Thứ Tư, 29 tháng 4, 2015

Pope Francis: compensation disparity a 'pure scandal'

Pope Francis: compensation disparity a 'pure scandal'

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis appealed for equal pay for equal work today, calling compensation disparity a “pure scandal”. The Holy Father made his remarks during the course of his catechetical reflection on marriage and family at his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday.
In discussing the causes of family dissolution, Pope Francis said, “The Christian seed of radical equality between men and women must bring new fruits,” in our time. “The witness of the social dignity of marriage shall become persuasive,” he continued, “precisely by this way: the way of witness that attracts.” The Holy Father went on to say, “For this reason, as Christians, we must become more demanding in this regard: for example, [by] supporting with decision the right to equal retribution for equal work; disparity is a pure scandal.”
“At the same time,” said Pope Francis, “we must recognize the maternity of women and the paternity of men as a perennially valid treasure, for the benefit of children.” The Holy Father went on to praise Christian families’ virtue of hospitality, which is, “of crucial importance today,” especially, he said, “in situations of poverty, degradation and domestic violence.”
It was a theme to which Pope Francis returned in the English-language synthesis read out after the main catechesis in Italian.
Beginning with the crisis of marriage in many societies, Pope Francis said, “Today, society is confronted with fewer marriages.  In many countries, separation of couples is increasing, while the number of children is decreasing.” He went on to say, “These broken marriage bonds affect the young most of all, as they come to view marriage as something temporary.  Perhaps there is a fear of failure which prevents men and women from trusting in Christ’s promise of grace in marriage and in the family.” Nevertheless, “In truth we know that almost every man and woman desires a secure and lasting relationship, a stable marriage and a happy family.”
“The most effective witness to the blessing of marriage is the good life of Christian spouses and their families,” he said. “The consecration of their love by God is the font of their peace and fidelity.  To make these blessings more evident to the world, the equality enjoyed by the spouses must produce new fruit – equal opportunities in the workplace; a new valuing of motherhood and fatherhood; and a greater appreciation for the openness of families to those most in need.”
“Let us not be afraid to invite Jesus and Mary to the marriage feast,” said Pope Francis, “for Christian spouses marry not only for themselves but for the good of the community and for all of society.”


Pope: Christians should kneel before the poor

Pope: Christians should kneel before the poor

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis said on Tuesday that poverty is the great teaching Jesus gave us and we can find his face among the poor and needy. Stressing that the poor are not a burden but a resource, he said he wished that both the city of Rome and the local Church community could be more attentive, caring and considerate towards those in need and that Christians could knee before a poor person. The Pope’s words came during a video message which was broadcast at a charity theatre performance organised by Caritas Roma. 
“If it were not for you” was the title of the fund-raising performance at Rome’s Brancaccio theatre where the cast were not professional actors but instead the poor and needy who are being sheltered at Caritas hostels in the capital. The performers explored the theme of love that included unhappy love stories, the love they bear for their children and parents, for life and for God. 
In his video message Pope Francis told the performers that they will be conveying a precious teaching not just on the theme of love, but also on our need for each other, on solidarity and how amidst all the difficulties we can discover God’s love for us. 
Poverty, he said, is the great teaching that Jesus gave us and he assured the performers that they are never a burden for us. Instead they represent a resource without which our attempts to discover the face of Jesus would be in vain. 
He concluded his address by saying how much he wished that the city of Rome could shine with the light of its compassion and its welcome for those who are suffering, who are fleeing from war and death,  and respond with a smile to all those who have lost hope. Pope Francis said he wished for the same on the part of the Church community in Rome so that it may be more attentive, caring and considerate towards the poor and vulnerable and recognize in them the face of our Lord. How I wish, he said, that Christians could kneel in veneration when a poor person enters the church.


Cor Unum sends aid to Nepal in response to earthquake

Cor Unum sends aid to Nepal in response to earthquake

(Vatican Radio) In response to the devastating earthquake in Nepal on Saturday 25th April, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, following the Pope’s assurance for assistance on Sunday, has distributed $100,000 as an immediate initial aid contribution to assist the Nepalese people as they face the current crisis. 
At present at 4,300 people have died, while an additional 7 million people have been affected by the earthquake.  At present the government estimates that around 400,000 buildings have also been destroyed by the earthquake.  Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia with an estimated population of 27 to 28 million.
Cor Unum is a Pontifical Council, tasked by the Holy See to coordinate and organise humanitarian aid in the face of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. 

Below is a translation of the communiqué issued by Cor Unum:
Aid to the people of Nepal affected by the Earthquake.  Communiqué from Cor Unum in the name of the Pope (28 April 2015) 
Following the earthquake that at the end of last week, which affected with extraordinary vehemence the area of Nepal, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, has decided to send an initial contribution of $100,000 to assist the local population. 
This sum, which was assured by Pope Francis during his Regina Coeli address on Sunday April 26th, will be sent to the local Church and will be used to support the works carried out to assist displaced persons and earthquake victims, and is to be a first and immediate concrete expression of spiritual closeness and paternal encouragement for the people and the affected areas.  Episcopal conferences and Catholic charitable organisations are already extensively involved in the assistance effort.
According to available information at the moment, but not yet definitive, the deceased victims, some of whom are registered in neighbouring countries, would be over 4,300, with an additional 7 million people affected in 34 districts in the country of Nepal, 1 million are homeless, 2 million would be children who are in need of aid.  Various areas have been isolated and relief has not yet been able to reach them.  In addition to this, the government has estimated that around 400,000 buildings have been destroyed.



APRIL 30, 2015 : THURSDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 282

Reading 1ACTS 13:13-25
From Paphos, Paul and his companions
set sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia. 
But John left them and returned to Jerusalem. 
They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. 
On the sabbath they entered into the synagogue and took their seats. 
After the reading of the law and the prophets,
the synagogue officials sent word to them,
“My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortation
for the people, please speak.”

So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said,
“Fellow children of Israel and you others who are God-fearing, listen.
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors
and exalted the people during their sojourn in the land of Egypt. 
With uplifted arm he led them out,
and for about forty years he put up with them in the desert.
When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan,
he gave them their land as an inheritance
at the end of about four hundred and fifty years.
After these things he provided judges up to Samuel the prophet. 
Then they asked for a king.
God gave them Saul, son of Kish,
a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 
Then he removed him and raised up David as their king;
of him he testified,
I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
he will carry out my every wish.
From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus. 
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
to all the people of Israel;
and as John was completing his course, he would say,
‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me;
I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’”
Responsorial PsalmPS 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 AND 27
R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
“I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
That my hand may be always with him,
and that my arm may make him strong.”
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
“My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him,
and through my name shall his horn be exalted.
He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.’”
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaSEE RV 1:5AB
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus Christ, you are the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead,
you have loved us and freed us from our sins by your Blood.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master
nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.
If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
I am not speaking of all of you.
I know those whom I have chosen.
But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.
From now on I am telling you before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe that I AM. 
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send
receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”


Meditation: "The one who receives me"
How do you treat those who cause you grief or harm, especially those who are close to you in some way? In his last supper discourse, Jesus addressed the issue of fidelity and disloyalty in relationships. Jesus knew beforehand that one of his own disciples would betray him. Such knowledge could have easily led Jesus to distance himself from such a person and to protect himself from harm's way. Instead, Jesus expresses his love, affection, and loyalty to those who were his own, even to the one he knew would "stab him in the back" when he got the opportunity. Jesus used a quotation from Psalm 4:9 which describes an act of treachery by one's closest friend. In the culture of Jesus' day, to eat bread with someone was a gesture of friendship and trust. Jesus extends such friendship to Judas right at the moment when Judas is conspiring to betray his master. The expression lift his heel against me reinforces the brute nature of this act of violent rejection.
Jesus loved his disciples to the end and proved his faithfulness to them even to death on the cross. Through his death and resurrection Jesus opened a new way of relationship and friendship with God. Jesus tells his disciples that if they accept him they also accept the Father who sent him. This principle extends to all who belong to Christ and who speak in his name. To accept the Lord's messenger is to accept Jesus himself. The great honor and the great responsibility a Christian has is to stand in the world for Jesus Christ. As his disciples and ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), we are called to speak for him and to act on his behalf.  Are you ready to stand for Jesus at the cross of humiliation, rejection, opposition, and suffering?
"Eternal God, who are the light of the minds that know you, the joy of the hearts that love you, and the strength of the wills that serve you; grant us so to know you, that we may truly love you, and so to love you that we may fully serve you, whom to serve is perfect freedom, in Jesus our Lord." (Prayer of Saint Augustine)

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, JOHN 13:16-20
Easter Weekday
(Acts 13:13-25; Psalm 89)

KEY VERSE: "No slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him" (v 16).
TO READ: Chapter one through twelve of John's gospel is called the "Book of Signs." Chapter thirteen begins the "Book of Glory" (13:1--20:31). On the threshold of Jesus' passion, resurrection and glorious ascension, he took the role of a lowly slave, washing the feet of his disciples (v 1-15). He told his followers that as servants and messengers of the gospel (Greek, apostolos), they must imitate his humility and love: "You also should do as I have done to you" (13:15). A disciple was one who learned from the master, and acted on his words. If his followers truly understood this, they would be blessed, and all who received Jesus' messengers would be blessed in turn. But Jesus' words were not received by all. In the midst of this outpouring of love at the table of the Last Supper, Judas prepared to betray his master.
TO REFLECT: How have I served the Lord and his people today?
TO RESPOND: Risen Lord, help me to understand that the way to glory is through humble service.

Optional Memorial of Pius V, pope

Upon his ascension to the papacy, Pius V faced the task of enacting the reforms of the Council of Trent. New seminaries were opened, a new breviary, new missal, and new catechism were published, and foundations were established to spread the faith and preserve the doctrine of the Church. Pius spent much time personally working with the needy. He built hospitals and used the papal treasury to care for the poor. At the time of his death he was working on a Christian, European alliance to break the power of the Islamic states.


Thursday 30 April 2015

St Pius V.
Acts 13:13-25. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord—Ps 88(89):2-3, 21-22, 25, 27. John 13:16-20.
‘You who fear God, listen!’
Invited to speak some words of encouragement to the congregation at Antioch, Paul talks of the faithfulness of God to his promises. God has looked after his people through a long history—freeing them from slavery, giving them their own land, sending them a series of messengers to remind them of his love. The last and greatest of these messengers is his own Son. But not all were prepared to receive so great a gift.
We, too, need to acknowledge our sinfulness—to repent—if we are to be ready for his coming into our hearts. Father, help us to be faithful to our promises to you. Help us to realise that as we welcome Jesus we are welcoming you. May we see in others your own Son, and welcome and serve them as he did.

MINUTE MEDITATIONS 
Serving the Poor
There is nothing better that you can do in this world than to totally give yourself to God in the person of the poor and our needy brother. –Blessed Dulce Lopes Pontes

April 30
St. Pius V
(1504-1572)
This is the pope whose job was to implement the historic Council of Trent. If we think popes had difficulties in implementing Vatican Council II, Pius V had even greater problems after Trent than four centuries earlier.
During his papacy (1566-1572), Pius V was faced with the almost overwhelming responsibility of getting a shattered and scattered Church back on its feet. The family of God had been shaken by corruption, by the Reformation, by the constant threat of Turkish invasion and by the bloody bickering of the young nation-states. In 1545 a previous pope convened the Council of Trent in an attempt to deal with all these pressing problems. Off and on over 18 years, the Church Fathers discussed, condemned, affirmed and decided upon a course of action. The Council closed in 1563.
Pius V was elected in 1566 and was charged with the task of implementing the sweeping reforms called for by the Council. He ordered the founding of seminaries for the proper training of priests. He published a new missal, a new breviary, a new catechism and established the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes for the young. Pius zealously enforced legislation against abuses in the Church. He patiently served the sick and the poor by building hospitals, providing food for the hungry and giving money customarily used for the papal banquets to poor Roman converts. His decision to keep wearing his Dominican habit led to the custom of the pope wearing a white cassock.
In striving to reform both Church and state, Pius encountered vehement opposition from England's Queen Elizabeth and the Roman Emperor Maximilian II. Problems in France and in the Netherlands also hindered Pius's hopes for a Europe united against the Turks. Only at the last minute was he able to organize a fleet which won a decisive victory in the Gulf of Lepanto, off Greece, on October 7, 1571.
Pius's ceaseless papal quest for a renewal of the Church was grounded in his personal life as a Dominican friar. He spent long hours with his God in prayer, fasted rigorously, deprived himself of many customary papal luxuries and faithfully observed the spirit of the Dominican Rule that he had professed.


Comment:

In their personal lives and in their actions as popes, Pius V and Blessed Paul VI (d. 1978) both led the family of God in the process of interiorizing and implementing the new birth called for by the Spirit in major Councils. With zeal and patience, Pius and Paul pursued the changes urged by the Council Fathers. Like Pius and Paul, we too are called to constant change of heart and life.
Quote:

"In this universal assembly, in this privileged point of time and space, there converge together the past, the present, and the future. The past: for here, gathered in this spot, we have the Church of Christ with her tradition, her history, her councils, her doctors, her saints; the present: we are taking leave of one another to go out toward the world of today with its miseries, its sufferings, its sins, but also with its prodigious accomplishments, values, and virtues; and the future is here in the urgent appeal of the peoples of the world for more justice, in their will for peace, in their conscious or unconscious thirst for a higher life, that life precisely which the Church of Christ can give and wishes to give to them" (from Pope Paul's closing message at Vatican II).

LECTIO DIVINA: JOHN 13,16-20
Lectio: 
 Thursday, April 30, 2015
Easter Time

1) OPENING PRAYER
All-powerful God,
your Son Jesus reminds us today
that we are no greater than your and our servant,
Jesus, our Lord and master.
Give us the love and endurance 
to serve you and people
without waiting for awards or gratitude
and to accept the difficulties and contradictions
which are part of the Christian life
and which are normal for followers
of him who bore the cross for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
2) GOSPEL READING - JOHN 13,16-20
Jesus said to his disciples: 'In all truth I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, no messenger is greater than the one who sent him. 'Now that you know this, blessed are you if you behave accordingly. I am not speaking about all of you: I know the ones I have chosen; but what scripture says must be fulfilled: 'He who shares my table takes advantage of me. I tell you this now, before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe that I am He. In all truth I tell you, whoever welcomes the one I send, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me.'
3) REFLECTION
• Beginning today, April 17th until the 8th of May, every day, except on feast days, the Gospel of each day is taken from the long conversation of Jesus with the disciples during the Last Supper (Jn 13 to 17). In these five chapters which describe the farewell of Jesus, the presence of those three threads of which we had spoken before, is perceived, those threads which knit and compose the Gospel of John: the word of Jesus, the word of the community and the word of the Evangelist who writes the last redaction of the Fourth Gospel. In these chapters, the three threads are intertwined in such a way that the whole is presented as a unique fabric or cloth of a rare beauty and inspiration, where it is difficult to distinguish what is from one and what is from the other, but where everything is the Word of God for us.
• These five chapters present the conversation which Jesus had with his friends, the evening when he was arrested and was put to death. It was a friendly conversation, which remained in the memory of the Beloved Disciple. Jesus seems to want to prolong to the maximum this last encounter, this moment of great intimacy. The same thing happens today. There is conversation and conversation. There is the superficial conversation which uses words and words and reveals the emptiness of the person. And there is the conversation which goes to the depth of the heart and remains in the memory. All of us, once in a while, have these moments of friendly living together, which expand the heart and constitute the force in moments of difficulty. They help to trust and to overcome fear.
• The five verses of today’s Gospel draw two conclusions from the washing of the feet (Jn 13, 1-15). They speak (a) of service as the principal characteristic of the followers of Jesus, and (b) of the identity of Jesus, the revelation of the Father.
• John 13, 16-17: The servant is not greater than his master. Jesus has just finished washing the feet of the disciples. Peter becomes afraid and does not want Jesus to wash his feet. “If I do not wash you, you can have no share with me” (Jn 13, 8). And it is enough to wash the feet; there is no need to wash the rest (Jn 13, 10). The symbolical value of the gesture of the washing of the feet consists in accepting Jesus as Messiah, Servant, who gives himself for others, and to reject a Messiah, glorious king. This gift of self, servant of all is the key to understand the gesture of the washing of the feet. To understand this is the root of the happiness of a person: “Knowing these things, you will be blessed if you put them into practice”. But there were some persons, even among the disciples, who did not accept Jesus, Messiah, Servant. They did not want to be the servants of others. Probably, they wanted a glorious Messiah, King and Judge, according to the official ideology. Jesus says: “I am not speaking about all of you; I know the ones I have chosen; but what Scripture says must be fulfilled: He who shares my table takes advantage of me!” John refers to Judas, whose betrayal will be announced immediately after (Jn 13, 21-30).
• John 13, 18-20: I tell you this now, before it happens, so that you may believe that I AM HE. It was on the occasion of the liberation from Egypt at the foot of Mount Sinai that God revealed his name to Moses: “I am with you!” (Ex 3, 12), “I am who I am” (Ex 3, 14). “I Am” or “I AM” has sent me to you!” (Ex 3, 14). The name Yahweh (Ex 3, 15) expresses the absolute certainty of the liberating presence of God at the side of his people. In many ways and on may occasions this same expression I Am is used by Jesus (Jn 8, 24; 8, 28; 8, 58; Jn 6, 20; 18, 5.8; Mk 14, 62; Lk 22, 70). Jesus is the presence of the liberating face of God in our midst.
4) PERSONAL QUESTIONS
• The servant is not greater than his master. How do I make of my life a permanent service of others?
• Jesus knew how to live together with persons who did not accept him. And I?
5) CONCLUDING PRAYER
I shall sing the faithful love of Yahweh for ever,
from age to age my lips shall declare your constancy,
for you have said: love is built to last for ever,
you have fixed your constancy firm in the heavens. (Sal 89,1-2)



THIÊN CHÚA Đã Ban Cho Mẹ Quyền Lực Và Sứ Mệnh Đạp Nát Đầu Satan

THIÊN CHÚA Đã Ban Cho Mẹ Quyền Lực Và Sứ Mệnh Đạp Nát Đầu Satan

Một ngày, Cha Phaolô thuộc dòng Anh Em Hèn Mọn Thánh Phanxicô, rời thành phố San Francisco, bang California Hoa Kỳ, lên đường sang truyền giáo bên Togo, thuộc lục địa Phi Châu. Cùng đi với Cha có một Linh Mục cùng dòng.
 Nơi miền truyền giáo xa xôi xứ Togo, hai Linh Mục dòng Phanxicô hăng say bắt tay ngay vào việc cứu vớt các linh hồn. Nơi đây có những làng quê hẻo lánh, đèo heo hút gió. Dân chúng sống dưới sức tác oai tác quái của các ông thầy phù thủy. Họ dùng ma thuật quỷ thuật, bỏ bùa bỏ ngãi, làm hại tất cả những ai họ muốn chống phá để gieo rắc oán thù và gây chết chóc. Người ta chuyền miệng nhau rằng, có những người bị nhóm quỉ ám đông đến độ có bao nhiêu sợi tóc trên đầu là có bấy nhiêu tên quỷ ám bên trong. Dĩ nhiên đây chỉ là ”tiếng đồn”!
 Hai tuần sau khi đến Togo, một ngày Cha Phaolô và vị Linh Mục cùng dòng ra đi làm việc truyền giáo. Đang đi, bỗng trời đổ ập cơn mưa kèm thêm sấm sét, trông thật kinh hoàng. Hai vị thừa sai quyết định tìm trú ẩn nơi một cái chòi. Nào ngờ đó là cái chòi của ông phù thủy Hijò. Dầu biết rõ hiểm nguy, nhưng với trọn lòng tin tưởng nơi sự phù trợ của THIÊN CHÚA và sức bảo vệ quyền năng của Đức Nữ Trinh Rất Thánh MARIA, hai vị thừa sai vẫn can đảm bước vào.
 - Hijò, hỡi bạn thân mến, có cho phép chúng tôi dừng chân trú ẩn nơi căn chòi của bạn không?
 Hai vị thừa sai cất tiếng nhỏ nhẹ hỏi ông phù thủy như thế. Nhưng bên trong không có tiếng trả lời. Im lặng như tờ, như thể không có ai. Hai vị lại cất tiếng nói:
 - Hijò, bạn à, chúng tôi là hai Linh Mục của cứ điểm truyền giáo. Bạn có bằng lòng cho chúng tôi trú nơi căn chòi của bạn không?
 Liền lúc đó cả hai vị thừa sai nghe thấy một tiếng gầm gừ, nghe rợn tóc gáy! Hai vị không thấy gì cả, vì căn chòi tối thui và đầy khói.
 Cha Phaolô vẫn không thối lui. Cha tiếp tục nài nỉ thêm:
 - Hijò à, chúng tôi là những người của THIÊN CHÚA. Chúng tôi bất ngờ bị mưa nên nghĩ đến chuyện vào xin bạn cho trú qua cơn mưa. Nếu bạn tiếp rước chúng tôi thì quả thật bạn đã làm một ân huệ lớn lao và chắc chắn THIÊN CHÚA trả công bội hậu cho bạn.
 Một tiếng gầm gừ khác lại trổi lên như tiếng trả lời duy nhất cho lời xin của Cha Phaolô. Ông phù thủy Hijò vẫn ngồi im trước đống lửa, đôi mắt đăm đăm nhìn ngọn lửa, trên đầu trùm một tấm lông chiên. Cha Phaolô lại tiếp tục:
 - Đây là dịp tốt để chúng ta trở thành bạn hữu ..
 Cha Phaolô nói chưa hết câu thì ông phù thủy Hijò bỗng rống to lên. Toàn thân ông rúng động vì giận dữ. Nước miếng nước bọt trào ra hai bên mép. Chưa hết, ông nhẩy bổ tới túm lấy Cha Phaolô, đôi mắt lộn tròng trừng trừng nhìn Cha như muốn ăn tươi nuốt sống. Trước mặt Cha Phaolô lúc bấy giờ không còn hình tượng con người ông phù thủy nữa, nhưng đúng thật là tên quỉ hiện hình.
 Cha Phaolô không chút nao núng. Cha thầm thĩ đọc lời nguyện dâng lên Nữ Vương Rất Thánh MARIA:
 - Lạy Mẹ, toàn câu chuyện giờ đây thuộc về Mẹ. Con không xin Mẹ cứu con thoát chết, nhưng vì tình yêu các linh hồn đã được Máu Thánh Con Mẹ đổ ra cứu chuộc, xin Mẹ hãy cứu linh hồn ông Hijò này, để ông được sống muôn đời.
 Thu hết can đảm và sức lực còn lại, Cha Phaolô nói lần cuối với ông phù thủy:
 - Ông Hijò à, tôi không mảy may sợ các thứ bùa ngãi của ông, bởi vì tôi là người của THIÊN CHÚA. Không một quyền lực sự dữ nào có thể làm hại được tôi. Chính ông mới là người phải sợ hãi. Bởi vì, nếu chẳng may bị chết, ông sẽ lãnh án phạt đời đời trong lửa hỏa ngục. Vậy thì, ông Hijò à, hãy khẩn cầu lòng nhân lành của Đức Chúa GIÊSU KITÔ, Đấng Cứu Thế, qua trung gian Mẹ Ngài là Đức Nữ Trinh Rất Thánh MARIA.
 Nếu vị Linh Mục thừa sai đổ ập trên người ông phù thủy một vạc dầu sôi, hẳn không gây kinh hoàng cho bằng khi tai ông phù thủy nghe đến danh thánh MARIA. Ông phù thủy Hijò nằm lăn xuống đất, người cuộn tròn, uốn éo ngoằn ngoèo y như một con rắn. Cha Phaolô kiên nhẫn lập lại:
 - Hijò à, bạn hãy kêu cầu danh thánh Đức MARIA và chắc chắn bạn sẽ được cứu thoát.
 MARIA, ông Hijò thầm thì lập lại.
 Ôi danh thánh MARIA quả thật nhiệm mầu.
 Chỉ bấy nhiêu đó thôi, đủ cho Ơn Thánh có sức tuôn xuống trên người ông phù thủy. Một thời gian ngắn sau đó, ông phù thủy Hijò xin học đạo và xin lãnh bí tích Rửa Tội, gia nhập Giáo Hội Công Giáo. Ông chọn tên thánh rửa tội là Phêrô-Phaolô MARIA, để ghi nhớ ơn lành Đức Mẹ MARIA ban qua trung gian vị thừa sai là Linh Mục Phaolô.
 ... LẠY NỮ HOÀNG TÔN NGHIÊM
 Lạy Nữ Vương Tôn Nghiêm Thiên Quốc và là Nữ Hoàng Các Thánh Thiên Thần, THIÊN CHÚA đã ban cho Mẹ quyền lực và sứ mệnh đạp nát đầu Satan, chúng con khiêm tốn xin Mẹ hãy gởi đạo binh thiên quốc đến, hầu thừa lệnh Mẹ, các ngài sẽ đánh hạ ma quỷ, diệt trừ chúng ở bất cứ nơi đâu, trừng trị cái táo bạo của chúng, hầu chúng bị tống sâu vào vực thẳm. Ai bằng THIÊN CHÚA?
 Ôi lạy Mẹ nhân lành và đầy ưu ái, Mẹ sẽ mãi mãi là tình yêu và là niềm hy vọng của chúng con. Ôi lạy Mẹ THIÊN CHÚA, xin Mẹ gởi Các Thánh Thiên Thần đến bảo vệ chúng con và đẩy kẻ thù tàn bạo ra xa chúng con. Lạy Các Thánh Thiên Thần và Các Thánh Tổng Lãnh Thiên Thần, xin bảo trợ và gìn giữ chúng con. Amen.
 (”Il Settimanale di Padre Pio”, n.10, 7-3-2004, trang 15)
 Sr. Jean Berchamans Minh Nguyệt