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  1. loving me first
  2. faith in believing in You
  3. the desire to serve You
  4. Jesus who gave up His life for me
  5. my gifts and talents
  6. the family I was born in
  7. my beautiful country  Australia
  8. my parents who care for me
  9. my husband who loves me
  10. the children we share
  11. food on my table
  12. the home I live in
  13. the car I drive
  14. Your healing touch
  15. the work I have done
  16. the ministry I have
  17. Your real presence and gift of the eucharist
  18. the money in my wallet
  19. the friends who see me as I am
  20. the people you send to help me
  21. the church I belong to
  22. Your protection over me
  23. peace in my family
  24. Your forgiveness when I fail You
  25. the abundance in my life
  26. Your unconditional love
  27. holidays
  28. family gatherings and celebrations
  29. rebirth and new life at Easter
  30. joy in my heart
  31. Your angels and saints
  32. Your mother and our mother MARY
  33. Your Holy Spirit as our comforter and guide
  34. the glory of HEAVEN                                                                                                                    AMEN 

I’d like to leave by saying that I hope you can find gratitude in your heart today and with these beautiful Taize chants(click below)



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When the going gets tough, you’re on your own(not really)!!!


After having just come back from a church prayer service on last Friday night to pray the stations of the cross or “Via Crucis,” for my lenten preparations, I couldn’t help but think of what Jesus went through and what He must be feeling right now.

People who have forgotten about Jesus and how He ransomed his life for ours,  those who don’t pray, attend prayer services or go to Mass and blatantly say that it’s old fashioned and that it’s not done anymore. Since when did Jesus become old fashioned?  When do we stop giving Jesus the praises He so deserves?

I remember as a child going to church during Lent for “The Stations of the Cross” and the church was full, now  a fraction attend. I remember when everybody I knew was fasting, savouring, being more attentive to another’s needs, move giving of their time etc. and then waiting for the day of celebrating in the joy of Easter Sunday with friends and family. It was the best!!!!!!! Now we don’t wait for anything, we live in a click and go society where everything is almost instant.

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I have sometimes felt that when things get a little hard friends often don’t hang around because they don’t know what to say, feel awkward, it’s too hard or they’re embarrassed about your situation. It’s at these times when we need our friends the most, that they walk away. That’s exactly what happened to Jesus during that week of death at Easter-betrayal, rejection, disapproval and denial.

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Over 2000 years have passed since Jesus walked this earth and we haven’t learnt from past mistakes. It is very apparent that the world is becoming more and more secular? There is a growing indifference to the sacrifices Jesus made for our salvation? Lack of those basic values of worship, prayer, courtesy, respect, savouring, waiting for your turn, allowing others to go before you etc, those basic values that have all come from gospel values and have held us in good stead for a long time, but all of a sudden, they have become old fashioned and not cool.

Let’s just stop and think for a minute. When Jesus challenged the thinking of the Pharisees,  he became an enemy of Caesar.  Caiaphas the high priest couldn’t wait to get rid of Jesus. Life was supposed to continue as it always had with no deviations or challenges, God’s rules and to another way of life was not attractive or feasible to them,  with Jesus crucified, dead and buried, they would just cancel Him out altogether. But isn’t that what we do to Jesus all over again???

      (Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’(Mat. 25: 45)

Treating others with contempt because they’re different, accusing them as guilty before proven innocent, trialling people by media, embarrassing and belittling people on national TV.  Sacking them because they have a point of view that is contrary to the leadership team. People’s private lives are aired on national TV for others’ amusement, people who have to fess up for their private indiscretions to make peace with the public in order to protect the club, place of work etc…. and then, all the bullying and sly remarks that follow, that’s pretty horrid stuff I would think! My point been, that we have become so indifferent to other people’s feelings and needs that we are willing to step over them and treat them disrespectfully at all cost. But isn’t that what happened to Jesus???????????????????????? Make no mistake, what we do unto others we do unto God.

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Jesus was rejected, thrown out of the city, disowned and crucified precisely so that the powers of Caesar would increase while the power of Jesus would decrease.

On the cross, we see how hateful to the world and how thoroughly rejected is the teaching and the person of Christ. Even in the inscriptions on the cross INRI mock Jesus, insinuating that He is the King of the Jews ( and not much of a king at that because He couldn’t even save Himself).

Most of us would like to think that we can trust our political parties and institutions to look after our interest and serve all our needs just fine, as long as we don’t make too many waves or hope for too much, all will work out in the end. Really?????????? What’s changed since Jesus’ mockery, his degrading execution, since his painful death , which He didn’t even have to endure by the way.

Even the good thief crucified beside Jesus took hope from the good that he saw from Jesus and asked in the share in whatever Jesus had to give. “Jesus remember me,” the good thief prayed and that’s exactly what we pray during the Good Friday liturgy. Jesus the”Good Shepherd” that He is having found the one sheep that was lost, put him on his shoulders rejoicing and carried him home.

But all was not lost! Jesus defied Caesar, Caiaphas and all the authorities. Even the centurion converted after having witnessed Jesus’ sincerity.


To answer the title question, Jesus is always there for us in the good, bad, hard and stressful times of our lives.  We need do nothing to deserve the love of God and Jesus, just faith.

I leave you with these thoughts and you can take what you wish from them.                +Is Jesus still relevant today?                                                                                        +Should we be more concerned with what we want or with what we ought to do?+Should we plan for our salvation?                                                                                   +Are the things we want a right?

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Prayer / Reflection

 The Greatest Man in History,

Jesus, had no servants,

Yet they called Him, ‘Master’.

He had no degree,

Yet they called Him, ‘Teacher’.

He had no medicines,

Yet they called Him, ‘Healer’.

He had no army,

Yet kings feared Him.

He won no military battles,

Yet He conquered the world.

He committed no crime,

Yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb,

Yet He lives today.









This post comes from the gospel of Mark 1:12-15  because this is what Jesus went through leading up to Easter- the temptation in the desert. I have called this the ultimate betrayal because that’s what satan does with his empty promises. He betrays you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Temptation comes to all of us and there is a very appealing side or instant gratification to it, otherwise we wouldn’t be tempted. But have you ever stopped to think of the consequences of temptation?

Desires……  we all have them and they come to us often and sometimes instantly. Have you ever heard that soft voice that only you can hear?? It’s often those split second decisions that can make or break us. But are these desires a right when they’re going to break God’s laws and affect you and other people in a negative way??????????? I don’t think so!

You may think, oh well nobody will find out!!! But God knows and eventually the darkness will come into the light!

Desires aren’t all bad. You know the desires are for good when they are in keeping with Jesus’ teachings, when they’re aligned with God’s will, when they bring glory to God.

If you’re not sure, then ask God to show you what is right and wrong in a way that you understand. Keep in mind that if there is unforgiveness, unrepentance and lack of faith, they become blockages to hearing that soft voice from God.

Repentance, forgiveness and prayer can align you with God’s will.

 Jesus went into the desert for 40 days, He was tempted by satan, He was hungry, He was thirsty, He was lonely as He had nothing and the temptation was strong, so strong that Jesus was weakened by it, weakened by the Satan’s attack on Him. But Jesus knew of Satan’s empty promises, He fought the temptation.

Imagine if Jesus had given into temptation???? Jesus’ integrity and credibility would have been compromised. There would have been no death on the cross,  no resurrection and no new life for us for our eternal destination.

Jesus fully human and fully divine lead by example and chose to stand up for the truth. Jesus was comforted by angels after satan left Him.

The sad thing is that satan has many people believing that he doesn’t even exist. If you are one of those, you are deluding yourself. We live in a physical world and a spiritual world where satan is at war with God, there is a spiritual battle going on at all times, day and night. Stay awake and be alert!

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The same goes for us, satan is the master of deception, he’s in the business of ruining souls, destroying families especially the mothers because of their child rearing abilities and attacking the Fathers – the bread winners and caretakers of the family.

The more you give into temptation the stronger the hold Satan has over you. It leads to more temptation and to repeat the negative action.

These negative actions can become a problem or an addiction. How many criminals become repeat offenders? Drug addicts who keep on taking drugs even though they know it will destroy them?  Alcohol abusers who drink and drive? Compulsive liars who keep on lying to cover their tracks and then forget what they have said prior, bullies who keep on offending, adulterers who betray their spouses and families etc., etc., etc., how long is a piece of string???????????????????????

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Life is a challenge! Life is a test! God does not force Himself upon us. His ways are gentle, God is the perfect gentleman. We plan for a new car, a new house, to travel, where to go on the weekend, what movie to watch, etc. Why not have a plan for eternity?

Avoid temptation at all cost, but when you give in to it repent and make amends immediately.

The Öur Father- the prayer that Jesus prayed in the garden at Gethsemane is a prayer that does have everything:-repentance, forgiveness and protection. If you pray the prayers below daily, they will help keep temptation away, because Satan hates prayer and worship to God.

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Ash Wednesday 14th February_ Jesus a homage



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LENT_40 DAYS 40 WAYS ­_The road to Easter

How can I add more prayer or service to my life this Lent, as part of my trip to the desert with Jesus?

Take this season as a chance for genuine repentance.

Let us remember Jesus who went into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights and fasted, prayed and fought satan so that we may have entry into His Kingdom.

Jesus with a human and a divine nature, who sacrificed, suffered and died for man’s indiscretions, who paid the ransom for all our lives so that we may have eternal life.

The one who is Lord and God, teacher, lawgiver, healer, miracle worker, restorer and our only hope.

Try one, two or some of these ideas as you enter this lenten season. 

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Free to choose???? Every action has a reaction!

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No, I’m not prophesying the end of the world, but be aware that every action you take is accounted for.  All good works aligned with biblical teaching are planting seeds that will blossom in the life to come. Not half truths though, in God’s realm there is no grey area, you’re either for Him or against Him.

You make a mistake, take a wrong turn, make bad choices?????  No problem!!!!! Nothing you could ever do would make God turn away from you. Like a father who wants the best for his child, God’s love is unconditional.

Pick yourself up and keep trying. God knows what’s in your heart.
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Do not lose focus on eternal salvation. To God through Jesus, is the only way. God has raised His Son Jesus above all other names.

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I’m not a feminist because I don’t believe I was put on this earth to outsmart or outdo men or vice versa. Men are smart, women are smart, it’s no contest. It’s just that God put men and women together differently, biologically and emotionally. He wanted to build societies that would flourish and prosper with both men and women working to their God given potential.

God has made men differently to women,  He meant for both men and women to live side by side each embracing the other’s unique gifts and talents to better themselves, their children and society. We all know that strong individuals make strong families, strong families make strong communities, strong communities make strong societies.

I believe that God had a plan, a plan that would  have our lives all mapped out for us, a life that would bring glory to Him, peace, joy and prosperity to mankind, if we cared to follow that plan.

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But we haven’t!!!!! Ask the person beside you if they know the ten commandments?  Sure, they might be able to recite one or two ( keeping in mind that today’s basic common law has come out of the bible) but I doubt very much whether they would know the rest.

I don’t believe we have strong societies today. Crimes up, suicide up, human slavery up, poverty up, broken families up, drug abuse up, depression and mental problems up, not respecting authority up etc… I wouldn’t  say this reflects strong, happy and prosperous societies ?????????? WHY????? Because people are confused as to what their unique roles are, what the boundaries are, what their confines are then we are emotionally and physically spoiling our children and then poisoning their minds with radical, gender ideologies and theories and the waters get muddier by the day.

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Now, I’m not attempting to profess that life is easy. No!!! Life is not easy,  but it sure is easier when you stay within your confines. Now I have worked as a professional for over thirty seven years and I have had a great professional career in teaching. I have had to liaise with many different students, people, groups,  committees, organisations, each knowing their roles within them and sharing a common set of beliefs. This was all for the prosperity of its people and staff.  I’m proud to say that I knew my confines, I spoke up when it was appropriate and allowed democracy to lead the way. All this making it easier to function and  continue to work there on a daily basis. I am proud to say that I have just retired from my job, leaving it all behind with a sense of achievement and respect from my contemporaries.

This hasn’t come automatically, I have had to work at it everyday and maintain a positive outlook and live my professional life within my confines. I have had to live through many reviews, follow rules, policies, amendments, adjustments, improvements, etc…….. I know that I had to respect authority, my leaders, my contemporaries and the community I served.  I had to keep a professional relationship with them all and uphold and maintain a common set of beliefs and standards. If I didn’t, well then…………… I really shouldn’t have been there, I wouldn’t have fit in and eventually I would have been shown the door.

We all have other interests and extra curricula activities as adults and children, we  choose to belong to various sporting/interest groups, dance/ hobby, arts clubs etc… Well!!!!! They too have rules and standards they expect their patrons and subscribes to uphold. How else would they be able to function ?????? The same could be said for most of us, where our behaviour and attitude would dictate whether we belong or not belong to a particular club or group.

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Going back to the statement above about men standing up and being counted, we need strong men( and women) now more than ever. But how do we do that, you might ask???????  I think I have well established the notion that a common set of beliefs, rules, regulations and standards are part of belonging to a group and keeping it orderly so that it can function and prosper. Similarly, for the smooth running of our lives, we need to follow rules and standards, the ones that God has set out for us. The ones that Jesus exampled to us-  JESUS- who modelled how men and women should live, think, act and behave. Mary chosen by God to be the mother of our Saviour, modelled how women should act and behave. So, instead of complicating our lives with garbage that Hollywood, the media and society thrusts  upon us, we can say NO and not alter our beliefs to fit in with society’s, but increase our  faith in God and look to Jesus and biblical truth for the answers we need.

I don’t believe that Jesus expected us to all die on a cross like He did. As a matter of truth how much do we owe Him for that? We owe Him everything, for choosing death on the cross so that we may have eternal life in heaven with Him. What Jesus expects of us is to look up to Him and aspire to be more and more like Him everyday through submission to Him,  prayer, abstinence, forgiveness, repentance and a willingness to have a relationship with Him.

Please pray with me if you believe this and wish to make changes in your life.


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I was born into the faith and I have had my share of ups and downs in life just like everybody else, I have questioned my faith at times too.  I can earnestly say that if it weren’t for my faith, I wouldn’t know where I’d be now. Today I am at peace because I know God is taking care of things for me and my family. I know God is working because He answers my prayers.

I’ve noticed that when people are at the end of their tether, they find themselves in great despair, that’s because they are working by their own power. God’s almighty power can help us through our trials and tribulations if we have faith and pray. He has given us His Son Jesus Christ to fight our battles, Jesus can command his angels and bring forth peace, joy, restoration and renewed faith. Jesus said……….   ” I am the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6)

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I recently saw this great movie based on real life events see (other post under Movies:_”The case for Christ”) where the husband was an unbeliever and the wife started to believe in God when she met a nurse in a hospital who helped her child. Her search for God caused problems in their relationship, the husband preferred the old wife, but things started to change……… So this movie reminded me of a great bible quote (see below     EZEKIEL 36:26).                                                       Things changed when the wife prayed this bible quote. Similarly, if you have a family member or friend who doesn’t believe, pray the above bible quote and give them to God.Image result for A STONY HEART TO A HEART OF GOD

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THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS……. A new heart; a renewed frame of soul, a disposition and mind changed from sinful to holy, from evil to good, from carnal to spiritual.

 A new spirit: tells us what the new heart is…. a new holy frame in the spirit of man, which is put in him, not found in him; given to him, not wrought by his own power.

The stony heart;  that is hardened by the deceitfulness of sin; this evil heart shall be taken away, and this God will do, who only can do it.

Out of your flesh, put for the man,  that is, a heart different from the stony, hard heart, receiving the impress of God, as softened wax receiveth the impress of the seal.       ( Matthew Henry Bible Commentary)

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