“To wait on God means to pause and soberly consider our own inadequacy and the Lord’s all-sufficiency, and to seek counsel and help from the Lord, and to hope in Him”

“To wait on God means to pause and soberly consider our own inadequacy and the Lord’s all-sufficiency, and to seek counsel and help from the Lord, and to hope in Him (Psm. 33:20-22; Isa. 8:17)… The folly of not waiting for God is that we forfeit the blessing of having God work for us. The evil of not waiting on God is that we oppose God’s will to exalt Himself in mercy.” ~ John Piper

#MoralStory: Always Be Prepared

Once a fox was roaming around in a forest looking for food. Suddenly, he saw a pig rubbing his tusks against the trunk of a tree.

The fox looked about carefully but couldn’t see any danger for the pig anywhere. Despite being so clever, he couldn’t understand why, the pig was doing that.

He couldn’t control himself, went to the pig and asked, “The hunters are not out today, nor can I see any other danger, then why are you doing that?”

The pig replied, “Dear! We live in a forest where enemies are there at every step. Who knows when I’ll have to face them and use my tusks against them? So, if I don’t do it now, I may not get time to sharpen my tusks when I need them the most.”

This story teaches us that always be ready for the bad times to come.

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Soul of My Savior

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Soul of my Savior sanctify my breast,
Body of Christ, be thou my saving guest,
Blood of my Savior, bathe me in thy tide,
wash me with waters gushing from thy side.

Strength and protection may thy passion be,
O blessed Jesus, hear and answer me;
deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me,
so shall I never, never part from thee.

Guard and defend me from the foe malign,
in death’s dread moments make me only thine;
call me and bid me come to thee on high
where I may praise thee with thy saints for ay.

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#ShortNews: Pope reflects on Ninth, Tenth Commandments

On Wednesday morning 21/11/18 General Audience took place at 9.20 a.m. in Saint Peter’s Square, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and all over the world.

In his address in Italian the Pope continued his cycle of catechesis on the Ten Commandments, focusing on the theme “You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife; or anything that belongs to your neighbour” (Bible reading: from the Book of Exodus, 17).

After summarising his catechesis in several languages, the Holy Father addressed special greetings to the groups of faithful present. He then invited those present to remember cloistered religious communities today, Pro Orantibus Day.

The General Audience concluded with the recital of the Pater Noster and the Apostolic Blessing.

To read full Pope’s reflection here: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/11/21/181121a.html

#ShortNews: Caritas Philippines has built 30,000 homes for typhoon victims

The social action arm of the Catholic Church in the Philippines says it has spent about US$60 million building houses for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the central part of the country in 2013. Aside from shelters, Caritas Philippines has also trained 2,653 local artisans, 16,354 people in safe building awareness, and formed 147 homeowners’ associations.

The church project was implemented by Caritas Philippines with the help of the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid and Caritas Internationalis member organizations in the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Canada, and Austria.

The priest said building more than 30,000 houses “speaks of the dedication and commitment of the Catholic Church to better the lives and restore the dignity of the most vulnerable communities and families affected by typhoon Haiyan.”

Read full article here: https://www.ucanews.com/news/caritas-philippines-builds-30-000-homes-for-typhoon-victims/83898

#ShortNews: Over 1,000 churches around the world go red in support of religious freedom

Thanksgiving DAY, in Rome, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will launch its 2018 Religious Freedom in the World report. Accompanying the publication of the report—which examines the state of religious freedom in each of the world’s 196 countries—will be a host of prayer meetings and special gatherings around the world, organized by the various national offices of ACN.

“As an organization committed to helping persecuted Christians, ACN has a particular duty to uphold the basic human right of religious freedom,” said George Marlin, chairman of ACNUSA. He added: “Sadly, there are more and more infringements of this basic human right, which affect all religions. Though, by far, most of the victims of religious persecution are Christians.”

“We are therefore inviting people throughout the world to stand up together with ACN in defense of religious freedom and make a visible gesture of solidarity,” Marlin said.

Read full article here: https://www.churchinneed.org/churches-around-the-world-go-red-in-support-of-religious-freedom/

Support the Training of 28 Young Religious Women in India

http://jrssg.org/donate/In Northeast India, the Catholic Church is still relatively young. In 2016, she celebrated 120 years of ministry here, but in many parts of this region, Catholic missionaries were only able to enter during the second half of the 20th century. This is an isolated and underdeveloped area, marked by political unrest and conflicts, by deep poverty and many other problems. But the Church here is very much alive and vital; now there are almost 2 million Catholics in the region, while the number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life is growing.

The Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod have been working in Northeast India for 37 years now, and recently they established a new regional province for the congregation in the city of Guwahati, in the state of Assam. The congregation has 18 convents in the region, with 96 professed Sisters. They care particularly for physically and mentally handicapped children and for sick people generally.

The Sisters also help young girls from poor family backgrounds who are unable to continue their school education, teaching them useful practical skills such as needlework, sewing and darning, including handmade decorations, so they can later support themselves financially. They also help families and women, giving encouragement and counseling, and striving to convey the love of God for all by their lives. Given that the Church in this region is still so relatively young, there is a great deal still to be done to help the faith become deeply rooted in people‘s hearts and souls.

At present there are 28 religious Sisters still in formation. Like most of the Catholics in this region, they, too, come from poor families and from the ethnic minorities. The congregation needs financial help in order to provide them with a solid spiritual and vocational formation. Some of them will even pursue university studies, to help them better confront the many challenges they face. ACN is proposing a contribution of $19,300.

Will you give to help these future religious Sisters in India? We are sure they will gratefully remember you in their prayers.

https://www.churchinneed.org/support-the-training-of-28-young-religious-women-in-india/

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We Are in the Hands of God

by Friar Jim Van Vurst, OFM

We know that God, our creator, is a pure and infinite spirit. But Scripture also attributes human characteristics to him. In his wisdom, God wanted to be real for his children. He wanted to be someone we could hold on to. In God’s own words to us, he has described himself in physical images. For example, Jesus described God like a “hen who gathers her chicks safely under her wing” (Lk 13:34). It seems significant, too, that there are 122 references to the hands of God.

We understand how our own hands are so important in expressing our love and care for one another—a touch, a caress, a protective hold. That image also tells us so much about God. In the creation story, God creates the heavens and earth by an act of will. However, when it comes to the gift of life, Genesis says, “Let us make human beings in our image and likeness” (1:28).

The image of us being held in the hands of God is such a help in understanding how close God is to us. We even think of God as picking us up after a fall. Of course, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, used his hands to touch, to hold, and to heal. Jesus “lays his hands” on a leper (Mk 1:41). To touch a leper would be unthinkable, making Jesus ritually unclean and unable to enter the temple. But that is exactly what he did. The leper was healed.Read More »

Saint Albert The Great

Born on earth around 1200 and in heaven in 1280, Saint Albert the Great of the Order of Preachers is a great saint for our time so badly in need of his preaching and teaching. We live in a world where many scientists proclaim their lack of belief in God and increasing numbers of young people declare they believe in science rather than religion, assuming in the ignorance of their miseducation that the two must be opposed. As Pope Saint John Paul II declared in 1998 in his Fides et Ratio (on the relationship between faith and reason), we live in a day when scientism grows rampant and many people believe that science and technology provide all the answers to all the problems that plague humanity. On the other hand, some Christians who recognize that science can certainly tell us how to do things, but not whether we ought to do them, fall into the opposing error of fideism, “which fails to recognize the importance of rational knowledge and philosophical discourse for the understanding of faith, indeed for the very possibility of belief in God.” We live in a day of increasing polarization, presented with the false dichotomy of having to choose between the scientism of the intelligent, courageous, and godless secular scientists and the fideism of ignorant, benighted, and bigoted fundamentalist Bible-thumpers.

The saint and doctor of the Church who would be known as Albertus Magnus was born in Bavaria, a fact we infer because he referred to himself as “Albert of Lauingen,” a town which still stands today in southern Germany. He attended the University of Padua where he learned about Aristotle and his writings. He excelled in his studies and later became a lecturer for the Dominicans at Cologne. He also travelled around the region to lecture gaining regional, then international acclaim. At the same time he started lecturing, Albert produced “Summa de Bono,” after collaboration with Phillip the Chancellor, who was a renown theologian from France.Read More »

“Two thousand years ago there was One here on this earth who lived the grandest life that ever has been lived yet – a life that every thinking man, with deeper or shallower meaning, has agreed to call divine.”

“Two thousand years ago there was One here on this earth who lived the grandest life that ever has been lived yet – a life that every thinking man, with deeper or shallower meaning, has agreed to call divine.” ~ Frederick W. Robertson