COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 892               Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                  08 September 2016

 

  1. MARY’S BIRTHDAY

We celebrate Mary’s nativity on 8 September, nine months after the Immaculate Conception.

The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated as early as the 6th century in the East.  It spread to Rome (West) on the 7th century.

Earliest documented version of Mary’s birth is found in the “Protoevangelium” of James, an apocryphal gospel written about AD 150.  From the Protoevangelium of James we learn the names of Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, as well as the tradition that the couple was childless until an angel appeared to Anna and told her that she would conceive.

Feasts of saints are traditionally celebrated on the dayof their death, because that is the date on which they entered into eternal life.

Only 3 birthdays are celebrated in Liturgy: Christ’s; Mary’s; and St. John the Baptist’s.  Why?  All three were born without original sin.  Christ, because he was conceived by the Holy Spirit.  Mary, because she was kept free from the stain of original sin by the action of God who foreknew Mary would agree to be the Mother of Jesus.  John the Baptist, because he was blessed in the womb of Elizabeth by the presence of the Savior when Mary, pregnant with Jesus came to assist her cousin in the final months of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. (cf. Wikipedia. “Mary’s Nativity”)

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich had this vision.  Mary’s parents were devout Jews (Essenes).  Joachim had gone to the temple to offer a sacrifice in order to petition God for a child; but the priests mocked him and he was sent away in humiliation.  Meanwhile Anne was at home in Nazareth when an angel came to her to say that a special child was coming.  Anne hurried to Jerusalem and met her husband by the Golden Gate.  Their union there foreshadowed the opening of the Gates of Heaven (The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Anne Catherine Emmerich.  Note: everything from the Internet).

 

  1. MOTHER TERESA CANONIZED

Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Kolkata, 4 September 2016, Rome, nineteen (19) years after her death.  Miracle:  healing of a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumors.

Born Anjezë (Agnes) GonxhaBojaxhiu, 26 August 1910, Skopje, now Republic of Macedonia.  Her father is Albanian.  She died 5 September 1997. (Wikipedia).

Heidi Hess Saxton posted “By blood, Albanian.  By law, Indian.  By Faith, Catholic.  By calling, she belonged to the world.  By heart, she belonged entirely to Jesus Christ.” (“Mother Teresa – Her Life and Canonization”, American.org Mother Teresa)

She arrived in India as a sister of the Loreto Order to continue her religious formation while teaching. (Wikipedia)

On 10 September 1946 she experienced a second call – ‘a call within a call’ – while riding in a train from Calcutta to the Himalayan foothills for a retreat (“Mother Teresa – Nun – Biography.com” www.biography.com).

In January 1948 she finally got approval to leave the Sisters of Loreto and started mission work among the poor in the slums of India.  Some former co-teachers and students joined her (Wikipedia).

On 7 October 1950 she won canonical recognition for her Missionaries of Charity (cf. “Mother Teresa – The Saint of the Gutters”, history1900s.about.com).

In 2012 there were over 4,500 sisters in 133 countries (cf. Wikipedia).

Pope Francis said in his homily, “Let us carry our smiles in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey.”

Some 150,000 attended Mother Teresa’s canonization.  Her canonization highlighted Pope Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy.

St. Teresa of Kolkata is a true disciple of Christ: she left family, relatives and friends to join the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland and work in India; she carried her crosses daily tending to the poorest of the poor and attacked for her strong stand against abortion and divorce; and she renounced her possessions to follow Christ – her true possession.

 

  1. NATIONAL EMERGENCY

President Rodrigo RoaDuterte signed Proclamation No. 55 declaring a state of National Emergency on account of lawless violence on Monday, 5 September 2016, before leaving for Laos for the ASEAN Summit.

He ordered State forces “to suppress all forms of lawless violence in Mindanao and prevent violence from spreading, with due regard to fundamental and civil political rights.  Immediate cause is the bombing of the RoxasAvenue Night Market on 2 September, a little past 10 in the evening, where 14 died and 70 were injured.  Proclamation No. 55 remains in force and effect until withdrawn by President Duterte. (“Journal on line”, wwwjournal.com.ph)

 

  1. QUESTIONS RAISED ON WARRANTLESS ARRESTS

“Malacañang’s guideline on the State of National Emergency that allows a warrantless arrest ‘when the person concerned has voluntarily waived his right against such an arrest’ has drawn concern as it might be subject to abuse or cause confusion.  (Leila B. Salaverria “Questions raised on Warrantless Arrest”, PDI, Sept. 8, 2016, p. 1).

Those who question are lawyers Rep. Carlos Zarate (Bayan Muna), Ibarra Gutierrez, Rep. Harry Roque (Kabayan Party-List) (op.cit. PDI, p. 2) and Sen. Leila de Lima (GMA News Online)

 

  1. OUR RESPONSES

Pray.  Stay calm.  Be vigilant.  Support our PEACE Officers.

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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