Posts Tagged ‘Life’

THE FRAGILITY OF LIFE…

November 2, 2015

One of our close neighbours died a few days ago.  He had been in hospital for five months.  It was so sad to watch his life slowly ebb away due to an undetected cancer.  We went to our neighbours’ house as soon as we heard the news.  The family had just finished washing the body, it was wrapped in a simple white shroud and looked so delicate.  The whole village gathered for the funeral prayers after which the men carried the body to the nearby cemetery.  Within a few short hours our vibrant neighbour had died and was buried.  How fragile life is and how suddenly it can be taken away.  May God be with those who are dying and bring comfort to those who are grieving.

KINDNESS IS UNIVERSAL…

September 27, 2013

I recently arrived in England having travelled from Indonesia via the Middle East and I have experienced nothing but kindness because of my broken right wrist – clearly visible because of the plaster on my arm.  Every single day I have met people who have gone out of their way to be helpful.  I always believed that people are essentially good and kind but now I can say from real personal experience that this is true.  I feel truly blessed by other people’s generosity and “bigheartedness”.  To those many “angels” en route – thank you and you are in my prayer…

POPE FRANCIS “I WANT THE CHURCH TO GO INTO THE STREETS…”

July 28, 2013

I like this piece of news on the Pope’s visit to Rio.  I love the way he encourages us to go out and live the Gospel…

“On Friday Pope Francis added an extra visit to the official programme; he went to Rio Cathedral to greet an exuberant crowd of young Argentinians.  Speaking colloquially, he said: “I want the Church to go out into the streets, I want us to defend ourselves against all worldliness, opposition to progress, from that which is comfortable, from that which is clericalism, from all that which means being closed up in ourselves. Parishes, schools, institutions are made in order to come out … if they do not do this, they become a non-governmental organisation, and the Church must not be an NGO”. (Independent Catholic News)

Let’s go…!!!

 

 

 

Oklahoma…Praying…

May 22, 2013

In the face of such a terrible tragedy to hit the people of Oklahoma and such loss of life…We are praying.  May God be with all those affected by this disaster – and all those who are now offering help and comfort…We are with you in heart and in prayer and we will continue to pray for you…

PRAYING FOR THE POPE, PRAYING FOR THE CHURCH…

February 21, 2013

What amazing times we live in! Who would have thought that at the end of this month Benedict XVI would retire from public life to make way for a younger man to take his place at the head of the Roman Catholic Church.  It’s a brave decision and one marked by true humility.  Let’s pray for Benedict and for our Church at this crucial time.  Meanwhile, let us look to the future with hope…God is with us and the Spirit continues to guide the Church…

God’s gentle presence through the Sacrament of the Sick…

February 7, 2013

Recently we were called to the bedside of a dear friend of our community who is seriously ill in hospital.  We were asked to be present when she received the Sacrament of the Sick.  Within ten minutes of being called we were on our way to the hospital.  I found it deeply moving to be present at such a solemn time as our friend prepared herself for the final stage of her journey of life.  God’s presence in the room was tangible and so comforting.  Despite our sadness there was consolation in the knowledge that God was there tenderly drawing this brave, faith-filled woman home…

WHEN THE SONG OF THE ANGELS IS STILLED (Howard Thurman)

January 11, 2013

When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.

Howard Thurman.

Let the work of Christmas begin! Let’s begin it together!

ALL YOU SAINTS OF GOD – PRAY FOR US!

November 3, 2012

I already pray every day for those who have died and I always ask them to pray for us too! However, there is something very special about this month of November…We are reminded so beautifully to pray for the dead as a community.  They are always with us – that vast community of saints, both great and small and I am sure that they are praying for us too.  I often ask for special help from those who have died. I ask different people according to the need…They never let me down! Aren’t we blessed to have so many intercessors?!

Autumn Reflections

October 24, 2012

Endings come; they always do.
Goodbye comes. It always does.

Trees
struggle with it in autumn,
and
in our deepest being, so do we.

And
as we begin our fallow vigil,
we recall the truth of the ages:

Unless
the wheat seed dies,
it cannot sing a new birth.

Endings silence the soul,
yet not forever,
For the heart will one day,
sing once more.

Joyce Rupp – Praying our Goodbyes

These last few days of Autumn in England have been misty and mild. The trees are beauitiful with the reds and oranges of the season, and I am involved in helping one of our communities to move! As I walk around the property, moving furniture, packing boxes, disposing of things, opening forgotten cupboards, dispossessing of all sorts of well-loved items, it seems as though I too am in an Autumn time.

Often Autumn makes me melancholy… but this year it seems very gentle – as though nature itself is reminding me that God is with us in the letting go, that nature itself understands the feelings and emotions involved, and that there is not only the bright chill of winter ahead, but the promise of spring in every bud already present as the leaves fall from the branches.