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

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

Declaration on Ecumenism Ottmaring, February 21, 2017

One of the main goals of the Focolare Movement is Christian unity. Chiara Lubich first engaged the Movement in ecumenical dialogue in 1961 in Germany. Since that time, through fostering a “dialogue of life”, there has been fruitful collaboration with more than 300 Churches and ecclesial communities. For almost 50 years in its Ecumenical Centre in Ottmaring (Germany) the Focolare Movement and the ‘Fraternity of Communitarian Life’ (Vereinigung vom Gemeinsamen Leben) have been bearing witness to the deep fellowship that unites Christians in the one Body of Christ, despite divisions still existing between the Churches.… Read more

ST PAUL’S JOUBERTON CELEBRATES THEIR CONFIRMATION MASS

The bishop of Klerksdorp diocese Bishop Victor Phalana was at St Paul’s Jouberton, a parish under the care of Fr Joseph Kyeyune, on Sunday October 15, 2017 to confirm some confirmation candidates. The candidates that were confirmed on that day were twenty two in number. The confirmation mass led by the Bishop started at 8:20am. In his homily, the Bishop charged the confirmation candidates to be ready for the task ahead and defend their faith when necessary.… Read more

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PARISH ORKNEY CELEBRATES THE CENTENARY OF THE LAST FATIMA APPARITION

All roads led to Immaculate Conception Parish Orkney on October 14, 2017 as they gathered to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Centenary of the last Fatima Apparition of Our Lady. The parishioners and those who joined them started the celebration with a Rosary procession that started at 10am from KFC four way stop and proceeded to the Parish. The procession featured songs and prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary asking for her intercession especially for our country, South Africa.… Read more