Mary -100th anniversary of Fatima miracle – A woman of our time, why she is still relevant today?

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“The universal motherhood of Mary”‘mother of all living’ (Pope Francis)

titles of Mary-song (click here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWfx50CrYrw

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Universal depiction of Mary-art ( click here)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVVy7pN4_cg

On the Cross, Jesus did not proclaim Mary’s universal motherhood formally, but established a concrete maternal relationship between her and the beloved disciple John and us all. (John 19:26-27) 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[a] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

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Our world is in turmoil right now, many of us have lost our way, people are leaving the church in droves , there is little or no regulation, relativism is growing, evil is destroying our nature – the nature that God gave us. We need to turn back to God Jesus and Mary our mother.

Mary, at Fatima in 1917, felt the need to make herself known to us because of the evil in the world. The thing is, nothing’s changed, if anything, we have not learnt by our mistakes. We need to consecrate ourselves to Her.

Jesus showed us how He listens to Mary at the wedding at Cana, this is where Jesus performed His first miracle (John 2:1-11).

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Mary is our link between Heaven and Earth, She can help you when you pray to Her.

 

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As we approach the 100th anniversary of the miracle of Fatima (13th May)- where Mary appeared to the three children on the 13th of the month till 13th October. there is more reason now to pray to Her.

Written recount of miracle (click here for more)

Movie version of Miracle at Fatima (click here for more)

  • Mary gave us the miracle of the son at Fatima, this was witnessed by 70,000 people.
  • Mary identified herself as our Lady of the Rosary.
  • One of those messages  was to pray the rosary. Mary had many message for the three children to pass on to the world.(see links)
  • Mary is our intercessor that can help us through her Son Jesus Christ.
  • Mary predicted, the end of the First World War and the prediction of the second. She also predicted Hiroshima, monks who were there, living the message of Fatima, were unharmed by it.
  • Mary gave the three children visions of hell and told them that praying the rosary would prevent others going to hell.
  • We’ve seen the end of the cold war, walls come down, Jubilee 2000 was a global campaign that led ultimately, to the cancellation of more than $100 billion of debt owed by 35 of the poorest countries.
  • Many catastrophes have been prevented because of Mary, our intercessory prayers have reduced the time and effects of wars.
  • Russia today has returned to international politics after it was consecrated to the heart of Mary. Saint John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square on 25 March 1984, for example, consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  More recently, Pope Francis in October 2013 consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in front of some 150,000 pilgrims in Rome.
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  • If you would like to pray the rosary but need help, here it is easy as 1,2,3,           (click here) Virtual Interactive rosary

THE CASE FOR CHRIST -MOVIE

HERE’S ALL THE PROOF YOU NEED, AN ATHEIST WHO COULDN’T DENY THE REAL JESUS CHRIST AND THE RESURRECTION, WHO ENDED UP AS A BELIEVER

set in Chicago in 1980

(above) actor – Mike Vogel who plays the role of Lee Strobel (see below)

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From a true story on Lee Strobel’s real life experiences who went on to become a believer and pastor and then write books about Jesus Christ.  The movie addresses all the historical evidence and medical proof that Jesus Christ did die and that the resurrection was witnessed at different times by 500 people . One of the most compelling being Paul of Tarsus who was persecuting Christians and who became a believer himself and went on to write 13 letters which became books in the New Testament. I fully recommend it and it’s well worth watching.

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I had never thought about what it might be like to not have a partner who doesn’t believe, until now.

Not having a partner who shares the same beliefs as you, can have its challenges. It affects your relationship with that partner, your parents, friends, the way you bring up your children, your view of the world and your place in the universe and ultimately your final destination.

http://BEHIND THE SCENES ANECDOTES click below

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!

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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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