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Spiritual exercises for lent: Day 39

Spiritual Exercises for lent: Day 39

Start the Divine Mercy Novena today. It starts on Good Friday and finishes on the second Easter Sunday. Read more about Novena on http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/mercy/novena.htm and the Divine Mercy Sunday on https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/feast.htm

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Spiritual Exercises for Lent: Day 23

Spiritual Exercises for Lent: Day 23

Meditate on 7 sorrows of Our Lady:

Our Lady of sorrows

  1. The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2: 34, 35)
  2. The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13-14)
  3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 3: 43-45)
  4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
  5. The Crucifixion.
  6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
  7. The burial of Jesus.

 

Spiritual Exercises for Lent:Day 18

Spiritual Exercises for Lent:Day 18

Prepare well for the Confession. Frequent Confession is like a shower for your soul, cleansing you completely, giving you healing and freedom from sin. Frequent Confession is like a petrol for your soul, it keeps you going through the rough roads of our lives. Sacrament of the Reconciliation is a superb grace. It is a big “SORRY” said to our Father in Heaven every time we do wrong, every time we fail or disappoint God, every time we fail to keep His Commandments.

A guide  for good confession:

  • If you need help especially if you have been away for some time simply ask the priest and he will help you by “walking” you through the steps to make a good confession.
  • Be truly sorry for your sins, ask God for the Holy Spirit to help you to examine your conscience, best way is to go through 10 Commandments and see if you kept them or not.
  • Remember that it is really Jesus who gives you forgiveness through priest
  • Always tell the priest your state of life: married or single, priest or religious, under religious vows or promises

Click on the link and print 1page PDF document and use it as a guide for How To Make a Good Confession: ConfessionGuide2

Jesus listens to you at the confession

Spiritual exercises for Lent:Day 9

Spiritual exercises for Lent:Day 9

Praise the Lord for all the goodness and blessings in your life whatever it may be (spouse, children, family, friends, work, mission, life, talent, skills, vacation, health,abilities,  inner peace, forgiveness,healing, environment, knowledge, faith, hope, love,daily food, Sacraments of the Church, protection, guidance, belonging to the community or group, etc)

Give thanks to Jesus and His Blessed Mother for everything

Spiritual exercises for Lent:Day 7

Spiritual exercises for Lent:Day 7

 Peace be with you!

-And with your Spirit!

Today, if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other-that man, that woman, that child is my brother or my sister. If everyone could see the image of God in his neighbour, do you think we would still need tanks and generals?

                                                                                                Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Please pray for peace in the world!

Spiritual exercises for Lent:Day 6

Spiritual exercises for Lent:Day 6

And Jesus answered him: It is written, that Man liveth not by bread alone, but by every word of God (Luke 4:4)

Start reading the Bible or if you do already, start reading it more frequently!Word of God will enrich your faith and strengthen you!

Pope Benedict XVI reflects on 40 days of Lent

Pope: Lent a time for mature decisions

The 40 days of Lent, reflecting Christ’s 40 days in the desert, were the focus of Pope Benedict XVI’s catechesis this Ash Wednesday. Speaking to pilgrims in the Paul VI audience hall, the Holy Father reflected on the condition of the pilgrim Church in the “desert” of the world and history. 

Pope said, that the period of 40 days “does not represent an exact chronological time, divided by the sum of the days. Rather it indicates a patient perseverance, a long trial, a sufficient period to see the works of God, a time within which we must make up our minds and to decide to accept our own responsibilities without additional references. It is the time for mature decisions”.

Pope Benedict also said: “In this “desert” we believers certainly have the opportunity to profoundly experience God, an experience that makes the spirit strong, confirms the faith, nourishes hope, animates charity; an experience that makes us partakers of Christ’s victory over sin and death through the Sacrifice of love on the Cross.

But the “desert” is also the negative aspects of the reality that surrounds us: the arid, the poverty of words of life and of values, secularism and the materialist culture, which shut people within a horizon of mundane existence, robbing them of all reference to transcendence. And this is also the environment in which the sky above us is obscured, because covered by the clouds of egoism, misunderstanding and deception. Despite this, even for the Church of today the period in the desert can be transformed into a time of grace, because we have the certainty that even from the hardest rock God can bring forth the living water that refreshes and restores”.

For the full version of the Holy Father’s catechises, please go to http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/en1/Articolo.asp?c=565261

Christmas Novena

                                               Christmas Novena Prayer

Christmas NovenaHail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary at midnight in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. 

In that same hour and moment, vouchsafe, O my God, hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother.  Amen

 

This Novena is to be said from 30th November (sorry for delay) until 25th December, Christmas Day

The Highlights of The Call to Fatima Triduum in Dublin 7-9th October 2011

The highlights of the Triduum in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary that took place in Dublin  7 to 9th October 2011:

 Fr Andrew Apostoli inspirational talk about the Message of Fatima for today1. The Poor of Dublin receiving 500 Rosary Beads and some requested Fr Andrew to be enrolled in the Brown Scapular for Our Lady’s protection as they walk the streets at night. This was the first time they were contacted in this way and they made us all feel so welcome at the feeding station they called the Day Centre.

Fr Andrew Apostoli talks to people in the Day Centre about the Rosary

 2. Continuous Adoration and promotion took place over the three days promoting the International Eucharistic Congress in June 2012.

3. Over 70 school children heard the stories about the three children of Fatima with the visit of the Angel and all the children were enrolled in the Brown Scapular and each child received Rosary beads and a free copy of the award winning film The Call to Fatima DVD to share with their families at home. There were children from many different faiths but it was not an issue for the children or the teachers.

4. Close to 5000 Rosary beads were distributed free and a similar number was enrolled in the Brown Scapular over the three days by Fr Andrew Apostoli (Franciscan of the Renewal – Vice postulator for Archbishop Fulton Sheen -Based in New York / EWTN ). Our Lady told us that world will be saved by the prayer of the Rosary and the Brown Scapular=)

Sr Angela Coelho talks about the importance of the Rosary

5. Great highlight of The Call to Fatima Triduum in Dublin were Confessions, Rosary recited in many languages,Holy Mass and music from Louise Irvine and the inspired talks by Fr Andrew, Sr Angela (based in Fatima and is the Vice postulator for the cause of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta) and Thomas McCormack which appeared to uplift the faithful.

 6. All who attended were encouraged to start the Rosary and the devotion to the Five First Saturdays and Adoration in their parish.

7. Several people asked The Call to Fatima film team to come to their parish and present the Message of Fatima to their parishioners.The light of Fatima was shining brighter in Dublin on the feast day of the Rosary / First Friday from the 7 to 9th October.

Jacinta, Lucia and Francisco at the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

Confession- Gift from God himself

         Confession- gift from God

 

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