Dear God, open a door for my message, so that I may proclaim the mystery of Christ. I pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Colossians 4:3-4

R4C

R4C
Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You.
Psalm 19:14, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Papal (Pope Francis) Visit ~ Philippines 2015

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord ~ 6 August 2014


The feast commemorates the transfiguration or metamorphosis of Christ on Mount Tabor, when our Lord appeared in His divine glory and he revealed his divinity by a miraculous and supernatural light.before the Apostles Peter, James, and John. It is celebrated both by Roman and Eastern rite Catholics.


Let us fly to Mass and adore our God; let us be transfigured by the body and blood of Christ; let us taste of heaven and immerse ourselves in Christ's light; let us bathe in the Love that first loved us. Let us ascend upon the mountain, and exclaim along with St. Peter, "Lord, it is good for us to be here!"
“Transfiguration, is not simply 
an event out of the two-thousand-year old past, 
or a future yet to come. 
It is rather a reality of the present, 
a way of life available to those 
who seek and accept Christ’s nearness.”
~ the late Archbishop Joseph Raya ~
a revered hierarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church

O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration of your Only Begotten Son confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness of the Fathers and wonderfully prefigured our full adoption to sonship, grant, we pray, to your servants, that, listening to the voice of your beloved Son, we may merit to become co-heirs with him. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord


Reading 1
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
As I watched:

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
his throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.
The court was convened and the books were opened.

As the visions during the night continued, I saw:

One like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.



Responsorial Psalm 
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgement are the foundation of his throne.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
exalted far above all gods.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.


Reading 2
2 Peter 1:16-19
Beloved:
We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received honor and glory from God the Father
when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory,
“This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven
while we were with him on the holy mountain.
Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.
You will do well to be attentive to it,
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.



Gospel 
Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest ~ 4 August 2014 ~ Patron of priests


“Our Lord is hidden in the Blessed Sacrament, 
waiting for us to come and visit Him.”
~ St. John Vianney ~

John Baptist Mary Vianney was born in Dardilly in 1786. John Mary Vianney was ordained a priest in 1815. Assigned to the parish of Ars, a tiny village near Lyons, which suffered from very lax attendance; he began visiting his parishioners, especially the sick and poor. Spent days in prayer, doing penance for his parishioners. Gifted with discernment of spirits, prophecy, hidden knowledge. Tormented by evil spirits, especially when he tried to get his 2-3 hours of sleep each night. Thousands came to hear him preach, and to make their reconciliation because of his reputation with penitents. Spent 40 years as the parish priest. He is known as the Cure D’Ars, the Priest of Ars. He converted thousands to the Catholic faith during this lifetime as a priest.
John Mary Vianney died in Ars, France on 4 August 1859 and was canonised on 31 May 1925. Pope Pius XI declared him the “Patron of Priests” in 1929.

“When we want to obtain anything of the good God, 
let us, after Holy Communion, 
offer Him His well-beloved Son, 
with all the merits of His Death and Passion; 
He will be able to refuse us nothing.”
~ St. John Vianney ~

Almighty and merciful God, who made the Priest Saint John Vianney wonderful in his pastoral zeal, grant, we pray, that through his intercession and example we may in charity win brothers and sisters for Christ and attain with them eternal glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.

Monday, 4 August 2014
Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest


Reading 1

Jeremiah 28:1-17
In the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah,
in the fifth month of the fourth year,
the prophet Hananiah, son of Azzur, from Gibeon,
said to me in the house of the LORD
in the presence of the priests and all the people:
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:
‘I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.
Within two years I will restore to this place
all the vessels of the temple of the LORD which Nebuchadnezzar,
king of Babylon, took away from this place to Babylon.
And I will bring back to this place Jeconiah,
son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah,
and all the exiles of Judah who went to Babylon,’ says the LORD,
‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’”

The prophet Jeremiah answered the prophet Hananiah
in the presence of the priests and all the people assembled
in the house of the LORD, and said:
Amen! thus may the LORD do!
May he fulfill the things you have prophesied
by bringing the vessels of the house of the LORD
and all the exiles back from Babylon to this place!
But now, listen to what I am about to state in your hearing
and the hearing of all the people.
From of old, the prophets who were before you and me prophesied
war, woe, and pestilence against many lands and mighty kingdoms.
But the prophet who prophesies peace
is recognized as truly sent by the LORD
only when his prophetic prediction is fulfilled.

Thereupon the prophet Hananiah took the yoke
from the neck of the prophet Jeremiah and broke it,
and said in the presence of all the people:
“Thus says the LORD: ‘Even so, within two years
I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,
from off the neck of all the nations.’”
At that, the prophet Jeremiah went away.

Some time after the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke
from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah,
The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:
Go tell Hananiah this:
Thus says the LORD:
By breaking a wooden yoke, you forge an iron yoke!
For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:
A yoke of iron I will place on the necks
of all these nations serving Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,
and they shall serve him; even the beasts of the field I give him.

To the prophet Hananiah the prophet Jeremiah said:
Hear this, Hananiah!
The LORD has not sent you,
and you have raised false confidence in this people.
For this, says the LORD, I will dispatch you from the face of the earth;
this very year you shall die,
because you have preached rebellion against the LORD.
That same year, in the seventh month, Hananiah the prophet died.


Responsorial Psalm 
Psalm 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
Remove from me the way of falsehood,
and favor me with your law.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
Take not the word of truth from my mouth,
for in your ordinances is my hope.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
Let those turn to me who fear you
and acknowledge your decrees.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
Let my heart be perfect in your statutes,
that I be not put to shame.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
Sinners wait to destroy me,
but I pay heed to your decrees.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
From your ordinances I turn not away,
for you have instructed me.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

Gospel 
Matthew 14:22-36
Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side of the sea,
while he dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When it was evening he was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them, walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
“It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”

After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.
When the men of that place recognized him,
they sent word to all the surrounding country.
People brought to him all those who were sick
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak,
and as many as touched it were healed.

JESUS, I put all my TRUST and HOPES in YOU, Listen to my cries in my current difficulties, answer my prayers and provide for my needs Thank you, Lord from my heart

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
be Adored and Glorified Forever.
AMEN.

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
be Adored and Glorified Forever.
AMEN.

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
be Adored and Glorified Forever.
AMEN.

Photo: ~Pisces~

*-*May the GOD<3 of Hope fill me & All of us with the Joy & Peace that comes from Believing...So that may Abound in Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!*-*

~Oh! Sacred Heart of Jesus<3...have mercy on us All:'(~

~AMEN~

…<3...

Lord, I thank you for all that You
have done for me, given me, 
all that I have and also that I don't have. 
Lord Jesus, now  again I seek Your Mercy and Empathy
towards a sinner like me,
in these times of desperate and urgent need.
I truly believe and trust,
that You know the financial hardship and difficulties
not forgetting my several health problems  
that I am going through these very moment.
Jesus, I surrender all to You 
and all my Hope is in You alone, my Saviour.
I am confident that You 
will hear my cries of Help
and will Grant the Miracle I desperately need 
which is in accordance with the Will of God the Father.
In Your Name Jesus, I dare to say and request 
all the above and believe it will be all answered.
Amen - Amen - Amen.

JESUS, I put all my TRUST and HOPES in YOU.
AMEN.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest, Imitator of Christ ~ 31 July 2014

St. Ignatius, pray for us!


"To endure many and grievous 
afflictions for the love of Christ. 
Ask this grace of our Lord; 
to whomever He grants it, 
He does many other signal favours 
that always attend this grace." 
~ St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ 

Ignatius Loyola (Iñigo Lopez de Loyola) a Spaniard was born on 24 December 1491 in in the Castle Loyola, in the Basque country of northeastern Spain. Ignatius spent his early adult years as a soldier, until he was seriously wounded in a battle with the French in 1521. Forced to confront himself during his lengthy recovery, he ended his military career and embraced the poverty of a pilgrim. During the time of his recovery, he experienced a conversion. Reading about the lives of Jesus and the saints made Ignatius happy and aroused desires to do great things. Ignatius realized that these feelings were clues to God’s direction for him. Ignatius was one of the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) who follow the poor and humble Jesus (Imitator of Christ), serving without power, on the fringes of society and the church. The fundamental philosophy of the mature Ignatius was that we ought to desire and choose only that which is more conducive to the end for which we are created - to praise, reverence, and serve God through serving other human beings. His spiritual insights also gave birth to Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises. Ignatius is known for the little saying, Ad Majorem Dei Gloria, for the greater glory of God. This was the call sign he used to determine whether he should give his life to something, a particular task or decision or not. Ignatius established his spiritual exercises and these exercises have been used by many of the faithful who wish to increase their ability to respond to Jesus and are highly recommended. Ignatius was one of the principal forces behind the transition from the medieval church to early modern Catholicism. Ignatius died on 31 July 1556. Saint Ignatius is the patron of Jesuit Order, Jesuits retreats, soldiers, and Spiritual Exercises (by Pope Pius XI).

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve;
to give, and not to count the cost,
to fight, and not to heed the wounds,
to toil, and not to seek for rest,
to labour, and not to ask for reward,
except that of knowing that we are doing your will.
~ St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ 

O God, who raised up Saint Ignatius of Loyola in your Church to further the greater glory of your name, grant that by his help we may imitate him in fighting the good fight on earth and merit to receive with him a crown in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.

Thursday, 31 July 2014
Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

Reading 1
Jeremiah 18:1-6
This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
Rise up, be off to the potter’s house;
there I will give you my message.
I went down to the potter’s house and there he was,
working at the wheel.
Whenever the object of clay which he was making
turned out badly in his hand,
he tried again,
making of the clay another object of whatever sort he pleased.
Then the word of the LORD came to me:
Can I not do to you, house of Israel,
as this potter has done? says the LORD.
Indeed, like clay in the hand of the potter,
so are you in my hand, house of Israel.

Responsorial Psalm 
Psalm 146:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab
R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Praise the LORD, O my soul;
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live.
R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Put not your trust in princes,
in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.
When his spirit departs he returns to his earth;
on that day his plans perish.
R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Blessed he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD, his God.
Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them.
R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel 
Matthew 13:47-53
Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old.”
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

Saint Charbel (Sharbel) Makhlouf, Hermit of Lebanon, Maronite Catholic monk, Wonderworker of the East ~ 24 July

Joseph (Youssef) Makhlouf was born on 8 May 1828 in a small mountain village in Lebanon and he was raised by his uncle after his father died in 1831 when Youssef was 3 years old. When he was 23 years old, to join the Baladite monastery of Saint Maron at Annaya where he took the name Charbel in memory of a 2nd century martyr. He completed his priestly studies and was ordained in 1858.


Charbel taught the value of poverty, self-sacrifice, and prayer by the way he lived. He had special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and and was known to levitate during his prayers. His love for the Eucharist reminds us that we are privileged to be able to receive the Body and Blood of Christ every week. Charbel is renowned for two things, firstly the intensity of his spiritual life as a hermit, and secondly the extraordinary diversity and number of his miracles. He was beatified in 1965 and canonized in 9 October 1977 by Pope Paul VI. Saint Charbel Makhlouf “Hermit of Lebanon,” Maronite Catholic monk, and “Wonderworker of the East. Saint Charbel Makhlouf intercession brings not only physical healing, but more importantly, spiritual healing and growth. Saint Charbel Makhlouf feast is celebrated on 24 July.

Prayer to Saint Charbel Makhlouf
Lord, infinitely Holy and Glorified in Your Saints, 
You have inspired Charbel, the saint monk, 
to lead the perfect life of a hermit. 
We thank You for granting him the blessing 
and the strength to detach himself from the world 
so that the heroism of the monastic virtues 
of poverty, obedience, and chastity, 
could triumph in his hermitage. 
We beseech You to grant us 
the grace of loving and serving You, 
following his example. 
Almighty God, 
Who has manifested the power 
of Saint Charbel's intercession 
through his countless miracles and favours, 
grant us... 
(State your intention(s) here...) 
through his intercession. 
Amen. 


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A beautiful ode to Saint Charbel
(written by J. Michael Thompson)

The mountain heights of Lebanon
Resound with songs of joy;
The cedars of that ancient land
Stand tall as we employ
Our hymns of praise and thankfulness
For Charbel's saintly ways,
Lived out in strict humility
That guided all his days.

True monk and hermit of the hills,
Saint Maron's modest son
Scorned wealth and comfort in his life
That heaven's crown be won.
Of Mary, heaven's Queen and Gate,
Devoted son was he,
Who cherished all the ancient rites
With great humility.

Fierce lover of the lowly life,
True father of the poor,
As you have done, so help us all
To struggle and endure,
That Christ be praised in ev'ry life,
That riches not ensnare
Or rule us in our daily walk;
That strong may be our prayer!

O Father, Son, and Spirit blest,
One God in persons three,
Receive this hymn we offer now,
And keep your Church e'er free
To follow, as Saint Charbel did,
Enflamed with love so bright
That we, with eyes fixed firm on Christ,
May vanquish sin's dark night.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Saint John Paul II ~ Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary




1. "Hail Mary, full of grace!" 
Immaculate Virgin, here I am at your feet once again, 
full of devotion and gratitude. 
I return to this historic Piazza di Spagna 
on the solemn day of your feast 
to pray for the beloved city of Rome, 
for the Church, for the whole world. 
In you, "humble and highest of creatures", 
divine grace had the full victory over evil.
You are for us, pilgrims on the paths of the world, 
the bright model of evangelical fidelity 
and the ever-living pledge of sure hope.

2. Virgin Mother, "Salvation of the Roman People!" 
Watch over, I pray you, the beloved Diocese of Rome: 
over pastors and faithful, parishes and religious communities. 
Watch over families especially: 
may love sealed by the Sacrament ever reign between spouses, 
may children walk on the paths of goodness and true freedom, 
may the elderly feel surrounded by attention and affection. 
Inspire, Mary, in so many young hearts, 
generous replies to the "call for the mission", 
a subject on which the diocese has 
been reflecting over the years. 
Thanks to an intense pastoral program for vocations, 
may Rome be enriched by new young forces, 
dedicated with enthusiasm to proclaiming the Gospel 
in the city and in the world.

3. Blessed Virgin, Queen of Apostles! 
Assist those who through study 
and prayer are preparing to labor 
on the many frontiers of the new evangelization. 
Today I entrust to you, in a special way, 
the community of the Pontifical Urban College, 
whose historic headquarters are located in front of this pillar. 
May this wonderful institution founded 375 years ago 
by Pope Urban VIII for the formation of missionaries, 
be able to continue effectively its ecclesial service. 
May those it gathers, seminarians and priests, 
men and women religious and laity, 
be ready to put their energies at the disposition 
of Christ in service of the Gospel to the far corners of the globe.

4. "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!" 
Pray, O Mother, for all of us. 
Pray for humanity for those who suffers poverty and injustice, 
violence and hatred, terror and war. 
Help us to contemplate with the rosary 
the mysteries of Him who "is our peace", 
so that we will all feel involved 
in a persevering dedication of service to peace. 
Look with special attention 
upon the land in which you gave birth to Jesus, 
a land that you loved together with Him, 
and that is still so sorely tried today. 
Pray for us, Mother of hope! 
"Give us days of peace, watch over our way. 
Let us see your Son as we rejoice in heaven". Amen!


Prayer by Pope John Paul II 
on the Second Sunday of Advent, 
8 December 2002 . 
Given at Piazza di Spagna

Invocations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus



O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, 
Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed,

Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled ...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honoured ...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised ...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted ...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved ...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated ...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated ...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten ...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed ...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged ...

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected ...

Deliver me, Jesus.


That others may be loved more than I,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I ...

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything...

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, 
provided that I may become as holy as I should…
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

Sincerely from the Heart, apologize to God for all the wrong done in the past

O my God, 
I am heartily sorry 
for having offended Thee, 
and I detest all my sins, 
because I dread 
the loss of heaven, 
and the pains of hell; 
but most of all 
because they offend Thee, 
my God, Who are all good 
and deserving of all my love. 
I firmly resolve, 
with the help of Thy grace, 
to confess my sins, 
to do penance, 
and to amend my life.
Amen.

Mother Mary, Our Lady of China, Pray for Us


Holy Mary...Our Lady of China...
protect the Catholics In China
and All who seek 
Your divine prayers and Intercessions.
Amen.

Our Lady of China appeared near Peiping. It stands in a village named Tong Lu. A Poor Mission was started there by the Vincentian Fathers. It was a poor place, perhaps the poorest in the whole region, formerly called "the place of beggars." In 1900, there were some seven hundred Christians gathered about the little hamlet. Suddenly, the famous Boxer rebellion swept China and grew to such proportions, that even small places like Tong Lu could not escape its fury. In April 1900, a force of ten thousand rioters attacked Tong Lu. The soldiers, in senseless rage, started to shoot into the sky. Then suddenly they fled, frightened, and never came back again. According to the legend, a woman in white appeared above the settlement, and the rioters' bullets were aimed at her. When the apparition did not fade, attackers had not even time to reorganize because a strange horseman put them to flight. Soon after they had disappeared beyond the horizon. Father Wu, a Chinese priest, confessed to his flock that he invoked the help of Mary. A new church was built on the site and Father Wu placed a picture of Our Lady on the main altar. He asked the painter to dress Our Lady in the royal robes of the dowager Empress Tzi-Hsi. The image of the Blessed Virgin in the royal robes of the pagan Empress, with the Christ Child on her knees, is vivid expression of Chinese tradition. It is a shrine of the Mother and her Son. Though her robes be pagan, she belongs to every age, to all people and to every race. As was told and promised in the Old Testament: "I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge and of holy hope." 


Prayer to Our Lady of China

Hail, Holy Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
Mother of all nations and all people.
You are the special heavenly Mother of the Chinese people.

Teach us your way of total obedience to God's will.
Help us to live our lives true to our faith.
Fill our hearts with burning love for God and each other.
Stir up in our youth an unconditional giving of self to the service of God.

We call on your powerful intercession for peace, reconciliation and unity among believers
and the conversion of the unbelievers in China and throughout the world,
for God's mercy is our only hope.

Our Lady of China, Mother of Jesus, hear our petitions and pray for us.
Amen.

Prayer Source: Daisy Y.Y. Lin, MD, MPH 
Imprimatur: Bishop William E. Lori, Bishop of Bridgeport Connecticut

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Saint Anne's Novena and Feast * 25/7/2014 ~ 3/8/2014, Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia



Theme: Called, Chosen and Sent
25 July 2014 to 3 August 2014






St. Anne's Church and Sanctuary Bukit Mertajam
Jalan Kulim, 
14000 Bukit Mertajam,
Penang,
Malaysia.
Tel: 604 538 6405
Fax: 604 538 7422
Parish Priest & Contact Person: Rev Fr. Henry Rajoo





Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ hoʻoponopono

I am Sorry
Please Forgive Me
Thank You
I Love You

repeat these words,
it will make a difference.

Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene ~ 22 July 2014


Mary Magdalene is one of the most prominent woman and follower of Jesus in the New Testament as she was at two most significant moment for Jesus which is the crucifixion and resurrection. She proved to be loyal to Jesus in following Him trough His ministries and she stood near the cross as Jesus died, later she anointed his body with spices at the burial in the tomb.

Mary Magdalene is mention in the New Testament is the following Gospels Luke 8:1-3, John 12:1-3, John 19:25, Matthew 27:55-61, Mark 15:40-47, Luke 23:55-56, Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-11, Luke 24:1-11, and John 20:1-18.

Mary was born in a town called Magdale, in northern Galilee on the Sea of Tiberias, and for this was named Magdalene. Mary Magdalene died in 68 A.D. The Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran churches considers Mary Magdalene as saint and celebrate the Memorial (feast) for St.Mary Magdalene on 22 July annually. 

Like in today's John gospel, like us today, Mary failed to recognize the Risen Jesus when she first encountered Him. Only when he spoke did she realize that this man was not the gardener but rather, Jesus. We do not always recognize Jesus when we encounter him in prayer, when we encounter him in others, and when we encounter him in the Eucharist. We too must imitate Mary Magdalene by seeking the Lord where we may find him, by seeking the Lord even when he seems to be absent. We are called to nothing less.

O God, whose Only Begotten Son entrusted Mary Magdalene before all others with announcing the great joy of the Resurrection, grant, we pray, that through her intercession and example we may proclaim the living Christ and come to see him reigning in your glory. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene


Reading 1
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
Shepherd your people with your staff,
the flock of your inheritance,
That dwells apart in a woodland,
in the midst of Carmel.
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,
as in the days of old;
As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,
show us wonderful signs.
Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt
and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;
Who does not persist in anger forever,
but delights rather in clemency,
And will again have compassion on us,
treading underfoot our guilt?
You will cast into the depths of the sea
all our sins;
You will show faithfulness to Jacob,
and grace to Abraham,
As you have sworn to our fathers
from days of old.

Responsorial Psalm 
Psalm 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8
R. Lord, show us your mercy and love.
You have favored, O LORD, your land;
you have brought back the captives of Jacob.
You have forgiven the guilt of your people;
you have covered all their sins.
You have withdrawn all your wrath;
you have revoked your burning anger.
R. Lord, show us your mercy and love.
Restore us, O God our savior,
and abandon your displeasure against us.
Will you be ever angry with us,
prolonging your anger to all generations?
R. Lord, show us your mercy and love.
Will you not instead give us life;
and shall not your people rejoice in you?
Show us, O LORD, your kindness,
and grant us your salvation.
R. Lord, show us your mercy and love.

Gospel 
John 20:1-2, 11-18
On the first day of the week,
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
“Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew,
“Rabbouni,” which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her,
“Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he told her.