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, 25 February 2016

What sustains you when trials and affliction come your way?


The Rich Man and Lazarus
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ “ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

*** ***

The prophet Jeremiah tells us that whoever relies on God will not be disappointed or be in want when everything around them dries up or disappears (Jeremiah 17:7-8). God will not only be their consolation, but their inexhaustible source of hope and joy as well.


Jesus' parable about the afflictions of the poor man Lazarus brings home a similar point. In this story Jesus paints a dramatic scene of contrasts - riches and poverty, heaven and hell, compassion and indifference, inclusion and exclusion. We also see an abrupt and dramatic reversal of fortune. Lazarus was not only poor, but sick and unable to fend for himself. He was "laid" at the gates of the rich man's house. The dogs which licked his sores probably also stole the little bread he got for himself. Dogs in the ancient world symbolized contempt. Enduring the torment of these savage dogs only added to the poor man's miseries and sufferings. The rich man treated the beggar with contempt and indifference, until he found his fortunes reversed at the end of his life! In God's economy, those who hold on possessively to what they have, lose it all in the end, while those who share generously receive back many times more than they gave way.

The name Lazarus means God is my help. Despite a life of misfortune and suffering, Lazarus did not lose hope in God. His eyes were set on a treasure stored up for him in heaven. The rich man, however, could not see beyond his material wealth and possessions. He not only had every thing he needed, he selfishly spent all he had on himself. He was too absorbed in what he possessed to notice the needs of those around him. He lost sight of God and the treasure of heaven because he was preoccupied with seeking happiness in material things. He served wealth rather than God. In the end the rich man became a beggar!

source: Kairos-EME Don's Daily Email

My life, sincerely I write....

My life is truly in a mess, all through my own actions and no one is to be blamed. This are beginning to become worst and things aren't going my way. Whatever difficulties I write in my blog is true and I am not faking it. I truly need help, and I am not keeping quite as the Lord said, "Ask and you shall be given", "Seek and your shall find" Therefore each and everyday I seek You O Lord, show me Your Merciful face Lord and grant the healing I cry and beg of You my dearest Saviour and Lord. Time is running out on me but I know what is impossible for me is possible for God. Each and every minute, hour, day, that passed causes me to worry even more. God knows every situation in my life as He created me in my mothers womb and even knew me by name before that. All I know is that the Good Lord is always by my side, I trust He knows best for me (For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11). I have nothing except to put all my trust, hope and faith into the hands of the Lord. I am falling but I am confident that the Lord knows the right and perfect time to catch me. I thank you Lord for each and every new day and all that you give me to pass through each day. I try to remain positive and thankful, Lord, knowing that You are by my side even I can't see physically. You have given me more strength, faith and perseverance to go through each day of this time of trial, sorrow and pain (Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6). God is working on my problems, and I can wait patiently because His timing is perfect. (Psalm 31:15; 37:7; 46:1). Overcoming my difficulties isn't easy but I am confident it is possible with God’s help. I have the Good Shepherd who takes care of me. What am I asking God to do in my life? Whatever it is, I know that He will always be with me…and He will always provide just what I need. He is the Good Shepherd and He has already laid down His life for me! JESUS is our Good Shepherd.

Help me JESUS, I don't know how I am going to do it (I am really worried and scared LORD because I am only human),.....



When doing your work of love, 
meditate upon Christ's words, 
“As you do it for the least of these, you do it for me” (Matt.25:40).



In the words 
Charity, Solidarity, and Fraternity
lies the key to a true understanding 
of the responsibility 
of Christians in the world.


JESUS I don't know how I am going to do it (Lord, I am really worried and scared because I am only human), but I surrender all to you Lord, as I have come to dead-ends on finding HELP on my own. All I ask you LORD, show me a MIRACLE as I TRUST in You, and BELIEVE in You. I am facing some personal financial debt issue which has got out of my controls LORD, I need Raise a large sum of money urgently in order to get through this dilemma. That is why LORD Jesus Christ, I say only by MIRACLE can I do it, be saved , healed, saved from all disgrace and passed this obstacle which is ruining my LIFE. I REPENT Lord for all my mistakes (my wrong doings, my sin and all sins committed by my ancestors ancestral sins), forgive me Lord and I promise to never repeat them ever again. If it is Your WILL Lord, Grant me this MIRACLE, I ask of You Christ JESUS. I ASK this with ALL my HEART in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

Sent forth Your Angels Lord to lift me up and Out of this distress. I truly confident in Your works O Lord and all my Hope and Trust is in You alone, my God and Saviour.


Lord, in every need let me come to You with humble trust saying, 
"Jesus, help me."


In the failure of my plans and hopes; in disappointments, troubles, and sorrows, 
"Jesus, help me."


When I throw myself on Your tender love as a father and savior, 
"Jesus, help me."


When my heart is cast down by failure at seeing no good come from my efforts, 
"Jesus, help me."


Always, always, in spite of weakness, falls, and shortcomings of every kind, 
Jesus, help me and never forsake me.
Amen.


“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” 
~ Mother Teresa ~

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Matthew 6:1-4
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Lent is the opportune time 
to examine our pieties and devotions, 
and to ask if our lives are truly animated 
by Gospel justice and charity 
that find their fullest expression 
in the Eucharistic banquet.

"Be merciful as your Father is merciful"


Do you know and experience the mercy God has for you through the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for you and for your sins upon the cross? The Lord Jesus took our sins upon himself and nailed them to the cross so that we could receive pardon rather than condemnation, freedom rather than slavery to sin, and healing for the wounds caused by sin, injustice, and evil. 

God's mercy knows no limits
God the Father never tires of showing his steadfast love and mercy to those who seek him. Scripture tells us that his mercies never cease. "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (The Lamentations of Jeremiah 3:22-23). What can hold us back from receiving God's mercy and pardon? Anger, resentment, an unwillingness to forgive or to ask for pardon can hold us back from the healing power and merciful love that has power to wash away guilt and condemnation, fear and anger, pride and resentment. The Lord Jesus offers us freedom to walk in his way of love and forgiveness, mercy and goodness. 

Imitate God the Father's mercy
We are called to be merciful towards one another just as our heavenly Father has been merciful towards each one of us. Do you quickly forgive those who wrong you or cause you grief or pain, or do you allow ill-will and resentment to grow in your heart? Do you pray for those who have lost sight of God's mercy, pardon, truth, and justice? 

In the Old Testament we see the example of Daniel, a man of great faith in God's mercy and just ways, who prayed daily, not only for himself, but for his own people, and for his persecutors as well. Daniel was 'shamefaced' before God because he recognized that his own people who had been called and chosen by God as the people of Israel, were now suffering in exile due to their sins and unfaithfulness to the covenant God had made with them (see Daniel 9:4-10). Daniel did not sit in judgment over the failings and sins of his own people, instead he pleaded with God for compassion, pardon, and restoration. Our shame will turn to joy and hope if we confess our sins and ask for God's healing love and mercy.. 

Do not judge 
Why does Jesus tell his followers to "not judge lest they be judged"? Jesus knew the human heart all too well. We judge too quickly or unfairly with mixed motives, impure hearts, and prejudiced minds. The heart must be cleansed first in order to discern right judgment with grace and mercy rather than with ill will and vengeance.

Ephrem the Syrian (306-373 AD), a wise early Christian teacher and writer, comments on Jesus' exhortation to not condemn:
Do not judge, that is, unjustly, so that you may not be judged, with regard to injustice. With the judgment that you judge shall you be judged. This is like the phrase "Forgive, and it will be forgiven you." For once someone has judged in accordance with justice, he should forgive in accordance with grace, so that when he himself is judged in accordance with justice, he may be worthy of forgiveness through grace. Alternatively, it was on account of the judges, those who seek vengeance for themselves, that he said, "Do not condemn." That is, do not seek vengeance for yourselves. Or, do not judge from appearances and opinion and then condemn, but admonish and advise. (Commentary on Tatian's Diatessaron 6.18B)

Grace and mercy 
What makes true disciples of Jesus Christ different from those who do not know the Lord Jesus and what makes Christianity distinct from any other religion? It is grace - treating others not as they deserve, but as God wishes them to be treated - with forbearance, mercy, and loving-kindness. God shows his goodness to the unjust as well as to the just. His love embraces saint and sinner alike. God always seeks what is best for each one of us and he teaches us to seek the greatest good of others, even those who hate and abuse us. Our love for others, even those who are ungrateful and unkind towards us, must be marked by the same kindness and mercy which God has shown to us. It is easier to show kindness and mercy when we can expect to benefit from doing so. How much harder when we can expect nothing in return. Our prayer for those who do us ill both breaks the power of revenge and releases the power of love to do good in the face of evil.

Overcome evil with mercy and goodness
How can we possibly love those who cause us grief, harm, or ill-will? With God all things are possible. He gives power and grace to those who trust in his love and who seek his wisdom and help. The Lord is ready to work in and through us by his Holy Spirit, both to purify our minds and hearts and to help us do what is right, good, and loving in all circumstances. Paul the Apostle reminds us that "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us" (Romans 5:5) God's love conquers all, even our hurts, injuries, fears, and prejudices. Only the cross of Jesus Christ and his victory over sin can free us from the tyranny of malice, hatred, revenge, and resentment, and give us the courage to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). Such love and grace has power to heal, restore, and transform us into the image of Christ. Do you know the power of Christ's redeeming love and mercy?

source: Kairos-EME Don's Daily Email

My ONLY Hope

 

O my God, my only hope, 
I have placed all my trust in You, 
and I know I shall not be disappointed.
*** Diary of St Faustina #317 ***

Friday, 19 February 2016

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle ~ 22 February 2016


The feast of the Chair of Saint Peter at Antioch, commemorating his foundation of the See of Antioch, has also been long celebrated at Rome, on 22 February. We thank God for the mission he entrusted to the Apostle Peter and his Successors.

And I tell you, you are Peter, 
and on this rock I will build my church, 
and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
~ Matthew 16:18 ~

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that no tempests may disturb us, for you have set us fast on the rock of the Apostle Peter's confession of faith. 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.

Reading 1
1 Peter 5:1-4
Beloved:
I exhort the presbyters among you,
as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ
and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.
Tend the flock of God in your midst,
overseeing not by constraint but willingly,
as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.
Do not lord it over those assigned to you,
but be examples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,
you will receive the unfading crown of glory.


Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.


Verse Before The Gospel
You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church;
the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.

Gospel
Matthew 16:13-19
When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Gospel and John 3:16


For 
God so loved the world that he gave his 
Only 
Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not 
Perish but may have 
Eternal 
Life.

Do you allow sin or anger to master your life? Do not be angry, be reconciled


The first person to hate his brother was Cain. God warned Cain: 'Why are you angry? ..Sin is couching at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it (Genesis 4:6-7). Sin doesn't just happen; it first grows as a seed in one's heart. Unless it is mastered, by God's grace, it grows like a weed and chokes the life out of us. Jesus addressed the issue of keeping the commandments with his disciples. The scribes and Pharisees equated righteousness with satisfying the demands of the law. Jesus showed them how short they had come. Jesus points to the heart as the seat of desire, choice, and intention. Unless forbidden and evil desires are uprooted and cut-out, the heart will be poisoned and the body become a slave to sin and passion. Jesus illustrates his point with the example of the commandment to not kill. Murder first starts in the heart as the seed of forbidden anger that grows within until it springs into words and actions against one's brother or neighbor. This is a selfish anger that broods and is long-lived, that nurses a grudge and keeps wrath warm, and that refuses to die. Anger in the heart as well as anger in speech or action are equally forbidden. The Lord Jesus commands by grace - take away the anger in your heart and there will be no murder.

What is the antidote for overcoming anger and rage? Mercy, forbearance, and kindness spring from a heart full of love and forgiveness. God has forgiven us and he calls us to extend mercy and forgiveness towards those who cause us grief or harm. In the cross of Jesus we see the supreme example of love and the power for overcoming evil. Only God's love and grace can set our hearts and minds free from the tyranny of wounded pride and spiteful revenge. Do you harbor any anger towards another person? And are you quick to be reconciled when a rupture has been caused in your relationships? Ask God to set you free and to fill your heart and mind with his love and truth.

Eusebius, a 3rd century church father, offered the following prayer as instruction for his fellow Christians:
"May I be no man's enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides. May I never quarrel with those nearest me: and if I do, may I be reconciled quickly. May I love, seek, and attain only that which is good. May I wish for all men's happiness and envy none. May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me. When I have done or said what is wrong, may I never wait for the rebuke of others, but always rebuke myself until I make amends. May I win no victory that harms either me or my opponent. May I reconcile friends who are angry with one another. May I never fail a friend who is in danger. When visiting those in grief may I be able by gentle and healing words to soften their pain. May I respect myself. May I always keep tame that which rages within me. May I accustom myself to be gentle, and never be angry with people because of circumstances. May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things he has done, but know good men and follow in their footsteps."

Do you seek to live peaceably and charitably with all?

source: Kairos-EME, Don's Daily email

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

24 Hours for the Lord and “Vigil to Dry Tears” ~ 4 March and 5 March, 2016


The "24 Hours of the Lord" will begin from 6pm (local time) Friday, 4 March 2016 to 6pm (local time) Saturday, 5 March 2016, preceding the Fourth Week of Lent. As Pope Francis writes in “Misericordiae Vultus,” his document proclaiming the Year of Mercy. During the 24 hours there will be divine activities such as Prayer (Praise and Worship), Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and will end with a Mass on Saturday, 5 March 2016. In order to be capable of mercy, therefore, we must first of all dispose ourselves to listen to the Word of God. This means rediscovering the value of silence in order to meditate on the Word that comes to us. In this way, it will be possible to contemplate God’s mercy and adopt it as our lifestyle.“So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace.” (Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus)

We the Roman Catholics are asked to carry out the "24 Hours for the Lord" at the parish level and at the diocesan level. Every Roman Catholic is asked to participate in this occasion of Mercy.

“Mercy will always be greater than any sin”
~ Pope Francis ~

God is faithful, always faithful, for he cannot deny himself, 
he continues to be rich in goodness and mercy, 
and he is always ready to forgive and start afresh.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Do you believe that God's word has power to change and transform your life today?


Isaiah says that God's word is like the rain and melting snow which makes the barren ground spring to life and become abundantly fertile (Isaiah 55:10-11). God's word has power to penetrate our dry barren hearts and make them springs of new life. If we let God's word take root in our heart it will transform us into the likeness of God himself and empower us to walk in his way of love and holiness. God wants his word to guide and shape the way we think, act, and pray. Ambrose (339-397 AD), an early church father and bishop of Milan, wrote that the reason we should devote time for reading Scripture is to hear Christ speak to us. "Are you not occupied with Christ? Why do you not talk with him? By reading the Scriptures, we listen to Christ."

We can approach God confidently because he is waiting with arms wide open to receive his prodigal sons and daughters. That is why Jesus gave his disciples the perfect prayer that dares to call God, Our Father. This prayer teaches us how to ask God for the things we really need, the things that matter not only for the present but for eternity as well. We can approach God our Father with confidence and boldness because the Lord Jesus has opened the way to heaven for us through his death and resurrection. When we ask God for help, he fortunately does not give us what we deserve. Instead, God responds with grace, mercy, and loving-kindness. He is good and forgiving towards us, and he expects us to treat our neighbor the same. God has poured his love into our hearts through the gift of the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:5). And that love is like a refining fire - it purifies and burns away all prejudice, hatred, resentment, vengeance, and bitterness until there is nothing left but goodness and forgiveness towards those who cause us grief or harm.

Consider what John Cassian (360-435 AD), an early church father who lived for several years with the monks in Bethlehem and Egypt before founding a monastery in southern Gaul, wrote about the Lord's Prayer and the necessity of forgiving one another from the heart:

"The mercy of God is beyond description. While he is offering us a model prayer he is teaching us a way of life whereby we can be pleasing in his sight. But that is not all. In this same prayer he gives us an easy method for attracting an indulgent and merciful judgment on our lives. He gives us the possibility of ourselves mitigating the sentence hanging over us and of compelling him to pardon us. What else could he do in the face of our generosity when we ask him to forgive us as we have forgiven our neighbor? If we are faithful in this prayer, each of us will ask forgiveness for our own failings after we have forgiven the sins of those who have sinned against us, not only those who have sinned against our Master. There is, in fact, in some of us a very bad habit. We treat our sins against God, however appalling, with gentle indulgence - but when by contrast it is a matter of sins against us ourselves, albeit very tiny ones, we exact reparation with ruthless severity. Anyone who has not forgiven from the bottom of the heart the brother or sister who has done him wrong will only obtain from this prayer his own condemnation, rather than any mercy."

Do you treat others as you think they deserve to be treated, or do you treat them as the Lord has treated you - with mercy, steadfast love, and kindness?

"Father in heaven, you have given me a mind to know you, a will to serve you, and a heart to love you. Give me today the grace and strength to embrace your holy will and fill my heart and mind with your truth and love that all my intentions and actions may be pleasing to you. Help me to be kind and forgiving towards my neighbor as you have been towards me."

source: Kairos-EME, Don's Daily Email

Friday, 12 February 2016

JESUS, Only You can Help me, All my Hope in You alone

I Trust in You 
and 
I believe NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE for You.



MARANATHA
Come JESUS Come
You are the JOHOVAH RAPHA, the GOD who HEALS
and
You are the JOHOVAH JIREH, the GOD who PROVIDES.

Come Lord, Heal me from my difficulties and distress,
You are my Healer
Come Lord, Provide for my needs in the urgent time,
I want to taste Your miraculous wonder,
I believe in that ONLY in Your Name, 
there is Healing and Providence.

Listen to my cries O' Lord
Do not forsake a Sinner like me
but have Mercy on me.
Wash away all my sins with Your Precious Blood 
which flowed down on Calvary
and make white as snow again.
Cover me with Your Precious Blood 
which flowed down on Calvary
so that I will protected from all evil and never be disgraced.
You ALONE is my GOD, Saviour, Redeemer, Healer, Protector, and Provider.
All Glory and Honour belongs to You ALONE.
I will only PRAISE and WORSHIP You ALONE until the end of time.
I believe that in many of my lowest times, 
You were there with me to comfort and save me, 
and it was at this moments Your carried me.

I thank You Lord, for all that You have done and given me.
I thank You Lord for all that I don't have and I know 
and I know You have not finish working on me 
and the is more GOODNESS coming.
Whatever happens Lord whether it may be, 
I accept and believe it is by Your WILL
and it is for the GOOD of me.
AMEN.

Confession how to ....

Sin is any thought, word, desire, action, or neglect (omission) prohibited (forbidden) by the law of God. There are two kind of sin, mortal sin and venial sin. A mortal sin is a sin that, unless forgiven and fully absolved, condemns a person to Hell immediately after death. Rome defines a venial sin (meaning "forgivable" sin) as a lesser sin that does not result in a complete separation from God and eternal damnation in Hell. A venial sin involves a "partial loss of grace" from God. According to Catholic teaching, mortal sin requires the sacrament of penance (confession to a priest who pronounces sentence, that is, acts of penance the person must do to pay for his sin).

“Bless me Father, in this confession it has been (state the length of time) since my last confession. I accuse myself of the following sins: (mention your mortal and venial sins and the number of times committed).”
Upon finishing, say
“For these and all the sins of my past life, I am truly sorry.”
Then priest will advise, gives your penance and asks you to say the Act of Contrition Then wait and listen as the priest gives the absolution. The say
“Thank you, Father”
and leave the confessional and perform the penance given by the priest.

Act of Contrition
O my God, because you are so good. 
I am very sorry that I have sinned against you; 
and with your help I will try not to sin again. 
Amen.

Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Confession ~ Pope Francis

“The confessional is not a torture chamber, 
but the place in which the Lord's mercy 
motivates us to do better.” 
~ Pope Francis ~

"If we confess our sins, 
he who is faithful and just will forgive us 
our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
~ 1 John 1:9 ~

The best way to guard one’s heart is with the daily practice of an “examination of conscience”, in which one quietly reviews what bad things one has done and what good things one has failed to do for God, one’s neighbour and oneself.

The questions include:

Do I only turn to God when I’m in need?

Do I take attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation?

Do I begin and end the day with prayer?

Am I embarrassed to show that I am a Christian?

Do I rebel against God’s plan?

Am I envious, hot-tempered, biased?

Am I honest and fair with everyone or do I fuel the “throwaway culture”?

In my marital and family relations, do I uphold morality as taught in the Gospels?

Do I honour and respect my parents?

Have I refused newly conceived life? Have I snuffed out the gift of life? Have I helped do so?

Do I respect the environment?

Am I part worldly and part believer?

Do I overdo it with eating, drinking, smoking and amusements?

Am I overly concerned about my physical well-being, my possessions?

How do I use my time? Am I lazy?

Do I want to be served?

Do I dream of revenge, hold grudges?

Am I meek, humble and a builder of peace?

Catholics should go to Confession, the Pope said, because everyone needs forgiveness for their sins, for the ways “we think and act contrary to the Gospel”.

“Whoever says he is without sin is a liar or is blind,” he wrote.

Confession is meant to be a sincere moment of conversion, an occasion to demonstrate trust in God’s willingness to forgive his children and to help them back on the path of following Jesus, Pope Francis wrote.

Pope Francis ~ Prayer Intentions for 2016


January
Universal: Interreligious Dialogue
That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.

Evangelization: Christian Unity
That by means of dialogue and fraternal charity and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, Christians may overcome divisions.


February
Universal: Care for Creation
That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations.

Evangelization: Asia
That opportunities may increase for dialogue and encounter between the Christian faith and the peoples of Asia.


March
Universal: Families in Difficulty
That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments.

Evangelization: Persecuted Christians
That those Christians who, on account of their faith, are discriminated against or are being persecuted, may remain strong and faithful to the Gospel, thanks to the incessant prayer of the Church.


April
Universal: Small Farmers
That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.

Evangelization: African Christians
That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.


May
Universal: Respect for Women
That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.

Evangelization: Holy Rosary
That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.


June
Universal: Human Solidarity
That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.

Evangelization: Seminarians and Novices
That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.


July
Universal: Indigenous Peoples
That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.

Evangelization: Latin America and the Caribbean
That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. 


August
Universal: Sports
That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.

Evangelization: Living the Gospel
That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.


September
Universal: Centrality of the Human Person
That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.

Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize
That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.


October
Universal: Journalists
That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.

Evangelization: World Mission Day
That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.


November
Universal: Countries Receiving Refugees
That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity. 

Evangelization: Collaboration of Priests and Laity
That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement.


December
Universal: End to Child-Soldiers
That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.

Evangelization: Europe
That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.

The Stations of the Cross ( The Way of the Cross / Via Dolorosa)

Traditionally there are only 14 stations which was established in 1731 by Pope Clement XII but Pope John Paul II encouraged Catholics to use a 15th station, the Resurrection of Christ. The Stations of the Cross is way of reflecting Christ's passion. By praying the Stations of the Cross, we walk from Christ’s trial to His crucifixion and death at Calvary on Fridays during the liturgical season of Lent and Holy Week. This reminds us of the compassion which we must show to all human beings who suffer.

“If anyone wishes to come after me, 
he must deny himself 
and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
(Luke 9:23)

A Preparatory Act of Contrition 
O Jesus, treasure of my soul, infinitely good, infinitely merciful, behold me prostrate at Thy sacred feet! Sinner as I am, I fly to the arms of Thy mercy, and implore that grace which melts and converts - the grace of true compunction. I have offended Thee, adorable Jesus! I repent; let the favor of my love equal the baseness of my ingratitude. This Way of the Cross, grant me to offer devoutly in memory of that painful journey Thou hast travelled for our redemption, to the Cross of Calvary, with the holy design to reform my morals, amend my life and gain these indulgences granted by Thy vicars on earth. I apply one for my miserable soul, the rest in suffrage for the souls in purgatory, particularly N.N. [Here mention the souls for whom you intend to apply them.] I begin this devotion under Thy sacred protection, and in imitation of Thy dolorous Mother. Let then this holy exercise obtain for me mercy in this life, and glory in the next. Amen. JESUS!

Opening Prayer
V. God of power and mercy,
in love you sent your Son
that we might be cleansed of sin
and live with you forever.
Bless us as we gather to reflect
on his suffering and death
that we may learn from his example
the way we should go.
We ask this through that same Christ, our Lord.
R. Amen.

Say before each Station:
V. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Say after each Station:
1 Our Father
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be
** A period of silence should be observed
R. Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.


At the Cross her station keeping, 
Stood the mournful Mother weeping, 
Close to Jesus to the last.



First Station

JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH (Luke 23:13-25)

Jesus stands in the most human of places. He has already experienced profound solidarity with so many on this earth, by being beaten and tortured. Now he is wrongfully condemned to punishment by death. His commitment to entering our lives completely begins its final steps. He has said “yes” to God and placed his life in God’s hands. We follow him in this final surrender, and contemplate with reverence each place along the way, as he is broken and given for us.

It was for our sins, O Jesus, that you were condemned to suffer. Grant that we may detest our sins and by this repentance, obtain Your Mercy and pardon.


Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had passed!



Second Station

JESUS TAKES UP HIS CROSS (Mark 15:20)

Jesus is made to carry the cross on which he will die. It represents the weight of all our crosses. What he must have felt as he first took it upon his shoulders! With each step he enters more deeply into our human experience. He walks in the path of human misery and suffering, and experiences its crushing weight.


O Jesus, grant us, by virtue of Your Cross, that we may accept the difficulties of our state with meekness and cheerful submission. May we always be ready to take up our cross and follow You.


Oh, how sad and sore distressed,
Was that Mother highly blessed,
Of the sole-begotten One,




Third Station

JESUS FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME

The weight is unbearable. Jesus falls under it. How could he enter our lives completely without surrendering to the crushing weight of the life of so many on this earth! He lays on the ground and knows the experience of weakness beneath unfair burdens. He feels the powerlessness of wondering if he will ever be able to continue. He is pulled up and made to continue.


O Jesus, it was for our sins that you bore the heavy burden of the Cross and fell under its weight. May the thought of Your sufferings make us watchful over ourselves and save us from falling into sin.

Christ above in torment hangs,
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying, glorious Son.



Fourth Station

JESUS MEETS HIS SORROWFUL MOTHER

Jesus’ path takes him to a powerful source of his strength to continue. All his life, his mother had taught him the meaning of the words, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord.” Now they look into each other’s eyes. How pierced through her heart must be! How pained he must be to see her tears! Now, her grace-filled smile blesses his mission and stirs his heart to its depth. Love and trust in God bind them together.


O Jesus, by the compassion which you felt for Your Mother, have compassion for us and give us a share of her intercession. Our most afflicted Mother, intercede for us, that through the sufferings of Your Son, we may bear with courage the sorrows of this life.


Is there one who would not weep,
Whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ's dear Mother to behold?



Fifth Station

SIMON OF CYRENE HELPS JESUS TO CARRY THE CROSS (Luke 23:26)

Jesus even experiences our struggle to receive help. He is made to experience the poverty of not being able to carry his burden alone. He enters into the experience of all who must depend upon others to survive. He is deprived of the satisfaction of carrying this burden on his own.

O Jesus, just as Simon relieved You of Your burden, inspire us also to console You by our prayers of reparation and love.


Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain
In that Mother's pain untold?




Sixth Station

VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS

Jesus’ journey is at times brutal. He has entered into the terrible experiences of rejection and injustice. He has been whipped and beaten. His face shows the signs of his solidarity with all who have ever suffered injustice and vile, abusive treatment. He encounters a compassionate, loving disciple who wipes the vulgar spit and mocking blood from his face. On her veil, she discovers the image of his face – his gift to her, and, for us to contemplate forever.


O Jesus, may the contemplation of Your Holy Face enkindle in our hearts a more fervent love for You, and may Your image be graven on our minds and souls until we are transformed into Your likeness.



Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
She beheld her tender Child,
All with bloody scourges rent.



Seventh Station

JESUS FALLS FOR A SECOND TIME

Even with help, Jesus stumbles and falls to the ground. In deep exhaustion he stares at the earth beneath him. “Remember, you are dust and to dust you will return.” He has seen death before. Now he can feel the profound weakness of disability and disease and ageing itself, there on his knees, under the weight of his cross.


O Jesus, our repeated falls into sin have added to the burden which You carried for our redemption. As you are weakened by the weight of our sins, we are the cause of this second fall. Please give us the strength never to offend You again.


For the sins of His own nation
Saw Him hang in desolation
Till His spirit forth He sent.




Eighth Station
JESUS MEETS AND SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM (Luke 23:27-31)

The women of Jerusalem, and their children, come out to comfort and thank him. They had seen his compassion and welcomed his words of healing and freedom. He had broken all kinds of social and religious conventions to connect with them. Now they are here to support him. He feels their grief. He suffers, knowing he can’t remain to help them more in this life. He knows the mystery of facing the separation of death.


O Jesus, just as You instructed the women of Jerusalem, please instruct us in the ways of virtue and help us to escape the dreadful judgements prepared for all who reject or neglect You in this life.



Oh thou Mother! Font of love,
Touch my spirit from above,
Make my heart with thine accord.




Ninth Station
JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME

This last fall is devastating. Jesus can barely proceed to the end. Summoning all this remaining strength supported by his inner trust in God, Jesus collapses under the weight of the cross. His executioners look at him as a broken man, pathetic yet paying a price he deserves. They help him up so he can make it up the hill of crucifixion.

O Lord Jesus, we entreat You, by the merits of this third most painful fall, to pardon our frequent relapse and our long continuance in sin. May the thought of Your sufferings grieve us and move us to make frequent acts of love and reparation.


Make me feel as Thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ, my Lord.



Tenth Station

JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS

Part of the indignity is to be crucified naked. Jesus is completely stripped of any pride. The wounds on his back are torn open again. He experiences the ultimate vulnerability of the defenceless. No shield or security protects him. As they stare at him, his eyes turn to heaven.


O Jesus, by the pain You suffered in having Your clothing torn from Your bleeding body, please strip us of all conceit and pride, and instruct us in the ways of humility, purity of intention and simplicity of heart.

Holy Mother! pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.



Eleventh Station

JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS 
(Luke 23:33, 47; John 19:25-27)

Huge nails are hammered through his hands and feet to fix him on the cross. He is bleeding much more seriously now. As the cross is lifted up, the weight of his life hangs on those nails. Every time he struggles to pull himself up to breathe, his ability to cling to life slips away.


As You were nailed to the Cross, O Jesus, fasten our hearts there also, that they may be united to You until death.



Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.



Twelfth Station

JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS (Luke 23:44-46)

Between two criminals, a mocking title above his head, with only Mary and John and Mary Magdalene to support him, Jesus surrenders his last breath: “Into your hands I commend my spirit.”

O Jesus, we devoutly embrace the holy Cross whereon You loved us even unto death. We thank You for Your sacrifice, and we desire to love You as much as You love us.


Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him Who mourned for me,
All the days that I may live.



Thirteenth Station 

JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS AND LAID IN THE ARMS OF HIS HOLY MOTHER

What tender mourning! Jesus’ lifeless body lies in his mother’s arms. He has truly died…a profound sacrifice, complete.


We grieve with You, O Mary, for the sorrow you experienced as you examined the wounds on the body of your dear Son. By these sacred wounds may we obtain pardon and mercy for our sins.



By the cross with thee to stay;
There with thee to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of thee to give.



Fourteenth Station

JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB (Luke 23:50-54)

They take the body of Jesus to its resting place. The huge stone over the tomb is the final sign of the permanence of death. In this final act of surrender, who would have imagined this tomb would soon be empty or that Jesus would show himself alive to his disciples, or that they would recognize him in the breaking of bread? Oh, that our hearts might burn within us, as we realize how he had to suffer and die so as to enter into his glory, for us.


O Jesus, some day our bodies will also be placed in a tomb. Freed from the bonds of this earth, may we be received into Heaven by You and Your Holy Mother, so that we may praise and love You for all eternity. Amen.

Virgin of all virgins blest!
Listen to my fond request;
Let me share thy grief divine.

Closing Prayer
V. Lord Jesus Christ,
your passion and death is the sacrifice that unites earth and heaven
and reconciles all people to you.
May we who have faithfully reflected on these mysteries
follow in your steps and so come to share your glory in heaven
where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever.
R. Amen.