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.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Turn Your ear to me, O Lord, and Answer me, Hear my Cry and have Mercy on me

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to you!
Do not hide your face from me
in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me;
answer me speedily in the day when I call!
~ * ~ Psalm 102:1-2 ~ * ~





Lord, I need to attain a large sum which is beyond my own capability urgently by Friday. I realise that this amount is not small Lord and I am unable to raise it myself by Friday. I have no means Lord, but I truly believe Lord that only You have the power and might to grant me the miracle I need. What is impossible for me, is possible for You my Lord. I desperately need the money to settle some backlog financial debts. I have delay them for sometime but I can't postpone it any more as I have committed to the parties involved that I will settle it by today. I know Lord, I am a sinner and am only human, HAVE MERCY on me. all these are due to my mistakes. Lord, You have always been by my side especially in my lowest times. Come Lord, and GRANT me your healing from this situation which I am in urgent need of a solution. I repent Lord for all my sin, please forgive me Lord, and command your angels to come today an LIFT me out of this situation and saves me. Lord, Father in Heaven, I am asking You for this great favour, in the name of Your son JESUS and I truly believe and trust that in accordance of Your will You will grant my request, soon today. AMEN.


Please believe me!. I am a GOD fearing and trusting person. In JESUS name whatever I wrote above is all true. All I am doing is to attain the amount needed but I am unable do it myself in a short time. I am struggling every day to make ends-meet. Time is of the essence because I do not have long as these situation has affected my live, my work and well being, there are no ways to overcome these problems except only a miracle from God can save me now. JESUS, I your servant cry in desperateness, come Lord have mercy on a sinner like me and heal me. I truly believe and trust Lord, that by Your Word, I am Heal. PLEASE, give ONE LAST CHANCE fix my mistakes and repent, thus I am able to build back myself to establish a righteous budgeting/financial habits, providing financial and life the peace and security it needs.


If someone out there (a good Samaritan) with the financial ability would grant me some assistance in form of loan, which I promises to repay back in instalments. I really need the funds desperately and urgently. Please leave a message at my email stanx4christ@gmail.com. or go to the link at the bottom to help.  I will be very thankful and grateful of this help, for the Lord has send me an angel to lift me up.


For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
~ * ~ Psalm 91:11-12 ~ * ~




We all need help from time to time, 
especially in desperate and pressing times 
and there is no shame in asking for it. 
God will work wonders through his people. 
All Glory. Praise and Thanksgiving 
to Our Father, God in Heaven and on Earth.


Friday, 22 August 2014

NICE! ~ I spoke to JESUS today by New Way Today

Memorial of Saint Rose of Lima, Virgin ~ 23 August 2014

Isabel de Flores was born to parents of Spanish descent at Lima, Peru 20 April, 1586 and died there the 24 August, 1617. Isabel developed a talent for gardening, so it is not surprising that she took the name “Rose” as her confirmation name. She obtained her parents’ permission to be enrolled in the Third Order of Saint Dominic; from her childhood she had taken Saint Catherine of Siena as her model, and she then redoubled her penance. The Blessed Sacrament seemed virtually her only food. Her love for it was intense. Her fasting was near miraculous; during Lent in particular, she denied herself her former single piece of bread each day, to consume only a few orange seeds. Her disciplines were of an almost incredible severity, and her hair shirt reached from her shoulders to her wrists and knees; not satisfied with its rudeness, she armed it with iron nails. The cell of Saint Rose was a garden hut, her couch a box of broken tiles. Concealed by her veil, a silver crown armed with ninety sharp points encircled her head. More than once, when she shuddered at the prospect of a night of torture, a voice said, “My cross was yet more painful.” The demon tormented her for fifteen years with insupportable temptations; but God sustained His spouse against them, though she would gladly have died rather than live any longer in their clutches. When a Dutch fleet prepared to attack the city of Lima, Rose took her place before the tabernacle, and wept because she felt unworthy to die in its defense, as she hoped she might; the enemy weighed anchor soon afterwards and departed without attempting a siege. All of Saint Rose’s sufferings were offered for the conversion of sinners, and the thought of the multitudes in hell was ever before her soul.

We honour Rose of Lima on 23 August. She was the first person from the New World, the Americas to be named a saint. She was beatified by Pope Clement IX in 1667 and canonized in 1671 by Clement X. St. Rose of Lima is the patroness of Latin America and the Philippines. St. Rose’s life teaches us to reach out to our neighbour and to use our talents to help them live better lives.

O God, you set Saint Rose of Lima on fire with your love,
so that, secluded from the world
in the austerity of a life of penance,
she might give herself to you alone;
grant, we pray, that through her intercession,
we may tread the paths of life on earth
and drink at the stream of your delights 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.

Saturday, 23 August 2014
St. Rose of Lima, Virgin (Optional Memorial)

First Reading
Ezekiel 43:1-7
Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate facing east. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the east; and the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with his glory. And the vision I saw was like the vision which I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and like the vision which I had seen by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. As the glory of the LORD entered the temple by the gate facing east, 5the Spirit lifted me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple. While the man was standing beside me, I heard one speaking to me out of the temple; and he said to me, "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the people of Israel for ever. And the house of Israel shall no more defile my holy name, neither they, nor their kings, by their harlotry, and by the dead bodies of their kings,

Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 85:9-14
Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. Yea, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him, and make his footsteps a way.

Gospel
Matthew 23:1-12
Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice. They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren.  And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ. He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ 22 August 2014



We celebrated the Assumption of our Lady into Heaven, a week ago on 15 August and today we celebrated Her Holy Queenship, also known as the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. God bestows Mary, the Virgin Mother of God her place among the angels and saints as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. As we celebrated the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may we all recognize more clearly and venerate more devoutly the merciful and motherly sovereignty of her who bore God in her womb. 

On the 11 October 1954, Pope Pius XII established the Feast of the Queenship of Mary to be celebrated throughout the world, and commanded that on that day each year, the world should renew its consecration to her and a present the feast is now celebrated on 22 August. The Blessed Virgin Mary should be called Queen, not only because of her Divine Motherhood, but also because God has willed her to have an exceptional role in the work of our eternal salvation. Jesus Christ, the God-Man, is King; but Mary, too, as Mother of the divine Christ, as His associate in the redemption, in his struggle with His enemies and His final victory over them, has a share, though in a limited and analogous way, in His royal dignity.

Whoever, therefore, reverences the Queen of heaven and earth--and let no one consider himself exempt from this tribute of a grateful and loving soul--let him invoke the most effective of Queens, the Mediatrix of peace; let him respect and preserve peace, which is not wickedness unpunished nor freedom without restraint, but a well-ordered harmony under the rule of the will of God; to its safeguarding and growth the gentle urgings and commands of the Virgin Mary impel us.

Ave, Regina Caelorum,
Hail, O Queen of Heaven.

Ave, Domina Angelorum:
Hail, O Lady of Angels

Salve, radix, salve, porta
Hail! thou root, hail! thou gate

Ex qua mundo lux est orta:
From whom unto the world, a light has arisen.

Gaude, Virgo gloriosa.
Rejoice, O glorious Virgin,

Super omnes speciosa,
Lovely beyond all others,

Vale, o valde decora,
Farewell, most beautiful maiden,

Et pro nobis Christum exora.
And pray for us to Christ.

PRAYER
O Mary Immaculate Queen, look down upon this distressed and suffering world. Thou knowest our misery and our weakness. O Thou who art our Mother, saving us in the hour of peril, have compassion on us in these days of great and heavy trial. 

Jesus has confided to thee the treasure of His Grace, and through Thee He wills to grant us pardon and mercy. In these hours of anguish, therefore, thy children come to Thee as their hope. 

We recognize thy Queenship and ardently desire thy triumph. We need a Mother and a Mother's Heart. Thou art for us the luminous dawn which dissipates our darkness and points out the way to life. In thy clemency obtain for us the courage and the confidence of which we have such need. 

Most Holy and Adorable Trinity, Thou Who didst crown with glory in Heaven the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Saviour, grant that all her children on earth may acknowledge her as their Sovereign Queen, that all hearts, homes, and nations may recognize her rights as Mother and as Queen. Amen. 


"More than all the angels and all the saints has God ineffable freely endowed Mary with the fullness of the heavenly gifts that abound in the divine treasury; and she, preserving herself ever immaculately clean from the slightest taint of sin, attained a fullness of innocence and holiness so great as to be unthinkable apart from God Himself, a fullness that no one other than God will ever possess." ~ Pope Pius IX, wrote in his Bull Ineflabilis Deus

O God, who made the Mother of your Son to be our Mother and our Queen, graciously grant that, sustained by her intercession, we may attain in the heavenly Kingdom the glory promised to your children. 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.

Friday, 22 August 2014
Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First Reading
Isaiah 9:1-6
But there will be no gloom for her that was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zeb'ulun and the land of Naph'tali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. Thou hast multiplied the nation, thou hast increased its joy; they rejoice before thee as with joy at the harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, thou hast broken as on the day of Mid'ian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 113:1-8
Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD! Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised! The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.
Gospel
Luke 1:26-38
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end." And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible." And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

People who are close to my Heart and people beyond my Reach

When my arms can't reach 
the people who are Close to my Heart
and the people Beyond my Reach,
I always HUG them
with my PRAYERS.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Divine Infant JESUS, come to my aid

O God, mercifully grant that we, who know You now by faith, may we always follow Your Way, guided by Your Light, a Star that never dims! You who have given us the Greatest Gift of all, your Son, Jesus Christ. Come To My Aid O God. O Lord,Make Haste To Help Me.


Infant Jesus of Prague, His hand represents both the divinity and humanity of God Incarnate. The other three fingers represent The Blessed Trinity. The "L" shape of his fingers is for His Unending, Eternal, Merciful Love. There is no end to His Love.

Prayer for Healing and Strength


O God who are the only source 
of health and healing, 
the spirit of calm 
and the central peace 
of this universe, 
grant to me such a consciousness 
of your indwelling 
and surrounding presence 
that I may permit you 
to give me health and strength 
and peace, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

LORD, Hear my Shout and Cry for HELP .... I am in desperate need and I know You will Provide

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to you!
Do not hide your face from me
in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me;
answer me speedily in the day when I call!
~ * ~ Psalm 102:1-2 ~ * ~





Lord, I need to attain a large sum which is beyond my own capability urgently by Friday. I realise that this amount is not small Lord and I am unable to raise it myself by Friday. I have no means Lord, but I truly believe Lord that only You have the power and might to grant me the miracle I need. What is impossible for me, is possible for You my Lord. I desperately need the money to settle some backlog financial debts. I have delay them for sometime but I can't postpone it any more as I have committed to the parties involved that I will settle it by today. I know Lord, I am a sinner and am only human, HAVE MERCY on me. all these are due to my mistakes. Lord, You have always been by my side especially in my lowest times. Come Lord, and GRANT me your healing from this situation which I am in urgent need of a solution. I repent Lord for all my sin, please forgive me Lord, and command your angels to come today an LIFT me out of this situation and saves me. Lord, Father in Heaven, I am asking You for this great favour, in the name of Your son JESUS and I truly believe and trust that in accordance of Your will You will grant my request, soon today. AMEN.


Please believe me!. I am a GOD fearing and trusting person. In JESUS name whatever I wrote above is all true. All I am doing is to attain the amount needed but I am unable do it myself in a short time. I am struggling every day to make ends-meet. Time is of the essence because I do not have long as these situation has affected my live, my work and well being, there are no ways to overcome these problems except only a miracle from God can save me now. JESUS, I your servant cry in desperateness, come Lord have mercy on a sinner like me and heal me. I truly believe and trust Lord, that by Your Word, I am Heal. PLEASE, give ONE LAST CHANCE fix my mistakes and repent, thus I am able to build back myself to establish a righteous budgeting/financial habits, providing financial and life the peace and security it needs.


If someone out there (a good Samaritan) with the financial ability would grant me some assistance in form of loan, which I promises to repay back in instalments. I really need the funds desperately and urgently. Please leave a message at my email stanx4christ@gmail.com. or go to the link at the bottom to help.  I will be very thankful and grateful of this help, for the Lord has send me an angel to lift me up.


For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
~ * ~ Psalm 91:11-12 ~ * ~




We all need help from time to time, 
especially in desperate and pressing times 
and there is no shame in asking for it. 
God will work wonders through his people. 
All Glory. Praise and Thanksgiving 
to Our Father, God in Heaven and on Earth.


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Worry not! Trust in God







The Hillbilly ~ Ten Commandments (funny but applies)


A funny take on the 10 commandments, but still just as relevant! Do you live by them?


source:  Walk with Jesus (FB)

JESUS has been waiting for us 20 centuries long

When you approach the tabernacle, 
remember that He [Jesus] has been awaiting 
you for twenty centuries. 
~ * ~ St. Josemaria Institute ~ * ~

Photo: Beautiful thought from St. Josemaria Institute:

"When you approach the tabernacle, remember that He [Jesus] has been awaiting you for twenty centuries."

#GodBlessYouAll!
Lighthouse Catholic Media, NFP

The Law of Karma ~ Father Ron Rolheiser


Ten Secret to Happiness ~ Pope Francis


Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Butterworth, Novena & Feast day ~ 2014



Thursday, 14 August 2014

Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception


This chaplet consists of three groups of four beads each. A large bead separates each group, and a medal of the Immaculate Conception is attached to the end. It was composed by St. John Berchmanns, and recited by him daily to obtain, through the intercession of Mary, the grace never to commit any sin against the virtue of purity.




Method of Saying the Chaplet

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


On first set of beads:
Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Our Father once, Hail Mary four times, Glory Be once.


On second set of beads:

Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Our Father once, Hail Mary four times, Glory Be once.


On third set of beads:

Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Our Father once, Hail Mary four times, Glory Be once.


Saint John Berchmans ~ Patron Saint of Altar Servers



Saint John Berchmans was born on 13 March 1599. He was kind, gentle, and affectionate towards his parents and a favourite with his playmates during his childhood. He was brave and open, attractive in manner, and with a bright, joyful disposition. Since his early age, he wanted to be a priest, and when he was 13 years old, he became a altar server. He became a Jesuit seminarian in 1615. In 1618 he was sent to Rome to further his study and was known for his diligence and piety, and his stress on perfection even in small things. He was known for his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to Our Lady, to whom he composed a Chaplet in honour of her Immaculate Conception.

He died on 13 August 1621. He was declared a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. John Berchmans was beatified in 1865, and was canonized in 1888. Saint John Berchmans is the patron saint of altar servers.

For all Altar Servers

To be Christ's page at the altar, 
To serve Him freely there. 
Where even the Angels falter, 
Bowed low in reverent prayer.

To touch the throne most holy, 
To hand the gifts for the feast, 
To see Him meekly, lowly, 
Descend at the word of the priest.

To hear man's poor petition, 
To sound the silver bell, 
When He in sweet submission, 
Comes down with us to dwell.

No grander mission surely 
Could Saints or men enjoy; 
No heart should love more purely, 
Than yours my altar boys (altar servers).

God bless you, lad, forever, 
And keep you in His care, 
And Guard you that you never 
Belie the robes you wear.

For white bespeaks untainted 
A heart both tried and true; 
And red tolls love the sainted 
The holy martyrs knew.

Throughout life, then, endeavor 
God's graces to employ; 
And be in heart forever 
A holy altar boy  (altar servers).

by St. John Berchmans

St. John Berchmans, be my patron!

The Crown of Twelve Stars


St. John, the beloved disciple of Jesus and Mary, was privileged to behold a wonderful sign in Heaven: "A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. This gave rise to the triple Crown of Twelve Stars devotion which Heaven has blessed with countless favours. 




St. John Berchmans made it his daily favorite:

Let us offer praise and thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity, Who hath shown us the Virgin Mary, clothed with the sun, the moon between her feet, and on her head a mystic crown of twelve stars.
R. For ever and ever. Amen.

Let us praise and thank the Divine Father, Who elected her for His daughter.
R. Amen. Say an Our Father.

Praised be the Divine Father, Who predestined her to be the Mother of His Divine Son.
R. Amen. Say a 
Hail Mary.

Praised be the Divine Father, Who preserved her from all stain in her conception.
R. Amen. Say a 
Hail Mary.

Praised be the Divine Father, Who adorned her at birth with His most excellent gifts.
R. Amen. Say a 
Hail Mary.

Praised be the Divine Father, Who gave her Saint Joseph to be her companion and most pure spouse.
R. Amen. Say a 
Hail Mary and a Glory Be.

Let us praise and thank the Divine Son, Who chose her for His mother.
R. Amen. Say an Our Father.

Praised be the Divine Son, Who became incarnate in her bosom and there abode for nine months.
R. Amen. Say a 
Hail Mary.

Praised be the Divine Son, Who was born of her and was nourished at her breast.
R. Amen. Say a 
Hail Mary.

Praised be the Divine Son, Who in His childhood willed to be taught by her.
R. Amen. Say a 
Hail Mary.

Praised be the Divine Son, Who revealed to her the mystery of the Redemption of the world.
R. Amen. Say a 
Hail Mary and a Glory Be.

Let us praise and thank the Holy Spirit, Who took her for His spouse.
R. Amen. Say an Our Father.

Praised be the Holy Spirit, Who, revealed first to her His Name of Holy Spirit.
R. Amen. Say a 
Hail Mary.

Praised be the Holy Spirit, by Whose operation she was at once Virgin and Mother.
R. Amen. Say a 
Hail Mary.

Praised be the Holy Spirit, by Whose power she was the living-temple of the ever-blessed Trinity.
R. Amen. Say a 
Hail Mary.

Praised be the Holy Spirit, by Whom she was exalted in Heaven above every living creature.
R. Amen. Say a 
Hail Mary and a Glory Be.

Prayer for the Feast of the Assumption




Holy Mother Mary, we all rejoice with you today on the feast of your glorious Assumption into heaven. Long ago in the Garden of Eden, our first parents, Adam and Eve, were told that they would have to earn their bread in the sweat of their brow and that the earth would be cursed, bringing forth thorns and thistles. Now, after Christ our Redeemer has come, and taught us how to make use of the thorns and thistles of this life, and turn them into blessings, you, like Him, have been taken up body and soul into heaven. There, with your divine Son, you await our coming, and prepare a place for us. Mother Mary, it is a great comfort to us to realize that your precious body, the tabernacle of the infant Christ, is now in heaven with Him. Your being taken into heaven is also, like the resurrection of Christ's body, a pledge to us of the resurrection of our own bodies. It is wonderful to think that these hands, with which we earn our bread now in the sweat of our brow, will, because of the merits of Christ, one day, with our bodies, be glorified forever in heaven. O most pure Virgin Mary, help us to realize this as we go about our work from day to day. Help us to have great respect for these bodies of ours, and for those of others because we recognize in them the temple of the Holy Spirit, and because we look forward to seeing each other, body and soul, with you and your Son Jesus Christ forever in heaven. Amen.

Prayer Source: Rural Life Prayerbook by Alban J. Dachauer, S.J., 
National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 
4625 Beaver Avenue, 
Des Moines, 
Iowa 50310 
ncrlc.com, 1956

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ 15 August 2014



This day is also known as the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God (in the eastern countries), or the Feast of the Assumption. On this day, the Church celebrates the most glorious "harvest festival" in the Communion of Saints. Mary the mother of Jesus Christ, the supremely blessed one among women, Mary, the most precious fruit which has ripened in the fields of God's kingdom, and when Mary died (the happy departure of the Virgin Mary) following her death her body “assumed” into the granary of heaven. The Assumption completes God's work in her since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption. The Assumption is God's crowning of His work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity. God himself received his mother into his kingdom! What glory did he bestow on her whom he exalted above the highest cherubim, and placed on a throne raised above all the choirs of his blessed spirits! The seraphim, angels, and all the other glorious inhabitants of his kingdom, seeing the graces with which she was adorned, and the dazzling beauty and lustre with which she shone forth as she mounted on high from the earth, cried out in amazement, "Who is she that cometh up from the desert flowing with charms and delights, leaning upon her beloved?" Therefore, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is the greatest of all the festivals which the church celebrates in her honour.

The Assumption looks to eternity and gives us hope that we, too, will follow Our Lady when our life is ended as we turn our hearts to the Blessed Virgin Mary who is “full of grace,” imploring her to “pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.” The imitation of her virtues and spirit is the most solid proof of a true devotion to her, and the means to honour her, and to recommend our petitions through her to her divine Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ. The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary gives us hope that one day, we shall be reunited with God in glory with the company of Mary and the saints in heaven.

"In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death."

Luke 11:27
As Jesus was saying these things, 
a woman in the crowd called out, 
“Blessed is the mother 
who gave you birth and nursed you.” 
He replied, 
“Blessed rather are those 
who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Almighty ever-living God, who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly glory, grant we pray, that, always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers of her 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.

Alleluia! O Mother who gave Life to us, petition on our behalf the Son who appeared from you: may he remove from us the blows of punishment, and keep away divisions and disputes. May he lead us in the path of life in which we journey at all times. On your memorial day, we sing praise to your only Son.

Friday, 15 August 2014
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Mass during the Day

Reading 1
Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab
God’s temple in heaven was opened,
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed One.”


Responsorial Psalm 
Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear,
forget your people and your father’s house.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
So shall the king desire your beauty;
for he is your lord.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
They are borne in with gladness and joy;
they enter the palace of the king.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.


Reading 2
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Brothers and sisters:
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through man,
the resurrection of the dead came also through man.
For just as in Adam all die,
so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
but each one in proper order:
Christ the firstfruits;
then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;
then comes the end,
when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father,
when he has destroyed every sovereignty
and every authority and power.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death,
for “he subjected everything under his feet.”


Gospel 
Luke 1:39-56
Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Jesus help me.... in my depression


Depression is not a joke.

It's a real illness,
that does not discriminate.
No amount of money or fame can fix it.
Only JESUS can fix it.
YES, JESUS You are the HEALER.

If two of you agree on earth .....

Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. ~ Matthew 18:18-20

124 Korean martyrs to be beatified by Pope Francis



25 years Sacerdotal Anniversary celebration for Msgr. Bernard Paul


Msgr Bernard Paul, V.G. II
Parish Priest of 
the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, 
Penang, Malaysia.


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Be still and know that I am God



Psalm 46 (God is Our Fortress)

46 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah