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Christian hope is a humble and strong virtue that supports us, so that we do not drown under the many difficulties we face in life. Hope in the Lord never disappoints us; it’s a font of joy and peace in our hearts.

Pope Francis Homily
Casa St Martha
17 March 2016

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35e1b3a1798f375f2c05a0c5679f32adToday I was walking in the city. It has been raining for many days and the sky was overcast many days – enough to make us feel in a bit of low mood. Then you get added life challenges! Someone sends you a bill or letter demanding something, you find something wrong with your car or house, something doesn’t work, or somebody crosses your path and says something rude or mean. You know that type of day!

I had just been to Mass and Communion and Adoration and was on my way home. I had paused at the intersection with many people who were impatient to cross the road as it was busy with cars and road works.

And then this thought came to me – my Lord Jesus came to earth for me, to live a humble life for me, to suffer a horrendous death on the cross for me and rose on Sunday (as He said He would) for me to have new Life! How can I be sad when God came for us, the greatest miracle in the world when the Son of God came to earth, to be part of our humanity, to show us the Way, the Truth and the Life. How can we be sad when life throws us challenges or people try to make you feel worthless!

And then the sunshine broke through the dark clouds! It was dazzlingly bright! God was giving us a message! Rejoice, always rejoice, even when life looks bleak. Pray and trust in God.

‘We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song’ St John Paul II

God bless you!

~ Mary

 

 

 

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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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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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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 Am The New Year
I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.

I am your next chance at the art of living.

I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned
about life during the last twelve months.

All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me,
waiting for you to search it out with more determination.

All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine
to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.

All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do,
all that you hoped but did not will,
all the faith that you claimed but did not have –
these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by
the touch of a strong purpose.

I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance
to Him who said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

I am the new year.

~ Author Unknown ~


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