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GIVE SOMEONE A SMILE TO BRIGHTEN THEIR LIFE AND YOURS AS WELL!

All these days, I was talking to happy people – to people who have plenty of everything.  Now I am talking to the people who consider themselves less fortunate,  I do have a WORD OF ADVICE for you.

You might think that you do not have something to share but give away free from what you do have.  Give to those who pass you by – give to them a SMILE which is FREE OF COST.  If you are homeless but you know that you are healthy.  All you need is a shower everyday and food.  If you are happy with this, then go around and spread happiness – Give people a SMILE. There are so many wealthy people who are not happy one way or another.  So let those of us who have less, give to others the little that we have.

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If you are sick, have less money, have problems that you are not able to solve.  It does not make.  Try putting your problems up on a shelf for a while and focus on making those around you happy.

I challenge you to do so.  Believe me, it is easy!

GIVE SOME ONE A SMILE TO BRIGHTEN THEIR LIFE AND BELIEVE ME YOUR SMILE WILL BRIGHTEN YOUR LIFE AS WELL!!

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St Elizabeth of Portugal – July 4, 2012

St. Elizabeth of Portugal

Feast Day: July 04
Born: 1271 :: Died:1336

Elizabeth was a Spanish princess and the daughter of Constantia and King Pedro III of Aragon. She was named after her great-aunt St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Elizabeth was beautiful and very lovable. She was well brought up and went to Mass every day.When she was just twelve, she married King Denis of Portugal. So she became Queen Elizabeth of Portugal when she was not even a teenager. She was a charming wife and her husband was fond of her at first, but soon he began to cause her great suffering.Though a good ruler, he did not have his wife’s love of prayer and virtue. In fact, his sins of impurity were a disgrace and well-known throughout his kingdom.St. Elizabeth tried to be a loving mother to her children, Prince Alphonso and Princess Constance. She was also generous and loving with the people of Portugal and spent time helping the sick and the poor.Even though her husband was unfaithful, she prayed that God would change his heart. Elizabeth trusted God and refused to become bitter and angry. She strengthened her own prayer life and followed the Franciscan spirituality.A little by little, the king was moved by her patience and good example. He began to live better. He apologized to his wife and showed her greater respect. In his last sickness the queen never left his side, except for Mass. King Denis died on January 6, 1325.He was very sorry for his sins and his death was peaceful. This gentle woman was also a peacemaker between members of her own family and between nations. She rode out into the battlefield and was able to prevent war on two occasions.

After the king died Elizabeth gave her wealth to the poor and joined the lay Franciscan order. There she started the monastery of the Poor Clares, living a life of poverty, performing loving acts of charity and penance. She was a wonderful model of kindness toward the poor.

St. Elizabeth of Portugal died on July 4, 1336 of a fever. After her death, many miracles took place at her tomb.

Reflection: “If you love peace, all will be well.’ St Elizabeth

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July 4, 2012 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, couples, Faith in God, Faithful, Family, God, God's Love, Jesus Christ, married couples, Mass, Miracles, Peace, Politics, Poor, Portugal, Presence of God, Queen of Portugal, Religious, Saints, Singles, Solution to problems, Spain, Suffering, Trust in God, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Ordinary public Consistory for the Creation of New Cardinals and for the Vote of Several Causes of Canonization Eucharistic Concelebration with the New Cardinals.

ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY
FOR THE CREATION OF NEW CARDINALS
AND FOR THE VOTE ON SEVERAL CAUSES OF CANONIZATION
EUCHARISTIC CONCELEBRATION WITH THE NEW CARDINALS

HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI

Vatican Basilica
Sunday, 19 February 2012

Dear Cardinals,
Brother Bishops and Priests,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On this solemnity of the Chair of Saint Peter, we have the joy of gathering around the altar of the Lord together with the new Cardinals whom yesterday I incorporated into the College of Cardinals. It is to them, first of all, that I offer my cordial greetings and I thank Cardinal Fernando Filoni for the gracious words he has addressed to me in the name of all. I extend my greetings to the other Cardinals and all the Bishops present, as well as to the distinguished authorities, ambassadors, priests, religious and all the faithful who have come from different parts of the world for this happy occasion, which is marked by a particular character of universality.

In the second reading that we have just heard, Saint Peter exhorts the “elders” of the Church to be zealous pastors, attentive to the flock of Christ (cf. 1 Pet 5:1-2). These words are addressed in the first instance to you, my dear venerable brothers, who have already shown great merit among the people of God through your wise and generous pastoral ministry in demanding dioceses, or through presiding over the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, or in your service to the Church through study and teaching. The new dignity that has been conferred upon you is intended to show appreciation for the faithful labour you have carried out in the Lord’s vineyard, to honour the communities and nations from which you come and which you represent so worthily in the Church, to invest you with new and more important ecclesial responsibilities and finally to ask of you an additional readiness to be of service to Christ and to the entire Christian community. This readiness to serve the Gospel is firmly founded upon the certitude of faith. We know that God is faithful to his promises and we await in hope the fulfilment of these words of Saint Peter: “And when the chief shepherd is manifested you will obtain the unfading crown of glory” (1 Pet 5:4).

Today’s Gospel passage presents Peter, under divine inspiration, expressing his own firm faith in Jesus as the Son of God and the promised Messiah. In response to this transparent profession of faith, which Peter makes in the name of the other Apostles as well, Christ reveals to him the mission he intends to entrust to him, namely that of being the “rock”, the visible foundation on which the entire spiritual edifice of the Church is built (cf. Mt 16:16-19). This new name of “rock” is not a reference to Peter’s personal character, but can be understood only on the basis of a deeper aspect, a mystery: through the office that Jesus confers upon him, Simon Peter will become something that, in terms of “flesh and blood”, he is not. The exegete Joachim Jeremias has shown that in the background, the symbolic language of “holy rock” is present. In this regard, it is helpful to consider a rabbinic text which states: “The Lord said, ‘How can I create the world, when these godless men will rise up in revolt against me?’ But when God saw that Abraham was to be born, he said, ‘Look, I have found a rock on which I can build and establish the world.’ Therefore he called Abraham a rock.” The prophet Isaiah makes reference to this when he calls upon the people to “look to the rock from which you were hewn … look to Abraham your father” (51:1-2). On account of his faith, Abraham, the father of believers, is seen as the rock that supports creation. Simon, the first to profess faith in Jesus as the Christ and the first witness of the resurrection, now, on the basis of his renewed faith, becomes the rock that is to prevail against the destructive forces of evil.

Dear brothers and sisters, this Gospel episode that has been proclaimed to us finds a further and more eloquent explanation in one of the most famous artistic treasures of this Vatican Basilica: the altar of the Chair. After passing through the magnificent central nave, and continuing past the transepts, the pilgrim arrives in the apse and sees before him an enormous bronze throne that seems to hover in mid air, but in reality is supported by the four statues of great Fathers of the Church from East and West. And above the throne, surrounded by triumphant angels suspended in the air, the glory of the Holy Spirit shines through the oval window. What does this sculptural composition say to us, this product of Bernini’s genius? It represents a vision of the essence of the Church and the place within the Church of the Petrine Magisterium.

The window of the apse opens the Church towards the outside, towards the whole of creation, while the image of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove shows God as the source of light. But there is also another aspect to point out: the Church herself is like a window, the place where God draws near to us, where he comes towards our world. The Church does not exist for her own sake, she is not the point of arrival, but she has to point upwards, beyond herself, to the realms above. The Church is truly herself to the extent that she allows the Other, with a capital “O”, to shine through her – the One from whom she comes and to whom she leads. The Church is the place where God “reaches” us and where we “set off” towards him: she has the task of opening up, beyond itself, a world which tends to become enclosed within itself, the task of bringing to the world the light that comes from above, without which it would be uninhabitable.

The great bronze throne encloses a wooden chair from the ninth century, which was long thought to be Saint Peter’s own chair and was placed above this monumental altar because of its great symbolic value. It expresses the permanent presence of the Apostle in the Magisterium of his successors. Saint Peter’s chair, we could say, is the throne of truth which takes its origin from Christ’s commission after the confession at Caesarea Philippi. The magisterial chair also reminds us of the words spoken to Peter by the Lord during the Last Supper: “I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren” (Lk 22:32).

The chair of Peter evokes another memory: the famous expression from Saint Ignatius of Antioch’s letter to the Romans, where he says of the Church of Rome that she “presides in charity” (Salutation, PG 5, 801). In truth, presiding in faith is inseparably linked to presiding in love. Faith without love would no longer be an authentic Christian faith. But the words of Saint Ignatius have another much more concrete implication: the word “charity”, in fact, was also used by the early Church to indicate the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the Sacramentum caritatis Christi, through which Christ continues to draw us all to himself, as he did when raised up on the Cross (cf. Jn 12:32). Therefore, to “preside in charity” is to draw men and women into a eucharistic embrace – the embrace of Christ – which surpasses every barrier and every division, creating communion from all manner of differences. The Petrine ministry is therefore a primacy of love in the eucharistic sense, that is to say solicitude for the universal communion of the Church in Christ. And the Eucharist is the shape and the measure of this communion, a guarantee that it will remain faithful to the criterion of the tradition of the faith.

The great Chair is supported by the Fathers of the Church. The two Eastern masters, Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Athanasius, together with the Latins, Saint Ambrose and Saint Augustine, represent the whole of the tradition, and hence the richness of expression of the true faith of the holy and one Church. This aspect of the altar teaches us that love rests upon faith. Love collapses if man no longer trusts in God and disobeys him. Everything in the Church rests upon faith: the sacraments, the liturgy, evangelization, charity. Likewise the law and the Church’s authority rest upon faith. The Church is not self-regulating, she does not determine her own structure but receives it from the word of God, to which she listens in faith as she seeks to understand it and to live it. Within the ecclesial community, the Fathers of the Church fulfil the function of guaranteeing fidelity to sacred Scripture. They ensure that the Church receives reliable and solid exegesis, capable of forming with the Chair of Peter a stable and consistent whole. The sacred Scriptures, authoritatively interpreted by the Magisterium in the light of the Fathers, shed light upon the Church’s journey through time, providing her with a stable foundation amid the vicissitudes of history.

After considering the various elements of the altar of the Chair, let us take a look at it in its entirety. We see that it is characterized by a twofold movement: ascending and descending. This is the reciprocity between faith and love. The Chair is placed in a prominent position in this place, because this is where Saint Peter’s tomb is located, but this too tends towards the love of God. Indeed, faith is oriented towards love. A selfish faith would be an unreal faith. Whoever believes in Jesus Christ and enters into the dynamic of love that finds its source in the Eucharist, discovers true joy and becomes capable in turn of living according to the logic this gift. True faith is illumined by love and leads towards love, leads on high, just as the altar of the Chair points upwards towards the luminous window, the glory of the Holy Spirit, which constitutes the true focus for the pilgrim’s gaze as he crosses the threshold of the Vatican Basilica. That window is given great prominence by the triumphant angels and the great golden rays, with a sense of overflowing fulness that expresses the richness of communion with God. God is not isolation, but glorious and joyful love, spreading outwards and radiant with light.

Dear brothers and sisters, the gift of this love has been entrusted to us, to every Christian. It is a gift to be passed on to others, through the witness of our lives. This is your task in particular, dear brother Cardinals: to bear witness to the joy of Christ’s love. We now entrust your ecclesial service to the Virgin Mary, who was present among the apostolic community as they gathered in prayer, waiting for the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1:14). May she, Mother of the Incarnate Word, protect the Church’s path, support the work of the pastors by her intercession and take under her mantle the entire College of Cardinals. Amen!


February 20, 2012 Posted by | Cardinals, Catholicism, Pope Benedict XVI, Religious, Vatican | Leave a comment

Our Heavenly Mission is to be Obedient to God’s Holy Will!

 Why do people run to church. Why do people on cold days and on very hot days, leave the comfort of their homes and come to church. Well, they know that Jesus Christ is the answer to their prayers and they come to church seeking Him. Let me tell you my dear people that Christ Jesus is the answer. No matter what be our problems or circumstances, Christ Jesus is our answer!
Jesus is Our God and there is no One like Him. He is Lord of all the earth.

Sometimes in our lives, we are not able to look left or right, through our circumstances Christ lifts up our heads, our hearts and our eyes to Him – only to worship Him in spirit and in truth. When, we in humility and in truth fall at the feet of Jesus Christ and worship Him in total surrender, He will come with all His power and He will visit us with countless and powerful blessings. He will dry our tears and He will gladden our hearts. Then our hearts would be so gladdened that we would just want to lie down and die with such happiness. To earnestly surrender our lives to Christ is to live in total happiness and to be willing to die to ourselves and to live for Christ and for others.

God can see the Good in every human being and His love will transform each one of us. We must believe in this Great Big God of Ours. Perfect love casts out all fear.
When we know that this great big God is for us, then we stand strong and firm because we know that Christ Jesus is for us and no evil can stand before us. Victory is in store for the upright. We must believe that a break through in on its way. We must not be afraid and we must stand firm and believe in God’s promises. We have all been annointed at our baptism and God has a special task for each one of us. So, we must be brave and forge ahead and do what God wants us to do. We must cry out to the Holy Spirit to give us the strength to do God’s Holy Will. He will give us the grace to open our mouths when we need to and He will give us the wisdom to silent when we need to. But we must be brave. We must stand strong and firm and believe in Christ Jesus because He is the only one who can help us to do God’s Holy Will. Sometimes God tells us to do certain things or to say certain things to people and to us it would seem ridiculous but He is God and He knows what He is telling us to do. We should be open to change. We should dig our heals in and stand firm and believe in what God is telling us to do. We need to pray and ask God to help us to do His Holy Will. Believe me my people, when He gives us a job to do, He will also give us the grace to do it. We must believe that Christ will never fail us. We must be ready to change and be brave to stand up for Christ and for His Plan in our lives.

We are all on our way to our Promised Land and that is Heaven. God will bring people into our lives and He will give us all that we need to make it to our Promised Land. We should have our spiritual eyes opened to recognise God’s plan in our lives. So it is always very important to pray for ourselves, our families, our friends, for our work colleagues, for our neighbour, our parish family, for our archdiocese, for the Vatican and for the whole world.

Intercessory Prayer for February 9, 2012:

  • Let us pray for Our Pope Benedict XVI,  all the Cardinals, Our Bishops, Our Priests and all religious all over the world.  Give them special blessings and give them all a fresh annointing to enable them to do your Holy Will with faith, boldness and courage.
  • Let us pray for all God’s people to be bold and brave and to accept God’s Holy Will even if it sounds ridiculous, hard, unbelievable because God knows the future and we only have to believe in Him. 
  • Let us pray for all of us when God pushes us out of our comfort zone to do His Holy Will, we must be brave and believe and follow His bidding.
  • Lord give us the grace to look and move forward as Soldiers of Christ.  We are the militant church here on earth.  Please strengthen us.
  • Lord bless our children and give them special graces to live their lives according to Your Holy Will.  Lord Jesus enlighten their minds and hearts.
  • Lord, we pray especially for our enemies and for those who wish us harm and evil.  Bless them Lord and may they follow you now and always.
  • Lord, we pray for those who misunderstand us.  We ask you Lord to bless them with special graces and we also ask you to bless us Lord and give us a heart of love for those who misunderstand us.
  • Last of all we pray for Fr Michael Kennedy who is being ordained later today as Bishop of Wagga  Wagga.  May he be the kind of bishop that you want Him to be.  May he place hmself at your feet and surrender himself totally and completely to you so that only Your Holy Will be done in his life.

We make all these prayers through Christ Our Lord, Amen.


February 9, 2012 Posted by | Charismatic Renewal, Family, Intercessory, Prayers, Priests, Religious, Uncategorized, Youth | , , | Leave a comment

Intercessory Prayer


During this day, let us prayer for the following:
1. Let us pray for our dear Pope Benedict XVI, our
Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, all religious and all
lay people. Lord, hear our prayer.

2. Let us pray for our family members. May God bless
each family member with special blessings and
graces.

3. Let us pray for our parish family. May God bless
each parishioner with special blessings and graces
and keep our parish family united in Christ Jesus.

4. Let us pray for the whole Catholic Church that
Jesus Christ would live and reign in each baptised
Catholic.

5. Let us pray for the sick, especially for children
and the youth who are sick and who are led to
believe that there is no cure for them. May Christ
Jesus be their healer, be their friend and their
sanctifier.

We make all these prayers through Christ our Lord, Amen.

February 6, 2012 Posted by | Family, Intercessory, Prayers, Priests, Religious, Youth | , , | Leave a comment