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holy_fam.jpgThis morning I opened the bible to this reading:

Romans 3:9-18. “ What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11     there is no one who understands;
    there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
    they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
    not even one.”[a]
13 “Their throats are open graves;
    their tongues practice deceit.”[b]
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”[c]
14     “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”[d]
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16     ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”[e]
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[f]

And the thought struck me, that we are all sinners, that we do let each other down many times. So who can we trust? The relationships in our family are very deep, very intimate, personal and sacred. The intimate relationship of husband and wife, father and mother relationship with their children, the relationship with each sister and brother is sacred. God is working within each relationship.

In this world culture today, we have allowed other worldly issues to come into the family home. People joke and say how is your relationship with your wife or husband, or children are asked to speak out about their parents, sometimes jokingly. But we need to change this behaviour. That one on one relationship within the family should be kept strictly within the family, fostered, supported and allowed to grow with the help of our God, in faith, prayer.

Sometimes we tend to gossip to others about some issue we have with our parent or spouse or sibling, to people who we think we can trust, but it doesnt always bear good fruit. If we do need to get another opinion, first seek the opinion with your close family members. Each family member needs to allow this to occur, we need to allow that time in our busy lives to spend with those closest to us. The family makes up a society, civilisation. If every family were to follow these simple rules and guidelines, we would find peace in the world.

There are people who are alone and have lost family, we do pray for them. Reach out to them, if you do come across the lonely. I know from my own experience in my parents life, they always welcomed the lonely, the homeless, the beggar with sharing a meal or shelter, clothing, money. So I have learned from their example to be merciful to the poor.

May the Holy Family of Jesus bless and protect you and your family and we pray for unity and peace in all families!

 


Hello friends

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The other day I had a few chores to complete as I needed to shop for groceries and also fill up my car with petrol (or gas). I was in the supermarket looking around and filled up my small basket as there were only a few items I needed, and my eyes fell on the line of chocolate packets on one side. Immediately I was tempted by the thought of enjoying a bar of nice creamy chocolate later that evening after dinner. I was thinking about it for a minute or so. Then the thought came to me ‘but I am not feeling hungry, I dont need this, my body does not want this and why should I indulge and spend extra money on something which is not necessary’. I was thinking of people who can’t have sugar in their diets and sweets or who are poor. So I gave it a miss and finished paying for my groceries and off I went on my other mission. The thought of chocolates totally went out of my mind!

Next I drove into the petrol station to fill up and I saw Hungry Jacks next door and adverts for a nice hot pack of chips! And I started wanting a hot cup of chips, seeing it was a very cold day. Again I thought to myself ‘but I am not hungry, I have just had my breakfast and lunch, why be greedy for more food and why spend that extra money’. Straight away the thought of eating hot chips vanished.

So I feel that my past efforts to fast and abstain during the seasons of lent and at other times  have strengthened my will to resist temptations. I must admit that fasting and abstaining does take a bit of effort over time, we fail, we get up, we try again. We need constant prayers to help us each day. It is good to not give in to the urge of eating or drinking whenever we feel like it or to indulge far more than is necessary. Ofcourse we do celebrate at festive seasons, birthdays, etc and its great to partake of all the glorious food that God has given us to share with one another! Making an extra effort to not give in to temptations strengthens our will each time we do it. We do it with love for Jesus.

~ May God guide you as you walk this journey of faith!


In today’s (13th April) Gospel reading of Saint John 6:1-15 we hear about the feeding of the 5 thousand people. How after a long day the crowds following Jesus were tired and hungry. His disciples asked Jesus how can we feed 5 thousand with just a few loaves of bread and fish or even the money they had wasnt enough. Jesus knew their thoughts and He does know our thoughts too when we are confronted daily with worries of providing daily food and needs. I heard a good homily explanation today about this parable which challenges us to trust that God is here with us, in this present moment, and He will always provide for every need. We fear for what will happen beyond this present moment we are in. We should realise that God is present in every moment and trust in Him that He will help us.

In the reading of the Psalms today at Mass, we find comfort in this message:

Psalms 27(26):1.4.13-14.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
One thing I ask of the LORD
this I seek:
to dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
that I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:1-15.
Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little (bit).”
One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.


Issued with the Encyclical Letter Annum Sacrum, 25 May 1899

Most sweet Jesus, redeemer of the human race, look down upon us, humbly prostrate before your altar. We are yours and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your most sacred heart.

Many, indeed, have never known you, many too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to your sacred heart.

Be you king, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their father’s house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

Be you king of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one shepherd.

Be you king also of all those who sit in the ancient superstition of the Gentiles, and refuse not you to deliver them out of darkness into the light and kingdom of God.

Grant, O Lord, to your Church, assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry:

Praise to the divine heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor forever.
Amen.


St Helena, mother of emperor Constantine, went to Holy Land to find the Cross. She converted to christianity and built many churches, helped the poor and sick.

https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/st-helena-and-the-true-cross.html

St Helena pray for poor sinners to find Jesus in their heart through humility.


Humility


Whoever humbles himself will be exalted”

God’s providence, which is ever watchful to give each one of us what is for our good, has guided all things in our direction to lead us to humility. Since, if you take pride in the graces of providence, it will forsake you and you will fall back… Take note, then, that it belongs neither to you nor your virtue to resist evil inclinations, but that grace alone holds you in hand to keep you from being afraid… In time of testing groan and weep and call to mind your failings that you may be set free from pride and win humility. All the same, don’t despair. Humbly beg God to forgive you your sins.

Even without works, humility wipes out many faults. Without it, on the other hand, works are useless – they even lead to many evils. Therefore, obtain by your humility forgiveness for your unrighteousness. What salt is to every food, humility is to every virtue; it can break the strength of numberless sins… If we possess it, it can make us children of God and lead us to God even without the help of good works. That is why, without it, our works are of no value, our virtues are vain, and vain, too, is all our effort.
Isaac the Syrian (7th century), monk near Mosul Ascetical discourses, 1st. series no. 49

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