Friday, February 18, 2011
Bishop of Fukuoka on Japan's missionary and mature church
The Japanese "paradox": is the country recalcitrant to Christianity? Domenico Miyahara, Bishop of Fukuoka, helps us to understand the particular face of Christianity in Japan. The Church is increasingly conscious of having to take on a role of service and dialogue in the context of East Asia. "
Fasting and sit-ins, bishops and faithful reject false report on Karnataka violence
The report of the Committee of Justice Somasekhar exonerates two radical Hindu movements for attacks in 2008 on 56 churches, against all evidence. The President of the Global Council of Indian Christians: "A bundle of lies, intended to confuse and misinform the people." A counter-report submitted today to the Governor and the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Russian president visits Vatican
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has made his first official visit to the Vatican and met with Pope Benedict XVI, officials said.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
A Christian Poem:
Sometimes it seems Lord that despair overwhelms
And I find myself unable to see you.
I forget you in hard circumstances,
Forget that you died for me,
Out of Love
Forget that you
Are in control of my life,
That you are on the throne, ruling,
That all nations bow before you.
I forget that you are GOD
Lord my heart forgets your fatherhood
It fears for the future,
For hurts that may be encountered
Imaginings that may never be faced.
But you come to me and again I see you as if anew, feel the warmth of your
I hear your voice gently chiding a precious child
“Do not fear the sound of the waves around you
You shall not sink beneath them
You shall rise above your circumstances
There is a redeemer
One who chose to obey me, to face the cross to die in rejection and pain
So do not fear the future
It is in my hands not yours.
There is a redeemer one who will always be at your side.
My Son in you the hope of Glory.Chris Gibson
Don't lose heart....God sees you, your circumstance, and loves you...believe in His deep tender love for you through all your circumstances.
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Priest warns on card games at funerals
This is amazing....the lengths those addicted to gambling will go to to gamble. They see the "short close" picture (gambling) and not the "big" picture of what they are doing. It IS indeed terrible. Good for Fr Valentine Dimoc!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
"Live on the divine Eucharist, like the Hebrews did on the Manna. Your soul can be entirely dedicated to the divine Eucharist and very holy in the midst of your work and contacts with the world."(To Mme. Isabelle Spazzier, Nov. 5, 1859)
"Keep your soul at peace, in order to be able to be attentive and very faithful to the inner movement of the Holy Spirit." (To Mme. Stephanie Gourde, November 25, 1850)
"People are afraid to be powerless and so are off their path. We are neither natural nor supernatural. What can we do? Follow grace. Let the mind become accustomed to the truth which God’s grace is offering. It takes a week or two for a truth to become natural and habitual, but we must make it the center of our piety and let everything converge toward it." (From a letter written in 1868 to Mme. Mathilde Giraud-Jordan)
"In order to succeed in it (prayer), it should be done when we first awaken, when our whole being is calm and recollected. We need to make our meditation before anything else.
"As far as possible, you should pray in quiet and silent devotion. Try to have a favorite topic of prayer, such as a devotion to the passion of Jesus, the Blessed Sacrament, awareness of the divine presence; go directly to Jesus without too much fuss.
"Before prayer begins, leave aside any duties which would distract you." (Excerpt from an 1837 letter to his sister [as well as godmother], Marianne)
"Have confidence in prayer. It is the unfailing power which God has given us. By means of it you will obtain the salvation of the dear souls whom God has given you and all your loved ones." Ask and you shall receive," Our Lord said. Be yourself with the good Lord." (From a letter written on January 4, 1864 to: Mme. Mathilde Giraud-Jordan)
"We must know where mediocrity of spirit comes from. The first is the worst: it’s a scattered mind, a life which is too active. Nothing can cling to it. It’s like the seed of the Gospel falling on the open road. The remedy is to bring the mind back to natural reflection by some reading or serious meditations which strike it and help it to be focused. In general, it’s better to choose a great truth than a pious feeling. The work of truth is to refocus our attention, reflection, and finally, devotion.
"The second source of mediocrity of spirit is mental boredom toward what is serious and positive. This illness can only be healed by openness to divine love, since it is based on discouragement.
"The third source is laziness of the mind which fears to consider the truth. The fourth source is when we counteract the grace, the attraction of the moment. The mind becomes closed and foolish. We must follow the need and light of the moment." (From a letter written in 1868 to Mme. Mathilde Giraud-Jordan)
"Go to the good Lord very simply, with the surrender of a small child. Tell the good Lord what you are thinking, what you want, what is upsetting you. Oh! How happy we become when we discover this interior conversation with our Lord. We carry our treasure [with us] everywhere. He becomes the center of our heart and life." (In a letter dated January 29, 1848, St. Eymard wrote to Miss Stephanie Gourd at a time when she was in the thick of caring for her sick and aging parents, telling her how to converse with Jesus whom we carry as a treasure within)
"Be serious about the presence of God, the knowledge of Jesus Christ, a definite thought of some virtue, and you will have a center of strength and consolation." (From a letter written in 1868 to Mme. Mathilde Giraud-Jordan)
** If you feel a calling to the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (he was the founder),
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
CHAPTER 10: On Gluttony
Gluttony is an inordinate love of eating and drinking.
WE ARE GLUTTONOUS, my children, when we take food in excess, more than is required for the support of our poor body; when we drink beyond what is necessary, so as even to lose our senses and our reason...
Oh, how shameful is this vice! How it degrades us! See, it puts us below the brutes: the animals never drink more than to satisfy their thirst: they content themselves with eating enough; and we, when we have satisfied our appetite, when our body can bear no more, we still have recourse to all sorts of little delicacies; we take wine and liquors to repletion! Is it not pitiful? We can no longer keep upon our legs; we fall, we roll into the ditch and into the mud, we become the laughing stock of everyone, even the sport of little children...
If death were to surprise us in this state, my children, we should not have time to recollect ourselves; we should fall in that state into the hands of the good God. What a misfortune, my children! How would our soul be surprised! How would it be astonished! We should shudder with horror at seeing the lost who are in Hell...
Do not let us be led by our appetite; we shall ruin our health, we shall lose our soul...
See, my children, intemperance and debauchery are the support of doctors; that lets them live, and gives them a great deal of practice...
We hear every day, such a one was drunk, and falling down he broke his leg; another, passing a river on a plank, fell into the water and was drowned...
Intemperance and drunkenness are the companions of the wicked rich man...
A moment of pleasure in this world will cost us very dear in the other. There they will be tormented by a raging hunger and a devouring thirst; they will not even have a drop of water to refresh themselves; their tongue and their body will be consumed by the flames for a whole eternity...
O my children! we do not think about it; and yet that will not fail to happen to some amongst us, perhaps even before the end of the year! St. Paul said that those who give themselves to excess in eating and drinking shall not possess the kingdom of God. Let us reflect on these words! Look at the saints: they pass their life in penance, and we would pass ours in the midst of enjoyments and pleasures. St. Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal, fasted all Advent, and also from St. John Baptist's day to the Assumption. Soon after, she began another Lent, which lasted till the feast of St. Michael. She lived upon bread and water only on Fridays and Saturdays, and on the vigils of the feasts of the Blessed Virgin and of the Apostles. They say that St. Bernard drank oil for wine. St. Isidore never ate without shedding tears! If we were good Christians, we should do as the saints have done.
We should gain a great deal for Heaven at our meals; we should deprive ourselves of many little things which, without being hurtful to our body, would be very pleasing to the good God; but we choose rather to satisfy our taste than to please God; we drown, we stifle our soul in wine and food. My children, God will not say to us at the Day of Judgment, "Give Me an account of thy body"; but, "Give Me an account of thy soul; what hast thou done with it?" ... What shall we answer Him? Do we take as much care of our soul as of our body? O my children! let us no longer live for the pleasure of eating; let us live as the saints have done; let us mortify ourselves as they were mortified. The saints never indulged themselves in the pleasures of good cheer. Their pleasure was to feed on Jesus Christ! Let us follow their footsteps on this earth, and we shall gain the crown which they have in Heaven.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
She walked up to me and said in a cute voice: "Mommy, thank you."
I said, "For what?"
She said in a cute voice, "For everything good you do for me."
Mount Merapi: reforestation project unites Christians and Muslims
The initiative includes the planting of 112,500 trees on an area 75 hectares and involves three villages. Among the supporters, the archbishop of Semarang: The environment is a "pressing problem" for the economy and population growth. To date over 50 thousand already grafted shrubs.
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Islamabad confirms Catholic Shahbaz Bhatti as Minister for minorities
Government reshuffle took place yesterday. Bhatti has struggled in recent years to amend the blasphemy law and has recently requested a pardon for Asia Bibi.
Bhatti, who is a Catholic, was the first parliamentarian to take up the post of Minister for Minorities. His Christian predecessors were offered only minor portfolios.
First dawn after Mubarak: rebirth and domino effect
In Tahrir Square military and young volunteers clear up the barricades and waste. The Arab countries greet the "historic day" of Egypt, but fear a "domino effect". Gulf activists are preparing protests. China also fears the Egyptian example.
Rwandan Genocide Redux?
Not too many years ago, 800,000 Rwandans perished when their country descended into a bloody civil war. Now their government, with the encouragement of groups funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, appears poised to launch a nationwide sterilization campaign that may have equally disastrous demographic consequences
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
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Monday, February 7, 2011
Balochistan: Hindu families victim of abductions and targeted killings
A group of armed men kill a merchant during a botched kidnapping attempt. An 85-year-old Hindu religious leader has been missing for more than month. In the Pakistani province, more than 100 groups are involved in kidnappings. Last year, 86 kidnappings took place.
Egypt’s revolution belongs to the young people, not the Muslim Brotherhood
The real protagonists of change are young Christians and Muslims. Muslim Brotherhood trying to highjack transition. Fear and silence of Church authorities. Accounts of real "national unity". The analysis of a noted political analyst and director of the Jesuit Cultural Centre of Alexandria.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Blasphemy law: Rehman withdraws proposed changes, as teacher denounces 17-year-old boy
With her life threatened by Muslim fundamentalists, the PPP Member of the National Assembly accepts to toe the party line and accept the government’s view. Prime Minister Gilani confirms that changes will not be introduced. A student is arrested in Karachi for blasphemy after he is accused of insulting the name of Muhammad in an exam. Human Rights Watch calls the decision “truly appalling”.
Archbishop of Tokyo: Neocatechumenals should stop their mission for a while
Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada suggests a period of reflection to open a new dialogue with the Japanese bishops. Less than a month ago, the Pope removed the five year ban on Neocat activities in Japan, called for by the Episcopal Conference. Among the suggestions of the Bishop of Tokyo: think of the 30 thousand Japanese suicides a year; attention to the needs of the population; aid in the care for the sick and the disabled.
Pope calls for greater energy and investment to support those who suffer
In his message for World Day of the Sick, Pope Benedict XVI remembers the face of the Shroud, the sufferings of the Passion. But if suffering is always full of mystery "and if Jesus has not taken away suffering and evil from the world," he defeated them at the root. He has countered the arrogance of evil with the omnipotence of his love. He showed us them that the path to peace and joy is Love”.
Young people must be rooted in the faith of their parents, Pope says
n YouCat, aide to the catechism for youth, Benedict XVI urges young people to know about their faith, study it, and discuss it on the Internet. They should not use the “evil” that recently struck at the “heart of the Church” as a pretext to flee from God.
Thousands celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lanka, in spite of the bombs
At least 7-8,000 faithful in Tewatta, at the national basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary. There is great fear of travelling after the many attacks, but the desire to come here was greater, for the annual commemoration of the miracle that saved the country from the world war. And to ask for a new miracle.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
UFO-Like Clouds Linked to Military Maneuvers?
Three nearly identical, UFO-like cloud formations recently appeared over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, sparking online discussions linking the features to everything from the Second Coming to recent mass bird deaths to secret military experiments. Click link for full story.