You are all beautiful, Mary,and the original stain is not in you.You are the glory of Jerusalem,you are the joy of Israel,you give honour to our people!
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
“There is a legend that as an infant, a swarm of bees settled on his face while he lay in his cradle, leaving behind a drop of honey. His father considered this a sign of his future eloquence and honeyed tongue. For this reason, bees and beehives often appear in the saint’s symbology.”
Monday, December 5, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Is Christ really your king?
A King has authority, so another way of posing this question is, “Does Christ have authority in your life?” Consider whether you acknowledge that everything you call your own really belongs to God and think about how well you use those gifts.
- How do you use our time?
- Are you committed to pray and to attend Mass every Sunday without fail?
- Do you use enough of your time to serve God and others, or merely for selfish pursuits?
- Do you use the gift of your speech to witness and evangelize, or merely for small talk and gossip?
- Do you exhibit proper care for your body?
- Are you chaste?
- Do you observe proper safety or are you sometimes reckless?
- Do you reverence life?
- Are you faithful to the Lord’s command to tithe?
- Do you spend wisely?
- Do you pay your debts in a timely way?
- Are you generous enough to the poor and needy?
- Do you love the poor and help them to sustain their lives?
It is one thing to call Christ our King, but it is another to be truly under His authority. The Lord is clear enough in telling us that he expects our obedience: Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” but do not do what I tell you? (Luke 6:46)
Is Christ your King?
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
As in the case of all the apostles except Peter and John, the Gospels give us little about the holiness of Andrew. He was an apostle. That is enough. He was called personally by Jesus to proclaim the Good News, to heal with Jesus’ power and to share his life and death.He was a friend of the Master and his joy was in making Him known. It was Andrew who introduced the Greeks to Jesus on Palm Sunday. What a wonderful description of a Christian – “to make Jesus known” And holiness today is no different. It is a gift that includes a call to be concerned about the Kingdom, an outgoing attitude that wants nothing more than to share the riches of Christ with all people.
And we can find no better model than Andrew.
St Andrew Pray for us!