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Father says…

Today’s readings:

Job 7:1-4, 6-7      

Psalm 147:1-6                                                                 

1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23

Mark 1:29-39                                                                                    

For a commentary on the readings for today click here: http://www.salvationhistory.com/homily_helps

Our Parish Priest’s homily focussed on the importance of  sharing The Good News. As Christians and followers of Christ we are called to share God’s plan for Salvation through our lives, words and actions. He then went on to use the example of  St. Vincent de Paul‘s life to demonstrate how an ordinary  Catholic made huge changes in the society in which he lived. Indeed, it’s an inspirational story! Read more here: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=326 Prayer too,  was highlighted in the homily tonight, as it is through regular and consistent conversation with the Lord  that we get to know Him and His will for our lives.

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Naturally, I thought about what I need to do in order to improve my attempts on sharing the The Good News, and how much I still have to learn along the way. As usual, I am still contemplating the readings and mulling over Father’s  words of wisdom.

What a beautiful, meditative mass. Thank you Father!

I looked up the logo for the SVP Society in England and Wales. The message is clear.

Familiaris Consortio – 30th Anniversary

Every February heralds the celebration of Marriage week. This year it starts on the 7th February and runs until the 14th February. Read more about it here: http://marriage-week.org.uk/about

Marriage and Family Life Event

Saturday 11/02/2012
from
13:30 to 17:00
Location
London

Famiilias ( the Association for Catholic Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Ministry) are marking the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical “Familiaris Consortio” on Saturday February 11th.

The venue for this celebration is the Amigo Hall next to the RC Archdiocese of Southwark’s St George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Rd, London SE1 7HY (very close to the Imperial War Museum, nearest underground Lambeth North or Elephant & Castle, or 15 min. walk from Waterloo Station)

There will be a keynote speaker from the Pontifical Council for the Family in Rome, in addition to a series of workshops and DVDs on aspects of marriage and family life, including spirituality and catechesis, which participants can choose from. The event will be of value to people working in the field of education, as well as catechists in parishes, clergy and religious, and anyone else with a pastoral interest in couples and families.

There will be refreshments at 1:30pm for a 2pm start, finishing at 5pm.

Tea and coffee will be served at that time, with an opportunity for further discussion in the Amigo Hall and finish with the Vigil Mass at 6pm in the Cathedral next door.

There can be no better way to celebrate Marriage this week than attending a conference based on Blessed John Paul’s :

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO
OF POPE
JOHN PAUL II
TO THE EPISCOPATE
TO THE CLERGY AND TO THE FAITHFUL
OF THE WHOLE CATHOLIC CHURCH
ON THE ROLE
OF THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
IN THE MODERN WORLD

(copied from the Vatican website)

Prepare yourself for some thought provoking reading, and click here: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_19811122_familiaris-consortio_en.html

A Valentine’s Gift?

Treat yourself and your spouse to a life-changing Marriage Encounter Week-end. Look up Marriage Encounter wherever you are and get dialling/e-mailing! The same ministry runs Engaged Encounter week-ends. Well worth the visit.

If you’re in the UK choose a date from this list: http://www.marriageencounter.org.uk/dates.htm

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Humility 2.

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Mother Teresa with Blessed John Paul II

Mother Teresa’s posture and outstretched hand speaks loudly of  her humility as a servant of Jesus. She lived her life dedicated to the poorest of the poor and made a real difference in the world, and yet, she remained humble until her death in 1997. The Nobel Peace Prize winner who devoted her life to serving Christ through the poor, died at the age of 87. She was revered by many around the world as a living saint for her work with the dispossessed.

Pope John Paul often praised her work and a Vatican spokesman told reporters he was “deeply hurt” by the news of her death. “The Pope believes she is a woman who has left her mark on the history of this century,” he said. The head of the Catholic church in England and Wales, Cardinal Hume, said she was an “enormously significant figure – everyone knows who Mother Teresa is”. (http://news.bbc.co.uk)

Take the time to reflect on this list. I have decided to use this list as part of my preparation before going to Confession.

Mother Teresa’s Humility List

1. Speak as little as possible about yourself.
2. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
3. Avoid curiosity.
4. Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
5. Accept small irritations with good humor.
6. Do not dwell on the faults of others.
7. Accept censures even if unmerited.
8. Give in to the will of others.
9. Accept insults and injuries.
10. Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded.
11. Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
12. Do not seek to be admired and loved.
13. Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity.
14. Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
15. Choose always the more difficult task.

Do read more about this list at this informative site: http://truthandcharity.net/the-humble-pie-challenge/

In a world that lauds self-glorification, living by the standards set in the list is sure to be difficult, to say the least.

Mother said, ”He taught us to learn from Him, to be meek and humble of heart. If we are meek and humble, we will love each other as He loves us.”