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images-1Playing the waiting game while job hunting is not easy! You send off lots of job applications and either don’t hear from employers or get an unsuccessful response. Not easy! Many go through this scenario daily.

How can we fill in that time of waiting for the phone to ring or that long awaited successful letter?  Here are some tips to overcome this and work to a positive solution:

  1. Keep ACTIVE! Do a personal inventory – We can use that spare time, by organising ourselves, our surroundings, our homes first, our paperwork.
  2. Update your C.V.  Contact me for formatting Resumes/C.V. @ xpressonline@bigpond.com. Prepare your C.V. file with references included.
  3. Daily exercise – Use that spare time to improve your health. Set up a daily exercise routine – go for a 20 minute brisk walk daily. Walk the dog.
  4. Food intake – don’t neglect your health, eat healthy meals.
  5. Hobbies/Activities – take…

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Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, hear us,
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.

Save us

Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father,
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God,
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament,
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony,
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging,
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross,
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation,
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness,
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls,
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy,
Blood of Christ, victor over demons,
Blood of Christ, courage of martyrs,
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins,
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril,
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened,
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow,
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent,
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying,
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts,
Blood of Christ, pledge of Eternal life,
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from Purgatory,
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor,

Lamb of God, You, Who take away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You, Who take away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us,
O Lord Lamb of God, You, Who take away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. You have redeemed us, O Lord, in Your Blood.

R. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.

Let Us Pray

Almighty and Eternal God, You have appointed Your only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant, we beg of You, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of this present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wholeness


WHOLENESS – AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
Bishop Kallistos Ware  
Excerpts from an interviewed in Parabola Magazine, February 1985

In the Orthodox spiritual tradition we often use the word “heart.”  By heart we mean not just the emotions or feelings but the deep center, the true self.  Our aim is to discover the place of the heart, to unite the brain with its knowledge to the heart; and in the heart also feeling is found.  Our aim, then, is to integrate them on the level of the deep heart. And the body is also involved in this, because the body is not a piece of clothing but out integral self.  The body plays its part through ascetic effort, by which I don’t mean just self-denial, but self-control.  It plays its part through symbolic actions.  There are ways also in which the rhythms of the body, the rhythm of the breathing, for example, can be used in prayer and meditation. The body is not just a piece of matter to be ignored, and still less something evil to be hated. The body is an aspect of our self, which we are to live to the full.

The whole person is not just a self-contained, self-centered unity.  The whole person is a person who is on the one side open to God, and on the other side open to other human persons.  The human being without God is not truly human. We were created to enter into a relationship with God, to be in dialogue with Him, and if that relationship is not present something essential is lacking from our personhood.  Equally, we are created to relate to other human persons.  It has been said that there is no true man unless there are two men entering into communication with one another.  The isolated individual is not a real person.  A real person is one who lives in and for others.  And the more personal relationships we form with others, the more truly we realize ourselves as persons.  This idea of openness to God, openness to other persons, could be summed up under the word “love.”  We become truly personal by loving God and by loving other humans.  By love I don’t mean merely an emotional feeling, but a fundamental attitude. In its deepest sense, love is the life, the energy, of God Himself in us.

For me, as an Orthodox Christian, the journey towards wholeness involves prayer, in the sense of personal, private prayer, standing in silence before God; but also in the sense of communal prayer, sharing in the services of the Church, sharing in the Sacraments.  It involves, beyond prayer, joining in all the other practices of the Church; in fasting, in the reading of Holy Scripture.  Is it possible to grow without these things? God is very generous. Man people who have no religious practice do grow in self-understanding, do show creative love towards others.  They are open to their fellow humans. And there are many people who are open towards God who do not belong to any particular church.  I do not wish to judge them. I accept the authenticity and integrity of their inner life.  Yet, I believe that in its fullness, the growth of the human person towards wholeness is intended by God to take place within church life.

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“A Little Spiritual Help” is for
HEALING LIFE, DEEPENING FAITH, ENRICHING PRACTICE, and REFRESHING SPIRIT


Many people today want freedom and dont like to be tied to rules of any type! But the reality of life is, this is a world created by God with law and order! With God there is no chaos, there is only peace. There has to be law and order, for the whole of mankind to survive.

“The purpose of the precepts has always been to preserve good order in the Church, to maintain discipline within the Church, and to establish a specific Catholic identity. “

As an example, take the laws of nature. Whether we like it or not we have to accept Mother Nature around us – the weather patterns of the day! As we need the sun, the rain, the moon and stars at night to rise and shine and the change of seasons. All nature around us evolves through the times and seasons. So we trust in God, knowing that He alone takes care of us all. He knows what is good for us – eventually for our eternal home. We have to accept laws of God is good for all of us.

These Precepts of the church are not at all difficult to follow. If you love God you will willingly obey them with a joyful heart, because it is just a matter of attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, obeying the Fast and Abstinence, participating in the life of the church, going to Confession. These are all good for our souls and for our peace. Taking part in the life of the church is a joyful gift, because we get to know the local people, we meet, we talk, we share our stories and try to help one another, there are many activities in the church – joyful events of celebrating together when people are baptised, children receive their Holy Communion and Confirmation, Weddings, and also sharing at sad times when someone passes away. We also pray together for the needs of the parish, the congregation, the universal church, any situations currently happening in our country and the world. All our prayers are lifted up to God. It is healing and comforting for all to participate in this.

The church needs our hands and talents too by assisting in any way. Here are the Precepts of the Catholic Church:

  1. Attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation
  2. Confession of serious sin at least once a year
  3. Reception of Holy Communion at least once a year during the Easter season
  4. Observance of the days of fast and abstinence
  5. Providing for the needs of the Church

MORAL GUIDES TO LIVE A GOOD LIFE:

Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy: The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions we can perform that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need.

Corporal Works of Mercy: The Corporal Works of Mercy are these kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs. 

  • shelter the homeless
  • clothe the naked
  • visit the sick and imprisoned
  • bury the dead
  • give alms to the poor

Spiritual Works of Mercy

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion, as listed below, by which we help our neighbors with their emotional and spiritual needs. 

  • instruct
  • advise
  • console
  • comfort
  • forgive
  • bear wrongs patiently

The Beatitudes

Taught by Jesus Christ on the Mount:

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
  • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  • Blessed are the clean in heart, for they will see God. 
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 
  • Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

So if you have been away from the catholic church for any length of time, have hope, Jesus is waiting with open arms to welcome you back home – come home to the catholic church, speak to the priest, spend some time quietly before the Blessed Sacrament, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and unburden your soul to Jesus and receive His Peace. Many churches are open 7 days of the week. If you find one closed, try another church. Pray to the Holy Spirit to guide you. If the worry of changing your life for the better, brings you fear of losing friends, family, etc, dont let it worry you, leave it in God’s Hands and eventually you will find it is better to find peace of your soul to live in God’s Grace. It is a beautiful journey with Jesus by your side!

Peace and Blessings!

~ Mary


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