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confessional-officeFirst week of the month, is a time when we observe 1st Saturday Devotion to Our Blessed Mother to attend Holy Mass, Holy Communion, Confession (attend Confession any day of this week) and spend 15 minutes meditating on the Rosary for the intentions of the needs of the church today.

Today I was at church and it was quiet, with hardly anybody in the Confessional queue – a good time to go I thought. Plus the Holy Spirit was nudging me for some time, but my human nature made me feel a bit lazy!  Suddenly I saw a priest enter the church and go towards the confessional. Aha I thought, that is my cue! I thought, if a priest goes to Confession, what about me! So off I went to join the small queue. I have on occasions joined many people in the Confessional queue, all brothers and sisters in Christ, nuns and priests, side by side in the queue, and it is a humbling experience to realise that we are all on this spiritual journey towards our Eternal Home and we all have occasion to sin – daily, minute by minute. We all need this great Sacrament of Forgiveness and Grace to repent, to change, to try with God’s help to overcome our weaknesses, no matter how small or big. This world has temptations all around us to draw us into a life of sin and despair. We cannot escape the temptations of sin, unless we are strengthened with God’s help alone, by frequent repentance and conscious effort to overcome that weakness.

I would like to bring to your mind that many of us today think we don’t need to go to Confession, that we are living a daily life of doing daily chores and we think we are living a good moral life. After all the requirement of the catholic church is to go to Confession and Holy Communion (at least) once a year at Easter, although we need to attend Holy Mass every Sunday.  Intentionally missing Holy Mass on every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation is a Mortal sin and our soul is in spiritual danger. Or we might think, our sins are too great, we are afraid to confess it. These are doubts coming into our minds to stop us from going to this great Sacrament and being free of sin! Do not listen to this! Many people who do not believe in this, carry on their lives day after day, soon they realise they are stuck in the same life patterns which they cannot escape, they try everything – seeking professional counselling help, courses, programs. (I am not saying they do not work, they do work). Who holds the key to the human heart, created by God? No one can get into the mind and heart of any human being, except God Himself. God alone can help mend the broken human heart.

Have no fear, the priest in the Confessional is very patient and gentle and understanding to hear us out. And before you know it, in a few minutes, you are granted Absolution of the Church and you are free! Check your local churches for Confession times on Google search (if you are on the net) or check with your local Archdiocese for the nearest church. You are not alone! I have been hearing from our priests at Mass saying to people ‘come and talk to us’.

The Confessional is the Seat of Mercy – Jesus revealed to St Faustina, the apostle of Divine Mercy, that He is there in the Confessional through the priest, listening to us. We receive the Penance the priest asks of us and God’s Mercy washes our souls clean and Grace poured into our souls to strengthen us for our spiritual journey.

Jesus gave the Sacrament of Penance to the 12 Apostles on Pentecost when He breathed on them and Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so also I am sending you.” When He had said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.”… St John 20:22.

Do not wait or doubt, go now to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and find Jesus the Divine Mercy waiting there!  Jesus says ‘Come to me all you who labour and heavily burdened and I will give you rest’.

~ God Bless you today and always!

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10629816_1088999964515947_3861913081420977853_n“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!

 

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helping Today I witnessed an incident that touched my heart and I just have to record it! Moments like these are God’s message of hope, love, joy, communion with people. We are all suffering and wounded, but we reach out to one another, wherever we may be. A smile, a touch, a little gesture to show I care, all helps restore our faith in God and brings peace to us and those around us.

Today I was at Mass and Our Lady’s Novena and as usual there are a lot of elderly, sick people at front rows of church, which is usually packed lunchtime. They all love this Novena to Our Lady and they are there with their little prayer books. Today I noticed parents come in front of me with a disabled son, they had their arm around him throughout the service while he knelt. A few of the congregation near to him turned around to smile at him especially and give him a little gift holy card, medal and rosary and say a few words to him, pat him on the back. It was such a lovely moment to feel welcomed as God’s family. Our churches are a haven, oasis of prayer for all. Some people feel disillusioned with life and become hardened, turn away from their faith even, blame people for past mistakes and it makes them bitter internally. But take heart, there is hope in Jesus!

 

 

 

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I came across this video of Mother Angelica on forgiving our enemies or those who have hurt us. Pray for those who offend you, no matter how difficult it is. ThThis was replayed on EWTN tv today. Mother Angelica has some jewels of advice recorded on http://www.ewtn.com or on YouTube. This is really valuable advice!

 

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Peace begins with a smile! – Quote by Blessed Mother Teresa

We sure need to spread this quote around the world today! Its so simple, it doesn’t cost much, no effort involved, no words, just a smile to show people that its alright, all is well, all will be well, God is in control! Make someone else find that peace in their heart by that smile. Smiling doesn’t only mean you are happy but it can also mean that your heart is full of joy – joy which comes from God alone. Joy can be attained by having a personal relationship with the Lord, a daily communion of prayer with God. Jesus left us 2 Commandments ‘Love your God with your whole heart, mind and soul and love your neighbour as yourself’. Reading the Scriptures or Lives of Saints one is filled with awe and love for Our Heavenly Father. Try and find that peace!

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Just a bit of cheer on this Monday morning with this tune playing from the radio!
I am inspired by this song ‘Getting to know you’ musical. I write many blog posts but don’t get much comments or feedback from my viewers! I am sure we can all benefit from more interaction!
So if you read this post today, do drop me a line and tell us a bit about yourself and how you found my blog!

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Coming home!


RembrandtI was listening to our local radio station yesterday while driving. It was the talk back show and the radio host picks any topic of conversation about life in general. This time he asked radio listeners what were their experiences when they moved away from home and came back after a while, or went on holidays, or had a life changing experience, what did they think of the people they lived with, if they had changed or if their city had changed in some way. There were some humorous stories and some somber stories as well!  Here are a few:

One guy said his life completely changed when he recovered from a near death experience,

Another guy had decided he had enough of city life, and lived in the bush for many years, then returned home recently. He noticed a big change! ‘Why don’t people smile?’ he said. ‘No one smiles anymore!’. ‘I went to the shopping mall and saw everyone with sad faces’.  ‘Come on people, please smile!’ he said.

Another guy said he hadn’t seen his family for 20 something years. They even lived a few kilometres from his home but had not been part of his family at all for that time. ‘So how did the reunion come about’ the radio host asked. ‘It just happened naturally, my daughter had been in contact by phone with some of the family and one day I asked her for the phone number, rang my sister and asked her to join us for dinner, she came and it all just flowed naturally from then on’. People didn’t even know what it was all about in the first place! ‘Were there no questions asked?’ the radio host asked. ‘No’ he answered, he decided to adopt Nelson Mandella’s advice of asking for no questions and answers about the past. He said family were the same, his mother still was the best cook in town, friends and neighbors still came over and life was the same. I shed a few silent tears for this happy reunion!

Amazing how this topic of conversation revealed the essence of our humanity – that we are all one family united in God. We can try and separate ourselves for a period of time, but we still need one another.  I think of families being separated for whatever reason, some have arguments over something that is petty and miss out on all those precious years of family togetherness.

The Catholic Church is the same – extending an invitation to all to come home.

Almighty God is waiting with open arms to welcome home the prodigal son, the lost sheep, the repentant sinner.

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Forgiveness – this subject is hard to take in by a lot of people. Lets face it we are all on this earth together and we don’t all agree most of the time, we hurt one another – sometimes intentionally, or unintentionally and we carry that hurt for the rest of our lives. It becomes a heavy burden, affecting our daily interactions with other people in our lives, those we may meet on the street or at work. It turns us into bitter, angry people and it shows in your physical appearance, it affects your health.

Someone comes to you and tells you their story that they have been hurt by someone in their life. You listen and sympathize and advise them to try and forgive. They look back at you in astonishment! They will tell you something along the lines ‘why dont you walk in my shoes and then you will know how I feel!’. Well I understand how you feel, but you need to deal with it right now, deal with those feelings of anger, hurt, etc., and then offer it up in prayer to Our Lord, as a sacrifice. Pray for the person who has hurt you – say ‘Lord please help this person’s soul’ and keep praying for him/her each time you think of the hurt they have caused you. Say a Hail Mary. A small prayer is all the Lord asks for. We don’t need to use long prayers, He understands you perfectly! And keep doing what you’re doing – keep busy and don’t dwell on this for too long. The Lord will surely comfort your soul, He will set you free from sin. Because inevitably when we dwell on anger for too long it leads to further sin in our lives.

Mother Angelica’s talks are really down to earth, inspirational and full of good common sense and humour! I hope you enjoy this video…

May the Peace of Christ be with you today and always!

~ Mary

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