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“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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Start the new year with praise and worship of God! One of the ways to build up our spiritual and prayer life is with praying the daily communal prayer of the church – Lectio Divina – an encounter with God. These readings and prayers are said in the morning, afternoon and night. Isnt it great that around the world, religious communities in church and the laity are gathered together praising God with these same prayers!

Download the App from this weblink to your mobile phone or pc:

https://play.google.com/store/search?q=lectio%20divina&c=apps

If you dont wish to use the App, you can view it online at this site:

http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-what-how-why-of-prayer/praying-with-scripture

A video lesson in how to pray Lectio Divina :

 

 

God Bless ~ Mary

 

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Here are 2 videos on Contemplation by Fr Thomas Dubay on how to increase our prayerlife through contemplation, prayers, seeking a deeper union with our God.

 

 

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I have found this useful website Pray as you Go, which has a section on learning how to relax ourselves and enter into prayer. It is good to stop work for a few minutes during your busy day and allow about 10 to 15 minutes to relax and pray.

http://ihradio.com/2015/12/heart-to-heart-with-mother-miriam-december-15-2015/

Pray as you go

 

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Always be faithful to God in keeping the promises made to Him and do not bother about the ridicule of the foolish. Know that the saints were always sneered at by the world and the worldly; and they have trampled and triumphed over the world and its maxims.
– Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968), Capuchin priest, Feast day September 23

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A beautiful quote from Venerable Fulton Sheen –

Because God is full of life, He enjoys the thrill that comes with sameness,

and so I can imagine Almighty God saying every morning to the sun, ‘do it again’,

and every evening saying to the moon and stars, ‘do it again,’

and every springtime saying to the daisies, ‘do it again’,

and every winter saying to the snowflakes chiseled by some great heavenly smith, ‘do it again’,

and every time a child is born in the world, to the eternal confusion of birth control, pleading for a divine curtain call, and asking for a Divine Encore in order that the heart of a God might once more ring out in the heart of a babe.”

– Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Moods
and Truths)

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