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The world has grown old; the human race is adrift. Well, yes, if we abandon humanity to its natural course, to its fatal direction. No, if the power from on high that is preserved in the religion of Jesus and in His Church is poured out anew on all ranks of the human race and restores them to life.
– Blessed Anton Martin Slomsek (1800-1862), Bishop, Feast day September 24

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“If you are looking for God

you won’t find him sitting on a comfortable couch flicking through a magazine,

or sitting at your computer.

The search for God means having the courage to set out on a risky path,

it means following our restless hearts”.

~  Pope Francis, Homily at Santa Marta, February 10, 2015

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The Story of Salvation


The first of many series from Augustine Institute … The Story of Salvation …

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We are often induced to fall into the same misunderstandings that characterized the community of Corinth; those Christians thought that since they had been freely justified in Christ through faith, “they could do as they pleased”. And they believed and it often seems that today’s Christians also think this that it is permissible to create divisions in the Church, the Body of Christ, to celebrate the Eucharist without looking after the neediest of our brothers, to aspire to better charisms without being aware that each is a member of the other, and so forth.

The consequences of a faith that is not manifested in love are disastrous, because it reduces itself to the arbitrariness and subjectivism that is most harmful to us and to our brothers.

Pope Benedict XVI

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How do you cope with gossip? How can one be distanced from it. It is hard. Everyone is laughing, joking and soon you get swept away by talking about this one and that one! Before you know it, you get locked into it, there is no way out. How do you break away from this human habit, without looking and feeling left out?

Today I met some friends after a long time, meaning to have a friendly chat and in a matter of minutes the conversation was heading along the gossiping side! I have started cutting short anyone who starts to spread rumours about someone’s good name. I said ‘no I don’t want to hear about it’ in a nice way 🙂 I am achieving this with the help of a lot of prayer and confession. You see every time you confess this sin, you must promise Jesus that you will not do it again with His help. So when you overcome this habit, you can feel Jesus almost smiling! Yes it is still a battle to overcome, but its worth it.

Well, it so happened after I had this conversation,  I opened our church newsletter and there was an article on Pope Francis speaking on gossip and backstabbing.

Francis equated gossip with murder during a Mass he held for Vatican employees on 2 September at St Martha’s House. Referring to the jealousy that swirled around Jesus, the Pope said ‘it happens every day in our hearts … It is said in a community ‘how great this person is who has come to us’ … But then gossip starts and ends in skinning the person. ‘Where there is God, there is no hate, envy or jealousy. Nor are there those who want to kill with gossip.’

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The amazing true story of John Harper – the last hero of the Titanic:

http://nowtheendbegins.com/pages/preachers/john-harper.htm

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Lent journey 2012


I have been trying to write a post for my Lent journey 2012 for some time. But here I am at last!

I have always tried to give up something for Lent. For years it was chocolate – this is going back nearly 20 years ago. When I first started abstaining from eating chocolate, it was very hard! Temptations would come my way – just at Lent time! Ooh the evil one knows when to put things in front of you! I would find chocolate everywhere I turned, most delicious chocolates you could ever find. But I must say with persistence it got better each year, so much so that I don’t eat much chocolate today, apart from at festivals or parties.  Food is good – God has given us everything that is good – but we must be moderate!

What is the purpose of giving up things we enjoy for Lent?  We can convert that into times of prayer, to enrich our souls, time spent communing with Our Lord more. It teaches us perseverance, how not to give into temptation so easily, things that make us feel comfortable, materialistic things that are not necessary for our salvation.

Next I gave up going to movies during Lent. Again it was a difficult journey! Some really good movies turn up at Lent time. Going to the movies was a time to relax and unwind, give myself a treat for the week. So I would take in a movie just before Lent. This took many years and finally I must say I have not been to a movie hall for some time and I don’t miss it – well apart from a really good film that comes out with my favorite actors! I won’t waste my money, buy expensive popcorn and icecream and sit in an airconditioned theatre for the sake of getting a treat! I now watch EWTN on my TV, religious videos, try and read books of the saints more often.  There is a wealth of catholic reading books if you only look for it. ‘Seek and you will find’.

Now this year, the Lord has inspired me to give up Facebook for Lent. This has been a difficult journey, as it has become an addiction and I’m sure Facebook is an addiction for most people today.  Its already the 3rd week in Lent and I must confess its been a relief for me to not turn Facebook on, as I am trusting in the Lord Jesus. An addiction is an addiction, its hard to give it up, whatever it might be. I sympathise with cigarette smokers, alcoholics, etc. The withdrawal symptoms are very painful. But one needs to pray 24/7 at this time.  24/7? you say.  Yes you can do it. Just call on the name of Jesus, if you can’t think of a prayer, call on His Mother Mary to comfort you.

Speaking of setting times during the day to pray. I have slotted in time as follows. You can easily fit in 5 minutes during your busy work day.

  1. Before Breakfast – Bible passage or prayer – 5-10 minutes
  2. 12 Noon Angelus – 1 minute
  3. Grace before/after Meals – 30 seconds
  4. 3pm Divine Mercy prayer or chaplet – 5 minutes
  5. 6pm Angelus – 5 minutes
  6. 9pm Rosary – 15 minutes. Bible reading – 5 minutes
  7. Bedtime – Examination of Conscience – 15 minutes.

Have a Blessed Lent!

Mary

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