(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday received in private audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decrees regarding the heroic virtues:

 - of the Servant of God Andrey Sheptytsky (given name: Roman Alexander Maria), of the Order of Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians and Metropolitan of Halych; born 29 July 1865 in Prylbychi (Ukraine), died in Lviv (Ukraine) 1 November 1944;

 - of the Servant of God Giuseepe Carraro, Bishop of Verona; born in Mira, Italy, on 26 June 1899 and died in Verona, Italy 30 December 1980;

 - of the Servant of God Agostino Ramírez Barba, Diocesan Priest, Founder of the Congregation of Sister Servants of the Lord of Mercy; born 27 August 1881 in San Miguel in Alto (Mexico) and died in Tepatitlán (Mexico) 4 July 1967;

 - of the Servant of God Simpliciano della Natività (given name: Aniello Francesco Saverio Maresco), Professed Priest of the Order of Friars Minor, Founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart; born in Meta di Sorrento (Italy) 11 May 1827 and died in Rome (Italy) 25 May 1898;

 - of the Servant of God Maria del Rifugio Aguilar y Torres, the widow of Cancino, Foundress of the Congregation of Mercedarian Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament; born in San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) 21 September 1866 and died in Mexico City (Mexico) 24 April 1937;

 - of the Servant of God Maria Teresa Dupouy Bordes, Professed Relgious of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Foundress of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary; born in Saint Pierre d’Irube (France) 6 May 1873 and died in San Sebastán (Spain) 26 May 1953;

 - of the Servant of God Elisa Miceli, Foundress of the Institute of the Rural Catechist Sisters of the Sacred heart; born in Longobardi (Italy) 12 April 1904 and died in Frascati (Italy) 19 April 1976;

 - of the Servant of God Isabella Méndez Herrero (in religion: Isabella di Maria Immacolata), Professed Sister of the Congregation of the Servants of Saint Joseph; born in Castellanos de Moriscos (Spain) 30 August 1924 and died in Salamanca (Spain) 28 December 1953
(from Vatican Radio)

Teachings of Christ

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Our Lord Jesus Christ..., who came to liberate mankind, in which both males and females are destined to salvation, was not adverse to males, for He took the form of a male, nor to females, for of a female He was born. Besides, there is a great mystery here: that just as death comes to us through a woman, Life is born to us through a woman; that the devil - defeated - would be tormented by each nature, feminine and masculine, since he had taken delight in the defection of both.

St. Augustine of Hippo, Ca. A.D. 397, Christian Combat 22, 24 in The Faith of the Early Fathers (Jurgens, Liturgical Press) 3:50, no. 1578