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Awarded the ‘LIEBSTER’!


Thank you kind Jessica for this most encouraging award! It means just that little bit more to me as it hails from someone who lives alongside me on this British Isle.

Jessica  is one of a group of bloggers to be found  at ‘All along the watchtower’ . She is one of  but a few English supporters of the Salmon, so this award is  precious to me indeed. Take a peek at her blog to get fresh insights about faith and Christianity from an English perspective.

The requirements for accepting this award are:

1) Post the Liebster award graphic on your site:
2) Thank the blogger who nominated the blog for a Liebster Award and link back to their blog.
3) The blogger then writes 11 facts about themselves so people who discover their blog through the Liebster post will learn more about them.
4) In addition to posting 11 fun facts about themselves, nominated bloggers should also answer the 11 questions from the post of the person who nominated them.
5) The nominated blogger will in turn, nominate 9 other blogs with 200 or less followers (We’re guessing for our nominees) for a Liebster award by posting a comment on their blog and linking back to the Liebster post.
6) The nominated blogger will create 11 questions for their nominated blogs to answer in their Liebster post.

11 Facts about myself:

1. I love a clean house, but don’t have as much time as I need to spend on housework.

2. I hate working in the kitchen on my own. It makes chores a little easier to do having someone to share them with.

3. I started this blog  a year ago.

4. I too have red hair, Jessica!!

5.  I emigrated to these shores, and I ‘ve adjusted to the weather just fine, thank you. I have developed a well versed conversation about the said weather which is at least 3 minutes long. As we know, the weather’ conversation’ is all important!

6. My family and I hail from the Southern shores of Africa.

7. I am studying through the Maryvale Institute for a Certificate in Catechesis and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

8. I am the eldest in a family of four girls and my family’s name is Scott.

9. I have been part of a wonderful Portuguese family for more than 30 years thanks to my adoptive surname, Rodrigues. (Rodrigues with an ‘s’ denotes a Portuguese heritage, Rodriguez with a ‘z’ denotes a Spanish heritage)

10. Portuguese food  a well hidden secret about that country. The pastries are to die for!

11. I am blessed with friends and family who share my passion of the Catholic Faith which in turn leads to my passion for Jesus.

Here are the 11 questions Jessica has asked me to answer on acceptance of the award.

1. How long have you been blogging?  For one year and 2 months now.

2. What is your favourite food? Spicy

3. What type of music do you like most? Instrumental

4. Who inspires you most? People who are honest, work hard and lead the way without any accolades.

5. Do you have a favourite poet? Maya Angelo

6. Do you have any pets? Yes, an 11 year old miniature Yorkshire Terrier called Tiny.

7. Do you prefer wine of beer or are you teetotal? Teetotal: preferably a workers brew, with two sugars and milk, thank you.

8. Do you listen to the radio? Yes, every morning and evening.

9. Favourite film? Soo many….Lord of the Rings, Cold Mountain, Life is Beautiful….

10. Favourite food? Fusion, culture specific…varied. .

11. Religious leader you admire? Pope Benedict has developed my sense and appreciation of the Liturgy. Because of his influence I’ve come to realise the importance of Ecumenism. Priests too are amazing religious leaders,  sat at the coal-face each and every day. It is by their dedicated example that our understanding of our Faith develops and which in turn,  fuels our relationship with the Lord.

Blogs I nominate for the Liebster award:

  1.  http://lifechristnme.wordpress.com/books/…poignant thought-provoking reading.
  2. http://lonelypilgrim.com/….the facts, figures and discussion about Catholicism.
  3. http://womaninlondon.wordpress.com/..Maria Toth. Love her insight and thoughts on what is important to Christian women in London.
  4. http://reinkat.wordpress.com/…beautiful icons, faith-filled posts.
  5. http://theraineyview.wordpress.com/…..’Because the times really need to catch up with the Church’
  6. http://mercyme40.wordpress.com/about/…Lara is using her 40th birthday as an impetus to embark on a mid-life mission to perform spiritual and corporal works of mercy–
  7. http://fraangelicoinstitute.com/…evangelizing the truth, goodness, and beauty of God through the understanding and creation of sacred art.
  8. http://tomdsilva.wordpress.com/…a young and very talented blogger from London.
  9. http://lifedoesntgetmuchbetterthanthis.wordpress.com/about/… I’m a young Catholic. In fact, I’m still in high school… “Am I just weird? Why does it seem like no one else my age is into Catholicism?” well worth a visit!!
  10. http://attentiallupo2012.com/…a blog about politics, society, international affairs. It is aboutopinions. About sharing informations. About going against what is easy. It’s about people, sometime about people without a voice.
  11.  http://hughosb.wordpress.com/…Benedictine monk and priest in England. Just a beautiful blog.

Questions for the award winners to contemplate and answer if they so wish to: 

  • What inspired you to start blogging?
  • Religious leader you admire?
  • Do you think having pets changes you?
  • Is family important and why?
  • Do you pray regularly?
  • Why is your Christian witness important?
  • Do you think Jesus’ message is radical?
  • What’s the favourite habit of your parish priest?

Learning The Faith. Sharing The Faith. Living the Faith.


Stained Glass window at Maryvale, Birmingham, at the shrine of The Sacred Heart.

I attended a Maryvale Institute study day yesterday as I am enrolled on the Certificate in Catechesis course. It’s  two years long, finishing for me at the end of 2013. The correct title for Maryvale being: International Catholic Distance-Learning College for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy and Religious Education.

These study days are as intense as they are uplifting, and I leave these sessions exhausted but itching to learn more. The aim of this course is to unpack the true teaching of the Church through knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so that as messengers we can pass on the truths of the Faith accurately. We then spend the next three months studying and submitting essays and workshop topics. There is much to cover and sticking to a recommended hour a day reading and researching is a must in order to keep up with the workload. (the content is so absorbing that I end up spending as much as 2 hours a day reading and researching, when time allows.)

We start the study day with Mass and then go straight into lectures, facilitated by an enthusiastic Catechist with many years  experience under her belt. After a tea break and a delicious lunch, the two afternoon lectures are given by a visiting priest. The day concluded with Vespers (just so beautiful!!) and we felt blessed to be joined by a seminarian from the English College in Rome. Everything about the day is always just right. Not too much, not too little, just right.

Why have I decided to do this course? With the year of Faith upon us I want to be armed and ready with the Truth of our Faith when the opportunity comes along to share it. This piece sums up my feelings exactly:

The truth is that religion is important.  In fact, man is religious by nature.  We are created by God who made us for Himself.  God is always calling us to Him, drawing us toward Him, and our hearts naturally want to respond to that call.  St. Augustine famously said that our hearts are restless until they rest in God.  Religion is how God calls us and how we respond.  It’s how we enter into and sustain (and hopefully grow in) our relationship with God.  That’s why we can say that religion is natural to man.  To deny it, whether at a personal of societal level, is unnatural.  We are not fully human if we are not religious.  It’s also why government has to ensure its citizens the right to practice it freely.  Because the right to practice religion is not given to us by the state; it is given to us by God because He made us to be religious.

As members of the Church, we have an obligation to not only learn our faith but also to help others to learn it.  This is especially true for clergy and for parents who are the first teachers of the faith to the children that God has entrusted to them.  As Catholics, we believe that the Catholic Church possesses the fullness of the faith.  As human beings, we have a natural thirst for truth.  But truth ultimately is not a thing or an idea; it is a person.  Jesus Christ is Truth, and he who possesses truth possesses God.  That of course is a lot to possess, so we always have to continue studying our faith. (fatheracervo.com)


The Sion Community

I want to introduce a Community that I have had the pleasure of meeting on a number of occasions. My first experience of this Community came about through a Mission Week. The Evangelists  were hosted by volunteer families from the receiving  parish .

The Mission had a two-pronged focus: the parents and children of that parish.  The Good News reached both the parents and children of the parish simultaneously, and boy, their Good News was electrifying! The Holy Spirit was present in them and worked through them in their work so much so that their love for Jesus was tangible. That experience left me changed forever. For more details on a Mission Week, please contact the Community directly.

My second encounter with them was not as intimate but just as powerful.   I urge anyone with a hunger for the Lord to investigate their webpage and to make contact with them. Here is the link: http://www.sioncommunity.org.uk/

Something to whet your appetite : I received an email on Friday from the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, advertising a ”Foundations for Mission’ weekend with Mgr Peter Hocken – 28th & 29th January. This will be held at the Sion Community and is sure to be life-changing and unforgettable.

See you there!