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Come Back to Jesus – Bishop Joe Grech


July 3, 2012 Posted by | Blessing, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Faith in God | , | Leave a comment

Let us Give Glory to God

Let us give glory to Our God. Our God, who is our Lord and Saviour.  This week end I am sure all of us or most of us would have gone to church and attended Mass.  The Eucharist is the greatest and the highest form of prayer.

Eucharist means  ‘Thanksgiving’ and this weekend we have thanked God for all his countless blessings that he has given our family and friends and our parish.

Today, Our Lord Jesus Christ blessed our families, our parish and the entire world.  He blessed every human being and every living creature.  Our finite minds are not able to comprehend the love that Christ Jesus has for each one of us. 

God has created us to give Him Glory.  How can we give God Glory.  We can give Him glory by following His Commandment of Love.  When we love God, we would automatically love our neighbour and those around us.  Believe me, my dear people, God will give us the grace to love and to do good towards our enemy.  The grace of God is awesome and our prayer should be for God to give us grace to live according to His Holy Will.

My earnest prayer and request is that when you go to church, my dear people do not doubt even for a minute that Christ Jesus has abandoned you.  When you are having great problems, believe me that Christ Jesus is carrying each one of you on His shoulders.  He never abandons us – not even for a split second.  His loving gaze is constantly on each one of us.  When you believe, then your faith becomes a spiritual hand and you are able to receive all the blessings that God is handing over to each one of us.  That is why it is very important for us to believe – to have faith.  My earnest request is never doubt in God – never doubt in His power and never ever doubt that God wants to bless each one of us and that when He blesses, He always gives us His best and special blessings. 

I would like to teach you how to look into the eyes of Christ Jesus.  Close your eyes and say a prayer – Call out to Christ to come and rescue you.  Call out to Christ to come and save you.  My dear people, when you call, He will come.  Keep your eyes closed and with your spiritual eyes see the eyes of  Christ Jesus looking at you.  His eyes would be bright and shining -His hair would be flying in the wind – the wind of the Holy Spirit and His loving gaze would fill your heart and soul with His love, joy and peace.

I leave you to do this exercise.  Try it and you will find the Son of God gazing into your eyes – gazing into your soul and you will find peace that surpasses all understanding.  Enjoy Christ’s company.

I would like to end with the Glory Be!

Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end, Amen.

February 13, 2012 Posted by | Charismatic Renewal, Family, Mass, Prayers, Testimonies, Youth | , , | 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

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

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

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

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

Give God all the Glory! Praise Him all you people! Place Him on His Throne!

Every morning when we wake up, we should be grateful to God for the life that He has given us and we need to thank Him and Trust Him that He is in charge of our day, of our family, of our Parish and of the entire world. We need to look at Him with eyes of faith, of love and of total surrender, knowing that our life belongs to Him and to no other. We are just loaned to each other in this world because we are placed here to do His Holy Will.

Our God is an awesome God, He reigns! Yes, He reigns!
For me personally, it is very comforting to know that God is control of my life and of the entire world because He reigns. Believe me, my dear people, it gives me great comfort and strength to know that Our God Reigns. It is very important to exalt Our God and to proclaim that there is no one like Our God. He alone is Holy. He alone is Lord. The Name of Jesus Christ is above all other Names. Every knee that bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

For those of you who are going through great difficulties in your life, in your family, in your neighbourhood or in your work place. Do not give up. Just hold on for the Lord is coming to your rescue. You must believe. You must have faith. Our Pope Benedict XVI said that cure for any illness is faith. Yes, I agree with that. Faith is the cure for any illness or any problem that one is facing is this life. The word of God says ‘Faith can move mountains’.
You must believe that God is in CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. He is in our midst and He is aware of everything that is happening to each one of us. He is aware of our every thought, He can hear every word that we speak and He can see every action of ours. Hold on my dear people, Christ Jesus is coming to our aid. Let us rejoice that we have our dear Christ and that He has conquered death and sin and He has set us free.

We must put on a Garment of Praise, then God will be able to come to set us free from our problems, diseases, sickness. When He comes, He brings healing to mind, soul and body and gives each individual peace and happiness. In a storm, we can feel calm when He is with us. So, we have to keep on praising God every moment of the day, then Christ Jesus will come and set free from any burdens, sorrows or sickness.

It is important to enter His Gates with Thanksgiving in our hearts and to enter His courts with Praise. Then, we walk into His sanctuary and we would continue to be there praising and worshiping God. When we are in God’s presence, evil is kept at bay and we can keep the evil at bay when we continue to be aware of God’s presence and continue to live in His presence.

Let us continue to surrender all our problems, illness, sickness, sadness, financial problems in God’s hands. Now that we have placed everything in His hands, we should only have our gaze on Christ Jesus. We must allow Christ Jesus to grow large in our lives. When we do this, there will be great joy, peace and happiness in our lives. So let us praise the Lord every moment of our lives and live in God’s presence. Praise the Lord! Alleulia!

So once again I repeat, let us thank God and let us sing His praises constantly. We must have a grateful heart and it is very important to count our blessings.
Then when we continue to praise God, He will come and dwell in our hearts, homes, our neighbourhood, our parishes, our country and the entire world. Praise the Lord! Alleluia!

February 6, 2012 Posted by | Charismatic Renewal, Prayers, Youth | , , | Leave a comment

Snow at the Vatican 6 February, 2012

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02/ 2/2012 Reese: “Obama will lose if he does not win back the Catholic vote”

Thomas Reese, the former director of the Jesuit weekly magazine “America” speaks about the Republican primaries and how liberal Catholics have fallen out of love with Obama
Alessandro Speciale
Two Catholics who are as different as chalk and cheese, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santirum come head to head in the Republican primaries; then there is the quarrel with President Obama over his decision to give access to contraceptive care, to employees of hospitals and other Catholic entities: the American Catholic Church, just like the rest of America, is preparing for next November’s presidential elections. Vatican Insider interviewed the Jesuit, Thomas Reese, former director of the weekly magazine America, currently a researcher at the Woodstock Theological Center at Gerorgetown University in Washington, to gain further insight into the positions and contradictions within the American Catholic world, ahead of next autumn’s elections.

Q. Santorum and Gingrich: two of the three leading candidates for the Republican nomination are Catholics. What does their – very different – stories and their ideas say about today’s Catholicism?

A. Santorum and Gingrich show that conservative Catholics observe cafeteria Catholicism just as much as liberal Catholics do. While both are with the hierarchy on issues like abortion and gay marriage, they totally ignore Catholic social teaching. The pope in Caritas in Veritate is far to the left of almost every politician in the U.S. when it comes to economic and justice issues. If the pope were an American, they would condemn him as European Socialist. Instead, they simply ignore him and the U.S. bishops when they talk about justice and the economy.

Q. How do the bishops look at them?

A. The American bishops wisely do not endorse candidates or political parties. That said, there is no question that they do not like the Obama administration’s policies on contraceptives, abortion and gay rights. Liberal Catholics feel that the bishops’ focus on these issues is an indirect endorsement of the Republicans. For example, at their meetings in November 2010 and 2011, they had nothing to say about the economy but lots to say about these other issues.

Q. They are both ‘hardliners’ – or at least more assertive than McCain, to say one – on ‘ethical’ issues. Are the ‘culture wars’ coming back to dominate the 2012 campaign or is it still all about the economy?

A. Jobs and the economy are the two issues dominating the election. Santorum tried to make the “culture” issues the center of his campaign, and he was unable to attract enough Republican voters to be a serious candidate. The Republicans for whom the culture issues are most important will vote for whomever the Republicans nominate because they hate Obama and the Democrats, but to win the election, the Republicans will have to convince people they can do a better job with the economy.

Q. Obama won the Catholic vote in 2008 – what is your assessment of his presidency so far?

A. Obama and McCain split the white Catholic vote, but Obama overwhelmingly won the Hispanic vote. It was not so much that the Hispanics loved Obama as that they were angry at the Republicans who were very anti-immigrant. Although I think Obama himself is sympathetic to Catholics, the Obama campaign and administration appear to be tone deaf in dealing with Catholics. They do not know how to appeal to Catholic voters and they periodically do things that alienate sections of the Catholic community.

Q. Will he win the Catholic vote again?

A. If he does not, he will lose the election. Hispanics are upset because he did not really push for immigration reform in the first two years when the Democrats had a majority in both houses. They won’t vote Republican unless there is a Republican on the ticket as Vice President, but if too many stay home, Obama is in trouble. If Obama losses some of the white Catholic vote, then he could lose key states like Ohio. But how Catholics vote will have more to do with the state of the economy than anything else.

Q. Has Obama lost even the ‘Catholic left’ with his administration position on contraception mandate?

A. A number of progressive Catholics who supported Obama sent a letter asking Obama to expand the exemption to the contraception mandate beyond churches to include Catholic schools, hospitals and charities. The Catholic left will vote for Obama despite the mandate because they think a Republican administration and a Republican Congress would be disastrous for the poor, the working class and the country as a whole.

Q. Is there still a distinctive ‘Catholic vote’ at the elections? And in the primaries?

A. After the anti-Catholic reaction to the nomination of Al Smith in 1928, Catholics voted consistently Democratic until Eisenhower’s second term in 1956. As Catholics moved into the middle class after World War II, they also paid more taxes and became more Republican. Nixon and Reagan appealed to ethnic Catholics and southerners, playing on their fears of blacks. Republicans also took up the pro-life cause, but the rhetoric never resulted in significant changes in policy. Today, white Catholics are the most significant swing voters. In close elections, they can determine the results by movements of a few percentage points.

In the 2008 primaries, Catholic Republicans supported McCain. So far this year, Catholics have voted for the winner in each primary: Romney in New Hampshire and Florida, and Gingrich in South Carolina. In the early Democratic primaries in 2008, Catholics voted for Clinton. In later primaries Obama did better, especially in the states near Illinois, his home state.

February 6, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Fire! Fire! Fire! – We welcome the Fire of Holy Spirit upon each one of us. Come Holy Spirit! Come!

Yesterday, was the last day of the 10 day retreat that I attended. I personally love attending charismatic retreats. It gives me great joy to be in the midst of retreatants. The preacher, whether it be a priest or a lay person, always leads the retreatants to Christ who is our healer, our sanctifier.

The talks were edifying. The retreatants were full of zeal and joy. At any charismatic retreat, there is always great expectancy that the Holy Spirit would either come in a quiet way or come with great manifestation.

This evening after Mass, all the retreatants, the priest and the preacher all held hands and we were praying for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon each one of us. The choir was singing beautifully and most of us had a eyes closed because we simply could not keep our eyes opened. After about five minutes of praying, singing, praying in tongues and also crying out the words Fire! Fire! Fire of the Holy Spirit, when as ususal I found myself falling down (I was slain in the spirit). My falling down was so gentle and I fell on my back. I surprised the two retreatants who was standing on either side of me – (ofcourse, we were holding hands, so they helped me to have a gentle fall). My fall was so gentle – it seemed as if my Guardian Angel held me in his arms and gently laid my on the floor. I rested for about 5 minutes on my back. I normally fall on my back and then I gently turn and rest on my right side, placing my right hand to support my head. This time when I fell, my head rested on somebody’s handbag. So, I continued to rest on my back and I felt very comfortable. So, I think it is only befitting to say,

While I was resting in the Holy Spirit, I could see little angels hovering around my face and then I could see Jesus Christ bending over me. I am sure He was continuing to heal me in mind, soul and body as He always does. Mother Mary, is my very dear friend and mother. She was hovering over me with great love and concern. A long time ago, Jesus Christ personally gave me His Mother. He told me, ‘My little One, I give my Mother to you. She will be with you always and she will take care of you.’ I love her very, very much because she is a real Mother to me.

Then with my spiritual eyes, I could see little angels all over the place. Christ Jesus and Mother Mary was walking over to each retreatant and blessing them. The fire of the Holy Spirit did settle on each one’s head. Each one of us present at the retreat was blessed tremendously. We were all waiting with great anticipation for God’s love, mercy and blessing in mind, soul and body and each one of us was blessed tremendously.

Our God is simply waiting for us to seek Him with a sincere heart and ask for His blessings for ourselves, our near and dear ones and for the whole wide world and when we pray, He hears and blesses. How blessed are we to have such an awesome God. Praise the Lord! Alleulia!

I will write again later, as the Holy Spirit prompts me to.

February 6, 2012 Posted by | Charismatic Renewal, Testimonies, Youth | , , , | 1 Comment

The Goodness of God

Everyday, we must thank God for all his goodness to each one of us. Every moment of our lives we must see God’s goodness in our lives. Yes, there will be many problems and obstacles in our lives but we must see God’s goodness in the little things that happens to us all the time.

  • I can walk.  I can talk.  I can laugh.  I can cry – when I cry tears stream down my face.  There are many people when they cry, no tears stream down their face because their tear bags are dry.
  • We need to taste and see that the Lord is Good.  We must begin to see every time we were protected.  Every time we received a blessing.  All good things come only from God.
  • How many times we have said, ‘I nearly had an accident’.  My dear friends, this was no co-incidence, it was God’s protection.
  • Some of us might have got a promotion recently and some of us might not but let us always look at the things that we have and not at the things that we do not have.  Let us make the best of what we have and give God all the glory.
  • When things look bleak and when things are going wrong for us, we must stay calm and trust in the Lord, because believe me my dear people, God is about to act and bless you.  So do not worry about the bad things that happen in our lives, let us get ready for restoration.  Believe me, God is waiting to restore our lives.  He is waiting to bless us in abundance, so we must live a life of praise and we must always have a grateful spirit.  Only then God will be able to bless in a way that will surprise those around us.
  • God is watching after you and your family. 
  • When the Isrealites were in the desert God provided them with food everyday.  They did not have to go and search for food.  Food was given to them and Our Great big God provided them with the food.
  • Many of us may be having so many problems and we might think that happiness has disappeared from our lives. But my dear people, when things are very low in our lives, Believe me that is when God is upto something in our lives.  Believe me, my dear friends, God is watching each one of us minutely and His love for us has no bounds.
  • God knows what you need and He will give it to us.  Some-body might come into your life  and that could be some-body God is sending into your life to give your blessings.
  • God might cause goodness and opportunity to come knocking on the door of your life.  We must simply give God glory every moment of us lives, even when everything looks bleak.  This evening I was feeling quite low in my spirit because I felt that I was being deprived of something that was my right as a Catholic.  Then Christ Jesus reminded me that during the day He provided for me in such a miraculous way and I did what I was wanting to do for a long time and I was really happy.  Yes, I did agree with the Lord.   I said, ‘Yes Lord, you provided for me to do and you made me happy.  Thank you Lord.”

Most importantly, we must forgive those who have hurt us and intercede to God to bless them as well.  Hatred, unforgiveness, ingratitude,  jealousy, pride, doubting God’s Goodness, anger etc  are blocks.  We should totally and completely surrender our lives to God and to His Holy Will and wait with great anticipation for an outpouring of His blessings.

For the next seven days, let us wait in great anticipation for God to bless each one of us, even those who hurt and harm us.  We must live everyday praising God for all the blessings that we are receiving and give Him all the Glory.  When we bless Him every moment of our lives, it is only then that He would be able to do great and wonderful things in our lives that would make those around us know that God is Great and Wonderful and that if He can bless you and me, then He is ABLE to bless all those around us.

February 4, 2012 Posted by | Charismatic Renewal, Youth | , , | Leave a comment

01/29/2012 – Benedict XVI: “Authority for Christians means service and love” – Vatican Insider – 30th January, 2012.

Benedict XVI: “Authority for Christians means service and love”

The Pope releases doves with youth members of “Azione Cattolica”
After the Angelus the Pope wanted to highlight the difference between the idea of divine and human authority and called for prayer for the Holy Land and people with Leprosy
Vatican Insider Staff
Vatican City

The Pope spoke of the International Day of intercession for peace in the Holy Land to be lived “in deep communion with the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Custodian of the Holy Land,” invoking “the gift of peace for this land blessed by God.”

“Often for man authority means possession, power, domination, success. For God, however, authority means service, humility, love. It means entering the mind of Jesus who stoops to wash the feet of the disciples, who looks for the true good in man, who heals wounds, who is capable of a love so great that it gives life, because he is Love.” Benedict XVI reflected on this and reminded faithful that February 2nd marks the World Day of Consecrated Life.

Two other important events for today were also highlighted by the Pope:the proclamation today in Vienna, of the Blessed Hildegard Burjan, “lay woman and mother, who lived between the 19th and 20th Century, founder of the Sisters of Caritas Socialis” and the celebration of the World Day of Leprosy. With regards to the latter, as he greeted the Italian Association of friends of Raoul Follereau, the Pope said: “I would like to extend my encouragement to all those affected by this disease, as well as their caregiversand, in many ways, are committed to eradicating poverty and marginalization, the real causes of the persistence of this infection.”

At the end of the celebration, the Pope greeted a delegation of Catholic youth led by the Vicar of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, and together with them released two doves, a symbol of peace.

January 31, 2012 Posted by | Youth | , | Leave a comment