Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Octave Day of the Nativity of the LordSolemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord<next line>Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God


Sunday, December 29, 2013


"Lord that I may see. 
Lord make me realize this! Avoid idle curiosity curb eyesight even from things unlawful so that when something sinful comes along you may not gaze at it. Watch carefully against this. By now we should have great union with God. Remember always the presence of God. Having laid the foundation stone namely that we were created by God, belong to God, are destined for God, we come to the next very important stone. God created all the creatures of the earth, for my use to attain the end which I was created. Let us exam this. First of all I must know myself. I know that I came from, belong to and are destined for God, that I am a little less than angels and over the beasts." Fr Norris Spiritual reflection. (1941)


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Pope Francis: God is tenderness


Prayer is a life;

It should keep the soul glowing with the love of God so that at the moment of the reception of the sacrament it should burst into flames of love. Set prayers are merely stimulants which make us determined to love God more. Prayer is a very necessary force in the life of every priest. It keeps him so united with Jesus Christ that not only does he work for him but with him and in him. Prayer is the binding force (religion) from which religion comes. Jesus said, “I am the way and no one cometh to the Father except through me.” What is His way- the way of the Cross, and there is no other way

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Fr Norris reflection

The more you forget yourself and do it with great love for Jesus the more an Alter Christus you will become.

You have far to high opinion of yourself. You seem, almost without being aware of it, to hold yourself apart and aloof from your companions, to think yourself the standard of the college to which all must conform. You consider and are delighted to bluff yourself that all have a very high opinion of your sanctity and certainly often times you are disturbed even when seeing someone else exercising holy piety. You are thinking of your miserable self far too much and it is this which keeps you from Jesus. Oh Mary humble me please. I resolve to consider myself the least of all and the servant of all. I resolve especially in recreation to make a special point of endeavouring
to please others.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Advent spiritual reflection on Penance by Fr Norris

Three uses of Penance.
1.    Penance keeps our low nature subject to reason.
Make the body do what we want it to do in all things. Regarding food we eat too much.
 Curé d'Ars. Jean Vianney (1786-1859) lived to a rule of one meal a day.
2.    To obtain graces. If praying is not going well a little mortification brings grace. Brings cheerfulness. Nothing gives more joy than doing hard things for Christ. To neglect penance begets sloth. Body has to be kept in it’s right place.
3.    To atone for Sins and make sanctification for temporal punishment due for Sins.
If we don’t do mortification for our sins in this life we’ll have to do it in the next. Why not do it here. You’ve quite a bit to do remember. Consider the day wasted if you have not done some act of mortification. O’ Lord the saints had a great love for penances.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Fr Norris reflection on fool for Christ

"We think it is a bit odd that no one met us. There is nothing for it but to leave the ship and fend for themselves. We know that Jim Doyle plays somewhere in Tokyo and thought we had better respond to him to determine what we were supposed to do. To keep the toolbar, we started to walk into the city. The streets have been deleted but the bombed buildings were in evidence everywhere. We are accosted and asked for a G.I. directions to the American camps. He kindly drove us in his jeep. "

Here Fr Norris to Japan after the end of WWII. Like all missions, you have to be prepared for the mistakes and bad planning. You can bet that things will go wrong.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fr Jim Norris Reflection on being a fool for Christs sake.

"Remember too that we are fools for Christ’s sake, be careful of this. Sometimes after making great sacrifices, such as leaving a country, home and friends for Christ’s work we slip up on the small things, such as a small clash of wills, you won’t give in. e.g. To a person you can’t get on too well with. The height of stupidity and indeed a sad thing." Fr Jim Norris.

Here Fr Norris writes about the need for humility when building relationships with Jesus Christ and how force is a bad thing and damages friendships.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fr Norris reflection on Sanctity

1st  Friday Retreat. Perfect Sanctity consists in doing the will of God.
How necessary is punctuality then it shows that we care about God’s will and are really in earnest. Hic et nunc (This and now )is the Spirit. In study time, study-prayer at prayer time, play at playtime. Give your attention to your work. Jesus is your model - in his hidden life. His obedience, His humility- His spirit of work and prayer. Look over your rules. Every jot and title must be fulfilled. It is absolutely necessary for it is part of God’s will. It is your duty to give edification and necessary to maintain the high spirit of the house as regards duties.
Fr Norris reflection.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fr Norris contemplations on St Ignatius spiritual exercises.

You recognize your weakness, how faithless you are how helpless you become when Jesus leaves you for a moment. Now you must understand that nothing happens that is not good for your good. Try and see all trails in this light and anyway what a debt you owe the most Sacred Heart. Realize that you were born a child of the fall, therefore incapable of being saved. But you don’t realize fully enough the value of the Incarnation. As a result of this wonderful event and our Lords life and death you are able to become a child of God by Baptism, also the wonderful gift of faith. Although your soul was cleansed you are still prone to evil. Your nature had as it were a definite bias towards evil. Now as you grew older you forgot your dignity as a child of God and you squandered your inheritance, the beautiful gifts of Baptism by serious sin. Not only once but again and again. You can see that as a result of your evil nature and repeated habit of sin your correct view of things has been changed. Your mind is perverted, sin means little to you and your soul is darkened and blunted. To clean the soul and give it the correct natural view on creatures needs much effort and prayer and grace. You have fallen from your pedestal as a brother of Jesus Christ into the mud and to get back again needs much washing, straightening and since we are so weak, much help.

To whom do we go then for help. To whom does a child go when in trouble? To its mother, and it is to Mary that you must go. Since her soul is spotlessly pure she sees and knows clearly the way to the Sacred Heart of her Son. The haven of rest and peace. She is the mould of Jesus, pure and undefiled. So then you must do everything in her, with her, for her so that we may be assured of keeping upon the right road. Now since we don’t know the way but are trusting to her to guide us we must not flinch when she uses painful means. She is your doctor and Mary knows that the Cross is the best means of purification. On your part self-denial is another good means. Cooperate with her by prayer and a manly will and be generous. How much did the Sacred Heart of Jesus suffer for you? 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Christ made laws

Christ made laws for our own good and help. If you transgress that law it will break you eventually. e.g. Sin of impurity. Majority of people in asylums because of this vice, loose their memory and reasoning powers. Drunkenness you get cancer, drunkards, liver cancer and a number of other diseases. No sin is a small sin. Even if you could convert millions by one small lie you would not do it because it is so displeasing in the sight of God. Sin is the only evil in the world and the only thing that upsets God’s plan. Sin isn’t finished with after confession. You must do penance and prayer to root out the stain and make the soul normal again. e.g. Suppose a man put out his eye and asked the doctor to put it in again. You’d think he was mad. Moreover if the eye was fixed it would never be the same again. Very much weakened. And the soul is a much more delicate instrument than the eye. What would happen to you if you fell again after having had this wonderful opportunity of realizing the horror of sin. A sudden death. Good morning, devil.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fr Norris spiritual reflection.

Thoughts: The heavens declare the glory of God and firmament to work his hands. “The crocodile and the lamb are both works of God.(Ruskin) All nature is a vast book in which we need the perfections of Our Father. Aspirations: Lord, make known to me my end that I may know what is wanting in me. “O Lord, I am your property, help me to realize it”

Sunday, November 3, 2013


I. The concerns are elaborate indeed and many faceted when the Church identifies the threat to Holy Matrimony and the family. It is good to note the concern for the whole family.
II. The conjugal love that exists between married couples is important to counter the medical impersonal, un Godly way fertility is carried out. I.V.F.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fr Norris reflection

The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. 10 He said, 'Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.' 
His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.' 
(Then) the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, 'Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.'
His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.'
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, 'Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter;
so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.'
His master said to him in reply, 'You wicked, lazy servant! 11 So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter?
Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return?
Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.
12 For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

The parable of Talents reminds me of when Fr Norris walked up to me outside St Michael's and gave me his diary on the reflections he did when at the Seminary at Holy Cross. I made the decision that this was a calling of God and I had to use my talents to make us of this gift.. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Thomas Merton on St. Bernard of Clairveaux (+playlist)

Fr Norris spiritual exercise

These are the 3 bones which we must possess.
1. Backbone
Under this comes; good character, we obtain this by sowing good acts, acquiring good habits as a result and we have a solid character. Remember too we learn by mistakes. Do not be idle though and make no mistakes as a consequence. Must use initiative. Strength of will. This can be acquired by going against ourselves in little things. If you will to do a thing, do it. Make and force ourselves to do things that go against human nature. Endurance is important. Both physically and spiritually. Stick to it. We must be prepared to rough it especially in China. Do not be a soft pansy. Perseverance and grit is the thing.
 — reading Fr Norris spiritual exercises. Mitigated from St Ignatius.
Fr Norris

Pope gives thanks for advances in Lutheran-Catholic relations

Pope gives thanks for advances in Lutheran-Catholic relations

Fr Norris contemplations on St Ignatius spiritual exercises.

Judgment of ourselves. 
Must We picture ourselves before the throne of God. Try and picture our judgment.What would the sentence just and omnipotent judge pass on us? Try and anticipate the sentence. In use bluffing yourself, God knows your inner most thoughts. The devil would use everything against me. My Guardian Angel would reproach me. The just and all holy judge, may love me but He hates my s in. I have used my best hypocrisy in actions. Appear good but do they really an ulterior motive behind Them. eg I would stay a quarter of a hour longer in the chapel to show how holy I was? If I have made this meditation badly it will count against me as by doing so I have spurned God's graces Which are bountiful in the meditation. The meditation adds to my responsibility.I can not plead ignorance to the Almighty judge. I could not ask for one more day to repent. Keep yourself free from sin now, so that you will not need the extra day. Keep to the truth. What have I done penances During life. When have I mortified myself.What effort have I made to Overcome my passions and become detached from worldly attractions? God has Given me all the grace I need.

Mark Baird

Fr Norris in Japan.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fr Norris spiritual exercise

Lord, I know you pity me. Heal my soul because I have sinned against you. Create in me or ' Lord, a heart clean and renew a vertical spirit within me. Great seriousness and sincerity in me throughout the day. Here and there. In the spiritual life should your own stone quarry. You can enjoy better fruits of their own labour. Remember that as more fasting, Mortification and Penance we do more spiritual joy we obtain. I ask of our Divine Lord up to where you want to go. Lord, I know you pity me. Heal my soul because I have sinned against you. Create in me or ' Lord, a heart clean and renew a vertical spirit within me. Great seriousness and sincerity in me throughout the day. Here and there. In the spiritual life should your own stone quarry. You can enjoy better fruits of their own labour.

29th Sunday - 20 October, 2013

29th Sunday - 20 October, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fr Jim Norris spiritual exercises Introductory links

There are daily translations of Fr Norris' contemplation's into several languages.Apologies to other cultures our primary language is English.

There are four parts to the Fr Jim Norris ministry. Look on the the links to other pages to 'like' and remember to to tick 'Get Notifications.' 
1.Submission (sequilla christii), what we want to do.
2.Diary of Fr Jim Norris mitigated from St Ignatius 30 day retreat he did in 1941 (Opus in fides), and
3. Rule (catechetical directory). A formation programme to help the novice deepen their faith.
4. St Josephs house (foundation of institute in Israel)

The Fr. Norris diary is mitigated from the St Ignatius exercises making it a reflection catechesis used in reference to the ‘exercises’ it gives the catechist a study guide to their own reflection and that of both Fr. Norris and St Ignatius.

(Humility, A great virtue) How long have you been in Japan? A young friend asked Father Jim Norris. Twenty five years, the Columban missionary from Rotorua replied. What have you to show for it? It was a question the missionary had often asked himself, looking back over the years of seemingly barren...
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fr Jim Norris exercises. Arrival in Japan 1941.

Fr James Norris 
On the 16th July, we once again boarded the GI express That took 24 hours to carry us to Hahata. We arrived acerca noon on the 17th, the address That Showed Given Jim had us to the jeep driver, courtesy of the American Forces, and time immediately drove us to Diamyo-machi church. A Seminarian, the future Fr Hatakeyama, met us and tried to explain That I this was not the Bishops house. Whatever conversation there was, had perforce to be in Latin. Finally I Climbed into the jeep with us and took us to 39 Josuidori, where we were warmly welcomed by Bishop Fukahori.
haphazard I have detailed our route to our destination, our experience aptly Reflects Because the atmosphere of the time. Everyone was new, young and ignorant, Feeling This Way along with trial and error basis, seemingly going no place but somehow getting there. Given the times and everyone's youth and lack of experience amid the aftermath of the war, I do not see how it could have been any different. The first Columbans had finally arrived in Kyushu.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fr Norris spiritual exercise for today.

Remember this and value it. No one is worthy of a vocation to the priesthood. God however gives the grace necessary. Missionaries must be content with the conditions. Often no food or bed, no comfort. If he has the spirit of Christ and true zeal these small matters will not worry him. We must get spirit of vocation. Poverty, resignation to God’s Will, obedience. We must not get engrossed in world affairs. Requirements physical fitness, intellectual fitness, spiritual fitness and a certain amount of goodwill. Our spiritual director will sanction vocation. Work hard and all will be alright. Be resigned to do God’s will in every matter. In priesthood too, all personal likes must be kept under control. When duty calls we must not think of our own comfort.
Remember you have left the world now, true ambition towards Christ now. Let nothing bother us now but the vocation.

Reading 1JON 1:1–2:1-2, 11

This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of Amittai:

“Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it;
their wickedness has come up before me.”
But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD.
He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish,
paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish,
away from the LORD.

The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind upon the sea,
and in the furious tempest that arose
the ship was on the point of breaking up.
Then the mariners became frightened and each one cried to his god.
To lighten the ship for themselves, they threw its cargo into the sea.
Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down into the hold of the ship,
and lay there fast asleep.
The captain came to him and said, “What are you doing asleep?
Rise up, call upon your God!
Perhaps God will be mindful of us so that we may not perish.”

Then they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots
to find out on whose account we have met with this misfortune.”
So they cast lots, and thus singled out Jonah.
“Tell us,” they said, “what is your business?
Where do you come from?
What is your country, and to what people do you belong?”
Jonah answered them, “I am a Hebrew,
I worship the LORD, the God of heaven,
who made the sea and the dry land.”

Now the men were seized with great fear and said to him,
“How could you do such a thing!– 
They knew that he was fleeing from the LORD,
because he had told them.–
They asked, “What shall we do with you,
that the sea may quiet down for us?”
For the sea was growing more and more turbulent.
Jonah said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,
that it may quiet down for you;
since I know it is because of me
that this violent storm has come upon you.”

Still the men rowed hard to regain the land, but they could not,
for the sea grew ever more turbulent.
Then they cried to the LORD: “We beseech you, O LORD,
let us not perish for taking this man’s life;
do not charge us with shedding innocent blood,
for you, LORD, have done as you saw fit.”
Then they took Jonah and threw him into the sea,
and the sea’s raging abated.
Struck with great fear of the LORD,
the men offered sacrifice and made vows to him.

But the LORD sent a large fish, that swallowed Jonah;
and Jonah remained in the belly of the fish
three days and three nights.
From the belly of the fish Jonah prayed 
to the LORD, his God.
Then the LORD commanded the fish to spew Jonah upon the shore. 

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Friday, September 27, 2013

Audience with the Catechists on the occasion of the Year of the Faith

In 1941 Fr. James Norris was ‘called’ by God to enter the Holy Cross Seminary, Essedon, Australia and after Ordination went to work in Japan until retirement, returning to Rotorua his hometown in 2004.  After a few meetings to talk about the faith, Fr Norris handed on his diary to Mark Baird in 2004 and after studying his dairy I decided to type up his notes and study his work because I believe it has great merit for the average person and the Catholic Church and it is our hope to eventually form a confraternity with the aim of serving the Church. This submission is called Sequilla Christi. Following Christ. The question is; how best to propagate this little branch of the faith, while keeping the diary accurate to the words and desire of Fr Norris and remaining in full communion with the Pope? We believe God was present in the passing on of Fr Norris’ diary in that action and remains in mediation to touch the lives of many other people for the greater glory of God. We live in the Church and the world, alive for God.

INTRODUCTION. Fr Norris contemplations on St Ignatius spiritual exercises.

From the Holy Land: Day 6 - 'I refuse to make you my enemy' | Caritas

From the Holy Land: Day 6 - 'I refuse to make you my enemy' | Caritas

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fr Norris contemplations on St Ignatius spiritual exercises.

9-23 Padre Pio | Daily Mass

A contemplation from Fr Norris mitigated St Ignatius Spiritual exercises.

Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin.

Contemplation St Ignatius mitigated Fr Norris. James. Diary. Opus in Fides. Unpublished. 1941.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time"What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? Fr Norris. James. Opus in Fides. Unpublished diary. 1941.

Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fr Norris spiritual exercise

Remember that God didn’t strike you dead when you committed your first mortal sin.
Nor any subsequent sins through his goodness and love for you. Concerning your body and it’s facilities it does not belong to you so don’t abuse it. After all that is only holiness and respect and reverence for the owner, which is etiquette. “Where thy treasure is there will thy heart be.” If your treasure is some creature your heart will be there, it won’t be with God and He doesn’t want a divided love. Therefore get rid of the creature. Purge your soul. Even in the smallest details, see what inordinate affections you have. Life is a fight against the world the devil and the flesh. To win this fight we must mortify ourselves by curbing these, give them a blow occasionally, a knock back to keep them in their place- penance. To show how much God hated sin He ordained that His own Mother should be pure and immaculate. She was not stained even by original sin. Fr Norris. James. Opus in Fides. Unpublished diary. 1941.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

(123) Mark Stacey Baird

(123) Mark Stacey Baird

(1) The Fr Jim Norris study group

(1) The Fr Jim Norris study group  Beatification of “Cura Brochero” (José Gabriel Brochero), Our call from God centers on an event that took place outside St Michael’s Church in Rotorua in 2004.  We want to follow this process of encounter so that [i]“we may see the reality around us in the light of his providence, judge it according to Jesus Christ, Way, Truth and Life, and act from the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ and universal Sacrament of salvation, in spreading the kingdom of God, which is sown on this earth and fully bears fruit in Heaven.” (Benedict XVI. Aparecida, Document. 2007). We believe this event is a ‘call’ and the handing on of the Fr Norris work.

[i] Aparecida, Document. Letter of his holiness Benedict XVI. to the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean. Address of his holiness BENEDICT XVI. (2009). P7.
Basilica of the Shrine of Aparecida
Saturday, 12 May 2007

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time 
Spiritual reading: St. Luke 15: 1-24 
So to them he addressed this parable. 

"What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? 

And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy 

and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbours and says to them, 'Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.' 
Fr Norris. James. Opus in Fides. Unpublished diary. 1941.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sequela christi

In the original 8 handwritten notebooks we have developed a catechetical study to help people who are attracted to this new charism. There are four parts; submission  (Sequela Christi), spiritual diary (Opus in fides), and rule (catechetical directory) and a house (St Josephs’ house of providence). The question is; how best to propagate this little branch of the faith, while keeping the diary accurate to the words and desire of Fr Norris and remaining in full communion with the Pope? We believe God was present in the passing on of Fr Norris’ diary and that action and remains in mediation to touch the lives of many other people for the greater glory of God. We live in the Church and the world, alive for God. 

Holy Land joins Pope Francis’ day of prayer for peace in Syria, Mideast

Holy Land joins Pope Francis’ day of prayer for peace in Syria, Mideast

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A prayer from the Fr Norris mitigated St Ignatius Spiritual exercises..

Let us pray.

Mother Mary, I am all thine. Take me and watch over me. Guide me to Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life, that I may be one with Him in you. Do not permit me to displease our Father seriously. Grant that in your most chaste womb I may gradually come to the fullness of Jesus Christ and so be born into Heaven, your second born son.
At all times, my good Mother, solve my doubts and difficulties and make manifest to thy child the holy will of the Father, at all times.
Show me also sweet Mother, my true position in this life. My relations with God, how immense and good our Father is; how small and sinful I am. Show me just the truth about myself. Grant that I may never be separated from thee, my treasure! 

I promise to renew this consecration every feast day of my Queen, the throne of my heart and to honor her especially on these days. Amen.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Link to Fr Norris Facebook page

Thank you for showing an interest in the Fr Norris mitigated St Ignatius Spiritual Exercises. Would you like to become more involved?

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

“No man is a judge in his own case.”

 Remember “No man is a judge in his own case.” And from hour to hour we ripe and ripe, we rot and rot, and thereby hangs a tale. (Shakespeare). Time is a flash between two eternities. Consistency, thou art a jewel. Whatever has an end is short. Our life fixes our eternity no second innings. St. Theresa said she would walk on live coals all the days of her life, if it would gain her a little more merit. Everything is more durable than the dust out of which mankind is made. We are painting a picture and one day we must lay down the brush and gaze on it for eternity.
Fr James Norris 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Pope to missionary congress in Argentina: do not be tempted by comfort

Pope to missionary congress in Argentina: do not be tempted by comfort

 “I encourage you to go out of yourselves and go to the peripheries, both geographical and existential, to proclaim Jesus and make known his message.” The Holy Father continued: “May the Holy Spirit give you strength and make you courageous, without fear and with bravery.” 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Caritas Aparecida Document

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fr. Tony Kadavil Sunday (Aug 18)

Fr. Tony: Homilies for Aug 12-18 (OT 20 & Assumption) 

Synopsis: OT XX [C] Sunday (Aug 18) on Luke 12: 49-53 (L-13)

Let us learn to appreciate the contemporary prophets in the Church: The Jesuit Cardinal Avery Dulles, writing about the role of prophecy in the modern church communities in his book Models of the Church, remarks: “Christianity is not healthy unless there is room in it for prophetic protest against abuses of authority.” God continues to send such prophets to every parish community and it is the duty of the bishop, pastor and parish council to listen to the well-intended and constructive criticisms of such Jeremiahs.

Pope to Muslims for end of Ramadan: Promoting Mutual Respect through Education

Pope to Muslims for end of Ramadan: Promoting Mutual Respect through Education

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Scores killed in Egypt's protests

Scores killed in Egypt's protestsThis protest is dangerous, he said, “because the [Muslim Brotherhood] are always threatening Christians.” He cited examples of attempts to burn down Churches, graffiti walls, as well as a recent incident of a woman whose Rosary, which hung on the rear-view mirror, was thrown from the car.

“But the price of freedom has to be paid,” 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pope brings message of hope to Varginha community

Pope brings message of hope to Varginha community

But it was his gestures that spoke louder than any of the words (that none of us could hear anyway): the universal thumbs-up sign of positivity and participation, the way he constantly touches his heart to indicate his closeness and affection, the joined hands of prayer, and the physicality and generosity of his embraces, the shy, almost self-effacing smile – and the eyes that widen with curiosity and recognition, leaving people feeling that not only has the Pope seen them – but that they too are important. I almost forgot. Distracted as we were by all this joy and excitement of the Pope’s visit to Varginha, many of us missed witnessing a sort of minor miracle.
Yes, the rain stopped… Well, for about ten minutes, at least.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Part 1: A Vatican scientist

(Vatican Radio) “We announce with joy that Pope Francis has had lunch with the Jesuit community of the Vatican Observatory. We are deeply moved!” This was the first of a series of messages posted on Twitter on Sunday by Jesuit astronomers of Castel Gandolfo – first in Italian and then in English, Spanish and French. The Vatican Observatory has its headquarters in the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, while the Pontifical Palace, directly above the apartment of the Pope, continues to host the domes with telescopes. But the observations for some time have been being made at the new research centre, the Vatican Observatory Research Group (VORG), located in the United States, in Tucson, at the Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona.  

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pope Francis prays for the victims of the Volhynia massacre

Pope Francis prays for the victims of the Volhynia massacre
Vatican City, 14 July 2013 (VIS) – Following Sunday's Angelus, the Pope commemorated the massacres of Volhynia in June 1943, a tragic episode during the Second World War in which tens of thousands of people lost their lives. He said, “I join in prayer with the prelates and faithful of the Church in Ukraine, gathered in the cathedral of Lutsk for the Holy Mass of the souls of the deceased on the seventieth anniversary of the massacres at Volhynia. Those actions, provoked by nationalist ideology in the tragic context of the Second World War, claimed tens of thousands of victims and damaged the fraternity between the two peoples, the Polish and the Ukrainian. I entrust to the mercy of God the souls of the victims and, for their people, I ask the grace of profound reconciliation and of a peaceful future in hope and in sincere collaboration in building together the Kingdom of God”.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Apostolic Journey to Canada, Homily of John Paul II, 15 September 1984

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) the blood of the martyrs is the seed born Saints. Nine years after the Jesuit priest Father Isaac Jogues and Jean de Brebeuf was the native Huron and Iroquois tortured to death, a girl was born near the place of the martyrdom, in Auriesville, Nữu. She is the first native in North America was declared blessed. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin, Iroquois was arrested and forced to do the Mohawk chief's wife, is the brave tribes and the most brutal in the five Nations.

When he was four years old, Kateri lost his parents and younger brother in the battle of epidemic that she, too, was almost blind and faces are distorted. She was an uncle brought about raising after he succeeded her father as Chief. He didn't like the monks A ¨ o Trai but he could not do was because of an agreement signed with France, forced to have the presence of monks in the village and Christians were arrested. Kateri enjoyed listening to the monks A ¨ o Trai theoretical lecture, but she notes that she will follow Catholicism. Indeed, when he was 19 years old, after rejecting the marriage of a young Mohawk, on Easter Sunday, she was baptized and took the name of Kateri (Catherine).

Now she's being treated like a slave. Because she didn't work on Sunday so she doesn't get food during the day. Living grace of her increasing rapidly. She told the missions that she often meditate on gratitude is high when being baptized. She is very impressed by the love which God for mankind and the dignity that where every one of the people. She is always in danger, because the back and her Holy life created intense opposition. On the advice of a priest, the other night, she escaped and walked 200 miles to a Catholic Indians in Sault St. Louis, near Montreal (Canada Ðại).

In three years, Kateri more Holiness under the guidance of a priest and a Mrs. Iroquoians. She consecrated herself to God through the hours of prayer, work, love and positive vegetarian siege themselves. From early in the morning she stood waiting at the mouth of the Church for the ceremony at 4 in the morning and stay there until the final Mass. She especially Eucharistic devotion and Jesus on the cross.

In 23 years, Kateri vows to keep herself Virgin, that's an extraordinary action of a female Indian, was the only living on the husband. She set a hut in the forest out to pray daily and slurs is to meet a man! The she swore to keep herself Virgin is an act on instinct, because she didn't know in the Church have approved life for women, it wasn't until she came to Montréal. Thereupon, she excited along with two centering founded a congregation, but the local priest had prevented her. Very humble, she accepted a "normal" life in which she fasting of their rigorous as to expiate for her nation.

On 7 April 1680, she died on the evening before Holy Thursday, the new twenty-four years. Witnesses said, at the time her face changing Hao Haidong niches and cheery as a healthy child. Wrinkles, even minor pitting on face also disappeared and a smile begins to bloom on her lips.

The Indians called her "Lily the Mohawk". National Kateri has helped shape the missionary Center for the Indians in the United States and Canada out of sight. Kateri was declared blessed in 1980.

Discussion we usually think of Holy life hampered by circumstances, and the estimated expenditure we have more time, at least be disturbed or opposition and be more healthy. Blessed Kateri have proved that development of Holiness, hatched on the cross, anywhere. However, he has what every Christian must needs, which is assisted by a congregation.

He has a good mother, the priest dedicated to help and you Christians. These conditions are called first, and the only results if determined to enforce the three ancient principles of Christianity are prayer, fasting and alms: connection with God through Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit, fix its people to overcome the suffering, and live in love for brothers and sisters.

Citation "I'm not lonely because I was consecrated to Jesus. He is my only love. I'm not afraid of a poor helpless condition for not marrying. All I need is a bit of food and some clothing. With the work I do, I will have what I need, and whatever leftovers I will for her children and the poor. If I were sick and unable to work, I will become more like Christ on the cross. He will bless me and help me. I sure like that. "

Excerpt from NguoiTinHuu.com (Translated by Bing)
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