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readings for Birthday of John the Baptist
lived in a village not far from Jerusalem. Jeremiah's father was
said to Jeremiah: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew
you. I have appointed you as prophet to the nations."
said to God: "Lord, I do not know how to speak. I am so
then touched Jeremiah's mouth and said: "I now put my words
into your mouth. Go and tell the people everything I ask you to
not be dismayed by anyone. I am making you strong.
must confront Judah's kings, priests and people. They will
oppose you, but will not overcome you, for I am with you."
please give special courage
to people who speak your message for the world
you, O Lord, I take refuge. Please hear me and help me.
a rock where I can take refuge.
Rescue me from people who want to hurt me.
is you, O Lord, who are my hope. In you I have trusted since I
my mother's womb you have been my help. My hope has always been
that I am old, please do not forget me. Now that my strength
fails, do not abandon me.
that I am old and grey-headed, may I continue to trust in you
and proclaim your help.
you I will sing with the harp. All day long my tongue will tell
of your goodness to me.
may all elderly people put their trust and hope in you
did not see Jesus Christ, yet you love him; and still without
seeing him, you are already filled with a joy so glorious that
it cannot be described, because you believe; and you are sure
of the end to which your faith looks forward, that is, the
salvation of your souls.
was this salvation that the prophets were looking and
searching so hard for; their prophecies were about the grace
which was to come to you.
Spirit of Christ which was in them, foretold the sufferings of
Christ and the glories that would come in the future.
foretold by prophets like John the Baptist, we praise you Lord!
When Herod was king of Judea, there
was a priest named Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth who were
really good people, but they were childless
Once when they went to the Temple in Jerusalem, Zechariah
entered the inner sanctuary to burn incense, while all the
people prayed outside
angel appeared and said "Zechariah, your prayer has been
heard. Your wife will have a son and you must name him John. He
will prepare the way of the Lord"
long after this, Elizabeth conceived, and for 5 months she kept
to herself, thanking God for taking away her humiliation at not
being able to have a baby
please help childless couples to have a baby
Joy of Love - Pope Francis'
letter - on
love in the family
the Church’s Latin tradition, the ministers of the sacrament
of marriage are the man and the woman who marry;70 by
manifesting their consent and expressing it physically, they
receive a great gift. Their consent and their bodily union are
the divinely appointed means whereby they become “one
their baptismal consecration, they were enabled to join in
marriage as the Lord’s ministers and thus to respond to
God’s call. Hence, when two non- Christian spouses receive
baptism, they need not renew their marriage vows; they need
simply not reject them, since by the reception of baptism their
union automatically becomes sacramental.
Law also recognizes the validity of certain unions celebrated
without the presence of an ordained minister.71
natural order has been so imbued with the redemptive grace of
Jesus that “a valid matrimonial contract cannot exist between
the baptized without it being by that fact a sacrament”.72
Church can require that the wedding be celebrated publicly, with
the presence of witnesses and other conditions that have varied
over the course of time, but this does not detract from the fact
that the couple who marry are the ministers of the sacrament.
Nor does it affect the centrality of the consent given by the
man and the woman, which of itself establishes the sacramental
having been said, there is a need for further reflection on
God’s action in the marriage rite; this is clearly manifested
in the Oriental Churches through the importance of the blessing
that the couple receive as a sign of the gift of the Spirit.
this universe, shaped by open and intercommunicating systems, we
can discern countless forms of relationship and participation.
leads us to think of the whole as open to God’s transcendence,
within which it develops.
allows us to interpret the meaning and the mysterious beauty of
what is unfolding.
are free to apply our intelligence towards things evolving
positively, or towards adding new ills, new causes of suffering
and real setbacks.
is what makes for the excitement and drama of human history, in
which freedom, growth, salvation and love can blossom, or lead
towards decadence and mutual destruction.
work of the Church seeks not only to remind everyone of the duty
to care for nature, but at the same time “she must above all
protect mankind from self-destruction”.
join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the
Europe & Russia Tues:
South Asia Wed:
S.E. Asia & Pacific
Central & North America
please bless the people of S.E.
Asia & Pacific
And praying for prisoners in one
part of China each day of the month:
On this 24th
of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Inner
praying for one of the
world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 24th
of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Zambia
praying for one Islam-related
intention each day of the
please pacify Al-Qaeda
from (mainly African) inmates in Hong Kong prisons - and other
drug trafficking items: 2016
(stopping Africans from being tricked into
bringing drugs to HK)
from Tanzanian inmates in Hong Kong prisons
Asylum Seekers' File
South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)