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A Journey of Faith

This talk by Fr Richard is a very inspirational talk in which he describes how to grow deeper in your catholic faith by prayer and living out the Beatitudes every day.

There are various aspects of a christian life by daily prayers – vocal, with the community of the church, at Mass, etc. But the greatest benefit is for each person is to develop a deep personal relationship with God

  1. Awake in prayer! Spend your first moments with a simple sign of the Cross and dedication of your day to Our Lord. Time taken = 1 minute!
  2. Prayer – by spending some quiet alone time with God, talking to Him as if he is with you now, because He is!
  3. Reading – If you want to learn about God, read about Him in the Scriptures. Reading the Scriptures will also help you as God speaks to us through the scriptures…

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Hello friends

How are you coping in the lockdown? It is a global pandemic lockdown situation and we are all in this together. As with any life challenging situation, we experience shock at first, disbelief, anger and grief. Plus we are forced to stay at home and restrict our movements going outside except for work, study, excercise and emergency situation. Plus we cannot attend our church from where we get our strength from God and catholic community. What made matters worse was the panic buying of groceries. It was shocking to see empty shelves at the supermarkets and added to our stress.

So how do we take stock of the situation in our homes, assemble ourselves, work out plans to make life meaningful?

  1. Activity: Plan a fun or interesting activity for the day.
  2. Cooking: Make each meal something to look forward to – like pancakes for breakfast, a platter of variety of fruits, toasted savory sandwiches with different fillings, porridge with something extra – drizzle of honey! Let each person plan breakfast each day.
  3. Breadmaking: Try baking your own bread, it may not come out right the first time, but worth a try!
  4. Jams and pickles
  5. Gardening – buy a plant or tree and add some interesting garden ornaments or grow herbs or veggies. If you are new to gardening, try a few plants that you can maintain easily.
  6. Missing church? Create a prayerful atmosphere at home. Decorate a new altar with holy pictures, rosaries, candles, vase of flowers. Set up a timetable of prayer throughout the day and encourage other family members to join in by reading from the Scriptures. Watch Holy Mass online. Many churches have joined in recording their own Mass for their parishioners at home.
  7. Reading: Read spiritual books that you havent had time to read. The Bible and Cathecism are No. 1 books that every catholic should read.
  8. Journal writing: Some Saints have written their own diaries which are published – St Faustina’s Diary and St Therese ‘Story of a Soul’. Many saints were imprisoned and spent months and years in isolation and confinement. We can learn from them.
  9. Excercise: keep active by daily walks and excercise at home. There are videos on YouTube that you can keep time with excercise programs ranging from 5 mins to 30 mins. There are walking programs on YouTube to help you ranging from 15 minutes a day.
  10. Handcrafts: did you used to love to knit, sew, crochet? Choose something that you look forward to working on every day.

Spread Hope and Joy around you today! Let us share with each other this journey by commenting below!

St Mary Magdalen


22nd July is the Feast of St Mary Magdalen.

Here is a web link to prayers to St Mary Magdalen by St Anslem –

Patroness of Women, penitent sinners, pharmacists, prostitutes, sexual temptations, hairdressers.

Prayer-
St Mary Magdalene, you came with springing tears to the spring of mercy, Christ; from him your burning thirst was abundantly refreshed through him your sins were forgiven; by him your bitter sorrow was consoled.
My dearest lady, well you know by your own life how a sinful soul can be reconciled with its creator, what counsel a soul in misery needs, what medicine will restore the sick to health.
It is enough for us to understand, dear friend of God, to whom were many sins forgiven, because she loved much.
Most blessed lady, I who am the most evil and sinful of men do not recall your sins as a reproach, but call upon the boundless mercy by which they were blotted out.
This is my reassurance, so that I do not despair; this is my longing, so that I shall not perish.

I say this of myself, miserably cast down into the depths of vice, bowed down with the weight of crimes, thrust down by my own hand into a dark prison of sins, wrapped round with the shadows of darkness.
Therefore, since you are now with the chosen because you are beloved and are beloved because you are chosen of God, 1, in my misery, pray to you, in bliss; in my darkness, I ask for light; in my sins, redemption; impure, I ask for purity.
Recall in loving kindness what you used to be, how much you needed mercy, and seek for me that same forgiving love that you received when you were wanting it. Ask urgently that I may have the love that pierces the heart; tears that are humble; desire for the homeland of heaven; impatience with this earthly exile; searing repentance; and a dread of torments in eternity.
Turn to my good that ready access that you once had and still have to the spring of mercy.
Draw me to him where I may wash away my sins; bring me to him who can slake my thirst; pour over me those waters that will make my dry places fresh. You will not find it hard to gain all you desire from so loving and so kind a Lord, who is alive and reigns and is your friend.
For who can tell, beloved and blest of God, with what kind familiarity and familiar kindness he himself replied on your behalf to the calumnies of those who were against you? How he defended you, when the proud Pharisee was indignant, how he excused you, when your sister complained, how highly he praised your deed, when Judas begrudged it.

And, more than all this, what can I say, how can I find words to tell, about the burning love with which you sought him, weeping at the sepulchre, and wept for him in your seeking?
How he came, who can say how or with what kindness, to comfort you, and made you burn with love still more; how he hid from you when you wanted to see him, and showed himself when you did not think to see him; how he was there all the time you sought him, and how he sought you when, seeking him, you wept.

But you, most holy Lord, why do you ask her why she weeps?

Surely you can see; her heart, the dear life of her soul, is cruelly slain.

O love to be wondered at;
O evil to be shuddered at;

you hung on the wood, pierced by iron nails, stretched out like a thief for the mockery of wicked men; and yet, ‘Woman,’ you say, ‘why are you weeping?’ She had not been able to prevent them from killing you, but at least she longed to keep your body for a while with ointments lest it decay.

No longer able to speak with you living, at least she could mourn for you dead. So, near to death and hating her own life, she repeats in broken tones the words of life which she had heard from the living.
And now, besides all this, even the body which she was glad, in a way, to have kept, she believes to have gone.
And can you ask her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’
Had she not reason to weep?
For she had seen with her own eyes–if she could bear to look–what cruel men cruelly did to you; and now all that was left of you from their hands she thinks she has lost.
All hope of you has fled, for now she has not even your lifeless body to remind her of you.
And someone asks, ‘Who are you looking for? Why are you weeping?’
You, her sole joy, should be the last thus to increase her sorrow. But you know it all well, and thus you wish it to be, for only in such broken words and sighs can she convey a cause of grief as great as hers. The love you have inspired you do not ignore,
And indeed you know her well, the gardener, who planted her soul in his garden. What you plant, I think you also water.
Do you water, I wonder, or do you test her?
In fact, you are both watering and putting to the test.
But now, good Lord, gentle Master, look upon your faithful servant and disciple, so lately redeemed by your blood, and see how she burns with anxiety, desiring you, searching all round, questioning, and what she longs for is nowhere found.
Nothing she sees can satisfy her, since you whom alone she would behold, she sees not.
What then?
How long will my Lord leave his beloved to suffer thus?
Have you put off compassion now you have put on incorruption? Did you let go of goodness when you laid hold of immortality?
Let it not be so, Lord.
You will not despise us mortals now you have made yourself immortal, for you made yourself a mortal in order to give us immortality.And so it is; for love’s sake he cannot bear her grief for long or go on hiding himself. For the sweetness of love he shows himself who would not for the bitterness of tears.The Lord calls his servant by the name she has often heard and the servant knows the voice of her own Lord.I think, or rather I am sure, that she responded to the gentle tone with which he was accustomed to call, ‘Mary’. What joy filled that voice, so gentle and full of love.He could not have put it more simply and clearly:

‘I know who you are and what you want; behold me; do not weep, behold me; I am he whom you seek.’
At once the tears are changed; I do not believe that they stopped at once, but where once they were wrung from a heart broken and self-tormenting they flow now from a heart exulting. How different is, ‘Master!’ from ‘If you have taken him away, tell me’; and, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him,’ has a very different sound from,
‘I have seen the Lord, and he has spoken to me.’But how should I, in misery and without love, dare to describe the love of God and the blessed friend of God? Such a flavour of goodness will make my heart sick if it has in itself nothing of that same virtue. But in truth, you who are very truth, you know me well and can testify that I write this for the love of your love, my Lord, my most dear Jesus.I want your love to burn in me as you command so that I may desire to love you alone and sacrifice to you a troubled spirit, ‘a broken and a contrite heart’.

Give me, 0 Lord, in this exile, the bread of tears and sorrow for which I hunger more than for any choice delights.Hear me, for your love, and for the dear merits of your beloved Mary, and your blessed Mother, the greater Mary.Redeemer, my good Jesus, do not despise the prayers of one who has sinned against you but strengthen the efforts of a weakling that loves you. Shake my heart out of its indolence, Lord, and in the ardour of your love bring me to the everlasting sight of your glory where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, God, for ever. Amen.
ATTRIBUTED TO ST. ANSELM

LITANY to St. Mary Magdalene
Prayer:

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. 

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. 

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Saint Mary Magdalene, Pray for us. 

Sister of Martha and Lazarus, Pray for us. 

Who didst enter the Pharisee’s house to anoint the feet of Jesus, Pray for us. 

Who didst wash His feet with thy tears, Pray for us. 

Who didst dry them with thy hair, Pray for us. 

Who didst cover them with kisses, Pray for us. 

Who wast vindicated by Jesus before the proud Pharisee, Pray for us. 

Who from Jesus received the pardon of thy sins, Pray for us. 

Who before darkness wast restored to light, Pray for us. 

Mirror of penance, R Disciple of Our Lord,Pray for us. 

Wounded with the love of Christ, Pray for us. 

Most dear to the Heart of Jesus, Pray for us. 

Constant woman, Pray for us.

 Last at the Cross of Jesus, first at His tomb, Pray for us. 

Thou who wast the first to see Jesus risen, Pray for us. 

Whose forehead was sanctified by the touch of thy risen Master, Pray for us. 

Apostle of apostles, Pray for us. 

Who didst choose the “better part,”Pray for us. 

Who lived for many years in solitude being miraculously fed, Pray for us. 

Who wast visited by angels seven times a day, Pray for us. 

Sweet advocate of sinners, Pray for us. 

Spouse of the King of Glory, Pray for us.

Saint Mary Magdalene, earnestly intercede for us with thy Divine Master

That we may share thy happiness in heaven.

Let us pray. May the glorious merits of blessed Mary Magdalene, we beseech Thee, O Lord, make our offerings acceptable to Thee: for Thine only-begotten Son vouchsafed graciously to accept the humble service she rendered. Who livest and reignest with Thee and the Holy Ghost, God for ever and ever. R. Amen.May the prayers of blessed Mary Magdalene help us, O Lord : for it was in answer to them that Thou didst call her brother Lazarus, four days after death, back from the grave to life. Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, Unity in Trinity, world without end. R. Amen.Prayer Source: Kyrie Eleison — Two Hundred Litanies by Benjamin Francis Musser O.F.M., The Magnificat Press, 1944

Source:

https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2020/07/powerful-prayers-to-st-mary-magdalen-by.html

Act of Reparation


Act of Reparation for Blasphemies Uttered Against the Holy Name of Jesus

“O Jesus, my Savior and Redeemer, Son of the living God, behold, we kneel before Thee and offer Thee our reparation; we would make amends for all the blasphemies uttered against Thy holy name, for all the injuries done to Thee in the Blessed Sacrament, for all the irreverence shown toward Thine immaculate Virgin Mother, for all the calumnies and slanders spoken against Thy spouse, the holy Catholic and Roman Church.

O Jesus, who has said: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you,” we pray and beseech Thee for all our brethren who are in danger of sin; shield them from every temptation to fall away from the true faith; save those who are even now standing on the brink of the abyss; to all of them give light and knowledge of the truth, courage and strength for the conflict with evil, perseverance in faith and active charity!

For this do we pray, most merciful Jesus, in Thy name, unto God the Father, with whom Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the Holy Ghost world without end. Amen.”


Hello friends

How are you coping with the lock down and social distancing? We are all in lockdown all over the world because of the pandemic virus! Its very sad and heartbreaking for those of us who loved going to Daily Mass at our local parish church. I looked forward to each day of the week, going to church for a different feast day or just to pray and worship Our God. Some days required a bit of effort with finding the time and commuting to and from church. Now we can’t wait for the news that our churches will open for Mass and Adoration!

Many of us rebelled against the rules of social distancing to reduce the rapid spread of infection in our communities, at first disbelieving it. But now, as more and more reports are coming through from all over the world and especially in your country where you live, the figures of victims are increasing.

So what can each of us do to help this situation for the benefit and good of our communities? We need to stay home as much as possible and limit outdoor activities to shopping for necessities only. I do miss going to Mass and it is heartbreaking but I am so grateful for the online Mass our priests are giving the world. After many prayers, the Lord has convinced us to stay home, increase our prayers at home and offer up our daily sacrifices for His intentions.

My first Sunday Mass at home (last Sunday) watching Mass was filled with many special Blessings that Our Lord Jesus gave us, because many people commented how blessed they felt.

I give below the link to our own Archdiocese of Melbourne daily Mass held at 1pm daily.

https://melbournecatholic.org.au/Mass

Melbourne Prays (daily devotions and prayers of the church at set times) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9-kUlnCRl30cEw3pbimLnA

Daily Mass at 9.15am

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz6IGHUbgR-i91LqPBu1N7w

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz6IGHUbgR-i91LqPBu1N7w

Wishing you a Holy Lent!

~ Mary

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.


Lent 2020 has arrived and here we are! The Lenten spiritual experience can be different for us each year we progress in our faith, spiritual growth and life experiences.

How can we go deeper into the Lenten experiences? Where do we start?

For most of us, it starts with attending Ash Wednesday Mass and listening to the Readings at Mass and the Homily. We may be inspired by the Readings and Homily and suggestions by the priest.

Suggestions:

Most of us have a plan in mind to give up some of our indulgences like eating sweets or drinks and omitting sugar from our meals. Some of us want to tackle the tough vices in life, like giving up idle gossip, laziness, swearing, addictions. It is very tough to give up strong addictions especially for 40 days! We need the help of God to work through these struggles daily by prayer, fasting, almsgiving, abstinence. God gives us the grace required through these thoughtful decisions to change our lives purposefully.

If you can’t give up anything, then you can add something else to your 40 days – reading a book on a saint, e.g. Story of a Soul by St Therese, or St Faustina’s Diary, etc. There are many spiritual books out now on the lives of the saints. If you cannot purchase a book, try borrowing a book from your local catholic library or online version. E.g. https://www.discerninghearts.com/catholic-podcasts/

Do charitable works – feed the hungry, visit the sick, lonely, Help with voluntary work at charitable organisations, help your local church. Donate money and goods to local charities.

Read the Bible – select a chapter which you have put off reading because it is too hard to read usually! The books of the 4 Evangelists or Letters of St Paul.

Try to maintain this for the 40 days. If you miss a day or two, you can still easily catch up. Don’t give up!

For myself, at one time I wanted to read a whole book, but managed to just read a few pages here and there, but caught up after Lent. I try to attend Holy Mass more often during the week and any other prayer services offered at any church, Eucharistic Adoration. I have tried every year to give up my favorite sweets and over time this has led me to not indulge in sweets, even if it is available.

Here is a good resource full of ideas on what you can still do during Lent: What 5 Saints Did for Lent by Ascension Presents.

Wishing you all a Blessed and Holy Lent 2020!


Our church rejoices in Heaven and Earth with the canonisation of a new saint Carlo Acutis, who was 15 years old when he died of leukaemia. Latest medical miracle has been attributed through his intercession. He received his First Holy Communion at age 7 years and regularly attended Daily Mass and received the Sacraments weekly. He was excellent with computer programming, using his skills to research and catalogue the Miracles of the Holy Eucharist. He loved to visit Assissi and is in fact buried there.

He was declared Servant of God in 2016, then declared Venerable in 2018.

Learn more about our newest saint, soon to be canonised in Rome here https://thecatholictravelguide.com/destinations/italy/assisi-italy-home-st-francis-st-clare-2/assisi-grave-of-carlo-acutis/

This is Carlo’s website of Eucharist Miracles – http://www.miracolieucaristici.org/galleria/en/galleria.html

St Carlo pray for all the young people of today that they will turn towards God!

Stay tuned for the Canonisation ceremony to be held in Rome soon!


In what does your life consist except two things:
(1) Active duties; and
(2) passive circumstances.
The first is under your control – do these in God’s name.
The second is outside your control – these submit to in God’s name.
Consider only the present; leave the past to God’s justice, the future
to His Providence.

Perfection of personality does not consist in knowing God’s plan, but in submitting to it as it reveals itself in the circumstances of life.
There is really one shortcut to sanctity – the one Mary chose in the
Visitation, the one Our Lord chose in Gethsemane – abandonment to the
Divine Will.”
Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen (The Seven Words of Jesus and Mary)


Dear reader

How do we navigate the social media forums on the net as true Christians? There are no borders to stop anyone from saying anything we like. Its total freedom of speech! But as Christians, we need to use discernment and discretion in what we read and respond to. No matter what news reports are published, we need to use discernment to see if it is valid or not and also to be respectful of everyone involved.

The internet can be used for good and evil as well. The way we act on the internet is also covered in the 10 Commandments and can even be a sin against God, His Church and our neighbours. If we hurt our neighbour we hurt God.

It is also in the Cathecism of the Catholic Church – CCC 2478 – Avoid Rash Judgment – http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/para/24…

CCC 892 – Must give assent to Ordinary Magisterium – http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/para/89…

Please take the time to watch and listen to this priest homily on this subject. Let us pray for peace on the internet.

Peace starts with one person at a time, so let us all strive to build up a peaceful world.

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