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For the first time in almost 2,000 years, scientists have examined Jesus’s tomb; what they have found underlines the truth of the Gospels …

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2016/11/23/a-glimpse-inside-christs-burial-place/?utm_content=buffer2cd2a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 


Young+men+and+women+using+mobile+phonesAre you addicted to texting, emails and social media? It is a difficult habit to break, especially when you’re bored or not doing anything or curious to know what is going on the social media world! We are spending less time interacting with other fellow human beings. When walking down a street, people pass you by without looking up from their mobile phones or when standing at a busy road intersection, they use that time to look at their mobile phones. No one notices things going around them! I have even seen people at tram and train terminus climbing on board the tram, still looking at their mobiles, getting onto the tram/train still looking at their mobiles! I have come across people walking across a busy street, not looking left or right, but with their heads bowed down looking at their mobile!

Another health concern is caring for your eyes. Recently I had to do research on eye sickness and what steps to take to care for your eyes. Our eyes are so precious, you would only know how precious they were if you suddenly experienced vision loss! Think about it! Even before computers and mobile phones, humans do experience some eye problems as they age, whether its cataract, macular degeneration or retina detachment. Some people experience retina detachment – suddenly without warning! The only way to correct this problem is to have surgery and even then full vision is not guaranteed!

The other safety risk is on the road, being at risk to drivers, to yourself and to others, if you are walking across a busy road, preoccupied with reading your mobile phone! How can you not know that a car driver will not be able to use his brakes to prevent a collision?

I have also seen drivers behind the wheel of a car, driving with one hand on the wheel and the other on their mobile phone, looking at their mobile phone, instead of on the road ahead on a very busy road intersection!

Does the Future Hold a Digital Revolution?

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/67962187/optometrist-warns-screen-use-may-cause-early-macular-degenerationis

How can we overcome this addiction? Anybody have any answers? I look forward to your comments. Thank you!

May God be with you on your journey today!

~ Mary J

 

Hope


Hope

Christian hope is a humble and strong virtue that supports us, so that we do not drown under the many difficulties we face in life. Hope in the Lord never disappoints us; it’s a font of joy and peace in our hearts.

Pope Francis Homily
Casa St Martha
17 March 2016


RembrandtReading The Imitation of Christ, Book II, Chapter 5, as part of my Consecration to Mary. It is so important that we build up our personal relationship with God alone, examine the state of our soul daily, by Examination of Conscience, spend time in conversation with God.  ‘What does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and suffers the loss of his own soul. Mathew 16:26. Makes sense doesn’t it? If we get involved too much in the affairs of others and of the world, we neglect our own soul. To a certain degree, things around us happen, someone needs help, we need to attend to working a job, paying our bills, cooking our food to sustain us, to clean our homes and care for family around us. But we need to devote some time of the day to God alone, even if it for a few minutes early morning and late night.  If we spend some time examining our day and what happened, how did we respond to certain things, how we felt about it and what feelings it evoked within us, we ask God to shed His Light on that situation and to help us grow and change, so that next time it happens, we will respond in a charitable way, which is good for our souls and the good of other souls. This is how we grow positively and change the world a little at a time!

Ourselves

We must not rely too much upon ourselves, for grace and understanding are often lacking in us. We have but little inborn light, and this we quickly lose through negligence. Often we are not aware that we are so blind in heart. Meanwhile we do wrong, and then do worse in excusing it. At times we are moved by passion, and we think it zeal. We take others to task for small mistakes, and overlook greater ones in ourselves. We are quick enough to feel and brood over the things we suffer from others, but we think nothing of how much others suffer from us. If a man would weigh his own deeds fully and rightly, he would find little cause to pass severe judgment on others.

The interior man puts the care of himself before all other concerns, and he who attends to himself carefully does not find it hard to hold his tongue about others. You will never be devout of heart unless you are thus silent about the affairs of others and pay particular attention to yourself. If you attend wholly to God and yourself, you will be little disturbed by what you see about you.

Where are your thoughts when they are not upon yourself? And after attending to various things, what have you gained if you have neglected self? If you wish to have true peace of mind and unity of purpose, you must cast all else aside and keep only yourself before your eyes.

You will make great progress if you keep yourself free from all temporal cares, for to value anything that is temporal is a great mistake. Consider nothing great, nothing high, nothing pleasing, nothing acceptable, except God Himself or that which is of God. Consider the consolations of creatures as vanity, for the soul that loves God scorns all things that are inferior to Him. God alone, the eternal and infinite, satisfies all, bringing comfort to the soul and true joy to the body.

I wish you God’s peace and may you find God’s Grace to grow from strength to strength in the virtues that God has promised us!

~ Mary

 


Here are Christian radio websites for your listening, while you work, drive, travel…

http://radio.visionaustralia.org/our-networks

 


“The task for a Christian is to drown evil in an abundance of good. It is not a question of negative campaigns, or of being anti anything. On the contrary, we should live positively, full of optimism, with youthfulness, joy and peace. We should be understanding with everybody, with the followers of Christ and with those who abandon him, or do not know him at all.

— But understanding does not mean holding back, or remaining indifferent; it means being active.

St Josemaría Escrivá, Furrow, 865.


Today at Mass, our priest spoke on this topic. So how do you define ‘happiness’?

‘Seeking holiness rather than happiness is a hard thing to do in the culture in which we live,” wrote John Maxwell, “because so much is geared to happiness—whatever makes you feel good.  In a secular society, happiness is the aim of life.  In a spiritual society, holiness is the thing that we strive for….Happiness is really found in holiness.  But if we try to bypass holiness in our search for happiness, we’ll miss it altogether.  Happiness is a by-product of holiness; it’s a benefit of living a pure life, rightly related to God, self and others.”

Material happiness is short-lived, it is just a feeling. If we strive to live holy lives we will be at peace, that is seeking peace with ourselves and others, doing the Will of God, obeying God’s Commandments, praying throughout the day, going to Mass, receiving the Holy Eucharist, Confession, striving to overcome our weaknesses, serving others. Striving to achieve this is hard work, but God gives us much more abundant Grace when we look to serve others, giving us peace and strength for daily living.

 

 

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