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Today’s Good News 06/21/2018

Welcome to summer!

In the Our Father taught by Jesus, we ask for our “daily bread” (Mt 6:11). The Greek word used for “daily” in the original text is epiousios, which is found nowhere else in the Bible. However, scholars agree a better translation of epi-ousios is “super-essential” or “our super-substantial bread.” (CCC 2837)


Pope Francis embarks on his 23rd foreign trip today, travelling a short distance to Geneva, Switzerland for an ecumenical pilgrimage.

Geneva is hosting the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches(WCC), which is the largest umbrella group of Christian denominations in the world. It represents 500 million Christians from 350 denominations including most Orthodox Churches and a large number of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, and Reformed Churches. The Catholic Church is not a member but maintains a good relationship with the group, especially during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity each January which the Vatican actively participates.

Ecumenical Pilgrimage
Pope Francis has made ecumenism, the pursuit of closer relationships and unity with non-Catholic Christians, a major objective of his papacy. He’s built a fraternal relationship with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, and met with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.  He even traveled to Lund, Sweden in 2016 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. While in Geneva, Francis will present a homily at a prayer session and later give a formal speech outlining his broad vision for Christian unity. He’ll also celebrate Mass for Switzerland’s Catholics, which make up 38 percent of the population.

Very Brief History
The early Christian Church remained relatively undivided as it grew to become the dominant religion in the Roman empire. After the capital was moved to Constantinople, the eastern and western halves of the empire gradually drifted apart. This too affected the Roman Catholic Church, and in 1054 the Eastern Orthodox Church broke away during the Great Schism. 500 years later, Martin Luther and John Calvin led the Protestant Reformation splintering off many churches from the Catholic Church. During Vatican II in the 1960s, the Church made restoring unity among all Christians a major priority.


President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to allow children to stay with parents caught crossing the border illegally – moving to stop the family separations that have triggered a national outcry. The measure would allow children to stay in detention with parents for an extended period of time. Trump said he wants to keep families together while also enforcing border security. He vowed his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for illegal immigration would continue.


Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry by the Vatican and faces further punishment over “credible” allegations that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago, the Church announced Wednesday after the conclusion of an internal investigation. Although McCarrick maintains his innocence, he agreed with the Church’s decision to report the accusations to local law enforcement for further investigation.


Transubstantiation means the change of the whole substance of bread into the substance of the Body of Christ and of the whole substance of wine into the substance of his Blood. This change is brought about in the eucharistic prayer through the efficacy of the word of Christ and by the action of the Holy Spirit. However, the outward characteristics of bread and wine, that is the “eucharistic species”, remain unaltered. (CCC 1376-1377, 1413)

Does the breaking of the bread divide Christ?
The breaking of the bread does not divide Christ. He is present whole and entire in each of the eucharistic species and in each of their parts. (CCC 1377)


A relic discovered last year by a U.K. waste management company found a home Tuesday in London’s Westminster Cathedral. The bone fragment is encased in a wax-sealed case and includes an inscription that it is “from the bones of St. Clement, Pope and Martyr.” It is believed that St. Clement converted from Judaism to Catholicism and may have shared in some of the missionary journeys of St. Peter or St. Paul and assisted them in running the Church at the local level. Around the year 90, he was raised to the position of Pope, following Peter, Linus, and Cletus. His writings reveal much about the early Church, but little about his own life.


Using gene editing techniques, scientists have created pigs that are immune to one of the world’s costliest livestock diseases – the deadly respiratory disease known as PRRS. Gene editing is different than the more widely used technology of genetic modification and involves deleting and replacing problematic genes. Many experts believe gene-edited farm animals will soon make their way to the super-markets as GMO products are already prevalent.


Peace talks mediated last week by the Catholic Church in Nicaragua, between the government of President Daniel Ortega and his opposition, proved to be short-lived as clashes have yet again devolved into violence. By Tuesday, June 19, at least 11 people had died in additional fighting, and the peace talks were yet again abandoned after Ortega’s administration failed to invite international organizations to investigate deaths and acts of violence as promised.


Pope Francis discussed a broad range of topics in a recent interview with Reuters, saying:

1) Populism is not the solution to the world’s immigration crisis.
2) He’s optimistic about talks that may lead to a historic agreement over the appointment of bishops in China.
3) Women cannot be ordained to the priesthood, but he wants more roles in the Vatican to be filled by women.
4) The Church has “woken up” in regards to handling sexual abuse allegations, and he will likely accept more resignations in the wake of Chile’s sexual abuse scandal.

Today’s Readings

1st Reading: Sirach 48:1-14
Summary: The miracles of Elijah. He will introduce the messianic era.

Psalm: Ps 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7
ResponsorialRejoice in the Lord, you just!

Gospel: Matthew 6:7-15
Summary: Jesus teaches us how to pray with the Our Father.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga was a precocious child who had a spiritual awakening at the age of 7. As a young adult, and after a prolonged battle with his father, he entered the Jesuits where he had to learn to live and maneuver within community and give up some of his independent ways of doing things. Aloysius helped nurse patients of the plague which he caught and from which he died on June 21, 1591.


Let the Heavens Be Glad – Dan Feitens (1:59)


Busted Halo – Fr. Dave Dwyer: Why Do You Have to be in a State of Grace to Receive Communion? (14:22)