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Ash Wednesday – 2015

Hosea – COME BACK TO ME – Lyrics by John Michael Talbot

By Florence D’Costa

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent which is a 40 day period where we journey with Jesus Christ through His most sorrowful passion and death and ultimately we CELEBRATE EASTER, the Day He rose again in all His glory, when He conquered Sin and Death.

Catholics attend Mass on Ash Wednesday when the priest places ashes on our forehead and says the words :

1.   Repent and follow the Gospel.

2.   Thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.

During Lent, there are three things that we need to do ”

1.    Prayer  –  What is prayer?  Prayer is having a conversation with
with God.  We talk, God listens.  Then God talks and it
important to listen to what God is saying to us.
1 Tessolonians 5:17  “Pray without ceasing”  Does it
mean that we have to pray 24 x 7?  Yes.  Well, how
can we do this?  It means that we need to be in the
Presence of God all the time.  No matter what we are
doing – eating, working, dancing, cooking or sleeping,
we need to be conscious of the Presence of Jesus Christ.
When we are conscious of the Presence of Jesus Christ,
we would try our best to do everything to please Him
and thus we would be walking away from Sin.

2.    Fasting –  We are all called to abstain from eating meat on Ash
Wednesday, on all Fridays during Lent and on Good
Friday.  Fasting is primarily an act of willing abstinence
or reduction from certain or all food, drink or both for
a period of time.  WHY DO WE FAST DURING LENT?
We combine fasting, praying, contemplating on the
passion of Christ and engage in acts of self-discipline.
When we fast, our bodies become submissive to Our
Spirit.  This is another way of walking away from Sin.
We are also called to fast from our sinful habits.  We
can give up watching TV or watching less hours of TV.
Spend less time on the internet and make some more
sacrifices.  We can share our food with the poor.

3.Almsgiving – We can save some money during Lent and give our
to CARITAS.  This is an organization that helps the
poor and the needy.  I think it is very important for us
to give money to CARITAS this Lent as there are many
displaced Catholics and Christians.  These are the
people who have been driven out of their homes by
terrorists in Syria. They were forced to leave everything
behind and to flee for their lives if they refused to
convert to Islam.  These people are very poor indeed as
they gave up their homes and their life savings for

So my dear Catholic and Christian brothers and sisters, let us begin our journey with Jesus Christ, this Lent.  For those of us who were
walking away from Christ, it is time to TURN AROUND AND TO COME BACK TO HIM.











February 17, 2015 Posted by | Ash Wednesday, Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Charity, Christianity, Contemplation, Fast, God, God the Father, God's Love, Jesus Christ, Lent, Love for God, married couples, Prayers, Presence of God, Repentance, Singles, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Friday 24 February, 2012 – Day of Penance

To download Lenten Calendar 2012 Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation
(click here) and then click on “Lenten Calendar 2012″. Damian Coleridge prepared the Advent Calendar. He is Parish Support Coordinator with the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation.

Why not fast in Lent? No meat, or dairy products, or give up one meal a day. Join your fast to the suffering of others. Imagine, with God, an ever widening circle of compassion, that brings the forgotten ones into the centre of our lives. “Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me?’

February 23, 2012 Posted by | Ash Wednesday, Catholicism, Fast, Lent | Leave a comment

02/16/2012 Wednesday 22 February

Ash Wednesday: Benedict XVI to visit Roman churches and basilicas

On the first day of Lent, the Pope will visit the Basilica of St. Sabina for the celebration of the Blessing and Imposition of the Ashes and the Roman Station Liturgy and Penitential Procession. Benedict XVI will hold a Mass in St. Anselm’s Church in Rome. Benedict XVI will then lead the procession on to the Basilica of St. Sabina, where Mass will be celebrated and the Blessing and Imposition of the Ashes will take place. Cardinals, archbishops, bishops, Benedictine monks from St. Anselm’s and the Dominican Fathers of St. Sabina will all be participating in the procession and the mass.


February 21, 2012 Posted by | Ash Wednesday, Cardinals, Catholicism, Mass, Politics, Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican | Leave a comment

Lenten Calendar 2012 – Ash Wednesday 22 February, 2012

To download Lenten Calendar 2012 Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation
(click here)
and then click on “Lenten Calendar 2012”. Damian Coleridge prepared the Advent Calendar. He is Parish Support Coordinator with the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation.

Ashes. Thank God we are brought back to earth. Standing on common ground we can face into the truth of our lives. From here we start on the way to Easter and the waters of baptism. ‘Now is the favourite time; this is the day of Salvation.

February 21, 2012 Posted by | Ash Wednesday, Catholicism, Jesus Christ, Novena | Leave a comment

God is Smiling Down on Each One of You!

My dear Friends, how many of you are aware that God is your friend and that He is happy that you are alive and that you are aware that He is your God.

God created each one of us because of His Great love for you and me. We being alive gives Him great glory. So it is very important for us to be happy that we are alive and we worship a great big God as Our God.

It was not by chance or accidence that we are Catholics/Christians. God in His goodness and mercy chose each one of us and called us by name. We are special to Him and believe me, my dear friends, His gaze is on each one of us every minute, every second and why do you think His gaze is on us? He is in Love with each one of us and that is why His gaze is on us. God is love and because He is love, He knows only how to love us.

If difficulties, problems, sickness, financial stress should come confront us, it is because God has allowed these things to happen to us. Why do you think God has allowed bad things to happen to us. Is it because He hates us? No, He allows us to have problems because it is through suffering that we are purified and we are brought closer to Him. He loves us so much that He longs to have us in His arms. We must believe that Christ Jesus loved us so much that He came down to die for each one of us.

For those of you out there who are doubting in God’s great love and tender mercy, I urge you to come back to God for He is waiting for you with open arms. The 22nd of February is Ash Wednesday – the beginning of lent. This is the time of the year for us to return to God – to be sorry for our sins – to make a good confession – to be inward looking and to see how we could become better people. This is the time for us to be charitable to one another in our thoughts, words and deeds.

Give all your problems, sorrows, joys, difficulties even your happiness. Give it all to Jesus Christ. He will purify all that we give Him and He will return it to us purified and blessed. We are so lucky that Christ Jesus is Our Lord and Master. His love for us has no bounds.

I am going to close my eyes for a minute and if Christ Jesus gives me a message I will share it with you.

Well, I can see Christ Jesus – He is wearing a white garment and He is walking towards me. I can see His nail pierced hands and feet. He is showing me his nail pierced hands and feet and He is telling me that He willing died on the cross because of His great love for us all and also for His great love for the whole wide world.

He is telling me that He wants us all to run into His arms. He says, ‘Come to me and I will give you rest’. He says that people when they face trouble and trials, they run away from me. He says tell my people that especially when they have problems, they need to come running to me because only I can help them. I will give them all the graces that they need to live from one day to the next.

I can see His hair moving in the wind and a great beauty on His face. He looks radiant and He says, ‘Come!’ I can see myself running towards Him. It looks like He is on the beach and I am finding it hard to run on the beach because the sand is moving under my feet. I am now in His arms but I cannot feel Him because Christ is Spirit. Everytime He holds me, He is spirit and whenever I am in His arms, I am being healed in mind, soul and body and I feel very happy.

My dear friends, this is an exercise for you when you read this article. You will see Christ the way I have described Him. Run into His arms and allow Him to hold you and heal you. You will find peace that surpasses all understanding.

As Christ holds you, tell Him all your problems. Believe me, He is your best friend. He is your Saviour and Healer. He will listen and He will help you but you must believe because only faith can heal you. Only faith can make you well in mind, soul and body. When you are with Christ, take your family and friends to Him for blessing. May all of us can sit down on the beach with Christ Jesus and He will teach you how to do God’s Holy Will. He will chat with you and He will become your close friend. This is what He wants. He wants to have a close relationship with each and everyone of us. The question is? Are we ready?

Some food for thought. Let us examine ourselves and see what is it that we want from Christ Jesus. Are we ready to love Him unconditionally – that no matter whatever situation that we are in, we would love Him. Love is not love unless it is expressed, so are we ready to express our love to Christ? I leave you with this question? Think and answer yourself and Christ. He is waiting for your answer, my friends!

February 20, 2012 Posted by | Ash Wednesday, Blessing, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, couples, Faith in God, Family, Happiness, Jesus Christ, married couples, Singles, Solution to problems, The Sick, Trust in God, Youth | , | 1 Comment