Father Robert Barcelos, OCD: Fatima, Divine Mercy, and the Beatitudes

Basilica grounds, Cova de Iria, Fatima 2017. Photo credit: thespeakroom.org

 

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SOURCE: Homily by Father Robert Barcelos, OCD. Fatima Pilgrimage June 2017. All Rights Reserved

FIRST READING – 2 Cor 1:1-7
Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the Church of God that is at Corinth, with all the holy ones throughout Achaia: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement,
who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.
If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and salvation;
if we are encouraged,it is for your encouragement, which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement.

GOSPEL – Mt 5:1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

Father Robert Barcelos, OCD: The three shepherd children of Fatima

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The Angel of Portugal prepares the Fatima seers for Our Lady’s visits – 1916 Apparition.

 

 

 

 

 

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SOURCE: Homily by Father Robert Barcelos, OCD. Fatima, Portugal 2017. All Rights Reserved.

(Fatima Pilgrimage organized by sweet and spirit-filled Caroline of Syversen Touring.)

Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco’s Parish church and baptismal font
Photo credit:thespeakroom.org. Fatima, Portugal 2017
This cross miraculously appeared 100 years before Blessed Alexandrina’s birth. She is considered the fourth Fatima seer. When it appeared, it foretold of a martyr who would one day offer all her sufferings for the conversion of unbelievers.

Father Robert Barcelos, OCD: Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa

Photo Credit: thespeakroom.org. Balasar, Portugal 2017

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SOURCE: Homily by Father Robert Barcelos, OCD. Balasar, Portugal Fatima Pilgrimage 2017. All Rights Reserved

(Fatima Pilgrimage organized by sweet and spirit-filled Caroline of Syversen Touring.)

Photo credit: thespeakroom.org. Blessed Alexandrina, Balasar Portugal 2017

Click on the links below for more information on Blessed Alexandrina:

Mystics of the Church: Blessed Alexandrin da Costa – Mystic and Victim Soul

A Tribute to Blessed Alexandrina – a miracle of the Eucharist.

 

 

Father Robert Barcelos, OCD: Fatima Pilgrimage 2017, Braga

Editor’s note: From June 8-15, 2017 Father Robert Barcelos leads a pilgrimage to  Portugal for the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s appearance to three shepherd children.  I will try to post audios of some of his homilies, along with transcribed talks from previous homilies that are relevant to Fatima and Marian devotion, so you can walk along with the pilgrims during this special anniversary. I pray that you experience healing and peace. – TL

Our Lady of Fatima, Braga Portugal. Photo credit: thespeakroom.org

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SOURCE: Braga, Portugal 2017. Shrine of Bom Jesus

Shrine of Bom Jesus, Braga Portugal. Photo credit, thespeakroom.org

 

 

 

Father Robert Barcelos, OCD: the work of the holy spirit

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“This is what we’re after, the heart of Christ, and allowing our hearts to be completely united to his, that we may let him take our breath away. I can’t do that for you. No, no. But the Holy Spirit sure can, and he can use me because he always uses poor instruments to bring forth an orchestra of grace to fall fresh upon the assembly. Amidst unexpected places, the Lord can work a masterpiece, and it’s among the littlest of people that God can do the greatest things.”

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Holy Week 6: where are you as you gaze on the cross?

By Romero Zafra
By Romero Zafra

 

For Good Friday and all you classical music lovers, Bach’s Saint Matthew’s Passion is being streamed at WRTI 90.1 until 12:00 Pacific Standard Time

by Father Greg Homeming, OCD

A Lenten Homily by Charles Seagren, ocds

Why do good people do bad things?
Why was it virtuous to kill heretics?
Why was slavery ok?
Why did so many good people
vote for Hitler?

It’s the mystery of iniquity.
There’s nothing stranger than sin.
If we knew what we were doing
we would never have done it.
There’s a kind of blindness, a darkness of the heart
that makes sin look like virtue
and virtue like sin.
Cardinal Newman once said:
In every age there is a great evil
people regard as normal.

Jeremiah tells us what we don’t want to hear.
Let’s get rid of him. He won’t be missed.
We have plenty of prophets to say what we want
in every age.

In every age we crucify Christ
or run away or deny him.
It begins when we see our neighbor
not as a child of God
but as a thing.
We have to see Tutsi as cockroaches
before we can chop them up with machetes.

Father forgive us, we don’t know what we’re doing.
We come before You in Holy Communion
with contrite hearts.
Help us to see with Your eyes,
eyes of mercy, eyes of love.
And then send us
to bring Your love
to a darkening world.

SOURCE: Homily, Lent 2017 Copyright  2017, Charles Seagren, ocds