose out of the sea like a man’s hand” (1 Kgs 18:44). Many scholars view this as a prophecy of a pure Mary’s Immaculate Conception: arising out of sinful humanity like a pure rain cloud from the salty sea.

Tradition holds that from Elijah’s time, Jewish hermits inhabited Mt. Carmel awaiting the Virgin-Mother (Is 7:14). By the 13th century, these hermits had developed a deep devotion to Mary and became known as “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.” It was at this time that St. Simon Stock spread the Mt. Carmel Order throughout Europe. On July 16, 1251, Our Lady, holding the child Jesus, appeared to him and gave him the Brown Scapular. The feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel was instituted by the Carmelites by 1386.

SONG OF THE DAY
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Christ Lives in Me – Rend Collective (3:50)


PODCAST OF THE DAY

Catholic Bytes – 60 Seconds: Should I Cut Off My Hand? (1:06) with Fr. Conrad Murphy