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There comes a time in your life, when it seems that you are in life’s darkest moments. We all face it. Nothing prepares us for it. Some of us have an inkling by accepting many life challenges all their life, they learn patience, perseverance, strength. They know that God is preparing them for some tough life battles.

Jesus showed us a way, He suffered a cruel death on the Cross, to save mankind from sin. He suffered mockery from the crowds, rejection, beaten with heavy blows, scourged and flesh torn, crowned with heavy thorns, desertion from his closest friends, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, weakness, suffocation. He died alone on the cross, with two thieves by His side and His Mother, faithful disciple St John and St Mary Magdalen at the foot of the cross. At His death there was darkness over the whole earth, the veil of the temple was torn in two, tombs were opened, there was an earthquake, the whole world and all nature even mourned.

Then on the third day He rose from the dead, as He said He would. So we should rejoice and have hope because our redemption is near at hand. Remember Blessed John Paul II words ringing out loud and clear :

We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song” says Blessed John Paul II.

Stay strong in your trials, pray and be filled with hope, stay calm, be patient, keep your eyes on Jesus, on the Cross, because your Redemption is near at hand.

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I found this web link today of the life story of St Teresa of
Jesus.

I hope you enjoy reading it too !

http://www.stmaryswestmelbourne.org/books/The-Life-of-Saint-Teresa-of-Jesus.pdf#page6

The Life of Saint Teresa of Jesus

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Yesterday i went to Holy Mass because it was All Saints Day. In walks two young ladies who moved in besides me. I couldn’t believe the noise they made, talking loudly, discussing their mobile phones, and the new accessories they had on. One of them held her mobile phone and kept looking at it for messages. It got too much for me. The Mass had started and I could barely hear the prayers. Should I tell them off and risk an argument and disturb the peace? I prayed silently. Came the time for the first Reading, the wonderful Book of Revelation. I thought I am not going to miss this for the world, and they are missing out too! So I gently tapped the girl next to me and gestured with my fingers on my lips ‘shhh’ . She didn’t say a word! Quiet from then on and I fully participated in this wonderful liturgy with thankfulness to God for a peaceful resolution.

Every day we need some quiet time, time to reflect, pray for a few moments, and we need to block out noise and distractions. This is the only time when we talk directly to God and He will gently comfort us, love us and even give us answers to complex life questions.

The church is one place where we can find peace.

So let us make a conscious effort to be quiet and allow other people to share in that quiet and peaceful time.

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