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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
JESUS CHRIST.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Rejoice for God is in Control – He died so that we Might Have Life!

The 4th Sunday is  ‘Rejoice Sunday’ ,
meaning we will rejoice because God loves us with so much love that He sent His only Son to die for us so that we might have eternal life and live with Him forever. So great is His love because He wants us to be with Him for Eternity. Isn’t Our God great and His love so merciful. Yes, God is our lover. Just close your eyes for a moment and think. If we loved a person so much that we would send our only son to die for that particular person, so that they would be with us for eternity, forever. It is simply unthinkable, unimaginable.

What would be our response to this awesome and wonderful God. My response is that I cannot ever imagine that I could live without my God, without my Jesus. I am on my knees thanking God that His love for me is ever so great and awesome that He sent His Only Son to die for me so that I could be with Him in Eternity.  I am sorry that I am not able to contain my tears as I think of God’s Great Love for me – for each one of us.

Jesus, Son of God died for me so that I can have
Eternal Life. Worthy is the Lamb. Yes, Jesus Christ is worthy. Jesus sacrificed His life because He was the only living sacrifice that could attain for us Eternal Life.

We must follow Jesus Christ to get into heaven. Jesus Christ does not want anyone or anybody to perish. He wants everybody to attain Eternal Life.

My dear people, there is something that I want to tell you. There may be people who do not want to include you and they may be doing everything that is in their power to exclude you but believe me, my dear people, Christ Jesus is for you. He wants to include you. He is with you and He is silently working for your benefit but you must believe that He has your best interests. You must believe in the miracle working power of Christ Jesus.

How do you think that Christ Jesus is going to help you. Well, my dear people you must remember that Our Lord Jesus Christ is Lord of all. He is Lord of all the people who are trying to put you down.

  • It is important that you get down on your knees and pray. Have a conversation with your God. Talk to Him and listen to His reply.  Pray every morning a prayer of thanksgiving for the life that He has given you.
  • Thank Him for all the blessings that you have received.
  • When praying for favours, pray also for all people in the world who are requiring the same type of favours.
  • It is also very important to pray for those people whom you think are trying to exclude you.  Pray that God blesses them with His choicest blessings and love these people.
  • Forgive those who hurt you and forget what they have done to you.
  • Sing praises to God and surrender your life to Him.

It is also very important to know that if problems and difficulties come our way, we must realise that God has allowed this to happen to us.  If problems come our way, we must know and realise that God knows why He has allowed this to happen to us.  He knows that this problem will bring us one step closer to Him.  He would never give us problems that will keep us away from our destiny.  Everything He does, every problem that He allows our way, is only to bring us closer to Him, closer to our destiny.

So, my dear people in difficult situations, we must quit worrying about our problems and we must have our gaze on Him and trust that He knows exactly what is happening to us and that He is the One who is guiding us.

So, we must quit worrying and start rejoicing that the God who created us and who died for us, is the one who will never leave us nor forsake because He gave us His Only Son.  God always gives us a quality answer and we must believe that when God is in control, He will only do what is best for us.  We may not understand what is happening to us but if we believe in our Loving and Merciful God and allow Him to perform His Holy Will, we will have peace, joy and happiness in our hearts.  When we relax knowing that God is in control would allow God to perform miracles in our lives.

So, here’s to Our God, who is Great,  Loving,  Merciful, Kind, Gentle and a Miracle Performing God!


March 18, 2012 Posted by | Blessing, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Confidence, couples, Faith in God, Faithful, Family, Fast, God, God's Love, Happiness, Jesus Christ, Lent, married couples, Persecution, Praising God, Presence of God, Singles, Solution to problems, Trust in God, Youth | Leave a comment

Nothing is impossible for Those who believe in God!

Yes, my dear friends, nothing is impossible for those who believe in God. So, let us all shout to the Lord –
‘I Believe, I Believe, I Believe in You’. Yes, Our Lord Jesus Christ is worthy of our praise. There is no One Like our God. He alone is worthy! He is Our King!
Jesus Christ, the name above all names. Yes, the Love of Our Lord Jesus Christ is Greater than any other love. May the Name of Christ Jesus be lifted up.Let us all bow down and adore Our Lord and God. May we give Him all glory – May everything that we think, say and do give Him all the Glory.

Let us during this Lenten Season have our gaze on Christ Jesus. He suffered and died for each one of us. This afternoon I went to a friend’s house and she was building an additional garage, so she took me and showed me around the new building. We then walked into the garden and there was a large thorny bush which was bearing fruit. So,we were plucking the fruit and thorns
pierced my fingers so many times and it really did hurt.
During the Way of the Cross I was feeling the thorns piercing my fingers and I could imagine the excruciating that Christ felt when He was tortured and crown with thorns. If we keep the Suffering Christ in our minds during this Lent, we will surely be strong and brave to overcome all the odds and problems that come our way. This would strengthen us to be over-
comers and Nothing would be impossible for those who believe in a God – Our Lord Jesus Christ, who was so willing to empty himself and die for each one of us. Through His death He has taught us to be overcomers. When we believe in Him, impossible things become possible because of our faith in Him.

We must start declaring that the Gracious Hand of God will save us. We must all the time brag on God’s favour, then the more we will receive God’s favour. God’s gracious hand is on each one of us. We always think that other people have more talent, more money, more beauty, more everything and we become despondent. Even if people are against us and if they are trying to push us down, we must believe that God’s gracious hand is on us. If we believe thus, we are then Overcomers and we can very confidently say that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN GOD!


March 9, 2012 Posted by | Blessing, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Confidence, couples, Faith in God, Faithful, Family, Fast, God, Happiness, Healing, Jesus Christ, Lent, married couples, Praising God, Presence of God, Singles, Smiles, Solution to problems, The Sick, Trust in God, Youth | , | Leave a comment

Tuesday 6th March, 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.


‘Listen to the quiet confidence and trusting dignity of these words of the penitential rite: celebrate, mystery of love, acknowledge, ask, pardon and strength.’ Hear these words in Lent. Focus on the rite in the Sunday Mass.’The greatest among you must be your servant.’

March 5, 2012 Posted by | Catholicism, Fast, Lent | Leave a comment

Sunday 4 March – 2nd Sunday of Lent


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.


Jesus is transfigured on the mountain/ It’s a startling
vision. Everything changes after this experience. New possibilities emerge. It’s now clear where we’re going – to Jerusalem – to confront the powers that bring us undone. This is my Son, the beloved. Listen to him.’

March 4, 2012 Posted by | Catholicism, Fast, Lent | Leave a comment

Mon 27th February, 2012 – Lent


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.


“Behold the One beholding you and smiling. God is just too busy loving us to have any time left for disappoint-
ment. It is truly hard for us to see the truth that disapproval doesn’t seem to be part of God’s DNA. ‘Take today’s Gospel to heart: ‘I was hungry and you gave me food.’

February 27, 2012 Posted by | Catholicism, couples, Family, Fast, Jesus Christ, Lent, Singles, Youth | , | Leave a comment

Sunday 26 February, 2012 – 1st Sunday of Lent.


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.


The same Spirit that Jesus experienced as love and acceptance now drives him into the wilderness; into a no-man’s0land where Satan rules. It’s the first battle of many with the forces that bring us down. At last God is acting in our lives this Lent. ‘The Kingdom of God is close at hand.’

February 25, 2012 Posted by | Catholicism, couples, Family, Fast, Jesus Christ, Lent, married couples, Singles, Youth | , | Leave a comment

Saturday, 25th 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.


Project Compassion enables us to widen the circle of compassion to include those who are right at the edge of our vision. It’s a first step towards creating a community of kinship. Take that step today. ‘And leaving everything he got up and followed him.’

February 25, 2012 Posted by | Catholicism, couples, Faith in God, Family, Fast, Jesus Christ, Lent, married couples, 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