#MoralStory: HTDO – Hold The Door Open

Mathews, a hotshot sales manager was in the parking lot of a shopping mall on a Sunday evening. The parking lot was packed. Cars were crawling with anxious drivers looking for that one vacant slot. Mathews, sharp and aggressive as he was known to be, spotted a vacant space ahead and quickly zoomed in. He could see another car trying to reverse into the same slot, but Mathews was determined to beat the other man to it. And he did! Mathews felt jubilant – as we all sometimes do with Life’s Little Victories. The old man driving the car was disappointed. He looked Mathews in the eyes and continued his search for another parking slot.

Two days later, Mathews was preparing for one of the biggest moments of his career. He was close to winning a big contract for his company. And all that was left now was the formal handshake meeting with the client’s CEO. As Mathews walked into the client’s office and saw the CEO, he felt a sudden surge of discomfort, his legs trembling.Read More »

Laudate, Laudate Dominum

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Laudate, Laudate Dominum,
omnes gentes, laudate dominum.
Exsultate, jubilate per anos Dominia, omnes gentes.
We praise you, we praise your holy name,
God of justice, eternally the same.
May our living be thanksgiving,
rejoicing in your name now and always.

In the faith of Christ we walk hand in hand,
light before our path as the Lord has planned;
shining the torch of faith in our land:
in the name of Christ Jesus.

In the name of Christ we will spread the seed;
share the Word of God with all those in need,
faithful in thought and word and deed:
in the name of Christ Jesus.

In the Church of Christ, we answer the Savior’s call,
serving as he showed us, both great and small,
sharing the Lord’s compassion for all:
in the name of Christ Jesus.

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#ShortNews: Pope at Mass: Martyrdom doesn’t make the news

At Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope comments on the day’s Gospel, saying that the Church is made manifest “in the Eucharist and in good works.”

The Church, he said, is manifested “in the Eucharist and in good works,” even if they don’t “make the news.” The Bride of Christ has a temperament given to silence; she produces fruit “without making a fuss,” without “sounding the trumpet, like the Pharisees”.

“The Church grows through witness, through prayer, through the attraction of the Spirit who is within,” Pope Francis said in his homily, “and not through events.” These events certainly help, he continued, but “the growth proper to the Church, that which bears fruit, is in silence, in hiding, with good works, and the celebration of the Lord’s Paschal Mystery, the praise of God.”

In a world that too often gives into the temptation to sensation, to worldliness, to appearance, Pope Francis recalled that Jesus Himself was tempted to create a sensation: “But why take so long to accomplish the work of redemption? Perform a good miracle. Cast yourself down from the temple, and everyone will see; they will see, and they will believe in you.” But He chose “the path of preaching, of prayer, of good works,” the way “of the Cross” and “of suffering”.

To read full article: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta/2018-11/pope-francis-homily-daily-mass-martyrdom-does-not-make-news.html

#ShortNews: 4 underground priests subjected to ‘brainwashing’ for over a month in China

Thanks to the provisional agreement between China and the Vatican on 22 September, the Chinese government recognized the role of the Pope in the Catholic Church for the first time. On the surface, this agreement created a sufficient condition for reconciliation between the “underground” Church and the “official” Church in China.

The increasing number of optimists consider that with this agreement the government will be able to offer more freedom to Chinese Catholics in their life of faith. But the real situation is the exact opposite , as the faithful of some regions are experimenting.

The “underground” priests are forcefully brought to concelebrate with the “official” bishops led by the government and then photographed. In this wave of “conversion of underground priests”, Hebei is the most influenced region because of the many faithful [over a million Catholics – ed]. The kidnapped include four priests of Zhangjiakou: Fr. Zhang Guilin and Fr. Wang Zhong of the Diocese of Xiwanzi; Fr. Zhao He and Fr. Su Guipeng of the Diocese of Xuanhua.

To read full article: http://asianews.it/news-en/Hebei,-four-underground-priests-subjected-to-‘brainwashing’-for-over-a-month-45475.html

#ShortNews: Catholic leaders express ‘deep concern’ about President Trump’s new asylum limits

WASHINGTON— Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, Sister Donna Markham, OP, Phd, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services issued an statement reiterating that it is not a crime to seek asylum and urging the Administration to seek other solutions that will strengthen the integrity of the existing immigration system.

On November 9, 2018, President Trump issued a proclamation barring people arriving to the U.S./Mexico border from receiving U.S. asylum unless they request it at a U.S. port of entry, a direct contradiction of existing U.S. asylum law.

To read the full statement: http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-183.cfm

God Redemption According To Bible

The Bible is a book about redemption. God wants to communicate this story to us through His Word. He does this by giving us many smaller stories that illustrate the wonderful truth of the redemption provided through His Son, Jesus Christ.

There are at least three words in the Bible which are translated “redeem.”

• One means to buy or purchase. The concept is in the purchase of a slave. He is bought to be owned as property. Christ redeemed us in this sense so that we belong to Him.
• Another word translated redeemed means to buy something from something for another purpose. Again, we are purchased by Christ from the bondage of sin for the purpose of freedom in Him.
• The third word carries the idea of a purchase that pays off a debt. A price that is necessary to secure the freedom of someone or something. Christ paid our sin debt.

As you read these redemption stories you can see one, two, or all three of these meanings in each of them. The story of Noah, and Abraham and Isaac are but a few.Read More »

Saint Josaphat Kuntsevych

St. Josaphat was born John Kuncevic about 1580 in Vladimir, a village of the Lithuanian Province of Volhynia (then a part of the Polish Kingdom begun under the Jagellonian Dynasty). His parents belonged to the Eastern Rite Church of Kyiv (Ukraine) which was then separated from Rome.

When John was just a child, his mother explained the icons in church. Years later he told a friend that he felt a spark of fire leave the wounded side of the Crucified and enter his own heart, which was filled with joy. This event influenced the rest of his life. He began to memorize the Church rituals and psalms. Within him grew the desire to suffer poverty and death for his Savior.

John’s father sent him to Vilno in Lithuania to learn more about the family business. Nevertheless, he spent much of his leisure in reading the lives of the Saints and observing the religious ferment in the local church. The Ruthenians (the ethnic origin of his family) had been evangelized from Constantinople-modern Istanbul-and generally followed the lead of the Byzantine Church there. But because of the absorption of the Ruthenians into the Polish Kingdom, always staunch Roman Catholics, the question of reunion with Rome was hotly debated.Read More »

#MoralStory: Michael Crossland – How to fight through the worst of times

Believe in miracle!

Raw, real and truly life changing ….. Michael Crossland is the real deal. He is one extraordinary man who has defied the odds of not only life threatening cancer as a baby, but being the sole survivor of a horrific cancer drug trial. His battle continues to this very day, having spent nearly a 1/4 of his life in hospital. Michael is a true fighter, and despite only being told what he could not do, Michael is showing the world what he can do. He has built himself a life of exceptional achievements. An accomplished businessman and an elite sportsman, his life is a remarkable success.

Praise to You, O Christ, Our Savior

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Praise to you, O Christ, our Saviour,
Word of the Father, calling us to life;
Son of God who leads us to freedom:
glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

You are the Word who calls us out of darkness;
you are the Word who leads us into light;
you are the Word who brings us thorough the desert:
glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ! (Refrain)

You are the one whom prophets hoped and longed for;
you are the one who speaks to us today;
you are the one who leads us to our future:
glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ! (Refrain)

You are the Word who calls us to be servants;
you are the Word whose only law is love;
you are the Word – made flesh who lives among us:
glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ! (Refrain)

You are the Word who binds us and unites us:
you are the Word who calls us to be one;
you are the Word who teaches us forgiveness:
glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ! (Refrain)

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