Archive for December, 2012

St  Teresa tells us that she experienced continual periods of dryness in her prayer life. To combat this, she never began to pray without a book.

Below is a bookmark with some suggestions of books, mostly from saints, that may be useful for spiritual readings and aid prayer.

Why not print some copies and give them to friends and family members. You could also leave some at the back of the Church (ask your parish priest first) or in the adoration chapel.

Going a step further, you could give the gift of one of these books to someone, to encourage them on their Journey of Faith.

Guides to Prayer bookmark

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Just heard this talk on Ave Maria radio on Christmas Eve- The amazing Venerable Fulton Sheen compares the coming of Superman to the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Take 20 minutes of your Christmas to listen to it.



Is God the source of your identity or is it your sexual self?

The topic of homosexuality is very prevalent at the moment, especially in countries like the UK where the government and campaigners want to ‘redefine marriage’.

At pro-life events, I have seen counter-demonstrations, where campaigners have waved placards stating ‘I hope the baby you saves will be gay’. It is very sad to see people with a hate-filled, distorted message, who have understood Catholic teaching.

The video above is an informative, catechetical resource that will equip you with the tools to be able to defend the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, and help you reveal to Truth to others.

Online resources:

http://couragerc.org/

http://letterstochristopher.wordpress.com/

http://questgaycatholic.org.uk/

Pope Benedict XVI’s reflection for Advent 2012

Dear brothers and sisters!

Today the Church begins a new liturgical year, a journey that is subsequently enriched by the Year of Faith, which we observe 50 years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The first part of this journey is Advent, constituted, in the Roman Rite, by the 4 weeks that precede the Christmas of the Lord, that is, the mystery of the Incarnation. The word “advent” means “coming” or “presence.” In the ancient world it indicated the visit of the king or emperor to a province; in the language of Christianity it refers to the coming of God, to his presence in the world; a mystery that involves the entire cosmos and all of history, but that knows 2 culminating moments: the first and the second coming of Jesus Christ. The first is precisely the Incarnation; the second his glorious return at the end of time. These 2 moments that are chronologically distant – and it is not given to us to know how distant – touch each other in their depths, because with his death and resurrection Jesus has already realized that transformation of man and the cosmos that is the final goal of creation. But before the end, it is necessary that the Gospel be preached to all nations, Jesus says in the Gospel of St. Mark (cf. Mark 13:10). The Lord’s coming continues, the world must be penetrated by his presence.

Our collaboration is required in this permanent coming of the Lord in the proclamation of the Gospel; and the Church, which is like the Bride to be, the Betrothed of the crucified and risen Lamb of God (cf. Apocalypse 21:9), in communion with her Lord collaborates in this coming of the Lord in which his glorious return already begins.

The Word of God reminds us of all this today, describing the conduct that is necessary to ready for the Lord’s coming. In the Gospel of Luke Jesus says to the disciples: “Do not let your hearts be weighed by dissipation, drunkenness and the troubles of life … be vigilant, therefore, praying at all times” (Luke 21:34, 36). So, sobriety and prayer. And the apostle Paul also invites us to “grow and superabound in love” among ourselves and toward others, to make our hearts strong and blameless in sanctity (cf. 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13). In the midst of the upheavals of the world, or in the deserts of indifference and materialism, Christians welcome the salvation that comes from God and bear witness to it with a different way of living, like a city set on a hill. “In those days,” the prophet Jeremiah announces, “Jerusalem will live in peace and be called ‘the Lord our justice’” (33:16). The community of believers is a sign of God, of his justice, which is already present and active in history but is not yet fully realized, and because of this is always awaited, invoked, sought with patience and courage.

The Virgin Mary perfectly incarnates the spirit of Advent; this spirit is one of listening to God, of profound desire to do his will, of joyous service to our neighbor. Letting ourselves be guided by her, so that the God who comes does not find us closed and distracted, but can, in each one of us, extend a part of his kingdom of love, of justice and of peace.

I wish everyone a peaceful Sunday and a good Advent journey. Happy Advent, have a good Sunday, everyone. Thank you.

A woman should be so lost in God a man needs Him to find her

A woman’s heart should be so lost in God a man must seek Him to find her

 

No doubt about it, chastity is a challenge, especially in this day and age where preserving the dignity of the human being, made in the image and likeness of God, seems to be an ‘odd’ thing to strive for… Unfortunately  many young people make bad decisions based on what society and culture is telling them is the right thing to do ‘because every one is doing it’.

On my own journey, someone once told me a woman’s heart should be so lost in God a man must seek Him to find her… I am not sure who originally said this but it inspired me on my journey to marriage.

For the current generation of teens and young adults, Leah Darrow (former contestant on America’s Next Top Model) is an exceptional role model. In the video below, she has an encouraging message to young men…

How are your Christmas preparations coming along? I read somewhere before advent this year a suggestion to not spend more than two days on Christmas shopping. I set myself that microchallenge thinking it would be easy, thanks to online shopping. However I find even with that I have gone over the two days!

I great online reminder of the reason for the season is Busted Halo’s digital advent calender, complete with short daily jolts and reflections, which help prepare us for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Various celebrities, politicians and singers provide a thought on waiting and patience, as we prepare a way for the Lord (Isaiah 40:3).

As an example, here is a clip from the first day- Zac Effron and Elmo teaching us about, and demonstrating patience!

 

Check out Busted Halo’s digital advent calender for yourself! Add it to your favourites, tweet and tell your friends and family about it, helping them too to make a straight highway for our God accross the desert.

 

Busted Halo advent calender

Busted Halo advent calender

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