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   The Eucharist: A Mystery to Be Livedeucharist

   November 8 – 9, 2013 - Fr. Emmerich Vogt, OP





Your Mother is Calling

November 22 – 23, 2013 - Fr. Andrew Apostoli and Kathleen McCarthyvirgin-mary






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January Thoughts

The sublime book of Job does not answer the question of grief but it enables us to better understand the reasons for the sorrows that touch every life. The question is not the why of evil and anguish, for that we can never answer, but the how: how is it accepted and how is it overcome? It is in this life and on this earth that we join the battle and win the victory. “What is the meaning of all this?” is the afflicted heart’s challenge to the Man on the cross. The meaning was found when He arose on that golden resurrection morning to give us a new translation of love and life, and a blessed hope.

For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Imagine, God plans to give us success this year; to give us enthusiasm, expectation and a perspective of the excellent in life. “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!” (Psalm 139:17). Thank You for Your concern for our physical and spiritual well-being, God. There isn’t a moment that You don’t ache for our victory in life. May we always believe this, even on the dark days. And let us remember that, with You, anything is possible this year.

God has created today for us: “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). This is the day of more opportunities to serve Him by helping those He sends us. We are to rejoice in it–anyway–and know that He gives us strength for the day and its various challenges, for God never purposely gives problems He cannot help us through. It would be against His nature. It is a blessed day of salvation for all who love God. God has already weighed everything that will happen today in just and loving Hands and Heart. “His compassions fail not…They are new every morning…” (Lamentations 3:22,23).

We are servants for Jesus. Sir Wilfred Grenfell wrote: “The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveller; that the purpose of this world is not `To have and to hold’ but `To give and to serve.’ There can be no other meaning.” In Mark 10:45 we read, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” There is a story about the man who rushed to the church door and asked if the service was over. The wise usher replied, “The worship is over, but the service is only beginning.”

“I’m sorry.” Only two words, and yet how irresistible they are. It takes nothing away from us to say these two words, yet what grief they save. Someone said love is never having to say we are sorry, but sincere love is going to a person and telling him or her that we are sorry for what has happened, even if we are the one wronged. When we are angry with someone, it might help to visualize Jesus washing the feet of Judas, the one who betrayed Him. Only holy love could do such a kind act. We sometimes feel that justice is our due when someone has wronged us, but somehow God always balances the scales of life.


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Mother’s Day Prayer

Father, Son, Holy Spirit; our Rock, Fortress, and Salvation; our Lord and King; we bless You this morning as You bless us. You are our everything, Father, our covenant Parent who loves us so unconditionally. We give You praise! Lord, we want to honour our mothers on this Mother’s Day. We raise our mothers before You and thank You for the love, passion, energy and enthusiasm they have for their children. We bless our mums in the name of Jesus, for their most sacred of ministries – a godly work. We also want to pray for those who are sad on Mother’s Day; for those who have lost their mothers and miss them terribly even though there may be so many great memories of past. We pray for those mothers who have experienced the grief of loss; who have lost a child; a pain that ever lingers in sorrow like sea billows that roll.

We thank You, Lord, that You hold these children until the day You have appointed when these mothers might finally be reconciled with their little ones. We pray also for the ladies here, Lord Jesus, who cannot have babies, and we pray into their sadness of that ambiguous loss that may never have been – an incomprehensible grief. We pray You would minister to these people in their sadness, where they are right now, and be the God of peace and comfort to and for each of them on this day. Be with them and inside them by Your Spirit we ask.

We want to acknowledge those also, Lord, whose mothers let them down – where thought of Mother’s Day brings memories of pain and perhaps memories of abuse and/or neglect – mothers who weren’t there for them as their mothers should have been. We also pray into the guilt mothers might carry; guilt that is able to be reconciled at the cross. We pray that Your Spirit would draw these aside and provide the way to forgiveness, healing, restoration, and wholeness. And we thank You that without our mothers we would not be.

We pray for those mothers, and for those children, who are far from each other right now; that You would stir within them love that transcends distance and overcomes the limitations of space and time. Finally, we pray for our new mothers and those expecting; that You would bless them with every confidence of love and joy, knowing the peace that they have been called by You, to be a mother – the most sacred of human roles.

We lift our mothers before You, Father, that through Your Holy Spirit You would encourage them as they give their sacrifices of love – in their 24/7 devotion to care for and be there for their children – that You would continue to equip them for the tasks of today and the mothering ahead of them, and to empower them to be all they can be for their children and families, and give to them the energy, strength, and confidence they need.


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