EUTHANASIA IS MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE, A CRIME, A GRAVE VIOLATION OF GOD’S LAW

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There is a renewed push in Victoria and many other parts for euthanasia and assisted suicide to be legalised. In this latest push the term ”assisted dying” is being used to end life of a loved one.

It is not an act of dignity to support ”assisted dying” it is the opposite of care and represents abandonment of the sick and the suffering of older and dying persons.

We should be clear  that there is no safe way to kill people or to help them to their own suicide. For millennia, the church and civil society has understood such actions to be morally and ethically wrong.                                                            (Archbishop of Melb. Most Rev Denis Hart)

ONCE WE ALLOW THE STATE TO LEGISLATE ON WHO LIVES AND DIES, WE CROSS THE LINE, A VERY DANGEROUS LINE, A FUNDAMENTAL LINE ABOUT HOW SOCIETY WORKS, WHICH CAN EASILY LEAD TO ABUSE AND OVER APPLICATION OF THE LAW, IF IT WERE LEGISLATED.

Julian McMahon -Barrister

“Life certainly has a sacred and religious value, but in no way is that value a concern only of believers.”–                                                                                             Pope John Paul II

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The Victorian Government is seeking to introduce euthanasia and assisted suicide later this year. The proposed changes will impact everyone, not just those terminally ill. The proposals then, as now, would allow some people to be treated differently under the law. It would create a lower threshold of care and civil protection afforded to the sick, suffering and vulnerable.

Such legislation is usually presented as being limited only to terminal illness, only for those in the last weeks and months of life. However the evidence from other jurisdictions (NT- Australia- 1996 experiment, Belgium-2014).

Legally sanctioning euthanasia or assisted suicide would radically change health care and impact everyone – not just the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals directly involved. It would ultimately harm us all.

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Euthanasia always involves a second person and is therefore a public act with public consequences. One person assisting the death of another is a matter of significant public concern because it can lead to abuse, exploitation and erosion of care for vulnerable people. Euthanasia and assisted suicide can never be safe. Because those terminally ill (and others in the community) are vulnerable to powerful feelings of fear, depression, loneliness, not wanting to be a burden, and even to coercion from family members, no law can adequately protect them from euthanasia if it is available.

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We need to care for those whose suffering is so serious that death seems more attractive than life. Love and compassion are shown by valuing their lives even if they struggle to do so themselves. Victorians deserve better than euthanasia and assisted suicide.  (Archbishop of Melb. Most Rev Denis Hart)

Oppose this law, ask your parish priest how you can help or                                 contact the Life, Marriage and Family Office on (03 9287 5587)

website http://www.cam.org.au/lifemarriagefamily of Melbourne Archdiocese

 

 

 

EASTER MONDAY PRAYER

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MARY MAGDALA’S  EASTER PRAYER

I never suspected

            Resurrection

                        and to be so painful

                        to leave me weeping

With Joy

            to have met you, alive and smiling, outside an empty tomb

With Regret

            not because I’ve lost you

            but because I’ve lost you in how I had you –

                        in understandable, touchable, kissable, clingable flesh

                        not as fully Lord, but as graspable human.

 

I want to cling, despite your protest

            cling to your body

            cling to your, and my, clingable humanity

            cling to what we had, our past.

 

But I know that…if I cling

            you cannot ascend and

            I will be left clinging to your former self

            …unable to receive your present spirit.  (Fr.  Ron  Rolheiser OMI(1985)

PRAYER:- Spirit of Jesus fall afresh on me and give me a heart of joy, peace love, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, patience, kindness, self control  honesty and truth.

GOOD FRIDAY-HOW DO WE THANK SOMEONE WHO HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING?

Today as I went to the Good Friday church service, this ancient hymn brought me to tears……(see words below-The Reproaches) They are the words of Christ crying out to His people for the injustices they showed Him after all the wonders God had performed for them. (Jesus being one with the Father)  Which one of us hasn’t felt or said these words at some time or another? Does this not show Jesus’ human nature?                          (taken from (Catholic Worship Hymn book 2)

The Reproaches:

My people, what have I done to you
How have I offended you? Answer me!

I led you out of Egypt,
from slavery to freedom,
but you led your Savior to the cross.

For forty years I led you
safely through the desert.
I fed you with manna from heaven,
and brought you to a land of plenty; but you led your Savior to the cross.

What more could I have done for you.
I planted you as my fairest vine,
but you yielded only bitterness:

When I was thirsty you gave me vinegar to drink,
and you pierced your Savior with a lance.

For your sake I scourged your captors
and their firstborn sons,
but you brought your scourges down on me.

I led you from slavery to freedom
and drowned your captors in the sea,
but you handed me over to your high priests.

I opened the sea before you,
but you opened my side with a spear.

I led you on your way in a pillar of cloud,
but you led me to Pilate’s court.

I bore you up with manna in the desert,
but you struck me down and scourged me.

I gave you saving water from the rock,
but you gave me gall and vinegar to drink.

For you I struck down the kings of Canaan.
but you struck my head with a reed.

I gave you a royal scepter,
but you gave me a crown of thorns.

I raised you to the height of majesty,
but you have raised me high on a cross.
My people, what have I done to you?
How have I offended you? Answer me!

OUR RESPONSE 

Holy is God!
Holy is God!
Holy and strong!
Holy and strong!
Holy immortal One, have mercy on us.
Holy immortal One, have mercy on us
Dear Jesus,
Forgive us our sins , it is for all our sins and the sins of the world, that have put you on the cross. Forgive us for we do not know what we are doing. Please turn our hearts toward you and may we never forget your sacrifice that was paid for our lives. AMEN.

POPE FRANCIS’ VISIT TO EGYPT STILL ON!

Image result for pope francis im solemn prayerPOPE  FRANCIS’ VISIT TO  EGYPT  STILL  ON!

Pope Francis’ effort will be in reaching out to the centre of Islam-Egypt 

It will take place on 28-29th April, 2017

What happened on Palm Sunday in Egypt and other locations against minority christian groups is a direct attack on the cross, on christians all over the world.

Our dithering politicians have no idea. Pope Francis is our hope for peace.

Pope Francis’ forthcoming  visit to Cairo can be “a very powerful effort in reaching out” to Muslim leaders there, where he will meet with both Islamic leaders at al-Azhar and the head of the Coptic community, Pope Tawadros II….(Vatican Radio)

 

POPE FRANCIS’ ‘FOCUS WILL BE ON MAKING PEACE ON HOW WE CAN BETTER COEXIST ON THIS ONE PLANET, THAT OUR ONE GOD, HAS CREATED FOR ALL HUMANITY.

WHAT VISION!                     WHAT STRENGTH!                  WHAT PASSION!

WHAT FAITH!                        WHAT LOVE!                            WHAT COURAGE! 

The logo for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Egypt.

The official logo of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Egypt reads "Pope of Peace in Egypt of Peace" - RV

The three main elements present in the logo are Egypt, Pope Francis, and Peace.

The Cross and Crescent Moon at the center of the logo represent the coexistence between the various components of the Egyptian people. A white dove signifies peace, which is both the highest gift to which every human being can aspire. (Vatican Radio)

PROGRAMME FOR THE 2 DAYS (CLICK BELOW)

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/04/03/170403b.html

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Please join me in prayer for our leader who is putting himself at great risk in the name of peace for all people for the whole world. Image result for pope francis prostate in prayer

Heavenly Father,

You are our rock and our refuge. You are our armor, our protection, and our sword. You gave us your Son Jesus to fight our battles and we thank You.

We praise You and honour You for all you have given and for all you have removed, for all You have allowed and for all You have forbidden.

Our world is in crisis right now, and Pope Francis has put himself forward as your instrument of peace.

 Lord, protect Pope Francis at all times, especially during his visit to Egypt.         Cover Pope Francis with the precious blood of Jesus and block anything in his way that  is not from You and preserve him in his most hour of need,
In Jesus’ name.
Amen. 

THE UNDISPUTABLE, UNDISMISSABLE, UNDENIABLE POWER OF PRAYER

When I hear of sadness and iniquities, it hits me to my core, then when it’s someone close to me, it brings me to a depth of sadness. Many people just learn to live with sadness and evil, but that’s not what God has in His plans.

Jesus prayed for direction and resolutions in his life. Jesus had a relationship with His Father, Jesus was in sync with the will of God. Jesus accepted death on the cross for the greater good that it would bring to mankind but, throughout His tribulations, God had not intended for Jesus to go through it alone.  Jesus was comforted by the affirmations God gave Him, He was comforted by angels every step of the way. You might think that Jesus was different, but He had a human side like all of us. He felt pain and heartaches too.

Someone close to me described some toxic situations happening to her at work, she had tears in her eyes, her heart was aching, but so was mine. No one should have to endure such evil. So, there was something I could do and that was to pray.


God answers prayers when they are prayed, God answers prayers through other people.

  • Together we asked Jesus to bring the truth and light into this situation, Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  • Together, we cast out every form of evil she expressed.                                             (Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness-Matthew 10:1) Jesus passed on that power to us mortals too.
  • Together we asked God to  erase memories and words spoken over her that affected her spirit.
  • Together we asked Jesus to go before her and infill her space with joy peace, truth, honesty, love, kindness, knowledge, wisdom and understanding (The gifts of the Holy Spirit).
  • Together we praised and thanked Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for Their glory, Their almighty power, mercy, abundance, forgiveness, love and redemption.

The next day, she messaged me, she was overjoyed at how quickly the situation had turned. Peace had come and apologies were given with strategies to make the workplace better.

PRAISE THE LORD! ALLELUIA!

So when bad things happen and bad things happen to good people, enter into prayer and allow Jesus to help you.

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THE MASS- OUT OF DATE? NECESSARY OR NOT?

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Many non-Catholics do not understand the Mass. They say that the Mass is a “jumble of medieval superstitions.” That it’s steeped in tradition which is irrelevant for today’s world, that it no longer fits in, that it’s boring, that it’s a waste of time.

Well!!!!!!!!!! If investing in their salvation is a waste of time, they are gambling at high stakes . What if they’re wrong? 50/50% right or wrong!! Too high the risk, too high the FEMO (fear of missing out) for me. Let’s look at what the authority says….

Vatican II puts the Catholic position succinctly: 

“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the centuries until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 47).

 Jesus’ final night with his disciples. Turning to the text, we read, “And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me’” (Luke 22:19). 

The Catholic Church does not teach that the Mass is a re-crucifixion of Christ, who does not suffer and die again in the Mass and thus commemorates the sacrifice of the cross, reenacts it symbolically and mystically, and applies the fruits of Christ’s death upon the cross to individual human souls.

The Catholic Church specifically says Christ does not die again—his death is once for all. Through his intercessory ministry in heaven and through the Mass, Jesus continues to offer himself to his Father as a living sacrifice, and he does so in what the Church specifically states is “an unbloody manner”—one that does not involve a new crucifixion. 

Note that Jesus gave us an order, that was, to do it in memory of Him, because in doing so we are giving glory to HIM. We are telling the enemy that Jesus is the one who saves not Satan! Jesus paid a ransom for our lives, Jesus quashed death once and for all. Through the mass we are making a strong statement to Satan, telling him that we belong to the body of Christ. We are Jesus’. That Satan has no power over us. Jesus has won the battle and that we are HIS.  By eating and drinking Jesus’ body in communion with Him, we are becoming the body of Christ. 

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There are miracles attributed to the body of Christ, where Jesus gives us evidence (please see previous posts) click here  https://fathergodlovesyou.com/2016/04/20/bleeding-host-miracle-under-investigation/

WOW!!!!!Which other God has done that? Which other God has sacrificed his life for us? Which other God has promised that He would never leave us or abandon us? Which other God is still active today performing miracles to those who invoke His name? To those who have faith? To those who pray? To those who communicate with Him? To those who honour God through the mass? I don’t know any do you? 

So, if you want to align yourself with the one who died to know you, who died to save you, who died to redeem you, who died to exalt you and to spare you from eternal damnation, then the mass becomes a time when God gives grace and favour, where we obtain protection from the evil one. So the mass then should be a time to give back to Jesus for the most beautiful unselfish act of love one could offer you – HIS LIFE.

Thomas Aquinas wrote the words to this ancient hymn.

ANCIENT PRAYER

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JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER

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As we enter these last days of Lent, how have you brought honour and glory to Jesus our Lord and God? If the answer is not much, it’s not too late to make some adjustments before we ponder on His sacrifice of the cross for our redemption.

Before Jesus died and rose to new life, there was no heaven. Jesus chose the cross so that we may too enter into His new life in heaven, He went before us to open the gates of heaven. Prior to that, people who had died had visions of heaven awaiting their Saviour in Jesus Christ. Jesus descended into hell and took all his faithfuls with Him. 634 “The gospel was preached even to the dead.”484 The descent into hell brings the Gospel message of salvation to complete fulfilment. This is the last phase of Jesus’ messianic mission, a phase which is condensed in time but vast in its real significance: the spread of Christ’s redemptive work to all men of all times and all places, for all who are saved have been made sharers in the redemption.635 Christ went down into the depths of death so that “the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.”485 Jesus, “the Author of life”, by dying destroyed “him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and [delivered] all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage.”486 Henceforth the risen Christ holds “the keys of Death and Hades”, so that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.”487( Catechism of the catholic church)

We cannot buy our way into heaven because we sin and resin all the time, but by God’s grace He can lift us up and raise us into his Kingdom through Jesus Christ, who paid the price for our life on the cross.

So, what can you do for these last days of Lent? Here are some suggestions:-Pray, attend church services, give your time to help a friend, fast from food, meat, sweets, chocolate(or any food that you love), using your phone or internet less and spend time with others who need you, visit someone in hospital, donate to the poor, do something special for someone without been asked, in other words open your heart to others, just as Jesus did.

It’s not always about what we can get for ourselves but how we can give back to Jesus for His greatest sacrifice of HIs love. No other God has lived for that, no other God has died for you, no other God has risen to new life, like Jesus has for YOU!

click here for a beautiful song/reflection                 http://www.andiesisle.com/the.way.of.suffering.html

May Jesus and His spirit fall afresh on you with gifts of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, patience, love, joy and peace. God bless you all.