Thursday May 23
May 24, please pray for Catholics in China
reflection on the Sunday readings, to help us prepare for Sunday:
translation has made a mess of Trinity Sunday opening prayer
|The New Translation||
2013 survey of US priests - majority don't like NT
The Charismatic Renewal - the second half of this article has lots of historical info that few people have heard of ....re how Pope Leo XIII tried in vain to get the Church more interested in the Holy Spirit
have to wake up! Let the people have a say
Pope Francis, the poor, and me (CathBlog)
Prayer - with readers' comments:
W - Blog - May 16
Wednesday May 22
(UK Wed blogger)
But apart from the month of May, we should take time in the stillness of prayer to reflect on the significance of Mary and allow our own favourite image to instill in us the tranquil peace and, at the same time, challenge, that Epstein achieved in his Mother and Child
Matteo Ricci beatification linked to Church-China relations - may Pope Francis cut the red tape!
Real power is service - Pope Francis, May 21 homily
in the Philippines
- why so many kids are into music - lovely story from US
Oil has many interesting articles,
including Francis and the Signs of the Times by Garry Everett
is a "Public Juridic Person"?
- more responsibility for lay people, a sign of the Spirit
Victorian sex abuse inquiry: Archbishop Hart admits "awful blight"
How religions change their mind
In this week after Pentecost, let's think about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
Pentecost: the Gift - a down to earth explanation of the seven gifts
Reading Reflection Prayer
- with readers' comments - Menu for today May
Daily Bible reading a source of wisdom and strength; resolutely taking the road for Jerusalem; when friends desert us in time of trial
Vatican II Reflection 96 Rediscovered: The Sacrament of the Sick
W - Blog - May 22
A story between two beds!
Tuesday May 21
Holy Spirit and Prayer
Martin Mallon (Tuesday blogger from Ireland)
What happens when we permit the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, to guide us and to dwell inside us? We are made free! We are able to dump every form of fear and slavery we are experiencing, and we experience the true freedom of being Children of God. This means that the Holy Spirit helps us to realise who we truly are, the Children of God made in the image of God. As we pray and allow the Holy Spirit into the centre of our lives He gives us the grace, the strength and the will to abandon habits and conditions which had left us enslaved
Today is the birthday of one of the world's greatest missionaries...very
few Catholics have ever heard of him:
Hudson Taylor - he followed Matteo Ricci in respect and love for Chinese culture and language, in wearing Chinese dress (for which he was laughed at by other foreign missionaries in his early ministry), a great spirit of Ecumenism ("non-denominationalism") and he had a great trust in God - refusing to engage in fund-raising...his motto being: "God's work, done in God's way, will never lack God's supplies" ....a contrast to our modern way of running the Church like a business.
He was responsible for more than 800 missionaries going to China ....and he laid the foundation for the phenomenal growth of evangelical house churches in China today
famous quote of Taylor is most suitable for Pentecost week:
“Since the days of Pentecost, has the whole church ever put aside every other work and waited upon Him for ten days, that the Spirit’s power might be manifested? We give too much attention to method and machinery and resources, and too little to the source of power.”
Other quotes of Hudson Taylor
is also the anniversary of St
Eugene de Mazenod who died on this day 1861 in France.
As a young priest he nearly died after contracting typhus from prison ministry.
He founded the Oblates of Mary Immaculte (OMI), a congregation with preference for the poor.
Coming from a troubled family, he is a patron of dysfunctional families.
Hudson and Eugene - pray for us!
Christianity rapidly declining in UK
sex abuse inquiry:
Archbishop admits Church too slow to act against abuse
Pentecost Octave? In this article on May 18, I lamented the fact that Pentecost is not followed by an octave, like Christmas and Easter. Just discovered that this is a major concern of some of the Traditionalists! (Google: octave of Pentecost). Reason for abolition of octave in 1969 seems to have been that Pentecost is a time of completion of the Easter Season: it's the 50th and final day ....so....not good to add on another week. This argument satisfies the brain, but not the heart...which wants a Pentecost honeymoon, not just a one day stand
this week after Pentecost, let's think about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
Today: Understanding. According to the CCC, in understanding we comprehend how we need to live as followers of Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live. The gift of understanding perfects a person's speculative reason in the apprehension of truth.
to put this more simply?
- he had a great understanding of the game
- he had a poor understanding of mathematics
- she had a deep understanding of handicapped people
- she had a solid understanding of the Bible
- Ricci and Hudson Taylor had a deep understanding of Chinese culture
- the old doctor had a profound understanding of human nature
- Empathy is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective
understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, includes all of the above types of
understanding, but goes further:
it's a special understanding of LIFE and of TRUTH
Reading Reflection Prayer
- with readers' comments - Menu for today May
- readings for feast of St Eugene de Mazenod:
the best of all Good News; the automatic next step; simple preaching; preference for the poor
Vatican II Reflection 95 One of the good fruits of Vatican II: the revised rite of baptism for children
John W - Blog - May 21 De Mazenod, Hudson Taylor ...and Pentecost
Monday - a holiday in some 20 countries including France and Germany.
In Germany a holy day of obligation! (as is Dec 26!)
When the Holy Spirit suddenly comes down on someone - Joseph Girzone - a beautiful true story, showing the sort of pastoral approach we should be getting back to ....away from a legalistic mentality
Francis' Pentecost Sunday homily - with three
Newness: "Do we have the courage to strike out along the new paths which God’s newness sets before us, or do we resist, barricaded in transient structures which have lost their capacity for openness to what is new?" (w o w !)
Harmony: "If we let ourselves be guided by the Spirit, then richness, variety and diversity never become a source of conflict" (love is a many splendid thing!)
Mission: "Let us ask ourselves: do we tend to stay closed in on ourselves, on our group, or do we let the Holy Spirit open us to mission?" (touché !)
this week after Pentecost, let's think about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (mentioned
by the pope in his homily above):
Today - Wisdom: this excellent article shows how Wisdom has been highly valued in all cultures and religions
...which makes us think: the Holy Spirit has been present, is present, in all cultures and religions, albeit unrecognized
Wisdom - c.f. Brian Lewis' Conscience
as Wisdom of the Heart which has the words:
Wisdom of the heart is not only a virtue we acquire through repeated efforts as we go through life, a product of our moral experience. It is also a Christian virtue, a quality of spirit given us with the grace of Christ through the indwelling Spirit in our hearts. What Vatican II says about this gift of wisdom has particular relevance here. 'The intellectual nature of the human person is perfected by wisdom and needs to be. For wisdom gently attracts the human mind to a quest and a love for what is true and good. Steeped in wisdom, the human person passes through visible realities to those which are unseen... It is finally through the gift of the Holy Spirit that the person comes by faith to the contemplation and completion of the divine plan' (Gaudium et Spes, n.15).
People are dying of hunger, but all we talk about is banks - May 18 homily - Pope Francis
Illegal drugs to be legalised? On international agenda - let it come soon DV so that small drug dealers no longer need money to buy their drugs...and therefore no longer need to find new users to get money for their habit
Internet libraries for Africa - in shipping containers - only 15% of Africans have access to internet
Interactive Bible Quiz - Leviticus Based on the actual words of the Bible. How many times you can get 3/3 ?!
Reading Reflection Prayer
- with readers' comments -
for today May 20:
- walking along a well-lit street at night; family tree influences; be on guard against bad leaders; morning, noon and night
II Reflection 94
many newly baptized become Retired
John W - Blog - May 20 When Church rules don't follow Jesus, they don't need to be followed
E N T E C O S T S U N D A Y
- Wishing all dear readers a Happy Pentecost!
tire theology Daniel Daring
Why Pentecost Sunday is called Whitsun in UK ("Whit" from "white" or maybe from "wisdom")
Pentecost: a need for our lives - Ron Rolheiser OMI
Reading Reflection Prayer - Menu for today May 19 Pentecost Sunday - F I R E !
The land of the Gerasenes - what's the best way to deal with emotionally unstable people?
Keeping up with Teresa Forcades - a nun on a mission
Pope Francis and the American Sisters
Vatican has 3 popes: Francis, Benedict....and the Black Pope just elected head of UISG ! - Jesuit takeover continues...fodder for Dan Brown!
The liturgical vision of Vatican II 50 years later
menstrual cycle and your body's natural signal of fertility - cervical mucus
- a new video from the
Billings Group -
"You can use this information to optimise your chances of conceiving, or you can use it to avoid pregnancy naturally"
This week's smile: a Biblical history of internet terminology
Vatican II Reflection 93 - Three hot topics: Latin, Communion under both kinds, concelebration
John W - Blog - May 19 At the first Pentecost, what did Mary say to the Holy Spirit? !
Saturday May 18 On this eve of Pentecost, let's think more about the Holy Spirit:
*** The forgotten Paraclete - John W - Blog
*** Feel the Spirit - The Tablet - Pentecost special report - Charismatic renewal among Indian Catholics in UK
*** The Holy Spirit - from The Messenger (Irish Jesuits)
*** Mary's presence in the Upper Room at Jerusalem (Pope John Paul II)
*** A reflection on the Holy Spirit to help prepare for Pentecost: Jesus is Christ, "anointed," because the Spirit is his anointing, and everything that occurs from the Incarnation on derives from this fullness. When Christ is finally glorified, he can in turn send the Spirit from his place with the Father to those who believe in him: he communicates to them his glory, that is, the Holy Spirit who glorifies him. From that time on, this joint mission will be manifested in the children adopted by the Father in the Body of his Son: the mission of the Spirit of adoption is to unite them to Christ and make them live in him.
The notion of anointing suggests . . . that there is no distance between the Son and the Spirit. Indeed, just as between the surface of the body and the anointing with oil neither reason nor sensation recognizes any intermediary, so the contact of the Son with the Spirit is immediate, so that anyone who would make contact with the Son by faith must first encounter the oil by contact. In fact there is no part that is not covered by the Holy Spirit. That is why the confession of the Son's Lordship is made in the Holy Spirit by those who receive him, the Spirit coming from all sides to those who approach the Son in faith. - CCC 690
*** Reading Reflection Prayer - with readers' comments - Menu for today, May 18 - the vigil of Pentecost
The problem is not that we are sinners; the problem is not repenting of sin - Pope Francis
Video: 2.5 million bonded laborers in India - slaves - making bricks
II Reflection 92
"Please stand for
the Prayer of the Secretary" (= "Prayer of the
parent: you raise a child who is biologically neither yours nor your spouse's.
Step parent: you raise a child who is not biologically yours but is biologically your spouse's.
Which means Joseph was Jesus' stepfather, not his foster father.
Which means a lot of literature needs fixing (c.f. Google: "Joseph foster father of Jesus")
Friday May 17 - a public holiday in Hong Kong, Macau and South Korea for Buddha's Birthday
John W - Blog - May 17 China has 83 million handicapped people. Yesterday I met 5 of them in Hong Kong
I'd like to nominate this moving article for Most Beautiful Story of 2013 Award
Matteo Ricci beatification update - "Ricci thought outside of the box" (Pope Francis!)
Ireland needs better bishops - Brendan Hoban - "Bishops are a bit like Dublin buses. You wait for ages for one to come along and suddenly three arrive together"
A reflection on the Holy Spirit to help prepare for Pentecost: The prophetic texts that directly concern the sending of the Holy Spirit are oracles by which God speaks to the heart of his people in the language of the promise, with the accents of "love and fidelity." St. Peter will proclaim their fulfillment on the morning of Pentecost. According to these promises, at the "end time" the Lord's Spirit will renew human hearts, engraving a new law in them. He will gather and reconcile the scattered and divided peoples; he will transform the first creation, and God will dwell there with people in peace. - CCC 715
Only the Holy Spirit can speak to our hearts of God's love - Pope Francis, May 8
The holistic vision of the family - Bishop Peter Elliot (Melbourne)
Yellow Duck deflates to duckling in Hong Kong
Reading Reflection Prayer - with readers' comments - Menu for today May 17.
Peter's "Lord, you know I love you" was spoken in a "scene-of-the-crime" setting!
Vatican II Reflection 91 Liturgical recycle bin
encourage more people to see 1-10 re Bishop Bill Morris:
reading 1-10, check the "Pravda" report of CNA
Bishop Geoff Robinson
Brian Coyne (Catholica):
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