Reaching out to Catholic/Christians Individuals/Families

Why do Catholics have statues in their churches by Florence D’Costa

I am very sure that many people have questions like, why do Catholics have statues in their Churches and homes?  No, We are not idol worshippers.

April 26, 2020 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Evangelisation, Mary, Saints, Statues, Youth | Leave a comment

Homes called Domestic Churches! Why? By Florence D’Costa

Some faithful or some people would be wondering as to why should our homes be called Domestic Churches.  From good and holy homes we get good/holy priests, good/holy doctors, good/holy lawyers/judges, good/holy scientists, good/holy politicians.  These will hear the voice of God and will be OBEDIENT TO GOD.  Everyone and everything that comes out of a good home will be good and holy.  That is why God is very keen for us to convert our homes into Domestic Churches.  He wants to dwell in our homes.  He is the Prince of Peace and he wants to reign in our hearts and homes.  He wants to help us and guide us. He wants to be Our God, not only in Church but in our homes as well.  If all the faithful brought up their children to make God No.1 in their lives, what a wonderful place would our world be and how pleased would God be with His people.  God is calling us to be saints.


Some saints who came from families :

  1.    St John Vianney  –  A priest who became a Saint.
  2.    St Gianna Berretta Molla   –   A Physician, Surgeon and Pediatrician.
  3.    St. Ivo of Kermartin  –  A lawyer who became a judge
  4.    St Albert the Great (d.1280)  A Scientist
  5.    St Thomas More – A politician


April 21, 2020 Posted by | Blogs, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Domestic Church, Family, Saints, Youth | Leave a comment

Mary of the Cross MacKillop – The First Australian Saint – Can we try to be like Her?

  1. Photo: Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Pray for us.
    I feel inspired to mention a few points about the First Australian Saint.
    1.      She followed the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
    2.      When she was young she had the responsibility of going to work at an early age to support her family as her father did have
              problems with holding a job.
    3.      Her aim was to educate the poor children and teach them about Jesus Christ.
    4.      She did begin the order of the Josephite nuns.
    5.      She was ex-communicated because of a misunderstanding but was reinstated after a year, I think.
    I just randomly selected 5 points.  We could now try to compare  our lives with this great saint.  She did follow the
    inspirations of the Holy Spirit.  Are we able to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and are we daring enough to
    implement the strategies in our lives and help others as well?  Are we capable of holding a job and being responsible in our job?  Are we committed and do we work honestly?  Do we squander our money or do we use it wisely?  Do we share our money with our family?  Do we have a desire in our hearts to educate children in the ways of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  We can begin with our own children and with the extended family.  We can teach them Christian Values and help them to develop a desire to learn more about Christ Jesus and to have a desire to Live A  Holy Life.  Maybe, we can become Catechists in our parish or get involved with the Teen Groups – helping teenagers to continue on their journey with Jesus Christ as their companion and friend or you could get involved with helping the Youth form a group and be active Spiritually (prayer, adoration and by getting leaders of other groups to come over and give talks), Physically (can arrange games and sports in the parish premises to help flourish healthy relationships and to keep healthy.  It is important to get the youth interested in keeping fit and to get them interested in various types of activities and health programs.  The main aim should be to help the youth to have a desire to keep fit and healthy all the days of their lives).  We could train the youth to be mentally and emotionally strong by having various types of programs such as Inner Healing, to build their confidence, to train them to be able to relate with all types of people.  I also think it is important to teach youth about endurance.  Many youth give up when things begin to get difficult.  They are unable to see a way out of their problems.  Some youth may have pressures from family, peer groups, at their work places etc. etc.  They could be taught strategies of how to cope in difficult situations.  Every single youth and person is precious in the eyes of God.  There are many times that we commit the sin of omission and we will definitely be answerable to God for sins of omission.  Are we ready to dare to do something for the community like Mary of the Cross?  Are we prepared to share with those who have less?  Are we prepared to listen the promptings of the Holy Spirit and to make a path where others have not trod.  It will not be easy to try to do the above but we should have the strength and the courage of the Holy Spirit to persevere.  There might or might not be opposition but we need to keep on keeping on and God will send people our way to help us achieve His Holy Will on earth.
    So, let us keep Mary of the Cross as our example and try to be the Kind of Person that God has created us to be!
    My aim is to reach people in all countries.  So,  I would request those who read this article and like what they read, can encourage those in other countries besides Australia to access this blog  and try to implement some of the things in their lives, their families, extended families, communities and parishes.

January 5, 2013 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Faith in God, Saints, Youth | Leave a comment

St Alphonsus Liguori-August 01

August 01: St. Alphonsus Liguori

Alphonsus was born near Naples, Italy, in 1732. He was a hard-working student. He received his degree in law and became a famous lawyer. A mistake he made in court convinced Alphonsus of what he had already thought: he should give up his law practice and become a priest. His father tried to persuade him not to do it. However, Alphonsus had made up his mind. He became a priest. His life was filled with activity. He preached and wrote books. He started a religious congregation called “Redemptorists.” Alphonsus offered wise spiritual direction and brought peace to people through the sacrament of Reconciliation. He also wrote hymns, played the organ and painted pictures.

St. Alphonsus wrote sixty books. This is incredible considering his many other responsibilities. He also was often sick. He had frequent headaches, but would hold something cold against his forehead and keep doing his work.

Although he was naturally inclined to be hasty, Alphonsus tried to control himself. He became so humble that when Pope Pius VI wanted to make him a bishop in 1798, he gently said “no.” When the pope’s messengers had come in person to tell him of the pope’s choice, they called Alphonsus “Most illustrious Lord.” Alphonsus said, “Please don’t call me that again. It would kill me.” The pope helped Alphonsus understand that he really wanted him to be a bishop. Alphonsus sent many preachers all over his diocese. The people needed to be reminded again of the love of God and the importance of their religion. Alphonsus told the priests to preach simple sermons. “I never preached a sermon that the simplest old woman in the church could not understand,” he said.

As he got older, St. Alphonsus suffered from illnesses. He had painful arthritis and became crippled. He grew deaf and almost blind. He also had disappointments and temptations. But he had great devotion to the Blessed Mother as we know from his famous book called the Glories of Mary. The trials were followed by great peace and joy and a holy death.

Alphonsus died in 1787 at the age of ninety-one. Pope Gregory XVI proclaimed him a saint in 1839. Pope Pius IX proclaimed him a Doctor of the Church in 1871.

Reflection: “With God, redemption abounds.”-St. Alphonsus

August 1, 2012 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Family, God's Love, Italy, Jesus Christ, Prayers, Presence of God, Priests, Saints, Testimonies | Leave a comment

July 17: St Leo IV

July 17: St. Leo IV

St. Leo lived in the ninth century. He was a Roman by birth and spent his life in that city. Leo was educated in the Benedictine monastery near St. Peter’s Basilica. He was ordained a priest and performed his ministry at St. John Lateran’s, a large, famous basilica. Leo was well-known and loved by two popes, Gregory IV who died in 844, and Sergius II who died in 847. The death of Pope Sergius II was to have an immediate effect on Leo. Rumors of a barbarian invasion of Saracens had Romans terrified. They did not want to be left without a pope. Neither did the cardinals. They quickly elected the successor to Sergius II. He is known to history as Leo IV.

As pope, Leo had the city walls repaired. The walls had been damaged the previous year by a Saracen attack. He beautified churches and brought many relics to Rome. He started a renewal program for the clergy. In fact, in 853 he called a synod for all Roman priests. He passed forty-two rules which helped priests live more fervent, prayerful and joy-filled lives.

A few bishops caused Leo great suffering because of their lives. They confronted the pope openly and would not change their ways. No matter how much Pope Leo was insulted, he remained just, patient and humble. He never let his troubles get the best of him. Leo kept giving his time and energy for Jesus and his Church. He loved the beautiful prayers of the liturgy and encouraged liturgical chant and music.

People loved St. Leo. Even during his lifetime, he was considered a miracle worker. It is said that he was responsible for stopping the terrible fire in the English quarter of Rome.

Pope Leo IV continued serving the Church with cheerfulness right up to the end of his life. He died on July 17, 855.

Reflection: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”—(Jn15: 13)

Holy Spirit Interactive: Catholic Saints: Saints for July.

July 16, 2012 Posted by | Blessing, Cardinals, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, couples, Faith in God, Faithful, Family, married couples, Priests, Saints, Singles, Vatican, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

July 16:Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel is a mountain overlooking the plain of Galilee. It became famous when the prophet Elijah, who lived before Our Lord, was born. Elijah worked a miracle there. Chapter 18 of the Bible’s First Book of Kings tells how Elijah stood up to the 450 prophets of the false god Baal. Through his prayers, Elijah obtained a miracle from God to prove that Elijah’s God was the true God.

Centuries later, in the 1200s, a group of European monks began to live on Mount Carmel. They honored Mary the Mother of God as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. For this reason the people began to call them friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. This was the way the Carmelite order began. Pope Honorius III approved the order’s rule in 1226. Simon Stock, an Englishman, became the superior of all the Carmelites in 1247. He helped the order expand and adapt to the times. He patterned the order on the Dominicans and Franciscans.

On July 16, 1251, Mary appeared to St. Simon and gave him the brown scapular. She promised her protection to all those who would wear the blessed habit. Many miracles proved her words. St. Pius X was pope from 1903 until 1914. He said that people could have the same blessings if they would wear the scapular medal. This medal has a picture of Our Lady of the Scapular on one side and the Sacred Heart on the other. Simon Stock died in Bordeaux, France, in 1265.

Reflection: “Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)

Holy Spirit Interactive: Catholic Saints: Saints for July

July 16, 2012 Posted by | Blessing, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, couples, Faithful, Family, God, Healing, married couples, Saints, Singles, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

July 05: St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

July 05: St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

“Since we have chosen such a great apostle Paul as our guide and father and claim to follow him, we should try to put his teaching and example into practice in our lives.”-St. Anthony (to the Barnabites)

Reflection: “Since we have chosen such a great apostle Paul as our guide and father and claim to follow him, we should try to put his teaching and example into practice in our lives.”-St. Anthony (to the Barnabites)


July 4, 2012 Posted by | Catholicism, Christianity, Faithful, God, Saints, Singles, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

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… 


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