Benedict, Francis and retirement

 In a new interview, Pope Francis said the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI meant he had lost a “good companion” and a father figure.

“I lost a dad,” Pope Francis told the Associated Press, praising his predecessor — who died on Dec. 31, 2022, at the age of 95 — as a “gentleman.”

Francis said he would visit Benedict for counsel at the converted monastery Mater Ecclesiae in the Vatican Gardens, where the retired pope resided.

“For me, he was a security. In the face of a doubt, I would ask for the car and go to the monastery and ask.”

Pope Francis has repeatedly praised his predecessor. In April of last year, he described Benedict as “a prophet” of the Church’s future and in November acknowledged his leadership in responding to sexual abuse. On Jan. 4, he said Benedict brought Catholics to an “encounter with Jesus.”


The pope also confirmed what he said six months ago: If he should retire, he would choose the title of “bishop emeritus of Rome” — not “pope emeritus” — and live neither in his native Argentina nor the Vatican but in Rome.

Asked if he would reside at Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in a TV interview broadcast on July 12, 2022, Francis said “that could be,” since he would like to retire “to hear confessions at a church.”

-Catholic News Agency

Cure via Benedict XVI

By Augustine Mario 

A Beautiful MIRACLE Through The Blessed Hands of Pope Benedict XVI, know the story:

Peter Srsich, met Pope Benedict XVI in May 2012, along with his parents Tom and Laura, and his brother Johnny. Everyone was in St. Peter's Square at the Pope's hearing.
They came from Colorado, Peter was 19 and had arrived in front of the Pontifice, thanks to a trip organized by the Make A Wish International Foundation, which makes it a reality for sick kids to meet the Pope.
Peter was so excited he wasn't expecting a one-on-one meeting. He thought he would have a few moments to tell him about him, when he realized that all those who, like him, were trained, carried gifts with them, but he, on the other hand, had nothing to offer.
Then Peter's father, Tom, proposed to give him the green bracelet he was wearing, with the words "Pray for Peter" and the passage Romans 8:28: "... And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. ", that Peter loved so much.
That was just one of 1,200 bracelets his classmate had made to create a chain of prayer for his health.
Peter had lung cancer, an advanced stage Hodgkin lymphoma that was pressing on his heart. It was so big they couldn't anesthesia him, because there was a risk he wouldn't wake up again, so they couldn't even extract for a biopsy.
Multiple chemotherapy had led him to depression, from which he only recovered when he received the Eucharist. Peter battled that disease and was convinced he could be cured if he would simply go to the Vatican.
So the child stood before the Pope, explaining everything in a few words and asking for a blessing. Pope Benedict XVI blessed him, placing his right hand on his chest, where the tumor was, without Peter telling him where it was.
From that moment, the child never stopped improving, until he was completely healed.
He attended the University and is now a Priest as of May 15, 2021.
Long Live the Church
Long Live Pope Benedict
Long Live Fr Peter
Augustine Mario (in Facebook)
Please Follow me via: Augustine Mario

Covid saves couple from divorce

 A Chinese couple who were in the process of getting divorced but changed their minds after the wife got Covid-19 and was nursed back to health by her husband has gone viral on mainland social media.⁠

"Give me your sins"


The following is an incident that occurred one Christmas, concerning the great Saint Jerome. He was the man who translated the Holy Bible from it's original languages into the universal Latin. This holy man, who had a great love for God, actually died, in 420, in the blessed town where his God had been born - Bethlehem.
As he was on this day meditating about the first Christmas, Saint Jerome received a glorious apparition of the Divine Infant.
"Jerome," Jesus asked him, "what are you going to give Me for My Birthday?"
"Divine Infant," Jerome replied, "I give You my heart."
"That is very good," said the Holy Child, "but give Me something else."
Jerome answered, "I give You my prayers and all my heart's affections."
"That also is good, but give Me something else." His Sacred Heart was yearning for still more.
"I give You," the Saint, wishing to leave nothing behind, offered, " all that I have and all that I possess."
"Very good." The smile radiating from His Holy Face showed that He was pleased. There is, however, nothing which can compare with the Divine Love and Generosity of God. "But," the Boy continued, "I desire that you give Me still something more."
"But, Divine Infant," Jerome cried, "I have nothing, what do You desire me to give You?"
"Jerome," said Jesus eagerly, "give Me your sins!"
The Saint was shocked. "But," he asked, "what would You do with them?"
"Give Me your sins," Jesus explained, "in order that I may pardon them all."
The generosity which Jerome had shown Christ on His Birthday was more than repaid by the loving rapture he experienced upon hearing those merciful words.
"O Divine Infant," said Jerome, "You make me weep for joy!"

Don't argue with the donkey

The donkey told the tiger: "The grass is blue." 

The tiger replied: "No, the grass is green."

The discussion became heated, and the two decided to submit the issue to arbitration, and to do so they approached the lion. 

Before reaching the clearing in the forest where the lion was sitting on his throne, the donkey started screaming: ′′Your Highness, isn't it true that the grass is blue?"

The lion replied: "True, the grass is blue". 

The donkey rushed forward and continued: ′′The tiger disagrees with me and contradicts me and annoys me. Please punish him".

The king then declared: ′′The tiger will be punished with 5 years of silence".

The donkey jumped with joy and went on his way, content and repeating: ′′The grass is blue"..

The tiger accepted his punishment, but he asked the lion: ′′Your Majesty, why have you punished me, after all, the grass is green?"

The lion replied: ′′In fact, the grass is green".

The tiger asked: ′′So why do you punish me?"

The lion replied: "That has nothing to do with the question of whether the grass is blue or green. The punishment is because it is not possible for a brave, intelligent creature like you to waste time arguing with a donkey, and on top of that to come and bother me with that question."

The worst waste of time is arguing with the fool and fanatic who doesn't care about truth or reality, but only the victory of his beliefs and illusions. Never waste time on discussions that make no sense... There are people who for all the evidence presented to them, do not have the ability to understand, and others who are blinded by ego, hatred and resentment, and the only thing that they want is to be right even if they aren’t. 

When ignorance screams, intelligence shuts up. Your peace and tranquility are worth more.

(Adapted from an unknown Author)

Poverty and prosperity


"𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗵𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗲𝘀: 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀, 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲, 𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿, 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘆, 𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲, 𝗳𝗿𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆, 𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀, 𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲, 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻𝗲’𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱, 𝗮𝘂𝗱𝗮𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆; 𝗶𝗻 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁, 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗲.

"𝗡𝗼 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺 𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲, 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝗳 𝗯𝘆 𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗰, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗺 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘁𝘆 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗲𝘀."

(John Paul II, Address to the Delegates of ECLAC, 3-4-1989, n. 4).

Croatian marriage rite and the Cross


According to Croatian tradition, when a couple gets married, the priest doesn’t tell them that they have found the perfect person. On the contrary! Instead, he says to them: "You have found your cross. It is a cross to love, to carry it with you, a cross that is not to throw away but to treasure." In Herzegovina, the Cross represents the greatest love and the crucifix is the treasure of the house. When the bride and groom enter the church on their wedding day, they carry a crucifix with them. The priest blesses the crucifix. When the time comes to exchange their vows, the bride puts her right hand on the crucifix and the groom puts his hand on hers, so that both hands are joined together on the crucifix. The priest covers their hands with his stole as they exchange their vows, according to the rite of the Church, to be faithful to each other, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, till death do them part. Then, instead of kissing each other, the bride and groom kiss the crucifix. Those who witness the ceremony understand from it that if one of them leaves the other, he or she leaves Christ on the Cross. After the ceremony, the newlyweds bring the crucifix to their home and put it in a place of honor. It will forever be the point of reference and the place of family prayer. In times of difficulty, the family do not go to the lawyer or the psychiatrist, but kneel down together before the crucifix in search of help from Jesus Christ. They kneel down and maybe even cry and open their hearts asking the Lord and each other for forgiveness. They go to sleep with peace in their hearts because they have received forgiveness from the only one who has the power to save. Husband and wife will teach their children to kiss the crucifix every day and not to go to sleep like pagans, without first giving thanks to Jesus. They know that Jesus is holding them in His arms and there is nothing to fear. (Source: Even Demons Fear Mary)