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Monday, March 17, 2014

His Holiness Pope Francis received in private audience Fr Saverio Cannistrà

Ciudad del Vaticano, March 16, 2014 (Communicationes).- His Holiness Pope Francis received in private audience Fr Saverio Cannistrà, the General of our Order.

They spent 40 minutes together, from 11 a.m. to 11.40. Afterwards came the ex-French President, Giscard d’Estaing.

Fr Saverio related, more or less in confidence, to the community of the General Curia that he
felt as a brother who was speaking with a brother.

First of all he declared the love and closeness of the Order to Pope Francis, for the work he is performing through his words and deeds. The Teresian Carmelite Order feel very honoured and he can rely on our unfailing prayer to bring to fruition the work he is doing.

Afterwards, they spoke about and discussed our sisters, the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, searching for the common good of our Order, which is for the good of the Church.

At the end, our Father General issued an invitation to him to come to Spain to celebrate the 5th centenary of the birth of our Holy Mother, Teresa of Jesus. This is an invitation also made
recently by the Spanish Bishops.

Fr Saverio gave a gift to the Pope of an album of photos of the ten foundations that the Ciudad de Dios have made in Colombia, thanks to the inspiration of Fr José Asterio. 

Through this album of photos, Fr General wanted to show the Pope how close God is, who seeks the best for all human beings, a closeness that is reached through prayer and through the desire to change sinful structures.

Finally, the Pope confided to Fr General that his devotion to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus has never been let down. Always, when he asks something from the saint of Lisieux, a
response arrives in one way or the other. The roses continue to fall.

THANKS Holy Father Francis, the Discalced Carmelite Order will always bring before the Lord your longings, your concerns, your hopes. THANKS, the Order rejoices in hearing what you had to say and of your closeness to our Father General. 

THANKS, you can count on our prayers.

Source: Communicationes, 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Professed Priest of the Order of Discalced Carmelites advances towards Beatification

Just recently, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, with Pope Francis' approval has issued series of decrees recognizing one Spanish Martyr and eight others with heroic virtues.

One of those who were recognized with a Heroic Virue is a professed Spanish priest of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, Zacarias of St. Teresa (1887-1957).

With  this proclamation, the eight with a recognized Heroic Virtue would require a confirmed miracle through their intercession for them to qualify for beatification.


- Servant of God Pietro Asua Mendia, Spanish diocesan priest, killed in hatred of the faith in Liendo, Spain in 1936.


- Servant of God Giuseppe Girelli, Italian diocesan priest (1886-1978).
- Servant of God Marcelle Mallet, Canadian foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Quebec (1805-1871).
- Servant of God Maria Benita Arias, Argentine foundress of the Servants of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (1822-1894).
- Servant of God Margerita De Brincat, Maltese foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus (1862-1952).
- Servant of God Seraphine (nee Noemy Cinque), Brazilian professed nun of the Congregation of Adorers of the Blood of Christ (1913-1988).

- Servant of God Elisabetta Sanna, Italian laywoman and professed Tertiary of the Order of Minims of St. Francis (1788-1857).


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

An act of Nature?

Twice this year the Province of  Zambales and the City of Olongapo have suffered severe flooding that have cost the lost of lives and millions worth of damage to properties.  To some or maybe to many, they might simply refer to it as an act of nature or might even be referred to as an act of God.

One thing for sure though, God in the past have already made a covenant with Noah, that He will no longer allow the destruction of man through flood (Gen 9:9-11).  Given this then, maybe it's really an act of nature, or was it?

In the entire years of existence of this planet that we call Earth, there are indeed times were in, on its own, following the law that governs it have caused massive destructions. From movements of tectonic plates that caused massive earthquakes and giant waves that can wreak havoc on anything that block its path, to volcanic eruptions that can block the light that gives life to this planet.  These, I believe is indeed and definitely can be called an act of nature.  ('Less you start dropping a-bombs???)

The question that I would like to ask however is, "what about weather disturbances?"  Can the destructive power of a changing weather be considered to be an act of nature?  Scientifically, the answer would be a definite yes.  But given so, one must never forget that nature cannot act on its own desires, because nature, in itself is governed by laws,  laws with dynamic variables that the degree of destruction that nature can do depends on the degree of change in these variables.  Thus, if nature becomes more destructive, it simply means that a great change in any of the variables that governs it have caused it to be more destructive.  

What makes weather a little different then than the other act of nature that I have mentioned is that it is a type of natural occurrence that depends on variables that man can greatly alter. (I'm assuming that you have already heard the word "global warming"?)

Thus the question, and given With what we have been experiencing lately, can we really say that it is an act of nature?  In my humble opinion, it is still an act of nature who's effect could have been lessened if man would simply learn to lessen the variables that makes it more destructive than it should be... When will we ever learn?

My prayers to those who were greatly affected by this latest flooding and condolences to the families who have lost their love ones, and for those who keeps on advocating the use of fossil fuels that can greatly alter the variables that governs the weather system,  for them to realize that the weather is a natural force that man should not even attempt to gamble with nor play about. (Ma konsiyensiya ka sana!)

Your's in Christ,

Jov of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, OCDS

Monday, September 23, 2013

I Beg To Fall In Love With Thee My Lord

As I was browsing the net about two days ago, and while preparing my report to our Provincial Superior, I just have happened to have chanced upon two songs that eventually moved me, one of which is a song that was derived from a translated Poem of St. Therese entitled "My Song of Today ~ St.Therese of Lisieux" and the other was a song composed by Arnel DC. Aquino, SJ, "I beg to fall in love with Thee my Lord."

I simply could not explain it plainly, but I fell in love with both songs, as soon as I heard them...

With my prayers and hope that you'll love it too, specially in times when we are in a position of losing hope, may these songs inspire as to move on, continually remembering the loving goodness of the God whom we believe and serve.

To Christ through Mary!

Jov of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, OCDS

Friday, June 28, 2013


Vatican City, 28 June 2013 (VIS) - The Pope's general prayer intention for July is: “That World Youth Day in Brazil may encourage all young Christians to become disciples and missionaries of the Gospel.”

His mission intention is: “That throughout Asia doors may open to messengers of the Gospel.”


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Friday, May 31, 2013


Vatican City, 31 May 2013 (VIS) - The Pope's general prayer intention for June is: “That a culture of dialogue, listening, and mutual respect may prevail among peoples.”

His mission intention is: “That where secularization is strongest, Christian communities may effectively promote a new evangelization.”


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Friday, May 3, 2013

Stay with me Lord -- St. Padre Pio

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. 
You know how easily I abandon You. 

Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor. 

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in darkness.

Stay with me, Lord, to show me your will. Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You. 

Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love you very much, and always be in Your Company. 

Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.

Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I wish it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love. 

- St. Padre Pio

Monday, April 29, 2013



Vatican City, 29 April 2013 (VIS) – The Pope's general prayer intention for May is: "That administrators of justice may act always with integrity and right conscience."

His mission intention is: “That seminaries, especially those of mission Churches, may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel.”


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Saturday, March 30, 2013


Vatican City, 30 March 2013 (VIS) – The Pope's general prayer intention for April is: "That the public, prayerful celebration of faith may give life to the faithful."

His mission intention is: "That mission churches may be signs and instruments of hope and resurrection.”


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Thursday, March 14, 2013


Vatican City, 13 March 2013 (VIS) – Following is the official biography of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite, was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires. He studied as and holds a degree as a chemical technician, but then chose the priesthood and entered the seminary of Villa Devoto. On 11 March 1958 he moved to the novitiate of the Company of Jesus where he finished studies in the humanities in Chile. In 1963, on returning to Buenos Aires, he obtained a degree in philosophy at the St. Joseph major seminary of San Miguel.

Between 1964 and 1965 he taught literature and psychology at the Immacolata College in Santa Fe and then in 1966 he taught the same subjects at the University of El Salvador, in Buenos Aires.

From 1967 to 1970 he studied theology at the St. Joseph major seminary of San Miguel where he obtained a degree. On 13 December 1969 he was ordained a priest. From 1970 to 1971 he completed the third probation at Alcala de Henares, Spain, and on 22 April 1973, pronounced his perpetual vows.

He was novice master at Villa Varilari in San Miguel from 1972 to 1973, where he also taught theology. On 31 July 1973 he was elected as Provincial for Argentina, a role he served as for six years.

From 1980 to 1986 he was rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel as well as pastor of the Patriarca San Jose parish in the Diocese of San Miguel. In March of 1986 he went to Germany to finish his doctoral thesis. The superiors then sent him to the University of El Salvador and then to Cordoba where he served as a confessor and spiritual director.

On 20 May 1992, John Paul II appointed him titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires, He received episcopal consecration in the Cathedral of Buenos Aires from Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, Apostolic Nunzio Ubaldo Calabresi, and Bishop Emilio Ognenovich. of Mercedes-Lujan on 27 June of that year.

On 3 June 1997 he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on 28 February 1998.

He was Adjunct Relator General of the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 2001.

He served as President of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from 8 November 2005 until 8 November 2011.

He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Blessed John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Roberto Bellarmino (St. Robert Bellarmine).

He was a member of:

The Congregations for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments; for the Clergy; and for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life;

the Pontifical Council for the Family; and

the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.


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