Pope Francis has called for a wave of prayer to fight hunger on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Coordinated by Caritas International, the wave will begin at noon in Samoa and proceed across the globe as each timezone reaches noon. It is the first step in a longer campaign, supported by Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA in the United States, to end the scandal of world hunger and marking the beginning of the anti-hunger campaign, “One Human Family, Food For All.”
Consider participating in one or more of the following ways.
See more at diocesephoenix.org/fighthunger
From the Proslogion by St. Anselm (from the Office of Readings)
…escape from your everyday business for a short while, hide for a moment from your restless thoughts. Break off from your cares and troubles and be less concerned about your tasks and labors. Make a little time for God and rest a while in him.
Enter into your mind’s inner chamber. Shut out everything but God and whatever helps you to seek him; and when you have shut the door, look for him. Speak now to God and say with your whole heart: I seek your face; your face, Lord, I desire.
Lord, my God, teach my heart where and how to seek you, where and how to find you. Lord, if you are not here where shall I look for you in your absence? Yet if you are everywhere, why do I not see you when you are present? But surely you dwell in “light inaccessible.” And where is light inaccessible? How shall I approach light inaccessible? Or who will lead me and bring me into it that I may see you there? And then, by what signs and under what forms shall I seek you? I have never seen you, Lord my God; I do not know your face.
Lord most high, what shall this exile do, so far from you? What shall your servant do, tormented by love of you and cast so far from your face? He yearns to see you, and your face is too far from him. He desires to approach you, and your dwelling is unapproachable. he longs to find you, and does not know your dwelling place. He strives to look for you, and does not know your face.
Lord, you are my God and you are my Lord, and I have never seen you. You have made me and remade me, and you have given me all the good things I possess and still I do not know you. I was made in order to see you, and I have not yet done that for which I was made.
Lord, how long will it be? How long, Lord, will you forget us? How long will you turn your face away from us? When will you look upon us and hear us? When will you enlighten our eyes and show us your face? When will you give yourself back to us?
Look upon us, Lord, hear us and enlighten us, show us your very self. Restore yourself to us that it may go well with us whose life is so evil without you. Take pity on our efforts and our striving toward you, for we have no strength apart form you.
Teach me to seek you, and when I seek you show yourself to me, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, nor can I find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in desiring you and desire you in seeking you, find you in loving you.
A Discourse on the Psalms by Saint Augustine (from the Office of Readings) for the Feast of St. Cecilia, Patroness of Musicians
Praise the Lord with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song. Rid yourself of what is old and worn out, for you know a new song. A new man, a new covenant‚ – a new song. This new song does not belong to the old man. Only the new man learns it: the man restored from his fallen condition through the grace of God, and now sharing in the new covenant, that is, the kingdom of heaven. To it all our love now aspires and sings a new song. Let us sing a new song not with our lips but with our lives.
Sing to him a new song, sing to him with joyful melody. Every one of us tries to discover how to sing to God. You must sing to him, but you must sing well. He does not want your voice to come harshly to his ears, so sing well, brothers!
If you were asked, “Sing to please this musician,” you would not like to do so without having taken some instruction in music, because you would not like to offend an expert in the art. An untrained listener does not notice the faults a musician would point out to you. Who, then, will offer to sing well for God, the great artist whose discrimination is faultless, whose attention is on the minutest detail, whose ear nothing escapes? When will you be able to offer him a perfect performance that you will in no way displease such a supremely discerning listener?
See how he himself provides you with a way of singing. Do not search for words, as if you could find a lyric which would give God pleasure. Sing to him “with songs of joy.” This is singing well to God, just singing with songs of joy.
But how is this done? You must first understand that words cannot express the things that are sung by the heart. Take the case of people singing while harvesting in the fields or in the vineyards or when any other strenuous work is in progress. Although they begin by giving expression to their happiness in sung words, yet shortly there is a change. As if so happy that words can no longer express what they feel, they discard the restricting syllables. They burst out into a simple sound of joy, of jubilation. Such a cry of joy is a sound signifying that the heart is bringing to birth what it cannot utter in words.
Now, who is more worthy of such a cry of jubilation than God himself, whom all words fail to describe? If words will not serve, and yet you must not remain silent, what else can you do but cry out for joy? Your heart must rejoice beyond words, soaring into an immensity of gladness, unrestrained by syllabic bonds. Sing to him with songs of joy.
Pope Pius XII on St. Frances Cabrini (from the Office of Readings)
Inspired by the grace of God, we join the saints in honoring the holy virgin Frances Xavier Cabrini. She was a humble woman who became outstanding not because she was famous, or rich or powerful, but because she lived a virtuous life. From the tender years of her youth, she kept her innocence as white as a lily and preserved it carefully with the thorns of penitence; as the years progressed, she was moved by a certain instinct and a supernatural zeal to dedicate her whole life to the service and greater glory of God.
She welcomed delinquent youths into safe homes and taught them to live upright and holy lives. She consoled those who were in prison and recalled to them the hope of eternal life. She encouraged prisoners to reform themselves and to live honest lives.
She comforted the sick and the infirm in the hospitals and diligently cared for them. She extended a friendly and helping hand especially to immigrants and offered them necessary shelter and relief, for having left their homeland behind, they were wandering about in a foreign land with no place to turn for help. Because of their condition she saw that they were in danger of deserting the practice of Christian virtues and their Catholic faith.
Where did she acquire all that strength and the inexhaustible energy by which she was able to perform so many good works and to surmount so many difficulties involving material things, travel and men?
Undoubtedly she accomplished all this through the faith which was always so vibrant and alive in her heart; through the divine love which burned within her; and, finally, through constant prayer by which she was so closely united with God from whom she humbly asked and obtained whatever her human weakness could not obtain.
In the face of the endless cares and anxieties of life, she never let anything turn her aside from striving and aiming to please God and to work for his glory for which nothing, aided by God’s grace, seemed too laborious, or difficult, or beyond human strength.
SS. SIMON AND JUDE CATHEDRAL (NOV 7) - The annual “Blue” Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and concelebrated by Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares to give thanks for Arizona Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, and Emergency Medical Crews - all those who lay their lives on the line to protect our communities daily.
Candles were lit as the names of each emergency responder who died this year were read. Please keep these men and women and their families in your prayers:
Deceased In the Line of Duty
St. Michael, patron of police officers and other protectors, pray for us.
St. Florian, patron of fire fighters, pray for us.
St. Albert the Great, patron of medical technicians, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.
Local Catholic Chris Faddis has been generous in sharing the past few years with the Diocese of Phoenix, allowing us to walk alongside the Faddis family through the illness and death of his young wife, Angela. Throughout her battle with cancer, Angela leaned on the mercy of God, providing a holy witness to thousands around the world.
In honor of the release of Chris’ book, It Is Well: Life in the Storm, which he and Angela began to write together before her passing, we have compiled the Faddis collection below. For your copy of It is Well, visit itiswellbook.com.
“Jesus still rose, and so we will trust.” - Angela Faddis
Angela and Chris joined us on Catholics Matter in May of 2012, one year after her shocking diagnosis of Stage VI colon cancer at Easter 2011. It was here the Faddises first shared their story with the whole Diocese, including their plans to write a memoir detailing the Lord’s presence in Angela’s illness as an encouragement to all who deal with similar trials in life.
Where the young couple could have retreated into their family and withdrawn from the world, they instead took up Bl. Pope John Paul II’s well-lived challenge and embraced their suffering, using it to direct people’s attention to the glory of God. Read The Catholic Sun article with Chris and Angela Faddis from June 2012.
We tried giving up hope, but we can’t. Our faith has informed us of a different hope. - Chris Faddis
Angela passed away on Sept. 21, 2012, holding on to the early morning in order for her two children, Gianna Faustina and Augustine Valdez, to say goodbye. Read The Catholic Sun article on Angela’s death from October 2012.
She was my quiet, calm friend whose soul became loud as she allowed many across the world to share in her suffering and her incredible faith. I’m proud to have been her friend… Her story and her faith have already touched so many around the world leading many to Christ. - Melanie Pritchard
From that day, Chris has shouldered the heavy load of finishing the story, now a widower and single father. In sharing his bride’s story, it is obvious that the Lord is providing grace through the storms, allowing the Faddises to continue saying “it is well.” Read The Catholic Sun article on the release of It Is Well from September 2013.
I promised your mother that I would teach you that she was resting at the heart of Jesus and to be close to her, you would have to draw close to Him. May you always remember this and may He be your compass and your guide as He was for your incredible mother. - It Is Well is dedicated to Gianna and Augustine Faddis in honor of their loving mother
Hear Chris Faddis on The Bishop’s Hour from May 2012 and March 2013.
Angela Faddis, pray for us!