The Christian life – A Call to Holiness BY ASIEL · NOVEMBER 8, 2017

What does it mean to be ‘holy’? What does the Christian life look like when we are disciples of Christ? Joachim Anakwenze looks at the road we must all walk when we say ‘yes’ to the Lord.
Our daily lives are constantly filled with many struggles. Some struggles may seem insurmountable, others can be dealt with by slow and steady work.… Read more

The Mystery of the Eucharist

The Mystery of the Eucharist – Our Source of Life
BY ASIEL · JANUARY 28, 2018

The mystery of the Holy Mass lies solely in the Eucharist, the Eucharist being a commemoration of the Last Supper event, writes Joachim Anakwenze.
At the Last Supper, Jesus as the Living Bread presented himself to his apostles saying, “This is my body” and as the lamb of sacrifice presented himself the same way saying: “This is my blood.”
He reminds us of the Jewish Passover feast which recalls the Passover by the blood of the sacrificial lamb marking the doorposts of Israelites.… Read more

WORD AMONG US The Grace of Aging Gracefully A new book helps us appreciate the blessings of our golden years. BY LORENE DUQUIN

What is the “autumn of life” about, really? Are a person’s “golden years” simply a time for enduring greater physical limitations, aching for family members far away, or struggling with a sense of idleness? For first—time author Carolyn Bassett, the answer is a resounding “No!” Bassett paints a more proactive and vibrant picture of aging in her book, A Season of Grace: Embracing God’s Gifts in the Autumn of Our Lives.… Read more

PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY Our Daily Love Reflections on 1 Corinthians 13 from Prayers for Catholic Couples

Compassion Means Accepting Others

Being patient does not mean letting ourselves be constantly mistreated, tolerating physical aggression, or allowing other people to use us. We encounter problems whenever we think that relationships or people ought to be perfect, or when we put ourselves at the center and expect things to turn out our way. Then everything makes us impatient, everything makes us react aggressively.… Read more

Receive the Living Bread Encountering the Lord at Mass BY THE WORD AMONG US

I am the living bread that came down from heave; whoever eats this bread will live forever. (John 6:51)
In their book Sleeping with Bread, authors Matthew Linn and Dennis and Sheila Fabricant Linn tell the story of a group of orphans from World War II who had been rescued and taken to a refugee camp. “Many of these children who had lost so much could not sleep at night,” they wrote.… Read more

A Simple Method for Prayer Four steps to help you focus. BY THE WORD AMONG US

Whether we are beginning our personal prayer time, settling in to reading Scripture, or coming before the Lord at Mass, it’s always a good idea to take a few moments to focus our hearts. We can take our cue from the desert fathers or the long line of monks and nuns who have spent hours in prayer.
Step 1. Close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths.… Read more

CHRISTIAN LIFE—A CALL TO HOLINESS

Our daily lives are constantly filled with many struggles. These struggles sometimes pose a difficulty to whoever is facing them. There are many things that can be seen as examples of these struggles being talked about. Those who excel in these struggles do not just attain that height; they do that through a sincere and untiring effort. It is not just the case of bread and cheese; rather it is built on hard work.… Read more

SAINTS & HEROES Remembering Pope St. John Paul II A personal recollection of the drawing and converting power of Karol Wojtyla’s relationship with God BY LOUISE PERROTTA

What is it like to pray with a saint? I never expected to know. But as the banners went up in St. Peter’s Square calling for the speedy canonization of Karol Wojtyla [at his funeral in April 2005], my thoughts gratefully turned to a few occasions when I had the opportunity to pray in the presence of Pope John Paul II.… Read more

Prayer for Evangelisation

PRAYER FOR EVANGELISATION

Lord Jesus Christ, you gave us the mandate to evangelise.
We need your power for we cannot do it on our own.
Give us the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim and witness
God’s unconditional love, forgiveness and compassion for all people.
We ask you to renew your Church for this purpose.
Renew us and grant us the experience of your love, forgiveness and compassion.… Read more

Solitude and Loneliness

(By Bishop V. Phalana)

(Psalm 46:10; Mk 6:46-47, 46-47; Jn 16:32-33)

Lonely people are at times desperate, angry and passionate.
Their passion at times lacks compassion.
Lonely people want to fill their emptiness with anything, anywhere and anyhow.
Lonely people have no boundaries;
They use people and love things.
Lonely people are not in control,
They lack objectivity and cannot see things as they are.
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