Saint Arnold of Soissons

Arnold of Soissons was born in the town of Brabant near Brussels around the year 1040. He trained to become a soldier since his youth and later served under Henry I of France for a few years.

Then he settled at the Benedictine St. Medard’s Abbey at Soissons in France, where he served as a hermit for the first three years. Then he was honored with the title of abbot of the monastery, but he refused the title and went away.

As stated, he was forced by a wolf to go back to the monastery and to accept the honor. So he did return and became the abbot. Later, around the year 1080, he was again honored, this time with the position of bishop. And as modest as he was, he tried to avoid before being forced by divine intervention.

When another bishop intervened to take Arnold’s position, instead of fighting he willingly left the monastery and decided to live more quietly, so he founded the Abbey of St. Peter in Oudenburg.

There he finally found his real passion – brewing beer. In medieval times, beer was an essential, as many places did not have access to clean drinking water. Arnold gladly brewed the beer for the local peasants and encouraged them to drink it instead of water.Read More »

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“When we look to God as provider, we are surrendering our independence and trusting someone else to meet our needs, over which we have no control…”

“When we look to God as provider, we are surrendering our independence and trusting someone else to meet our needs, over which we have no control. Letting go of our ‘dependence on independence’ and letting someone else take control goes against natural human instinct. We need to fight the urge to take over and just let God be God, because He can provide for us better than we can.” ~ Corallie Buchanan

#MoralStory: The Perfect Pair Of Sandals

A fashionable lady entered a footwear store in search of a pair of new sandals for her use. She tried every sample available in the store but none of them seemed to suit her feet. Disappointed, she was about to leave the store when she noticed a pair lying near the entrance. She put them on and was delighted to find that the pair suited her perfectly. She enquired about its price. The manager told her, “It is free. You can use them”.

The lady was surprised and asked, “Why?”

The manager said, “That was the pair you had on your feet when you came in. You removed them to try the new sandals.”

We may be in a similar situation when we worry about our present predicament on seeing better options elsewhere. We may feel that we should have received a more rewarding job, a more comfortable house, a more beautiful spouse etc. Let us realize that God has given each of us the best gifts that suit us most. Let us thank God for the blessings received.

We Are Called

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1. Come, live in the light! 
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom, 
to live in the freedom of the city of God!

Refrain: We are called to act with justice;
we are called to love tenderly. 
We are called to serve one another, 

to walk humbly with God.

2. Come, open your heart! 
Show your mercy to all those in fear! 
We are called to be hope for the hopeless, 
so all hatred and blindness will be no more!

3. Sing, sing a new song! 
Sing of that great day when all will be one! 
God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other

 as sisters and brothers united in love! 

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#ShortNews: Ave Maria University rode out Hurricane Irma giving shelter and aid

The storm raged around Ave Maria Saturday September 9 and continued through Sunday, bringing strong winds and a tornado that twisted the metal football bleachers into an unrecognizable knot. Approximately 1,200 total people were sheltered by Ave Maria University’s buildings, including 450 Immokalee residents, 350 students, staff and their families, first responders, and others from the town of Ave Maria.

“I thought about how helpless we can be in the face of something like a natural disaster, but it’s usually when we realize our helplessness that we are able to be most open to God,” Dr. Nutt said. “I actually thought of the servants of the Wedding at Cana—they needed to serve more wine, but all they had to work with was water. It was precisely to the helpless, emptyhanded servants that Our Lady spoke to and cared for…being helpless is often the means that God uses to touch us and use us in a deeper way.”

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/09/15/ave-and-irma-how-this-small-catholic-university-weathered-the-storm/

#ShortNews: Hindu nationalists threaten small Catholic village in central India

Mohanpur Mission was started in 1997 to reach out to the poor tribal villagers who are mostly farm labourers. It is situated 30 KM north of district headquarters of Guna. There are around 30 Catholics only in this village. Catholic mission has a hostel for poor tribal boys who attend the local government school. Various social work projects are undertaken in and around 40 villages by the diocesan social work department, the ‘Manav Vikas’ to help the poor.

Bishop Anthony Chirayath of the Syro-Malabar diocese of Sagar, who was visiting his Catholics in Mohanpur village in Guna district on Wednesday told Vatican Radio that the situation there was “very serious”.

http://www.news.va/en/news/catholic-village-in-sagar-diocese-threatened

 

#ShortNews: “Christ is not a mere guru or wise man”

Nagasaki (Agenzia Fides) – Missionaries who introduced the Gospel in Japan did not endanger their lives “just to announce Christ as an extraordinary wise man or guru of moral life, or as a promoter of social welfare”. They were ready to sacrifice their own existence only because they wanted to make known “the mystery of Jesus, the Son of God, who offers his life to redeem man from his existential solitude, from the poverty of sin and the slavery that humiliate him”.

This is what Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said during his homily celebrated on Tuesday evening 19 September in the Cathedral of Nagasaki

http://www.fides.org/en/news/62935-ASIA_JAPAN_Cardinal_Filoni_in_Nagasaki_Christ_is_not_just_a_guru_of_moral_life#.Wch6XLPQ7IU