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“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” Mother Teresa

It is easy to smile when life is great around us, when we achieve our goals in life – succeed at school, getting your driver’s licence, buying a car, getting that dream job, marrying, having a family, holidays, buying a new house, ticking off all the things on our ‘To Do List’ or ‘Wish List’, or having a lovely day.

Life can be pretty smooth sailing for a while, until life suddenly changes … we encounter issues with job instability, financial instability, health problems for ourselves or people we live with, external factors we don’t have control over – like nature taking its toll on our homes with floods, damage to houses and properties; wars, terrorism, plagues, rioting, new laws governing our future security in our country.

How do we smile when a loved one is suffering illness and passes away? The overwhelming grief and loss is ever present. All around you, you see people happy and going about their own lives.

The ‘smile’ that Blessed Teresa talks about is a spiritual smile! You can instantly smile when you feel Jesus ever present within you, when you have a deep personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and He only can give you that peace that the world cannot give. How?

  1. By striving to live a virtuous life, praying continually, communicating with God our Father throughout the day, thanking Him for everything around us; praying for the intentions of others, sick, dying, poor, homeless, needs of the Catholic Church.
  2. Reading the Scriptures daily and learning our catholic faith. Reading the Lives of the Saints we learn how they dealt with life’s challenges and adversities.
  3. Attending Holy Mass regularly, listening to the Word of God and receiving the Holy Eucharist, food for our souls.
  4. Regular Confession, striving to avoid sin
  5. Eucharistic Adoration
  6. Daily Examen of Conscience
  7. Practicing good works of mercy

When we know more about Jesus, then we can smile from the heart and soul, even in times when we encounter adversities and challenges.

We smile at our brothers and sisters in Christ, wishing them peace and blessings! Each time we smile at someone we impart peace and blessings to be spread around the world! And we in turn also experience peace and healing.

Shalom!

 

Happiness


Happiness equation by Prager University

 


The Remarkable Evidence of a Transcendent Soul   by Fr Robert Spitzer, S J


The 5 prayers given to the children at Fatima that every Catholic should know.

Keep this at the top of your prayer list!

Summarised below:

1) The Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer

“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,  save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.”

Mary told the children that people should add this prayer to the end of each decade of the Rosary.

2) The Pardon Prayer

“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.”

This prayer was given to the children by the angel that visited them in 1916, the year before Mary appeared to them.

3) The Angel’s Prayer

“O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”

This is another prayer given to them by the angel. There was a Eucharistic host and chalice suspended in the air, and the angel led them in kneeling before it and praying this prayer.

4) The Eucharistic Prayer

“Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.”

When Mary appeared to the children for the first time on May 13, 1917, she said, “You will have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.” According to Lucia, one of the children, a bright light shone all around them, and without thinking about it, they all started reciting this prayer.

5) The Sacrifice Prayer

“O Jesus, it is for the love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners [that I do this].”

Mary gave the children this prayer, as well as the Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer, on June 13th, 1917. The prayer is meant to be recited when you are offering up suffering to God.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/blog/the-5-prayers-revealed-at-fatima-that-every-catholic-should-know/

 

Tribute to Mummy!


10133_1160290120674_1030423715_30448483_5667869_n.jpgThis year is the first year without you mum on Mothers’ Day! Just two months have passed since you left us for your Eternal Home. I can’t believe that I will never hear you again or see you again, or hear you say ‘then, what’s for dinner?’ ! This day we knew would come eventually after your long struggle with illness, but still nothing can prepare you for the shock, grief and pain that comes and goes daily. We try to go about daily tasks plodding along, but some memories come back. I think of the time when I would just marvel at the way you would still cook for us meals even after your own mother and sister or any close family had just passed away! You didn’t shirk responsibility. Not a day off sick from work, catching the tram to and from work in extreme heat, monsoons, floods, rioting, strikes! You didn’t ask for a day off from housewife or mother’s duties or to have a girls night out or just relax for yourself, to unwind from the stresses of everyday life. All spare time was spent with your kids and family.  As a mother, you didn’t even follow the fashions anymore as you were once a fashionable dresser in your youth. You asked nothing for yourself and never whinged or complained about it. Your children and family happiness was your life.

I am thinking of past Mothers Days we celebrated together and all the lovely cards and gifts we brought you, trying to express our love and gratitude.

With mum, every day was a celebration of life, Sunday family get togethers, feastdays, birthdays, anniversaries, Lent, Advent, Christmas, New Years, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Feast days of the church. She would ask each of us ‘what are you going to do on this day, what are you cooking, lets get together!’. So we had to make sure that we cooked the best! As you can guess, cooking and food was her passion! Early mornings were the times she prepared daily food for the family and any friends that came over. Cups of hot tea ever ready for anyone who came by.

Her catholic faith was her life and so was her family and friends! She would openly express her catholic faith to anyone. ‘Go to Jesus, pray, say the rosary, go to Holy Mass, ask Our Lady, St Anthony to help you, St Jude, St Joseph’. She had stacks of prayer books, holy pictures, Novenas to hand out to anyone who had a particular need. She struck up a conversation with anyone who would cross her path – whether on the streets out walking or at the local shops, she talked to them naturally.

We went everywhere with mum, to church, to events, to visit sick people in hospital or the lonely at home, attend fund raising events to help the needy and a regular trip to the movies. The local food shop owners knew her well and still speak with respect of her.

My earliest event memory as a child of mum was waking very early dawn of a cold winter morning and hearing voices. I peeped through the doorway and saw my mum talking to a man (who was the brother of her school friend who had become homeless) at the door who was huddled over with a blanket and a hot mug of tea and bread in his hand and mum talking to him gently, advising him what to do with his life, a homeless person. Many hungry and homeless people would turn up at our front door. Mum would wake at dawn and prepare the kitchen for morning breakfasts and lunches for the day and also have a big pot of tea and bread ready for the hungry. This memory stayed with me a lifetime, which prompts her children to always reach out to those in need, to be compassionate. Till her last year at home, she handed out cups of hot tea to the neighbours who passed by to say ‘hello’.

Mum spent a lifetime of service to others, even with a large young family of her own, amidst trying times, she kept calm and reached out to the needy. If she couldn’t help, then she would refer someone else. If she couldnt help that person materially, she would pray for them and ask them to keep praying till God answered their prayer!

God gave each one of us precious time to spend some quiet moments with you mum! They were quiet times when there was no need for words, just the sense of God being present between us and telling us ‘its okay I am with you, love and peace’. These were the best times mum!

I am praying and wishing you a Happy Mothers Day where I can visualise you at last resting in Eternal Peace with Our Heavenly Father in His Eternal Kingdom and with all your loved ones who have gone before us.

I love you forever mum!

~ Mary

 

 

 

 

 


Ash Wednesday 1Today’s readings for 2nd March, brings to mind the purpose of our Lenten journey, being aware of sin in daily life and discerning God’s Will for us, choosing to accept our cross and following Jesus.

Reading 1DT 30:15-20

Moses said to the people:
“Today I have set before you
life and prosperity, death and doom.
If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,
which I enjoin on you today,
loving him, and walking in his ways,
and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,
you will live and grow numerous,
and the LORD, your God,
will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.
If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,
but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,
I tell you now that you will certainly perish;
you will not have a long life
on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.
I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:
I have set before you life and death,
the blessing and the curse.
Choose life, then,
that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God,
heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.
For that will mean life for you,
a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore
he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6

R. (40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Verse Before The GospelMT 4:17

Repent, says the Lord;
the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.

GospelLK 9:22-25

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected
by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Then he said to all,
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world
yet lose or forfeit himself?”

An interesting homily at Mass today given by our priest! He said that sometimes we encounter crosses which are of our own making – which is the consequence of us giving into our own will – our pride, envy, laziness, cheating, lying, dishonesty. When our will crosses the will of God.

In Giving we Receive


holy_massI have heard many people complain that they dont like to go to Holy Mass as they are bored or distracted with noise, or just dont like the church and we hear many excuses to not attend! Its too hot to go out, or too cold, or its raining, or the seats are uncomfortable, etc.

The thought came to me in prayer one day – just a few weeks ago – that our church today needs a lot of prayers, every one of us are needed at church today to pray, especially when we are united as a community praying to our Heavenly Father with one voice at church. Jesus said ‘where two or more are gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst’.

Think of it – we hear of so many world issues and we feel helpless! But we can help a lot just by praying! God is always listening to our prayers!

It doesn’t matter what catholic church we go to, as long as we give of ourselves, our time, our prayers, united at Mass, praying for the world, the current issues facing the world. Our united prayers are heard. We pray for Our Pope, bishops and priests, religious, missionaries, our government leaders and people working with social justice issues, the sick of our local parish, the grieving, the elderly, the needs of the church, the poor, the homeless, the starving. We pray as a community. We offer these prayers at the Altar of God, at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, with the intentions of the Priest officiating at Mass. The prayers at the Offertory are offered to God our Heavenly Father.

If we pay real attention at Mass, to the Readings of the day, the Psalms and the Gospel, (lessons for every day life from the writings of St Paul, Psalms), the Offertory, the Consecration of the bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, a miracle happening, every minute of every day across the world … God present among us and received into our hearts. What a Blessing, what a priceless treasure!

Its even more beneficial if we prepare ourselves before we go to Mass with full intention of what we are about to participate in. We can prepare by reading over the Scripture Readings of the day – available online or can be downloaded on your mobile app. This alone has helped me to understand and appreciate the readings, what they mean to me – today, this very moment. It also helps if you are unable to hear the person who is reading from the pulpit, or even if you have a hearing impairment or there are children around you.

Our world is in great distress today and in need of a lot of prayers. Our local churches and parishes need our attendance and help even more today than ever, especially our united prayers.  Its also an opportunity to get to know your neighbours and local community at church and join in social activities or even volunteer your time.

“And it is in giving that we receive”.

Let us pray for one another!

 

 

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