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“A story’s end changes the meaning of every page.”

This beautiful young woman inspires me more than I can say. She is a wife and mother of four young children, and she has advanced, incurable kidney cancer. Can you give her 2 minutes and 44 seconds to teach you something amazing, eternal, real?

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Again and again…

I get caught up in the business and distractions of life and relationships resulting in fraught emotion that directs my conscience and consciousness away from Him – that  I know to be Truth; and I choose to rely on myself alone. This is a mistake I make again and again.

I thank God for His Wisdom and Mercy in providing for me, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, so that I may take up my journey on the path He has set before me with Him as my companion and guide.

This quote redirected me to examining my Godly attitudes and I will be aspiring to understand and develop these virtues in the coming year. It’s going to be front and centre in everything I think and do.

Read Colossians 3:12-14

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,

COMPASSION ,

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LOWLINESS,

Phillipians 2:3 (English Standard Version)

 Do nothing from kselfish ambition or lconceit, but in mhumility count others more significant than yourselves.

MEEKNESS,

meekness

and PATIENCE,

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forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must FORGIVE.

And above all these put on LOVE, which binds everything together in perfect HARMONY. “

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The real question is what CHOICE do each of us make in meeting our spiritual challenges?

I found this quote here that spoke so clearly to me immediately:

I believe the Catholic Church provides many opportunities to focus on the Gospels. Actually being in the pew is the first step. An active Catholic participates, seeks out information, and is engaged in the many activities, including charitable causes.

If a person joins an organization by signing their name, seldom attends the meetings, never volunteers, and is not in sync with the group’s basic principles, would they be considered an active member?

The real question is what CHOICE do each of us make in meeting our spiritual challenges?

Are you one of the ‘Cafe Catholics’ who has not darkened the door of the church for some time or who has little knowledge about Christ at the centre of His Church? Has your knowledge of Faith stagnated and become fuzzy, so you just add little bits into your ‘faith’ because it feels more comfortable to do so, and fits into your understanding of a relationship of Jesus? Are you unsure about the truth of the Faith? Do you cringe and turn away from those who criticise the Church and end up agreeing with others’ statements about Jesus and what He teaches just to end a conversation? Do you have serious grievances against the Church which have never been heard? Do you generally go to church at Christmas and Easter but couldn’t be bothered to go to Confession or to receive Holy Communion? Do you feel uncomfortable about secular issues but can’t put you finger on why you feel this way?  Do you openly criticise the tenets of ‘church and faith’ as a catholic?

There are so many inactive Catholics who have signed up and call themselves catholic! So many who are missing out on an exciting Spiritual Journey of Discovery:- the discovery of our Loving God and who He is, and how He can change our hearts and minds and make us notice things we’ve never recognised about Him before.  Get active in your parish!… search for our Lord. He is to be found there…in our midst. Search for the answers to your Spiritual Challenges. Be prepared for changes that will most certainly come your way.

What better way is there to do this than by getting involved with a group or setting up a new group in your parish? I have had the pleasure of  meeting many interesting people with many interesting talents with so much LOVE for our Lord. So much love to give. His Love oozes from them and in turn we are moved by His actions in them. We meet Him in them. It is in this way that we broaden our continuously growing knowledge of Love and how we understand this Love more in our giving to others . This well of Knowledge is deep and unending. The breadth and scope of what always seems to remain undiscovered spreads out in vast plains before us the more we search and thirst for our loving Father.

The youth of the parish exude a love for life asking urgent, challenging questions. The elderly preserve precious Traditions of the Church and in so doing, help us to understand those Traditions and grow more in love with our Lord. Our contemporaries support us in our Journey with a shoulder to lean on, prayers and understanding.

Parishes are built up  and made stronger by those who volunteer their talents for the sake of others. It is there that we learn to understand the meaning of humility and tolerance for others that little bit more each and every time we’re involved. It is there that we have the opportunity to share our experiences of the Lord and our love of Him with others in a way that only He can do, and in so doing you can move someone into a deeper relationship with Him. It is there that we are accepted and loved for who we are without any prerequisites or judgement. It is there that we build up the Church on earth. We are the Body  of Christ on earth.images (1)Catholic parishes are full to the brim with a cross-section of cultures and life experiences  with the Lord Jesus. Surely these experiences only work to build links and open invitations to getting to know God in yet again in another way through them? It is only there that you are exposed to the love given and received by your parish priest in ways sometimes most unexpected. You become witness to the many roles that you priest takes on a daily basis. The most important being: bringing Christ to those he is in contact with. Yes, you see Him at Mass and listen to him share the Gospels on a Sunday and hopefully, teaching about the Truth of our Faith: Jesus himself. Have you really listened to the Gospels for a message  pointed straight at you? Have you chosen to listen to the Word of God?

I have been privileged to meet some of the most inspirational priests, religious and lay people who are experts in their fields who can go a long way in answering those burning questions about Jesus that may have simmered for so long. The Journey is slow, gentle and welcoming. Just make the CHOICE to be active in your Faith. Active in your parish and in so doing in the wider the community. Make the CHOICE to get to know Jesus.

What better way to make up your mind about coming back into The Fold: Finding out about what’s new in the Church, how God is working in Her midst, finding Peace and restitution in God’s provision of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and then of course, Christ himself in the  Eucharist. Have you thought about making an appointment with your parish priest to ask questions, ask for guidance or ask your challenging Spiritual questions? I think you may be pleasantly surprised.

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Buy your ticket now! not to be missed – a ‘DAY OF FAITH’, organised by the FAITH MOVEMENT.

 

The FAITH MOVEMENT invites you to:-

a DAY OF FAITH

at St Patrick’s Church, Soho Square, London W1D 4NR

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June 18th 2013, starts 11 am

Special guest speakers:

 Rt Rev Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth 3pm

Bishop Philip Eagen

Bishop Philip Eagen

George Wiegel(papal biographer)

George Wiegel(papal biographer)

George Weigel, Papal biographer 7.30pm

 

Tickets :  £20.00 , includes lunch and supper.

Daytime only: £10.00 includes lunch.

Evening only: £10.00 includes supper.

Book your place now!  Send cheque payable to FAITH/KEYWAY  to: St Peter’s Church, Bishop’s Rise, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9HN. Please give your name, postal address and email and enclose  a  addressed envelope .

Programme for the day:

11 am Arrival. Coffee and pastries.

11.25 Introduction and welcome

11.30  Speaker:  THE YEAR OF FAITH: TEACHING AND CELEBRATING THE FAITH

Director of education, Lancaster Diocese

Canon Luiz Ruscillo, Director of education, Lancaster Diocese

12.30   Break. Opportunity  for confession

12.45   MASS In St Patrick’s Church.

1.15pm  Buffet Lunch

2.30pm ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT in St Patrick’s Church.

3.OO pm GUEST SPEAKER:  Rt Rev Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth THE YEAR OF FAITH: CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY

4.00pm Tea

4.30pm Benediction in St Patrick’s Church

Break. (Optional History Walk around the local area, led by Joanna Bogle)

Joanna Bogle, author and journalist

Joanna Bogle, author and journalist

6.30pm Drinks and Buffet

7.30pm Guest speaker: GEORGE WEIGEL: THE YEAR OF FAITH: OUR EVANGELICAL MOMENT

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Never lose hope, warrior of God!

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” [Matthew 21:22]

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Two Doctors of the Church to welcome in the Year of Faith.

The Church recognises those saints who have particularly distinguished writings as Doctors of the Church.