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Saint Richard Pampuri

ST_ RICHARD PAMPURISaint Richard Pampuri, O.H., (2 August 1897 – 1 May 1930), was an Italian medical doctor and veteran of World War I, was born Erminio Filippo Pampuri, on 2 August 1897 in Trivolzio, Pavia, the tenth of the eleven children of Innocenzo Pampuri and Angela Campari. When he was three years of age his mother died and he was then taken into the home of his mother’s sister, at Torrino, a village near Trivolzio. In 1907 also his father is expired at Milan.

As a young boy Richard wanted to become a missionary priest, but was dissuaded from this on account of his delicate health. In his youth Richard attended two primary schools at nearby villages and then went to Milan where he attended a junior high school. He completed his high school studies as a boarder at Augustine’s College, Pavia, where after graduation, he enrolled in the Medical Faculty of Pavia University.

Between the years 1915 and 1920, he was in the fighting zone of World War I. He served firstly as a sergeant and later went into training as an officer in the Medical Corps. On 6 July 1921, he graduated top of his class in Medicine and Surgery at the above mentioned university.

Very soon his heart and mind began opening up to the Christian ideals of medicine and the apostolate. Even as a young boy he wanted to become a missionary priest, but was dissuaded from this on account of his delicate health.
Whilst living in the midst of the world, he openly and consistently professed the Gospel message and practised works of charity with generosity and devotion. He loved prayer and kept himself constantly in close union with God, even when he was kept very busy. He had a tremendous devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and prayed the Rosary often more than once a day.

Throughout his life as a religious, Richard was, as he had always been before he became a St. John of God Brother, a model of virtue and charity: to his Brothers in the Order, the patients, the doctors, the paramedics, the nurses, and all who came into contact with him. Everybody agreed upon his sanctity.

He suffered a fresh outbreak of pleurisy, which he first contracted during his military service, and this degenerated into specific bronco-pneumonia. On 18 April 1930 he was taken from Brescia to Milan, where he died in sanctity on 1 May at the age of 33 years: “leaving behind, the memory of a doctor who knew how to transform his own profession into a mission of charity; and a religious brother who reproduced within himself, the charism of a true son of St. John of God” (Decree of heroic virtue, 12 June 1978).

After his death, his reputation of sanctity which he demonstrated throughout his life, greatly expanded throughout Italy, Europe and the entire world. Many of the faithful received significant graces from God, even miraculous ones, through his intercession. The two required miracles were accepted and he was beatified by His Holiness John Paul II on 4 October 1981.

Later on, a miraculous healing through the intercession of Blessed Richard Pampuri, took place on 5 January 1982 at Alcadozo (Albacete, Spain). This was approved as a miracle and so, on the feast of All Saints, 1 November 1989, he was solemnly canonized.

“The brief, but intense life, of Brother Richard Pampuri is a stimulus for the entire People of God, but especially so for youth, doctors and religious brothers and sisters.

He invites the youth of today, to live joyfully and courageously in the Christian faith; to always listen to the Word of God, generously follow the teachings of Christ’s message and give themselves to the service of others.

“You are God’s masterpiece; and as long as you answer to His purpose for you, with faith and in prayer, He can never fail you.”

“You are God’s masterpiece; and as long as you answer to His purpose for you, with faith and in prayer, He can never fail you.” ~ Chinonye J. Chidolue

#MoralStory: The Servant Story

wild pet

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The late king of one tribal community had ten wild dogs. He used them to torture and eat any of his servants who made a mistake.

Oneday a servant gave an opinion which was wrong, and the king didn’t like it at all. So he ordered the servant to be thrown to the dogs.

The servant said, “I served you for ten years, and you do this to me? Please give me ten days before throwing me to those dogs!” The king agreed.

In those ten days, the servant went to the guard who looks after the dogs and told him he would like to serve the dogs for the next ten days. The guard was baffled but agreed, and the servant started feeding the dogs, cleaning for them, bathing them, and providing all sorts of comfort for them.

When the ten days were over, the king ordered that the servant to be thrown to the dogs for his punishment. When he was thrown in, People were all amazed to see the ravenous dogs only licking the feet of the servant!

The king, baffled at what he was seeing, said,

”What has happened to my dogs?”

The servant replied, “I served the dogs for only ten days, and they didn’t forget my service. Yet I served you for a whole ten years and you forgot all, at my first mistake!”

The king realised his mistake and ordered the servant to be set free.

This post is a message to all those who forget the good things a person did for them as soon as the person makes a mistake towards them. Don’t put out the history that is filled with good because of a mistake you don’t like.

Sons of God

Jesus and the lambs

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Sons of God, Hear His Holy word,
Gather around the table of the Lord
Eat His Body, drink His Blood
And we’ll sing a song of love
Allelu, allelu, allelu, alleluia.

1- Brothers, sister we are one,
And our life has just begun,
In the spirit we are young,
We can live forever.

2- Shout together to the Lord
Who has promised our reward,
Happiness a hundred fold
And we’ll live forever.

3- Jesus gave a new command:
That we love our fellow man,
Till we reach the promised land
Where we’ll live forever.

4- If we want to live with Him,
We must also die with Him,
Die to selfishness and sin
And we’ll live forever.

5- Make the world a unity,
Make all men one family,
Till we meet The Trinity
And we’ll live forever.

6- With the church we celebrate,
Jesus coming we await,
So we’ll make a holiday,
So we’ll live forever.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8oPQTyyJlw

#ShortNews: Pope Francis: the sheep must listen to the Good Shepherd

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading at Mass (Jn. 10:27-30), Pope Francis told the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his April 17 Regina Coeli address that “no one can call himself a follower of Jesus if he does not listen to His voice.”

“The image of the shepherd and the sheep indicates the close relationship that Jesus wants to establish with each one of us,” Pope Francis continued. “He is our guide, our teacher, our friend, our model, but above all He is our Savior.”

The Pope added:

To save the lost sheep which we all are, the Shepherd is made a lamb, and is allowed to be immolated to take upon Himself and to take away the sin of the world. In this way He has given us life, life in abundance (cf. Jn. 10:10)! This mystery is renewed, in an always surprising humility, on the Eucharistic table …

The love of Jesus is invincible. The evil one, the great enemy of God and of His creatures, attempts in many ways to take eternal life from us. But the evil one can do nothing if we ourselves do not open to him the doors of our hearts, following his deceitful enticements.

Following the recitation of the Regina Coeli, Pope Francis prayed for victims of recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan, asked for prayers for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, and recalled the previous day’s visit with refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos.

“So many of them were children,” he said. “I saw so much sorrow!”

The Pope then recounted his meeting with a Muslim man whose Christian wife was slain by terrorists after she refused to renounce her faith. “She is a martyr!”

#ShortNews: 3 priests disappear in China

Three underground priests who are not associated with the government-run Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association have disappeared recently, according to an AsiaNews report.

Following disappearances of priests in the Xuanhua and Fuzhou dioceses, Father Yang Jianwei went missing on April 15 while at a driving test venue in Dingxing County.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Baoding-Catholics-call-for-safe-return-of-missing-Father-Yang-37245.html

#ShortNews: Many Muslim refugees among converts to Catholicism in Vienna

About half of the adults seeking baptism in the Archdiocese of Vienna, Austria, this year have been Muslims, Church officials report.

A spokesman for the Austrian bishops’ conference said that the Vienna archdiocese has been receiving five to ten requests for baptism every week, with many coming from refugees who have entered Austria from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran. That total is likely to rise, he said, as the influx of refugees continues.

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/04/19/number-of-muslim-migrants-in-austria-converting-to-christianity-on-the-rise/