Sunday, November 18, 2007
Looking at the Temple and remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said, ‘All these things you are staring at now – the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed’
And Jesus reminds us that Things of this world, material possessions, beauty, titles and achievements and success and yes even our Life will have its end.
I was guiding a group of pilgrims in Rome and we came to Forum Romanum (The Roman Forum,) which was the political and religious centre in ancient Rome, in all its grandeur and beauty..all that was left were its ruins.
So Live well now, make the most of what God has given you, Love instead of hating, Make friends not enemies, serve and not being served, Enjoy Life and not destroy it because this is only one chance, one moment that God has given you and me.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Today I am going back to Rome. I am leaving St. gertrudes my "Home away from Home" for the last 6 months. When I went to Jones Manor(Nursing Home) the other day to say the mass. The Ladies immediately observed and remarked "Father, You have gained weight." I believe thats how much Love I received and experienced here in bayville. I thank the Lord for the chance to serve in my own little way. I thank the Lord for the beautiful experiences, The gift of friendship with many parishioners, with the pastor Fr. Peter and his staff. I thank the Lord for my many 'Mothers' in the community and fathers and brothers too. I pray for each one of them that the Lord will bless them and their family abundantly for their goodness and generosity. As I travel and continue my journey, may the Lord be my protector and guide. Amen
Friday, November 2, 2007
"When someone remembers us or our special days or anniversaries, we feel good and happy."
Today, I believe our departed Love Ones are also happy knowing that we all remember them and pray for them.
Let us pray that the Lord will grant them eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them and that they may rest in peace. Amen
Thursday, November 1, 2007
As we honor our saints today
1. The readings and Gospel reminds us who and what they are to us.
2. That they are our models to strive for holiness and to come closer to God.
3. That they are our intercessors, instruments who could bring our prayers and
petitions to God the Father.
ex. Practice of asking the help of St. Joseph in selling properties.
Choosing of a saint for Confirmation name. It tells us that they are of great
help for us.
4. That we should always be, as our faith tell us: In Communion with the Saints.
Almighty and Everlasting God,
who dost enkindle the flame of Thy love in the hearts of the saints,
grant unto us the same faith and power of love;
that, as we rejoice in their triumphs
we may profit by their examples, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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"Leaps of Faith"
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