God’s First Divine Romance!
“the type of marriage which took place between Mary and Joseph;
it was such as the stars have, whose light unites in the atmosphere, though the stars themselves do not; a marriage like the flowers in the garden in springtime, who give forth perfume, though they themselves do not touch;
a marriage like an orchestration where a great melody is produced, but where one instrument is without contact with the other.
In such a marriage the use of the right to another is surrendered for a higher purpose.
Mary wanted to know how she could be a virgin and a mother, and Joseph wanted to know how he could be a virgin and a father.
It took an angel to reassure both that God had found a way. Only those who listen to angels’ voices can pierce that mystery. How much more beautiful Mary and Joseph become when we see in their lives what might be called the first Divine Romance.
God loves bellowing waterfalls, but I believe He loves them better not when they overflow and drown His flowers, but when they are harnessed and bridled to light a city and to slake the thirst of a child.
Not then in Joseph and Mary do we find one pure controlled waterfall and one dried-up lake, but rather two youths who before they knew the beauty of the one, and the handsome strength of the other, willed to surrender it for the ‘passionless passion’ and ‘wild tranquility’ of Jesus.”
Venerable Fulton Sheen.
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Today April 27th is the feastday of Saint Zita. She is the patron saint of maids and domestic servants.
If you lose your keys – seek her intercession as she is the patron saint of lost keys.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always tried to do God’s will obediently whenever it was pointed out to her by her mother. At the age of twelve Zita became a housekeeper in the house of a rich weaver in Lucca, Italy, eight miles from her home at Monte Sagrati.
As things turned out, she stayed with that family for the last forty-eight years of her life.
She found time every day to attend Mass and to recite many prayers, as well as to carry out her household duties so perfectly that the other servants were jealous of her. Indeed, her work was part of her religion! She use to say: “a servant is not holy if she is not busy; lazy people of our position is fake holiness.” At first, her employers were upset by her generous gifts of food to the poor, but in time, they were completely won over by her patience and goodness and she became a very close friend.
St. Zita was given a free reign over her working schedule and busied herself with visits to the sick and those in prison. Word spread rapidly in Lucca of her good deeds and the heavenly visions that appeared to her. She was sought out by the important people, and at her death in 1278 the people acclaimed her as a saint. She is the patroness of domestic workers. Her feast day is April 27.
Her body still remains incorrupt.
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Today is Ash Wednesday, the 1st day of Lent in the Catholic Church. We go to Holy Mass and witness the blessing of the ashes which is marked on our forehead with the Sign of the Cross by a priest who says ‘Repent and believe the Gospel’.
The church asks us to do 3 things during Lent:
Today we start walking this journey of faith in remembrance of Our Dear Lord Jesus Christ, who started His ministry by going into the wilderness and fasting and praying for 40 days and nights. At the end of it, he was tempted by the devil but Jesus rebuked him by quoting from the scriptures.
Can you imagine going into a deserted place today, where there is no one to talk to except God, there is no TV, no computer, no books to read, no food and water, no shelter from the cold or heat! Just alone with God, nature and the elements. Well that is what Jesus did for us, so that we may follow His example one day.
Today in our cities, there are no deserts around us! So where do we go? Its hard to get away in this day and age to a retreat place, without leaving our work, family, friends, school. We can try to set some quiet time away from the noise of this world and spend some time with Our Lord, either at home or at church.
During Lent, the Church instructs us to do penance from our sins by abstaining from the excesses of life – junk food, alcohol, movies, sweets, etc. Abstaining from life’s pleasures fortifies us and helps us to overcome our weaknesses, strengthens our faith and our relationship with God. Its an ideal time for praying, reading scripture or books on the lives of the saints, saying the daily rosary. There are many beautiful books on faith which can be found in your local catholic church bookshop or library or online.
Many people start fasting and abstaining from chocolates and sweets without realising the meaning of abstinence. An abstinence is to help you overcome a vice or bad habit. Choose wisely this Lent which vice you need to overcome, which could be a barrier between you and God.
Here are a list of vices:
The opposites of vices are virtues:
- Humility before God
- Mercy towards our neighbour
- Chastity, modesty in dress and behaviour
- Abstinence from excess food, Self control
- Love of neighbour, enemy
- Fortitude/work harder
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Wishing you all a Very Happy & Blessed New Year 2013!
If you’re thinking about changing your life for the better, want to get back to living and walking this life with God, start today and take the first step. Its not hard to change your life, because with God all things are possible.
Some ways to start changing your life -
- Make an act of consecration to Our Lord by willing a change in your life and surrender your life into His hands.
- Visit your local catholic church and have a chat with the parish priest. The priest is more than happy to help you.
- Live a prayerful life. You can’t do it without prayer. Awake each morning and say a short prayer of thanksgiving to Our Lord. You can pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, if that is all you can remember. It just takes 1 minute!
- Try and make a daily timetable of adding prayer during different times of the day – on rising in the morning, mid-day at 12 with the Angelus, 3pm Divine Mercy prayer or chaplet (the chaplet will take 10 mins), night prayers before retiring to bed. You can add short supplications during the day ‘All for Thee O Sacred Heart of Jesus’, or ‘Thy will be done’, ‘Thank you Lord’, ‘Jesus I trust in Thee’.
- Daily Mass. Some churches have early morning Mass at 7am or 8am. Some churches have mid-day service in the cities or evening Mass for people who finish work or school.
- Eucharistic Adoration. Spend a few quiet moments with the Lord Jesus and see how much love and Grace you receive into your heart to help you live your faith daily and strength to carry on through trials.
- Receive the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion regularly.
- Join church groups to live your faith more actively and get support from fellow christian to grow stronger in your faith.
- Give up any sin in your life and make a daily examination of conscience. Some people say they don’t sin, but if you examine your life you will find some things that can change. Things like gossip, slander against your neighbour, you pass on news about someone which you have heard from someone else but haven’t seen yourself, swearing, lying, laziness, addictions. If we don’t correct these little imperfections in our life, they will lead to other worse sins.
- If you can’t find any local church, there are plenty of online christian websites which have an abundance of resources. http://www.ewtn.com/ is a great catholic tv and online website.
“May the LORD bless you and keep you; May the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; May the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace”. (Numbers 6:24-26)
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Have you experienced a life threatening situation? Like got stuck in an elevator? There is no way out, you are in this small space with steel walls around you and no air!
Throughout my life I’ve heard people say they will never go into an elevator, they are afraid of getting stuck. Well that’s what happened to me this Sunday morning, on my way to Mass! I had no inkling to warn me about this. People expect to get a warning don’t they, but no not this time. Its real, human fear of being suffocated.
I had parked on the top floor, took the lift down and the last person to get in questioned whether they could fit in. The sign said 13 people and we were just 10 adults, so it should be okay or so we thought. The lift went straight down to the ground floor. Nothing happens, the doors don’t open automatically. Silence, shock, this couldn’t be happening to us look on our faces! Instant reaction is fright. People started pressing buttons, Open Door. Nothing! We are looking at each other. ‘See I told you we shouldn’t have got in, we should have walked down’ said the last lady that got in. Someone said ‘press the Alarm’. Pressed the Alarm once. Nothing! We are looking at four walls of solid steel, with no fan, no ventilation, its a hot day. Pressed the Alarm button a few more times. Then a voice came over the loud speaker ‘whats happened?’. ‘We’re stuck in the lift and the doors are not opening’. ‘Oh okay we’ll send the maintenance team. How are you?’. Then silence – silence for a few minutes. I said ‘lets pray’. Again we pressed the Alarm bell. ‘Yes? the voice said. ‘When do you expect the maintenance team will come?’. ’30 minutes’. I said 30 minutes? there’s someone sick here, its too long. I suddenly had visions of the team climbing over the lift and pulling us out of the roof. What if they couldn’t fix it? Sometimes it takes hours I thought! What else can you do in an enclosed space for hours! It was stifling, I could feel the heat. I thought to myself please don’t faint and embarrass yourself! The rest of the people around me were younger, some were joking about it. One girl put it on Facebook from her mobile phone and said ‘ha now the whole world knows we’re stuck in a lift’. They all giggled.
I was starting to feel faint, my legs were shaking. I was praying to our Lord Jesus to save us. Minutes passed. Someone asked how long has it been. People looked around for any signs of an opening. Nothing! I couldn’t imagine being stuck here in a small space for hours with nothing to do. I passed my time texting family to let them know where I was.
After about 20 minutes we heard a noise outside, the doors opened and a man outside greets us with a smile! Alleluia praise God! What a breath of fresh air it was! How thankful we are to breathe again!
This experience gave me a few thoughts. 1) You never know when you will face a life threatening situation at any time without warning and will you be prepared to face your Maker? You might think oh its never going to happen to me. But who knows? 2) Speak to the management of Car Park to please have a Lift Attendant in the lift next time!
May God’s peace be with you!
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