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, 22 February 2015

Repentance and Renewal in the season of Lent


Therefore, turn away from our sinfulness, recommit ourselves to following Jesus, and deepen our relationship and closeness to God by reflecting on His Words. We remember in Lent that our faults can lead us away from God, and also make us selfish, forgetting about the needs of others. We think for a moment about our own lives and we ask God‟s forgiveness. During this time of Lent, we learn to let go of all unnecessary things and be more mindful of our dependence on God. We fast, abstain, pray and give alms. 

Lord, during this Lenten season 
nourish us with Your word of life 
and make us one in love and prayer.

The forty days of Lent represent Jesus forty days in the desert fasting, overcoming temptations, and praying after His baptism by John the Baptist,  Let us be like Jesus who never gave in to temptations during His forty days in the desert, We to need to pray to God like Jesus did in over coming temptations.

The Church has never allowed Sundays to be kept as days of fast ... Every Sunday is a day of obligation, the paschal mystery is celebrated (Canon 1246) and is also mini Easter. 

Sunday, on which by apostolic tradition 
the paschal mystery is celebrated, 
must be observed in the universal Church 
as the primordial holy day of obligation.

Abstinence from meat, 
or from some other food 
as determined by the Episcopal Conference, 
is to be observed on all Fridays, 
unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed 
on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Therefore the calculation on how forty days came about is as follows:
From Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday is 46 days and there is 6 Sundays within that period. Therefore, 46 days minus 6 Sundays equals to 40 days of Lent fasting.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Dance with My Father ~ Luther Vandross

Back when I was a child, 
before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high 
and dance with my mother and me and then
Spin me around ‘til I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure I was loved
If I could get another chance, another walk, 
another dance with him
I’d play a song that would never, ever end
How I’d love, love, love
To dance with my father again
When I and my mother would disagree
To get my way, I would run from her to him
He’d make me laugh just to comfort me
Then finally make me do just what my mama said
Later that night when I was asleep
He left a dollar under my sheet
Never dreamed that he would be gone from me
If I could steal one final glance, one final step, 
one final dance with him
I’d play a song that would never, ever end
‘Cause I’d love, love, love
To dance with my father again
Sometimes I’d listen outside her door
And I’d hear how my mother cried for him
I pray for her even more than me
I pray for her even more than me
I know I’m praying for much too much
But could you send back the only man she loved
I know you don’t do it usually
But dear Lord she’s dying
To dance with my father again
Every night I fall asleep and this is all I ever dream


Papa ~ Paul Anka


Everyday my papa would work
To try to make ends meet
To see that we would eat
Keep those shoes upon my feet
Every night my papa would take me
And tuck me in my bed
Kiss me on my head
After all the prayers were said
And there were years
Of sadness and of tears
Through it all
Together we were strong
We were strong
Times were rough
But Papa he was tough
Mama stood beside him all along

Growing up with them was easy
The time had flew on by
The years began to fly
They aged and so did I
And I could tell
That mama she wasn't well
Papa knew and deep down so did she
So did she
When she died
Papa broke down and he cried
And all he could say was, "God, why her? Take me!"
Everyday he sat there sleeping in a walking chair
He never went upstais
All Because she wasn't there

Then one day my Papa said,
"Son, I'm proud of how you've grown"
He said, "Go out and make it on your own.
Don't worry. I'm O.K. alone."
He said, "There are things that you must do"
He said, "There's places you must see"
And his eyes were sad as he
As he said goodbye to me

Every time I kiss my children
Papa's words ring true
He said, "Children live through you.
Let them grow! They'll leave you, too"
I remember every word Papa used to say
I kiss my kids and pray
That they'll think of me
Oh how I pray
They will think of me
That way
Someday


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Hear O' Lord, it is I Your servant crying and begging for Your Help


Dear Lord, 
I am going through financial difficultly, 
and out of desperateness I cry to you O' Lord 
to help me in this urgent need 
and all those in similar situation as me. 
Lord, things have become worst 
as now my dad has just pass on 
and called back by You to Your home, 
I now grief more each day missing my dad 
who was my right hand and support in my troubles. 
I know Lord, I have sinned and am a sinner, 
have mercy on me Lord. 
I am only human at times, 
I am unable control my human senses. 
I know Lord, you are full of love and mercy, 
your compassion and empathy is infinite. 
Therefore, Lord Jesus 
by the will of the Father in heaven, 
let it be done unto me, 
touch, heal and provide for me Lord 
and all other who also need the same. 
I truly have faith, trust and hope 
in You alone my Lord, 
that by Your miraculous wonder, 
and by the will of God the Father, 
my prayer and needs will be fulfilled 
and the money I need 
as soon as You permit it. 
My trust and hope in You Lord 
will never fade or die. 
May the grace of the Almighty 
Support, Sustain and Supply all my needs 
according to His riches in glory. 
Amen.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Lent 2015


Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.



The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which falls on 18 February, 2015 marks the beginning of Lent, and it ends a day before Easter (Resurrection of Jesus Christ) on Holy Saturday, 4 April, 2015. Lent is a solemn observance in the liturgical year of many Christian denominations. During the season of Lent, Christians prepare for the celebration of Easter by prayer, penance and fasting. There are actually 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday consisting of 40 weekdays and 6 Sundays, Lent is actually 40 days minus the 6 Sundays which is a day celebration of Jesus' victory over sin and death by His resurrection from the death (fast and penance is forbidden or optional Sundays).



Ash Wednesday, 18 February, 2015
First Sunday in Lent, 22 February, 2015
Second Sunday in Lent, 1 March, 2015
Third Sunday in Lent, 8 March, 2015
Fourth Sunday in Lent, 15 March, 2015
Fifth Sunday in Lent, 22 March, 2015
- Holy Week begins -
Palm (Passion) Sunday, 29 March, 2015
Maundy (Holy) Thursday, 2 April, 2015
Good Friday, 3 April, 2015
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil), 4 April, 2015
- Holy Week ends -
Easter Sunday, 5 April, 2015



In 2015, the Message of Pope Francis for Lent is "Make your hearts firm (cf. Jas 5:8)". Based on the theme of the globalization of indifference, the Holy Father expresses his hope "that all those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!"


A Lenten Prayer called the Passion

Dear Lord Jesus, 
by Your Passion and Resurrection
You brought life to the world.
But the glory of the Resurrection
came only after the sufferings of the Passion.

You laid down Your life willingly
and gave up everything for us.
Your body was broken and fastened to a Cross,
Your clothing became the prize of soldiers,
your blood ebbed slowly but surely away,
and Your Mother was entrusted to the beloved disciple.

Stretched out on the Cross,
deprived of all earthly possessions and human aid, 
You cried out to Your Father that the end had come.
You had accomplished the work given You, 
and You committed into His hands, 
as a perfect gift, 
the little life that remained to You.

Lord, teach me to accept all afflictions
after the example You have given.
Let me place my death in Yours 
and my weakness in Your abandonment,
Take hold of me with Your love,
that same foolish love that knew no limits,
and let me offer myself to the Father 
with You so that I may rise with You to eternal life.

AMEN.